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PERU, WEAVING WORDS & WOMEN ADVENTURE

August 2 – 14, 2022

Registrations for 2022 are COMING IN!

Travel for 13 adventure-filled days and 12 relaxing nights with creative retreat leader Page Lambert and  Brenda Porter, guide-extraordinaire.

A note from Page about traveling under the Cloud of Covid:*

“I’m thrilled that Brenda is my co-guide. She is adept at leading adventures during these pandemic times when we’re all a little uneasy about traveling. Just in the last year, Brenda has led trips to Greece, Mexico, and Panama, as well as to Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. She plans to be in Peru this June, in advance of our August trip, and she is also in close touch with our local Peruvian guides, which gives her “on-the-ground” updates, plus years of experience. We’re lucky to have her! Here’s a photo of Brenda with Don Basilio during our Despacho Ceremony in 2016 (scheduled for Day 3 this year).”

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 in Pisac, 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 we arrive in Lima (usually after 9pm), our overnight stay is just across the street at the convenient Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel. Early the next morning, we’ll fly from Lima to Cusco to begin our adventure. If you want to explore the coastal capital of Lima on your own after our 13-day adventure, remember to book your return flight to the States accordingly. 

Pisac Inn is a small, charming hotel ideally located on the historic plaza of Pisac in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 45 minutes outside of Cusco. Breathtaking mountains surround Pisac with the beautiful Urubamba (Wilkamayu) River running through the valley’s fertile heart.

About Page Lambert

Page Lambert’s writing is found inside monumental sculptures at the Denver Art Museum, online at Huffington Post, and in dozens of anthologies about the West. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, she designs and teaches graduate writing courses for the University of Denver’s professional creative writing program. Recently published works include poems “Reclamation” (Summer/Winter 2020, Langscape Magazine/Terralingua), “Alone at Pranzo’s” (Summer 2020, Ocotillo Review/Kallisto Gaia Press), essays “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).

Author of the memoir In Search of Kinship (Fulcrum Publishing), hailed by the Rocky Mountain News when it was released as one of the summer’s hottest reads, and the novel Shifting Stars (a Mountains and Plains Book Award finalist) by Tor/Forge Publishing, her essays and poems are found in dozens of anthologies, including the Willa award-winning Writing Down the River, and West of 98: Living and Writing the American West. Other awards include two Fellowships for Literary Excellence from the Wyoming Arts Council, “Best Essay of the Year Award” from the Colorado Authors’ League; and the Orlando Nonfiction Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, and the 2015 Writer’s Studio Best Fiction Award.

Lambert has been leading outdoor adventures and writing workshops for twenty-five years, sometimes working in partnership with organizations such as True Nature Journeys, The Women’s Wilderness Institute, the Grand Canyon Field Institute, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation.  In 2006, Oprah’s O magazine featured her River Writing Journeys for Women as “One of the top six great all-girl getaways of the year.”

Co-founder of Women Writing the West, Lambert is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers, an advisor for the Rocky Mountain Land Library, and a senior associate with the Children & Nature Network. She writes the blog All Things Literary/All Things Natural from her Colorado home in the mountains west of Denver.

Brenda and two of Page’s 2016 Peru, Weaving Words guests. 

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