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School Yoga Institute: Mystical Yoga Teacher Training

 

April 24 to May 14 2019 200hr YTT

June 10 to June 30 2019 200 hr YTT

July 1 to  July 25 2019 300 hr YTT

Sep 2 to Sep 22 2019 200hr YTT

Nov 4 to Nov 24 2019 200hr YTT

Dec 1 to Dec 21 2019 200 hr YTT

 
School Yoga Institute/Sacred Lotus 200 and 300 hr certified Yoga Alliance Teacher training’s hold a strong intention for personal transformation. In this way, the courses are designed not only to provide students with tools to share the wisdom of yoga with others, but also to look at their own lives from a spiritual perspective.
 
To guide the process of personal transformation we draw on the ancient wisdom of the East as well as on the Shamanic Medicine Wheel of Peru. Our trainings are arranged in four cycles, following the four cardinal directions, asking the guardian spirits to guide a cycle of release, understanding, growth and empowerment. Together we create a space that reveals our wisdom within and accelerates the realization of our life purpose.

We share the Art of Teaching and Art of Touch, during which students learn to teach two asana sequences, the Mystical Hatha Flow, a slow, meditative, Sivananda-based practice, and the Mystical Vinyasa Flow, a more intense, breath-synchronized flow. We also share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing and explore alignment and adjustment of poses in depth. Each evening we close with Satsang, our evening gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan chanting or sacred ceremony.

Please visit School Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training Peru for more info

 
 

Earth Magic, Spirit Medicine, Peru Pilgrimage

April 19 – 26 , 2019
 
A pilgrimage is defined as a journey to a sacred space as an act of devotion. Join us for a 7-day Ayahuasca Retreat in the heart of the Peruvian Andes where we will dive deep into the magic of Pachamama.
 
This retreat gives you the time and space to let go, creating a lasting shift in your awareness and life. During our time together, you will be held in a safe and supportive space for you to do your inner work.
 
This retreat is for you if you desire to:
  • Release limiting beliefs, blocks, trauma, PTSD, depression, fear
  • Find your heart’s desires / life purpose
  • Heal relationship wounds 
  • Call in your soulmate
  • Have more abundance with money, opportunities and health
  • Explore the world of sacred plant medicines and harness your own inner medicine man/woman
  • Be comfortable in your own skin 
  • Create a life that gives you true joy and authentic connection
Our intention for holding these retreats is to create a space of healing, transformation, and personal reflection.  A place where everyone feels safe and comfortable.  A space that allows for you to experience your own consciousness in a new way. 
 
Includes:
  • 7-nights accommodation in shared room 
  • All meals (vegetarian) 
  • 3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies 
  • Despacho with Quero Elder
  • Breathwork
  • Meditations, Integrations, Discussions
  • Entrance Fee and Transportation to Local Inca Ruins
  • Yoga (gentle) or Movement  
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off in Cusco to Pisac and back

For more information or to apply, please email: denisefcooper@gmail.com

Machu Picchu & Peru Yoga Intensive with Rich Logan

April 26 – May 4

Want to deepen your yoga practice AND experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World?

Imagine unrolling your yoga mat each morning before the backdrop of the magical Andes Mountains. Relish the quiet peace that fills your body. Feel your senses come alive as you tune into the natural beauty of Peru’s majestic Sacred Valley. 

Envision connecting to the ground beneath you at mystical, ancient Incan ruins as you explore the magnificence of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. 

Uncover true solace and strength deep within your heart through soul-nourishing meditation, breath, and movement, even if you’re full of fear or feel hopeless during difficult times. 

Join us–Rich Logan and Melissa Renzi, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Peru’s Sacred Valley. 

EARLY BIRD PRICES LISTED END OCTOBER 15, 2018

Drawing from 20 years of experience teaching yoga and 40 years of meditation practice, Rich will guide you through an unforgettable yoga intensive and journey back to your own heart.

Having led several retreats to Peru and others all over Latin America, Melissa will be your expert organizer ensuring you experience the most breathtaking natural wonders and authentic culture of Peru’s Sacred Valley in a way that supports local businesses and social projects. 

Together we’ll support you through a transformative experience that includes a deep dive into the practice of yoga, including practical applications of pranayama and meditation, as well as stunning natural landscapes, rich culture, delicious vegetarian meals, and earth-friendly accommodations.

Limited availability – boohttps://www.wetravel.com/trips/machu-picchu-peru-yoga-intensive-with-rich-logan-melissa-renzi-urubamba-52046618k your spot now. Prices go up on October 15th with a final deadline of December 31st. Payment plans available! 

Visit here to find out more and register

KAWSAY VIDA -AYAHUASCA RETREAT

May 4 – 10 2019

German Virguez (Venezuela) and Lupita Castro (Mexico) walk a sacred path devoted to healing and to the expansion of consciousness with master plants, and to opening this path to others. They are committed; and their way of life reflects this commitment and the enhanced awareness it has brought them. They are what they preach, they ‘walk the talk’; honorable guides in an honorable calling.

The couple began their journey back in 2007, traveling to Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico to study with respected teachers, embodiments of different medicine lineages and traditions.

Today, German and Lupita are themselves masters with an approach to plant medicine that is unique and wholly their own, the result of experience, finely-tuned intuition and the wisdom garnered from the plant.

They are also, not incidentally, renowned musicians and composers. In a ceremonial context, they blend the melodies and traditions of East and West, of Amazon and Andes into a seamless whole of high, clear energy where music is a powerful vehicle within the experience.

German and Lupita perform and record as Ayahuapu: their original music is prized by fellow musicians and ayahuasqueros and played at ceremonies throughout the world.

AYAHUASCA RETREATS

Retreats afford a unique opportunity to learn at the hand of loving, Grandmother Ayahuasca.

Our intention is to create and sustain the space for deep healing work aided by the powerful tool for personal transformation that is Ayahuasca. From a place of expanded consciousness, free of negative emotion, the plant allows us to see the personal perceptions that have created our inner and outer realities; perceptions that are flawed and limited and keep us from creating lives of health, abundance and joyful connection. Our behavior, and our relationship to ourselves, to others and to our environment is based on our perceptions. Identifying flawed perceptions gives us the opportunity to change them and so change our lives.

The retreat combines Ayahuasca ceremonies with group integration sessions, meditation, Tibetan Yoga, periods of silence, ritual offerings, nature walks, visits to sacred sites and a diet supportive of the work. This combination of action and contemplation, nourishment and medicine works the magic.

For more info please visit www.kawsayvida.com or email info@kawsayvida.com

 

Pachamama – Awaken the Elements Retreat

June 8 – 12 2019

In the heart of the Sacred Valley, surrounded by ancient Inca sites and the Andes mountains, dive deep into the wisdom of your own body, remembering, reclaiming and recalibrating it’s expression as a pathway to bliss.

Join us as we explore the elements of earth, water, fire, air & ether through conscious embodiment. In our 6 days together we will utilize dance, yoga, meditation, expressive art, eco-therapy and ritual practices to allow a process of inner alchemy to take place.

The Andean Medicine Wheel, the ‘Chakana’ which is the foundation of Andean Cosmology, will act as an anchor on our journey, reminding us of the interconnected and sacred nature of all things as we explore our creative capacity!

In this retreat you will:

• Explore dance as a healing and therapeutic practice
• Nurture and bring ritual into your daily life
• Connect with sacred sites and ceremonies
• Be nourished by 3 local, organic meals each day
• Rediscover the creative expression of your body
• Release what no longer serves and create space for more ease, grace and flow in your life

Register here

https://www.awakenedspirityoga.com/pachamama-ecstatic-dance-retreat

 
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Tao of Gratitude – Trauma Release for Women with Chetana Barkan

June 11 – 18 2019

Tao of Gratitude;Trauma Release for Women is designed as an intimate, intensive, space for WOMEN to identify, investigate, expose, resolve and integrate stories, beliefs, shame & body stored traumas within the nervous system.

The nurturing of our basic primal needs is the foundation from which we develop a balanced, stable self esteem and healthy understanding of love. These needs when unattended to, from birth &/or through adolescence, will sit in your roots as the source of all confusion. Unconscious patterning of oppression and abuse may continue throughout ones life experiences. We will meet these basic primal needs at the foundational level with the art of self~responsibility, self~care and most importantly self~love.

De~armoring and re~arranging your belief system as ways to create a heart~full life is a courageous task. With this new understanding, you will navigate a balanced, content, sustainable way of being. 

The purpose of the workshop is for resolution and integration of body stored trauma from birth, developmental, situational &/or generational trauma including sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual misuse (exchanging sexuality for love, approval &appreciation)

The vision is to co~create and hold a supportive, non~judgemental, compassionate environment where you feel held to expose your unconscious patterns buried within your current roles, behaviors & emotional reactions to life, allowing you to accept the full range of your humanity AND open to the realization and awakening of the ultimate truth of oneself; both supporting your freedom! 

We will access the breath, body and beliefs as tools of liberation through:

**  BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System®-skillfully combining the elements of BBTRS results in removing layers of protective body armoring thus releasing long held mental, emotional & physical stress & tension from the cellular memories of the nervous system.  As a result, BBTRS may reduce and clear one’s deeply imprinted primal, religious and societal conditioning. You will experience the full range of felt sensations while expanding your capacity for self~realization.

** Pelvis/Psoas therapeutic bodywork & de~armoring will stimulate and release the tension bound up in the root and second chakras, creating access to the original unmet needs &/or experienced sexual & other traumas, thus freeing up and offering back life flow through the entire energetic & nervous systems. This is assisted by upper body/heart opening conscious touch techniques and open, mouth connected breathing.

** Self Inquiry exercises based on the Work of Byron Katie & the pointings of Ramana Maharshi invite you to identify and observe the stressful, fearful conceptual mind and it’s associated behaviors to  unravel all the “non-truths” you believe to be true

** Exposure in the form of supported, constructive and compassionate sharings. You will have the opportunity to be seen and met in the “stories” which keep you hidden inside the lie of the shadow. When this constricted energy begins to expand through exposure, it effortlessly integrates and turns into the lightness of presence which brings relaxation, energy, movement & creativity.

 ** Complimented by conscious, deliberate movement, free form dance, meditation techniques, self ~awareness exercises, somatic experiencing & felt sense, humor and the carefully chosen, resourceful, life giving  & nurturing, beautiful natural environments.

Please contact Chetana with all inquiries: chetanalauren@gmail.com

Please click here for further details & to apply: https://www.biodynamicbreath.com/event-module/trauma-release-for-women-peru-2018-07-25/

The Journey – Yoga, Breathwork, San Pedro

June 16 – 21

Join Marta Wanderlust + Katie Mayeux for a week-long journey into deep and transformative personal work. An offering of conscious Yoga, Breath Work immersions, and two all-day San Pedro ceremonies, held in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 
 
For more info contact Marta info@martawanderlust.com // @martawanderlustyoga 

Into the Heart of Light, a Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Plant Medicine retreat with School of Sacred Arts 

June 19 – 29, 2019

This deeply nourishing 10 day, all-inclusive retreat and 100 hour advanced YTT* draws upon a synergistic blend of the shamanic customs of the Americas and the ancient art and science of Yoga. These practices profoundly connect us with ourselves in raw and experiential ways, bringing to the surface our sub conscious, habitual thought patterns and behaviours that often can dominate our day to day lives. 

Let you body, mind and soul be nourished by daily Vinyasa/Hatha, Yin and Yoga Nidra practices and shamanic / yogic talks facilitated by Simone Mackay, founder and director of teacher training at the world renowned School of Sacred Arts. While working in ceremony with Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro) will further help inform how to live our yoga rather than simply “do” it, while our yoga practice serves to deepen and keep us centered during our journeying with the Plant Teachers for us to discover glimpses of our our place within it all.

Ayahuasca, Huachuma and Yoga Nidra have long demonstrated their profound healing abilities and during this retreat you will be given tools to transform what arises as well as space to restore, rejuvenate and connect with FLOW and your own potential, so that you can live a more authentic and meaningful life.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation (based on shared occupancy)
  • Homegrown, chef prepared, vegetarian meals
  • 2 x Ayahuasca ceremony guided by medicine songtress Leticia Tika Qantu Sideris; a 5th generation shaman and assisted by incredible musicians.
  • 1 x Huachuma ceremony guided by Paul Temple from Hummingbird Retreats in Pisaq; a yogi elder with 2 degrees in botany.
  • Rapé offerings (shamanic tobacco snuff)
  • The multicultural custom of “Council Circles” will play a significant role with integration during the retreat, prefacing and following all  shamanic ceremonies
  • Daily Vinyasa/Hatha, Yin and Yoga Nidra practice exploring and inspired by the elements and nature, led by our wise yogini and Soul Guide Simone MacKay
  • Talks about Yoga Nidra, the Koshas and native Medicine wheel and 7 directions teachings
  • Mauna (cultivation of inner quietude including a full day of silence) 
  • Mountain / waterfall hike in the foothills of the Andes, connecting us to the land we journey in and to Quechuan spirituality
  • Baños Florales (floral baths – a shamanic healing ritual used throughout the high Andes through to the Amazon basin that removes blockages and supports energy flow)
  • Peruvian Despacho Ceremony
  • Temazcal / Sweat Lodge (native purification ceremony)
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  • The schedule will vary, depending on the flow of the days, as well as the needs of the group. Due to the nature of this event, much of it will be touched by the natural and organic flow and inspiration of Spirit.

*100 hour advanced module for Yoga Alliance 500 hour Yoga Teacher registration and Continuing Education:

Open to practitioners of all levels and experiences, this event meets all Continuing Education (CE) requirements as required by Yoga Alliance for all registered yoga teachers, and also counts as one of three 100-hour modules specific for those moving towards an advanced 300-hour training (500-hour certificate) with the School of Sacred Arts in collaboration with Tina Nance Yoga Therapy. For more information click here.

 

Her Wild Splendor

July 27 – August 3, 2019

This women’s retreat is an invitation to step into the essence of your feminine nature.The gift of being woman is to feel deeply. When this gift is awakened, the eroticism of being alive is palpable. We hold the power to experience every one of our cells vibrating with the force of creativity. We have the capacity to be extraordinarily embodied and to move through life guided by our intuition. 

This is an offering to remember your power to feel and to express yourself as a woman more fully than ever before. In these 7 days, you will be granted an immersion into your womanhood in the motherly embrace of the Peruvian Andes. 

We are living in a time of great transformation. It is the rise of the feminine. As the women who are being called, it is up to us to stand up, take lead and commence the journey so that we may be a part of the tribe of women who are healing and balancing the divine feminine on this planet.

This retreat is for women of all ages, orientations, abilities and paths. 

What’s included

~ Daily meditation practices ~

~ 2x daily movement practices (yoga, free movement, dance) ~

~ singing and voice activation ~

~ self-care and nature connection rituals ~

~ 1 Temazcal (sweat lodge ceremony) led by a local woman shaman ~

~ Hike to a nearby waterfall ~

~ Sister circles (including a new moon ceremony) ~

~ 3 beautiful vegetarian meals everyday plus an abundance of tea and snacks ~

Please visit www.rivermoonyoga.com for more info.

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kula Collective – Shamanic Awakening

August 1 – August 31 2019 As we explore the fusion of the ancient and mystical traditions of Yoga, Shamanism and Ayurveda, we step into the Wisdom of Self (Vidya). Yoga (union with the Divine), Shamanism (interaction with the spirit world) and Ayurveda (the Hindu science of health and medicine) are all practices designed to grant us access to the infinite wisdom we carry within ourselves. 

In addition to meeting the Yoga Alliance standards for teaching methodology, anatomy, yogic theory and special education, Kula Collective’s RYT-300 hour YTT Courses focus on the expansion of our own sacred consciousness. By releasing the stories and holdings that no longer serve us, we create more space to see our gifts, our passions and the essence of who we are as teachers and beings on this path of Light and Oneness.

Once we have connected to the essence of the true teacher within, we are able to integrate the wisdom of our own yoga with the deep wisdom of Native American earth medicine, shamanic practices, subtle energy systems and other healing practices of the world. The ancient knowledge of these teachings provide the tools and understandings for us as teachers to weave together authentically inspired intentions and themes into our practice and into our classes. Please visit here for more info

 
 
 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kula Collective – Spirit Journey

August 7 – 31 2019

Here, in the heart of the Sacred Valley, we find a powerful space for opening and moving our own hearts. Surrounded by the wisdom of the Sacred Apus (ancient mountains) and cleansing rivers, we peel away the layers of our shadows, understanding our passions to reveal our true authentic purpose. Moving through various creative modalities of expression, we identify and connect with our root creative selves, our passions, and our dharma (our life path). Accompanied by two local Peruvian shamans, our journey here will guide us to the deepest parts of ourselves.
At our Peru RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training, we wake with the mountain sun, taking time to absorb the magnificence of the surroundings, breathe deeply, move slowly… and connect to the ancient wisdom of this land.

The Sacred Valley of Peru has long been sought out as one of the most powerful energetic centers in the world.  The wisdom of this land runs in the people, the way of life and in the plants themselves, and this training calls on this ancient knowledge as a symbiotic guide through the path of Yoga.  We will share the medicine of Peru and other lands through cleansing plant baths, temazcal, cacao ceremony, traditional coca leaf reading, sound and energetic healing, with optional medicine ceremonies (not part of the training) on days off.

​This training carries a unique focus of creative empowerment; in other words, new and unique ways of living, asking the question: How can we live in a way that is more true to ourselves? Facilitators Jiya and Cheralee share a passion for movement, using bodily expression to align the physical with the mental and spiritual, as well as drawing on skills of energy work and healing touch.  This holistic approach is complimented by a focus on creativity as a sacred practice, making this training ideal for those going through transition or seeking a deeper sense of general alignment. 

Lead facilitator Jiya has a passion for personal transformation, healing and empowerment, using techniques and exercises from across the world to inspire and energize her students. Through exploring our own movement and natural creative expression, we uncover our passions… and in doing so, our deeper purpose here on this Earth. Through diving deep within to heal our own selves, we radiate the change and peace we wish to share in this world. Please visit here for more info

 

The Medicine Woman retreat ~ Peru

August 18th- 26th 2019

9 days divine feminine spiritual Pilgrimage To Peru

‘reconnect to your DIVINeFeminine power’

What Will I experience?

  • REMEMBERING YOUR DIVINE PURPOSE AND FEMININE POWER THROUGH SACRED RITUAL DANCE, YOGA, GUIDED MEDITATIVE JOURNEYING AND MYSTICAL RITUAL
  • RECLAIMING SELF-WORTH, SELF-LOVE, SELF-CONFIDENCE, SELF PLEASURE
  • REIGNITE YOUR FEMININE SENSUALITY & CREATRIX POWER
  • RECEIVE 5TH DIMENSIONAL LIGHT TRANSMISSIONS FROM DIVINE FEMININE ASCENDED MASTERS AND ANGELIC CELESTIAL BEINGS
  • RECEIVE DNA UPGRADES AND LIGHT BODY ASCENSION
  • HEAL ANCESTRAL WOUNDING AND RELEASE KARMIC BLOCKAGES FROM THE SUBTLE ENERGETIC BODY
  • CONNECTING TO PACHAMAMA (MOTHER EARTH) AND YOUR GUIDES/ANCESTORS
  • EXPLORING PERUVIAN CULTURE AND TRADITIONAL SHAMANIC MEDICINE
  • DISCOVERING THE MOST HIGH VIBRATIONAL SACRED SITES ON THE PLANET
  • GROUNDING TO THE ELEMENTS AND RHYTHMS OF MOTHER EARTH
  • HIKING ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, MACHU PICCHU
  • WITNESS HEAVEN ON EARTH

For more info and to register please visit here

 

Shamanic Cleanse: Sacred Valley

 September 6th – 15th, 2019

It is our greatest honor to help facilitate this profound and transformational cleansing retreat. While many ask us to explain what will happen, we cannot truly answer because Plant Medicine takes us to a realm beyond concepts and words. And while we will provide you some tools to prepare for the cleanse, there is nothing that can truly prepare you for this journey to the Soul. So, we ask that you trust us completely and surrender to the process and know that you are guided and protected by the light you carry within.

We have watched our friends and family transform before our eyes, we have watched their skin clear and their eyes brighten as years of age pour off their bodies. While the process is at times difficult and at times spectacular, when you finish you will know that every moment, no matter how challenging, was in complete perfection.  Our teachers will be the Master Plants of Sacred Cacao, Mama Coca, Tobacco, Washuma, and Ayahuasca. There is absolutely nothing to fear… all those that we work with have life-changing and healing experiences.

Fear can always find an excuse for why you can’t… but you can.  And we will be there to help, every step of the way. Trust, release, surrender… you are guided, you are protected, you are divine light, We are all One… We are We!.

Please visit here for more info

 
 

Kula Collective Facilitation Intensive

Sep 1 – 6 2019

This 6-day course will give you the basis for building tools for creative facilitation design, spiritual leadership, active and participatory learning techniques, and pedagogical tips to maximize and measure group experiential learning.

We will gather for a 6-day Conscious Facilitator training. The course is designed to deepen and expand group facilitation skills. You will be given the building tools for creative facilitation design, spiritual leadership, active and participatory learning techniques, and pedagogical tips to maximize and measure group experiential learning. If you are interested in facilitating group processing, this is an amazing opportunity to deepen your skill set.

The Facilitation Intensive is directed toward honing our personal facilitation skills in a group spiritual setting. We will discuss concepts of spiritual space holding, group trust, community & the concept of oneness, holistic teaching design, ethics & dharma, artistic expression & creativity, and compassionate communication. A special emphasis will be placed on the art of giving and receiving Feedback. We have outlined this training to be an experiential training which we all co-create as facilitators together. You will have several chances to facilitate during the course in both group and individual settings. As a group we will take time and space to debrief and share reflections, wisdom, and new perspectives.

In addition to the Art of Facilitation, the Facilitator Intensive offers an experiential component for those who are interested in pursuing the Kula Path. The intention of this experiential aspect of the training is to provide a solid foundation for upcoming Kula facilitators to prepare for the roles of apprenticing and co-facilitating 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with The Kula Collective. This training does not guarantee a role as a Kula Facilitator, but is an important and required step on the path.

Please visit here for more info

Soul Immersion into the Sacred Valley of Peru with Stephanie Koehler

September 22 – 30  2019

Join Stephanie Koehler for this awe-inspiring journey into the Sacred Valley where ancient traditions are steeped deeply into people’s lives.

This Journey is based on the teachings of the Andean Medicine Wheel and will include:

* Daily meditation, pranayama & yoga asana

* Teachings on the four cycles of the Andean Medicine Wheel

* Rituals & sacred ceremonies

* Excursions to Sacred Energy Portals in the Valley

* and a Full Immersion into practices that you can take home with you

* Transportation from Cusco to Munay Sonqo at beginning of the journey (transportation at the end is excluded as some will want to venture further into the Valley. It is inexpensive to arrange a shuttle)

This is a Journey for Body, Mind and Spirit.

* Optional Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremony with Wachuma available

* Optional Temazcal (sweatlodge) available

* Optional Coca Leaf Reading available

Whom this is for?

The Soul Immersion is for those who are truly interested in diving deep and learning about the teachings of the Andean Medicine wheel and how to apply the cycles of the Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Condor into our daily lives.

  • The Medicine of the Serpent ~ Shedding our layers
  • The Medicine of the Jaguar ~ Letting go of what is no longer needed
  • The Medicine of the Hummingbird ~ Manifesting our Sacred Dream
  • The Medicine of the Condor ~ Bring your Vision to fruition

We will touch on subjects such as Your Money Story, Sacred Sexuality, Quantum Healing and Manifestation techniques to create and live your Sacred Dream.

Are you ready to take the leap?

This Immersion is by Application Only and space is very limited. Please visit here to get in touch with the facilitator or to reserve your space.

 

The Yoga of Chocolate™

A Journey through the Senses
September 28 – October 5, 2019
 

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as ‘a withdrawal of the senses’. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” – the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa).

However, a less common translation, and more accurate, translation of the word pratyahara is to recover our senses.

Scholars of yoga philosophy often regard pratyahara as the ‘forgotten limb’ of yoga, its importance being gravely undervalued and ignored. Pratyahara is intimately related to ALL the limbs of yoga, as they all – from asana to samadhi—contain aspects of pratyahara; It  is the basis for meditation and provides the gateway towards the higher practices of samyama yoga: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption/oneness). 

“Pratyahara does not mean suppressing the senses! We need our mind and senses to be outward in order to function in the world and enjoy life. Pratyahara means training and mastering the mind and senses so they stop roaming aimlessly, depleting us of our vital energies (prana) in the process.” ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight on this forgotten limb, weaving together asana, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sacred ritual and ceremony, indigenous healing practices, and (drum roll)… CHOCOLATE as the vehicles with which we will use to recover, revitalize, and deepen our sensory awareness. 

Participants have the option to go even deeper with their journey with the Tour de Cacao, which will immediately follow our time at S’acha Munay. Tour de Cacao will give you hands-on time at cacao farms in Quillabamba, visit with cacao farmers & learn about the process involved in transforming cacao to chocolate, hike the last portion of the Inca Trail, and finish out the adventure at Machu Picchu! 

Jyl Kutsche (500 RYT, LMT) is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga (Santa Fe, NM) has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and working in the world of cacao & chocolate for over 20. She carries an extensive understanding of anatomy, alignment, and movement and weaves those together with the wisdom teachings of yoga and, through them, the infinite potential of our senses. theyogaofchocolate.com

MORE DETAILS + REGISTRATION: https://www.wetravel.com/trips/the-yoga-of-chocolate-a-journey-through-the-senses-sacred-valley-jyl-kutsche-urubamba-province-95428629

 

Movement, Medicine, & Magic Retreat with Michelle and Anah

October 12 – 19 2019

You wake up in your cozy casita surrounded by the mystical mountain morning in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Your body is a little weary from travel, but you are excited to join your sweet group of deep-diving souls in the light-filled, octagonal movement studio for a morning practice of movement, meditation, and contemplation.

You have a deep knowing that you are in the right place. The butterflies bloom in your belly at the thought of the next six days of yoga, new movement practices, healthy habit creation, renewed inner fortitude, inspiration, breakthroughs, dance parties, outdoor adventures, and a whole lotta laughter.

You are READY.

As the long languid days of the retreat flow sweetly by, you find your mind and heart are opened by the connection with your fellow movement mavens. Your body and soul are primed and healthy through daily authentic movement and relating practices. Each day is a new day filled with a healthy balance of fun and challenging things. Yoga, dance, meditation, connection games, and even hula hooping!! What heaven!

Every sunset is a sacred experience of natural beauty. Your bucket list is shorter after experiencing the native culture of the Andes and the 12 sacred mountains -the Apus- or ‘luminous beings.’ You are nourished with organic food grown right on the property, dips in the hot tub, and hikes to the nearby waterfalls.

The possibilities available to your body, mind, and spirit are expanded with the guidance of two decades-long practitioners of spiritual exploration and artistic embodiment, Anah aka Hoopalicious and Nayeli aka Michelle;). Your cheeks hurt from laughing all day. Your eyes are bright from the free flow of tears sparked by the outrageous beauty of Nature and a steady stream of breakthroughs you have been praying for. Upon returning home, you notice a new lightness in your step and easy integration of new tools for the path ahead. Gratitude abounds.

Does this sound like what you are calling in? If so, please join us for an intimate retreat adventure in the one and only, Sacred Valley of Peru. Anah and Nayeli are your guides for a 6-day/7-night adventure lovingly designed to help you get into your body and out of your head in the most relaxing and nourishing way.

Utilizing yoga, somatics, guided meditation, authentic relating games, dance, hula hooping, personal development tools and TONS of free time to enjoy the beauty of the location, come prepared to truly LET GO and maybe even find yourself on a whole new level of awareness. You will receive plenty of one-on-one guidance, forge lifelong friendships, and return home with tools and practices to stay centered, connected, and balanced ~ within and without.

 

Breaking Through: Transformational Journey to Peru

October 19 – 26 2019

What are you ready to break through? How has your life been limited to repetitive patterns that disrupt and prevent the new creations from happening easily?

Join Alandra and Ariel and an amazing group of people for a transformational week in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Bring your partner, your friend, your husband, wife, sibling, lover or just bring yourself to this once-in-a-lifetime journey! Come and be challenged, break free, have fun, laugh, dance, learn, and grow!

Alandra will be guiding us to access deeper connections with our hearts, body, breath and presence. Helping us to take back the power we have given to the past, becoming more grounded and centred with what is, and breaking through whatever blocks or beliefs that challenge us and keep us from living our greatest possibility and potential. We also offer an optional plant medicine ceremony with an amazing female shaman (not included in retreat tuition). Last year this experience offered deeper healing to many of the participants. Authentic local ceremonies will be offered to prepare us to enter the transformational energies of the mountains, plants and ancient ways.

Ariel Swan joins Alandra to teach daily yoga/pilates classes to keep us strong and centered in our bodies as well as some evening Yin Yoga to promote relaxation and calming of the mind. She brings a huge amount of energy, sensitivity, fun, and innate wisdom to support the process and keep us challenged (and laughing) in our yoga practice.

We will also be offering a karma yoga 1/2 day volunteer service project that will help the local communities. Last year we painted a small school and sang, laughed, and shared food with the young students and teachers. It was one of our favourite memories, in giving back we received so much!

Learn more and register today at http://truenaturetravels.com/retreats/yoga-peru-alandra-ariel-2018/

ISTA – SPIRITUAL SEXUAL SHAMANIC EXPERIENCE LEVEL 1

December 12 – 19 2019

 

OPEN TO THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF LOVE!

 

You do not need to earn it or prove yourself, you just need to live it..

If you are ready to step into your power and live your full essence through radically enliven your sexuality and to dive deep into the heart of your wild erotic nature, then join us.

Re-enliven your deep connection to LIFE. Reset your neurology from survival stress into thrive mode. Reclaim the sacredness of your body. Liberate your natural wildness. Gain powerful tools to shift emotional patterns for more pleasure and connection.

Join a global community prioritizing authenticity, embodied spirituality, intimacy, bliss, empowerment, and freedom.

If you are ready to transform your life, this experiential 8-day event is for you

The People

Thousands of people on 5 continents have attended the ISTA training over the past 8 years and have been radically changed for the better by uncovering reactive patterns and transforming them into conscious ways of being.

The Retreat

This retreat focuses on clearing the physical and emotional body of shame, guilt and fear related to sexuality and authenticity. This is done through multiple pathways of healing: guided visualization, emotional release, shamanic initiations, energy tracking and conscious touch are just a few of the practices used to dive deep into the inner realms. The inner masculine and inner feminine archetypes are explored because when they are fully integrated a door opens to a deeper knowing of the Self as whole and complete.

The Event

This event unfolds within a powerful group process based on unconditional love, intimacy and acceptance of what is arising. By the end of this event, you will feel more open, relaxed and present and be more in touch with effortless flow of life, no matter what it looks like.

The Experience

No prior knowledge of shamanism or sacred sexuality is necessary to attend this retreat. This event is about expanding beyond your comfort zone, while honoring your healthy boundaries. Nudity and intimate touch are a part of this training, however, you are always at choice and the facilitators will help you navigate what is authentic for you. Individuals and couples of any sexual preference are welcome to attend.

This is an individual process that happens in a group environment and a level of ability to be self responsible is needed to navigate the spiritual sexual shamanic space. ISTA is a mystery school and approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul. We recommend that if there is known deep seated trauma, individuals seek one on one sessions and get the ok from their therapist before entering the group process.

Follow these links for more info and to register

https://www.istaperuexperience.com

https://www.schooloftemplearts.org/Event/387/peru-ista-sssex-level-1?area=EventModule

 https://www.facebook.com/events/236553913917144/