A Shamanic Journey Into The Heart Of Your Mind

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An Inquiry into the Shamanic and Psychological Arts

Ancient Shamanic techniques, plant medicines and modern psychotherapy are woven together to create a tapestry of healing, resilience, empowerment and personal discovery. Fusing different modalities, classical and modern, spiritual and practical, we will deliver an incredibly powerful and profound life enhancing experience. By looking at yourself from a variety of angles we can find new ways to reduce stress, unleash your inner strength and forge a new and amazing future full of opportunity. Our intention is to explore ways to live more fully, to step into our greatest potential and shed awareness on the awesomeness of being human. Enhance mental clarity, gain emotional intelligence, fine tune your physical organism and embrace the mystery of spirit in the ideal setting of the Sacred Valley of Peru. For thousands of years people have been coming to the Valley to enhance their wellbeing — NOW it is your turn.

This retreat is the first of its kind. It is an opportunity to courageously shine a light in dark places to access stored emotions and have support in setting them free. Gillian and Julian, with the help of the Shamans, will walk beside you as you take this opportunity to see deep within yourself. By looking within we can shift our perception, cultivate intentions and actions and embark on our own path to inner healing.

About Us:


Like puzzle pieces that fit together, Gillian works with people to uncover the source of their distress and become the author of their own new story. She is an experienced psychotherapist and holistic nutritionist who believes that in order to be free of dis-ease, both the mind and body must be treated as one. Gillian lives in downtown Toronto where she works in a hospital psychiatry unit, and is the owner of a natural mental health practice where she helps people heal themselves. She uses a mix of East and West techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Plant-Based Nutrition, Journaling & The Daring Way.


Quick with a smile, boisterous laugh and light heart, Julian is an advocate for consciousness, bliss and thriving health. He teaches an interdisciplinary yoga style that is tailored to the participants. He fuses strength, alignment, yin, Qi Gong, breathwork and meditation with a sense of playfulness and joy. Julian lives in the Sacred Valley of Peru and works as a shamanic healer and guide, cranio-sacral therapist and wellness coach.

What’s Included:

Daily Yoga

Daily Discussions with Gillian and Julian

3 Plant Medicine Experiences

1 Andean Sweat Lodge Experience

1 Pre retreat & 1 Post retreat session with Gillian

Delicious Food – Meals will be light in spices, sugars, salts, and heavy fats/oils and during Ayahuasca retreats will adhere to the principles of recommended Ayahuasca food restrictions.

Amazing People

Space is limited on this retreat, so please sign up early. Singles are available, for an additional rate, but with limited capacity.


Early Bird Rate: $1749.00 by March 1st

Regular Rate: $1899.00

Minimum Nonrefundable Deposit: $500.00


Sample Itinerary (Subject to Change):

2-4 Weeks Before Arrival: Therapeutic Session with Gillian via Skype or In-Person

An opportunity to ask more questions, talk about managing fear and anxiety, clarify intentions for your experience and anything else you wish to discuss.

Day 1: Arrival

A shuttle waiting in Cusco at 8:30am to bring you to the Source. The 1:15 hour trip takes you briefly through the city, then into the gorgeous sacred valley. Upon arrival at the center you will be met by Source staff, Gillian and Julian to welcome you.

12:00pm: Welcome lunch, opening circle and introductions

2:00pm: Pre Ceremony Discussion

6:30pm: Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 2: Integration Day

8:30 am: Our days will start with morning yoga to invigorate the body and the clear the mind.

9:30 am: Local, Holistic, Plant based Peruvian Breakfast

12:00 pm: Holistic Peruvian Plant Powered Lunch

2:00 pm: Ceremony Debrief

6:00 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Evening Meditation

Day 3: Huachuma Ceremony and Sweat Lodge

8­:00 am: Morning yoga / movement practice to invigorate and center the body and mind

9:00 am: Light pre ceremony breakfast with intention setting:

9:30 am: Pre-Huachuma Ceremony Chat

10:00 am: Huachuma Ceremony

3:00 pm: Traditional Andean Sweat Lodge prepared by local shamans with medicinal herbs, chanting and hot stones

6:00 pm: Hearty Peruvian Plant Powered Dinner

Day 4: Integration

8:00 am: Morning yoga / movement practice to invigorate and center the body and mind

9:30 am: Delicious Local, Plant based Peruvian breakfast

11:00 am: “Re-Storying Your Story” – Narrative Talk with Gillian

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Huachuma Ceremony Debrief

2:30 – 6:00 pm: Free Time. Optional Integration & Mindwork with Gillian; Bodywork with Julian

6:30 pm: Holistic Peruvian Plant Powered Dinner

7:30 pm: Temple Meditation

Day 5: Ayahuasca Ceremony

8:00 am: Morning movement to invigorate the body and the clear the mind

9:30 am: Delicious Local, Plant based Peruvian breakfast

1:00 pm: Peruvian plant powered lunch

2:00 pm: Pre-Ceremony Discussion

3:00 pm – 5:00pm Free Time. Optional Mindwork with Gillian; Bodywork with Julian

6:30pm: Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 6: Integration

8:30 am: Morning movement to ground and center

9:30 am: Delicious Local, Plant based Peruvian breakfast

1:00 pm: Peruvian plant powered lunch

2:00 pm: Post Ceremony Discussion

3:00 pm – 5:00pm. Free Time. Optional Integration & Mindwork with Gillian; Bodywork with Julian

6:30 pm: Holistic Peruvian Plant Powered Dinner

8:00 pm: Evening Meditation

Day 7: Departure

9:30 am: Delicious Local, Holistic, Plant based Peruvian breakfast

Departure for Machu Picchu* or Cusco

2-4 Weeks Post Departure: Therapeutic Session with Gillian via Skype or In-Person

This is a very important session to expand on your experience and insights from your time in Peru and consider how you will bring the lessons forward into daily life.

*Machu Picchu

The adventure to one of the world’s 7 wonders will be undertaken as an addition to the retreat at your choosing. All bookings and tour options with be run through: www.alternativeincatrails.com. Please see the website to choose which amazing tour option you would like and book through them directly. Machu Picchu is a must while you’re in the valley. It is a great way to end your experience with us.

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