Ayahuasca Retreat and Shipibo Master Plant Diet (Ajo Sacha, Bobinsana, Chiric Sanango, and other)
- Psychonauta Foundation
- Nauta, Peru
- Nov 1 - 14, 2019 (14 days)
About This Event
We invite you to a two-week transformation process based on being in isolation, contact with plants, hearing yourself in silence, cleaning the old to make space for what is to come. We invite you to an intimate diet in a traditional style in a family camp, in a very small group, under care of healers from the Shipibo tribe and a western team of facilitators and carers.
This holistic transformation process consists of :
10 days diet in isolation / 4 ceremonies with Ayahuasca / private consultations with shamans / private integration sessions with a psychologist experienced in working with plants - depending on the needs / art workshop with intentions before diet / plant medicines, which you are on a diet / two meals during each day of the diet / 4 plant baths / rapé and mapacho ceremonies / jungle walks / integration day after the diet
You can diet one of many plant teachers available, such as Ajo Sacha (Mansoa Alliacea), Bobinsana (Calliandra angustifolia), Chiric Sanango (Brunfelsia grandiflora), Chuchuhuasi (Maytenus laevis), Uña de Gato (Cat's Claw, Uncaria Tormentoso) and many other. You can choose yourself, or healers can help you choose according to your intentions.
Leading the diet is an experienced healer and amazing singer from Shipibo tribe, Matilda. Soft, loving feminine energy, very melodic icaros, picked from many, many curanderos we worked with and tested over the course of last years. She will work with you directly, this is completely different from group ceremonies with dozens of people you may have experienced. She is joined by other shamans, according to specific of the retreat and the schedules of the crew we are working with. They are also assisted by Western practitioners, so there is almost one to one ratio healers to guests, assuring safe and profound experience.
The concept of the dieta in Shipibo and some other Amazonian cultures is learning directly from the plant you are dieting, receiving messages in order to heal oneself, learn about reality, and learn tools of medicinal work, especially healing songs called icaros. It requires a lot of determination, and is for people dedicated to make a change in their life and in lifes of others. By silencing your mind, switching out external distractions, chaotic energies of everyday life, you can be still enough to hear subtle message, in your dreams, visions or in the forest surrounding you, the teaching from the plants. This is how shamans of these traditions learn.
The integration of Ayahuasca experience is even more important than the ceremony itself. Diet is something very similar to Vipassana - silent Buddhist meditation, or looking for a vision. The participant will spend time in complete solitude, away from all pastimes, to devote as much time as possible to introspection after the ceremony. Food during the diet is without salt, sugar, spices, fat, no fruit. It is suggested to refrain from reading, communication with the outside world, instead of concentration, meditation, and allowed yoga. It is a form of isolation, a process of symbolic burial, permission to let the old die, and the new to be born, what is worth emphasizing again, sacrifice, to change and learn. You will dieting in a private tambo, forest hut, protected against insects, without electricity. Twice a day, a simple meal will be served.
Specific plants have their characteristics, some are better for opening heart and emotions, some give you a solid center and strength, defence against hardships of life, some make you more focused, able to do what you want but so far only claimed you want, including leaving your addictions. Some can heal stomach problems, rheumatism, depression. You should specify your intentions when applying, and the healer will choose one appropriate.
The root of ¨dieta¨ is δίαιτα , which was a Greek word meaning a way of life. This included not only food, but also way of being in the world, way of thinking, relating to environment and others. In the Amazonian tradition it means stepping out of your ordinary daily life, and reorganizing it completely with the aim of changing focus and opening new communication - with plants and with yourself. If you want a radical breaktrough, you need to look for radical solutions. You may have already drunk ayahuasca or went through some other initiatory experience that hinted you direction to follow, but all seems very complicated, you don´t know where to start, entagled in complexity of your life patterns. But there is a way. It has been tested in history of humanity in various contexts, spiritual practice of separating yourself from social game, from all habits and noises, and seeking the voice in the wilderness.
Whether it is Jesus conversing with God and Satan in the desert, an Amazonian shaman learning from the plants, or modern man understanding himself better, these may be just cultural ways of attempting to use language to describe similar process. The only way to understand, is to stop thinking and try. This can not only be profound healing, but also an adventure of your life.
We set our price very moderately, to enable access for people with limited budget. At the same time we pay same kind of money to the healer she would get working with big groups. This is our effort to revive traditional Shipibo ways of learning and create intimate experience for you. The modest profit goes for people assisting you in the diet process and development of the place, as well as protecting the forest disappearing quickly near the towns of Amazon. We are not wasting money for luxuries, the whole point is to be immersed in simplicity of nature.
We prefer people with specific intentions, especially health issues they would like to work with, both psychological and physical. It may be also being on the crossroads, seeking new direction in life. This is something dieta is very good for, by stepping out of your ordinary daily trance you may gain new perspective, more clear than just be a weekend trip to a suburban ayahuasca ceremony.
Alongside the Shipibo healers, leading this event is Błażej Czwojdziński "Blez"
A psychologist, traveler, guardian and one of the base builders in the Amazon forest. Fascinated by the potential of plants with psychedelic properties in the transformation process. In his work he mainly helps to safely pass ayahuasca experience, supports the process with modern psychotherapy tools mainly from the narrative psychology branch, is a translator and guide in contact with local healers, conducts integration sessions.
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
- 10 days diet in isolation
- 4 ceremonies with Ayahuasca under the care of Shipibo Shamans
- private consultations with shamans
- private integration sessions with a psychologist experienced in working with plants - depending on the needs
- art workshop with intentions before diet
- 4 plant baths
- plant medicines, which you are on a diet
- rapé and mapacho / tabaco ceremonies
- jungle walks
- two meals during each day of the diet
- accommodation in a private single-person house in the forest
- integration day after the diet
- translator available 24h
- all transfers included (Iquitos - Nauta - Psychonauta , Psychonauta - Nauta - Iquitos)
- work in a small group, the maximum amount is 5-6 guests
Transfer Iquitos - Nauta - Psychonauta, welcome dinner, accommodation, introduction and walk through the forest camp.
Breakfast, art workshop with intentions, lunch, preparation for the first ceremony with ayahuasca, plant bath, private consultations with shamans, in the evening the first ceremony - opening the diet.
Day 3 - Day 12
After the first ceremony, participants will get to drink the first portion of the plant with which they will work for the next days. Depending on the plant, participants will get to drink more portions daily, or several times during the diet. Participants spend their time in isolation, without talking and stimulation from outside, we recommend abstinence from reading, listening to music, all electronics, all sexual activities. Allowed yoga, meditation, walking, creativity: writing, painting, singing and others. Every third day ayahuasca ceremony and a plant bath. Twice a day we bring meals to your houses. During the diet, shamans visit you and carry out purifying ceremonies with tabaco/mapacho. Possible consultations with a psychologist, integration sessions after Ayahuasca ceremonies . On the last day of the evening, diet closing ceremony.
In the morning after the last ceremony there will be a ritual closing diet with salt, lemon and garlic, presentation of traditional shipibo products: clothing and decorations, late breakfast, time to relax, lunch, time for celebration, talking circle, integration.
Breakfast, transfer Psychonauta - Nauta - Iquitos
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.
AccommodationsAll our guests during diets are accommodated in single-person wooden houses equipped with a mattress, hammock and mosquito net. In the resort there are two large communal houses in which live shamans and guides, and there is a shared space where workshops and ceremonies take place, kitchen available for everyone, ecological shower and shared toilet. We do not use electric generators for gasoline, we collect electricity from the solar panel. We collect water for washing and bathing from rain, we take drinking water from deep well and filter it with a specialized filter. We try to live as close to nature as possible, without disturbing its rhythm.