A Return to Pachamama
About This Event
*** YOGA + SAN PEDRO RETREAT ***
Join us for an 8-day true body-mind-Spirit adventure in the heart of the Sacred Valley in Peru, and discover the mystery and healing power of the ancient Andean plant medicine, San Pedro.
During this retreat we will quiet down the mind and nourish our bodies with a daily Yoga sadhana (asana + meditation), as well as a variety of self-transformative practices. We will nurture the Spirit with two all-day San Pedro ceremonies learning from this local sacred plant, used for thousands of years for healing purposes. We will also participate in a variety of healing rituals and offerings, all with the intention of releasing energetic blockages while reconnecting to our truest Self.
Your stay includes opportunities for mountain hikes, waterfall visits, and trips to sacred sites, exploring the beautiful remnants of the Inca empire and finding refuge in Pachamama.
We will be staying at the beautiful, cosy, and modern Ubuntu Ayni, a Plant Medicine retreat center, tucked away in the Sacred Valley of the Incas at the base of the majestic Pitusiray mountain. A wonderfully talented private chef will take care of our daily vegetarian diet, using only the best local produce and nourishing wholefoods.
The accommodation is available as either double share or in a dorm which sleeps five guests. All rooms are en suite, have wifi connection, with high quality beds and linen.
$1200 double share
$900 dorm accommodation
Your investment includes:
* 7 night accommodation in your chosen room
* Three nourishing vegetarian meals a day and special food offerings on the ceremony days
*Daily Yoga and meditation and a series of guided self-healing, transformative practices
*Two all-day San Pedro ceremonies and other shamanic rituals
*One Reiki session per person
*Free access to filtered water, herbal teas and coffee
*Transport from Cusco on the first day of the retreat
*Transport to and from sites we may be visiting
What's not included:
*Entry fees to sites we may visit
*Transport out of Huaran after the retreat
ABOUT SAN PEDRO
San Pedro (also known as Wachuma) is a cactus that has been used as a sacred plant medicine for at least 3,000 years in the Andes of Peru. It is a medicine that can be used to help us perceive our self-created barriers and limitations, and greatly aids us in opening and connecting with our hearts.
Each ceremony is a reunion with ourselves, Mother Nature and the Divine. It is a medicinal mirror that can help us see where we hold onto self-limiting beliefs and patterns in our lives, gently guiding us toward releasing that which no longer serves us.
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Natalie Rudman September 14, 2019
As a yoga Teacher it's not often I get to attend other's retreats as I am usually hosting my own. I met Marta in India about 5 years ago and we instantly found connection and a mutual understanding around plant medicine. It was a given that my next plant medicine experience would be in her trusted hands. Marta creates a beautifully safe and harmonious space so that individuals can fully trust and let go, allowing the experience of retreating to be one of true healing and deep insight. Marta has profound knowledge of yoga, but what impresses me more is her ability to channel and be fully present to her students. I highly recommend Marta as a teacher, not just for the experience of yoga or medicine, but for journey of healing and restoration that is much needed in our modern day world.
Olivia Nicholl September 14, 2019
Marta has this unique ability to hold this space for one to feel both calm and grounded while simultaneously feeling inspired and uplifted. She shows up authentically and always with compassion and guides with great love and attention. I had the most amazing retreat with Marta, and felt like I had unconditional support throughout it all. Her yoga classes are deeply in tune and, without fail, always provided me with an opportunity to come back into myself. Thank you thank you thank you Marta for being you and holding the space that you do!
Elliot Riis September 11, 2019
I just recently finished a retreat with Marta in the Sacred Valley called "The Flavor of Life," (9/1-7/2019) This was my second retreat with Marta, and the first where she was leading. Marta has a way of speaking, almost like channeling, in her morning yoga or meditation classes. I heard other people remark that it felt like she was speaking directly to them. Since this was my second experience with her, it felt to me that she was just saying the right thing, in the right moment. During our morning session after a San Pedro ceremony the day prior, she did a meditation that, for me, completely changed the way I approached the medicine on the 2nd ceremony (2/2). I ran away in anxiety and fear, the first time...the second, with her help, I was able to process what the medicine had to say to me. She even showed me her favorite spot so I could utilize seclusion and stillness. It probably always sounds a little nuts when trying to describe what happens when taking planet medicine, but "they" told me, "this is what you came for." And Marta is the reason it happened. She is a profoundly gifted teacher and healer, and she is soon moving to Spain, so if you want to take advantage of her amazing retreats in the Sacred Valley of Peru, there is less than a year left.
Darcy Dau August 29, 2019
I met Marta in the Sacred Valley of Peru, where I spent one of the most transformational weeks of my life under her guidance. She is an outstanding communicator and very knowledgeable, which helped to calm my thinking brain in the weeks leading up to and throughout the retreat. When it came time for healing, Marta was very present and intuitive. She utilized a greatly diverse set of modalities in which each resonated with me uniquely and profoundly. She has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. I can not wait to continue to learn and grow under her guidance.
Elliot Riis December 07, 2018
I first “met” at a yoga retreat in Peru at the Temple of the Way of Light. Upon first seeing her, assumptions come easy. She's young. She's pretty. Can she really have the depth it takes to lead retreats, to change lives? ...The answer is such a resounding yes that the force of the affirmation would ring gongs in the highest temples of Tibet, and the deepest bells of sunken Atlantis, if Atlantis were real--hey who knows, drink some ayahuasca and you might meet its residents. Marta has a gentle grace, a powerful voice, and a wonderful sense of humor. She speaks from experience, not books. In her classes and interactions she is gentle, but she is there to tell you what you need to hear, not make you feel warm and fuzzy--though this is the end result in my experience. I noticed this when she pulled me aside during retreat and asked me not to touch people. I communicate through touch, or thought I did, and though she found it sweet, she asked me not to. I went through a few rough hours asking myself if I was a creep, but it was a message I needed, as I realized it was me being insecure in seeking touch from others. She did something similar regarding my voice on the last day of the retreat. I would go to any retreat she was a part of, and if she wasn't there I would question if I truly wanted to attend. There's not enough space to detail how amazing she is. She is a true teacher, and a wonderful soul.
Andrea Thayer December 02, 2018
It was an honour to experience the teachings of Marta. Her safe, gentle and intuitive teaching style created an environment where I was truly able to connect and listen to my body. She beams pure love and femininity and continues to inspire me on my sacred inner journey. Thank you for sharing your passion, love & light. I am deeply grateful to have met you in the jungles of Peru. ❤️
Mozelle Spencer November 03, 2018
One of the most beautiful heart centered and healing experiences of my life. There were 5 guests that all participated in a 21 day Dieta with San Pedro in this functional silent retreat. Bernard has a special way of knowing just how to approach each guest with kindness and compassion and checks regularly with you in and out of the medicine. This approach is greatly appreciated as with some places your on your own to make sense of your experience. Bernard is experienced, professional and holds beautiful space in ceremony. The rooms are very clean and great pillows! The hammocks in the maloca were a favorite looking out onto the beautiful grounds surrounded by the Apus (Mountains). If you are looking for a beautiful space ran by a wonderful family, you found it here in Abuntu Ayni. Whether you are looking for a ceremony or two, a retreat or an extended stay Dieta. We will definitely be back.
Maheras Louie October 25, 2018
It was an honor and privilege to have Marta as my yoga instructor in the jungles of Peru. She has a divine strength and is gentle and humble at the same time. Marta’s professionalism as well as her wealth of knowledge in her field and outside of it is amazing. I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future. Thank you Marta🙏😊
Jimmy Dole October 18, 2018
Blessed with knowledge and incredible insight on being human. I had the fortunate pleasure of being able to work with Marta early this year. I had embarked on a ayaushca and yoga journey into my soul and with the help of many teachers - Marta included it was honestly a blessful experience. For me she wasn’t just a teacher but an incredible person and I can speak for everyone on the retreat that she really had a fiery soul of compassion and understanding of yoga and us as humans. Aside from the vast knowledge in yoga, meditation and cultures. Her experience in life was invaluable as we were able to relate and hence made it easy to connect and be comfortable. I can go on and on about Marta - but simply thanks for being there for us and I. Thank you for being yourself !!! Love Thành.
Katie Mayeux October 11, 2018
I recently embarked on a journey inward guided and facilitated by Marta. This was the most powerful journey I have taken on my path thus far. Marta is a healer, a facilitator, a woman who truly embodies the feminine. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and heal with her loving guidance. If you are seeking a retreat that will be facilitated by an authentic teacher, light worker, and healer I trust that attending one with Marta will provide a platform for you to dive as deep as you are willing to go.
Jackie Cox October 10, 2018
I recently partook in a retreat with Martha in Sacred Valley it was a 7 day yoga intensive with 2 days san pedro. Martha is a tremendous yoga instructer and experienced plant teacher who brought together such a beautiful space with all the right coponents to ensure my comfort. The site we stayed at was Samahdi in Sacred Valley and our daily practices were face to face with the beautiful Peruvian mountains, absolutely breathtaking. Our food was vegan and phenomenal, camt say enough about having excellent cuisine on a retreat! I recommend any one looking to increase their practice or wanting to open to sharing in amedicine experience to attend her retreats. She has such a warm soul and holds the most beautiful space with ease. She brought me deeper into my practice and had other teachers on different days to extend their knowledge of yoga and breath we were never stagnent in our journey. She brought the peruvian culture and shared her extensive knowledge of plant medicine and healing, and had different expert shamans in the local areas to hold ceremonies. She went over and beyond for me and others after retreat by ensuring we had a legit and safe taxi to chaffeur us around all of Sacred Valley to tour the mountain ranges and ancient Inca sites(affordably)that was not part of the retreat and I was so relieved she handled that for us! Traveling to another country is overwhelming and sometimes daunting and Martha made the experience flow with ease. Her knowledge in spiritual healing besides yoga is relentless and I love a teacher who does not mind sharing.
Travis Kline July 19, 2018
Ubuntu Ayni is a magical place where real healing can happen. The accommodations provided are top notch, from the rooms, the absolutely delicious food, and the beautiful garden area. The amount of work put into everything by Bernhard and the staff is of the highest quality. I love the unstructured approach to staying here. Other retreat centers funnel everyone into a structured daily regime with set dates and prices, but here you can choose how long you wish to stay and which ceremonies you participate in provided there is availability. I can't imagine a better place to experience San Pedro.
Giulio Brunini June 25, 2018
My wife and I met Marta in india last year during our teacher training course and she immediately struck us as an example of embodiement of yoga’s philosophy and principles. Her rigour in her teaching comes as a result of many years of commited learning and practice. Her generous heart and warmth matches her competencies and knowledge. It was a privilege to have her as our teacher for a month. This year we invited Marta to co lead a yoga retreat in Tuscany and she confirmed to be an extraordinary yoga teacher. This was also an opportunity to get to know her better and appreciate her deep connection to spirit and nature. We hope to stay connected to Marta and have more opportunities to share time with her. Obviously we would highly recommend Marta for anyone who is interested in a yoga teacher that goes beyond technique and posture and can offer a doorway to personal growth and cultivation of the self. Giulio and Ceren
Sean Tizoc Spiers March 14, 2018
I first met Marta at an Ayahuasca deep immersion retreat at the Temple of the Way of Light in Iquitos. I found myself impressed with her sensitivity around yoga (and our various levels of expertise) as well as a real sense of peace and gratitude that emanated from her during and after class. I most recently attended another retreat that she organized around San Pedro in the Sacred Valley. This second retreat showcased her talents with yoga and was a wonderfully rewarding and intense experience in that she and her partner held space in a wonderfully nurturing and understanding way. I look forward to attending future retreats with her as she has a wonderful method of integrating yogic practices (at least to my inexperienced eye) with traditional plant medicines that I believe better allow you to reap greater benefits of both together than you would with them separately. She is wonderfully patient and has struck me as a wonderfully positive and giving force in a world where such people are in short supply. I highly recommend her retreats (or her presence in one). You won't be disappointed.
Gregg Skaines December 20, 2017
I met Marta at a retreat in Peru working with spirit medicines in November of 2017, and couldn't have asked for a better yoga instructor. I looked forward to every class I had with her. No matter if we were doing pre-ceremony yoga, guided meditation, or morning yoga after an intense ceremony, Marta always knew exactly the right words and practices to enhance the medicine work in that moment. She intuitively read into what the class needed and I found myself greatfully thanking her after nearly every class for such a deep and moving practice. Marta's words of "everything is accepted" helped pull me through my darkest time in my medicine work, and still helps me today. She is a kind, beautiful soul whom I would recommend to anyone interested in yoga, no matter your experience level.
Roman Osadca December 15, 2017
I met Marta in march 2016 in the jungles of Peru, where we were studying plant medicine and she was one of the yoga teachers. I have been practicing yoga for 14 years and was very inspired by her personal story and passion when teaching yoga. I found her classes to be very well focused and guided. I have taken techniques that she taught me into my own practice and have really seen the bennifits payed off over the last year or so. To anyone looking for a trustworthy teacher in yoga I would very highly recommend Marta, you won't regret it.
Alec Balfour December 02, 2017
Marta has been a very influential teacher in my life, a guide with whom to seek advice, and a friend. I think her two greatest qualities are her dedication and authenticity. Which is why I respect her so, she doesn’t just talk about it she does the walk. She lives and breathes yoga, shamanism, the universe... She will be genuine with you and give you her 110%. She will spark that fire in you and give you the thirst for more. And she will demand the best out of you to come forth. So if you want to talk about rainbows and unicorns and all the fluff Marta might not be your teacher. But if you truly want to deepen your practice and see what is in your inner depth, if you are searching for the light, trying to answer “who am I” and willing to put the work. Then she’s your guide.
Yesim Yuva September 30, 2017
I met Marta in Peru in the jungle when I did a yoga/plant retreat. Her yoga classes were amazing. A few months later I decided to join another retreat of hers in Colombia. It was beautiful, I love her classes!
Kevin September 28, 2017
I had the privilege of attending one of Marta' s 9 day yoga retreats in peru..i have to say her knowledge and passion for yoga was amazing..Her workshops were well put together and alot of fun. Btw she is one of those people u spend 5 minutes with you will feel like u known her forever. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks Marta, lots of love
Doug Horn September 28, 2017
I was very fortunate to have Marta as my yoga instructor during a retreat in Peru in March 2017. Not only was Marta my yoga instructor, she was an integral part of the facilitation team and my amazing experience at the retreat. Marta knows yoga, lots of it, and all aspects of it from its roots, to its connection with the spirits, the people, life, love, and its mental and physical healing abilities. A beautiful, warm, kind, and loving person who wants to connect deeply with others and teach the wisdom she has gained through her journey to all. I cherish the time I spent in Peru, the yoga practices lead my Marta, and all the love she oozed. I look soooo forward to having this experience again very soon. Thanks Marta, Big Love, Doug.
Rebecca Tott August 28, 2017
I've been fortunate enough to be taught by Marta both in an academic Yoga Teacher Training environment, as well as in an intimate retreat setting. Her teaching style is soft, fluid and effortless and transcends much further beyond the physical asana practice. Every single time Marta has held space for my practice, I have been able to strip back layers and reveal something new about my Self or the subtle energies around me. It is clear to see (and feel) that a lot of her own passion and heart goes into preparing her classes. I would highly recommend taking classes or attending one of her retreats; no matter what level you are at, or how far you are on your transformational path, you will be welcomed with an open heart and a gentle, sweet smile.
Lisa Otto August 25, 2017
I have had the pleasure of being taught by Marta in various different settings: first as a student of hers on my own yoga teacher training, and also in a more relaxed retreat setting. Marta has the unique ability to fuse the physical and spiritual sides of yoga, teaching both challenging Vinyasa sequences as well as calmer restorative and Yin classes, always reminding her students of yoga's deeper intensions and our ability to use yoga in its various forms (asana, pranayama, meditation) to do self-work, and bring peace. Marta is exceptionally knowledgable not only with regard to asana, but also yogic philosophy and spiritual teachings. Her knowledge also extends beyond the Vedic tradition, into Latin American traditions. She is truly a one-of-a-kind teacher, whose classes I only wish I could take more often.
Chad Woodford August 22, 2017
I've been doing yoga for about 14 years and, in this time, have encountered few yoga teachers as well-rounded as Marta, or as steeped in authentic yoga tradition. She manages to pull off that rare feat in teaching yoga: making a class or a topic accessible for less experienced students while making it interesting and transformative for advanced students. Her knowledge of yoga is vast and deep, ranging from asana to meditation and subtle body work. She has clearly studied the eight limbs of yoga from a place of great love and passion, and with great dedication. Not only that but Marta is able to create a peaceful, fun, and loving space in everything she does. Despite her extensive experience and knowledge, Marta walks the earth with a profound humility and grace. Marta not only knows yoga, she lives it. I can't recommend her retreats and classes enough, to newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.
Scott April 20, 2017
I first got into contact with Bernhard, by chance, or so it seemed. Bernhard welcomed me into his beautiful house and grounds, he is unassuming and gentle by nature, but also fun and light. He has taken me on a couple of life changing journeys and I can't wait to sit with him again. I feel so strongly about Bernhard's passion for the gift that he offers to all that I've recommended him to quite a lot of others and the reviews from them were nothing but astounding, of you want to sit with San Pedro (huachuma), I can't think of a better place or a better person. Enjoy your time at Ubuntu Ayni.