NEW YEARS RETREAT • PERU 2017
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
PERU & MACCHU PICCHU
DECEMBER 29, 2017 – JANUARY 5, 2018
Tap into the powerful spirit and majestic beauty of the Andes Mountains on this transformational Peru & Machu Picchu New Year’s Retreat! From our charming and luxurious retreat resort 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.
ITINERARY FOR PERU NEW YEAR’S RETREAT
Dec. 28 • Pre–Retreat Welcome dinner in Cusco
Meet your fellow sojourners, Peruvian guide Silverio, and Exotic Yoga Retreat teacher Hillary Wright, 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 will pick you up and bring you to the the retreat. We strongly recommend you arrive in Cusco by December 26 or 27 to rest and acclimate to the altitude. Cusco is a wonderful historic town to wander on your own – or meet up and explore with other retreat participants also staying in Cusco.
Dec. 29 • Depart for the Sacred Valley & visit Moray Circles en route
After breakfast, a van will pick you up and take you (1.5 hours) to our beautiful retreat center in the Sacred Valley. En route, stop and explore the mysterious terraced circles at the Moray archeological site, surrounded by stunning agricultural plains and majestic mountains. Arrive to our retreat 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 convene in the yoga studio at 4:30 for our opening yoga class and orientation, followed by a delicious farm-to-table organic dinner prepared with vegetables, herbs and spices grown on site.
Dec. 30 • Pachamama Day: Tea-Leaf Readings & Shaman Ceremony
This day is dedicated to ‘Pachamama’ who represents Mother Earth. After a morning yoga practice in the stunning and artistic yoga shala, enjoy a warm and healthy breakfast, followed by a guided tour of the phenomenal Chakra Gardens… you have never seen flowers like this! Unwind, enjoy the spa, take a walk and connect with nature.Today is a day to nourish your body with healthy meals and deep yoga – and nourish 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 immersion into sacred Peruvian culture.
Dec. 31 • Hike the ancient P’isaq ruins leading to the famous P’isaq market!
Yoga and breakfast prepares us for a fabulous adventure to the spectacular ruins in P’ísac, the ancient Incan Temple of the Sun located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Enjoy a moderate hike down the P’isac ruins, stopping for a picnic lunch with the most stunning views of the Sacred Valley below! Awaiting you at the bottom of the mountain are the famous Písac markets where you can shop for woven goods, jewelry, wall hangings and hand-painted beadwork. A late afternoon yoga session of restoratives and pranayama prepare us for a special dinner and New Years meditation to mark the closing of this year – and opening of the new year ahead!
Jan 1 • Welcome the New Year in a silent morning retreat & New Year hike!
What better way to usher in the New Year than waking up in Peru, in the sacred Andes Mountains, in the Chakra Gardens, in the company of fellow yogis — beginning your new year in silent meditation, yoga and the luxury of “being”. As a sojourner, you were called to the Sacred Valley. Today is a gift of peace 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. This day is about deep peace, rejuvenation and a great celebration of your highest self!
Jan 2 • Journey to Machu Picchu!
After an early breakfast we will 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 will enjoy a fabulous guided tour of Machu Picchu. Journey through temples of spiritual power, breath-taking mountains and connect with one of the most spectacular energy places on Earth! This evening, enjoy a celebratory three-course dinner in a fun and lively restaurant in Aguas Calientes, followed by a well-earned deep sleep!
Jan 3 • Hike Machu Picchu
You are free to experience Machu Picchu exactly as you feel! Hike with the group or on your own to see the most stunning views you will 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 take an afternoon train back to our resort in time for dinner.
Jan 4 • Rest, Relax & Rejuvenate!
Our last day is reserved for deep practices of yoga, morning and evening, with down-time to integrate and contemplate. There couldn’t be a more divine setting the the Chakra Gardens for this integration. You might also enjoy a walk into the nearby town of Urubumba to buy local arts, crafts and pottery (the pottery is very special here!) Late afternoon we convene for our final yoga practice, a beautiful dinner a celebratory closing circle.
Jan 5 • Departure to Cusco
Farewell sun salutes, breakfast, and depart by bus back to the Cusco airport.
|December 28, 2017 —January 5, 2018|
Dec 28 – Welcome dinner in Cusco
|6:00 pm||Meet at designated restaurant in center of Cusco to meet the group!|
Dec 29 — Hotel pick-up & depart for retreat center:
|9:00 am||Meet at our central location on the Plaza de Armas in Cusco|
|11:00 am||Walk the sacred Moray Circles|
|1:00 pm||Arrive at our retreat hotel and enjoy a delicious lunch and orientation.|
Jan 5 — Departure Day
|7:30 am||Farewell Sun Salutes & breakfast!|
|9:30 am||Group Transfer departs|
|11:00 am||Arrive at Cusco airport for your flight to Limo and home|
You will fly to Cusco, and we strongly encourage you to arrive at least 1-2 days early (by Dec. 27) 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.
Help With Booking
We happily offer you the services or our travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance – and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat! +1 (917) 216-8136 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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
You do not need to bring any yoga props with you. We have mats, blocks, straps and more all there for your use.
Price per Person
USD $4,195 – Shared Room for (2) friends or (2) solo travelers in an en-suite room with two beds
USD $4,195 – Shared Room for a couple in an en-suite room with one King bed
USD $4,995 – Single Room for 1 person in an en-suite room with 1 king bed
Included in our New Year Retreat:
- 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)
- Guided tour, hike and time on your own to explore 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
- December 28 accommodation in Cusco
- Airfare to/from Peru
- Lunch in Manchu Picchu
- Private tea-leaf readings with shaman
- Spa services
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities to guide and staff