An experience of a lifetime, spiritual pilgrimage to Cusco and Machu Picchu Peru, and healing Ceremony of the sacred Plant Medicine
October 13-20, 2018
This is a small and intimate pilgrimage for people interested in experiencing deep sacred communion with their inner truth. You will sit in Ceremony with indigenous Healers of Peru and visit multiple sacred sites for healing, as well as journey to Machu Picchu and experience the wonder and awe of this special place.
The spiritual journey is open to both women and men seeking to experience a deep inner knowing of themselves and their life purpose. This is a very personalized experience to connect with the ancient spiritual energies that exist at some of the most important sacred sites in the world. The travel itinerary is infused with spiritual connections with my personal mentors and sacred resources in Cusco.
The itinerary includes three sacred Ceremonies, two Inka Rites and one Sacred Amazonian Teacher Plant Ceremony, with indigenous Curanderos (Healers) from the Inka Q'ero and Amazonian Shipibo healing traditions. Each ceremony is powerful in its own right and alone can create deep transformation, the three combined create a container of deep spiritual cleansing and integration. We will make sure that you have the support to ground and integrate your deep personal awakenings. This pilgrimage will be nothing short of life changing.
In the realm of spirituality, there is a tendency to read books on the subject for years and years and years. But, can you feel the rain on your face when you read about it on your mobile device?
The fastest and most profound way to know your Divinity is to experience it yourself. That is why we make pilgrimage to Peru, to experience first hand these ancient energies and medicine so that we may experience lasting transformation in our daily lives when we return to our homes.
Through participation in these Ceremonies you are changed – from being someone who has ‘forgotten' yourself to someone who remembers.’ You are being ‘called’ to participate in a great awakening.
Experiencing Ayahuasca Ceremony, Grandmother Teacher Plant, is a rare opportunity to deepen and clarify your personal healing and spiritual evolution. The medicine you receive in Ayahuasca Ceremony becomes a sacred conduit to help you understand the reality of you are. As you navigate the profundity of becoming this Ceremony and receiving the Medicine, you will have the opportunity to see and know the inner world of your own divinity.
As more and more people are called to work with Ayahuasca, there is exponential growth in the availability of ceremonies not only in Peru but around the world. A Curandero is a true Healer, and in order for one to become a genuine Curandero, an apprentice must undergo many years of arduous training in order to effectively administer and manage Ayahuasca Ceremony.
There are many people holding ceremonies who have no real understanding of how to work with Ayahuasca, how to safely hold space and how to support others who are drinking Ayahuasca, especially when the experience becomes more challenging. Without sufficient training with genuine teachers of the Amazon, those holding Ayahuasca Ceremonies are typically not in a position to deal with the many issues that can arise. This ultimately threatens the good work of true Amazonian Curanderos and genuine Western apprentices who train over extensive periods to master their healing skills.
There are Western shamanic practitioners who serve Ayahuasca, hold ceremony, and work with healing sound. Provided these ceremonies are held by well-intentioned facilitators operating with total integrity and sufficient safety protocols, then positive and heart—opening experiences can be facilitated. However, if they have not been genuinely trained over sufficient duration and depth in the Amazon, these types of ceremonies may not reach the depths of healing that a fully trained Curandero from the Amazon with many years of dietas will be able to achieve.
There should be no “gurus” who work with Ayahuasca; only healers who humbly transmit the healing energies of the Spirit of the plants as well as pass on the knowledge to others who wish to walk the path of apprenticeship.
By making pilgrimage to Peru, we are able to sit in an almost one to one setting with Indigenous Medicine People of the Amazon and high Andes, and experience the direct and profound potency of healing Ceremony.
In the Andes it is believed that you are born with the Seed of the Universe, a seed of personal potential that is waiting to be awakened. An initiatory experience, such as making a pilgrimage like this, provides the catalyst for the awakening and growth of this seed, an opportunity for your spirituality to become more real and alive in your daily life.
As your facilitator and Spiritual Guide, I support you in your personal healing with the Medicine and work alongside the Curanderos with you for personal integration.
In these times when many people are calling themselves shamans, and there are ceremonies being offered in many different kinds of facilities, working with a trusted guide and facilitator is more important than ever. To be in ceremony without a true Curandero present, there is a risk of being overwhelmed by powerful negative energies. This can become a serious problem and potentially put guests in danger. There are some genuine Western curanderos scattered throughout the globe who have been genuinely trained in the Amazon but they are rare and typically do not have the need or desire to self-promote.
Here is what a good facilitator should be very clear about with his/her clients:
- Whether or not they have received training with an Amazonian Curandero; and
- That their role is fundamentally to hold the space and care for the safety and welfare of the participants
- Be able to share their experiences with the medicine and effectively help their client with integration after Ceremony
- A Curandero (or apprentice) must drink ayahuasca when holding ceremony in order to work with the participants — to cleanse, guide, navigate, manage and protect
I would advise caution if you are considering sitting in ceremony with any Westerner who:
- Proclaims that they are a ‘shaman’ or Curandero yet doesn’t drink ayahuasca with the group,
- Carries out much self-promotion (such as through videos and facebook posts),
- Appears to have developed a community of ‘followers’,
- Expounds ‘spiritual truths’,
- Carries out a ‘healing performance’,
- Claims they are singing ikaros (if they have not done many dietas)
One should spend time researching and determining what kind of experience is the right experience for your personal healing and safety. Due to the intimate and deep spiritual work on this journey, the group is limited to a very small number of participants.
I go to great lengths to support my clients and spend truly devoted time each day with each individual person's healing. It is important that you feel that your Spiritual Guide is authentically honoring the Medicine and the teachings of the healing lineage, as well as the Ancestors who have offered their wisdom. Only you can make the right decision for you.
We will experience the rare gift of becoming Ceremony in an almost one to one setting with the Curanderos of the Inka Q'ero and Shipibo Healing lineages.
Healing Ceremony makes your inner wisdom accessible by waking up your personal power so you have a richer, deeper experience of your life.The desires and longing within you are as unique to you as your DNA, and they are the map that is leading you step by step to fulfill your unique and divine destiny in this lifetime.
If you are interested in joining the October 2018 pilgrimage please let me know you are interested — there are 6 spaces available. If you would just like to receive information on the October 2018 Pilgrimage coming up please sign up → here. If you are interested in speaking to me more about healing with plant medicine please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advanced Ceremonial Immersions, consisting of a series of ceremonies and pilgrimage to Apu Ausangate may also be offered during the same time period, please request this option when you speak to Chloë if a more intense spiritual immersion is desired.
The Ceremonial Team
Day 1 (October 13)
Arrival to Cusco
- Welcome, introduction
- Day to explore historical downtown Cusco
- Intention Ceremony
Day 2 (October 14)
Opening Ceremony in sacred Inca site: Cusco, Peru
- Cleansing Ceremony & Healing Circle
- Afternoon of sightseeing and shopping for magical things
Day 3 (October 15)
- Fasting, day of meditation, prayer, and journaling
- Sacred Teacher Plant Ceremony
Day 4 (October 16)
- Integration ceremony and consultation with Ceremonial Team
- Offering to Mother Earth Pachamama— Inka Thanksgiving Ceremony
Day 5 (October 17)
- Departure to Sacred Valley - lunch in Ollantaytambo
- Trip from Cusco city to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) includes a train ride with scenic views of the Sacred Valley
- Night Stay in Aguas Calientes
Day 6 (October 18)
Machu Picchu, (Aguas Calientes)
- Customized guided visit of Machu Picchu with emphasis on Inka cosmic vision and spirituality
- Guided spiritual connection with the Inka ancestors
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Return to Cusco
Day 7 (October 19)
In the Sacred Valley – Sacred Inca site:
- Group Gratitude Ceremony
- Celebration dinner in Cusco
Day 8 (October 20)
Group meets at breakfast to say goodbye before your return flight home
- Closing Ceremony
- Day of Exploration of Cusco City and sacred sites on your own
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR SACRED PILGRIMAGE TO PERU
- Inka Cleansing Ceremony
- Sacred Grandmother Teacher Plant Ceremony
- Inka Thanksgiving Ceremony
- Transportation to/from sacred sites
- Entrance tickets to sacred sites
- Hotel accommodations in Cusco and Aguas Calientes
- All set meals 90% organic and vegetarian as per itinerary from Day 1 to Day 8 breakfast
- Interpreter English/Spanish
- Private Driver & Transportation while on pilgrimage
- Personalized emotional support and help with integration, and attention to all details of your experience
- Organization and cultural liaison from the moment we meet you until your departure
- Customized Guided Spiritual Experience of Machu Picchu
- Train ticket and bus tickets to Machu Picchu
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- Guided meditation in Machu Picchu
- Integration & healing circle as per itinerary
The Spiritual Pilgrimage is all inclusive, and the itinerary is designed so that you may experience a deep and personal pilgrimage that includes individual and customized attention for Spiritual Integration, all Ceremonies with indigenous Curanderos, transportation to and from sacred sites, as well as entrance fees, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks provided while on pilgrimage), and all lodging.
Due to the intimate and deep spiritual work on this journey, the group is limited to a very small number of participants. We will experience the rare gift of becoming Ceremony in an almost one to one setting with the Curanderos of the Inka Q'ero and Shipibo Healing lineages. If you have questions about the ceremonies please make an appointment to meet with me or contact me at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE EXCHANGE FOR HEALING & CEREMONY:
In indigenous cultures, healing services with a Healer or Spiritual Guide are highly regarded and well paid for. From time immemorial, medicine people have been paid for their services, whether in the form of animals like sheep, goats, chickens, or cows; or goods like tobacco. Money is now common currency for service. It is widely believed that if people don’t pay or exchange something for their healing then they won’t get better. The rate of exchange is respectful to the spiritual lineage of the Healer and the Spiritual Guide, and is symbolic of taking your spiritual growth and healing seriously.
The cost of this pilgrimage is a rate requisite with time spent with the Healers in Ceremony, as well as personalized facilitation and integration, consideration of all the details of the pilgrimage, and powerful container of emotional and physical support.
Please make an appointment to talk to me about the Pilgrimage to ask questions to determine if this trip is the spiritual jourmey that your soul has been seeking.
To enroll, please send a non-refundable deposit check or money order in the amount of $1000 made payable to Chloë Rain Cunningham to 15584 Yankeetown Rd, Fulks Run, Virginia, 22830. Payment in full due no later than September 12, 2018. Payment plans are available, if all payments are made by check, the cost is less than paying by credit card, due to the processing fee. To pay with credit card please click the button below.
(*note: there is credit card processing fee when paying via credit or debit card.)
THE WALKING & HIKING
You need to be able to walk two to four hours over hilly terrain in sunny warm weather and also cold and rainy weather. Most of the walks are on well worn dirt pathways or cobblestone roads, but there may be short walks through fields and on more rugged pathways. Several of the walks have steep uphill portions. As these walks are an important part of the experience, please be as
realistic as possible in assessing your level of fitness.
A WORD ABOUT MEALS AND DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
We provide all meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the exception of an occasional snack. Tea or juice is provided with every meal, however, each individual participant is responsible for purchasing their own water, as each person's water consumption varies by personal need (2.5 liters of bottled water costs 3 to 4 soles, i.e. $1 to $1.30). A breakfast buffet is available in a common area each morning. Some lunches are catered pack lunches for travel to sacred sites, some meals are enjoyed at local vegan/ vegetarian restaurants, always with hearty vegetarian options, as well as plentiful fruit and vegetables. We do our best to make sure your diet while on pilgrimage is fresh, clean, nourishing, and supportive of your physical wellness and spiritual goals. Please let us know if you have allergies, dietary restrictions, or are gluten free. There is always one gluten-free option, and some gluten-free snacks, however, if you are gluten-free, or have other food intolerances, please bring along a few snacks to fill in the occasional gap.
The accommodations have WiFi only in the public spaces, however it is not strong enough to accommodate much more than checking your email. Cell phone coverage is variable depending upon your service carrier. You are encouraged to be as technology free as possible during pilgrimage, i.e. put down your devices and be present. There are laundry services available. Hair dryers can be provided upon request.
*Bedrooms are shared with one other person (same sex accomodations), with a limited number of single bedrooms available for a supplemental fee of $850. Please note that a single bedroom does not guarantee a private bathroom or a studio accommodation; you may still be sharing a bathroom and living space. If you would like a single room, please note this and reserve your space in advance and confirm with Chloë.
Each participant needs a valid passport, that expires no less than 6 months before return from Peru. (You must have at least 6 months or more time before your passport expires in order to enter Peru for vacation with your passport.)
Your flight to Cusco Peru is not included in the price of the pilgrimage. You will need to book your flight through Lima Peru to Cusco Peru. I have flown LAN Airlines most often because they are most direct from the United States and have a change of planes to Cusco from Lima. If you have questions or would like help getting to Cusco please ask me when we meet.
*Note: Please book your return international flight in the afternoon preferably departure after 2:00 p.m. or later is even better to have sufficient time for flight connections and international flight check in. If you would like to arrive in Cusco before the pilgrimage begins or stay after the end of the pilgrimage, let me know and I can help you make arrangements or suggest places to stay for your duration.
WHAT TO BRING
Your selection of clothing for the trip should be based on thoughts of warmth and comfort for walking, with one entirely optional, slightly dressier option for the last night’s celebration. You will need sturdy walking shoes, and you should be prepared for rain with a waterproof jacket. Temperatures can be anywhere from the 40s to the 70s, fahrenheit, the sun can be very strong and warm but when it goes away it can cool off quickly. You may sunburn easily in the high Andes. It can be cool at any part of the day, and we may eat outdoors, so warm sweaters and light jackets are advised. Please bring a daypack to carry layers and a water bottle for the walks. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended, as is mosquito repellant. Please limit yourself to one medium-sized bag and one small carry-on, as we have limited space for luggage when traveling to remote areas.
We have a strict non-refundable deposit policy. If you cancel your retreat you will not receive any refund on your deposit as we have to pay in full for all services, etc. arranged in advance for your arrival. If, after you are accepted on the journey and have paid in full, you should need to withdraw your attendance for any reason, and we are able to find someone else to fill your place, you may receive a partial refund minus the deposit subject to a 20% retention fee.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
The Peru Pilgrimage is a deep calling that can not be silenced or ignored. This trip is for those who long for true transformation from within. For those who need to get out of the “chop wood, carry water” routine of daily living and remember what it feels like to experience life fully in each moment with love, awe, and gratitude.
The sacred lands, mountains, and culture of Peru cradle and hold space for reflection and new perspectives. There is something about being that much closer to the sky that somehow connects one deeper to this life, this Universe and this moment.
Vacations can be a way of “checking out”, a momentary reprieve from the stresses of modern day living. Then, you return to that stress cycle. The pilgrimage to Peru is all about tuning in and listening deeply to begin the journey towards creating a life where there is no longer a need to escape on vacation. Life is the adventure. Each moment a new experience worthy of our attention.
"This pilgrimage continues to change me everyday. The lessons I learned, the hope that I gained, and the love and support that I felt have helped me view situations and people from a different perspective, a perspective of love and understanding, an ability to feel like I can control my own destiny, if I’m willing to put in the work and do the right things. It’s made me feel more connected with people, animals, and nature....it’s given me greater empathy and the desire to share love, seeing how kindness grows."
"This trip has affected me deeply. Being supported by Chloë, the group, the Maestros, the Apus and Sacred lands of Peru has rekindled a courage within me to live my best life; a life where decisions are made from my heart."
"The depth of knowledge, experience and wisdom shared through the different ceremonies we participated in and the compounding effect each had was profound. I will carry these teachings close to my heart. I was also impressed by the level of detail and care paid to the trip itinerary. All needs seemed to have been anticipated and met."
"One of my favorite parts of the trip was experiencing each moment as a sacred unfolding miracle. This is how I want to live life! The people in the group each brought a different yet equally integral quality to the group that created a safe and supportive container to see and be seen, to love, and be loved. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have such an experience."
"Before saying “yes” to the Peru trip I was in a perpetual life cycle of not trusting my Heart’s wisdom. Going through this experience and pilgrimage has led me to a place of deep trust and peace. I now walk with two feet on the path of my Heart."
"On this pilgrimage I received a feeling of relief and flow down to the pit of my stomach, a feeling of love and true compassion & caring in my heart, and a connection with something bigger and grander than I’ve ever known before."
"Chloë's ability to bring other kind hearted people together and inspire is priceless. I would recommend this journey because it allowed me to take time to reflect inwards, while being surrounded by the universal miracles of nature and beauty. Along with the supportive company, I felt safe and like I was on the right path."
"I was not expecting such comfortable accommodations and was pleasantly surprised how well our bodies were supported. Thank you!"
"For millennia, the cry in the heart for embarking upon a meaningful journey has been answered by pilgrimage, a transformative journey to a sacred center. It calls for a journey to a holy site associated with Gods, saints, or heroes, or to a natural setting imbued with spiritual power, or to a revered temple to seek counsel. To people the world over, pilgrimage is a spiritual exercise, an act of devotion to find a source of healing, or even to perform a penance. Always, it is a journey of risk and renewal. For a journey without challenge has no meaning; one without purpose has no soul...
The object of pilgrimage is not rest and recreation — or to get away from it all.
To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life.
Nothing matters now but this adventure. Travelers jostle each other to board the train [bus, plane] where they crowd together for a journey that may last several days. After that there is a stony road to climb on foot — a rough, wild path in a landscape where everything is new.
The naked glitter of the sacred mountain stirs the imagination; the adventure of self-conquest has begun...."
Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage: Conari Press, Berkeley, CA. 1998
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