Paving the Way in Modern, Indigenous Earth-Wisdom
What is the Tawantinsuyu Eco-Temple?
The Tawantinsuyu Temple is an eco-cultural sanctuary for indigenous leaders to gather in spiritual practice and pass forth ancestral wisdom and traditional healing to all individuals of the present and future generations.
Historically the “Tawantinsuyu” was the center of the Inka Empire, translating in Quechua as “the union of four quarters,” which correlates to the four directions uniting as a whole.
Ancient prophecy foretells the Tawantinsuyu will re-emerge with enlightened leaders that serve as models for world figures, governments, and individuals to live in peace. Without hesitation, we choose to stand up to the full embodiment of this name and all the aspirations that it encompasses.
The Tawantinsuyu Temple is one of four temples being built amongst indigenous allies in Cusco, Peru; Isla del Sol, Boliva; and Copacobana, Boliva; and the fourth is currently unknown. (A true re-emersion of the Tawantinsuyu led by indigenous leaders.)
Why are we building an indigenous Temple?
It is currently illegal for indigenous communities to hold ceremony on their own ancestral sites here in Peru and Bolivia. Thus, we are building NEW SACRED SPACES. Ones that honor ancestral tradition, and empower indigenous practices to continue forth as viable and curative solutions to modern challenges.
It is our intention to utilize this temple to address modern socio-cultural challenges and reinforce connectedness of community on both a local and global scale.
The temple will serve as a rejuvenation center open for all people of the world to experience personal healing through ancestral tradition, native plants, healthy cuisine, and vibrant practices– that encourage us to walk back into the world as a radiant and empowered person.
This sustainable project is open to volunteers and interns as a means of imparting ecological skills, wisdom, and resources as to inspire further ecological planetary action.
When and where will it be built?
When: Following our upcoming “Indigiegogo Tawantinsuyu Eco-Temple campaign” the construction is set to be commenced in mid- 2014.
Where: On Juan Gabriels privately owned land of 190m squared in the San Pedro Association 25 minutes from the historic center of Cusco, Peru.
How will we go about building a temple?
Using a combination of natural building techniques, earthbag (super adobe), super adobe, and cob the Tawantinsuyu Temple will present a positive model of urban sustainable development. We will establish a natural building volunteer program and internship program in which natural building experts will lead our group in a collaborative and inspirational building process. We intend to create a integrated learning experience that is valuable for both global volunteers and the local indigenous community.
Green design elements:
- water catchment and gray water system
- composting toilets
- permaculture gardens with local healing herbs
- rocket mass heaters or rumford fire place
- green roofs
- earthen stove
- solar panels
Combined with Qero symbology creatively woven into the design of all the structures.
Below are photographs of the land
Bottom of the site facing up (North):
At the bottom facing east
At the top facing west
From the top facing down (south), shack shown cut off on the left.
Facing south east towards the shack