Reconnection: Amazon and Andes Medicine Retreat (part I and part II)
- Psychonauta Foundation
- Iquitos, Peru
- Apr 1 - 18, 2019 (18 days)
Each of us would like to exist here and now, would like to act with childlike peace in accordance with its internal voice. Be in harmony and abundance. Have a sense of purpose, feel connected with each other, with people, with nature, with the cosmos.
Individualism, technology, ubiquitous consumerism, lack of time makes us feel more and more lost, tired and sad. Change is possible, if we confront what does not serve us, we will accept it and take action.
We invite you to Peru for a transformative trip into the depths, to rebuild and renew the lost connection, by silencing the mind, working with plants, living as a community, meditation, massages, contact with wild nature, with the elements. You can renew your potential, find a new way in life, heal your physical and mental illness, solve emotional traumas from childhood and adulthood, heal relationships, creatively inspire yourself, have mystical and spiritual experience, discover new or forgotten talents.
PART I - JUNGLE MEDICINE RETREAT 1-9 April
In the Amazonian part of the trip, we will immerse ourselves in the daily life of the forest settlement. We will live in wooden houses deep in the forest, in jungle conditions. We experience a very strong and intense energy that fills the constantly singing and evolving forest. Wild forest is litmus paper, there is no comfort in it, it will show all the complexities of the ego, it is a place of verification of views, a field for cooperation training. Therefore, during our event, we want to try to live as a collective tribe, a well-functioning collective organism. Together we will meditate, work, cooking ayahuasca, but also there will be time for internal explorations, individual work, body work, relax and intimate conversations. The central axis of our forest transformations will be the night juggling ceremonies where with the sounds of Shipibo icaros, in total present and mindfulness, we will throw away what is old and unnecessary for us, we will travel, heal, feel and understand. We will connect.
Each day we will start with a half-hour morning meditation and half-hour body work and breath work.
We will meet in the city of Iquitos, a unique city of outcasts and runaways from the old world. The only such a large city in the world, with no road access, which can only be reached by boat or plane. We will leave Iquitos in the direction of Nauta and our forest camp. We will travel by bus and motocarro, and the last half-hour section is overcome by foot through the Amazon forest. We get acquainted with the life in the settlement : accommodation, shared lunch and meeting in a circle.
In the morning, we start working with ayahuasca, cleaning lianas, washing leaves, collecting wood. In the evening, we go to the first Shipibo ceremony to the nearby maloca. The traditional Shipibo ritual with the wonderful singer and healer with the soft, feminine voice : Matilda Gomez Silvano and her fellow shamans. They work together in the old style, create a sophisticated, deep ceremonial and healing experience.
That day we rest after the events of the previous night. After a light jungle breakfast, it is time to chill in a hammock or walk to the local waterfall. However, this is not a day without any obligations. Just after sunrise, we start the fire under pots with our medicine and watch over cooking late into the night.
We continue to brew our soup of the vine. It is also a day of expression. Before noon there will be an artistic workshop with intentions, and in the afternoon a session with ecstatic dance.
Ecstatic dance : Allow yourself to be a witness of your body, mind, breath...to the presence of awareness. To be a witness of your natural, authentic movement, which is not coming from your mind...it just is, as it is...flowing through you, like a wave. With each exhalation we are going to release control, tensions, fears from our body and surrender. More and more into presence through hyperventilation, spontaneous movement, shaking, observation of what is appearing in us.
Walk to the small fishing town of Nauta, we will see local life on the river, city market. In the afternoon a meeting in a circle. We devote our free time to meditation and preparation for the second night ceremony of Shipibo.
After breakfast, we will go by boat along the Maranon river. If we're lucky, we'll meet magical pink and gray Amazonian dolphins. In the afternoon a meeting in a circle - how to integrate psychedelic experience.
In the morning we will visit the forest camp of our shaman Matilda, then we will prepare for the last, third night with medicine.
We start the day with a light jungle breakfast, 3-4 hour walk through the jungle, our goal will be to visit the huge tree. After lunch, the integration session - meeting in a circle, and in the evening the second part of the ecstatic dance.
Transfer to Iquitos. We will visit the most interesting parts of it, an eccentric market and port in the Belen district and a colonial passage over the Amazon. In the afternoon we have time to rest before an intense adventure in the mountains.
This part of the retreat costs 650 $ and includes: transfer Iquitos - Nauta, Nauta - Iquitos, full board and accommodation in Psychonauta forest base, 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies under the care of the Shipibo tribe, private diagnosis and consultation with Matilda, integration sessions and private consultations with a psychologist (if necessary), plant baths, rapé and mapacho ceremonies, boat trip on Maranon river, guide care and translation, and all activities described in the schedule.
- Sessions with Kambo /donation
- Additional private ceremony with ayahuasca / 120 USD
- Fascial massage / 1,5 h - 50 USD
- Temple Hawaiian massage Lomi Lomi Nui / 1,5h - 50 USD
- Shamanic elemental massage - Kahi Loa / 1h - 40 USD
- Tantric massage / 50 USD
Temple Hawaiian massage Lomi Lomi Nui - a ritual of touch, full body massage excluding intimate places with warm oil, the touch is smooth and deep, the masseur moves around the table, working mainly forearms and treating the client's body like an instrument, trying to enter into the state of flow . It allows relieving and gradual removal of baggage accumulated in the body of trauma and tensionS. This massage is a tool for transformation, harmonization and holistic healing of the body, mind and spirit. /about 1,5h
Shamanic elemental massage - Kahi Loa - It is a deep energetic work with the qualities of the 4 elements (fire-burning of what is in store, old, already unhealthy for us, water-cleansing of what has been burnt, moisturizing, nutrition, wind / space - opening to new possibilities, perspectives, directions; / stone - building solid foundations, strength, efficient power) then with the energy of plants, animals and people supporting us. It is a holistic work with the body and spirit that enables us to release what no longer serves us, heal and transform traumas, wounds, emotions, experiences, Deep work with the subconscious that brings relief, freshness, space for new, healthy, what we are ready to accept. The session lasts up to 1h, no oil is used, it is performed on a person in clothes, work is done mainly at the energy level
Fascial massage - the myofascial energetic dis-armouring works on three levels: physical, emotional and energetic. In the physical sphere it removes fascia contraction , dissolves pain and increases the range of body movements. It improves blood and lymph flow and restores body's natural ability to detoxify. In consequence our movements gain more grace and the body becomes more receptive.In the emotional level - the removal of fascial tension releases old emotions and traumas. Massage also removes energy blockades and improves energy flow in the body so as a result we feel more vital and we can go deeper into energy practices. The aim of this practice is to learn how to contact with our body which after each session will speak to you louder and louder.
Tantric massage - The touch of the soul, the touch of the heart, the massage of the physical and energetic body, being a presence for another human being, in accepting what is coming. Full-body oil massage, with the possibility of yoni, lingam, anus massage - at the first session, excluding these areas. In respect of the borders of the receiving and giving person. Adapted to the needs of the recipient. It can be performed without physical touch, only energetically. This is not an erotic massage. Person who is receiving the massage remains passive and does not interfere with the massaging. Recalling the connection with the heart, with the source in us, raising the energy of the body, harmonizing the flow, clearing nadis, releasing tensions and traumas. It can be a therapy and a return to oneself, interior, unity. Bringing bliss, lightness, peace, reminiscent of the pleasure of being in the body again. The touch in the tantric massage is delicate, performed very slowly in the total presence of the massage, bringing a feeling of love and taking care of yourself and your body, deeply relaxing. The session lasts from 1h to 2h - the price is constant regardless of the duration
PART II - ANDES MEDICINE EXPEDITION 10-18 April
In the second part of the expedition with clean heads and light bodies, we will move to the sacred valley of the Incas in the very heart of the Peruvian part of Andes. The lessons we will take from the jungle forest, we will start to implement on the mountain paths. Our next teacher will be the powerful San Pedro / Huachuma cactus, which will support our bodies and our spirit and Mama Coca, the holy Inca plant.
Transfer to Cusco. From the old Inca capital we are going to our base Perun Wasi in Quello Quello village. Traditional andean dinner.
First day in the mountains will be dedicated to acclimatisation. Our main ally will be mama coca, queen of Andean plant medicine. The place we are staying is an experimental community project run by local experts in medicinal plants and Andean cosmology, growing and processing plant pharmacy of the mountains in a beautiful spot on the old Inca trail, not far from the ruins of Pisaq. The morning will be our introduction to this knowledge, most importantly in practice, using specially prepared coca to prevent altitude sickness, and prepare us for next day work with grandfather huachuma. We visit Inca complex nested above Pisaq, in our opinion even more dramatic location and inspiring place than Machu Picchu.
This is the day of the first meeting with the cactus Huachuma on this trip. We let the cactus speak. We learn through direct contact with the elements, universal nature.
More about Huachuma trek: https://web.facebook.com/notes/psychonauta/huachuma-wim-hof-hikes/2125373724381101/
We start the trip over the lagoon Azul Qocha below 4000 m above sea level. , we are slowly climbing the next highest situated Puma Qocha lagoon, we will exceed 4300 m above sea level. Then down the rocky valley to the village of Paru Paru. After the mountain struggle, open and sensitive, we continue the evening at a special musical session performed by the outstanding musician and multi-instrumentalist Tito La Rosa.
Morning meditation and meeting in a circle. Afternoon transfer to Cusco and Tinki. It is a small Andean village located near Ocongate, located at 3,900 m above sea level.
Here we will meet our horsemen and horses. Then, we will start the gradual, uphill hike. It will be three or four hours until we reach our lunch area. Along the way, we will have amazing views of Ausagnate, far in the distance. We will pass by traditional villages, and perhaps meet some local people, dressed in their colorful, traditional clothing. They may be accompanying their indigenous llamas. Our lunch spot is in an amazing location, surrounded by stunning mountains and an excellent view of Ausangate Glacier peak. After lunch, it will be another two hour hike until we reach our campsite at Upis Alto. Walked distance: 13 km
Meeting with Huachuma and the mountains. Today, a cactus soup awaits us for breakfast. It's a special day, a feast for Apu and for us, a day of gratitude. Today, we will have wonderful views of the Ausangate glacier peaks. We will also see the lakes and waterfalls, and perhaps some llamas, alpacas and wild vicuñas (the undomesticated ancestor of the alpaca), as well as condors soaring above. We will have a three hour, uphill hike until we reach the first pass, which is at 4,750 m high. We will have magnificent views of the surrounding area. We will continue on a two and a half hour, gradual, downhill hike until we reach a beautiful area, where we will we arrive at our campsite, at Puca Ccocha (Red Lake). This campsite is one of the most beautiful campsites, located at the skirt of the Ausangate peak and at the bank of the lake. We can see amazing sunsets from here, and perhaps some condors and eagles flying nearby. Walked distance: 12 km
We will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea, to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. We will enjoy the majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the Andes, and the depths of the beautiful valleys. We will have two mountain passes to make today. We will start with a two to three hour, steep climb to Alpaca Pass at 5,100 m elevation. Along the way, we will have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the Ausangate Glacier Peak. We may even see avalanches happening from the glacial hills. Once we reach the summit of this mountain, we will be right in front of Ausangate, so we will be able to enjoy the Chillca Valley, and the many alpaca grazing along these hills, then we will reach our lunch spot. After enjoying our lunch and a little nap, you will continue on to the second pass of the day, called Vicuña pass, at 5,300 m elevation. It will be a slow-paced, hour and a half hike to reach the summit of this highest pass of the trek. Once we are on top of the mountain we will enjoy a cup or two of traditional coca tea. Then it will be another one hour, downhill hike until we arrive at our campsite at the banks of Lake Yanaccocha. This campsite is located few hours away from our final destination, The Rainbow Mountains. Walked distance: 15 km
After early breakfast we will gradually trek uphill for an hour and a half until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountains and the Red Mountain Valley. After taking photos and enjoying the views, we will continue on the expedition to the end of the trail. This is all downhill, along the Chillca Valley. We will then drive back to Cusco. Walked distance: 12 km
Morning talking circle. Optional extra days in Cusco or for other side trips, for example Rainbow Mountain, or the same day flight to Lima and onwards.
Mountain II Part, price 600 USD, includes: full board and accommodation, 2 mountain sessions with San Pedro Huachuma cactus, fees for local guides, renting horses and all equipment for mountain trekking including sleeping bags and tents, private session with Tito La Rosa, guide and translator
Maximum 12 participants
Błażej Czwojdziński „Blez”
A traveler and psychologist, one of the builders of the base in the Amazon forest. Fascinated by the potential of plants with psychedelic properties in the transformation process. In his work he helps to pass border experience safely, is a translator and guide in contact with local healers, and conducts integration sessions. blez.pl
This is a genuine and caring community of people with deep knowledge of medicine, man, and nature. Beautifully situated in both the jungle and in the mountains they work closely with the locals and the land. My stay was very healing, and not the least tremendously fun! I wholeheartedly recommend anyone who are looking for real transformation to check it out, and also consider a longer stay. Dabao Lu
- PART I - JUNGLE MEDICINE RETREAT 1-9 April / costs 650 $ and includes: transfer Iquitos - Nauta, Nauta - Iquitos, full board and accommodation in Psychonauta forest base, 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies under the care of the Shipibo tribe, private diagnosis and consultation with Matilda, integration sessions and private consultations with a psychologist (if necessary), plant baths, rapé and mapacho ceremonies, boat trip on Maranon river, guide and translation, and all activities described in the schedule.
- PART II - ANDES MEDICINE EXPEDITION 10-18 April / costs 600 $, includes: full board and accommodation, 2 mountain sessions with San Pedro Huachuma cactus, fees for local guides, renting horses and all equipment for mountain trekking including sleeping bags and tents, private session with Tito La Rosa, guide and translator.
- Participation in the first and second part - a flight ticket on the Iquitos - Cusco route is included in the price
Venue HighlightsWe realize our dream, living and working in the deep Amazon forest, near plants, close to nature, close to the local healers' community. We deeply believe in the power of medicine. We came to this piece of land in 2015, slowly and prudently built houses and infrastructure, so as to least interfere with the forest we found at the beginning. We designed the whole resort with the idea of deep work with plants during diets in the shipibo tradition.
- Includes Meat