Elevate your practice by joining us for yoga, meditation, exploration and star gazing. Immerse yourself in the Sacred Valley of Peru, known for its powerful spiritual energy. Yoga and meditation sessions will be appropriate for all levels and designed to support our journey. Practice slow flow, breath work, yin and restorative yoga plus more as we ease into this sacred space where sky meets mountain.
Steeped in ancient Incan, Andean, and Amazonian culture, Peru is a country rich in both ecological and cultural diversity; it is a place where long-held traditions continue to live in the hearts and minds of the people. Join us as we honor and learn from the land, culture, and traditions of Peru while exploring practices rooted in ancient India.
This retreat includes the option to add-on an overnight tour of Machu Picchu to the end of your experience.
Each day will include:
- Early morning meditation and mindfulness practice
- Morning class blending traditional and innovative breath-based yoga techniques
- Afternoon free time for rest, reflection, adventure, and exploration
- Evening gentle and restorative yoga to promote general ease and restful sleep
Throughout this retreat, you will have a chance to experience Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative yoga. When we are not practicing, you will have plenty of time to explore the beautiful landscape and history of the Sacred Valley.
*Itinerary is subject to change.
- 7 nights accommodations
- Three meals per day starting with lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Round-trip group transport to/from the Cusco Airport
- 2-3 daily yoga/meditation classes
- Guided waterfall hike
- 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 guest room 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.
Tracy Matthias RYT is a long time practitioner of yoga, beginning a formal practice in 2001. Tracy completed her teacher training with Jenny Tumas and has over 1500 teaching hours. Tracy has taken additional workshops with Jenny Tumas, David Swenson, PJ Heffernan, Jules Mitchell, and Zoe Mai and enjoys checking out regional Ashtanga studios and classes. Tracy is registered with the Yoga Alliance; which sets standards for high-quality instruction and community enrichment through yoga.
Tracy is the owner and primary instructor at Lotus Root Yoga LLC in Ripon, Wisconsin.
Tracy enjoys teaching and practicing Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Gentle Yoga. Her methodical approach to breath awareness and sequences will leave you feeling refreshed, euphoric and with newfound strength and flexibility. Tracy embraces the wisdom of the Ashtanga sequence – offering custom instruction, variations and hands-on assists if desired. Tracy also incorporates Ayurvedic considerations into her sessions.
Tracy enjoys being an artist of life and a student of nature.
“I am passionate about sustainable living, yoga and seasonal food. I enjoy being able to help others discover their own health and wellness objectives by providing sincerity, respect and intelligent support for real and lasting change. I facilitate rituals of wellness based on traditional and contemporary techniques to encourage a meditative mental space, therapeutically oriented movement options, overall vitality, a reduction in daily stress and sustainable holistic health.”
Tracy leads yoga classes, community events, private lessons, corporate yoga, and retreats.
Jenny Tumas has been teaching yoga since 2001. Since then she has taught nearly 9000 hours of group classes. She completed teacher trainings at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, at Om Yoga Center in New York, and at Bay Area Yoga in Green Bay. She is also certified by Judith Lasater as a Relax & Renew trainer in Restorative Yoga and completed a 10-day intensive Yin/Yang Yoga training course with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. Registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and YACEP (provider of CE), she has led 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, shorter trainings, workshops, and retreats. She owned her studio, Marigold Yoga, for almost ten years.
Jenny has studied extensively with Kathleen Kelly, Michael Stone and Zoe Mai. She has also studied with Cyndi Lee, Jill Miller, Emilie Conrad, Surya Little, and Jules Mitchell. Jenny is a Reiki Master teacher and teaches Sanskrit 1 & 2 courses for the American Sanskrit Institute.
She offers students practices which blend traditional yoga forms, such as Ashtanga, with contemporary forms and novel approaches based on current and evolving understandings of biomechanics and options for individual bodies. Her classes blend elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga—with a focus on the breath and making yoga accessible to everyone.
As a longtime meditator and teacher of meditation, she has found chanting Sanskrit mantra to be a powerful initiator for quieting the mind and loves to share this with others.
Her teaching philosophy is that “the student is sovereign” in making choices on the yoga mat, and that as a teacher she is there to provide a framework and guidance, but ultimately to support the student on his or her own journey of self-inquiry and discovery. Her hope is that each student develops strength, functionality and the ability to rest, and to experience their own clear and luminous natural state—whether it’s in the practice space, the natural world, or daily life.
“Absolutely amazing teachers! Hope to do a course with both of them again.” ~Previous Retreat Participant
“Jenny and Tracy are fabulous teachers. My daughter and I loved every aspect of our yoga experience, especially morning meditation.” ~Previous Retreat Participant
“I really enjoyed Jenny and Tracy and all the wisdom and teaching they brought to the retreat. I really like how they provided assistance with yoga poses.” ~Previous Retreat Participant
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 21-23; depart Peru on March 23
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.
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