"The retreat exceeded my expectations in every way....Willka T'ika is a stunningly beautiful and relaxing venue. The trip was well-planned – thoughtfully paced with the perfect blend of solitary relaxation, group activities, and yoga. I returned feeling more relaxed and refreshed than I thought possible, as well as filled with gratitude for a beautiful and nurturing experience.
Willka Tika is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been....a ‘Garden of Eden’. The immaculately maintained garden was filled with beautiful, colorful flowers. It was difficult to choose in which chakra garden to spend time meditating and absorbing nature. The food was delicious – you remember that tomatoes have taste! – with everything grown and made locally (including the yogurt), well-presented, and generously portioned....The staff were friendly, accommodating, and incredibly helpful.
"-- --participant in Exotic Yoga New Year's group retreat, 2016
"Best Place We Ever Stayed"
"Willka T'ika is the best place we have ever stayed on any vacation we've been on. We are fortunate to be able to travel a lot, and of all the dozens of places we have stayed all over the world, Willka T'ika is the most magical. I am an architect and loved all the historic ruins and Inca sites of course. However, I believe the highlight of my trip was to be in, and explore your amazingly wondrous gardens. The buzzing of the bees and the fluttering of the myriad of hummingbirds the gardens attract is second to none. Livio and the staff are all amazing and filled with warm positive energy. The entire estate is alive with a mix of energy that likely make it the healthiest place I have ever had the privilege to stay at. Thank you so very much. It was hard for us to leave... It has been amazing!
"-- Eric Hanson, Dec 2015
Memorable Private Magical Journey!
"We cannot express truly what an awesome time we had at Willka T'ika & the entire private Magical Journey. Had plenty to do - hiking, sight seeing, mountain climbing etc - yet the entire trip was calm & peaceful. Exactly what we needed & what we were looking forward to!!! The beauty of Willka T'ika cannot be described in words, thanks to Carol for the gift she has blessed us all with. We did not have the honor of meeting her in person, but surely her presence & energy were present in every plant, flower, rock & person there. Such a beautiful soul!
Vidya your correspondence & insight truly appreciated in putting this tour together. Upon arrival until we left every person we came in contact was extremely polite, helpful & always ready to serve with a smile. Accommodation was superb, food healthy & yummy. Silverio our guide - knowledgeable, & always had our interest in mind. Every trip so memorable. Staff Roxana, Francisco, Arturo, Christina, driver & each one always with a smile & catering to all. Practice with shamins sacred & beautiful.
We were delighted to meet the kids at school & hats off to the staff for their dedication to teach & mould these kids. Very impressive setting. Again thanks to Carol.
I could go on & on.........The energy so peaceful, uplifting & calming. Strength, & peace of the mountains is what I returned with to the US.
Thank you, thank you & thank you to you & all that we had the honor & pleasure of meeting in making the trip so memorable .
God willing, we will be back again!!!!
Love & Blessings
"-- Sandhya Reddy
Following your Dharma
"So glad our group got to meet you, Carol, and as a wonderful added bonus receive a personal tour! I am grateful that I already was able to tell you this in person but it bears reiterating - I was "blown away" at how every square inch of each room, building, path, accessory, furniture, landscape, garden, etc. was radiating the love, spirit, connection, joy, compassion, etc. of your spirit and that of all the indigenous people that helped you! I have never experienced that anywhere before. Bravo to you for following your Dharma and creating a real "Garden of Eden" paradise out of rocks! I loved spending time in the heart chakra garden where I laid on the grass for over an hour and also out by the tree! I will do my best to spread the word about your foundation to help with the childrens schools as well!"
"-- Kim Hough, May 2015
"I wish to congratulate you with all my heart for the astounding, heartfelt and wonderful twenty years of service you have brought to Peru and to the world with your work at Willka T'ika.
I wished I would be able to put in words what your kindness and openheartedness, your beauty and joy have meant to me when I was at Willka T'ika and beyond.
I am so very grateful to be a part of your extended family, and I will be back, that I do know.
"-- Beate Walden, May 2015
A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth
"I am still in awe!!!!.... Just returned from leading a yoga retreat at this beautiful sanctuary.From the moment we stepped through the front gate,.. we were welcomed by the fragrance of flowers and the smiles and hugs from all the staff. The rooms, food(vegetarian), yoga shalas, tours, guide, service.... all absolutely impeccable! You could feel the love that went into creating such a magical place in the heart of Pachamama!
Our deepest of gratitude to Carol and all the Willka Tika staff...Blessings!!!"
"-- Stephanie Cullen, Blissful Energy Yoga, 2015
Roots in my Heart
""Willka T’ika is the magical, special place that it is not because of its location (which is spectacular) but because of the people that make it work. Carol and Terry of course, Vidya and Theo, but also and perhaps especially, that wonderful family that ‘adopted’ Carol twenty years ago and have remained loyal. They are so cool....
Last night I was browsing my photos and reminiscing, and ran across a photo from last August, me and my friend, the ancient Lucuma. That tree has its roots in my heart, and it will always be a beacon for me."
"-- Dr. Dennis McKenna, University of Minnesota, 2015
"We are all back home now with warm wonderful memories of our time in Wilka Tika. I just wanted to thank you again and your wonderful staff for making us feel so at home and like family. Everyone loved Wilka Tika, but they loved the staff even more. And, I really can't say enough good things about our guide. He went above and beyond of what I expected. Part of my workshop was on team building, and part of the curriculum was teaching my students that your amazing staff is a byproduct of how you have treated and cared for them. Leading my first group in Peru was great and Wilka Tika was a big part of it.
"-- Hatun Munay, Claudia Edwards 2015
Such Beauty & Peace
""I have traveled quite a bit and stayed in some wonderful hotels but never encountered such beauty and peacefulness. Then there's the staff; where do these wonderful people come from? The visit to the mountain school brought tears to everyone's eyes and the beauty and kindness of the mothers and staff was heartwarming.
Well, I guess you can tell we had a wonderful experience....
Our thanks to everyone at Willka T'ika....
"-- Loretta Glomb
Wow! loved all of it
"Thank you and all your staff for such a wonderful, relaxing and inspiring stay at Willka Tika. Wow! loved all of it. You most certainly have established the most beautiful restful retreat, actually a home. Whenever I chat to anyone about my trip, I share my thoughts with them about Willka Tika and what an amazing property it is. They must go!
"-- Elise Shaw, Sydney AU, October, 2014