awaken the elements
ecstatic dance + yoga + meditation + ritual
In the heart of the Sacred Valley, surrounded by ancient Inca sites and the Andes mountains, dive deep into the wisdom of your own body, remembering and reclaiming it’s expression as a pathway to bliss.
Pacha: Earth | mama: Mother
In Andean cosmology Pachamama is honoured as an ever-present and independent force that uses her creative power to sustain life on earth. She is the goddess that resides over the planting and harvesting of all things.
The elements of the natural world are great teachers and guides for our own understanding, while ecstatic dance and yoga are both powerful practices that can expand our capacity to grow. Join us as we explore our own creative energies through conscious embodiment of the elements: earth, water, fire, air & ether. In our 6 days together we will utilize dance, yoga, meditation, expressive art, eco-therapy and ritual practices to allow a process of inner alchemy to take place. The mythology of Pachamama, will act as an anchor to our journey, reminding us of the interconnected and sacred nature of all things as we explore our creative capacity.
in this retreat you will
• Explore dance as a healing and therapeutic practice
• Nurture and bring ritual into your daily life
• Experience 4 elemental ceremonies
• Be nourished by 3 local, organic meals each day
• Rediscover the creative expression of your body
• Release what no longer serves and create space for more ease, grace and flow in your life
Ecstatic Dance can help us to access states of deep embodied consciousness, leading us into profoundly healing and meditative states of peace, freedom and joy. It has been practiced throughout human history and used in shamanic traditions to support the release of stuck emotions and energetic blockages, resulting in increased body awareness and a greater sense of connection. When we allow our bodies to move from a place of inquiry, we open up to the healing potential of intentional movement. During our retreat we will be dancing daily to connect to this power and wisdom within.
yoga + meditation
Daily yoga and meditation will support the space we create together during our retreat. We take a holistic and heart-centered approach to yoga, mixing Hatha and Flow styles in a therapeutic way designed to help you deepen your understanding of yourself, your body, each other, and the earth. The classes are appropriate for all levels of movers, from beginner to advanced. As we journey through each of the elements, we will explore their unique characteristics through the innate wisdom of our own bodies and the shapes we make. A guided meditation practice each morning will also support our practice.
Everything in the universe vibrates at a unique frequency including ourselves. When we tune into the frequency of sound, we open up to the pure healing vibration it has to offer us. Sound will be incorporated as a healing modality throughout the retreat.
Ritual is a powerful way that we can reclaim our spirituality. Many of us don’t identify with a structured religious practice, leaving us to create our own ways of communing with the divine. When we have rituals in place they help us anchor our lives into the divine, bringing deeper levels of presence, intention and focus to the way we move in our day to day. During our retreat we will journey through 4 elemental ceremonies; a water ceremony, fire ceremony, sound healing ceremony (air) and despacho ceremony (earth) a traditional Andean offering to the earth.
We believe the elements are a profound yet simple way that we can access and remember our infinite power. They act as symbolic archetypes that we can tune-into for support. During our retreat we learn how to incorporate and strengthen the practice of daily ritual.
what you’ll love about the sacred valley
Munay Sonqo + The Sacred Valley
Our location for this retreat takes place in the Sacred Valley of Peru, nestled into an oasis of native plants, fruit trees and a magnificent waterfall nourishing the land at Munay Sonqo Retreat Centre.
The Sacred Valley 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. At Munay Sonqo guests have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos (healers) during ritual and ceremony. It is an incredible place to connect to the depth and beauty of what nature offers and we believe our world today benefits greatly from contact with these ancient lands and ancient ways.
Guests at Munay Sonqo are served delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly prepared ingredients. Each room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. The entire center including the staff here embody the kindness, love and wholeness that permeates this magical place.
BASED ON ON SHARED OCCUPANCY
• 6 nights of accommodation at the gorgeous Munay Sonqo Retreat Centre
• 3 delicious, organic meals per day, beginning with dinner on arrival date and ending with breakfast on departure date
• daily ecstatic dance, yoga and meditation
• 4 elemental ceremonies (fire, water, earth, air)
Does not include: Airfare, transfer to and from the retreat centre
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Includes 6 days of retreat activities, accommodation & 3 organic vegetarian meals per day.
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