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In the heart of the Sacred Valley, Kula Collective has found a powerful space for opening and moving your heart. Surrounded by the wisdom of the Sacred Apus or ancient mountains and cleansing rivers, you will peel away the layers of your shadows, understanding your passions to reveal your true authentic purpose. Moving through creative modalities of expression, you will identify and connect with your root creative self, your passions, and your dharma or your life path. Accompanied by two local Peruvian shamans, your journey there will guide you to the deepest parts of yourself.
The course is held on Sach'a Munay which translates as "love from the ancient forest", is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. It is a place to connect to the incredible depth and beauty of what nature offers.
Sach’a Munay's accommodations are beautiful shared bungalows surrounded by lush gardens. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. You are served delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly prepared ingredients. The experience of Sach'a Munay is a mix of Andean culture, Peruvian roots, and natural elegance.
The Kula curriculum guides you through the three steps of the Andean chakana, delving into the deep parts of yourself in order to embrace the best of who you are. Experiencing this curriculum in the land that gave you this symbolism is a powerful thing indeed. The training itself will be focused on aligning your passions and discovering your purpose, as you explore new ways to live according to what means the most to you.
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. You will experience 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.
Kula Collective programs are 25-day courses, using the chakana as their foundational structure. This means the course is separated into lower, middle, and upper worlds. The lower world represents the physical, the middle world reflects the mental and emotional, and the upper world involves the energetic or spiritual realm, leading them on a true journey from the head to the heart.
Uncover and let go of the layers and step into a more awakened state of being to sit in the seat of your soul. You will spend eight days in each world, broken down into two half-cycles of three days, with a half-day on day four to apply these practices to modern day living, and a full day off on day eight to live your sadhana (spiritual practice).
For full school days, you will follow the schedule as detailed below. On half days (fourth day of each cycle), you will open with a morning's rest, Restorative and Yin class and a workshop to deepen your understanding of the chakras associated with the 'world' you are working in, with the rest of this day free.
You will meet for evening gathering every other day. The training will consist of 25 days: 18 full training days, three half days (three worlds), and two full days off, plus opening and closing on the first and last days.
Sharing yoga is a process of intimacy, one that asks for deep movement within both giver and receiver through love, authenticity, attention, and connection. There are many ways in which yoga can be shared. Kula Collective believes that the fundamental principle that links all of their yoga teaching is connection; the concept that in order to truly help another being to find oneness, they must their selves be a channel to that oneness for their students.
How can you live better, slower, with more authenticity? Why do you do what you do? What are the thoughts that you think? How much more deeply can you inhabit your experience? And, underneath all of the thoughts and questions and memories, who are you? There is an art to living well, to living fully, as fully as you can.
Philosophers through the ages have speculated on the big questions and yoga is just one of infinite pathways to the truth. If you have come to yoga, chances are you will have asked yourself these questions. As you come together in a group training, you explore these and many more, through examining both your own understanding of the art of living and that of the ancient sages.
It is through the experience of yoga that you understand the infinite nature of your being, where you reach beyond the boundaries of your individual lives and individual experience and touch the unity that is yoga. This yoga teacher training places emphasis on the experiential face of yoga by living your practice as a group, beginning and ending each day with a form of meditation and daily connection to your asana and pranayama.
Each morning you will wake in silence to meditate as the sun rises, flowing into your internal experience of meditation. As you continue to expand through teaching, you will creatively work with the internal experience and feel what it is to open up your boundaries, as you are guided into deepening your personal practice through meditation, pranayama, and asana.
When you step into the role of yoga teacher, you are not simply sharing a physical practice to keep people fit, you are sharing a holistic practice that helps people to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. And through sharing yoga as a holistic practice of living, you are allowing yourselves as a whole to connect to your true nature, as spiritual beings.
This 200-hour yoga teacher training gives the opportunity for deep self-healing through personal discovery practices, group exercises, intentional discussion, and sacred ceremony. This training also offers a wide selection of teachings on complementary health practices, including but not limited to Ayurveda, nutrition, massage, energetic healing, Tai Chi, chakra cleansing, herbal healing, and the yogic diet.
Holly Mech fell in love with yoga because of the sense of connection she felt every time she came to her mat. Yoga helped her live her life in a way that was full and authentic to her true self. She seeks to empower her students to follow their own path and challenge their ideas about what they can and cannot do. Holly began teaching yoga in Chicago in 2011. Her desire to deepen her teaching and personal practice led her to continue her yoga education in California, Bali, Australia, and Guatemala. She now travels around the world teaching yoga and facilitating yoga teacher training. Her classes are creative and dynamic with an emphasis on making yoga accessible to everyone.
The Sacred Valley of Peru has long been sought out as one of the most powerful energetic centers in the world, with the wisdom of this land running in the people, the way of life and in the plants themselves. With ancient monuments and sacred sites marking vortices of energy in the land, this ancient knowledge flows here as a symbiotic guide through the path of yoga.
The location in the high Andes provides a unique opportunity to be in nature, amongst people who have lived in much the same way for thousands of years. With many hikes in the surrounding area, as well as traditional towns such as Urubamba and Pisac accessible nearby, visitors will find it easy to connect with the spirit of Peru here.
The retreat includes three nutritious vegetarian meals drawing on local Peruvian cuisine and superfoods.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cusco Airport (CUZ). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
If flying from Europe or North America, it can sometimes be cheaper to search flights into Lima Airport (LIM) and use local air operators to get to Cusco Airport (CUZ). If you do this, make sure you leave plenty of connection time to account for any delays.
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