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Peru & Amazon Rainforest
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Mystical
Peru

Catalina Retreat in Peru.
It’s time to Reconnect, Restore and Rejuvenate.

“Peru is a unique South American country with a diverse and vibrant living spiritual tradition. It is a bio energetic center of great magnetic power which possesses a powerful healing effect and provides the visitor strength of mind. Supernatural and spirituality are also reflected in the divine Peruvian nature. The Old Peruvians cherished a divine respect towards the mountains, water and earth. The people of this land are generous and open in the sharing of their spiritual knowledge, experience and connection.Join others on a spiritual journey that offers you the opportunity to step out of your world and experience a land where you will have the opportunity to delve into the mystery of who you are and return to your world a changed person.The tour includes ceremonies with shamans who are believed to be the last direct decedents of the Inca and are “wisdom keepers” of Incan cosmology. Participate in the life changing healing ceremonies with shamans who work with sacred plant medicines, which support you to delve into the mystery of who you are. You will also have the opportunity to experience ceremonies in ancient power places connecting, to the energy and gifts these places hold for us and the planet..

Join me for Catalina Retreat in Peru, let’s get away from this madness and walk towards Spiritual Transformation

 

Retreats offered at Catalina in 2020

Reconnect, Restore and Rejuvenate – With Vesna Matic & Daniel Gutierrez

DATES:

  • November 22 – November 28, 2020:
    Celebrating a year of Thanksgiving!
  • November 29 – December 5, 2020:
    Full moon week!
  • December 13 – December 19, 2020:
    Retreat of 6 Days in December
  • December 20 – December 26, 2020:
    Celebrating Catalina Annual Chocolatada Navideña serving 2500 local children and families.

 

  • We will also share the Christmas Holiday together.

 

  • December 27 – January 2, 2021:
    New Years: Full moon week

 

About Catalina Retreat:-

Catalina is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just outside the artisan village of Pisac, Peru. It’s about a 20 min walk to town or a maximum S/5.00- $1.47 taxi ride. Catalina is 45 min from the Cusco airport and 1 ½ hour from the train station in Ollantaytambo. It is nicely situated between both male and female mountain energy. At the base of Apu Linley and across Apu Nuesta. Also, it is aligned along the sacred Wilcamayo (now known as Vilcanota River) which flows in front of Catalina. It is truly at a place to explore and receive all the energy and blessings that Pachamama has to offer.

 

Journey Itinerary

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Go through Our Journey Itinerary and Amenities. This is Unique Travel Experience and this journey & experience will not only nourish but will also expand your horizon as you step into the Inca world, away from the modern-day life. Encounter and open the possibilities of what the world can be as also what you can be in the world. Use the fresh perspectives and insights from your experience in Peru as a new beginning and to kick-start changes you may want to make in your life!

7-days, 6-nights journey through sacred Peru. It will start from LIMA and will end at Cusco.

JOURNEY ROUTE:

“LIMA -CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO –LIMA”

 

What’s included in this event?

– Transfers to and from Cusco Airport – The Cusco Airport code is CUZ, participants must arrive in Cusco around 11 am and 1 pm. If they arrive early, they can take a taxi for about 18.00 or 60 soles to Pisac or directly to the center. Travelers will be picked up all at one time and brought back to the airport on Saturday.​

– Andean breakfast every day which consists of local bread, cheese, ham, eggs, fresh juices, coffee and tea.

– Travel to Machu Picchu – Van, Bus, Entry tickets and Train tickets.

– All travel to and from Sacred Valley Sites, when part of the schedule.​

– Accommodations – based on double occupancy.

– All other rooms have two double beds. Accept 2 three bed suites which have three twins.

– All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower and hot water.

** RSVP required 4-days prior to event to ensure seating, transportation, and restaurant reservations. We want for you, what you want – a memorable, satisfying, pleasant experience.

 

Please RSVP and make your deposit here: RSVP

**Please note that this is a live, in-person retreat – not an online event.**

Be safe, be well, and be blessed!

Sedona
Journey



Spiritual Renewal Day Retreat in Sedona

“We’ve been through self quarantined, COVID-19 pandemic issues, working from home, working even more in roles that have been a strong support to our community.

We all agree it’s important, changing times that require us to shift our perspective and approach in life”.

 

** You need to be supported too, while making changes inside-out!

** You want to feel good, feel on track, and be healthy in body, mind, and spirit!
** You’re ready to get a change of scenery, while still maintaining your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others!

 

Here’s how we can help you do just that:

Reconnect + regroup + re-establish what self-care means to you from the inside-out; stay in tune with your visions, goals, and intentions for the remainder of 2020 – and preparing for a new year to come, by participating in a guided Spiritual Renewal Day Retreat in Sedona!

You will be guided in Native American and similar sacred practices to clear, balance, and align with the Spirit that is within. It will be a time of reflection, celebration, introspection, and appreciation through sage ritual, meditation, mindfulness, journaling, guided visualization, communing with Spirit through nature, hiking, and energy vortex resonance.

RSVP and obtain details for preparation and breakdown of the days activities. The retreat is being kept at an intimate number of attendees for the quality of the program and services provided. Once the seats are filled, we will take names, numbers and email addresses to notify of the upcoming similar one-day retreat events!

Mark your calendar and RSVP today! See you there!

** Facilitators: Vesna Matic and Josephine Sheppard.
**  Date: August 14, 2020.
** Time: 7AM – 7PM.
** Cost: $410 per person. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required. Minimum 4-attendees; maximum of 6.

 

What’s included in this event?

– Transportation.
– Guided activities and practices.
– Maintaining an intimate level number of individuals to ensure wellbeing and a full immersion experience for each one.
– Reservations as a group for lunch at Thai Spices in Sedona. Cost of lunch is the responsibility of each individual. Thai Spices does have a varied menu to satisfy most preferences, such as vegan, vegetarian, paleo, spicy, not spicy, etc.

** RSVP required 4-days prior to event to ensure seating, transportation, and restaurant reservations. We want for you, what you want – a memorable, satisfying, pleasant experience!

 

Please RSVP and make your deposit here: RSVP

**Please note that this is a live, in-person retreat – not an online event.**

Be safe, be well, and be blessed

Peru
Journey

“Heal Your Heart, Purify Your Spirit and Discover YOU!”

7 day, 6 night journey through sacred Peru, with Vesna and Daniel Gutierrez

LIMA -CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO- AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO –LIMA

Trip dates:
December 8, 2019 – December 14, 2019
December 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Land Tour: $2997.00 per person + airfare
($500.00 supplement for single Occupancy)
(A $500.00 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your reservation)

Peru is a unique South American country with a diverse and vibrant living spiritual tradition. It is a bio energetic center of great magnetic power which possesses a powerful healing effect and provides the visitor strength of mind. Supernatural and spirituality are also reflected in the divine Peruvian nature. The Old Peruvians cherished a divine respect towards the mountains, water and earth. The people of this land are generous and open in the sharing of their spiritual knowledge, experience and connection.

Join others on a spiritual journey that offers you the opportunity to step out of your world and experience a land where you will have the opportunity to delve into the mystery of who you are and return to your world a changed person.

The tour includes ceremonies with shamans who are believed to be the last direct decedents of the Inca and are “wisdom keepers” of Incan cosmology. Participate in the life changing healing ceremonies with shamans who work with sacred plant medicines, which support you to delve into the mystery of who you are. You will also have the opportunity to experience ceremonies in ancient power places connecting, to the energy and gifts these places hold for us and the planet.

EXPLORE THE HISTORY- Experience one of history’s greatest empires and follow in the footsteps of the Incas, as you explore in the most exclusive places of power and ceremony. Get close up and feel the sensation and closeness to another era.

Learn the cosmology, the science, the history, the social order and the stories of the Incas. Discover the harmony and balance that characterized their way of life and world view, the wisdom of these remarkable people.

THE CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS: Meet and develop personal connections with the Quechua people, their families and communities, who draw strength from an enduring belief in the power of the mother earth, “Pachamama” and the Apus “mountains” to meet the challenges of each day.

UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: This journey and experience will not only nourish but will also expand your horizon as you step into the Inca world, away from the modern day life. Encounter and open the possibilities of what the world can be as also what you can be in the world. Use the fresh perspectives and insights from your experience in Peru as a new beginning and to kick-start changes you may want to make in your life!

 

Our Journey Together – Trip 1 (December 8, 2019 – December 14, 2019)

Day 1 Lima/ CUSCO/ PISAQ

Arrive in Cusco no earlier than 11 am, to the sacred city of Cusco, center of the Incan Empire. You will be picked up and transferred to Pisaq, in the Sacred Valley where the Catalina Center is located. Rest of the day is free to rest and recover from jetlag.

Day 2 Catalina Center – A day of self-discovery and training.

Day 3 Plant Medicine Day

For those that are interested in plant medicine, you will meet with one of the foremost authorities and shamans of the plant medicine San Pedro or “Wachuma”. You will be walked through of internal celebration self-discovery and love.

The plant shows us where we hold our negativity in our bodies, where it came from, and then shows us what we SHOULD have learned from that experience. Once we see that, we release the negativity in our bodies, and we feel really clean and light afterwards, and we can think of that same experience afterwards, and we can give thanks for the teachings we received. It teaches us that NO experience is a bad experience, IF we learn from it.

In the same way, it shows us our thought patterns, and teaches us that every illness we have, is NOT because of bad luck, but because of the way we think. It teaches us to stop and recognize HOW we think, and change our thoughts, into positive ones. This is how we clean our bodies from all illness…is by cleaning our minds. The medicine has produced many miracles, people being cured of cancer, and all sorts of illnesses, just by them drinking this sacred plant.

The plant shows us too, that we are all children of the Light; we are all precious and special. It teaches us to see the divine within us, and to hold the divine light within us.

We also use this plant to reconnect to the earth. In this experience, we realize that there is NO separation between you, me, the earth, and the sky. We are all ONE. Its one thing to read but to actually experience this oneness is one of the most beautiful gifts we can receive. The plant also teaches us to live in this world in balance and harmony, it teaches us compassion and understanding, and shows us clearly to love, respect and honor all things.

Day 4 Despacho Ceremony

For those of you that are not interested in pant medicine we will be participating in a ceremony to mother earth called a despacho. This ceremony is performed by a local shaman. A despacho is an opportunity to really focus on any areas of your life where you feel you need support or would like to ask for blessings. It is quite a powerful way to set your intentions and let them go. You may be surprised to recognize in the weeks and months following a despacho ceremony that you are indeed receiving the things you asked for, though perhaps in an unexpected or unusual form, perhaps in a way more appropriate or powerful than you could have dreamed of on your own.

For the despacho ceremony, the shaman gathers a variety of symbolic offerings such as wine, sugar, incense, gold and silver threads, red and white flower petals, grains, seeds, shells, candies and more. Each item is placed on a large sheet of paper with great care and intention, arranged in a mandala-like shape. Prayers are blown into small bundles of leaves called kintus and added to the offering as well.

Day 5 ***MACHU PICCHU*** Aguas Calientes

We will travel by train this morning to the village of Aguas Calientes. On arrival we will, visit the famous city of Machu Picchu, also named as the Crystal City, the Rainbow City, the City of the Condor and the Hummingbird, the City of Peace, and the City of Light. The legendary beauty of this magnificent village defines an ancient city of ascended masters. Feel the energies while exploring of the three sacred beings on the Inca trinity: CONDOR, ruler of the realm of spirit. PUMA, ruler of the realm of physical manifestation and AMARU the sacred serpent, ruler of the realm of the psyche, death & rebirth. There are many trails and power sites to explore, and we will have the opportunity to open to a deeper experience of the intrinsic magic of this amazing city. You will get time to spend alone in spiritual ceremony to enhance your connection with your divine self, a transpersonal transformational journey into the inner path to gain confidence in your unique purpose.

Then we will take a bus up to the entry of Machu Picchu and see explore the Inca Ruins.

Day 6 Open Day – We will spend the morning connecting to each other’s stories and lessons learned. The rest of the day will be free for you to finish any shopping in Pisaq for souvenirs you still need to purchase or just take in a local coffee café and relax before your long trip back home the next day.

Day 7 CUSCO/LIMA/ DEPART – Spend the day exploring Cusco on your own. Fly today to Lima where you will connect with international flight home.

 

OUR PROGRAMS INCLUDES:-
– Hotel Accommodations with private bath/ shower. We will be staying in 3-4 star hotels along our journey.
– Breakfast daily
– All lunch and dinners are on your own. Lunch and dinner can run about $5-$10
– Mentioned rituals in the program
– All transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary
– Tips not included
– Included Shaman activities, rituals as per itinerary
(Plant medicine not included, there is a $130.00 US per person fee to participate in this ceremony)
– Entrance fees to sites listed along our journey, guide fees, driver allowance, parking etc.
Sites not listed in our program, require an extra fee.
– All applicable taxes on Hotels and transport

As soon as you make your reservations please make your airline reservations to insure you obtain the best possible rate to (CUZ) Cusco, you will be arriving to Cusco via Lima. All travel must go through Lima International airport.
(Alternatively, you also have the option to extend your stay – more info to come.)

SEE YOU SOON!

Bhutan
Journey

Trip Dates:
May 5-13, 2019

Land Tour: $5,500 (early bird pricing)

9 days / 8 nights
All-Inclusive Private Hosted Tour
Departing Bangkok
Explore the Kingdome of Bhutan the world’s epicentre
for ancient herbal medicines & holistic healing practices

All Expense Trip Includes:

  • Food, accommodations, activities, passes, entrances, visas and document processing and all transportation departing from BKK airport.
  • Elevation Range: 4,000-8,000 ft (sleeping) | 3 x 10,000 ft passes (max driving)
  • Weather: May is considered the most beautiful time of the year when fruit trees are blossoming. Expect temperature swings ranging from 55-80 F due to elevation change.

Explore the History:
SPECIAL INVITATION ONLY

Explore the Kingdome of Bhutan the world’s epicentre
for ancient herbal medicines & holistic healing practices

Historically Bhutan was the Tibetan name for “The Land of Medicinal Herbs” –
referring to a mythical and coveted location in the high Himalayas,
so dense and impenetrable it has remained unconquered and unvisited for centuries.
Recently opened to outside travelers, the Kingdom of Bhutan offers access
to one of the most eco-diverse climates on the planet,
which generates the most potent and most expensive
natural and herbal medicines in the world.

Highlights:
• Medicinal Hot Stone Baths
• Evening Chanting with the Nuns of Ura
• Private visit to Bhutan Animal Rescue Sanctuary (Click here to see video)
• Shopping for rare baby yak fur & raw silk antique textiles (Click here to see video)
• Finding the source of rare natural medicines + Cordyceps – The Miracle Cure!
• Tibetan Amchi Medicine Clinic Visit: Free Treatments & Medicine
• Visit to Ogyen Choling: Spiritual Center & Heritage Homestay
• Visit to the remote “Burning Lake” – one of Bhutan’s most sacred spiritual sites
• Meet The Monks: Gift exchange, lighting butter lamps & burning of sacred incense
• Hanging of prayer flags, spiritual ceremonies, and farewell blessings
• Private Dinner with Author & Royal Heiress -Kunzang Choden
• 1-1 time with spiritual guides & master educators: Vesna and Daniel
• Special access experiences organized by private travel scout Ian OSullivan
• Service Opportunities: School visits, animal rescue, & monastic service
• A portion of every trip sale is donated to a project we will visit on the trip

Itinerary:
Day 1 (May 5) Arrive To Thimphu from Bangkok (1 hour drive)
Group Rendezvous – 4:00am @ Novatel Hotel Lobby
Hotel located on-site at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Arrival to Paro Airport & Customs
Drive 1 hr to Thimphu (Capitol)
Buddha Dordenma Statue
National Memorial Chorten
* Special Event: National Institute of Traditional Medicine (free clinic visit)
* Lodging In Thimphu: Peaceful Resort (or equivalent)

Day 2 (May 6) Explore Thimphu
National Institute of Zorig Chusum (Traditional Arts & Crafts)
Royal Textile Academy
Pangrizampa School of Astrology
* Special Event: Bhutan Animal Sanctuary – Private Tour (with Marianne Guillet)
* Special Meal (lunch): Momo House (Locals Favourite – Homemade Dumplings)
* Lodging In Thimphu: Peaceful Resort (or equivalent)

Day 3 (May 7) Scenic Drive to Punakha (3 hour drive)
Dochula Pass
View of Gangkhar Puensum (World’s highest unclimbed mountain)
Dochula Pass Chorten
Druk Wangyal Lhakhang
* Special Event: Lamperi Royal Botanical Park (private tour with park ranger)
* Special Meal: Druk Wangyel Cafe (En Route Lunch)
* Lodging in Punakha: Meri Phuensum Resort (or equivalent)

Day 4 (May 8) Explore Punakha
Punakha Dzong
Suspension Bridge & Small Villages
* Special Event: Talo Monastery & Monks/Lama Visit
* Special Meal: Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria (valley views)
* Lodging in Punakha: Meri Phuensum Resort

Day 5 (May 9) Scenic Drive: Trongsa (6-7 hour drive)
Ta Dzong (Museum)
* Special Event: Meet the Monks of Trongsa Dzong
* Lodging: Yangkhil Resort

Day 6 (May 10) Bumthang Valley Weaving & Buckwheat (4 hour drive)
Jakar Dzong (fortress)
Zangdopelri Lhakhang
Kurjey Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang
Kurjey Lhakhang
* Special Event: Yathra Weaving Co-Operative (Raw silk & Baby Yak Fur) in Chhume
* Special Meal: Picnic With Weavers + Make Buckweat Noodles
* Special Accommodations: Ogyen Choling Royal Manor & Heritage Homestay

Day 7 (May 11) Tang & Ura Valley Exploration (4 hour drive)
* Special Event: Mebartsho (Holy Burning Lake – Sacred Ceremony)
* Special Event: Join the Nuns of Ura for evening chant (tbd)
* Special Event: Ura Valley Botanicals Expedition & Ura Monastery
* Accommodations: Ogyen Choling Royal Manor & Heritage Homestay

Day 8 (May 12) Fly to Paro & Hike Tiger’s Nest (2 hours)
Tiger’s Nest Day Hike (lunch en route)
Nyemi Zampa Bridge
Special Meal: Farewell Dinner @ Namgay Artisinal Brewery
Special Event: Menchu Medicinal Hot Stone Baths
Accommodations: Tashi Namgay Resort

Day 9 (May 13) Farewell & Departure
Celebration Breakfast & Farewell Blessing (Prayer Flag Hanging)
Depart @ 10:40 am Paro International Airport (PBH)
Arrive @ 2:50 pm Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

TOUR COMPLETION
* Additional travel extensions available upon request
** Clients responsible for all travel after arrival to BKK airport

Nepal Journey

10-day, 9-night Journey
through Nepal with Master Teachers Vesna and Daniel

October 21st-30th, 2018
$2497.00 + Air
$500.00 non-refundable deposit

Nepal is a country with unsurpassed natural beauty. It is the home to eight of the world’s highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest. Nestled in the magnificent Himalayas, this nation is an enchanting land with a unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Kathmandu valley is home to kingdoms of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, they are living museums with ornately carved temples and centuries-old shrines dedicated to the vast pantheon of Hindu gods and Lord Buddha. ACTC’s spiritual tour of Nepal is designed to experience the heart and soul of Nepal’s remarkable ancient cultural heritage. Witness scenery that is breathtaking, meet the locals in their villages and have the rare opportunity to experience Buddhist monasteries from the inside.

Your tour includes: Experience firsthand the splendors of Nepal’s sacred arts and its living Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Meet and receive lectures on Buddhist philosophy and meditation from the abbot of a Buddhist monastery. Learn Shamanism the traditional religion of most of Nepal’s native ethnic groups. Meet Nepalese, Sherpa’s and Tibetans during your tour and experience firsthand the warmth and hospitality of these friendly people. Meet the artists and learn their timeless traditions. Browse & shop at ancient bazaars, ablaze with color, filled with antiques, jewelry, paintings and sculptures — a treasure-trove for those who like to shop!

We will begin each day with Vesna and Daniel giving a short lecture on how to stay radically mindful throughout the day. After dinner, we will convene and discuss the lessons of the day.

Amazon Rainforest

Journey Dates: January 26 – February 4, 2018
See some pictures of our past trip to the Amazon Rainforest in the gallery below.
Begin the New Year in the Amazon! Work with an Amazonian healer, get clear on your goals, reunite with your soul on this 8-day sacred journey in the Amazon Rainforest. You will work with an indigenous Shaman, and this inner journey will provide a unique opportunity to learn about plant medicine and much more. Open your heart and mind to the beauty of a New Year. Immerse yourself in nature with knowledgeable guides. Experience extraordinary places as well as connecting with your deepest inner spaces.

Payment information:
Only a $500 deposit is required for this trip at signup (nonrefundable).
Final cost is $2,995 + airfare.

Next Amazon Rainforest Trip:
April/May 2019

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