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Join yoga instructor, Meggan Riley, on a journey to the Sacred Valley for a yoga and meditation retreat at a peaceful, healing retreat center in the Andes Mountains of Peru! This retreat is offered during an incredibly sacred time on the Incan calendar year which marks the winter solstice and Incan New Year. For locals, it is a time of celebration, renewal, sun worship, earth honor, and connection to ancestral wisdom.
You will be accommodated at Sach'a Munay for six nights and spend a night at an accommodation in Aguas Calientes during the excursion.
Each guest room in Sach'a Munay 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.
Winter solstice marks the longest day of darkness in a year, thereafter a shift towards increased solar energy. In gratitude for the sun’s return, you gather for practice with the intention of stepping into your own light. While the sun’s power is increasing, you plug into the global awakening in which a collective of souls is actively working to heal the planet and the species.
In this retreat, you will be asked to reflect inward deeply, to crack yourself wide open and allow for the exquisite interplay between your shadows and light. You will be asked to gather in practice and in the ceremony, to do the work and allow for the luminous beings from within to awaken.
Each day you will gather for a mixed level practice, including dharma talk, asana, pranayama, dhyana, mantra, and savasana. Additional sessions for meditation and ceremony will be offered. You will be asked to create intention in practice, in prayer, in essence, in dharma, and on your life path.
You will also have personal retreat time for having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be. Dharma talks and practice topics will include:
A two-day tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on June 20 - 21, 2018, is included in the price of your retreat. This tour Includes one night’s accommodation in Aguas Calientes, transportation (private transport, bus, train), tour guide, and Machu Picchu entrance fee.
The journey will begin with a drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites. After that, you will arrive 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.
Then, you will take a beautiful train ride from “Olla” along the river to the town of Aguas Calientes. After spending the night in Aguas Calientes and enjoying the quaint town along the river, you will arrive in Machu Picchu the next day before sunrise to witness the illumination of the sacred ruins.
You can experience an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu, explore the sacred Incan “city of light”, learn about the sacred ruins and take 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 the final night in Cusco and take a shuttle to the airport the following day.
Meggan has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years and teaching since 2009. She is a certified Hatha yoga Instructor and has completed a 200-hour Anusara Inspired training. As a teacher, Meggan hopes to inspire students in their practice by providing a safe, welcoming, and challenging environment in which to breathe and move. She is a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist, a music lover, a vegetarian, a self-proclaimed eco-warrior, and deeply committed to teaching yoga from the heart.
This retreat will take place at Sach’a Munay. The retreat center’s name translates as “love from the ancient forest”. It is nestled 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”.
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 you in ritual and despacho ceremony. The Sacred Valley is a magical place for healing and adventure.
Whether you feel called to get out and explore or stay in and restore, Peru is the perfect place to do so. During your retreat, you will have plenty of free time during which you can enjoy some of what Peru has to offer.
Three whole food meals will be served for you during the retreat. The delicious meals are made with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. If you have dietary restrictions, please be sure that True Nature Travels is aware of this and the information will be forwarded to your destination so they can be prepared for you.
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. True Nature Travels 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. Group shuttles will be met in Cusco and the centers are 45-90 minutes from the airport.
There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on True Nature Travels' flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.