Join True Nature Education's 9-day yoga retreat with Amanda Harding and Bobbie Marchand for an inspiring journey immersed in the beauty of Peru’s Sacred Valley in Cusco Region, Peru. You will start your day with vibrant and challenging Vinyasa yoga and have evening practices of Yin, Restorative, Kirtan and / or meditation. You will also have planned cultural excursions to delight and soothe your urbanized senses. Come and reconnect to the power of the elements with renewed reverence.
During this yoga retreat, you will be accommodated in True Nature Education's Peruvian center. The center’s name translates as “love from the ancient forest”. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. The entire center embodies kindness, love and wholeness that seem to permeate the magical place. You will stay in a room that will be shared with one to two person guests.
Some of True Nature Education's centers have small gift shops and all of the centers are near towns where you can shop. Most but not all of True Nature Education's centers have laundry services to wash your clothes. There is an extra charge for laundry services. Please check with True Nature Education if you have questions about the availability of laundry services.
At many of True Nature Education centers, child care is available during sessions. Please let True Nature Education know if you would like to bring a child with you so they can let you know about room and meal costs.
Aligning with nature’s rhythm, each day you will begin with vibrant, challenging Vinyasa Yoga in preparation for the day ahead. Cultural excursions will be planned to delight and soothe your urbanized senses, reconnecting you back to the power of the elements with renewed reverence.
Throughout the retreat, you will have the opportunities to serve the local community in meaningful ways. You will foster the qualities of compassion and selflessness deep within and take the yoga practice truly off-the-mat. Evening practices of Yin, Restorative, Kirtan and / or meditation will allow your time for absorption and reflection promoting a restful night’s sleep to wake up and emerge anew.
At the center, you will have the opportunity to commune directly with the mountains as well as the local curanderos and pacos (healers) who will engage with you in ritual and ceremony.
Amanda Harding is the owner of Prema Yoga Brooklyn where she teaches weekly Vinyasa flow classes as well as private / corporate clients across NYC and Los Angeles through her company, Karuna NYC. Heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhist philosophy as well as the Bhakti yoga tradition, Amanda teaches an Ashtanga-influenced vigorous yet mindful and creative class incorporating the fluidity of dance and music / chanting with a heavy emphasis on alignment, breath, patience and fun.
Pursuing her love of dance, Bobbie moved from her native Toronto to NY in 2005. Though the equation of dance to yoga teacher is a common one, it was an illness that turned her into the power of a daily, dedicated practice. Her vinyasa classes are creative, challenging and fun. Her yin / stretch / restorative classes are an invitation to pause, yield to the sense of support, turn inward and take the practice to a quiet, nourishing place, away from the external stress our busy lives.
During this retreat, you will practice yoga in True Nature Education's Peruvian center in Cusco Region, Peru. You will also be traveling in areas above 7,000-foot altitude with your group.
The retreat center where you will be practicing yoga is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees, nourished by a magnificent waterfall in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The lovely spot is in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as Apus which means “luminous beings”.
During this yoga retreat, you will be served 3 whole food meals each day. You will enjoy delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. True Nature Education's centers do accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan and non-gluten diets. They serve wholesome, fresh, organic meals that are simple and delicious when possible.
If you have dietary restrictions, please be sure True Nature Education is aware of this and they will forward the information to your destination so it can be prepared for you. If you are concerned, you can bring some alternative snacks to supplement your meals. True Nature Education recommends bringing some special snacks with you if you would like to, but this is not necessary.
The meals are abundant and True Nature Education is confident that you will be well-fed. If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods so you do not have to worry if you will have what you need. Each of True Nature Education's centers serves organic fruits and vegetables when possible. Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts etc.).
If you are on a high protein diet please let True Nature Education know in advance so they can have something for you. It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar for each day of your retreat. Some centers do offer meat options (some are included in basic tuition and others there is an additional fee).
Most of True Nature Education centers have alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Usually, smoothies and fresh juices are offered as well as sodas, tea and coffee. Extra drinks are not included in the packages and prices vary from center to center. However, there is unlimited filtered water at the retreat centers where you can fill your water bottles.
Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. True Nature Education will pick you up from the airport.
Most flights from the USA or Canada fly to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) via Lima. Many of these flights do have a layover of a few hours in Lima and many flight times from the USA and Canada can be 18 to 23 hours.
To minimize the wait time in Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), True Nature Education will do the best to have multiple group shuttles with at least 4 to 5 people, depending on group size. A shuttle van will take you to the center which can be reached 45 to 90 minutes of travel time.
Before booking the flight tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be 1 group airport shuttle each way based on True Nature Education's flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
In the event that the actual arrival time does not coincide with the windows (such as in the case of flight cancellation or delay), you will incur the expense of alternative transport. If you cannot arrive within the flight windows to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), please check with True Nature Education for private shuttle prices. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact True Nature Education. Policies are subject to change.
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) does have taxis or shuttles that hold about 12 people which are safe. As a precaution, you should never get into an unknown taxi. Please book through True Nature Education or the retreat center to ensure you are using a reputable agency.
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