You wake up in your cozy casita surrounded by the mystical mountain morning in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Your body is a little weary from travel, but you are excited to join your sweet group of deep-diving souls in the light-filled, octagonal movement studio for a morning practice of movement, meditation, and contemplation.
You have a deep knowing that you are in the right place. The butterflies bloom in your belly at the thought of the next six days of yoga, new movement practices, healthy habit creation, renewed inner fortitude, inspiration, breakthroughs, dance parties, outdoor adventures, and a whole lotta laughter.
You are READY.
As the long languid days of the retreat flow sweetly by, you find your mind and heart are opened by the connection with your fellow movement mavens. Your body and soul are primed and healthy through daily authentic movement and relating practices. Each day is a new day filled with a healthy balance of fun and challenging things. Yoga, dance, meditation, connection games, and even hula hooping!! What heaven!
Every sunset is a sacred experience of natural beauty. Your bucket list is shorter after experiencing the native culture of the Andes and the 12 sacred mountains -the Apus- or ‘luminous beings.’ You are nourished with organic food grown right on the property, dips in the hot tub, and hikes to the nearby waterfalls.
The possibilities available to your body, mind, and spirit are expanded with the guidance of two decades-long practitioners of spiritual exploration and artistic embodiment, Anah aka Hoopalicious and Nayeli aka Michelle;). Your cheeks hurt from laughing all day. Your eyes are bright from the free flow of tears sparked by the outrageous beauty of Nature and a steady stream of breakthroughs you have been praying for. Upon returning home, you notice a new lightness in your step and easy integration of new tools for the path ahead. Gratitude abounds.
Does this sound like what you are calling in? If so, please join us for an intimate retreat adventure in the one and only, Sacred Valley of Peru. Anah and Nayeli are your guides for a 6-day/7-night adventure lovingly designed to help you get into your body and out of your head in the most relaxing and nourishing way.
Utilizing yoga, somatics, guided meditation, authentic relating games, dance, hula hooping, personal development tools and TONS of free time to enjoy the beauty of the location, come prepared to truly LET GO and maybe even find yourself on a whole new level of awareness. You will receive plenty of one-on-one guidance, forge lifelong friendships, and return home with tools and practices to stay centered, connected, and balanced ~ within and without.
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- Delicious, local, mostly organic meals. Mainly vegetarian, yet chef works with the requests of each group!
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Guided Hike to Sach’A Munay Waterfall
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
- Daily Morning Practice of Movement-Medicine… & Magic tools for self-development.
- An evolutionary approach to Yoga through Prāna Vinyāsa & elements in yoga & Ayurveda
- Hoop Dance ~ all the flavors from fitness to flow practice to fun.
- A sampling of embodied practices to explore: Primal Movement; Acro-Yoga; Axis Syllabus Movement Research
- Spin jams & Ecstatic Dance.
- Connection circles & Authentic Relating Games (we promise, you’ll love it! ;))
- Personalized Prescriptive Practices to take home & serve your, unique life.
- A half-day group excursion to the ruins, town & famous market at Pisac.
- Option to add on trip to Machu Picchu at the end of our retreat. *additional cost*
The retreat 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 Despacho 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.
Michelle ‘Nayeli’ Bouvier is a Prana Vinyasa™ Yoga Teacher Trainer, Certified Yoga Therapist, Hoopdance pioneer, AcroYoga Teacher, Thai Massage Practitioner and dancer devoted to the art and science of embodiment (definitely a body nerd!). Teaching everywhere since 2000, Michelle has accumulated nearly 4000 hours of training, specializing in sustainability and resilience of the body, mind, and heart.
Grateful for her many teachers, Michelle has been most influenced by her depth of training with Shiva Rea, Tias Little, John Friend, and Tim Miller (yoga), Christopher Wallis and Christopher Tompkins (Tantrik philosophy and practice), Frey Faust, Gil Hedley, and Tom Meyers (anatomy and movement). Michelle continues to study Ayurveda and The Axis Syllabus (a lexicon of principles derived from anatomy, physics, and biomechanics, which teach safety, efficiency, and sustainability- applicable to all human movement).
Michelle has always been on the inquiring edge. She’s helped create Hoop Vinyasa℠ (online on Yoga Alchemy) and Mandala Vinyasa: Circular Yoga, and is a revolutionary voice bringing Tantrik roots of embodied yoga together with modern movement science. Michelle’s mission is to inspire living in rhythm with Nature, and to liberate us from linear ideas of yoga asana and movement training ~ because our bodies are made of curves, not straight lines!
In love at first spin in 2006 (Anah was her very first teacher!), Nayeli remains in awe of the hoop’s capacity to transform emotions, empower our authentic selves, and open up new pathways of movement expression and awareness.
Anah aka Hoopalicious
Over the last 20 years, Anah has performed and taught the art of Hoop Dance. On its face, hoop dance looks like merely a visual art. Underneath the sparkly facade, Hoop Dance is a deeply transformative practice.
Fueled by insights from the hoop and her own innate curiosity about spirituality and transformation, Anah became her own research scientist. Having struggled with depression her whole life, the art of fulfillment and happiness became her chief pursuit. It may have looked like she was just simply hooping her heart out, but really… She was STUDYING. Studying the inner workings of her mind, spirit and of life itself. This pursuit was at times rocky, at other times illuminating and continues to this day. This passion for studying the heights and depths of life branched out beyond hoop dance into too many modalities to count and is truly the underlying fabric of her being.
Anah’s highest joy is to use all she has learned from life, hundreds of books, numerous seminars, deep dives into transformative experience and immersion in the Co-active Coaching Certification course to help others find fulfillment. Oh, and beyond that, Anah’s real favorite thing is a well-timed inappropriate joke that serves to lighten us all the f up. ha!
The Movement, Medicine and Magic: Hoop Dance and Yoga retreat was exactly what I needed to feel refreshed and inspired again. It was a truly magical experience at an incredible setting – from the people, the retreat introduced me to an incredible new soul sister, and I loved the complimentary and unique offerings from Michelle Nayeli and Anah that I’ve never experienced anywhere else – plus the food, activities and movement were so yummy! I really loved getting to experience the movement classes that broadened my understanding of yoga including new fun & challenging practices like animal play, yoga with the seed sounds that tantrics practiced thousands of years ago, the fun hoop classes, and invitation through group and personal exercises that opened up a way for me to connect deeper within. I’m super grateful for the experience and looking forward to the next one in Peru – a place my soul has been calling me to for years now.
The Sacred Valley is a magical place for healing and adventure. Whether you feel called to get out and explore or stay in and restore, Peru is the perfect place to do so. During your retreat, you will have plenty of free time during which you can enjoy some of what Peru has to offer. Here is a selection of tours and activities that you will be able to choose from while in Peru:
- Healing bodywork and spa treatments
- Tours of the local sacred sites
- Hike to the nearby waterfall
- Coca leaf readings
- Traditional Incan ceremonies
- Explore and shop in the local villages
*Additional tours and activities are not included in the tuition price
OPTIONAL 2-DAY TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU
October 19-21, 2019
Shared Occupancy: $560
Single Occupancy: $600
This retreat includes the option to add-on an overnight tour of Machu Picchu to the end of your experience. Pre-registration is required.
- 2 Nights Accommodations (1 Night Aguas Calientes, 1 Night Cusco)
- Transportation (Private Transport, Bus, Train)
- Tour Guide
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
The journey will begin with a drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites in the valley. 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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