Maestro Manuel Rufino
Maestro Manuel Rufino is a recognized elder in the Taino tradition and World Director of M.A.I.S.C. He is a spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader and teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world. Maestro Manuel is also an artist, certified iridologist, naturo-therapist, vegetarian chef & the visionary guiding the Golden Drum community and many vegetarian restaurants including Jungle Café in Brooklyn. Guided by his teacher, Maestro Domingo Dias Porta, Maestro Manuel has been following the trails of indigenous healing arts for over 40 years. Maestro Manuel travels around the world with his wife Aneta sharing initiatic traditions, leading workshops, lectures, sweat lodges and healing rituals.
In 2010 Maestro Manuel and a number of his students opened Golden Drum as a space for sacred traditions in New York City. Founded to give voice to the worldview of Native Americans, indigenous peoples and the esoteric schools, Golden Drum features living representatives and students of these great traditions.
Master Domingo Dias Porta
The Venerable Domingo Dias Porta has traveled the Americas for more than four decades. Everywhere he has received a welcome as the bearer of good news. Recognized as an educator, a messenger, a visionary and as a spiritual teacher, Dias Porta demonstrates the special role of the Americas in the birth of a global civilization for our time, arising from the natural order of earth and cosmos. He offers the Mayan wisdom as both prophetic and effectual to lead humanity to a new celebration of life.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1930, as a young man he pursued undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela, later serving on the faculty. His work was in education sciences, psychology, art appreciation, sociology and anthropology.
Early in life he recognized that he wished to serve the cause of PEACE. He began the study and practice of yoga with the Universal Great Brotherhood which was founded by the Sublime Master Serge Raynaud de la Ferriere (often referred to as the Avatar) and co-founded by Master Jose Manuel Estrada. He rose to become the first disciple of Master Estrada, later to succeed his mentor as Dean of the Schools of Initiation. In these schools, the sacred traditions of humanity, both of the East and the West, are the basis of study and practice.
In the 1977, he founded the Movement of the American Indian Solar Cultures (M.A.I.S.). In this way he gave impulse to the renewal of the traditional values of the autochthonous peoples of the western hemisphere known as "Amerikua."