Journey of the Heart
Self-Love Yoga Retreat in Magical Peru

April 19 - 28, 2019

 

Cusco, Urubamba Valley, and Machu Picchu

Start planning now! We are heading back to Peru in the Spring of 2019.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime on this 10-day excursion to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in mystical Peru. Yoga, meditation, ancient traditional ceremonies, archeological visits, hiking, waterfalls, and community is sure to be just what you need.

We will be staying at the Pachamami Wasi Retreat Center (as seen in National Geographic top six places to do yoga!) This retreat center will truly feel like home during our stay. Themed rooms from around the world vary in size – triple, double or single. The grounds are perfect for walking meditation, or just to relax while looking out at the mountains. Our yoga classes will be held in a round Meditation Hall with a 360-degree view of the Andes Mountains.

All meals are organic vegetarian while at the center, with the exception of eggs at breakfast. Locally sourced, farm-to-table food is an understatement – our meals will be freshly picked that morning in the gardens and nearby farms; including quinoa separated and cleaned before our eyes. All meals are included while at Pachamama Wasi. Several lunches and two dinners will be in restaurants and not included in the overall price.

 
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Overview

• Daily yoga and meditation with 360-degree views of the Andes Mountains
• Enjoy farm-to-table, vegetarian meals at grown onsite and lovingly prepared while at Pachamama Wasi
• An intimate group of explorers ready to support each other's journey
• Evening workshops will center on developing self-love

• Daily activities including hiking, waterfalls, and tours of local archeological sites
• Spiritual journeys include a crystal bowl ceremony, sweat lodge, and opening ceremony to honor Mother Earth
• For more personal attention, private energy healing, spa service, yoga, and coaching are available for an additional cost

 

Trip itinerary

April 19

At noon, we will meet in Cusco to begin our journey together. We will enjoy lunch in Cusco, and then travel by van to Pachamama Wasi in the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once we get settled into Pachamama Wasi, we will gather for a payment to Mother Earth ceremony led by our host Ananda Mai before dinner. After dinner we will have our opening circle. For those whose bodies or minds are feeling the impact of long flights and travel, an optional yoga and meditation practice will be held after our opening circle. This short practice will introduce you to our yoga space for the week and prepare the body and mind for bed. Dinner included.

April 20

Our day will start with a grounding and restorative yoga session to honor our bodies after the long journey to Peru and to arrive, fully present in our shared experience. After yoga and breakfast, our tour conductor, Mallku Malasquez, will take us on a hike in Yanahuara. This breathtaking hike will connect us to the local beauty of the Andes that surround and embrace the Center. It is an inclined hike to the top of a mountain where we will enjoy dipping our feet in the cool water of a pond—or taking a full dip in a shallow waterfall if you prefer an energetic cleanse to start the retreat. We will feel the energy, take time to meditate, listen to the intermingling sounds of the water, nature, and flute, and fully be present. Upon our return we can rest before an early dinner, followed by an evening workshop and meditation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

April 21

An energizing slow-flow yoga class, breakfast and then a drive through the valley to reach the village of Pisac. We will drive until we reach the hiking path that takes us to the archeological site believed to have built by the same Inca responsible for the construction of the Machu Picchu sanctuary. Our first experience with ruins! We will hike for one and a half to two hours in a guided tour of this vast archeological sight to marvel at the work of the Incas. We will return to Pachamama Wasi for an early dinner followed by a sound healing ceremony. Through crystal bowls and other instruments, you will experience sound’s vibrations moving through your body to release emotion and ground us for tomorrow’s self-care day. Breakfast and dinner included.

April 22

Self-care day. Today, we will spend at the Center. The openness of the day will allow this morning’s yoga and meditation to last longer and will allow us to go deep into the practice to prepare your spirit and heart for a day of inward focus. Or for those that feel best supported by sleep, this is a great day to skip yoga and get some extra time in bed, followed by a leisurely cup of coffee. On this day we will focus on rejuvenating our souls to clear the path to finding our inner source of love and healing. After breakfast there will be a workshop, followed by free time. Writing, napping, coloring, conversation, and meditation are all encouraged. Massages, facials, energy healing and individual coaching sessions will also be offered at additional cost.

In the late afternoon we will have the opportunity to participate in a sweat lodge. This is an incredibly spiritual experience. In the sweat you will release things that are no longer serving you, and continue opening the path to your heart. We will be led through the four directions with beautiful guidance from our hosts including stories, prayers and singing. After the sweat, we will have dinner with conversation inspired by our experience in the sweat and end the day with an optional meditation to further embody the day’s lessons. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

April 23

Our morning yoga class will feature deep twists and other postures that will continue the physical and mental detox prompted by last night’s sweat lodge. After breakfast, our first stop will be at the Seminario Ceramic Workshop. Seminario’s art is quite impressive, and we will have the chance to tour the workshop and pick up some pieces to bring home. Our next stop will be Salineras Salt Fields that are impressive to look at and great in photos. From here we will visit the village of Ollantaytambo. This impressive archeological site was never finished as work halted after the Spanish arrived. Lots of stairs reveal beautiful panoramic views in the distance. We will have lunch, followed by free time to explore the village before returning to Pachamama Wasi for dinner. Evening meditation and workshop. Breakfast and dinner included.

April 24

Morning yoga will focus on preparing our bodies for two days of hiking: this is the day we head to Machu Picchu! The time and length will be determined by when our train to Machu Picchu departs from the Ollantaytambo train station, but we will have time for breakfast! Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we will check into our hotel and have free time to explore and eat lunch. After, we will take a bus to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu where we will meet our guide. After an amazing afternoon immersed in the energy and history of Machu Picchu, that even pictures can’t fully describe, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and have a nice dinner together where we will share our experiences of the afternoon. No evening workshop. Breakfast included.

April 25

On this day we will be visiting Huayana Picchu, the Moon Temple. This hike is a vigorous climb to the top, but worth it. For those who feel they are unable, there will be the option to go back to Machu Picchu for self-guided exploring or to spend the day in Aguas Calientes for shopping or visiting nearby hot springs. We will have a group dinner and check in circle. Breakfast included.

April 26

After breakfast and leaving our luggage in the hotel’s safe storeroom we will go to the local market to buy supplies for our picnic lunch and hike to the Mandor Waterfall. Bring your bathing suit in case you are inspired to take a dip in the cold waterfall (highly recommended). The hike is flat, mostly along the train tracks, and not strenuous, but it will take us between one and a half to two hours. Machu Picchu will be on our left as we hike and butterflies, birds and beautiful flowers will be waiting to greet us at Mandor. We will stop to do some light yoga without mats on the trail and release some of the body tension that may have crept in after two days of serious hiking. We will to return to Aguas Calientes for our afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo where our van will be waiting to whisk us back to Pachamama Wasi. Breakfast and dinner included.

April 27

Self-care day! This trip will bring up emotions, personal growth and areas of discomfort. We want to support you in every way possible to hold the space for change, and return home rejuvenated. We’ll start the day with another extended yoga and meditation practice to tap back into the strength and passion present in each of our hearts and prepare us for the hard work of being present to our own needs. On this day we will have individual Coca Leaf Readings where you can get intuitive guidance on any pressing issues that have arisen over the retreat – times TBD. Coca leaf reading is an ancient tradition that can give you insight to your past, present or future. We’ll also have a full group workshop this morning.

Most of the day will be devoted to YOU. Free time to meditate, write, nap, and get emotionally ready to return home. Massages, facials, energy healing and individual coaching sessions will also be offered at additional cost. Evening meditation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

April 28

Our last morning yoga session will wrap-up our experiences of the week with open hearts. After breakfast we will gather for our closing circle. We will return to Cusco around noontime. This will be the end of our journey together. For those who wish to tour Cusco, or stay longer, we can make recommendations. Breakfast included.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Lodging at Pachama Wasi and hotels in Aguas Calientes
  • Daily group yoga classes and workshops
  • 10-days with English speaking local expert guide
  • All transportation within retreat (daily van and train to Aguas Calientes)
  • Guided tours at Pisac and Ollyantaytambo ruins, Machu Picchu and Huayana Picchu
  • Most meals – organic, local from the farm, freshly prepared
  • All ceremonies: sweat lodge, sound healing and offering to Mother Earth
  • Coca leaves reading
  • Gratuities for guides and retreat center staff

NOTE: On days when we do not eat at Pachamama Wasi, everyone will pay for themselves at local restaurants. Yes, you can eat meat if you'd like.

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.


CANCELLATION POLICY

This trip is nonrefundable. We advise that everyone purchases travel insurance for any cancellations. Insurance also can cover medical issues abroad.

Rates are based on group participation and it is understood and agreed that there will be no partial refunds given for unused hotel rooms, land transportation, sightseeing, etc. for any reason whatsoever. No refunds are given for any unused part of the pilgrimage.


Prepare for our adventure

This trip is very active and will be at high altitude throughout the trip.

It’s best to go see your doctor or a travel clinic to prepare. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends being up to date on all vaccinations, and to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Make sure you have your own medications, and talk to your doctor about altitude sickness or any other concerns. The Zika virus is currently a risk in Peru. If you are planning to get pregnant or could be pregnant, the CDC advises to not go to Peru. If you chose to go, you are going at your own risk.

 

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