Sacred Valley, PERU
with Gioconda Parker
May 1-8, 2020
Come experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the spiritual heart of Peru. Wake up each morning at the base of majestic mountains views, steps away from a beautiful waterfall and surrounded by gardens of flowers and native herbs.
Morning yoga classes with Gioconda will prepare you for the days activities and adventures including native cleansing and healing ceremonies, explorations of the Moray ruins, Pisaq market and a full day trip to Machu Picchu. Afternoon and evening yoga sessions will assist in the integration of your experiences.
Housing, meals and group excursions are all included. Meals are prepared with ingredients from the gardens and local organic farms and care is taken in every detail from the group dining room, outdoor spaces and Chakra rooms.
We have 10 available rooms for this week. Please reserve early. Payment plans are available.
Your retreat includes 7 nights accommodations at our private retreat center in the heart of the Sacred Valley, group pick up and drop off from Cusco Airport on the first and last day of the retreat, all yoga Classes with Gioconda, all meals (vegetarian and vegan), and the following ceremonies and explorations:
MOTHER EARTH OFFERING
The offering to Mother Earth (Pachamama) is part of the system of reciprocity between the spiritual world and the material world. The offerings to Mother Earth have their origin in the relationship between the millenary culture of the Q´eros and our Pachamama. The offering is a symbolic way in which the man returns and appreciates the fruits that she gives us.
FLOWER AND PLANT BATH
These sensational baths not only serve to detoxify our body, but also spiritually. Stimulating people who go through a cycle of low energy and is also use to cleanse the aura around us.
CACAO CEREMONY WITH FIRE CIRCLE
This ceremony is oriented to reconnect us with beauty, sweetness and love in ourselves, so that from that powerful center we can relate and serve. You can also join this ceremony by dancing around the fire circle.
SALT MINES OF MARAS AND MORAY TOUR
This excursion offers you some of the most interesting Inca sites in Cusco. Start with a visit to the colonial city of Maras and its church. From there we continue to the Inca crop circles of Moray, a magnificent series of terraces in circles that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops. Our final destination is the salt mines that have been in use since pre-Inca times. The water from an underground stream is channeled through pools where it evaporates leaving pure salt crystals. With thousands of white pools that stretch across the valley, the views are impressive.
Includes: transportation, guide, tickets and lunch at the Huacatay restaurant.
PISAQ RUINS AND MARKET
One of the architectural gems of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the archaeological site of Pisaq, is located on the slopes of a mountain, on the beautiful village of Pisaq. The ruins are 25 minutes from the town, following the path down to the mountainside.
Pisaq Market: during most of the week the colonial city of Pisaq is a quiet Andean village where locals relax in the main square or enjoy freshly baked bread in an old clay oven. Here is a popular market for tourists where you can get a variety of memories. Every Sunday the activity in the market increases and the town comes alive, attracting local people and international tourists. The main square is filled, especially after the mass, which is celebrated in the Quechua language. The congregation leaves the church in a colorful procession, guided by the Mayor holding his command rod.
Includes: Transportation, guide, entrance and lunch at the Mullu restaurant.
DAY TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU
A magical full day visiting the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel located in the highlands of the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Vilcabamba River valley. It was built in the fifteenth century, and is famous for its sophisticated dry stone walls that combine huge blocks without the use of a mortar, the fascinating buildings that are related to the astronomical alignments and its panoramic views. The exact use it had remains a mystery. Includes transportation to and from the station, train tickets to and from Aguas Calientes, bus ticket up and down to the archaeological site, guide and lunch at El Indio Feliz.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Please book your travel to Cusco, Peru for arrival on May 1st and departure on May 8th.
We will arrange pick ups from this airport and whisk you away to our center in the Sacred Valley. Our center is located in the small village of Huandar Chico – Arin, 10 minutes away from the city of Calca, 20 min from Urubamba city. We will be in the heart of the Sacred Valley less than 1 hour away from the Cusco.
If you are planning extra time in Peru, we suggest some time in Lima on the front end and Cusco on the back end. This is simply because Cusco is at the highest elevation so starting there may be challenging if you are not used to higher elevations.
What to pack:
- Valid Passport (ensure that it does not expire within 6 months of your travel)
- Comfortable walking shoes. We recommend a good hiking pair of shoes as well as all purpose footwear like sandals, running shoes, etc.
- Comfortable clothing and layers that can easily be added and removed – you can experience hot and cold in the same day. Lightweight pants, a thermal under layer (just in case!) long sleeved shirts, shorts, yoga clothes and a good water proof / windproof jacket. Gloves and a hat are also good to have.
- Water Bottle with good capacity 32oz+ to stay hydrated)
- Sunscreen – SPF15 or greater. The sun is strong at higher altitudes
- Daypack to carry water, camera and such
- Adapters for electronics
Gioconda has been practicing and teaching yoga for 20 years, and is still learning something new every day. Her enthusiasm for the practice is contagious and her dedication to yoga comes through in every class. Whether you are flowing in her artfully sequenced vinyasa classes, or moving through the layers in yin, her guidance and support keep you safe, steady and focused. In addition to years of yoga training, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
Each uniquely themed room has a private bathroom.
Cost: $2695 per person
Cost: $2895 per person
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (limited space)
- 7 nights accommodations
- Group pick up and drop off from Cusco Airport on the first and last day of the retreat
- Yoga Classes with Gioconda
- All meals (vegetarian)
- Mother Earth offering ceremony and
- Detoxifying flower and plant bath
- Sacred Cacao Ceremony
- A full guided day to Machu Picchu
- Day trip to Pisaq Ruins and Sunday market
- 1/2 day Moray and salt mines visit
- Travel to Cusco, Peru
- Optional activities and services
- Gratuities you might like to offer drivers, guides and center staff
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended – see Travel Guard Link)
A $695 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to match you with a roommate.
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before May 15, 2020. No refunds after May 15, 2020. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign an application and liability waiver to participate on this trip.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through March, 2020, unless other arrangements are made.
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