Our incredible yoga retreat center in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We were nestled in the Andes mountains and nurtured by delicious food from Pachamama (mother earth) and the great staff that cooked and cared for us.
It's funny that there were so many people at Machu Picchu but our tour guide Kujo--an amazing healer and human being--made us feel like we were the only ones there. It was my third time there but the first time I really understood the spirit of Machu Picchu as a place where you can meet the most divine aspect of yourself.
After the yoga retreat, I ventured up the Cordillera Blanca to visit the town and people I served in the Peace Corps. It's only eight hours from Lima but I feel like I travel back in time to a whole different part of myself. Going back to visit is one of the most challenging and delightful parts of my life. This is my fourth time returning. I grow so much each time and know more than ever that I will be back again to learn even more about this culture and myself.
This is me with my godson Kennith! He was born while I lived there and is eight years old now. Wow! Time doesn't feel like it's passed at all except for the kids. He's awesome--smart, relaxed, fun, creative. It's really cool to watch him grow up.
Mama Tillku! This lady is so amazing. She tends to her animals and works in her chacra (farm) every day. She is strong and healthy. In this town, there isn't a great distinction between what you do as a young person or a older person. Life feels much more connected and fluid than it does in the States. Of course it's hard too. The younger generation is having a really difficult time breaking out of the conventional family and class structures to get jobs and pursue new opportunities. Like everything, it's a mixed bag.
This is El Patio, the sweetest little hotel in Lima. Lima isn't my favorite city but I do love spending a day or two there to catch up with old friends, eat ceviche, and walk along the malecon (boardwalk) to stare out of the sea.
Lima is almost never sunny this time of year but the sun come out in full force twice during this this trip. Like these incredible sunsets, many parts of my trip felt like gifts from the universe. I'm so grateful and can't wait to do it again next year. Stay tuned for more information. I'd love to have you join for a future retreat!