About Carol Cumes and the Chakra Gardens™
Carol Cumes was living in Santa Barbara, California when she first visited the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Peru in 1984. She was so captivated that she continued to return with groups and friends. In time, she established a travel company, Magical Journey, which arranges tours to the Sacred Valley. In 1994, she left California and moved to the Sacred Valley where she established the unique and very beautiful Willka T'ika. Visitors to Willka T’ika discover more than the beauty of the scenery – they are immersed in the spiritual and cultural heritage of Peru by exploring sacred sites and meeting and interacting with the people who live near, and work at the Retreat Center.
The Willka T’ika Garden Retreat
From its inception, Willka T’ika was established as a garden retreat. At its core are the ‘Seven Sacred Gardens’. Each garden is dedicated to a different energy center, or chakra, to provide for personal meditation, healing and rejuvenation. The guest accommodations have been built so they merge into the gardens. From the plants and flowers, to the buildings constructed of local materials, Willka T’ika is a living dedication to the heritage and spirit of the people of the Andes.
Food and Healing Remedies
The gardens provide fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, filled with living energy, which are then served up in the vegetarian meals at the Guesthouse. The staff, who see visitors as guests invited into their home, readily share their knowledge of local herbal remedies for anyone suffering from ‘travelers’ maladies’.
Books and Gifts
After staying at Willka T’ika, guests are often moved to take home tangible items of their memories, many of which they can purchase at the Willka T’ika gift shop. The book, Chakra Gardens: Opening the Senses of the Soul shares not only the story and images of the gardens but also tells how guests can make their own Chakra Garden at home. Flower essences, developed from the organic plants and flowers of the gardens, will also soon be available on this site.
Carol’s love and appreciation for the Andean cultural heritage and spiritual practices led her to research and write Journey to Machu Picchu - Spiritual Wisdom from the Andes, also available at the gift shop and on this site.