Throughout the retreat, there will be excursions to explore ancient ruins, temples, and historic sites.
Each excursion will be guided by your facilitators as well as a local guide, Numitor, for an authentic exploration of each site. Between excursions, you will have free days to rest, relax, and process each experience.
Cusco Ruins / Temple of the Moon
Enjoy a full day of cultural immersion in the ruins around Cusco that date back to the Incan empire, Tihuantinsuyo. You will spend the morning touring Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, and Tambomachay which are some of the most visited ruins in the area - burial and ceremonial gatherings sites, military rest points, and temples built to worship the elements of nature. Afterward, you will make your way off the beaten path to the largely unexplored, Temple of the Moon, to honor the site where women came to meditate, connect and pray for their fertility.
It is time to connect to the wisdom that lies inside. Despacho means prayer bundle or offering and is a symbolic representation of inner healing. As the curandero or healer adds all the elements to the sacred mandala, the bundle becomes a living prayer. You will join in the ceremony together, calling upon the powerful elements of the lands around you, to unite with the collective intention of healing. This ceremony is offered by a dear friend and Qero master who will explain the elements of the ritual as you move along.
Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu with! One of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the world, join this retreat in exploring this sacred site and learning about its history in an authentic way. You will take a train together to the town of Aguas Calientes, where transportation will be organized to take you up to the ruins.
After a guided tour through Machu Picchu, ample time will be offered for personal exploration, which is highly encouraged as a way to deeply connect to the energy of this remarkable and extraordinary site.
Called by many locals as Ollanta, Ollantaytambo is an ancient Incan fortress that houses the famous temple in honor of the sun, Inti. Also known as the living village of the Incas, this town has some of the best-preserved Inca ruins in all of Peru; many families still dwell within its walls. After touring the ruins, free time will be offered to traverse the streets of this historic village that seems to be preserved in time.
Less than an hour from Cusco, Pisac is famous for its awe-inspiring markets, but most specifically for the Incan ruins that are situated atop a hill at the entrance of the sacred valley. The settlement is built on row upon row of fine stone terraces, laid out on a natural balcony.
Considering its elevated position, researchers speculate that these ruins may have served defensive purposes in protecting the southern valley. Pisac ruins also house the remarkable, Temple of the Sun, and include large terraces that are undoubtedly rooted in agriculture. You will tour the ruins together and then make your way down to spend time in the markets down below.