About This Center

Our center SankenMai “the land of the medicine” is 100% owned and run by native Shipibo shamens.  When you join us you can be sure that you are not only supporting the sacred medicine of our ancestors but also the Shipibo culture that sustains the knowledge for future generations.  We live in and serve the Shipibo community, so its our duty as shamens to see our culture which we love to continue to survive in this rapidly changing world.  We have worked with the medicine for a long time now, we know it deeply as it’s part of our Shipibo heritage.  When you visit SankenMai you will receive the great sacred medicine, the healing it provides and the protection it gives.  This is so because this is the work our spirit ancestors and the sacred medicine called us to provide.  This is our promise to you.


The most ceremonies with the smallest groups in the Amazon, available at our center.

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  • sean leahy   January 14, 2017

      The shipibo brothers Efrain and Walter are top class

    I am very grateful to the healers that I had during my retreat and the great care and help at Sankenmai. I had been struggling with depression and PTSD for years after serving in the military in the Middle East, needless to say I tried all kinds of therapies. I found Sankenmai on the internet and because of the small groups and high number of ceremonies it felt right for me. I received healing here like I could never have dreamed of, and feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my life. Efrain and Walter are truly doing something special here. The environment is so peaceful which allows you to truly relax. These guys really have built a great center, offering excellent ayahuasca retreats and are the kind of humble people that make you feel at home when you’re there.

  • jack brown   January 12, 2017

      The two brothers are simply amazing shamens

    I visited Efrain and Walter many months ago and I can honestly say it was one of the most important decisions I've ever made. They really help me with some life problems that were very difficult for me to cope with. I remember one particular ceremony with the help of the powerful ceremonies the brothers provide I was able to see my whole life in a completely different perspective in just one. The effect was so powerful months later I am still integrating it and remember fondly the time I spent with these two very talented and humble shamens. The experience overall has altered my perceptions to the point I see life now completely different thanks to the brothers help care and knowledge of the plants. I would recommend anyone without hesitation to visit sankenmai if you have the choice you will not regret it

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