REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PERU AUGUST 2017!

PERU WORKSHOP

INDIGENOUS NATION OF Q’EROS, SACRED VALLEY OF THE INKAS AND CUSCO

WE HAD SUCH AN EPIC TRIP TO Q'EROS LAST YEAR THAT WE ARE BRINGING IT BACK. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR THIS LIFE CHANGING EXPEDITION.

WHEN:

DATE: AUGUST 12 -19, 2017

TRIP PRICE: 5500 USD

ALL INCLUSIVE: MEALS, LODGING, GUIDES, DEMONSTRATION AND IN-COUNTRY TRANSPORTATION, UPON ARRIVAL TO CUSCO AIRPORT. ALL DIETARY PREFERENCES CAN BE ACCOMODATED.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT EACH PARTICIPANT SECURE A TRAVELER’S INSURANCEPOLICY. INFORMATION ON TRAVEL INSURANCE WILL BE IN THE INTRODUCTORY PACKAGE. 

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: SUBJECT TO SOME CHANGE BASED ON WEATHER AND AVAILABILITY

We’ll trek to the indigenous Q’eros Nation in collaboration with Hannah Rae Porst of Willka Yachay from AUGUST 12-19 2017.  The Q’eros people are the wisdom keepers of the Andes. They are subsistence alpaca herders, potato farmers, weavers and musicians who live among the clouds in remote villages at 14,500 feet in the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcanota range, the highest mountain chain in Southeastern Peru. Considered to be the last Inkan community, the Q’eros strive to preserve their indigenous ethnic identity.

We’ll start our journey in Cusco, meeting at a beautiful colonial Bed and Breakfast to acclimate and introduce ourselves to one another before an evening meal. The next morning we’ll visit the markets, the bohemian art district and the spiritual center of the Inkan Empire. After a day of exploring, photographing and accustoming ourselves to the altitude and the sheer exuberance of the place, we’ll hit the streets for an evening photo demonstration. Cusco is luminous. The next morning, we leave for Q’eros after breakfast. It’s a demanding, astounding and exhilarating journey. We’ll photograph along the way before stopping in a small village at the foot of sacred mountain Ausangate, where we’ll meet and photograph local weavers and participate in a Despacho offering by an Andean paqo. We’ll show you how to work with available light and a few improvised tools for location shooting and travel photography. We will take an early evening visit to local hot springs where you’ll have a chance to relax before an evening lecture and watching cloudscapes.

After leaving Apu Ausangate we ultimately make our way, led on horseback, to the remote hamlets of Q’eros, where we’ll stay with local villagers in cozy stone huts with thatched roofs. We’ll sleep on earth floors covered by llama and alpaca pelts, far removed from modern day amenities. One night we’ll camp out under the deep Peruvian night sky and try our hand at photographing more stars than we’ve ever seen before. Q’eros guides, cooks, wranglers and families will smooth our way, and share their lives and love.

Other photographic opportunities over the course of our time in the villages will include: trout fishing with nets, alpaca herding and shearing, a natural plant dye workshop, weaving demonstrations, earth oven cooking, gathering native medicinal plants, coca leaf readings, optional visits to Andean Paqo healers, and portrait photography with home visit families. We will also photograph hat making artisans and an intimate textile market where Peruvian weavers come together in the fields to display and sell their timeless work. This workshop will be a combination of photographic demonstrations as well as shooting with us side by side. We will teach a hands on holistic approach to travel photography, covering still life, reportage, landscape and portraiture. We will immerse ourselves in the culture of the mountains by connecting to the people as well as sharing creatively and learning with one another.

After Returning from Q’eros, we’ll spend two days at a beautiful retreat in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas and we’ll visit organic farms, local markets, Inkan sites, artisan workshops and more. We’ll demonstrate how we work. We teach a hands on holistic approach to travel photography, covering still life, reportage, landscape and portraiture. We will immerse ourselves in the culture of the mountains by connecting to the people while sharing and learning from one another.

This workshop will be a creative reboot for those with a strong sense of adventure. This is a land of footpaths, far removed from the world as you know it. Lack of internet, roads and outside communication will only enhance our experience. YOU MUST BE COMFORTABLE RIDING HORSES AND HIKING! WE WILL HAVE WRANGLERS LEADING THE HORSES BUT IT IS BEST IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE AROUND HORSES. THIS IS A PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DEMANDING WORKSHOP. YOU WILL BE OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. WHEN IN THE MOUNTAINS YOU WILL NOT SHOWER FOR DAYS. BATHROOM FACILITIES ARE OUTSIDE AND YOU WILL SLEEP IN A HOME WITH A PERUVIAN FAMILY ON ALPACA PELTS IN A STONE HUT. WE BELIEVE GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE MAKES FOR SOME OF LIFES BEST EXPERIENCES. 

ALL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY UNLESS NEGOTIATED PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP. A SINGLE ROOM IS AN ADDITIONAL FEE.

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THERE IS A TWO DAY MACHU PICCHU EXTENSION WITH HANNAH RAE PORST FOR 1,400 USD. PARTICIPANTS INTERESTED IN THE TWO DAY EXTENSION CAN EMAIL HANNAH DIRECTLY AT hannah@willkayachay.org.

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