PERU NEW YEAR RETREAT • DECEMBER 2016
NEW YEAR RETREAT
YOGA & TRANSFORMATION!
Tap into the powerful spirit and majestic beauty of the Andes Mountains on this transformational Peru & Machu Picchu New Year’s Retreat! From our home base in the Sacred Valley, we will hike magnificent valleys, take part in shaman-led ceremonies, explore ancient Incan temples and spend two days in sacred Machu Picchu.
Peru & Machu Picchu — Journey of a lifetime!
ITINERARY FOR PERU NEW YEARS RETREAT
Pre–Retreat Welcome dinner in Cusco
Meet your fellow yogis and sojourners for an opening dinner we organize at our favorite restaurant in the heart of Cusco! Following dinner, you will stay at your own hotel, and next morning (29th) we’ll pick you up and bring you to our retreat center. We strongly recommend you arrive in Cusco by December 26 or 27 to rest and acclimate to the altitude. Cusco is wonderful and safe to wander on your own!
Day 1 • Depart for the Sacred Valley retreat center & visit Moray Circles
After breakfast, a van will pick you up and take you to our retreat center in the Sacred Valley (1.5 hours). En route, stop and explore the mysterious terraced circles at the Moray archeological site, surrounded by stunning agricultural plains and majestic mountains. Arrive at our retreat center in time for a welcome lunch and an introduction to our lovely Quechua staff. The afternoon is yours to wander the grounds, relax in your lush, garden-side room or enjoy a spa treatment or outdoor bath! We’ll convene in the yoga studio at 4:30 for our opening yoga class, followed by a delicious farm-to-table organic dinner prepared by ingredients grown on site.
Day 2 • Hike the ancient ruins of P’isaq & New Year’s Eve with a Shaman
Begin this heart-opening day with a drive through the Sacred Valley to an isolated Quechua mountain school which few tourists are privileged to visit. Cherish the children’s warmth, joy and openness and leave humbled and deeply moved. Next, visit the spectacular ruins in Písac with a hike to the ancient Incan Temple of the Sun, a perfect place for silent meditation overlooking the sacred valley. Hiking down the mountain, you will arrive at the famous Písac market where you can choose a café for lunch in the market square and after, shop for woven goods, jewelry, wall hangings and hand-painted beadwork. Return to our resort with time for a late-afternoon group gathering and festivities to celebrate the New Year!
Day 3 • Pachamama Day ~ Revitalize Body & Spirit!
This day is dedicated to Pachamama, who represents Mother Earth. After morning yoga and breakfast, we’ll have a guided tour of the phenomenal Chakra Gardens… you have never seen flowers like this! Unwind, enjoy the spa, take a hike and connect with nature. Today is a day to nourish your body with healthy meals and deep yoga, and your spirit with tea-leaf readings and a transformative fire ceremony led by a shaman healer from the high Andes. The ceremony serves as a wonderful preparation of mind, body and spirit for your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.
Day 4 • Welcome the New Year in a silent morning retreat & New Year hike!
Enjoy deep peace and tranquility in a silent New Year’s morning, with meditation, yoga and time to just “be” in the gardens. As a sojourner, you were called to the Sacred Valley. Today is a gift dedicated to you. In silence, enjoy the pure energy of the Chakra Gardens. Feel Pachamama’s embrace and allow her to whisper her wisdom to your soul. At lunch we will break silence. More active guests may take a 2-hour hike climbing the zigzag paths of the ancient Maras Salt Farms… or indulge in an Andean spa treatment to pamper body and soul.
Day 5 • Journey to Machu Picchu!
After an early breakfast we’ll catch the morning train (a stunning 1.5 hours ride) to Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to ancient Machu Picchu. After setting down set our overnight bag down at our hotel, we’ll enjoy a fabulous guided tour of Machu Picchu. We’ll journey through temples of spiritual power, breath-taking mountains and connect with one of the most spectacular energy places on Earth! The even will be a celebratory three-course dinner in a fun and lively restaurant in Aguas Calientes, followed by a well-earned deep sleep!
Day 6 • Machu Picchu hike
Free day in Machu Picchu to experience the place exactly as you feel! Hike with the group or on your own to see the most stunning views you’ll ever see! You may wish to find a hidden terrace and meditate or practice yoga… this is your moment to discover the strong spirit of Machu Picchu! We will meet back in late afternoon to take a train back to our resort in time for dinner.
Day 7 • Free day for rest, relaxation & rejuvenation!
Free day for yoga, meditation, a walk into the nearby town of Urubumba to buy local arts, crafts and pottery, or just relax at in the gardens. In the evening we’ll have our closing yoga circle.
Day 8 • Departure to Cusco
Farewell sun salutes, breakfast, and depart by bus back to the Cusco airport.
OUR EXOTIC YOGA RETREAT TEACHER
ALL–INCLUSIVE NEW YEAR RETREAT INCLUDES:
- Welcome dinner in Cusco on December 28 evening
- 6 nights’ accommodation at a stunning and magical eco-yoga retreat center in the sacred valley
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
- Cultural activities and guided mountain tours with our passionate and beloved local guide!
- Shamanic ceremony with an authentic pakko (mountain shaman)
- 1–2 yoga classes daily in a beautiful and fully equipped yoga studio (mats, blocks, blankets)
- Vibrant, organic, vegetarian meals lovingly prepared by local chefs
- Walks and meditations through the renowned Seven Chakra Gardens
- Abundant hiking beneath Andean peaks, mountain meadows and historic sites
- Group meditation in the round Takiwasi shala with a fireplace
- Guided tour, hike and time on your own to explore Machu Picchu!
- December 28 accommodation in Cusco
- Airfare to/from Peru
- Lunches on excursions
- Private tea-leaf readings with shaman
- Spa services
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities to staff and guide
BOOKING | TRAVEL | FAQ’S
SHARED ROOM: US dollar: $3,995
SINGLE ROOM: US dollar: $4,995
Reservations & Cancellation
Retreat Dates & Times
Which airport to fly to?
We strongly encourage you to arrive at least 1-2 days early to assure that travel delays do not disrupt you joining the retreat. You will need time to acclimate to the 11,500 ft altitude, and will enjoy sight-seeing around Cusco for a few days. For your stay in Cusco, we recommend a variety of hotels below.
Book your flight & arrive to Cusco:
You will fly into Lima, Peru (LIM) and take a connecting flight to Cusco (CUZ).
You will take a taxi to your own hotel. It’s very simple and safe. Taxis cost $10 (or 25-30 PEN)
Go to the ATM inside baggage claim to take out local currency.
General Information & FAQ’s
1. Travel Visa
No visas are required for South African, Canadian or USA citizens. Your Passport must be valid for 3-6 months from arrival date in Peru. You will be stamped with a tourism card at arrival which you must hold on to for departure. Please check with your Consolate to see if you need a VISA if you are from a country not listed above.
December/January is Peru’s summer. It tends to be warmer and wetter than the winter “dry season”. However, rainfall generally occurs at night and the days are generally sunny and in the high 70’s with lows at night in the 50’s. It is a wonderful time to be in Peru as the abundant plant life is in bloom, the tourist season is quieter and the rains can bring beautiful misty mornings at Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. See weather here.
Yes, you will want money for a few lunches on your own and any additional services or gifts you may choose to purchase while in Peru. US Dollars: Please note that overly worn American dollars with rips or tears will not be accepted in Peru. The banks do not accept torn or worn US currency and no one else does either. Bring US currency in $20-$100 denominations, as crisp and new as possible. $1 bills are not accepted. We suggest that you wait until you arrive in Cusco to exchange money in reputable exchange agencies or ATM’s. Peru is a cash country and local tourist markets do not accept credit cards. Only high-end tourist shops and expensive restaurants accept credit cards.
There is Wi-Fi access. Feel free to sit in the Wi-Fi Wasi or the surrounding social space gardens to use your computer or other electronic devices (cell phones, iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc.). Please refrain from bringing these devices into the reception, bar and dining areas or near guests relaxing in the gardens.
Depending on your carrier, you will most likely have cell service. If not, you can use Skype, as the wifi signal is strong.
Your highly qualified guide will travel with you at all times to assist you and ensure that you have a wonderful journey. It is customary in Peru to tip the guide directly. Feel free to show your appreciation to the guide. The amount of money offered to the guide is at your discretion. Please plan to make this offering collectively during the last evening meal of the program.
Converter or transformer to 220V, 60 cycles AC for any equipment plugging into a wall socket. Mac products are OK to plug in.
Since we will be using a beautiful Yoga Sanctuary Studio, you do not need to bring any yoga props with you. There are mats, blocks, straps and more all there for your use.
Yoga holidays inspiring you to see the world differently!
WHY THIS RETREAT
Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening… and so much fun! I learned to how to be present and the importance of surrender. It’s helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and can’t wait for the next retreat!— Jennifer Clarke, France
NEW YEAR’S RETREAT DEC 29 — JAN 5
Join us for a welcome dinner in Cusco on December 28!
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu!
$3,995 per person, double room $4,995 per person, single room
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel