Sacred Earth Retreat
Will there be Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremonies like ayahuasca or san pedro on this retreat?
- No. The participation in Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremonies is prohibited during the retreat. This is to ensure the safety, comfort and stability of all participants. If you would like to participate in this sacred initiation while in Peru, plan to extend your trip. Our staff and guide may be able to offer suggestions on safe ceremonies you can attend.
How intense will the hiking be?
- The hiking will be on varying terrain, inclines and altitudes. Moderate physical fitness may be necessary to keep up with the group. We will be hiking every day. Some days for 1 hour some for 5 hours. Good, comfortable, broken-in hiking boots are necessary. Now is a good time to go out in nature and practice!
I am new at yoga. Is that okay?
- Yes! All levels of Yoga practice are welcome on this retreat. The morning practices will be about energizing and invigorating the body and evening classes will be slow, gentle and nourishing.
Will I get altitude sickness?
- Everyone responds differently to higher elevations. If you do experience altitude sickness, it may feel like lethargy, headache or "just off." People have described it as "a hangover" feeling - the symptoms and degrees of severity vary in individuals after about 9,842ft above sea level. It often passes in a day and can be remedied with Coca tea and rest. Here is some great information from the NHS http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Altitude-sickness/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Please consult with your doctor is you are concerned about altitude sickeness or any medical conditions that may affect your health and comfort at higher altitudes.
- The itinerary of our retreat is specifically planned to gradually acclimate the group to higher elevations, and we will not be spending the night or consecutive days at very high elevations to limit the chances of elevation discomfort. Our "home base" is at 9,606 which is under the AMS guidelines. That means some folks might feel the elevation while others do not. The highest elevations will be Maras, Moray and Chincheros on day 3. According to our guides, we will be acclimated and will descend back down to our home base, and therefore, will be largely unaffected by any lingering AMS. It is really when you stay at the high elevation for prolonged times without gradually arriving there that can cause symptoms.
- If you plan to arrive earlier than the retreat, the local guides recommend not to stay in Cusco on the first day because the high elevation could cause some symptoms of Altitude sickness. The area of our main accommodations are at a much lower elevation. If you arrive early in Cusco, it is best to stay at a lower village. Cusco is best to visit at the end of the trip if you wish to stay longer.
What are the elevations of the places we will visit?
Here are the elevations in feet above sea level. Please note, these are the elevations at the highest point of these locations and does not mean we will ascend to that altitude.
- Lima 5,080 (International Airport)
- Cuzco - 11,152 (Local Airport)
- Calca (Where Sach'a Munay "home base" is located) 9,606
- Pisac - 9,514
- Maras - 11,088
- Moray - 11,106
- Chinchero - 12,343
- Urubamba - 9,420
- Aguas Calientes - 6,693
- Machu Picchu - 7,972
- Ollantaytambo - 9,160
- Huchu Cusqo - 11,000
I plan to arrive earlier. How will I get to Sach'a Munay?
- You have 2 options: You can return to the airport and meet up with the group and take the transportation included in your retreat, or you can find your own transportation to Sach'a Munay not included in the retreat cost.
I want to stay later in Peru. What do you recommend?
- There is so much to see and experience in the Sacred Valley. You may stay in Cusco since you will be already acclimated to the high altitude. You might travel on to Lake Titicaca. You may decide to stay longer in one of the many villages we visit during the week. Stay open and do what feels right - it is often rewarding to be spontaneous! I will guide you as needed.
What airport do I need to fly into?
- You will need to get to Cusco, Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). The group will leave by noon on 18 March 2018. Plan to be at the airport with enough time to meet the group if you plan to take the transportation with us.
- A note on flights: Our local guide said most flights arrive in Cusco earlier than noon because of increased, afternoon up-drafts on the mountain top making it difficult to land. Spending the night in Lima and then taking the early morning flight to Cusco is often the best option.
Do I need a Visa? Do I have to pay for entry to Peru? What about Vaccines?
- As we all know, the world and our relationship with one another is always shifting and changing. As of right now, Americans with a valid passport do not need a visa in advance nor do they need to pay to enter the country. You can check out what the state department recommends for travel and vaccines Here.
Is this retreat for me?
- Really, only you can answer that for yourself. If you enjoy nature - yes. If you love hiking - yes. If yoga is something you practice or want to practice - yes. If meditation intrigues you - yes. If you are drawn to the magic of Earth and Shamanism - yes!!! Are you looking to heal? Yes! Are you looking to open your mind and expand your heart? YES!!! Feel free to contact me if you unsure or if you feel held back. Your participation is welcome if you are coming from a true place of heart and soul. If you are concerned about your health or medical conditions, please consult with your doctor.
I want to come but I do not have a roommate. What do I do?
- No problem! You can share the event and invite others that you might already know, or I will do my best to connect you with a roommate you will pair nicely with for the week.