Our mountain retreat venue
in the Peruvian Andes in 2023
- Sacred Valley -

 

Our Andean Mountain Masterplant Retreat in 2023 takes place in the magnificent Sacred Valley of Peru.

Lodging will be at a quaint guesthouse which is situated above a small village between Calca and Urubamba.

Alongside functioning as a retreat space, the venue operates as a sustainable tourism project. It is led by a Quechuan woman whose intention is to follow her passion to support local youth in their education and overall well being. She puts a huge amount of effort into creating and developing regenerative opportunities for local youth and safeguarding Quechuan culture. When I met her I was impressed by her integrity and her dedication in supporting local children's education, and encouraging youths to expand their ideas for the future. She puts a lot of heart into the projects. 

The property is owned by her family who are long standing residents in the local community. It has become an integrated facet of the community as its efforts focus tirelessly on social engagements that support local youths. 

The income the guesthouse receives is channeled mainly into youth projects and efforts to maintain the vibrancy of regional Quechuan culture. Dieteros are woven into the cyclical nature of meaningful exchange as guests at the retreat space. Retreat fees are used to directly support efforts to preserve and cultivate ancestral Andean culture. Our journeys extend beyond the periphery of our immediate lives and support the healing of the sacred lands upon which we also heal, and the lives of its stewards. 

Built on the foundations of reciprocity and care, I find this location to be a perfect space to work with plant medicine. 

The property itself hosts a designated area where children partake in afternoon studies. There is no interference with retreat goers as children study quietly at a suitable distance inside in a separate house.

The venue is cozy and quiet while effortlessly affords guests a window into observing Andean culture, while also providing a plenitude of private spaces for relaxing and preparing for ceremonies.  

Whether it be relaxing, connecting with nature, or enjoying crackling evening fires in the gardens, guests can find comfort in a multitude of property features supportive to their process. Nestled into the majestic high Andes and residing in the belly of the Valley, the property is conveniently located near trails that lead to crystalline lagoons and bubbling mountain rivers. The land is also host to various ongoing permaculture projects that spill about the gardens, offering guests the luxury of relaxing among curated natural cultivation efforts.

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Room & Food:

 

Whether it be outside in nature or snug inside the Casita, the property boasts an expansive space offering tranquil areas to spend time on one’s own. 

It provides a wonderful space to diet with plants. You can walk around on the property and explore different areas or just relax in one place.

The house provides seven secure and fully equipped bedrooms and bathrooms.

 Local Quechuans from nearby communities have contributed to creating an Andean style dining hall where they will prepare group meals. 

Different food options will be made available such as: vegan, vegetarian, chicken or fish.

Options can also be made available to cater to various food allergies.

Of course all food provided respects Shipibo Plant Dieta requirements, and therefore is always dieta friendly.

 

Weather/ Clima:

Evenings and rainy days can get quite cold. 

When the sun comes out at this altitude of almost 2000 meters above sea level it can get very warm. It is important to take into consideration that it is very easy to get sunburned and in very little time.

The climate can change quickly, creating a kaleidoscope of natural magic to marvel at. As the weather changes it introduces new energies that support and hold our processes throughout the retreat.

It continuously fascinates me how changes in weather impacts our journeys depending on the essence of our process. Nature surpasses the boundaries of verbal language and communicates invitations to journey more or less inwards through the energetic nature of the elements.

 

Travel Before and After:

Because the retreat is held in such an exceptional location, I highly recommend planning time before or after the retreat to enjoy the Sacred Valley. This way you can enjoy the many archeological sites found in the area and the magic of Andean nature.

Furthermore, it may also make sense to arrive 2-3 days earlier than the retreat start date so you can adapt to the altitude. Altitude sickness is very common. It is wise to take this time to adapt before working with plant medicine.

 

Location:

We are located in between Calca and Urubamba.

The closest airport is Cusco, which is around 1h15 mins away by taxi.

Ute:

"I am overjoyed to offer you space at this Andean retreat setting surrounded by various archeological sites in the Sacred Valley.

I am happy to offer this mountain retreat as an alternative program to the jungle.

My Shipibo Maestra likes to offer the Shipibo medicine here with me in the mountains.

People who know me know that I love the jungle. My love for it leads me to continue offering Masterplant Diets encompassed by the vibrations of the plants.

 While at the same time, I live here in the mountains because I value the environmental contrast.

Life here in the Sacred Valley is very comfortable and much easier. 

Therefore I love to offer our retreats in both magical settings that are so unique to one another.

For me, both locations have their own special qualities and features. 

The jungle has a unique vibration. You are held in the density and sounds of the green and alive surroundings. 

The mountains carry clear air, sprawling views, majestic locations for reflecting in the Apus, and inspire a different way of connecting to the earth.

In the mountains you can sit on the grass upon the earth and feel the ground close without creepy little creatures crawling over your skin. The mountains hold a safe space that welcomes a certain freedom of being.

And it must also be said that it is sometimes nice to have more accommodations. There can also be value in not having to tackle the challenges of adapting to environments that are home to tropical insects and mosquitos.

People often find the mountain environment considerably easier to adapt to than the jungle. For example, guests aren’t confronted with the challenges of adjusting to the humid jungle climate and arrays of insects.

Even if it is not the traditional Shipibo medicine setting; I highly value the energy of the mountains and the sacred surrounding sights. The Sacred Valley has a very palpable energy. It is for this reason that it is a wonderful alternative option for me to offer deep medicine work in the form of our Masterplant Retreats.

This retreat strives to alchemize the combined energies of sacred mountain medicine with Shipibo jungle plant medicine into a cradle nurturing transformational healing."

Our Andean Mountain Lodge in 2023