"Every year I choose a new yoga retreat to unplug from teaching Yoga and more all year long! I chose Willka T'ika because of a good feeling when I checked out the Web Site. I felt blessed and very amazed by the chakras gardens and the beauty of the place. I truly felt inspired and had spiritual experiences during my stay. The meals were amazing and the staff was always ready to help for anything and accommodating. They added care and little touches of love here and there whether through a warm smile or kindnesses like a warm bed-bottle at night for our feet after a day of hiking! Since I have been back, I have spoken of Willka T'ika in all of my classes and highly recommended it. Willka T'ika is a Magical place to recharge, transform and heal! And it was a treat to meet Carol who created Willka T'ika. Thank you Carol! Thank you for your efforts and undying vision and your work with the education of the children.
I will be back!
"-- Dec 2016
Bridge between the Sacred and Physical
"Carol has created a place where one can feel their soul and commune with the sacred. I have always been told that I walk between worlds. The other side has always been much more real to me than this physical realm side. I have never been able to accurately describe what the other side feels like or looks like, until I entered Willka Tika. Everything from the Lucuma Tree to the lovely people who care for all that Willka Tika is. Carol has managed to create a bridge between what is the sacred and what is the physical. A safe place where one can go, seek clarity, understanding and healing on any level. Carol has created a bridge or gateway. As soon as you enter the gates it feels as if you are walking between the two worlds. Willka Tika is a place of Profound healing, body, mind and spirit. A place where you can attain a deeper understanding of the soul and spiritual growth. It could be a trek to get there, but aren't all spiritual journeys this way?
"-- Billee Burchett – Spritual Healer and Seer
Willka Tika: Love, Wisdom & Creativity
"Willka T’ika is a beautiful expression of Love, Wisdom & Creativity. Carol, your devotion and passion in materializing this space are very apparent, and appreciated. The gardens, the staff, the meals, the teas…Thank you deeply. The natural proclivity of the Willka T’ika experience to promote wellness and balance is quite exceptional. We brought home a small taste of Willka T’ika with your cookbook and have enjoyed some of it’s great recipes already. We are truly grateful, Thank You for sharing this space!
"-- Thomas Roy, November 2016
A "Power Spot" for Emerging Transformation towards Higher Consciousness
"“Willka T’ika is one of the “power spots” on the planet for the emerging transformation toward higher consciousness. And because of the unique pre-Inkan Lucuma Tree that Carol encountered, and the powerful Chakra Gardens she created over two decades, Carol has manifested a lens through which this transformative energy becomes focused. There is no better spot in the Sacred Valley to open yourself to the wisdom of the ancient Quechua-speaking people, their rich cosmology, and healing vibrations of the Andean medicinal plants and flowers. No other retreat center can offer anything like it.
Just being in the Gardens at Willka T’ika engenders a sense of well-being and spiritual balance. It is an energetic healing center, where guests doing deep inner work can come to reflect on and integrate their experiences. There, guests encounter a place to connect with the intelligence of Nature and Her healing powers. Many of the guests have experienced this, and have noted the Garden’s significance in their personal healing and inner work as they navigate the realms opened by Pachamama.“
"-- Dennis J. McKenna Ph.D.
Director of Ethnopharmacology, Heffter Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota
CSO, Symbio Life Sciences, Inc.
The Magic of Willka T'ika
""I came to Willka T'ika through an amazing series of synchronicities. I was at a crossroads in my life, and it was time to take a deep look at who I was and where I was going. I was hoping to make a greater peace with the past, unleash a greater creativity in the present, and proceed with a greater intention and discipline into the future. I needed the right time and the right space to let go, sort out, and reconfigure. At Willka T’ika I found what I was looking for...and then some! Amidst the glory of your visionary gardens I felt the unconditional love of the natural world wash me clean and was able to accept my place in the universe for maybe the first time ever. I got a chance to have all my family past and present come before me in vision and I had the opportunity to say “Thank you” and “ I love you” to each and every one of them… and then let them be free! I saw my life in such a penetratingly beneficent light that I knew for the first time in a long while that I was on the right path and could see a little farther up ahead than I could before. I could go on and on, but the words lose their meaning after a while. Suffice it to say that two years later I am still running on the juice I got at Willka T’ika and I’ve been manifesting like mad. Like I got new batteries at age 44…
Willka T’ika demonstrates what can be created out of a spirit of love, diligence, humility, reciprocity and the power of intuition. To some degree we become what we behold, and like an alchemical mirror, this place is a model of harmony and grace that allows you to imagine a better version of yourself. You can grow a bit. Change a little. Move slightly closer towards wholeness. Take that first tentative step that will lead to true, foundational healing. We all know that new growth is a tender and delicate thing, requiring care and support to take root, and this beautiful retreat acts as a gentle scaffold, assisting the evolution of the self to a slightly higher vibration. Once again, language fails to do it justice but believe me when I tell you there is palpable magic going on in the gardens of Willka T’ika…
The chakra gardens present a three dimensional model of the interior world, where spiraling strolls and peaceful meditations in secluded nooks and crannies give the visitor time and space in which to quietly explore and understand the subtle nuances and the awesome potential of the mind, body. And soul…
The thousand year-old Lucuma tree stands strong, a wizened old witness to the last millennia, grounding the entire property and all visitors even when not in sight. You feel her/his presence all the time and it allows you to breathe a little easier, even in moments of anxiety and trepidation…
The delicious (and gorgeous!) food nourishes the body and spirit and invites a return to simplicity and purity. I definitely re-aligned my diet on my return home based on how I felt after dining for a week at Willka T’ika…
The amazing staff that cares for you like family. The artistic outpouring that informs every last detail of the buildings, rooms, and accommodations. The Mountains and the Valley. The people of Peru. The traditional belief systems and the spirit of Ayni that seems a part of the land itself. There is a lot of good going on here and it is impossible to leave Willka T’ika without taking a bit of it with you. Thanks for creating this place and letting wonderful things happen here Carol. Kisses."
"-- Adam Wegner - Musician, Returning guest
Blanket of Peacefulness
"We had such a wonderful time at Willka T'ika. Honestly we are all still in a warm and cozy blanket of peacefulness from our time there. Thank you for creating such a beautiful, spirit filled place and for sharing it with us. This was my 10th Yoga Vacation and I have never returned so rested and relaxed. With everything taken care of it was completely relaxing for me. Thank you. It was a lifetime journey for me to visit Peru - and now I know we'll be back again and again!
"-- Mary Ellen Goodsir, Sept 2016
Owner, Yoga Moves, MA
A Truly Magical World
"I have just returned from my third visit to Willka T'ika and cannot recommend it more highly. The moment you go through the big wooden gates you are in a truly magical world. The beautiful gardens, the very comfortable rooms, the delicious and imaginative vegetarian cuisine, and the extraordinary kind and caring staff all combine to make this a little slice of heaven. As an extra, of course, is its location nestled in the Sacred Valley amid the magnificent Andes with easy access to Incan sites including the most famous of all - Macchu Pichu. It is truly balm for the body and the soul.
"-- Hazel Reitz, Sept 2016
""We wanted to take the time to express our thanks for our visit to Willka T'ika and Peru. It was absolutely incredible! The place itself was very beautiful, and we were blown away the entire time. Our guide was amazing and he really went out of the way to take care of us. We felt truly pampered and looked after and that was a phenomenal feeling to have in a foreign country where we speak very little of the native language. The private tour was wonderful, and the sites were beyond belief. We are already talking about our return trip perhaps in the future....just to relax in the gardens. We met Carol and she is a beautiful person and so were all the staff.....They were so much fun and always smiling, it really was a remarkable experience."
"-- Paul & Sarah, August 2016
Healing Center for all Modalites
"We booked our stay for 2 days, but due to an impending strike with no transportation for 2 days, would have left us stranded with no way to get to Willka Tika. 1 call and the staff arranged a room a day early, a ride and saved us from being stranded. The food was wonderfully fresh and most ingredients from their organic garden. We were able to participate in a ceremony for the sacred 1,000 yr old tree on the grounds, enjoy all the chakra gardens and be in complete peace before we departed for home. Truly a magical experience, place, gardens, staff and Carol was the epitome of spiritual peace, acceptance, and grace in all she shared with us. An evolving spiritual and healing center for all modalities, or just a place enjoy peace and quiet. Consider this resort for personal vacation or for your group retreats. Your imagination has no boundaries here: yoga, mediations studies, writing, painters, all healing, energetic, vibrational and music therapies, as well as Inca / Shamanic studies in the ways of the Peruvian peoples and philosophies revolving around Mother Earth and Ayni - community living. In great gratitude for our time there, we loved it !!! Peace to all.
"-- P. Baker, August 2016
Wilka Tika--A Rare Gem!
"This was my fourth time leading a group to Peru, but our first time staying at Willka Tika. It will definitely not be our last. This property is absolutely amazing. The grounds are beautiful and obviously cared for with great love, attention and skill. The staff could not be kinder or more helpful. The food could not be presented more beautifully or prepared more tastefully. It was an absolute delight meeting Carol and getting to know more of her story. Felt like kindred spirits. Willka Tika is a rare gem.
"-- Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell
Spiritual Leader and Founder
The Unity Center, San Diego