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Heart and Soul Retreat May 2015

This unique and life-changing retreat will be held in the warm and nurturing atmosphere of Hummingbird Retreat, in a beautiful rural setting amidst lush and tranquil gardens; a 15-minute walk from the pueblo of Pisaq.  The magical surroundings offer you the opportunity to relax, unwind and connect to your innermost heart-space in the imposing and powerful Andean mountains of Peru.

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Are you longing to deepen your connection with your heart and explore your spiritual path in a space that supports your inner being?

This unique and life-changing retreat will be held in the warm and nurturing atmosphere of Hummingbird Retreat, in a beautiful rural setting amidst lush and tranquil gardens; a 15-minute walk from the pueblo of Pisaq.  The magical surroundings offer you the opportunity to relax, unwind and connect to your innermost heart-space in the imposing and powerful Andean mountains of Peru.

The retreat offers a balance of time for supported personal exploration, group spacQuinoa 2e and integration time along with opportunities to discover some special locations in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru.

You will have the opportunity to be a part of the medicine preparation, and participate in a total of four San Pedro ceremonies; San Pedro cactus is a traditional plant-medicine, native to the Peruvian Andes, and is renown as a visionary medicine, and potent means of opening the heart and intuitive sense.

We will experience, be supported and touched by:

  • The energy of the majestic Andes mountains
  • Spectacular Inca ruins and sacred sites
  • The natural beauty and of this powerful and mystical landscape
  • Cultures both past and present and their living connection to this land
  • The profoundly healing energy of the sacred plant-medicine San Pedro

Who would this retreat suit?

People looking for a meaningful connection with their inner self, for renewal, inner harmony and balance.

Individuals desiring to know themselves on a deeper level.image

Those at a crossroad or phase of life-transition; wanting to release emotional and energetic blockages, to reveal a clearer life-path.

Spiritual explorers, therapists and healers.

Persons interested in traditional plant medicines.


Tuesday 5th May – Arrival Pisaq

Our first gathering at 3pm is an opportunity for us all to meeView Pisaqt, explore our personal and group intentions and start creating sacred space together. After dinner we will share a fire ceremony.

Meal(s) Dinner

Wednesday 6th May – Medicine making

This morning we will be making medicine together for our first three ceremonies. This is an opportunity to initiate your personal connection with the spirit of this revered Andean medicine.

Lunch is at the local restaurant Dona Clorinda’s.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Thursday 7th May – First Ceremony

Garden area

A light breakfast of fruit and herbal tea will be available before the ceremony. The ceremony will be held in a traditional grass-thatched maloca at the retreat center and will take the entire day. Dinner will be held around the log fire in the evening.

Meal(s) Breakfast/Dinner

Friday 8th May – Rest and Integration Day

A hearty breakfast is followed by a group integration session and time for personal space or support.  The afternoon is free for personal reflection, meditation, rest, and taking in the beautiful natural scenery.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Saturday 9thMay – Second Ceremony Pisaq

A light breakfast of fruit and herbal tea will be available before the ceremony.

The second ceremony is in the garden maloca. We will have a fireside dinner in the evening.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Sunday 10th May – Rest and Integration Day

A group meeting, time for personal reflection     and support following breakfast.

The afternoon is free to allow for your personal space and integration time.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Monday 11th May – Third Ceremony Pisaq  

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Light breakfast of fruit and herbal tea before our last ceremony in the initial series of three. Today our ceremony will be on location at the stunning high-mountain lakes of Kinsa Cocha, the source of water for Pisaq since the Inca era. This will also be an opportunity to collect water from these pristine lakes for our next medicine making together.

Dinner will be at home.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Tuesday 12th May– Rest and Integration Day

Medicine making together. Group meeting and personal time follow breakfast.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Wednesday 13th May Spa day off


Today we head to Taray for a day off at the spa, relaxation time to hang out and relax in the hot tub and sauna.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Thursday 14th – Fourth San Pedro Ceremony

Today’s ceremony will be at the retreat center.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Friday 15th – Rest and Integration Day

A leisurely breakfast is followed by our last integration session together.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner

Saturday 16thMaras & Urubambamaras

After breakfast we will drive down the Sacred Valley, and up into the mountains, to the town of Maras from where we will walk to the Maras salt-production site, where salt is harvested using an ancient system of evaporative pools. From here we continue down to the Urubamba River. We will stop in the town of Urubamba for lunch on the way back.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Dinner


Sunday 17th May – Pisaq Marketmarket

This morning we have a closing ceremony for the retreat followed by a trip to Pisaq for the famous Sunday market, you may wish to shop or sit on a balcony overlooking the plaza and take in the rich tapestry of life in this vibrant market. A late lunch will be at Ulrike’s Café. The afternoon and evening are free time.

Meal(s) Breakfast / Lunch


Monday 18th May –

After an early breakfast we say goodbye to those leaving us today.

PRICING – retreat costs (5-18 May)

Accommodations in Pisaq will be a combination of; a self contained cabin on our property, rooms in the main house, tents, and Casa del Conde, the comfortable B & B – a 5 minutes walk from our property.

Budget camping

Tent 2 person               USD$1450

Tent 1 person               USD$1600

Main house       shared bathroom

Twin share                   USD $2250

Single occupancy          USD$2500


Twin share                    USD$2300

Single occupancy          USD$2400

Casa del Conde

Twin share                    USD$2450

Single occupancy          USD$2600


  • 14 Days (13 nights) accommodation Pisaq.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Snacks between meals.
  • Four San Pedro plant-medicine ceremonies.
  • Transport on excursions and entrance to sites.
  • All group work, teachings, support and integration throughout the program.
  • Hot tub and Sauna at the spa.


  • Drinks, personal items & tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport and Visa fees.
  • International and domestic airfares, airport taxes and surcharges.
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Massage and healings

Optional Extensions:

We are offering the following two options:

  1. Santa Teresa Extension – 18-20 May
  2. Santa Teresa and Macchu Picchu Extension – 18-22 May



  1. SANTA TERESA EXTENSION (May 18 – 20) $ 500

A three-night program to Santa Teresa hot springs.

We will have the opportunity to camp in nature in this stunning location, relax in the hot mineral waters, and participate in one San Pedro ceremony.




A five-night program to Santa Teresa and Machu Picchu.

For those who would like to experience the hot springs and continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu and visit this exquisite archeological site, aptly regarded as the crown jewel of Inca architecture.


The Plant Medicine San Pedro

Huachuca, which is the Quechua name for the traditional plant-medicine, is prepared from the Tricherocereus peruvianus cactus.

Since the Spanish invasion of the 16th century it has also been referred to as San Pedro, named after Saint Peter, who is said to hold the keys to the gates of heaven, in the Christian religious tradition.

San Pedro, indigenous to the mountainous Andes, is regarded as a healing plant, protective spirit, and as a visionary, or sacred, plant-medicine. Used in a respectful ceremonial setting, it is a powerful tool to aid in the process of cleansing and purification for the purpose of developing one’s consciousness; for enhancing physical, mental and emotional health, and in the fulfillment of one’s spiritual potential.

A typical daytime ceremony with this heart-opening medicine lasts 12-14 hours and is likely a potent transformational experience, involving intuitive insight; an opening to the Divine Spirit underlying all levels of manifestation, and the center of well being and wisdom of our Self.

To participate in a San Pedro ceremony is an opportunity to step outside of one’s regular busy lifestyle, to reconnect with the infinite yet dynamic stillness at the center of the sacred heart-space. To benefit most from this experience, to be most receptive to the subtle insights – the medium through which this Plant Spirit communicates – it is highly recommended to spend some time beforehand in contemplation and meditation, to clarify one’s intentions.

The shamanic use of San Pedro, which the archeological record shows to have been in use for more than 4000 years, continues in contemporary times, and is legal in Peru.




FLIGHTS:You will need an international flight to Lima, the capital of Peru, and a domestic flight from Lima to Cuzco – the other option is a 22-hour bus journey from Lima to Cuzco.

We recommend you purchase your domestic flights as part of your international ticket; this will enable you to get the international baggage allowance, for your domestic flight.

CUZCO:This archaeological wonderland and former capital of the Inca Empire is the oldest continuously inhabited city of the Americas. Cuzco is a magical city sitting at an elevation of 3326m in the Andes of Peru.

PISAQ: The colonial town of Pisaq is 45 minutes from Cuzco by taxi.  At the lower elevation of 2715m it is easier for the body to acclimatize than Cuzco.  Pisaq is overlooked by the impressive Pisaq ruins.

ALTITUDE:It is advisable to take it easy for the first couple of hours after you arrive. During your first day drink plenty of water, move slowly and eat light meals. Coca tea will be available here and in most restaurants, and is really helpful for acclimatizing to the altitude. Cell food and oxygen drops can also be helpful and need to be purchased before coming to Peru.

ACCOMMODATION:In Pisaq will be a combination of a self contained cabin on our property, rooms in the main house, tents and Casa del Conde, the comfortable B & B – a 5 minutes walk from our property.

WEATHER:In this part of the Andes Mountains we have two seasons, the dry season is from May to November.  There can be some rain in the dry season.

Temperatures during the dry season can get quite hot during the day and cool off quickly during the afternoon and evening.  Cusco temperatures during September average from 6C to 21C.

WATER:To avoid problems, we recommend that you only drink and clean your teeth with bottled or filtered water from the property.

CURRENCY:The Peruvian Sole is the local currency.  US dollars are widely accepted. There are ATM’s in Pisaq but no bank. Traveller’s cheques are not a good option for Peru as they can be difficult to change.  Remember to let your bank know that you are on a trip or else they may block your account.

INTERNET:There is Internet service in all of the main towns and in some small ones; Hummingbird Retreat and the B&B both have Wi-Fi. There are Internet cabins or Internet cafés in Cuzco, Pisaq and Machu Picchu pueblo.

FOOD:There is a lot of wholesome, natural food available in the Sacred Valley.  Corn, potatoes, quinoa and kiwicha are all local products, along with fruit from the Amazon about 80 kms away.

ELECTRICITY:Is 220V with a two-prong plug.  Adaptors can be purchased in airports and Cuzco.

MALOCA:Building for ceremonies and spiritual work, often round with walls or open.

CEREMONY:Gathering for spiritual purpose, which is common in this part of the world.  Can be a plant medicine ceremony, despacho ceremony, gifting ceremony etc.




Paul Temple graduated from UCNW Bangor with a honours degree in Botany and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. An avid rock-climber, and a secondary-school teacher, he emigrated to Canada where he worked in the mining business for several years before travelling to India – where he resided for the better part of the next fourteen years, studying yoga, meditation and Sanskrit.

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