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The FWCC World Plenary Meeting (IRM) - Peru 2016

Welcome to the pages for the FWCC World Plenary Meeting (International Representatives Meeting - IRM), which will be held in Pisac, Peru, from 19 to 27 January 2016.

Come to beautiful Peru and the Sacred Valley. It provides for us a tranquil and stunningly beautiful space, where it feels as though one is closer to God. Come join other Friends from around the world and gather with Friends from Peru and Bolivia for worship, fellowship, and strengthening our shared sense of living ministry as Quakers. This is a unique opportunity to learn from our Friends in South America and to experience yet another way of worshiping. Our diversity is rich, and we have much to learn and to teach in mutually loving  Friendship.

In the photo, the square of trees in the middle sits the Royal Inka Hotel where the majority of activity will take place and most Friends will be accommodated. A lovely 10-minute walk away, to the far right in the photo, we have access to a camp, Tambo de Gozo, which will house some Friends and gives us open space to use. Just to the left out of view is the small town or Pisac, which has an open air market with beautifully handcrafted Peruvian goods. Pisac is a 20-minute bus or taxi ride from Cusco, a more tourist town, but full of inexpensive Bed and Breakfast hotels for a rest prior to coming to Pisac.

The altitude of Cusco is over 10,000 feet or 3000 metres. Pisac is a bit lower. Adopting a slower pace, resting once you have arrived in Peru, and drinking lots of water all contribute to your ability to adapt to the higher elevation.  However, we insist that anyone with a pre-existing health condition consult your doctor prior to deciding to come to Peru. Reliance on a wheel chair would be difficult in this environment, as the roads between venues are dirt roads and there are stairs in the hotel with only a limited number of accessible accommodations. The plenary room is relatively accessible, but the cement paths are narrow and are not necessarily smooth.

The hotel is lovely, with gardens and many sitting areas for conversation and rest. The rooms are very comfortable with en suite bathrooms. There is an Olympic sized swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a sauna for use when we are not in session. Those choosing to stay in the more rustic setting of the camp will also have access to the hotel facilities.

Please use the links on the left for more information about the event and how to apply for an open place if you are not a representative of your Yearly Meeting or other group.