Having had my fair share of Earthly exploration, I've been lucky enough to sample some of the most powerful places on this planet. After travelling through the beautiful forests of Bali, India's Himalayas and brilliant blue Caribbean beaches, I dare say I've found my favourite place to practice!
Samadhi, in Peru's Sacred Valley, is home to an incredibly auspicious energy. Nestled comfortably into the Andean mountain range, this retreat centre brings to life all that I value in a place for serious yoga practice.
The owner of Samadhi has apparently followed me on Instagram for some time now, and when he saw that I was teaching here in the Sacred Valley, decided to reach out and start a conversation. Unfortunately, I am a little sceptical about business owners contacting me about using their space to host one of my retreats. Even in our wonderful world of Yoga, many are concerned only with turning a profit.
However, in the case of my now dear friend Fernando, I felt a certain sincerity in his communication. Shakti and I agreed to visit Samadhi Sacred Valley on our day off from this current 300hr YTT with Kalpana Radhika Yoga. That short trip proved to be one of the best one-nighters either one of us ever had!
As seen from my perspective, Samadhi was created with the intention of serving as a space for sincere seekers to dive deeper into their personal practice. The location and overall attitude of their staff allow for an important cutting through of all the 'fluff' we tend to fill our worldly lives with. Even just standing and starring our from Samadhi's stunning yoga space leaves you feeling somehow empty and full, all at the same time. Focusing on ones practice and personal life, seem to be a happy bi-product of the atmosphere.
After exploring the retreat centre grounds, both Shakti and myself feel comfortable in saying that Samadhi is one of our absolute favourite spaces. Across all of my travels, I've seldom seen a space so well thought through.
Speaking to its architecture and physical appearance, Samadhi is situated on the side of a gently sloping foothill towards the base of a much bigger mountain. From top to bottom, Samadhi's seven bungalow accommodations (each housing 3 to 4 guests) emulate the seven major chakras. From Sahasrara house, down to Mooladhara, each bungalow hosts elements relating to each individual chakra such as colors, flowers, gemstones, symbols and so on. Samadhi even went as far as importing rocks with natural colors, corresponding to the seven chakras, from famous mountains around South America.
However, my favorite piece of incorporated symbology has to be the intelligently designed walkway connecting each of the seven bungalows. The pathway itself is crafted from beautiful natural stone interlocking bricks. At the centre of the path is a drainage system. In the same way that sushumna allows prana to flow through the chakras bottom to top, awakening kundalini, so too does this drain way allow runoff water to crisscross through the seven chakra bungalows... In essence, just walking the grounds of Samadhi will give you a better understanding of yoga philosophy!
Although our time here in the Sacred Valley is soon coming to an end, and our teaching will soon take us to the other side of the planet, our experience at Samadhi has left a lasting impression.
Likely in 2019, Shakti and I will be organizing a 7-night retreat to Samadhi in Peru's Sacred Valley. Participants will have the opportunity to experience daily meditations, morning yoga classes, inversion-based strength and conditioning sessions, evening yin yoga and incredible Peruvian cuisine, all in a comfortable, stress-free environment.
Above and beyond the retreat itself, attendee's are able to take part in organized trips to powerful destinations such as Rainbow Mountain, the salt mines of Maras, Machu Picchu and more! Stay tuned to our IG channels - @danielrama_ & @shaktibird_ - for more information about this exciting experience!