What does Maya say about mountain?

mayaI am extremely fortunate to live in this magical place, atop a hill overlooking the Podocarpus National Park and Vilcabamba Valley. This is indeed an enchanted mountain with the wind, morning mist, clouds, moon and sun all in harmony. I call this special mountain place ‘EnChantingWind’. EnChantingWind faces both significant mountains in Vilcabamba; Mandango (also known as the Sleeping Inca) representing male energy, and its feminine counterpart, La Guaranga representing female energy. Ying and Yang is in perfect balance. Local lore has it that because the mountain of EnChantingWind forms a triangle with Mandango and La Guaranga, the Incas believed it to be a sacred ceremonial site.

The vision?

The vision of Artist Residence Enchantingwind(ARE) is to create spaces for other artists to reflect, explore and expand, somewhere to take time and space out of their busy lives and dip in to an alternate and  creative, meditative self. Artists come, stay and immerse themselves for periods from one week to three months.

About the founder of Enchantingwind, Maya

An Artist, photographer, Web/Graphic/Book Designer, Maya Choi was born in South Korea in the year of the horse. She studied graphic design in her early 20s and by the age of 25 had created her own graphic design business.

In 1998, restless for change and new experience, Maya moved to New York and enrolled in photography school. After graduating with honors, she worked as a freelance photographer and from time to time as a photography assistant for the likes of Mary Ellen Mark and Platon, volunteering at Center for Photography at Woodstock, Upstate New York to gain exposure to new genres. 

Maya has always felt a deep connection with the natural world and incorporates nature into her work whenever possible. In 2009 she rode on the strong wind for another transforming from New York City  to Vilcabamba, a small cosmopolitan village in southern Ecuador where she founded EnChantingWind.com, an artistic endeavour focused toward supporting local artists and providing encouragement, harmony and unity for fellow artists.

Maya currently lives on the hill top (The Mountain of EnChantingWind) with her partner and companion animals.

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Photos of Mountain Enchantingwind