Spend a week in the Sacred Valley of Peru deepening your yoga practice, connecting with personal healing and transformation, and immersing yourself in what was once the epicenter of the Inca Empire. Nestled in the Andes mountains you will experience harrowing mountain peaks, rural villages, roaming llamas and alpacas, local agriculture and Pacos (healers).
The retreat center is situated in the home of the twelve mountains known as the “Apus-luminous beings”, surrounded by an oasis of native plants and fruit trees that is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. Each day you will experience twice daily Ashtanga yoga, meditation, pranayama and yogic studies in a beautiful octagon temple space.
THIS RETREAT IS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS TO ALL LEVELS OF YOGIS
- 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 a Local 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.
Kimberly Dahlmann has been a student of yoga and meditation since 1994, and a teacher for more than 22 years. She is the founder and director of Yoga East and a 500-hour E-RYT certified instructor by the Yoga Alliance.
A dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, Kimberly began practicing under to guidance of Nancy Gilgoff and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1999, traveling to Maui for extended periods to study with Nancy and to India to study with “Guruji” Pattabhi Jois.
Although Kimberly’s yoga roots run deep in the traditional practice and methods of Ashtanga, in recent years Kimberly has continued personal study and practice in the Iyengar tradition of yoga with her teacher Kofi Busia, where she has discovered a deeper understanding of the healing, therapeutic potential of yoga.
As a teacher of yoga, Kimberly forms a careful synthesis, bridging reverence for traditional vinyasa practice and the lineage from which it originates, while also teaching the importance of postural, structural alignment, and the innately therapeutic nature of asana practice. Kimberly integrates pranayama (breath practices), meditation, and therapeutic approaches with traditional Ashtanga practice.
As the founder and director of Yoga East, Kimberly provides a gentle and compassionate healing space in which individuals may grow, and the yoga community may thrive. It is her deepest commitment to preserve and transmit the traditions of yoga that have been shared with her.
“Gifted, wise, caring, and compassionate are some of Kimberly Dahlmann’s special qualities. She skillfully guides me on the journey of learning and adopting a daily yoga practice, both on and off my mat, that I envision continuing for the rest of my life. Her intuitive, insightful knowledge of each student is amazing, as she guides each of us in the direction, both physically and spiritually, that best suits us. People ask why I travel to Kittery almost every weekday to practice at Yoga East, the reason is Kimberly and the Yoga East community she fosters.” – Sherri N.
“Kimberly’s immense experience and mastery of her craft are immediately evident in the ease with which she communicates insight with compassion, humility, and integrity. Her teaching never fails to challenge my body, open my heart and inspire my spirit. Her deeply penetrating exacting alignment cues, hands-on adjustments, thoughtfully themed classes, attentive presence, and most of all, her way of living what she teaches have helped me to refine my practice and teaching tremendously. Kimberly always succeeds in orienting her students to the magic of the practice. She is a true teacher.”– Bethany M.
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
May 7-9; depart Peru on May 9
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. The drive time to the center is approximately 1.5 hours.
We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip.
We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). For Non-U.S. Residents this policy with Trawick insurance is available: Safe Travels Multi-National.
We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.
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Shared Accommodations – $2295 USD
Single Accommodations – $2695 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.
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In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2021 or 2022 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*
We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.
*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.
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