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.
Are you ready to connect with your sexual energy as your healing force, and awaken your innate power through shamanic rituals? Then join Yanu Shewa & Nalaya Chakana for this retreat in the Sacred Valley in Peru. It’s time to empower your life by activating these sacred forces inside you.
This is a journey of initiation! A journey that will allow you to fully embody your Spirit and become the channel you are meant to be. Shamanic Sexual Alchemy is your guide to bridge both worlds – the visible as well as the invisible.
Join us in Peru to reconnect, deepen and remember the sacredness of your Sexual Spiritual Being. Reactivate your innate power by connecting with nature and shamanic rituals. This retreat will change your life.
POWER OF SOFTNESS
As the sun sets behind the beautiful mountain range of the Andes, you leave your comfortable room to join the fire outside. Here you gather in a circle of women – recognising that nobody is more or less, recognising that we gather here to equally share our light and wisdom.
Guarded by the brilliant starry sky, we honour the fire as sacred as it has been done since the beginning of time. Through ritual, prayer and song you integrate the profound revelations and insights you received that day.
Hugged by a powerful warm feminine energy, you feel safe in this circle. Safe to listen, safe to be heard, safe to share in the same transparency as the women around you do.
It is here, in the Sacred Valley of Peru, that you discover the true healing power of your sexuality and your innate connection to shamanism and ritual.
AWAKEN TO THE MYSTERY: TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO SACRED PERU Alchemical Shamanic Journey to the Andes, Peru: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
November 15th-25th 2018~Main Journey
November 25th-28th 2018~ Machu Picchu Add On
This is not your typical retreat!. Journey to the mysteries and places that few get to experience!
with Ashera Serfaty Alchemical Shamanic Healing Practitioner &
Elizabeth Schermer who founded the Alchemy Mystery School, Q’ero Wisdom Keepers, Curanderas and Spiritual Guide Julian Sarassi
Alchemical Mysteries, Andean Medicine Wheel, Sacred Sound, Mystical Temple Sacred Sites, Pristine Mountains and Sacred Lakes, Stargate Portals, Q’ero Wisdom Keepers, Curanderas, , Divination, Shamanic Journeying, Movement, Yoga, Meditation and Huachuma Plant Medicine Ceremony.
“Without exaggerating, I have to say that this has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life so far. Every day I felt challenged and supported. I found strengths in myself that I had no idea we’re still there. I return home with a new much more positive and playful map of the next stage of my life. “–Susan Barnes
Step into the mystery as you experience alchemical mystical practices for transformation. Ashera Serfaty and Beth Schermer are experienced facilitators with energy healing, shamanic healing, mystery school practices, and retreats for the last 20 years. Through a safe and supportive container you will go through a deep transformational process in an easeful and joyful way. Experience the medicine of the pachamama and Apus with Q’ero Wisdom and Earth Keepers and Curanderas. We explore some lesser known sites and sacred portals in a ceremonial way. Through transformative process you will have an opportunity to come into balance, awaken our full potential and open to a deeper sense of peace and love within yourself and take it back with us into our daily life.
ISTA PERU, Level I – Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience
November 24 – November 30 2018
Thousands of people on 5 continents have attended the ISTA training over the past decade and have been radically changed for the better by uncovering reactive patterns and transforming them into conscious ways of being.
If you are ready to transform your life, this experiential 7-day event is for you.
This retreat focuses on clearing the physical and emotional body of shame, guilt and fear related to sexuality and authenticity. We accomplish this through multiple pathways of healing: guided visualisation, emotional release, shamanic initiations, energy tracking and conscious touch are just a few of the practices used to dive deep into the inner realms.
You will learn to fully integrate your masculine and inner feminine archetypes, hence opening doors to a deeper knowing of the Self as whole and complete.
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.
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.
ISTA PERU, Level II – Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Initiation
December 3 – December 12 2018
ISTA LEVEL 2 – Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Initiation begins its work once the decision is made that this is the way we actually want to live and not just a peak experience on a workshop. Level 2 guides the participant through a series of self – initiations that say goodbye to old patterns of relating and anchor the identity in the deep self that is already free, inherently loving and dynamically creative in the world.
This training is for you if …
You are curious about who you are beyond the personal.
You live in the spiritual world and are on some level afraid to BE HERE
You have forgotten you are an infinite being and need reminding that you are in fact pure limitless potentiality itself
You long for a deep real and authentic connection with your divinity and wish to connect to and share who you are from that space.
You struggle with the blood and guts of life and want to die to all that is causing you pain in your life.
This training is only for those who are ready to burn in the fire of their own love. It is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who can no longer live a lie and want to truly die for love.
Shamanic Yoga and Plant Medicine Retreat w/ Sacred Paths Yoga
November 26 – December 2 2018
Located in the heart of The Sacred Valley, Peru, this program offers a powerful place to tap into the wisdom of the land, the ancient culture and the deep inner knowing of our own hearts. This land is said to be one of the most powerful energetic centers of the world. We feel its strength and we witness this deep connection to spirit in the land, the people and the ancient way of living. In this retreat experience, we find a harmonious and symbiotic blend of ancient indigenous wisdom and yogic teachings to guide us on this path of awakening. We will find a deep connection to nature as we explore the healing modalities of Peru. We experience the medicine of this land with daily yoga and meditation and through Despacho ceremony, cleansing plant baths, purifying temescal ceremony, heart-opening cacao ceremony, traditional coca leaf reading and sound and shamanic healings throughout, with optional shamanic ceremonies offered with trusted local guides. These rituals facilitate personal transformation and healing and will leave you feeling cleansed and empowered.
Facilitator and tour guide Craig McKenzie will be an inter-meditatary between the traditional practices of the local shamans, medicine and guides, bridging the gap between two worlds and offering different views of integrating the spiritual experience and how to take that and put it into place in order to make life bettering changes. Taking the last 3 years of living and studying in Peru and having concluded many long master plant diets has set Craig up with a wealth of knowledge surrounding plant medicine traditions to share open heartedly.
Artist Ryan Joseph will be teaching his ART THERAPY techniques to help heal your soul and increase happiness and creativity. His background as a psychologist teaching therapy for over 15 years along with his artistic skills form to make a great connection between the mind and the arts. Art therapy is a wonderful method that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. It will be a great method to express your plant medicine journey.
Ryan Joseph Retreats represent a combination of ancient practices, techniques, teachings and medicines that have had a personal impact on my own life personally. We offer an all-inclusive small boutique retreat of 10 guests maximum so that we can work with each individual deeply.
With these combined practices and techniques we believe our retreats offer the fastest way to accelerated learning and connecting with our true self. Our team will be honoured to help guide you on your spiritual journey every step of the way during your time with us.
Our Ayahuasca retreat in the serene and mystical Sacred Valley of Peru is considered one of the most energetically powerful places on Earth and is truly a trip of a lifetime. We find that simply being in the presence of the ancient Andean mountains, historical ruins, and crisp air offers wisdom and deep nourishment for the mind, body, and spirit. Experience the sacred healing power of plant medicines, awaken to your inner truth through witnessing and exploring the beautiful natural Andean landscape, relax and dine at luxurious resort and cultivate a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for yourself as part of it all. Not only will you be healing yourself from deep within and transforming your life but also getting to witness one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. We have gone to great details to organize our retreat for maximum personal benefit combined with other exciting excursions but yet balanced with enough down time for reflection and relaxation.
Craig McKenzie closely works with the most skilled and dedicated Shipibo shamans for supported by a staff of Healers and Facilitators to bring you a comprehensive program deeply rooted in the traditional practices of ancestral medicine. We offer a safe, caring, and effective space to begin your journey of transformation, helping you every step of the way as you uncover the energetic roots of any trauma, negative thought patterns, unhealthy habits, or spiritual imbalance. Our carefully constructed program optimizes your healing by incorporating Eastern and modern philosophies for long-term integration into a modern world.
Ryan Joseph will be leading art therapy, meditation and yoga daily sessions to connect the mind, body and soul with the teachings of the plant medicine and help to express your experiences in many forms. Following your time with us, you will return to life back home with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of yourself and your truth, and will be equipped with the skills and tools necessary to integrate your experience into your everyday life.
The LEAF Peru Service, Culture, and Adventure Trip
March 2 – 9 2019
Steeped in ancient Incan, Andean, and Amazonian culture, Peru is a country rich in both ecological and cultural diversity; it is a place where long-held traditions continue to live in the hearts and minds of the people.
LEAF International is partnering with True Nature Travels on this cultural discovery journey to Peru. This is an opportunity for LEAFers to explore culture while traveling through Peru with a LEAF International Culture Keeper.
From the Sacred Valley to the Amazon basin, Peru is a stunning example of how the ancient and the modern can form a cohesive, living blend. Join us on a trip to experience the unique gifts this country has to offer, filled with expansive hikes, grounding ceremonies, cultural lectures, and an opportunity to give back to the local community.
Ananda Yoga Retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru; Awaken Your Sacred Soul to Bliss with Shelagh Mckee
March 9 – 16 2019
Take time to connect to your soul and discover your inner Ananda or Bliss (Joy and Happiness) on this wonderful yogic journey in the sacred valley of Peru. Join us for an amazing week of yoga, food, and meditation in the beauty of the ancient valley of Peru.
During your time in the Sacred Valley, you will have no choice but to reconnect with your soul and discover your inner journey of Asana, Pranayama, and Dhyana. This retreat will incorporate a dynamic vinyasa yoga flow, with the intention to improve strength, stability, and balance, followed by soothing pranayama and meditation. Each morning you will awaken to a beautiful setting followed by a dynamic vinyasa flow. Each practice will be designed for strength and stability that will put a smile across your face. The days are filled with exploring your surroundings while rediscovering your blissful self. The day ends with a chance to slow down and become present in mindful meditation.
The intention of this retreat is to reach all senses of your mind, body, and spirit and reclaim your sacred soul to bliss and Happiness. Discover the path to your happiness while exploring the beauty of Peru. Nourish your soul with freshly made local cuisine, trips to the heart of the Peruvian people, a karma experience that will change your life, as well as the option to hike through Machu Picchu.
Journey to the Sacred Inca Valley in Peru and open up to the magic of the mountains.
Walk through the Ancient lands and feel the vibrations of Pachamama moving through your feet.
Open up to the mysterious stories of the Ancient Incas and absorb the incredible beauty and healing power of Nature.
Restore harmony within yourself and with Mother Earth. Discover a deeper Love for yourself, nature and the divine.
Recognize the sound of your heart calling you home to greet your highest self!
Remember that everything is Sacred.
8 nights and 9 days of yoga, adventure, connection, and cultural exploration. Trek in the footsteps of the Incas, see Machu Picchu with your own eyes, and feel the magic of the Sacred Valley with your heart. Nourish your body and soul with yoga and meditation in one of the most magical places in the world, at the foot of the Andes mountains.
The Sacred Earth Retreat is led by experienced retreat leader and international yoga teacher, Sarah Kadel.
Journey to Peru’s Sacred Valley: Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom, Meditation & Yoga
With Pieter O, Charlotte Rotterdam, and Gretchen Donovan
March 24 – 30 2019
Join us for a luminous 6-day retreat in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Held at beautiful Munay Sonqo Retreat Center, our days include yoga and meditation; inspiring non-dual teachings and practices rooted in the most profound view of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; and two excursions, including to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most sacred sites. Our retreat integrates sensory awareness, contemplation, and immersion in a natural power place to expand body and mind, and magnify our heart connection to all beings. Your retreat leaders draw on decades of teaching and practice to weave a dynamic inner and outer journey that will enrich the core of your being and ignite the healing power of our inherent compassion. We invite you to the trip of a lifetime!
Our time together includes:
Daily meditation, with instruction and guidance
Buddhist teachings, drawing in particular from the 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. An introduction to the non-dual view and the skillful means to apply these profoundly esoteric teachings in everyday life.
Daily yoga, tailored to meet you at any level
Personal transformation practices (such as Feeding your Demons and Chöd)
One full-day trip to Machu Picchu
One or two half-day visit to a local site
Time for reflection, integration and rest
The retreat is open to all. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary.
* Optional trip add-ons such as a traditional plant medicine ceremony may be available.
Buddhist teachings and meditation: Pieter and Charlotte will introduce and guide open awareness meditation to support and awaken a connection to our truest nature – bodhicitta, the awakened heart-mind. Drawing on lyrical and inspiring teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition – and specifically from Machig Labdrön, the great 11th century Tibetan yogini – we will explore the nature of awareness, the radiant ground of being, and gently tend to that which holds us back from our fullest, compassionate expression. These ancient teachings are complemented by simple practices that allow us to draw on the power of the land and natural elements surrounding us and the primordial wisdom within us.
The Yoga practices taught by Gretchen during this retreat will clarify and foster a deeper view into Buddhist teachings. Every student, whether a seasoned practitioner or new to yoga will feel supported. This is not a “how to do yoga” retreat but rather an opportunity to weave somatic movement and classical asana (poses) into meditation practice in order to cultivate more awareness, contentment and quietude.
After traveling and periods of seated meditation, yoga and movement provide a refuge to relax and access stillness so that both body and mind can receive teachings without resistance or discomfort.
The practices will be helpful in minimizing stiffness and joint pain that sometimes arise during periods of seated meditation, hiking, altitude, or simply being out of one’s typical routine.
Sacred Journey Medicine Retreat
April 4 – 12 2019
Join us on a Sacred Journey Medicine Retreat. This retreat is designed for those who are looking to deepen their own personal work through authentic inquiry by exploring the relationship between the subconscious and conscious mind, while shedding light on old cyclical thought patterns that currently may not be serving our highest good.
Working with ayahuasca can create the opportunity to disrupt these old patterns, thus providing the opportunity to consciously create thoughts and responses of your own choosing. The retreat format affords the participant to experience profound healing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels, without distraction from outside influences.
This deeply transformational retreat merges ancient Amazonian wisdom and Ayahuasca with effective therapeutic healing modalities such as yoga, Elemental Shamanic Breath Work, daily flower baths, and guided meditations. The retreat is being led by Scott Pilara, an author and pioneer in the field of addiction treatment and personal development coaching, and his partner Carolina “Caro Luna,” a medicine woman who for the past 10 years has been facilitating plant medicine ceremonies in Peru, Colombia, Mexico and the UK.
We are proud to work with master healers of the Shipibo tradition who come from a long lineage of wisdom, apprenticeship and mastery of powerful Amazonian plants. We choose to work with a female and a male healer as we find that this is a deeply complimentary way to work, one that fosters the integration of both the divine masculine and divine feminine in every participant.
We are deeply passionate about working with sacred plants, and firmly believe that they are our allies in healing and growth. It is our joy to hold space for your own exploration of this ancient wisdom, and to facilitate this sacred journey in service to your alignment with your deepest authentic truth.
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.
7-nights accommodation in shared room
All meals (vegetarian)
3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Despacho with Quero Elder
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
Journey to Peru: The Sacred Valley + Machu Picchu with Kat and Nick Larsen
April 26 – May 3 2019
Feel yourself recharge as you come alive in the powerful, wise energy of the ancient mountains and healing rivers of the valley. Experience a combination of yoga + meditation + healing vibrational sound + incredible food + all the dancing + late nights + early mornings + most importantly — lifetime connections to likeminded souls.
Experience daily yoga classes with hands-on assists from expert instructors Kat Larsen and Nick Larsen.
Journey through daily morning meditations led in the Yoga Temple sitting atop a spiral pattern of crystals.
Visit sacred sites, waterfalls, rivers, hot springs and breathtaking views within the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Feel the powerful Andean sun in the day and warm yourself with music by the fire at night.
Choose excursions and activities that speak to you.
Have the opportunity to commune directly with the “apus” – sacred mountains or “luminous beings” who are said to intercede on behalf of people, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and ceremony.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
~ 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 ~
300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kula Collective – Shamanic Awakening
July 31 – August 30 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 6 – 30 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
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!.
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.
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!