Peru and Machu Picchu HSP and Introvert Retreat

Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Melissa Renzi
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Apr 13 - 20, 2019
Group size: 10 - 16
Peru and Machu Picchu HSP and Introvert Retreat
Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Melissa Renzi
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Deposit: $400
Apr 13 - 20, 2019
Group size: 10 - 16

About this trip

Awaken to the magical beauty of the Andes Mountains on a peaceful yoga adventure specifically for highly sensitive people and introverts in the Sacred Valley of Peru. 

Explore the magnificence of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu

Rejuvenate with soul-nourishing, mindful meditation and movement. 

Connect your spirit through ancient rituals, authentic culture, and meaningful discussion.

Join us if you want to connect through a transformational experience that includes stunning natural landscapes, mindful yoga and meditation, locally-grown food, culture, earth-friendly accommodations, and meaningful discussion.

All of this is with introverts and highly sensitive people in mind.

Retreat guests make lifelong connections and change the way they see the world and themselves. 

Enter code EARLYBIRD100 for $100 OFF before Sept. 30th. 

What's an HSP/introvert retreat?

The world is full of amazing, life-changing experiences. Yet, not everyone wants to travel alone and most group travel comes with a set of challenges for us introverts and HSPs. We may worry about sensory overload, too much social interaction, feeling pressured by a group, feeling accepted, and so forth. This is why we offer a better way – an opportunity to connect with others while honoring your needs for personal space and freedom. Take the anxiety out of travel.

We allow plenty of alone time to recharge. Traveling with a group can feel overwhelming if you always have to be with others. We structure our schedules so you have substantial alone time to do anything your inner heart desires. If we have full day activities planned, we balance this with ample downtime. 

We reduce the likelihood of sensory overload.  Many of our group activities are off-the-beaten-path to be able to enjoy the beautiful peace of the natural world. If a popular excursion is included in your trip, we do our best to visit at the least busy times and provide free time the day before and after to recharge. Machu Picchu is spectacular, but it is a popular site. We take this into account so that you have personal space and time before and after this adventure.  

We support self-guided activities. If you want to go on a solo excursion or meditate alone, you got it. No questions asked and we’ll help you arrange activities. Group activities are optional and we set the tone from the start to ensure that everyone can be themselves.

We minimize the small talk. We can’t ban small talk, but you’ll be among like-minded folks that want to connect at a deeper level and understand that small talk can feel draining. We offer group discussions centered on meaningful topics. We encourage quiet hours during certain times of the day to support mindfulness and peace. 

We connect travelers before the retreat. We create private Facebook groups for trip guests to get to know each other before the trip to feel more connected and comfortable upon arrival. 

We create authentic travel experiences. We select locations that we offer a genuine connection to the natural beauty and culture of a place. Our experiences allow time and space to connect with yourself and fellow travelers.

We encourage you to be yourself. We set the stage from the start so that you can decline an activity or leave the dinner table early. We value each person’s individual needs and encourage you to say no when something is not for you. We ask all guests to honor your wishes.


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) delicious meals per day with locally-grown, mostly organic, and lovingly prepared ingredients.  All dietary needs and restrictions can be met.  

On our 1-day Sacred Valley excursion, we'll share a traditional pachamanca (Peruvian stew) with the children at a small school our guide's company, Pachamama Journeys, has helped to build. 

Two (2) lunches and one (1) dinner during our 2-day Machu Picchu excursion are NOT included in the trip cost. Breakfast before 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 minutes away and approximately a $20-25 taxi ride. We've included 3 full days of group excursions 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.  

Cancellation Policy


  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Fifty (50) percent of trip cost is due by December 31, 2018.
  • Remaining balance must be paid 60 days before trip start date (February 12, 2018).
  • If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation.

-More than 90 days before retreat start date, 100 percent of your payment may be applied to another retreat. 

-60-89 days before retreat start date, 75 percent of any payment already made may be applied to another retreat, 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. 

-15 – 59 days before retreat start date, 25 percent of your payment may be applied to another retreat, 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. 

-If you cancel 14 days or less before retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment. 


Where do I fly into?

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 on Day 1 at approximately 2:00pm. The precise time will be determined once all travelers' flight itineraries are received.

Please plan your return flight so that it departs after 2:00pm on Day 8 to allow enough time. We recommend you plan to spend at least that afternoon and evening in Cusco and depart the next day to enjoy Cusco!

If your travel falls outside of group transfers, you will be responsible for your transportation costs.

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 offer features for searching with flexible dates. 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. 

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 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. 

Do you have hotel recommendations in Cusco?

Hotel Niños is an adorable boutique hotel that supports 600 underserved children with school and medical expenses.  Both Niño hotels (Meloc and Fierro) are great options, but we will depart from Meloc on April 13th at 2pm

You might also check TripAdvisor or Airbnb for additional options in the cute neighborhood of San Blas. 

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.  

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. Tours such as the ruins at Ollantaytambo, Maras, and Moray require minimal walking. 

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 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.

What’s included

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
    at Sach'a Munay
  • 3 Healthy Meals Per Day
    Most days
  • 2-Day Machu Picchu Trip
    Transport, train, hotel, entrance to Machu Picchu/Huayna Picchu, guide, visit Ollantaytambo ruins, "boleto turistico" (covers cost of other sacred sites)
  • 1-Day Sacred Valley Tour
    Transport, guide, traditional lunch, and entrance to Chinchero Weaving, Maras Salt Mines, and Moray Agricultural Site
  • Private Transfer
    To/from Cusco to Sach'a Munay
  • Meditation & Yoga
    Guided hatha vinyasa yoga and guided meditation (all days without excursions)
  • Discussion Circles
    Evening discussions on meaningful topics (when schedule permits)
  • Despacho Ceremony
    Shamanic ritual to create balance and harmony with the natural world
  • Airfare
    to/from Cusco
  • Travel insurance
    highly recommended
  • Meals at Machu Picchu
    1 dinner, 2 lunches
  • Tips
    $30-50 total for all staff
  • Additional services
    massage, excursions, souvenirs, etc.

Available Packages

Double occupancy
Available until Dec 15, 2018Sold Out

Twin bed with shared bathroom (2 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!

Deposit: $400
Single occupancy w/ shared bath
Available until Dec 08, 2018Sold Out

Private single occupancy room with shared bathroom. Rooms are spacious and have high-quality linens.

See El Santuario Room Diagram for layout (Pool House #1 and #3, Casa Blanca #4, #5, #6).

Deposit: $400
Single occupancy w/ private bath
Available until Dec 15, 2018Sold Out

Private single occupancy room with private bathroom. Room is spacious and has high-quality linens. 

See El Santuario Room Diagram for layout (Casa Blanca #2).

Deposit: $400
Deluxe Bungalow - Double
Available until Dec 15, 2018Sold Out

Spacious bungalow with loft, kitchen, bathroom, and patio. Only one wall is shared with other bungalow.  Bungalows are spacious and have high-quality linens.  

Couples: $2295 per person - contact us to set this up

See El Santuario Room Diagram for layout (Casa Misky)

Deposit: $400
Deposit: $400

Double occupancy
Past Trip


Day 1
Arrive at Sach'a Munay for Opening Circle

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 5:30. The circle will include introductions, intentions, and some gentle stretching and meditation to move our bodies and ground after traveling. We will then have our welcome dinner at 7:00.

Your Organizer

Melissa Renzi
35 reviews
Melissa is a trauma-informed yoga teacher, social worker, and highly sensitive person. She's passionate about helping others heal anxiety and trauma while cultivating authentic self-love. Melissa's philosophy is that the root cause of many of our personal and societal problems is a disconnection from our true selves. She sees yoga and connection to the natural world as two of the most powerful means we have to heal ourselves and communities. When she's not yoga-ing, you can find her hiking, salsa dancing, scuba diving, crosswording, reading, and cooking creative concoctions in her kitchen.


Really enjoyed the grounding of the tea meditation after the discussion circle. Thank you.
Though the travel was virtual, really got a feel for the destination, the culture and the people. Would definitely go again.
This was a wonderful travel opportunity for introverts. Melissa did a great job of organizing and running everything!
This retreat was really sensational. I didn’t know what to expect, but was still pleasantly impressed and surprised throughout. I loved the gentle yoga, the lodging choices in both Antigua and Lake Atitlán, the daily events, and the highlight was meeting everyone. This was my first trip with Melissa, but it will not be my last. I really stepped out and did something unexpected for me and it paid off greatly. I am truly privileged and grateful to have went on this retreat. Also, throughout the whole trip, the spirit of the Guatemala culture made me inspired to learn and do more in my culture, in my own neighborhood. I can’t put into words how magical this retreat really was.
I was in need of some decompression and this trip did exactly what I needed. Melissa is the best at balancing enough things to do with the right amount of down time. I have immensely enjoyed every trip I have been on with Melissa and will continue to take trips with her. The introvert/HSP focus is right up my alley. Since everyone is the same there is no pressure for participation in group activities. I loved it!
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