Soul City Yoga Retreat to Peru in October 2016

Peru, The Sacred Valley

Oct 8– Oct 15, 2016

‘Elevate the Spirit’  Yoga Retreat and Volunteer Experience

Journey to Peru for a week of yoga and volunteerism at the Willka T’ika Retreat Centre famous for their 7 Chakra gardens and Peruvian crystal healing coupled with Janet Corvino and Crystal Rainbow Borrelli’s yoga instruction. An additional option for an extended experience of a 4 day overnight experience of hiking Machu Picchu.

The Andean mountains contain some of the world’s purest energy for you to experience at the world famous Wilka T’ika Retreat Centre. You will embark on a yoga experience of a lifetime which is enhanced with daily volunteer options within the community. The retreat will volunteer among  grassroot organizations devoted to caring for its community and giving back to its most precious natural resource its children. You will experience the greatest source of happiness which comes from extending ourselves to others through this opportunity.

The week will be spent practicing yoga, volunteering and experiencing the beauty of the Sacred Valley all essential elements to heightening your yogi spirit and elevating yourself as a yogi citizen of the world.

Your Teacher: Janet Corvino

Your Teacher: Crystal Rainbow Borrelli

Your Experience includes

  • 7 Nights Accommodations at Beautiful Retreat in Peru
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals a Day
  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
  • Two daily yoga sessions
  • Lots of time to rest and explore Sacred Valley
  • 2 half day volunteer experiences

See below for full schedule (PDF).

The Willka T’ika retreat Centre

Willka T’ika

A premier luxury inn and retreat centre situated between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Located in one of the most energetically charged places on earth, this location prides itself on serving the spiritual and cultural needs of all guests seeking an authentic mind, body, spirit experience.

This centre is your eco-friendly base that is nearby ancient Inkan ruins, ceremonial sites, temples and an abundance of cultural activities beckon. For hikers, winding rivers, charming villages and high mountain meadows where herds of llama and alpaca graze await exploration. Enjoy the deluxe accommodations, lush gardens, gourmet food and more.

Room Options

Sacred Valley – Peru

  • $1930US Triple Accommodations
  • $2195US Double Accommodations
  • $2295US Luxury Double Accommodations (Limited Spaces)
  • $2530US Single Accommodations (Limited Spaces)

The Cuisine

Willka T’ika is an exotic fusion of Andean, American, South Asian and African flavors. Three gourmet vegetarian meals are served daily, using high-protein Andean grains and legumes, as well as organic, freshly harvested vegetables and salads grown on-site. We serve our own free-range eggs. Vegan, gluten free, and special dietary requests can be accommodated.

Willka T’ika has the only 100% hormone-free and chemical-free gourmet vegetarian hotel kitchen in Peru’s Sacred Valley. The gardens are strictly organic.

Start the day with a cup of freshly harvested herbal tea or fresh roasted Quillabamba coffee grown on staff family farms. The buffet breakfast may include homemade muesli using kiwicha and other Andean grains, breads from a local oven, omelets, and sliced fruits and avocadoes from the subtropical Machu Picchu area. Dinner may include a hearty soup, freshly harvested salad and gourmet vegetarian entrees with steamed vegetables. Meals include quinoa and kiwicha, the grain that gave Inkan warriors strength, or tarwi, an Andean legume containing more protein than red meat.

Optional Activities

Machu Picchu

  • The Incan ruins at P’isaq, along with the famous P’isaq craft market
  • Nearby Weaving Village of Chinchero
  • Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary near Pisaq
  • Fascinating Sacred Valley ruins and sites at Ollantaytampu, Moray Circles and Maras Salt Farms
  • Hiking paths around the Rumichaka neighbourhood, surrounding valleys
  • Strolling through the nearby town of Urubamba ($1 taxi each way), visiting its indigenous fruit and vegetable market
  • Touring the famous Seminario pottery studio, &/or shopping at the local Alpaca stores.
  • An optional 3 Night/4 Day Trek up the Lares Trail to Machu Picchu – Go to bottom of this page to see details.

Register

Register early as we expect this retreat to fill quickly! A $300 deposit will get your name on the big “I Want To Go To Peru” list and officially reserve your spot. It will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost. The trip has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people. Soul City Yoga is teaming up with True Nature Travel for registration and travel arrangements. Use the True nature Link to register. registerperu

For travel and/or accommodation concerns please call 1800-482-5215. Prema will be happy to help you.

For yoga and retreat concerns please contact Janet at (604) 932-0788 0r janet@soulcityyoga.com

Getting There

You will be booking your flights to Cusco Airport in Peru (CUZ). Most flight will go via Lima. A Group shuttle for this retreat will be provided from Cusco airport to your retreat center. We will book the shuttle to accommodate the last arriving passenger. True Nature Education has a Group Travel Agent that will be happy to help you book your flights.

Optional Tour

October 15-18 “The Lares Trail to Machu Picchu”

An exceptional alternative to the Inca Trail, the Lares is way off the beaten track and has hardly changed since Inca times. Hidden within the magnificent snow capped Andes is a part of Peru where you have all the appeal of the Inca Trail like magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas but without the tourist crowds. An exceptional alternative to the extremely busy Inca Trail, the Lares Valley is so far off the beaten track that it has changed little over the last 500 years. With original Inca trails, spectacular and diverse scenery (even more so than the main Inca Trail) and the promise of a glimpse of life the way it used to be in Peru, it is amazing that the area has remained untouched by tourism. Yet somehow, it has slipped from view and retains an authenticity like no where else in Peru. Travel here and you will meet Andean farmers dressed in traditional brightly coloured ponchos, wander markets trading as they have done for centuries, see thatched stone and adobe houses and watch herds of llamas and alpacas roam free.

The Lares Valley is particularly well know for its very high-quality, brightly coloured weavings and characteristic upturned hats, many of the popular tourist markets being supplied from here. There are several variations on this trek which you can do according to how much time you have available.

Day One ~ CUSCO – CALCA – LARES – WACAHUASI.
We leave Cusco in the early morning, driving to the provincial town of Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and climbing northward to a spectacular high pass before dropping down to the village of Lares on the east slope of the Andes. Here we take a delicious dip at a hot springs in the meadows outside of town and then enjoy a picnic lunch. Then we begin a leisurely half-day hike up the valley of the rushing Trapiche River, before reaching the highland village of Huacahuasi, where we camp for the night. Huacahuasi (3,600 m / 11,800 ft) is an authentic Andean community located in an impressive valley. Typical house constructions of the Quechua communities living at high altitude can be observed here.

Day Two ~ WACAHUASI -IPSAYCOCHA – PATACANCHA.
Weavers-Trail-Sacred-Valley-Peru-Quechua-children-trek-Machu-Picchu-alternative-Inca-Trail-Lara-Patacancha-Cusco-180We climb steadily, traversing an open, treeless landscape of ground-hugging plants and flowers among pastures of Andean bunch-grass scattered with roaming herds of alpacas and llamas. Reaching an altitude of 4,500m (14,760 ft) we cross the pass of Ipsayccasa. The pass offers breathtaking views from Mount Veronica (5,750m/ 18,864 ft) and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Then we descend to Ipsaycocha or Ipsay Lagoon. We may see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other water birds in the wetlands here as we journey through the heartland of these Quechua people, who are locally nicknamed “Huayruros”. These seeds from the jungle have two colors: black and red; similar to those of the villagers dress. We reach the village of Patacancha, a well known textile Andean community that still preserves ancient Quechua traditions and dressing code. We set our camp nearby and spend the night, amidst awesome scenery.

Day Three ~ PATACANCHA -WILLOQ -OLLANTAYTAMBO
Our transport takes us down the valley to Pallata where we will see the inca ruins of the early-Inca site of Pumamarca (Puma town). After we arrive to Ollantaytambo, from here we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Tonight you will have accommodation in the town of Aguas Claientes.

Day Four ~ MACHU PICCHU
lara trail – peopleUp early, breakfast, then we will visit Machu Picchu. You will have free time to explore, take photos and of course if you have the energy, choose to hike up Huaynapicchu Mountain that has the best view of the city to offer. This will take approxamitely 2 hours up and back, also you must get in early as there are only 400 people a day allowd to hike up. After free time you will have a 2 hour guided tour, then its time to head by bus back to Aguas Calientes, then return to Ollantaytambo on train, at the train station is going to wait for us the bus for come back to Cusco.

Prices Include:

English Speaking Guide, Camping 2 nights, Hotel 1 night, meals, permits, ground transportation.

  • Singles $720
  • Doubles $640
  • Triples $620