Blue Morpho Huachuma (San Pedro) and Astrology Retreat
The Perfect Location for San Pedro
Willka T’ika’s magnificent healing gardens provide an incredible setting for our San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremonies and to relax, restore, and receive the powerful energy of the Andes. The one-of-a-kind seven chakra gardens cover the grounds with lush vibrant foliage, and are connected to each other by enchanting winding stone paths. Each garden is designed to correspond to one of the seven chakras, or energy centers, of the human body, and is graced with sacred sculptures and stonework appropriate to the chakra represented.
Many ancient Incan sites are a short distance from our property, making Willka T’ika the perfect base while visiting the Sacred Valley. Fully-inclusive Magical Journey programs include gourmet vegetarian cuisine, authentic Andean healing arts, and excursions to Machu Picchu and other Incan sites led by select professional guides.
The Astrology of Relationships
This transformational journey unites the time-tested wisdom of Astrology with the ancient Andean medicine of San Pedro to create a unique experience of personal evolution, transformation and illumination.
Myriad cultures around the world have for thousands of years recognized and harnessed the connection between the movements of the heavenly bodies — Sun, Moon and planets — and their own lives on Earth. They have used this knowledge and wisdom as an aid to a clearer understanding of their lives, environments, and themselves. In this tour, held in one of the great power centers of the Incan world, you will be guided on a journey of self-knowledge, cosmic exploration, and transformation by a master shaman and a professional astrologer. The focus of this week is on the Astrology of Relationships. We will look at how to identify key themes around relationships in your own natal chart, including which signs you are best suited to. We will also discuss how to compare two people’s charts in order to determine the level of compatibility, as well as the causes of friction / tension and how best these can be resolved. Many example charts will be used throughout the workshop to show how the astrology works in practice.
The workshop will include daily astrological discussions, as well as 4 San Pedro ceremonies guided by Malcolm Rossiter, which will focus particularly on helping us to improve our relationships and deepen the connection with our loved ones.
No prior knowledge of astrology is required.
Note: In preparation for this week, Mark will send you recordings of 10 audio-visual astrology classes so that you have some basic knowledge of the important elements of astrology – the planets, signs, houses and aspects. This will enable us to go much deeper into the art of astrology during our time together.
The Journey begins
We will start the tour by traveling to Machu Qolka in our air-conditioned bus. This is an ancient site that harbors both Incan and pre-Incan elements. Here, we will take a short hike to the top of a small mountain, weaving our way through the many remains of “qolqas”, special structures built to store grain. The qolqas hug the side of the gently sloping mountain, reaching their peak in a flat area near the top that has marvelous views of the Sacred Valley below and the mighty Apus all around. It is here where we will hold our Coca Madre ceremony, tapping into the energies and guardian spirits nestled throughout the site. Once the ceremonial gateways have been opened, we call on the spirits of entire Sacred Valley and the Andes Mountains that watch over it, to guide us on the remainder of our journey.
We will also have time for a meditation while looking across the Sacred Valley.
Afterwards, we continue into the Sacred Valley to have a beautiful buffet lunch in stunning gardens near the Urubamba River.
We then continue on to Willka T’ika, where we will spend the week in an environment with exquisite meditation gardens and views of the Urubamba Mountains.
In the afternoon there will be an introductory meeting with Mark Flaherty and Malcolm Rossiter to discuss what the coming week holds. We will then have our first workshop, with an overview of the symbolic nature of astrology as well as a recap of how to identify the important features of an astrology chart. Mark will introduce the topic of synastry – the comparison of two people’s charts. He will also ensure that you have the requisite basic knowledge of astrology for the week ahead.
After supper, we have time to relax and enjoy the gardens and the stunning night sky.
Sun Sign Compatibility
We will have our first San Pedro ceremony beginning early in the morning. The first part of the ceremony will be focused on traditional Andean medicine practice, to help us get acquainted with the medicine world spirits of San Pedro.
Then we will embark on journeys to connect directly with the medicine spirits of astrology, so we can connect to their natures and symbolism. We will invite them to teach us their wisdom, specifically in regards to relationships.
In the afternoon, as the ceremony winds down Mark will introduce the first facet of Relationship Astrology – Sun Sign Compatibility. He will describe which signs harmonize well together and which are incompatible, along with the reasons behind this.
Fruits and herbal teas will be available throughout each of the ceremony days, and we will have a delicious vegetarian supper each night.
Attraction: Planetary Connections Between Two People
We will start today early with a tobacco ceremony to help cleanse ahead of our second San Pedro ceremony, in which we will continue our journey of transformation through Andean Shamanism. Through sacred medicine songs we will also invoke the spirit of the Sun and Moon to teach us directly more about their symbolic roles in our relationships.
Later, Mark will discuss the importance of the planetary connections between two people – known as aspects. He will describe in detail all of the important aspects and what they symbolize. For example, why one’s Mars on top of the other’s Venus is such a good thing; or what challenges can be expected if one’s Moon is opposite one’s partner’s Saturn.
After an amazing vegetarian dinner, we rest in preparation for our next ceremony.
Longevity: Ascendant and Descendant Connections
We will start today early with a tobacco ceremony to help cleanse ahead of our third San Pedro ceremony. In this we will journey to Venus and Mars to learn first hand about what they can teach us about connecting with others.
Mark will later discuss the crucial importance in relationship astrology of the Ascendant and Descendant and their planetary rulers. He will describe how these connections usually signify longevity in a relationship. This day and every day will include many example charts, and you are encouraged to share your own experiences from your current or past relationships.
Karmic Relationships: The Nodes of the Moon
We will get up early for a sunrise fire ceremony and tobacco ceremony, before beginning our fourth and final San Pedro ceremony. In focus today will be Mercury and its importance for communication, as well as a shamanic exploration of the Ascendant and Descendant. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences from yesterday’s ceremony and to ask any questions.
Mark will then take us into the realm of karmic relationships through connections between one person’s Nodes of the Moon and the other’s planets. It is these nodal aspects that often indicate intense and fated relationships. Mark will discuss the specific symbolism of each of the planets in connection with the nodes.
There will be plenty of time to ask and questions regarding any astrological topic that has been covered during the week, and also anything that you are curious about that has not been discussed.
This morning after breakfast, we will depart from Willka T’ika and head to Machu Qolca for the tour’s closing ceremony. We will be back in Cusco around 1pm.
Our Mission & Commitment
Blue Morpho has blended traditional shamanism and shamanic retreats into an all-inclusive tour that offers you a truly unique and life-altering experience in the heart of Peru’s Sacred Valley. Blue Morpho’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive space where you can experience personal growth, energetic evolution, and healing through traditional shamanism as part of Blue Morpho’s unique approach to medicine practice and life transformation. This mission has been, and will always be Blue Morpho’s goal.
Your Shamanic Journey of Personal Transformation
Our workshops illuminate the reality of sacred plant medicine shamanism and universal spirituality in a sacred and ceremonial setting. As we journey into Peru’s Sacred Valley, together we hold the intent for spiritual transformation and learning through direct experience during these illuminating days. This will be a time to not only benefit from the shamanism and transformational techniques utilized during the workshop, but to learn how to incorporate them into your life. You will take the knowledge home and gain benefit from implementing what you have learned well after the workshop’s conclusion.
To reserve your spot on a San Pedro Retreat, book your tour in advance online.