Peru, Machu Picchu Retreat

Sacred Valley Yoga 

May 2021

(exact dates coming soon)


Early Bird: $1,995 for 10 Nights

After June 1, 2020: $2,195



Please note: To assure that we acquire all the reservations and Machu Picchu entry tickets, it helps us greatly to get your registration as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate if you wish to attend.


Join Roy Holman & Liz Gross for a trip of a lifetime!




Yoga, Hiking, Meditation and Sacred Ceremony

We had been researching the Sacred Valley of Peru for several years, and suddenly it all fell together. We wanted to find the perfect place to stay, and we found it in Sach’ay Munay (Sacred Heart). We wanted to plug in with sacred ceremonies with genuine and compassionate indigenous guides, wisdom keepers and spiritual teachers, and we found them. And we wanted to to do all this at an affordable price, less than other trips to the Sacred Valley, and we did it!

It was truly a magical trip from beginning to end – people, food, and sacred valley were absolutely the best!  Do it, you won’t have any regrets! I’m still daydreaming about the peace and beauty of all the ruins/terraces.  Peru came home with me. 

Carol, San Francisco, 2018 Peru retreat

Main Trip:

Yoga Retreat and Sacred Sites: Includes 10 nights in the Sacred Valley, yoga, meditation classes, Machu Picchu visit: May, 2021. $1,995 


Optional Add-on:

Lake Titicaca: 3 nights   ………………………………. $495




Yoga Retreat Theme: Facing, Feeling and Clearing the Fear


As my teacher in India, Sri Bhagavan said, ““Fear is the greatest obstacle on the spiritual path. Confront your fears.” On this retreat, we will explore our various fears and their many faces: anxiety, apprehension, worry, control, and settling for less than full on living. Do not worry, we won’t force anyone to do anything wild, although we will invite those who are willing to walk through a very short cave at the end of the retreat, at the sacred site of Saqsaywaman near Cusco.

At the same time, it is crucial that we do not get stuck in lower vibration fear and worry as we move forward into this shift on Earth into a New Paradigm of higher energy and joy and love.






Why Peru, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley?

Machu Picchu lies at the far end of the Sacred Valley. This sacred Incan site is the most visited ancient ruins in the hemisphere. Machu Picchu is like a magnet, attracting mystics, yogis and adventurist from all over the world. This 15th century sacred site was kept hidden from the invading Spaniards, only discovered by the West in the early 20th century.

But the Sacred Valley is so much more than Machu Picchu. What awaits us are amazing villages, temples, ruins, waterfalls, hikes, ceremony along the Urubamba River and surrounded by majestic mountains. We will visit during the dry season, without the rains, with cool mornings and warm sunny days.




Accommodations and Meals


Accommodations are double or triple occupancy, with a couple singles perhaps available for an extra $600, At left is a picture of the yoga space. Our home for 7 of the 10 nights is Sach’ay Munay, which translates as “Love from the Heart” or “Love from the Ancient Forest”. Sach’ay Munay is the perfect place for our visit to the Sacred Valley. It is within range of all the amazing villages, hikes and Machu Picchu itself. It has amazing chefs and food, fresh from the organic garden. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The yoga space is sacred and comfortable.
From their website: Sach’a Munay is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. It is a place to connect to the incredible depth and beauty of what nature offers.  Our guests at Sach’a Munay Retreat and Yoga Center are served delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly prepared ingredients. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. Thanks to our staff, the entire center embodies the kindness, love and wholeness that seem to permeate this magical place.  As a Peruvian NGO, profits from the Retreat and Yoga center go to fund local projects.


Your guides for the yoga retreat part of this trip: Roy Holman and Liz Gross 









The Peru retreat was amazing! It was more than I had ever anticipated. Every day had something wonderful to offer – morning yoga, incredible day trips, opportunities to learn from the local residents, meaningful workshops, and delicious Peruvian meals shared with wonderful yogis. I left renewed, hopeful, and with a bubble of positive energy around me that I continue to share with my family and friends. 

Glen, 2018 Peru retreat


Itinerary for 11 Day Yoga Retreat 

Note: Included are all activities, guides, entry fees, transport, classes, lodging and meals (3 meals a day for the first 7 days). Down below you will see some listings of activities, options and meals NOT included.

Day 1: Sunday, July 21

  • Shuttle picks you up at airport in Cusco
  • Arrive in van from Cuzco to Sach’ay Munay
  • Gentle Yoga (Roy)
  • Easy day to adjust to altitude. Lunch, then Dinner
  • Intros / Orientation / Meditation

Day 2:

  • Morning gentle yoga (Roy) then B-fast
  • Short Waterfall Hike, then Lunch
  • Earth Ceremony
  • Gentle afternoon Yoga (Liz)
  • Dinner

Day 3:

  • Meditation, then Yoga (Roy) then B-fast
  • Tipon: Temple of the Waters Despacho ceremony (Don Basillio)
  • Pisac Market
  • Afternoon yoga (Liz), then dinner

Day 4:

  • Meditation, then morning Yoga (Roy)
  • B-Fast
  • Playshop: Facing the Fear
  • Sweat Lodge Option
  • Yoga (Liz)
  • Dinner

Day 5:

  • Meditation / Yoga (Roy) then B-fast
  • Quinsacocha hike, meditation
  • Pisac ruins and hike to town
  • Dinner

Day 6:

  • Yoga (Roy), then B-fast
  • Playshop: Aligning with Divine
  • Free Time, lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7:

  • Meditation, then Morning Yoga (Liz)
  • Free time, museum option
  • Lunch at hotel, Yoga in afternoon (Roy)
  • Dinner, Kirtan
  • Last night at Sach’ay Munay

Day 8:

  • Meditation option, then Morning Yoga (Roy), b-fast
  • Shuttle to Ollantaytambo (ruins, market)
  • Option hike to Machu Picchu on Inca Trail
  • or … train to Aguas Calientes (near Machu Picchu)
  • We all spend night in Aguas Calientes at Hotel Tierra Viva

Day 9:

  • Early departure for Machu Picchu!
  • Later, depart on train to Ollantaytambo
  • Spend night in Ollantaytambo

Day 10:

  • Shuttle to Sacsatwaman sacred ruins and fear-facing in cave!
  • Shuttle to Cusco, check into San Francisco Plaza Hotel
  • Last night in Cusco

Day 11: July 31

  • Depart for airport or other options

Optional Add ons before regular trip:

  • Lake Titicaca visit (2 night trip / July 31-August 2) $350)





Note: You might consider purchasing travel & flight insurance, if you are concerned about health or cancelation. One highly rated company is  although there are many others.


Summary of what Package Price includes:

Note: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley are now very costly. Our prices are lower than most tours, without sacrificing quality.

  • 10 nights accommodation: 7 nights in the Sacred Valley at Sach’ay Munay, 1 night in Ollantaytambo, 1 night Aguas Calientes, and 1 night in Cusco
  • All Yoga, meditation and various other classes, workshops
  • Retreat Leaders Roy & Liz and local guides Valerio, Don Basilio & Julian
  • Domestic transportation (Vans, taxis, buses)
  • Train ride to/from Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu bus, entrance fee and guided tour
  • Machu Picchu options: Inca Trail hike, Mountain hike, etc.
  • Airport transfers from/to Cusco
  • Entrance tickets to various ruins, Sacred Valley sites
  • Andean wisdom keeper blessings and ceremonies
  • Guided trip to Pisac, Tipon, &  Quinsacocha with sacred ceremonies
  • All meals except for three lunches and three dinners


Not included / Extra costs and options:

Airfare to and from Lima / Cuzco

Meals: five or six meals after leaving Sach’ay Munay (Days 8, 9 & 10)

Alcoholic beverages (but no alcohol at retreat center please)

Gratuities to guides (maybe 60 total)

Options and added trips listed above

Extra activity options:

  • Cocoa Readings ($60)
  • Coaching or healing sessions with Liz or Roy (various pricingSweat Lodge ceremony (approx $35)





Travel Details

Note: I will give more in depth details by phone, ZOOM video call, and email, but this should get you started:


 * Plan to arrive in Cusco, Peru, by July 21. We will pick you up in Cusco at the airport that morning or early afternoon. Details later.
* We have to fly through Lima, but, rather than stay there, just continue to Cuzco. In other words, we look for flights to Cuzco, with a stop in Lima just briefly (hopefully).  More on this later.
* Normally around $1,300 round trip total, but sometimes we find bargains under $1,000. We often fly out of Vancouver rather than Seattle (for those in the NW area), often $300 cheaper.
* Our hosts suggest not staying the first night in Cuzco, as the altitude is too high, a bit of a shock, so our first night will be at the retreat center, 2,000 feet lower, in the sacred valley:
* There will be an option to stay a couple days after, for those who want to explore Lake Titicaca..

I have been on several other yoga retreats and can say that this one with Roy and Liz in Peru was beyond my expectations in many ways. From the sound bath and despacho ceremonies to hiking in ancient ruins and yoga classes in the gorgeous temple at Sach’a Munay, it was amazing.

Karuna, 2018 Peru Retreat



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