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

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! 

 

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)
  • 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 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!)
  • Not included: Dec. 28 accommodation in Cusco; only our welcome dinner on that night is included.

 

YOGA CLASSES WITH HILARY WRIGHT

Hilary Wright is a highly experienced international yoga teacher, meditation teacher and writer who believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” yoga, encouraging each student to find their own path. Currently based in NYC, her classes bring a mix of intelligent sequencing, internal depth, breath work and challenging movement to leave you feeling both energized and grounded. She facilitates teacher-trainings around the world, and has studied many different lineages of yoga, including: Sivananda Yoga, when she spent time living in the Amboli Ashram in India; extensive study of Vinyasa Yoga, as well as hundreds of hours of study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage. Her extensive background studying the Ashtanga Vinyasa system brings a depth to her classes, while her knowledge and understanding of Vinyasa Flow brings a creative twist to the practice. 

 

ITINERARY FOR NEW YEARS RETREAT IN PERU

 

Evening 1  — 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 2 — 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 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! 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 4 — 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 5 — 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 6 — 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 7 — 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 8 — 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 9 — Farewell sun salutes, breakfast, and depart by bus back to the Cusco airport.

 

 

———   Prices & Information to Register  ———

 

PRICES PER PERSON

 

*Come as a couple, with a friend, or on your own and share a room with a new friend you have yet to meet!

DOUBLE ROOM:   US dollar: $3,650  (A shared en-suite garden view rooms!)
SINGLE ROOM:     US dollar: $4,650   (Single en-suite garden view room!)

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: 

  • 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)
  • All meals
  • Transportation and entrance fees on all excursions
  • 1–2 yoga classes in a beautiful and fully equipped yoga studio (mats, blocks, blankets)

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • Arrival to Peru
  • Accommodation in Cusco on Dec 28 (welcome dinner is included)
  • Gratuities to staff and guide

 

TO RESERVE

Review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the BOOK NOW button below. You will be redirected to our MindBody registration site to deposit by credit card. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us here. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone (+1) 720-924-8666 PST.

 

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RETREAT DATES & TIMES

DATES:  Monday, December 28, 2015 — Tuesday, January 5, 2016

 
DEC 28th — WELCOME DINNER IN CUSCO:  
6:00 pm    Meet at designated restaurant in center of Cusco to meet the group!
 
 
DEC 29th — HOTEL PICK UP, DEPART OF RETREAT CENTER:  
9:00 am    Our van will meet everyone at a designated point in Cusco, and drive 1.3 hours.
11:00 am   Walk the sacred Moray Circles
1:00 pm    Arrive at our retreat center and enjoy a delicious lunch and orientation.

 

JAN 5th – DEPARTURE DAY: 
7:30 am    Farewell Sun Salutes!
8:00 am    Breakfast
9:30 am    Group Transfer departs
11:00 am  Arrive at Cusco airport for your flight to Limo and home
 

 

TRAVEL ROUTES & TIPS

 

If you are flying internationally. . . 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.

ARRIVING IN 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.

 

RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN CUSCO:
Coming soon. . .

 

GENERAL INFO  &  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.  

 

2. WEATHER IN PERU
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.

 

3. MONEY / CASH / CREDIT CARDS
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.

 

4. WIFI
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.

 

5. CELL SERVICE
Depending on your carrier, you will most likely have cell service. If not, you can use Skype, as the wifi signal is strong.

 

6. TIPS & GRATUITIES
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.

 

7. POWER ADAPTOR
Converter or transformer to 220V, 60 cycles AC for any equipment plugging into a wall socket. Mac products are OK to plug in.

 

8. YOGA PROPS
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.

 

 

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