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About Carol Cumes:

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.

About Jill Segal:

Jill Segal

Jill Segal is an award winning professional artist and an accomplished and popular art and yoga teacher. She lives in Toronto, Canada and conducts demonstrations, classes and workshops, in acrylic painting, collage and a combination of yoga and painting, for numerous art associations and educational institutions, locally and internationally. She has co-facilitated many workshops on spirituality and creativity, and has taken groups of artists on painting trips to Peru and South Africa.

Jill is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Association. Her paintings are celebrations of life, reflecting the inherent energy in nature and the interconnectedness of all things. She has participated in many juried and non-juried shows and is represented by galleries in Ontario, Florida and in the Caribbean. This will be Jill’s seventh journey to Peru.


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