Sacred Valley Retreat for Introverts & Sensitive Souls

Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Melissa Renzi
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Mar 23 - 30, 2018
Group size: 8 - 12
Sacred Valley Retreat for Introverts & Sensitive Souls
Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Melissa Renzi
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Deposit: $400
Mar 23 - 30, 2018
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Awaken to the magical beauty of the Andes Mountains on a peaceful yoga adventure specifically for 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.

Featuring Special Guest Facilitator: Michaela Chung, Founder of Introvert Spring

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

All of this is with introverts and highly sensitive people in mind (see below).

Retreat guests make lifelong connections and change the way they see the world and themselves. Traveling with us is a life-changing experience.

What defines an introvert retreat?

We allow plenty of alone time to recharge. Traveling with a group can feel overwhelming if you always have to be with other people. We structure our schedules so that you have substantial alone time to do anything your inner heart desires.

We offer self-guided activities. While we offer group activities and shared meals, we offer self-guided options as well. If you want to go on a solo excursion or meditate alone, you got it. No questions asked. Group activities are optional and we set the tone from the start to ensure that everyone can be themselves.

We minimize the small talk. Well, we don't ban small talk, but you will 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, in order 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 know will offer a genuine connection to the natural beauty and culture of a place. Our experiences allow the time and space to connect to yourself and fellow travelers in a way that honors the introvert in all of us. 

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 will stay at Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley Retreat Center, located at the base of sacred mountains Pitisuray and Sawasiray in Arin valley right underneath a beautiful waterfall nestled in the sacred valley of the Incas. Here you will see the native cultures (Quechua speaking) working the land as they have for centuries, with love and simplicity. We are a family that likes to practice yoga and live in harmony with nature, welcoming every type of visitor. Yoga Mandala has been designed to have the least possible impact on the surrounding ecosystem, maintaining a virtual non-polluting operation. The center is eco-friendly, made from local materials, and spacious—providing you with personal privacy and solitude ideal for your own spiritual growth. 

Both double and single occupancy (limited spots) are available for the retreat. You do not need to sign up with a friend for double occupancy. We will pair you up with a compatible roommate. 

Each room is cozy and equipped with single, double and triple beds that are covered with comfortable feather duvets. Each room has private bathroom with hot water all day. 


Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley serves three delicious meals per day with locally-grown, mostly organic ingredients.  Meals are generally vegetarian, but animal protein can be accommodated upon request. Dietary restrictions can be met. 

Your meals while at Machu Picchu (1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch) are not included in the trip cost. A boxed lunch will be provided for our 1-day Sacred Valley excursion. 


Yoga Mandala is located just an hour away from Cusco, Peru. A private return shuttle will be provided between Cusco and Yoga Mandala. 

Note that the retreat center is remote and the nearest town, Pisac, is roughly 30 minutes away and a $20 taxi ride. We've included 3 days of group excursions to offer you time to relax at the center or time to visit other sites on your own. There is a nearby waterfall you can hike to in your free time. 

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable.

50 percent of trip cost is due by November 30, 2017. 

Remaining balance must be paid 60 days before trip start date.

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 your payment may be applied to another retreat. You will forfeit 25 percent of the price of your retreat.

-15 – 59 days before retreat start date, 30 percent of your payment may be applied to another retreat. You will forfeit 70 percent of the price of your retreat.

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

Packing List

Coming soon! 


Please note that Semana Santa (holy week) is March 25-31, 2018. While March is a less busy season overall and Semana Santa will not affect our retreat time, it will be busy in Cusco. Please book your hotel reservations in advance and recharge your introvert batteries to prepare for a fun and colorful, but stimulating experience. 


Where do I fly into?

Plan your travel so that your flight arrives in Cusco, Peru by morning or early afternoon of the day your trip begins. We will depart in a private group shuttle from Cusco on Day 1 at approximately 3:00/4:00pm. The precise time will be determined once all travelers' flight itineraries are received.

Please plan your return flights 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 can be cheaper to book two separate flights with one from your departure city to Lima and another from Lima to Cusco. 

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.

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 some fatigue, sleeplessness and shortness of breath with exertion during the first 24 hours. This can be minimized by drinking lots of liquids including coca tea, avoiding alcohol, and not overexerting yourself the first day. 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?

Tierra Viva San Blas is recommended by both the retreat center and our local guide. Their prices are a bit higher, but they include a full breakfast and airport transfer. This is will be our departure point on March 23rd at 3pm. You might also check TripAdvisor or Airbnb for additional options. 

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?

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. 

What’s included

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
    at Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley
  • 3 Healthy Meals Per Day
    Vegetarian - specify dietary needs
  • 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, and entrance to Chinchero Weaving, Maras Salt Mines, Moray Agricultural Site, Inca Temples
  • Private Transfer
    To/from Cusco to Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley
  • Meditation & Yoga
    Guided hatha vinyasa yoga and guided meditation (most days)
  • 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, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
  • Tips
    $20-$30 total for all staff
  • Additional services
    massage, excursions, souvenirs, etc.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy-payment plan available
Available until Jan 06, 2018only 1 left

Share with a friend or we will pair you up with someone!

Deposit: $400
Single Occupancy-payment plan available
Available until Jan 03, 2018only 1 left

Private room with queen bed. Limited rooms with private bathrooms available. Please inquire if this is important to you. 

Deposit: $400
Deposit: $400

Double Occupancy-payment plan available
Past Trip


Day 1
Arrive at Yoga Mandala for Opening Circle

All guests will need to arrive in Cusco by 3:00 p.m. A private shuttle will transport us to Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley Retreat Center in the Urubamba Valley. We will arrive at about 4:30 for a welcome snack and then have time to settle in before our opening circle at 6:00. 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 7:30.

Your Organizer

Melissa Renzi
28 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.


One of the most beautiful places I've been in the world! The food was beyond fantastic! Melissa had everything organized so well that it seemed seamless. Rich's yoga classes are enhanced with his extensive knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology, besides creating a very playful and fun environment. Everything was made so easy! Absolutely loved this trip, the people, and everything about the place!
This was one of the top trips of my life. The location is incredible. Melissa's planning made every day more seamless and special than the last. Rich is far and away the best yoga teacher I've ever had. His ability to teach alignment while smoothly guiding you through a series of flows over the week that subtly build on each other while delivering beautiful, funny and touching dharma was magical. I honestly can't say enough about these two, this place and this experience. So much love!
Melissa's experience in organizing retreats really shows in her organization, selection of Valentins Pachamama journeys as tour guide, resort selection, communication with staff, organization of all our entrance tickets, train tickets, required passport info, hotel for Machu Picchu. She was kind but firm when she needed to be. 'Herding cats' is not easy with 16 onery yogi's in tow. I will say that some of the retreat attendees were not physically prepared or knowledgeable about some of the activities they signed up for. I think it is recommended when travelling out of country to always have antibiotic for GI distress. Additionally we had option to do a sweat lodge/temazcal. Some guidance/info on hydration, need to replenish electrolytes etc would have prevented some from feeling ill afterwards. While none of this was a reflection on Melissa, attendees need to have some personal accountability for knowing what they are capable of (or not), especially in a foreign country. Overall Melissa is a tremendous retreat host and I highly recommend her retreats. I would sign up for another retreat with her any day.
10 stars! I can not say enough good things about this trip in Peru. Every detail was taken care of and I was able to fully enjoy myself and do the inner work I needed without any stress. Melissa was amazing in her organization of all trip details and making sure we had everything and any kind of support we needed. Very well organized, a great balance of free time and wonderful and profound activities planned. The food at the retreat center was phenomenal! The views were breathtaking. The group energy was amazing. It was a profoundly transformative week for me and I am so grateful for the experience. I felt very supported and look forward to joining another retreat with Melissa. With Love, Olesya
This retreat far exceeded my expectations. I have travelled throughout much of South America so while I knew I would enjoy the trip, I didn't expect to learn as much as I did about the Peruvian culture in such a short period of time. In addition, it was nice to be among so many kindred spirits and to feel like I could truly be myself, As a bonus, I returned home with several new friends. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga classes and Melissa's calm spirit as she guided us through different poses and deeper reflection about ourselves. It was also wonderful to not have to worry about organizing anything because Melissa was on top of it all. The whole week went so smoothly and our group clicked so beautifully--I think the harmony of our group had a lot to do with the positive, supportive and loving tone set by Melissa and her co-leader Michael. I definitely plan on taking another trip with Melissa.
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