Join Kathy Yannucci on this spiritual journey to the Sacred Valley of Peru where you will embark on a unique 2020 Vision experience to create spiritual abundance in all areas of your life. We will connect with our own sacred energy while practicing daily meditation, pranayama, and yoga. Our days will be infused with Ayurvedic wisdom, Dharma talks, journaling, and time for introspection.
Due to the sacred energy of Peru, this country is where the spiritually inclined come to tap into ancient wisdom and tradition through Incan, Andean and Amazonian culture. Our retreat will begin with a Despacho ceremony where we will offer our intentions and prayers to Mother Earth (Pachamama) and the sacred mountains (Apus). This ceremony helps us stay in harmony with nature while blessing all areas of our life.
Kathy’s spiritual journey combined with 15 years of teaching yoga, inspired this retreat to the sacred country of Peru. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Kathy looks forward to guiding you on this magical journey amidst the natural beauty and wonders that await you in Peru.
- 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
- Daily yoga practices
- Despacho Ceremony
- Karma Yoga Service Project
- Guided Hike to Sacha Munay Waterfall
- 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.
Kathy, also known as KATICA, is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Coach, 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Master Reiki Practitioner. She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and a lifelong learner of holistic health modalities who loves to share what she has learned with her clients, friends, and family.
She began her yoga journey in the fall of 2000 at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City after being diagnosed with hyperthyroid. While working full-time as a Fashion Designer, she started practicing yoga twice a week in order to counteract the symptoms of her thyroid condition.
In January 2004, Kathy’s love for yoga led her to enroll in a teacher-training course in Miami, Florida where she first learned about the beautiful science of Ayurveda and how it supported the practice of yoga. Kathy taught at local studios and spas in Miami, while also implementing “Yoga for Lunch” into the corporate world. In addition, she taught private clients at their homes and businesses.
In November 2005, Kathy moved to Columbus, Ohio. The first thing she did upon arriving was to take a tour of the city to find all the local yoga studios. She has taught at McConnell Heart Health Center, local studios, country clubs, and owned a yoga and wellness studio in Worthington, OH.
Kathy has trained with Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Rodney Yee, Paul Grilley, Cyndi Lee, and many others. Her fluid yoga style is sometimes referred to as a “dance”, as she links one pose to the next with each breath. Kathy’s continuing studies and personal health experiences with Yoga, Reiki, Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, have led her to teach in a way that blends all these practices.
In October 2015, Kathy decided to formally train in Ayurvedic medicine with the California College of Ayurveda. Her intention is to be of service to her community.
Kathy now lives in Orlando, Florida with her family and consults with clients locally and via long distance.
Kathy’s favorite quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
- Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
- Ayurvedic Health Counselor
- Reiki Master
- RYT 500
- E-RYT 200
- 1200-Hour Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Program with California College of Ayurveda
- 1200-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program with California College of Ayurveda
- 300-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga On High
- 260-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Rossella Rossi
- 100-Hour Insight Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Powers
- 50-Hour OM Vinyasa Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee
- Komyo Reiki Kai (Master Level)
- Yin Yoga
- Vinyasa Flow
- Yin Yang Yoga
- Basic/Gentle Yoga
- Corporate and Private Yoga
- Essential Oils
“Last summer’s yoga retreat in Costa Rica was unforgettable, and I am really grateful to have had this experience. From the first night when we were welcomed with a spiritual meditation treat, Kathy made the entire retreat very special and enjoyable. She arranged unique, beautiful accommodations, with caring staff and delicious food. The yoga on a platform near the beach was super, and the boat excursion to a nearby island was a blast. I also enjoyed my downtime, and there was definitely time to just relax in a variety of ways, my personal preference being the hammocks on the beach. The best part was spending time getting to know the inspiring people who were on the retreat. Kathy, being Kathy, shared yoga and ayurvedic practices with us, always challenging me to change my perspective, and I returned to my home life with a renewed spirit and new important people in my life.”
“Kathy has truly been blessed with the spiritual gift of healing, and lucky for us, she’s had the courage to pursue this calling and make it her life’s work. Kathy’s warm, gentle, caring demeanor, combined with her wealth of knowledge & abundance of true life experience, makes for a wonderful educator of Ayurveda. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the pleasure of having her as my guide on this journey towards finding balance in my life.”
“Kathy has challenged my body, opened my heart and has inspired my spirit. Her style of teaching is calm, clear, and precise and she has an excellent sense of what her students can and cannot do. She will work on your level – leaving room for growth and progress. Kathy has an aura about her that just has to be experienced. I leave her class every week feeling strong, calm and grounded.”
“Kathy has been not just my teacher, but also a trusted yoga advisor as my practice has evolved in my ten years of practice. Her teachings are a constant in my personal yoga journey. She takes time to get to know her students before every class and develops a sense of trust and comfort in the room. She is dedicated to her own continued studies of yoga and Ayurveda, which she weaves into dharma talks and well-crafted sequences. Kathy is welcoming to beginners and advanced practitioners.”
“Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Practice with Kathy! I love taking yoga classes from Kathy. She is extremely qualified and honors the practice of yoga with mindful practices for both physical and spiritual well-being. Kathy is very welcoming so no matter what your level or experience with yoga is, there is no judgment and a pure desire to increase each persons’ well-being both mentally and physically.”
“I have been a student of Kathy Yannucci for almost a decade! Her dedication and passion for yoga is an inspiration. I also appreciate the time and effort she dedicates to deepening her yoga knowledge through workshops, seminars and retreats. She shares everything she has learned and makes the class experience ever-changing!”
“I’ve known Katherine for many years and words can’t express how lucky I feel to have met her. She is such a kind, considerate and conscientious person. She is very serious and dedicated to excellence in her craft. We met at the wellness center I managed years ago, and I hired her for private yoga classes after that. I was struck with her exactness, her meticulous practice and most importantly, her warm and welcoming spirit. She is truly a precious gem of a teacher.”
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
July 10-12; depart Peru on July 12
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.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
You will be booking your flights for 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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Save $300 on full-price (shared only) of $2195 USD until February 1, 2020!
Shared Accommodations – $1895 USD (Full Price $2195 USD )
Single Accommodations – $2495 USD
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.