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 hold a powerful container for you to practice mindfulness and yoga, and other tools for bringing more self-compassion forward for ourselves and others, 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, to guide your healing of personal conflicts within yourself and your past, to give you a valuable perspective of others different than yourself, and possibly give you insight and a call towards your steps of action in the world now.
Traveling with Where They Be Dragons is a powerful experience.
Here’s the Itinerary:
|DAY 1||We 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 2||After 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 3||We 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 4-7||In 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 8-10||En 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 –||OPTIONAL ADD-ON: (June 14th)|
Join us on a journey to Machu Picchu. We will learn about the rise and fall of the Incan Empire, traditional tourism vs. ecotourism and conservation practices, and the depths of Andean cosmology. We will rise early on June 14th and reach the site late in the morning to ascend the original Incan steps to this mystical archaeological site. If you have never experienced the majesty of Machu Picchu, we highly recommend this additional excursion! We will return to Cusco that evening.
Final Goodbyes with Machu Picchu Add-on group.
You can register now for this by following this registration process. Your initial deposit is $850 to hold your spot. Full price is $4895 per person. If you’d like to add-on the additional days to Machu Picchu it is an extra $400. Please register before February 2022 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. If you have questions please let me know (Donna@women-in-transformation.com).
Please fill out registration form on the Dragons Adult Trip Registration page and someone will contact you directly by phone or email. The Registration process will include an interview.
I’m so thrilled you are coming with us!!
This begins your spiritual adventure to the Sacred Valley of Peru.