TRANSFORMATIONAL NEW YEAR RETREAT
DEC 27—JAN 5
PERU CULTURE & YOGA
Tap into the powerful spiritual energy of the Andes Mountains on a New Year’s journey of transformation in Peru. Usher in 2015 with a rich dive into yoga and the cultural wonders of Peru, its people, and its vibrant pure energy!
From our luxurious home base, we will hike through magnificent, llama-filled valleys, take part in shaman-led ceremonies, explore the ancient city of Cusco and spend two majestic days in sacred Machu Picchu. Reconnect joyfully with yourself through daily yoga practice, and enter the New Year fully transformed and revitalized!
ALL–INCLUSIVE LUXURY NEW YEAR RETREAT INCLUDES
- 9 nights accommodation at a luxury eco-yoga retreat center in the magical mountains of Peru
- Exploration of mysterious ancient cities and temples of Cusco and Machu Picchu
- Cultural activities with a professional and passionate local guide
- Ceremony with an authentic pakko—a practicing shaman offering authentic divination and personal healing.
- 1 to 2 yoga classes daily with Gayle Olson in a beautiful, sun-filled yoga shala
- Vibrant, organic, vegetarian meals lovingly prepared by local chefs
- Morning serenity walks through the renowned Seven Chakra Gardens
- Abundant hiking beneath magnificent Andean peaks and high mountain meadows where herds of llama and alpaca graze
- Group meditation in the round Takiwasi music shala with a fireplace and an array of Andean musical instruments
- Free airport transfers to and from the Cusco airport
YOGA CLASSES WITH GAYLE OLSON
Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson in the sacred Andes. 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.
ITINERARY FOR NEW YEAR RETREAT IN PERU
Day 1, Saturday December 27
Your journey begins with a group transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel, conveniently situated off the historic Plaza de Armas. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a group orientation and a late-afternoon stroll through the cobblestone streets of San Blas. Your guide will point out fascinating Incan stonework as you walk to the Korikancha Temple, the Incas’ holiest site. In the evening, dine in one of the highly acclaimed restaurants near the main square and return to our hotel for herbal tea and tranquil relaxation.
Day 2, Sunday December 28
After a gourmet vegetarian breakfast, travel by bus to the Incan ritual fountains at Tampumachay. Participate in a ceremony to honor Yaku, the spirit of water, open the body’s energy centers and activate and enhance your individual creative and healing forces. A traditional coca-leaf divination ceremony invites you to tap into the energies of Pachamama, Mother Earth. Continue on a guided tour to the giant stones of Saksaywaman overlooking the city of Cusco, where you may choose to participate in a brief meditation or hike around the vast Incan site. Afterward, visit the shamanic site of Kenko. Enjoy an afternoon free to sample local cuisine and wander through the famed alpaca-wool and silver shops in Cusco’s main square.
Day 3, Monday December 29
Depart for the Sacred Valley of the Incas and our luxury eco-resort. Along the way, explore the mysterious terraced circles at the Moray archeological site. In the afternoon, we’ll settle into our luxurious resort, starting with a welcome lunch and an introduction to the Quechua staff who will take care of our needs during our stay. Orient yourself with a brief overview of the week’s activities to come. The afternoon is yours to wander the grounds, enjoy your lush, garden-side accommodations or select a spa treatment from the resort’s generous menu. In the evening, enjoy a meal of ingredients grown on-site.
Day 4, Tuesday December 30
This day is dedicated to Pachamama, who resides in the Earth and all beings. Tour the retreat center and meditate in the splendor of the Chakra Gardens, join a guided walk through Rumichaka, the neighborhood where the Quechua campesinos (locals) live, or take an energetic hike into the valley. Nourish your body with a wholesome vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon, visit the resort’s library or relish a Solar Bath, Incan Hot Stone Massage or Crystal Bed Session in the spa. In the evening, meet a healer from the high Andes. Pause to savor an organic dinner rich with superfoods and local flavors followed by a group Andean offering and transformative fire ceremony, with the shaman. The ceremony serves as a wonderful preparation of mind, body and spirit for your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.
Day 5, Wednesday December 31
On New Year’s Eve, rise to visit the spectacular ruins in the hillside village of Písac. Hike to the ancient Incan Temple of the Sun, meditate as a group or walk in a silent personal vision-quest to open the third eye. If you are feeling active, you may participate in an optional afternoon hike down 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 6, Thursday January 1
Welcome, 2015! After an early breakfast, catch the morning tourist train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, the ancient “City of Light.” Enjoy a fabulous guided tour of this majestic place. We will journey through the masculine-energy temples of political and spiritual power, then reconnect with the feminine Earth-energy. In the afternoon, continue to hike and explore Machu Picchu, or meditate on a hidden terrace. We will enjoy a delicious, celebratory three-course dinner in one of the finest restaurants in Aguas Calientes, then settle into our accommodations in a riverside lodge.
Day 7, Friday January 2
Take pleasure in an open day in Machu Picchu. The energetic may take the 5:30 a.m. sunrise bus. Hike Machu Picchu Peak, meditate in a quiet place or return by bus to the town and explore Aguas Calientes. Together, we will take the late-afternoon train back to the town of Ollantaytampu and transfer to our resort in time for a late dinner.
Day 8, Saturday January 3
Begin this heart-opening day with a drive through the Sacred Valley to an isolated Quechua mountain school, one of four remote schools supported by the nonprofit Willka T’ika Children’s Fund, which we will be among the few tourists privileged to visit. Cherish the children’s warmth, joy and openness and leave humbled and deeply moved. After a picnic lunch along the exquisite valley river, return to relax or enjoy a massage or spa treatment. In the afternoon, active guests may choose to tour the ancient ruins of Ollantaytampu.
Day 9, Sunday January 4
As a sojourner, you were called to the Sacred Valley. Today is a gift dedicated and offered to you. In silence, enjoy the pure, sacred energies of Pachamama within the Chakra Gardens. Feel her embrace and allow the Divine Goddess to whisper her guidance and wisdom to your soul. Receive her message at your heart’s center and lovingly take them home with you. Indulge in an Andean Spa treatment or crystal light therapy session to heal and soothe body and soul. More active guests may practice yoga, hike into the nearby valley and town or hike up the zigzag paths of the ancient Maras salt farms. Celebrate the culmination of your journey with a delectable farewell dinner and an Andean musical event.
Day 10, Monday January 5
After a tantalizing buffet breakfast, we depart by bus to the Cusco airport. We’ll arrive at our final destination filled with the pure spiritual energy of a transformational journey of a-lifetime.
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NEW YEAR’S RETREAT DEC 27 — JAN 5
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VILLAGE NEAR CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU
TRAVEL IS EASY
Fly to LIMA and take a local flight to CUSCO. We greet you at the airport with a big smile! Our travel agent is available to book flights and travel for you.
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