Peru & The Amazon: Land of the Shamans 2018



Yoga at Machu Picchu

A Spiritual Pilgrimage Through Peru & The Amazon Jungle

Part 1 – Sacred Valley:
April 28-May 4 2018 – $2,900
Part 2 – The Amazon Jungle:
May 5-8, 2018  – $1,200

10 % Discount Early Bird Registration till January 30, 2018  

 

This mystical journey takes you directly into the heart of Peruvian shamanism offering you the rare opportunity to participate in Incan ceremonies led by Q’ero Shamans at ancient power sites. Winding through the Sacred Valley against the backdrop of the majestic Andean Mountains you will encounter sacred Incan sites and explore the cultural offerings of Machu Picchu, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Morai and Aguas Calientes.

Ray will lead daily Jaguar Yoga practice to help you ground and prepare yourself to receive the opportunity for the healing and growth you will encounter throughout the trip. You will enjoy a unique experience of practicing yoga at Machu Picchu and have the opportunity to visit the colorful markets.

 


Our Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco to Yukay

We will pick you up from the Cusco airport (between 10:00-11:00am) then drive into Cusco for a delicious organic, farm-to-table lunch in the historic main square – Plaza de Armas. 

After lunch we head to an animal sanctuary dedicated to saving the native animals of the Sacred Valley (pumas, condors, lamas and many more).

In less than an hour we will arrive at our home base in Yukay and settle into our rooms. After dinner we will meet in our first group circle for an orientation, to get to know each other and clarify our intentions for the journey.


Day 2: Písac  

We will begin our day with Jaguar Yoga before breakfast. Grounding our feet in the fertile land of the Sacred Valley and breathing in the Andean Prana (life force) that nourished the Inca. We will begin our journey into the Sacred Valley.

After breakfast we head to the ancient site of Písac known for its Incan ruins and agricultural terraces that are still in use today. We will participate in two Incan ceremonies while at the sacred site in Písac. Don Sebastian Flores, a Q’ero elder will lead a Despachio ceremony helping us give thanks for all we have and all that is coming. Ray Crist will offer the rites of the Warrior Shield, to protect you and heighten your awareness throughout the journey and beyond.

After exploring the ruins we will walk down to the town, spend some time winding through the streets of the famous Písac market, and sip coca tea on the beautiful balconies overlooking the colorful plaza. Písac is a wonderful place to stock up on shamanic tools all handmade by locals who have learned the tradition from generations of ancestors.

We will then treat ourselves to a gourmet dinner of organic Andean / Asia fusion provided by our favorite local restaurant before returning to our home in Yukay.


Day 3: Moray

Our morning will begin with Jaguar Yoga in the sweet gardens at Yukay. After breakfast we will travel up the majestic mountains to Moray, long held as a sacred site by the Inca and their descendants, the Q’ero. Moray is the first place the Inca’s performed seed engineering using the terraces to create seeds adapted to a variety of altitudes to sell to the local farmers.

The Q’ero consider Moray as the navel of the earth. Ray will lead us in a ceremony to surrender something you feel holds to back to Pachamama (mother earth). Don Sebastian will offer the Pampomesayoc (Earth Keeper) rites to realign you with mother earth’s energy. This is a direct connection to the Incan lineage.


Day 4: Ollantaytambo  

We will give ourselves the gift of morning Jaguar Yoga in the gardens, surrounded by the Apus (sacred mountains) and watch the sun rise above their peaks as we salute both Inti (the sun god) and Pachamama (earth goddess) in our practice. 

In the morning we will wind our way along the sacred river Urubamba to Ollantaytambo and the Temple of the Winds. After exploring the sacred site we will lead a shamanic journey of the condor riding the winds above the Sacred Valley. We lunch at the organic Heart Café – a non-profit organization providing medicine and clothing to the villagers in the high mountains.

After lunch we continue our ride along the Urubamba, this time by train to Aguas Calinetes (Hot Waters) where we will spend the night. We will take the opportunity to soak in the hot springs long known for their rejuvenating properties.


Day 5: Machu Picchu

After breakfast we will make our way up the mountain to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca in 1450 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site (1983) Machu Picchu represents classic Incan architecture and engineering. As the winter home for the Inca royal family the site also served as a center for worship and astronomical observations.

It is a crystal mountain that the shaman’s hold as a place or power. Ray will teach you how to create a sand painting (a tool for defining your dreams). The Q’eros know that creating a sand painting on the sacred mountain at Machu Picchu accelerates its effects.

After our lunch in Aguas Calientes we will take train back to the Sacred Valley return to our home base in Yukai.


Day 6, 2017: Yukay

Our morning will start with Jaguar Yoga. This is a day for reflection, resting and journaling in the beautiful gardens of our home in Yukay.

An out of curriculum ceremony is available for those who are interested. Shipibo shaman Jesus will lead a San Pedro Ceremony (for those who wish to participate $120 is paid directly to the Shaman).


Day 7: Cusco 

This is our final morning of Jaguar Yoga in the Scared Valley under the glorious Apus. We will stretch our bodies, open our hearts, and prepare ourselves to head up and over the mountain peaks that have been sheltering us all week and back into Cusco.

Cusco was the Incan capital from the 13th to 16th centuries before the Spanish conquest. Many of the buildings boast the large granite blocks characteristic of Incan architecture topped by the more ornate Spanish colonial style. Once we’ve settled into our accommodations in the heart of the beautiful city we will take a walk across the Plaza de Armas to the San Pedro Market, a favorite for locals to buy just about anything including shamanic goods.

Our final dinner together will be in one of Cusco’s wonderful restaurants supplied with fresh produce from the Sacred Valley that nurtured us all week. Our closing circle is a time to say goodbye to those retuning home and set intentions for those who will follow the Urubamba River across the Andes and down into the Peruvian Amazon for the next part of the journey.


Day 8:  Puerto Maldonado
Cusco airport flight to Puerto Maldonado 9:00am for our Amazon Jungle Immersion

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Journey to Peru

Cost $2,900

If you would like to pay with a credit card please contact Ray Crist at: 413.464.1436

To register: raycrist@gmail.com 413.464.1436

The cost of the journey includes: Pick-up / drop-off from Cusco airport, all land transportation, double occupancy accommodation, breakfast, all yoga sessions.
The cost of the journey does not include: Airfare, dinners, personal expenses. (optional San Pedro ceremony $120).




Flights dates and times:

US- LIMA (US- LIM)
April 27, 2018 arrive in the evening. We suggest you stay overnight in the Lima airport hotel


LIMA – CUSCO (LIM-CUZ)
April 28, 2018 Arrive at 10:00am-11:00am (We will pick you up from Cusco airport)

CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO (CUS-PEM)
April 29, 2018 Depart around 9:00am

PUERTO MALDONADO-LIMA (PEM -LIM)
April 30, 2018 Depart around 12:00pm

LIMA-USA
May 1, 2018 Depart with an evening flight

For those who are participating only in the first part of our journey: 

CUSCO – LIMA (CUZ-LIM)
May 2, 2018 Depart around 9:00am 


LIMA-USA (LIM – US)
May 2, 2018 Depart after 6pm

 




 Coming Up May 2018… 

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Amazon Jungle, Peru

May 2-5, 2018
Cost $1,200

 

We will take a long boat down the river “Madre de Dios” to the indigenous river “Mother of God” that is the source of all creation. In the Tampo Tapata territory we are close to tribes that are not yet “discovered” and in a jungle not yet “exploited” The place we stay is a wild life and nature reserve. Our hikes in the jungle help ensure that these 10,000 acres are protected from deforestation. There is not electricity here or cell phone reception, just you and this amazing planet. Our local guide will share with you about the medicinal qualities of the trees, roots, brush and flowers. You will discover that this is still the largest pharmaceutical and that mother earth Goddess Selva (Jungle) provides for everything we need. Did I mention the food? All the food we will be eating comes from the organic jungle garden. Gourmet jungle food wrapped in banana leaves with the option to have meat if you really want to. The descent into the magical Amazon Jungle allows you connect deeply with mother earth. Daily jungle hikes and trips down the “Madre de Dios” river, local guides will help you learn about the abundant array of creatures and healing plants surrounding you. Daily hikes in the jungle offer the chance to learn about the medicinal qualities of plants and trees. Evenings provide the opportunity to share in a circle, meditate or go out to the river to look at the stars. This is a unique experience to go star gazing as there is no light for hundreds of miles around. (As many people ask …Ayahuasca ceremony is not a part of our journey.)


The cost of the training includes: Pick-up / drop-off from Cusco -Puerto Maldonado airport, all land and river transportation, double occupancy accommodation, all meals, all training sessions, and all educational hikes.
The cost of the training does not include: Airfare, personal expenses.

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Day 1, 2018 

Arrival at Puerto. Pick up with our bus to the river “Madre De Dios”  along with a long boat ride to our lodge.Welcoming with lunch, and then settling in our “malokas” (bungalows on stilts), group gathering for orientation, yoga / meditation to the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2, 2018

Breakfast. Hike with our guide into the jungle to discover the medicinal properties of plants and trees.This is a day to explore the Caiman lake. Return for lunch and swimming in the pool. Dinner, and relaxing time in the lounge.

Day 3, 2018 

Breakfast. Hike with our guide into the jungle to discover the medicinal properties of plants and trees.Our hike will take us to Apu Victor. Return for lunch and swimming in the pool. Dinner, relaxing time in the lounge.

Day 4, 2018

7:00am Departure with the long boat up the river Madre de Dios – our bus to airport (PEM- LIM).