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!
Day 3 — Mountain Culture & Hiking
Day 4 — Welcome the New Year in a silent morning retreat | afternoon mountain hike
Day 5 — Journey to Machu Picchu!
Day 6 — Machu Picchu hike
Day 7 — Free day!
Day 8 — Farewell sun salutes, breakfast, and depart by bus back to the Cusco airport.
PERU & MACHU PICCHU — A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
INTERESTED IN JOINING?
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To inquire, inquire here | (+1) 720 924 8666
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Story & script by Gayle Olson & Gayle Kabaker | Painted by Gayle Kabaker | Music by Sonya Kitchell
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MACHU PICCHU & SACRED VALLEY
Fly to LIMA and take a local flight to CUSCO. We greet you at the airport with a big smile!
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
Thank you for a wonderful week! I enjoyed every minute of it, the inspiration, the moments of solitude, the connections, the tears, the laughter, the opening up of senses, and above all, Gayle's beautiful energy which flowed throughout and made it all possible!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
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
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
Gayle is an amazing yoga instructor with an incredible depth of knowledge in a wide range of practices. She is a skillful teacher- I truly cannot imagine a better yoga teacher. I loved the restorative yoga sessions and Gayle’s very gentle, kind way of making all of us feel that we were doing a good job. I liked how she managed to find the time to check in with each individual to make sure they were comfortable, or challenged or whatever was needed. —Donna Brecht, USA
I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home. 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.—Kara Ellis, USA
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
I often struggle in the pace and intensity of my daily life. This tie has helped me reconnect to my truest self and to better define what’s most meaningful to me. I walk away with the ability to make more centered time for myself at home and more meaningful connections with those dear to me.—Jennifer Dulles, USA