The Art of Self Discovery
An enlightening retreat with Atelier Doré
We've joined forces with Atelier Doré for The Art of Self Discovery: the second in a series of exclusive, one-off retreats, hosted by Garance Doré and held at luxury lodge Alto Atacama in Chile’s otherworldly Atacama Desert. Get set for meditation and self discovery amid a molten landscape...
This retreat from November 26 to December 2 is from US$6,850 a person (for two people sharing a room), including accommodation, meals and drinks, retreat activities and a few special extras.
With just two months to go until the retreat, we've set up an offline wait list for rooms. If you're interested, please enquire below or call our Smith24 team on 1 800 464 2040 to check availability.
Chile’s Atacama Desert has an otherworldly beauty reminiscent of Mars’ red vistas. You’ll stay at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, a luxurious hideaway in prime position for exploring lunar valleys and flamingo-roamed salt flats.
Alto blends into its surroundings and has gardens mimicking local flora. Within, it’s Incan in style, with desert-inspired dining, a geothermal spa, open-air observatory and even a llama enclosure, to give a true sense of place. For a hot take on Chile’s most beguiling beauty spot, read our insider guide on WordSmith.
This week of self discovery includes:
• Early-morning yoga classes
• Daily sessions and talks with meditation master Susan Piver
• Private, half-hour personal readings with tarot-translator and astrology expert Tashi Dos Santos
• Group storytelling each evening, led by Garance Doré
• One half-day excursion to the Valley of the Moon to watch the sunset
• A locally influenced breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
• Time to rest and use Alto’s pool and spa
• One additional excursion from the selection below
From the region’s only open-air observatory, you’ll count constellations in cloudless skies.
The Salt Lakes
The flamingo-roamed Ojos del Salar offer dramatic scenes and hot springs. You’ll also see the sunset over a turquoise lagoon.
Yoga in the Catarpe Valley
A yoga lesson held in natural amphitheatre Cordillera de la Sal amid prehistoric scenery.
Alongside Garance Doré you’ll meet master meditators and astrologers. Get to know them below…
Meet Garance Doré
Writer, creative director and founder of Atelier Doré
Creative ambassador Garance Doré has connected with her audience through her namesake site (now Atelier Doré) for over 10 years. She’s collaborated with leading fashion houses; featured in Vogue and ELLE; written for The Wall Street Journal; and published New York Times’ bestseller, Love Style Life.
Her site, Atelier Doré, provides lifestyle, fashion and beauty inspiration globally, for those looking to enhance their daily lives. She draws the audience in through events, publications and a commanding editorial visual language.
I love the idea of bringing our guests to the Atacama desert for a retreat focused on self discovery – especially staying at a property dedicated to the land. We’re so excited to take you on this new journey.
Meet Tashi Dos Santos
Astrologer, tarot-translator and an expert in divination
Tashi’s been decoding tarot cards since she was five. Her lifelong teacher, a renowned master, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, encouraged her to make divination and astrology her life's work.
Since then, she's called on her mystical lineage to read both tarot cards and constellations, and hold workshops and talks for royalty, business leaders and style-setters, while travelling far and wide.
I look forward to connecting with you all personally with the beautiful Atacama Desert as a backdrop. May this journey set your creativity ablaze.
Meet Susan Piver
Meditation master, bestselling author and Buddhist practitioner
Susan is the kind of Buddhist meditation teacher who gives TEDx talks, writes books on love and life that rocket up the New York Times bestsellers charts and gets interviewed by Oprah and Katie Couric. The kind of guru we can get behind…
Aside from teaching, giving speeches and writing nine books, she’s founded the Open Heart Project, a vast online community of meditators all over the world.
Meditation helps to relax and inspire creativity; it supports an enlightening journey that can help to clarify your sense of self and your destiny.
Everything you need to know before you go
When is the retreat?
The retreat takes place over six nights/seven days, from Monday November 26 to Sunday December 2.
Meals and drinks; your room; talks and workshops; two excursions; group transfers; gratuities and taxes. Premium wines and hotel and spa services will be charged.
How do transfers work?
Group transfers are included from and to Calama airport. We'll be in touch 30 days before arrival to schedule your ride.
How much is the retreat?
A double Standard Catarpe room is US$13,700 for double occupancy (US$6,850 a person) or US$9,995 for single occupancy. A Suite Tilo room is US$14,980 for double occupancy (US$7,490 a person) or US$10,450 for single occupancy.
How do I get there?
Guests must arrange their own flights. There are direct flights to Santiago from most major cities (flight time 8-10 hours from the US, 14 hours from London). The connection from Santiago to Calama takes around two hours; there are three direct flights every hour serviced by Latam, Sky and JetSmart.
How do we split payment?
If you’re sharing a room, you and your roommate can each pay for your half separately. Call Smith24 to book and they’ll help you to pay 50/50.
Can I extend my stay?
Yes, call our Smith24 team to arrange a longer stay or an itinerary across our curated collection of hotels in Chile, from Easter Island to Patagonia.
Want to join us on this journey? Secure one of the 29 spots to get some peace of mind in a truly magical place…
Please note that bookings cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call Smith24, our expert travel team available around the clock, on 1 800 464 2040.