Tami Rogers & Caroline Nielsen
Discover the magic of the Andes
Conscious Exploring in the Sacred Valley
Join Tami and Caroline into the essence of Andean spirituality. Meditate and relax among the renowned Chakra Gardens. Each day we will offer exploration to ancient Inca ruins and spiritual sights. In addition, we will open our senses and immerse ourselves in Peruvian culture, traditions and cuisine. Mindful pausing to connect our own true nature within Pachamama’s wonders will further fortify the depths of our own inner landscape. Additionally, time allows for healing treatments which include solar-heated floral baths under the stars, Andean facials and massage, and crystal light therapy. We will have additional offerings in beautiful spacious, sun-filled studios, and much, much more.
Willka T’ika is a unique retreat center conceived, built and maintained on sustainable principles, where you will savor gourmet organic vegetarian meals, fresh from the gardens and fully relax in your garden accommodation. The multi generational Quechua staff have been a part of this center from the beginning, and their love and practice of Ayni is felt each and everyday. We look forward to sharing the magic that embodies all of the spaces of Willka T’ika.
Day 1 - Cusco
Saturday, May 3
Our program begins with one transfer from Cusco Airport to your lovely hotel where Tami and Caroline will be awaiting you. We will be situated in a convenient historic center, and all travelers should arrive no later than 11 am.
3:00 pm – We will meet the local guide in the hotel lobby for a brief orientation meeting. Late afternoon walk through the cobblestone streets of San Blas, where your guide will point out fascinating Incan stonework en route to the Korikancha Temple, the holiest site during Incan times.
6:30 pm – Our group will enjoy our first Peruvian dinner together. (D.)
Day 2 - Cusco & Sacred Valley
Sunday, May 4
AM – Visit the Inkan site of Saksaywaman overlooking the city of Cusco. Continue on to the ritual fountains at Tampumachay.
Participate in a ceremony to honor Yaku, the spirit of water, to open the body’s chakras. A traditional coca-leaf ceremony invites you to tap into the presence and energies of Pachamama,
PM – We will enjoy a picnic lunch. After a brief intro by the guides, the Willka T’ika Quechua staff will welcome you to the retreat center, help you schedule time for Andean spa services, and the use of the beautiful yoga, meditation and ceremonial spaces. (B.L.D.)
Day 3 - Fire Ceremony
Monday, May 5
AM – This day is dedicated to Pachamama, Mother Earth. Relax in the splendors of nature and enjoy a tour of the Seven Chakra Gardens. Optional private coca-leaf reading with an authentic Qero healer visiting from the high Andes. Medication and teachings in the garden with Tami. Optional guided walk through nearby Rumichaka farming neighborhood where the Quechua campesinos, farmers live.
1:00 pm – Lunch.
PM – Optional time to write in your journal or schedule time in the spa or try the sweat lodge/plunge pool experience. Coca-leaf readings continue from the morning. In the evening, enjoy an full group Andean offering and transformative fire ceremony with our Qero healer. The ceremony serves as a wonderful preparation of mind, body and spirit for your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. (B.L.D.)
Day 4 - School Visit & P’isaq
Tuesday, May 6
AM – An ayni day. Drive through the Sacred Valley to a Quechua mountain school supported by the nonprofit Willka T’ika Children’s Fund. Since 1995, Willka T’ika has supported high mountain community communities where few tourists are privileged to visit. In a reciprocal ayni exchange, the group offers an activity the children can enjoy. The warmth and heart-warming joy of the children, and their openness in bringing guests into their daily lives are special moments not easily forgotten. Afterward, enjoy a riverside bag lunch.
PM – Continue to the spectacular ruins of P’isaq, overlooking impressive Incan terraces. Hike to the Temple of the Sun and walk in a silent personal vision quest. Return to the main square of P’isaq by bus and visit the famous, colorful market filled with woven goods, jewelry, wall hangings and hand-painted beadwork.
Enjoy café or tea in the market square. P’isaq is a photographer’s dream. Return to Willka T’ika for a late afternoon group session before dinner. (B.L.D.)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu
Wednesday, May 7
AM – Early breakfast. Tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Tea/coffee and snack served on train. A bus takes you to the sunlit terraces of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a fabulous guided tour of the ancient “City of Light.” Experience a journey through the masculine energy temples of political and spiritual power, followed by a deep reconnection of feminine earth energies.
PM – In the afternoon, hike to Inti Punku, the original Incan Gateway to the Sun or to the Incan bridge. Late afternoon train back to Ollantaytampu where you will transfer to Willka T’ika in time for a late dinner. (B.D.)
Day 6 - Ollantaytampu & Maras
Thursday, May 8
AM – Visit the ceremonial site of Ollantaytampu and its famous Sun Temple. Lunch on own in the quaint picturesque town.
PM – We will lead a group meditation in the Chakra Gardens of your choice and allow yourself time to receive the ancestry crown chakra energies beneath the 1000 year old Lucuma Tree.
Enjoy an Andean SPA treatment or crystal light therapy session. For the more active, choose from a variety of hikes, including the nearby Maras Salt Flats and activities through the valley and up the mountains. (B.D.)
Day 7 - Urubamba
Friday, May 9
We will lead a special day of mindful integration at Willka T’ika.
Optionally, choose a guided morning hike to the town of Urubamba through farming neighborhoods, visit a typical, lively Peruvian market, a wonderful alpaca factory, and the famous Seminario ceramics shop.
1:00 pm – Lunch; Group program after lunch.
6:30 pm – Farewell dinner. (B.L.D.)
Day 8 - Departure
Saturday, May 10
Closing session followed by a group bus transfer to the Cusco aiport to connect to Lima, and flight home.
Arrive home feeling blessed with pure energy of your transformational Andean journey -of-a-lifetime! (B)
Accommodations and Cost of Retreat
Willka T’ika was originally conceived and is lovingly maintained as a private garden retreat center. Each room has its own private bathroom and entry to the gardens. Guests will be sharing a room with another retreat participant, or alone if one chooses.
Double Occupancy: $3,185
Additional Cost for luxury suite
Payment & Logistics
Reservation: Deposit to $500 non-refundable by 8/1/2024 – Final non-refundable payment due Feb.15, 2024. In addition, a completed online registration liability waiver for Willka T’ika as well as Insight Eco Tours is required.
Limited to 16 travelers.
Call or email Caroline at 617-962-8712 and Carolinenielsen4@hotmail.com
Arrival/Departure: Program services begin with a group transfer from the Cusco airport on Day One and end with the group transfer from Willka T’ika to the Cusco airport on Day Eight. Participants arriving at a different time may arrange a private transfer with Willka T’ika or take a taxi at their own expense.
Cost includes: All accommodations, most meals, transportation and entrance fees to all ruins and Machu Picchu. B=Brkfst L=Lunch D=Dinner (noted on itinerary)
Excluded in cost: All flights to Cusco, some lunches, spa services, and optional excursions.
A non-refundable $500/person deposit by 8/1/2024 reserves your spot!
Please join us for this epic journey for the SOUL