Imagine unrolling your yoga mat each morning before the backdrop of the magical Andes Mountains. Relish the quiet peace that fills your body. Feel your senses come alive as you tune into the natural beauty of Peru's majestic Sacred Valley.
Envision connecting to the ground beneath you at mystical, ancient Incan ruins as you explore the magnificence of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.
Uncover true solace and strength deep within your heart through soul-nourishing meditation, breath, and movement, even if you're full of fear or feel hopeless during difficult times.
Join us - yoga teachers, Rich Logan and Melissa Renzi, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Peru's Sacred Valley.
Drawing from 20 years of experience teaching yoga and 40 years of meditation practice, Rich will guide you through an unforgettable yoga intensive and journey back to your own heart.
Having led several retreats to Peru, Melissa will be your expert organizer ensuring you experience the most breathtaking natural wonders and authentic culture of Peru's Sacred Valley in a way that supports local businesses and social projects.
Together we'll support you through a transformative experience that includes a deep dive into the practice of yoga, including practical applications of pranayama and meditation, as well as stunning natural landscapes, rich culture, delicious vegetarian meals, and earth-friendly accommodations.
EARLY BIRD PRICES LISTED END OCTOBER 15, 2018
Rich travels the world studying and teaching massage therapy and Yoga. He is former faculty at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Rishikul Yoga, done hundreds of workshops and trainings internationally, guest lectured at the Auyurvedic College in Mysore, India, Hamburg, Germany, presented at Wanderlust Chicago, and Bhakti fest Midwest. He fronts Akoustikirtan, a revolving band of world-class musicians. A meditation practitioner since 1978, serious student of Yoga since 1998, teacher since 2001. He incorporates his knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a unique understanding of spirituality in the modern world. Significant teachers have been: TKV Desikachar, V. Venkatesha, Hema Venkatesha, Kim Schwartz, Tias Little, and over 15 years with Gabriel Halpern. He promotes a mindful practice, bringing one to the edge of ‘experience’ to ‘witness’ the moment unfold and realize it is us who is the unfolding.
Melissa is a Chicago-based licensed social worker and trauma-informed yoga teacher who is passionate about creating meaningful outdoor and cultural experiences that transform how we see the world and ourselves. She organizes and leads global adventure retreats focused on renewing our connection to our deepest selves, our communities near and far, and the natural world. To date, she's organized and led nearly a dozen retreats specifically for introverts and highly sensitive people, as well as for women, in Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico.
We'll stay at El Santuario, a private property of Sach'a Munay, which translates to “love from the ancient forest”. It is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. Sach'a Munay is also an NGO, which uses retreat profits to support education and permaculture projects to support the local community.
Both double and single occupancy are available for the retreat. You do not need to sign up with a friend for double occupancy. We'll pair you up with a compatible roommate.
Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley and offers comfortable beds and linens.
Sach’a Munay serves three (3) locally-grown, vegetarian meals per day with locally-grown, mostly organic, and lovingly prepared ingredients. Dietary needs and restrictions can be met.
Two (2) lunches and one (1) dinner during our 2-day Machu Picchu excursion are NOT included in the trip cost. Breakfast the morning of Machu Picchu is included.
Sach'a Munay is located about an hour and a half from Cusco, Peru. A private return shuttle will be provided between Cusco and the retreat center.
Note that the retreat center is remote and the nearest town, Pisac, is roughly 30-40 minutes away and approximately a 25 taxi ride. We've included 3 days of group excursions and an abundance of yoga to offer you time to relax at the retreat center or visit other sites on your own. There's a nearby waterfall to visit about an hour's hike from the center.
Please note that any and all funds we allow to be applied to a future retreat will be applied to a future retreat with Melissa Renzi, unless we are able to offer otherwise.
-More than 90 days before retreat start date, 100 percent of your payment may be applied to another retreat (with Melissa)
-60-89 days before retreat start date, 75 percent of any payment already made may be applied to another retreat (with Melissa), excluding your deposit. You will forfeit 25 percent of the price of your retreat, excluding the deposit. Example: If your retreat cost is $2000 with a $400 deposit, and you’ve paid in full, $1200 may be applied toward a future retreat (with Melissa).
-15 – 59 days before retreat start date, 25 percent of your payment may be applied to another retreat (with Melissa), excluding your deposit. You will forfeit 75 percent of the price of your retreat. Example: If your retreat cost is $2000 with a $400 deposit, $400 may be applied toward a future retreat (with Melissa).
-If you cancel 14 days or less before retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.
Arrival: Plan your travel so that your flight arrives in Cusco, Peru no later than morning the day your trip begins. It's wise to plan to arrive the night before if your schedule permits. We'll depart in a private group shuttle from Cusco to Sach'a Munay on Day 1 at approximately 2:00pm. The precise time will be determined once all travelers' flight itineraries are received.
Departure: Please plan your return flight so that it departs after 2:00pm on Day 9 to allow enough time. We recommend you plan to spend at least a night in Cusco and depart the next day to enjoy the city!
If your travel falls outside of group transfers, you will be responsible for your transportation costs.
Hotel Recommendations: Hotel Niños is an adorable boutique hotel that supports 600 children with school and medical expenses. Both Niño Hotels (Meloc and Fierro) are great options. We will depart from Hotel Niños Meloc on Friday, April 26th at 2pm.
You can also check TripAdvisor or Airbnb for other options in the cute neighborhood of San Blas.
Read the FAQS below for further details
How will the altitude affect me?
Every traveler is different with respect to how their bodies respond to elevation change. You can acclimate more easily if after landing in Cusco you spend the first night or two in the Sacred Valley as the altitude is significantly lower. For example, the altitude of Urubamba (valley) is 9420 feet in comparison with that of Cusco which is located at 11,154 feet. Travelers may experience fatigue, sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath during the first several days. This can be minimized by drinking lots of liquids including coca tea, avoiding alcohol, and not overexerting yourself the first day. Your doctor may prescribe you sorochi, a pill for altitude sickness, to take before you arrive as a precaution. If you have any medical conditions, it is recommended that you discuss the effects of altitude with your physician before traveling.
What is the climate like?
November to April is considered to be the rainy season in the Sacred Valley. January receives the heaviest rain and rain is minimal in March and April. When it does rain, it typically does not last all day and the green lush valleys are spectacular. Daytime temperatures in fahrenheit are typically in the 60s and nighttime temps can drop down to 40s. Please pack accordingly.
Any hot tips on good flight deals?
Yes! It's generally best to book your flight about 3-4 months before your trip date for best pricing.
If your dates are flexible, both Google Flights and Kayak.com offer features for searching with flexible dates (you may want to check both). The Hopper app may also be a useful tool. You put in your dates and it will tell you whether flights are likely to increase, decrease, or stay the same.
Is Cusco part of our itinerary?
We will not be touring Cusco during the retreat. However, it is a magnificent city to visit. Because of its high altitude, we recommend you visit Cusco at the end of your trip rather than before it so that you have time to acclimate. Even if you have a night in Cusco before the retreat begins, you may not have the energy to sight-see.
What is the level of difficulty for planned excursions?
It's important to note that the effects of the altitude can make normal activities much more challenging. Machu Picchu can be challenging for some, as it has many stairs and is steep in some parts. That said, we can take it slow and easy to accommodate various levels of fitness. Huayna Picchu is not for those with serious vertigo and requires a high level of physical fitness. Additional tours to ruins and such may require some climbing, but you'll always have an alternative with minimal physical exertion as well.
Can you meet my dietary needs?
Yes, please inform us of your dietary preferences and restrictions so that we can plan accordingly.
Do I need a passport or visa?
Peru does require a current passport valid for a minimum of six (6) months after the departure date of your travel. Peru does not require a special visa to enter.
Do I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend buying travel insurance. Read What to Know Before Buying Travel Insurance for a quick overview of the features you want to look for in a travel insurance policy. Essentially, you want to be sure your policy includes trip cancellation/interruption, medical coverage, emergency evacuation, lost baggage and flight insurance. In theory, you’re supposed to buy insurance as close to the date of your first trip payment as possible to ensure coverage for all expenses and eliminate any risk of claim denial for pre-existing conditions. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, I will work with you to provide the necessary documentation for reimbursement. Many use a site like www.insuremytrip.com to purchase travel insurance. However, I’ve often found that many of the travel insurance policies offered at the time of flight purchase are sufficient and cheaper.
Do I need vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required to enter Peru. However, please consult with your doctor or visit your local travel clinic to ensure you are up to date with all relevant vaccines.
What do I need to pack?
A packing list will be provided in the Trip Preparation Guide you'll receive after registration.
Twin bed with shared bathroom (2-3 per bathroom). Rooms are spacious and have high-quality linens.
See El Santuario Room Diagram for layout (Pool House #2, Casa Blanca #1 and #3)
Share with a friend or we will pair you up with a compatible roommate!
Perfect for a couple or two friends.
Spacious bungalow with loft, kitchen, bathroom, and patio. Only one wall is shared with other bungalow. Bungalows are spacious and have high-quality linens.
See El Santuario Room Diagram for layout (Casa Misky)
All guests will need to meet at Hotel Niños Meloc in Cusco by 2:00 p.m. A private shuttle will transport us to Sach'a Munay Retreat Center in the Urubamba Valley. We will arrive around 3:30/4:00 for a welcome snack and then have time to settle in before our opening circle at 5:00. We will then have our welcome dinner at 7:00.