- Ask permission to enter from the Ancestors, Mother Earth, Spirit of Place and give gratitude for the opportunity.
- Enter quietly, with reverence and respect.
- Allow yourself to be in the moment and feel the essence of this sacred site.
- Be aware of the organization of space and its connection to nature.
- Try to imagine the daily lives and rituals of the people who inhabited this ancient place and picture yourself among them. Let your imagination flow….
- Connect with the mystery and spirit hidden within these walls. “If these stones could speak…”
- Remember the sounds, colors, textures, structures, and feelings you experienced.
- Choose a comfortable place off the beaten path and sit quietly.
- Do a silent meditation, some yoga or tai chi.
- Write down your observations in a journal, or sketch with pencil or watercolor.
As an artist, I have been traveling for over 25 years to gather inspiration for my art. (Thus my book, Art & Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place). And now I realize – I am also inspired as a person, as a human on this planet. To go out in the world and meet people from other cultures, to see how they dress, how they live, how they make their money, how they spend their creative and leisure time – that is inspiring! Language is not always relevant – it is what we take in with our eyes and with our heart. To record the differences and the similarities – to acknowledge that we are all one.
On my recent trip to Peru I took a group of mainly artists on my first Peru Art Vacation. We visited sites in the Sacred Valley where we walked in the footsteps of the ancients – sites such as Saqsayhuaman, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and ofcourse – the jewel in the crown – Machu Picchu. Each day we were awed with a new site.
We finished up with 5 days in Lima, a wonderful metropolitan city bustling with art and culture. We funneled our new inspiration into creating monotype prints at Taller TRESS, one of a kind images painted with ink on an acrylic plate and transferred to paper with the use of the etching press. Thank you Lara, Sue, Lorraine, Sissel, Synnøve, Dan, Veronica, Carol and Judy for your love of adventure and great spirits!What a fabulous trip! Truly life changing! I loved the places that we stayed and Second Home Peru (in Lima) was so special. Christina and Rueben of Taller Tress were very welcoming and the studio well equipped. Thank you for a great experience. And thanks to everyone in the group for being such wonderful traveling companions. I can highly recommend this trip. Sue Gilchrist, Santa Cruz, CA
It was a pleasure and thank you so much for let me be a part of this adventure<3
Feeling happy and inspired back in my routine life:-) My head is full of ideas, and all I want is to print! Synnøve Krokstad, Norway
What an amazing trip! Thank you Glen Rogers for making this trip happen, for the printmaking at wonderful Cristina’s studio, for Machu Picchu, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Pisaq, and all the lovely people who came together to make this such a great experience. Lara Speyer, San Francisco Bay Area
I will be organizing another Peru Art Vacation for May 2017. Contact me if you are interested. Space is limited to 10 people. firstname.lastname@example.org