Sacred Valley Retreat

Sacred Valley, Peru

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Jyl Kutsche
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Sep 26 - Oct 3, 2021
Group size: 4 - 8
Sacred Valley Retreat
Sacred Valley, Peru

Jyl Kutsche
  • Email address verified
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10 reviews

Sep 26 - Oct 3, 2021
Group size: 4 - 8

About this trip

In this 8 day/7 night retreat, with the option to continue on with a 4 Day/3 night trek to to follow immediately afterwards, our focus will be on: HOW WE CHOOSE TO MOVE THROUGH THIS WORLD


And we will do so while surrounded and supported by the energy of the Sacred Valley of Peru, a part of the world famous for its Apus (which means mountain, or mountain spirit in Quechua). The inn where we will be staying, The Green House, is a true gem for healing and comfort and relaxation. Nestled in a small community away from the busyness of the city, it was built with the utmost respect for the land. Filled with the most gorgeous gardens, this inn is a sanctuary to just sit and enjoy some of the most incredible views of the mountains in the Sacred Vally. 


As you walk around, assess where you are, reflect on where you have been, and dream of where you are going. Every moment in the present contains the seeds of opportunity for change. Your life is an adventure. Live it fully.  (John Francis, PhD)


Walking represents both function and FREEDOM. The ability to walk, to locomote, is what moves us through the world, connecting us with one another and with nature, and is an ability that can easily be taken for granted or overlooked...until we experience pain or discomfort in our body, something that often comes with aging, but not something that has to come with aging. Yes, our bodies change as we age (all things do), but pain is not an absolute factor in that process. (Pain science is now showing that pain is usually way more complex than simply a physical issue.)


Human movement is not a simple science. Walking, as basic as it seems, is an extremely complex phenomenon that can simultaneously involve all of your muscles at once. 

- Katy Bowman


How can our yoga and movement practices better support us in how we move through the world? Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Consciously, Energetically...and with MORE EASE? This is what we will explore during our retreat...through yogasana and mobility-specific training....interweaving slow and subtle work with more dynamic approaches, breaking down things (in a geeky but fun way) and then just letting things MOVE in the way that feels good to YOU!


Because, we are meant to MOVE.


And when we move well, we feel better. Our appreciation for our amazing bodies grows, our relationship with the world expands; life feels fuller and richer. 


And this is my hope for each and every one of us sharing this planet, and more specifically for anyone who chooses to join me for this retreat!



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Accommodations: all accommodations will be in generously sized, beautiful shared double rooms with private baths. 


Meals: three lovingly prepared vegetarian meals per day. Dietary restrictions and preferences can be accommodated. (Fish or meat can be available upon request for some of the meals.)


Daily Schedules: will vary from day to day. Each morning we will begin with a movement practice and meditation. Some evenings will include restorative practices or contemplative gatherings. Days will alternate between trips to local archaeological sites, or classes with guest teachers, to being wide open for you to just rest & relax or put your movement practices to play with a hike up to the nearby waterfall or down to explore the surrounding communities. 


Or schedule a massage!  


Just know that there will be a balanced schedule of organized activities and time to RELAX & RETREAT! 



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About Jyl

 

Jyl Marie (ERT-500, LMT, FRCms, VCSW™) has been practicing Yoga since 1990. She is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga (Tias & Surya Little) and has studied with them since 2003. She received both her 200 hr & 500 hr certifications through them and is also certified to teach their SATYA work of somatic movement.. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique, alignment & flow with therapeutic somatic movement, play, and functionality! 


She is a certified Mobility Specialist with Functional Range Conditioning and continues to deepen her yoga and movement training with her current primary teachers: Carrie Owerko and Gary Ward. 


She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Visionary Craniosacral Therapy with Hugh Milne and Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institue. 


Since 2016, she has divided her time between the US and Peru, leading workshops, trainings, and retreats in both countries. In June 2021 she took the Big Leap and moved to Peru full-time to run The Green House Bed & Breakfast where we will be staying during our retreat. When not on her mat (or rolling around on the floor), you’ll likely find her hiking some off the beaten path trail, or on a cacao farm!   


For more about Jyl, you can visit her website at jylmarieyoga.com 

or follow her on Instagram

Getting to Peru

Where do I fly into?  

From your home airport book your flight to Lima, the capital of Peru (airport code LIM). Lima is the international gateway for Peru, and the hub for pretty much all flights in the country. Our retreat will both begin and end in Cusco. We'll be taking a shuttle from Cusco to our inn, The Green House, on September 26th and another taking us back to Cusco the morning of October 3rd. (For those continuing on for the Ausangate trek, we will spend the night of the 3rd in a hotel in Cusco and arrive back in Cusco on the afternoon of October 7th.)

From Lima you'll want to book a 1-hour flight to Cusco (CUZ). Cusco is a wonderful city, so you might want to come in a few days before the retreat begins to explore, and also acclimate to the altitude. 


Please plan on arriving in Cusco no later than 2pm on the day that our retreat will begin – Sept. 26, 2021. Please plan your departure flight out of Cusco for anytime after 2pm on the last day of our retreat, Oct. 3, 2021 (or on Oct. 7th if you're doing the Ausangate trek. We are expected to arrive back in Cusco around 4pm on Oct. 7th, but it would likely be safer to stay the night in town rather than risk trying to catch a late flight to Lima that evening). 


I'll begin asking for everyone's travel info at least a month before the retreat begins, to coordinate our pick up time/place. (If your trip falls outside of the group transfers, you'll be responsible for transportation costs)


Any tips for good flights to Peru?

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 Kayak.com 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.


Also, I do recommend getting travel insurance when you book your flight. 


Visas

American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Peru, only a passport.

* I will update you on any restrictions that may be implemented due to COVID as I hear them. 

  

The Weather  

September is spring in the Peruvian highlands, where the land is green by the return of the rains.  It is typically sunny with blue skies and temperatures are in the low-mid 60sF during the day to high 40sF in the evenings. It is best to prepare for all weather conditions including rain, cold mountain conditions and warm days.  


The Ausangate trek will take us to even higher altitudes, so expect cooler nights. Average temperatures for that time of year are upper 60s and sunny during the day and low 30s at night. 


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 Calca is 9371 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.


The locals chew on coca leaves as an effective remedy for altitude sickness. We will have those available and will also be participating in a coca ceremony with a local Q'ero medicine woman at the beginning of our retreat. But, supplements such as ChlorOxygen can be helpful (I'll have some available) and making sure that you're staying well hydrated.

Is Cusco part of our itinerary?

We will not be touring Cusco during the retreat, however, if you are continuing on for the Ausangate trek we will spend the afternoon and night of October 3rd in Cusco...plenty of time for you to get a taste of all that this city holds - it is a magnificent city to visit!


Exploring Cusco (some recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and things to see/do will be sent upon registration for the retreat) 

COVID Protocol

Peruvian Government’s protocols for international arrivals (as of May 2021)


The Jorge Chavez - Lima International Airport is open and international flights to the United States are available.  For more information on airport operations, please see https://www.lima-airport.com/eng.  


Direct flights to Peru from certain locations in the U.S. have resumed. Travelers should check https://travel.state.gov/ for country-specific travel information before traveling. 


Starting March 15, 2021, the Government of Peru declared the restriction of all non-resident foreign passengers originating in Brazil, the U.K., and South Africa, or who have made a stopover in these places in the last 14 days. These passengers are not allowed to enter Perú. Passengers coming from the U.K, Brazil, or South Africa will need to spend more than 2 weeks in another country before flying to Peru.


All passengers flying to Peru must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Present a negative Molecular Test (RT-PCR, NAAT, LAMP) certificate or an antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight.
  • For those passengers who already had COVID-19, a medical and epidemiological release certificate will be valid. Besides these two certificates, passengers need to present the initial diagnostic with over 14-days emission. These documents replace the RT-PCR and antigen tests. The certificate must be issued with the exact same identification information as the travel identification document (name of the passenger). We encourage you to present the certificate issued in English and Spanish and to take a copy with you in case the local authorities ask to see the certificate.
  • All passengers must also complete an affidavit of health. Complete the “Declaración Jurada de Compromiso para comunicar a la Autoridad de Salud” form online within 72 hours prior to the scheduled flight. Passengers must present in the country of origin and in Perú the generated QR code from the online form, it could be presented both digital and printed.  Here is the link to the Peruvian Government page with the form you will need to fill out: https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/ 

Here is the link to the LATAM Covid 19 restrictions page in English that has more detailed information: https://www.latam.com/en_us/experience/coronavirus/government-restrictions/

These requirements may change, so we advise you to contact your airline days prior to your flight to gather the proper documentation and regularly consult the airport website for the latest guidance: https://www.lima-airport.com/eng/for-passengers/covid-19-protocol/arrival-protocol

Boarding will be denied at the origin airport for those who do not meet these requirements.

VACCINATION: the authorities have not established a definition about the vaccination against COVID-19 to travel. 


For the moment, vaccinated passengers must comply with all the travel requirements established by each government (COVID test included)

There is a 14-day mandatory quarantine to enter Peru. However, As of March 15, 2021, the Government of Peru announced that travelers who take an antigen test and receive a negative result upon arrival may suspend the 14-day quarantine requirement. Travelers may take an antigen test at the airport, a local hospital, or any laboratory authorized by the Ministry of Health (MINSA). Travelers who test positive must complete the 14-day quarantine at either the Pan-American Village or location of their choice in coordination with health authorities.           

            

Local health officials and law enforcement are authorized to ask travelers for proof of a negative antigen test; therefore all travelers are advised to keep their results on hand in case they are asked to present them.      

  

Travelers are responsible for funding their own COVID-19 testing and quarantine costs. (options and details on location and cost of these tests will be provided upon registration). 


The use of face masks and maintaining physical distance is required while in public and when using public transportation.


On March 13, 2021, the Government of Peru suspended COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic air travel.


The use of facemasks and face shields is mandatory for all passengers flying from and to Perú, including international connections.


Traditional surgical facemasks are the only ones allowed. It is forbidden to wear fabric handmade masks and fabric handkerchiefs or bandanas. Passengers will not be allowed to board the aircraft without these two personal-safety implements (face shields & facemasks).


Rapid Antigen test upon entry to Peru:


From January 31, passengers at the Jorge Chávez International Airport will be able to access COVID-19 diagnostic tests within the air terminal facilities, passengers will be able to book the appointment for the test through the web platform unilabs.joinnus.com. Results will be available in up to one hour for the antigen test, and for the molecular tests after twelve hours. 


UNILABS HEADQUARTERS  - JORGE CHÁVEZ LIMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 

Lab Schedule from Monday to Sunday

Test schedule - every 10 minutes from  5:00 am to 5:00 pm

Antigen test results in approximately 1 hour and molecular tests 12 hours.

Antigen test cost S / 160.00  Peruvian Soles (around $50  USD)


APPOINTMENT REQUIRED

Appointments can be made 30-40 days before entering Peru. 

Please check Unilab’s website for appointments and more information: https://unilabs.joinnus.com/


We ask every guest to get the antigen test upon arrival at Lima Airport. Please arrange your connecting flights accordingly.  We suggest you have at least 4 hours before your connecting flight, so you can be tested at the airport during that time. Please remember to set up your appointment well in advance, there are limited appointment times per day. Set up your appointment here: https://unilabs.joinnus.com/


If for any reason you cannot get tested at the airport, you will need to be tested upon arrival in Cusco, at the hospital, or at an authorized laboratory. Here is the name of the laboratory where you can get tested in Cusco:


Be aware that local health officials and law enforcement are authorized to ask travelers for proof of a negative antigen test; therefore all travelers are advised to keep their results on hand in case they are asked to present them. 


 Before starting the retreat every guest must show a Negative PCR test (Peruvian requirement) and a Negative rapid antigen test (performed in Lima airport or in Cusco)  or a medical and epidemiological release certificate if the guest had Covid in the last 3 months.


IMPORTANT NOTE: 

Make sure you have a printout of the Affidavit of Health that the Peruvian government requires. You can find the link here: 

https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/ 

or here  https://m.facebook.com/AmericanCitizenServicesLima/posts/4906151519457226


And make sure that your 72-hour test is not just a discharge summary but a lab report with the precise time that the test was taken clearly visible.


 For more information visit: 

https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.lima-airport.com/eng/for-passengers/covid-19-protocol/before-you-travel

https://www.latam.com/en_un/experience/coronavirus/government-restrictions/

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodations
    in the beautiful luxe The Green House Inn. Each room is shared with a private bath.
  • 3 vegetarian meals/day
    all of the food served will be locally-sourced and organic. Gluten-free and vegan options available with advanced notice.
  • Transportation
    Transportation to & from Cusco
  • Daily Yoga + Movement
    Jyl will lead you through daily yoga & movement practices in the garden (or inside, weather dependent)
  • Daily Meditation
    Jyl will guide you through a variety of simple meditation & visualization techniques helping to facilitate your journey inward.
  • Despacho Ceremony
    Led by a Q'ero medicine woman, a despacho is similar to a mandala or sacred creation in that it holds symbolic elements and the prayers of the participants. The despacho becomes a living prayer.
  • Moray + Maras Day Trip
    Guided day trip to the amazing archaeological sites of Moray and Maras Salt Mines, sharing lunch with a local community.
  • Cacao & Breath Journey
  • Agua Florida Class
    A local herbalist will lead us in how to harness the energy of the plants to make our own Aqua Florida water so that we may carry the energy of our retreat back home with us)
  • Weaving Class & Day Trip
    Day Trip to the home of one of the most skilled weavers in Peru. There we'll learn about the history of weaving in Andean culture and have the opportunity to weave our own watana (
  • Mayan Astrology Reading
    1 hour Mayan Astrology reading with Jyl
  • Flight
  • Massages
    it is possible to arrange for a massage therapist to come to the retreat center for treatment. Details on this will be sent after registration.
  • Tipping
    In Peru, it's customary to offer tips to those who care for us at the retreat center, local guides, and others who come to share their wisdom.
  • Travel/Health Insurance
  • COVID Test

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive

Arrive at The Green House

Settle into our rooms

Enjoy our first dinner together

Opening & Welcome

Your Organizer


JK
Jyl Kutsche
10 reviews
Jyl, 500 EYRT, LMT is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique, alignment and flow with functional and somatic movement. Her exploration of chocolate as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate obsession into a profound part of her life’s journey. jylmarieyoga.com

Reviews

Most lovely experience! Jyl has such a heart for the land, chocolate, and yoga. She is very knowledgeable and her wisdom, enthusiasm, and peace is contagious. The trip is well planned and the venues, food, and experiences are life changing. If you are thinking about it but not sure...just do it! Your life will not be the same and you will not regret it!
By Getana D for The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses | Sacred Valley on 28 Oct, 2019
A special heartfelt Thank you to Jyl Kutsche and her team of expert guides and teachers. The Yoga of Chocolate: Journey of the Senses vastly exceeded any expectations I had for traveling to my forgotten childhood dream location of Peru and Machu Picchu! I have attended Jyl’s Yoga of Chocolate workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed them and was fascinated by her passion for cacao and stories of the amazing country of Peru that led to my decision for this retreat. Every detail of the yoga retreat at Sacha Munay, Sacred Valley was perfectly coordinated for the comfort and enjoyment of our group to enjoy yoga, ceremony, star gazing, hiking, self care bodywork, delicious organic meals and the finest and most delicious chocolate tasting on the planet. Guided sightseeing tours to Marsal, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac for shopping complimented the amazing cultural experiences of the Sacred Valley and Cuzco region.
By Diane R for The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses | Sacred Valley on 16 Oct, 2019
After the Journey of the Senses of the Sacred Valley half of our group then continued on through the Andean rainforest to visit a cacao farm in the amazon jungle to enrich our appreciation of where cacao is grown among coffee and many varieties of citrus. We then participated in harvesting the cacao, roasting the beans and processing it to increase our knowledge and depth of appreciation in the amount of work that goes into making chocolate. It is truly a labor of love and an inherent pride of the farmers that grow it. The journey of the senses continued on as we hiked a portion of the Inca trail to Aguas Calientes for the night and to be the first bus to arrive for the most epic experience of sunrise on Machu Picchu! A deep bow of gratitude to Jyl and her expert guides for this life changing experience ~ Namaste
By Diane R for Tour de Cacao & Machu Picchu on 16 Oct, 2019
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It was a really wonderful trip. Well planned for, with the right balance between inner journey and outward experiences in a magical land. Accommodations were very good, people in the group and taking care of us super nice. Great Adventure! Thank you,Jyl and all.
By Beate G for The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses | Sacred Valley on 15 Oct, 2019
We cannot recommend The Yoga of Chocolate : A Journey through the Senses/Sacred Valley enough! Jyl Kutsche is a kind, generous and thoughtful leader and teacher. Her passion for Chocolate, yoga and movement and the beauty of the culture, the people and the environment of the Sacred Valley is contagious. Each aspect of the retreat was well organized with each destination, activity and guide offering unique and thoughtful perspectives on Peru. Jyl has done her work in searching out lovely locations to stay, day- visits and guides that are articulate and knowledgable about the sites. We came away in love with Peru and hope to visit again. My husband and I were older participants and would not hesitate to join Jyl for another retreat! We highly recommend Jyl Kutsche's retreat offerings!
By Kathleen D for The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses | Sacred Valley on 15 Oct, 2019
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