With Andean Medicine Man
Puma Fredy Quispe Singona

December 11–20, 2023
Urubamba, Sacred Valley & Cusco
Featuring:
Stephen Dinan, Dr. Dan Engle, Anodea Judith, Ali Maya, Eileen McKusick,
Tito La Rosa, Wiñaypaq Takin, Ñutu Runas, Madhu Anziani
 
 

Travel With Us to Peru for the Trip of a Lifetime!

 

Take a journey to the frontier of your consciousness, retreat in a natural mountain sanctuary, open your heart to new depths, and propel your life to new heights.

 

Your 10-Day Program Includes:

  • Guided visits to sacred sites, including Machu Picchu, Cusco, Qorikancha, Moray, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Saqsaywaman
  • Two nights of ceremony with Ayahuasca in a traditional context
  • Two ceremonies with Huachuma (San Pedro) in a traditional context
  • Special welcome circle and closing night celebrations
  • Four nights of sacred music
  • Special Andean cultural experiences
  • All food, lodging, and travel, from arrival in Cusco to departure
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Small-group integration sessions throughout the journey to develop intimacy, community, and mutual support
  • Expert talks on the frontier of healing with sacred plants
  • Two online preparation meetings in advance of your arrival
  • Three online faculty integration meetings after the retreat
  • Access to Puma’s recent online video course, Working With the Plant Spirits of Ayahuasca and Huachuma… Christopher Bache’s program, Exploring the Cosmic Mind Through Psychedelics… and selected sessions from The Shift Network’s Shamanic Wisdom Summit and Psychedelic Healing Summit
 

Have questions? Please click here to book a 15-minute, one-on-one session with Program Manager Lola Young for further information. You may also email Lola here.

 

Your liberation is inevitable.
— Puma Fredy Quispe Singona
 

Realize the truth of who you are with a community of fellow explorers in a magical land, and emerge as a more realized, clear, and empowered version of yourself, with an expanded vision for your life and your work on this planet.

 
Personal Invitation From Stephen Dinan, Co-founder & CEO of The Shift Network

 

Dear Fellow Seeker,

What if you had an opportunity to heal your deepest blocks and expand into your highest potential while advancing your life mission in powerful ways — all while building a community of conscious peers for support and collaboration?

It’s becoming clear that working with psychedelic plant medicines is proving to be one of the fastest accelerators for those on the path of transformation, who get an opportunity to engage in rapid healing, downloading of new roadmaps, and insight into core healing work.

More people are sharing their stories publicly as the path to legalization advances. As the founding CEO of The Shift Network, I can attest that some of our most powerful and effective programs have come to me in crystal-clear ways during plant medicine ceremonies.

The good news is that, in Peru, this work is ALREADY fully legal and builds off legacies and lineages that have been operating for hundreds of years. There’s a sacred culture of working with plant medicines for healing and for vision that weaves together beautiful music, shamanic healing, and vibrational medicine to help transform body, mind, and spirit.

We believe that the Sacred Journey to Peru may well be the best investment you can make in advancing your life work and awakening in 2023 — with the goal being for you to experience profound openings, receive deep healings, and be blessed with fresh downloads that illuminate the path to a brighter future for you and your life’s work.

In partnership,
Stephen Dinan

 
 

I Am Puma

 
 

About This Journey of a Lifetime

Have you ever been on a journey that changed your life forever?
 

Travel is a potent portal to growth... and when you travel to one of the most powerful sacred locations on Earth, accompanied by great healers, to work with ancient traditions and life-changing plant allies, true magic is possible.

The goal of this Sacred Journey to Peru is to create a unique, life-changing initiation into traditional ways of healing with sacred plants, devotional music, Andean culture, and beautiful natural environments — all within a supportive community of conscious peers.

Healing experiences will be combined with modern wisdom, integration resources, and heart-centered community... to bring you into connection with your truest Self, open your heart to new depths, and propel your life to new heights.

The Shift Network has brought together the best guides, facilitators, and healers we know for an unprecedented convergence at a pivotal moment.

According to lead faculty Puma Fredy Quispe Singona and his lineage, Earth is currently going through a shift into a new level of consciousness in which the old destructive patterns in our human story are reaching their conclusion and the new is being born.

This shift is happening through us. We’ve all endured traumas and hardships that may be perpetuating patterns that don’t serve us or the greater good. To emerge as leaders for this new era, we need to clear space for what’s to come.

It’s time to repair our history and reconnect our bodies, minds, and souls.

This Sacred Journey to Peru is a unique opportunity to activate a new and awakened you.

As a participant, you’ll work with ancient healing practices and profound sacred plants. Ayahuasca and Huachuma have long been considered master healer plants in Peru.

In recent years, the modern world is finally catching on to what the ancient healers have known for millennia, and the psychoactive effects of these plants are proving to be powerfully therapeutic in clinical settings and modern psychological research.

Ayahuasca, often referred to as Grandmother and used in nighttime ceremonies, offers a kind of “tough love.” Huachuma (or San Pedro), on the other hand, is called Grandfather, and offers “gentle love” medicine in the light of day.

Both plants, when approached with respect and honor, can catalyze great wisdom for us. By cultivating a deep relationship with these plants — along with the healing power of ceremony — you can transcend feelings of disconnection, depression, and dis-ease, and shift into an awakening of your consciousness.

In Peruvian time-honored tradition, these plants are more than mere substances. They’re living, revered entities that hold a profound intelligence about the unique pathway of healing and awakening for each individual.

Seekers from around the world have been drawn to Peru, especially the Sacred Valley, by something deeper than tourism. There’s an unspoken recognition that this land is a birthing ground for a new humanity.

Cradled by some of the largest mountains on Earth and nourished by verdant landscapes and ethereal Andean music, you’ll have the support of master healers in both plant and human form to reconnect the deepest layers of your being, open to your heart, and uplevel your life in alignment with your soul.

The Sacred Valley forms around the Vilcamayo River, itself one of the headwaters of the Amazon. Nearby, the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu and the historic Incan epicenter of Cusco add to the mysterious magic of the land.

Peru has long been a favorite for travelers on a spiritual path, and you’ll have the chance to savor some of its highlights, such as the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu, while also going deep into experiences that the vast majority of tourists miss.

Seasoned pioneers in plant medicine will guide you through your journey both in Peru and after. To ensure you receive long-lasting (and safe) positive benefits, you’ll have access to traditional healing knowledge, with the support of Western medical supervision and pre- and post-integration work that addresses psychological, spiritual, and physical healing protocols. 

In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Puma, an Andean lineage holder trained in ancient ways by his grandfather from the age of six, will take you on a profound journey of evolution and healing for yourself and your mission.

Have questions? Please click here to book a 15-minute, one-on-one session with Program Manager Lola Young for further information. You may also email Lola here.

 

Participants Share Their Experiences From the
August 2023 Sacred Journey to Peru

Highlights From the October 2022 Sacred Journey to Peru

 
In this trip of a lifetime, you will experience ancestral traditions that have been kept alive for thousands of years.
— Puma Fredy Quispe Singona

 

What Previous Participants Have Said About This Trip

 
During my journey I was able to release so much pain and grief over an extremely toxic relationship... I have felt a tremendous amount of peace since returning.

— Kim, Texas

I experienced and saw the matrix that connects all life and everything in the cosmos... It’s a miraculous experience.

— Sally, Georgia

I actually received a new energetic heart and was cleared of old patterns of carrying unnecessary suffering, grief, and sadness of my paternal lineage.

— Corrina, Oregon

I saw all of my personal growth efforts for the last 30 years coming together.

— Dennis, California

For me it was truly a journey of a lifetime. I will always treasure this experience.

— Anonymous

I felt I was being shown a new blueprint for my life.

— Anonymous

I have a lifetime of downloads to process.”

— Anonymous

I do feel like a different person inside.

— Anonymous

 

 

Who Is This Journey For?

This journey is for those with a courageous heart and strong mind, who will no longer accept feeling disconnected, depressed, or full of dis-ease, but who are ready to delve into the core of their being to realize the truth of who they are with a community of fellow explorers in a magical land.

While it’s helpful if you have previous experience working with sacred plants in a ceremonial context, it’s not a requirement. All races, colors, genders, ages, and religious orientations are welcome.

This retreat is especially for you if:

  • You’ve felt called to explore sacred plant medicines in a safe, legal, and supportive context
  • You’ve had powerful experiences with psychedelics that provided a glimpse into their healing potential, and you’d like to go further
  • Certain parts of your history are holding you back, and you desire healing so you can move forward in life
  • You have a large vision for your business and want to clarify and commit to the path forward
  • You feel like you’ve reached a plateau on your growth path and are curious how plant medicines might open you to another level
  • You’re being intuitively guided to Peru

This journey is not for you if you have psychological or medical contraindications, or you’re not prepared to enter with a spirit of respect, reverence, and willingness to do the real work that’s often required for lasting results. We are requiring any applicants over 70 to have a special medical clearance to ensure that this is an appropriate next step for you.

 
 

Faculty

Please click on image for bio

 

Puma Fredy Quispe Singona
Paqo, Andean medicine carrier

Puma Fredy Quispe Singona

Puma Fredy Quispe Singona began training with his grandfather, the late Don Maximo, after an initiation by lightning at the age of six — learning and mastering the Andean traditions and rituals by connecting with ancestral spirits, cosmic forces, and natural elementals.

He has worked deeply with direct lineages of the Huachuma plant from the coast of Peru and with Ayahuasca, the sacred plant of the Amazonian Shipibo people. Puma conveys a passion for the ancestral Incan teachings with a profound respect for Pachamama (Mother Earth) and plant medicine supporting our global consciousness awakening.

As a young adult, he attended and facilitated international gatherings of spiritual leaders and young leaders with YES (Youth for Environmental Sanity,) and has been featured in books and films about the Andean medicine path. Along with the team from his tour company, Pumadventures, he gathers groups from around the world for spiritual pilgrimages to visit sacred sites for self-transformation and rebirth processes.

He created and built Noqan Kani Global Community Center in his hometown village of Chinchero, where the local people, as well as the greater global community, can study and learn about these ancient teachings, keeping the timeless Andean ways, culture, and nature-based wisdom alive for generations to come. Puma’s mission is to continue his grandfather’s legacy by sharing the wisdom and the medicine of his ancestral Indigenous culture in his own unique, inspiring, and heartfelt way.

 

Stephen Dinan
CEO & co-founder of The Shift Network

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 1,300,000 people worldwide, with customers in 170 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 50 core faculty and 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, Indigenous wisdom, and sustainability.

Stephen is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (East-West Psychology). He helped create and directed the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. As the former director of membership and marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program and the One Minute Shift media series.

He has been a featured speaker at the World Cultural Forum in China, the Alliance for a New Humanity in Costa Rica, Renovemos Mexico in Mexico City, and the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, as well as many U.S. conferences, events, radio programs, and online summits. He is also the author of Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All and Radical Spirit.

Dr. Dan Engle
Pioneer in psychedelic medicine who will be onsite for sacred medicine ceremonies

Dr. Dan Engle

Dr. Dan Engle is a psychiatrist with a clinical practice that combines aspects of regenerative medicine, psychedelic research, integrative spirituality, and peak performance.

His medical degree is from the University of Texas in San Antonio. His psychiatry residency degree is from the University of Colorado in Denver, and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship degree is from Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Engle is an international consultant to several global healing centers, facilitating the use of long-standing Indigenous plant medicines for healing and awakening. He is the founder of Full Spectrum Medicine, a psychedelic integration and educational platform, and Thank You Life, a nonprofit funding stream supporting access to psychedelic therapies.

Dr. Engle is the author of The Concussion Repair Manual: A Practical Guide to Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, and A Dose of Hope: A Story of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Anodea Judith
Founder & Director of Sacred Centers, spiritual teacher & bestselling author

Anodea Judith

Anodea Judith, PhD, is a worldwide spiritual teacher and bestselling author of the seminal Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System... Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self... and seven other books translated into 28 languages. As a yoga specialist and somatic psychotherapist with trauma specialization, Anodea’s work is a unique combination of techniques useful to therapists, coaches, teachers, and those on their own healing journeys.

The founder and director of Sacred Centers, a teaching organization, her global teachings have reached 163 countries. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a doctorate in Mind-Body Health, with advanced yoga certifications.

 

Dr. Ali Maya
Psychologist and facilitator with expertise in working with plant medicines

Dr. Ali Maya

Dr. Ali Maya, a clinical psychologist, plant medicine support guide, ceremonial musician, and healer, has been a student and teacher of world mysticism traditions and Indigenous shamanism for more than 25 years. She integrates her academic training in clinical psychology, Buddhist studies, and comparative mysticism with all she has learned from Indigenous healers of North and South America. She is an ordained minister, officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies since 2008, and a yoga and meditation instructor since 1997.

Ali, who joined the Plant Spirit School faculty in 2022, founded a private clinical psychotherapy practice called the Aptos Counseling Center. She founded Ali Maya Retreats in 2008, providing domestic and international in-person retreats, online courses, mentorship programs, and one-on-one coaching packages.

Her retreats, programs, and music are guided by the prayer for the alleviation of human suffering and the opening of the human heart in service to creating a healthier, happier world for all. She has released four studio albums of ceremonial music.

Eileen McKusick
Founder of the Biofield Tuning Institute, researcher & author

Eileen McKusick

Eileen McKusick is a researcher, writer, inventor, practitioner, educator, and speaker on the effects of audible sound on the human body and biofield. With a master's degree in integrative education, she has been researching sound since 1996. She is the originator of biofield tuning, and founder of the Biofield Tuning Institute, which conducts grant-funded, peer-reviewed studies on the human biofield.

Eileen is author of the award-winning book Tuning the Human Biofield: Healing With Vibrational Sound Therapy and the new book Electric Body, Electric Health. She’s also the inventor of a revolutionary and much-loved tool, the Sonic Slider, and the CEO of BioSona, LLC, which provides sound-therapy tools and training globally.

Eileen is a true pioneer in the fields of therapeutic sound and electric health — her work leads people from a chemical-mechanical perspective of life, health, and the Universe to an electro-sonic one. This new perspective makes health and life easier, connects the dots for people, and ties together multiple concepts in an elegant, easy-to-grasp way. This creates an accessible bridge between what’s historically been considered pseudoscience and what is now widely acknowledged as scientifically sound — and leads people to a much greater sense of personal empowerment.

 

Special Musicians & Facilitators

 

Tito La Rosa
Flute healing & ceremonial music

Tito La Rosa

Tito La Rosa is a sociologist, musician, sound healer, and builder of musical instruments. The last 20 years he has worked healing through sound using ancestral instruments from ancient Peru. He has 12 musical productions based on his proposal to unite the ancestral-contemporary in a dialogue of cultures and time. Conductor of harmonization workshops with companies and leaders of communities. Winner of the national award for his contribution to music for the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

Wiñaypaq Takin
Ceremonial music

Wiñaypaq Takin

Wiñaypaq Takin is a cultural group that seeks to revalue our Andean customs through music, rescuing our identity. Our group intends to find conducive paths and recovery actions, awareness, strengthening, and dissemination of our culture and of the Andean entities, without denying the modernity and interculturality of current technology. Our intention is to contribute to the development of a better dissemination of the arts in our local and foreign environment through our work and increase interest in our culture and music.

Ñutu Runas
Celebratory, fusion folkloric music

Ñutu Runas

Ñutu Runas is one of the best folk bands in Cusco, from the beginning they always showed attitude... something that very few musicians have.

 

Dr. Ali Maya
Devotional medicine music

Dr. Ali Maya

Dr. Ali Maya, a clinical psychologist, plant medicine support guide, ceremonial musician, and healer, has been a student and teacher of world mysticism traditions and Indigenous shamanism for more than 25 years. She integrates her academic training in clinical psychology, Buddhist studies, and comparative mysticism with all she has learned from Indigenous healers of North and South America. She is an ordained minister, officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies since 2008, and a yoga and meditation instructor since 1997.

Ali, who joined the Plant Spirit School faculty in 2022, founded a private clinical psychotherapy practice called the Aptos Counseling Center. She founded Ali Maya Retreats in 2008, providing domestic and international in-person retreats, online courses, mentorship programs, and one-on-one coaching packages.

Her retreats, programs, and music are guided by the prayer for the alleviation of human suffering and the opening of the human heart in service to creating a healthier, happier world for all. She has released four studio albums of ceremonial music.

Madhu Anziani
Ceremonial music

Madhu Anziani

Madhu Anziani is a sound healer extraordinaire who endured being a tetraplegic (paralysis affecting all four limbs) and used sound and energy healing to recover mobility. His story is featured in the book Energy Medicine by Jill Blakeway. Madhu's voice is otherworldly; both a portal and vessel for transformation. He is most well-known as a vocal looping artist and ceremonial song leader/composer. Madhu is a sanctioned teacher of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Ancestral Peruvian Healing Arts. He has studied Jazz and World Music and is certified in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a regular lecturer at San Francisco State University. Madhu offers a mentorship entitled The Path of Liberation Through Vibration; a curriculum of techniques for opening the power of the voice and guidance for personal development and renewal. He is experienced in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Hebrew chanting as well as the system of Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong. His music can be found on Spotify and all other platforms under the names Madhu Anziani and The Sami Brothers.

Lola Young
Retreat Manager & Facilitator

Lola Young

In addition to her role as Course & Retreat Manager on the Transformational Learning team at The Shift Network, Lola Young is a licensed bodyworker, registered yoga teacher, sacred movement Instructor and a Certified Integrative Sound Practitioner. She has studied with Indigenous wisdomkeepers and master teachers around the world. For the past seven years, Lola has been immersed in Andean wisdom, rituals, sacred ceremony, and guiding group journeys to Peru with Puma Quispe Singona.

 
 

Music Medicine

 

What People Are Saying About Puma

“[Puma] has really given me another perspective in life, in general... in a spiritual way, in a mental way.”

He has really given me another perspective in life, in general... in a spiritual way, in a mental way. My connection to Pachamama — I have never been the same since then.
— Anaïs Mali, model and actress

 
“There’s really so much to learn in Puma’s teachings.”

Puma creates a learning environment in which you can really grow. He creates a safe space in which you can be your very own best. You’re so secure that you can be free. You’re connected, and you’re engaged in choosing your own path to evolve. There’s really so much to learn in Puma’s teachings. It’s like the threads that are already woven between you and the ancestral forces, the spirits, the essences, the elements, the animals, Pachamama.
Marion Conaway

“The gifts of Puma and these teachings are beyond measure.”

I feel so blessed to be able to study with Puma. His knowledge, wisdom, presence, and loving heart continue to invite me into a deeper truth of self. I am able to love more fully, to be that love, and to be in love with all that this life is offering in ways I was not before. Through the teachings and the Mesa, I feel so supported by Pachamama, the ancestors, and all allies. I feel held in a constant field of love, beauty, cosmic intelligence, and grace, and I am deeply grateful to know how to use my Mesa to offer this back in service and support of others. The gifts of Puma and these teachings are beyond measure. Much love and gratitude.
Lakita, Oregon

 

Itinerary Overview

Bear in mind this is the starting vision and that the cosmic plan will likely take it over to make it even better!

  • Day 1 — Arrive to Cusco airport and transport to the beautiful Taypikala for the opening welcome night
  • Day 2 — Introductory talks, preparation with faculty, first integration groups, visit to Ollantaytambo, and evening music
  • Day 3 — Visit the sacred site of Machu Picchu, and special dinner on return
  • Day 4 — First ceremony with Huachuma, accompanied by Wiñaypaq Takin, and evening sound-healing concert with Tito La Rosa
  • Day 5 — Morning faculty talks and integration circles, Despacho ceremony with Q’ero elders, and evening Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Day 6 — Rest, faculty talks, integration circles, and evening Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Day 7 — Second Huachuma ceremony and an evening concert with Ali Maya
  • Day 8 — Expedition to the sacred site of Moray and the Chinchero weaving co-op
  • Day 9 — Transfer hotels to Palacio del Inka, visit Saqsaywaman, explore Cusco, integration and support talks, and final night celebration with music and dancing with Ñutu Runas
  • Day 10 — Closing circle, ceremony, and end of journey
 

Preparation & Integration Sessions

  • Preparation for your journey — dates and times to be announced closer to the trip
  • Integration sessions to turn your journey into new opportunities for your life — dates to be announced
 

Integration: Bring Your Alchemical Treasures Home to Share

 

Have questions? Please click here to book a 15-minute, one-on-one session with Program Manager Lola Young for further information. You may also email Lola here.

 
 

About the Plant Medicines

The following descriptions were developed by Puma and his team, who see these plant medicines primarily through a traditional healing lens. Note that it’s not required to work with these plant medicines during the trip. You’ll always have the choice and you can opt to commune directly with the healing spirits, as you’ll learn from Puma’s online program.

San Pedro (often called Huachuma) is a cactus that’s native to the Andes and known to have been used by pre-Inca civilizations for up to 4,000 years. The active component found in this medicine is mescaline, and the nature or personality of this plant is perceived by many as the masculine grandfather spirit. It’s often depicted as having the spirit of the hummingbird.

Used to help perceive our self-created barriers and limitations, this medicine greatly aids in opening and connecting with our hearts. Each ceremony is a meeting with ourselves, Mother Earth, and the Divine, serving as a medicinal mirror to help us see where we hold onto self-limiting beliefs and patterns in our lives, gently guiding us to release what no longer serves us. San Pedro ceremonies are performed with psychological preparation and physical cleansing.

 

Ayahuasca is an ancient visionary curative medicine that comes from the Amazon. It’s traditionally used in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. Ayahuasca has two main components — the Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the chacruna leaves (Psychotria viridis). The spirit and character of Ayahuasca is divinely feminine, perceived as a woman or snake. This visionary plant medicine is often called “the purge,” as it helps us cleanse our physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual bodies through a powerful releasing process. This medicine moves through the body, activating and awakening our sleeping energies. When these energies are activated, they’re expressed in different ways and are ultimately removed from the body. The purge process can take innumerable forms, commonly through tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, strong emotions, tears, yawns, laughter, breath, and more.

Ceremonies that involve deep physical and energetic cleaning and cleansing often precede ceremonies with deep vision and light. The journey is often difficult to understand in the moment. However, with the benefit of hindsight and integration, the deep wisdom of the plants reveals itself in time. It’s commonly understood that the medicine will give you what you need and what you want.

Ayahuasca heals the spirit deeply and also teaches us what’s necessary for us to know, guiding us where it needs to guide us and helping us understand our spiritual world. Prior to the Ayahuasca sessions, it’s extremely important to participate in preparation and stimulation sessions that help us discern what we should learn and what we should ignore.

 

Psychoactive Masters of the Plant Spirit Kingdom

 

Sacred Sites Visits

Machu Picchu is a citadel built on top of the mountains right above the Willka Mayu or Willka Nota River, where the altar of Apu Salkantay, the most important mountain spirit god of the Inca people, resides. Built with white granite in the shape of the condor, and known as the crystal condor, the myth and legend is that the crystal condor carries the soul of the people of this Earth to the sun of divine origins. In Machu Picchu, you can connect with your original soul purpose and learn what you need to manifest in this lifetime, to leave as an offering and a legacy for generations to come. Machu Picchu is the temple of liberation, self-realization, and enlightenment, and honors the most important constellation of the Inca people — the southern cross constellation — also known as the heart of the Milky Way.

Qorikancha, the “Temple of the Sun,” is the center of centers of the Inca civilization. Completely adorned in gold, silver, and precious stones, with life-sized sacred spiritual symbols, it represents the cosmovision. This land is known as a vortex, where many ley lines converge. It was believed that the disc representing the sun was in this temple — made of crystals and precious stones (some believe from materials not of this Earth!). Top chiefs, governors, military and religious leaders, and high priests and priestesses came to this sacred temple to ask the oracle questions and make important decisions for the Inca civilization. The people of the community were only allowed outside the temple walls to pray to their ancestors, the sun disc, and the Divine... for enlightenment, self-realization, and illumination.

Saqsaywaman, the “Temple of the Enlightened,” is also known as “satisfied hawk” or “great head of the puma.” This temple was for the head of administration, top military, government, and religious leaders. The enlightened head of the puma is a terrace in the shape of lightning with lithic pieces and stones brought from a quarry 25 km southeast of Cusco, weighing approximately 120 tons. At this temple, you can connect with the power of leadership, the enlightened mind, and enlightened consciousness. Here, the Andean people give homage to Father Sun and Mother Earth and keep ancestral ceremonies, rituals, and offerings of gratitude alive.

Moray, the “Green House of the Inca,” is the temple of rebirth, set above the Sacred Valley. It’s a series of concentric circles that offered advanced hydraulic engineering to the Inca people, creating microclimates for each terrace to grow products of the Amazon in the highlands. The Incas represented the figure of Mother Earth as a woman with concentric circles symbolizing the womb, where seeds were planted and discovered and human beings were chosen as seeds of a new humanity.

Chinchero, the “Land of the Rainbow,” was derived from the word Sincheraq — the people of highly evolved souls who discovered and offered their gifts from an early age to the family and community through the Tawantinsuyu (the four regions of the sun). In ancient times, this was a university where young people were trained in the arts of weaving, architecture, engineering, astronomy, and military. Today, Chinchero is an amazing altar for the sunset. It’s believed that these altars facing the west are meant to honor the ancestors, leaders, and high priests and priestesses, who have set with the sun and, with their light, are still guarding us to be in service... for our evolution and self-realization. Chinchero is also known as the land of the rainbow and is the temple of the seven rays, which are the most important lineages and traditions of the world.

Ollantaytambo is the “Tree of Life.” In the middle of three valleys, the pre-Incan people built terraces, temples, pyramids, and astronomical observatories on mountainsides, showcasing their ancient technologies and highly advanced knowledge of architecture, engineering, and astronomy. Ollantaytambo means “observatory from above,” from the Pukina language — a language now disappeared from the communities of the Andes. Myths and traditions say that the first civilization, descendants of the Atlanteans, settled here before moving into Cusco. Famous for its powerful temples to the sun, the sacred four elements, and the Pleiades, Ollantaytambo is the portal of entrance into Machu Picchu.

 

Accommodations & Environment

 

Hotels

Taypikala (Sacred Valley)
Urubamba, the original Quechua name, means “prairies of light.” This beautiful hotel is surrounded by the majestic Andes. The weather conditions of this valley are ideal to acclimate and begin your journey. Situated between the mountains and the Urubamba River, you’ll feel an immediate sense of comfort and relaxation, surrounded by large gardens and outdoor spaces with megalithic stones and monoliths that adorn the natural-cultural landscape.Hi 

 

Palacio del Inka (Cusco)
Considered a historic landmark, Palacio del Inka is a 5-centuries-old mansion located in the heart of downtown Cusco. The luxury hotel’s unique and captivating design embraces historical aspects of Peruvian culture while maintaining world-class luxury Hi and modern conveniences. You’ll find stone archways, authentic Hispanic art, and ornate gilded antiques. Join a delectable meal at Inti Raymi, the hotel’s on-site restaurant serving an array of epicurean cuisine, and enjoy a selection of wines. Harmonize your body and soul with a signature treatment or massage at the luxurious Andes Spirit Spa. Directly across from Koricancha, the “Temple of the Sun,” this luxury hotel is just minutes from the shops and museums in the main square.

 

 

3 Free Online Study Resources Included in This Journey
(Valued at $841.00)

  • Puma’s Shift Network course, Working With the Plant Spirits of Ayahuasca and Huachuma
  • Christopher Bache’s Shift Network course, Exploring the Cosmic Mind Through Psychedelics
  • Curated selection of sessions from The Shift Network’s Shamanic Wisdom Summit and Psychedelic Healing Summit

 

Pricing

Single Occupancy = $9,997

Double Occupancy = $8,997

Price is per person; airfare not included

Have questions? Please click here to book a 15-minute, one-on-one session with Program Manager Lola Young for further information. You may also email Lola here.

 
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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • If your application/health intake form is not accepted, your registration fees will be promptly refunded in full.
  • We are aware of the sensitive climate in Peru right now and are paying close attention to updates as they become available. Rest assured, if The Shift Network needs to cancel the retreat, your registration fees will be refunded in full.*
  • In the highly unlikely event that the retreat is canceled by The Shift Network, your registration fees will be refunded in full.*
  • If your application/health intake form is accepted, the following refund policy applies:*
     
    • Until September 10, 2023: Registration fees are fully refundable, less a $200 USD processing fee.
    • September 11, 2023 – October 15, 2023, registration fees are 50% refundable.
    • As of October 16, 2023: No refunds.
  • The registration fees must be paid in full prior to attending the retreat.
  • Registration fees are listed in USD. You are responsible for any additional fees you may be charged by your financial institution such as foreign currency exchange fees if paying from a non-U.S. account. Contact Customer Support if you require assistance with your payment.

*Please note that this refund policy pertains to the registration fees you have paid to The Shift Network for the event as described above, and does not apply to your airfare and any miscellaneous costs, which are not covered by Shift.

 

Peru Is Waiting to Safely Welcome You

 

Insurance & Other Travel Arrangements & Terms

  • The Shift Network strongly encourages participants to come prepared with health insurance and travel insurance.
  • When purchasing airline tickets, we recommend you opt to include the optional insurance coverage for your tickets offered by most airlines.
  • Additionally, we strongly recommended travel insurance that could potentially cover your registration fees in the event that you are not able to attend due to extenuating circumstances. Trip protection to cover unexpected events like loss of a loved one or unexpected illnesses, emergency medical insurance, emergency evacuation, and gear protection, can give you peace of mind and support your positive travel experience. While Shift does not endorse any particular provider, here are three insurance options for your consideration:
     
  • Or, consider using a travel insurance broker, such as:
     
  • Travel arrangements and documentation, including visas, passports, flights and transportation, travel insurance, health insurance, COVID-19 testing and policies as regards travel to and from Peru, and incidental expenses, are the responsibility of applicants/participants.
  • The Shift Network and all associated organizers, facilitators, venue owners, and management are not responsible for any personal injury or illness.

Have questions? Please click here to book a 15-minute, one-on-one session with Program Manager Lola Young for further information. You may also email Lola here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates?

 

December 11 - 20, 2023

 

Q: What airport do I fly into?

 

(CUZ) Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport

 

Q: When should I book my tickets to arrive?

 

After your application has been reviewed by our Medical Supervisor, you will receive travel information with guidance for arrival times; note: this may vary based on acclimatization recommendations, if necessary.

 

Q: Are airport transfers included?

 

Airport transfers are included on Day 1 (December 11) and Day 10 (December 20).

Arrivals on December 11:
Book the domestic flight (Lima-Cusco) to arrive around Noon to Cusco. Our team will greet everyone at the airport and transport our group to the Sacred Valley (approximately 90-minute drive).

Departures on December 20:
Book flights to leave Cusco in the late afternoon; note: it is recommended to arrive at the airport about 2.5-3 hours before your flight time.

 

Q: I’d like to arrive before the retreat starts and stay longer, is this possible?

 

Yes! You can choose to book your own hotel or Airbnb accommodations, or our Peru team will provide options for pre/post-retreat hotel booking and airport transfer requests beginning in September 2023.

 

Q: What travel insurance companies do you recommend?

 

WorldTrips
SafetyWing
World Nomads

*Recommended Travel insurance coverage*
Retreat Fee
All Travel Costs
Medical Coverage

 

Q: What is the altitude?

 

Locations during our journey:

Cusco: 3,399 meters / 11,150 feet
Sacred Valley: 2,871 meters / 9,420 feet
Machu Picchu: 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet
Chinchero: 3,725m / 12,221 feet

 

Q: What is the weather like? What should I pack?

 

In December, the low is 44º F/6º C and high is 68º F/20º C. A suggested packing list is provided after the application review process.

 

Q: How will I know if plant medicine is okay for me to take? Is it a requirement for this journey?

 

Our application has an in-depth health intake which our Medical Supervisor will review and provide individual guidance if necessary. Please note that you may choose to be in ceremony with the plant spirits and not imbibe the plant medicine.

 

Q: Will there be a doctor available?

 

Dr. Dan Engle will be with the group on the journey and a local medical doctor will be on call during the retreat.

 

Q: What kind of physical activity level does this require?

 

The sacred sites we will visit require light walking to hiking, e.g. Machu Picchu, and there are no alternatives to walking.

 

Q: Are there any scholarships or volunteer opportunities?

 

Due to the nature of this retreat, we are unable to offer scholarships.

We appreciate your willingness to offer your time and expertise, however, we currently do not have volunteer opportunities for our in-person events.

 

Q: What is the maximum number of participants?

 

60 people

 

Q: Do I need to pay in full? Is there a payment plan?

 

We're sorry, the payment plan option has expired. Registration now requires payment in full.

 

Q: How are Double Occupancy roommates selected?

 

You’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow journeyers in our Community Connection Zooms and you may connect with someone who you’d like to room with. Alternatively, we will assign roommates based on a short questionnaire to help guide the selection.

 

Q: Will I get to meet others traveling from the same area or region that I live?

 

During our Community Connection Zooms you will have the opportunity to meet fellow journeyers, talk in small group breakout sessions and potentially connect with new local or regional friends.

 

Q: What is the cancellation and refund policy?

 

Please read through the Cancellation & Refund Policy on the Sales Page for full details:

  • Until September 10, 2023: Registration fees are fully refundable, less a $200 USD processing fee.
  • September 11, 2023 – October 15, 2023, registration fees are 50% refundable.
  • As of October 16, 2023: No refunds.

The registration fees must be paid in full prior to attending the retreat.

 

Q: Do I need a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter Peru?

 

As of November 1, 2022, proof of a vaccination certificate and/or negative PCR test are not required, and wearing masks is optional.

 
 
 

 

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