Relax in the serenity of the Sacred Valley of Peru. Take time between the 1-2 yoga classes per day to rejuvenate your truest self. Maybe that is meditation, or a hike, or a spa treatment. This is your time to recenter yourself, find balance and renew your vigor for life.
One of the best gifts you can give yourself is time. Time to heal. Time to get to know yourself without the distractions of everyday life. Time to be more fully present. This retreat will center around a daily offering of meditation and yoga practice. Each yoga class will be tailored to Levels 1-2 which means you should have some experience with yoga but in NO way need to be a master. Yoga classes offered will be a blend of vinyasa and hatha yoga with occasional yin or restorative classes. Guests are encouraged to attend these classes and meditation offerings as often as possible because this guides you towards becoming more present throughout your day. During the classes, different modifications will be offered for different ability levels. There will be an emphasis on breath work and finding good alignment.
Each day, guests will be offered 3 delicious vegetarian meals, which are included in your tuition. (Yay!) During your downtime, you have the opportunity to relax or explore! This part of the retreat is yours to create. Melissa will be offering private reiki sessions and health coaching consultations between activities. There will also be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hike Machu Picchu at an additional cost. Yogis attending this retreat will also have the opportunity to participate in karma yoga, giving back to the community that is welcoming us with open arms. Melissa cannot wait to see you in the Sacred Valley of 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
- Despacho Ceremony
- Karma Yoga service project
- Guided hike to a local 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.
Melissa received her 200-hour RYT certification from Diamond Heart Yoga School during a 5-week immersion program in the deep jungles of southern Costa Rica. She has also completed additional training with Om My Yoga Teacher Training. She enjoys AcroYoga and has assisted in an AcroYoga workshop. Melissa also has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is a reiki master and an integrative nutrition health coach. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, exploring delicious food, listening to live music and spending time with her family. She has a passion for natural living and alternative medicine.
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
March 5-7; depart Peru on March 7th
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 – $2195 USD
Single Accommodations – $2595 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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