Ray Crist  is a world renowned visionary who offers his teachings from his deep well of knowledge on indigenous wisdom. He has been an apprentice of the Q'ero Nations elders since 2006 and trough the last 15 years has shared this way with thousands of spiritual seekers. Ray has traveled the world and has spent the last three decades immersed in shamanism, various styles of yoga, Chinese medicine, martial arts  He has been offering workshops and trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, NY Open Center, Yoga Journal, Blue Spirit, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and other centers around the world.

Ray’s trainings focus on how to use shamanic tools and yoga as technologies that assist us to reach an optimal state of being in order to live a balanced, empowered and extraordinary life. 

Ray was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2003 and was given 3 months to live. He left his home country of Greece and in 2005 had a surgery in the National Institute of Health (NIH) where he let go of his right kidney! After that he ventured in search of indigenous healers. His path led him through Mexico and Peru. To his surprise, the shamans he met told him that they couldn’t heal him ... but that they could train him to become a shaman and heal himself.

Ray went on to become an apprentice of three shamans from lineages as old as the Inca civilization and the Amazon jungle shamans - spending several months of each year living with them as family, learning, studying, and healing. He received several initiations until he climbed to the top level of the Q'ero lineage and by the 12th year of his apprenticeship was initiated by his teachers Don Sebastian Pauccar Flores as a Kuraq Akulleq. This Quechua title translates to “seer” or “visionary” and comes with it a directive to share the Q'ero teachings to other nations as a planetary representative of the tribe's culture and medicine. This has become the mission of Ray’s life, and he founded The Jaguar Path in 2007 as the home base for that work. 

Ray is honored to share these teachings that he holds so close to his heart. He is known for focusing on affection and humor in his delivery, softening and opening the hearts of his students to receive the accelerated healing that these teachings can offer. Ray bows to the unfathomable power of this work and to the unlimited potential of each member of the ever-growing international Jaguar Path Tribe.

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Nina Crist grew up close to nature in Maine and was called from a young age to live a spiritual path in service of uplifting and developing others. She always knew that her life would focus on offering nourishment and support to those around her. At 17 she began training extensively in the martial arts, drawn to a deeply traditional, non-competitive, nature-based delivery of these ancient teachings in which discussion of the virtues and on becoming your best self, was held side by side with the physical forms.

For 20 years of her adulthood, Nina lived, breathed, studied, and taught the martial arts, learning the essence of each style: karate, aikido, jiu jitsu, Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Kung Fu, and more. Nina is a black belt with the title of Young Master or one who teaches black belt level techniques, and is a keeper of this ancient wisdom. Nina went on to become a Core Faculty member and Luminary presenter at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she received further yoga training. As a teacher, Nina draws on her deep practice and study of pranayama, mudras, meridians, postures, alignment, and the subtle body. She is a graduate of the Jaguar Path training in yoga & shamanism and co-leads these programs with Ray while expanding the Jaguar Path’s Tai Chi offerings.

Nina is honored to utilize her decades of traditional training and her own deep practice, to make these ancient arts accessible to her students of all levels. It is her life’s work to peel back the layers of dogma and fear that surround this ancient wisdom so that people from all walks and all stages of life can benefit. She is known for her heart-centered, bright-eyed approach to teaching and connecting that focuses on bringing out the absolute best in every person she encounters.

On December 19, 2021, Ray Crist, alongside more than 30 world-renowned scientists, entrepreneurs, visionaries and Medicine men & women shared their wisdom on how to craft a sacred journey through this life in stewardship of mother earth.

EarthKeepers Summit is an invitation to all of us to remember that we were brought to this world not only to fulfill a personal destiny but to serve our planet as well. 

To heal the wounds we have inflicted on Mother Earth we must surrender to a deeper awareness that lies within us and live in connection with natural law: consciously, alive, and with spiritual depth.  The footsteps you take today, the decisions you make tomorrow, the way you chose to lead your life will leave an imprint on our greater collective.

Enjoy a brand-new 5 day program filled with inspirational teachings, sacred ceremony and practical tools to support you through this time of massive awakening and change.

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