Courage 2.0 Women’s FAQ + Logistics Deets

What is Courage 2.0?

Courage 2.0 is a women-only container designed to be a catalyst to bring you into the next phase of your life. Through a combination of Shamanism, Yoga + Business Coaching we will be awakening the feminine heart and shedding old stories + identities that no longer serve us over 7 days in the Sacred Valley of Peru (4/24 - 5/1).

You will leave with a supportive sisterhood and feel empowered with permission to love yourself, break free from societal expectations, and dare to be the fullest most authentic version of yourself possible.

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I really want to relax. Is this a yoga retreat?

We’re happy to hear you’re connecting with the need to care for yourself. This retreat will not be your typical yoga retreat, and if you’re primarily looking for relaxation + restoration we suggest checking out other options. We created this retreat to be a catalyst; to release any limiting beliefs and conditioning that are holding you back from fully stepping into your purpose. We will be combining plant medicine (Ayahuasca + Wachuma) ceremonies, 1:1 business coaching, yoga + meditation, and beautiful pleasure practices (it’s not all work!) to help release, renew and revitalize you for the next chapter of your life

Why is it only open to women?

It’s important for us to create a safe space where women feel comfortable to share and experience their full process. One of our goals for this retreat is for each woman to leave feeling empowered to live the life of their dreams and be connected with their innate wisdom and intuition. In order to connect with that space within ourselves, we want to minimize possible distractions and create a space where we can truly connect with our feminine intuition and our capacity for pleasure.

Will you ever be offering retreats to men?

Yes! We’ll be offering a co-ed retreat, Open Heart Warrior: Connecting to the Masculine Within, in Mexico during the 2nd half of 2017. Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter and follow us to stay in the loop once we announce the dates.

How many women will be in the retreat?

We’re capping it at 14 women.

Why are we doing it in Peru?

Ayahuasca + Wachuma grow in Peru, and the local healers have been working with this medicine for thousands of years. It’s important to us to do this healing work on the land that grows these medicines whenever possible. Maggie + Sena (Tesora’s co-creators) have spent 5 months in Peru doing their own healing work and are connected to the local healers and communities. The Sacred Valley is a power spot and working with the supportive energy of the Andes mountains will also enhance our healing as a collective. And, it’s legal there.

Who are you guys?

Hey! We’re Maggie + Sena, and we created Tesora Sacred Travel, which is the company that created Courage 2.0 retreat. We met in San Francisco in 2015 at a reiki training, and discovered a shared love for plant medicine, travel, ceremony, and wanting to heal the world. We used to work at Google and have since started Tesora and our own businesses. We have a good intersection of business + healing skills that make our offerings unique.

I don’t understand what you mean by ‘pay what you can.’ How much does Courage 2.0 cost?

In a nutshell, it’s important to us that any woman who feels called to this experience is able to join. So, we’re offering the retreat at the base cost, and inviting participants to donate on top of that based on their own hearts’ guidance.

The base cost is $900, which covers 7 days of amazing healthy local food + accommodations, 3 medicine ceremonies, all coaching and integration work, transportation, hikes, and so much more. The cost of your flights to and from Peru are not included.

You can read more about the reasoning behind this in our blog post about experimenting with a feminine approach to creation here.

I feel called to this, but I’m not sure I can afford it + the flights.

We hear you, and we’re working on a small scholarship fund to support women with flight costs. Please reach out to us at hello@tesorasacredtravel.com and we’ll figure something out.

Do you offer payment plans?

It’s important to us that any woman who feels called to this experience is able to join. Email us at hello@tesorasacredtravel.com and let’s discuss!

When do I need to register by?

February 26th, 2017

How do you give back to the local communities?

A connection and reverence for the land + local cultures is an important backbone of our vision for Tesora Sacred Travel. We’re committed to hiring local healers, guides, and companies for the work we do there. Maggie + Sena donate time to local organizations in a volunteer capacity prior to their retreats, and we may also include time during our retreats for our group to donate as well.

We also work hard to share information with integrity, so that more people can experience the wisdom of indigenous cultures in the Americas.

Is this going to be the most epic girls’ trip ever?

Yes.

Travel + Logistics

What airport do I fly into?

Cuzco (CUZ)

When should I plan to arrive in Peru? Will there be transportation from the airport?

The retreat starts on Monday 4/24 with a welcome lunch at 12pm, followed by a gentle yoga class at 2pm.

We highly recommend arriving a couple of days before the retreat starts so you can acclimate to the 10,000 foot altitude. You can explore the historic cities of Cusco, Pisac, see Machu Picchu, or head straight to our retreat center location, Las Chullpas, while you acclimate.

If you are prone to altitude sickness, plan to visit the Sacred Valley immediately upon arrival. Cusco is at 11,152 ft while the Valley is closer to 9k ft. We’ll send more details about acclimatizing after you register.

You’ll need to arrange your own travel and cover your own costs prior to the retreat. Rooms at Las Chullpas were around $30-40/night last time we checked.

If you arrive between 4/21 - 4/24 we will provide transportation from Cusco (CUZ) airport to Las Chullpas. If you arrive before 4/21, you either need to find your own way via local buses (~$1) or you can meet us in CUZ to pick up a shuttle between 4/21-4/24.

We’ll also provide transportation back to CUZ airport on 5/1.

Are there alternative travel options?

Yes! It may be more economical to fly into Lima, then take a bus (22 hours) from Lima to Cuzco. Last we checked the bus will cost you ~$60 one way. You can pay more ($50 ish) to upgrade to VIP which will allow you to recline more, and makes sleeping slightly better.

For buses we recommend Cruz del Sur or Movil Tours.

Alternatively, you can fly to Lima and book your own flight via a domestic Peruvian airline. These fares are not shown in search aggregators like Google Flights or Kayak.

We recommend Peruvian airlines - at the time of writing you can get a flight for ~$60, but those fares go fast. You could pay up to ~$200 depending on when you book.

LATAM + Avianca are other, larger domestic options. These are typically more expensive. They also offer prices ONLY available to local Peruvians, which you should see clearly marked when looking for tickets.

Do I need to get a visa in advance?

No.

What should I pack?

Sacred Valley weather can be described as mild and averages between 60-70 degrees - it can get chilly at night and warm in the sun during the day. Think layers for sudden temperature changes.

  • Passport with at least 6 months before expiry
  • Flashlight or headlamp (ideally with a red light function)
  • Warm long sleeved clothes for evening + hikes
  • Sneakers for hikes
  • Sunglasses + sun hat
  • Yoga mat and any props you normally use (there are not many props at the facility)
  • Time piece with alarm
  • Water bottle
  • Natural sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Journal + pens
  • Anything that makes you feel beautiful. A nice dress, jewelry, makeup, perfumes, etc.

Other suggestions

  • Any artistic materials that excite you
  • Any sacred items, divination cards or healing tools that you would like to have with you
  • Drums, flutes, rattles, bowls, chimes, bells...any instruments or sounds that you enjoy
  • Self-pleasure toys

I feel a bit overwhelmed by planning the travel part. Can you guys help me?

Absolutely - we’re here with you every step of the way and can help you plan your individual itinerary.

Plant Medicine

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a vine from the Amazon region that has been used by indigenous tribes for spiritual, mental, physical, emotional + energetic healing for thousands of years. It is known as “Vine of the Soul,” and when it is combined with the Chacruna leaf (another plant from the Amazon) it creates a psychedelic brew that creates hallucinogenic effects. When used in traditional ceremony it allows us to go deep into our own psyche so that we can understand ourselves on deeper levels. Some say it is like doing 15 years of therapy in one night.

This is a great short video that explains how Ayahuasca works in your body.

Want more info? Check out our Crowdcast where we share our real + raw first-hand experiences of working with Ayahuasca, and walk you through a ceremony in Peru.

Are you shamans?

No, we partner with local healers that have studied and worked with this medicine for generations. We are working with Carolina + Juana from Tree of Light Retreats for Courage 2.0.

What is Wachuma?

Wachuma, also known as San Pedro is a cactus that has been used as medicine in the Andes mountains in Peru for thousands of years. It is a cousin to Peyote, which is used more by North American tribes. The active ingredient is mescaline and it produces hallucinogenic effects and is most commonly used for heart healing + reconnecting with nature along with expanding your perspective. Whereas Ayahuasca is known as the Grandmother and we will use it in night ceremonies, Wachuma is known as the Grandfather and we will be using it while hiking outside in nature during the day.

Want more info? Check out our Crowdcast where we share our real + raw first-hand experiences of working with Ayahuasca, and walk you through a ceremony in Peru.

What is a vision quest?

Vision quests are a tradition brought to us by Native Americans and are traditionally used as a rite of passage during poignant transitions in our lives (e.g. transitioning from puberty to manhood). We will be doing a variation of a traditional vision quest, which will be a 1 day hike in silence into the Andes mountains. The goal is to experience the healing of Wachuma medicine by connecting to nature and ourselves on deeper levels.

We will be working with an experienced Wachumera (wachuma ceremonialist + specialist) to set an intention the night before, and hold space for our vision quest the following day. We will then have an integration circle the following day to support the processing of our experiences.

Will we be doing drugs? Is it safe to use these plant medicines? Are they legal?

We will be using plant medicines with intention and sacred ceremony, guided by experienced local healers. This is what makes them a medicine, rather than a drug.

These medicines are legal in Peru, where we will be working with them.  They are not legal in the U.S.

As far as safety, we create intentional space with experienced guides. That being said, your choice to participate is yours, and we recommend consulting with your doctor before participating.

I’m on antidepressants or other prescription medicines. Can I join this retreat?

Upon registering we will ask you to complete the confidential medical form from our partner Tree of Light Retreats. Each situation will be handled on a case-by-case basis. It’s important to discuss with your doctor prior to making any changes to your medication.

 

Have other questions? Drop us a line at hello@tesorasacredtravel.com