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Info Session - Footsteps of the Incas: Peru w/Elm City Wellness June 15-25, 2016

Footsteps of the Incas: 
Machu Picchu & Peru June 15-25, 2016

Hosted by Elm City Wellness

Join Marissa Gandelman, owner of Elm City Wellness and one of the founding members of Healing House Cusco, as she talks about our upcoming trip to Peru and how you can join us!

Adventure Highlights

  • Lodging at the Healing House, a holistic retreat in Cusco, Peru
  • All breakfasts/lunches (vegetarian)
  • Guided tours through Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Hotel, train & meals in Machu Picchu
  • All activities at Healing House (daily yoga, meditations, etc.)
  • Traditional ceremonies w/shaman
  • Massage & acupuncture provided by Elm City Wellness and Healing House therapists
  • Ayahuasca ceremony (optional)
  • Trip extensions available (Puerto Maldonado, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley)

Non-refundable $500 deposit due February 15, 2016 (to guarantee a space at the Healing House). Late deposits cannot guarantee housing at Healing House, but other housing options nearby will be arranged.

Price: $2199

Interested in staying longer at the Healing House? One-month service extension or Intentional Stay options available. Interested parties must fill out an Intentional Stay Application for consideration.

Getting Ready for the Journey...

Learn more about the rediscovery of Machu Picchu. 

When American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham found the site in 1911, it was mostly hidden beneath dense jungle. Click HERE to read more.

Make the most of your visit to Machu Picchu

It's a hold-your-breath kind of place. This majestic and mysterious ancient Inca settlement sits in splendid repose high on an Andean mountaintop. The well-preserved site is the leading tourist attraction in Peru, the third-largest country in South America.  Click HERE to read more.

Photo Album of Past Trips!

Your Guides

Marissa Gandelman, LMT
Owner of Elm City Wellness & Founding Member of Healing House Cusco

Marissa is a licensed massage therapist and graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and specializes in relaxation techniques as well as the treatment of chronic and acute muscle pain caused by stress, overuse and injury. She uses a combination of massage modalities tailored to each client's needs, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy and last year began her 3-year foundational training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.

Marissa graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Upon graduation, she began a career as an editor and eventually moved on to speechwriting. She sought massage therapy to ease the stress of her hectic lifestyle and to maintain a sense of well-being. She was inspired by how well massage therapy improved her life and decided to help others do the same through the healing power of touch.

Marissa moved to Cusco, Peru, in 2010, where she lived, built a private practice and helped found the Healing House, a non-profit organization dedicated to the healing arts. She travels to Peru annually to continue her work with the Healing House, the local community, and her own personal healing and growth.

Solana Shaw, LMT ("Sunny")

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Sunny is a graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC, where she is now also on the school's instructional staff. She first traveled with Marissa to Peru as a participant and loved the experience so much that she returned the following year as her assistant guide. As an instructor and clinic supervisor, she enjoys sharing what she calls "the magic and many facets of massage," with students. Coming from a prior professional background in human resources, she often says of her transition to bodywork and wellness: "I went from taking care of people at work, to the honor of people allowing me to help them take care of themselves at living...something that does not feel like 'work' at all."

Passionate about community, education, and inclusion, Sunny believes in having an active practice. Away from in-office table-work, you will find her partnering or volunteering with businesses and organizations to bring massage and compassionate touch to people who may not be familiar with or have access to it. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), is member the American Massage Therapy Association, and is a preferred provider with the Society for Oncology Massage. When asked where you'll find her, she says, "in a good book; in a learning environment; in love."



It was the single most stimulating and life-changing event of my life. This trip altered my perception of both my internal and external world.
— Rachel England, Connecticut
Incredible journey! The Healing House folks take special care to create an authentic and deeply meaningful experience beyond simple tourism in the Sacred Valley. Attention to detail, creative activities, food prepared with love that honors the earth — all come together for a uniquely Peruvian encounter.
— Elizabeth Schrader, Washington, DC
This trip changed my whole life.
— Melissa Arvin, Washington, DC
It was like nothing I’ve ever done or will do in my life. The trip was so well organized. People who plan a week in Aquas Calientes to see Manchu Picchu are missing out. We were privileged to have had multiple trips and tour guides to not only bring us but explain the significance of each breathtaking sight. The Healing House, rather than a hotel, made us part of the community. Massages, yoga classes, experiences with a local shaman....can’t beat it.
— Laurie Allen, Connecticut
The trip to Peru was a wonderful experience to meet new people and explore an ancient and sacred Country. The Healing House was the ideal space to bring together community, fellowship and healing. It left a lasting impression and I hope to return again.
— Bree-Ann, Washington, DC