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A Spiritual Journey Inside Andean Culture for Adults

This pilgrimage to the ancient world and the Sacred Valley of Peru is different from all the other trips we do. GOGI (Go Outward, Grow Inward) -- is the engine driving the trip’s design. This trip is for those seeking a spiritual exploration and transformation that would be impossible to experience at home. In just 12 days, you’ll take a life-changing expedition into the heart of the Andes with the company’s founder, Peruvian Shamans, and a spiritual guide on an itinerary choreographed to support you in letting go of what no longer serves you, with radical trust in the oneness of all things, while you embrace new wisdom and a new way of being.

Not only will you explore the culture and spirituality of the sacred Apus/Andes mountains, but you’ll reclaim parts of yourself on the path to becoming more whole, as you travel physically from untracked Lake Titicaca to the most profound region of Peru. There is only one Sacred Valley; in this transformational place, you’ll work with local shamans to release extraneous energies from your body and spirit, returning with a new relationship to yourself, your life and the world around you.

This trip is designed for those who wish to serve their local communities and the global community within a paradigm of love, integrity, and balance; who seek improved health and well-being; and who crave transformation of body, mind, spirit, heart, and soul. This journey is for those who want a cultural and spiritual experience and to connect with like-minded souls. Who enjoy mediation and ceremonies as well as being open to a new culture. This is not a typical tourist trip. 

This trip will allow you to: 

  • Feel more whole than you have in a long time

  • Call back to yourself what has been lost by allowing external, culturally defined power structures to limit you and your life

  • Discover yourself anew

  • Humble yourself to the divine

  • Work closely with a shaman to create powerful transformations within yourself

  • Walk in the Andes and learn about healing herbs and the Sacred Mountains of Los Apus and discover Lake Titicaca.

  • Get new insight into the Spanish language and Peruvian culture

  • Practice restorative yoga and meditation

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When: June 10th- June 22nd 2020

Only TEN spots are available for this adventure, so we expect it to sell out quickly.

Priority deadline: December 15th, 2019  

Save $50 if you sign up by November 15th

What’s Included:

  • All accommodations in Peru. We will be staying at four-star hostels. Each participant will share a lovely room and a bathroom.

  • We provide one meal each day, including traditional teas, juices, and water.

  • You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. All ground transportation in Peru will be via van or taxi.

  • Craft lessons when we stay with indigenous communities.

  • Guided tours of Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca.

  • All ceremonies and guided yoga & meditation.

  • Entry to several archaeological sites.

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.

  • A train ride to Machu Picchu.

  • The flight to Puno and boat rides around Lake Titicaca.

  • Gogi guides to help translate and support you throughout the trip.

  • A shamanic ceremony in which you’ll absorb the teachings of the Sacred Valley (optional).

  • One Healing session with Marianna

  • Morning or Evening meditations and yoga


What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare to/from Peru; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; all airport costs, including meals and drinks

  • All alcoholic beverages and water

  • Travel insurance of any kind (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip and can be purchased for $75-$150 through Travel Guard or World Nomads; details will be provided with the confirmation of your deposit) 

  • You are responsible for your lunches and dinners, except we will provide breakfast and dinner at Willka T'ika hotel. Gogi Abroad does provide snacks and all breakfasts. You can decide to eat with the group or have time to yourself during these times. (Meals range from $7 - $30 per meal. Cost of all meals = $200-$400, depending on how much you want to spend) 

  • Willka T'ika Hotel offers a range of therapeutic spa treatments, and solar baths to restore the body and these are optional to guests and not included in the price. 

  • Admission to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (optional)

  • Tips for Gogi guides and Shamans



Marianna Jacobs

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With her background as a student of Cultural Anthropology, Marianna has always explored her love of indigenous healing beliefs.  During thirty years of world travel as a jewelry designer she has collaborated in many cultures learning the symbology, folklore and the healing properties of stones, color and symbols.  

Marianna followed her calling to Peru and Chile to become a certified Shamanic Energy Practitioner, and a graduate of the Light Body School of the Four Winds Society.  She combines the ancient energy practice of the Laika Shamans of the Q’ero lineage of Peru with indigenous techniques she has learned in Bali and India, as well as her knowledge of Reiki and Pranic healing,  to create her own unique and evolving healing practice.

Marianna acts as a conduit to clear energy that no longer serves us.  Throughout our lives we all have experiences and various forms of trauma that can become wounds that dim the radiance of our essential selves.  We are also born with genetic and ancestral information and energy that may restrict or interfere with our well being. Marianna works with us to distinguish which issues to address, intuitively helping us shift and transform to a healthier state of integrated physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. 

Marianna appreciates and honors the opportunities she has had learning with the healers that have taught and mentored her.  She views her abilities as a gift to help others reconnect with their own love and light, empowering them to continue their journey grounded and centered.  Like her mentor, Alberto Villoldo, she believes that “if we create the energetic conditions of health...we can grow new bodies that age and heal and die differently.”


Liz Jackson, Director and Founder of Gogi Abroad

Based in Putney, Vermont, Gogi Abroad was founded by Liz Jackson, a passionate educator, and traveler who has been teaching and leading international trips for over 10 years. Liz’s passions are working with indigenous communities and she feels like one of her main purposes on earth is to be a weaver of cultures and communities.

Liz has traveled extensively to Peru and worked with indigenous communities and shamans for several years now. Liz has attended workshops with the Q’ero, deep breath work and many retreats that work with spirit and meditation. She loves to bring westerners to a new land where she has deep connections and provide an authentic experience abroad. These experiences show us more about who we are inwardly and give us the opportunity to grow and transform on many levels. She is looking forward to this adult trip to Peru as we will connect with the Peruvians, and learn about the land, history and healing practices of the ancient cultures.

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