The Cultural Center
—Elizabeth B. Jenkins, Founder, Wiraqocha Foundation
To help humanity remember their divine connection to Mother Nature - serving as an access point to the Fourth Level.
To put Fourth Level principles into action, bringing people and nature together through education, service and sami.
To facilitate changes and connection between all of the sons and daughters and Pachamama. Through these interchanges, indigenous traditions are honored and preserved, and society is enriched and expanded.
To preserve and promote indigenous wisdom and knowledge systems.
Our Founder's Message
The Wiraqocha Foundation (WF) was initially conceived in 1992 when I first returned to the United States from Peru and started to teach the Andean Path. Motivated by my experiences in Peru, my students wanted more. They aspired to become initiated in the Inka tradition. They wanted to go to Peru and they wanted me to take them. From 1992-1999, seven transformative years, I found myself traversing back and forth, shepherding along with Juan Nuñez Del Prado one to six groups per year of eager Paqo initiates to undergo the Hatun Karpay – The Great Initiation. The training was exquisite and rewarding, but nonetheless demanding. At the same time, I began envisioning the Wiraqocha Foundation. It was in fact, during a conversation with Waimea Canyon on the Island of Kauai that I received the vision for the Foundation. Little did I know how significant this was or how much influence Hawaii would come to have on me, my family, our future, and ultimately, the Foundation.
While the mission of promoting the philosophy of Human Harmony with Nature was important, the Q’ero children did not have a school, and worse, mothers and babies were dying because of dirty water and the lack of adequate health facilities. Therefore Juan and I, together with Dr. Oscar Liendo and the Andean Institute of Health, sent a team of medical personnel to assess the health needs of the Q’ero. We found a 60% infant mortality rate due to bad water. The results of the assessment informed the initial strategic plan for the Foundation: to take seekers on a journey, yes - but equally if not more importantly, to help the Q’ero people.
In the early days of leading the trainings in Peru, much of the region lacked the conveniences and built-in comfort to which many initiates were accustomed. For many, the corporeal hardships distracted from the purpose of the trip, and we adjusted accordingly, keeping the character and meaning of the trip while making it a bit more comfortable for travelers.
Since those early times we have learned much. Every initiate, every initiation, teaches us how to be better and more effective. As a result, the Hatun Karpay trainings facilitated by the Wiraqocha Foundation have now evolved into something quite refined. Still pure to the intention, still true to the origin, and precise in its results, the Great Initiation is spiritually arduous, physically rugged, just not quite so uncomfortable.
Now everybody comes… everybody who is hearing the Call of Mother Nature: Doctors, nurses, social workers, farmers, engineers, housewives, healers, yoga practitioners, computer geeks, chefs, lawyers. People come from Hawaii, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, New York, Kansas, California, Peru, Texas, Georgia, Alaska, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Brazil, England, Costa Rica, and quite a few places I am forgetting.
They come to partake in an experience that belongs to all humanity; an authentic experience of connection in the sacred pilgrimage places of this ancient original culture. They come to spend six days with the Q'ero. They learn trust, love, integrity, generosity, collaboration...original Inka values. From day one we practice Ayni. We give and we receive. We practice the wisdom of the Inka Prophecy, to exchange our cultural gifts for the enhancement of all.
I am proud of what we are able to offer seekers of the Fourth Level – whether it is a book, lecture, seminar, retreat, or the authentic and spiritually powerful sacred ten-day Inka initiation experience in Peru.
And I am proud of the work the Wiraqocha Foundation has done during the last twenty-five years to help support the people of Q'ero with our Clean Water Project in collaboration with Living Bridges, building the Munay T'ika School, one of the first schools in Q'eros, donating tools to build trails between Q'ero villages, or taking 20 Q'ero kids on their first ever tour of Machu Pikchu in their Mother tongue.
To offer appropriate and desired aid to the Q'ero without destroying their cultural identity is a supreme challenge. The Foundation has served as a leading force for the preservation and promotion of the Inka path and culture, and has been instrumental in helping to raise awareness of the spiritual principles and wisdom of the Q’ero. The Foundation has saved lives and helped children.
I cordially invite YOU to help us continue our work.
Our Board of Directors
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead
The Wiraqocha Foundation is governed by a small group of unpaid, volunteer global citizens. Committed to the mission of the Foundation, Board Members serve a term of two years and are responsible for fiscal and strategic oversight of the Foundation.
Our Wonderful Partners
The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters also collaborate with the Wiraqocha Foundation and offer their support.