1. PERU NEW YEAR RETREAT – COLUMNS WITH LIGHT
2. PERU NEW YEAR’S RETREAT (Lamas)
3. PERU NEW YEAR RETREAT (Machu Picchu group)

PERU NEW YEAR RETREAT • DECEMBER 2015

PERU NEW YEAR RETREAT • DECEMBER 2015

MACHU PICCHU, PERU

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.

 

ALL–INCLUSIVE NEW YEAR RETREAT INCLUDES:

  • Welcome dinner in Cusco
  • 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)
  • Daily yoga with Gayle Olson 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 magnificent Andean peaks and high mountain meadows dotted with grazing llama and alpaca
  • Group meditation in the round Takiwasi music shala with a fireplace and an array of Andean musical instruments
  • Guided tour and hike in Machu Picchu (as well as time to be on your own exploring and meditating!)

 

YOGA CLASSES W/ GAYLE OLSON

Discover or rediscover the joy of moving meditation with Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson with classes blend traditions of hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments, and encourage you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga. Gayle has been teaching world-wide for more than twenty years and is author of the Women’s Guide to Yoga & Fitness.

 

ITINERARY FOR NEW YEARS RETREAT IN PERU

 

December 28 — Welcome dinner in Cusco

Meet your fellow yogis and sojourners for an opening dinner we’ll organize at our favorite restaurant in the heart of Cusco! We will each be staying in our own hotel that evening and next morning (29th) we’ll pick you up at your hotel 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. We will give you a list of recommended hotels. Cusco is wonderful and safe to wander on your own!

 

Day 1 — Depart for Sacred Valley & the Moray Circles

After breakfast, a van will pick you up at your Cusco hotel and take you to our retreat center in the Sacred Valley (1.5 hours). En route, we stop to explore the mysterious terraced circles at the Moray archeological site—surrounded by stunning agricultural plains and majestic mountains! We’ll arrive at our retreat center in time for a welcome lunch and an introduction to the lovely Quechua staff who will take care of our needs during our stay. The afternoon is yours to wander the grounds, relax in your lush, garden-side room or select a spa treatment from the resort’s generous menu. 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 — 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! We will unwind, enjoy the spa, connect with nature, nourish our body with healthy meals and deep yoga— and stimulating our spirit with re-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 3 — Mountain Culture & Hiking
 
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… hike to the ancient Incan Temple of the Sun and meditate with the group, or alone in silent reflection. Rest and relax, or, if you prefer, join in an optional afternoon hike down to the famous Písac market to shop for woven goods, jewelry, wall hangings and hand-painted beadwork. Choose a café for lunch in the market square, where you can observe colorfully dressed campesinos coming to barter and sell their produce. Return to our resort with time for a late-afternoon group gathering and festivities to celebrate the New Year!

 

 
Day 4 — Welcome the New Year in a silent morning retreat | afternoon mountain 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! There are three stunning hikes in Machu Picchu, from moderate to strenuous. 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!
 
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 — Farewell sun salutes, breakfast, and depart by bus back to the Cusco airport.

 

PERU & MACHU PICCHU — A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

 

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INTERESTED IN JOINING?

 

Have a look at our FAQ’s & Travel Page to answer most questions about this trip.

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To inquire, inquire here  |    (+1) 720 924 8666

THANK YOU!

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Watch our beautiful 1–minute yoga video

 

Story & script by Gayle Olson & Gayle Kabaker  |  Painted by Gayle Kabaker  |  Music by Sonya Kitchell