About Integrative Archaeology
Integrative Archaeology: Access the healing, wisdom and power of ancient sites and discover their hidden histories.
- Machu Picchu.
- Angkor Wat.
These ancient sites and countless others around the world, call to us.
Embedded in the structures and earth we walk upon lie the wisdom and memories of thousands of years, waiting to be discovered.
And yet, for the traveler who is called to explore these places, the reality of our experience can feel a long way from our dreams. Hefty guidebooks to wade through, giving conventional histories and casting only a dim light on the vibrant cultures and people of the past. Distracting chatter of tour groups. Commercial guides whose role is to tell you what you’re seeing, and interpret your own senses through the words of others.
Integrative Archaeology is for anyone seeking more than a photograph when they visit structures and remnants of ancient worlds and lost civilizations.
Together, we go deeper and allow the stories of the ancestors, ancient civilizations, beliefs and rituals to reveal themselves.
Discover your own connection to ancient archaeological sites — hear the voices of the ancestors who lived and breathed tere and open up to the hidden spiritual wealth, life-changing personal messages and unique stories these mystical places have to reveal.
“Official” narratives of history and traditional archaeology limit their focus to physical evidence and present logical possibilities within a multi-dimensional prismatic landscape. The stories of these places are so much bigger and greater.
Our mission is to empower anyone to pursue an exploration of the wisdom, healing and hidden histories waiting to be revealed when we connect with ancient places, by opening, utilizing and trusting our senses and innate ability to connect with the past.
You stand at a sacred site, somewhere in the world. Somewhere you’ve longed to travel to… that has called to you in images, books, dreams or traveler’s tales.
Stones, structures, waters, mountains and earth have lured travelers, just like you, for thousands of years. Enticed by their beauty, meaning, and invisible wealth of information, we travel great distances, often at great expense, just to be in their presence.
You take a deep breath, feeling the stories you have explored pulse through you. Your approach to the site and the techniques you now have as an Integrative Archaeologist, support you to experience the site on deep and personal levels.
Your intuition guides you to the exact locations that have meaning for you and you feel the messages, which are there for you alone, wash over you.
As you move through the site, you may sense a familiarity, already knowing the paths to take. Your senses are alive, and you feel a deep connection to the previous inhabitants, the beings who have trodden here before you.
As the messages you will take back with you begin to take shape, you feel a great sense of peace and excitement with what is unfolding.
This is like no other trip you’ve ever taken.
My journey to this work began as a child, eager to lead “expeditions” to out of the way places, and later in books and museums. Like giant magnets, the ancient Olmec, Aztec, Toltec and Mayan sites of Mesoamerica drew me to them. I was still in my teens when I first visited Mexico City and explored the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan and other ancient sites in the area. I did not know then that I was being initiated into a lifetime adventure.
Massive stones and structures spoke to me then, as they do now. This was home.
A year later, the ancient city of Tangiers, Moorish beauty of the Alhambra Palace, artworks of the Louvre and London’s British Museum whispered stories written in the auras of antiquities telling of times passed and lost civilizations.
I spent many days in the Egyptian Exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and made my way back frequently to be close to objects that seemed so familiar, to breath their essence into my soul.
By the time I was 19 years old, I initiated an art and antique business that kept me in the loop of my explorations and gave me a tactile relationship with objects of the past. Ancient civilizations and forgotten worlds enveloped me in their magic. I traveled, collected art and artifacts, read, studied and visited sacred sites. I planned my journeys to mystical places and, eventually, I began to include others in the adventure, just as I did when I was a child.
Years passed and I eventually moved to San Francisco and took five years to study painting and performance/video at the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduation, I continued to paint and perform and delved deeper into the great mystery, the mystic. The world I inhabited since childhood included the unseen, what was invisible to others. It took me a good portion of my life to acquire a language for my experience and to develop methods to address the unspeakable.
Now, as an author, painter, world traveler and real estate broker, my work shares a common thread: the treasure hunt.
Over the last fifty years I have researched, visited, explored, painted and written about hundreds of archaeological sites, ancient, sacred and ceremonial.
Together, my experiences add up to a lifetime of focused extensive exploration covering almost every continent and over 35 countries.
As founder and CEO of the Integrative Archaeology Foundation, our purpose is continued research, production of educational materials and events and to assist with the preservation of indigenous cultures.
Luminous has facilitated transformational journeys worldwide since 1986.
If you’re curious to learn more about this methodology, my book INTEGRATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY delivers what explorers of sacred places are seeking–something that tourism cannot provide—access to the hidden spiritual wealth, life-changing personal messages and unique stories these mystical places have to reveal.
(No plans to travel? Use the skills in this book to enrich your everyday life and honor the Self as a sacred place.)
And you can click here for details of our next expedition, Peru 2018.