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with Shannon Smadella

COMING BACK TO THE EARTH THROUGH THE HEART WITH SHANNON SMADELLA (1 Week Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Peru: Visit to Machu Picchu)

Sunday September 23rd 2018 - Sunday September 30th 2018

Location: Peru
Daily Schedule: Day 1: Welcome Day 2: Letting Go Day 3: Releasing Day 4: Bliss Day 5: Manifestation Day 6: Formless Day 7: Home
Cost: $2145 Shared Accommodations $2545 Single Accommodations Includes: > 7 Nights Accommodations > 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day > Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport > Daily Yoga & Meditation Practices > Karma Yoga Service Project > Guided Hike to the local Waterfall > Coca Leaf Reading > Despacho Ceremony > Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Phone: 2042712018

Discover your inner power, and get ready to open doors that will guide you on a path of living a sacred life, and be of service with your divine gifts. Come embody the medicine of self-love and join us in the highlands of Peru in the Sacred Valley (at the foot of the Andes Mountains and Macchu Pichu), as we flow through the transformative levels of the Native American Medicine Wheel, dive deep into the practice of Yoga, and experience local shamanic traditions.

East meets West as we experience a unique synergy: the shamanic practices and rituals of the Americas and the ancient art and science of Yoga renew and deepen your relationship with yourself, your life, and Pachamama (Mother Earth). If you are a spiritual seeker, sacred site enthusiast, and passioned by personal transformation get ready for an unforgettable retreat that will connect you with nature and open your heart in ways you’ve never imagined.

Located in the heart of The Sacred Valley, Peru, this program offers a powerful place to tap into the wisdom of the land, the ancient culture, and the deep inner knowing of our own hearts. This land is said to be one of the most powerful energetic centers in the world. During this retreat, we find a harmonious and symbiotic blend of ancient indigenous wisdom and yogic teachings to guide us on this path of awakening. We will find a deep connection to nature as we explore the healing modalities of Peru. We experience the medicine of this land through a Despacho ceremony, a heart-opening cacao ceremony, traditional coca leaf readings, and sound healings throughout, with optional shamanic ceremonies offered with trusted local guides. These rituals facilitate personal transformation and healing and will leave you feeling cleansed and empowered.

Aligning with nature’s Rhythm, each day begins with a beautiful mindful asana practice in preparation for the day ahead. During the retreat, an opportunity to serve the local community in meaningful ways through karma & service work will foster the qualities of compassion and selflessness deep within, taking the yoga practice truly off-the-mat. Evening practices of Yin, Restorative, Kirtan and/or Meditation, and deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra will allow time for absorption and reflection promoting a restful night’s sleep to wake up and emerge anew. There will be time built in for exploration of the local culture and an optional overnight trip to the sacred Maccu Pichu. Each participant will have the opportunity of taking in treatments from the resort, private consultations and treatments with Shannon, and will also receive a Primordial Sound Meditation mantra from Shannon which they can use in their meditations.

We hope you can join us for a week of exploration, transformation, and ritual that is truly a soul-aligning and uplifting experience in the Sacred Valley. We hope that you will walk away from the retreat feeling refreshed, connected, and inspired to live authentically.

The retreat will be held at a beautiful retreat center in the Sacred Valley of Peru, surrounded by the twelve mountains known as “apus”—“luminous beings” who are said to intercede on behalf of people. The retreat center offers rooms with views of the mountains, locally-sourced food, and services supporting personal healing and reflection.

The themes for the week will be as follows:

Day 1: Welcome
Day 2: Letting Go
Day 3: Releasing
Day 4: Bliss
Day 5: Manifestation
Day 6: Formless
Day 7: Home


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.

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
Traditional Incan ceremonies
Explore and shop in the local villages

*Additional tours and activities are not included in the tuition price

Optional 2 Day/1 Night Tour

Take part in a rich and exciting 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu. The journey will begin with a drive through the sacred valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites in the valley. After this scenic drive, you will arrive in Ollantaytambo, a small town that still maintains its Incan. You will have an opportunity to visit and explore the majestic archaeological site of Ollantaytambo (aka “Olla”) which overlooks the route to Machu Picchu.

That afternoon you will 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.

That evening you will be transported back to the retreat center for the remainder of your retreat in Peru.

**Please note, this tour will take place during the retreat. Those who choose not to attend can enjoy free time at the center as well as optional spa treatments or local excursions. There will be limited yoga available during the days of the Machu Picchu tour.**

What’s Included?

Transportation throughout the tour
Entrance fee and permits for Machu Picchu
Local Peruvian guide (English-speaking)
Visit to Ollantaytambo
One night accommodation
All meals during the tour

What’s Not Included?

Drinks (water, soda, etc.)
Any extras not mentioned above


$560 for shared accommodations

$600 for single accommodations

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