Today we both participated in our internships once again. The group working in the Amaru Cultural Center, Ingrid, Kelleen, and Virginia, furthered their efforts in creating a brochure by deciding on photos that work best. They also created a logo for the Cultural Center using a photo taken of one of the textiles, then used Photoshop to paint over, creating a “hand-drawn” effect. After completing the logo they went to the printing press office and put all of the text and photos together into a brochure that was printed off as a draft!
The group working at the school continued to organize the library and the seemingly never-ending task of binding books. They also spent a large amount of time in the classrooms, bonding with and getting to know the students.
After our phenomenal lunch at Pisac Inn, we went to experience a Sweat Lodge guided by Roman. A Sweat Lodge is a spiritual and ceremonial experience in which you enter a dome hut made out of sticks and blankets. Everyone enters the hut and then hot stones (some of them cracked they were so hot!) are individually put into the center of the hut. Water is then splashed onto the stones after a prayer or intention is made. There are four rounds to represent the four directions: North, South, East, and West. And they represent four intentions: thanks, giving, asking, and receiving. It was so hot in there it felt like your body was on fire. I don't think any of us have ever sweat that much! We all felt extremely blessed and fortunate to be able to participate in such a humbling and spiritual experience. After the Sweat Lodge experience we returned to the Inn for a delicious dinner – and lots of water!