Our Retreat Focus:
Expand your heart and perspective on a culturally curated journey through Andean natural wonders and sacred sites. Integrate the 8 Limbs of Yoga, mindfulness practices, nature immersion, hiking, local indigenous purification rituals, community connection, play and personal reflection to help release stagnant life-force energy and renew inner and outer harmony.
Stay 2 nights in Cusco, 6 nights in a sustainable luxury wellness resort in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and 1 night in Machu Picchu and visit the surrounding Andean mountain region.
This retreat is for you if you are...
- Longing for a deeper relationship with Mother Earth
- Open to learning wisdom teachings from Andean indigenous culture
- Feeling called to release what no longer serves your well being
- Needing to renew joy and inner and outer harmony
- Moved to clarify and recommit to what’s sacred to you
- Wanting to authentically experience other cultures (in Peru and among fellow travelers)
- Inspired to share in community yoga practice throughout your journey
- Interested in starting or cultivating a daily spiritual practice, such as meditation
- Excited to see archaeological and natural wonders
- Seeking to expand your heart and perspective
- Looking for a balanced itinerary of play, learning, personal growth and social connection
- Choosing to travel mindfully, respecting the land and people you visit
Why Michelle's inspired to invite you:
Global travel has been my catalyst for personal discovery and transformation. I love immersing in down-to-earth cultures that can teach me about open-mindedness, humility, loving nature, the joy of simplicity, living from the heart and appreciation of diversity. Ultimately, my adventures abroad have been teachers of living my yoga practice. Through hosting this yoga retreat in historically and culturally rich parts of Peru steeped in indigenous reverence for nature and humanity, I humbly hope to share ways to integrate yoga into daily life and promote harmony with our planet, each other and yourself. May this adventure activate a deep sense of loving connection with Life. (Read Michelle's Bio here.)
What's this retreat about?
For 10 days and 9 nights, embark on a mindful heart-opening journey through Peru’s ancient awe-inspiring sites: Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu (World Heritage site), the Andean mountains and more. Travel with a diverse community of nature-loving yoga adventurers hosted by Root 2 Rise Yoga’s founder, Michelle Chua, and a native-Peruvian professional guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua (indigenous Andean language). For most of your stay, ground in the Sacred Valley’s first ever yoga resort, where the Lonely Planet claims the spirit of Pachamama (Mother Earth) burns bright among luscious healing gardens. Relax and rejuvenate at the luxurious and sustainable eco-sanctuary featured in Yoga Journal, Vogue, CNN Travel and The Guardian. Enjoy a time-tested itinerary that balances daily group meditation and breath-work yoga, visits to archaeological and natural wonders, hiking and nature walks, calming and uplifting physical yoga, authentic fire and cacao rituals, musical celebration, personal reflection, quality time with local community, a visit to an Andean mountain school, free time in the gardens or spa, farm-to-table plant-based meals, energy-balancing practices in nature and space to unwind or explore local culture on your own.
How are Yoga and Mindfulness integrated?
Start or strengthen your daily meditation practice, as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) Michelle Chua guides you through preparatory breathwork and a variety of centering techniques, from walking meditation, forest bathing (shinrin yoku), mindful movement and meditations to cultivate clarity, Self-trust, compassion, joy and gratitude. On most days, practice physical yoga for all experience levels, including beginners, from energizing Vinyasa Flow to relaxing Yin and Restorative Yoga. Draw on the tools of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, mindfulness and your inner wisdom to release stagnant life-force energy and activate your true nature of peace, vitality, wisdom and deep love.
The majority of your stay will be at Willka T'ika, the original yoga private retreat center of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our retreat accommodations (pictured below) are sustainable luxury guest rooms, each named after the Andean medicinal plant that grows at its doorstep and designed using feng shui principles. Each spacious luxury room has a mountain or garden view and includes a modern bathroom, a seating area and entry to the gardens. Pending availability when you register, choose a room with 2 Queen-sized beds (to share with a roommate), 1 King-sized bed (for couples) or 3 Twin-sized or Double-sized beds (to share among three roommates). Single guests will be assigned to one of the above options.
Our other accommodations include a shared or single room: 2 nights in Cusco and 1 night near Machu Picchu at Aguas Calientes in 3- or 4- star hotels selected by Willka T'ika's expert concierge,
Your Investment & What's Included:
How to Register to join us:
REviews of Root 2 Rise Yoga with Michelle chua:
Michelle truly lives out what she teaches. She is so much more than a yoga teacher - I learned this when I went on her exquisitely curated trip that she organized to Costa Rica this past June 2018...Hopefully like me, you'll be delighted by her effervescent love of movement, nature, and all people!
Michelle clearly stands out with her beautiful and bright energy. I love how her practice and teaching encompass body, mind and spirit. She not only teaches yoga but lives and exudes it.
Michelle not only teaches 'yoga', she embodies it fully with her heart and soul...
Michelle is by far one of the best instructors I've ever had, period. Patient, clear in her explanations and demos, and so encouraging...
My first yoga class was with Michelle years ago. You can have the best (yoga pose) sequence and not teach from your heart. With Michelle, I also feel her passion when I'm in her class. I can see she loves what she does, and she inspired me to want to teach yoga, too.
I'm so grateful to have met Michelle! Her kind energy opened up my interest in pursuing yoga and meditation. She is such an incredibly light and soul. She starts with grounding ourselves through mindfulness and breathing exercise. She brings the most authentic energy to the class by sharing the history and understanding behind poses, names, and techniques. I truly appreciate her work and impact on my well-being!
I’ve had dozens of instructors over the years, but Michelle is far and away the best yoga mentor I’ve ever practiced with. She epitomizes grace during these difficult times. Michelle has saved my sanity and my back while working from home, keeping me grounded with her sharing of yogic teachings and meditation techniques. Her repertoire of physical asanas is encyclopedic, and I’ve loved learning new poses and stretching my boundaries. Jump in, all. You’ve got this!
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