About This Center

Integrations Retreats offers transformational self-discovery sacred medicine retreats rooted in the three pillars of effective medicine use: reverence, surrender, and integration. Our gatherings are dedicated to the preservation of indigenous sacred medicine traditions and cultivation of the warrior's spirit. We are privileged to share our knowledge and experience via various retreats and sacred medicine guide training that directly support the Maria Sabina museum, Maliollin Indigenous Healing Center, and Toadal Luminosity, a Sonoran Desert Toad habitat and conservancy.

Our Warrior Sacred Medicine Circle is a one-of-a-kind rite of passage experience designed to ignite a deeper connection and synchronize your mind, body, and spirit. One of the most profound benefits of the warrior's journey is a deeper discovery of who you are. Armed with this knowledge you can push past barriers and start to live your life with an open mind, open heart, and a new willingness to connect more fully.

Our Sacred Medicine Guide Program is a unique opportunity to learn directly from our team of skilled healers, medicine guides, and facilitators via hands-on workshops and exploration of multiple sacred medicines. We offer Level I and Level II certification that teaches you how to work competently with a variety of sacred medicines in combination with the principles of dynamic sacred leadership and heart-centered service as your tools. Rooted in Mexican indigenous sacred medicine knowledge it unlocks historical and cultural motivations behind sacred medicine use and highlights the obligations, duties, and lesser known aspects of being a sacred medicine guide. This certificate program is for therapists, counselors, and others who feel called to be of service to those who explore sacred medicine or psychedelic spaces. 

Our Oaxacan cultural immersion tour delves into traditional Mazatec and Zapotec ceremonial mushroom practices. We trace Mexican sacred mushroom use back to its source in the mountains of Oaxaca as we walk in the footsteps of Maria Sabina, visit ancient sacred sites, and hold traditional ceremony in some of  the most spectacular and culturally authentic settings in the world. The 10-day tour spans three destinations; (1) Casa Museo of Maria Sabina in her home town of Huautla for a Mazatec ceremony, (2) San Jose del Pacifico, home of the 'magic mountains' above the clouds for a Zapotec ceremony, and (3) Oaxaca city for excursions to the ancient archaeological sites at Monte Alban, Mitla, and more. It's truly a 'pilgrimage' adventure for sacred mushroom enthusiasts.

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. -Rumi

Venue Highlights

OUR LOCATIONS
Ajijic, home of our Warrior Sacred Medicine Circle and Sacred Medicine Guide Program, is located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, about 45 min. south of Guadalajara, Mexico. The lake is named after the last Nahuatl chief, Chapalac and it is said that the first Nahuatl Indian arose from the ashes on Lake Chapala's Mezcala Island. Mezcala island is considered one of the four cardinal points in Nahuatl mythology.

Oaxaca de Juarez, one of the cities where all the historical periods of Mexico shine: pre-Hispanic, colonial, independant, modern, and contemporary. Boasting ancient archaeological sites like Monte Alban and Mitla, it serves as the launchpad for our cultural immersion sacred medicine tour to Huautla de Jimenez and San José del Pacfico:

Huautla de Jiménez, a mountain-top city and home of the Mazatecs, is rich with indigenous culture and millenary traditions including the sacred medicine inheritance of the famous Maria Sabina, Priestess of the mushrooms, and Julieta Casimiro, better known as "Mama Julia", one of the thirteen grandmothers of the world, heir of this ancestral knowledge.

San José del Pacífico is considered the magic mushroom capital of the world and home of the magic mountains. At an altitude of about 8000 ft. (2,500 meters) above sea level, amongst the clouds and surrounded by ancient trees, clean air, and pure springs, you'll find a truly magical place with panoramic views showing the incredible flora and fauna of the Sierra Sur.

Accommodations

DUE TO THE NATURE OF SACRED MEDICINE EXPLORATION WE EMPLOY "THE BUDDY SYSTEM" AND ENCOURAGE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. Our retreat accommodations offer rooms with 2 beds (double occupancy) and/or 3-6 beds (shared occupancy) depending on the property. The following sums up our retreat accommodations, for complete room details and photos please visit the Accommodations page on our website.

Our retreat accommodations in Ajijic, Lake Chapala are referred to as Locations A and B:

LOCATION - A
A private modern villa centrally located in an excellent neighborhood walking distance to the lake, shopping, and restaurants. We typically host smaller groups here for a more intimate experience, up to 8 attendees. Rooms are double occupancy with two single beds except for the master bedroom which has a queen bed and a futon. All rooms have en-suite or a private dedicated bathroom.

LOCATION - B
A private Spanish-style hacienda situated mountain-side on a multi-level property (must climb stairs) with many gardens and outdoor spaces, yet walking distance to Ajijic plaza, shopping and restaurants. Groups up to 15 attendees are hosted here. The hacienda offers a variety of sleeping and bathroom configurations. All rooms are shared, 2-6 persons depending on the room, with either en-suite or a dedicated bathroom. For complete details see our Accommodations page on our website.

Note: Sacred medicine ceremonies are typically conducted by a local indigenous community's appointed representative off-site at his location. Round trip transportation by our trusted driver is included.

Our Oaxacan accommodations span three destinations, Oaxaca city (Location C), Huautla (Location D), and San José del Pacifico (Location E):

LOCATION C
A large boutique hotel, merging traditional Mexican design with modern amenities, located in the charming historical district of Oaxaca city with a restaurant on premises. Rated 9.5 for superb location. All rooms have two beds and en-suite bathrooms. A king-size room can be requested for couples travelling together.

LOCATION D
A modest and cozy family guesthouse in Huautla, the home town of Maria Sabina, the famous sacred mushroom curandera. At an approximate elevation of 5500 ft, above the clouds, it boasts spectacular views of the mazateca sierra mountains. All rooms are shared with 3-4 single beds per room and a private dedicated bathroom.

LOCATION E
These Hotel Cabanas are situated mountain-side at an approximate elevation of 8000 ft. 'above the clouds' just outside the town of San José del Pacifico. All cabanas have a fireplace, two beds and en-suite bathrooms. The climate is much cooler than in Oaxaca city, we recommend bringing warmer clothing items i.e. jeans, sweat pants, warm pyjamas and a jacket.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic

Menu/Cuisine

All meals are included, typically 3 meals per day on non medicine days and preparatory fasting with 1-2 meals on medicine days. Meals are served either family style or as a buffet. Most of our meals are prepared at our accommodations by private chef except for a few restaurant outings. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know.

Directions

Ground transportation including airport pick-up/drop-off is included with all our retreats. Upon arrival you will be met by our friendly bilingual guide, Diego, holding an Integrations Retreat sign.

The home base for our Warrior Sacred Medicine Circle and our Sacred Medicine Guide Program is in Ajijic, Mexico, located 35 mins. south of Guadalajara International airport by Lake Chapala. (Elevation approx. 5000 ft.)

Our Oaxacan Sacred Mushroom Tour spanning three destinations; Oaxaca city, Huautla, and San Jose del Pacifico, is operated from Oaxaca International Airport (OAX), located about half an hour from the city. (Elevations range from 5500 to 8000 ft.)

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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