Itinerary for our Spiritual Journey to Patagonia« Back to Trip Overview
Day One: February 19th (-/-/-)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
After arriving to Ezeiza Int. Airport from different locations around the globe, we will be gathering together at the Ayres of Recoleta Luxury apartments in downtown Buenos Aires. Capital city of Argentina and World Capital of Tango, Buenos Aires has made it on Travel & Leisure’s 2008 & 2009 World’s Best Destination to visit list – receiving second place and fourth place respectively. This amazing city will be our preliminary stop on the way to Patagonia.
While preparing for the BIG adventure, we’ll have the chance to taste some a bit of the vibrancy of Buenos Aires’s nightlife. Our studios are located in the Recoleta neighborhood, one of the top 10 “must see areas” in BA. Two museums, several art galleries, and a handcraft fair of great level are part of the cultural offering. This is how Nora Hochbaum, director of the Cultural Center of Recoleta, describes it. Haute couture stores, international fashion boutiques; restaurants and bars of outstanding level are features of this hip location.
Day Two: February 20th (B/-/S/D)
After breakfast at the Studios we’ll be moving to Newbery domestic Airport to catch a two hour flight to Bariloche City. Our final destination will be Peuma Hue Ranch, a beautiful boutique lodge in the heart of the Andes. On our way in, we’ll enjoy a wonderful tour that will include a visit to Mt. Campanario, with incredible views at the summit and the Circuito Chico.
Arriving at Peuma Hue after lunch, we’ll receive a loving welcome from Evelyn, our host and property owner and Walter, our guide through this spiritual journey. After a briefing of our upcoming experience it will be the perfect time to relax and to enjoy the peace and calm of this wonderful location, while preparing for the next day.
Day Three: February 21st (B/L/S/D)
AIR of Patagonia
We’ll begin to experience Patagonia through the energy of this essential element. Breathing exercises will help us to clear our minds and to be fully present, while we open a communication channel with life during a pleasant trek through this most beautiful native forest. Creativity, openness, flexibility, lightness and fertility are all qualities behind the energy of the element AIR. We will discover more about these qualities by observing how AIR affects the life cycle of this region.
Our observations of the external world will be followed by some activities that will allow us to establish a profound connection with this element. We’ll explore the D’Agostini Mountain, and visit an amazing view point from which we will experience the effect that air produces within our bodies. Eventually we will merge with air and feel the separation between us and this element dissolve. We will feel like AIR, we will be as AIR. When we return to the lodge, there’ll be time for sharing enriching reflections and revelations of this wonderful and astonishing day.
Day Four: February 22nd (B/L/S/D)
FIRE of Patagonia
Today we will experience Patagonia through the energy of the essential element of FIRE. Beginning with meditation techniques we’ll establish contact with the “life force” of FIRE. As ancient Taoists suggest, there is a plentiful amount of it in the Universe that can be utilized if we find and live the path of virtue. Transformation, production, progress, will, and determination are all qualities behind the energy of the element FIRE. We’ll observe how the “life force” moves through the forest producing diverse life expressions.
Through a wonderful trek we’ll reach our highest point of observation at the D’Agostini Mt. With the assistance of Qigong techniques and Taoist meditations we’ll feel how FIRE moves in our bodies and how we can give conscious direction to this force to produce the fruits we desire in life. We will feel the FIRE coming from the sun of Patagonia inside our bodies, we will recognize that FIRE as an inner resource – and actually becoming the life force itself. A ritual of FIRE will put an end to our day, full of self-discoveries and amazing vistas in Patagonia.
Day Five: February 23rd (B/L/S/D)
WATER of Patagonia
Today we’ll experience Patagonia through the energy of the essential element of WATER. Our location will be special for the task at hand. WATER surrounds us by every pristine glacier lake, every astonishing waterfall, and quiet spring creek. We’ll start our day by clearing our minds and relaxing our bodies through meditation and TaiChi techniques at the amazing Gutierrez Lake Shore. Purification, depth, assimilation, closure and order are all qualities behind the energy of the element WATER.
Throughout the day we’ll visit different beautiful locations where this element finds expression, to observe, contemplate and learn from the wisdom of nature. We will follow the water flow downstream, discovering the beauty of the work of this element as it moves through the forest. Gradually we’ll feel more connected to and purified by this encounter. Thoughts will become clear as we move deeply in our process and spiritual journey. As we get closer to the lake shore once again, we will feel ourselves as WATER going downhill, enriched by the assimilation of experiences along the way. Possibly, our best reflections so far will come out of our sharing of this day.
Day Six: February 24th (B/L/S/D)
EARTH of Patagonia
On our final day we’ll experience Patagonia through the energy of the essential element of EARTH. What better place to connect to EARTH than Patagonia? A new course in our trekking route today will illuminate a new course in our journey as well. Our intent will be to establish a profound connection with the element EARTH and experience a state of consciousness of “oneness” that will transcend the “material.” Once again, we’ll make good use of ancient oriental wisdom to prepare our minds, bodies, and hearts for this new adventure. Strength, acceptance, immutability, patience and quietness are all qualities behind the energy of the element EARTH.
This final day will be characterized by silence and contemplation. We won’t be looking for anything to occur, especially during the second half of the day. We’ll just “allow” – and enter the deep state of being, whatever that might be. Our route will take us on a trail deep in the forest, deep into the very nature of ourselves. Rooting techniques will help us to go to a place of unity with everything around us. Eventually we will feel part of Patagonia and part of “the whole” – we will become EARTH. After a silent return to the beautiful temple that the lodge owners has built in the middle of the native forest, we’ll prepare for closing the experience of the day and for closing this entire wonderful journey. Time for celebration will have come with a wonderful surprise waiting for us!
Day Seven: February 25th (B/-/-/-) Buenos Aires
Today we say our farewells to the beauty of Peuma Hue and fly from Bariloche back to Buenos Aires. Some of you may decide to stay on and do your own touring of the area from here. For those of you going back home – it would be fun to see a Tango performance tonight and have a lively evening together.
Day Eight: February 26th (B/-/-/-) Home
We’ll be departing today for our international flights. Great experiences have been had – and new friends made and we’ll be going home with clarity and an openness of our hearts.