Elder Testimonials



He aha te mea nui o te AO? He Tangata He Tangata

(What is the greatest thing in the world? It is people, it is people) -Ancient Māori proverb.

For me Aniwa encompasses the above proverb! Its meaning is wide and diverse, in these transition times for Mankind.

Aniwa is about communal gathering whereby and through the love of Elders, a safe environment is provided to share, learn and receive, coming together as " One Family " 

Aniwa for me personally is and act of love of Service, ordained and Blessed by God and Pachamama, through the heeding call for healing through Ancestors...


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Chief Clara Soaring Hawk- Deer Clan Chief and Ambassador- Ramapough Lenape Nation

ANIWA represents LOVE and the best way forward in this world today!!! Aniwa is an opportunity to gather Honorably with other Indigenous Elders from around the world. It is a time when many teachings will be shared; some of which would otherwise remain inter-tribal or even cease to exist all together. Through Aniwa the opportunity is available for those who are seeking to learn more of the Indigenous ways and how to incorporate them into their own day to day lives. Teachings fundamental to the ways of Mother Earth; as we have learned and kept them through Tribal Ceremony and Ancestrally kept ways. I am thankful that there are Elders who are Confident and Comfortable in the Gifts given to each by Creator. There is no room for pride. Plenty of sharing and interacting on a very personal level with everyone. Many different traditions and Ceremonies to attend and always that feeling of being loved! A place for anyone to feel safe enough to open your heart and allow yourself to be filled with the Love of the Great Spirit. One has many opportunities to attend and learn the ways of Ceremony and Truth; so as to be healed and changed..in a “Good Way” “Forever”! A’ho! 

Kiiloona Lunaapeewak ~ We are all one People


Nana Amalia Atum, MayAN

We make a deep call to the Sacred Circle of ANIWA, to be part of different cultures holding the Ceremonies of the Elements Fire Water Earth Air.

Together we join our prayers of gratitude and receive the wisdom and spiritual medicine of each Grandmother and Grandfather who accompany us during these days of coexistence and mental, emotional, physical and spiritual transformation, where each of us honor and weave the prayers for a life in harmony with the cosmos.

Long live ANIWA ! May Ajaw accompany us with love.

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Twila Cassadore, Apache - Arizona

Aniwa is a breath of life for many.

The air I breathe while at Aniwa opens and nurtures the spirit and mind- connecting to Mother Earth and the importance of carrying on the traditional cultures and prayers of this life.

The work Aniwa does in many places of this world is so important and contributes to the betterment of many indigenous communities 

Aniwa is a blessing to this life.

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LánéSaan Moonwalker, Yacqui

I came as an invited elder. I left inspired and filled with hope by the youth.  It was heart opening, life changing and humbling to participate.

We are in a time of  great change.  We are in a time when humanity has the power to determine our fate, for good or bad.

There is a great need in the world for the energy, technological know how,  and motivation of the youth. There is an equal need for the insight, experience,  spiritual depth and wisdom of the elders. The BOA Foundation and the Aniwa Gatherings that they create provide the bridge for these groups to meet and share.  It is done with love and respect.  They are not mere words  but actions that they provide.

There is a moral imperative on both sides to do all that we can.  The times demand this.  Only in this way will humanity find their way thru.  Only in this way will the prophecies be fulfilled. 


Guest Testimonials

"There are no words to fully describe my experience at ANIWA... they are my soul family. It's a complete miracle to be able to share space with this many highest-level indigenous elders and spiritual teachers, and to be able to unite again this lifetime with them provided the greatest five days of my life! This gathering provides connections that further unlocks soul wisdoms and remembrances within you as well as the unique and profound ability for everyone, all walks of life, to come together in activating blessings and prophecies that support the entire planet and fun and laughter mixed in with these life-changing depths! There is truly no other gathering of this level and I could not recommend it more!"

Alyson Charles, LA 


Words can’t express my gratitude for Aniwa. I have been to the last two Aniwa gatherings. To receive the love and wisdom of all these elders from all over the world is wonderful. Aniwa to me was such a magical, heart opening event. A beautiful opportunity to deepen connection with amazing elders, to see their connection with nature, their kindness, their love, to learn about their traditions, to pray together, to receive deep healing and to meet many lovely people and make new friends. It was a life changing experience that opened my eyes to many things, which I knew deep inside but had forgotten. Especially sharing this with my mother was beautiful. 

I cant wait to join the next gathering !

Janina Scheuer, Germany


Aniwa, for me is home. My family.  I have never felt as close to my heart as I did during my first  Aniwa gathering. I could feel how my heart grew bigger each day and I found a connection with my own very being that I must have lost along the ways of life a very important communication with my own feelings that I now don’t understand how I could live without. I found me, the little baby me loved her and made a new promise to my self never ever wonder so far away from my heart. I also brought my two sons with me which was even more beautiful as I felt I understood, by listening to all the indigenous people from all over the world, what it really is to be a mother. Give love, unconditional love straight from your heart. Talk, teach and raise them with love and not to forget to let my inner child play and laugh with them. The smiles on my sons faces where bigger then I had almost ever seen. They got to do creative work with beautiful different teachers. Slept in my arms by the fire at night while we listen to indigenous songs and traditions. My family received deep powerful healing that I am forever greatfull. My sons and I can’t wait to return to Aniwa. All the beautiful people who join the gathering felt like family and I imagine if Aniwa would manage to gather all the people in the world to receive these great gifts the world will be a different place. Mother Earth would be in a better place. We would all use so much more love and kindness. Many of us think we know so much, but we don’t. The indigenous do, the warriors of the planet who work so hard day and night to try to safe us. We need to start to listen and return to our roots and live with the earth, not just on it. Aniwa will change your life so get ready and don’t miss that opportunity.

Johanna Maggy, Iceland


How do you explain taking away a lifetime worth of priceless knowledge from an experience that lasts a handful of days? It’s truly a gift to be given such powerful information that not only helps us open our own hearts, minds, and souls, but also shows us how to spread that love and wisdom to those around us- and beyond. Aniwa brings together some of the humblest, wisest, and most powerful leaders one might ever witness to do just that- teach us how to brighten our lights in order for us to collectively increase the vibration of this planet. I am forever humbled and grateful to be able to learn so much from these beautiful souls and am looking forward to witnessing the growth that Aniwa contributes to this world. 

ShantTeh Petrossian, Armenian - LA 


Aniwa is an honor to experience to share in prayers, healing, tears, laughter, community, cultural exchange and knowledge with the wisdom keepers and souls alike. Through ancient ways we are all brought into a family experience. Here we are only the children of mother earth and father sky. Nothing can express the extreme gratitude I have each year I attend aniwa. The healing that transpires, the friendships that deepen and the exponential growth that continues long after the 4 days is over. Aniwa is more than a gathering, it is an initiation into your soul.

Le’ Jai’ La Troi, NYC