Yoga Quest® Peru:
Shifting Perspective and Stepping Into Possibility
‘Wherever you go, go with all your heart”
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
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
Upon registration you'll receive a suggested packing list to help you prepare for the adventure.
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.