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Carol Cumes & History

Carol Cumes is the founder of Willka T'ika, which means sacred flower, and first visited the Sacred Valley in 1984.

She was so captivated by the powerful healing energy that she continued to return year after year and in 1994, decided to purchase a barren strip of land where Willka T’ika now stands. A longtime yoga practitioner, Carol wanted to create a retreat center synergizing Andean culture and cosmology with yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Over the next two decades, Carol cultivated long term, meaningful and fruitful relationships with authentic native healers and sincere knowledgeable local guides. Integrating their genuine services, she pioneered and developed her renowned all inclusive magical retreat journeys and uniquely comprehensive program itineraries.

Building Willka Tika

Over the next decade and a half, Carol and her team of local Quechua farming neighbors designed and constructed the grounds, guest rooms, gardens, ceremonial spaces, and gathering spots that would become Willka Tika.

While the first buildings were completed, Carol began developing the entirely organic gardens. The land was cleared and rocks unearthed by hand. Giant natural boulders were left to decorate the gardens, while smaller stones were used in building construction. Compost heaps turned kitchen waste and garden cuttings into rich soil. Manure was brought on donkey trains from far-off mountain communities. Adobe mud bricks, which keep rooms warm on cool Andean nights and pleasant during the hot sunny days, were made on-site and baked in the sun alongside wood that was carved into doors, floors, windows and original furniture that fills guest cottages today. Giant septic tanks were built, as well as large storage tanks to collect Willka T’ika’s weekly allotment of mountain water from the local water cooperative. 

Gradually the buildings and gardens took shape and the once overworked, rock-filled land regained its health. Plants flourished, birds and insects arrived, and nature, with its timeless wisdom, took over. Today, throughout the gardens, butterflies and bees can be seen visiting brilliant flowers. Dozens of birds, including more than eight species of hummingbird and other vibrant nectar gatherers, make the grounds their home.

Willka T’ika is an example of land revitalization made possible through cooperation with and giving back to Nature. 


 

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I have traveled the world and seen many fascinating places, and Willka T’ika is the one I plan to return to again and again. The gardens are exquisite, the food is brimming with vitality and the location is conducive to experiencing the ancient essence. Our warm-hearted hosts, Carol and Mark, have created an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility. Together with the very loving indigenous people of Peru, they have handcrafted an ideal and nurturing retreat. The combination of a daily Yoga practice, meditation in the gardens and hiking in the Andes re-connects us with the Earth.  If you visit Willka T’ika you will experience the heart and soul of Peru.

Desireé  Rumbaugh
Anusara Yoga Teacher
Scottsdale, Arizona

Willka T'ika Children's Fund

The fund provides educational suport, school materials and much more to support Quechua children and their dedicated teachers in remote areas of the Peruvian Andes.

Carol Cumes Books

888 737 8070 (No. America) +1 707 202 5340 (Int'l) |  Info@willkatika.com  | Skype: magicwtikainfo
 Located 75 minutes from the Cusco airport

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