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Yoga Journeys

Reconnect with yourself

Synergy has been leading retreats to locations rich in cultural stories and natural wonderment since 2006. Prior to each upcoming journey, we travel to each location to plan it with thoughtfulness, in order to ensure that you return home with memories that will hum in your heart for years to come.  During these heart-opening experiences, Yoga Journeys will inspire you with the magic, culture and beauty of the locations we visit, while creating time for you to relax, connect with friends and practice yoga.

Upcoming Retreats

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A Journey to the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine Retreat
Yoga, Energy Healing, Thai Massage, and Meditation

A Synergy Yoga ~ Soulful Living Collaboration

Kusini, Acacia Studio’s Retreat Location  I  Lamu, Kenya  I  January 28th – 31st, 2021

Sapna Chandaria and Salim Rollins are delighted to invite you to A Journey to the Divine Feminine and the Sacred Masculine Retreat from January 28th – 31st, 2021. In this second retreat of our three-part series, we will build on our vision of reawakening divine feminine and realigning sacred masculine energies as we work towards achieving inner balance and a stronger connection to both.

Intention of the Retreat
This retreat will provide a sacred space for participants to step outside of their day to day lives to reconnect with their essential selves. Through the power of integrating sacred feminine and masculine qualities, participants will experience a deeper connection to their spiritual nature and expression as the Divine. Collectively we are moving into a paradigm in which we are called to grow into our higher selves, shedding beliefs and identities that no longer serve us. Understanding and balancing ourselves as aspects of a sacred duality, as expressed through masculine and feminine energies, will guide us along this evolution. Offering time for contemplation and self healing, this retreat will bring participants to higher levels of self-awareness & self-love within a supportive community of people who are on a similar path.

Retreat Content
During the retreat, we will explore our theme through a series of workshops which include daily yoga; transformative energy healing & DNA activations; interactive Thai massage; guided meditation; embodiment practices; a night time beach ceremony and self-study exercises. The retreat includes all workshops, vegetarian meals, accommodation and airport transfers.

Location
Our venue is the beautiful KusiniAcacia Studio’s Retreat Location on the picturesque island of Lamu, Kenya on the northern coast of Kenya. As the first Swahili settlement in East Africa, Lamu island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has maintained its culture and it’s own pace over the years. Dhow boats and donkeys are the modes of transport. Kusini is located on Kizingoni Beach, one of the most secluded sections of the islands enabling guests to truly explore the world within.

Schedule

Thursday 28th, Retreat Day 1: Arrival at Lamu Airport; Opening ceremony at 6:00pm

Friday 29th, Retreat Day 2: Starts at 6.30am; full day

Saturday 30th, Retreat Day 3: Starts at 6.30am; full day

Sunday 31st, Retreat  Day 4:  Starts at 7am, ends at 2pm; half day

Guests are invited to stay for lunch on Sunday and leave at their leisure before 6:00pm. Please let us know what your lunch and departure plans will be on Sunday so we can plan accordingly. 

Pricing

Shared Room Early Bird (until Dec. 20th) Ksh 65,000.00
Single Room Early Bird (until Dec. 20th) Ksh 75,000.00
Shared Room Regular (Dec. 21st – Jan 15th) Ksh 75,000.00
Single Room Regular (Dec. 21st – Jan 15th) Ksh 80,000.00

 

This package does not include airfare, tips or wellness treatments. Please note that credit card transaction fees will be added.

Cancellation Policy
If a participant needs to cancel prior to the retreat we offer partial refunds according to the following schedule:      

  • 4 weeks before the event:  75% refund
  • 3 weeks before the event:  50% refund
  • 2 week before the event:   25% refund
  • 1 week:                                no refund

 

To Register and Pay:  https://bit.ly/DFSM-Retreat2

About Sapna and Salim

As the founders of Nairobeing: The Wellness Experience, Sapna and Salim have collaborated on wellness events for the past two years. Their partnership as healers and wellness facilitators reflects the balance that they cultivate as expressions of the divine feminine and masculine.

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Sapna is a conscious entrepreneur, intuitive energy expert and transformational coach who has been practising healing arts for over 20 years with a focus on the discovery of soul purpose and alignment. She draws from ancient Eastern modalities and Western science in her practice to help her clients bring awareness to beliefs that have been limiting access to their purpose and authentic Self. Sapna brings her deep faith in the Divine, her acute intuitive abilities and fascination with the unique journey of humankind to facilitate life-changing healing work to all so that we can step into, and reclaim, our personal power from a place of self-love. 

Sapna is the founder of Soulful Living, originally a holistic healing centre and now a wellness company, that brings people and experts from across the world to sacred space and retreats, mainly in Kenya, and globally from 2021.

Salim Rollins is the Co-Director of Synergy Yoga, a registered Yoga Alliance school that offers training, retreats and workshops in yoga, Thai massage and other healing modalities. He has maintained a dedicated yoga practice since 2000 and studied with several master teachers throughout India and the U.S. His approach to his personal practice and facilitation as a teacher centers around the liberation of pain and suffering and a reconnection with the divine self.  Additionally, Salim is a Contra-Mestre of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, Capoeira Angola, an art form that he has been practicing since 1995. He is the founder of Capoeira Kibera – a community program that uses Capoeira Angola to impart critical life skills and offer expanded choices to youth in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. Capoeira philosophy has had a profound impact on Salim’s approach to facilitating wellness events including the incorporation of community circles that enable all participants to be heard and to practice active listening. Most recently Salim has launched his practice as a Thai massage therapist having studied with Francisco Morales-Bermúdez. Salim deeply values his mission of sharing healing practices and curating wellness spaces with communities throughout the world.

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Synergy Journeys Peru, April 2021

RETREAT OVERVIEW

Synergy Yoga is delighted to present Synergy Journeys Peru. The journey will maintain a comfortable pace, traversing various sections of sacred Inca lands from the jungle to the sierra. We will visit hot springs, sacred lagoons and mountains with a local guide. Time will be reserved to explore the ancient city of Cusco, enabling participants to experience the work of traditional and contemporary artisans. Modes of transportation include trekking, train and bus. The retreat includes:

  • all entrance fees to the sacred sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • all meals except for 3 lunches when group members have free time in the towns of Aguas Calientes and Urubamba
  • transportation to and from the Cusco airport
  • train tickets from Machu Picchu to Cusco
  • transportation from Cusco to our starting point
  • three nights in boutique hotels including two nights at the renowned Willka Tika Hotel
  • guide and horse (to carry equipment)
  • 5 – 7 yoga classes
  • journal and pen
  • T-shirt momento of the journey
  • coca leaf reading
  • tents and sleeping pads
  • group members should bring a sleeping bag (or it can rented for $20)
  • The tent & sleeping pad are included

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING

On Saturday April 24th, the evening before the trek, we will hold a group meeting that includes all participants and the tour guide. We will review the details of the journey ahead that will help orient and support group members with the physical and mental challenges of the journey. The guide will respond to any questions and advise group members as to where they can purchase any last-minute supplies. Each participant will receive a duffel bag that can hold up to 7 kg/15 lbs for personal belongings. The bags will be carried by horses that will accompany us on the journey.

Arrivals

Arrivals take place Saturday, April 24th at the Cusco airport. Transportation will be provided from the airport to our hotel. Flights should be booked at least three months in advance to ensure that group members’ are able to arrive by the 24th.

Pricing- $500 deposit, $2300 total

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Itinerary

Day 1 Saturday, April 24th

Location: Cusco

Our journey begins in Cusco, which was the epicenter of the Incan empire. In the Quechua language, “Cusco” translates to “navel,” the place where we are connected to our mother. Inca culture offers deep respect the earth mother/goddess, known as “Pachamama.”

Afternoon:

  • We’ll take a guided tour of Coricancha, the most important temple in Inca civilization. It was built in the 1200’s and the conquistadores built a Dominican church on top of the temple. In 1650 there was an earthquake that unearthed the Coricancha temple and it rose up again.
  • We’ll visit Sacsayhuaman fortress – Sacsay (satisfied) Huaman (hawk). The fortress was the largest structure built by the Incas. It was constructed on an elevated rocky promontory facing the northern marshy ground outside the Inca capital of Cuzco.
  • We’ll take a stroll through the main plaza in Cusco where we’ll visit local marketplaces and artisans.

Dinner: group dinner at a local restaurant in Cusco

Accommodation: A hotel in Cusco.

Day 2 Sunday, April 25th

Locations: Cusco and Mollepata

Morning

We will have breakfast at our hotel in Cusco and prepare our bags to begin our trekking adventure to Machu Picchu. A van will meet us at the hotel to take us to our next destination, Mollepata. We’ll arrive at our first camping destination on our journey to Machu Picchu, Mollepata. The land is owned by Francisco and his partners and the site where he and his partners will be developing a hotel.

Midday

We will set up our campsite followed by a yoga class and a brief hike on the 12 acre mountain property while the group chef prepares lunch.

Afternoon

We’ll take lunch following the hike and have time to relax in the fresh mountain landscape.

Evening

Afternoon tea will be served at 5pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm. May you sleep soundly under the stars…

Day 2 Overview

  • Hours of Trekking: 2-4 (optional)
  • Elevations for the Day:
    • Cusco – 3,400 m / 11,150 ft
    • Mollepata – 2,900 m / 9,515 ft  lowest
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Snack + Tea
  • Accommodations: Camping
Day 3 Monday, April 26

Locations: Mollepata; Wayracmachay; Laguna Humantay; Vilcabamba mountain Collpapampa

Morning

  • 5:30am: Wakeup
  • 6am: Breakfast is served in preparation for a full day of trekking.
  • 7am: We’ll depart from our campsite and slowly trek up a mountainside for 2 hours enjoying breathtaking views  of the surrounding snow capped mountains.
  • 9am: We’ll continue our trek for another 2.5 hours toward the cloud forest which signals the entryway to the jungle.

Midday

Lunch will be awaiting us upon our arrival at Wayracmachay.

Afternoon and Evening

We’ll descend the mountainside for 4 hrs, arriving at Collpapampa, where we’ll camp for the night. Relax and freshen up. Tea will be served at 6pm; dinner at 7pm. Dulces sueños.

A highlight of this day is the scenic Laguna Humantay, a gorgeous glacial lake with a beautiful view of Mount Salkantay, the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range. It is well-known as one of the most beautiful points of the famous Salkantay Trek.

Day 3 Overview

  • This is our longest trekking day
  • Hours of trekking: 8
  • Elevations for the Day:
    • Soraypampa – 3,800 m / 12,465 ft 
    • Salkantay Pass – 4,600 m / 15,090 ft  highest
    • Collpapampa – 2,900 m / 9,515 ft  lowest
    • Challacancha – 3,300 m / 10,825 ft
    • Soraypampa – 3,800 m / 12,465 ft  highest
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Snack + Tea
  • Accommodations: Camping
Day 4 Tuesday, April 27th

Locations: Salkantay River; Collpapampa; La Playa; Santa Teresa / Cocalmayo Hot Springs

Morning

  • 6:30am: Wakeup
  • 7am: Breakfast is served
  • 8am: Depart for  a 5-hour trek along the Salkantay River to the town of La Playa. This leg of the journey will include passage through coffee and fruit plantations. We will be in the “Ceja de Selva” on the edge of the jungle where the climate is much warmer and more humid than in the mountains.

Afternoon

Lunch will await us upon arrival at La Playa. After a short siesta we’ll be driven to the Cocalmayo hot springs, which is an hour outside of La Playa.

Evening

Our team will set up our campsite by the hot springs where we’ll relax and recover throughout the afternoon and evening. Que descnansas bien!

  • 6pm: Tea is served
  • 7pm: Dinner is served

Day 4 Overview

  • Hours of Trekking: 5
  • Elevations for the Day:
    • Collpapampa – 2,900 m / 9,515 ft  highest
    • La Playa – 2,300 m / 7,545 ft 
    • Santa Teresa / Cocalmayo Hot Springs – 1,810 m / 5,940 ft  lowest
    • Meals Served: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner; Snack & Tea
    • Accommodations: Camping

Notes

  • We’ll say farewell to our horsemen who will take their leave in the morning
  • The weather will transition to warm and humid
  • Swimsuits needed for those planning to enjoy the natural hot springs
Day 5 Wednesday, April 28th

Locations: Santa Teresa / Cocalmayo Hot Springs; Aguas Calientes

Morning

  • 6:30am: Wakeup
  • 7am: Breakfast is served
  • 8am: We’ll depart from our campsite and trek along the Urubamba River for 3.5 hours arriving in Hidroeléctrica.

Midday

Lunch will be served upon arrival at Hidroeléctrica. Following lunch our chef will take our duffel bags to the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Afternoon/Evening

We’ll trek for 3 hours alongside the railroad tracks, which run along the base of Machu Picchu, arriving at Aguas Calientes. We’ll check into our hotel, freshen up, and meet our guide. Dinner will be held at a local restaurant. Buenas noches.

Overview Day 5

  • Hours of Trekking: 6.5
  • Elevations for the Day
    • Santa Teresa / Cocalmayo Hot Springs – 1,810 m / 5,940 ft  lowest
    • Hidroeléctrica – 1,900 m / 6,235 ft
    • Aguas Calientes – 2,040 m / 6,690 ft  highest
  • Meals Served: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner & Snack
  • Accommodations:  ★★★ Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Notes

  • We say farewell to our chef
  • We’ll have a lovely dinner in one of Agua Calientes’ top restaurants and shower and sleep in a comfortable hotel.
Day 6 Thursday, April 29th

Locations: Aguas Calientes; Machu Picchu Citadel; Ollantaytambo; Cusco

Morning

  • 4:45am: Wakeup
  • 5am: Breakfast
  • 5:30am: We’ll take the early bus to Machu Picchu
  • 2 – 3 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu followed by free time to explore the sacred site on your own including the citadel; sun gate; and the Incan bridge.
  • Pre-paid tickets can be purchased for those who want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

​Midday/Afternoon

We will return to Aguas Calientes on a bus and group members will have lunch on their own in one of the town’s quaint restaurants. Following lunch we will pick up our gear from the hotel. At 4:20pm: We’ll take the train to Ollantaytambo.

Evening

Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, a private van will take us to Willka Taka Garden Retreat Center in the Urubamba Valley where we’ll spend the final evenings of the journey. Upon arrival, we’ll have time to freshen up and relax before having dinner in Willka Taka’s dining room.

Overview Day 6

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu Citadel: 2-3 hours walking
  • Elevations for the Day
    • Aguas Calientes – 2,040 m / 6,690 ft  lowest
    • Machu Picchu Citadel – 2,400 m / 7,875 ft
    • optional: Huayna Picchu Mountain – 2,720 m / 8,925 ft
    • optional: Machu Picchu Mountain – 3,082 m / 10,110 ft
    • Ollantaytambo – 2,790 m / 9,150 ft
    • Cusco – 3,400 m / 11,150 ft  highest
    • Meals Served: Breakfast at Hotel; Lunch on our own; Dinner at Willka Tika Garden Guesthouse
  • Accommodations: Hotel Single or Double occupancy depending on your preference

Notes

  • Machu Picchu today!
  • We’ll pack for the day, the rest of our belongings will remain in a duffel bag that can be left in storage at the hotel.
  • Daypacks larger than 20 litres will not be allowed in the Citadel though you can rent a locker for $5 USD
Day 7 Friday, April 30th

Locations: Urubamba; Pisac

Having completed the journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the next few days will be dedicated to self care, rest, relaxation and enjoying local activities at a leisurely pace. Our venue, Willka Tika Garden Guesthouse offers numerous local healing and wellness options that group members can partake in including: massage therapy; medicinal plant baths; sweat lodge; and cocoa leaf readings among others.

Morning

  • sleep in and group breakfast
  • guided walking tour of the seven chakra gardens which includes the ancient lucuma tree
  • yoga class
  • shopping at the local artisan and crafts markets

Afternoon:

  • Lunch in town
  • Andean music workshop with Tito la Rosa

Meals Served: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel; lunch on your own

Accommodations: Willka Tika Garden Guesthouse

Day 8 Saturday, May 1st

Location: Urubamba

Morning

  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast at Willka Tika Garden Guesthouse
  • Group trip to Urubamba farmers market where farmers from all over the Sacred Valley come to sell their crops. This is a beautiful time to see the variety of food that this beautiful earth provides. We will be able to purchase cacao beans and raw maca. These products are considered superfoods in the north, in Peru they are an integrated part of the culture.
  • We’ll visit Seminario Ceramics and spend time with the owners, Pablo and Marilu. This couple preserves the traditional ceramic arts of the Andean culture and have created a beautiful school & workshop that maintain the traditions. Pablo currently has a permanent exhibit at the Chicago Art Museum. This is a great place to buy gifts for your family or yourself!

Afternoon/Evening

We’ll have lunch in town and return to Wilka Tikka to rest and relax. Our closing dinner will be held at the hotel after which group members can prepare their bags in preparation for the return trip to Cusco the following day.

Meals Served: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel; lunch on our own

Accommodation: Willka Tika Garden Guesthouse

Day 9 Sunday, May 2nd

Locations: Urubamba, Cusco

Morning

  • Early morning yoga (optional)
  • Breakfast at Willka Tika Garden Guesthouse
  • Departures: if you are flying out early please ensure your host has your departure details so they can reserve your ride to the airport
  • Group members leaving at a later time may spend time in Cusco town until they’re ready to travel to the airport, which is a 15 minute ride away.

Meal Served: Breakfast at the hotel

The Synergy Wellness Personal Retreats

Synergy Wellness Personal Retreat
Location: The Sanctuary in Oregon
Date: 6 full days – 7 nights
Deposit: $500
Total: $2,300
Please email for availability: francisco@synergy.yoga
This is a personal self care journey. A time for you to be immersed in 60 acres of forest in Oregon. A time to unplug, be taken care of and reconnect with yourself. This is a program tailored to your individual needs (corporal & spiritual). During your time at the Sanctuary we will learn about your body & through the arts cultivate a program that will help you on your path of wellness. The program is designed in the spirit of Francisco’s studies with native Peruvian & Native American elders.
 
– house in 60 acres of forest
– pick up & drop off at airport
– spacious private room
– 2 daily meals
– yoga lessons
– Thai Bodywork
– synergy movement
– guided meditation
– led nature walks
– journal
Therapeutic Partner Yoga & Thai Bodywork Certification
Date: February 19-27, 2021
Location: The Sanctuary in Oregon
Teachers: Francisco, Lev & Linda
Join us on 60 acres of forest in Oregon to immerse ourselves in nature & in the healing art forms of Thai Bodywork & Therapeutic Partner Yoga. The course is 9 days and our intention is to pick you up at the airport and take you to an environment in 60 acres of forest where you can unplug &  reconnect through these healing modalities. A place where you will learn & be relaxed.
The course will include:
  • housing
  • 2 daily meals prepared by Chef Ricardo (joining us from Mexico City)
  • morning coffee/tea
  • thai massage book from Kam Thye Chow
  • pick up & drop off at the airport
  • Thai Bodywork & Therapeutic Partner Yoga Certification with Francisco
  • a leewadee roll-up thai massage mat (that you can return home with)
  • a one-hour Thai Massage with Lev Shamberg
  • Play & Trust theater exercises with Linda Kee (Black Summer Season 2 Netflix)  (joining us from Calgary)
Total Deposit: $500
Total Payment: $1,800
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