Settle in with your guide, Terri McDermott, ERYT 500 and founder of Svastha and Peaceful Poses, for a Peruvian wellness journey in the Mountains and Sacred Valley of Peru. Once we arrive, we will begin the practice of self-care through immersion in this beautiful place in nature that is known for its powerful spiritual energy. We will practice slow flow, yin, gentle and restorative yoga while learning how to use pranayama and meditation to guide us and deepen our personal practice.
This retreat will include 2 optional sessions of yoga/meditation/pranayama daily, local vegetarian cuisine, opportunities to hike nearby waterfalls, cozy up with the community in a service project, and explore local markets and villages. Feel free to extend your retreat with an optional trip to the famous Machu Picchu and other ceremonies that will be made available.
If you are at a place in your life where healing, transformation or nature is calling to you, then this sacred space and retreat await you! Visit the Sacral Chakra of the Earth where the energy of Machu Picchu attracts millions of people from all over the world annually where a spiritual peace and tranquility is felt upon arrival. Terri will help you select a personal mantra for use upon departure, sending you on your way equipped with all the practices for wellness, as well as, a gift for the group of a Despacho Ceremony. This retreat is for anyone beginning their journey or who have a steady practice in their life.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Guided hike to a local waterfall
- Group ground transportation to/from Cusco Airport to Retreat Center
- 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.
With over 20 years of combined experience, Terri McDermott continues to pursue an active interdisciplinary career in health and wellness through the teachings and study of holistic care, meditation, and yoga.
Education in Health, Wellness, and Yoga
A Michigan native, Terri received her C.M.A. in Medical Assistance through training provided in Royal Oak, Michigan and her RYT 200 through Jenny Lintvedt, Yen Yoga & Fitness in Traverse City, Michigan and her ERYT 500 through Marion “Mugs” McConnell of South Okanagan Yoga Academy, Cardston, Alberta. Throughout her continued studies, Terri has taken further training with known teachers such as Sean Corn, Joe Barnett, Kathryn Buddig, and Dr. James Lawrence.
Personal Training & Wellness Programs
Terri understands the importance of incorporating wellness into all aspects of life and works with her private clients to create balance. This includes developing mastery of one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being through various disciplines and healing modalities such as deep stretching, breathing, core work, meditation, reflection, nutrition, stress management, and wellness coaching. She is an Ambassador for Divine Warrior Goddess Trainings and has been successful in facilitating these trainings to numerous women throughout Traverse City, Michigan. She feels there is great work to be done in bringing together women and reminding them of the skills they inherently possess and removing those layers and restrictions society has imposed so there is movement forward with their life’s work.
Her work at the Cowell Family Cancer Center increased her passion for working with individuals overcoming illness and fear has helped her in her own life by driving her further into studies in multiple areas of healing.
She currently divides her time in Traverse City, Michigan teaching and working privately, as well as, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Passion for Wellness and Community
As a child, the seed for yoga was planted when Terri attended her first yoga classes in a fellow elementary school student’s basement learning yoga from a dedicated mom. That seed took root and continues to grow strong. As she continued on her journey, those roots reached out, took her on a path of spiritual growth, and coaxed within her the need to continue to learn about the intricacies of the human body, our vessel in this life, the mind and spirit.
She currently serves as a board member for the organization, Yoga Alliance, Arlington, VA and continues to find ways to bring her teachings to her communities, both in Florida and Michigan. An annual retreat “Pura Vida Yoga Retreat” is provided and taught by her in Costa Rica always attempting to immerse a larger group to the concepts of yoga, meditation, pranayama, and self-study.
Founder of Svastha and Peaceful Poses
Terri has been practicing yoga throughout her life and teaching yoga since 2012. She is the founder of Svastha and Peaceful Poses, whose mission is to teach the incorporation of wellness concepts, yoga, and meditation into the daily lives and build daily routines with her students. She teaches multiple types of classes such as Restorative, Yin, Detox, Hot and Gentle yoga, SUP, along with meditation, and leads multiple workshops and facilitates groups of women in her communities fostering a tribe of sorts who grow and learn together. She specializes in one on one teaching and coaching based on client needs and creating individualized plans for students to include all aspects of wellness.
“Going through Warrior Training with Terri was a life-changing experience for me. The Universe had been teaching me the same lesson for the past couple of years: when the student is ready, the teacher appears. And this continues to ring true as I now see Terri as a teacher, mentor, role model and friend. As we went through the training, we were challenged to define our own self- worth as well as finding the ways we take care of ourselves. This proved to be tough as most women put themselves last then have nothing left to give. It can be a little daunting to articulate where our inner strength comes from. Peeling back all these layers of who we think we are and who we really are hard work however totally worth it. When given an opportunity to re-write our story it took me by surprise how I could re-frame some of my experiences that may not exactly he “highlights”. Terri was kind, supportive and gentle with our discussions and just continued to prompt us to dig deeper and keep peeling the layers back. I must say one of the peak moments was when we were able to write down what didn’t serve us any longer and we had a ceremonial burning of those notes. POWERFUL!” – Wendy V.C
“I just finished training with Terri McDermott. Terri is so knowledgeable, as well as, compassionate and a wonderful teacher and person. I highly recommend her classes!” – Shelly 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
October 29-31; depart Peru on October 31
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.
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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.
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