Retreat to the Andes mountains for an adventure that will take you toward your higher self through yoga, meditation, and volunteerism. The trip includes a daily yoga and meditation practice aligned with the altitude and attitude of the Andes culture. Imagine daily silent walking meditations, mindful asana, deeply relaxing yoga Nidra, Yin yoga rebalancing, and pranayama practices in the cradle of the ancient Inca culture.
The retreat center offers rooms with views of the mountains, locally-sourced food, and services supporting personal healing and reflection. The guests at this center enjoy delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. 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.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Andrea’s practice started in college and wove in and out of her life until the mid-90’s when she deepened her focus on her personal practice and teaching. A yoga-mutt, she practices and teaches multiple styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Restorative, and insight meditation. She is certified at the highest levels, 500-hour RYT with more than 12,000 hours of teaching experience. Andrea is a dedicated, compassionate teacher, blending knowledge and experience with humor and lightheartedness.
The retreat will be held at a beautiful retreat center in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees, nourished by a magnificent waterfall in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This lovely spot is in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as Apus, “luminous beings” who are said to intercede on behalf of people. Those who come to the center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with people for ritual and ceremony.
You will be served with 3 whole food meals each day. The guests at this center enjoy delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. The center does accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan, and non-gluten diets. When possible, the center serves wholesome, fresh, organic meals that are simple and delicious. If you have dietary restrictions, please be sure True Nature Education is aware of this so True Nature Education can prepare it for you.
The journey will begin with a drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites. Arriving in Ollantaytambo, a small town that still maintains its Inca architecture and offers the opportunity to visit and explore the majestic archaeological site which overlooks the route to Machu Picchu.
Take a beautiful train ride from “Olla” along the river to the town of Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in Aguas Calientes, enjoying the quaint town along the river. Arrive in Machu Picchu the next day before sunrise to witness the illumination of the sacred ruins.
Experience an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu, exploring the sacred Incan “city of light,” learning about the sacred ruins and taking moments to sit, breathe, and experience the powerful energy of one of the most sacred sites on the planet. After the tour, you will spend a final night in Cusco and take a shuttle to the airport the following day.
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 will arrive via a connection in Lima. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one 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.
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