Peru Odyssey is a life-changing spiritual adventure that we run twice per year. It’s a 3-week journey that will take you from the vibrant Amazon jungle, to the heights of the Andes mountains. Participants will get to experience authentic shamanism and ayahuasca ceremonies as well as visit many important sacred sites such as Machu Picchu with a mystic Peruvian guide.
One of the many things I love about Peru Odyssey is that it affects everybody in different ways. And if you ask each person what they enjoyed the most, there’s usually quite a variety of different answers.
The purpose of this article is to briefly encapsulate the most common responses I get when I ask people to list some of the things that they loved most about the journey.
1) Being Your True Self
At home in the ‘real world’ we often forget who we really are. Most of us spiritual folk get so used to wearing a mask and hiding our true selves, particularly if we have to work with people who are on a whole different wavelength. Therefore, we often pretend that we’re ‘normal’ just like everyone else but secretly wish we could always be talking about consciousness, spirituality, shamanism, the nature of reality and all that cool stuff that most people think is nutty.
On Peru Odyssey you don’t have to worry about any of that. For 3 whole weeks, you’re going to be surrounded and supported by people on a similar wavelength. You can come and be true yourself (or possibly find yourself) and not be worried that people might think you’re insane. Nobody will judge you and everyone will support you. This is true freedom.
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide
2) Travelling With Like-Minded People
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
– Tim Cahill
I’m always amazed by how quickly each Peru Odyssey group connects on a deep level. Usually, by around the 3rd or 4th day, everyone in the group starts to feel like a big family and together we continue to learn, grow, laugh and share our experiences with each other.
I guarantee you’ll love the amazing conversations that happen every single day and the process of connecting deeply with your new spiritual brothers and sisters.
3) Connecting With Nature in the Amazon jungle
A huge body of research tells us that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve our health in countless different ways.
I think we all intuit this for ourselves, yet most of us don’t spend nearly enough time in nature. Most of us live in bustling towns or cities close to where we work and maybe once in a while, we make it out into the wilderness.
On Peru Odyssey you’re going to spend 6 days in the Amazon jungle. The Amazon is one of the most incredible experiences of nature you will ever have. It is nature truly at its most wild and intense. The Amazon is home to as many as 80,000 plant species from which more than 40,000 species play a critical role in regulating the global climate and sustaining the local water cycle.
The Gaia Tree Center is located in primary Amazon rainforest, which means we can give you a real Amazon jungle experience and you’ll have spectacular views of the river and jungle around us from the lodge.
“Nature is a great healer of the soul. When we are immersed in nature, we tend to slow down and find a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us.”
– Frederic Laloux
4) Working with Sacred Plant Medicines
“Reconnecting with your soul is painful, but the benefits are everlasting.”
― Gerard Armond Powell
On Peru Odyssey, you’re going to experience 2 very powerful plant medicines. These are Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro). I can’t say you’re going to always enjoy working with these medicines. Plant medicine work is not usually fun. However, the profound shifts and realizations you may experience can change your life forever.
Working with these plant medicines is an intense, profound and usually, a highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Sacred plant medicines are a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access to higher states of consciousness so that we can reconnect with our soul.
I’ve been involved in running Ayahuasca retreats since 2011 and I’ve personally witnessed well over 1000 people go through the process of working with ayahuasca. Some of the healing and transformations I’ve witnessed are simply astounding.
5) Experience Different Cultures
It’s fair to say that most of us westerners spend most of our lives living in a bit of a bubble. And it doesn’t really matter where you go in the western world, you’ll notice peoples lives are not massively different.
However, Peru is definitely a country where you may experience a bit of culture shock. In parts of Peru, people are living lives that are radically different from our lives back home. On Peru Odyssey, you’ll get to witness life in a small Amazonian village close to our center. You’ll get to witness how some of the Quechua people live in the Andes and on Amantani island, and also meet a family of Aymara people who live on the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca.
Experiencing a new culture is like stepping into a whole new world; you’re exposed to different languages, smells, colors, sights, sounds, and people. This can help to dramatically broaden your perspective of the world.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain
6) Breathtaking Landscapes
“Nature is the art of God.”
– Dante Alghieri
One of the things that I love most about Peru is the stunning geo-diversity you can witness within a single country. In the west of Peru there are a lot of dry deserts particularly in the south. Running through the middle of the country is the incredible Andes mountain range, the second highest mountain range in the world, and then to the east of Peru is the tropical Amazon rainforest.
Within these regions, you’ll find some of the most stunning and beautiful landscapes in the world. My favourite landscapes are within the Andes mountains, particularly in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
After spending 7 nights in the jungle we will then head to the majestic Andes mountains where we will spend the next two weeks, finishing at Lake Titicaca, one of the biggest and highest lakes in the world.
7) Sacred Places and Amazing Megalithic Monuments
If you’re interested in history and ancient advanced civilizations then you’ll love being part of Peru Odyssey. Perhaps you’ve read Graham Hancock’s famous book “Fingerprints of the Gods” where he presents plenty of evidence that an advanced civilization existed before the last ice age (Atlantis perhaps?) and that some of the monuments on this planet are far more ancient than we think. This includes the pyramids of Egypt and also several monuments in South America such as Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, and parts of Machu Picchu.
In my opinion, Sacsayhuaman is one of the most astonishing of all the megalithic sites in Peru. The way that these large, heavy stones (some weigh around 200 tons) have been so precisely cut and placed together like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle defies logic and imagination, and it will seriously boggle your mind.
“We should all be grateful for the beauty of this world, but more, we should take the trouble to get off the bus of life and put the soles of our feet to the soul of the world and see those sacred sites with our own eyes.”
– Phil Cousineau
8) Meeting Shamans and Mystic Guides
“The mystic is swimming in the same water the psychotic is drowning in.”
– Joseph Campbell
Shamans are people who provide a bridge between the physical world and the spiritual world. Shamanism predates civilization and recorded history by many tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of years, and existed long before any religion.
Almost all indigenous cultures around the world have shamans in their society. Most are primarily healers who work on the energetic level of your being which is why they are extremely effective. They use a variety of techniques and practices to enter altered states of consciousness including dancing, drumming and using hallucinogenic substances. In the Amazon, many of them work with powerful plant medicines such as ayahuasca.
On Peru Odyssey you’ll get to work with shamans from the Shipibo tribe, an ancient Amazonian tribe who have a long history of using ayahuasca.
In the mountains, you will be led by our mystic guide Amaru, a native Peruvian who has spent a lifetime studying shamanic and mystic traditions from around the world and he is also an expert on the spiritual significance of the sacred sites we’ll be visiting.
9) The Tranquility of Amantani Island
We spend the final few days of Peru Odyssey on the Island of Amantani, a small island on Lake Titicaca, and a 4-hour boat journey from the shore.
There are no roads on Amantani and therefore no transport. It’s an incredibly quiet and peaceful place with a high vibration. On a cloudless night the view of the night sky is beyond amazing. There are also two very ancient sacred temples on the top of Amantani’s two hills. One is dedicated to the sacred masculine and the other to the divine feminine.
It’s a perfect place to enter stillness and reflect on the many gifts, lessons, and insights you may have received throughout the Peru Odyssey adventure.
“Through the portals of silence, the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
10) Massive Personal Growth and Transformation
“Yes, your transformation will be hard. Yes, you will feel frightened, messed up and knocked down. Yes, you’ll want to stop. Yes, it’s the best work you’ll ever do.”
– Robin Sharma
“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”
– Marianne Williamson
One of my favourite quotes is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. The truth is that most of us rarely venture beyond the edge of our comfort zone and we often go to great lengths to avoid any form of discomfort. The problem with that is that we never grow or experience anyform of transformation within the confines of our comfort zone, andtherefore life is often stagnant.
Peru Odyssey will undoubtedly take you far out of your comfort zone at times, but in a way that’s safe and non-threatening.
On Peru Odyssey, there are many things that work together simultaneously to induce massive growth and transformation.
Some things are more obvious such as ayahuasca, but there are many things that are a little more subtle. This includes being in a developing country for 3 weeks where you will always be surrounded by the unfamiliar. Being in a group of strangers (although as I said earlier, it won’t be long before they are good friends).
Even spending time at sacred power places can support you in your transformation process because they have enormous shamanic power.
While spending time at power places it’s possible for people to experience visions, higher levels of awareness & vibration or receive important insights and even healing.
I guarantee that by the end of the trip you will not be exactly the same person that arrived.
I hope you enjoyed my article and that you now have a better understanding of what you will gain from Peru Odyssey.
More importantly, I hope you can join me in Peru, whether this year or in the future.
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