We've received some complaints about this guy. Reports are that he's claiming to be an Apache Medicine Man, and is selling sweats and NAC ceremonies to all-white groups in Europe. There are also reports of him doing private ceremonies specifically for women. Looks to me like yet another who couldn't muster a following here, so crossed the water to sell to the Europeans.
This is an email that was sent out to potential recruits in Denmark. Can someone tell us what the bolded charges equate to in US currency? begin quote
(-: invitation to ceremony :-)
We are extraordinary happy to inform you that Hector Ybarra is back in May to share with us 3 weekends of sacred ceremonies with the desert medicine.
When Hector visited the first time in April 2009 he made a very big impression on so many people, and we have been asked again and again, when he is coming back. Now the time has come. Hector is a Yaqui Apache Mechika medicine man living in Colorado, USA. He is also an ordained priest in the Native American Church. This time Hector brings both his wife Kelsie and his fire chief. It is great finally to wellcome the dynamic of a spiritual couple in ceremonial ways and we hope to see many of you.
Hector holds ceremonies the following weekends:
30th of april to the 2nd of may
7th till the 9th of may
21th till the 23th of may
If these weekends get fully booked we have an option to make another ceremony the last weekend of May from the 28th till the 30th
This time the weekends will be a bit different than previously, cause we invite you to share the whole weekend with us.
The traditional ways are so much more than just participating in a ceremony. Preparing a ceremony is a hard job but also a wonderful way of sharing and building up the energy for the spiritual work. It also creates sweet bondings and great connections between the participants and is a way to create the fundament for a stronger spiritual community around the tradition, which is exactly what we wish to build up here in Denmark.
So signing up will be for the whole weekend from Friday at 6 pm till Sunday at 4 pm.
Friday the first preparations for the fire, sweat lodge and the tipi ceremony begins and there will be a singing workshop in the evening where Hector teach us some of his sacred songs. Songs and prayers are important parts of the ceremonies Hector holds. They create a very special space and therefore we find it important to strenghten this part of each individual's participation cause it helps creating beauty and power during the nights.
Saturday we all have breakfast together and after that the sweat lodge has to be build, the tipi prepared and wood brought to the fireplace. Food also need to be cooked for everybody and the ceremonial food prepared. Everybody helps and we will share a lovely day working together. In the evening we start the cermony with a sweat lodge for purification and right after that we continue with the tipi ceremony. Traditionally it begins at sunset and ends at sunrise. Everybody is asked to sit up all night. If you have back problems or is an elder you might lay down some of the time.
Sunday people traditionally stays up till sunset before they sleep but we are not that strict in Denmark. It is required though to help cleaning up after the ceremony and inside the house before leaving. Again it's a part of the ceremonial consept and a great way to ground the spiritual process.
Signing up for the weekend: If you are interested in meeting Hector and participating one or more of the weekends please reply this email and we will email you more, detailed information.
In the email we ask you to write:
1) your full name
2) your telephone number
3) what weekend you would like to sign up for - or which ones ;-)
There is only a limited amount of people participating each weekend, so in order to reserve a space with us you need to sign up as soon as possible and pay a deposit of 1000,- kr. (of which 500,- kr. is non-refundable) for each weekend
you wish to join to this bank account in Nordea: 1726 7560-784-087
By paying early you help us to but the flight tickets early while they are still less expencive. Thank you.
Be aware that you need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag etc. for overnight acommodations. The ceremonies takes place outside Holbæk at Hanne and Frank's place.Payment for each ceremony
: We as organizers have pondered a lot about the financial aspect of ceremonies in general. We find this is a very important and challenging subject, and therefore we would like to share our thoughts about it.
Traditionally payment has always been by donations only, where after a gathering the hat will go round, with all surpluses going to the shaman. Since we also would like to be more in tune with the old traditions and trust the Universe that in donation all will be perfectly balanced we would like to introduce the old ways, but in a new way.
The last ceremonies we had in December, which were totally donation-based, didn´t generate any organizing cost- and only a very little amount for the medicine people. That experience we do not wish to repeat. So we feel a need to find a middle way between free and fixed. You might recall that weekend ceremonies in the past have always cost around 2000 kroner. Now we will do it like this: we ask of you to transfer 1000 kroner beforehand, of which 500 kroner will be non-refundable (we have had too many last minute cancellations..) because we have expencive flights to book for the medicine people to come.
Then at the weekend you can bring donation money for Hector and his family. Like this we can ensure that everybody can join it, even those with a low income, respecting the ancient tradition of never asking money for any healing treatment or ceremony. Remember medicine people generally have large extended families and their own tribe to support, and are not able to generate any income while they are away from home; they depend on our generosity.
Hector also takes private clients, while he is here. If you are interested in getting a healing session with him please let us know.
Be so kind not to forward this message. This is a personal invitation - if you have a friend who could be interested in getting the invitation, they can write to us or make a phone call.
Lots of love and greetings
Hanne, Frank, Tom and Rikke
Shamanistisk healer, biopat og phytoterapeut
Himmelev Bygade 56A
Tlf: 28 18 70 44