15 Jun Getting in Touch with the Earth and the Traditional Incan Way
Written by Lois Wetzel, 2014 Peru Mind & Body.
After a busy week in Lima, making new friends from our Art of Living courses, and taking Spanish lessons at Peruwayna, the team said a bittersweet goodbye to the seaside city and prepared for a change in scenery. A 20-hour bus ride and some winding, mountain roads later, we found ourselves in the enchanting city of Cusco.
We learned about the Ccapa family’s deep appreciation and respect for the Earth. On an evening hike through the Incan archeological ruins, we learned even more about the Incan’s respect for the land. Dario explained to us the reaons for the Incans settling in the Andes mountains, which all had to do with the benefits of the land. The stone foundation proved trustworthy through earthquakes, there were only 2 seasons (wet and dry), and the land yielded food for all the people.
As well as learning about the traditional medicines and helping with its preservation on the land, we also worked making adobe bricks. Adobe is the material which the Ccapa family uses for all the building on their land, as it’s entirely composed of the earth. We mixed the adobe, cleared it of rocks, stomped on it (in order to create the right consistency), and constructed it into bricks. These bricks will be used for the buildings that will someday host a distillery and a medical dispensary on the Ccapa’s land. Such a place will serve as a venue for the Ccapa family to display the sustainable and restorative ways of their ancestors.
On our last night on the farm, we had the honor of taking part in a traditional Incan ceremony. We made wishes, we purged evil energy, we thanked the earth, and we danced to music around a fire and under the bright moon and stars. The Ccapa family had been insisting all week that we were like family to them, and after a week as special as the one we spent at the farm, there was an undeniably genuine bond formed between the Ccapa family and the our Mind & Body team.