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About Carol Cumes:

Carol Cumes was born in South Africa and had the fortune to grow up experiencing and enjoying the wilds of South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. For over 20 years she has been involved actively in travel, establishing Magical Journey, a travel company offering authentic sacred tours to open-minded people of all ages. Carol began arranging and leading tours, first to South Africa and then her passion drew her to focus on Peru where she has been arranging and conducting Journeys ever since.

Coming in to close contact with the Quechua people of the Andes, particularly those in the remote mountain villages, Carol became fascinated by their spiritual traditions and culture and found that she was learning much of great value from their wisdom. To share the values of this knowledge and wisdom with a wider audience, she wrote the book, Journey to Machu Picchu – Spiritual Wisdom from the Andes.

She was so captivated by the powerful healing energy that she continued to return year after year and in 1994, decided to purchase the plot of land where Willka T’ika now stands. In 1995 Carol moved to Peru and began building Willka T’ika Guest House. A longtime yoga practitioner, she created a retreat synergizing Andean culture and cosmology with yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Over the next decade and a half, Carol and her staff of local Quechua families designed and constructed the grounds, guest rooms, gardens, ceremonial spaces, and gathering spots.

In 2009 Carol wrote her second book, the multiple award-winning Chakra Gardens – Opening the Senses of the Soul, based on her experiences in cultivating the magnificent gardens at Willka T’ika.

Nineteen years ago, she created the Willka T’ika’s Children Fund (WTCF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to support educational efforts in four isolated Andean schools. All proceeds from Carol’s award-winning Chakra Gardens, Opening the Senses of the Soul, a beautifully photographed coffee table book, go to support the WTCF. Carol lives next to Willka T’ika where she continues to garden and create.


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