Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino is an inspirational film revealing the heart-intelligence and celestially integrated lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition. Recorded on location in the Peruvian highlands, this experiential documentary takes us on a journey into the heart of an ancient lineage to experience the practical and mystical lifeways that have sustained one of this planet’s few uninterrupted wisdom traditions.
The film's non-narrated format provides audiences with an unmediated experience of the Andean maestro's day-to-day life and their animistic relations with the conscious life force inherent within all aspects of the Natural World. The viewer receives universally applicable insights into a state of being based on loving kindness, unconditional reciprocity, equality, sustainability and the sanctity of daily life – the foundations of what is known as The Living Peace.
Wiumworks Media in association with Beyond Boundaries Institute and Ayllu K’anchaq Qollyur have created this legacy offering to help inspire and revitalize industrialized cultures at a time when unprecedented numbers of people find themselves out of balance and seeking a deeper means of connection and renewal.
"I am still basking in the afterglow of the activation I received from the film and your program. The resonance alone from each has been a catalyst for accelerating an unfolding that has been underway for a long, long time. I am profoundly grateful and humbled.”
– Rachel C., Santa Fe, New Mexico
Andean Paqos, or masters of the Living Energy, form an ancient, unbroken lineage of wisdomkeepers that have stewarded humanity's holistic intelligence since time immemorial. Paqos are not shaman. They are spiritual intermediaries known by two titles: Pampamisayoq (Pampa•me•sigh•yoke), meaning one who works with earth-based matters, and Altomisayoq (Alto•me•sigh•yoke), one who attends to both the terrestrial and celestial realms. These terms were created by Spanish chroniclers to describe the mystical priestlike functions of this ancestral tradition.
In the 1530's Andean Paqos found it necessary to retreat to remote high-altitude locations to safeguard their esoteric wisdom from Conquest and Inquisition forces. By persevering geographical hardship and extended isolation the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition has been able to maintain its practices while keeping its cosmology intact.
In the 1950's anthropologists rediscovered the tradition after 425 years of operational secrecy. Researchers began cultivating interactions with the lineage to study their knowledge and better understand their animistic lifeways. The following decades brought increases in modern convenience and renewed safety which led more and more Paqos to live and work in developed environments. At the same time, this period saw a reduction in the number of Paqos embodying the lineage’s higher practices due to disruptive influences, mentorship die-off and a general lack of apprentices willing to undertake the rigors of this resolute path.
At present and as foretold by Andean oral tradition, the Paqos and Apus, mountain spirit benefactors who guide the tradition, have begun recognizing and initiating western-born practitioners to help reweave holistic consciousness, restore cognitive lifeways and promote spiritual responsibility within modernized cultures. To the benefit of all peoples this ancient lineage has successfully maintained its heart-wisdom through centuries of persecution and is now sharing its holistic paradigms to help humankind remember That which has always been realized within.
"The findings of modern physics and the principles of perennial wisdom traditions are converging. And the spiritual values associated with these wisdom traditions are being validated by science as beneficial to both individuals and society in general."
– Institute of Noetic Sciences, SHIFT Report: Evidence of a World Transforming
Filmmaker Jeffrey Wium is an initiated lineage holder in the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition with a professional background in multi-media production. In 2008 he received inspiration for this project during a pilgrimage in the Peruvian Highlands.
He shares his experience of realizing the project:
"In 2002 I was injured while filming a television series and led to the realm of holistic healing as a result of my recuperative inquires. This 'accident' offered insight into integrating my physical, mental and emotional states in order to experience a deeper sense of well-being. It also increased my exploration of ancient spiritual healing arts.
After four years of education and certification in a variety of modalities, I came to feel a deep resonance in my work with the maestros of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition. In early 2007 I was called into the lineage and initiated as a Paqo. I began traveling to Peru every six to eight weeks to facilitate my training – a year and a half later the inspiration for the film came to me during a high mountain pilgrimage.
When I returned home from this trip I shared my vision with a close friend who recognized the value of the project and unexpectedly offered production funding and philanthropic resources on the spot. I realized then that my two seemingly separate worlds were about to merge. I began gathering my 'hats' only to realize later that I would have to release all of these identifications in order to complete what was being asked of me.
Accessing and recording the historically secretive lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition required cultural sensitivity and operational invisibility. To meet the film's technical requirements, maintain energetic harmony and assure cosmological integrity the Apus asked me to work solo, combining all of my experience as a Paqo and producer/director/cameraman.
Following completion of principle photography in 2010, I allocated time to wind down my teaching and client responsibilities, relocate my family and support the birth of our second child. This period provided space for reflection and reminded me not to get in the way of how the project wanted to present Itself.
The editorial process took fourteen months to complete. It was an unorthodox approach executed in a single pass from beginning to end using the Paqos native Quechua language. When my colleagues and I completed the Spanish and English translations, I set about clarifying the dialogue to make it more accessible to western audiences and generated subtitles. I then did a second edit to shorten the overall run time and began mastering the film for release.
The film’s inspiration, coordination and production has been one of deep trust, listening, inter-cultural and inter-dimensional integration into an ancient way of being – a personal and professional paradigm rooted in our natural, unified state of consciousness and "ayni”, unconditional right relationship. The project has Directors beyond myself, and as such, has drawn support from people and organizations that have recognized the call. I am deeply grateful for this collaboration and for the opportunity to receive the gifts of their experience and wisdom. And it is to our collective Ancestors that I give thanks for setting this all in motion so long ago."
Raised in Northern California, Jeffrey's work, life studies and spiritual explorations have taken him across five continents and multiple traditions. His twenty-eight years of experience in a wide range of photography, film, video and multimedia projects have provided firsthand knowledge of varying systems, ideologies and perceptual realities.
In 1996, after ten years of intensive workloads, location travel and living in major cities, Jeffrey moved to quieter environs to nurture a path of inner study. He completed Qigong certifications in Oregon and China, traveled within Tibet, Nepal and India and received the Avaloketesvara initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Jeffrey continued his spiritual development with Native American wilderness living skills, philosophy, healing and vision quest protocols, Usui-Tibetan-Sai Baba Reiki mastery, Hawaiian lomilomi, psychosomatic bodywork, meditation, yoga teacher training, sound healing and nondenominational experience as an ordained minister. During this period he produced media projects based on education, sustainability and outdoor exploration.
After the filming injury in 2002, Jeffrey stepped away from production to begin formal training in Andean energy medicine and holistic lifeways. He accrued four years of directed learning from academic programs, research expeditions and traditional apprenticeships; then eight years as a Paqo.
Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino came into being to provide direct exposure to ancient eco-spiritual lifeways and to help foster personal and collective well-being. Jeffrey is currently traveling with the film, offering facilitated screenings, integrative programs and extended retreats.
"I was moved so deeply by viewing the film and attending the programs. I have experienced amazing shifts in perception, abundance, and possibility. I am truly grateful."
– Nannette C., Boulder, Colorado
“A unique experience and much more than a movie – a valuable and beautiful, long forgotten message to the core of our ancient souls. A true film of the Heart.”
– Katrine K., Oslo, Norway
“Experiencing this film was the second most meaningful experience of my life. The first was the birth of my son.”
– Fotini K., Athens, Greece
“Not only was the cinematography amazing, the heart came through. Incredible, Stunning... the purity, the love. I am mostly without words for what I experienced."
– Pat H., New Haven, Connecticut
“I find the film to be transporting and absolutely flowing with sacredness. It is stunning to witness the energy of the spirits, the mountains and the sky all participating so actively in the film. To watch it is to not only witness the life and ceremony but to be part of it.”
– Jan S., Montpelier, Vermont
"I came upon this movie with my wife and have to tell you that I have not been the same since. My life feels like it has renewed purpose."
– Jim B., Denver, Colorado
“Near the end of the film I was filled with such a mix of deep gratitude and compassion for the human condition that tears began to flow down my cheeks. Wow, I think it's safe to say I got the heart transmission. Thank you for the gift, from my heart to yours.”
– Katherine O., Kaneohe, Hawai'i
“I was so touched and moved by your film. It was truly profound to see the wisdomkeepers holding space for humanity. I truly felt the depth of their profound words and love for all. Hearing the Paqos speak was life changing.”
– Laura A., Los Angeles, California