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THE LOMA
Camping - Retreat on the trail to the Cañi Sanctuary

LOCATION : PICHARES , 20 km EAST OF PUCON ALONG THE ROAD TO HUIFE.
Cautín Province, Araucanía Region, CHILE (Lat. 39°S)

¡WELCOME!

Nothing could be easier than camping on the Loma. You can arrive at any time of day or night, and there's almost always some quiet space there. Few people use the campsite owing to its foot-access-only location directly en route to the Cañi Sanctuary (2km from the Information Center in Pichares). It's basically a service for those going to the Sanctuary. The cost is $5.000 per person per night, with discounts for more people and longer stays. There is fresh mountain water, friendly dogs and lots of peace and quiet. You can leave gear there safely, and so travel lighter and so extend and enhance your forest time.

A "DIY" (Do It Yourself) system, based on a site map and trust box in the big barn, makes it possible to pay and leave at any time you wish even if at that moment you don't see anyone around. To reserve, text or whatsapp to +56 9 8882 9845 or direct on Tocatierra website.

Once again, ¡WELCOME!

CAMPING CAÑI COMO LLEGAR

The local road leading to the Loma starts between these two signs.

GETTING THERE
The Loma is located in PICHARES , 20km from Pucón
on the road to HUIFE. The best reference points are
these two signs on the right hand side of the road :
Restaurant KOD KOD and CAÑI Administration . Between them is the road that leads to the Loma.
There's a good service of BUSES FROM PUCON :
On the corner of Palguín and Uruguay Streets
(bus fare $700, 30 minutes approx)
CARS can park 500 m from the Loma, 1.500m along the same local road. ON FOOT it's a 2km walk in total.

BOSQUEJO DE LA LOMA The Loma - HOGAR DEL CAMPING CAñi REFUGIOS EN LA LOMA 'The Bothy' - EL QUINCHO GRANDE REFUGIO. LUGAR DE ENCUENTRO
CAMPING CAÑI

THE LOMA AS A CAMP SITE

Local Mapuche tradition counsels making a pause before entering the mountains, in order to show respect for the beings that inhabit them. The Loma is an ideal place to do this, as it is a natural portal to the Cañi mountain range. The act of walking up to reach it is a transition, between the denser energy of the valley with its traffic and the clearer energy of the mountains. The senses open up to the beauty of these spaces of ancestral power, bird song and crystal streams. A wellspring of energy and clarity of mother nature, the Loma is truly a refuge of tranquility and connectedness - yet on the other hand, still close to many hotsprings and all the tourist activity of Pucón.

THE LOMA AS A SPIRITUAL RETREAT

THE LOMA – Is located on the tourist trail from Pichares to the Cañi Sanctuary (20 km East of Pucón). As well as being an authorised camp site it's also a genuine spiritual retreat. Situated on an old indigenous settlement, it was specially designed to facilitate experiences of re-connection with the Earth. Rod Walker, pioneer in deeper ecological education, felt the call of the Cañi Range's inspiration in 1993. Founder and head of CEAL Outdoor Education Centre and Fellow of Ashoka Social Innovators, Walker directed the original training courses of the Cañi project for local rural development - an undertaking that was novel at the time, now widely copied and applied in the ecotourism industry.

PURPOSE - Everything on the Loma follows the original idea of receiving groups of people with a maximum of simplicity and minimum of impact on the place. Everything is rustic, small scale and low profile, yet easily houses 12 people in a hut dormitory and more than double that when the campsite facilities are used.

LOCATION - It's the ideal place for any experience that needs an atmosphere of serenity - a useful characteristic as ever more visitors to Pucón remark, 'ATHER eARTHll beautiful, but where's the peace and quiet?' On the Loma rest and relaxation come naturally, well-connected to the peace of mother Earth.

CAÑI SANCTUARY– From the Loma, the walk up to the breathtaking Cañi Sanctuary is reduced by 25% in distance (2km) and 200 metres in vertical height gain. This allows considerably more time to enjoy being in the forest.

GROUP EXPERIENCES – The Loma is highly suitable for workshops and group experiences such as adventure training, environmental interpretation and specialized courses for universities, NGO's, state or commercial enterprises. It's also worth noting another trend emerging with increasing frequency and strength - Earth-based self-development, energy healing and spiritual practices.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES – There is a steady increase in demand for retreat experiences of Earth-based meditation, initiation and treatment with energy healing such as Reiki and similar methods. Four years ago wecreated a labyrinth terrace, to provide a space for walking meditation (often barefoot). Thereisalso a Tibetan Buddhist Stupa an hour's walk away over the open hillside in neighbouring Huepil.

INFRASTRUCTURE – The Loma property is 6,000 m2 in extent, divided in two halves, one active and one quiet. There are three huts (110 m2 in total), a large multi-use barn with basic Kitchen for wet weather (total 110 m2), 4 bathrooms with water (2 rustic, 2 more modern), and another 70 m2 of roofed spaces such as workshop, store etc. There are 12 flat tent spaces and a small low-level ropes course for team work. The site is set in native woodland watered by rushing streams - surroundings ideal for deepening Earth education on mountains crowned by the extraordinary Cañi Sanctuary on the nearby summits.

ACCESS – The Loma is easily accessible from Santiago thanks to excellent inter-city bus services. Despite being located between roaring streams and mountain forests, it´s only a 20 minute walk to the paved road and a regular bus service to and from Pucón. The steep road up to the Loma is negotiable year-round by 4x4.


LABYRINTH - WALKING MEDITATION
The labyrinth, a mandala circle 12 m wide, contains one defined route to and from the sacred centre, where spiritual messages , questions or thanksgiving can be offered, depending on the circumstances being processed by each person. As well as a true space of transformative connection with Earth and one's inner essence, the circle provides a walking meditation of some 300 metres in total, and is often used for simply sitting out at night.

BUDDHIST STUPA AT 'CHAMSPA LING'
Three kilometers East of the Loma, in 2000 a Tibetan Buddhist Stupa was built in neighbouring Huepil, less than an hour's walk away.Set among green hills and fertile fields, the place was named Chamspa Ling (place of peace) to remember the spiritual work of its builder, Ven. Lama Chamspa Rinpoché. The stupa was inaugurated by the leader of Drikung Kagyu, one of Buddhism's four branches, H H Drubpon Chetsang Rinpoché, as a culmination of ten years of teachings and practice in the area.


CAÑI FOREST SANCTUARY - 'THE TRANSFORMING VISION'

WWW.SANTUARIOCANI.CL

SCENES OF THE LOMA'S SURROUNDINGS ATARDECER SOBRE VOLCAN VILLARRICA, 
VISTO DESDE LAS CUMBRES DEL CAÑI

ESPEJO DE AGUA EN EL CAÑI - AMANECERES QUE QUITAN EL ALIENTO

EL BOSQUE DE ARAUCARIAS EN PLENO INVIERNO

OTOÑO - UN ESTALLIDO DE COLORES

LA LOMA - Healing kindness of ancient forests - LA LOMA - Healing kindness of ancient forests - LA LOMA - Healing kindness of ancient forests - LA LOMA - Healing kindness of ancient forests - LA LOMA - Healing kindness of ancient forests - LA LOMA - Healing kindness of ancient forests -
Primera Meditación en la Loma, August 2010

Contact : Rod Walker, Mobile (+56) 9 8882 9845 - Email : tocatierra@gmail.com


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