Yoga Quest® Peru

Sacred Valley, Peru

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Jyl Kutsche
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Oct 26 - Nov 5, 2020
Group size: 8 - 16
Yoga Quest® Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru

Jyl Kutsche
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
10 reviews

$2795
Deposit: $500
Oct 26 - Nov 5, 2020
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

Yoga Quest® Peru:

Shifting Perspective and Stepping Into Possibility  


‘Wherever you go, go with all your heart”  

- Confucius


Senior Prajna Yoga Instructors Wesley Bassett & Jyl Kutsche join forces to present this 11 Day/10 Night Retreat-Adventure-Immersion in the magnificent Sacred Valley of Peru. 


Our first 5 days will be spent at the beautiful eco-luxe S’acha Munay Retreat Center, where we will immerse ourselves in daily yoga & meditation practices, local culture and ceremony, and rest, relax and restore while being watched over by the sacred mountains that will be surrounding us. Essentially, giving our bodies and minds sweet reprieve from the busyness of our lives.  


On Day 6 of our journey, we will shift gears and head to the magnificent city of Cusco, the former capitol of the Inca empire and a city that still holds tremendous energy and reminders of the remarkable civilization that once called that land home. We will have 2 nights and 1 day to explore and enjoy Cusco, giving you time to meander the ancient streets of the city and soak in its magic and wonder (while you wander!) on your own (guidance and suggestions on things to do will of course be offered!) 


From Cusco, we begin our trek into the Andes via the historic Lares Trail.  For 3 days and 2 nights we will hike upon trails once traversed by Inca, and still used by the communities of the Peruvian highlands.  By day we'll journey through breathtaking scenery and glimpses of local life. At night we'll camp underneath the Milky Way (tents will be provided & pitched by guides). On the third day our efforts will be rewarded with a visit to natural hot springs, followed by a drive to the famed archeological site Ollyantaytambo where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. 


Early morning on Day 11, for the grand finale of our journey, we will begin our day together witnessing the sun rise over Machu Picchu, followed by a guided tour and time to explore this wondrous feat of mankind on our own. 


We welcome you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable adventure!


11D/10N EPIC YOGA RETREAT & TREK PACKAGE:

$2750/2540€ per person


RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW: 500$/450€ deposit 


PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE (just contact us to set one up)


REGISTRATION CLOSES August 15, 2020

Wesley & Jyl

     

International yoga teacher, Wesley Bassett (CYT) has been practicing Yoga since 1996 while living in a stressful environment - New York City and started teaching in Belgium in 1999. 

Wesley has been studying with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA), since 2007. Wesley goes back yearly to the States to continue her studies with him and his wife Surya. Prajna Yoga focuses deeply on asana and internal alignment, anatomical study and an emphasis on structural integration and teachings of the Buddha. Wesley weaves Prajna Yoga’s teachings with Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques into her classes. She is further influenced by the guidance she has received from her meditation teacher Elesa Commerse, Sanskrit teacher Nicholai Bachman and Yin teachers Simon Low and Paul Grilley. www.yogajivana.be

Facebook:  Wesley Ann Bassett  Instagram:  Wesleyyoga 


Jyl Kutsche (ERYT-500, LMT) has been studying and teaching Prajna Yoga (Tias & Surya Little) since 2003 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 and applied neurology. 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 Work (Milne Institute) & Visceral Manipulation. She currently divides her time between the United States and Peru. jylmarieyoga.com

Facebook:  Jyl Kutsche & The Yoga of Chocolate    Instragram:  jylmarieyoga

Getting to Peru

Getting to Peru

Peru has become a popular travel destination so we advise booking early for international and domestic flights.   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 retreat center, S'acha Munay, on October 26 and another taking us back to Cusco from Machupicchu on the evening of November 5.From Lima you'll want to book a short domestic 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.

Please plan on arriving in Cusco no later than 1pm on the day that our retreat will begin – October 26, 2020. Please plan your departure flight out of Cusco for anytime after November 6th.

We will begin asking for everyone's travel info about 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

Peru does not require a visa for American, Canadian, or European citizens, only a valid passport (please make sure that the expiration date is not within 3 months of your travel dates). 


The Weather  

October & November are at the end of the dry/beginning of the rainy seasons in the Peruvian highlands. It is typically sunny with blue skies and temperatures are in the low-mid 60s (F) during the day to low to mid 40s (F) in the evenings. It is best to prepare for all weather conditions, including rain. Layers are the key to the ever-changing weather here!


How will the altitude affect me?

Every traveler is different with respect to how their bodies respond to elevation change. Over the course of 11 days we'll be journeying between elevations ranging from between 7000 (Machupicchu) & 16,000 feet (places on the Lares Trek) 


The altitude of Calca (where our retreat center is located) 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. Please let us also know about any concerns you have. 


There are also ways to begin preparing ahead of time and suggestions for how to do so will be sent out approximately 2 months before our retreat begins. That being said, 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 shaman 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?

Yes! We will have 2 nights and one full day to explore this magnificent world-reknowned city. Lots of suggestions on what to do and where to eat (because the food is soooooo good!) will be offered. 

Our Intention

Pachakuti is a Quechua term that is deeply engrained with the Andean Cosmovision and represents transformation.  Pacha translates to meaning time and space, or the world, and kuti represents an upheaval or revolution. So Pachakuti could literally be translated to mean an upheaval of time and space, or our world, as we know it. 


Our intention with this retreat is just that - to give you the opportunity to step out of the familiar and into the new, for there will be a lot of newness - new land, new culture, new people, new foods - and to see what comes up as we step into that...and allow it to transform us. Because it will. 


When we step into the unfamiliar and open ourselves up to the unknown, we are also stepping into a more pure meaning of existence; and with that, things will come up! And that's a beautiful thing, for its only when we give ourselves the time and space and opportunity to see what needs to be seen, and feel what needs to be felt, can we truly move forward.  


Our intention, using the tools of yoga and meditation and nature and time is to hold a safe, sacred space for you to experience what you, as a unique being with your own unique history and story, need to experience.  We will be there for you each and every step of the way and we commit to do all that we can to provide the best guidance and expertise, whether ourselves or though the help of others with more expertise than ourselves, that we can offer. 

What to Pack?

Upon registration you'll receive a suggested packing list to help you prepare for the adventure. 

Refunds + Cancellations

Refund less deposit ($500.00) before August 15, 2020. 


Because train tickets and entry tickets are non-transferrable, no refunds can be issued after August 15 2020. 


In case of cancellation of the retreat, you will receive a full refund. 


$500 initial deposit holds your space. Total fees can be paid at one time or in installments (payment plans can easily be arranged).


All final payments are due by October 1, 2020. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers, hotels, and guides, there is no exception to this policy. 

What’s included

  • 5 nights S'acha Munay
    5 nights in luxe retreat center nestled into the mountains
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
    A variety of all-levels classes will be led by Wesley & Jyl each morning and most evenings to help support you on your journey!
  • 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.
  • 3 Vegetarian Meals/Day
    note: meals will not be provided during our full day in Cusco, but suggestions for some of the wonderful restaurants in the city will be given!
  • Day Trip to Sacred Sites
  • Transportation
    Transportation to & from Cusco on October 26 & November 5
  • 2 nights Hotel in Cusco
    2 nights shared accommodations at a hotel in the heart of Cusco
  • 3 Day Trek
    3 days of trekking & camping led by highly experienced guides. Horses and Oxygen will be on hand if needed
  • Train to Aguas Calientes
    Train ticket to/from Ollyantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
    Entrance ticket to Machupicchu, a 2+ hour guided tour of the site, and time to explore the sacred site on your own
  • Tent & Mat
    Tents and Mats will be provided. You will also receive a duffel bag that can hold up to 8 Kg of gear/supplies & will be carried to our sleeping sites by horse/porter
  • Flights
  • Travel/Health Insurance
  • Meals in Cusco
  • Tips/Gratuities
    for staff at retreat center, guides during day trips and Lares Trek
  • Massages
    A variety of massages are available for booking at the retreat center
  • Sleeping Bag
    Sleeping bags may be available for rent in Cusco. We will update you with info on that as we find out.

Itinerary

Day 1-6
S'acha Munay Retreat Center

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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!
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.
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
BG
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.
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!
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