The artists have both a great past and future

May 13, 2011

We returned this week from an extended artist training session with the artists.  Because of the distance between our offices, we find it important to spend as much time as we can together to build relationships, to provide feedback from the clients and to provide training related to that feedback.

This was my 8th training trip to Peru.

Usually these trips are all business – there is always plenty to cover, and the time with the artists just flies.

This trip was special in that our group, which also included my Dad, were able to make a side trip to Machu Picchu.

A beautiful valley on the road between Cusco and Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was indescribable.  It’s hard to fully appreciate – all of the history, the engineering, the events that surrounded its creation and abandonment.  One of the high points of the trip was climbing Wayna Picchu, a peak which overlooks Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu with Wayna Picchu in the background

This climb was strenuous – the peak is steap and the cutbacks were pretty precarious at some points.  On the top of this peak are ruins with narrow stairs cut right into the rock.  It was quite a feat to climb it.

Me at the summit of Wayna Picchu. Just to get to know the author a bit!

In Cusco and Machu Picchu I gained a new perspective on the incredible accomplishments we’re all capable of with enough time and motivation, as well as for the artists and their incredible ancestors.  It’s amazing to think that each of us has the same abilities to build and create with exactitude just like the Inca did.

Stones at Machu Picchu

The artists remain grateful for the chance to work for you, and anxious to put into practice some of the things we worked on together.