A Journey of Soul-Discovery, Healing, and Liberation through
Embodied Practices, Earth Ritual and Sacred Plant Medicine
SACRED VALLEY, PERU
Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2024
Here we arise to a sun-speckled morning within the lush natural surroundings of this peaceful yet powerful Sacred Valley,
held on all sides by the Apus or great mountain spirits in these powerful Andean ranges. In this beautiful cocoon, you can feel the beautiful contrast this land provides – vibrant beauty, peace and tranquility paired with a strong vortex of energy that naturally helps to support the transformation happening within you.
Welcome to the Sacred Valley of Peru, our home for this journey of inner awakening and soul-level transformation in partnership with the spirits of the plants and of this land.
Together in community, we will explore the depths of our full potential.
Ignite your Fire Within ◇ Honor Your Soul's Calling ◇ Remember Your True Nature
January 28 - February 4, 2024
Inner awakening Retreat
Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2024
Remember Your Magic Here in Peru
This 8-day journey is an experience in community of awakening, healing, and nourishing our fire and guiding light within.
Nestled in our retreat oasis in the Sacred Valley, we will weave through somatic and creative practices of self-discovery, Earth-based rituals and elemental connection, ceremonies with Master Plant Teachers, and shamanic teachings of the Andes. We will practice energetic cleansing techniques and explore frequency healing, heart-opening cacao and rose ceremony, and the medicine of deep connection in a family on a soul journey together.
A Space for Soulful Awakening
Our intention for this experience is to create a safe space for personal evolution and remembrance of your true nature, and to give you tools to integrate this frequency into your daily life.
You will be supported with and through:
- Setting clear intentions for this experience
- Utilizing energetic practices for personal healing
- Strengthening your intuition and courage
- Finding greater clarity on your life path
- Clearing emotional and energetic blocks
- Awakening your creativity and self-expression
- Expressing your unique strengths and gifts
- Integrative practices to support and deepen your experience
- A strong and loving, heart-centered soul family
A glimpse into the practices we'll explore...
Yoga & Breathwork
Daily yoga and meditation sessions combined with breathwork practices will provide a grounding foundation for our journey. Body-based tools and a movement-based morning ritual will be used as support for integration through the retreat (and yoga classes will be appropriate for all levels!)
With a local Andean Maestro, we will open our space with prayer and offering to the Earth and mountains that hold us, the elements, and to our ancestors. Our despacho will open the space for our further work with Earth medicine and elemental ritual throughout the retreat.
One evening ceremony with the master plant Ayahuasca, guided by an experienced local Maestro. Thorough preparation and integration will support the connection with this cleansing and purifying plant spirit that aids in clearing energetic, emotional and spiritual blockages.
Huachuma (San Pedro) Ceremony
Also known as the Grandfather, Huachuma is connected to heart-opening, awakening insights, and activating our light within. A wonderful integrative medicine after Ayahuasca, our ceremony will take place with a local Huachumero during the day in a power place in nature.
Creative & Somatic Integration Circles
Connection is medicine, and our collective journey together is the perfect opportunity for group integration support, through which we will explore creative and somatic tools to help process your experiences.
Being with the land here in Peru is medicine in itself. We will have ample time for connection with the incredible nature here, both in visiting sacred sites together and offering time and space for solo contemplation with the land.
Temezcal (Sweat Lodge) Ceremony
Though temezcal originates in Mexico, it is a powerful practice in conjunction with medicine work of both transformation and integration, as we connect with the fire element and our own embodiment in a process of cleansing and release.
Cacao Ceremony & Sound Healing
We will explore frequency medicine and heart-opening cacao and rose ceremony to anchor and deepen the shifts and openings offered by the plants, surrendering into the sweetness of these medicines!
This journey is for you if:
- You seek a space to deepen your self-discovery and authentic expression
- You want to remember your true nature on a soul level
- You are on a path of uncovering your purpose and potential
- You seek to connect with the compass of your intuition, inner wisdom, and higher guidance
- You long to explore alternative, holistic pathways into living spirituality
- You are looking to reset and recharge while being held in comfort and love
- You want to come to the homelands of the sacred Master Plants for a safe, authentic experience
- You want to awaken and explore alternative ways to live your life
- You seek to expand your creative expression and remember your playfulness
- You are committed to live with compassion, intention and integrity
- You are ready to welcome sacred plant medicines as a healing tool in your life
full support in your process
An experience like this doesn't just begin when you arrive in Peru; it begins when you commit to the journey.
This fully-inclusive and restorative experience is designed to allow you to sink into full nourishment, connection, and exploration of Soul and Self:
- Pre-retreat group meeting and individual preparation call
- 8 days, 7 nights accommodation at Allpawasi Retreat Center
- Airport pickup and dropoff (also available to & from hotel in Cusco)
- Daily home-cooked vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner (modified meals on ceremony days)
- Opening Despacho and Andean Cosmology workshop with local shaman
- One Ayahuasca ceremony (conducted in the evening)
- One Huachuma ceremony (conducted in the daytime at a sacred site)
- Daily yoga, breathwork and meditation practice
- Integrative sharing circles and creative workshops
- Somatic and creative workshops and sound healing ceremony
- Cacao ceremony and other Earth-based rituals to support our work
- Temezcal sweat lodge ceremony
- Day trip to sacred sites around the Sacred Valley
- Retreat journal and other surprise gifts
- All transportation to excursions and activities
- Optional Kambo (frog medicine) treatment
- Unlimited coffee (except ceremony days), tea, fruit, and drinking water
- Post-retreat integration session with Kristen
- Integration resources and post-retreat group integration call
Kristen is a healing arts practitioner who has traveled the world studying the art of personal transformation for over fifteen years, learning to weave Eastern, Western, and indigenous healing modalities in support of human flourishing. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach, RYT-500 Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Breathwork and Reiki Practitioner, Authentic Relating Facilitator and Trauma-Informed Somatic Practitioner.
She is passionate about guiding somatic healing through the body and helping people to fully integrate and express their own medicine & magic into the world – and is deeply grateful to the plant spirits and her teachers on the medicine path.
It is a deep honor and joy to walk alongside you in your own process of awakening and discovery – and to share this sacred space for us all to explore our full potential!
Marlene is a multi talented space alchemist whose passion is sharing heart to heart authentic, safe and transformative soul-moments. She is a certified Hypnosis Coach, Reiki I & II Practitioner, Massage Therapist and facilitator for ceremonies, rituals, movement and singing circles. In addition to facilitation work, Marlene weaves her passions of dance, Acro Yoga and music into her spaces and offerings.
For five years now she is deeply dedicated to the shamanic path and accompanying people in their processes in reconnecting to their inner child, reclaiming their wholeness, and embracing all the colors of life.
our medicine carriers
Nacho, a multi-instrumentalist musician originally from Chile, dedicated himself to the path of service with Mother Ayahuasca many years ago. His prayer is to create a bridge between the plant and people’s souls in order to go deeper into the infinite path of self-knowledge.
our journey with plant medicine
While Master Plant Medicine is an incredible tool and ally for personal transformation, it is not the only tool we will be working with during this retreat.
You will find many retreats offering 3-5 Master plant medicine ceremonies in the span of a week to ten days, but we are taking a slightly different and gentler approach here. Our itinerary has been intentionally designed with one Ayahuasca and one Huachuma ceremony to help you open and integrate the teachings of these plants with intention and clarity, accompanied and supported by the other somatic, creative, and holistic practices we will explore during the retreat.
You will be held safely by our facilitators as well as a trusted and experienced Maestro during our Master Plant ceremonies, allowing you to go deeply inwards to experience profound healing and inner shifts. We emphasize proper preparation and integration of ceremonies and will work with you thoroughly in this capacity.
Our Ayahuasca ceremony will begin at 6pm and conclude around midnight. We will eat an Ayahuasca-friendly diet prior to our ceremony, and provide you plenty of preparation for ceremony both before and during the retreat. Our Huachuma ceremony day will begin at 10am, and will take place immersed in the energetically-charged nature of the Sacred Valley, combining silent contemplation, private conversation, and gentle walks in nature. We will return to the retreat center by 6pm to share dinner and gentle integration before resting for the evening.
The Magic of peru
Our home in the sacred valley
Our home for the week will be at Allpawasi, a beautiful retreat space tucked away in a quiet area at the foot of the Andes mountains near the vibrant village of Pisac (just 15 minutes walk.) Here, you will find spaces full of tranquility to relax and connect with nature, away from the hustle and bustle – the perfect place to go deep on your journey, nourish on all levels, and integrate your experiences.
Living in Community
We will be living together in a cozy yet spacious Retreat House with ample space for both privacy and personal process, and a beautiful opportunity for community living. Our ceremonies and workshops/yoga sessions will take place in a bright, newly-built maloka (temple space) with panoramic windows surrounded by the lush mountains of the Sacred Valley. On the grounds, you will be able to enjoy our peaceful gardens, wood fire adobe oven, spaces for rest and relaxation, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Plenty of outdoor seating will allow you to enjoy restful time in the fresh mountain air.
Each room is beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you need for a nourishing stay during our retreat. Our house has a fully equipped kitchen (although all meals will be provided!) There is an outdoor fire pit area with communal seating, and a beautiful windowed shala where we will meet for yoga and movement classes and ceremony. Each double room and single room has a private bathroom.
our soul tribe
Human connection is medicine in itself, and the field we create together is a powerful component of this transformational journey.
Our journey will unfold with a tight-knit group of fellow spiritual seekers, and over our eight days, we will deepen together in ceremony and bond through integration, daily practice, creative workshops, embodied connection practices, plenty of space for music and creative expression, nourishing family meals and time by the fire, exploring the culture and sacred sites of Peru, and quality time spent in a medicine family. You will leave with a new tribe of people to support you on your path moving forward, and a forever link to our magical home in the Sacred Valley.
JOIN US IN PERU
jan 28 - feb 4, 2024
Early Bird: $300 Discount Through 11/30
In order to give back to the communities of these sacred lands, we will be donating 100 USD per Participant to a local community project.
Double Room with Ensuite Bathroom:
($2450 after Nov 30)
Private Room with Ensuite Bathroom:
($2950 after Nov 30)
Or send us a message with your interest/questions, and we will be in touch!
The next step to join us is to fill in the form above, and we will be in touch personally to connect send you a full intake/application form.Once accepted into the retreat, a $300 deposit will reserve your space.
If at any point it becomes clear that plant medicine is not a good fit for you at this time, your deposit will be fully refunded.
Working with these Master plant medicines of Ayahuasca and Huachuma is a true commitment to your personal and spiritual development.
The first step to joining the retreat is to fill out the contact form above, after which we will send you a full application form to share more information about your intentions and any prior experience with plant medicines (none is required).
A $300 deposit will be required to reserve your space once you are accepted into the retreat.
We will then be in touch to set up a Zoom call to connect personally and dive deeper into your intentions for this work, and any questions you may have. If for any reason on that call we determine that this work with plant medicine is not a fit for you at this time, your deposit will be fully refunded.
After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email to set up your room choice and the final payment options (either pay-in-full or a payment plan, both due in full before we arrive.) You will also receive a detailed intake form to complete before the retreat.
Travel & Logistics
You will fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ) and we will send you a taxi to our retreat center. If you arrive earlier to Peru, we will also send a taxi to pick you up from wherever you are staying on Saturday, January 27. We are happy to support with any travel/flight questions you have!
We recommend you first look to buy your international ticket into LIMA Airport (LIM) and then to buy a separate ticket to Cusco directly from Lima. (Very inexpensive, and many flights per day.)
You currently do not need to show a negative COVID test or show proof of vaccination to enter Peru.
As travel information is often changing, please stay up to date with current regulations below:
Questions about Plant Medicine:
Our Ayahuasca ceremony will be facilitated by Nacho Rodriguez, a trusted local Ayahuascaro who Kristen and Marlene have worked deeply with themselves in their own healing work with the medicine. Our Huachuma ceremony will be facilitated by Miguel Mendiburu who has been living in service to the cactus for over twenty years, sharing the medicine with true devotion and connection. You will be held and supported as well by Kristen and Marlene before, during, and after our ceremonies.
Our ceremony with Ayahuasca will take place during the evening in our maloka on-site. We will begin around 6pm after a day of preparation and intention-setting. The ceremony will last for 5-6 hours, guided by the sound medicine and icaros of our Maestro, Nacho Rodriguez, and will conclude around midnight.
About our Maestro:
Nacho Rodriguez is a multi-instrumentalist musician who has dedicated himself to the path of service with Mother Ayahuasca. His prayer is of creating a bridge between the plant and people’s souls in order to go deeper into the infinite path of self-knowledge, leaving behind what prevents us from being happy and accepting ourselves as the beings of light that we are- without masks, fears or insecurities. In this way, we can be ourselves, creating internal and external peace. Live life with joy and inspiration.
Our Huachuma ceremonies will begin at 10:00 am. We will take the medicine in our maloca, the ceremonial space. After this we will go out and spend all day in nature for a time of connection, contemplation and self-reflection. There will be designated spaces where you can receive support and connection from our team, and where you can spend time alone. We’ll return to our center around 5:30 pm and close the ceremony in the maloca. Around 6:00 pm we’ll finish, have some time for a shower, and meet for dinner as a group before a restful evening of light connection and integration.
Since our first Ayahuasca ceremony will be Monday, we will enjoy Ayahuasca-diet friendly meals (low salt, sugar, and fat along with certain foods restricted) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before our ceremony. We will provide you with dietary guidelines for the few days pre-retreat if you choose to extend your diet, but it is not necessary to work with the medicine.
Post-ceremony, we will resume meals as normal. Prior to Huachuma, there are no dietary restrictions (we will be enjoying healthy, nourishing meals with whole foods during our retreat, which is wonderful preparation for a San Pedro ceremony!) The morning of ceremony, we will not eat breakfast and take the medicine with an empty stomach. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner together.
Yes, Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro) are completely legal to work with in Peru.
Questions about Travel & Logistics:
No, you don’t. Citizens of most American and Western European countries will be granted a tourist visa for up to 183 days at the customs desk upon entry. You will need to make sure and have a valid passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
LOVE FROM PAST RETREATS 💕
One thing that really stands out about Kristen is this spectrum of depth, the huge capacity she has for depth on a deep, soul, love, compassion level – and then her capacity for joy, play, humor, and dance... she just has this huge capacity and breadth for all of the things – feeling the emotion, and the experience of life. For me, being around Kristen and being taught by Kristen is really just to experience life in the fullest.
Leaving this retreat, I’m walking away with a very peaceful heart - something that isn’t always easy for me. I can easily get in my head and be very self-critical, and that was one of my intentions coming in was to tap into my inner self worth and self love. Walking away I feel very loving of myself, I feel so much peace in my heart and love for myself and a deeper love for others. Ultimately, that’s what I want – to live a life of love, and I really feel like I got to deepen that here at the retreat with all the wonderful people, beautiful facilitators, and beautiful Bali! It’s been an incredible journey.
My experience was so wonderful because I had the opportunity to connect with so many different people. Meeting this many people, I was initially a bit nervous, because I typically tend to shy away from larger groups. But the connection workshops that we did, and spending time with each other - I felt so safe, and I didn’t have the normal “group anxiety” that I tend to have.
I’m walking away with a sense of individuality and more understanding of myself and the ways that I’m currently showing up in the world - and how I can shift that to something that I want more. Maybe I want to show up differently than I have been - and I feel like this really made that clear and brought that to light.
I came into this feeling introverted and in my head, and the shared journey and adventures and yoga and ceremony and creative exercises cracked open my heart and allowed me to be relaxed and open and really flowing both in my personal and professional development.
Kristen is an awesome facilitator who really created a transformational space for us all on the retreat. She possesses the perfect blend of being a strong leader with great skills (especially yoga!), but also an equal member of the family we formed together.
More Love and feedback:
Since you opened my eyes to my truth I now wake up every morning with a lighter heart because now I know what's my purpose. You helped me to see the potential in me and that's a beautiful gift to give to anyone in this world! And finally you helped me to find a business ideas that is related to my story and my life experiences which is what I have been looking for, for so many years!
I don't know how Kristen did it, but within 30 minutes of our theta healing session I could clearly see the root of some massive blocks I'd been experiencing in both my business and personal life for months (possibly years!). It was like peeling an onion where deep layers of blocks that had been holding me back were being identified and removed... I've never experienced anything like it before. I came out of our session (which was all done over a video call) with so much clarity, profound insights into my own pysche, and a clear path ahead to move forwards.
Questions? Want to connect?
Get in touch with me below – or send an email to email@example.com