Are you seeking a reprieve from the norm? Are you seeking culture, adventure, and inner guidance? Join Mindy & Michelle as well as other guest instructors from Juniper on a yoga, wellness, and adventure retreat to the Sacred Valley of Peru!
Each day we will move authentically and intentionally, enjoy fresh nourishing organic foods and rest in awe of the natural wonders around us. Find daily movement, inspiring connections, and nightly transformational yoga Nidra practice to ease into a deeply restorative slumber.
There will be plenty of time well spent exploring local communities, giving back with a Karma Yoga Project and hiking to a nearby waterfall. For those who wish to visit Machu Picchu, we will visit this mysterious and sacred site towards the end of our stay.
- 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
- Opening & closing ceremony
- 2+ yoga or meditation classes daily
- Karma Yoga service project
- 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.
Mindy Horn LMT, 200hr RYT
Mindy is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 13 years of bodywork experience. In 2014 she felt drawn to attend a 200hr yoga teacher training to further engage her clients in their own self-care and self-healing abilities. A practitioner of yoga herself since becoming introduced to the ancient practice in massage therapy school – Mindy uses mindfulness meditation and a regular asana practice as a way of coping with anxiety, the stress of running a business and seasonal depression.
Mindy’s goal now as an instructor is to hold space for each of her students, to open their hearts and minds to their own intuition and self-regulating systems. Her love of anatomy spills over into every session and Mindy believes everyone should know this amazing vehicle through life at a deeper level. Her aim is to remind her students who they really are, underneath the chaos of our daily lives and human experiences. Trained in the Himalayan Yoga lineage – compassion is at the center of each of Mindy’s classes. Mindy is also trained in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation.
Combining her love of world exploration and holistic wellness has been a long-time goal. Being from the Mid-west, Mindy also loves encouraging travel as a way to widen her world view and personal growth.
Michelle Rieflin, LMT, 200hr RYT
Michelle is the co-founder and owner of Juniper Spa & Yoga Studio. Michelle holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Myotherapy Institute and has been practicing massage therapy since 2006.
Having always been drawn to the mind-body arts, Michelle began doing yoga as a young adult in her small college apartment with her friends – and it continued to be a part of her weekly workout for nearly 15 years. In 2019 she decided to attend a 200hr teacher training to deepen her personal practice with hopes of integrating her teachings into the business. A lifetime lover of all types of music, her teaching style is based around non-traditional musical themes, often incorporating electronic slow beats, Boss’s Nova and R&B to continuously synced asana & pranayama practices. Because of her high energy, Michelle’s personal practice includes a lot of grounding practices and slow flows to calm her Chitta Vritti.
A strong believer in giving back to your community- Michelle volunteers providing comforting hospice massage at local nursing homes & hospitals. Ever since soothing her own grandfather at his time of need she has felt it her calling to help others during their final stages of life.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys walking with her fur kiddo Patch, cooking, baking, gardening and traveling as much as possible!
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
September 25-27; depart Peru on September 27.
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.
Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!
True Nature Travels and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency that offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly: http://www.statravel.com/solutions/true-nature.htm.
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. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at email@example.com and let us know how we can help!
Save $300 on full-price (shared only) of $2295 USD until July 1, 2020!
Shared Accommodations – $1995 USD (Full Price $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.