- Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Offering Tobacco/ Mapacho diets and ceremonies in a country house in the outskirts of Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Tobacco is a powerful Master pant, a teacher and healer. It is often used by shamans in ceremonies with other master plants such as San Pedro, Coca and Ayahuasca. This is because Mapacho works as a strong protector. It helps to protect an individual and the space and when used properly in a context of a ceremony it can help to ground, or connect better with the spirit of the plant dieted.
In a ceremony of Tobacco a brew made from the plant is drank and taken trough the nose.This medicine is a powerful purgatory. It cleanses the body from physical, emotional and mental toxins. One of Tobacco’s strong points is it’s powerful grounding effects that gives clarity and aids integration of transformational information and knowledge, bringing spiritual work to the material dimension. Tobacco can be an excellent ally and very beneficial when working with other strong master plants such as Ayahuasca and San Pedro.
A diet with tobacco is a process done over a prescribed number of days, usually 7-14, which is based on personal diagnostic. During the diet the participant stays in a quiet setting and mostly in seclusion from others with the exception of the curandera. Every day a brew of tobacco is drank, in a ceremonial manner, as a means to connect with the spirit of the plant and receive insight, healing, and knowledge. This can also be extremely beneficial when working with other powerful master plants as it helps to integrate and solidify transformational knowledge.
About the Tobaccera
Merav Artzi, originally from Isreal, has lived in Iquitos in the Amazon jungle where she had been studying and working with Mapacho and other Master plants for the last six years. Merav took an apprenticeship for over two and a half years with a local master healer to become a healer specializing in Tobacco. Undergoing a traditional shamanic study and coming from a western background Merav sees her work as being a bridge and a guide between the two worlds: the shamanic world and the western one.
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John Breitbart May 14, 2017
I met Merav in Iquitos, Peru and was blessed to be guided in a Tobacco ceremony with her there before heading to the Sacred Valley. After a beautiful and healing experience, I later joined her again for a 7 day Tobacco dieta in Urubamba. It was a deep and profound journey inward and I am beyond grateful for her guidance and protection throughout. Her Tobacco medicine is powerfully strong and intense but nicely balanced by her calm and nurturing spirit. I came through after the week feeling more clear and focused than any prior point in my life. So much programming and conditioning had been released liberating me from patterns that were clouding my judgment. One of the most healing experiences of my life by far <3
Ben Aspill February 21, 2017
I met Merav while I was in Peru. She was and is a source of wisdom and guidance to me. I would definitely recomend Merav and her work if you are in any way drawn to working with plants or want to experience deep personal healing. Merav is incredibly knowledgeable, not only about traditional shamanism but nutrition and human psychology. She is incredibly dedicated to her path and the unique work she provides is done with personal care and integrity. 💖🌿🌈
Josh G May 05, 2017
Words cannot describe just how amazing of a healer and person Merav Artzi is. I came to her in the midst of a major health crisis and there was no limit to the care and assistance she gave me. I have never met someone with so much patience in my life and my issues have taken me to a lot of healers.. Merav was able to safely get me off the sleeping medication I was on and transition me to natural herbs and foods to help my issues while we did a tobacco diet followed by an ajo macho diet. I am forever grateful to Merav for her help and care during my tough times and can highly recommend her to anyone in search of an amazing and well rounded natural healer.
Nathaniel Paul Foucher February 22, 2017
Working with tobacco through Merav was one of the most powerful and deep healing experiences I've ever had. I was looking for something to clean me out physically and energetically in order to aid and help my own personal transformational process. I got so much more. I was never aware of the degree and intensity of my own emotional frequencies until much of it was brought up to the surface and released through the tobacco ceremonies. Huge amounts of anxiety, fear, negativity, and physical toxins all came out and made it so much easier for me to deal with the core issues that are the source of my personal challenges. Merav's knowledge and support was central to my own process. I was continuously amazed by her intuitive capability and insights into my own state of being and always seemed to know what I was going through and what was needed to aid, benefit, and maximize my own process. Thank you Merav. The world is a better place with you in it following your hearts path.
Jarek Hajek February 19, 2017
I have met Merav around 3 years ago in the end of 2013 and my life was never the same. I was never a very happy person. Negativity, fears, anger, judgment, anxiety, tiredness were my companions for the first 30 years of my life. I have never imagined that there could be something else, a way out. Never believed in anything. Not until I have met Merav and through her the Tobacco medicine. Thanks to an amazing healing of Tobacco and Merav herself I started to live for the first time in my life. Soon I realized that before, I was living surrounded by a dense cloud, through which I could not see the beauty of life. Thanks to Tobacco diet and Tobacco ceremonies, thanks to Merav and her approach of life, her vision of life, her unconditional love, her knowledge of nutritions and healthy eating habits I transformed my life.. She has set me on the path of self-love, self respect, healthy diet, positivity and self discovery which Im following ever since. So yes.. Im recommending Merav and Tobacco to everybody who is looking for healing and is serious about it. Merav has my full trust and respect, same as Tobacco.
Stevie Woodhouse February 21, 2017
I met Merav last year after having several recommendations from people I had met within the healing scene of Iquitos. Having a indepth consultation with Merav she discussed deep feelings of issues that I had been feeling... I had said very little to her but it had felt like she had read my mind... her consultation gave me allot of confidence that she knew what would be of help to me... under her recommendation we booked a pre-diet before I would be conciderd for Tabacco. I can only say that the most beautiful spiritual exsperiances happened during that week... luckily I was alone with Merav and we where able to connect on a 1-2-1 basis which allowed me to see how much knowledge Merav has in many areas of healing... we laughed and cried... it was a very special time for me... After a few weeks of rest I had another consultation with Merav and it was decided that we could go ahead with a duel diet to include some other powerful plants within the tabbacco diet... I felt could really trust Merav to take me into another healing week. During the next week "WE" went through some pretty amazing exsperiances & releases... Merav never left my side ! An exsperiance I'm sure we both would never forget... her kindness, compassion and empathy that comes from a place of knowing and hands on exsperiances within her own life, from me, she can only be respected and loved and I give you my recommendation whole heartedly.. to a beautiful soul and friend xxx big hugs xxx
Brian Mac Kay February 24, 2017
I came to Iquitos in 2013 to do Ayahuasca after probably 60 years of up and down depression and all that entailed for me .I met Mirav for the first time when a friend asked me to accompany him to a consultation with a Curandera / tabaquera that he was thinking of doing a tobacco ceremony with. While listening to Mirav talking with my friend in a very serious, confident and professional manner I felt clearly that he had found exactly the right person to be doing healing work with . I have done tobacco ceremony as well as numerous other medicinal plant ceremonies with Mirav and have felt the healing qualities of the medicinal plants as well as the energy, sensitivity and insight Mirav brought to guide me in every one . I can not speak highly enough to Mirav,s knowledge and dedication to her calling as a Curandera / Tabaquera and have recommended her to many others over the years .I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking healing with traditional plant medicine
Tereza Tydlitátová February 27, 2017
I was sitting in a cafe on the edge of a crazy and beautiful city of Iquitos watching the jungle, wondering how I am going to find out what might be the next step for me. It was a long way to get to this cafe and all this place was far different from what I expected to arrive in. I was excited I made it here, but confused and worried because I couldn’t feel the direction so well anymore from this point. I could see many possibilities floating, popping up and jumping on me from all different sides in this amazon capital, but none of them really felt like mine to continue with. Almost everybody talked about medicine all around as if it was something you can buy easily on every corner like a refresco. It seemed strange to me. I felt the medicine was here, I was watching the amazing Itaya river and the sea of trees in front of me, there just seemed to be many other things around, some confusion happening and it was making me confused as well. That was when I first met Merav. She looked like she did not belong to this place and yet was grown together with it at the same time. She talked about medicine as well, when I asked her. But her energy was different and there was some shine through that resonated somewhere distant with me. I gave my trust to this lady and asked her to see me and give me medicine. Looking back I thank God for this meeting. Merav, through her work with plants, helped me as a guide in a very fragile point on my way, in a very confusing and confused place, that I wasn’t prepared for. She helped me as a guide on different levels. Through her work she helped me to reconnect better back to myself and be able to feel and understand through experience Tobacoo and plants let me enter, that I can continue, If I choose to, and how in that point in my life. Which happened to be a very important one for me. There is a lot of gratitude, love and respect in my heart for Merav, dear friend.
Anna February 28, 2017
After some deep experiences with Ayahuasca, I really needed to ground myself, that’s when Merav appeared. From the first meeting, I felt lots of concentration, clarity and sharpness in her. We did 3 diets together and each time it helped me to root more and more. Tabacco is such a beautiful medicine, connecting one with the Earth, teaching to be present here and now. Merav has a deep connection with Tobacco, during the diet, her presence and guidance are very precious, helping one to understand better the language of the plants. Thank you sister for this experiences, your gentle care and all the sharing !
Jørgen Einarson Dretvik March 01, 2017
I meet Merav Artzi trough a friend, and after talking and her givin me a diagnosis I could tell that a week with her and the tobacoo plant was just what I needed. She was just so spot on conserning my condition. During our week with the plant I had amazin experiences through dreams and insights, and every day I had talks with Merav about what happened to me. She is a great listener and she has an ability to but symbols and metaphores into context. And I felt she had the role as a interpreter between me and the plant, helping me too understand its language and the way it was communicating with me, and also how I could use the information that it was giving me. As the week went by we got deeper and deeper into the medicine and I feelt more and more that I could completly give my trust to Merav and the whole prosess I was getttin into, and I was able to share absolutely everything and anything that came up in me, wich was extremly healing in it self (to feel that kind of trust). And this is something that still stays with me at all times. I give my all to support Merav and her work with Tobacoo.....Always..... Blessings from Norway :) Jørgen
Zuzana Selva March 07, 2017
I've know Merav for 5 years, apart from personally experiencing her healing work in tobacco ceremonies (which were for sure a big part of my healing process), I've had a chance to witness her working with other people and seeing them going through life changing experiences. Merav has beautiful connection with the medicine, guiding you with love and compassion through your process. She is very intuitive and caring, has wide knowledge about plants, herbs, nutrition and natural supplements. I feel blessed she is my dear friend.
Valentina Gorbacheva March 23, 2017
I have known Merav for about 2 years. I met her in Iquitos. My friend invited me to meet her as I heard that she does tobacco ceremonies. So we met and just chatted about medicine, her work, got to know each other..She is very centred, wise and very grounded person. Lots of knowledge. She told me about the diets she did and they way it was done, which was very important to me. She studied with a well known master in Iquitos. Tobacco is a serious medicine and you need to pick your tabacero wisely. I trusted myself and Merav so few weeks later I came for my first ceremony. After I drank the tea I knew I made the right choice and it was 100% confirmed after ceremony was finished. Merav is a great healer. Her ikaros and connection to the medicine is out of this world! We also did a diagnose prior ceremony so we would know what we need to work on. Since then I had 2 more ceremonies with tabacco and Merav in Iquitos, and then she moved to Cuzco. Oh well.. If you are seeking for a deep spiritual healing and cleanse of your body and soul, remove blockages , be more grounded and find your centre- tabacco is a great healer and Merav is a truly wonderful person to introduce you to it. I believe that the work she does is pure, comes from her heart with lots of love and care.
Caden Middleton June 04, 2017
I not sure where to begin with my expression of gratitude for Merav. What a wonderful, wonderful women who has helped guide me along my journey of healing and compassion. I met Merav the first time that I went to Peru and new as soon as I met her she was the Shaman for me. I had the incredible opportunity to live with Merav for three months as I was working with the plant medicines of the Amazon. I also had the blessing of meeting many other Shaman's on my journey and can say with all of my heart that she is one of the best... I think of my experiences we shared together on a daily basis. I plan on returning in June of 2018 to continue my training and healing and can't wait to see her again. Merav, thank you so, so very much for the things that you taught me. If you are looking for a healer, look no further than Merav. Much love.
Noelia Albanesi July 07, 2017
Conocí a Merav en 2015 en Iquitos. Volví a visitarla en 2016. En ambas oportunidades tuvimos charlas y recomendaciones sobre puntos a trabajar que fueron acertados. Sin dudas es una mujer que sabe lo que hace. Sensible, clara, experimentada, dispuesta a ayudar y brindar su saber. Una maestra.
Martina Chvatalova July 09, 2017
I was lucky to experience a private retreat with Merav. It took place in a little village called Llanchama surrounded by the jungle, about an hour off Iquitos. We spent a week in that little paradise. We only ate fruits and vegetables. Every night there was a shamanic ceremony during which Merav sang healing songs and I had to drink a medicine that Merav prepared for me. My diet was based on Ajo Macho (male garlic). During the day I had to fulfil various spiritual tasks, I practiced yoga, mediation and we also swam in the Nanay river. I could never remember my dreams, but during the diet I had a very vivid, sometimes magical dreams that I remembered and each morning I discussed them with Merav. The diet helped me to clean my body, my mind, to connect with my spirituality and to get rid off some negative memories. I was also able to forgive myself for the bad things that I have done, and to forget other people that somehow hurt me in the past. Merav is an experienced and empathic healer. I felt great in her company and trusted her completely. It was indeed a life changing experience that I can strongly recommend to everyone.
Gemini Adams August 06, 2017
I came to Peru to work at a treatment center in the jungle with an intuitive message that I'd be going to the Sacred Valley to work with a female healer. Sure enough ..... through a series of synchronistic events Merav's name came to me a few times. I knew I was being called to work with Mapacho but wasn't brave enough to work with an indiginious shaman where the language barrier would be an issue. However, it became clear during the dieta that this wasn't the only language influence. For me personally there was something extremely powerful about dieting with a women, who understood my trials and tribulations, could speak the inner language of womanhood while I was seeking to deepen my relationship with this more masculine plant and my wounding in relation to men. What an incredible journey it was. She nurtured when needed and nudged when it was necessary. I didn't go with any specific ailments, but I had seen how much she nourished those who did. The dieta wasn't overly challenging for me, although there were a couple of moments, and she was right there by my side when needed. Her knowledge, deep wisdom and dedication to healing others is what really shone through. And, the benefit of being surrounded by beautiful mountains, crisp fresh air, here delicious cooking and very cute dogs really aided this, particularly as it was my first forray into the world of isolation diets. She has a real gift. Thank you Merav!