- sacred Valley, Peru
Its an honor to serve this medicine
Wachuma is a key to opening the mind, body, and soul to powerful healing energy.
Regarding ceremony and facilitation, I offer a comfortable space to have your own relationship with the plant. I encourage alone time as silence and tranquility enable a wonderful internal dialogue of revelation and mystery.
This amazing plant has been of use in the Ancash region of the Peruvian Andes for roughly 10,000 years, heres to another day of medicine from earth to soul
feel free to email, the cactus family is an ever growing network of lovely synchronicity
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Pat Blackwelder October 15, 2015
Maxwell has put he's heart in soul into being a great personal teacher for his practice of strength and well-kindness! Theses retreats are the best way to a beautiful reconnect to our basic sanity and spiritual reality that cannot be achieved unless completing a retreat from a professional spiritual leader as Maxwell teaches in most beautiful place of Peru! (Life just doesn't get any better!)
Cassandra Elizabeth Diegelman October 21, 2015
Maxwell's connection to, dedication to, and love for the medicine was apparent from the moment I met him. I believe this is the reason why my ceremony experience with him was unlike any other ceremony experience Id had before! A powerful and enlivening healing journey guided by a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend any medicine experience with this Guru.
Zach Gittins October 21, 2015
Max has been doing what he loves and knows for a long time. I have personally seen many third eyes opened resulting from his medicine, and he even assisted me in opening my own exponentially. He guided me through purging a strong addiction with the assistance of Iboga and I will forever be appreciative of this experience. His extensive knowledge of yoga and interactions with the body are things we can all benefit from. ThAnkyou , max!!
Andrew Fleming October 19, 2015
I have been a friend of Maxwell's for about 5 years, since his beginnings as an independent shaman/healer. Through the course of several months, he taught me how to harvest and prepare Wachuma (San Pedro cactus) using traditional methods of skinning and cutting the cacti by hand, brewing a tea, and drinking it properly, using a proper diet. I have used Wachuma tea several times with Max as part of personal ceremonies which we set up ourselves under his overall guidance. In all of these experiences, his advice and teachings were always intimate, professional, and most importantly, effective! I can personally vouch for his ability to encourage people to find their own direction. Max has always believed in unadulterated, pure experiences with natural substances prepared in a way that emphasizes respect for the plant and it's spiritual relationship with the earth. During our experiences and subsequent talks, Max helped me to give up my pack-a-day cigarette habit, and introduced me to yoga, kickstarting my own meditation/yoga practice, which I have kept for several years. He has also shown me the proper way to prepare and employ various other natural medicines, including Syrian Rue and Calea Zacatechichi. Max has a profound respect for nature and the love which comes from the Earth, which can be found through the ceremonial plants he uses. I would consider it a difficult challenge to find someone more passionate and respectful towards plant medicines and the ability they have to shape and solidify one's individual spiritual paradigm.
Kyle Devlin October 19, 2015
These plant medicines penetrate deep into the consciousness, revealing our own natural healing ability. When used with intention, breathe and yoga, bring forth an awareness of what 'healing' truly means. Realizing the importance of self-love, gratitude, and releasing attachments is but a glimpse of what these plants have done for me. Now I know, healing is a choice, and its only made now. After living in physical/mental pain and discomfort (the result of many injuries, including traumatic brain injury) for 10+ years, the discovery of these medicines revolutionized the quality of my life. Thank you Max for sharing this awesome healing love and light!
David Walton October 20, 2015
I've taken San Pedro many times, in the jungle of Iquitos and in Cusco. It'd alway's been a dry powder mixed with various different types of juice and it has been very unpleasant to consume, purging was easy. Retreats buy the powder as it is easy to store. The only reason I persevered was it is a powerful medicine. Then earlier this year I met Maxwell. His San Pedro, or as he prefers to call it, Wachuma, is liquid and he makes it himself, fresh for every ceremony. He explained to me that he extracts the celulos that the body finds difficult to absorb and causes the purge. Also, although this is a bit above my head, he said his alkaloid % is higher that generally found in Peru, that means it is stronger. Well strong it is. I have had some wonderful experiences with Max's medicine, so much better that I have ever had with the powder and I don't purge. Yes it is still unpleasant to drink, but less unpleasant than powder. I can certainly recommend Maxwell's medicine, highly. It's taken me on some wonderful journeys of discovery.
Linley Barba October 22, 2015
Max is wonderful! He has an extensive knowledge of and love for the plants he works with, which immediately puts one at ease and inspires confidence. The medicine is brewed in-house, and is the most powerful experience I have had. But do not be daunted, it is conducted with expertise, in a pristinely tranquil environment! Each ceremony feels personal, and Max is great at helping people navigate all parts of their journeys.
William Alexander Baker December 06, 2015
I have known Maxwell Wieland for several years, brought together and intertwined through synchronistic connections to friends and partners. In our time as friends, Maxwell's earthy insight into the growth and production of entheogenic medicines has proved invaluable. He is both farmer and philosopher, blacksmith and visionary guide when it comes to these sacraments. His knowledge of wachuma (San Pedro) and technical skill in its preparation have been partly passed along to me (I say that with modesty), for which I am quite grateful. Having spent all of May '14 in Peru, and knowing Maxwell's calling is finding full expression amongst its magnificent cultures, I cannot recommend him enough as a medicine man and guide. blessings, Alex
Rajit Kishor Patel October 27, 2015
I've been very blessed to cross paths with Max during my travels on the medicinal paths; it has been a few years and he has been a meaningful ally in the process. Max's knowledge and connection with the medicines is borne from a wealth of personal experience and guidance from plant-teachers he has attained; his understandings are very multi-dimensional and I've had the opportunity to learn many meaningful things in our works together. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and gifted in regards to the crafting of powerful and beautiful medicines and has unique rare understandings of their ways and workings that practically apply a solid grounded scientific awareness to the wider holistic process of healing and personal transformation. I genuinely have a good feeling knowing that Max is sharing his gifts and connection to medicine with a wider community; I look forward to the opportunity of being able to spend more time with him in the coming future. With Max's medicine, I have always been able to trust both its potency/effectiveness, along with knowing that it is safe and well understood by the crafter, that it has enabled me to feel at ease and focus on inner work, gratitude to creation, and connection to the master plant teachers and their spirits/consciousness. He has a genuine and unique relationship with the plants, their expressions, and their chemical intelligence... I would recommend time with him to anyone on a medicinal path...Wherever they're at in their journeys... from someone completely new to the realms to an experienced practicing-shaman of a lineage/tradition for decades, I can say their would be something meaningful gained in time with Max.
Andrés Gosis August 23, 2016
I have been on the path for many years, being a Medicine person myself, mainly Ayahuasca oriented. I was very impressed. Maxwell goes knee deep into the Work without bothering with pseudofolklore or ethnoturism. An honest servant of the plant, the lineages and Humankind in general. A truly inspirational colleague that has improved the quality of my own work in a single ceremony (and some conversations following up), and with whom I look forward to collaborate as soon as the fates allow. 1000% recommendable to people with or without experience, and of all spiritual allegiances and inclinations. Do drink with this man.
Aaron Melendez December 27, 2016
My experience with max was like no other! Medicine is extremely powerful would definitely go back with him! Thank you so much and will see you soon coming from Las Vegas Nevada us .
Diego Romero October 20, 2017
My experience with max was incredible, it was my third time doing this medicine, but this was the most powerfull ever. I like it a lot, and the way he prepares this medicine is unique, he knows a lot of this sacred plant, and i am sure that he have a strong conection with this cactus, it helps me a lot to understand more deeply some importante things of life. But i think that the answer for all this questions is love, and Max knows that very well. With San Pedro/wachuma you can conect more easy with this vibration or god. I am very grateful with Max and all the universe.