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Ayahuasca & San Pedro retreat, plant teachers diet & shamanic apprenticeship in Peru

Ritual offer of Mapacho smoke to a giant black Ayahuasca vine growing wild in the Amazon jungle

Master Palero Ayahuasquero shaman Don Armando ritually offering Mapacho smoke to a giant black Ayahuasca vine growing wild in the jungle surrounding our centre in the Peruvian Amazon, near Iquitos.

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Download our FREE PDF Programmes for the:

• “SHAMANIC PLANT DIETA APPRENTICESHIP” retreat (3 Months/91 Days)

• “SHAMANIC DIETA WITH MASTER TREES” (45 Days)

• “SHAMANIC PLANT DIETA WITH TOÈ” (31 Days)

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Ayahuasca, San Pedro, shamanic dieta and shamanic apprenticeship retreats

Our Ayahuasca, San Pedro, shamanic plant dieta and shamanic apprenticeship retreat venue is fully immersed in 70 hectares (nearly 173 acres) of privately-owned Amazon rainforest, on the edges of the Allpahuayo Mishana Natural Reserve, near the jungle town of Iquitos (Peru). We offer international participants the opportunity to take part in ancestral indigenous shamanic practices, where one may experience – in a very friendly, safe, hospitable and supportive, family-like environment – several types of plant teachers-based shamanic retreats, all facilitated in English and Spanish by our invaluable friend Clever Hoyos Rengifo, who has actively co-operated with El Mundo Magico in Peru, since the year 2003.

 

Ayahuasca brew cooking over a traditional wood fire. Photo: C. Hoyos

Ayahuasca brew cooking over a traditional wood fire.

The Ayahuasca retreat: what is this good for?

The Ayahuasca retreat in the jungle is indicated as an inner vision quest journey in the wilderness, to stimulate creativity and inner growth, to find one’s direction, path and purpose in life, to heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, bewilderment and the loss of a loved one. It is also indicated for shamanic journeying and as a soul retrieval therapy.

The Ayahuasca retreat. Explore more and see what is included here...

The Ayahuasca retreat may begin any day of the week. It can be 1 to 3 weeks in length (longer periods may be agreed upon, if necessary). It includes 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies (per week), 3 rituals with palos maestros and with a giant Suni ayahuasca vine growing wild in the jungle (per week), 2 rituals of spiritual purification (per week), 1 Toé dream journey (per week), and 1 Camalonga dream ritual (per week).

It has a flexible diet where fish, chicken, fruit, vegetables, potatoes, rice, salt and sugar are allowed. It includes 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies (per week), Toé rituals (once a week), cleansing ritual baths, rituals with master trees in the jungle (twice a week), smudging rituals for spiritual purification (twice a week), and Camalonga rituals (once a week). Choose any length of time between 1 week and 3 weeks/22 days. The Ayahuasca retreat is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and non-vegan/vegetarians alike. Please allow enough time to fit 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 Toé and 1 Camalonga dream rituals per week during your staying. A one week Ayahuasca retreat is made of 8 days/7 nights, and it completes on the morning of day 8, after breakfast.

Our Ayahuasca retreat, typically includes:

  • Initial briefing and private consultation with the shaman.
  • Ayahuasca diet (little to no salt, sugar, fat and oil; no chilli, spices, alcohol, pork, red meat or fried food are allowed; chicken, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, vegetables, coconut water, salad and some fruits are allowed).
  • 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, at night, at 9 PM. On a voluntary basis of participation and subject to your health status.
  • 1 Toé Dream ritual per week (ritually smoking with the shaman the dry, rolled leaves of the Brugmansia suaveolens plant), at night; (guests doing the 13 weeks/91 days shamanic apprenticeship may also take – subject to the shaman approval and supervision – the powerful freshly squeezed Toé juice in ceremony, once a month).
  • 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 with palos maestros (master trees) and 1 ritual with an ancient, wild grandmother ayahuasca vine (per week), with the shaman, in the jungle.
  • 2 cleansing ritual baths per week, with the leaves of different plant teachers like Albaquilla, Albaca, Canelilla, Oriso, Shinguri sacha, Lengua de perro, Planta del Iman, Shara masho, etc.
  • 1 ritual flowering bath, towards the end of the retreat, 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 (include smudging with Palo Santo). Some or all of the following may be used by the shaman for smudging: the wood of Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”, botanical name Bursera graveolens, a mystical, wild tree related to Frankincense, Copal and Myrrh), the wood of Palo sangre (Brosimum rubescens), the leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis sp.), Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), Limón (Citrus aurantifolia), Achiote (Bixa orellana), Mucura (Petiveria alliacea) and Clavohuasca (Tynanthus panurensis), with the addition of the shell of Ajos macho (single clove ‘male’ garlic from the Sierra of Peru).
  • 1 Camalonga dream ceremony per week, at 9 PM.
  • Complimentary on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Programme may vary from case to case, according to the shaman’s assessment of your individual physical, mental, emotional and spiritual circumstances.

Ayahuasca Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

Ayahuasca preparation! Guest pounding Cielo ayahuasca vine cuts, supervised by Shipibo Maestro Ronel.

Ayahuasca preparation! Guest pounding Cielo ayahuasca vine cuts, supervised by Shipibo Maestro Ronel.

Several different types of plant teachers-based shamanic retreats
Choose to take part to:
  • Our intensive Ayahuasca retreat: FIVE ceremonies per week with Ayahuasca, the visionary “Vine of the Soul”. Complemented by two dream rituals at night, with the magical Camalonga and the plant teacher Toé (Brugmansia sp.). And a lot more… The Ayahuasca retreat is usually 1-3 weeks long.

 

Harvesting-Chaliponga-(Diplopterys-cabrerana)-in-the-jungle-in-preparation-of-the-Ayahuasca-brew

Harvesting Chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana) in the rainforest, in preparation of the Ayahuasca brew.

 

  • Harvest Chagropanga leaves (also known as Chagro, or Chaliponga – Diplopterys cabrerana) in the jungle, the powerful companion ingredient to the Cielo ayahuasca vine cuts, in preparation of the Ayahuasca brew.

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Shipibo Maestro Ronel, pounding Cielo ayahuasca vine cuts in preparation of the Ayahuasca brew

Shipibo Maestro Ronel, pounding Cielo ayahuasca vine cuts, in preparation of the Ayahuasca brew.

 

  • Prepare and pound the Cielo ayahuasca vine cuts, to be used in the making of the Ayahuasca concoction.

 

San Pedro cactus preparation, in the jungle!

Shipibo Maestro Ronel and his wife Marilu preparing the San Pedro cactus, in our centre in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, near Iquitos.

 

  • Optional ceremonies with San Pedro (Huachuma) the famed “Cactus of the Four Winds” (Echinopsis pachanoi), to complement your Ayahuasca, shamanic plant diet, or shamanic apprenticeship retreat. With either Don Armando, or – if and when he won’t available – with either Shipibo Maestra Celia, her brother Maestro Jorge Panduro, or Shipibo Maestro Ronel Chavez Isaman.
  • In special circumstances, one might also choose to do the Ayahuasca retreat with Maestro Ronel, especially those who are keen to experience his “Miel de Ayahuasca” or “Ayahuasca honey”, a special way to prepare the medicine, which makes it particularly thick and sweet…Even though we guarantee that you will find the Ayahuasca experience with Don Armando – our most senior shaman – pretty much profound and *very powerful*, especially when the brew will be prepared with the Puma chacruna plant teacher; his addition of the Cacao tree bark in the making of the medicine is also a welcome progress in the science of making a sweeter Ayahuasca! Don Armando can equally prepare a very concentrated Ayahuasca brew – in the guise of miel de Ayahuasca – but less sweet than the Ayahuasca honey as such. Strictly subject to availability and by advance booking only.

 

San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi, syn. Trichocereus pachanoi) ceremony with Shipibo Maestra Celia, in our centre in the jungle near Iquitos.

San Pedro/Huachuma ceremony, with Shipibo Maestra Celia.

 

  • Our intensive San Pedro retreat, with FOUR San Pedro rituals, TWO Ayahuasca ceremonies, ONE Camalonga (Thevetia peruviana) and ONE Toé (Brugmansia sp.) ritual (8 days/7 nights).

 

Sliced cubes of San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi), ready to be cooked, to obtain the San Pedro brew to be drank in ceremony at night.

Sliced cubes of San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi), ready to be cooked, to obtain the San Pedro brew to be drank in ceremony at night.

 

  • The shamanic plant diet tester, or pre-dieta. With THREE Ayahuasca ceremonies, TWO Camalonga (Thevetia peruviana) and THREE Toé (Brugmansia sp.) ceremonies per week. (From 8 days, onward; exclusions apply depending on type of master plant one is dieting with).
  • The shamanic diet with a single master plant, vine or tree, like Ayahuasca (8-91 days), Toé (10-61 days), Tobacco (8-16 days), Camalonga (31 days), or any individual master tree like Ayahuma, Chullachaqui caspi, Remocaspi, etc. (30 days, each). With THREE Ayahuasca ceremonies, TWO Camalonga and THREE Toé rituals per week. PLEASE NOTE: The Ayahuasca, Tobacco, Coca, and Toé dietas have a different set-up than the diet with any other teacher plant, vine or master tree. The Ayahuasca diet or pre-dieta has only ONE Toé (Brugmansia sp.) ritual per week, for instance. Don Armando maintains that more Toé ceremonies may conflict with Ayahuasca and negatively affect one’s power of vision. Alongside the Toé you also take part to TWO Camalonga (Thevetia peruviana) rituals and THREE Ayahuasca ceremonies each week, in the short Ayahuasca pre-diet or in the long dieta. Please inquire for details.
  • The shamanic diet with Master trees (45 days), taking an ultra-concentrated brew prepared with thirty-five different varieties of master trees and vines, ALL at once.
  • The shamanic apprenticeship, dieting with sacred master trees and teacher plants. Includes – among many more things – THREE Ayahuasca rituals, TWO Camalonga and THREE Toé night ceremonies per week. (Minimum 13 weeks/91 days – Maximum 26 weeks/182 days). Sign-up to download the FREE PDF programme for 3 months/13 weeks “Shamanic plant diet apprenticeship” training, in Peru. See below what is included in the shamanic plant diet.
    Learn more about the shamanic diet...
    Choose the traditional style of shamanic training – dieting with one master tree at a time, for 1 month each – or follow the intensive style of diet with 35 master trees – plus 2 plant teachers – ALL at once, in cycles of 45 days each. This second style of the diet apprenticeship will accelerate dramatically one’s learning process. The palero shamans we work with maintain that by dieting with all the master trees at once, one may learn the equivalent of what otherwise would take twice as much time with the traditional diet (dieting a plant/master tree at a time). So, if one opts for the 45 days training, dieting with 35 palos maestros and vines at once, that would be the equivalent of dieting with 3 master trees for 3 months/91 days. Conversely, if one were to follow this dieta style for the 3 months apprenticeship, one would be learning the equivalent of what would otherwise take 6 months training, dieting with an individual master tree each month. This as far as the teachings of the master trees are concerned.

 

Ayahuasca ceremony with master shaman, maestro palero Don Guido Tuesta Torres. Photo: C. Hoyos

Ayahuasca ceremony with master shaman, Maestro Palero Don Guido.

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All retreat types include – in different ways – the participation to Ayahuasca ceremonies, Toé and Camalonga dream rituals, under the expert guidance of Don Armando who now offers his healing services and amazing experience in our centre, assisted by our invaluable Clever Hoyos, who tirelessly acts as local facilitator and interpreter Spanish-English at the retreat. The San Pedro ceremonies and the San Pedro retreat will also be with Don Armando (or – when not available – with Shipibo Maestro Jorge, or Shipibo Maestro Ronel).

Retreat price, reservation and bookings

Bungalow in the Ayahuma venue.

Bungalow in the Ayahuma retreat venue.

Accommodation
Comfortable single-occupancy bungalow in our retreat centre

Comfortable single-occupancy bungalow, in our retreat centre

In our family-ran, ultra friendly space, international participants may relax in absolute safety and tranquillity, in comfortable, spacious (single, double/triple bungalows), each approximately 30 to 36 square metres in size. No dormitory-style accommodation. Standing availability, individual participants may have a whole private bungalow for themselves, at no extra price, exception made for private retreats. Learn more about accommodation in our retreat centre here.

Bungalow at the retreat.

Bungalow at the retreat.

Couples, and couple of friends may share the same bungalow, sleeping in separate beds or – if required – in double beds. Each bungalow has an en-suite bathroom attached, with toilet, shower and washbasin.

Shamanic Retreats: Price, Reservation and Booking

Sacred San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony

Sacred San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony.

The San Pedro retreat

San Pedro – the renowned “cactus of the four winds” – is an ancient, most sacred plant in Peru. The experience of San Pedro – like the Ayahuasca one – is indicated as an inner vision quest journey, to stimulate creativity and inner growth, to seek answers, for one’s own personal healing and to find one’s direction, path and purpose in life. Like Ayahuasca, San Pedro can be very useful in treating depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and alcohol additions. Despite being very different from each other, San Pedro and Ayahuasca ceremonies are conducted in a very similar fashion in the Peruvian Amazon (even though it’s a completely different story in the Coast and Highlands of Peru).

San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony with Shipibo Maestra Celia.

Whilst Ayahuasca uproots and takes one to the remote corners of the galaxy, and illuminates one with the light of darkness, showing endless chains of polyhedric realities interweaving with each other, San Pedro has instead an earthly, masculine, grounding energy. With Ayahuasca one may journey to the most remote areas of the universe, witness worlds upon worlds and an unfolding cycle of never completely revealed mysteries, whilst San Pedro makes one vigilant, alert, conscious of the surroundings, and – in a status of enhanced perception – one may experience a profound connection with the jungle, the animals there, fellow humans, and the inter-connectedness of all living beings. Learn more on the San Pedro here.

San Pedro ceremony at night, in our retreat centre, in the Peruvian Amazon

San Pedro ceremony at night, in our retreat centre, in the Peruvian Amazon: serving the San Pedro brew.

San Pedro Ceremony & San Pedro Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

San Pedro retreat. Explore more and see what is included here...

The 8 days/7 nights San Pedro retreat begins on Mondays and includes: 4 San Pedro ceremonies (at night), 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies (at night), 3 rituals with palos maestros and with an ancient grandmother wild ayahuasca vine in the jungle (in the morning, or in the afternoon), 2 rituals of spiritual purification and smudging with Palo Santo (in the late afternoon/early evening), 1 Camalonga dream ritual (at night) and finally, 1 Toé ritual, smoking in ceremony (at night) the Toé with the shaman.

On the first and sixth retreat night there will be an Ayahuasca ceremony (on the nights of Day 1 and Day 6), in between the two Ayahuasca ceremonies there will be four San Pedro ceremonies (on the nights of Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5), whilst on the seventh night there will be a Camalonga dream ritual (first), followed by a Toé ritual (after). The San Pedro cactus we use at the retreat is freshly sourced from the Peruvian coast (not being a native plant of the Amazon), and air freighted to Iquitos.

This retreat has a flexible diet where fish, chicken, fruit, vegetables, potatoes, rice, salt and sugar, and most food compatible with Ayahuasca will be allowed. The San Pedro retreat is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and non-vegan/non-vegetarians alike. Please allow enough time to fit in 4 San Pedro, 2 Ayahuasca, 1 Camalonga and 1 Toé night ceremonies during your 8 days staying. The San Pedro retreat ends on the morning of Day 8, after breakfast.

 

"Preparing" the medicine of the diet. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos

Don Sixto “preparing” the Camalonga brew to be drank.

Plant Diet testers, or Pre-Dieta.

The pre-Dieta (or plant diet tester) retreat starts from an absolute minimum of 8 days, is generally done for 2-3 weeks (depending on the type of plant teacher, vine or master tree one wishes to diet with), and begins on Mondays. It is pretty flexible in terms of food restrictions, and is suitable to everybody who can do an Ayahuasca retreat but would like to have a taste of the shamanic plant diet proper, in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle.

Shamanic Plant Diet Retreat tester (pre-Dieta): Price, Reservation and Booking

Don Armando blowing Mapacho smoke into the Camalonga brew

Don Armando blowing Mapacho smoke into the Camalonga brew he just prepared.

 

The pre-Dieta retreat. Explore more and see what is included here...

The pre-Dieta (plant diet tester), typically includes:

  • Initial briefing and private consultation with the shaman.
  • Shamanic plant diet testers or “pre-Dieta” with a more flexible approach than the traditional strict diet (yet, still no salt, sugar, fat, alcohol, tea, coffee, oil, chili, spices, pork, fried food, chicken or red meat for the first 9 days of diet; chicken, eggs, onions, garlic and potatoes may be allowed after the initial 9 days; limited interaction with people except staff; no sex). Food allowed in the diet will be essentially a type of fish called Boquichico, roasted green plantains, rice pudding (unsweetened) and porridge (unsalted). Don Guido also allows rice, salad and vegetables (all unseasoned) in the diet, at any point.
  • Diet with individual master trees, or plant teachers.
  • 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies (per week) with Don Armando – usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On a voluntary basis of participation and subject to your health status.
  • 2 Camalonga dream rituals (per week), at night;
  • 3 Toé Dream rituals per week, a night ritual with the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher, ceremonially smoking its dry rolled leaves, with the shaman; (guests doing the 13 weeks/91 days shamanic apprenticeship may also take – subject to the shaman approval and supervision – the powerful freshly squeezed Toé juice in ceremony, once a month). Ayahuasca diet only: 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies + 2 Camalonga rituals + 1 Toé Dream ritual per week (a night ritual with the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher, ceremonially smoking its dry rolled leaves, with the shaman);
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • Jungle hikes with shaman and guide, to get to know the medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the surrounding rainforest.
  • 2 rituals with palos maestros (master trees) and 1 ritual with an ancient, grandmother Suni ayahuasca vine, per week, with the shaman, in the jungle.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification, per week (include smudging with Palo Santo). Some or all of the following may be used by the shaman for smudging: the wood of Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”, botanical name Bursera graveolens, a mystical, wild tree related to Frankincense, Copal and Myrrh), the wood of Palo sangre (Brosimum rubescens), the leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis sp.), Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), Limón (Citrus aurantifolia), Achiote (Bixa orellana), Mucura (Petiveria alliacea) and Clavohuasca (Tynanthus panurensis), with the addition of the shell of Ajos macho (single clove ‘male’ garlic from the Sierra of Peru).
  • 3 cleansing ritual baths in the first week, with the leaves of different plant teachers like Albaquilla, Albaca, Canelilla, Oriso, Shinguri sacha, Lengua de perro, Planta del Iman, Shara masho, etc.
  • 1 ritual flourishing bath, towards the end of the plant diet, with different types of flowers of plant teachers. Traditionally prepared to attract good luck, prosperity, love and friendship in one’s life.
  • Complimentary on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Programme may vary from case to case, according to the shaman’s assessment of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual circumstances. The pre-dieta or diet tester is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians alike.

Shamanic Plant Diet Retreat tester (pre-Dieta): Price, Reservation and Booking

Camalonga diet (31 days) and types of Camalonga brews

The second type of shamanic diet we offer is the 31 days Camalonga dieta.

 Daytime Camalonga ritual. Drinking a cup of Camalonga tea, by a Master tree, in the jungle. Photo: Trenton Doyle.

Daytime Camalonga ritual. Drinking a cup of Camalonga brew, next to a Chullachaqui caspi Master tree, in the jungle. Photo: Trenton Doyle.

The Camalonga diet. Explore more and see what is included here...

The Camalonga brew for the shamanic diet is prepared by the shaman by first scraping Camalonga seeds (1 ‘male’ and 1 ‘female’) to remove the shell, then completely grinding the core of the stone and leaving it to macerate outdoors in clean water (better if rainfall water from the rainforest) for the whole of the following day. 24 hours after the maceration, the brew is filtered and ready to be drunk. It has a pretty bitter taste and is stronger than the brew prepared with the whole, unshelled seeds left in alcohol infusion. Past 48 hours from drinking the Camalonga tea, a dietero (male apprentice) or dietera (female apprentice) may continue the cycle of the diet by taking part to 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies and 3 Toè dream rituals per week (the Toè cannot be drunk when doing the Camalonga diet, it can only be smoked). In terms of dietary prescriptions/requirements, these will be the same as the shamanic healing diet with Master trees, or the shamanic apprenticeship via the plant teachers diet. No dinner on the night of the ceremony and no breakfast the day after the ritual. Allowed food: roasted/grilled fish, roasted/grilled green plantains, unsweetened rice pudding, coconut water, porridge, vegetables and salad (all unseasoned, with no salt or oil).

Camalonga brew in a jar, in sugar cane spirit infusion (centre), alongside Ayahuasca (right), and Palo Santo wood incense (left).

Camalonga brew in a jar, in sugar cane spirit infusion (centre), alongside Ayahuasca brew (right), and Palo Santo wood incense (left).

The second type of Camalonga beverage is used by the shaman as personal aid in a diagnostics or a healing, to enhance the visionary and divinatory experience during an Ayahuasca ceremony. It is also served during the Camalonga ceremonies exclusively as part of the Ayahuasca retreat. This is prepared by Don Guido by leaving in infusion in a glass jar, in aguardiente (sugar cane spirit), 32 Camalonga seeds (16 ‘male’ and 16 ‘female’ coupled seeds) alongside one ‘male’ and one ‘female’ bulb of Ajos de la sierra (garlic from the sierra of Peru, not to be confused with normal, domestic garlic) and camphor (Alcanfor), among other ingredients. The seeds are left whole, unscraped and unground, left to macerate indefinitely. The brew is left unfiltered, with all the ingredients left to rest in a glass bottle. Drinking the alcohol-based Camalonga brew does not require a diet other than the Ayahuasca diet itself and can be drank 24 hours before or after an Ayahuasca ceremony.

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

Camalonga seeds (paired ‘male’ and ‘female’ ones). Photo © El Mundo Magico.

The Camalonga dieta retreat typically includes:

 

  • Initial briefing and private consultation with the shaman.
  • 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies (per week): on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • 3 Toé Dream ceremonies (per week), led by the shaman; (guests doing the 13 weeks/91 days shamanic apprenticeship may also take – subject to the shaman approval and supervision – the powerful freshly squeezed Toé juice in ceremony, once a month).
  • Ritual cleansing and flourishing baths, with either fresh or cooked plant teachers;
  • 2 Camalonga dream rituals per week, at night, led by the shaman;
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification, per week (include smudging with Palo Santo). Some or all of the following may be used by the shaman for smudging: the wood of Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”, botanical name Bursera graveolens, a mystical, wild tree related to Frankincense, Copal and Myrrh), the wood of Palo sangre (Brosimum rubescens), the leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis sp.), Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), Limón (Citrus aurantifolia), Achiote (Bixa orellana), Mucura (Petiveria alliacea) and Clavohuasca (Tynanthus panurensis), with the addition of the shell of Ajos macho (single clove ‘male’ garlic from the Sierra of Peru).
  • 2 rituals with palos maestros (master trees) and 1 ritual with a giant and wild grandmother ayahuasca vine, per week, with the shaman, in the jungle.

Camalonga Diet Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

"Preparing" with icaros and Mapacho smoke the Camalonga tea to be drunk, in front of a Chullachaki caspi teacher tree. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos

“Preparing” – with icaros and Mapacho smoke – the Camalonga tea to be drunk.

The Camalonga Dream ritual

The Camalonga dream ritual consists in drinking – either during a day light ceremony in front of a teacher tree in the jungle, or else, during a night ceremony, with the shaman (starting around 9:00 PM and lasting between 2 and 3 hours) – an infusion of the seeds of the Camalonga tree, to stimulate lucid dreaming, enhance the power of divination and knowledge, and favour mental clarity.

The Camalonga dream ritual. Explore more here...

During the gentle intoxication with Camalonga one may feel more relaxed, receive visions, answers and messages from the Spirit world which may continue in dreaming, after going to bed, when the actual ceremony is finished. The experience is milder than the Ayahuasca one and – when the ceremony is held at night – the settings are very much similar to those of the Ayahuasca ceremony, with the shaman singing his icaros and calling the spirits, in almost complete darkness.

We now offer Camalonga rituals during all types of retreats, being these Ayahuasca, pre-diet/plant diet testers, Camalonga, shamanic healing diet, or shamanic apprenticeship retreats. No special diet provisions for the Camalonga ritual will be required from participants who are already following the shamanic diet. Please allow enough time for your staying, to accommodate 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, the Toé ritual-s, and the Camalonga session-s. Generally speaking, one may take part to one Camalonga dream ceremony per week in the course of the Ayahuasca retreat, and to two Camalonga rituals per week during different types of plant diet retreats.

Offering Mapacho smoke to the Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos

Offering Mapacho smoke to the Renaco teacher tree.

Shamanic Healing Diet with Master trees (cycles of 45 days each)

The third type of shamanic plant diet retreat we offer is the Shamanic Diet with Master trees. This is done in cycles of 45 days each and one will have the magical and unique opportunity of dieting with 35 different types of Master trees and vines, as well as Coca leaves, black jungle tobacco and Cacao bark, ALL together. This ultra-concentrated, powerful master trees brew is be drank only once, at the beginning (or once a month, if doing 2 cycles of 45 days each). In the shamanic diet with Don Armando one may have different types of chargrilled Amazonian fish, chargrilled green plantains, rice, rice pudding (unsweetened/unsalted), oat, porridge (unsweetened/unsalted), plus water and (occasionally) coconut water to drink. Learn more about the diet food allowed with Don Armando here. Celibacy is required throughout the training (and for a certain period of time, also afterwards). Personal perfumes and deodorants should be avoided. Should one have special dietary requirements – and is for instance vegan or 100% vegetarian (who cannot eat fish) – we can provided a more flexible diet as an optional extra and one may have also salad, vegetables and certain fruit. One should concentrate on their shamanic training and avoid going to town during this dieta (unless for a real emergency).

45 Days Shamanic Diet with Master Trees Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

The 45 days shamanic diet. Explore more here...

Don Armando maintains that it takes double efforts and double work to accommodate vegans and 100% vegetarians, as neither salad, nor vegetables, or fruit are otherwise allowed in the shamanic dieta and all non-customary food needs to be “cured” with icaros before being served. Following the strict traditional shamanic dieta with master trees one should only have chargrilled Amazonian fish and chargrilled green plantains to eat (three courses a day, except when there are night ceremonies involving the drinking of plant teachers or master trees), and water to drink. So you get as bonus oat, porridge (unsweetened/unsalted), rice and rice pudding (unsweetened/unsalted). Don Armando maintains that the traditional shamanic dieta with master trees needs necessarily to be strict in order to be successful, and for one to make the most of it, by creating a spiritual link with the energy and power of the genios of the master trees. This is true when dieting with a single master tree at once, but much more so when dieting with 35 master trees and vines, plus tobacco, Coca leaves and Cacao bark ALL together.  Amazonian fish is an essential food staple in the shamanic diet, however, Don Armando may also cater for the special needs of vegans and 100% vegetarians (who do not eat fish), who are called to do the shamanic apprenticeship or the shamanic dieta with master trees. In this case, extra food (which would otherwise not be allowed) like salad, vegetables, vegetables soup, and certain fruits will be included to compensate for the lack of fish. We do ask for a contribution of £ 240 GBP extra for the 45 days shamanic dieta, when participants are vegans or 100% vegetarians who do require a more flexible diet and do not eat fish. Don Armando maintains that in order to break the traditional rules and allow food not otherwise permitted in the shamanic dieta it will demand lot of more work on his side, to “cure”with his protective icaros the food served to our vegan/vegetarian guests and make sure that one’s progress won’t be hindered by the flexible food staple introduced. This special arrangement is only possible with Don Armando. And we warmly invite our vegan and vegetarian friends to meditate on the fact that dietary indications on what is traditionally allowed or not in a shamanic diet with master trees originate from the plant spirits themselves, as revelations to the shamans who simply comply with the indications received from the realm of plant spirit medicine.

Shamanic ritual with Don Sixto and apprentice by a Remocaspi tree. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos.

Shamanic ritual with Don Sixto and apprentice by a Remocaspi master tree.

This shamanic diet also includes Ayahuasca ceremonies, learning how to conduct and be protected during the Ayahuasca ceremonies, learning the practice of icaros (shamanic magical melodies and secret medicine songs), 2 Camalonga rituals (per week), 3 Toé rituals (per week), rituals with master trees and a giant Suni ayahuasca vine growing wild in the rainforest (three times a week), rituals of spiritual purification (twice a week, in the afternoon) and cleansing ritual baths with fresh and cooked teacher plants. Some of the rituals with Master trees will take place in the jungle of our Pumasacha rainforest reserve where even more and bigger Master trees are to be found. The Lupuna blanca and the Puka lupuna master trees – reputed by Don Armando to be the most shamanically important trees of the Amazon rainforest – are encountered in another rainforest area, located nearly 40 km away, where we have full access. The visit to this reserve to perform shamanic rituals with the Lupuna trees will be at cost price, and one is kindly expected to contribute towards the cost of the taxi or motokar, to get there and back on the same day (6 hours trip, including hiking in the rainforest and travel times).

The 45 days shamanic diet with master trees is indicated for a vast array of purposes. As initial (self-contained, independent) stage of a rigorous shamanic apprenticeship, for cleansing of the energetical and physical body, to eliminate brujeria (black magic) and spirit possession, to treat saladera, to strengthen one’s healing energy and capabilities (particularly if one is already a practitioner of holistic medicine and therapies), to protect one’s own energy field with arkanas (energetic protections from the spirit world), as shamanic healing treatment to address serious health issues (including drug addiction) and psychological conditions (like depression, stress, family and/or relationship problems).

 

Ayahuasca medicine being prepared. Photo: C. Hoyos

Ayahuasca medicine being prepared.

The most essential aspect of the shamanic healing diet – whether done for cycles of 45 days, 3 months, or more – is that the master trees will teach one (in dreaming and with visions) medicine and icaros (magical songs from the spirit world), will empower one’s life, and give strength and wisdom. The spirits of the master trees may appear in form of animals, men, women, spirit beings, elderly men or women, or “abuelo/abuela” grandfather/grandmother spirits (like the Lupuna blanca, or Ceiba tree, the “abuelo” grandfather of the forest).

Shamanic ritual with the apprentice, before a teacher tree. Photo courtesy: C. Hoyos

Shamanic ritual with the apprentice, before a teacher tree.

Please note: Perspective participants taking antidepressants or other incompatible medication, and/or suffering from incompatible conditions, may not take Ayahuasca, Camalonga, or Toé, but may nevertheless join the Ayahuasca rituals with the shaman, which remain essential for diagnostics and evaluate the progress of a therapy.

Shamanic ritual by a Remocaspi teacher tree with Don Sixto. Photo: Trenton Doyle.

Shamanic ritual by a Remocaspi teacher tree. Photo: Trenton Doyle.

Begins on Mondays. Cycles of 45 days each. Up to 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies (per week), 2 rituals with Palos Maestros (per week), 1 shamanic ritual in front of ancient grandmother Suni ayahuasca vines growing wild in the jungle (per week), 2 rituals of spiritual purification, with smudging (per week), 3 Toé dream journeys (per week), and 2 Camalonga dream rituals (per week).

45 days shamanic diet with Master trees typically includes:

  • Initial briefing and private consultation with the shaman.
  • Traditional shamanic diet with palos maestros (master trees) in cycles of 45 days each. Dietary requirements include: celibacy (required throughout one’s staying and for a period after the retreat; men and women might need to stay in separate bungalows for the period of their training); no salt, no sugar (except in special circumstances), no fruit (except if special arrangements for vegans or 100% vegetarians are made), no vegetables (except if special arrangements for vegans or 100% vegetarians are made), no spices, no eggs, no chicken (except in special circumstances, if one cannot eat fish and requires a more flexible diet), no red meat; no soup (except if special arrangements for vegans or 100% vegetarians are made), no bread, no pasta, no oil, no fat, no tea (except for lemongrass and lemon leaves herbal teas), no chili, no coffee, no stimulants; no medicines; no fried food; no pork meat; no direct exposure to sun and rain. No direct physical contact – including handshakes, kisses and hugs – with other people. Allowed food: different types of Amazonian fish (like Boquichico, Acarahuazú, Palometa, Sardina, and Ractacara) with green plantains, all chargrilled and unseasoned; special drink prepared with cooked green plantains to be served at meal times; rice served as “masamorra”, i.e. cooked in water, in liquid form, to be drank at breakfast time. Coconut water is also allowed in the diet (but no coconut meat).
  • Diet with over 35 different types of master trees and vines at once. Candidates for the shamanic/healing diet will be drinking as part of their training the especially powerful and ultra-concentrated brew made with 35 master trees and vines, boiled together for 8-10 hours, to be drank in a small Ayahuasca cup. The drinking of this concentrated master trees infusion will accelerate dramatically the learning of the apprentice. Typically, a decoction originally prepared with 50 litres of water will be reduced after cooking to just 2 litre of concentrated master trees brew to drink.
  • 2 rituals with palos maestros (master trees) and 1 ritual with an ancient, wild, grandmother ayahuasca vine, per week, with the shaman, in the jungle (the teacher trees are found in the jungle part of the centre and in the adjoining Pumasacha rainforest reserve).
  • 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week (usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), with Don Armando, at night. On a purely voluntary basis of participation and subject to your health status.
  • 3 Toé dream journeys per week, ritually smoking with the shaman, at night, the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher. With Don Armando, participants may also be also offered the opportunity to drink – no more than once a month, on a voluntary basis of participation and strictly subject to approval from, and supervision of, the shaman – the most powerful fresh Toé juice, subject to individual experience and circumstances). To accommodate all ceremonies in this busy schedule, the Toé dream rituals (when the Toé is only smoked, not drunk) may take place on the same night-s of the Camalonga ceremonies, either before, or after, the Camalonga ritual.
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca and the practice of singing icaros.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification, per week (include smudging with Palo Santo). Some or all of the following may be used by the shaman for smudging: the wood of Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”, botanical name Bursera graveolens, a mystical, wild tree related to Frankincense, Copal and Myrrh), the wood of Palo sangre (Brosimum rubescens), the leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis sp.), Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), Limón (Citrus aurantifolia), Achiote (Bixa orellana), Mucura (Petiveria alliacea) and Clavohuasca (Tynanthus panurensis), with the addition of the shell of Ajos macho (single clove ‘male’ garlic from the Sierra of Peru).
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with shaman and/or jungle guide, to get to know medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the surrounding rainforest.
  • 2 cleansing ritual baths per week, with the leaves of different plant teachers like Albaquilla, Albaca, Canelilla, Oriso, Shinguri sacha, Lengua de perro, Planta del Iman, Shara masho, etc.
  • 1 flowering ritual bath, in the last days of the diet, with different types of flowers. Traditionally prepared in the Peruvian Amazon to attract good luck, prosperity, love and friendship in one’s life.
  • 2 Camalonga dream ceremonies per week.
  • Complimentary on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Programme may vary from case to case, according to the shaman you may do the retreat with and in line with your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual conditions.

45 Days Shamanic diet with Master trees retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

Shamanic ritual by a Chullachaki caspi teacher tree, with Don Sixto. Photo: Trenton Doyle.

Ritually drinking the Camalonga brew by a Chullachaki caspi teacher tree, with Don Sixto. Photo courtesy: Trenton Doyle.

Shamanic Apprenticeship Diet retreat

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• “SHAMANIC PLANT DIETA APPRENTICESHIP” retreat (3 Months/91 Days)

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The fourth and last type of diet we offer is the shamanic apprenticeship dieta with sacred master plants and trees, which is specifically designed for those wishing to commit to the shamanic apprenticeship. This has an initial length of 13 weeks (3 months/91 days), which may be extended to a maximum of 26 weeks (6 months) continuously, for the more experienced who have already been exposed to the long shamanic diet in the jungle. We offer two different styles of shamanic dieta apprenticeship:

1. Diet with thirty-five different types of master trees and vines ALL AT ONCE, together with black jungle tobacco, Coca leaves and Cacao bark.

2. Diet with an individual master tree at a time, drinking a brew prepared with 1 teacher tree twice a month, for a month each. Register to receive the FREE PDF programme for 3 months/13 weeks “Shamanic plant diet apprenticeship” training, in Peru, for a full daily programme outline of the shamanic retreat.

The ultra-concentrated brew made with the bark of 35 different types of master trees and vines is prepared by Don Armando in a similar fashion to the Ayahuasca brew, boiling over a wooden fire for about 8-10 hours the bark of the teacher trees until the original 50 litres of water are reduced to just about a couple of litres, then filtering the decoction, and let it to rest. Have a look here to get to know the master trees which make up the concentrated brew to drink. The way the master trees brew is prepared (for the apprentice dietero/a to drink during the shamanic diet) is intended to give one a powerful, concentrated and very intensive, long lasting learning experience and differs from the conventional way of drinking the bark of single trees, one by one, for a certain period of time, left simply in infusion. Because of the nature and intensity of the training, and the vast number of ceremonies with plant teachers one will take part to, this is the type of shamanic dieta with more stringent restrictions on food allowed, consisting in chargrilled Amazonian fish, chargrilled green plantains, oat, porridge, rice porridge, water and – occasionally coconut water. All food needs to be unsweetened, unsalted, and unseasoned.  Learn more about the diet food allowed with Don Armando here.

3 Months Shamanic Plant Diet Apprenticeship Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

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The traditional shamanic apprenticeship. Explore more here...

 

The plant teacher "Labio de novia", used in love magic rituals. Photo: Trenton Doyle.

The plant teacher “Labio de novia”, used in love magic rituals. Photo courtesy: Trenton Doyle.

It starts from 3 months/13 weeks/91 days, as initial cycle/foundation course. Both shamanic diet apprenticeship styles include Ayahuasca ceremonies, learning how to conduct and be protected during the Ayahuasca ceremonies (also fending off bad spirits), practice of icaros (shamanic magical melodies and secret medicine songs), Camalonga dream rituals (twice a week), Toé rituals (three times a week), rituals with master trees and giant wild black ayahuasca vines in the rainforest (thrice a week). They also include shamanic talks, sharing sessions with the shaman (every morning, following the ceremonies with plant teachers, including Ayahuasca), cleansing and flourishing ritual baths with fresh and cooked teacher plants, master trees, colognes and essences. Most of the rituals with Master trees will take place in the jungle, in the neighboring Pumasacha rainforest reserve compound. The Lupuna blanca and the Puka lupuna master trees (reputed by Don Armando to be the most shamanically important trees of the Amazon rainforest), however, are only found in another rainforest area, located nearly 40 km away. The visit to this other reserve to perform shamanic rituals with the Lupuna trees will be at cost price, and one will only be expected to contribute towards transportation costs (by either taxi or motokar), to get there and back on the same day (6 hours trip, including hiking in the rainforest and travel times).

The main objective of this diet is, let’s not forget it, to prepare one to enter the path of Amazonian shamanism, the world of healers and master plants, and give one the essential tools to begin to operate in the real world as an advanced student of Amazonian entheogenic shamanism. The shamanic plant dieta with Master trees may not be suitable for vegans or for 100% vegetarians, as Amazonian fish will be served as an essential part of the menu. However, as with the 45 days shamanic diet with master trees, with Don Armando is will also be possible to accommodate vegans and vegetarians (who don’t eat fish) alike and have a more flexible food regimen, like salad, soup, vegetable soup, vegetables, and certain fruits, otherwise not allowed in the shamanic dieta. Because of the extra shamanic work involved, we ask for a contribution of £ 400 GBP extra for the 3 months/13 weeks shamanic dieta, when participants are vegans, or 100% vegetarians, do not eat fish, and do require a more flexible diet. Don Armando maintains that in order to break the traditional rules and allow food not otherwise permitted in the shamanic dieta will require more work on his side, He will need to constantly “cure”with his protective icaros the food served to our vegan/vegetarian guests and make sure that one’s progress won’t be hindered by the introduction of flexible diet food in the strict shamanic dieta. This special arrangement is only possible with Don Armando. Once again, we warmly invite our vegan and vegetarian friends to meditate on the fact that traditional dietary indications on what is allowed (or else not) in the shamanic dieta with master trees originate directly from the plant spirits themselves, as revelations to the shamans who simply comply with the indications received from the realm of plant spirit medicine.

If you are unsure on whether you can commit to the rigors of the shamanic/healing diet, or to the longer shamanic apprenticeship, you should opt for a shorter, exploratory, introductory “Pre-diet” (plant diet testers, anything from 2 weeks onward), or else, go for the Ayahuasca retreat instead. Or else more, go for the less demanding but still powerful and intense 45 days shamanic dieta with master trees

3 Months Shamanic Plant Diet Apprenticeship Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

Paying homage to the Remocaspi master tree. Photo: C. Hoyos

Paying homage to the Remocaspi master tree.

Shamanic Apprenticeship Diet retreat: What is included?

In a nutshell: it lasts 13 weeks/91 days. Begins on Mondays. Choose to diet with 1 or 35 different types of master trees and vines (mixed with black jungle tobacco, Coca leaves and Cacao bark) AT ONCE, take part to 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies (per week), 3 shamanic rituals with master trees and with wild black ayahuasca vines in the jungle (per week), 3 Toé Dream journeys (per week), 2 Camalonga dream rituals (per week). It also include one tobacco ceremony at night, ritually drinking a strong brew prepared with organic black jungle tobacco, and drinking in ceremony the powerful juice of the Toé plant (Brugmansia suaveolens), once a month.

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The shamanic diet apprenticeship with master plants. What does it include?
Don Sixto offering Mapacho smoke to a giant Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Don Sixto offering Mapacho smoke to a giant Cumaceba teacher tree.

13 weeks shamanic plant diet apprenticeship, typically includes:

  • An initial briefing and 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 – two cycles of 45 days each and a final day to get ready to travel back into the civilized world. Celibacy required throughout (men and women will also need to stay in separate places for the period of their training). No salt, no sugar, no fruit, no vegetables, no spices, no eggs, no chicken, no meat; no oil, no fat, no tea, no chili, no coffee, no stimulants; strictly, no pork meat whatsoever; avoid direct exposure to sun and rain. Avoid direct physical contact – including handshakes, kisses and hugs – with other people). Allowed food: different types of fish (like Bocachico, Sardines, Ractacaras, Corvina, Tucunaré, Añashua and Lisa pintada) with green plantains, both roasted and unseasoned; special drink (“chapo”) prepared with green plantains cooked in water, together with their skin, to be served at meal times; rice served as “masamorra”, i.e. cooked in water and in liquid form, to drink at meal times, especially at breakfast (no normal rice allowed). Coconut water is also allowed in the diet (but no coconut meat).
  • 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.
  • At least 3 rituals with palos maestros (master trees) and with an ancient, wild black ayahuasca vine (ayahuasca negra), per week, with the shaman, in the jungle.
  • Diet with 35 different master trees, vines and teacher plants at the same time. Candidates for the shamanic apprenticeship will be drinking as part of their diet the especially powerful and ultra-concentrated tea prepared with the bark of dozens of master trees, teacher plants and vines, boiled together for long hours, to be drank in a small Ayahuasca cup. Typically, a decoction originally prepared with 50 litres of water will be reduced after cooking to just 2 litres of teacher trees concentrate to drink.
  • 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week (usually held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 9 PM, with Don Armando). On a voluntary basis of participation and subject to your health status.
  • 3 Toé dream journeys per week, ritually smoking with the shaman, at night, the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher. With Don Armando, participants may also be also offered the opportunity to drink – no more than once a month on a voluntary basis of participation and strictly subject to approval from, and supervision of, the shaman – the powerful fresh Toé juice. To accommodate all ceremonies in this busy schedule, one or two of the Toé dream rituals (when the Toé is only smoked, not drunk) will take place on the same night-s of the Camalonga ceremony, a couple of hours after the Camalonga ritual, around 7 PM.
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca and the practice of icaros.
  • 2 rituals of spiritual purification, per week (include smudging with Palo Santo). Some or all of the following may be used by the shaman for smudging: the wood of Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”, botanical name Bursera graveolens, a mystical, wild tree related to Frankincense, Copal and Myrrh), the wood of Palo sangre (Brosimum rubescens), the leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis sp.), Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), Limón (Citrus aurantifolia), Achiote (Bixa orellana), Mucura (Petiveria alliacea) and Clavohuasca (Tynanthus panurensis), with the addition of the shell of Ajos macho (single clove ‘male’ garlic from the Sierra of Peru).
  • 2 cleansing ritual baths per week, with the leaves of different plant teachers like Albaquilla, Albaca, Canelilla, Oriso, Shinguri sacha, Lengua de perro, Planta del Iman, Shara masho, etc.
  • Flowering ritual bath, once, on the third day before the end of the diet, with different types of flowers of plant teachers. Traditionally prepared in the Peruvian Amazon to attract good luck, prosperity, love and friendship in one’s life.
  • 2 Camalonga dream ceremonies per week, at 9 PM.
  • Complimentary on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Programme may vary from case to case, according to the shaman’s assessment of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual circumstances.

3 Months Shamanic Plant Diet Apprenticeship Retreat: Price, Reservation and Booking

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

A giant Lupuna blanca tree, in the Yanamono reserve. Photo © El Mundo Magico.

Interpreter Spanish-English

FREE onsite interpreting Spanish-English and English-Spanish

Retreats are facilitated in Spanish and English, as a courtesy to all our guests.

Amazon river boat trip! Photo © El Mundo Magico

Amazon river boat trip! Photo © El Mundo Magico.

Amazon jungle trips and river excursions in private speedboat

Ayahuasca, San Pedro and pre-dieta retreats may be combined with our Yanamono and Four Rivers jungle excursion programmes, visiting native Bora and Yagua communities, watching Amazon pink dolphins, visiting the alligators and Arapaima fish farm of Barrio Florido and exploring the primary rainforest of the Yanamono reserve to see the magical giant Lupuna blanca, the sequoia of the Amazon. All included of private speedboat and personal bilingual guide Spanish-English (different from the English-speaking facilitator at the retreat).

“Yanamono” and “Four Rivers” Amazon Jungle and River Trips: Price, Reservation and Booking

 

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

Ayahuma cannon ball-shaped fruits. Photo © El Mundo Magico.

Cost, Payment, Reservation & Booking

All retreat prices are in GBP (UK Pounds) and are published at the relevant cost page at the link here. 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.

Cost, Reservation & Booking. Explore more here...

Retreat prices are published here. Initial deposit of £ 400 GBP p.p. must be paid upfront contextually to your reservation, to hold your spot for the dates of your retreat. The deposit may be redeemable against the final balance, unless cancellations on your side. You may also pay the full price in one go, as you see fit. Final balance is due, respectively, 30 days (for Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats) or 50 days ahead (for all types of plant diet retreats: pre-diet, Camalonga diet, Toé diet, 45 days master tree diet, 13-26 weeks shamanic plant diet apprenticeship, etc) ahead of your reserved retreat’s start date. You may pay by wire transfer, or with your credit/debit card via PayPal (4.5% flat fee for PayPal payments, worldwide), using the correspondent payment buttons and selecting your preferred payment option at Checkout, after registering your details. Upon receipt of your initial deposit or full payment (whichever comes first) and booking form, you will be sent (by email) the PDF agreement of participation, which includes a detailed medical questionnaire, 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 won’t be taking any medication and don’t have any (physical or mental) health condition incompatible with Ayahuasca, before booking your place at the retreat. Should you have an incompatible condition and/or are taking incompatible medication and still wish to come, you might still be accepted at the retreat but may not take Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Camalonga, Tobacco, or Toé during your staying. In this last case scenario, you may still participate to all ceremonies with the shaman, but without actually drinking any plant brew.

 

Don Sixto in the jungle surrounding the Ayahuma venue.

Don Sixto by a Caballo sanango white shrub, in the jungle surrounding the Ayahuma venue.

FURTHER INSIGHTS INTO THE SHAMANIC PLANT DIET

The Shamanic Apprenticeship and the Shamanic Plant Diet. Explore more here...

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Meditation in front of a giant Soliman ayahuasca vine, growing wild in the jungle surrounding our retreat centre.

Meditation in front of a giant Soliman ayahuasca vine, growing wild in the jungle surrounding our retreat centre.

Download our FREE PDF Programmes for the:

• “SHAMANIC PLANT DIETA APPRENTICESHIP” retreat (3 Months/91 Days)

• “SHAMANIC DIETA WITH MASTER TREES” (45 Days)

• “SHAMANIC PLANT DIETA WITH TOÈ” (31 Days)

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Achuma, Huachuma, San Pedro: A Sacred Journey Across the Mists of Time.

Mario Polia

Among the many scholars who have investigated the ancient and contemporary use of the psychoactive San Pedro (Huachuma) cactus in Peru, we would like to remember, in particular, Italian Archaeologist and Anthropologist Mario Polia. His impeccable ethno historical investigation of the ancient sources and records – many of which translated/published for the first time over many centuries – cross-referenced with important archaeological data, presented a corpus of precious documentation essential in understanding the practice of contemporary curanderos, as well as the ritual, mythical and religious context where the traditional healing practices that had at their core the ceremonial use of the San Pedro cactus originated.

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Huachuma, Wachuma, Achuma, San Pedro: Cactus of the Four Winds

San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony with Shipibo Maestra Celia, in our centre in the jungle, near Iquitos (Peru).

San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony with Shipibo Maestra Celia, in our retreat centre (in the jungle, near Iquitos, Peru).

“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.” Revelation, 6:1

San Pedro: The Magical Cactus of the “Cuatro Vientos”

Trichocereus Pachanoi B.R. is the botanical name of the night blooming and mescaline-bearing columnar cactus once known as “Achuma” and currently known in the Andean and coastal communities of Peru as “San Pedro”, “Wachuma”, “Huachuma”, or “Gigantón”. Botanists N. L. Britton and N. J. Rose were the first to classify the plant in 1920. It is found in Andean Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; in Peru, it also grows in many places along the northern coast.

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San Pedro (Huachuma) brew. Photo: F. Sammarco © El Mundo Magico

Local curanderos maintain that there are seven different species of San Pedro, all distinguished by the number of longitudinal ribs. The one they most commonly use is a seven-ribbed cactus. The rarest and most revered one, has four ribs. This is the sacred cactus of the Four Winds, the San Pedro of the cuatro vientos. Those who find it are thought to be very lucky (Sharon, 1978:39), great shamans or about to become such (Polia 1997:19). This cactus is also reputed to have special healing powers, in lieu of the magical link with the number four – and its correspondence with the “Four Winds” and the “Four Roads” – the supernatural powers associated to the cardinal directions, invoked during the San Pedro healing ceremonies (Sharon, 1978:39).

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San Pedro (Huachuma) retreat, Peru

“In the dark recesses of the Chavín temples the gods sneered with their feline mouths, with their terrible projecting fangs, with their distorted eyes turned upwards, perhaps as effect of the sacred drugs used by their priests-oracle, whilst their hair, eyelashes and belt were formed by snakes whose hiss was almost likely to be perceived. From their backs protruded wings or plumed tails.

For thousands of years the Andean deity has reunited in itself elements of the three animals to express the totality of power in the three realms: that nocturnal and fertile of the earth and of the dead, symbolized by the snake; that of the living, of which jaguar and puma are lords, and that of the uranic deities, into which soar the majestic condor and the eagle.”

Mario Polia 

(Translation by Francesco Sammarco)

 

We currently offer San Pedro ceremonies in the Amazon, as part of our Ayahuasca retreats in Peru, or as a San Pedro retreat as such (8 days/7 nights). Huachuma ceremonies will be held – subject to availability, and as an optional extra – by Shipibo Maestra Celia Panduro and must be booked in advance, at the time of your Ayahuasca or shamanic plant diet/apprenticeship retreat. There needs to be an interval of at least 24 hours between each Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremony.

There are different ways to prepare the sacred San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoifor healing, cleansing and visionary purposes. When prepared for visions, the cactus may be cooked for up to 10-12 hours. Depending on the purpose of the ceremony, the San Pedro brew may be prepared by boiling for several hours the sliced-up cactus on its own, or else, other plants may be added to the concoction, typically the Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) and Toé Brasilera/Toé Negro (Teliostachya lanceolata). Each shaman has his/her own style of preparing Huachuma and the purpose and intent of the ceremony may also decides on how the brew needs to be prepared. Maestra Celia only prepares the San Pedro brew with San Pedro cactus without the addition of other plant admixtures. Learn more about San Pedro (Huachuma), the Cactus of the Four Winds.

References

POLIA MECONI, Mario, Il Sangue del Condor – Sciamani delle Ande, I Nagual, Viaggi Sciamanici, Xenia, Milano (1997: 214), available from Amazon.it

Warning: Teliostachya lanceolata is said to cause loss of sight for three days, and must not be used carelessly and without the shaman’s supervision.