Our Story


Where & who are we?

Ancient Ways is located in Oregon ‘s mid-Willamette Valley, and is based in Lacomb, a rural area in the foothills of the Cascades. The organization, as a community, is an ever-changing organism. The local people who have created this network extend east to Sweet Home, south to Lebanon and Eugene, west to Albany, Philomath, and Corvallis and north to Monmouth, Stayton and Salem. This includes those who have been brought together by sharing the sweet sounds of Zimbabwean music, as well as those who find connection in the heart of Ancient Ways as a center for healing of both our planet and ourselves.
The current Board of Directors is Jan Six, Helen Six, Debby Vajda and Vickie Stevens. Mary Ann Tarr, a dear friend and long time Board member who passed on in May of 2012, contributed for several years in a variety of roles from Treasurer to Board Chair.



What are we up to?

We support the world community in remembering its connection to, and reverence for, their spirituality, each others diversity, and the earth, as well as encourage individuals to remember why they are here on the planet. We look to indigenous peoples everywhere to learn about lifestyle choices and how these choices affect the environment, our community as a whole, and ourselves. Historically, we have studied with Native Americans (from North and South America) as well as friends and teachers from Zimbabwe.
We are not a religious or political organization – we endeavor to learn, educate, and serve the community from a broad and aware cultural view. We work to change the future for the better through the arts, reverence for nature, and respect for each other.
Ancient Ways provides services locally, in Zimbabwe and to Peruvians.

  • Our current focus stateside is a Zimbabwean music program offering weekly classes, as well as occasional gatherings to explore healing, serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1993.
  • In a Zimbabwean partnership we have been collaborating providing rural services since 1999 in Mhondoro, and since 2005 in the Dewedzo Mountains to over 2,500 people. Through grass-roots donations we: 1) offer basic health care opportunities and well being education including HIV/AIDS and public health, 2) sponsor children to attend our own preschool, supporting their education through university level, 3) assist with facilities improvements (huts, toilets, wells, stoves), and 4) promote sustainable practices for longevity, including for example micro-loans, business training, and encouraging export businesses.
  • Our relationship has continued to evolve with Peru since 1997 when Ancient Ways was visited by Don Alejandro who shared his medicine of the Andes and Amazon.  Since that time we have continued to cultivate a deep friendship with Peru and its people.  We have offered sponsorship to poor Amazonian children who needed financial assistance, as well as repeatedly hosted visiting healers to our local area in Oregon.

Ancient Ways would not have been possible without the ongoing support and commitment of our family and friends who have seen, see, and participate in the vision.