Join Devon, ERYT-500, Ayurveda Health Counselor and founder of Day Yoga Studios for a week-long yoga and
Ayurveda wellness retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru. To the Inca, the world and nature were sacred, and the Sacred Valley is well known for its powerful spiritual energy. “Pachamama,” or mother earth, cared for them and in return, they cared for her. We will tap into this sacred earth energy that supports and nourishes us all, while also exploring yoga and ayurvedic techniques to help support our own individual self-care based on Ayurveda and the doshas. At least 1-2 daily yoga practices will be offered. Morning practices will typically be more energizing vinyasa classes (but also accessible for all levels) and will help you get ready for each day. In the evening we will conclude with gentle, restorative, yin, meditation, or group sangha to help you have a restful evening on your retreat.
You can make your time in the Sacred Valley as relaxing or as adventurous as you like. When you’re not practicing yoga or eating nourishing local cuisine, you can enjoy hiking to the nearby waterfalls, participate in a karma yoga service project and explore local markets and villages. There is also an optional add-on hike to Machu Picchu available at the end of the retreat! You are sure to leave the retreat with a sense of balance, vitality, and overall well-being!
- 7 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Group Ground Transportation to/from Cusco Airport to Retreat Center
- Despacho Ceremony
- Karma Yoga Service Project
- Guided Hike to Sacha Munay Waterfall
- Daily yoga practices
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
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 guestroom 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.
Devon Schmidt, ERYT- 500
It was in 2003 while enrolled at the CCAD, that Devon Schmidt first discovered her love for yoga. Through Hatha yoga classes at the YMCA in downtown Columbus, Ohio, she came to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of the asanas and noticed how wonderful she felt after class. It was while learning about yoga’s spiritual side that Devon was inspired to become a yoga teacher.
In 2010 Devon completed the World Peace Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program in Springboro Ohio. In 2016 Devon also completed the 300hr Advanced Teacher Training Program at Yoga On High and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-500. She has also completed the Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga and Color Me Kids Trainings, as well as Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra Level I. Along the way she has been fortunate to study with David Swenson, Doug Keller, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, and many more inspiring teachers. She has also completed Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage Trainings with Kelly Lewis and Annette Dennis respectively.
In 2011 Devon opened Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio to provide yoga and wellness services to the community. Along with teaching open yoga classes, she also facilitates workshops, conducts private individual yoga sessions, co-directs 200-hour and 500-hour RYS teacher training programs at Day Yoga, and offers Ayurvedic Massage and Reiki sessions. In 2014 Devon opened the second Day Yoga location in Vandalia, Ohio, and a third location in Beavercreek was opened in 2018.
Devon teaches many various yoga styles and loves to incorporate the more spiritual aspects of yoga into her classes, encouraging her students to delve into self-inquiry and staying present through pranayama. All the while, Devon still finds time for her other job: being a mom to four children.
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
ADD-ON MACHU PICCHU TRIP
2-Day Tour of Machu Picchu: $580 Shared Accommodations / $620 Single Accommodations
June 23-25th; depart Peru on June 25th
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.
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
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