Sacred Journeys to Machu Picchu, Peru
Last year I decided to travel to Peru with my girlfriend Effie to experience Darlene's Sacred Pilgrimage tour.
This was actually my first trip to South America so I didn't know what to expect but Darlene's detailed pre-trip preparations were greatly informative. Darlene's itinerary is very thorough and detailed and for the most part we followed it pretty well. Her vast knowledge of the local situation in each of the stops we made put me at ease. Darlene has forged strong relationships with hotels and restaurants at each stop of the tour, resulting in great service and experiences. She goes out of her way to share her previous experiences and provide helpful tips along the way of the tour to make the trip more enjoyable.
One of the best features of Darlene's tour is her selection of local tour guides and shaman. Our main tour guide, Juan, was the best I have ever experienced and I have been to dozens of countries around the world. His command of English is excellent! In cases where speakers during the tour were in Spanish or Quechuan (indigenous Peruvean language) he was very prompt at translating what was being said to our group and answering any questions. His voice was always loud and clear and the best part of having Juan as a tour guide is that he was passionate about sharing the rich history of his country and people with our group. There were days where the schedule was long and demanding and he always showed up to guide us with a smile and warm hearted hospitality. Juan has extensive knowledge on the history of Peru and other countries and shared details with us that allowed us to grasp the depth and intelligence of the civilizations we were learning about. He went above and beyond to make sure our stay in Peru and our visits to sacred sites were exceptional and memorable experiences.
We had the opportunity to partake in several spiritual ceremonies with shaman, which were well-organized and provided some deep healing and grounding experiences. The combination of the high vibration of the land and Peruvian shaman made the ceremonies very powerful. Many were done in the mountains, which was not only an ideal place for spiritual ceremonies but also beautiful spaces to spend time at.
I felt very safe throughout all stops of the Sacred Pilgrimage tour offered by Darlene. The local people are very warm and for the most part the places we visited showed very little "touristification". If you are looking for an authentic cultural travel experience, this tour offers it!
Darlene's tour offers a great experience at a lower cost than any other offerings out there and you will be supporting her cause of bringing education to lovely Peruvian children, who would otherwise not have the financial means to attend school.
On a personal level, visiting Peru and the experiences that came there opened up a new chapter in my healing journey.
Thank you Darlene for organizing such a wonderful trip!
By Cathy MacVittie,
My original intention was "to do the thing I thought I could not do" - go on adventure to a foreign place as a solo introvert with a group of unknown people and return intact. And it proved an adventure of so many proportions packed into a mere two weeks. Moreover, my excursion to Peru with Darlene provided me with the priceless gift of a vast personal and soul expansion, which I savour to this day. This made possible by experiencing the richness and majesty of Peru's Andes, the incredible openness of the people, the vibrant colour and intrigue of their culture, the spiritual awakening from seeing their strong beliefs shared in ceremony and family, the wholesomeness of their food. Not only did I see the magnificence and wonderment of the remnants of civilizations past, they were brought to life by the knowledge and story telling ability of the tour guides Darlene connects with. 14 glorious days of non stop experiences, that I had not ever had before, and could not have imagined. Under Darlene's incredible organization skills, all bookings for accommodation, transportation by train/bus, guides, ceremonies and entry fees were taken care of leaving the opportunity to just fully experience and savour the journey hassle free.
Thus, beginning with the vibrancy of Cusco and its markets chockfull of handmade products expressing the talent and artistry of the people, the food and drinks indigenous to their culture, the helpfulness and graciousness of their personalities (tolerating the grinding negotiations of the foreigners). Move outside of this vibrant city and back in time we go -- on to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a gargantuan fortress of engineering mystery, a monument to the most ferocious battle between the Inca and Spaniards. Surrounded by the spectacular landscape, my first experience with a Shaman, and son in training, who graced us with a Despacho Ceremony. Wunderbar! Just the beginning. Darlene and spirit companion, shared the experience of ceremony and homestyle hot lunch in the ruins alongside a Sacred Lake; with guides, the concentric circles at Moray, believed to have been an Inca agricultural laboratory; the terraces at Ollantaytambo with a sharing of the history of the last resistance between the Inca and the Spanish, the absolute joy of a stay in the vibrant town of Aguas Caliente at the bottom of Machu Picchu where we enjoyed the hot springs, a gruelling but rewarding climb up Putucusi Mountain -- the sights from which were mesmerizing and breathtaking, a soothing soak in the hot springs, immense variety of food choices, and a shopping extravaganza. On a more sacred level, the walk in the jungle to a sacred space for a Despacho Ceremony and a visit to a magnificent jungle waterfall where Pacha Mama was honoured with the Despacho. Machu Picchu proved a massive mysterious archaeological wonderment and a feast for the eyes and spirit. A well preserved and amazing integration of architecture and landscape, an exploration goldmine. The joy of the experience of Lake Titicaca, upon which the Floating Islands constructed of reeds sustain a culture of pre-Inca times,onward to the island of Amantani, preserved, pristine with residents happy to share their home and food brought in from the lake and harvested from their surroundings. Puno, a cosmopolitan city on the shore of the Lake bursting with life in the altitude of the Andes.
The shared commentary by my fellow travellers is that this was "the trip of a lifetime" and one that could easily be repeated over and over again. It is a must to note that Darlene's personal connections who were more than happy to welcome us with unsurpassed kindness and comfort wove a special energy, comfort and delight into this adventure. The best successful self improvement experience possible made possible by the boundless enthusiasm, energy and positivity of Darlene Hintzen.
Peru, July 2012 What a great trip! Thanks Darlene for putting together a trip to Peru that showed your heart and soul. I was able to experience a trip of a life time. The way that you chose all of your favourite spots to share with the group was super. I appreciated being introduced to many people from Peru who were our guides and hosts during the trip. The trip was interesting, challenging and mind expanding. My memories of Peru will be with me forever. Fran Stenclik
I joined Darlene on the Peru Trip in August of 2014. It was a wonderful experience! I especially enjoyed the personal touches that Darlene arranged: the yoga and mediation sessions, ceremonies with the Shamans (special thanks for Jorje), the group dinners to experience authentic Peruvian meals, just to name a few. I felt some of the excursions took us "off the beaten path" and many times I did not even feel like a tourist, they were experiences, as though I was living in the various cities among the citizens. I also felt that I was traveling with my friends as the group was reasonably small and intimate and I hope life-long friendships were made. I would highly recommend a trip with Darlene to anyone considering a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. Of course we also have to thank our tour guides, Juan and Danny of Amazing Andean Adventures, for sharing their knowledge, experience and love for their country and culture.
My Journey to Peru Sept 22, 2013
So many things happened to me in Peru. My sharing may not be in the proper order, just sharing.
I met some wonderful friends both in our group and in Peru. I did some much shopping, there is
so much wonderful stuff to buy and so cheap. I do regret not buying more. In the moment it seemed I was spending a lot of money but when I got home I keep wishing I had more, more of everything to share with my family and friends.
When I first arrived, Darlene was there to greet me and get me into my room. I had just spent over 24 hours getting there but instead of having a nap I was so energized, I went shopping with the group that was already there. Almost the first shop we were in I spotted Tumi. I was so drawn to Tumi and my first experience of the energy of Peru. Just a side note, I bought many Tumi items.
On the next day we went for a visit to an Inca site, I take a lot of pictures and the cactus and air plants growing everywhere was amazing, the view was amazing, the mountains, the lakes, the sky, the sun. We had a Peruvian lunch there camping style and then had a drumming circle. The drumming and rattles was calming and grounding and my hands just stopped I was so quiet and then this light just desended on me. I asked if there was a message but just the light, the wonderful light. We had some free time to explore, so I wanted a picture of a building I had seen on the way down. It was at that spot that I got the first picture of an energy vortex. I didn’t see this till I got home and saw it on the computer. I got many pictures of energy vortex at Machu Picchu and during the camping trip. The energy and pictures of it put this whole trip off the charts for me. Another aside, I take a lot of pictures including with a long range lens, during the time on Putucusi I tried to take long range pictures of Machu Picchu and all I saw was white fuzz, I thought I had broken the lens on the climb up however the lens works perfectly now. It was the energy. The energy was so dense I got a picture of energy not a long range picture of Machu Picchu.
We travelled to many Inca sights, so beautiful and amazing to see what the pre Inca and Inca had built and to hear about the society they had created. Juan was so interesting and informative, I learned so much and took lots of pictures. At every site there is lots to buy both from individual and from the markets and as I previously remarked I regret not buying more. Be sure to batter.
I decided not to go on the Inca Trail mainly because I was doing the camping and thought that would be enough camping. We did so many other things and just as much walking and climbing. The walk to Mandor Falls was beautiful, the mountains. The trees, the flowers, just walking. Everywhere I looked was a wonder in itself. The climb to the top of Putucusi was one of the high lights for me. The mountain is 2400 meters high and straight up, sometimes so straight we climbed ladders. The view all the way up and down was so awesome, out of this world. To climb this mountain you have to sign a book, name and age, I looked at the other ages and said I was the oldest person to sign in. Just as we were about to climb the first ladder a man came down and Darlene asked how old he was. He was 71 and she said not the oldest to me. Just what I needed. I was determined. The walk climb was slow many breaks, so arriving at the top was a huge feat and then the view. There are no words to describe the view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains from the top of Putucusi. It was like being on the top of the world, what a rush. Of course the shopping was great, if you see something you like and want, buy it, no regrets. Its so wonderful to have the reminders when back home. The tour of Machu Picchu was wonderful but there are really no words to describe the feelings, the energy, the information I received while on this trip.
I manifested things everyday, my ankle was healed by a person who own a pharmacy, I met people that I connected with, even if the meetings were only a few minutes or days.
Darlene and Savati were great hosts, the tour guides were very informative, super friendly and really wonderful people. I will remember them always. The Shaman and The Grandfather were a joy to be around and with.
There are no more words at the moment, but I could share for hours my trip to Peru and the pictures.
Love and Light
Yoga and Wellness Meditation Retreats Testimonials
May 1 - 3 2015 "All About Me Retreat"
The retreat with Positive Pathways reached my expectations and was one of the best weekend retreats I have ever experienced. Darlene and Kim are such amazing guides, teachers and hostesses. The weekend was very informative, fun, peaceful and the ladies at the retreat were wonderful. It was such a great bond and I will definately come again.
This retreat was exactly what I was looking for in a "weekend getaway". As soon as I found out about the retreat I knew that I had to be there. I feel so rejuvinated and whole after this retreat. Darlene and Kim were loely hostesses, and made a very loving sacred space for us all to reflect and enjoy. It was a place where I could feel safe to go within, and with the assistance of our two lovely leaders I gained a lot of clarity into myself and my life path. It was a place where deep foundations and connections were made, and a I would tell anyone who was thinking abvout it, to say yes, because it truly was an experience of a lifetime to connect to like minded souls.
Thank you so much for a weekend full of enlightenment, insight, wisdom, love, teaching and friendship. What a wonderful, beautiful group of women. I feel very blessed that I was able to experience this weekend with suc spiritual beings!
I recently attended a weekend Meditation Retreat with Darlene and 5 other fabulous women. Darlene's cottage is cozy and conducive to all the activities offered. After arriving on the Friday evening there was group meditation and discussion. After a long and comfortable sleep we woke to a bountiful breakfast and yoga. Darlene introduced us to various methods of meditation. I have been meditating for years yet I learned some new modes of meditation on the weekend. We were both indoors and out. I don't want to give it all away, but suffice it to say, you will return home on the Sunday afternoon feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and enlightened. I enjoyed the retreat so much last spring that I went again last weekend. Darlene caters to you the entire weekend where you need not lift a finger. Just focus on your journey!
Elementary School Teacher, SCDSB
Thank you so much for this wonderful, life-changing weekend retreat! The connections we made will last a lifetime, as will all the love and warmth you offfer to all you meet. Beautiful environment, beautiful energy, beautiful memories and knowledge. Accceptance for all -- Darlene does it naturally. It's a gift, and I am better because of it. Please keep shining your light Darlene, you're changing lives! I'll be back and often!
Love Always, Kim
It was a wonderful opportunity to have an honest look at oneself and therefore learn about one self, aspects that had not yet surfaced in our (my) consciousness. Thank-you! The food and service was great as well as the knowledge of our teachers. The environment was most peaceful and beautiful. The accommodations were most comfortable. The workshops were very enlightening!
Florine Calmettes, Barrie
I feel renewed and more at peace with myself. This weekend has truly inspired me to make changes in my life and let go of all of the negative influences that surround me.
Shelley Wilson, Collingwood
It was a wonderful, self-exploration in a safe atmosphere -- great food, activities, talking trees, with tremendous meditation, drumming and social mingling.
Bev Medland, Barrie
The weekend was wonderful. It was an enlightening experience to meet with people who have similar thoughts and beliefs. It was an eye opening experience. Exciting to tune into and open my chakras. The meditations wee so helpful and it is a practice that I will continue to use. Thank You!! Darlene is positive, open and inspiring! Tina xoxo
A wonderful weekend with like-minded people! I learned several different meditation methods, felt grounded and safe to share. Thank you! Patty
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!! I've grown so much within this weekend and now I know what I need to do. This weekend started out as meditation weekend....and became so much more.....friends, growth, spiritual and more...
Darlene, thank you so much for offering the Meditation Retreat weekend. I've been meditating for quite some time now, but my practice has grown by leaps and bounds adding different, powerful meditations to my practice! I look forward to joining you again soon for another retreat! Much love, Pamela xoxox
Darlene's Meditation Retreat week-end was a life-changing experience! All of the different meditation practices shown to me will be so useful in my daily life. Darlene is such an inspiration to all of us to do all we can to lead our journey from the higher vibration. I highly recommend Darlene's spiritual gifts to everyone!
Thank you so much for sending me the link to remember that life changing experience. Please feel free to put this on anything you like including your website to encourage others to do the past life regression as it has helped me in more ways than you will ever know and hopefully can continue to help other people as well. Since the session I had with you last month my life has drastically changed in every aspect. Everthing seems so clear. You have opened my eyest to a new world and to let go of the feelings of anxiousness that I help onto for so long by allowing me to see where it stems from. I feel this is such a beneficial thing to offer to othersand if it works as well as it has for myself it can truely make the world of a difference for others too. Since I have seen you it feels as though a weifht has been lifted. I feel aware of my concious thoughts and feelings and can cope with everyday stress in a less anxious approach. You have cleared my mind of doubt, fears and coutless days of unsettling thoughts since the past life regtession. From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank yu enough for sharing your gift with me and changing my life
Reiki My Reiki session with Darlene was peaceful and soothing. Several aches and discomforts that led me to try Reiki were relieved by this gentle, non-invasive, healing therapy. I highly recommend this very tranquil, relaxing experience. Joan Kennedy R.N. Reiki Teaching Testimonial: We wish we could have an opportunity to speak to each of the visitors to this page who are considering learning the healing art of Reiki from Reiki Master, Darlene Hintzen. She is such a positive example and inspiration with all that she does. She is truly a caring individual that shares her knowledge with contagious enthusiasm. We are truly honoured to have learned this healing art under her spiritual guidance. A&P H., Barrie, Ontario. My Past-Life Regression with Darlene was truly astounding! If I didn’t experience it, I wouldn’t have believed it. I was fascinated by how it fitted into my life today and made total sense about the dynamics playing out in my relationship today. I feel I can look at the why’s I had in a whole new way because of the Past Life Regression. Darlene is a very caring sensitive person and her dedication to helping others comes out in the way she presents the regression. I felt totally safe and at ease the whole time during the regression and found the experience rewarding and very helpful and would definitely do it again with her. Hazel Burton B.Msc. I have been attending Darlene’s yoga classes for the past four years and I think that they are wonderful! Not only have I become more flexible and co-ordinated, but I always leave her class with a feeling of peace and serenity. Glenda Greenwood B.Ed.
Program Director of Seasons Center
Primary School Teacher
My Reiki session with Darlene was peaceful and soothing. Several aches and discomforts that led me to try Reiki were relieved by this gentle, non-invasive, healing therapy. I highly recommend this very tranquil, relaxing experience.
Joan Kennedy R.N.
Reiki Teaching Testimonial:
We wish we could have an opportunity to speak to each of the visitors to this page who are considering learning the healing art of Reiki from Reiki Master, Darlene Hintzen. She is such a positive example and inspiration with all that she does. She is truly a caring individual that shares her knowledge with contagious enthusiasm. We are truly honoured to have learned this healing art under her spiritual guidance. A&P H., Barrie, Ontario.
My Past-Life Regression with Darlene was truly astounding! If I didn’t experience it, I wouldn’t have believed it. I was fascinated by how it fitted into my life today and made total sense about the dynamics playing out in my relationship today. I feel I can look at the why’s I had in a whole new way because of the Past Life Regression. Darlene is a very caring sensitive person and her dedication to helping others comes out in the way she presents the regression. I felt totally safe and at ease the whole time during the regression and found the experience rewarding and very helpful and would definitely do it again with her.
Hazel Burton B.Msc.
I have been attending Darlene’s yoga classes for the past four years and I think that they are wonderful! Not only have I become more flexible and co-ordinated, but I always leave her class with a feeling of peace and serenity.
Glenda Greenwood B.Ed.
Hypnosis & Yoga
Positive Pathways has opened up my mind to the spiritual connection between my mind, body and soul. Thanks to the yoga classes at Positve Pathways my person feels cleansed and stress free. These classes have provided me with an outlet to connect with my body and not only have I benefited in the physical toning of my body, but also psychologically. I now think more clearly and view the world from a more enlightened perspective. These classes have pulled me from the practicality of the "real world" and have changed my approach to life. With this new approach, my acceptance to the forces of faith, destiny and God has allowed me to grow significantly as a whole. In addition, I also had an opportunity to experience a hypnosis session with Darlene Hintzen, in order to help me quit smoking and I have not had a cigarette in 2 and a half weeks! The siminars were relaxing and constructive to my will power. After my first session, I had a craving to lite up and my subconscious associated this action with the words I heard while under hypnosis and immediately I felt sick to my stomach and threw the cigarette away. Participating in the services offered by Positive Pathways has been beneficial to the growth of my indidviduality and I would recommend the classes and sessions to everyone! Kevin Duperon, Georgian College Student
Positive Pathways has opened up my mind to the spiritual connection between my mind, body and soul. Thanks to the yoga classes at Positve Pathways my person feels cleansed and stress free. These classes have provided me with an outlet to connect with my body and not only have I benefited in the physical toning of my body, but also psychologically. I now think more clearly and view the world from a more enlightened perspective. These classes have pulled me from the practicality of the "real world" and have changed my approach to life. With this new approach, my acceptance to the forces of faith, destiny and God has allowed me to grow significantly as a whole.
In addition, I also had an opportunity to experience a hypnosis session with Darlene Hintzen, in order to help me quit smoking and I have not had a cigarette in 2 and a half weeks! The siminars were relaxing and constructive to my will power. After my first session, I had a craving to lite up and my subconscious associated this action with the words I heard while under hypnosis and immediately I felt sick to my stomach and threw the cigarette away.
Participating in the services offered by Positive Pathways has been beneficial to the growth of my indidviduality and I would recommend the classes and sessions to everyone!
Georgian College Student
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