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Itinerary - Chavin retreat

This is a referential itinerary for our retreat in Chavin - there will likely be adjustments once we are there.

Saturday - June 4 - settle into our lodging in Chavin.  Afternoon group meeting with Jack our host.  Time to be announced.  Option to visit temple site in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants

Sunday - June 5 -  7:30am breakfast at local restaurant.  Pack for an overnight ceremony. Many will want to bring fruit for a late afternoon or morning snack. 9:15am depart for Jack's property for ceremony #1. In the morning and afternoon, while working with the medicine, each of us will likely find our own place on Jack's property, such as by the river or near the cactus or standing stones.  Late afternoon we will gather around the fire where Alvaro will play his flutes interspersed with periods of connection to the sounds of nature. Simple dinner at Jack's. We will stay on Jack's property this day and sleep over night there.

Monday - June 6 -  7:00-10:00am.  You are welcome to walk back to the hostel on your own this morning -- a comfortable 15-20 walk -- or wait for a van to pick us up.  Breakfast at local restaurant.  Morning and early afternoon to rest and integrate on your own.  Early afternoon group circle time.  Mid afternoon, Jack may take us on a walk or short excursion.

Tuesday - June 7 -  7:30am breakfast at local restaurant.  Pack for an overnight ceremony. Many will want to bring fruit for a late afternoon or morning snack. 9:15am depart for Jack's property for ceremony #2.  After drinking the medicine we will take a taxi to the temple grounds to work with the medicine.  5:00pm, leave temple grounds, return to Jack's property to sit by fire. Alvaro will play his flutes interspersed by period of quiet. Simple dinner at Jack's. We will sleep over night on Jack's property,

Wednesday - June 8 - 7:00-10:00am.  You are welcome to walk back to the hostel on your own this morning -- a comfortable 15-20 walk -- or wait for a taxi to pick us up.  Breakfast at restaurant.  Morning and early afternoon to rest and integrate on your own.  Early afternoon group circle time.  Mid afternoon, Jack may take us on a walk or short excursion.

Thursday - June 9 - 7:30am breakfast local restaurant.  Pack for an overnight ceremony. Many will want to bring fruit for a late afternoon or morning snack. 8:15am group gathering allowing each a time to share with the group the journey they have been on. 9:15am depart for Jack's property for ceremony #3.  After drinking the medicine we will take a taxi to the temple grounds to work with the medicine.  5:00pm, leave temple grounds, return to Jack's property to sit by fire. Alvaro will play his flutes interspersed with periods of connection to the sounds of nature. Simple dinner at Jack's. We will sleep over night on Jack's property.

Friday - June 10 - 7:00-10:00am.  You are welcome to walk back to the hostel on your own this morning -- a comfortable 15-20 walk -- or wait for a taxi to pick us up.  Breakfast at local restaurant.  Morning and early afternoon to rest and integrate on your own.  Early afternoon group circle time.  Mid afternoon, Jack may take us on a walk or short excursion.

Saturday - June 11 - 7:30am breakfast at local restaurant.  Pack for our extended field trip to Yayno.  10:00 board a private van headed to Pomabamba.  We will stop along the way for lunch, purchase wood and have other breaks.  The road time without breaks is 7 hours. Dinner and overnight lodging in Pomabamba.

Sunday - June 12 - 7:30am breakfast at local restaurant in Pomabamba.  Group trip to markets to purchase bread and vegetables for our meals while camping. Individuals will want to purchase fruits and other foods for snacks. 10:00am depart markets for meadow near our destination in order to load horses and donkeys to carry our gear. Greet don Mariano, our host at Yayno. 11:30am walk or ride a horse 3 miles to don Mariano property at the base of the Yayno temple area.  Set up tents. Afternoon free to rest and explore the area.
 
Monday - June 13 - 7:30am light breakfast. 10:00 gather for ceremony #4.  After drinking the medicine we will be guided to the temple grounds.  Over the next 6-7 hours we will gradually ascend to the top level of the temple where we will have a 360 degree view of the higher mountain peaks around us.  Cordillera Blanca is the glacier capped range that faces the Cordillera Negra. Our elevation will be more than 14,000 feet and the nearby peaks tower at over 20,000. Late afternoon we will descend the temple area to sit by a fire. Simple dinner.

Tuesday - June 14 - 7:30am. light breakfast followed by packing. 9:00am begin our walk downhill to the meadow where we first began our walk two days earlier. Load our gear into a private van for the 7 hour drive back to Chavin.  Stops along the way for meals.

Wednesday - June 15 - 7:30am breakfast at local restaurant.  Pack for an overnight ceremony. Many will want to bring fruit for a late afternoon or morning snack. 8:15am group gathering allowing each a time to share with the group the journey they have been on. 9:15am depart for Jack's property for ceremony #5. Although each ceremony is optional we recommend that rather than skipping a ceremony altogether that you will choose the option to join the ceremony and take a micro-dose allowing you to integrate the other ceremonies in a smooth, effective way with the support of our skilled medicine workers. People often choose to do this for the 5th ceremony. After drinking the medicine we will take a taxi to the temple grounds to work with the medicine.  5:00pm, leave temple grounds, return to Jack's property to sit by fire. Alvaro will play his flutes interspersed with periods of connection to the sounds of nature. Simple dinner at Jack's. We will sleep over night on Jack's property.

Thursday - June 16-  7:00-10:00am.  You are welcome to walk back to the hostel on your own this morning -- a comfortable 15-20 walk -- or wait for a taxi to pick us up.  Breakfast at local restaurant.  Morning and early afternoon to rest and integrate on your own.  Afternoon group circle time. 

Friday - June 17 - 7:30am breakfast at local restaurant. 8:30am  gathering of our "tribe" to share the highlights of our journeys. Group activity of the day will depend on interest.

Saturday - June 18 - Many of us will want to gather at restaurants and visit museums in Huaraz this day.
 
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