The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses

Sacred Valley, Peru

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Jyl Kutsche
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May 26 - Jun 2, 2018
Group size: 8-15
The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses
Sacred Valley, Peru

Jyl Kutsche
  • Email address verified
3 reviews

$1795
Deposit: $500
May 26 - Jun 2, 2018
Group size: 8-15

About this trip

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa).

 

However, a less common translation, and more accurate, translation of the word pratyahara is to recover our senses.


Scholars of yoga philosophy often regard pratyahara as the 'forgotten limb' of yoga, it's importance being gravely undervalued and ignored. Pratyahara is intimately related to ALL the limbs of yoga, as they all - from asana to samadhi—contain aspects of pratyahara; It  is the basis for meditation and provides the gateway towards the higher practices of yoga: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption/oneness). 


In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight on this forgotten limb, weaving together asana, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sacred ritual and ceremony, indigenous healing practices, and (drum roll)... CHOCOLATE as the vehicles with which we will use to recover, revitalize, and deepen our sensory awareness. 


And we will do so while surrounded and supported by the energy of the Sacred Valley of Peru, an area famous for it's apus (which means mountain in Quechua, the language of the indigenous people of this part of Peru). The retreat center hosting us, Sach'a Munay (which in Quechua translates as love from the ancient forests) has been built with the utmost respect for the land, following permacultural principles in all of it's construction. Sach'a Munay is a sanctuary for deep work, with hardly a detail overlooked (including the magestic new yoga temple which has been built on top of quartz crystal & has a window down into the Earth/quartz at the center of the temple.)


*You also have the option to extend your journey with a tour of several cacao farms in the Quillabamba region followed by a visit to Machu Picchu immediately after the retreat ends. (Details below)

Why Chocolate?

"Pratyahara does not mean suppressing the senses! We need our mind and senses to be outward in order to function in the world and enjoy life. Pratyahara means training and mastering the mind and senses so they stop roaming aimlessly, depleting us of our vital energies (prana) in the process." ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD 


Cacao originates from the Amazon River Basin, an area that includes Peru. For thousands of years, cacao has been considered a sacred food; a food high both in nutritional and energetic components. And, for me personally, it's much more than food - it's medicine. 


Cacao (chocolate) has been an integral part of my yogic path for decades. To me, it is prasad, an offering. And I'm far from the only one who sees it that way - cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer. (It's origins are in South America, but it's cultivation originated in Central America) It is an ancient plant teacher and facilitator that can assist one with the journey deep into our hearts. 


Chocolate will be one of the tools used as a means of directing the our attention inward. It's the perfect tool, actually, as chocolate is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it's flavor notes! With mindful exploration, chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences. 

Cacao Farm & Machu Picchu Add-On

Immediately following our retreat time at Sach'a Munay, you have the option of continuing your journey with a trip to the beautiful cloud forests of Quillabamba, an area which also happen to be one of the primary growing regions for cacao in Peru, and where one of Peru's rarest varieties of cacao is grown. 


Upon completion of our retreat, we will leave as a group to Cusco. From Cusco, those who will be continuing on will continue on to Quillabamba (approx 5 hour drive) where we will spend the next day and a half visiting cacao farms in the area and observing all the time and labor intensive steps of the process of turning the fruit (cacao pods) into chocolate. 


From Quillabamba we will leave for Aguas Calientes, the base town to Machu Picchu. We will spend the night in Aguas Calientes in preparation for our visit to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu early the next morning. Upon completion of our time at Machu Picchu, we will head back to Cusco. 

About Jyl

 

Jyl Marie (ERT-500, LMT) is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga (Tias & Surya Little) and has received both her 200 hr & 500 hr certifications through them. She is also certified to teach their SATYA work*. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique, alignment & flow with therapeutic somatic movement. She co-founded the Austin based non-profit organization, Community Yoga Austin, and has brought yoga to schools, veterans, recovery centers, prisons, shelters & senior centers. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Visionary Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Zen Shiatsu. 


Her exploration of chocolate as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate obsession into a profound part of her life’s journey. jylmarieyoga.com


*SATYA, Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement is a body of work created by Tias Little that was designed to complement an asana practice. The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body. The exercises help mobilize the joints, remove fatigue from the body, balance asymmetries and align the right and left sides of the body. In a totally unique way, SATYA practice opens doorways into the interior, providing new pathways of perception and feeling. It guides students away from "doing" movement and toward sensing, receiving and "being" movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom.

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodations
    in the beautiful eco-accommodations of Sach'a Munay retreat center
  • 3 vegetarian meals/day
    all of the food served will be organic. Gluten-free and vegan options available with advanced notice.
  • Daily Yoga
    Jyl will lead you through a daily Prajna Yoga practice, combining Hatha Yoga & SATYA, a body of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness
  • Daily Meditation
    Jyl will guide you through a variety of simple meditation techniques facilitating your journey inward.
  • Despacho Ceremony
    Led by a Q'ero shaman, 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.
  • Temescal Sweat Lodge
    A temazcal is a traditional steam bath which uses medicinal plants in a heated adobe structure. Promoting physical well-being & healing, the temazcal is also seen as a ritual & spiritual practice
  • Cacao Ceremony
    An opportunity to connect with and call in the spirit of Ixcacao as we embark on our week-long journey together.
  • Trip to Pisac market
    Known as the gateway to the Scared Valley, Pisac offers and amazing array of textiles, food, art & culture in this charming town known as the gateway to the Sacred Valley
  • Guided Chocolate Tasting
    We'll explore the subtleties in aroma, flavor, texture, taste, and energetics by mindfully tasting a selection of origin chocolate from different regions of Peru.
  • Transportation
    Transportation to & from Cusco on May 26 & June 2
  • Flight
  • Trip to Maras Salt Flats
    The salt flats are one of the many hidden gems of this part of Peru. Lying in the middle of inconspicuous mountains, with sun reflecting on it as though they were snow, the salt flats will stun you.
  • Chocolate Making Class
    Learn how to create your own chocolate in this class at ChocoMuseo in Pisac. $25/person
  • Medicinal Bath & Massage
    (must be booked at least one day in advance) Outdoor bath infused with medicinal plants and herbs custom blended for you, followed by a Shiatsu-based massage. $100/person (including transportation)
  • Flower Bath
    plant and vapour baths are used to rid the body of any unhelpful spirits or energetic blockages that would otherwise impair us from healing. approx $35

Available Packages

Triple Occupancy Room

Beautiful, spacious, eco-friendly accommodations in one of Sach'a Munay's triple occupancy rooms for 7 nights. Private bath in room. Includes 3 nourishing vegetarian meals per day and all the other amenities included with the retreat. 


Images of some of the triple rooms can be seen HERE (scroll down for detailed pics)


* Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($500.00) before Feb. 1st. No refunds after Feb. 1, 2018. You may transfer your reservation to another person as long as you notify Jyl in advance. In case of cancellation of the retreat, you will receive a full refund. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers and hosts, there is no exception to this policy. $500 initial deposit holds your space. Total fees can be paid at one time or in installments with all final payments due by May 1, 2018. No exceptions.

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$1795
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy Room

Beautiful, spacious, eco-friendly accommodations in one of Sach'a Munay's double occupancy rooms for 7 nights. Private bath in room. Includes 3 nourishing vegetarian meals per day and all the other amenities included with the retreat. 


Images of some of the double rooms can be seen HERE (scroll down for add'l pics)


* Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($500.00) before Feb. 1st. No refunds after Feb. 1, 2018. You may transfer your reservation to another person as long as you notify Jyl in advance. In case of cancellation of the retreat, you will receive a full refund. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers and hosts, there is no exception to this policy. $500 initial deposit holds your space. Total fees can be paid at one time or in installments with all final payments due by May 1, 2018. No exceptions.


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$1995
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Room

Beautiful, spacious, eco-friendly accommodations in one of Sach'a Munay's private rooms for 7 nights. Private bath in room. Includes 3 nourishing vegetarian meals per day and all the other amenities included with the retreat. 


Images of some of the single rooms can be seen HERE


* Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($500.00) before Feb. 1st. No refunds after Feb. 1, 2018. You may transfer your reservation to another person as long as you notify Jyl in advance. In case of cancellation of the retreat, you will receive a full refund. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers and hosts, there is no exception to this policy. $500 initial deposit holds your space. Total fees can be paid at one time or in installments with all final payments due by May 1, 2018. No exceptions.

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$2295
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Available options

Cacao Farm & Machu Picchu Tour, June 2-515 left
$595
$1795
Deposit: $500

Triple Occupancy Room

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JK
Jyl Kutsche
3 reviews
Jyl is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga (Tias & Surya Little) and has received both her 200 hr & 500 hr certifications through them. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique, alignment & flow with therapeutic somatic movement. She co-founded the Austin based non-profit organization, Community Yoga Austin, and has brought yoga to schools, veterans, recovery centers, prisons, shelters & senior centers. 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

MD
This was an amazing experience in the most beautiful place. Jyl and Adriane had very different yoga styles, but it was a beautiful balance and I believe we all had a deep long lasting connection with one another. The food was amazing and the outings were always an adventure. Thank you for this experience and I honor you both for the wisdom and Love that you hold.
Adriane & Jyl were amazing! Such a great week of personal expansion. The retreat center was beautiful, and the food was fresh and delicious!
SC
This trip was amazing the villa the food and spiritual guidance. It was way beyond my expectations. I feel a deep gratitude and love for everyone involved. Thank you