Soul Quest is a pause from routine, our daily tasks, roles, and societal identity. It is an opportunity to boldly step in to a sacred environment and go within, with a community of people seeking to commune with the divine.
Peru is a sacred environment, of lush rainforest, tall zen mountains, and home to ancient people who live in harmony with their environment. The Sacred Valley is an ideal place for our group to attend retreat, re-acclimating to our inner light and our Earth mother as we practice asana, peruvian rituals, meditate, hike, and nourish our bodies with wholesome foods.
This retreat will denote elements of Yoga philosophy as we experience ritual, people, and environment in Peru.
- 8 Nights Accommodations in Peru
- 3 Whole Food Meals Each Day
- Group Transportation to/from Airport
- Daily Yoga Sessions
- Despacho Ceremony
- Sweat Lodge Ceremony
- Karma Yoga Service Project
- 2-Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Sach’a Munay, the center’s name, translates as “love from the ancient forest.” It is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees, nourished by a magnificent waterfall in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This lovely spot is in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as Apus—“luminous beings.” Those who come to the center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and ceremony.
The guests at this center enjoy delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. The entire center embodies kindness, love, and wholeness that seem to permeate the magical place.
Jessica Riley-Norton loves this life. She passionately loves her family, food, running, yoga, music, and traveling. She owns a yoga Studio (Evoke Yoga and Meditation on Cape Cod), and makes malas (Aum Malas). Yoga became an important practice in Jessica’s life, when life became especially painful. Through yoga, she was able to tranfsorm pain in to strength, and thrive; creating the life she she loves to lead. Through Yoga, she continues to open up to the vast possibilities life has to offer, and loves sharing this practice with others.
“Jessica is experienced, spiritual, and amazing instructor who thoughtfully adjusts her yoga classes to fit the group’s level of preparation and age. Her classes are always slightly different, to allow the group to seek and find the growth within their yoga practice without strain or judgment whatsoever. Imagine to live this yoga experience with Jessica during yoga retreat trips to beautiful Costa Rica, or exotic resorts of Mexico or Peru! I joined Jessica’s group for the trip in Costa Rica a year ago. It was absolutely unforgettable experience. Jessica is amazing organizer, has excellent feel of what activities would fit the group the best, and has the most wonderful ideas for retreat destinations. I will do my best join her groups for the future yoga trips, as I cannot imagine a better opportunity to nourish the soul, body and mind than a yoga trip escape to beautiful and unique places with such a wonderful instructor!” ~Maryna
“Our trip to La Paz, Mexico was amazing. Jessica picked a beautiful spot where we could set aside our technology and reconnect with nature. We did yoga on the beach at sunset… is there anything better? She organized amazing excursions that were tons of fun. We met friendly locals who will stay in our hearts forever. We all bonded on the trip and left with lasting friendships. It was a life changing trip that I would make again in a heartbeat!” ~Bethany
2-Day Machu Picchu Tour
The journey will begin with a drive through the sacred valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites. Arriving in Ollantaytambo, a small town that still maintains its Inca architecture and offers the opportunity to visit and explore the majestic archaeological site which overlooks the route to Machu Picchu.
Take a beautiful train ride from “Olla” along the river to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Spend the night in Aguas Calientes, enjoying the quaint town along the river. Arrive in Machu Picchu the next day before sunrise to witness the illumination of the sacred ruins. Experience an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu, exploring the sacred Incan “City of Light,” learning about the sacred ruins and taking moments to sit, breathe, and experience the powerful energy of one of the most sacred sites on the planet. After the tour, you will spend a final night in Cusco and take a shuttle to the airport the following day.
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Register early as we expect this retreat to fill quickly! A $350 deposit will officially reserve your spot and lock in your tuition rate. It will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost. A $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.
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You will be booking your flights to the Cusco Airport (CUZ). Most flights will arrive via a connection in Lima. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
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