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Andean Lore & the Lucuma Tree

In Inkan lore, the Lucuma tree encompasses the three worlds of ancient Andean cosmology. The trunk represents kaypacha, the world of humans, plants and animals, a place of action and interaction, of cause and effect that shapes our lives. The roots rep …

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A Cuy Lunch Outing in Chumpe-Pokes

Terry Visits the Family of the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund’s First University Graduate in Chumpe-Pokes Mountain Community   For over a decade, The Willka T’ika Children’s Fund has supported a school in the Andean community of Chumpe-Pokes. Thanks …

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Willka T’ika Staff Hiking in the Sacred Valley

Hiking up the Sacred Valley to the “Las Ruinas de Perolniyoc” By Terry Cumes Every time I come to Peru I try to take Willka T’ika’s staff hiking in the Sacred Valley. Considering 18 people’s work and vacation schedules, it’s hard to find a day when eve …

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Pachamama’s Birthday

  August is regarded as Pachamama’s birthday. Every year at Willka T’ika, the staff and I gather with our Qero Pakko, ritual specialist, to offer our gratitude to Her. As the name Pachamama suggests, the Quechua respect and honor their Mother Eart …

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Magical Journey to North India “Moksha”

For many years, Magical Journey International has offered their signature “Rebirth in North India, Moksha” journey. Carol and Mark traveled with their guests for the most transformative Indian experience, and Carolina Rogoll writes of hers on the Huffp …

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10 Fun Activities for a Quechua Birthday!

On October 11, 2015 Carol Cumes, owner and founder of Willka T’ika, celebrated a very special Quechua birthday with her extensive Quechua family spanning four generations. During this Willka T’ika holiday, Carol had treated her entire staff the day bef …

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3 Solo Women Expats in Peru

By Michaela Brown, one of 3 Willka T’ika Women living in Peru!     What drives our major life choices? For me, it has been place. Countries I’d never heard of and ancient, simple cultures caught my attention in my early twenties and have been …

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Interview with Dr. Sue Morter

CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO OF DR. SUE MORTER’S INTERVIEW   Dr. Sue Morter, founder and visionary of the Morter Institute, leads retreats and seminars teaching people to use quantum thoughts and energy medicine to achieve their full …

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Nature as a spiritual teacher

    When Carol Cumes first laid eyes on the 1000-year-old lucuma tree standing boldly on neglected Peruvian soil in 1994, she didn’t know it would become her Andean spiritual teacher. She also didn’t know what the lucuma tree would guide her …

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Interview with Yoga Instructor, Dr. Baxter Bell

Baxter Bell, a San Francisco Bay Area yoga teacher and medical acupuncturist, chatted with Willka T’ika about yoga, the Andean concept of “ayni,” and what he looks for in choosing a yoga retreat location. Baxter lead yoga classes for a retreat at Willk …

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