Saq’ Be’: Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies


April 13 - Tikal - Temple of the sun during rainstorm -rainbow2Saq’ Be’: Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies serves to surface the deep wisdom from ancient lineages into our modern world through stories, teachings and other sharings, both online and in person. We support efforts to grow the continued vibrancy of such traditions. By drawing upon, in an appropriate manner, the deep wealth of knowledge and wisdom developed and kept alive by Indigenous cultures, we can shift our understanding of our role in the universe and move towards regenerating and reintegrating ourselves and our communities, creating a better world for future generations.

Saq’ Be’ (pronounced sock bay) is a Mayan term referring to the white/sacred road, the Milky Way and the spiritual path of one’s life

The organization was formed at the turn of the 21st century at the request of Mayan elders in Guatemala.  Based in Santa Fe, NM, Saq’ Be’ continues to play a role in respectfully facilitating the integration of the knowledge and wisdom of ancient lineages into the modern world while supporting those that maintain the living traditions in their homelands.  Our work has focused primarily on Mayan lineages from the highlands of Guatemala, and has also included support for traditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Colombian Sierra Nevada, and various communities in the US.  As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, these efforts have been and continue to be sustained by the generous donations of our supporters.


As a primarily volunteer run effort, Saq’ Be’ is particularly grateful to the ancestors, our board members and key lineage representatives:

Carlos Barrios – Mayan Ajq’ij

Denise Barrios – Board Member

Lina Barrios – Mayan Ajq’ij

Karen Marrero – Board Member

Zoraida Palacios Rubel – Board Member

Manuel Pan Ju Lux – Mayan Ajq’ij

Louisa Putnam – Board Member

Adam Rubel – Director, Board Member

Jose Maria Tol Chan – Mayan Ajq’ij