Accommodation & Rates
Connected to the main lodge, twelve primary guest rooms are split between two floors, with each level boasting a huge shared bathroom containing rich mosaic tile flooring, multiple smoked glass and tile shower stalls with large rain-style showerheads, and on-demand hot water. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed with two huge, roomy dressers and two exceptionally comfy single beds dressed with two pillows, high-thread count linens, a thick down duvet, and alpaca wool blankets. Each room has a balcony or terrace with a small table and comfortable chairs where you can relax and drink in the fresh mountain air and stunning Valley views.
The Source Peru is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of Peru and a scenic 75-minute drive from Cusco. Nestled between a breathtaking 100-foot waterfall, a river canyon, and two spectacular mountains, the Source is just below the clouds at 10,000 feet. The property is beautifully landscaped and surrounded by fragrant eucalyptus groves with an abundance of fruit trees and water features on the grounds. When you drift off to sleep under the Milky Way and awaken to the sounds of a waterfall, you’ll know you’ve come to a place where nature can heal both body and mind.
You will enjoy delicious and nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in the large dining area in the lower level of the lodge. Meals are prepared by talented chefs according to guests’ dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc) and using locally sourced organic produce including many offerings from their own vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Breakfast is offered buffet-style with fresh juices, nut milks, fruit salad, gluten-free granola, bread, guacamole and/or almond cheese, and fresh eggs to order. Lunch and dinner are presented as three-course meals. A variety of self-serve fruits, teas and purified water are always available throughout your stay. All meals will be vegetarian and will adhere to necessary plant ceremony diets, yet will still maintain a delicious gourmet standard. We will be going out for one group dinner during the retreat in the town of Pisac ($).
The upper level of the main lodge at Source Peru boasts an extensive lending library filled with over 1000 books sure to be of interest. Topics include philosophy, spirituality, yoga, shamanism, plant medicines, poetry, fiction, health & wellness, and more! Several large, comfy leather sofas divide the space and invite guests to cozy up to the large stone fireplace. They also have a broad array of board and card games for guests’ use and a massive octagonal table with eight armchairs at which to play them. Extending from the lodge, the covered outdoor terrace overlooks the beautiful grounds, the magical ceremony space and the magnificent Apus (mountains) that tower above the property. Comfy sofas and chairs and cozy alpaca blankets entice you to spend some time outside sipping tea and watching the hummingbirds and butterflies dance by.
The yoga temple is a very special space and one that I am very excited about! It is the crowning jewel on the grounds as it contains more than 1000lbs of varying types of crystals embedded in the floor, walls and ceiling. The beautiful wood flooring is designed based on sacred geometry. The flower of life symbol is portrayed in the center of the room and the ceiling is constructed using the same geometry and acts as a mirror to the design on the floor. As above, so below. The metal frame suspended beneath the skylight is a single ‘seed’ from the flower of life on the floor below. Suspended in the center of the seed and skylight is a 35lb double-terminated quartz crystal with a rose quartz seated on top. Depending on where you sit or stand in the space, the view through the gigantic skylight is either of the 100ft waterfall or the majestic mountains that stand guard over the property. On a clear night the moon and stars shine brightly through the enormous skylight and cast beautiful beams of light across the room. There are also four altars built into the walls of the temple, each marking one of the four sacred directions – East, South, West and North, along with the statues of 12 deities around the top of the temple wall that at a basic level represent different archetypes and happen to cover the major religions in the world. In addition, the ceremony space incorporates a beautifully finished bathroom with five stalls and one hot water shower. The space is generously stocked with foam and fabric yoga mats, wooden blocks, fabric straps, eye pillows and medium-sized bolsters to augment your yoga practice.
The outdoor space is carefully laid out to provide quiet areas to immerse in nature, meditation or personal practices. If you feel the call for some exercise and exploring, you’ll find the trail that leads to the base of a beautiful 100ft waterfall is just outside the door.
How to get there
Price includes round-trip transportation from Cusco. We will meet at a central point in Cusco and take a shuttle via a beautifully scenic drive to our private location in the Sacred Valley. Pick-up will occur at 10 am on May 2, 2017. It is strongly recommended that you arrive the day before and spend the night in Cusco.
A typical day will look like -- a 2 hr. morning yoga practice, breakfast, free time, lunch, [a workshop, excursion, additional yoga class, or ceremony], dinner, and sometimes an additional ceremony in the evening. The schedule will change slightly from day to day depending on whether a sacred site is being visited or a particular ceremony is being held. For those of you who might be concerned about a 2 hr. morning yoga practice, please keep in mind that this time will include a dharma talk before the yoga class begins! Morning yoga classes will be a vinyasa flow style with guided meditations. There will be granola, fruit, coffee, tea and nut-milk available in the early mornings before the initial yoga practice if needed. When there is a second yoga class later on in the same day, it will be a gentle, yin-style class. There will be free time every day to relax with a good book, write in your journal or get a massage!
May is characterized by sunny, dry days and clear, dry nights and is one of the best times to visit Peru! However, the nights and early mornings can get cold. The temperature will fluctuate between an average of 70F (17C) during the day and 32F (0C) at night. You can expect to be comfortable in a t-shirt and pants during the day and will need to add warmer layers once the sun goes down. The skies will typically be clear at night and the stargazing is phenomenal. The sun is noticeably more powerful at altitude and direct sun exposure will feel quite intense. Skin can burn very quickly so wearing sunscreen is important. Please bring comfy clothing that will allow you move your body!
$500 deposit is non-refundable. After March 1st, total payment is non-refundable. A minimum of 8 registered participants is needed for the retreat to run. In the unlikely event that less than 8 people register, you will receive a full refund.
Ceremonies & Sacred Ritual
Throughout the week, we will have the opportunity to participate in a number of different traditional ceremonies and sacred rituals. These in large are what make the retreat such a special experience. The sacred space that encompasses ceremony and ritual allows for expansion on every level. Some of the ceremonies and rituals that we will participate in will include activities that seem very normal to you, like yoga and drinking tea. Both of which are very sacred rituals when performed in a ceremonial setting. Other ceremonies may be a completely new experience for you, such as plant medicine ceremonies and the temazcal, or sweat lodge. These are often the best kinds of ceremony as they allow for the most expansion, healing and self-discovery. It is normal to feel anxious about an experience that you have never had before. This is when our growing edges become most tangible and we can really work with them to transcend into a new level of being. Participation in any of the activities throughout the retreat is completely optional. However, I encourage you to participate in as many offerings as possible during your time on the retreat. A detailed personal health inventory will be completed prior to participation in any plant medicine ceremonies. There are some certain circumstances where a pre-existing condition will not allow you to participate in the plant medicine ceremonies. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional Machu Picchu Trek
Although not included as part of the retreat, you are invited to join me (Karli) on a 5 day trek to Machu Picchu immediately following the retreat! This will be a much appreciated time of integration as we unwind from an empowering week of deep transformative work. Spaces for the trek are limited and will be based on a first come-first serve basis. So, the earlier you can register for the retreat the better chance you have of coming on the trek! We will be hiking the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu which has a moderate to high degree of difficulty due to the highest point of the trek being at 4,650 m. (15,091 ft.). The famous Salkantay Trek was named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine and is an alternate to the famous but unfortunately crowded Inca Trail. The Salkantay is, and an "off the beaten path, cutting edge experience for adventure travellers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With the most spectacular views, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation such a sacred path deserves." You will have the opportunity to learn more and sign up for the 5 day trek after registering for the retreat.
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