Into the Heart of Light - 100 HR Advanced module - Yoga & Plant Medicine Retreat, Peru

About us

Within a warm cocoon in the foothills of the Andes, our journey and transformation takes place…

East meets West as we experience a unique synergy: the shamanic practices of The Americas and the ancient art and science of Yoga.

The intention and focus of this immersion is to deepen our self-awareness via powerful forms of self-inquiry.

We firmly believe that one’s inner development is at least as important as learning new asana techniques and methods of teaching, as these outer tools are most powerful if we have done, and are always attending to, our personal work.

Our team will include SOSA co-founder Simone MacKay and medicine woman Leticia Tika Qantu Sideris, as well as Paul Temple and Suzanne Lewarne from Hummingbird Retreats in Pisaq.

The old adage “‘Know Thyself” is, in our opinion, the necessary foundation required to teach, guide, and mentor others. Thus, this module will be less about “instruction” and more about us providing you with powerful tools, holding space and remaining present as you look within. These “tools” consist of practices that have helped people become truly connected to their hearts, their souls, and their humanity, for thousands of years. We have co-evolved with them.

Both our yogic and nature-based practices are approached in sacred ceremony as offerings, as prayers, to Spirit and to “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). Yogically, we will utilize pranayama, mantra, mudras, asana and contemplation, incorporating both Yoga Nidra (including an experiential journey through all 5 koshas, the “sheaths” or layers of Being) and Yin Yoga as a way to embody and integrate the master plant teachings that come to us from the South American traditions.

The native practice of “Council Circles” will also play a significant role during this 10-day retreat, which will preface and follow all shamanic ceremonies, further assisting us with our blossoming and the integration of our practices.

Open to yogis and non-yogis alike, this immersion counts as a 100-hour module towards a 300-hour yoga teacher training for those moving towards an advanced 500-hour certification.

This event is taking place at the Sach'a Munay Retreat Center located in a mountain canyon in the Sacred Valley.  Our journey and transformation begins with a despacho ceremony, unfolding into the sacred plant medicines of Peru, an exploration of the 5 koshas with Yoga Nidra, and the refining of our approach to practice, all while deepening our relationship to our selves, each other and Source.

Experienced, trusted medicine keepers will hold space during shamanic rituals and ceremonies (including temazcal, a sweat lodge purification) and our seasoned yogis will help us explore the higher levels of the art, and the power of the Valle Sagrado will hold space for us as we widen our hearts and our souls to the Universe within. Our team will include SOSA co-founders Simone MacKay and Troy McFadden as well as Jean Piel, an artist, musician, and Shamanic guide with other guest facilitators.

Our immersion will keep us engaged from morning until evening with some ceremonies running well into the night. The schedule will vary, depending upon the flow of the days, as well as the needs of the group. Due to the nature of this event, much of it will be touched by the natural and organic flow and inspiration of Spirit. 

The cost of the 10-day immersion is USD $1795 and includes medicine ceremonies, facilitation, guided hikes, organic, chef-prepared vegetarian meals and accommodation.  Accommodation includes shared/double occupancy rooms, private bathrooms, WIFI, access to shared kitchens and living rooms with fireplaces and weekly housekeeping. Bodywork and private healing sessions available upon request.

Tags: course peru plant medicine training yoga

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