A Womxn's Shamanic Medicine Retreat to the Sacred Valley of Peru, June 1 - 8, 2019
We are honored to host Transform at the gorgeous Yoga Mandala in the Sacred Valley. Yoga Mandala is located in Arin, a 1.5 hour drive from Cusco, and is home to three beautiful doggies and a bounty of flowers and plants.
We recommend that you arrive at least 2 days before the retreat begins so you can acclimatize to the altitude. Cusco is at 11K ft and the Sacred Valley is around 9K ft. You’ll want ample time to rest and allow your body to adjust to life at 2 miles high. Once you register for the retreat, we’ll provide a list of places to stay in Cusco and Pisac that are near our pickup locations for Saturday, June 1.
The retreat begins on Saturday, June 1, in the afternoon. We will have 2 pick-ups - one in Cusco and one in Pisac - to transport you to Yoga Mandala, the retreat center.
The retreat ends on Saturday, June 8, in the morning. We will have a shuttle that leaves at 10am, and drops off in both Cusco and Pisac, which are excellent jumping off points for other journeys in Peru.
After you register we will send you a detailed logistics document with maps, basic Spanish phrases to help you get around, and details on where to stay in Cusco and Pisac. We’ll also be in contact with you directly about your travel plans. We’re here to support you!
A portion of all retreat profits go to Alianza Arkana to support reforestation of the Peruvian Amazon and preservation of Shipibo culture.
Jane Mayer is a medicine woman, guide and healer, who has studied with indigenous healers in the mountains of Peru, the Amazon, and the highlands of Ireland, alongside powerful teachers in the Western world.
For many years, Spirit called to her from a well of deep emotional and physical pain, and her own pathway to wholeness and sovereignty informs all of the medicine she offers. She has spent the past several years living between the United States and Peru, drinking Ayahuasca, and dieting Noya Rao, Bobinsana and other sacred plants. Her deepest mission in this lifetime is to use these ancient practices to heal the modern world. She is listening to still, small voices everywhere.
To learn more about her work, visit her on social media @janeislistening.
Carolina Dowell will be the lead facilitator for our Ayahuasca Ceremonies. We partner with her organization, Tree of Light Retreats, which holds a safe space for women to experience Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition. She lives in the Sacred Valley of Peru with her partner and beautiful daughter.
Carolina first began working with Ayahuasca in 2010. After her first ceremony she knew that she had found her teacher, and in 2011 she made her first journey to Peru to work with Shipibo healers. Her experiences were so profound that she decided to make a big life change and move to the jungle. She spent the next few years working closely with the medicine and other plant dietas. She received a very deep calling from the plants to help share their wisdom and support others choosing to step onto this path. Alongside her teacher Juana Silvano-Teco from the Mahua lineage and her partner Pedro, she has served medicine to hundreds of people since 2011.
Pedro first began working with Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition in 2012 and having found his greatest teachers there, remained in the Amazon jungle for the following 2 years where he trained and worked in a large Ayahuasca center.
It was there that he met his partner Carolina and experienced first hand the major transformational work that is possible with Ayahuasca through his deep connection with plant medicines. In this time he also witnessed and supported many others on their healing journeys and furthered his connection and understanding of the Shipibo culture through “plant dieta” and the creation of music projects with the healers.
Pedro is currently based in the Sacred Valley, Peru with his family and continues to study these ancient healing practices through regular dietas with Noya Rao and other Master Plants. He feels truly honored to co-facilitate with his beautiful partner and to share this incredible healing tradition, safely and lovingly with the world.
Gisela is a loving and heart-centered Peruvian woman who started her journey with the medicine 9 years ago in the Peruvian Jungle. She started and continues to learn within the Mahua family lineage. She has done many traditional plant dietas and continues to deepen her relationship with Ayahuasca through ceremonies and retreats.
In 2015 she started to work as a facilitator on ayahuasca workshops. The medicine had a big impact on her, so she decided to listen and follow her heart’s calling for the medicine more and more and quit her full-time job in a business company in Lima and moved to the Sacred Valley, where she co-founded a holistic Montessori Kindergarten for small kids, where she taught art and music to the children.
She is enjoying life and happily exploring the medicine path, and runs an integration center, Soul House Integration, with her husband, Richy.
Julian and Valerio Sasari are brothers from a large Quechua family outside of Cusco. They are medicine men: their knowledge of and intimate relationship with the mountains of the Sacred Valley is truly unparalleled. When they aren't working with plants and mountains and medicine, they run a travel company (highly recommended) called Runa Nan Travel.