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A Traditional Initiation –
The Ayahuasca Curandero Initiation Course is intended for people who want to take their study of the Amazon healing arts more seriously. Students will spend 40 days in the jungle with the Shipibo curandero don Enrique and our team of healers at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s remote Curandero School, drinking ayahuasca in ceremony 18 times or more. At the root of the course, students follow true plant diets with one or two sacred and powerful plants. A major focus of the course is the use of icaros, sung during healings and in ceremonies. Therefore, the Shipibo language is also a focus, as the icaros are sung in Shipibo. This course is held at our Curandero School, located in a different part of the rainforest, and which requires a bus ride and a 45 minute hike into the jungle.
Students follow an intense but abbreviated version of a traditional, authentic shipibo initiation. The accommodations at the jungle curandero school have modern amenities like running water, a gas stove, and limited electricity. There is also limited phone service at the school, but no access to internet. The food will be prepared by our experienced staff, adhering to the traditional diet food eaten during an authentic initiation. Students receive initiate’s clothing made by the shipibo, also according to their tradition. The AF team leads this course with total attention to the students and to the teachings of the science of healing so that everyone sees, hears, experiences, and understands plant spirit healing to the most profound level possible in their six weeks in the Amazon Rainforest. The six week initiation is held three times each year, according to the course schedule.
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It takes years to become a true maestro, but with the proper foundation in the principles of plant medicine, students can find their way much more easily down a path that can often times be confusing. The courses provide a basic training in these principles: how to prepare the sacred plant medicine ayahuasca, how to lead ceremonies, connect and communicate with spirits, do proper plant dietas, prepare a numerous variety of plant remedies and administer important treatment methods such as plant baths, vapor baths, purgatives, inhalants, massage, and work done with mapachos and agua florida.
Shipibo curanderos with decades of experience teach the courses, assisted by qualified, english speaking student healers, who translate the lectures and workshops led by the maestros, lead their own lectures and workshops, and contribute other complimentary methods, practices, and perspectives to enhance the learning experience. The opportunity to study in this way is rare but important in an age where the wisdom of these healing traditions is so desperately needed to restore balance to the world. It will take many more healers on the planet to achieve that balance, and the Ayahuasca Foundation strives to educate and train the future healers of the world.
Cost of the Six Week Initiation Course: US$4250
• Pre-program counseling session with AyaHelp.com
Gain insights into preparing mentally, physically, and emotionally
• Accommodations for three nights at a hotel in Iquitos
For the first night and last two nights of the course – the hotel has wi-fi
• Accommodations for 38 nights at the Inkan Kena School
Rustic accommodations with running water and limited electricity
• Transportation to and from the School
Comfortable buses take students to the trail to hike in
• At least two meals a day, always following the ‘dieta’ in the jungle
Fresh fruit, juice, eggs, steamed vegetables, rice, lentils, quinoa, grilled fish, potatoes, etc.
• Up to 18 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies
There may only be 16 or 17 ceremonies depending on the flow of the course
• An mp3 player with don Enrique’s icaros to learn
Listening to the icaros is a huge help for learning them
• Translation of all lectures, presentations, workshops, and discussions
Course assistants will also add their own experiences, teachings, and explanations
• Hand made ceremonial tunic
All made by the shipibo tribe in the traditional style
• Medical treatment for any conditions
Don Enrique will attend to all the students’ afflictions
• Healing tools like mapachos and agua florida
Essential for the study of curanderismo
• USB of photos taken and ceremony recordings from the course
Ceremonies will be recorded and photos will be taken during the course
• Many more gifts and educational items that you’ll pick up along the way
You’ll receive other gifts and healing tools as well
• Post-program counseling session with AyaHelp.com
Discuss your experiences and the process of integration when you get home