Cusco Wellness and Cultural Retreat 11-19 April 2019

Come and explore the majestic and ancient heartland of the Inkas, while learning to deepen your connection with nature and nurture yourself the Andean way.

This seven-day retreat will take place in Cusco, Peru between 11 and 19 April 2018. It will include a stay in the vibrant modern city and ancient capital of the Inkas, Cusco, and a 5-day retreat at the serene wellness resort, Wilka Tika, in the Sacred Valley.

As featured in Wellbeing Magazine Spa and Retreat Planner 2018.

The Itinerary

Cusco City Tour 11-13 April

The group will meet at Cusco City on the 11 April 2019 and will spend the first two nights in the historic zone of Cusco at the Novotel hotel, which is a renovated 16th century hotel built on Inka ruins. Twin share rooms are part of the package. Single rooms can be booked upon request for an additional charge.

During your stay in Cusco, Lisa will take you on guided walking tours around the city. These will introduce you to the cultural history of the Inka. Included will be a visit to the most sacred shrine and temple of the Inka, Qorikancha.

Sacred Valley Retreat 13-17 April

On the morning of the 13 April, the group will travel together to the Sacred Valley by bus to the wellness resort, Wilka T’ika.

Wilka T’ika is renown for its serene and lush chakra gardens, which feature medicinal flowers and plants. Its construction was inspired by the principles of Feng Shui. These gardens are open daily and are a beautiful place to meditate and rest. The resort is equipped with multipurpose/yoga studios and sun-heated baths. Wi-Fi is also available.

You will stay in Garden Rooms, which are twin or triple share. Single rooms can be booked upon request for an additional charge.

Transfers to and from this resort are included in the retreat package.

Return to Cusco 17-18 April

We will return to Cusco on the 17th April and enjoy our final night together at the Novotel.

Your Wellness Program

The retreat program will include workshops and classes designed to introduce you to nurturing yourself and deepening your connection with nature following the ancient Andean way.

The workshops include:

  • A daytime herbal medicine workshop;
  • Traditional Despacho (Fire) Ceremony;
  • Evening Andean musical performance;
  • Inka water divination, bathing and creative dreaming;
  • Working with the Inka mother archetypes, including Pachamama;
  • Daily Kundalini yoga classes (five in total); and,
  • Paint your own Mandala workshops.

This retreat will also include guided visits to the following the archaeological places and parks:

  • Pisaq, an Inka royal estate;
  • The shrine, Urqo Calca; and,
  • Machu Picchu.

All entry fees and transfers to and from these places are included in the package.

Delicious Food

Meals offered will be vegetarian and made from local produce. Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

Water at Wilka Tika is filtered with the internally recognised Sawyer Filter.

Our price includes all meals during your stay at Wilka T’ika.

What else do I need to know?

There are 15 places available for this retreat. Your place will be secured once you have paid a deposit.

This is alcohol and drug-free retreat. Hallucinogens will not be consumed during workshops and/or classes.

We advise you to consult with a medical professional prior to departure for travel advice and vaccinations. We also recommend that you discuss with your health professional and practitioners how to best nurture yourself while living at high altitude.

When entering Peru, a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months with at least two pages in the visa section is required. A return ticket is also required. On a tourist visa, the maximum stay is 183 days per year. We recommend that you seek the advice of their travel agent and also the Peruvian embassy.

How do I get there?

For our participants joining us from Australia, you will need to book a return flight from Australia to Cusco. We recommend that you book with our travel consultant, Sam Watson, at Flight Centre. We are happy to provide you with her details when you contact us.

From Cusco Airport, participants will need to travel approximately 20 minutes to the hotel in historic zone of Cusco.

Please note that flights from your home country to Cusco, Peru and hotel transfers from Cusco Airport to the Novotel are not included in the retreat package.

How much is the package?

From 31 October 2018, the investment price is $3500 AUD.
You can secure your place by paying a non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD. Full payment is required by 31 January 2019.

Personalise Your Wellness Program

Wilka T’ika offers beautiful spa services including shiatsu and full body massages and lymphatic treatments, facials and Andean spa floral baths. Keesha Goode also offers additional one-hour healings. Private coca leaf readings and Andean healings with a Qero Paqo and Layka (initiated healers) can also be arranged (depend on availability).

These private sessions enable you to tailor your wellness program to your needs for maximum benefits. If you would like to add these to your package, please contact us for a service price list.

Guides and Instructor Profiles

Lisa Solas kissing a rock at the garden

Lisa Dunbar Solas

Dr Lisa Dunbar Solas will be the group leader of the retreat. Lisa is an Australian archaeologist and independent artist. She studied archaeology at the Australian National University in Canberra and in 2015, was awarded her PhD. She is a specialist in Inka ceremony, ethnohistory and mythology and has conducted fieldwork in Cusco and Ancash, Peru. As an independent artist, Lisa is known for her “Little Earth Mama” works, inspired by her experiences and love of the central Andes.

While completing her degrees, Lisa gained experience as an educator working with adults and children. She taught Latin American Archaeology in Canberra for two semesters. More recently, through her business, she has developed and delivered workshops for children about archaeology and the ancient world. She is currently writing and illustrating her first children’s book.

Lisa is devoted to practicing yoga and meditation, and lives on the edge of the bush on the East Coast of Australia, where she listens in awe to nature’s conversations and songs

For more information about Lisa please visit this website by clicking About Dr Lisa on the menu at top of this page.

Keesha Goode posing in front of one her art pieces while looking back

Keesha Goode

Keesha is an intuitive mandala artist, Kundalini Yoga teacher, sound and energy healer, holistic counsellor and mindfulness meditation teacher, mother and grandmother, who is passionate about life’s journey to wholeness.

She has assisted many people on their personal journey through sharing wisdom gained from her own life experience. She is passionate about helping people explore their creativity and offers regular mandala workshops and classes to children and adults. Her compassion and ability to deeply listen helps to empower and honour the individual. For more information about Keesha visit her page