Cusco * Sacred Valley * Machu Picchu
March 13 – 19, 2020
7 days/ 6 nights
Discover the magic of the Sacred Valley as you unlock your J.O.Y. Codes – the Journey Of You! Explore ancient Andean sites, relax in the magnificent rooms and gardens of Willka T’ika Essential Wellness Spa and delve into Codes to help you create more JOY in your daily life. All of this during the significant 2020 Equinox… lovely time to be in the Sacred Valley!
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
FRIDAY, March 13
Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be taken a short drive away to our lovely hotel, conveniently situated off the historic Plaza de Armas. Adele will help you organize this, so visit with her about planned flights. Please plan to arrive in the morning, relax at our hotel, have a quiet lunch, and drink local tea to help you easily adjust to the higher altitude.
Note: Please arrive into Cusco no later than 11 a.m. to acclimate to the 11,000 ft. altitude.
3:00 p.m. Meet Adele in the hotel lobby for a brief orientation meeting. Late afternoon walk through the cobblestone streets of San Blas, amongst fascinating Incan stonework en route to the Korikancha Temple, the holiest site during Incan times.
6:30 p.m. Delicious Peruvian Welcome Dinner. (D)
SATURDAY, March 14
A.M. After breakfast, we will ride up to the awesome giant stones of Saksaywaman, overlooking the city of Cusco, where we will participate in a brief meditation and if you choose, hike around this magnificent Incan site.
12:00 p.m. Depart for Willka T’ika, our resort home in the heart of the Sacred Valley, as we drive through spectacular Andean mountain scenery.
The Willka T’ika Quechua staff will welcome us to the retreat center. You will have time to unpack, relax and enjoy the lush gardens before a wonderful organic dinner. (B,D)
SUNDAY, March 15
A.M. Today is dedicated to Pachamama, Mother Earth. After a delicious, organic breakfast we will have an introduction to the Seven Chakra Gardens and attune to their energies. We will discuss The J.O.Y. Codes – the Journey of YOU and how this relates to the splendors of nature.
P.M. This afternoon we will continue with the J.O.Y. Codes with time to indulge in Andean spa treatments or relax in the beautiful gardens.
Optionally, choose a hike to the town of Urubamba through farming neighborhoods, visit a typical, lively Peruvian market, a high-quality alpaca factory store and the famous Seminario ceramics shop.
After a delicious dinner we will enjoy a Transformative Fire Ceremony in the gardens of Willka T’ika. (B,D)
MONDAY, March 16
P.M. Continue with our local guide to the spectacular ruins of P’isaq. Overlooking impressive Incan terraces, we will hike a gentle sloped trail to the Temple of the Sun, a doorway to the upper Andean world of the Condor, messenger of the Gods. You may join a group meditation or walk slowly in a silent personal vision quest to open the third eye.
Return to the main square of P’isaq by van 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 where you can observe colorfully dressed campesinos wearing traditional clothing coming to barter and sell their produce. P’isaq is a photographer’s dream. Return to Willka T’ika with time for a late afternoon garden meditation before dinner. (B,L,D)
TUESDAY, March 17
A.M. Early breakfast. Tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Tea/coffee and snack served on train. A bus takes us 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 within the Divine Self.
P.M. In the afternoon, take a gentle hike to Inti Punku, the original Incan Gateway to the Sun or to the Incan bridge. Late afternoon train back to Ollantaytampu where we will transfer to Willka T’ika in time for a late dinner. (B,L,D)
WEDNESDAY, March 18
A.M. After breakfast, we will discuss the J.O.Y. Codes and how you can incorporate them into your daily life. As a sojourner, you were called to the Sacred Valley. Today is dedicated to you, and offered to you as a gift, by spending much of the day in silence, to enJOY the pure, sacred energies of Pachamama in the Chakra Gardens. Feel Her embrace and allow the Divine Goddess to whisper guidance and wisdom to your soul. Receive Her divine messages, and allow them to penetrate deeply into your heart.
P.M. Optional visit to the ceremonial site of Ollantaytampu, its famous Sun Temple and the quaint picturesque town of Ollantaytampu.
For the more active, a ride to the Maras Salt Flats is offered with a one way gentle down-hill hike back to Willka T’ika.
Alternately, guests are also welcome to stay at Willka Tika and relax, or schedule and enjoy an Andean SPA treatment, or crystal light therapy session to pamper the body. (B.D)
DEPARTURE FOR CUSCO
THURSDAY, March 19
10:00 a.m. Check-Out Time. Please note the Willka T’ika staff has to prepare the entire premises for the next incoming group, and have some rest time with their families.
There is time for a spa treatment, mediation or to spend quietly in the gardens, before the one group bus transfer at 10:00 a.m SHARP which takes the group to the Cusco airport to connect to Lima, and flight home. From Willka T’ika, allow three hours and 25 minutes before your Cusco flight. Ideal flights to Lima that fit into this departure leave Cusco between 2 pm-4 p.m. Additional costs apply for an individual transfer for guests with earlier or later departures. Please contact Adele before you finalize your flights, as many return flights to the US are now later in the day, and we can arrange for you to spend the day at Willka T’ika, with prior arrangements.
Return home feeling blessed with the pure spiritual energy of your transformational Andean journey-of-a-lifetime. (B)
- 6 nights shared accommodations (5 at Willka T’ika, a world-class luxury garden Eco-Retreat Center in the heart of the Sacred Valley and 1 night in Cusco in a lovely hotel near the historic Plaza de Armas)
- Land transportation from Cusco Airport on March 13, inclusive until returning to Cusco Airport on March 19
- Professionally guided adventure to magical Machu Picchu, including all ground transportation and entrance tickets for the full Machu Picchu experience
- Two or three gourmet vegetarian meals included each day. Meals noted below each day with (B, L, D)
- Experience the private Chakra Gardens and 1000+ year-old Lucuma Tree, which nourish the seven major chakras of the human body and “open the senses of the soul.” These Sacred Gardens are always available for registered guests.
- All fees and visits to ruins, community school and local markets
- Everything in the Itinerary as noted
The J.O.Y. Codes
The concept of The J.O.Y. Codes – Journey Of YOU is a process which addresses the Mind – Body – Spirit – Heart – Community Connection. This is a system to simplify living a JOYful life… to discover who you are, how you show up in this world and what truly brings you JOY!
The overall big mission of The J.O.Y. Codes is to help shift the planet Mother Earth into a higher vibration. This may sound like an insurmountable goal, although since we are all connected, it makes sense that each one of us plays a part in enhancing ourselves to support this big picture. By doing so, as we increase our positive energy, we naturally help others raise theirs.
The five aspects of The J.O.Y. Codes have been designed to create inner harmony and peace, using specific concepts to enhance the Mind – Body – Spirit – Heart – Community Connection. These Codes include concrete tools which:
- raise us into a higher vibration as we gain confidence in our ability to create our full reality
- teach us how to access our inner wisdom as we learn how to ask for inner guidance and how to move forward with what we discover
- give us the confidence of making decisions for our greatest good, in which the outcome is a deeper connection to our higher self and self love
- help us use words more effectively and be conscious of our mindset
- tap into knowing our passions with a wonderful process to delve into what really brings us JOY and how to incorporate that into our daily lives
- connect us more directly to Spirit
- open our hearts to give and receive JOY as we connect with like minded life travelers
- keep that channel open as we delve into living a lifestyle of JOY
Let’s let our inner J.O.Y. get stronger to support others on their journey… helping all of us.. on all continents, in all walks of life.
ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR
Adele Good is an adventurous traveler who spent much of her life time exploring sacred sites all over the world. Her mission is to help connect cultures around the planet while sharing the mysteries of ancient civilizations.
As a successful business owner for almost 40 years, she has facilitated workshops and seminars since 1996 which evolved into personal development self-discovery programs to support clients in a multitude of ways, including health and inner growth.
After naturally reversing several life threatening diseases, Adele created a healthy lifestyle which supports her travel and mission as a Professional Speaker, Coach, Author, Certified Passion Test Facilitator and Energy Healing Practitioner.
She left the US in July 2014 to live in Bosnia while excavating the largest pyramids on Earth and extensively explore sacred sites in Europe, then moved to South America to live in Peru and Brazil while continuing the discovery of our ancient planet. Since then, she has lived in South Africa and Thailand which allowed her to investigate the surrounding sacred lands of Cambodia, Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines and Singapore, then returned to live again in Bosnia, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, while planning Sacred Journeys to each of these ancient culturally rich countries.
Adele designed The J.O.Y. Codes Journey – the Journey Of You, using the skills she learned and deep wisdom she accessed as she created her own JOYful life. The J.O.Y. Codes are a culmination of her own personal work and the seminars she held for clients on five continents. She has created a blessed life of living her passions which include travel, discovering ancient sites and sharing her gifts of J.O.Y. along the way. The J.O.Y. Codes Journeys will be held in sacred places around the world, with time for exploration of the inner-self as well as surrounding ancient sites.
These Codes are in the process of being put into a book, which will be available in 2020.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Peru is naturally mountainous and although some stairs are uneven and do not have handrails, you will be able to travel at your own pace. If you have serious hip or leg conditions, you may want to skip some of the sites or only do the easy paths. Most of the places we will go are rated Easy to Moderate… and your guides will work with you to assure your safety and comfort.
OUR SACRED VALLEY LUXURIOUS ECOLODGE
Willka T’ika Essential Wellness Resort
Located at the foot of glacier-topped Andean peaks in the heart of the Sacred Valley, Willka T’ika offers guests an experience of gracious luxury and wellness in one of the earth’s most energetically charged, culturally rich settings.
Willka T’ika offers more than the international criteria defining an ‘Ecolodge’.
Our sustainable guest rooms reflect the textures and colors of Mother Earth, “Pachamama” in the indigenous Quechua language.
Spacious yoga studios, cozy meditation cottages, and outdoor and indoor ceremonial areas, .
Willka T’ika’s magnificent healing gardens provide guests with the opportunity to relax, restore, rejuvenate and receive the powerful energy of the Andes.
Each garden is designed to correspond to one of yoga’s seven chakras, or energy centers, of the human body, and is graced with sacred sculptures and stonework appropriate to the chakra represented.
Willka T’ika is a holistic haven in the Andes.
The handsome adobe-style buildings that grace Willka T’ika are constructed of natural materials sourced in the area. Hot water used on the property is solar heated. When Willka T’ika’s weekly allotment of water from the local water cooperative is not needed in the gardens, we collect it in large storage tanks for later use. Willka T’ika is one of the few Sacred Valley hotels with its own septic tanks on the property.
The gardens at Willka T’ika have been strictly organic since their inception in 1994. The large greenhouses supplement the vegetable garden and allow us to grow our own produce year-round. Kitchen scraps and garden trimmings are composted. Willka T’ika keeps its own free-range hens for production of eggs only.
Our sustainable practices influence the local community as well. Quechua staff members are taught how to create a chemical-free environment and grow their food organically. Staff gardeners take home seeds from Willka T’ika’s flowers and vegetables to plant on their own farms and their wives sell the flowers and produce in local markets.
For three years the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund, a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been equipping two mountain schools with tools, seeds, and materials needed to organically grow vegetables. In addition to our educational assistance, providing all four schools with school materials, seminars given by our gardeners are frequently held for students in the Willka T’ika greenhouses. Willka T’ika shares its expertise with Quechua teenagers who take this knowledge back to their isolated mountain communities. This encourages many families to organically grow vegetables to supplement their diets.
An ongoing Young Woman’s Academy to serve and assist the needs of young women in a society that does not sufficiently honor womens’ issues and rights is supported by the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund.
The cuisine at Willka T’ika is an exotic fusion of Andean, American, South Asian and African flavors.
Gourmet vegetarian meals are served daily, using high-protein Andean grains and legumes, as well as organic, freshly harvested vegetables and salads grown on-site. We serve our own free-range eggs. Vegan, gluten free, and special dietary requests can be accommodated.
Willka T’ika has the only 100% hormone-free and chemical-free gourmet vegetarian hotel kitchen in Peru’s Sacred Valley. The gardens are strictly organic.
Start the day with a cup of freshly harvested herbal tea or fresh roasted Quillabamba coffee grown on staff family farms. The buffet breakfast may include homemade muesli using kiwicha and other Andean grains, breads from a local oven, omelets, and sliced fruits and avocadoes from the subtropical Machu Picchu area. Dinner may include a hearty soup, freshly harvested salad and gourmet vegetarian entrees with steamed vegetables. Meals include quinoa and kiwicha, the grain that gave Inkan warriors strength, or tarwi, an Andean legume containing more protein than red meat.
Non-vegetarians find the cuisine at Willka T’ika flavorsome, original and delicious.
For millennia, the Quechua-speaking indigenous people of the Andes have depended upon one another for their existence.
The Quechua word for this interdependent way of living is ayni. The word ayni has no real equivalent in English. More than simple reciprocity, it means “today for you, tomorrow for me,” suggesting that giving comes before receiving.
Ayni is the thread that holds the fabric of Andean existence together. The Quechua live and work, play and pray in a world governed by the principle of interdependence. All work is shared. They help each other, knowing that at some time the favor will be returned.
Before drinking akkha, the traditional corn-based alcoholic beverage, they spill a few drops on the earth as an offering to Pachamama. They also offer her small portions of food before they eat. Willka T’ika honors this ancient way of the Andes in every aspect of its operations, from organic gardening methods to sustainable construction and water use, from staff members working together to the quality of care and attention extended to guests.
Willka T’ika offers a range of therapeutic spa treatments to restore the body.
Professional local therapists offer Willka T’ika guests optional Andean SPA treatments, including massage and facials.
Massage styles include Andean massage, aromatherapy massage, hot stone massage and shiatsu.
Rejuvenating Willka T’ika facials use natural products infused with ingredients from the gardens. Experience the benefits of a masque suffused with the ancient energy of fruit from our thousand-year-old lucuma tree, or with honey made from bees visiting Willka T’ika’s flowers.
Reflexology treatments revitalize the body through pressure applied to reflex zones on the feet. Our reflexology treatments incorporate the healing benefits of salt from the nearby Maras salt farms or traditional aromatherapy essential oils.
SEASONAL WEATHER & ALTITUDE
Peru time zone is easy for Americans to adjust to as it has only one time zone and does not observe daylight saving time. During the winter (summer in the Northern Hemisphere), Peruvian Time is the same as North American Central Time, while during the summer (winter in the Northern Hemisphere) it is akin to Eastern Time.
March is an excellent month for an Andean adventure, before the tourist season begins! The weather is mild and pleasant with daytime temperatures average in the 70s°F, while night time low temperatures average in the 50s°F.
March through May (the Andean fall months) are sunny and the mountains and fields are beautifully green. Soft rains may fall at night in February & March.
Be prepared for relatively high elevations. Approximate elevations above sea-level: Willka T’ika’s 9,420 feet, Cusco’s 11,150 feet, Machu Picchu 7,800 feet. Adele will share easy natural ways to prepare for this high altitude before you leave home as well as once you arrive in Cusco.
You must have a valid passport to travel to Peru. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of your retreat.
A Visa is NOT required for US Citizens visiting Peru.
No special shots or immunizations are necessary for visiting Peru.
March 13 – 19, 2020
Deposit of $888
Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit confirms your space
Single Occupancy rooms are available for a surcharge of $555 per Person.
You may use Paypal (account Adele@AdeleGood.com) or Zelle (account Adele@AdeleGood.com) to make payments. Add 3% for credit cards.
Contact Adele at Adele@AdeleGood.com with questions or to discuss joining this or future J.O.Y. Codes Journeys.