See Inside My Magical Trip to Peru and Mexico

Yup, this is all real.  I've seen this ancient city four times and it continues to take my breath away.

Yup, this is all real.  I've seen this ancient city four times and it continues to take my breath away.

Hola friends,

I'm just back in the United States after a heart-opening voyage to Latin America.  It started with a mystical retreat to Peru/Machu Picchu with six amazing women.  It was a gift to lead them and learn from their wisdom.  To learn more about what it was to be on the other end of the retreat please read this thoughtful piece by one of the attendees, Kelly.  I think she gets to the liberating magic of our journey together quite beautifully. 

Then I boarded another plane and took a few days for myself in Mexico City--just for a VACATION!! (The caps are because I never do this!)

Once in Mexico, I was having such an amazing time that I extended my trip, which again I never do.  Once I started relaxing and enjoying, I realized I needed more time to soak in the amazing culture around me.  I feel so lucky to be able to travel and speak Spanish and experience this part of the world. 

Last week was also the first time that my newsletter didn't go out in two years!  I was so blissfully disconnected that I didn't even notice.  I've always felt a tiny superstitious that everything would fall apart if I took a week off.  It turns out that life went on quite nicely, which was a relief. 

However, I was going to send out this important essay on embracing the shadow side of self-care by Erin, who is completing my self-care continuity program.  She's a gifted writer who has done a lot of important work on herself.  Please take advantage of her wisdom and read!

Book Update!!  I'm still writing away, sharing all the self-care knowledge that I know and have learned from my clients.  So far I have over 100 pages and I'll be closer to 150 by this Monday's last deadline. Woo-hoo!  It's hard for me to believe that I'm really doing this, even though I've spent so many hours typing away that it should feel real.

I've wanted to write a book for years and never knew how.  Then I signed up for support and it's all come together.  It's the same thing that happens when brave ladies sign up for one of my self-care programs.  All their fragments of hopes and dreams coalesce into a real life experience.  It feels like magic but it happens through their commitment and willingness to trust in a process. 

Ok loves, it's good to be home!  Now I'm going to get back to writing.  I'll have more exciting updates next week for you so make sure to read. Until then enjoy the end of your summer and take extra good care of yourself. 

XO,
Gracy

El Patio, my favorite hotel in Lima!

El Patio, my favorite hotel in Lima!

I wrote over 100 pages of my book on this trip!  I wrote while waiting for buses, on airplanes flying over oceans and in so many random cafes.  It turns out that I can write pretty much anywhere.

I wrote over 100 pages of my book on this trip!  I wrote while waiting for buses, on airplanes flying over oceans and in so many random cafes.  It turns out that I can write pretty much anywhere.

When I see mountains like this none of my problems matter.  Nature will outlast us all and being in it's immense presence relaxes me so much. 

When I see mountains like this none of my problems matter.  Nature will outlast us all and being in it's immense presence relaxes me so much. 

I loved this little angel!

I loved this little angel!

Peru reminds me of my immense need for ceremony.  It was a gift to share this sacred space with the six amazing ladies who came on retreat. 

Peru reminds me of my immense need for ceremony.  It was a gift to share this sacred space with the six amazing ladies who came on retreat. 

Yes yes yes

Yes yes yes

Here's the dream team!  Each one of these women added an essential element to our group.  The result was that we all emerged brighter, stronger and more connected to something bigger than any of us. 

Here's the dream team!  Each one of these women added an essential element to our group.  The result was that we all emerged brighter, stronger and more connected to something bigger than any of us. 

Yoga at the ruins--one of my favorite moments of the trip!

Yoga at the ruins--one of my favorite moments of the trip!

We arrive! It was all so worth it!

We arrive! It was all so worth it!

After leading such a big experience in Peru, I needed a few days of downtime in Mexico City. 

After leading such a big experience in Peru, I needed a few days of downtime in Mexico City. 

The art, the architecture, the food, the people, el corazon--everything about the city was enchanting to me.

The art, the architecture, the food, the people, el corazon--everything about the city was enchanting to me.

What did we do before Airbnb?  This clean little nest nurtured me well during my stay. 

What did we do before Airbnb?  This clean little nest nurtured me well during my stay. 

My friend Erin is such an excellent travel companion.  We both ended up in Mexico without planning it!!  Fate wanted us to have a fabulous time apparently. 

My friend Erin is such an excellent travel companion.  We both ended up in Mexico without planning it!!  Fate wanted us to have a fabulous time apparently. 

Someone special told me that I had to see the Virgen of Guadalupe when I went to Mexico...

Someone special told me that I had to see the Virgen of Guadalupe when I went to Mexico...

It turns out she was right.  I felt a huge presence of love visiting her basilica that stayed with me for the rest of my trip. 

It turns out she was right.  I felt a huge presence of love visiting her basilica that stayed with me for the rest of my trip. 

I was having such a good time that I decided I need to take even more of a retreat.  I ventured into the mountains to visit the magical town of Tepotzlan. 

I was having such a good time that I decided I need to take even more of a retreat.  I ventured into the mountains to visit the magical town of Tepotzlan. 

I ate food in the markets and wrote my book and took some time to really listen to myself. 

I ate food in the markets and wrote my book and took some time to really listen to myself. 

I also drank this amazing kombucha-like beverage called pulque.  The man who sold this to me said I would sleep well that night and when I got back to my room I passed out for 10 blissful hours.  There's a certain magic to it and I'm excited to explore it more...maybe when I lead my next retreat to Mexico!!!

I also drank this amazing kombucha-like beverage called pulque.  The man who sold this to me said I would sleep well that night and when I got back to my room I passed out for 10 blissful hours.  There's a certain magic to it and I'm excited to explore it more...maybe when I lead my next retreat to Mexico!!!