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Journey to the center in Peru embodies the ultimate yoga retreat and adventure experience. We’ve created an adventure where the yoga, the travel, the people, the culture, the nature, the food, the history and the healing come together to create a life-changing experience. This trip will be led by our local guides, amazing yoga teacher’s Aarona and Vanessa and experienced local leader, Gaby, creating the ideal/safe environment for you to sink into the adventure, discover Peru and explore yourself.
This yoga retreat & adventure in Peru will be full of magic and awe, lush clean air and nature, a sharpening of one’s trust and intuition, an awakening of one’s adventurous spirit, sacred land and unique heart-opening-mind-expanding experiences, a journey of our ancestors, a richness of culture and connection, an experience full of color and texture, a tonifying of both our physical and subtle body from all the land, yoga, hiking, nourishment, joy and community. The journey will be filled with sacred temples, mystical historic sites, inspiring stories, passion, nature, exceptional people, local food, market place art, and more.
We will work on all the chakras, yet especially strengthen and bring to life our solar plexus (3rd chakra) and heart chakra (4th chakra), which will prepare participants to return home with a super charged up connection to their purpose and creative drive. We will re-ignite our curiousity for life, commitment to self-love and to daily sitting/meditation. We will learn and respect the ways of the locals, and step out of our own limited box, which can be so positively life changing! There will be a lot of hiking, learning about history of the sacred lands, connecting to our breath as our ‘hook’ into presence.
Vanessa Weinberg will be joining us to over meditations and pranayam to acclimate to a new environment and altitude, and Kundalini Kriyas to bring the body to bliss and balance.
In order to experience all that the Sacred Valley has to offer, we will be moving locations every few nights during our journey. We’ll spend 3 nights at The Source Peru Retreat Center near Urubamba, 2 nights camping accommodations near Santa Teresa (All tents, down comforters, fluffy pillows and equipment are included and set up for you), 3 nights accommodations in the town of Aquas Calientes (Machu Picchu base) and 3 nights accommodations in the vibrant city of Cusco.
Each day we will focus on a new intention that can be brought into our day/journey/adventure. They will be accessible themes that will help us connect to the land, connect to our interior, connect to others, and feel more whole. This trip will help to dissolve the illusion of difference or separateness and will light up our connection to the whole and to Oneness. Intuition, Gratitude, Magic, Nurture, Adventure, Oneness, Trust, Center, Balance, Creativity, Awareness, Earth, etc…
While on our journey our Peruvian Chefs will provide us with the majority of our delicious meals. There will be several options such as vegetarian, gluten free, etc and we can accommodate most dietary concerns.
With movement, holistic health and the arts being at the forefront of Aarona’s healing journey, she’s deeply inspired to share her growth and tools with others. Inspired by 20 plus years of yoga, 12 years as a yoga teacher and wellness adviser, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts, and a love of writing and globe trotting – Aarona shares her passion on and off the mat. Her classes combine various yoga and meditation disciplines where she invites you to safely explore your edge and enliven the wisdom of your senses. She’s the founder/creative director/author of ‘The Moon Deck’ (an intuitive oracle deck filled with inspired offerings to stoke the powers of intention and ritual), curates and teaches ‘Yoga Soundscape’ (a live music and sound concert combined with a thoughtfully orchestrated moving meditation practice), and created the music modules for the Kula Yoga and Wanderlust teacher training programs.
Born in LA and brewed in NYC, she teaches public yoga classes, facilitates global adventure yoga retreats, leads empowering women’s workshops, mentors new yoga teachers and offers private coaching. Aarona has been featured in the New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, Fréttblaðið of Iceland, Times of India, Origin Magazine, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, AlignYo, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio.
Yoga Teacher, Wellness Advisor, Creative Curator
Vanessa was introduced to meditation practice before she knew how to read, and to her first sun salutation at seven in the California Public School System. She became a yoga teacher 18 years ago and is the founder of www.BodyMindGifts.com. A collation of synchronistic events called her to the world of natural medicine and years of study with masterful teachers in the Krishnamacharya & Kundalini lineages. In addition to her traditional and deep spiritual training, she has an athletic background. While in the triathlon club in college she learned useful drills which she later found worked well for clients with injuries, and for cross training athletes. She specializes in helping people find good alignment as they move, changing patterns that create stress in the body and mind, giving people access to unique strength and stamina building skills, both on the Yoga mat and in the pool. She has worked as a Yoga Coach for the Princeton Track & Field team and for the Cirque du Soleil show Totem, as well as for hundreds of students in various studios around the world. When Vanessa isn’t teaching, she enjoys playing on the beach with friends, dancing under a moonlit sky, and training as a competitive Freediver.
We highly recommend packing light. We will always have a landing place so you will not have to carry more than your day-pack while we are hiking. However, having just one small to medium sized roller bag or duffel is highly recommended for the most ease and grace throughout the journey.
Our accommodations during this retreat are double occupancy during the first 6 nights when we are in the sacred valley and camping. It may be possible that we will have a couple of single rooms to offer only while we are in Aguas Calientes and Cusco for the last 6 nights. We are staying at quaint, non-touristy places during the first week of our journey. Please email [email protected] for more information and availability and to request the upgrade fee amount for these nights.
Our accommodations upon arrival to the Sacred Valley are at an incredible retreat center near Urubamba with an extraordinary circular practice space and a waterfall on-site. All rooms here are double occupancy. If you are coming on your own, we will pair you with an amazing roommate.
After departing the retreat center, we make our way to the high jungle, near the town of Santa Teresa where we will spend 2 nights at a beautiful, remote campsite, Cola De Mono. Our tents are set up for us and regular mattresses, fluffy down comforters and pillows are all provided. There are flushing toilets, private outdoor showers and a wood burning Jacuzzi! We camp along the incredible river under the shade of the jungle. We will be at approximately 5000 feet here.
We then head to Aquas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. Here we stay at the Andina Luxury, a charming hotel in town close to the amazing river, restaurants and the bus station where we catch the bus to go to Machu Picchu both days. After our exciting adventure at Machu Picchu, we will head back to Cusco where we will stay in a hotel in the heart of Cusco close to the main square, shopping and restaurants.
NOTE:Not Included: International Flight in and out of Cusco, Peru, Personal healing sessions or spa treatments, Several meals and snacks while we are on the road (suggestions will be given), Tips for our service staff ***(please budget an extra $100 US Dollars that will be collected & shared with the over 30 people who will be assisting us during the adventure)***, Extra bottled water (we will provide some), Travel Insurance. We HIGHLY recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this journey!, This Peruvian adventure in not available to children due to the fast pace of our journey. All participants must be 21 years of older. (Or 15 and over if coming with a family member)
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.