Your past deserves healing.

Your present deserves understanding.

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The jagged peaks of the Andes, the ancient ruins of the Incan Empire and

the stillness of Sacred Valley await you.

This country's magic and magnificence hold your keys to transformation and adventure.

This retreat could change your life, forever. Experience new dimensions of yourself and your world

Join Betty Gottwald of Upstream Pisces and Tuck Tyrrell from GroundEd Holistics for six nights at a majestic mountain lodge in Sacred Valley, Peru as we create an international soul family, coming together to transcend the physical plane and dive deep to the source, opening our hearts and transforming together through sacred plant medicine ceremoniesshamanic energy healing, meditation and movement.

As we journey within for healing and ancient earth wisdom, we reconnect with our highest selves,  remaining present with trust, love and support for each other with whatever may surface.

Pacha Mama embraces us throughout the week with her crisp mountain air, gifting us new breath and open space for integrating her teachings.

  

“To walk the spiritual path is to continually step out into the unknown” - Wallace huey

 

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See yourself...

Sitting in a sacred temple surrounded by twinkling stars and fresh mountain air, the warm glow of candlelight dances around the safe space which will hold you throughout the night. The ancient scents of sage and palo santo gently brush underneath your nose. Looking around, you see the smiles of your new soul family surrounding you and you know you are not alone.

With a deep inhale you feel calm, centered, and grounded, ready for the journey ahead and prepared to do the work it takes to meet your truth.

A holy and powerful energy lingers in this sacred space.

That energy is you.

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the magic of Sacred Valley, Peru

Surrounded by the majestic Andes Mountains, the spirit in this region is immediately felt upon arrival. The crisp air and sunny skies welcome us to this vast area of farms, rivers and Incan archaeological sites. The land is alive, the people are friendly, and the town is bursting with color of indigenous prints and patterns at the bustling market.

Along with the nearby town of Cusco and ancient city of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley spans 60km and once formed the heart of the Incan Empire.

 

"Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve,

they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion."

Anatoli Boukreev 

 

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Imagine the possibilities

by the end of the week...

You have an understanding of past conditioning and the reasons why we've created our specific patterns.

You have obtained a clear sense of self and now have the confidence, wisdom and knowing of who you are and your place in the universe.

You are inspired and motivated to pursue your passions and follow your dreams without self doubt.

You know how to handle challenges and see the lessons and benefits that come from the things we perceive as "negative."

You feel positively connected to your family, friends, environment and current life situations in a way you've never understood before...until now.

You are ready to follow a high vibrational path and feel the positive shifts occurring as you make honest choices in all aspects of your life.

You know unconditional love, and can approach every situation with the teachings that have come from the depths of your soul.


The Retreat Site

Our retreat space 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. Those who come to this center have the opportunity to commune directly with the sacred mountains, the "apus" (which translates to "luminous beings"), as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and ceremony.


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The Cuisine

We love being healthy! Especially when working with plant medicine, it's extremely important to follow an Ayahuasca preparatory diet to ensure our bodies are clean and ready.

Three vegetarian meals daily (two on ceremony days) will be hand prepared by our Peruvian chefs from the on-site mandala garden. The majority of the food prepared is organic and local, and can be catered to specific allergies or dietary requirements. We are well taken care of with fresh crispy salads on sunny days and hearty soups to warm us up on chilly evenings.


What's Included

  • Round trip transfer between group meeting spot in Cusco and retreat site in Arin*

  • Six nights in luxury accommodation at sacred mountain lodge surrounded by the Andes with view of Sacred Mountain Apu Pitusiray

  • Two chef-made vegetarian meals daily with ingredients from on-site mandala garden

    • Organic and local when possible.

    • Flexible for dietary requirements and allergies.

    • All meals will be following the guidelines for an Ayahuasca Preparatory diet.

  • Daily meditation and mix of movement (yoga, guided hikes, free flow)

  • Three Ayahuasca Ceremonies** (see below)

  • Integration Circles*** (see below)

  • Traditional Temazcal (Sweat Lodge) **** (see below)

  • Cacao Ceremony ***** (see below)

  • Round trip transport to Pisac Market

*Transfer to retreat site is dependent on your arrival time into Cusco. There will be a group transfer leaving from Plaza de Armas in Cusco to the retreat site in the late morning of the 11th, and returning to Cusco in the early afternoon of the 17th. Transfer to the group meeting spot from the airport is not included, but a taxi can be easily taken for about $5USD (15 soles) from right outside baggage claim.

 

Please Note: This is a plant medicine retreat.

 Mother AyahuascaKambo, and Cacao will be offered and encouraged


For more information on Ayahuasca (preparation, benefits, ceremonial logistics, etc), please read here:

 https://www.upstreampisces.com/aya-faq-and-medical-form

 


Your Investment

(SIGN UP BEFORE MARCH 15 and take $300 off!)

Prices are per person

  • Shared Room (Triple) - $1975

    • This is the best option if you are traveling solo and don't mind sharing space with new friends to keep costs down :)

  • Shared Room (Double) - $2175

    • Best for couples or two friends traveling together

  • Private (Single) - $2475

    • This is the option for you if you like to have space to yourself for processing and recharging

 

*LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW WITH JUST A $500 DEPOSIT

DEADLINE FOR SIGNUPS IS April 9, 2019.

Sign up via Paypal (friends and family) to elizabethgottwald@gmail.com or Venmo to @Elizabeth-Gottwald

 


What's Not Included

  • Transportation from Cusco Airport to group meeting spot on the 11th of May. It is very easy to catch a taxi from outside baggage claim at CUZ airport to the city center for about $5USD (15 soles)

  • Tips for cleaning crew, kitchen staff, and all the beautiful people who make sure we are well taken care of throughout our week together 


Included Excursion

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Pisac Market

The Pisac Market is one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. We'll be visiting the famous Sunday market when indigenous Quechua communities from the surrounding highlands come to Pisac to sell their produce and stock up on supplies for the week.

Feeling a little chilly? These locals sell warm handmade Alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves and legwarmers.

Want to add a little style? Colorful printed hats, purses, backpacks and duffel bags are widely available in traditional Quechua prints.

Looking for gifts? A variety of handmade journals, instruments, dreamcatchers and toys are sold here.

Is spirit guiding you? Crystals, sacred scents, cleansing feathers and Shipibo ceremonial items are calling you to add them to your alter.

Elena (pictured here) hand sews these ceremonial visual decorations and sells them in one of the alleys in town.

 

Have some extra time?

Come early or stay after the retreat to experience the sacred

Incan Empire civilization Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below.

The site’s excellent preservation, the quality of its architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. The site covers 80,000 acres (32,500 hectares).

(information via livescience.com)

If you are interested in visiting Machu Picchu after the retreat, please email upstreampisces@gmail.com


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This retreat is for you if...

You are an adventurous person who likes to see new places and meet new people.

You are on a healing or spiritual path and know you want to take greater steps in personal and professional aspects of your life.

You are ready to work hard for positive change in following your path, passion and purpose towards creating the life you want.

You are ready to face your truth and begin living life to the absolute fullest.

You are open to spiritual traditions and believe in honoring Mother Earth and her healing offerings.

You are okay with being vulnerable in a sacred space.

You are curious about plant medicine and exploring alternative healing modalities.

You are both excited and nervous!


 

Additional Information 

*Despacho Ceremony:

In Spanish, the word despacho literally means "dispatch or shipment".  In the Andean traditions of Peru, a despacho is a ceremonial offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits).  It can be thought of as a focused, formal way to "dispatch" or "ship" your prayers off to the powers that be.  Despachos also help align personal energies with the cosmic ones.

 

**Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered/higher states of consciousness, usually lasting between 4 to 8 hours after ingestion. Ranging from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary, ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine and as a shamanic means of communication, typically in a ceremonial session under the guidance of a shaman or experienced drinker.

Shamans or medicine men take ayahuasca to communicate with nature or to see what is causing a patient’s illness on a spiritual level. It is believed to have been used by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon for around 2,000 years.

(Drinking Ayahuasca has been linked to the treatment of depression, anxiety and addiction.)

 

***Integration Circles

This is a time for us to gather together and share our experiences of what came up in ceremony. We will support and encourage each other as we discuss the teachings of Madre Ayahuasca, cultivating ways to put to use her lessons in our daily lives and in progression towards our highest selves. 

*****Cacao Ceremony 

A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards, whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of who you are, release old patterns and traumas, or move into a more self-confident space. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you to the insight and awareness to move towards that goal.

 
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****Temazcal (Sweat Lodge)

A temazcal is a traditional steam bath. Besides promoting physical well-being and healing, the temazcal is also a ritual and spiritual practice in which traditional healing methods are used to encourage reflection and introspection. While the body rids itself of toxins through sweating, the spirit is renewed through ritual. The temazcal is thought to represent the womb and people coming out of the bath are, in a symbolic sense, re-born.

This sweat lodge ritual takes place in a circular, domed structure made of stone or mud. The leader or guide of the temazcal experience is usually a curandero (a healer or medicine man or woman), and may be referred to as a temazcalero. In the traditional temazcal, hot river rocks are heated on a fire outside the structure and are brought in and placed in the center of the lodge at a few different intervals (traditionally four times) while the people inside sweat, pray and cleanse.


Retreat Organizers

 
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Elizabeth Gottwald

Yoga Instructor + Kambo Practitioner

My first experience with plant medicine was a sacred cacao ceremony in Bali, Indonesia. Having never met the power of healing plants before, I didn't know what to expect, releasing "tears of paradise" as my heart cracked open to the music, dancing, and feeling of internal {and eternal} freedom.

Shortly after, I was guided by Spirit to Sacred Valley, Peru where she met and journeyed with Madre Ayahuasca. It was then that I discovered profound change deep below the surface as I conquered fears, cleared karma and rewired the way I showed my family love. I have since continued working with Shamans and expanding my experience and relationship different plant spirits, always guiding me through to the next level of spiritual expansion. The teachings of the plants have created lasting change in all aspects of my life as I now approach both my personal and professional life utilizing the lessons of the Earth's medicine.

Of many emotional, mental and spiritual truths, one of the messages delivered during ceremony is that of stepping into my role as a bridge for westerners to cross into indigenous experiences with someone they trust.

Tuck Tyrrell

Meditation Instructor + Energy Medicine Practitioner

Tuck is an Energy Medicine practitioner, yoga teacher, and a ceaseless student. His journey as a healer began by learning how to heal himself. In 2012, he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, which ended a rugby career and sparked a path of healing and understanding. After discovering that the conventional medicine approach was not addressing the complexities of his dis-ease, Tuck found growth and solace in Energy Medicine, yoga and meditation. He became a Certified Yoga Teacher through South Boston Yoga and was trained as a Biomagnetic Pair Therapist through the Biomagnetism Research Institute in 2016.

His path has taken many turns. From student, to teacher, to practitioner, each evolution was inspired by a life changing experience. Tuck’s journeys with plant medicines around the world have helped uncover a deep understanding into his true purpose on this planet, “I am here to help heal.”

Once he defined his “why,” the “how” came naturally.

Tuck uses Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, Acupressure, and NeuroMuscular Reprogramming. His practice focuses on the body’s bioelectric system to detoxify the organ systems, invite communication through the nervous system and detangle kinetic chains of the fascial tissues. Through muscle testing and deep listening he is able to uncover the root cause of symptoms and guide the body to naturally unwind, reorganize, and heal.

Tuck is fortunate to have studied with Energy Medicine masters throughout the Americas. Acupuncturists, chiropractors, bio-resonance practitioners and bodyworkers have all contributed to the dynamic practice he holds today. A foundation in physics and daily personal practice allows an integration of intellect and intuition to form a holistic approach to healing and growth.

 
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Betty also extends energetic offerings as a Reiki Master and Kambo Practitioner as she continues with Shamanic studies in pursuit of the path of facilitating and guiding opening, awakening, healing journeys.

As we heal our mind, body and spirit, layer by layer, we allow for the interactions with ourselves and our world to be met with an open, loving heart.

Together we raise the collective conscious as we cast our web and transcend our shadow work.

 

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Leticia Sideris

Curandera, Plant Medicine Facilitator

I started my work with the medicine 10 years ago, I have lived and shared with many tribes related to medicine work, from my country, Venezuela, and from different countries of South America, mainly in the Amazon basin.

I naturally developed a strong interest on this work, and as much as a human can handle, I've been keeping my focus on this path with discipline and honesty. In many ways, She has been modeling me to feel joy, gratitude and inspiration to be at Her service. After all this years of work and shedding layers, I've reached a place where I can say with honor that I'm a servant of Her work and I'm student of Her wisdom.

This is the space I love to share with you all, the capacity that we all have to listen to Her and grow, awake and polish our crystals to shine and be happy. Encouragement and self acknowledgement of my limiting beliefs has been, for me, the most important base that I have found to build when it's about inner work. Self-inquiring allow us to grow, naturally and at ease, just as she created us, coming back to the blueprint, coming back to the earth.


“I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.

When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”

Namaste


For more in depth information on the effects of Ayahuasca and its' many benefits, please refer to our FAQ page here:

https://www.upstreampisces.com/aya-faq-and-medical-form


Join us for a life enhancing journey.

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Retreat Travel Information

Journeys of the Soul will take place in Sacred Valley, about one hour outside of Cusco. It is often cheaper to book two separate flights, (depending on where you are flying from): one into the capital city of Lima and the other on a smaller domestic airline from Lima to Cusco. It is recommended to fly into Cusco on the 10th of May and spend one night there, or fly into Lima a few nights earlier to explore the city and arrive in Cusco on the 10th or 11th. There will be a group transfer in the morning of the 11th from the Starbucks at Plaza de Armas in Cusco to the retreat site. Specific departure time is TBA, but it will be early enough that we arrive at the retreat site for lunch. Our first ceremony will be the evening of the 12th.

**Please note that transportation from Cusco airport to your hotel or to the group pickup spot is not included, however, a taxi can be taken for around $5USD (15 soles) and is easy to catch right outside the baggage claim terminal.

If you have time, I recommend arriving a few days early, staying a few days after or joining the Machu Picchu extension so you have time to explore the surrounding towns and archeological sites.

If you have any questions about booking flight information or would like any recommendations on lodging, restaurants or things to do around Cusco, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Flight suggestions:

  • skyscanner.com usually has the best flight deals

  • Tuesdays are often the cheapest days to search and purchase

  • There is an app called Hopper which can watch flights for you and recommend when the best purchasing date will be; or if the flight price is likely to increase or decrease

  • Domestic Airlines for the Lima to Cusco leg are: Peruvian Airlines, StarPeru, (Avianca)Taca, Latam and LCPeru

    • This separate flight should cost around $50 one way

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Hotel Recommendations in Cusco

Hotel Cusco Jungle

Niños Hotel Meloc

Hostal Cusi Wasi

Hotel Royal Qosqo

Pisko & Soul


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