Peru: Cultural Immersion & Yoga Retreat (March 2022)

Sacred Valley, Peru

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Lotus Retreats
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Feb 28 - Mar 8, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12
Peru: Cultural Immersion & Yoga Retreat (March 2022)
Sacred Valley, Peru

Lotus Retreats
  • Facebook verified
21 reviews

$NaN
Feb 28 - Mar 8, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Join Loren Lotus, Mera Mu and the Lotus Retreats community for a 9-day and 8-night yoga, sound healing, ceremonial, and cultural retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Immerse yourself fully in the colorful Andean culture and“Cosmovision” ~ participating in traditional ceremony & healings, exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, Pisac, Cusco & more...and becoming a walking embodiment of the Andean way of Ayni – living in right relationship with all creation.


One of the jewels of South America, Peru is the home of many Andean civilizations and their compelling “Cosmovision” that has touched the heart and spirit of so many who have visited these lands. Peruvian culture reveals a rich entwining of the indigenous mythology, mysticism, and ceremony that is reflected in the country’s music, healing arts, textiles, handicrafts, and sacred ruins. Together we will step out of time and into our unique place in the cosmos to experience our inherent interconnectedness with all life….


Explore the Andes…

Beyond the yoga mat, we will venture into the beauty of the Andes with excursions such as exploring ancient ruins, listening to traditional music, guided ceremonies with Q’ero paqos (shamans), and more. Our practice of mindfulness helps cultivate a sustained state of presence so that as a group we can open ourselves to receive the true medicine that Peru has to offer. We are so excited to share with you some of the richness this culture and land has to offer!


Learn about Andean philosophy…

The Andean Cosmovision is a way of perceiving and interacting with reality that is central to the traditional, indigenous culture of the high Andes. This Cosmovision is not a strict set of concepts or beliefs, but rather an experiential relationship to the wholeness of creation. It is a path rooted in Munay (love), Yachay (wisdom), and Ayni (sacred reciprocity) that promotes a more loving and mutually supportive relationship between ourselves, Pachamama, and the Cosmos. 


A focal point of this retreat is centered around educating ourselves on the philosophy and wisdom of the ancestors of these lands. Mera will guide us in an introduction to the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition which was woven together from two 3,000 year old Peruvian lineages by Altomisayoq, Don Oscar Miro Quesada – Mera will lead us in building our very own Mesa (altar) as sanctioned by this tradition to commune with the archetypal and elemental energies of creation. Our guide, a dear friend and member of the Q’ero Tribe – the direct descendants of the Inca people - will share his people’s traditions, mythology, and ceremonies, so that we may integrate this wisdom into our hearts and embody the Andean way of being long after the retreat week has ended. 

YOUR HOSTS

Loren Lotus & Mera Mu have authentically curated this gathering, along with original support by Ivanna Kalyani; these three women have pulled from their own experiences of the magic they felt in Peru. Grounded in philosophy, mindfulness, meditation, movement and connection to the ancestry of the andean culture, this retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wisdom that is inherent in these sacred lands. Join us for an intimate retreat & adventure in the Sacred Valley infused with ancient Andean philosophy and ceremony! 


Lotus Lotus

Your host Loren Lotus has hosted over 25 retreats around the world with Lotus Retreats! She's a passionate yogi, facilitator and event organizer who puts her entire heart and soul into curating spaces for community to gather. Loren will be sharing daily Yoga classes to get into our bodies, clear energy and make space for new wisdom to be shared. She is also an avid Kirtan singer and will be sharing the medicine of music, movement & meditation throughout the weekend. 


Mera Mu

Mera is a Certified Sound Healer, Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Teacher, Yoga Teacher, Vocal Embodiment Coach, Transformational Guide, Medicine Woman, and Celestial Muse. As a ceremonialist and healer, Mera has lead 100+ Sound Ceremonies, Medicine Journeys, Ritual Theater Experiences, and Vocal Empowerment Workshops – as well as served as an awakening guide to many soul clients. Mera’s core medicine is Catharsis through radical Embodiment ~ Empowering others to embrace their humanity, live in right relationship to the beauty all around us, and step into their unique life path and expression.

ACCOMMODATIONS

7-nights of our retreat will be in the Sacred Valley of Peru, close to many historic sites & nature to explore once we first arrive. The last 2-nights of the retreat will be spent at a hotel in Ollantaytambo, closer to Machu Picchu plus an optional night of Grandfather medicine ceremony. 


Sacred Valley Accommodations

During our stay in the Sacred Valley, Samadhi means a union with the divine. Samadhi offers daily accommodations, yoga retreats and trainings. Each of our bungalows represent one of the seven chakra energy centers in the body. In the main lodge, we have a living room and dining room. The yoga studio is located on the top floor. We serve vegetarian or vegan cuisine.


In the middle of a natural environment, surrounded by mountain and ancient culture that today maintain their traditions, grows Samadhi. Designed with the sacred geometry, Samadhi will submerge you in the universe of the Chakras, walking through the Kundalini and wrapping you in its spaces, colors, textures, flavors and art adapted for the energy central, to know and explore your essence.


To get close to the conscience state of the divine, we work in a holistic manner in four forms, yoga-meditation, food awareness, art therapy and cultural immersion. These aspects connect and count with the program especially for each chakra and is related with each bungalow; the first bungalow, the chakra raiz, is associated with the earth, is a space with a program of yoga-meditation, food, art and cultural experiences that help connect with the mother earth Pachamana, and then you will pass chakra to chakra.

YOGA & WORKSHOPS:

Practice yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Sacred Valley and the majestic Andean mountain views as we move, breath & practice mindfulness in each moment.

Our focus on meditation and mindfulness is used as a tool to cultivate profound presence and openness that we will carry with us into each activity and excursion. Some workshops will be run by Loren + Mera while others will focus specifically on the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition - a philosophy that we will be learning about throughout the course of our retreat week.


Asana - Each day of the retreat will include physical asana, meditation and pranayama. Most of our days will begin with a 90-minute Hatha or vinyasa flow class to build our physical practice and to awaken and enliven the body.  For days with longer excursions, our meditation and pranayama practices will be integrated at the sites that we are visiting. 


Pranayama - Pranayama is the practice of controlled breathing; a way of guiding life force energy (breath) in the body. In our practices we will introduce basic techniques for guiding our breath and evolving our ability to breathe in a fuller, more embodied way. In the Sacred Valley of Peru we are blessed with pure mountain “prana” - air/breath/life force energy - and we utilize pranayama techniques to nourish the cells of our body with fresh oxygen and experience a sense of aliveness in our spirit. This balances our nervous system, harmonizes the flow of energy in our bodies and helps us become present to the quality of our breath.


Sound Healing Ceremonies – Vibration is a unifying principle of the universe that helps connect us with the very fibers of creation. We will utilize the healing nature of sound to reconnect to a more harmonious way of being – moving the stuck or dissonant energies in our physical, mental, and emotional bodies – and inviting in more resonance. Mera will weave healing instruments and her voice into intentionally crafted ceremonial journeys that take us into a space beyond words, invoking remembrance, revelation, healing, catharsis, and integration. When we gather in ceremony we are gifted the opportunity to return back home to ourselves.


About The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition

‘Pachakuti’ means ‘world reversal’ and refers to the time of transformation we are living now. A mesa is an altar for self-exploration, transformation and personal growth in which we create a new paradigm of one’s relation to the Self and the Universe. This shamanic tradition, in all its richness, is an evolving practice of inner and outer activities that restore balance and harmony to our relationships with All That Is.

What is a Pachakuti Mesa?
In the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition™ we interact and build relationships with these unseen realms through the creation of a specific type of altar or mesa called the Pachakuti Mesa. This sacred patterning of elemental expressions becomes the seat of spiritual vision and the game board for interacting with all of creation.

EXCURSIONS & CULTURAL OFFERINGS:

Develop a deeper connection and understanding of Andean philosophy/Cosmovision and find yourself experiencing the culture in a whole new way. The Cosmovision provides a path for discovering profound aspects of ourselves and the Cosmos. We will spend time educating ourselves about Peruvian philosophy and the ancient offerings of the Andean civilizations that have so greatly influenced the present-day culture in Peru.


Throughout the retreat, we will offer excursions to explore ancient ruins, temples and historic sites. 

Each excursion will be guided by your facilitators as well as our local guide, Numitor, for an authentic exploration of each site. Between excursions, we will have free-days to rest, relax & process each experience.

 

Cusco Ruins/ Temple of the Moon:

Enjoy a full day of cultural immersion in the ruins around Cusco that date back to the Incan empire, “Tihuantinsuyo”. We will spend the morning touring Saqsaywaman, Q’enqo, and Tambomachay which are some of the most visited ruins in the area - burial and ceremonial gatherings sites, military rest points and temples built to worship the elements of nature. Afterward, we will make our way off the beaten path to the largely unexplored, “Temple of the Moon”, to honor the site where women came to meditate, connect and pray for their fertility.


Despacho Ceremony:

It is time to connect to the wisdom that lies inside. Despacho means prayer bundle or offering and is a symbolic representation of inner healing. As the “curandero” or healer adds all the elements to the sacred mandala, the bundle becomes a living prayer. We will join in ceremony together, calling upon the powerful elements of the lands around us, to unite with the collective intention of healing. This ceremony is offered by a dear friend and Q’ero master who will explain the elements of the ritual as we move along. 


Machu Picchu:

Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu with us! One of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the world, join us in exploring this sacred site and learning about it’s history in an authentic way. We will take a train together to the town of Aguas Calientes, where transportation will be organized to take us up to the ruins. After our guided tour through Machu Picchu, ample time will be offered for personal exploration, which is highly encouraged as a way to deeply connect to the energy of this remarkable and extraordinary site.


Ollantaytambo:

Called by many locals as “Ollanta”, Ollantaytambo is an ancient Incan fortress that houses the famous temple in honor of the sun, “Inti”. Also known as the living village of the Incas, as this town has some of the best preserved Inca ruins in all of Peru; many families still dwelling within its walls. After touring the ruins, free time will be offered to traverse the streets of this historic village that seems to be preserved in time. 


Pisac Ruins:

Less than an hour from Cusco, Pisac is famous for its awe-inspiring markets, but most specifically for the Incan ruins that are situated atop a hill at the entrance of the sacred valley. The settlement is built on row upon row of fine stone terraces, laid out on a natural balcony. Considering it’s elevated position researchers speculate that these ruins may have served defensive purposes in protecting the southern valley. Pisac ruins also house the remarkable, Temple of the Sun, and include large terraces that are undoubtedly rooted in agriculture. We will tour the ruins together and then make our way down to spend time in the markets down below.

NOURISHMENT & FOOD

Prana, the air/breathe or life force energy we input into our bodies is the quality of the energy we expend. Throughout our retreat week, we practice conscious and healthy eating habits. Most meals will be vegetarian and prepared in house at our retreat facility. We allow for individual breakfast and lunch times for guests to sit with themselves or small groups while our dinner times are family style and all-inclusive with one another. Some meals on long excursion days will be packed or purchase of meals on your own free time is optional.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

6:30am - Silent sunrise meditation and tea

7:30am - Morning Sadhana

9am - Breakfast

10am - Excursion / Sacred Site Visits

1:00pm - Lunch & FREE TIME

5:30pm - Yin Yoga & Sound Healing

7:30pm - Dinner

GETTING THERE

Our arrival airport is Cusco International. It is likely that you will have a layover in Lima before boarding another plane to Cusco. We will arrange for transportation from the Cusco airport to the retreat center in the Sacred Valley. Arrival information & details will be provided upon booking confirmation. 


We realize that the journey is just as much a part of the experience as is the destination! We are here to support you fully in arriving safely to Peru & to the retreat center. We provide a shared google document for all guests to input their arrival & departure information as well as the ability to communicate with other guests traveling near the same time. We also have a Facebook group for guests to connect, share questions & interact with one another. 

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    6-nights in the Sacred Valley
  • Ollantay Accommodations
    2-nights in Ollantaytambo
  • Meals
    3-vegetarian meals a day (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)
  • Yoga
    Daily classes (hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative style)
  • Ceremonies and Workshops
    Opening & closing ceremony, Despacho ceremony, nature offering, additional workshops & cultural offerings
  • Transportation
    To and from the airport in Cusco
  • Excursions
    Machu Piccho, Cusco Ruins, Temple of the Moon, Maras Moray, Kinsa Cocha, Ollantaytambo city center, Pisac shopping market
  • Flights
    To/From Cusco International Airport
  • Travel Insurance
    Required + Covid-19 testing (Easy to do, we're here to support!)
  • Tips
    Suggested for tour guides & hotel staff
  • Additional Food
    Some lunches, snacks and additional meals when visiting sacred sites may be desired at your own discretion
  • Extra Night of Hotel
    We will offer an additional night (accommodations + meals) for guests to pray with the Grandfather medicine. You may select to add the additional night cost to your booking.
  • Grandfather Medicine
    To be paid in cash directly to the Shaman

Available Packages

Triple Occupancy
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$2790 Early Bird through November 28th

$2990 Regular Price

$2,790
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy
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$2990 Early Bird through November 28th

$3190 Regular Price

$2,990
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
only 3 left

$3190 Early Bird through November 28th

$3390 Regular Price

$3,190
Deposit: $500

Available options

Additional Night for Ceremony (March 8)
$100

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