Journey to Peru’s Sacred Valley: Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom, Meditation & Yoga

  • Munay Sonqo Retreat Center, Calca, Peru
  • Mar 24 - 30, 2019 (7 days)

About us

Join us for a luminous 6-day retreat in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Held at beautiful Munay Sonqo Retreat Center, our days include yoga and meditation; inspiring non-dual teachings and practices rooted in the most profound view of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; and two excursions, including to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most sacred sites. Our retreat integrates sensory awareness, contemplation, and immersion in a natural power place to expand body and mind, and magnify our heart connection to all beings. Your retreat leaders draw on decades of teaching and practice to weave a dynamic inner and outer journey that will enrich the core of your being and ignite the healing power of our inherent compassion. We invite you to the trip of a lifetime!

The retreat is open to all. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary.

Optional trip add-ons such as a traditional plant medicine ceremony may be available.

More Program Details:

Buddhist teachings and meditation: Pieter and Charlotte will introduce and guide open awareness meditation to support and awaken a connection to our truest nature – bodhicitta, the awakened heart-mind. Drawing on lyrical and inspiring teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition – and specifically from Machig Labdrön, the great 11th century Tibetan yogini – we will explore the nature of awareness, the radiant ground of being, and gently tend to that which holds us back from our fullest, compassionate expression. These ancient teachings are complemented by simple practices that allow us to draw on the power of the land and natural elements surrounding us and the primordial wisdom within us.

The Yoga practices taught by Gretchen during this retreat will clarify and foster a deeper view into Buddhist teachings. Every student, whether a seasoned practitioner or new to yoga will feel supported. This is not a “how to do yoga” retreat but rather an opportunity to weave somatic movement and classical asana (poses) into meditation practice in order to cultivate more awareness, contentment and quietude.
After traveling and periods of seated meditation, yoga and movement provide a refuge to relax and access stillness so that both body and mind can receive teachings without resistance or discomfort.
The practices will be helpful in minimizing stiffness and joint pain that sometimes arise during periods of seated meditation, hiking, altitude, or simply being out of one’s typical routine.

About the Teachers

Gretchen Donovan is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher with over two decades of experience and a long time meditator. She weaves the subtle energies and precision of her years of experimentation in Ashtanga, Iyengar and Prajna Yoga into her unique style. Her enthusiasm and commitment to teaching is infectious. She is committed to helping students find more freedom and awareness in their bodies and heart-mind.

Pieter O and Charlotte Rotterdam are long-time students of Tibetan Buddhism and teaches meditation, Feeding your Demons, Chöd and other Buddhist practices in the US and abroad. As teaching and life partners, they elicit a playful and inspiring dynamic which brings traditional wisdom to life. They have studied and worked closely with Lama Tsultrim Allione for 15 years, and served as Executive Co-Directors of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center.
Pieter received his Law degree in his native South Africa. He is an entrepreneur and the President of the Tara Mandala Board of Directors. Charlotte received her Masters from Harvard Divinity School and is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. Her essays have been published in Mandala, Lion’s Roar Online and in an anthology, Fearless Nest. In 2016 she received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala by Lama Tsultrim.
Their blog on the intersection of Buddhist teachings and everyday life is at:


We will all meet in Cusco on the morning of 24 March for departure to Munay Sonqo Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley near Calca. Beautiful and peaceful Munay Sonqo will serve as our retreat base for the remainder of our time together. From there we will do our two excursions to a local sacred site, and to Machu Picchu. Participants may then choose to stay for an optional add-on plant medicine experience.

Given Peru's exceptional beauty and rich cultural offerings, we strongly recommend spending some time in Cusco prior or after the retreat, or visiting other local attractions. Strolling Cusco's narrow alleys surrounded by Inca and more recent Spanish Colonial architecture, sitting at one of its many hip bars or restaurants, or visiting the remains of Coricancha, a temple dedicated to the Incan Sun God Inti - remains a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most flights will also connect through Lima, a vibrant and fascinating ocean-side city with what is considered one of the top food scenes in the world (see Bloomberg's Why Lima Is the World's Best Food City, by the Numbers). And don't forget to take in the nightlife and contemporary galleries of the Barranco district. Please contact us for further suggestions!

Price includes:

  • All teachings and Yoga instruction
  • 6 nights of accommodation at Munay Sonqo
  • 3 meals/day
  • Full-day excursion to Machu Picchu
  • ½ day Sacred Valley excursion
  • Ground transportation to and from Cusco to Munay Sonqo

Price does not include:

  • airfare to and from Cusco
  • any accommodation in Cusco
  • personal expenses
  • tips
  • optional post-retreat add-ons

Please visit for complete details.

Event Highlights

  • Our time together includes:
  • - Daily meditation, with instruction and guidance
  • - Buddhist teachings, drawing in particular from the 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön.
  • - An introduction to the non-dual view and the skillful means to apply these profoundly esoteric teachings in everyday life.
  • - Daily yoga, tailored to meet you at any level
  • - Personal transformation practices (such as Feeding your Demons and Chöd)
  • - One full-day trip to Machu Picchu
  • - One or two half-day visit to a local site
  • - Time for reflection, integration and rest

Venue Highlights

Munay Sonqo Retreat and Yoga Center is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. It is a place to connect to the incredible depth and beauty of what nature offers.

The Sacred Valley of Peru, where we are located, is a majestic spot in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as “Apus” — “luminous beings” who are said to intercede on behalf of people. Those who come to our center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and ceremony. We believe our world today benefits greatly from contact with these ancient sites and ways.


  • Free Wifi
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


All prices are quoted Per Person.
Accommodation Options:

Triple: $2,750
Double: $3,150
Single: $3,400 - Limited availability.
Deluxe Double: $3,500 - Very limited availability.
(The Deluxe Double is a two-story, two bathroom apartment. It can be configured either with one queen bed upstairs or a single bed upstairs and a single bed downstairs - each floor has a full bathroom).

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required at the time of booking, with the balance due on or before December 15, 2018.

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