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
34 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.


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!
This trip was absolutely wonderful! This was my first time on one of Melissa's retreats, but it will not be the last! As an introvert, this is the first trip I've ever been on which met two of my main needs: 1. the ability to connect with people on a deeper level and 2. the time to think about what I've experienced. The itinerary was set in such a way that we weren't running from place to place, with no time to talk to the people we were visiting. When an excursion was finished, there was time to think about what I'd just experienced. I was solo on this trip - didn't know anyone else in the group - which is always a little nerve wracking, but the group was wonderful. Everyone gave space and support and laughter and hugs (if you wanted them :-). Melissa is a fabulous leader - working with the group to make sure everyone was comfortable (mentally and physically). She understands the introvert & HSP sensitivities so well! If you're thinking of going on one of Melissa's retreats, but weren't sure...go! You won't regret it.
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