This journey was LIFE CHANGING and perhaps validating of some conceptions I already knew. The perspectives gained with our tour leader Freddy and shaman Edgar were indispensible, it opened many portals to understanding as well as validated others. The interconnection of the aspects and concepts of our tour and the rest of planet Earth had much light shed upon them as a result of Freddy and Edgar. THANK YOU ALL.
Wayne & Wendy Krekoski, St Paul, AlbertaWelcome to Portals of Peru with Freddy Silva Peru, Nov 2017
I am an aspiring storyteller, very much at the beginning of my writing journey, and I came seeking clarity, direction and inspiration. What I felt, in Phil’s warm mentoring style, was my small world expanding and my hidden story opening up to me in the most magical, strange and wondrous way. Phil is a master storyteller himself, and his retreats are truly mythopoetic because he encourages us to see, and draw on, those larger mythic themes that drive storytelling. I can truly say I was inspired daily by his ability to speak to the mythic in simple, everyday encounters. Thank you Phil for this unforgettable journey into the imagination.
Keri Koutsomitis, Coburg, AustraliaThe Connemara Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau Ireland, Oct 2017
I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this adventure with Freddy Silva and Edgar. The details of the trip were obviously very well planned, and what was not planned was well navigated by Freddy and Edgar. The sites were beyond amazing and all of my fellow travelers on this pilgrimage were very special! They definitely contributed to my spiritual development. I am extremely grateful for my experience and I realize that it is still impacting my life’s journey.
Robert Gonzalez, San Antonio, TXWelcome to Portals of Peru with Freddy Silva Peru, Nov 2017
I love Ireland and would certainly have enjoyed visiting all of these places on my own. However, the entire trip was so much more meaningful, informative, engaging and fun with Phil at the helm!
Kathy Burns, Oakland, CAThe Wild West of Ireland with Phil Cousineau Ireland, Sep 2017
Travelling to Machu Picchu has been a lifelong desire, but this trip provided so much more than the standard tourist experience. Freddy provided mind blowing insights into the origins and purpose of the ancient sacred sites we visited, their role as portals and temples of transformation, linkages to other sacred sites around the globe, and heart wrenching stories of conquest and destruction. Edgar guided us through ceremonies and interactions with each temple designed to help raise our consciousness and emerge with new perspectives on ourselves and the wisdom of the ancients. Along with meeting beautiful Peruvian people and the breath taking vistas, this was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Susan Birley, Regina, SKWelcome to Portals of Peru with Freddy Silva Peru, Nov 2017
The tour with Freddy and Edgar enlightened and amazed me beyond expectation. I'm grateful to have spent the time with them and the others in the group. I enjoyed the trip immensely. I generally don't book organized tours when I travel, but with Freddy leading this one I knew it would be different and well worth it. The group was small enough that we were able to move about freely at the sites we visited. And with the combined experience of Edgar and Freddy we were generally able to avoid crowds and congestion at the sites as well. Thank you Sacred Earth Journeys! I would seriously consider another trip with Freddy in the future.
John Asuncion, Santa Cruz, CAWelcome to Portals of Peru with Freddy Silva Peru, Nov 2017
Once again, Phil Cousineau has used the perfect combination of Ireland's landscape and culture to activate the senses and lead to unexpected writing breakthroughs. I came away exhausted but exhilarated and have been writing furiously in the days since my return. There is something special about being in the company of other committed creatives who have responded to the call to attend, who hold a safe space for each other, and many of whom have become friends. Phil utilizes his wide experience with many creative projects and knowledge of history and story-telling forms to open one's eyes to many possibilities and to gather courage to explore them. Whether a writing workshop like this (or past ones in Ireland and Greece) or perhaps a tour (I've been privileged to travel on his recent Cuba and England tours), I consider a chance to explore new places with Phil and his groups of like-minded seekers to be an experience not to be missed.
Lou Ann Granger, Valencia, CAThe Connemara Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau Ireland, Oct 2017
The Peruvian sacred journey was a breath taking, awe inspiring tour with very palpable telluric energies that affected me physically and, believe it or not, in my dreams as well. The scale of the precisely assembled megalithic stones at the various sites, and the careful alignment to select constellations left me wondering, “Who were these ancient people?” Freddy and Edgar did a great job of enlightening us.
Patrick McGirr, Chateauguay, QCWelcome to Portals of Peru with Freddy Silva Peru, Nov 2017
I anticipated Phil’s enthusiasm for story and myth, and looked forward to his style, which is intended to help one go deeper into the work. I expected to be inspired and embark on new adventures, while being stirred emotionally by the Irish landscape.
What I wasn’t expecting was the amplification of these Irish stirrings and emotional tenderness, how awake and enlivened I felt most days, getting by on three hours of sleep (highly unusual for me). Phil had instructed us from day one that Ireland itself is animated, and to pay attention to all of our experiences – the morning writing sessions, the three Irish plays, the visits to the ruins, the landscape, the conversations with locals and with one another. And most important, Phil said, was to connect these experiences, these precious moments, back to our writing. Thanks to this retreat, my story has taken on new depth and direction. I am grateful for Phil and the twelve Philgrims, for new friendships, and some unexpected healing.
J. Elaine McCracken, Santa Barbara, CAThe Connemara Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau Ireland, Oct 2017
This is my second trip with Phil to the Wild West of Ireland and I hope to do it again! As a leader, Phil is generous in sharing his knowledge, understanding, and deep love of Ireland on so many levels, making the journey a truly unique experience. It was a robust trip, packed with spiritual information, intellectual conversations with great Irish personalities, serene self-discoveries and, of course, poetry.
Cornelia Eulert, San Diego, CAThe Wild West of Ireland with Phil Cousineau Ireland, Sep 2017