Healing the Spirit in Peru: 9 Days

  • Cuesta de San Blas, Cusco, Peru
  • Mar 15 - 23, 2018 (9 days)
  • $2250 to $2850

About us

Healing the Spirit in Peru

a yoga retreat.



MARCH 15-23, 2018

This opportunity is offered in partnership with the Healing House in Cusco, Peru


This trip does include some moderate time travel as you walk through the Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley and embrace the colonial majesty of Cusco...

You want to see the world and you want your experience to be substantial. This journey with Elm City Wellness & Breathing Room Yoga is more than a sight-seeing trip. You’ll have the opportunity to detach from the stress of your everyday life and learn the tools and techniques to follow a happier, more fulfilling path in life as you immerse yourself in the mystical beauty of this sacred land.

This opportunity is offered in partnership with the Healing House in Cusco, Peru. The city is considered by many to be the energetic navel of the earth, and the energy of Cusco is definitely unique and intense; the Incas knew it, the locals know it, and many of the travelers passing through can feel it. Although many people come to Cusco as tourists on their way to Machu Picchu, they are drawn to stay. They can sense the energy, and something tells them that Cusco has a message for them.

Peru is waiting for you. It's time to go.

Day-to-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival/Acclimatization/Opening Ceremony/Dinner

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and taken to Healing House in the San Blas neighborhood, your home away from home in Cusco for most of the next 10 days. Later in the afternoon, you’ll have your opening circle before heading to PachaPapa, a nearby Peruvian restaurant, to have dinner. It’s a great place to get acquainted with some local specialties but where it’s safe for foreign tummies. They even have pizzas for those who aren’t feeling adventurous (yet).

Lodging: Healing House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Included: Airport transfer
Not Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Yoga/City Tour/Andean Despacho Ceremony

Yoga from 7:30 to 9:00 this morning, followed by breakfast. At 10:00 am, you’ll be picked up by your guide for a city tour. After your tours of the archaeological sites, you’ll stop off to have a box lunch in the countryside, followed by a traditional Andean Despacho ceremony, giving thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (gods of the mountains). The Andean priest leading the ceremony has been learning and performing ceremonies since he was a small child. You’ll also have the opportunity after to buy some of the beautiful weavings that his wife makes.

Following the ceremony, you’ll head back down to Healing House. Dinner will be on your own.

Lodging: Healing House
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch
Included: transport, entrance tickets, guide, Despacho ceremony
Not Included: Dinner

Day 3: Morning Yoga/Market Tour/Free Afternoon/Evening Yoga

Yoga from 7:30 to 9:00 this morning, followed by breakfast. Our guide will meet us at the house and walk with us to San Pedro Market, where he will show us some of the many delicacies of Peruvian cuisine. Your free afternoon is the perfect time to explore Cusco for shopping, relaxing and visiting some of the museums located around the Plaza de Armas (with your included tourist ticket). Restorative Yoga in the evening.

Lodging: Healing House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Not Included: Dinner

Day 4: Morning Yoga Hike/Touring Sacred Sites/Evening Yoga  

Light breakfast followed by a morning hike to Temple of the Moon, where we will practice Yoga. After lunch, instead of a traditional tour, you’ll visit some sacred sites above the city with an Andean priest who will give you a more spiritual perspective of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures and the wisdom they left behind. 

Lodging: Healing House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Not Included: Dinner

Day 5: Morning Yoga/Moray/Maras/Overnight at Aranwa Hotel/Evening Yoga

After breakfast, you’ll head to the valley to visit the circular terraces of Moray and Salineras, salt flats that have been used since Inca times. You’ll have a delicious buffet lunch (included) at Tunupa before checking in at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy the privacy of the jacuzzi tub in your room. Yoga in the evening before dinner.

Lodging: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, entrance fees, guided tour, transport
Not Included: Drinks at lunch

Day 6: Morning Yoga/Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) 

Yoga at Aranwa from 7:30 to 9:00 or spend some leisure time at the hotel before being picked up at 11:00am by your guides and transport. You’ll head off to Ollantaytambo where you will tour one of the most important Inca sites in the valley, as well as the town itself, as it was 500 years ago, with many original walls and waterways.

We will take the train from here to go to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. You’ll be on the Vistadome train with panoramic windows that allow for the best view of the landscapes as you travel under snow-capped mountains, past Inca ruins, and finally ending up in the cloud jungle that surrounds Machu Picchu.

You’ll check into your hotel and have a bit of time to rest and freshen up before going to dinner. 

Lodging: Hotel Waman in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Included: Transport to Ollantaytambo, entrance fee & guided tour of Ollantaytambo, train
Not included: Drinks at dinner

Day 7: Machu Picchu 

Your guides will pick you up at the hotel at 8:00am to take the bus together up to the historic site. A box lunch will be provided. You won’t be able to eat inside the site, but you can dig in as you wait for the bus back down. Your return train is at 3:20pm, arriving back in Ollantaytambo at 5:08pm. Your bus will be waiting to take you back to Healing House.

Lodging: Healing House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Included: Bus to Machu Picchu, entrance tickets & guided tour of Machu Picchu, lunch, return train, transport to Cusco
Not Included: Dinner

Day 8: Morning Yoga/Free Day/Closing Circle & Dinner 

Yoga from 7:30 to 9:00 this morning, followed by breakfast. After that, free day for self-care. Book a craniosacral therapy with Marissa, a massage with Cheryl or Reiki with a Healing House therapist.* Walk around town, go shopping or just chill at the house -- whatever you need. Closing circle and dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.
*additional fee for therapies

Lodging: Healing House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Relax at Healing House until you are picked up for the airport to head home.

Included: Breakfast, transport to airport

Beginning on Day 9 (March 22) and running through March 24, 2018. Departure is March 25th.


3 additional nights accommodation at Healing House
Reiki Level 1 Training at Healing House, Airport transfer

MARISSA GANDELMAN, LMT & owner of Elm City Wellness, guides you on this trip, incorporating meditations and workshops to give you the power to handle the stressful demands of life.

NIKI COATE, founder of Healing House, welcomes you to her home and helps us connect to the highest natural frequencies of Mother Earth & our Higher Self in this special place.

MARGOT BROOM, owner of Breathing Room Yoga, will be your yoga guide for this magical journey. Asana, alignment, and creative sequencing are just a hint of what she has in store for us throughout the trip.

CHERYL WILSON, LMT, Elm City Wellness massage therapist, is an intuitive bodyworker, first listening to you and your body, and following through with a massage that is designed for you and your individual needs.




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