2021 | Finding Your Inner Artist | Sacred Valley, PeruJuniper and Stone
Finding Your Inner Artist: Andes & Textiles Culture Traditions
Art, yoga and optional plant medicine journeys in Peru
The Sacred Valley of the Andes:
Deep in the Andes of Peru lies the Sacred Valley. It is here we will go deep into our practice and transformational journey by way of art, yoga and culture.
Come together, for a life changing experience while you are enjoying the most delicious and healthy food prepared with fresh, organic and vegan products of the local community.
Nidra Wasi Retreat Center & Rooms:
Nidra Wasi is a world renowned hollistic retreat center located at the feet of Apu Intihuatana, Pisac´s main archaeological site, in the Sacred Valley. Surrounded by beautiful mountains the holistic yoga and medicine community.
The houses are totally integrated in the environment built with traditional local materials: mud, wood and stones with a minimum of process. It makes the architecture sustainable and organic. You will feel the sensation of integration with the earth through the walls of the house.
The buildings are a mixture of a traditional construction and western architecture. You will find the comfort of the modern world in contact with the nature and breathtaking views of the mountains. The rooms come with private bathrooms and functional common areas. The grounds include a temple, Yoga Studio, Spa and restaurant.
Yoga is about union with our higher centers of perception. This retreat is an opportunity to study sacred making methods, connect with indigenous people, learn a new craft and find spiritual and physical alignment.
Each morning you will be guided through a vinyasa flow, accompanied by a meditation to guide you through your own unique intention. A gentle restorative practice will set the pace for our evenings. Whether you are new to your practice or a seasoned practitioner, rest easy as you honor your space and take your practice at your own pace. All levels are welcome.
Workshops & Activities:
Intro to Weaving
Learn how to weave with Andean weavers
Intro to Spinning Wool
Experience spinning wool with Andean natives
Shipibo Artistry / Ayahuasca Vision
How Song Lines are Woven into Fabric
Textile Village Origin
Connecting with the Andes culture and their weaving traditions
- History of the Andes
A spiritual pilgrimage to the highest community (4200m, 13,800f) in Pisaq, where we will engage ourselves in a round walk around the three lakes surrounded by beautiful mountains that hold a ideal space for meditation. An opportunity also to meet the local people of the community and share with them local organic dishes and see the most representative kinds of potatoes from over more than thousand varieties that are grown here in the Sacred Valley.
An early hike along the river to the most important ceremonial center in Pisac and the Sacred Valley. A good opportunity to be fully immersed in nature and walk your way up to where the Incas used to live and hold their most important rites. A mild Yoga Practice available for those who want to establish a deeper connection to Pacha Mama (mother earth) and the Apus (mountain spirits) and a chance to make a coca leaf offering to the land that still holds the ancient knowledge and wisdom of the Andean Rites.
Machu Picchu (additional charge of $525 per person, April 25th-27th)
Join us for an adventure to Machu Picchu before the retreat from October 22nd-October 24th. A symbol of the Incan Empire and built around 1450AD, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
- Machu Picchu Service Includes:
- Private transport from the airport to hotel in the Sacred Valley
- Orientation walk in Cusco
- 3 nights hotel accommodation / October 22 in the Sacred Valley / October 23 in the Sacred valley / October 24 in Aguas calientes Machu Picchu
- Travel assistant from Cusco to the train station – Aguas Calientes to the hotel
- Train ticket round trip (vistadome and expedition service)
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu up and down
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- English speaking tour guide
- 3 buffet breakfast
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Pisac round trip
- Machu Picchu Service Does Not Include
- Lunch, Dinner and Drinks
- Admission to the hot springs
- PLANT MEDICINE (100% OPTIONAL)
Optional plant medicine journey with a master shaman. Like Ayahausca, San Pedro has been used for healing purposes and to open doors in the minds of people for thousands of years. Detailed information regarding the ceremony including dietary guidelines and what to expect will be provided for your comfort and safety.
The onsite restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian meals including vegan and gluten free options. Local Andean organic products, ceramic pans and ingredients such as extra virgin coconut and olive oil are used to prepare and bring to life savory original recipes. Healthy and delicious desserts and specials are also offered daily.
Tentative Daily Itinerary:
*This cost includes lodging, food and all activities for the duration of the retreat; it does not include airfare.
Getting to the Sacred Valley:
Plan to fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ). You will then be able to take a shuttle from the airport to the retreat center.
Nidra Wasi Address:
Sector Matara, La Rinconada S/N, Pisac
in front of Matara Playground
Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru
Additional Services to be booked onsite:
Founder of Juniper & Stone, The Studio of April Nemeth and Little Korboose, April has spent her entire life committed to both her design and mind/body practice.
From a family of unconventional creatives where prayer and mediation were a daily practice and graduating with a BFA/masters degree in design from Kent State University, April found the combination of art & yoga to be a perfect blend. At an early age her parents instilled the concept of travel as a method to gain awareness and experiential education not found in a book, an idea April still lives by today. Having experienced the healing benefits of art, yoga and travel since she was a child, she started sharing her practices with communities near and far. She founded Juniper & Stone Yoga in 2018. She still maintains her home goods brand, Little Korboose which she started in 2008 as well as her design and art practice.
April designs her classes much like she would any piece of art allowing negative space for elements to breath and hierarchy and contrast of form to produce a dynamic composition. Her Vinyasa flow is much like a modern interpretive dance as she transitions one pose seamlessly to the next, consistently finding creative ways to implement the element of art.
April not only has multiple degrees in design but has completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kimberly Payne. Her design influences range from the work of modern architect Le Corbusier to the suggestive dichotomy paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat. She is a seeker of knowledge and has studied non-traditional methods of healing her entire life.
Founder of Divinitree yoga Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, Ann has spent the last 15 years committed to learning and teaching yoga in its many diverse forms all around the world. From the Himalayas to the Amazon and from Fiji to Kenya, Ann has been harvesting seeds of wisdom and weaving together a tapestry of transformational tools into her life and teachings.
Graduating form Northwestern University with a degree in Eastern religion and cultural anthropology (with a specialization in traditional healing methods of indigenous cultures) Ann found yoga as the perfect path for healing ourselves and the planet.
Developing her own style, Gypsy Yoga Flow, Ann’s classes are inspiring, transformational, and challenging. Known for her deeply spiritual and yet highly athletic classes, Gypsy Yoga Flow is meant to bring practitioners to an edge and is based on the belief that when we push ourselves out of our comfort zones and walk the edge we truly live.
Fusing power vinyasa with the freedom and femininity of dance, the energetic knowledge of chi gong, and the power of kundalini yoga, Gypsy Yoga Flow is known for its intense strength building, strongly intention based nature, and deeply intuitive, liberating, circular movements.
A committed student of yoga, Ann has a masters degree in education and has completed two 200 hour teacher trainings with Ana Forest and Janet Stone. Constantly immersing herself in teachings to keep her classes fresh, Ann’s current inspiration comes from teachers like Janet Stone, Rusty Wells, Jonny Kest, and Stephanie Snyder.
*Ann and April met when they were 15 years old both having attended Gilmour Academy, a college preparatory school in Gates Mills, OH known for their liberal arts program and excellence in academia. They come together to guide whenever possible having mutual respect for one another's individual practices and expertise. Juniper & Stone is elated to have Ann as a special guest guide for this retreat as her knowledge of the Andes and relationships with the Andean people is expansive.