- Yoga and meditation practices
- Heart energy medicine workshops
- San Pedro (huachuma) ceremonies
- Native Indian sweat lodge ceremony and Q’ero despacho ceremony
- Pilgrimage to the ruined city of Tiwanaku, Lake TIticaca, Machu Picchu
- Soul creative element private consultations
- 13 nights’ accommodation
- Daily healthy meals
Join Sacred Mythic Journeys for an intense retreat in the Andes Mountains. You will begin your journey on the islands of the sun and the moon on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and continues onto the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. This retreat is your opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Andes, to explore the rich ancient culture of the Inkas, and to step beyond the world you have known.
The Quechua Indians of the high Andes
The Quechua Indians of the central Andes are the direct descendants of the Incas. The Inca Empire, which existed for a century before the arrival of the Spanish, was a highly developed civilization. The Inca Empire stretched from parts of present-day Colombia in the north, southward into Chile. The Incas had an impressive governing structure.
Stepping into a different world
The elders spoke of the transformation of the human species that has already begun and is well under way. It is called the Pachakuti - the world turning upside down. The current Pachakuti that the Western world is experiencing now is the returning to a way of living that is right side up so to speak. The elder shamans say that homo sapiens are becoming extinct, and that human are becoming homo luminous; and that you are the ones you have been waiting for.
Doorways between worlds
The Inka believe a new day is dawning. The doorways between the worlds are opening holes in time that you can step through and beyond, where human's capabilities propel them to heights never experienced before. You have the knowledge to craft new physical bodies that age differently, heal differently, and that possibly may never die.
These bodies offer you the opportunity to step beyond the world you have known, where you can once again embark on your journey, returning to the stars.
The Q’ero and the prophecies
According to the legend, when the Q’ero first appeared at the feast of the Collor Riti wearing ponchos emblazoned with the royal emblem of the sun, and aisle parted in the thousands gathered and the elders of the medicine people welcomed them, saying, “we have been waiting for you for five hundred years.”
They are the Inkas, the last original descendants of the children of the sun, and they have returned to deliver the prophecy entrusted to them foretelling of the end of time. But they have also been the keepers of a body of processes, of rites of passage that usher in who you are becoming as a people and a planet.
An oasis for healing
San Pedro is a cactus that grows all along the Andes (and now North America as well). The earliest recorded shamanic use of this plant available to human dates back over 3000 years, and there are reasons to believe its use is much more ancient than that - both the physical and psychic fabric of this part of the world is informed with the energy of this plant teacher.
San Pedro is used for healing as well as mystical purposes. Its energy opens up one’s channels, allowing one to connect deeply with oneself as well as the entire cosmos and other spiritual dimensions.
Myth and mystery intertwined
According to Incan lore, after a great flood, the god Viracocha arose from Lake Titicaca to create the world. He commanded the sun (Inti), moon (Mama Kilya), and stars to rise, then went to Tiahuanaco to create the first human beings, Mallku Kapac and Mama Ocllo. These first humans, the “Inca Adam and Eve,” were formed from stone and brought to life by Viracocha, who commanded them to go out and populate the world.
Thus, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the Incas, whose spirits return to their origin in the lake upon death.
Meet, introductions, and team briefing in La Paz, Bolivia.
Journey to the ancient ruined city of Tiwanaku to cleanse and purify yourself ready for the journey ahead.
Travel to the town of Copacabana by bus and have dinner by Lake Titicaca to soak in the powerful energy.
Visit by boat and hike the sacred sites of the islands of the sun and the moon on Lake Titicaca.
Ride by bus to the Sacred Valley in Peru for your shamanic plant medicine work.
Day of silence, native Indian sweat lodge ceremony.
Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day one.
Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day two.
Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day three.
Sharing, relaxation, and integration day, and travel to the ancient ruined city of Machu Picchu by bus.
Pilgrimage to Machu Picchu, Q’ero Despacho ceremony, and travel back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas by train.
Heart energy medicine workshop day one.
Heart energy medicine workshop day two.
Foundational AcroYoga expressions workshop and celebration dinner.
This retreat begins on the islands of the sun and the moon on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, which represent two of the greatest natural and cultural monuments of South America, and eventually guides you onto the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru.
The Sacred Valley encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire and was formed by the Urubamba River, also known as Wilcamayu which in Quechua (the still spoken language of the Inca Empire), means the "Sacred River". It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges of the Andes Mountains, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages.
The natural beauty of these places is impossible to describe. You simply have to visit them to appreciate it.
The homeland of the Incas
The Andes run the entire length of South America, from the humid tropics of the Caribbean to the ice fields of Patagonia. The longest north-south mountain range in the world, the Andes encompass a tremendous range of ecosystems and are home to a rich variety of plant and animal species and human communities.
- 1 foundational AcroYoga expressions workshop
- 2 day heart energy medicine workshops
- 3 days of San Pedro (huachuma) ceremonies
- 13 nights’ accommodation
- All in-country local ground transportation
- Fully guided meditations
- Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices, and herbal teas
- Inspirational guides and shamans
- Local national park entrance fees
- Native Indian sweat lodge and Q’ero despacho ceremony
- Soul creative element private consultations
- Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ruined city of Tiwanaku, the islands of the Sun and Moon in Bolivia, and to Machu Picchu in Peru
- Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal
What's not included
- Additional gear and equipment (optional)
- Additional healing or holistic services (optional)
- Airfares (if applicable)
- Essential kit list items (compulsory)
- Personal expenses (optional)
- Travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
- Treats and snacks (optional)
This is your opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Andes, to explore the rich ancient culture of the Inkas, and to step beyond the physical World.
Marc Shackman (Kumooja Banyan Tree)
Sixteen years later after working and traveling in some very remote parts of the planet such as Tibet, Nepal, China, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Brazil as a scuba diving instructor, coral reef conservation project expedition leader, and keen surfer, skydiver and snowboarder, Marc realized truly with much more clarity where his life had been leading him all this time and what it had been preparing him for.
In September 2014, Marc was called to leave Central and South America, more specifically Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia, that had been his main bases for over seven years, and begin his new cycle of life in Hawai’i and the United States. This he felt would accompany his love for the ocean and 15 years of very ungrounded informal training in the field of the human psyche and spirituality perfectly, and so to balance himself out more evenly between the worlds and in a much more grounded way by the end of 2016 was his goal.
Marc’s multiple near-deaths in his 20s in his shamanic vision quests and world travel adventures, catalyzed his visionary gifts as well as his desire to live life to the fullest. Since then, he has been driven by his heart and passion to inspire people, create a stable family home, find the secrets to true happiness, and to help people create better lives and a better world for themselves and for each other. See more photos and other events by this presenter