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MUNAY SONQO - THE SACRED VALLEY

LocatioN

This training will be held at Munay Sonqo Retreat Center in Arin, a small village in the middle of the Incas Sacred Valley, high in the Peruvian Andes, South America. Here you will see the native cultures (Quechua speaking) working the land as they have for centuries, with love and simplicity. The center is eco-friendly, made from local materials, with attention and love for the natural sacred landscape.

 

We will have a meeting time and location in Cusco around noon on the first day of the training (this will be emailed one month prior to the training) From Cusco we will travel together as a group (it is about a 1 hour travel time to the site) to Munay Sonqo.

DIRECTIONS

For those who may be in the valley already or with other plans. SM is located in Arin between Urubamba and Pisaq (shortly after Calca when coming from Pisaq.)

 

From Cusco you can get a colectivo (from Puputi) that goes to Calca. From Calca arrange a taxi to Munay Sonqo Retreat Center (you will pass Urco, 3 little towns and arrive to Arin, just before Huaran). Go up the dirt road and veer left, soon you will see a small yellow church, make a right at the church, then make a left at the next turn, continue till you pass a cemetery on the left, keep going to the end of the road for Munay Sonqo Retreat Center (on the right). PS: A high clearance vehicle is recommended for arriving.

 

Site contact information info and additional reservations:

 

Adam

Email: adam@sachamunay.com
Website: http://munaysonqo.com/

TRANSPORTATION

** Please put your flight information on the logistics sheet.

  • You will most likely have to stop in Lima International Airport first.
  • From Lima you can book a short flight to Cuzco, Peru. Try Google Flights, Viva Air, Sky Airlines, Latam Airlines.
  • We recommend booking directly with an airline rather than a third party booking website.
  • Let us know what questions you have about travel.

*** If you have a layover at Lima International Airport, we recommend staying at Whyndam Costa Del Sol Airport Hotel.

ELEVATION

  • Cusco: 11,152 feet
  • Arin: 9,600 feet
  • Pisaq: 9,514 feet

* It is recommended that you fly in a few days early if possible to acclimatize, although we will not meet until noon on the first day of the training. The Sacred Valley is a bit lower in elevation than Cusco so it can also be a good idea to fly to Cusco then go directly to Pisaq for a day or two, then arrive to Cusco to meet the group. It can take up to 5 days to start to feel fully acclimatized.

 

There will be a logistics sent out to you one month prior to your course, where you will enter all flight details, emergency contacts, dietary restrictions, etc!!

MONEY/ATM

You can access ATMs in Cuzco, Calca, Pisaq and Urubamba. If you have American cash (dollars) it is best to exchange in Cuzco at a bank or one of the many currency exchange places near the Plaza de Armas where you will get the best exchange rate. The airport tends to give a bad rate for exchange.

 

Make sure to contact your bank before you leave your country regarding your travel dates so you can access money from your bank. We recommend against travelers checks, as they are not accepted everywhere.

DAYS OFF

Every 5th day is an off day. There will be 3 days off during the training 200 hour training and 3 days off every 6th day during the 300 hour training.

 

During our 200 hour program (Beginning on the first full day -the 2nd day of the training) we will have four days “on” followed by one day off.

BOOKS

  • SYI Yoga Teacher Training Manual - included in tuition and will be at the course when you arrive.
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff - purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore.
  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill - purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore.

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL

The Manual is included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.

OTHER COURSE RELATED ITEMS

Optionally, a neti pot and a tongue scraper are suggested to be used throughout the course, you can purchase these on your own at any health food store. Please also bring any creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.

"WHAT YOU SEEK IS SEEKING YOU"

- Rumi

WHAT TO PACK

  • Any necessary medication for allergies / Anti nausea / Ibuprofen.
  • Warm layers: thermals, long sleeve yoga layers, down jacket, a light rain jacket.
  • Wool socks (light and heavyweight).
  • Sun Protection: wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen.
  • 5 yoga outfits.
  • Bathing Suit.
  • Yoga Mat Tongue Scraper & Neti Pot (optional)
  • Art Supplies.
  • Musical instrument (optional).
  • Special dietary items: Emergen-C, Protein powder, Green powder, Superfood, trail mix
  • Headlight and extra batteries.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes.
  • Small sacred items (like crystals, white sage, pictures of guru, etc…).
  • White or other ceremonial dress.
  • Any snacks/superfoods you like between meals.
  • Musical Instruments.
  • Journal and pens.
  • Course Textbooks.

LAUNDRY

Leave your laundry bag outside of your room in the morning with the provided receipt. Write on receipt: Name, Date and Room #. If you don’t want your clothing put in the dryer, mention that on the receipt paper. Laundry may take up to 24 hours (or longer if not using a dryer). The cost is around 10 soles/kg. In case you don’t have receipt paper for laundry, you can ask for them at reception.

FOOD

***Please write your dietary restrictions on the logistics sheet!

 

Three vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be provided! Please feel welcome to bring any other additional snacks!

WATER

We will provide purified water at Munay Sonqo. Please pack a refillable water bottle. In general, do not drink tap water in South America without first purifying.

 

When traveling outside of your home country it is a good idea to take the extra steps to protect your immune system. If you have never traveled outside of your country, this may make you more susceptible to getting tummy sickness because your body will be exposed to unfamiliar bacteria! Even though our retreat centers have filtered water, we recommend bringing a water filter or water purification tablets. Here are the products we recommend:

 

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter or LifeStraw Water Bottle

Sport Berkey Water Bottle

SteriPen Ultra Water Purifier

Water Purification Tabs

PASSPORT & VISA

All US residents need a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months when entering. For other nationalities please check with your consulates as a Visa may be required.

SICK DAYS/MISSED DAYS

It is very important that you meet the hours required by Yoga Alliance. We will make arrangements to make up missed days during the program. Typically, it is not a problem and you can get everything completed during the course. If you miss more than 8 hours, we may need to schedule makeup hours at an additional cost.

CERTIFICATION

At the end of the course, you will receive your 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification. This course is approved by Yoga Alliance. As a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance organization if you choose to.

 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email. We are looking forward to having you here to embark on this life-changing journey to shed away layers and become your truest self.

 

We encourage you to begin the practice now, by reflecting on your intentions for yourself and what brought you on this journey. Together we will create a safe and sacred space within our group that will help to reveal the wisdom within and the nature of the Self. This path will ask for self -reflection, growth, and discipline. Your journey will be greatly guided by what you chose to bring to the experience. Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the clear, crisp perspective and sacred landscape of Peru with an open heart.

MACHU PICCHU

*We strongly suggest going before or after the training so you do not feel rushed.

 

MP tickets should be purchased as soon as possible! Train tickets (~$80 each way) can be purchased online through Peru Rail here. We recommend leaving Ollantaytambo for MP around 6 or 7 am and returning around 5 or 6 pm.

 

Here are the steps to do this using Peru Rail here.

  1. For “where do you want to go?” enter “Machu Picchu”.
  2. For “Routes” enter “Sacred Valley > M. Picchu”.
  3. For “DEPARTURE” & “RETURN” choose DATE (formatted like this “day-month-year”)
  4. For ADULTS enter 1.
  5. SEARCH BY: Departure time.
  6. Choose departure, 6 or 7 am if available.
  7. Choose return, 6 pm (1800 hours) would be good.
  8. Make sure to pay with a credit or debit card that you will have with you for your trip.
  9. Print your Park entrance tickets (~ $50) here. *Purchase the MP plus Huayna Picchu ticket if you would like to take the hike to view MP from above!

There is also a bus ticket that brings you from the train drop off point in Aguas Calientes up to MP (~$30 round trip), but this is purchased onsite the day of your trip.

 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email.

 

We are looking forward to having you here, ready to embark on this life-changing journey, shedding away our layers to become our truest self.

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