Reconnection: Amazon and Andes Medicine Retreat (part II)
- Psychonauta Foundation
- Iquitos, Peru
- Apr 10 - 18, 2019 (9 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 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
The whole retreat program : https://retreat.guru/events/35469/reconnection-amazon-and-andes-medicine-retreat#partner
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 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.
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