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Awaken the hero in you. Learn how you are already enough.
The ancient Sacred Valley will change you forever.
Now is the time, because life is more precious than ever.
The Heart of You:
Sacred Journey to Machu Picchu & Peru
May 14-21, 2022
Visit Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of our World
Merriam-Webster definition of bucket list: a list of things that one has not done before, but wants to do before dying.
You’ve always wanted to go. And, now is the time. Going with a small, intimate group is one of the best ways to go. Safely and consciously.
Join this carefully cultivated 7-night, 8-day immersion into Peruvian culture. This retreat is for those who understand the power of walking ancient lands, love adventure, and are ready to experience wonder, awe, and deep rejuvenation.
5 Ways Your Safety Comes First
OUR SAFETY PROMISE TO YOU: With the wise experience of welcoming several groups safely to Peru throughout Covid, the facilitators of this retreat have built in several safety measures to make this an easy "YES!"
This spring is an excellent time to travel because of downward Covid trends, and even more so, because you are an adventurer at heart and you won't be held back anymore.
Enjoy single occupancy bedrooms and private baths.
Guests at this retreat and staff are fully vaccinated.
Traveling as a small group limits exposure and allows for social distancing.
We have exclusive use of Catalina Retreat Center. The Center is using recommended protocols for sanitizing.
Relationships with trusted and vetted partners are established within the local communities of Pisac and Cusco, including the Covid testing lab, restaurants, banking, medical, and travel resources.
COVID is diminishing, but we have created parameters that support the safest experience possible, including access to an affordable, excellent travel insurance policy that includes canceling for any reason.
Download our beautiful, full-color brochure to see the full itinerary and explore more.
Visit the village of Chincharro to see textiles being made, lunch in Cusco, the amazing Maras Salt Pools, Opening Celebration Dinner & Full Moon Ceremony.
We will travel to the village of Aguas Calientes and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. There are many power sites to explore, and we will have the opportunity to open to a deeper experience of the intrinsic magic of this amazing city.
Explore, Stay, Medicine Day
After the intensity of Machu Picchu, enjoy a day around Pisac on your own; explore the fabulous retreat center, rest, write, visit the animals, chapel, and gardens, even swim; or choose to take a special, guided medicine journey into the heart of your soul (optional, additional fee).
After a hearty breakfast, we embark for exploration of the Incan Ruins at Urco. Back at Catalina, we gather during the afternoon for sacred conversation about how each of us is faring on this journey, not only through the Sacred Valley of Peru, but the journey into the interior of our hearts. We tuck into bed early as we leave before dawn for one of the most spectacular experiences not found with any tour company.
Andes Sunrise, Hieroglyphics & Village
We take our time hiking to one of the most spectacular (and unadvertised) mountain vistas in the Andes to be present the moment the sun cracks over the majestic mountains in the East. Truly, words cannot describe this opportunity.
We travel to see 7,000-year-old hieroglyphics, then visit one of the villages that Daniel has a special relationship with for breakfast. We participate in whatever it is they are doing this morning: dancing, weaving, cooking, spooling...
Catalina, owned by trip co-facilitator Daniel Gutierrez, is beautifully situated on a 5-acre gated property nestled up against sacred Mount Linly with many lovely and accessible spots for exploration and contemplation.
Spacious rooms with private bathrooms and a view of the Andes Mountains
Dedicated wifi throughout the property
Yoga center (Yes, we will have movement opportunities)
Massage center (Yes, you can get a massage during the retreat)
Lovely flower gardens, 1-acre vegetable garden, and inground pool
Outside gathering space with fire oven for dining or meditations
Chapel and Restaurant new in 2021OROne
Refreshing inground pool rebuilt in 2020.
There is wifi throughout the entire retreat center.
Fresh, local cuisine at the restaurant.
One of the most beautiful and peaceful places.
Testimonial from Patricia, Retreat Participant at Catalina:
I've been to and lived in 26 countries. The Sacred Valley where Catalina is located is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places that I have ever been to. You're at home as soon as you get there. Daniel and his staff are welcoming and authentic. Our group became family. The spiritual journey we took together was extremely insightful and it just keeps giving since I've gotten home.
Peru: The Heart of the World
Peru is a South American country with a diverse, vibrant living spiritual tradition.
It is home to part of the great Andes Mountains Range.
It is a bio-energetic center of great magnetic power for our planet which exudes healing power and enhances the strength of mind.
Old and modern Peruvians alike cherish and respect the mountains, water, and earth. The people of this land are generous and open in the sharing of their spiritual knowledge, experience, and connection.
MEET HISTORY: Follow the footsteps of the Incas as we explore the most exclusive places of power and ceremony. Get up close and feel the sensation of another era.
Learn the cosmology, science, history, social order, and stories of the Incas. Discover the wisdom, harmony, and balance that characterize the Andean way of life and worldview.
CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS: Meet and develop personal connections with the Qetchwa communities who draw strength from an enduring belief in the power of the earth (Pachamama) and the mountains to meet the challenges of each day. See and feel how the Inca heritage continues to shape the vibrant Andean culture of today.
UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: This journey will expand your horizons as you experience the Incan world away from modern life. Open to the possibilities of what the world can be (and is), and also what you can be in the world.
Use the fresh perspectives and insights from your experience in Peru as a new beginning and kick-start the changes you truly desire and deserve!
This sacred journey will lead you home.e.
Take a moment. And take this in.
Imagine this scene... Looking out to the majesty of the Andes Mountains at dawn, your shoulders stretch and your heart opens. Flute music swirls on the breeze, and an angelic voice calms your soul. Energy spirals up your spine, stretching into the sky. Your heart thrums with joy.
You made it! You have always wanted to be here.
A surge of relief and gratitude courses through you. You deeply exhale from the very bones of your body.
The past few years have been so hard, so "on-guard," so tenuous. It feels like a miracle that you are here. Sometimes you wondered if you would ever leave your house again. And now, you wonder at the stability of the world. And, here you are, on top of the world. Stabilizing YOU.
In a sudden instant, your tired body and heart melt and expansion andfreedom wash through you. New strength and conviction to uplift our world fill you.
The ancients who walked these mountains walk with you now. You feel this power, this strength. Life can never be the same because you are not the same.
Your heart, body, and mind are refreshed, renewed, strengthened.
Retreat guides Christine & Daniel bury the sacred bundle during a Despacho Ceremony at Philosophers Camp in 2019.
Christine Powers, founder and CEO of Asa Adirondack and the Philosophers Camp, and Daniel Gutierrez, a transplanted Texan, premier inspirational travel leader, and owner of Catalina, invite you to join them for an intimate journey into the heart of YOU.
Daniel and Christine understand the deep resonance and power of ancient, sanctified lands. In 2019, they opened a gateway between their two lands, calling the land in the Adirondack Mountains of NY “Where Condor and Eagle Meet”.
Now, at long last, they complete and amplify this circle of energy with this trip, and invite you to be a vital part of this auspicious ceremony at Catalina during this retreat.
Peruvian Meals Made with Love
Hearty Andean-stylebreakfasts fuel our excursions, lunches are at Catalina or out as we explore, and each dinner is family-style including Peruvian dishes Chicharon (fried pork), Chicha (purple corn drink), and Cusquena (Peruvian beer). Abundant snacks and pure drinking water are available 24/7. The skill and love poured into each bite are palpable.
The Catalina chef will serve up the best of Peruvian culture and has sumptuous menus planned.
Can’t eat this or that? Vegan, vegetarian, Keto, gluten, or dairy-free? No problem – we’re happy to accommodate any of your food preferences.
The land finds you, and you find yourself.
Christine masterfully drove us through an internal journey, making us realize where we were and where we wanted to go. Emotions and memories from years ago came back. They just came. It's incredible how when you connect with the land, the land finds you, and you find yourself, and you remember all those special moments in your life. I don't want to give away more, because Christine is magic, and you have to experience it for yourself.
Testimonial from Angel Ribo, The CEO Confidante, Producer for MindaliaTV, and Philosophers Camp graduate
Christine is unique, spanning influence from being an award-winning soprano to an award-winning business executive. Today, while living a rustic mountain lifestyle, she is “spiritual consigliere” to GenX women founders and leaders, and a visionary who amplifies the amplifiers.
Performing since 7 when she played Frosty the Snowman in her school Christmas pageant, she was dubbed “Sarah Bernhardt” for her dramatic presence. Christine went on to study theater and voice at Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame. A life-changing event occurred in Warsaw, Poland at the Jewish Historical Institute where she sang Leonard Bernstein's “Kaddish” (Prayer for the Dead) for an audience that included Holocaust survivors. The connection forged with those survivors consciously awoke within her the depth and power of her healing voice.
Later, as her business career was sky-rocketing in fundraising, marketing, and PR, having just received a prestigious business award and been appointed to national positions of responsibility for the American Red Cross, Christine was thrust into a dark night of the soul. She emerged knowing who she is and what is hers to do: Awaken. Activate. Nurture. Anchor as many as possible so they can contribute the highest with the most fulfilling lives.
Christine has touched thousands through music & meditations; workshops; retreats; energy and sound healing; inspirational talks; and writings.
She has learned radical detachment through a series of life events: catastrophic fire that burned all her family and business possessions; surviving E.coli ESBL, and coming to terms with Tularemia and undiagnosed Lyme Disease. She is deeply in tune with the cycles of death and rebirth as a certified death doula, energy healer, and sage.
She is founder of Philosophers Camp and founder and CEO of Asa Adirondack, a 100-acre sanctuary offering deeprejuvenation for body, soul, and psyche in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Co-Facilitator, Owner of Catalina Retreat Center
To get to the highest tops, one must explore the deepest depths. Nobody knows that better than Daniel.
Once a high-powered executive and in-demand consultant who graced the covers of Latin Business, Cypen, and Color magazines, Daniel realized that there was more to success than a 7-figure earning potential. As President of PRIMER, a prestigious national leadership organization, and an advisor to the Department of White House Personnel for the Obama Administration, Daniel was a highly regarded and deeply revered leader.
Though Daniel was listed as one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” along with extraordinary individuals such as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, actor Edward James Olmos, and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, something was still missing. Daniel clearly mastered the outer game. But his intuition told him that to feel fulfilled, he must also master the inner game.
To everyone’s surprise, Daniel left it all behind and dedicate the next chapter of his life to becoming a Master of Mindfulness. During the past 15 years, Daniel has led over 60 quests to the heights of the Machu Picchu, the depths of the Amazon, and the top of the Himalayas. He has been guiding entrepreneurs and executives in mindfulness immersions.
Though mindfulness is a lifelong practice, Daniel has become known for giving life-altering strategies in as little as 60 seconds. A beloved mentor and sought-after motivational speaker, Daniel was featured in the documentary “Luminous World Views” as one of 18 thought leaders in the area of transformation and leadership.
In 2018, Daniel appeared as a special guest for renowned teacher, Michel Pascal at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He addressed a sold-out crowd with musical support from Earth Wind and Fire, and Madonna and Michael Jackson’s best musicians. He is an international bestselling author, including his fifth book, Radical Mindfulness.
Having grown up in the northern reaches of New York State and learning how to be radically self-sufficient in his early teens, Larry is the consummate man of common sense and resiliency. He is a licensed New York State Wilderness Guide and affectionately known as the "McGyver of Construction."
As the Concierge not only for the Philosophers Camp, but for groups that travel including into the heart of India in 2018, San Antonio in 2020, and myriad deep wilderness expeditions in the 1990s and 2000s.
Larry is a former Peace Officer for New York State as well. Larry's magic is that he can walk with paupers and kings unphased. He is equally comfortable navigating people and situations from the primitive forests in the Adirondack outback to the urban jungle of Varanasi, India. He is highly experienced in making retreat participants feel cared for, tended to, and most of all, keeping them safe.
Larry is the Director of Building & Grounds for Asa Adirondack and Christine Powers' loving spouse of over 18 years. We are very fortunate to have him as our Concierge for out time in Peru.
“Safe, sacred, sublime.”
“Being with Christine Powers is a spa for the soul. Christine is a master in creating safe, sacred, and sublime experiences that literally change your life.”
Teresa de Grosbois, Founder of the Evolutionary Business Council, International Speaker, and #1 International Bestselling Author of Mass Influence.
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