Immerse Yourself In Daily Mindfulness and Wellness

Enjoy nourishing yoga sessions every day with Kate and Dave, plus, group meditations and  guided journaling sessions where you can capture momentary insights, intentions, awareness, and reflection as you're immersed in a total sensory experience in Peru.
Indulge in 3 amazing organic meals every day, styled in traditional (and delectable!) Peruvian cuisine! It's included inyour ticket price. Plus, if you're feeling indulgent, you can add on spa treatments, traditional Temazcal steam room treatments, or massage, all on site!
Cozy up with cool, kind, conscientious fellow retreaters who share your outlook on life and want to have the best time with you. Enjoy board games over dinner, deep conversation, silly jokes, or just quiet reading to yourself as the sun sets every evening.

Meet Your Retreat Leaders

I'm a writer, 11-time author, story guide and yoga teacher (ERYT-200, YACEP) based in Rhode Island. Since leaving my career in public service behind in 2009, I've traveled the world to teach tools of self-knowledge, storytelling and self-expression. I want to show you how becoming your best, highest Self is how you become a leader in your everyday life - with, or without followers. I can't wait to show you the magic of the Sacred Valley!
© Copyright 2017-2018 Lead Without Followers, LLC.

You're invited to a nourishing 8-day, 7-night yoga and writing retreat in beautiful Peru from January 27 to February 3, 2018. Get ready for big landscapes and even bigger smiles.

Machu Picchu, Calling.

So, Shall We Go to Peru? :)
Apply & Reserve Your Space Now

Includes All Premium Accommodations (8 Days, 7 Nights) at Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley

Ground Transportation from Cusco (CUZ) Airport to Retreat Center

Premium Shared Bungalow Room with 24/7 Hot Water and WiFi Access on Grounds

Includes 3 Daily Farm-to-Table Meals 

Daily Yoga, Guided Meditation and Journaling Sessions

Includes Day Visit to Machu Picchu (Entrance + Transportation) But Not Your Selfie-Stick ;)
PLUS 2 MORE Group Excursions Included: Sound Bath in Ancient Ruins, and a Eco-Tourism Guided Tour to a Quechua Village

And Much, Much More!
Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200, YACEP) with Yoga Alliance
I call myself a warrior of love. I'm a body shaman, yoga teacher and life coach who runs retreats and events internationally. Everything I do revolves around helping students feel free to explore and play with what's possible in their bodies and in their lives. I believe in equal parts fierceness, playfulness, and magic sparkles. Come to Peru with us!
Yoga Teacher, Body Whisperer, and Freedom Catalyst

We're Two Full-Time, Self-Employed Teachers of Yoga, Embodiment and Self-Expression


1. I LOVE THIS. What's my first step to getting in on this retreat? Click the "Reserve Space Now" button above and submit your application You have the option to also send your $500 deposit at the same time.

6. Are all rooms shared rooms? Yes, in spacious 2-person, 3-person and 4-person bungalows. We'll try to accommodate if you're traveling with friends, and group by gender by default. Email us if you're a couple or have special needs/requests.

2. What's with application? Are you an exclusive club? The questionnaire is just our way of meeting you and seeing what lights you up about this adventure! Also, this experience is just as much about community and friendship as anything else - we're not a fancy tour company. So we'd like to meet you!

5. How do I get to the Sacred Valley? Your final destination is Cusco (CUZ). Flights from US/Canada don't fly directly there, so expect to see a stop-over in Lima (LIM), Bogota (BOG) or a major airport in Mexico. We'll pick you up from Cusco when you arrive!

4. Is this for yogis only? Is a lot of yoga experience required? No, and no! We won't be doing crazy headstandy yoga for hours and hours a day. But, our sessions will probably be more enjoyable if you have some familiarity with basic Vinyasa Flow yoga.

7. I've heard things about "yoga retreats" to Peru... will I be expected to do psychedelics? Heck no! This is *not* that kind of retreat. We're aghast that some retreats would be so negligent as to not mention this intention for their events, but we explicitly will not allow our guests to explore traditional shaman ceremony during our time together.

SAVE $200 BY OCT 31, 2017


— All Accommodations Included
8 days and 7 nights at Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley, our privately-rented yoga retreat center and shala in the heart of the Sacred Valley of Peru, just outside of Arin town, 1 hour from the Incan capital of Cusco. Elegant 2-, 3-, and 4-person shared bungalows with shared bathrooms and 24/7 hot water.

— Ground Transportation To/From Cusco (CUZ) to Retreat Center
We'll have private shuttles waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival. Get your cameras ready for the short 1-hour drive from Cusco to Arin, with epic landscapes, lush valleys and the Andes mountains before you.

— All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
Indulge in 3 amazing meals on site every day! Locally-sourced, farm-to-table organic cuisines are styled in traditional Peruvian fare. Nourish your body with fresh foods, lots of veggie options, quiche, homemade breads and desserts :) Gluten free and other dietary needs can be served.

— Day Visit to Machu Picchu
Take an envy-inducing selfie atop Machu Picchu and get a guided tour of the world wonder. Includes ground transportation and standard entry to the UNESCO World Heritage site. 

— PLUS 2 MORE Group Adventures 
You'll also join our group for 2 MORE excursions into the Sacred Valley! Sound-bath in an ancient amphitheater. Sip chicha morada in a generations’ old local marketplace while shopping for authentic souvenirs. Plus, you might add on extra adventures like stand-up paddle-boarding, massages and spa treatments, and more. Whatever your heart demands!

 Silent Journaling Sessions
Every morning, you’ll find a new miniature lesson in creative self-expression to read and explore in your journal. Enjoy the space of silent mornings, and reflect on your journey, goals, dreams, and story.

 Guided Meditations
Light meditation sessions right before yoga cleanses your mental slate. You’ll be given a breathing exercise (pranayama) to try, and learn how each technique helps you personally manipulate your own energy and heart rate to create a desired inner feeling state (calmness, vigor, balance, etc).

 All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga
Kate and Dave co-teach, then alternate days, to provide you with double the depth of voices and perspectives – plus, double the fun poses to play in! Simple classes are designed to help you feel stronger and healthier – no experience is required, and this is a 100% judgment free zone.

 Stay in touch long afterward
A private Facebook group keeps the connection, dialogue, and camaraderie alive long after our week together ends. Our Costa Rica group is still chatting and supporting one another, a year and a half later!


What You'll Do & What's Included


Whaddya say? The world wonder of Machu Picchu awaits! Let us show you the experience of a lifetime in the Sacred Valley! Click below to submit your short application and optional $500 deposit to reserve your space.

Meet Your Retreat Guides, Kate Marolt and Dave Ursillo.


* We establish custom payment plans for all guests. You pick what works :)
** Your space and price is secured with a $500 nonrefundable deposit.

3. Are deposits refundable? What if I have to cancel? Your $500 deposit is not refundable as it reserves your limited retreat space and locks your discounted price. If you have to cancel at any point up to 15 days before the retreat, what you've paid (minus nonrefundable deposit) can be applied to a future retreat hosted by Kate and Dave.

8. What's not included in my ticket? Your airfare is not included (not until one of us can afford our own airline!). But thankfully, roundtrip airfare from most of the US and Canada is cheap, usually as low as $500 through Lima, Peru (LIM). You'll also need to fly from Lima to Cusco (See FAQ #4).

Swinging machetes in the rainforest? No. Overly-pampered hand-holding for Bougie tourists? Not that, either.


It can feel scary and uncomfortable to leave life at home behind for a whole week, even if things are feeling stuck, redundant, or too fast to keep up with. If you're feeling that way, this retreat might be perfect for you. 

When you retreat, you discover a renewed sense of perspective, clarity, peace of mind and ability to objectively understand all the moving pieces back home. 

Honoring and supporting yourself is truly the stuff of transformation.

“My time with all of you beautiful people changed my life. Is that dramatic? I don’t know, but I really believe the tone of our retreat really helped guide me to where I am now.”  – CH

“I can truly say I am the happiest I’ve ever been.”  – TN


Combine this travel, some new friends, utterly unique settings and fascinating culture to discover a whole world of beauty, light and joy. This retreat will help you effortlessly highlight all the positive transformations and growth that you've been experiencing throughout recent months (or years).

As we adventure across Peru together, we’ll learn how to master transformation, re-invent ourselves, and take a new inner strength home with us… for months and months to come!

“I realized in the week we were all together that I’ve held up a shield for 24 years for fear that others would not accept me. You all did. So, after 24 years, I’m lowering that shield. This is empowering for me. I couldn’t have done it without feeling so accepted by you all, each so unique, and confident. I LOVED it.”  – SM

Where It Is + How to Get Here

Our small tribe of low-key awesome travelers will be staying at Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley, a family owned and operated yoga shala and farm that is located just one hour's drive from your destination of Cusco (CUZ), Peru, consistently voted and ranked as Latin America's #1 most beautiful and must-visit city!

Our retreat begins the evening of Saturday, January 27th and concludes after a full week (7 nights!) of magic together on Saturday, February 3rd. Come just for the week, or stay longer and explore!

Average Daily Highs

“Paradise. It was paradise. And I don’t just meant the PLACE. It was the feeling. Our retreat, our family, was pure paradise.”  – KP

“Warmth, growth, peace, friendship… It was wonderful spending time with new friends off the grid and a world away. A true gift!”  – CM

“I still get emotional when thinking back … it all felt so welcoming and comforting and accepting.”   – NT

Tickets start at $2,400 until October 31, 2017* and include everything except airfare. A $500 deposit is all you need to reserve your space now, and we'll customize a payment plan for you.

*After, standard ticket price is $2,600.

Make New Friends. Broaden Your Horizons. 
Think, Ease + Light + Adventure + Nature + Connection.

Guests from our last retreat had these rave reviews to share with you.

January 27 - February 3, 2018
Personal Myth, Mindfulness, Machu Picchu


It's Time to Create the Story of Your Life.

Dive Into Our Exploration of Personal Mythology and Incan Philosophy to Guide You!


 $500 Deposit Now, Rest by Payment Plan



Have an Experience of a Lifetime
Escape the busy-ness of life at home to reconnect to your inner self... before taking a stellar selfie on top of Machu Picchu.
Cultivate Inner Vitality 
Recharge on a whole week of nature, community and culture. Think: lush valleys meeting the Andes mountains, maize for days, llamas, alpacas, and colorful tapestries, and big smiles.
Bathe in Good Vibes
You don't need to be a yogi or a writer. Simply show up and explore feel-good vibes through moments of breath, movement and journaling.

Less than 20 Low-Key Awesome Souls Will Come Together for a Game-Changing Trip



Includes All Premium Accommodations (8 Days, 7 Nights) at Yoga Mandala Sacred Valley

Ground Transportation from Cusco (CUZ) Airport to Retreat Center

Premium Shared Bungalow Room with 24/7 Hot Water and WiFi Access on Grounds

Includes 3 Daily Farm-to-Table Meals 

Daily Yoga, Guided Meditation and Journaling Sessions

Includes Day Visit to Machu Picchu (Entrance + Transportation) But Not Your Selfie-Stick ;)
PLUS 2 MORE Group Excursions Included: Sound Bath in Ancient Ruins, and a Eco-Tourism Guided Tour to a Quechua Village

And Much, Much More! 

After OCT 31, 2017

Standard Rate