8 days Ayahuasca healing retreat, Psychotherapy, Yoga and social responsibility.

About us

Our 8 day ayahuasca retreats have been developed with both Qero Andes priest and Amazonian Shipibo healer Shaman. They come from families with traditions of shamanism, using centuries-old traditions and techniques. The retreat is run in a traditional manner extending from the way the plant medicine is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of the Shipibo and Qero cultures.The traditional base of the retreat is tempered with modern medical practices to ensure our guest safety and allow them to assimilate the experience in the best way possible. This retreat include four Ayahuasca ceremonies.

  • Etnikas has a multi-disciplinary health team consisting of a Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, General Practitioner, Emergency nurse who complement the highly experienced native Andean and Amazonian shaman.
  • A Doctor is on site 24 hours a day during retreats with access to a full range of state of the art emergency medical equipment.
  • We have been operating for over 30 years (much longer than other retreat centers) and safety has always been our top priority.
  • We have a vast amount with over 7200 satisfied guests coming to our center.
  • Located in the Sacred Valley, two hours drive from Machupicchu

MANDATORY: Please you must send by email (scan) and bring to Cusco a letter/note from your doctor outlining your good health or general health status. This document is mandatory for you to be able to participate in the retreat. If you cannot bring the note, you will have to make a check up in Cusco with a doctor specialist on the day of the water. This check up will be for an extra cost of $55 US.

If you have any physical or psychological medical conditions or are under any medication treatment, please let us know before you book your retreat.

People over 50 years old require a stress test to be preformed. This can be done in your country of origin or in Cusco for a charge of $55 US.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You are required to arrive a day before your retreat so that you’re able to detoxify your system with medicinal volcanic spring water. We will look to meet at Etnikas water place at 10am one day before the start of the retreat. You are required to be nil by mouth for 3-4 hours before this process begins. The process takes approximately 3 hours. After the purge you are able to eat and reconvene your regular activities under the restrictions listed.

You most book a hotel by yourself for this night, if you like we can recommend you some places, and they arrange as well transfer from the airport to the hotel.

The next day we will look to meet at the same place at 10:00am. From there we will travel by shuttle bus to the retreat center. You are required to fast and drink just water.

PRE RETREAT RESTRICTIONS

-Do not consume illicit drugs, alcohol, coffee or chocolate two weeks prior to your Ayahuasca ceremony.

-Do not take any medical prescription drugs, antibiotics, injections, pills, or others.

-Sex: It is recommended that you refrain from having sex or masturbating for two weeks before the retreat as this can reduce physical energy levels making it harder to cope with the effects of ayahuasca.

-Food: Eat well. Good organic food is recommended. In terms of meat if you are not vegetarian you can consume chicken or fish. To strengthen the brain we recommend eating ceviche (Peruvian food) and tiger’s milk (non-spicy_ sin aji ) this is a concentrate juice of the ceviche. Avoid canned food, red meat and pork, cold cuts, spicy food and excessive salt and sugar.

During retreat restrictions:

-During your stay with Etnika’s we remind you that it is not permitted to smoke, drink alcohol or to take any type of prescription or non-prescription drugs without consulting us.

-We indicate that the women who are menstruating or pregnant abstain from participating. Period pain and discomfort may result in a negative experience while journeying with Ayahuasca. However, if you do not experience sever pain or discomfort then it is ok for you partake. We recommend waiting till the second or third day of a period to allow you to gauge the intensity of the pain.

– Sex is not permitted during the retreat.

Altitude sickness

Cusco is 3500m above sea level and people sometimes get sick from spending time at this altitude. There are several forms of medication that can be taking to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness but the interaction of some of this medication can have negative effects with Ayahuasca. For this reason, we recommend you look to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness by drinking coca leaf tea which is commonly available in guest houses and hotels. We suggest you that you drink coca leaf tea at the airport or on your flight to Cusco as this will help to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, you can also buy shot of oxygen at the airport. If symptoms become sever please let us know.

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Event Highlights

  • Your retreat will be overseen by 2 to 4 shamans Andean Qeros and Amazonian Shipibo.
  • A doctor available on site 24 hours a day during the retreat.
  • Small groups of up to 12 people allow us to maximize the safety, comfort, and personalized attention of the retreats for our guests.
  • A nurse experienced in emergency medical care will be present during the ayahuasca ceremony.
  • A physical check conducted by a nurse to ensure guests are calm and stable after returning from their journeys before going to bed.
  • A nurse monitors guests throughout the night to ensure their comfort and wellbeing.
  • A psychologist helps guests to interpret their experiences on an individual basis together with the shaman. Consultations are available before and after the ayahuasca ceremonies.
  • The psychologist will make a follow up call to guest’s one/two weeks POST retreat.
  • Physical and psychological health questionnaire to evaluate risk factors. A doctor, psychologist and a nurse are in charge of verifying the medical records and detecting any medical contraindications a person may have with Ayahuasca before the booking stage.
  • Purgative medicinal volcanic water (Physical and psychological preparation before taking ayahuasca)
  • Coca leaves ceremony (unification of group energy)
  • Cleansing and floral ceremony (Therapy of forgiveness)
  • Four Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Offering of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth.
  • Experienced assistant / translator to guide guests thought the retreat with processing and integrating the healing experiences.
  • Individual consultations with the shaman and psychology to discuss your experiences and healing process
  • Group meetings to share your experiences
  • A nurse experienced in emergency medical care will be present during the ayahuasca ceremony.
  • A physical check conducted by a nurse to ensure guests are calm and stable after returning from their journeys before going to bed.
  • A nurse monitors guests throughout the night to ensure their comfort and wellbeing.
  • A psychologist helps guests to interpret their experiences on an individual basis together with the shaman. Consultations are available before and after the ayahuasca ceremonies.
  • The psychologist will make a follow up call to guest’s one/two weeks POST retreat.
  • A doctor available on site during the day
  • Physical and psychological health questionnaire to evaluate risk factors. A doctor, psychologist and a nurse are in charge of verifying the medical records and detecting any medical contraindications a person may have with Ayahuasca before the booking stage.
  • Basic medical check to ensure physical suitability a day before the start of the retreat
  • Five different healings (Inca shamanic healing technique)
  • Two Yoga classes for relaxation and one meditation
  • A full body massages
  • Three social responsibility activities with Human Actions
  • Two group walk to the inca archeological temple and Señor de Huanca
  • All food and drinks is a delicious simple vegetarian diet suitable for working with medicinal plants/ Ayahuasca
  • Translation from Quechua/Spanish to English
  • All transport to and from the retreat center
  • Accommodation – within our facilities you may find the basic life necessities such as shared bedrooms with a capacity of three people as well as shared bathrooms.
  • All retreat facilitated in English
  • It is good for you to know that different parties of people may overlap at the retreat, but they will never be more than 12 participants for any giving Ayahuasca ceremony.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:
  • You are required to arrive a day before your retreat so that you’re able to detoxify your system with medicinal volcanic spring water. We will look to meet at Etnikas water place at 10am one day before the start of the retreat. You are required to be nil by mouth for 3-4 hours before this process begins. The process takes approximately 3 hours. After the purge you are able to eat and reconvene your regular activities under the restrictions listed.
  • You most book a hotel by yourself for this night, if you like we can recommend you some places, and they arrange as well transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • The next day we will look to meet at the same place at 10:00am. From there we will travel by shuttle bus to the retreat center. You are required to fast and drink just water.
  • PRE RETREAT RESTRICTIONS
  • -Do not consume illicit drugs, alcohol, coffee or chocolate two weeks
  • prior to your Ayahuasca ceremony.
  • -Do not take any medical prescription drugs, antibiotics, injections,
  • pills, or others.
  • -Sex: It is recommended that you refrain from having sex or masturbating
  • for two weeks before the retreat as this can reduce physical energy levels
  • making it harder to cope with the effects of ayahuasca.
  • -Food: Eat well. Good organic food is recommended. In terms of meat if
  • you are not vegetarian you can consume chicken or fish. To strengthen the brain
  • we recommend eating ceviche (Peruvian food) and tiger's milk (non-spicy_ sin
  • aji ) this is a concentrate juice of the ceviche. Avoid canned food, red
  • meat and pork, cold cuts, spicy food and excessive salt and sugar.
  • During retreat restrictions:
  • -During your stay with Etnika’s we remind you that it is not permitted
  • to smoke, drink alcohol or to take any type of prescription or non-prescription
  • drugs without consulting us.
  • -We indicate that the women who are menstruating or pregnant abstain
  • from participating. Period pain and discomfort may result in a negative experience while journeying with Ayahuasca. However, if you do not experience sever pain or discomfort then it is ok for you partake. We recommend waiting till the second or third day of a period to allow you to gauge the intensity of the pain.
  • - Sex is not permitted during the retreat.
  • Altitude sickness
  • Cusco is 3500m above sea level and people sometimes get sick from spending time at this altitude. There are several forms of medication that can be taking to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness but the interaction of some of this medication can have negative effects with Ayahuasca. For this reason, we recommend you look to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness by drinking coca leaf tea which is commonly available in guest houses and hotels. We suggest you that you drink coca leaf tea at the airport or on your flight to Cusco as this will help to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, you can also buy shot of oxygen at the airport. If symptoms become sever please let us know.

Venue Highlights

The ayahuasca retreat focuses on the healing of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It provides you with a deeper understanding of yourself and the spiritual nature of the world around us.

The ayahuasca we use is potent and visionary. We prepare our own ayahuasca, which is a combination of just two plants, ayahuasca and chacruna.

Our small groups of up to 12 people allow us to personalize the retreat providing the opportunity for in depth consultation with the healers, making diagnosis, discussion, interpretation and guidance readily available. This small group setting allows us to maximize the safety and comfort of our guests. Native Andean (Qero) and Amazonian (Shipibo) Shaman direct the ceremonies, thereby incorporating both shamanic practices from the Peruvian region.
Three day retreats (two ayahuasca ceremonies), five/seven day retreats (three ayahuasca ceremonies). The seven day retreat includes two days visiting the sacred grounds of Machu Picchu. And eight day retreat (four ayahuasca ceremonies) and social work. The Shaman are accompanied by English speaking assistant(s)/translator(s) for the full duration of all the retreats.
The retreats include accommodation, transport to and from Cusco and a nutritionist-designed diet to complement the ayahuasca experience.

Ensuring Safety
We use modern medicine in our retreats to ensure your safety. Guests fill out a health form which is reviewed by our doctors, psychologists and nurses. Some guests have specific health requirements and we are able to cater to a wide variety of conditions ensuring our guest’s safety at all times.
There is a doctor available on site 24 hours a day for the duration of the retreat. He gives information about the physical effects of ayahuasca as well as to help with any specific physical complications, and provides peace of mind for our guests.
A nurse experienced in emergency medical care will be also present during the ayahuasca ceremony. The doctor and nurse will conduct a physical medical examination before the ayahuasca ceremony to ensure the guests are able to participate. They ensure that guests are safe throughout the experience and comfortable, At the close of the ceremony, they will conduct a physical check to ensure guests are calm and stable after returning from their journeys before going to bed. They also monitors guests throughout the night to ensure their comfort and well being.
Our psychologist provide information relating to the psychological effects of the ayahuasca prior to the ceremony and are available to answer any questions that guests may have. They also play an important role in helping guests to interpret their experiences on an individual basis together with the shaman. They are available for consultations before and after the ayahuasca ceremonies. The psychologist will make a follow up call to guest’s one/two weeks after the retreat. This is to help in personnel development, encourage growth and ensure that the experience has been assimilated in the best way possible.

The Ceremonies
The traditional ayahuasca ceremony is sacred to the Incas and here at Etnikas is performed in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment
The Retreat starts with a purgative detoxification involving volcanic spring water. A coca leaf ceremony and prayer follows. This is to help unify the energy of the group and to engage the forces of the divine. Then a brief ceremony to cleanse and flourish is preformed to allow you to embark on your ayahuasca experience in a state of love and peace.
The dosage of your ayahuasca is determined by a physical, psychological and emotional evaluation that takes place prior to your arrival, and during your stay at Etnikas. The ayahuasca is taken all at once. You are then guided to make yourself comfortable and listen to the shaman in preparation for the medicine to take effect. The shaman will chant icaros or prayers/mantras throughout the four hours in which the effects of the medicine are in full effect. Tobacco smoke, energetic massage and floral perfumes are used to create protection for the ceremony.
At the conclusion of the ayahuasca experience a ceremony is performed giving thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth). The intention of this is to provide you with a way to show gratitude for the healing and knowledge that you have received during your experience. It is a powerful ceremony that allows you to think about the direct connection between yourself and Spirit.

The aim of the retreat at Etnikas
The aim of the Religious Inca Shamanic technique is to recognize our true identity as spiritual beings, that our essence is unconditional love which gives us the strength and power to transform any negativity into positive. Our lives often revolve around concerns, emergencies, and barriers that generate a thousand and one thoughts that we prioritize above the recognition of our true essence.
The truth is that we are not our monetary debts, our suffering, or our pain. We are not our successes, we are not even what we look like, or how perceive our existence in this space and time. We are simply, utterly, and totally “Unconditional Love”!
It is a great mistake to think that we are only matter. To think that our physical existence is the sum total of reality and to neglect the spiritual realm considering it imaginary. Because, in reality, we are deeply connected with the universe and mother nature. This notion is supported by modern physic and string theory which notes a solid vibration field moved by a universal energy.
So how are you meant to know who you are? And how do you get back to your spiritual reality when your mind is constantly separated from your essence?
Our retreat at Etnikas aims to challenge all preconceived ideas of what you believe your reality is. To help you break down the barriers that you have constructed between your physical and spiritual self. To show you that there is a direct path that can lead you to your essence. And that path is to LOVE!

Social responsibility during your retreat with Human Actions ONG
During your retreat you will perform some social responsibility. It is through our families shared experiences that we have learned the first steps to opening the healing doors of ones mind, body and spirit is through the act of GIVING. Doing kind acts with love and sincerity make us more healthy. Engaging in healthy acts is the psychological basis for happiness. Modern day neuroscience has confirmed that engaging in kind acts improves ones hormonal, psychological, emotional, and physiological well being. In many cases it has been observed to prolong duration of life, generating vital force through which mental and physical healing is obtained.
“The person who undertakes acts of kindness with SINCERITY receive 100% of the benefits to ones health and well being.
– People who do not undertake these acts with sincerity receive only a tiny portion”

We understand the reality, that we are deeply connected with the universe and mother nature, and this is used as our guiding force. We believe that in entering into connection with the spirit, one enters into a connection with love. As the Spirit is Love.

Our social responsibility involves working with child that come from the poorest communities in and around Cusco. Many of children are physically or mentally disadvantaged as well as orphaned. We offer help with simple tasks such as feeding, cleaning and sharing your company. The service lasts for about 1-2 hours.
The other part of the social responsibility involves looking after dogs that are in a state of physical and emotional neglect. We offer help to keep the dogs spaces clean and tidy, by grooming the dogs, and feeding them. The service lasts for about 1-2 hours.

Schedule

Day 1
10:00 Meeting at Etnikas water place from there shuttle bus to
the retreat center
10:30 Departure to the retreat center
11:30 Meeting with the staff and orientation of the center
12:30 Group meeting – introduction to the shaman and medical staff discussion
about ayahuasca and ceremonies intentions.
12:40 Coca leaves ceremony and prayer for the unification of energies
13:45 Individual consultation with psychology
13:45 Individual consultation with doctor
18:30 Cleansing and floral ceremony therapy of forgiveness
19:00 First Ayahuasa ceremony

Day 2
07:30 Breakfast
08:15 Social responsibility activity with Human Actions
14:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony.
15:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology
15:30 Individual consultation with doctor
16:30 Time for relaxtion and introspection
18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in the main
Hall.
19:00 Second Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 3
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the
Ayahuasca ceremony.
10:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology
10:30 Individual
consultation with doctor
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Group walk in the temple of Señor de Huanca
17:30 Relaxation Yoga
18:30 Dinner

Day 4
7:30 Breakfast
08:15 Social responsibility activity with Human Actions
14:30 Massage
14:30 Time for relaxtion and introspection
18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in the main
Hall.
19:00 Third Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 5
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the
Ayahuasca ceremony.
10:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology
10:30 Individual consultation with doctor
13:00 lunch
14:00 Walk to the inca archaeological temples
18:30 Dinner

Day 6
07:30 Breakfast
08:15 Social responsibility activity with Human Actions
14:00 Time for relaxation and introspection
18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in the main
Hall.
19:00 Fourth Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 7
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the
Ayahuasca ceremony.
10:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology
10:30 Individual consultation with doctor
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Relaxation Yoga
18:30 Dinner

Day 8
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Prepare luggage
11:00 Offering of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth
11:40 Talking about Human Actions projects and opportunity to donate. Fill the service report and explanation of dietary restriction post-retreat
12:00 Opportunity to buy cultural hand craft from the shipibo and Andean shamans - Photos
with Shamans and farewell
12:30 Transport-return to Cusco

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Accommodations

Accommodation – within our facilities you may find the basic life necessities such as shared bedrooms with a capacity of three people of the same gender, each bedroom has ist own toilet and hot shower.

Directions

All international flight arrives to Lima (Jorge Chávez international airport), from Lima you have to flight one hour to Cusco (Alejandro Velasco Astete Aiport), Cusco and Lima have only one airport. These are some airlines that flight from Lima to Cusco. LAN, PERUVIANAIRLINES, STARPERU, TACA.

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