Sacred Journey Peru: 17 Days
This journey has been curated as an invitation to experience growth, healing, expansion, and connection in one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries on the planet. Peru offers so many landscapes and traditions, and there is unique wisdom that permeates through the people and plants. Our 17-day adventure begins in the Amazon jungle to sit in 4 ceremonies with the sacred and revered plant medicine, Ayahuasca. In this intimate group setting, we cultivate belonging and a safe space for the exploration of our internal worlds, while being supported by Shamans and facilitators at an off-the-grid retreat center.
The healing that is possible in one week of sitting with Ayahuasca is truly transformational and has profound effects on each person that is often beyond words or description. The intelligence of this medicine operates in a manner that allows for a deep letting go of trauma or mental cloudiness that is not serving us. It provides guidance and clarity with the greatest questions we are pondering. Ayahuasca is a magical experience that provides cleansing, and an internal blossoming for our authentic selves to emerge.
In this process, you are supported by two brilliant, compassionate, and heart-centered women, Cheyenne Felker and Amy Webber, who will be your courageous leaders. They have each had transformational experiences sitting with the medicine dating back to 2016 when they traveled to the Amazon together. The growth they have each experienced since that time is now a gift they wish to share.
After the Amazon, the journey will take us to new elevations as we explore the ruins of Machu Picchu, and go to the depth of the Sacred Valley, and beyond. This time will allow great space for personal integration, as well as processing of shared experiences with our beautiful group. Find stillness of the mind & movement of the body as we ground down our experience through yoga, meditation, and other integration tools
Join us May, 2023 to immerse yourself in the ancient culture of Peru; learning its history of the past as we re-write the story of our future. Offer yourself a new way of perceiving life by giving yourself the gift of reclaiming the true nature of who you are.
Day 1-2 (Lima & Iquitos)
Lima is our gathering place, where our journey together begins. Allow yourself to land down, become acquainted with one another, and rest as we prepare for our journey to the Amazon the following day.
As a group, we will fly over the serpentine Amazonian river into Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon and the tribal villages. This is our introduction to the world's largest tropical rainforest and the abundance of life that calls it home. Here we will have time to be with our intentions, settle and share in the preparation of the medicine experience we begin the following day.
Day 3-9 (Amazon Jungle)
A boat ride on the Amazon river brings us to our next destination and the thing that called you to this adventure. We immerse ourselves in the heart of the Amazon Jungle at an ‘off-grid' healing centre. Welcomed by the medicine, the spirit of Mother Ayahuasca, and local Shamans, the rustic jungle living allows us the opportunity to be fully immersed in the exotic wildness while exploring the wildness that lives within each of us. With over 25 years of working with Ayahuasca, this center provides immense support, ensuring everyone is safe and receiving what they need.
Your home in the Amazon is far from towns or villages, and the jungle all around calls for connection. There are many relaxing shared spaces where you can read, relax, and enjoy a hammock in solitude. You’ll have ample time to be with your process, to write, reflect, rest, and listen. There will also be activities and discussion circles. We will experience a traditional flower bath and sauna, and visit a traditional Shipibo village to meet the locals and see their artisanal art and crafts. All meals are included, and we follow a dieta as recommended by the shamans.
Day 10-12 (Ollantaytambo)
A time to integrate.
This one-of-a-kind geodesic dome boutique hotel is located at 10,500 ft on a sacred mountain, providing vast views of the mountain valley and star filled skies. The luxury rooms are the perfect place to land down and rest, with the space to tuck away and have solitude processing or gather on the yoga deck with 360 views to share in group embodiment practices and sharing circles. Here we build a solid foundation for our integration of the medicine experience, and begin the process.
We are fully taken care of by the local community, with all of the meals provided, cooked with love and care to support the continued work of Ayahuasca on the system.
The Peruvians call these mountains the Apu's, because of the immense spirit they have, to be in their presence is the only way to comprehend why.
Day 13-15 (Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu)
Winding through the valleys lines by the wisdom of the Andes, we take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Spanish, Aguas Calientes means hot water, this town is known for its thermal mineral baths and for being the access point to the ancient ruins of Machu Pichu. The cloud forest that this town sits in provides a mysticism of its own, adding to the energy is the gushing Urubamba river and the palpable wonder of the sacred sites. Cars are very minimal here with most of the streets being pedestrian-only making it ideal for wandering the town to shop at the local mercados or enjoy a delicious meal.
Our first night at Aguas Calientes helps to acclimatize us to the altitude in preparation to hike the ruins of Machu Picchu the following day.
Machu Picchu, known by many as a must-see in Peru, has been voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. Awe and wonder are common reactions to visiting this 'Lost City of the Incas' built atop the mountains. We will have the day to explore the ruins along with a local guide who will share on the history and spirit of this place and what is known of the culture which habited it. Hiking Machu Picchu mountain is optional.
After our day exploring the ruins, we have the evening to rest or visit the hot springs.
Day 16-17 (Cusco)
Located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes this ancient city is vibrant with the culture of the Inca Civilization. The city holds a mystical remembrance filled with cosmopolitan travelers exploring the cobbled streets, terracotta tile roofs, and its unique colonial architecture. We will have time here for exploring restaurants for all tastes, cacao leaf readings, textile shops, and markets with a maze of trinkets finding items from alpaca sweaters to fresh fruit smoothies and everything in-between. With ancestral customs that are kept alive thanks to its people; the vibrancy of this culture is expressed in religious celebrations, dances, and art and is apparent throughout the city streets.
We will conclude our journey by flying back to Lima to connect with our various international flights home.
Who is this for
Truly anyone who hears the call.
Whether you are disconnected from your body, living on autopilot, or restrained in the life you are living and desiring to step into a more expansive version of yourself; this medicine can help in miraculous ways. Perhaps you are isolated, craving community, or anxious about making connections and feeling like you don’t ‘fit’ in. You may be burning with curiosity and questioning; seeking direction; or wanting to get to the deeper meaning of life and how you can show up in the highest expression of your purpose - Ayahuasca can help with all of this and so much more.
The call may come through health concerns, be it mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual; aspects of ourselves that are asking for our attention, for transformation, and to break through. It may come as an inner craving to experience a self-blossoming of our gifts, and discover truths that we know deep down are waiting for us.
This experience is for anyone who is ready to befriend their inner child, unravel trauma and connect with our ancestral wisdom. For those who feel the Earth deeply, and want to make a change. This is for anyone who is recognizing the bus-i-ness of our modern society is not sustainable for themselves or the collective, and is here to receive insights about how to shift the paradigm. For those of you who know that you are here to be magnificent beings and experience what it means to be, in all of life's beauty. This is for you if you are ready to take responsibility for yourself, your dreams, and for manifesting them.
This is for you, ready for initiation, awakening, and liberation.
Yes, this is for you!
For this adventure, our maximum group size is 14 people. It is important to us that everyone receives the support they need in this experience and that everyone feels welcome. Keeping our groups more intimate helps us to do that and is the perfect formula for cultivating impactful relationships within the group dynamic.
Your leaders / facilitators
All of our trip leaders and yoga instructors at Breathe in Life were chosen because of their passion for life, health, and love for what they do. Our trip leaders are extremely knowledgeable about the places that we go and are there to make sure your trip is as amazing as it can be. All of our yoga instructors come highly experienced and fully certified by the Yoga Alliance.
Both facilitators for your trip have experienced profound impacts working with plant medicine and are passionate about bridging this world with others who are called. We know the importance of support and place it as our almost priority in preparation, during the trip, and after.
9 years ago, Amy and Cheyenne met as strangers, quickly became friends, and over the years, sisters. After years of working as tour leaders for our sister company, Free and Easy Traveller, helping others have a life-altering experience, they realized that they could expand on the depth of transformation through travel. In 2016 they began the journey to remember, called by the spirit of Ayahuasca, in the Amazon rainforest. Coming in with minimal expectations, they experienced the transformative potential of the medicine. Following that were years of integration, and furthered studies in alternative healing, plant medicine, and new ways of being.
Working with this medicine opened up something real, so much beauty that it could not be contained or controlled, only shared.
This is where the passion grew to provide an invitation for others to experience the medicine, alter perspectives and curate a safe space for people to explore the medicine they are for themselves. These two are an open book and an open heart, always spreading joy and love, being both a student to all life brings and a teacher imparting the wisdom they have come to remember.
We know how much our external environment impacts our internal experience and have curated our accommodations with great care. With a range from rustic jungle living to unique luxury amongst the Andes, all of our accommodations intend to immerse us in our surroundings. Some of our locations also have studios to practice, communal spaces to enjoy, and nooks to be in solitude.
- All accommodations
- Internal flights and transportation
- Ayahuasca introduction circle
- 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies
- Traditional Flower Bath
- Sauna in the Amazon
- Visit to traditional Shipibo village
- Meals included in some destinations (13 days total)
- Machu Picchu experience and entry fee
- Local guides
- Yoga and Meditation (10+ classes. A yoga instructor is guiding your trip.)
- Cacao ceremony
- Ecstatic dance
- Integration practices/workshops
- Sharing circles
- Unwavering support
- Pre-trip calls and preparation
- Post-trip integration calls
- Self-guided workbook
What is Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a plant teacher native to the Amazon in South America. The ancient vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, is slow-brewed with Chacruna (Psychotria Viridis) leaves, and sometimes other plants to produce the ayahuasca tea. The brew produces psychotropic effects in the body with the active ingredient being Dimethyltryptamine, DMT, which is a chemical we naturally produce in the pineal gland.
Ayahuasca is a medicine woven into the spiritual and healing practices of many indigenous tribes in the Amazon, often referred to as the grandmother ayahuasca. Traditionally, when someone in the village was sick, the shaman would ingest the medicine to connect with the spirit realm and receive healing songs and remedies for the person. In more modern times, those seeking the medicine sit in ceremony and ingest the medicine themselves, awakening the healer within.
When meeting the grandmother, she listens to our intentions, and hears them, beyond the words that are conscious, tuning into the soul to heal that within the subconscious, the unconscious, revealing our path of healing. She teaches in many ways, each person, each time sitting, is a brand new experience, asking us to surrender to our expectations and release control. Some experiences may be visual, purgative, or neither, all will be insightful and provide you with exactly what you need.
Ayahuasca is here to teach us, to help us on our journey of healing but she won’t do the work for you. The real ceremony begins when you leave the jungle and begin to process the insights gained and create the change and therefore the life you truly desire to live. We understand the importance of integration and have curated this trip to support you in the best way we can through your transformation.
We have the opportunity to sit with a local Ayahuascero in 4 traditional Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies during our week encouraging great depth in our healing journey. In the evening we gather in the ceremonial space and make ourselves comfortable, sitting or lying down, and drop into our breath, into our presence. The first night we sit with the medicine, a small dose will be offered to acclimatize ourselves to the trace-like state Ayahuasca invites. The Ayahuascero adjusts the dosage as necessary on an individual basis during that evening and all future sits.
First, the shaman calls in the spirits of the jungle and sets the energy of the space. They then take their dose, followed by each participant one by one. As we settle back into our spaces, a prayer is said and the candle is blown out. The shaman will begin singing beautiful icaros and the effects of the medicine will begin. Icaros will be sung throughout and the shaman will interact with each participant guiding the journey and clearing any energetic blockages. In the event of needing to purge or use the bathroom, you will be safely guided by the shaman or support staff.
In closing the ceremony, a candle is lit and the spirit allies are dismissed. At this time you are welcome to return to your bed or remain in the ceremony space. The full potency of the medicine will last for around 4-5 hours and will continue to work with you for longer. As it starts to wain, the jungle sounds invite the assimilation of the healing and illumination the experience provided.
The shamans and our facilitators will be available outside of the ceremony to ensure that you are receiving what you need and support in the processing.
When working with Ayahuasca it is recommended to adhere to a dieta to prepare the body for the medicine journey. Pre-trip info will be sent out for further information about dieta.
For the first portion of our journey, we will be partaking in dieta as a group, all meals will be included in the Amazon.
All meals are included during our stay in Ollantaytambo and Pisac, vegetarian cuisine will be prepared with local, farm-to-table ingredients.
Traditional Peruvian cuisine is based on what is available in the local agriculture and environment, beans, corn, and ancient grains. In modern-day, there is a colorful fusion that has made a diverse menu more accessible.
People / Culture
Peru has preserved much of its traditional culture, with strong roots in the Inca way of living. The beautiful mix of Hispanics and Natives is what creates such vibrancy in the Peruvian culture. The ways of life are passed on through generations with great integrity and respect, Peruvians truly make the mundane extraordinary and emit such deep wisdom that being in their presence is a true gift.
Peru offers incredibly varied climate regions, from the Amazon jungle that is at sea level and a tropical climate, up to Machu Picchu and Cusco at over 10,000 feet above sea level!
May is a beautiful time to visit Peru after the rainy season has passed. Temperature ranges from highs of 32C in the Amazon to lows of 15C, and at Machu Picchu the average daily high is 23C, and lows of around 4C at night.
We can expect a lot of sunshine, but also good to have additional layers for cool evenings, and of course it can always rain in the Amazon!
We recommend bringing a backpack about 50-70 liters in size, or a suitcase. Although your trip may seem like a long time our best packing advice to you is to bring about half of what you plan to or just the essentials. Less is more when packing to save room for treasures along the way and allowing yourself to be with minimal material possessions creates more space for the healing journey you're embarking on.
Laundry will be available along the way and if you forget anything it can likely be purchased in Peru.
Further details on packing will be provided in a pre-trip email.
Money / tipping
Much of this experience is included and minimal money will be required during the adventure. Tips in our destinations are not obligatory though always appreciated by the local staff when given. Most restaurants and bars include a 10% gratuity and it is customary to add an extra tip if the service is excellent. The local currency is Soles and many places do accept USD.
You are welcome, you are a part of our family!
Whether you choose to take this journey solo or with a friend, what you are embarking on is a soul journey and is highly likely to be a life-changing experience. Traveling solo can create more of an edge for growth and potentially greater depth. This is an intimate healing experience we will share that creates bonds that can’t be compared, we are, and will be family here. So if you chose to take this journey solo, know that it doesn’t mean alone.
Lima is our meeting place to start the journey and where is close our journey together.
There is an international airport in Lima with many airlines offering flights. You book your own flights, or we can book them through our travel agent and add the cost to your trip.
We understand the importance of staying connected to loved ones and sharing your experience, with that being said we highly encourage refraining from the use of your devices (ie. smartphones, laptops). Unplugging from the noise of the world and distractions provides the space to be completely present with your journey, with the moment, and to truly get in touch with your soul. This is a healing journey as well as an adventure and we want you to get the most out of your experience.
Working with ayahuasca is not to be taken lightly, this is a sacred and potent medicine that needs to be respected. We are not doctors or medical professionals and are not licensed to diagnose or prescribe. While we will have a medical screening process before the trip, it is your responsibility to consult your doctor or health care practitioner to determine if ayahuasca is suitable for you.