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 striking to look at and great in photos. From here we will visit the village of Ollantaytambo. This spectacular 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 additional 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. (Note: If registering after January 11, we cannot guarantee tickets to Huayana Picchu. If we are unable to secure tickets, you will have the option of a second day at Machu Picchu)
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.