I first came to Peru in 2015 and knew it was a special place. Somewhere I’d return to over the following five years multiple times until the Universe placed me here for an extended period (throughout 2020) and that brings me up to the Now. It feels home from home; familiar, comfortable, a recognised gem of South American landscape. The mountains of the Sacred Valley have an all-encompassing embrace as you descend the winding roads from the city of Cusco into the Valley below. They are enormous as they are captivating; horizons that leave you wondering just how far the mountain range extends to. Snow peaked tops visible more prominently during the rainy season, in amongst low clouds and mist. The landscape is blessed with regrowth and greenery, that in moments, remind me of distant English countryside.
The landscape is an easy win for connecting to this rugged, rustic and somewhat land. My heart fills with wonder and smiles in awe at Mother Nature’s creation and thriving existence. The many civilizations that have been here before, leaving their imprints in impressive constructions of giant rocks and structures with precision and art we are unable to replicate today. My connection with Peru deepened as I explored various ancient historical sites and spent time chatting to locals wherever I went, in my initially broken, yet ever-improving Spanish. I uncovered layers of insight into the culture, beliefs, customs and worldview, which opened an understanding and appreciation to a different way of life.
I myself was on a journey of self discovery and conscious self created way of living; Peru turned out to be a place of deep healing and personal transformation, which continues to this day being integrated. For this, I am eternally grateful. There is something powerful and inspiring in observed preservation of traditions. People here in the Valley live for and off the land; farming life thrives when lived in accordance and balance with the seasons, elements and lunar cycles. The local markets are blessed with an abundance of locally grown foods, jungle fruits and an ever-growing number of Superfoods. I have my regular ladies in the market who I have shared parts of my experience living here in their country, as well as listening to their stories, building a picture of what it is to experience the ebbs and flows of life here.
Each person who I meet, that is not from this land originally, at some point in their journey of choosing to stay and settle undergoes an initiation. I feel we all do, at various points during our lives, subtle and those blindingly obvious. I feel this particular initiation is linked to connection; are you truly in alignment with all aspects of your being and intentions for being here? This one definitely sits in the ‘non subtle’ life pile of self evolution. However, trusting, surrendering and embracing the opportunities and challenges presented is part of the ‘how’ in resolving back into alignment, and through my personal dedication, a deeper growing sense of home within; responding to the call for connection when it comes.
This year I am excited to share the co-created offerings Helen and I have crafted, as well as share snippets of my personal journey and experience of life here in Peru as it unfolds. Connection has certainly shown me to be a central component in forming relationships, a sense of community and personal transformation too. I look forward to getting to know more of you as our connection increases and spreads to women resonating on our paths. Blessings for the coming year!