About Gillian

Like puzzle pieces that fit together, Gillian works with people to uncover the source of their distress and become the author of their own new story.  She is an experienced psychotherapist and holistic nutritionist who believes that in order to be free of dis-ease, both the mind and body must be treated as one. Gillian lives in downtown Toronto where she works in a hospital psychiatry unit, and is the owner of a natural mental health practice where she helps people heal themselves. She uses a mix of East and West techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Plant-Based Nutrition, Journaling & The Daring Way.

Ancient Shamanic techniques, plant medicines and modern psychotherapy are woven together to create a tapestry of healing, resilience, empowerment and personal discovery.

Fusing different modalities, classical and modern, spiritual and practical, we will deliver an incredibly powerful and profound life enhancing experience.  By looking at yourself from a variety of angles we can find new ways to reduce stress, unleash your inner strength and forge a new and amazing future full of opportunity.  Our intention is to explore ways to live more fully, to step into our greatest potential and shed awareness on the awesomeness of being human.  Enhance mental clarity, gain emotional intelligence, fine tune your physical organism and embrace the mystery of spirit in the ideal setting of the Sacred Valley of Peru.  For thousands of years people have been coming to the Valley to enhance their wellbeing — NOW it is your turn.

This retreat is the first of its kind. It is an opportunity to courageously shine a light in dark places to access stored emotions and have support in setting them free. Gillian and Julian, with the help of the Shamans, will walk beside you as you take this opportunity to see deep within yourself. By looking within we can shift our perception, cultivate intentions and actions and embark on our own path to inner healing.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily Discussions with Gillian and Julian
  • 3 Plant Medicine Experiences
  • 1 Andean Sweat Lodge Experience
  • 1 Pre retreat & 1 Post retreat session with Gillian
  • Delicious Food
  • Amazing People

Pricing & Registration

  • Early Bird Rate: $1749.00 by March 31st
  • Regular Rate: $1899.00
  • Minimum Nonrefundable Deposit: $500.00
  • Full Payment Due: April 30th

For More Information and Registration, please contact Julian at: devoe.julian@gmail.com


Accommodations

Space is limited on this retreat, so please sign up early.  Singles are available, for an additional rate, but with limited capacity.  

In the main lodge, the twelve primary guest rooms are split between two floors, with each level boasting a huge shared bathroom containing rich tile flooring, multiple glass shower stalls and on-demand hot water. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed with two roomy dressers and two exceptionally comfy single beds dressed with two pillows, high-thread count linens, thick duvet and alpaca wool blankets.

Transport

Fly into Cusco, Peru airport (We suggest arriving 1 to 2 days early to explore Cusco, acclimatize and settle in).  A shuttle will pick you up from Cusco City at 8:30 am on May 21st to take you to the retreat center, www.sourceperu.com.  This will be an incredible 1:15 hour ride through the Sacred Valley situated at the base of a spectacular 100 foot waterfall in the small town of Arin.

Our journey starts underneath the base of this 100 foot waterfall and spirals through a landscape of sacred mountains and ancient sites of worship, rejuvenation and culture.

Machu Picchu

The adventure to one of the world’s 7 wonders will be undertaken as an addition to the retreat at your choosing. All bookings and tour options with be run through: www.alternativeincatrails.com. Please see the website to choose which amazing tour option you would like and book through them directly. Machu Picchu is a must while you’re in the valley. It is a great way to end your experience with us.


SAMPLE ITINERARY
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

2-4 Weeks Before Arrival

  • Therapeutic Session with Gillian via Skype or In-Person
  • An opportunity to ask more questions, talk about managing fear and anxiety, clarify intentions for your experience and anything else you wish to discuss.

Day 1: Arrival - Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • A shuttle waiting in Cusco at 8:30am to bring you to the Source. The 1:15 hour trip takes you briefly through the city, then into the gorgeous sacred valley.  Upon arrival at the center you will be met by Source staff, Gillian and Julian to welcome you.  
  • 12:00pm: Welcome lunch, opening circle and introductions
  • 2:00pm: Pre Ceremony Discussion
  • 6:30pm: Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 2: Integration Day

  • 8:30 am: Our days will start with morning yoga to invigorate the body and the clear the mind.
  • 9:30 am:  Local, Holistic, Plant based Peruvian Breakfast
  • 12:00 pm: Holistic Peruvian Plant Powered Lunch
  • 2:00 pm: Ceremony Debrief
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm: Evening Meditation

Day 3: Huachuma Ceremony and Sweat Lodge

  • 8­:00 am: Morning yoga / movement practice to invigorate and center the body and mind
  • 9:00 am: Light pre ceremony breakfast with intention setting:
  • 9:30 am: Pre-Huachuma Ceremony Chat
  • 10:00 am: Huachuma Ceremony
  • 3:00 pm: Traditional Andean Sweat Lodge
  • Prepared by local shamans with medicinal herbs, chanting and hot stones
  • 6:00 pm: Hearty Peruvian Plant Powered Dinner

Day 4: Integration

  • 8:00 am: Morning yoga / movement practice to invigorate and center the body and mind
  • 9:30 am: Delicious Local, Plant based Peruvian breakfast
  • 11:00 am: “Re-Storying Your Story” - Narrative Talk with Gillian
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Huachuma Ceremony Debrief
  • 2:30 - 6:00 pm: Free Time. Optional Integration & Mindwork with Gillian; Bodywork with Julian
  • 6:30 pm: Holistic Peruvian Plant Powered Dinner
  • 7:30 pm: Temple Meditation

Day 5: Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • 8:00 am: Morning movement to invigorate the body and the clear the mind
  • 9:30 am: Delicious Local, Plant based Peruvian breakfast
  • 1:00 pm: Peruvian plant powered lunch
  • 2:00 pm: Pre-Ceremony Discussion
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00pm Free Time. Optional Mindwork with Gillian; Bodywork with Julian
  • 6:30pm: Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 6: Integration

  • 8:30 am: Morning movement to ground and center
  • 9:30 am: Delicious Local, Plant based Peruvian breakfast
  • 1:00 pm: Peruvian plant powered lunch
  • 2:00 pm: Post Ceremony Discussion
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00pm. Free Time. Optional Integration &
  • Mindwork with Gillian; Bodywork with Julian
  • 6:30 pm: Holistic Peruvian Plant Powered Dinner
  • 8:00 pm: Evening Meditation

Day 7: Departure

  • 9:30 am: Delicious Local, Holistic, Plant based Peruvian breakfast
  • Departure for Machu Picchu or Cusco

2-4 Weeks Post Departure

  • Therapeutic Session with Gillian via Skype or In-Person
  • This is a very important session to expand on your experience and insights from your time in Peru and consider how you will bring the lessons forward into daily life.

Amenities

  • Purified drinking water is available 24/7 via water dispensers and sink-mounted filtration systems.
  • A selection of hot teas, including Mate de Coca, are available 24/7
  • Gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided for the duration of your retreat. Meals will be lovingly prepared with fresh vegetables, fruits, chicken, fish, and grains grown right here in the Sacred Valley.

Some meals may not be served depending on the proximity to scheduled ceremonies. For example, on Ayahuasca ceremony days only breakfast and lunch are served, with light snacks and tea available to supplement.

Meals will be light in spices, sugars, salts, and heavy fats/oils and during Ayahuasca retreats will adhere to the principles of recommended Ayahuasca food restrictions.

Please ensure that you’ve advised us of any dietary restrictions you may have as soon as possible (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, etc.)

  • The main lodge accommodations share two large, beautifully appointed bathrooms equipped with flush toilets, sinks, and 24/7 hot water showers. The men’s bathroom is on one level and the women’s is on the other.  
  • You will receive a plush towel and washcloth that can be exchanged when ready for replacement. Please keep the environment in mind and only request replacements when you really need them.
  • In the ceremony space you will be provided a mat, pillow, blankets, tissue and a bucket for your medicine ceremonies. Earplugs and eye masks are available upon request.  
  • Laundry Service is available for a small fee but keep in mind it can take 2 days for your laundry to be returned.  
  • The Main Lodge has an extensive library and games area with a broad range of books, tarot cards, board games and card games for use while onsite. Please feel free to borrow any books or games that call out to you while you’re staying with us, but kindly return them at the end of your visit for others to enjoy.
  • 50+ person yoga studio with heated floors
  • Complete Audio and Visual Capability with Projection Screen and High Quality Sound System for presentations and movies
  • Andean sweat lodge
  • Massage by individual arrangement