Join Retreat leader, Heidi L. Audet, for this 7-day retreat and rediscover your sacred vitality, your innate ability to replenish and renew your mind, body and spirit.
In the Andean cultures of Peru, there is a fundamental belief that “energy exists in all things (the spiritual life force) and that this energy needs to be maintained in a balanced state. This energy exists in all-natural forms, including trees, plants, rivers, glaciers, lakes, rocks and high mountain peaks …There is a belief amongst the Quechua people that “all life comes from Mother Earth (Pachamama) and returns to her upon death. When the energy becomes unbalanced or out of alignment, rituals are required to regain equilibrium.” –source
Similarly, Yoga and Ayurveda, both extensions of Samkhya Philosophy, also believe in spirits or energy (Parusha) and in matter, or nature (Prakriti). When Prakriti is out of balance (known as Vikriti), and we are not in concert with our true nature, we become dis-regulated. We need practices or rituals to bring us back into homeostasis. An Ayurvedic Spring cleanse is an example of one ritualistic practice to regain equilibrium. We will explore these concepts a little deeper during the retreat.
During your retreat, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature and opportunities to experience balanced wellness. This is the perfect retreat for you to gather your friends, siblings, or significant others, and immerse yourselves in the sacred energy of Peru.
Experience daily meditation, pranayama, and a morning yoga asana practice to prepare you for the day; luxuriate in a daily evening restorative yoga class to help you rest, heal and renew at the conclusion of your day.
- 7 nights accommodations
- 3 meals a day, beginning with lunch on the day of arrival, and breakfast on the day of departure
- Round trip transport to and from Cusco Airport
- Despacho Ceremony on the night of arrival
- Excursion day on Wednesday tentatively
- Guided waterfall hike
- Morning meditation and breathing practices at 6:30 am (Sun. Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. Sat.)
- Morning Vinyasa yoga flow (Sun. Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri., Sat.)
- Evening restorative yoga (Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri.)
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.
Heidi L. Audet
Heidi L. Audet, BA, ERYT-500, AHC, is a world traveler, yogi and Ayurvedic Health Counselor. These three passions have fed her desire to bring students on adventures to distant places, where they can explore the world around them and discover their path to whole wellness. This past winter, Heidi spent nearly a month in India to deepen her spiritual studies, and in March, she led an Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Papagayo, Costa Rica. These experiences reminded her how important it is to connect with the sacred nature of the spaces you visit, and is the impetus for leading this Yoga & Ayurveda retreat in Peru.
Growing up in the Adirondacks in upstate NY kindled Heidi’s love of the outdoors and helped develop her ability to find peace in the heart of nature. She has been a lifelong nutritional enthusiast and wellness promoter who enjoys teaching people about yoga, meditation, personal wellness, and nutrition. Her yoga teaching style is influenced by her 20 years of personal yoga practice and from her studies with her teachers David Swenson, Kimberly Dahlmann, Shiva Rea, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Shari Friedrichsen, & Sandy Anderson. In her world of Ayurveda, Heidi is an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Instructor for the Himalayan Institute, since 2014, and in 2015 became a NAMA-(National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Board-Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, trained by Dr. Rosy Mann, BAM, and Kathryn Templeton, MA, E-RYT 500 at The Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA.
When she is not studying Ayurveda or teaching yoga, Heidi enjoys nourishing her friends and family with her wholesome cooking, and engaging in hiking, traveling, kayaking, biking, and coaching middle school field hockey. Heidi brings her passion for wellness into the world in all aspects of her life. Her gentle manner, sense of humor and compassionate instruction helps put her students at ease. She has been teaching yoga since 2002, and her teaching style draws from 21 years as an educator in the Maine public school systems where she worked with special needs, adults, and at-risk teen populations. For more about Heidi, visit: http://heaingtideyoga.com/about.htm
“I joined Heidi for a Yoga & Vitality Retreat in Papagayo, Costa Rica in March, 2019. Heidi met us upon arrival and was already so familiar with the grounds and staff one would think she was employed there year-round! She kept us informed of all yoga-related activities and beyond, even one day taking us all on a volcano/rain forest tour that was
beyond imagination. Always the professional, Heidi makes all practitioners feel as though the classes are tailored to their needs, and even brings in her sense of calm and humour. I look forward to our next travel adventure!” –Mary S.
“Heidi is a wonderful yoga instructor. She teaches in such a gentle, non-judgmental way. She provides clear step by step instructions during class, and gentle hands-on instruction if you’re open to that. She meets each student at their level. But most of all, she has such a kind and caring spirit. She is genuinely concerned about the wellness of each of her students. Her yoga classes are casual, non-judgmental and we also usually get in a good laugh or two. I attended her yoga retreat in Costa Rica in 2019. The retreat was wonderful from start to finish. The resort and setting were amazing. Heidi offered 2 classes per day, but there was no judgement if you opted to skip a session. Again, all levels of yoga were welcomed – from complete beginners to experienced yogis. I am looking forward to her next retreat!”–Susan R.
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
April 4-6; depart Peru on April 6
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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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. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.