Ayahuasca Retreats in the Peruvian Amazon
“The human being is part of the universe and the universe as a whole is contained in each human being. This is not an idea of the intellect, it is a reality which one must not believe or learn, and it is a reality that one lives.”
For the ones who wishes to do a shorter retreat than our deep immersion retreats or treatments, we are holding introductory ayahuasca retreats on site in Peru as well as abroad. The retreats are framed within the same care for preparation, integration and silence as in our longer programs. They are carefully planned and carried out, with three to four ceremonies during seven or ten days. To us, it is of utmost importance to leave space between each Ayahuasca or Wachuma ceremony for the participant to integrate the healing and energies as well as to prepare for the coming ceremony. Even if there is a general schedule we always adapt the process and plants according to the needs of each guest.
Our intensive retreats is a unique opportunity and introduction into the healing work and wisdom of the Master plants Ayahuasca, Wachuma (San Pedro), Tobacco, Yawarpanga and the spirit of Kambo. Through the help of the plants we begin to cleanse and purify the body and mind and reconnect with the essence of our being.
The mayor part of the retreat will be in silence (with exception of sharing circles) allowing each person to interiorize and go within oneself. 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 the energy of self-observation, introspection, and contemplation.
The opportunity of a process with master plants is to open, release, let go and understand oneself and one’s relationship to the entire movement of life and existence. This requires a process of comprehension that demands reflection and silence. Furthermore, it requires great willpower, dedication, transparency, sacrifice and pureness of heart.
“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.” Sanango
The Purge, Kambo, Yawarpanga, Tobacco
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 and 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 belong neither to our physical, mental or spiritual being.
Purification through the element of fire
During the retreat we will work with the element of fire in various ways; in sacred fire ceremonies, in saunas for detoxification and energy protection, as well as through the Tobacco and Wachuma plant spirits.
We will finish the retreat with a Vedic fire ceremony called Agni Hotra or Homa. This may be the most ancient ritual known to humanity. It is an alchemical ritual of sacrificing that which does not allow us to be free in the sacred fire of the heart or the Spirit.
Hridaya Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama
Through daily Hridaya hatha yoga and mediation practice we will balance both the physical and energetic bodies along with all its subtle layers. Hridaya Hatha yoga is yoga of the spiritual heart in the method and style of Self-enquiry and contemplative traditions. We are ultimately attuning to the subtle energies experienced within the chakras, preparing the body, nadis (energy channels), and mind for meditation as well as for the Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies. We use the physical asana (posture) to bring awareness of the spiritual Heart, the heart being the abode of our inner wisdom.
“The spiritual heart, our essential and ultimate nature, the ineffable dimension of our being.” “The intimate observer of all our thoughts, emotions, sensations, mind of the whole universe, in both its inner and outer dimensions.”
The retreat includes:
2-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies*
1 Wachuma (San Pedro) ceremony
1 Tobacco purge
1 Yawarpanga purge*
1 Kambo ceremony
Shamanic flower baths (baños de florecimiento)
Saunas with purifying plant baths (baño de plantas)
Optional hatha yoga and meditation
Shamanic fire ceremony for connecting with the different energies of life
Vedic Homa fire ceremony for purification
Lectures by Maestro Sanango on Shamanism, Ayahuasca and properly working with Master Plants
Sharing circles with Sanango
Shamanic dream interpretation workshop with Sanango
Mandala workshops or other
* 2 ayahuasca ceremonies in the 7 day retreat and 3 in the 10 day retreat. Yawarpanga is only part of the 10 day retreat.
We are located in the beautiful jungle of Moyobamba, about two hours from Tarapoto. The region is known for its great variety of orchids, hummingbirds, natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. We are close to three beautiful waterfalls with healing sulfur water and mud baths which we will trek to during the retreat.
There is plenty of natural free space to walk and contemplate, lay in hammocks, or create an artistic project with supplies provided.
All of the meals served will be vegetarian and low-sodium in accordance to the plant work and and hatha yoga.
Fresh juices will be provided daily. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on the days that we do not hold a ceremony. Only breakfast and lunch will be provided on the days we have Ayahuasca and Wachuma ceremonies.