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9 Day Yoga Retreat with Cultural Immersion in the Sacred Valley

Yoga Mandala Sanctuary, The Sacred Valley, Huandar Chico, Arin, Peru

Andean Philosophy and Yoga Retreat Peru

Join Ivanna Kalyani and Loren Ferreira of Lotus Retreats for a nine-day yoga retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Immerse yourself fully in the beauty of Andean culture and philosophy, adventure into nature, and explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, Pisac, Cusco, and more.

Meet the instructors

Loren & Ivanna
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Explore ancient ruins, temples, and historic sites
  • Despacho ceremony, workshops, and cultural offerings
  • Personal group guide for each excursion and activity
  • 8 nights accommodation in the Sacred Valley
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Temazcal
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

Retreat into the Sacred Valley of Peru at a beautiful bio-constructed retreat center surrounded by a variety of flowers, native herbs and water streams with a musical background. Our retreat center consists of seven chakra-inspired bedrooms with private bathrooms to provide you days of harmonization and inner discovery. Wake up each morning at the base of majestic mountains views, right underneath a beautiful waterfall nestled in the Sacred Valley of the Incas with natural luxury at your doorstep.

The retreat center is facilitated by a family that enjoys practicing yoga and living in harmony with nature, welcoming every type of visitor that desires to share this dream. The facilities have been designed to have the least possible impact on the surrounding ecosystem, maintaining a virtual non-polluting exclusive operation.

Here, you will experience the native cultures (Quechua-speaking) with outstanding service. Their contributions with love and simplicity help make the retreat center a unique place to stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Rooms are available to single, double, or triple occupancy with shared living spaces and private bathrooms. If traveling solo, you will be paired in double and triple occupancies, if available. If no shared occupancies are available, single occupancy pricing will apply. Spaces are limited and first-come, first-serve!

Program

Asana

Each day of the retreat will include physical asana, meditation, and pranayama. Most of your days will begin with a 90-minute Hatha or Vinyasa flow class to build your physical practice and to awaken and enliven the body.

For days with longer excursions, your meditation, and pranayama practices will be integrated at the sites that you are visiting.

Included excursions

Develop a deeper connection and understanding of Andean philosophy and cosmovision and find yourself experiencing the culture in a whole new way. The cosmovision provides a path for discovering profound aspects of yourself and the Cosmos. You will spend time educating yourself about Peruvian philosophy and the ancient offerings of the Andean civilizations that have so greatly influenced the present-day culture in Peru.

Throughout the retreat, there will be excursions to explore ancient ruins, temples and historic sites. Each excursion will be guided by your facilitators as well as your local guide, Numitor, for an authentic exploration of each site. Between excursions, you will have free-days to rest, relax, and process each experience.

Cusco ruins and temple of the moon

Enjoy a full day of cultural immersion in the ruins around Cusco that date back to the Incan empire, “Tihuantinsuyo”. You will spend the morning touring Saqsaywaman, Q’enqo, and Tambomachay which are some of the most visited ruins in the area- burial and ceremonial gatherings sites, military rest points, and temples built to worship the elements of nature.

Afterward, you will make your way off the beaten path to the largely unexplored, “Temple of the Moon”, to honor the site where women came to meditate, connect, and pray for their fertility.

Despacho ceremony

It is time to connect to the wisdom that lies inside. Despacho means prayer bundle or offering and is a symbolic representation of inner healing. As the “curandero” or healer adds all the elements to the sacred mandala, the bundle becomes a living prayer.

You will join in ceremony together, calling upon the powerful elements of the lands around you, to unite with the collective intention of healing. This ceremony is offered by a dear friend and Q’ero master who will explain the elements of the ritual as you move along.

Machu Picchu

Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu, one of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the world. Explore this sacred site and learn about its history in an authentic way. You will take a train together to the town of Aguas Calientes, where transportation will be organized to take you up to the ruins.

After your guided tour through Machu Picchu, ample time will be offered for personal exploration, which is highly encouraged as a way to deeply connect to the energy of this remarkable and extraordinary site.

Ollantaytambo

Called by many locals as “Ollanta”, Ollantaytambo is an ancient Incan fortress that houses the famous temple in honor of the sun, “Inti”. Also known as the living village of the Incas, as this town has some of the best-preserved Inca ruins in all of Peru; many families still dwelling within its walls.

After touring the ruins, free time will be offered to traverse the streets of this historic village that seems to be preserved in time.

Pisac ruins

Less than an hour from Cusco, Pisac is famous for its awe-inspiring markets, but most specifically for the Incan ruins that are situated atop a hill at the entrance of the sacred valley. The settlement is built on row upon row of fine stone terraces, laid out on a natural balcony.

Considering its elevated position, researchers speculate that these ruins may have served defensive purposes in protecting the southern valley. Pisac ruins also house the remarkable, Temple of the Sun, and include large terraces that are undoubtedly rooted in agriculture. You will tour the ruins together and then make your way down to spend time in the markets down below.

Instructors

Loren Lotus

Ivanna Bilak

Retreat location

Peru is said to be one of the jewels of South America and is the home of many Andean civilizations and their compelling “Cosmovision” that has touched the heart and spirit of all that have come to visit these lands. The complex ethnic and cultural mixture of Peru presents an entwining of indigenous philosophy, mysticism, and religious practices, that is manifested in the country’s music, literature, textiles, handicrafts, and abundant cuisine. Together, you will journey through time, tracing the expansion of the Incan empire, which was one of the most extraordinary events of history to date.

The retreat center is located in the small village of Huandar Chico, Arin, a 10-minute away from the city of Calca and 20 minutes away from Urubamba city. It is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley, only an hour away from Cusco city and two hours from the majestic archeological site of Machu Picchu.

Distances

  • Calca - 10 minutes
  • Urubamba city - 20 minutes
  • Cusco city - 1 hour
  • Machu Picchu - 2 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Mountain walking
  • Shopping
  • Temazcal

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Nourish your soul with local handcrafted meals lovingly prepared by the retreat center staff. All meals are organic with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Prana, the air/breathe or life force energy we input into our bodies is the quality of the energy we expend. Throughout the retreat week, you will practice conscious and healthy eating habits.

Mealtimes are a huge part of the retreat experience! Peru offers beautiful scenery for you to gather. Lotus Retreats allow for individual breakfast and lunchtimes for guests to sit with themselves or small groups while the dinner times are family-style and all-inclusive with one another.

Some meals on long excursion days will be packed or optionally, you can purchase meals at your own free time.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation in the Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free)
  • Daily classes (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative style)
  • Personal group guide for each excursion and activity
  • Opening and closing ceremony, Mother Earth Offering, Despacho ceremony/Nature Offering
  • Transportation from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and return to Cusco
  • Train rides and transportation to/from Machu Picchu
  • Tour of Cusco Ruins and Cusco
  • Temple of the Moon
  • Day Trip to Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Ollantaytambo City Center
  • Visit the Pisca shopping market
  • Optional tour of Maras Moray
  • Optional tour of Kinsa Cocha
  • Guided travel expertise and travel tips
  • Goodie bags from Lotus Retreats' sponsors

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping money for tour guides and services
  • Some lunches, snacks, and additional meals when visiting sites

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). It is likely that you will have a layover in Lima before boarding another plane to Cusco. There will be an arranged transportation service from the airport to the retreat center in the Sacred Valley. Arrival information and details will be provided upon booking confirmation.

Airport: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport Airport transfer included: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday April 10, 2021
Departure: Sunday April 18, 2021

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