2018 Trip Itinerary

july 18, 2018 - day 1
Arrival - transfer to retreat center - Opening Ceremony

All flights should arrive in Cusco before 12PM on the first day. Most international flights are overnight and arrive in Lima in the morning or late the night before (a hotel is on site at the Lima airport, if desired). Flights to Cusco run multiple times a day. Flight time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up and taken to Yoga Mandala Retreat Center, your home away from home in the Sacred Valley for the next 5 days.

OPENING CIRCLE: We will settle in through this creative meditation and activity using writing, drawing and sharing/witnessing to clarify and give momentum to our personal intentions for this retreat.

EVENING YOGA PRACTICE:  In this yoga practice, we will continue with the theme of intention, using our practice as a way to super-charge our intentions.

Lodging: Yoga Mandala Retreat Center
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Included: Airport transfer

July 19, 2018 - day 2
Silent Morning - WORKSHOP - DESPACHO CEREMONY - naupa

Only necessary speech and interaction (no technology until after breakfast/or after yoga). 

MORNING YOGA PRACTICE: Through this morning’s practice, we will start to connect more deeply to our breath, exploring the breath as a constant guide to return to in times of stress.  We will explore several breath techniques in addition to our asanas (yoga postures).

TRADITIONAL ANDEAN DESPACHO CEREMONY: After breakfast, we head into the garden (weather permitting) with our "Paqo," a traditional Andean Wisdomkeeper, to give thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (gods of the mountains) and set our intentions for this trip.

JOURNALING WORKSHOP: We will explore why and how journaling can be such a helpful tool in self awareness. Through a series of prompts, we will try a few different techniques for using writing as meditation, as well as consider ways to make journaling an easy part of your busy daily routine.

NAUPA HUACA: We will take a boxed lunch and go off the beaten path to the ruins of Naupa Huaca, an ancient megalithic temple tucked away in a remote mountainous cave. It was built with such precision that no one can explain how or why it was built. Predating the Incas by hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of years, the cave is charged with magnetic, piezoelectric energy (and is considered a portal). Read more about it HERE.

EVENING RESTORATIVE YOGA: This evening's yoga practice is focused on gentle stretching, breathing and relaxation. Participants will also learn some techniques to practice at home.

Lodging: Yoga Mandala Retreat Center
Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner

july 20, 2018 - day 3
Silent Morning - WORKSHOPS - SOUND HEALING - SACRED DANCE

Only necessary speech and interaction (no technology until after breakfast/or after yoga). 

MORNING YOGA PRACTICE:  This practice will focus on the heart in its many forms.  As we physically focus on opening the chest, countering all that driving and computer work we do, we will also start peeling back the layers around our spiritual heart.

MORNING WORKSHOP: How to Tune into Your Heart. Each of us is deeply guided; call it intuition, higher self, your angels, God, the Universe. And that guidance comes through our very own hearts. In this workshop, participants will consider, “how do I tune in?”  We will discuss and practice some meditation and visualization techniques for getting centered and tapping into our hearts, and participants will get a chance to launch their very own authentic daily practice.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: Setting Sacred Space. What is Sacred Space to you? In this workshop, participants will take a look at how they can work with their belief system and their intention to create a daily ritual for themselves.  Through this ritual, they will learn how to set the tone for the day even before it begins, becoming a more active participant in their experience of reality and how they react to what happens in their world.

AFTERNOON YOGA PRACTICE:  In this practice, we will integrate some of the tools of visualization and intention that we practiced in this afternoon’s workshop, learning how to give your yoga practice even more personal meaning.

EVENING SOUND HEALING SESSION: In this deeply relaxing session, you will experience the healing power of sound. We will start with a short discussion on the scientifically proven affect that sound has on our bodies and minds. Then you will rest comfortably as we use instruments including voice, chimes, prayer bowls, tuning forks and gong.

SACRED DANCE: Dance as meditation.  We will co-create a safe and sacred space for participants to move in any way they need, honoring their Authentic Self, connecting their movement to their intentions from the beginning of the retreat. This is a great way to process, celebrate, meditate, receive clarity and beyond.

Lodging: Yoga Mandala Retreat Center
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

july 21, 2019 - DAY 4
SILENT MORNING - TEMAZCAL - CLOSING CIRCLE

MORNING YOGA PRACTICE: This morning’s practice will be with the theme of gratitude, as well as connecting again to the Authentic Self and intentions for the retreat.

TEMAZCAL: It's a natural therapeutic practice of heat and steam, which is inspired by pre-Hispanic ancient practices of traditional medicine. Its use through history has been therapeutic and as a ritual/ceremony, practice has survived through the years as a tradition of the various indigenous communities in South America. Relaxation that generates experience urges us to a profound state of peace, introspection, reflection and full attention. Temazcal therapy is a beautiful and powerful moment in our life, an opportunity to reconcile us with ourselves, a unique experience of purification and re-connection with our internal source of wisdom and unconditional love. Closing a cycle and opening a new one in our lives, we release attachments, negative thoughts, fears and mental conditioning, delivering them to the heat of the stones Mama Willka Rumicuna grandmothers of the Earth.

CLOSING CIRCLE: We will once again use drawing, writing, meditating as well as sharing and witnessing as a way to anchor in the energy of the retreat.

Lodging: Yoga Mandala Retreat Center
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

july 22, 2018 - DAY 5
Machu Picchu

MACHU PICCHU: We will take the train from here to go to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. You’ll be on the Vistadome train with panoramic windows that allow for the best view of the landscapes as you travel under snow-capped mountains, past Inca ruins, and finally ending up in the cloud jungle that surrounds Machu Picchu.

We will return to Yoga Mandala for our final night at the retreat center.

Lodging: Yoga Mandala Retreat Center
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

july 23, 2018 - Day 6
Ollantaytambo - Moray - Maras - cusco

OLLANTAYTAMBO: After breakfast, we’ll head off to Ollantaytambo to visit one of the most important Inca sites in the valley, as well as the town itself, as it was 500 years ago, with many original walls and waterways.

LUNCH IN URUBAMBA: You’ll have a delicious buffet lunch (included) at Tunupa.

MORAY/MARAS: After lunch, you’ll head to the valley to visit the circular terraces of Moray and Maras, salt flats that have been used since Inca times. 

CUSCO: We'll arrive to our hotel in Cusco in the evening. Explore the vibrant nightlife around the Plaza de Armas. Dinner is on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Casa del Campo San Blas
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Not Included: Dinner

july 24, 2018 - Day 7
CITY TOUR - Sacred Sites - CLOSING DINNER

CITY TOUR: After breakfast, instead of a traditional tour, you’ll visit the sacred sites in and above the city with our guide, who will give you a more spiritual perspective of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures and the wisdom they left behind. 

FREE AFTERNOON IN CUSCO: Walk around town, go shopping at San Pedro Market or just people watch in the Plaza de Armas -- whatever you want. Lunch is on your own, so go out and experience the city's world-famous cuisine.

CLOSING DINNER: At one of our favorite local restaurants in the evening.

Lodging: Hotel Casa del Campo San Blas
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Not Included: Lunch

july 25, 2018 - Day 8
TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Meals: Breakfast
Included: Transport to airport

 
 Despacho ceremony

Despacho ceremony

 Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

 Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

 Yoga class with Niki

Yoga class with Niki

 The garden at Yoga Mandala Retreat Center.

The garden at Yoga Mandala Retreat Center.

 Local, organic vegetarian food is on the menu at the retreat center. 

Local, organic vegetarian food is on the menu at the retreat center. 

 Sound healing

Sound healing

 Sacred dance

Sacred dance

 Temazcal at Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

Temazcal at Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

 Saqsaywaman, a sacred Inca site, with our handpicked guides.

Saqsaywaman, a sacred Inca site, with our handpicked guides.

 Exploring Machu Picchu

Exploring Machu Picchu

 Massage and craniosacral therapy at Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

Massage and craniosacral therapy at Yoga Mandala Retreat Center

 Souvenir shopping in Cusco

Souvenir shopping in Cusco

 Local market in the Sacred Valley.

Local market in the Sacred Valley.

 The salt flats of Maras

The salt flats of Maras

 Inca terraces of Moray

Inca terraces of Moray

 Hotel Casa del Campo San Blas in Cusco

Hotel Casa del Campo San Blas in Cusco

 View of Cusco from the garden of Hotel Casa del Campo San Blas

View of Cusco from the garden of Hotel Casa del Campo San Blas