ANDEAN WISDOM PERMACULTURE RETREAT

 

Permaculture Design Certification + Indigenous Ceremony

with Penny Livingston & the Q'ero

 

SACRED VALLEY, PERU

 

 CERTIFY IN PERMACULTURE DESIGN

 

 

 

 IMMERSE IN Q'ERO CULTURE & CEREMONY

 

 

 

ENJOY PRISTINE NATURE OF THE ANDES

 

 

LEARN TRADITIONAL WEAVING ARTS

 

MAKE MEDICINE THROUGH ANDEAN HERBOLOGY

 

 

EXPERIENCE PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

Walk away with a rich understanding of how indigenous practices and knowledge of nature can enhance your every day life.

 

APPLY NOW

(March 30 - April 18)

 

Immerse in Q'ero Culture & Sacred Plant Ceremony

+

Design an Indigenous Eco-Sanctuary

+

 Become Certified in Permaculture Design with Penny Livingston

 

INCLUDES: All accommodations, all organic local healing cuisine, personal Coca Leaf Reading, Sacred Plant Ceremonies and intensive teachings with Q'ero Wisdom-keeper, filtered drinking water, inter-personal community work, all ground transport, morning practice, nature hikes, and your PDC certification.

 


(Optional Add-on: April 19- 28)

 

Learn medicine making through a hands-on Herbology Course in the Mountains

+

 Journey to the High Jungle to Learn Weaving with the Masters

 

INCLUDES: all of the above, plus a 4 day intro herbology course in the mountains, a journey out to the High Jungle to learn to weave with the Masters, and a relaxing dip in mineral hot springs.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 20-DAY RETREAT:

(When you sign up as a full participant, you sponsor a local Peruvian to be certified in the PDC)

 

Camping = $1,650

Shared bedroom / shared bath = $1,950

Shared bedroom / private bath or Matrimonial  = $2,050

Private bedroom / private bath = $2,150

 

OPTIONAL 10-DAY WEAVING/ HERBOLOGY ADD-ON

Additional $550 - $600 added to your above choice of accommodations

 

EARLY BIRD

$50 discount if you register for the retreat by Feb 28.

or $100 discount if you register for both the retreat and the excursion

APPLY NOW

 

Si eres un residente o local de Sur o Central America, tenemos limitados becas parciales a ofrecer. Escribanos por la aplicación!


 

THE PAYMENT PROCESS:

A $650 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance letter.

The remaining contribution will be completed in cash on the first day of the retreat.

HOW YOU ARE SERVING OTHERS:

By signing up for this retreat, you are CO-CREATING our vision. Proceeds from this retreat go towards securing land in the Sacred Valley to build an Eco-Sanctuary to continue providing healing for other people & communities. 

Find out more in this video:

THE Q'ERO NATION

Elder Juan Gabriel Apaza Lonasco and his daughter Idwarda will be blessing us with their humble presence to share ceremony, teachings, & coca readings.

The Q’ero are recognized as the last living descendants of the Inka bloodline- a nation deeply revered all around Peru for maintaining the spiritual and artistic traditions of their ancestors. Around 2,000 people still live up in the distant village at 15,000 feet above sea level. Nowadays, many Q’ero have moved their families down the mountain into the cities to experience the opportunities of modernity. Many circumstances arise in the city which challenge this vibrant culture to pass its heritage into future generations. Yet, similar to Tibet, it is through challenge and hardship that the gems of this spiritual lineage has been able to spread its wings across the world for the benefit of all.

The Q’ero are known as the keepers of the Coca tradition. Through despacho ceremonies, meditative weaving, and deep connection to the healing properties of this sacred plant- these traditions serve as a powerful catalyst for healing. Through intensive life-long training, wisdom-keepers can help to heal people by removing blockages and aligning you with the spirit of Nature to support your highest life aspirations.

Through our intimate relationship with our Q'ero family, Reviveolution is dedicated to support these traditions to thrive in the modern world.

THE CEREMONIES

Q'ERO DESPACHO

COCA READINGS

ANDEAN MESA INTENSIVE

PERMACULTURE

The permaculture portion of this month long retreat will be a bi-lingual (English and Spanish) two-Week intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC). This is an opportunity to study with internationally renowned permaculture teacher Penny Livingston-Stark to help design the Reviveolution Eco-Sanctuary from scratch- as we just became stewards of a bare piece of farming land with infinite potential. The course will be enriched with special guests including local indigenous farmers and native Peruvian families who will share with us their own permanent agriculture techniques. Proceeds from this course both sponsor local farmers to attend, as well as go back into local projects that promote ecological & cultural sustainability.

 

This training provides multiple ways of presenting information from presentation and slide shows to storytelling and interactive group process. This course include hands-on experiential learning opportunities provided by experienced instructors.

A globally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate, will be offered to all participants who complete the course and the design project.

 

This retreat is a unique way to engage in transformational growth, be nurtured by community, enriched by culture, & revitalized by organic food to gain powerful tools to for coming into harmonious relationship with ourselves and the world.

 

This course, based on the classic permaculture curriculum, with founding principles and techniques developed by Bill Mollison and David Holgrem includes classroom and/or hands-on activities in the following areas:

  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern and pattern application
  • Water harvesting
  • Swale building
  • Zone and sector analysis
  • Climate and micro climate strategies
  • Mapping
  • Urban permaculture
  • Land access
  • Community building
  • Plant guilds
  • Soil Carbon Sequestration and Biochar
  • Food forests and agroforestry
  • The design process, principles, strategies, and techniques
  • Ancient andean agriculture
  • Soil building and sheet mulching
  • Pond management and ecology
  • Earthworks and natural building
  • Grey water systems
  • Bioremediation
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Forest management
  • Watershed management
  • Economy and Equity
  • Group work on a conceptual design project

 

We provide a DVD workbook with excellent resources and reading material that we ask you to read as part of the coursework. In addition, we have an ongoing list of recommended reading that includes everything from foundational manuals by Bill Mollison to magazine articles on new applications of solar power. The list is not required reading for the course, but available to you as a resource as you continue your permaculture explorations.

THE LOCATION

We are delighted to be staying just down the road from the land we will be designing during your course at Casita Huaran. This is a beautiful property and guest-home owned by a local Peruvian family dedicated to sustainable land stewardship, surrounded by cascading mountains and flowing water. There is plenty of shaded area for camping, and many options of cozy rooms which may be single rooms with private baths, double rooms with private baths, or double & triple rooms with shared baths. What a beautiful place to soak in the spectacular Andes and learn about permaculture and indigenous ceremony.

THE FOOD

We are 100% committed to organic, in-season, healthy food that nourishes the body and nurtures the soul. We use only cold-pressed Peruvian coconut oil,  Andean pink salt, and high-grade ingredients to cleanse and regenerate your body into health. What better way to show our respect to Pachamama (Mother Earth) & our bodies than by voting through purchases that support local, sustainable farmers.

THE FACILITATORS

CAROLINA PUTNAM

(Reviveolution Founder- Retreat Coordinator)

PENNY LIVINGSTON-STARK

(PDC instructor - Regenerative Design Institute)

JULIAN APAZA CRUZ

(Reviveolution Co-Founder- Healthy Chef)

THE SCHEDULE

(Subject to minor shifts)

DAY 1-5: Applying Andean Wisdom Intensive & ceremonies with Q'ero wisdom-keeper

 

DAY 6 - 11: PDC course part 1

 

DAY 12:  Rest and Integration Day

 

DAY 13 - 18: PDC course part 2

 

DAY 19 : Closing integration circle and feast

 

DAY 20 : Departure for some, rest & integration for others

 

(optional 10-DAY add-on)

DAY 21- 24: Four-Day medicine making herbology course

 

DAY 25: Journey out to the high jungle

 

DAY 26-29: Weaving course with master weavers + a relaxing dip in mineral hot springs.

 

DAY 30 : Final departure