January 2013 was wonderful! I started volunteering at Mantay! We did art with the kids during summer break while the Moms got to do yoga. Each Tuesday and Thursday I'd come up with an art project and we'd do it with the kids. Kids and Art? That was way out of my comfort zone but I had a lot of fun doing it! The last class before the kids went back to school, there was a little party. They had gifts for us, made by the Moms! Once the kids were back in school we started giving Reiki to the Mamis. They had become got bored of Yoga each week....and when they wanted a change from Reiki, I started teaching English, Tai Chi and Karate. In September I stepped down from co-ordinating the Mantay project to move to Urubamba full time. Unfortunately there was no one to take my place but still they have lots of volunteers from other organizations. I do miss them all!
I hadn't been in Cusco long before I was taken to the Healing House for a yoga class...best yoga class I've had to date! (thanks Mallory!) I ended up living here for 6 months from Dec. 2012 till June 2013, making all my dreams come true! Healing House is a Not For Profit Organization founded by the amazing Niki Coate! Each Tuesday we offer therapeutic treatments for locals on a donation basis and each Saturday we offer a kids program - free yoga, music, art and healthy snacks for the neighbourhood kids. We offer support to local shelters and orphanages like Mantay and Chaska Wasi. We also offer healing therapies and classes like Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditations, Sound Circles and offer training programs like Reiki, and host many other workshops. It is a beautiful community of like minded people who want to learn, share and grow spiritually. Rooms are available for short term, but most of us end up staying in this magical space for a while!