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A Spiritual Journey Inside Andean Culture for Adults


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This pilgrimage to the ancient world of Bolivia and the Sacred Valley of Peru is different from all the other trips we do. Go Outward, Grow Inward (GOGI)--is the engine driving the trip’s design. It is for those seeking a spiritual exploration and transformation that would be impossible to experience at home. This is no standard tour; it’s a hero’s journey. In just 12 days, you’ll take a life-changing expedition into the heart of the Andes with the company’s founder, a spiritual guide and a trance medium 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 and embracing 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 Bolivia to the most profound region of Peru. There is only one Sacred Valley; in this profound 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 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 Spanish language and South American cultures

    This trip is designed for those to wish to serve their local communities and the global community within a paradigm of love, integrity and balance and who crave transformation of body, mind, spirit, heart and soul.

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

When: April 30th- May 11th 2019

Duration: 12 days

Price: $3,000 per person

Does not include airfare or international travel insurance ($100).


What’s Included:

  • All accommodations in Bolivia and Peru. We will be staying at three 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 Bolivia and Peru will be via van or taxi.

  • Craft lessons when we stay with indigenous communities

  • Guided tours of La Paz, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

  • All ceremonies and guided yoga and 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)

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Example Itinerary:

Day 1: April 30th DEPART USA (USA - La Paz, Bolivia )

Day 2: May 1st ARRIVE IN LA PAZ

La Paz is in a valley with towering Andean peaks and the views of the city will take your breath away. We will pick you up at the airport and bring you to our hotel. We will explore La Paz, and be introduced to the enriching rituals by local shamans. In the afternoon we'll explore the city and go by cable car lines to see  the witches market. Here we will buy our supplies for all the ceremonies that we are going to perform the following days. We will also introduce you to a of the coca museum in which we are going to be told about the coca leaves and its amazing healing, energizing and spiritual properties. Lodging: TBD

Day 3: May 2nd - LA PAZ ~ A MEETING WITH THE ELDERS & SPIRITS

Travel outside of the city for the day and visit a shaman and make a ceremony to the Andes mountains (Royal Andes range) known as the Achachilas or elder spirits. You will see the famous alpacas, towering hills, colored lagoons  and an interesting landscape as we on our coca leaf tea and coca candy or leafs to help with the high altitude.

We finish at mid afternoon, in time to see a beautiful sunset in the city of La Paz. Lodging: TBD

Day 4: May 3rd - DISCOVER LAKE TITICACA

We will make our way to Sun Island. Travel 4 hours driving from la paz to Copacabana. We will visit Copacabana for 45 minutes and then take a boat ride to Sun Island. We will arrive at Huacani a small harbour, near the shore lays a restaurant, in which we are going to have a “apthapi” the comunitary food. These meals are traditional and has different products of the region. After this we continue the ascension to the ecolodge. Explore Sun Island and meet with a traditional Shaman. You will stay at an ecological hotel "La Estancia." It is built on the mythical island of the sun of Bolivia on Lake Titicaca. Lodging: https://www.ecolodge-laketiticaca.com/

Day 5: May 4th - SUN ISLAND Explore Sun Island and meet with a traditional Shaman. Early In the morning we are going to have a salutation to our might Tata Inti “mighty sun god” then we will visit the moon island to make our final ceremony at the lake titicaca closing the circle with the four parts of the andean cosmovision and continue the trip to Peru.  Lodging: https://www.ecolodge-laketiticaca.com/

Day 6: May 5th SACRED VALLEY  - Make our way to Puno and fly to Cusco. We will take you to the Sacred Valley. You will find it perfect timing when we arrive to Willka T'ika. It is an exquisite eco-friendly sanctuary for rejuvenation, relaxation and for cultivating optimal well-being

Lodging: https://www.willkatika.com


Day 7: May 6th PACHAMAMA CEREMONY - Make connections with the Pachamama/Mother Earth and the Q’ero Tribe. In the morning: Visit Moray, an ancient Inca site with circular terraces that used to create exceptional conditions or microclimates that fostered the domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of a wide array of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption. https://www.willkatika.com/

Day 8: May 7th: CEREMONY  We have a choice of a few different ceremonies. We will also learn about medicinal herbs and enjoy walks in the area. At the highest altitudes in the Peruvian Andes live the Q’ero. You will learn about the Q’ero tribe, and participate in a ceremony. All ceremonies are optional. https://www.willkatika.com/


Day 9: May 8th AGUAS CALIENTES Make our way to the town before visiting MACHU PICCHU - We will travel by train to the village of Aguas Calientes and after some rest we will explore, shop and if go to the hot springs before traveling up to Machu Picchu. Lodging:  


Day 10: May 9th MACHU PICCHU Early in the morning 4am we will wake up and begin our journey to the entrance of Machu Picchu. We enter Machu Picchu at sunrise and experience this awe-inspiring ancient city. We will visit the famed city of Machu Picchu, named by Mallku as the Crystal City, the Rainbow City, the City of the Condor and the Hummingbird, the City of Peace, and the City of Light. In the afternoon we will take the train back to CUSCO –  Enjoy the streets and food in Cusco for the evening. Sleep in Cusco. Lodging: https://www.balconcusco.com/


Day 11: May 10th CUSCO DAY & DEPARTURE TO USA

Day 12: May 11th ARRIVE TO USA


MEET OUR LEADERS:

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CAROL GREENHOUSE, Spiritual Guide

Carol Greenhouse was a member of the executive team at a global media company in 2014 when she was handed a Xeroxed copy of a 30-year-old out-of-print book calledThe Healing Power of Illnessat a retreat center in Lake Atitlan. As soon as she was halfway through the first chapter, she knew she needed to know more about these ideas, which involved the hero's journey, the shadow, polarity, archetypes, the relationship between mind and body, and learning the language of the invisible world. Four years later, she is the leading U.S. practitioner of the work, called Transformative Medicine, and she guides people to explore their symptoms, and in so doing, find themselves. Her background in adventure and plant medicines is lifelong, and she looks forward to helping clients navigate this no-holds-barred spiritual journey into the Amazon and themselves through the shaman's eyes.

Carol is based in Burlington, Vermont, where she has a small Transformative Medicine practice. You can find out more at www.anewmainstream.com


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Liz Jackson, Director and Founder of Gogi Abroad

Based in Putney, Vermont, Gogi Abroad was founded by Liz Jackson, a passionate educator who has been teaching adolescents and leading international trips for over 10 years.  Liz  holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University and brings fifteen years of experience as an educator of both Spanish and Waldorf curriculum. She is a seasoned trip leader and an avid traveler with over 20 student trips logged in just the last five years, and recently completed a ten month trip around the world with her family. 


Michael Maldonado Velasco, Bolivian Guide and Anthropologist

Michael was born in La Paz, Bolivia and studied at the University of Natural Sciences in Norway.  He had directed films at the ECA School of Film and Audiovisual Arts and also studied Anthropology at the UMSA, University of San Andrés in La Paz Bolivia. He currently works at the Institute of Anthropological Research. He is also a producer of Numa Films and co-producer of Bolivia Lab.

Michael is an expert in visual anthropology, and has participated in an audiovisual educational project with 31 ethnic nations of language, whose methodology is cataloged as a model at the Ibero-American level. Michael is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of shamanism and anthropology of Bolivia and Peru with Gogi Abroad.

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