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Meet True Nature Leaders: Bobbie and Amanda

There is no way getting around it. Peru is magical. img_5479_2-ollantaytambo


True Nature has the privilege of hosting retreats here and have an amazing adventure coming your way with Bobbie and Amanda!  Learn more about their trip here and sign-up while there are still spots available!



Immerse yourself in mystical Peru, an amazing power place on the planet. This 8 day retreat offers a rare opportunity to commune in the pristine stillness of the Andean mountains and the ancient Incan Ruins. You will have the option to extend your trip by two days and explore magnificent Machu Picchu. Peru provides the perfect environment to unplug, relax, and explore the cherished beliefs and ideas about yourself, others, and the world.

In a beautiful mountain yoga retreat center, enjoy mindfulness inquiry workshops, interactive sharing, meditation, yoga, and fabulous food daily.


Not to mention the leaders are top notch. Inspiring, playful, welcoming, and experienced. It is our pleasure to introduce Bobbie and Amanda!

TN= True Nature B= Bobbie A= Amanda


TN: How does the idea of “Exploring the Essence of Yoga in Sacred Peru” play into your retreat? What themes do you see coming up throughout the journey?
We anticipate the change of environment to have a huge impact on how we connect with and theme the practices while on retreat. Coming from the urban, hurried, angular cityscapes like New York that have the tendency to harden us  to the lush, green, vibrant landscape of the Sacred Valley; we will have the opportunity to recalibrate and soften our senses, tune-in to the elements and absorb the effect on our overall consciousness.
So often, we reference earth and sky in classes or salute the sun – without the direct connection. In a culture as rich as Peru’s we will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a more reverential acknowledgement to the natural world around us.
TN: If there was a yoga pose or meditation practice that described you – what would it be and why?

amandaA: For me, it is really about the concept of creating pause, ventilation, space for insight in my experience. Whether that is in my physical asana practice, my seated practice, how I relate to my children, what I consume, etc. Having enough space to be able to choose wisely how i wish to respond in my life rather than letting reaction breed into reaction without conscious awareness and high intention playing a defining role. This is the embodiment of all the practices to me and how they move from compartmentalized practices into the nooks and crannies of our lives. Space is so key for me.
TN: Other than yoga and meditation – what are some of your passions? Will these be explored in your retreat?

B: Both Amanda and I love the meditative practice of Kirtan (devotional chanting) so we plan to offer lots of opportunity for students to express themselves and get lost (and found) in the power of the collective voice. We are also very excited about the Seva aspect of the retreat as the yoga practice is incomplete somehow if not shared and taken outward into the community. Amanda has just started a service umbrella through Prema as an outreach program for our local community, which I’m sure she’ll tell you more about, take it away, Amanda!
A: Sometimes we can participate in these practices and stay locked in the narrowness of it all, almost to the point of spiritual narcissism. These sacred practices are about improving the self in order to improve and make an impact on the lives around you. And not just human lives. To be non-discriminate in our levels of outreach and to do whatever we can to actively alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings and the great Mother Earth herself. So, for me, to not include Seva in our yoga, it doesn’t compute and is horribly incomplete. To be able to practice in the morning and then go and serve the community afterwards is a privilege.

TN: What is on your “Peru bucket list” and what are you most excited about?

A: To be honest, all of it. What I’m most excited about is to experience these rich full days and to be able to bobbieimmerse, even for such a short time, in the beauty of the culture. There is such a history of vibrant spiritual and magical life, I’m thrilled to be able to participate in a small way.

TN: Is there a saying or quote that really resonates with you and your upcoming retreat?

B: You and I are in training to become conscious, compassionate beings in the truest and deepest sense. Become an instrument of joy, an instrument of equanimity, an instrument of presence, an instrument of availability and at the same time, absolutely quiet. -Ram Dass.