The Spirit House at Finca Sagrada
We were deeply honored when the Kogi high priests (“Mamos”) from northern Columbia invited us to build a traditional Spirit House on Sacred Land Farm (“FincaSagrada.com). This then inspired them to imagine eleven more such Spirit Houses to be built around the world, to help Earth restore her spiritual balance and function in a healthy way.
We are committed to serve this mission and are here sharing our story, opening to ideas from all to manifest global inspiration.
When we bought our farm in 2009, we had no idea of the journey that we were embarking on. To be on the land felt really good but it was our physic friend, Martine Sweeney, who informed us that it was an ancient sacred site. On her first visit, she was greeted by the spirit children of the valley who led her to their ancient Mystery School and places of living.
A few years later, we heard from the Kogi. They consult with spirit regularly and were told that our valley was an ancient sacred site that needed to be reactivated. As the spiritual center of Earth moves from the Himalayas to the Andes, many of the sacred sites in the Andes need to be reopened, they said. So not only did the Kogi agree to come but they said they’d need to come four times to do ceremony to heal and restore the valley. They gave Sacred Land Farm a new name: “Sharua,” or “the place where the stars were planted.”
We are students of “Geomancy,” the study of the spiritual landscape that supports the physical landscape we see with our eyes. Just as our physical body is supported by an etheric body consisting of a chakra system and other energy points and lines, so does Earth have an etheric body with a diversity of energy points and lines of communication. Often ancient peoples were aware of these places and built structures such as Stonehenge, the Pyramids and Machu Pichu on these spots.
According to the Kogi, our valley is one of these energy centers of Earth. After the Kogi’s third visit in December of 2016, they asked if we would like to build a traditional Spirit House that would connect our farm to their community in the foothills and mountains of Columbia’s Santa Marta. While this was a great privilege, but we were reluctant at first to take on this responsibility. It would be relatively easy to build the house but then what? What was the significance and how would we maintain the house as a living part of the farm?
Walter visited the Kogi in November of 2017 and made a deeper connection with both the land and some of the Kogi Mamos. Then, in June of 2018, we decided to build the Spirit House. We had help in that Jorge Luis and his family, who are the interface between the Kogi and the world, came and stayed on our farm for six weeks. He helped us with the intricacies of the traditional design and, with his wife Silvie, prepared us for the visit.
The house was to be round, with a diameter of seven meters (23 ft) and with twelve posts and beams. Everything had to be traditional and natural. We made our own rope with the leaves of a cactus plant so that the beams and posts could be tied in place. We used bamboo and mud for the walls. To protect the walls, we made a past of mud burro manure and the sap of a cactus plant that worked as a glue. We went to the mountain to collect grass to thatch the roof. The floor is rammed adobe dirt. We have benches around the wall and three hammocks inside, like the Kogi do.
When the Kogi mamos came for ceremony and to baptize the house, we invited the indigenous of our territory, the Palta, to be part of our farm as well as one of the Quiero shamans from Cusco, Peru. In addition, friends from around the world came to join us for a KINS gathering (KINSinnovation.org), such as Susan has devoted her life to.
With friends all around, as we lit the fire in the center of the Spirit House, the Kogi informed us that this fire was never to die. This was a new piece of information and took a while to sink in. Our journey had truly begun.
Since then, now three months ago, the fire has never gone out. In fact, it is what keeps the Spirit House central in our thoughts and lives and gives the House a living quality. We all enjoy going to the House to check on her and the fire. It really does feel that she is a home for the ancestors and spirit beings of the valley.
When one quietly enters the house, time seems to disappear and a quiet peace full of potential descends.
Our volunteers often offer to check on the fire last thing before going to bed and in the mornings we make our Agni-Hotra ceremony at sunrise around six. Sometimes we go there to drum and other times we go there to ask for help with a problem. In each case, we go restored.
.The Spirit House has become central to our life, like a friend or anchor…a place to experience peace, strength and inspiration. We welcome you to join us there