Women in the Sacred Valley — June 1-10, 2021

Join me to expand your heart on this special woman’s trip into the Sacred Valley of Peru.  This is much more than a travel experience: This is an immersion into the life of ancient and present-day Peruvians and what they can teach us about our Earth, our ability to open our hearts, and ourselves.  On the way, we will practice mindfulness and yoga, and create our self-compassion container so that we can balance our outer experiences with our inner work.  Wherever you are in your life, this trip will help you move more deeply into your authentic self  and into finding your steps of action in the world now.

Traveling with  Where They Be Dragons is a powerful experience. 

Here’s the Itinerary:

DAY 1We begin our time in the charming town of Urubamba. With a quiet eco lodge as our basecamp, we orient ourselves to our group and our surroundings, as well as the cultural and spiritual significance of this sacred landscape. A day hike takes us to little-known Incan ruins tucked away in the surrounding mountains for a starting ceremony and introduction to mindfulness practice.
DAY 2After yoga, meditation, and a relaxed breakfast, we have a host of activities to choose for our day: a scavenger hunt to explore the town market and central square, a visit to the local school, an opportunity to make pottery with native artists, and an exploration of traditional cuisine, to name a few. There will also be an opportunity to gather together, share about our lives, and be heard as we recall the events that have shaped who we are.
DAY 3We travel an hour southeast to the town of Pisac, along the Vilcanota river. Pisac, known for its vibrant outdoor market and quaint cafes, affords us space to wander through a maze of cobblestone streets. We spend the afternoon and evening at the Pisac Archaeological Complex, an elaborate fortress and burial site that once protected the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley.  This lesser-known site offers sweeping views of the valley, with intricate agricultural terraces and irrigation systems still in use today, providing a window into the dramatic rise and fall of the Incan empire.  That evening, we take time for evening mindfulness practice time and circle sharing.  
DAY 4-7In the morning, we have an opportunity to continue exploring the hills surrounding Pisac by foot, practicing mindfulness and quiet contemplation.   We also take some time to prepare for our rural homestay. In the mid-afternoon, we drive 30 minutes to Parque de la Papa. Known for its intricate textiles and agricultural wisdom, we spend 3 days living with Quechua families in Parque de la Papa. This time offers insight into daily life and culture in a highland Quechua community, as well as exposure to the more than 3,000 varieties of potatoes that are carefully cultivated in the region. We are afforded the privilege of  participating in the daily activities of the community, including harvesting potatoes, herding sheep, milking animals, weaving, visiting the local school and preparing traditional meals. During our time in the community, we discuss questions about complex community development issues such as education, sustainability, indigenous identity, cultural preservation, and globalization.  At the end of Day 7, we gather again  for a sharing circle and mindfulness practice.  
DAY 8-10En route to Cusco, we stop by the village and home of Siwar Quente, a Q’eros spiritual leader and descendent of the Inca. We share a meal with Siwar’s family, explore his village and witness a shamanic ceremony from his lineage. Returning to Cusco, we spend two days exploring this ancient Spanish colonial city, where past and present co-exist in a bewildering and captivating union. Our final days together are spent navigating the city’s winding streets, enjoying the rich flavors of Peruvian cuisine, and visiting any points of interest. Accompanied by our friend Siwar Quente, we bring our hearts together in a final ceremony at the Temple of the Moon overlooking Cusco. Our group’s completion of our heart-expanding program honors this sacred landscape as we reflect upon our time together and prepare for the transition home.
DAY 11-12OPTIONAL ADD-ON:  For those interested, we arrange your train tickets and a local guide to explore the enchanting Incan fortress of Machu Picchu, the most visited archaeological site in the Western Hemisphere.

Photo credit: Matthew King & Daphy Dhungana

REGISTRATION

You can register now for this by following this registration process. Your initial deposit is $850 to hold your spot. Full price is $4495 per person. If you’d like to add-on the additional days to Machu Picchu it is an extra $400. Please register before February 2021 to insure a spot, and sooner will allow you to ease through this process.  Registration begins at Dragon’s website and includes an interview process.

Fill out registration form on the Adult Trip Registration page.

Shannon Harriman, Dragon’s DIrector of Adult Programming, or Donna will contact you to set up an interview.

 

I’m so thrilled you are coming with us!!
This begins your spiritual adventure to the Sacred Valley of Peru.

Please refer any questions to Donna at 303 682-5220 or email by clicking the button below:

Photo credit: Matthew King & Daphy Dhungana

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