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Join this incredible journey into the Peruvian Amazon and explore the fusion of the ancient and mystical traditions of yoga, shamanism, and Ayurveda. Step into the wisdom of self (vidya), yoga (union with the divine), shamanism (interaction with the spirit world), and Ayurveda (the Hindu science of health and medicine). Come discover the infinite wisdom you carry within yourselves. This course is focused on the expansion of your own sacred consciousness.
The course is held on Sach'a Munay which translates as "love from the ancient forest", is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. It is a place to connect to the incredible depth and beauty of what nature offers.
Sach’a Munay's accommodations are beautiful shared bungalows surrounded by lush gardens. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. You are served delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly prepared ingredients. The experience of Sach'a Munay is a mix of Andean culture, Peruvian roots, and natural elegance.
While not every shamanic cleanse is the same, they all tend to follow a similar flow. As often as possible, Kula Collective will offer yoga classes in order to keep your bodies loose and your minds focused and strong. There will be available daily plant baths to continuously wash away the toxins that you are purging. In the beginning of your cleanse you will make ceremonial offerings to the spirits of the land in order to open up a healing space. A local shaman will often be invited to help with the opening. From there you move into a diagnostics phase which may be a coca leaf reading, an egg reading, or a diagnostic massage. During this phase you are determining what in your body needs cleaning, where the energy is flowing freely and where your blockages are. In the third phase of the cleanse, you are working to free up physical and emotional blockages. This usually consists of a tobacco purge or a sweat lodge. Finally, once all the energy is flowing freely, you move into the final phase of the cleanse. In this phase, you start to work with plant medicine to clean yourselves on a spiritual level.
Every day Kula Collective will prepare a plant bath by pealing several different herbs and then cooking them over an open fire. The objective of these baths is to wash away stagnant energy and to make your selves more appealing to the spirit realm.
On most days, Ananda will offer an optional (although highly recommended) yoga class. She will customize the classes to appeal to all levels.
Saraswati Hayley Tennyson
School Yoga Institute (SYI) Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Akhanda Yoga)
She completed a 200-hour Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, to the teachings of Yogrishi Vishvketu. She studied permaculture with founders, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia in 2012. Exploring playful connections with others in yoga practice, she is also certified as AcroYoga teacher with AcroYoga Montreal. The following year, she traveled to Peru to complete a 500 yoga teacher training with a focus in shamanic and Ayurvedic cleansing with School Yoga Institute.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)
Randi is certified E-RYT 500, influenced by many traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative. She has facilitated over 25 international 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training since 2010, and has helped to establish an experiential permaculture and yoga retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Randi continues to teach and practice wherever she is in the world. She currently offers 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training courses and retreats in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Thailand. She is also a certified Thai masseuse.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Sivananda Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga)
Grounded in the teachings of Advaita Vedanta Jaya, he weaves openly through his life passions of tantra, yoga, shamanism, and sound healing into a prayerful and poetic teaching. Certified ERYT-500 studying traditional Ashtanga, Satyananda, and Sivananda styles of yoga in depth in India, he brings about an approach that is based on tradition yet modern in its understanding. From the philosophies of the scriptures to neuroscience and transpersonal therapy, you find just how your practice rooted in this quality of meditation will transform your life.
The Sacred Valley of Peru has long been sought out as one of the most powerful energetic centers in the world, with the wisdom of this land running in the people, the way of life and in the plants themselves. With ancient monuments and sacred sites marking vortices of energy in the land, this ancient knowledge flows here as a symbiotic guide through the path of yoga.
The location in the high Andes provides a unique opportunity to be in nature, amongst people who have lived in much the same way for thousands of years. With many hikes in the surrounding area, as well as traditional towns such as Urubamba and Pisac accessible nearby, visitors will find it easy to connect with the spirit of Peru here.
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This retreat includes three daily vegetarian meals.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cusco Airport (CUZ). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
If flying from Europe or North America, it can sometimes be cheaper to search flights into Lima Airport (LIM) and use local air operators to get to Cusco Airport (CUZ). If you do this, make sure you leave plenty of connection time to account for any delays.