Shamanic Vida

We at SV are a ayahuasca healing center implementing positive shamanic practices into the lives of our guests through plant diets, meditation, yoga and ceremonies. The retreats are for those interested in doing deep healing work on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

*** We are in CUSCO

Travelers who come to take ayahuasca with us experience a myriad of positive benefits. Each ceremony is as unique as the person participating. Some examples of the healing benefits include: emotional liberation, clarity in life path, new perspective, purification of body, harminozation, emotional stability, clearing of blockages, awakening of spirituality, healing of moderate and chronic diseases and happiness. Please feel welcome to ask any questions you may have regarding a retreat.

Our mission is to spread knowledge of entheogens, create a community of like minded people and show how ayahuasca can be used as an entrance into the astral world and the myriad of positive benefits it offers.

The knowledge we practice is from traditional Peruvian shamanic techniques, both medicinal and spiritual. There is amble opportunity to begin the process of healing oneself, eliminating blockages that may be physical, spiritual or mental. We work with a variety of plant diets. These include, but are not limited to chiric sanango, ajo sacha, piri-piri, clavohuasca, chihuhuaco, nova rao and wayusa. Every person is unique as will be their experience and treatment, you must stay for 8 days or longer to participate in a plant diet.

Ayahuasca leads to a complete liberation of the travelers heart and mind. It has the ability to connect one on a journey within themselves and outside of themselves, connecting spirituality and scientific discourse.
Our modern practice is with traditional Peruvian shamanic medicine (shipibo, ashaninkas, quechua), scientific understanding and oriental techniques. The retreats are focused in guiding participants to understand how to heal themselves and travel astrally. We guide and prepare travelers before and after, on subjects such as nutrition, safety and practice. 

San Pedro or Wachuma, is known as the grandfather plant. It is strong and silent in the work it does, slowly opening your heart chakra and clearing emotional blockages. This ancient andean medicine paired with your intention has the ability to open your third eye, allowing for more creativity in your life, appreciation and understanding for everything around you. The treatment is optional for 6 days retreats and 8 day retreats. Contact us with questions

Yoga and meditation are a part of every retreat; we believe they are disciplines which pair well with the teachings of ayahuasca. These are lifelong aids in improving attitude, creating positive feelings, leaving behind bad habits, bettering eating habits, greatly improving physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Everyone who works with us at Shamanic Vida is dedicated, passionate and gracious for their life path in shamanism and guiding others. We believe everyone can have a fulfilling life and learn the power of healing and traveling through ayahuasca ceremonies. The work we do is personal and for this reason we keep our groups small (7ppl max). We look forward to your joining the community and taking the first step into your new life journey.

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  • P Seth   April 14, 2016

      For everyone who is seeking a gentle and legitimate introduction to the Mother spirit.

    My journey with the Ayahuasca medicine began many years ago.Whilst listening to one of my favorite podcasters, I was introduced to the medicine for the very first time. Needless to say the experiences that were shared by countless of individuals left me completely amazed that such a medicine and conduit to one’s inner spirit actually existed. Coming from a spiritual background I was well versed in the concept of self-introspection and was always quite comfortable with my relationship with the “universe” or what have you. Being the quintessential soul searcher that I am, I was always eager and curious to further explore myself in an attempt to slay some of the demons and traumas that have plagued me for many years. I was told that when Mother Aya calls you, it’s simply your time and I did indeed feel such a pull as my retreat planning was surprisingly a swift one. I had done much research on different retreats but it only when I found ShamanicVida, that my intuition rang and I knew this was the retreat for me. Obviously I was quite nervous by the whole idea of hopping on a plane for the weekend to drink some “magic” potion but I pushed forward anyway as the concept of not exploring was scarier than anything else including the experiences I had heard of. I knew I was ready. I knew it was time to restore my faith, face my demons and make a move to step towards the most evolved version of myself to date. My intentions were not limited to myself but also for all of those around me who also might not have been exposed to the best version of me. From the moment I woke up and got dressed waiting for Christine and Paco to collect me, I was very extremely excited! The nerves were gone. Before I knew it, I was together with Christine and Paco and my journey was well underway. Both Paco and Christine, gave me such a sense of serenity and comfort the likes of which is rare of people you just meet. Another indication that I was in good hands. The drive to the retreat was a pleasant one where conversations of Aya, other medicines, psychology, philosophy and history showed me that both Christine and Paco were very well read and extremely knowledgeable in their craft and with people of all types in general. I’m very careful with sharing the specific details of my journey and relationship with Mother Aya but I can say that the introduction to and the methodology, practice and execution could not have been any better as very soon thereafter my first ceremony, I had conquered so much more than I ever imagined. I couldn’t believe how easily and lovingly my mission was accomplished. I can’t thank ShamanicVida enough for their gentle guidance and mastery, all of which has finally enabled a deeper recognition of my own spirit and of those of everyone around me. I would gladly recommend ShamanicVida to any and everyone who is seeking a gentle and legitimate introduction to the Mother spirit. With Love, Pavan Seth

  • Ren Sm   April 15, 2016

      Eye and heart opening experience with wonderful people

    The family at Shamanic Vida will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we plan on returning at least once a year if we can. To start with, Chris was spectacular in corresponding with me before our trip as I was full of questions! My brother and I stayed for 8 days in March 16’. The accommodations were simple, everything was clean and the food was fresh. The setting was a peaceful haven to experience the life changing process of ayahuasca. Not to mention the san pedro journey which was quite nice on our day of rest. The staff was genuine with us and between themselves. We are beyond grateful for their support and their love for their job. It was clear they had our best interest at heart from the start and this is the type of attention that makes all the difference. We will be back. Namaste and blessings - Ren and Jaime

  • Santi Desoto   May 03, 2016

      Amazing!! A sanctuary for your soul.

    I loved my stay here! I had to cut it short for work, but fortunately I am going to come back to Peru and do some more ceremonies with them. It was such a powerful experience. I recommend it if you are seeking a real retreat and healing experience with kind and compassionate people. They make you feel at home and are full of positive calm energy. The facility is simple and beautiful, it has everything you need. And everyone was so peaceful and nuturing. I dreamed of Chris before I came, it was like it was meant to be I was connecting before I ever got there. I really liked that it is not like so many other places bred for only the ayahuasca tourism, everything was auuthentic. They offer a great service and when I had trouble connecting with the medicine the first time, they gave me an extra ceremony to make sure I left having connected. I am so grateful for that. The small attention to details really makes a large difference and being so conscientious of the people at the retreat. Marvelous job, I cannot wait to return,. I woke up today feeling like a new me and it is because of this experience.

  • Jonathan   April 17, 2016

      powerful, frightful, fruitful, cleansing and loving

    When I met Pacco and Chris they picked me up just out of Benito Juarez airport. We then took traveled for 1h or so to their small, homey, hacienda in Zumpango; where also lived an adorable Xoloscuintle : Mini. In the course of my 5 days I was treated as an equal and no bad energies ever were emitted by either of them. During the days, I was left to my self so as to concentrate, meditate and to canalise my learnings. This is excluding lunch and yoga sessions. When night was in full blossom, one of the them, and sometime mini too, would come and get me; and together we made our way to the ceremony area. The ceremonies, three of them, were done in traditional Shipibo tradition; with Ayahuasca originating and brewed in the Peruvian amazon -- by Pacco himself. When difficult passages would arise I would be taken care of; physically, emotional, psychically and spiritually. The Icaros sung by the Shaman were ones of incredible familiarity to the deepest part of my being. Its powers are true. The medicine showed me many facets of my being and worked through me a plane at a time. Indeed, the first night I had no visions of which I would define as such; but a great healing took part in me on the physical plane. The following night my heart was effected. The ultimate night my totality was overtook: it was powerful, frightful, fruitful, cleansing and loving. Moreover, I also underwent a SanPedro experience; which in combination with Ayahuasca- on a separate day- greatly helped me get in tune with myself, and align this self with mother earth, and, the divine manifestation of which the Earth, our breaths and all is part of. I have no hesitation in recommending this healing center to anyone to who hears the call of Mother Ayahuasca. Peace and love upon all them who read these words. Namaste.

  • Maria Fernanda   May 04, 2016

      Ayahuasca retreat

    This has been one of the most positive, life-changing experiences in my life. My shaman did an excellent job of guiding me through this trip. Even though my decision to do the retreat was a last-minute decision, he tried his best to get to know me previous to the trip, he took the time to prepare me, and the whole trip was enlightening and eye-opening. So many internal, positive changes in my life resulted from this trip. I have a regained love for nature, animals, and everyone around me. I have learned to find inner peace in the middle of chaos. I cannot wait to visit him in Peru and have another beautiful experience.

  • Jake Le   June 07, 2016

      Reborn in the Jungle - Ridiculously Eye-opening Experience

    If you are ready to do Ayahuasca, choose Shamic Vida now. You can thank me later. You will be picked up from the aiport, escorted over to the deep jungle (complete with tribes members dancing around a campfire with boas around their necks and feather on their heads), pampered, slapped across the face with love by Mother Ayauasca, pampered some more and you will have the most profound trip in your life. This is all coming from a greedy capitalist, atheist, right-wing conservative software entrepreneur who is describe by many as "the least spiritual guy ever". Spending a week with Paco literally flip my world upside down. I left the retreat feeling reborn and ready to tackle anything that comes my way. I have more compassion, positivism, and for the very first time am able to live in the moment. Friends and family all commented on how much of a changed man I am. Also, Paco and Christine are two of the kindest and most inspirational people I've ever encounter. Thank you Shamanic Vida for the amazing experience. Words cannot describe how thankful I am.

  • Jennifer Hammond   May 12, 2016

      My 2nd try at ayahuasca is now my best.

    A year ago I finished a retreat near Cusco. Though I enjoyed the experience, I felt it was not the whole healing experience I was hoping for. I suffer from anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Really, I had no idea of what to expect from SV, but was willing to try again and was blown away. The jungle is, I lack the words, amazing. It is too beautiful there for words. I was comfortable the whole time. Next time, I would pack less warm clothes and a few more shorts. The food was vegetarian and the chef friendly. I think the other guy who was a meat eater was enjoying it. This retreat opened up my eyes to all there is to do in mother nature. Never a dull moment. We visited the waterfalls and the ashinca communities. There was the option to stay and meditate in the gardens if that is what we wished to do. To describe the ceremonies it is difficult to do them justice. Each person morphs to their own ceremony. I can say that I felt safe in these ceremonies. Christine was there watching over us and it seems like she does not take the ayahuasca. I liked that at the SV retreat everyone was accesible and easy to talk to including our shaman Pako. This time I got to know my shaman a little and he got to know me alot. He was approachable and positive at all times. Last retreat I went we were banned from speaking to the shaman. Pako gives so much of himself to each participant, the chef was so nice and christine was really knowledgable in helping me book and make a reservation. The driver too, I do not remember his name, but he was a joy too. After the ceremonies with SV I feel like my mental health issues have finally dispurssed and all serious barriers that I had keeping me from living have broken down. When I took the medicine I could feel a tingling sensation all over my body, they told me these are called doctorzitos. Well they worked and I have been doing yoga at a center in my town and feeling very little pain since then. When you book or before, ask christine is my advice. She was great. At the retreat, ask pacco or a coordinator. Anything you are thinking, you will feel better this way and they know better how the medicine will work with you. Go to SV for a gentle introduction or continuation with ayahuasca and san pedro. If you are looking for alleviation of anxiety, depression, ptsd, exploration or anything else, go to the jungle with SV, it was more authentic and breathtaking. I am glad I came to peru again, but more glad that I chose to do a retreat with SV. Thank you guys, Jennifer

  • Matt Stanton   May 13, 2016

      Highly Recommend

    I recently finished a 4 day retreat. This was my first time in Peru. I gained a new insight about myself that I will be learning from for awhile. The staff made me feel safe and looked after the whole trip, but also part of the family. The shaman Paco had a verypositive energy during the ceremonies and after. On an intutive level I felt a connection with him. He is knowledgable in plant medicines and other practices like yoga. The ayahuasca and his songs were very powerful, and traditional feeling. Accomodation was well kept and I would recommend shamanic vida to anyone looking to geniunely work with plant medicines.

  • Neil Wienman   May 17, 2016

      A big life change

    I may write a long review, this was a great experience. This experience has helped me grow and open myself up to my wife constructively. You guys are in good hands, they did great facilitating the ceremonies, answering my questions and coordinating. We simply enjoyed ourselves and the experience. I would like to add that no matter how many sites you read information on ayahuasca, you do not know what it is until you meet the plant spirit. During one ceremony, I felt the ayahuasca strongly and was panicked and I am not sure what the shaman did, but I could hear him singing above me and the sound of his songs brought me back into the room into a calm state. Admittedly I had played out different scenarios beforehand and it took me for an unexpected, but necessary ride. It gave me a few very symbolic situations. Most of the ceremonies were hard for me, but I came out a better man. I am thankful for the people coordinating who helped me in this sensitive state. I feel free of anger and pain I had been holding in for sometime. Trust these guys to make a big change in your life. Your life will be better for it.

  • Orlando Pagan   May 30, 2016

      Third-Eye Fix

    The first time I have been to Peru and done an ayahuasca retreat. I knew this would be the place for me to heal my internal emotional scars and open up my third eye to bbegin painting again. Mother ayahuasca did just that for me. I stayed quite awhile, first the five days, then I decided I had time and could do more work on my soul. Arriving in the jungle made me feel as though I had entered the garden of eden, it filled my soul. The shaman and everyone helping are pure and beautiful, they welcomed me and gave me the best care. I even got to see them cooking the ayahuasca while I was there. This made me feel at ease. The shaman leads you to know yourself in a pure way and to the worlds beyond this one guiding you in a loving manner along with the mother plant. They were professional and I have recommended my friends and family to come see them.

  • Paloma García-Uceda Díaz-Cano   June 09, 2016

      Beautiful experience

    I spent some days in the beautiful jungle of Perú after a long year living in Oklahoma. I came back renewed and with plenty of energy to move back to Spain and start from scratch. Pacco is a wise chaman who shares his knowledge and his medicine with love and compassion. I'm feeling thankfull and wish to come back some day.

  • Fadia   June 15, 2016

      My shaman and ayahuasca helped me very much

    When I decided to come to the jungle to drink the ayahuasca medicine I was very worried how it would work out. I knew once we spoke among friends and from watching documentaries this medicine could be for me. The first ceremony I participated in was very difficult for me. I wanted to almost leave right at the finish. I did not leave and stayed 4 more days. The people working helped me very much. The talk I had with the shaman helped me to have more strength to take more ayahuasca medicine. It was only the first one was so much information for me. To be in the jungle was breathetaking so many butterflies and it smelled just fresh all the time. The rooms gave you enough privacy and for me this was very important. Eating was good not too special but we did have some different fruits with interesting flavors. Now I have been back, I feel this was a beautiful change in my life. The bumpy roads I was on with my family are now better. I am living in harmony and peace. This is something I did not think was possible for me at a time in my life. Everything in my life is better I know. It is hard work the people there do but it is a good work. they are always smiling and considering the people around them. The shaman is a wiseman and I could feel he was guiding me on my healings he gave me an herb to take home for tea to help me when I need to find my peace.

  • Scott E   June 24, 2016

      A center of integrity

    Having spent over 6 months researching where I wanted to take ayahuasca, I knew I chose the right place when I arrived in Tarpoto to the retreat center. The location is the perfect place to connect with nature. There is amble space for stretching, laying out in the sun, swimming and hanging around in a hammock. The grounds were well kept. My shaman Efren is an inspiration, he is doing so much for the people in the community as well as the plant itself (ayahuasca). Him and the other shaman pacco were amazing to listen to, their icaros blending together in my last ceremony, it was beyond special for me. I want to live at the retreat center, it was so good for me. I feel like my hand is always a magnet for my iphone and having it cut off I thought I might go crazy, but it really, along with the ayahuasca did something that is so amazing for me it is beyond words. There was down time, but I learned how to just "be" in the down time, it helped they did guided meditation to get us beginners started. Without a doubt I hope to return and will continue to practice what I have learned.

  • Elania   October 15, 2016

      A spiritual journey to knowing my higher self and re-opening my third eye.

    It took me some time to write a review, my apologizes shamanic vida! There are so many good things I can say about my experience before, during and after. For my first ayahuasca experience I had a plethora of questions and they were honest and kind through our e-mails and did not make me feel less "enlightened" for having the questions I did. When I arrived to cusco, they briefed me on options if I wanted to relax or walk around, what the airport would be like and travel times. It was nice not to jump into another country where you do not speak the language and be taken by suprise at every angle. Once we met up I felt completely at ease with everything like my alpha brain waves kicked in by being at the center. The retreats were relaxing yet I made a ton of personal progress. And I wont get too much into that, but it is fair to say I left a healed more centered and conscious person after 6 days. The assistants, the shaman paco all of them were amazing. I will plan on doing a retreat like this, for myself, again. It was a very positive experience for me, I came looking for answers and I got them. This retreat is trustworthy and superb in their consideration and care.

  • Ruthie   October 17, 2016

      An introduction to spirituality and meditating to clear my depression.

    The experience was more than I could of hoped for. I have been waiting to go for three years and finally worked up the courage recently. Pako is a gifted shaman and his counsel during difficult times was reassuring. The staffmade sure we were cared for and comfortable the entire time. I really felt safe and that was important to me. Thinking of the songs they sang warms my heart and I am just grateful for my time there. I work in allopathic medicine, but have come to a stand still with the treatment available to me. The months before I coming I consulted with my doctor and Chrissy about getting off of my meds to take ayahuasca. I was grateful to communicate with her and she really understood the process. After suffering for some years from depression and I knew I have to do something, life was becoming less and less joyous. The benefits I have recieved from this treatment I do not think I could of gotten anywhere else. Honestly, even in five years of therapy, I doubt I could feel this good. Now I feel like I have the calm and power to go where I need to in the next big steps I am taking in life and attract positive people because I am positive. My friend recommended I come here and I am so glad they did, I am passing on this recommendation to find time to go to peru and see shamanic vida for yourself, your spirit will thank you!



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