Journey to the Shamanic Heart of Peru: Sacred Sites and Plant Medicine Ceremony Retreat
Join the * Heart Wisdom * team, Russell Feingold and Gemini Adams, for an incredible journey to the shamanic heart of Machu Picchu in Peru, with earth-honoring rituals, epic scenery, adventure and ceremony with Pachamama (the Earth/the Cosmic Mother), ayahuasca (La Madre) and wachuma (San Pedro) — to awaken your senses, activate your heart and nourish your soul.
During this life-changing retreat we'll be visiting archeological sites, shrines, portals and ancient Incan temples, sitting in sacred circle with indigenous Q’ero shamans (direct descendants of the Inca's) for coca leaf readings and descpacho, exploring Andean cosmology, local markets, artisans and enjoying Yoga, live local music, sound baths and much more.
Russell Feingold has over 20 years of study and practice in the potent and magical world of Peruvian Shamanism, giving him the rare experience of forming deep relations and connections, not only with the practices, but with the land, and the people of this region. As a result we get the privilige of going off the "tourist track" to visit special sacred sites and sit in circle and ceremony with master shaman's, such as Maestro Kucho guardian of Machu Piccu and Wisdom Keepers of the Q'ero tribe, who are known as Stewards of the Earth; And according to the Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange, the Q'ero are considered the best, most knowledgeable and most powerful of the region.
Gemini Adams, E-RYT, C-TREP, is a yoga teacher and trauma specialist, blending shamanic practice with somatic therapy she will be offering classes and individual sessions to help you safely unravel the shadowy "stuff" that sits behind your suffering — grief, relational trauma, boundary violations from abuse and negative programming — to bring relief, restore an authentic state of wellbeing to mind, body and soul, so you can fully embrace the life you came here to live.
Join us on this journey to Machu Picchu — one of the seven wonder's of the world — Cusco, Pisac, the Temples of the Heart and Moon, the Crystal City, and so much more, for what will quite literally be the trip of a lifetime!
"Russell's work has shifted the foundations of my life in the most powerful and positive of ways. Before, I understood shamanic healing from a distance, as something I read about and discussed in university. Now, through my experiences with Heart Wisdom, I realize it's a way of being in the world, something to be lived, something that I am, and have always been. This work is truly transformative." ~ Simon Yugler, Travel Alchemy
"Due to the sensitivity, depth of space and impeccable integrity held by this team I felt completely safe going into the unpredicatable world of plant medicine ceremony. Russell is a great teacher and I'd entrust the space he and his team create with my closest loved ones and have done so repeatably." ~ Zacharia Fischer, Founder of Peace Guardian
"Gemini is a true healer, a beautiful spirit. You'll feel it when you're working with her, you'll see it in her eyes. She'll hold space for you, allowing you to open your heart and release the trauma your mind, body or spirit is holding on to. I'm profoundly grateful for the work that we did together. " ~ Ryan Reagles, Owner of Diecast Models
* Heart Widsom * Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive and adjust to the altitude in Cusco.
Morning arrival to settle-in to accommodations - Casa de La Gringa — before an afternoon opening circle and introduction to Peruvian shamanic cosmology and sacred plant medicines. We then gather for an evening meal followed by a TRE class, to shake-off the stress of your journey, with free time to explore the beauty of this incredible city afterwards.
Day 2 - Sacsayhuaman Temple & Iorana Retreat, Cusco and Sacred Valley.
Morning hike up to explore the impressive Pre-Incan Sacsayhuaman temple before transfer to the Sacred Valley, stopping for lunch in Pisac; a rich colonial village known for its colorful handicraft market, where there will be time to explore and shop. Relax for the afternoon at Iorana retreat center followed by an introduction to the shamanic traditions of Amazonian plant medicines. Evening meal will be served followed by a restorative and healing sound bath.
Day 3 - Pago a La Tierra Despacho and Ceremony with La Madre — Ayahuasca, Sacred Valley.
Spiritual offering to Mother earth with a despacho ceremony, conducted by Q´ero shamans, (the wisdom keepers of the Inca, traditionally known as Paqos, meaning Priest or Mystic in Quechua). This is an ancient way of prayer in the Andes and powerful way to express gratitude, by giving back to nature and asking protection from the higher realms. Lunch will served, followed by afternoon yoga, and optional healing sessions* with our skilled practitioners in preparation for our evening ceremony when will explore the mysteries of La Madre (ayahuacsa) in ceremony.
Day 4 - Rest and Integration, Ceremony with La Madre — Ayahuasca, Sacred Valley.
Morning sharing circle and integration time, followed by yoga class and individual healing sessions*. Late lunch will be served followed by a discussion of shamanic practices to cultivate stronger connections with the plant kingdom. Afternoon free for resting and preparation for our second ceremony deepening our relations with La Madre (ayahuasa) and our hearts in the evening.
Day 5 – Integration, rest and Indigenous Andean Sound Healing, Sacred Valley.
Following breakfast we have a day to deeply rest and integrate our experiences and the heart wisdom cultivated during ceremony, you can also enjoy individual healing sessions*. Lunch will be served followed by music from a local indigenous shamanic sound healer using ancient Andeaninstruments. We will gather for dinner followed by time to play or rest in the evening.
Day 6 – Ollantaytambo Archeological Site, Train Ride to Machu Picchu.
Morning drive to the town of Ollantaytambo (called Ollanta by locals) where the powerful solar alignments and pre-incan architecture are known to activate and balance energies. We will have lunch in town then take a train ride through the magnificent valley to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu where we check-in to Inti-Wasi Hostal and Spiritual Center. Prior to our evening meal there will be a cleansing ceremony with Maestro Kucho, the guardian and master shaman of Machu Picchu with time to relax and enjoy this magical village afterwards.
Day 7 - The Crystal City, Machu Picchu.
Rise early to experience the birth of the morning light in Machu Picchu, (which means ‘old mountain’ in Quechua) and to commune deeply in the magic and mystery of this majestic Inca urban empire, guided by Maestro Kucho and assisted by Gaby. We’ll have a delicious buffet lunch within this historic sanctuary with the afternoon free to wander, explore or meditate in the temples, or hike to the Sun Gate or Inka Bridge. Back in town enjoy dinner on your own* and explore the beauty amd history of this ancient and mystical Incan civilization.
Day 8 - Huayna Picchu, Wachuma (San Pedro) Ceremony with Maestro Kucho.
Experience the magnificence and energetic power of Huayna Picchu as we hike the young pyramid overlooking Machu Picchu and the Crystal City. We will gather in prayer and heartfelt intention to prepare for ceremony with Wachuma (San Pedro( with Maestro Kucho. Snacks will be provided. You will have the rest of day to explore the majesty of these sacred sites then explore, or relax and integrate for the evening.
Day 9 - Pachar Temple Portal and Coca Kintu Offerings, Cusco
Morning train back to Ollantaytambo. Lunch will be provided in Urubamba We then return to Cusco where we’ll check-in to Casa de La Gringa before an afternoon hike to Pachar temple which is recognized as a portal to other dimensions. There we will give Coca Kintu offerings to Pachamama beginning the integration of this deeply healing journey to prepare for the next chapter in our life’s great adventure.
Day 10 - Temples of the Moon and Heart, Q’ero Cleansing Ceremony, Cusco.
Morning hike to Temple of the Heart and Temple of the Moon, very powerful Incan shrines on the outskirts of Cusco. We will have an individual cleansing and group closing ceremony with Q’ero healers, Luis and Juan Quispe, and an integration circle with the Heart Wisdom Team. Following lunch, we will return to Casa de la Gringa, optional sessions with our practitioners will be available or you can go shop to your hearts content. In the evening, we gather together as the Heart Wisdom family to celebrate the completion of this sacred journey with a special dinner, dancing and live traditional Andean music.
Day 11 - Departure Day
A farewell breakfast followed by goodbyes and mid-morning shuttle to transfer you to Cusco airport. If you’re continuing your journey in Peru then please arrange ongoing transportation.
Fee is $3,333 (unless you have early bird or promo code - please enter in message box at registration), just click here to register http://heartwisdommedicine.com/peru-retreat-payment-options/ and pay deposit or in full to secure your spot.
** please note the retreat fee includes all meals (except where specified), accommodations, ceremonies, transportation, entry fees, classes and activities (healing sessions are optoinal and incur an additional fee).