Ayahuasca Retreats in Europe

“During an Ayahuasca ceremony we can perceive the frailty and brevity of human life and the eternity of our consciousness or soul. We face the transcendence and escape from the prison of our senses. We recover our interdimensional nature and thus we become what humanity really is, a universal consciousness.”

Maestro Sanango

At Sinchi Runa, we strongly feel that Ayahuasca and other plant entheogens, while taken within a sincere and sacred context, are among the greatest gifts humanity can receive at this moment in time. We are so grateful to be able to offer Ayahuasca Retreats in Portugal, making this beautiful medicine available to more people around the world.

Through our Ayahuasca retreats we create a safe and sacred space that allows each individual to experience profound healing and spiritual understanding. Our groups are always small with up to 12 participants per retreat. This allows for a safe and genuine shamanic work to take place and for us to be fully present for each one. 

With much gratitude we share this invaluable medicine, our plants brought from Peru, as well as our hope and love for humanity on this sacred journey.

Upcoming Ayahuasca Retreats in Portugal

“Ayahuasca is a portal to the essence of humanity, a portal where all the memories and dreams of the species can be found. This opening can bring an understanding of the higher Self and the purpose of being, not only as an individual, but as humanity as a whole. Ayahuasca is a chance to heal the soul and reach the truth that lives within each one of us.” 

Maestro Sanango

Ayahusca Retreats with Sinchi Runa

Maestro Sanango

Our Ayahuasca Ceremonies are held by Peruvian shaman and spiritual teacher Sanango. He has spent several decades inviting Ayahuasca, as well as directing Shamanic Diets or Vision Quests. Sanango is a “vegetalista” with a deep knowledge of the Master Plants, their metaphysical implications and forms of healing. He has been directing Sinchi Runa Retreat Center for the past 9 years.

Sanango has given lectures on shamanism in Universities of Peru and Guatemala. He has also developed knowledge within the Vedic philosophy, establishing connections and healing tools between the shamanic tradition of Peru and the Vedic philosophy. He works with his students who accompany him. They have spent several years in the jungle learning from him.

Before the creation of Sinchi Runa, Sanango spent many years learning with different maestros in the Peruvian Amazon, as well as prolonged retreats in solitude with Master Plants in what are traditionally called shamanic diets, dietas or vision quests. During this time, he created a deep bond with the spirit of Ayahuasca and other medicinal plants and divine deities that allow him to celebrate safe ceremonies and processes that lead to a deep spiritual realization and healing of the soul.

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“Ayahuasca is not fugitive pleasure, fortune or adventure. It’s a seed for the wiracochas. Ayahuasca is a door, not to escape, but to enter these and other natures. To tour the provinces of the night, without distance, boundless.”

Cesar Calvo

Purge Ceremony (La Purga)

The healing with Ayahuasca in the Quechua-Amazonian tradition has always begun with the stage of the purge. This is the moment of approaching with humility, the opportunity for healing and divine grace. The purge is essential in all “vegetalista” paths and can also be found in Vedic and Buddhist traditions, even if they are seemingly distant. The purge itself is a Ceremony that allows us to release, purify and get rid of “the bad” (lo malo). A lot can be processed only through the Purge Ceremony, because it is already a complete shamanic act in itself. During which there can be visions, conflict resolution, harmonization, leaving of addictive confusions, letting go and release of what has been repressed. The act of vomiting itself has a profound symbolic and energetic meaning, releasing emotional armor to bring about openness. On the other hand, it marks the beginning in which the plants starts to “speak” to us, teach us and take us with them into their fantastic world.

All genuine spiritual paths must begin with the stage of purification; In order to comprehend, heal and grow spiritually we must dare to step out of our comfort zone. This requires an act that will always demand sacrifice. The purge in Amazonian Shamanism, can be linked to a religious pilgrimage or fasting taken upon the disciple be able to receive greater spiritual insight and awareness.

The purge is an act of humility and reconciliation with our essential being, an act to free ourselves from constraints of the ego as well as to prepare us to enter into world of Ayahuasca, or as Sanango says “the world of the Gods”. It is the act of letting go, using our human nature, defecating and/or vomiting, cleaning ourselves from the unnecessary, from toxins accumulated in our body, from feelings of suffering, beliefs and ideas that do not serve neither to our physical, mental nor spiritual being.

Silence and Contemplation in Nature

The major part of the retreats will be in silence, allowing each person to interiorize and go within. It is important to be able to detach from the usual “day-to-day” routines, habits, personal stories and external noise to be able to integrate the healing and wisdom through ones process with the plants. Disconnection with the exterior allows participants to concentrate all their energy on the healing process and gives place to observe their lives without interference from the elements that one way or another have created the circumstance they are living. We nurture and provide the space for self-observation, introspection, and contemplation.

The opportunity of a process with master plants is to become aware of and release what causes one harm and to understand oneself and one’s relationship to the entire movement of life and existence. This is a beautiful and challenging process of comprehension, reflection and silence that requires great willpower, dedication, honesty, sacrifice and pureness of intention.

Example of Retreat Schedule

Day 1

Arrival at 16.00
Retreat Reception with Mikaela
Introductory Talk: Questions and Answers to explain the aim and vision of the retreat with Maestro Sanango (Spanish / English translation with Mikaela)
– Introduction to the Shamanic Vision and Harmonization with the Divine
– The Mission of Ayahuasca and Master Plants
– Meaning of Genuine Shamanic Healing
– Introduction to “La Purga” (initial work / offering)
Purge Ceremony (La Purga) Tobacco, Rosa Sisa or other purgative master plant according to the need of each participant.

Day 2

Day of silence and introspection in preparation for the Ayahuasca Ceremony in the evening.
Breakfast
Lecture and Sharing with Maestro Sanango (Spanish / English translation with Mikaela)
– Ayahuasca and Master Plants as an Opportunity for the Healing and Awakening of Humanity
– Reconnection with the Divine and our Essential Nature
– How to approach an Ayahuasca Ceremony; The importance of humility, purity of intention and the capacity to surrender
Lunch
Plant Purification Bath with plants for protection, cleansing and harmonization
Rest
Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 3

Breakfast
Gather to Draw the Ayahuasca experience as an aid in processing (drawing, music)
Lunch
Sharing Circle with Maestro Sanango (Spanish / English translation with Mikaela)
– Experiences, comprehensions, integration and guidance
Dinner

Day 4

Day of silence and introspection to prepare for the Ayahuasca Ceremony in the evening.
Breakfast
Time to Share personally with Maestro Sanango (depending on the needs of each participant)
Lunch
HOMA Agnihotra Vedic Fire Ceremony (sacred fire ceremony of healing, purification, cleaning, harmonization and letting go)
Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 5

Breakfast
Sharing Circle with Master Sanango (Spanish / English translation with Mikaela)
– Experiences, comprehensions, integration and guidance
– How to integrate the healing, understanding and experiences from the retreat into daily life; The importance of action and living in awareness
Closing of the Retreat
Transfer back to the train station at 13.30

Location, Venue and Meals

Our retreats will be held in a uniquely beautiful ecological farm, where we give back to the Earth for the healing we are given. Tucked away in the magical forests and vast mountains of the Coimbra region of Portugal, close to the village Midoes. The meals we prepare ourselves, with organic ingredients from the nearby land.

We offer a shuttle from Coimbra train station to the retreat venue.

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