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Academy Event

Nov 17 - 26 2019

Mystery School Retreat with Alexandre Tannous

Willka T'ika, Cusco • Peru


Featuring: Alexandre Tannous
Dennis McKenna
Organizer(s): McKenna Academy
  • In November of 2019, the newly founded McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy held its first official conference/retreat. As a non-profit organization, the McKenna Academy is dedicated to creating life-changing experiential events of the highest quality.

    We were pleased to invite our founding partner, world renowned ethnomusicologist, sound researcher and therapist Alexandre Tannous to host our first Mystery School Retreat —an opportunity to gain appreciation and understanding of the fundamental role of sound and resonance in creating conscious experience, and in creating consciousness itself.

    "Contemporary science has been studying sound and vibration more seriously than ever. My research involves an investigation of the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives — Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs — to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness." —Alexandre Tannous

    In a packed 10 days, retreat participants explored the intersecting modalities of sonic immersion, plant medicines and Mystery School teachings. Alexandre Tannous was the guide in this multidimensional adventure of the mind and soul.

    The program incorporated informative lectures, experiential workshops, medicine ceremonies and visits to pre-Incan sites. Participants gained a comprehensive, in depth understanding of the esoteric and scientific mysteries of sound; The historical role of sound in ancient traditions, its effects on the mind and body, the role of sound in healing, expansion of consciousness and the induction of altered states were discussed, illuminating the role of sound as a medicine of the future. Retreat goers were equipped & empowered to incorporate sound meditation practices into their own lives to foster physical and spiritual well being.

    13 Presentations
    2 Medicine Ceremonies
    Pre-Incan Sites of Resonance including Machu Picchu

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