Awaken your magic retreat

A Wild & Sacred Journey of Soul Exploration, Healing, and Awakening

Ignite your Inner Power and True Self through Yoga & Movement, Nature Immersion & Rewilding, Deep Connection, and Sacred Plant Medicine

Jan 15 - 23, 2022

You are an adventurous spiritual seeker, driven by the quest for meaning, purpose, and deep healing so you can thrive as your True Self. 

Your heart is called by magic – real magic – the kind that awakens something great in you… something waiting to be remembered. 

You long to explore the caverns of your soul, and emerge with the self-understanding to catalyze your purpose-driven life to new heights, and awaken your inner fire. 

You resonate with the magic of nature, and long to know her secrets…and you envision a better world, where our connection to Love, to Earth, to one another, and to ourselves – is the key to our healing and awakening into our power.

Follow the Call to Peru this January for a
Journey of Pure Magic, Healing, and Awakening

Awaken Your Magic Retreat

Jan 15 - 23, 2022

Find Yourself Here in the Land of the Sacred. 

This 9-day journey is an experience for those longing to go deep within themselves in a conscious tribe, immersed in a sacred land who beckons you forth into her magic and mystery. This is an experience with spiritual community, an exploration of somatic healing and creative awakening, and a sacred immersion with the beautiful Huachuma (San Pedro) medicine in a safe and communal space for you to dive deep and rise high. 

Nestled in the Sacred Valley of Peru, our retreat will unfold with music and movement, authentic connection and sharing, exploration of self and purpose, & meeting the sacred cactus medicine as a partner in our healing and awakening process. You’ll dance through fire and cacao rituals for release and renewal, learn energetic practices for clearing and empowerment, and discover new edges of your spirit and destiny as we co-create this journey of magic-making and soul awakening. 

Remember the Magic You Hold.

Too often in our modern world, we’re disconnected from our true purpose and the unique power we hold within. Our journey is meant to help you reconnect with your True Self and your soul’s path, and light a fire inside to help you follow this alignment in consciously crafting your life, by:  

  • Exploring inner healing and clearing work
  • Connecting deeply in a safe and loving space
  • Strengthening your intuition and courage
  • Becoming clear on your unique strengths and gifts
  • Clarifying your unique path and purpose
  • Offering you rituals and practices for deeper growth
  • Supporting your individual process with our experienced team of facilitators
  • Forming a strong and loving, heart-centered tribe as committed to spiritual growth as you are

Who is this retreat for?

You may be called to join us if you resonate with the following...

  • You seek deep healing, wild awakening, and joyful soul exploration 
  • You’re ready to awaken a new and ecstatic power inside yourself 
  • You’re committed to live with courage, compassion, and intention. 
  • You seek a deeper connection to your intuition, inner wisdom, and authentic truth – and the courage & power to take action on it all in your life. 
  • You are on a path of uncovering your purpose and potential, and desire a sacred, communal journey to deepen this exploration of your unique life path.
  • You want to awaken the magic you KNOW you’re here to create, and leave feeling ignited in your fire and empowered to live freely and fearlessly.
  • You’re ready to welcome plant medicine as a healing tool in your journey
  • You desire a sacred and conscious tribe to journey with – a new family of soul brothers and sisters with whom you will share a forever bond.
  • You long to immerse in the healing power of nature and rewild your mind, body, and spirit to feel greater energy and holistic connection to yourself and the world around you.

What is huachuma medicine?

Huachuma is the Quechua name for a columnar cactus native to the Andes, commonly known as San Pedro. Drinking the brew made from this cactus produces a powerful healing and awakening experience through deep connection to yourself and spirit. Huachuma is a gentle yet profound shamanic medicine which opens you up directly to the source of love within yourself. Unlike some other plant medicines which can be detached from real life and difficult to integrate, Huachuma is highly integrative with the real world, bringing you deeper into your present life experience and offering immediate clarity for your path at hand. Working with this medicine in our ceremonial container, guided by our facilitators can help inspire your creative energy and illuminate your vision for your life, as well as bring healing to your past so you can move forward with clear-hearted purpose and joy.

How do the huachuma journeys work?

The magic of the Huachuma experience is in the relationship you build with the medicine. While it is possible to have a life-changing experience in one ceremony, the most profound healing and transformation occurs over time. During this retreat, we will gradually build this relationship over three ceremonies, gently deepening our connection to the medicine in a way that relates directly back to your life and your intentions for healing and growth. 

Our ceremony days will be spent immersed in the energetically-charged nature of the Sacred Valley, combining silent contemplation, private conversation, and gentle walks in nature. You will be held safely by our facilitators as well as a Maestro Huachumero during our ceremonies, allowing you to go deeply inwards to experience profound healing and awakening. Ceremony days will begin at 10am, and we’ll return to the retreat center by 6pm to ground in over dinner and gentle connective integration before resting for the evening.

The journey

Our journey will take you on a wild and sacred adventure of self-healing, empowerment, and awakening your unique magic within.

The Magic We'll Explore:

  • Yoga and Pranayama (breathwork) and Meditation
  • Ceremony and healing with Sacred Huachuma (San Pedro) medicine
  • Awakening each of your chakras and energy centers
  • Working with & balancing the elements in your mind, body, and spirit
  • Cacao ceremony (deeply heart-activating!)  
  • Fire ritual for cleansing and release
  • Activating your creative fire and unique life path
  • Authentic Relating and deep connective practices
  • Somatic and emotional release techniques for self-healing
  • Deep nature connection and Rewilding
  • Tools and practices to keep you aligned and empowered
  • Ecstatic Dance and Movement as medicine (and joy catalysts!)

WHat's included

Our 9-day, 8-night all-inclusive experience is designed to allow you to sink into full nourishment, connection, and exploration of your Soul and Self.

You will receive:

  • 9 days, 8 nights accommodation at Raices Inka Retreat center 
  • Daily home-cooked vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Note: ceremony days will be dinner only as we fast with medicine. Snacks will be provided during ceremony days.)
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, fruit, and drinking water
  • 3 guided Huachuma ceremonies conducted in nature
  • Daily yoga and breathwork practice
  • Integrative sharing circles and creative workshops
  • Cacao ceremony, fire ceremony and other sacred rituals
  • Temezcal sweat lodge ceremony
  • Ecstatic Dance and Movement workshops
  • Day trip to Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo and other surprise excursions
  • Retreat journal and other surprise gifts
  • All transportation to excursions and activities
  • Airport pickup and dropoff (also available to & from hotel in Cusco)
  • Optional Kambo (frog medicine) treatment
  • Post-retreat integration session with Kristen

The Magic of peru

We will be staying at our retreat center in the town of Arin, just 20 minutes from Pisac and an hour from Cusco in the magical Sacred Valley of Peru

With the breathtaking Andes surrounding our home base, we will be immersed in vibrant Incan culture, walking distance to gorgeous river trailslocal markets, and a short ride to explore other parts of the Sacred Valley in your free time.  

Peru is a country steeped in shamanic culture, and you’ll be experiencing firsthand the deep connection to the land and indigenous plant medicine here.

We’ll have a day trip to Ollantaytambo, an Incan archaeological site, as well as an optional trip to Machu Picchu, the famous Inca citadel. Simply soaking in the spiritual magic of the Sacred Valley is medicine in itself – helping you reconnect to nature and yourself.

Your Soul Tribe

Human connection is medicine in itself, and recently we’ve all been deprived of the healing and nourishing power of deep time spent in person with like-minded and like-hearted people.

Your medicine journey will unfold with a tight-knit group of fellow spiritual seekers, and over our 9 days, we will deepen together in ceremony and bond through integration, daily practice, creative workshops, meals, exploring the culture of Peru, and quality time spent in a medicine family. You will leave with a new tribe of people to support you on your path moving forward, and a forever link to our magical home in the Sacred Valley.

Your Guides

Kristen Yates

I am so excited to be one of your guides for this journey of deep healing, soul exploration,  and awakening your magic into the world. 

Over the past 10 years, I have been on a massive journey of deep inner work through travel, yoga and meditation, studying Eastern teachings and healing modalities in Asia, and most recently, plant medicine healing in the Sacred Valley of Peru. I am passionate about understanding the human psyche, finding healing somatically through the body, and helping people to fully integrate and express their own medicine & magic into the world.

It is my honor and joy to walk alongside you in your own process of awakening and discovery –  I’m excited to share this sacred space where you can bring ALL the parts of you, so that you can shine in your purest and brightest potential.


Milagros de Vivanco

Milagros de Vivanco is a Peruvian psilocybin therapist and psychedelic coach who has been working as a facilitator and coach with plant and fungi medicine for the last couple of years after a more than 20 years relationship with entheogens and lots of experience holding space in ceremonies. 

Last year she founded Bliss, a Peruvian company dedicated to help people heal through microdosing and other psychedelic therapies and ceremonies. She is also a member of the Thank You Plant Medicine team, a social movement dedicated to spread gratitude and reliable information about plant medicine, psychedelics and psilocybin.


raices inka retreat center

Raices Inka, our beautiful retreat center, is located in the uniquely tranquil village of Arín, nestled at the foot of the majestic mountain Pitusiray, near beautiful waterfalls easily accessed by walking. You will find spaces full of tranquility to relax and connect with nature, away fro the hustle and bustle – the perfect place to go deep on your journey, nourish on all levels, and integrate your experiences.

Our accommodations

You will find our accommodation amidst this unique landscape and it consists of Houses, Cabañas, Suites and a Ceremonial/ yoga studio and organic gardens surrounded by the lush mountains of the Sacred Valley. On the grounds, you will be able to enjoy beautiful gardens featuring ponds, waterfalls, creeks, wood fire adobe oven, hammocks for rest and relaxation, and breathtaking views of the Pitusiray mountains. Plenty of outdoor seating will allow you to enjoy meals in the fresh mountain air.


Each room is beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you need for a nourishing stay during our retreat. We provide you with an equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances (electric / gas cooker, full size refrigerator, blender, coffee maker). There are fireplaces in several of the houses with dining tables, living room, and internet access.


Early Bird Pricing: Save $200 if you book by Nov 1

Shared room with ensuite bathroom and kitchen:

($2195 after Nov 1)

Private room with ensuite bathroom and kitchen:

($2595 after Nov 1)

A $300 deposit is required to reserve your space, and the remaining payment is due before you arrive. 

Working with Huachuma is a true commitment to your personal and spiritual development. Once your deposit is made, I will be in touch with you to set up a phone call to connect and discuss your intentions for this retreat, any prior experience with plant medicine (none is required), and any questions you may have. If for some reason we realize you are not a fit for this retreat, your deposit will be refunded. (You are also welcome to set up a call with me prior to making your deposit if you prefer!)

After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email to set up your room choice and the final payment options (either pay-in-full or a payment plan, both due in full before we arrive.) You will also receive a detailed intake form to complete before the retreat. 

Travel & Logistics

You will fly into Cusco Airport (CUZ) and we will send you a taxi to our retreat center. As travel information is often changing, please stay up to date with current regulations below:

U.S. Embassy in Peru – COVID-19 Information

In order to enter Peru, you currently need to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, and  fill out a health affadavit with the address of our retreat center (which we will provide you after registration.)

Health Affadavit – Peru

We will continue to provide up-to-date information on travel as we have it.

LoVe from Past Retreats 💕

Kristen is one of the brightest lights I’ve ever seen in this world, honestly – so to get to spend a week with her was the greatest gift.

One thing that really stands out about Kristen is this spectrum of depth, the huge capacity she has for depth on a deep, soul, love, compassion level – and then her capacity for joy, play, humor, and dance... she just has this huge capacity and breadth for all of the things – feeling the emotion, and the experience of life. For me, being around Kristen and being taught by Kristen is really just to experience life in the fullest. 

Leaving this retreat, I’m walking away with a very peaceful heart - something that isn’t always easy for me. I can easily get in my head and be very self-critical, and that was one of my intentions coming in was to tap into my inner self worth and self love. Walking away I feel very loving of myself, I feel so much peace in my heart and love for myself and a deeper love for others. Ultimately, that’s what I want – to live a life of love, and I really feel like I got to deepen that here at the retreat with all the wonderful people, beautiful facilitators, and beautiful Bali! It’s been an incredible journey. 
-- Jamie Grant (Awaken the Magic Retreat - Bali 2020)
Kristen's Soul on Fire Retreat was amazing. I can’t even explain how much magic there was and how beautifully it all came together with the people, the teachers, the exercises, the adventures, the food, the mix of work and relaxation. It all just added up to such a magical weekend.

I came into this feeling introverted and in my head, and the shared journey and adventures and yoga and ceremony and creative exercises cracked open my heart and allowed me to be relaxed and open and really flowing both in my personal and professional development.

Kristen is an awesome facilitator who really created a transformational space for us all on the retreat. She possesses the perfect blend of being a strong leader with great skills (especially yoga!), but also an equal member of the family we formed together.
-- Mike Iskandar (Soul on Fire Retreat - Thailand 2017)
I don’t even know where to begin! It’s been amazing. This retreat was more than what I thought it was going to be - it was my first retreat, and I had already felt the energy just from booking it – I definitely touched parts and emotions and feelings in myself and my life that are uncomfortable to me - which while it started out as a bit difficult, was also rewarding like a breath of fresh air after. There’s so many tools and exercises that I’ve picked up from this last week that I know I can take home - things I can use and practice to make me feel better and work on certain things in my life that I want to shift. Also a lot of tools that I can teach people around me that are experiencing the same things as me. For the first time, I feel like I’ve gained a lot of clarity, and feel so certain about so many things about myself. To have such a great, great amazing group of people where I can be vulnerable, which was one of the hardest things for me, and express myself and not feel judged - and learn that I’m not alone - was so rewarding. I feel blessed that I got to experience this, in such a crazy time! I would not be anywhere else - I don’t even want to go home! Why wasn’t this longer?!
-- Antonette Rosarias (Awaken the Magic Retreat - Bali 2020)
This was my first retreat, and it couldn’t have gone any better! We all immediately started connecting from the get-go, and created a very space warm place to express anything we felt or anything that wanted to be shared.

The group made the experience so amazing - our energies combined from the beginning and it created such a safe space for everyone to fully express what they were feeling with no judgment.

I feel free, and fearless! I feel like there’s a lot of things for me to do to continue this journey, and even build a stronger connection with myself and all the people I’ve met.
-- Azaelia Solari (Awaken the Magic Retreat - Bali 2020)

My experience was so wonderful because I had the opportunity to connect with so many different people. Meeting this many people, I was initially a bit nervous, because I typically tend to shy away from larger groups. But the connection workshops that we did, and spending time with each other - I felt so safe, and I didn’t have the normal “group anxiety” that I tend to have. 

I’m walking away with a sense of individuality and more understanding of myself and the ways that I’m currently showing up in the world - and how I can shift that to something that I want more. Maybe I want to show up differently than I have been - and I feel like this really made that clear and brought that to light. 
-- Kaleigh Smith (Awaken the Magic Retreat - Bali , 2020)
Kristen is an amazing facilitator who creates beautiful space for transformation. She’s truly in her element when guiding a group – her openness, availability, and passion for sharing this work is such a special experience.
-- Janie Lin (Soul on Fire Retreat)


Questions about Huachuma:

The power of the Huachuma experience is in the relationship you build with the medicine. While it is possible to have a life-changing experience in one ceremony, the most profound healing and transformation occurs over time. During this retreat, we will gradually build this relationship over 3 ceremonies, gently deepening our connection to the medicine in a way that relates directly back to life.

Your first ceremony will be a gentle introduction to the medicine, and your experience will unfold from there. We will work directly with you to determine the amount of medicine that’s right for you in each ceremony to have a safe and healing experience. 

We will be working with a local Huachumero and teacher of mine who has many years of experience working with both Huachuma and Ayahuasca. Jhon will facilitate our ceremonies and together our team will hold a healing space for everyone to experience their process. 

Our ceremonies will take place in three different energetically-charged power places in nature, incorporating various natural elements such as the crystal clear mountain river and waterfalls, lush forests, ancient Incan ceremonial sites and other beautiful and powerful wonders of the Sacred Valley. 

Our Huachuma ceremonies will begin at 10:00 am. We will take the medicine in our maloca, the ceremonial space. After this we will go out and spend all day in nature for a time of connection, contemplation and self-reflection. There will be designated spaces where you can receive support and connection from our team, and where you can spend time alone. We’ll return to our center around 5:30 pm and close the ceremony in the maloca. Around 6:00 pm we’ll finish, have some time for a shower, and meet for dinner as a group before a restful evening of light connection and integration.

No, there are no dietary requirements to work with Huachuma. On the morning of ceremony, we will not eat breakfast and take the medicine with an empty stomach. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner together. 

It’s helpful to bring an intention to your ceremonies, but you’ll also become clearer on your intentions and visions once you’re here and begin the journey. 

No. The dose and the type of the medicine are intuitively measured and given for each person. There are sensitive people who need lighter medicine and a smaller dose, and there are those who need stronger medicine and a bigger dose. There are people who are new to the medicine and those who have had previous experiences. This is an important process that must be always respected. We take our time to gradually guide you into your experience.
We will discuss all of this with you prior to the first ceremony, and will be here to support and guide your experience throughout the retreat. 

There are no known risks or drug interactions for working with Huachuma medicine. It is perhaps the safest and most tolerant plant healer and teacher you can find on our planet.

This being said, once you have registered for the retreat, we will send you a form to share about your prior experience with plant medicine (if any), and any physical and psychological health conditions we should know about.

Yes, Huachuma is completely legal to work with in Peru. 

Questions about Logistics, COVID-19 and Travel:
Vaccines (including COVID) are not currently required to enter Peru. It is a personal choice you have to make based on your own research. You may consider getting a typhoid vaccine (which can come through unclean water) – but keep in mind we will be drinking filtered water and eating most meals at home, so the risk is low.
We recommend consulting the CDC website for vaccine information:
There have been no known cases of either malaria or yellow fever in the Cusco region. For more information please visit the CDC’s website here.
To enter Peru you must show either proof of vaccination from COVID or a negative COVID test. 
All incoming travelers are currently required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as well as a signed affadavit of health and proof of address upon arrival. 
We recommend you stay up to date with the current health requirements for travel to Peru here:
You can access the affadavid ot health here: 
It’s truly as safe as anywhere else. We will be staying together in our beautiful and safe retreat center for the duration of our retreat,  well-nourished and on a journey to thriving even more than when you arrived! 
If you do decide to stay on and travel a bit, I recommend it. I was living in Peru for most of 2021 and did not see or feel any reason to be more in danger of COVID than in the U.S. 

No, you don’t. Citizens of most American and Western European countries will be granted a tourist visa for up to 183 days at the customs desk upon entry. You will need to make sure and have a valid passport with at least 6 months before expiration. 

Yes, if you are unable to travel due to COVID restrictions between now and the retreat, I will either credit your payment to the postponed retreat, or refund your payment. 

While airlines seem to be offering good flexibility right now due to everything, we definitely recommend you purchase travel insurance with your flight.

More Love and feedback:

It was amazing. It gives me chills to say this. I felt reached on a spiritual level, understood and met, and also inspired, energized, and really touched by everyone in the group. It was one of the first times in my life where I've felt I could show up and be exactly who I am, where I am, and be held with appreciation. That's really rare. To be seen and held and to see and hold other people in their awakening -- which is imperfect and beautiful. It's a profound experience. AND, it was also equally playful and magical! Usually, you have either a serious "transformative" space, or a playful one, but this group was both! And, I really loved everyone in it. Thank you, Kristen.
-- Heather Schwarz (True Self Program)
Kristen’s yoga classes were amongst the best I’ve ever attended. Her attention to each student’s needs (and consequent adaptation of poses), to their wellbeing throughout the class, to the sequence and pace of the class, was excellent every time. In addition, she is adept at ensuring that every person feels welcome and safe, no matter their experience level, and her personal warmth quickly puts everyone at ease! Kristen is truly gifted as a yoga instructor - in an industry where there are many people who don’t belong in it, she is one of the few who really do, who push the bar for what yoga can be for each individual and as a collective experience.
-- Steph Lisa Kelly (Yoga classes)
What I love about Kristen's coaching is her presence, attention, and focus... there aren't many people who have that gift, so it's very special to connect with someone who sees you and hears your truth! I felt like you saw in me what what I couldn't see in myself, and was what blocking me for all those years.

Since you opened my eyes to my truth I now wake up every morning with a lighter heart because now I know what's my purpose. You helped me to see the potential in me and that's a beautiful gift to give to anyone in this world! And finally you helped me to find a business ideas that is related to my story and my life experiences which is what I have been looking for, for so many years!
-- Judith Gregoire (Private coaching)

I don't know how Kristen did it, but within 30 minutes of our theta healing session I could clearly see the root of some massive blocks I'd been experiencing in both my business and personal life for months (possibly years!). It was like peeling an onion where deep layers of blocks that had been holding me back were being identified and removed... I've never experienced anything like it before. I came out of our session (which was all done over a video call) with so much clarity, profound insights into my own pysche, and a clear path ahead to move forwards.
-- Leanne Beesley (Healing sessions)

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