Off the Beaten Path - Connecting and Growing in 2010

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Sometimes it’s better to ride the little bus!

 

We believe that small is good. It allows flexibility, if weather or other factors change, or if unexpected opportunities arise. Here’s an example: One of the most powerful experiences of our 2009 trip occurred when we entered a small, little-known cave, to find that the stone altar there was lighted in a very unusual way – one that suggested, in view of some symbols in the Andean cosmology, a profound meeting of the masculine and feminine elements.  Our itinerary was immediately adjusted; a ceremony was performed by all present, and the experience was quite profound.

 

We also value the beautiful connections that arise among those who are sharing this journey together, and we know that when the number of participants is large, inevitably we just can’t all become acquainted. With a small group, the web of connection, holding, and caring can be woven in strength.

 

And, we want to be able to fully connect with each person who joins us, to support their journey and to have time to really respond.


Plus, we can go into areas that don't have big tourist hotels, and stay there for more than one afternoon.


Hence, this journey is limited to 12 participants.


For us, what has been magical about locating a part of our life’s journey in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, has been the opportunity to step into an extended sacred or ceremonial space.  Sharing with like-minded friends this sacred intention, and being held in the atmosphere of the high mountains. Cleansing in sacred springs.  Standing before the altars of a thousand years.  The Condor temple of liberation. Divine feminine in the grotto of the Mama Quilla, the moon. Seeing many more stars each night. And doing our own personal work: learning the secrets of the mesa, how to use it to draw on the forces that can help us to shed our past. Clarifying intention, and moving forward in a fresh  new way.

 

To stay immersed in this way, even for a week or two, is to allow our “seeing” and “healing” abilities to be strengthened and become habits. Then we can perceive and cleanse the luminous body. Staying in contact with the spirits or forces of Nature, until they seem like old friends – that becomes a gift we can take home.  Personal interaction with these realms is our intent, but it is not the goal. It is the means, through which we develop our ability to dream a new world into being, working in vibrant cooperation with the light beings and earthkeepers of all time.





Sacred Peru 2010: Off the Beaten Track

 

Inca” shares its root syllable with “Inti” (sun). Our journey in August will take us from the Sacred Valley of the Incas, back in time along the path of the migration of the “Children of the Sun”. It is also a journey “toward the light”, an inner journey to open our higher centers (also associated with the Sun), and take that Light into our energy bodies.

 

We’ll begin in Cusco, sharing lunch and joining in ceremony at a site very close to the city, but visited by very few, those who know of its location, its power, and its significance.

 

At the end of that first day, we travel together to the Sacred Valley, 3,000 feet lower, where we adjust gradually to the altitude. We’ll be sleeping in the valley for 4 nights, with time for working together in the evenings, yoga and breathwork in the morning.

 

Each day we journey to ancient power sites, or huacas , some quite imposing, and others one might easily overlook. We have a purpose in mind here: our trip is about opening and connecting. Because only by removing old forms do we free up energy and attention to devote to new ones. Because only by taking in the new, do we move forward. Throughout the world there are power spots, seen and tended by indigenous peoples for millennia. And here in the high Andes, these have been fed with love and attention up to the present day.

 

We’ll visit a site that’s been likened to a great representation of a condor, symbol of the soul’s flight, for despacho ceremony and for a traditional limpia or purification practice, to begin our work here.  At another seldom-seen huaca, we’ll have a chance to connect to the mighty glaciated apus, which tower above this valley, reflecting and channeling the energies of the stars. A great opportunity for mesa work, and a chance to journey through this portal, to receive the aid and messages those apus offer each of us.

 

The serpent and puma also have their connecting portals, and these too will be accessed. It sounds like a lot of stops, but taking it easy, over a period of 2-3 days, we’ll have time both for this work, and also for processing and quiet contemplation. The smaller restaurant, the quiet garden, are yours to enjoy.

 

Thus our pattern of discovering these sites is for the purpose of experiencing their effect on us. And working with what we discover. Some of us may come to heal; some to welcome the new – chances are we’ll discover that each requires the other. The three major energy centers, Yachay, Munay, and Llankay, all need to be open and functioning. Through Munay we connect; the living energy flows into us and from us, and visiting huacas  helps us to develop that; Munay is a way of being, to take home with us.

 


Our deep vision (Yachay) is also developed here. Where the signals are amplified, we become accustomed to receiving them, and our understanding deepens as we work in a different kind of time.


 

We leave the Sacred Valley by way of a small winding road. Known to few outsiders, it follows a little stream that has cut a deep valley down to the river. As we rise to the altiplano, we soon come to an enchanted site. There are both very ancient petroglyphs, with intriguing images that appear to be of… vehicles. Nearby is a carving that looks like it was made in the future. There is still more mystery here, and you may choose to turn to our sacred plant teacher, the huachuma cactus, to help us unravel the secrets. We’ll be joined by a wonderful curandera who has spent many years with this medicine plant. At the end of the day we move on to Cusco.


 

Next morning we move even further afield, toward the southeast, whence came the first Incas. According to legend, the Children of the Sun came to this planet through Lake Titicaca. And it's perhaps no coincidence that the waters of the Urubamba River, which flows through the Sacred Valley on its way to Machu Picchu and the Amazon, have their twin source in the Lake, and in the glaciated mountains, including Ausangate, which rise above the Cusco region to the Southeast.






Few tourists visit these thin-air sites, yet for those seeking to connect with, "source from" the central Sun, there are energies to tap into here. Certain themes continue: The puma, will, and service.  The condor, this time in connection with the ch'aska-kuna of our Milky Way. And one of the Incas' largest but less-visited temples, dedicated to the sacred balance, ayni in its divine essence. New doorways open as we enjoy our second day of work with our plant-teacher huachuma in this setting.




Finally we return to Cusco to enjoy a farewell dinner. After breakfast on the 31st, continue your adventure, perhaps joining the optional extension to Machu Picchu which begins September 1st.









Another option: "Way off the beaten track" Jeffrey loves to backpack in high places. If you are interested, and in good physical condition, you're invited to join him for two nights on the trail, carrying your gear and food, starting 4 days prior to our journey.  All expenses "Dutch-treat."




Fee for the main journey is $2,100, double-occupancy.  A note about the costs: This is a non-profit venture for us. Typical tours in the Sacred Valley of Peru of this length and depth generally cost $1,000 more than this and the group size of such tours is usually twice the number we are allowing (12 persons). Though not 5-star, accommodations will be comfortable. 


Your non-refundable deposit of $500 will ensure your place with us at this price. 


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