Internal Arts Retreat in Chaupin (Chavin), Peru


*This price is a non-refundable deposit. Please see the full price and details below.

Mending the Web of Life

An immersion in herbalism and medicine work

Dates: November 7th-14h, 2018 

Early Bird Price: $2,000/person (Must register before 8/7/18)

Regular Price: $2,200/person

A $600 non-refundable deposit is due to register and secure your spot.

   Original Instructions School is excited to offer you our Internal Arts Retreat at the highland Peruvian temple of Chaupin (Chavin). 

   In the Spirit of the #metoo movement and healing feminine sexuality, we will gather with Grandmother ShirleyChristine Mcardle-Oquendo and Brittany Jade at an ancient temple where humans have been trekking to for generations in search of guidance and healing.

   During this transformational, week-long immersion you will have the opportunity to evolve and fine-tune your relationship with yourself, your practice and others.

  The theme of our Internal Arts Retreat at the temple of Chaupin in Peru is Mending the Web of Life.

              Grandmother Spider teaches us that all of life is woven together and she can also guide us in mending our web of life when it becomes torn or tattered through the many traumatizing situation life can bring.

                With the help of Grandmother Shirley (who works alongside Grandmother Spider), we are so grateful to be offering a retreat dedicated to the healing of sexual trauma and the sharing of knowledge about how to help facilitate this process in others.


Through traditional healing ceremonies, we will provide space for you to connect back with yourself and your purpose here. when difficult issues arise, or when you would like to petition help for your prayers Grandmother Shirley and the presence of Indigenous ancestral instruments will aid in the recognition, reconciliation, and release of what no longer nurtures you.

  Sometimes cellular memories of old events are stored in our bodies and can be difficult to fully let go of. Through working with Christine in daily yoga classes focusing on the Bowspring Alignment global yoga movement you will learn tools for restructuring and fortifying your body, posture, and self.

  In addition to guiding you in daily classes of yogic Bowspring Alignment work, Christine will be teaching our Aromatherapy Certification training during the daytime class hours of this Internal Arts Retreat. Christine has been working with her relationships to yogic practice, traditional ceremonies, and essential oils for decades in order to heal from and transcend that which no longer serves.

  Take your knowledge and skills of Traditional Shamanic Herbalism to the next level with Original Instructions founder and teacher Brittany Jade. During her immersion classes, you will practice hands-on traditional ancestral offerings, medicine preparation, healing techniques with plants and more. Brittany's herbalism classes during this retreat will include teachings about the Plant Nations from local Peruvian herbalists and Grandmother Shirley.

   As with all of our Original Instructions Internal Arts Retreats we will be having lessons from local Indigenous elders, as well as dietary and lodging accommodations that provide health and rejuvenation for all. During this week we will also be offering our students the opportunity to participate in three traditional Huachuma Ceremonies in the temple of Chaupin. These ceremonies can be deeply moving and life-changing and participating in them is optional. Our local hosts will guide us through traditional ceremonies, during which we will work with healing ourselves through plant medicine, ancestral indigenous music, fire keeping and mesa laying.

This Internal Arts Retreat Includes:

  • Lodging for the duration of the immersion
  • Roundtrip transportation from Lima to our accommodations
  • All major meals made from medicinal whole foods
  • Daily nutritional and medicinal teas made from freshly harvested plants
  • Entrance into the temple of Chaupin
  • Traditional healing ceremonies with Grandmother Shirley
  • Classes and storytelling with Grandmother Shirley and Tashina Kabbaz
  • 3 guided Huachuma ceremonies in the temple of Chaupin
  • All materials for our hands-on lessons
  • Daily classes from our Original Instructions teachers
  • Daily lessons from local indigenous Elders, medicine people, archeologists and herbalist about the history and medicinal practices of Chaupin
  • Two Original Instructions School certificates (assuming you have completed all classes) honoring your aromatherapy level 1 certification with Christine Mcardle as well as your hands-on herbalism practicum with Brittany Jade.
  • Donations to local environmental and cultural conservation projects


*** If you are one of our students and wish to attend but do not have a financial means please contact me personally for further information. If you are Peruvian and would like to attend please click here to see our national pricing.

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