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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: June 9th- June 20th 2019

Duration: 12 days

Price: $3,500 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)


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


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


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:

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:

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


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.

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.

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:


Day 12: May 11th ARRIVE TO USA



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 has had great success working remotely by telephone, Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp anywhere in the world.  She also offers a “Dreamtime Session”, shared remotely when you are sleeping in the comfort of your own home. This works especially well with young children.   She is also available for private, couple, or group sessions at her hilltop office in Putney Vermont and at the "Open Door" Health Clinic in White River Junction Vermont.  Her Putney Office sits on the side of Putney Mountain, and after a session there are nature paths to walk and a beautiful view to enjoy while processing the experience. When needed, Marianna will travel to see clients. 

Marianna’s deep affinity and connection with animals has made her practice effective for animals as well and can be quite helpful with pet owners and their relationships with their furry loved ones.

Marianna is certified as a teacher for “Dying Consciously” and works with those in transition and their families throughout the process. This is available for animals and can offer great comfort.  To learn more visit:

All sessions are private and strictly confidential.  Marianna encourages people to continue with traditional therapies and counseling as part of their healing process.  She is happy to work in partnership with other practitioners to support each client.  

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 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. 

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