Ayahuma: Ayahuasca, Toe’, Camalonga and Shamanic Plant Diet Apprenticeship Retreats

Bungalows with Shipibo decoration in the Ayahuma centre. Photo: C. Hoyos

Bungalows with Shipibo decoration in the Ayahuma camp. Photo: C. Hoyos

In the “Ayahuma” venue, in the Amazon jungle near Iquitos (Peru), you may take part in ancestral indigenous shamanic practices, and experience sacred rituals with Ayahuasca, the visionary “Vine of the Soul”, as well as dreaming journeys with the plant teachers Toe’ (the powerful Brugmansia sp.) and the magical Camalonga (Thevetia peruviana). We offer Ayahuasca retreats, Shamanic Plant Diet testers or “Pre-dieta” (3-4 weeks), Traditional Shamanic Diet with Master trees (5+ weeks onwards) including Sanango (Tabernaemontana sp.), and Traditional Shamanic Apprenticeship (13 weeks) retreats under the expert guidance of Master shaman Don Sixto Mejia Paredes.

Don Sixto and Clever Hoyos before a Hormiga Sacha plant in the jungle. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos.

Don Sixto and Clever Hoyos before a Hormiga Sacha plant in the jungle. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos.

Native of Lagunas, on the Marañon river, Don Sixto is a 61 years old Palero (a shaman specialized in working with Amazonian master trees), an Ayahuasquero (a Maestro specialized in working with Ayahuasca), a Toesero (a shaman specialized in working with the Toe’ plant), a Camalonguero (a shamanic healer specialized in working with the seeds of the Camalonga tree), a Tabaquero (a shaman working with the Nicotiana sp. plants) and a Sananguero (an expert in the use of the Sanango class of trees, Tabernaemontana sp., a great plant teacher). Of Jebero descent, he is fully fledged shaman who has successfully treated and recorded the healing of over 1500 patients, up to date. Don Sixto sings his icaros in Quechua, Spanish, Jebero and Ticuna languages.

Camalonga seeds (paired 'male' and 'female' ones). Photo: F. Sammarco

Camalonga seeds (paired ‘male’ and ‘female’ ones). Photo: F. Sammarco

The Camalonga Dream ritual consists in drinking – during a night ceremony with the shaman, starting around 8:00 PM and lasting between 2 and 3 hours – a sugar-cane alcohol infusion of the seeds of the Camalonga tree, left to macerate in aguardiente for a period ranging from 3 to 7 days and then filtered, to stimulate lucid dreaming, enhance the power of divination and knowledge, and favour mental clarity. During the intoxication with Camalonga one may receive visions, answers and messages from the Spirit world. The experience is slightly milder than with Ayahuasca, but the settings will be very much similar to those of an Ayahuasca ceremony, with the shaman singing his icaros in the dark. Guests may opt to have up to an absolute maximum of two Camalonga journeys per week and need to follow a diet regimen. Participants doing the Ayahuasca retreat will need to simply have a light vegetable soup for lunch and no dinner, on the night-s of the Camalonga Dream ritual. No special provisions will be required from participants who are already following the strict diet with Master trees. Please allow enough time for your staying, to accommodate 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, the Toé ritual, and the optional Camalonga sessions. We recommend to leave a gap of 24 hours between the experience with Ayahuasca and the one with Camalonga. Strictly advance booking only.

Don Sixto offering Mapacho smoke to a giant Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Don Sixto offering Mapacho smoke to a giant Remocaspi teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

In the Ayahuma venue we offer:

Ayahuasca retreats

1 to 2 weeks in length (or more, if required), 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (ritually smoking with the shaman the dry, rolled leaves of the Brugmansia suaveolens plant).
  • Watch and learn how the Ayahuasca brew is prepared.
  • Jungle hikes with the shaman and/or the jungle guide, to get to know the countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the rainforest surrounding the centre. 2 rituals per week with Palos maestros (Master trees) in the wilderness, including – but not limited to – the Tamamuri, Chullachaki caspi and Remocaspi rituals.
  • 3 cleansing ritual baths per week (the timing is decided by the shaman), with Ayahuasca, Chacruna, Ajos sacha, Sara masho, or Rosa sisa leaves.
  • Purifying grey clay or mud bath.
  • Ritual flowering baths, with Rosa sisa, Labio de novia (Sacha-chacruna), Chiric sanango and Piri-piri teacher plants, traditionally prepared in the Peruvian Amazon to attract good luck, prosperity, love and friendship in one’s life.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification per week.
  • Up to two San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Don Sixto offering Mapacho smoke to the Remocaspi teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Don Sixto offering Mapacho smoke to a young Remocaspi teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Shamanic Plant Diet testers

3 to 4 weeks in length, 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • Shamanic plant diet testers or “pre-dieta” with a more flexible approach than the traditional strict diet (little salt, little sugar, some fruits, chicken, fish, eggs and a little fried food are allowed).
  • Diet with plantas maestras (plant teachers) like Bobinsana, Ajos sacha, Piripiri and more.
  • 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, depending on the shaman you will be doing the plant diet with (different shamans have different views on the number of Ayahuasca ceremonies one should have during the diet).
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (a ritual with the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher, which could be smoked and/or drank together with the shaman, according to the shaman’s indications).
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • Jungle hikes with the shaman and/or the guide, to get to know the countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the rainforest surrounding the Ayahuma venue. 2 rituals per week with Palos maestros (Master trees) in the wilderness, including – but not limited to – the Tamamuri, Chullachaki caspi and Remocaspi rituals.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification per week.
  • Cleansing ritual baths with leaves of different plant teachers.
  • Cleansing/purifying clay bath.
  • Flowering ritual baths, in the last three days of the diet – once a day – with different types of flowers, as those from the Rosa sisa, Labio de novia, Chiric sanango, Piri-piri and/or Sigame-sigame plant teachers.
  • Up to 2 San Pedro (Huachuma) daylight ceremonies per week. Strictly advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

The giant Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

The giant Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos

Shamanic Diet with Master trees

5 weeks onwards, 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • Traditional shamanic diet with palos maestros (master trees) – which implies a very rigorous training, from a minimum of 5 weeks onwards (celibacy required throughout, plus men and women will need to stay in separate bungalows for the period of their training; no salt, no sugar, no fruit, no spices, no coffee, no pork meat; avoid exposure to rain and direct sunlight; avoid direct physical contact – including handshake and hugs – with other people).
  • Diet with teacher trees like Ayahuma (Couroupita guianensis), Renaquilla (Ficus sp.), Amasisa (Erythrina sp.), Chullachaki caspi (Remijia peruviana), Lupuna blanca (Ceiba pentadra, the giant white Lupuna, the sequoia of the Amazon), Lupuna colorada (Cavanillesia umbellata), Remocaspi (Aspidosperma excelsum), Sanango (Tabernaemontana sp.) and more.
  • Diet with lianas like Motelo huasca, Tapu huasca and Murcu huasca.
  • 2 rituals per week with the Palos Maestros (Teacher trees) encountered in the vast wilderness of the jungle compound surrounding the centre. Including – but not limited to – the Tamamuri, Chullachaki caspi and Remocaspi rituals.
  • 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, depending on the type of plants or trees you will be dieting, and on the Maestro and/or Maestra who will follow you (different shamans have different views on the number of Ayahuasca ceremonies one should have during the diet).
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (a ritual with the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher, which could be smoked and/or drank together with the Maestro and/or Maestra, according to the shaman’s indications).
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification per week.
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with shaman and/or jungle guide, to get to know countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the rainforest surrounding the Ayahuma venue.
  • Cleansing ritual baths with leaves of different plant teachers.
  • Cleansing/purifying clay bath.
  • Flowering ritual baths, in the last three days of the diet – once a day – with different types of flowers, as those from the Rosa sisa, Labio de novia, Chiric sanango, Piri-piri and/or Sigame-sigame plant teachers.
  • Up to 2 San Pedro (Huachuma) daylight ceremonies per week. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Giant Renaco Master tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Giant Renaco Master tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Shamanic Apprenticeship Retreats

13 weeks, 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • Traditional shamanic diet with plantas maestras (master plants) and palos maestros (master trees) – which implies a very rigorous training, 13 weeks long (celibacy required throughout, plus men and women will need to stay in separate bungalows for the period of their training; no salt, no sugar, no fruit, no spices; no oil, no fat, no tea, no chilli, no coffee, no stimulants; no pork meat; avoid direct exposure to sun and rain. Avoid direct physical contact – including handshake and hugs – with other people).
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with the shaman and/or the jungle guide, to get to know the countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the rainforest surrounding the Ayahuma venue. 2 rituals per week with Palos maestros (Master trees) in the wilderness, including – but not limited to – the Tamamuri, Renaquilla and Remocaspi rituals. The jungle hikes are usually done at 7 AM, on Day 1 and Day 5 of each week of retreat, and may last up to 3 hours (in total) each time.
  • Diet with teacher trees like Ayahuma (Couroupita guianensis), Renaquilla (Ficus sp.), Amasisa (Erythrina sp.), Chullachaki caspi (Remijia peruviana), Lupuna blanca (Ceiba pentadra, the giant white Lupuna, the sequoia of the Amazon), Lupuna colorada (Cavanillesia umbellata), Remocaspi (Aspidosperma excelsum), Sanango (Tabernaemontana sp.) and many more (subject to availability).
  • Diet with lianas like Motelo huasca, Tapu huasca and Murcu huasca.
  • 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, depending on the type of plants or trees you will be dieting with and who will be the shaman who will follow you (different shamans have different views on the number of Ayahuasca ceremonies one should have during the diet).
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (ritually smoking with the shaman the dry, rolled leaves of the Brugmansia suaveolens plant teacher).
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification per week.
  • Cleansing ritual baths with leaves of different plant teachers.
  • Cleansing/purifying clay bath.
  • Flowering ritual baths, in the last three days of the diet – once a day – with different types of flowers, as those from the Rosa sisa, Labio de novia, Chiric sanango, Piri-piri and/or Sigame-sigame plant teachers.
  • Up to 2 San Pedro (Huachuma) daylight ceremonies per week. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Clever, our senior bilingual guide and local manager. Photo: F. Sammarco

Clever Hoyos, the manager of Ayahuma, by a giant Lupuna tree. Photo: F. Sammarco

FREE onsite interpreting Spanish-English and English-Spanish
  • Complimentary on-site interpreting Spanish-English and English-Spanish is provided to all our guests, included in the retreat fees.

The cannon ball-shaped fruits of the Ayahuma master tree. Photo: F. Sammarco

Ayahuma cannon ball-shaped fruits. Photo: F. Sammarco

COST & PAYMENT:

  • Prices of the retreats are published at the link here. Initial deposit of £ 400 GBP p.p. is required to hold your place for the dates you would like to reserve for your journey (you may also pay the full price in one go, as you see fit). Final balance is due, respectively, 30 days (for Ayahuasca retreats – with/without San Pedro and/or Camalonga) or 50 days ahead (for all types of Plant diet retreats – with/without San Pedro, Sanango, and/or Camalonga) ahead of your reserved retreat’s start date. You may pay by wire transfer, or with your credit or debit card via PayPal, sending funds to info@elmundomagico.org. Please note that there is a 4.5% surcharge for PayPal payments

    Don Clever by a Wambe jungle vine in the rainforest compound surrounding Ayahuma.

    Don Clever by a Wambe jungle vine, in the rainforest compound surrounding Ayahuma. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos.

    RESERVATION & BOOKING:

  • You may initiate your reservation process by sending the correspondent payment for your staying first, and then filling-in and submitting the ONLINE BOOKING FORM. Upon receipt of your initial deposit (or full payment, whichever is earlier) and booking form, you will be sent (by email) the formal Agreement of participation, which includes a detailed medical questionnaire, in PDF format, to fill-in, date, sign and return (by email), alongside copy of your valid passport (only the page-s with your photo & personal details). Please make sure you are not taking any medication, and don’t have any health condition incompatible with Ayahuasca, before booking your place with us. Thank you for your cooperation.

Don Sixto in the jungle surrounding the Ayahuma venue. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Don Sixto in the jungle surrounding the Ayahuma venue. Photo: C. Hoyos.

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