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Announcement about Page’s spring trip to Peru…

Because of ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19, we have indefinitely postponed the 2021 “Weaving Words & Women” adventure. Updates about a possible 2022 trip will be posted here. To make sure you’re on the mailing list for future announcement, please contact Page. Thank you. Stay well and embrace happiness (it helps to hug a tree, especially when we can’t hug each other).

The information below is an example of what a possible 2022 trip might include:
We will visit the small village of Patacancha, where women sit on the ground spinning yarn with their children at their side, and weave intricate traditional designs on backstrap looms. We will visit the weaving collective in Chinchero, founded by Nilda Callanaupa, where grandmothers are passing on knowledge of natural, traditional dyes and weaving techniques to the young weavers.
We will weave in visits to the long-standing Incan ruins of Pisac, Pumamarca, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Those curious or experienced with horses will have a chance to ride the sturdy mountain horses of Peru up the fertile valley of Patacancha on a steep, ancient Inca trail leading to the fortress of the Pumamarca while the rest of the group drives or hikes to this ancient ruin.
During our stay at the beautiful Nidra Wasi Holistic Retreat in Pisac (on Day 3), a Quechua shaman will lead us in a traditional Incan despacho ceremony of intentions and letting go. Despacho describes the Andean practice of making offerings to the mountains (apus), Mother Earth (Pachamama), and other spirits of nature in reciprocity, reverence, and thanksgiving, a reminder of the connections we share with all beings, elements, spirits, and sacred places.
We’ll explore the cobblestone streets of several towns in the Sacred Valley, visiting local markets with colorful vegetables brought down from the high garden terraces, or the low-lying fertile valleys. We’ll weave into the itinerary flexible time so that you can visit the cathedrals and museums of Cusco, the heart of the Incan empire, spend time journaling in the small cafe at the Chocolate Museum while sipping tea made from cocoa beans, or schedule a relaxing massage at one of the boutique hotels where we’ll be staying.

Each day will also be threaded with time to gather as a group so that Page can help us focus our creative energy, teaching us ways to weave together memories of the land, the women, and our adventures in this ancient Incan culture.

Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool.
Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with words.

Did We Mention the Markets and the Meals?

Peruvian cuisine is quickly gaining a reputation as one of top cuisines in the world. The terraced fields of the ancient Andeans still pattern the steep hillsides, and many are still farmed by the Quechua people as they have been for at least a thousand years. There are as many as 3000 species of potatoes, and over 150 types of maise, grown on these garden terraces. Our itinerary includes visits to the colorful markets of Pisac and Chinchero, where traditionally dressed women bring produce from their fields, bartering in the ancient tradition of trueco. We will enjoy this delicious cuisine in specially selected local restaurants where Peruvian waiters take great pride in gracious service. We will also have the unique experience of sharing a traditional meal of earth-cooked potatoes, meat, fava beans and corn with the weavers in Patacancha. Not for the faint of heart is roasted cuy (guinea pig), a traditional dish considered a great delicacy and, for hundreds of years, only served on special holidays. The sights, sounds, textures, tastes, and aromas of this country are a sensual delight!
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Where We Stay

When you arrive in Lima, we will arrange for a driver to take you to Casa Bella Miraflores, a small cozy boutique hotel half a block from the Malecon Cisneros,
which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The next morning, the group will take the hotel van back to the Lima airport.

Located half an hour from the airport, we’ll enjoy a quick overnight stay here before flying to Cusco the next morning. Located half a block from the Malecon Cisneros (a main boulevard with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean), Casa Bella is a small, cozy boutique hotel converted from a traditional Peruvian home. Each unique guest room preserves the essence of this local flavor. The location is perfect if you decide to arrive in Lima early to explore the city on your own, or with tours set up by the Casa Bella staff.
Nidra Wasi is a beautiful guest and conference center where people gather for workshops, to experience sacred healing sessions or simply to relax, while visiting the Pisac archeological site and famous market. The Mission at Nidra Wasi is to provide a haven for travelers and seekers from around the world to rest in the refined energy of the Sacred Valley surrounded by powerful mountains and to offer opportunities for healing, balance, restoration and transformation.
About Page Lambert

Author of the memoir In Search of Kinship,and the historical novel Shifting Stars, Page Lambert is an advisor for the Rocky Mountain Land Library and a member of the International League of Conservation Writers. She has been writing about the western landscape and leading creative retreats for twenty-two years.

A founding member of Women Writing the West, her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Her writing can be found inside monumental sculptures at the Denver Art Museum, online at Huffington Post, and inside the pages of dozens of anthologies. Recently published works include the essay “Not for Sale” (Langscape Magazine, 2018), “The Rural West” (The Light Shines from the West, Fulcrum Books, 2018), and “Deerstalking” (Memoir Magazine, Guns and People Issue, 2018).

Forthcoming works include essays and poems in WAVES: A Confluence of Women’s Voices (Room of Her Own Foundation, 2019). A recipient of two Literary Fellowships from the Wyoming Arts Council, Page designs and teaches graduate writing courses for the University of Denver’s Professional Creative Writing Master’s Program. She writes the popular blog All Things Literary/All Things Natural from her mountain home west of Denver, Colorado.

Page’s co-guide, Brenda Porter, holds a degree in Biology Education and an MA in Nonprofit Management and has been guiding outdoor and international trips since 1994. Her love of world travel and cultures began with a high school cultural exchange in India. She has lived in a rural village in Honduras, worked in women’s community development as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and trekked throughout Central America, to Machu Picchu, and to the top of Kilimanjaro. She is an avid backpacker, yoga instructor, watercolor artist, gardener, and naturalist.

 

About Laura Tyson and True Nature Journeys

True Nature Journeys is a small travel company dedicated to international travel and wilderness quests that explore the essence of being human. Its founder, Laura Tyson, has been leading wilderness groups, international trips, and personal retreats for over 25 years. Page and Laura first worked together when Laura was the executive director of The Women’s Wilderness Institute and she invited Page to co-lead a five-day writing and canoeing adventure on the Green River in Utah. Putting the first Peru trip together with Page in 2012 was another perfect joint venture.

Laura’s company offers custom trips throughout the world, exploring the people, cultures, and landscapes of our planet through creative expression, and supports transformational travel, a powerful way to shift the course of one’s life by welcoming adventure and the unknown that comes with authentic, nonconventional travel. Conventional adventure travel and tourism is often approached as a way to collect experiences, in the same way that we collect material goods – checking off a list or “possessing” an experience in photographs or memories. To approach an experience from the viewpoint of transformational travel, however, is to be willing to be changed by the experience, to be willing to jump from the edge of known territory, giving one’s self completely over to the experience so that whatever unfolds becomes a gift.

Laura holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, and has held roles of psychotherapist, wilderness guide, poet, writer, and nonprofit consultant. She currently directs and leads CenterPoint Retreats, an outdoor recovery program for women veterans. Her international guiding work combines her passions for empowering women and men to live vibrant lives, move beyond their self-perceptions, and explore the landscapes and cultures of our beautiful planet.

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