We Make It
SAFE & COMFY
NESTLED UNDER THE MIGHTY APUS OF SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA, OUR RETREAT TAKES PLACE IN A QUIET AGRICULTURAL VILLAGE CALLED HUARAN.
Situated between the towns of Urubumba and Calca, Huaran is situated about 1 -1.5hrs from Cusco. We collect our groups by private bus at a central location in Cusco on Day One to arrive out our retreat home in the Valley. The mountain ranges of stunning Mt.Pitusiray fill the skyline from our retreat home. This mountain was said to be one of the four most sacred and significant in the eyes of the Inca. It is a strong, powerful presence which contributes to the solid energetic foundation for our retreat.
Our mountain lodge, ‘Petra’, sets the absolutely perfect container for our healing work to unfold. Tucked away beneath one of the mighty Apus of Sacred Valley, ‘Petra’ – as the name suggests – is energetically solid and supportive like a rock. The lodge consists of 5 modern chalet homes embraced by sprawling wild, beautiful gardens. Complete with vistas of the surrounding mountain areas that are undeniably breathtaking. Each home is equipped with comfy beds, fireplace, hot showers, tea and water facilities and open living spaces to relax by fire.
‘Petra’ is our home and we love it. We feel so blessed to be supported by such beauty and comfort during the challenges of an intensive plant medicine retreat like this. And, we know our guests feel it too.
DISCOVER & EXPLORE
The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Our location is one of the main elements that sets us apart from other Ayahuasca Retreats. Sacred Valley may not the be the spiritual home of Ayahuasca. However as the heartland of the Inca civilisation, it carries its own deep, stirring and magical energy – unlike any other. We love the Peruvian Amazon but it certainly is not for everyone. Our retreats cater for those looking for the comfort that the Andes brings, coupled with the magic of Machu Picchu situated just down the road.
Our hearts are most at home here in the Andean mountains which have been inhabited by agricultural civilisations for thousands of years. The Inca believed that each mountain (or ‘apu’ in Quechua) harbours a unique spirit, energy, and personality. Our retreat home is blessed to be surrounded by some of the most stunning, supportive apus.
People from all over the world flock to this area to visit Machu Picchu, often forgetting that Sacred Valley in its entirety is one big ruin site. If you know where to look, you will find pre-Inca and Inca ruins scattered everywhere. During your retreat, we will visit some of the most significant sites to connect deeper to the history, soul, and healing energy of this incredible land. It is a wonderful privilege to encounter the spiritual depth that has remained an integral part of the people of these lands for time immemorial.
It is a good idea to bring with you a good pair of hiking boots and a rain jacket. The walks we do will take a few hours and it is helpful to be comfortable. Whilst visiting the towns of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba during the retreat, there will be opportunities to visit local markets, tourist markets and to experience the raw flavour of this ancient culture.
The Pisac Incan citadel lies high above the village on a triangular plateau with a plunging gorge on either side. This famous ruin site features staggering Inca terraces, amazing temples and sites of worship all built using incredible stonework techniques. We hike these ruins the day after our San Pedro ceremony in order to move our energy after a long day of ceremony.
Ollantaytambo lies at the other extreme of the Valley en route to Machu Picchu. The feeling and the energy at this location is hard to describe with words. Walking these ruins, we take in the gorgeous views of the valley and the Vilcamayo River – the Sacred River of the Inca. The temple of the Sun and the numerous water temples here are magical sites. We find that this is a wonderful place to visit almost as a meditation in preparation for our first Ayahuasca Ceremony.
During the course of the retreat, we take advantage of our beautiful location in the Sacred Valley and enjoy some wonderful walks in our local area. For those who wish to partake, we walk along the nearby mountain ranges that follow one of the many aqueducts. These ancient aqueducts are still existing since Inca times and supply water to the local agricultural communities even today. Our pit-stop at the stunning waterfall of Arin gives our guests an intimate and unique insight into the rural life of the Quechua people of the Peruvian Andes.