Festival Kokopelli-Pachamama from August 1st to 7 th, 2012 in Ollantaytambo, Peru.
To celebrate together 20 years of seed work in service of the Fertility of Mother Earth, Association Kokopelli is planning a Kokopelli/Pachamama Festival in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, during the first week of August 2012. This festival will take place in Chachapata, 3 km from Ollantaytambo, the starting point of the little train that can bring you to the mythical Machu-Picchu. Ollantaytambo is also renowned for the presence of Wiracocha carved in the stone.
In Chacchapata, our friends Yvan and Carolina, from Argentina, are lending us a magical site with terraces of great fertility, in the very place where the Incas grew their medicinal plants. A few of these terraces, in this tiny valley, have the same shape than the surgical instruments Incas used for their medical practices.
Chachapatta is located at 2700 meters elevation, but thanks to an exceptional microclimate it never freezes: almonds and apples are growing next to avocados and passion-fruits! The Kokopelli/Pachamama Festival will offer, during one full week, practical workshops, lectures and exhibitions on the seeds of Life and food Biodiversity, on agro-ecology, on medicinal plants, on sacred plants, on the local crafts of diverse populations of the region (Shipibos…).
The Kokopelli/Pachamama Festival will also confer the perfect time and setting to celebrate in joy and will be enlivened by musicians and artists from Peru and other regions of South-America.
The dual objective of the Kokopelli/Pachamama celebration is to promote ecological agriculture in the Sacred Valley (which doesn’t exist at all although crowds of tourists visit every year diverse Incas sites) and a dynamic of regeneration of those Incas terraces, nowadays largely abandoned. We are thus in the process of creating a Kokopelli branch in Peru which is an extremely diverse country with one of the highest numbers of biotopes in the world.
Our intention is also to launch a seed production and agro-ecological center, modeled after our Kokopelli branch, Annadana, in Tamil Nadu, India.
For more information, please contact Dominique Guillet.