Ayahuasca, San Pedro Retreat: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

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Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat. 

Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

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The Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat in the Sacred Valley (Cusco) is an experiential journey, a spiritual quest to explore one’s inner world with the guidance of teacher plants – Ayahuasca and San Pedro. Retreats are done in an inspiring environment with powerful natural scenery, visiting sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas, Machu Picchu, Pisac, near Urubamba and the city of Cusco.

The Journey

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The 11-day retreat features Ayahuasca ceremonies and San Pedro journeys, the practices for body and mind, the sharing and various excursions to Andean sites in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. During this retreat there are two (2) San Pedro journeys and three (3) Ayahuasca ceremonies. The first part of the Retreat is in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary where will have our first ceremony with San Pedro with the guidance of Andean medicine man Juan de Dios Kucho. During the free time participants can enjoy the quiet of the Sacred Valley environment or go on walks. We will also visit the Pisac Intiwatana (Sun harness) temple and, weather permitting, go on a day excursion/hike to the mountain lakes Quinsa Kocha. After a week ofthree Ayahuasca ceremonies, the retreat is concluded with the second San Pedro journey. Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies are guided in a traditional way, respecting the tradition of ceremony, as well as using ways of a more contemporary approach. This Retreat adds modalities of integration (mindfulness and insight meditation, contemplation, Yoga, breathing practices, Satsang discussions and sharing circles) that help in grounding the experience in daily life. There’s plenty of free time that can be used for resting, walking and reflecting on the journey.

I started to connect my thoughts in a manner consistent with the heart sure the path is still long but I feel that the teachers plants I have purified from old beliefs and who have contributed to discover a different way of seeing reality much closer the self-respect of others and the environment in which we live. Ayahuasca taught me that we are beings as powerful as insignificant if we do not use the power of our heart to connect to the rest of the universe and make our contribution to this dream is the life of which we are participants, but also co creators responsible for a gift that should not be used to follow the laws of power and destruction. 
Welcome and thank you again Edmund and Alessandra all the time. Patience, but above all for their help and words full of friendship that have helped me so much during this trip. ~ Emiliano P.

Healing And Detox

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The ceremonies with Ayahuasca and San Pedro provide a deep cleanse on all layers of our being, facilitating a physical purge, cleansing of the mental and energetic aspects of our being. The introspective journeys with the teacher plants guide through emotional processes provoking a deeper inner awakening. Additionally there is an option to do a cleanse with the traditional Kambô frog medicine, of Brazilian Amazon origins, which is know to be highly efficient in boosting the immune system, detoxing the liver, gallbladder and helping with many other ailments, including some that the modern medicine has turned its back on. Read articles in New York Times and related article on the BBC News website. Most of the meals during the retreat are prepared with care and served on site. During the retreat participants can take super-food smoothies, detox from pollutants and heavy metal residues, reinforcing the health in general, based on your needs described through registration. Joining the morning meditation and breathing practices are a wonderful addition to the whole process of healing.

Beyond Experience

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Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies facilitate a deeper connection with the senses, thoughts, and spirit through a process of cleansing, insights and guidance in a ritual setting. The main focus of our work with Ayahuasca and San Pedro is to learn to connect the experiences from the ceremonies and meditation with one’s life situation. It’s easy to absorb what the plants say to us, but only practical application of those experiences make a real change in our lives. Thus everyone is encouraged to share and practice in the group and/or individually to get the most out of the retreat.

                Claudette Thomas

Accommodation And Facilities

The main part of the retreat is held in the rural areas of the Sacred Valley of Incas (2950 m. / 9680 ft.) in either Pisaq village. Sacred Valley is located nearby the city of Cusco (3300 m. / 10820 ft.) accessible by 1h 10min flight or about 20-hour bus trip from Lima (follow the links given below to check the airfares). Cusco is the main city of the Andean region of the same name; it’s the last Andean region on the East of Peru, neighboring with the Amazon district of Madre de Dios. Cusco, with its surrounding sacred valley, is the most visited region in Peru and is an important part of cultural heritage. Workshop accommodations in the Sacred Valley are offered by Melissa-Wasi, a guest house, built by following the traditional canons of Andean mud-and-eucalyptus architecture. They provide all the facilities for a comfortable and unforgettable stay, surrounded by crop fields and Apus (sacred mountains). Many meals are served in Melissa Wasi’s restaurant, “Trattoria Escondida,” as well as in local restaurants of the Sacred Valley; all of the Ayahuasca ceremonies and most of the activities are done outside the guest houses in a separate building called a maloca (“temple”).

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Infinite night skystars, roses, comradeswaiting for tomorrow
~Taiho Furusawa

Additional Info

  • Length: 11 days
  • Accommodation: Melissa Wasi guest house; Inti Wasi in Machu Picchu; double rooms (supplement for a single room)
  • Food: variety of meals from Andean cuisine and delicious vegetarian options
  • Included: All ground transport with airport transfer, all meals and accommodation, 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies, 2 San Pedro ceremonies, guides and practices.
  • Not included: International flights to Peru, flight to/from Cusco, tips and personal expenses.
  • Cost: 2000 USD
  • Arrival to: Cusco (airport code CUZ)
  • Flights: 1) Lan Peru, 2) Star PERU, 3) Peruvian Airlines, 4) TACA

Retreat Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meeting in Cusco, trip to Machu Picchu village
  • Day 2: Visit to Macchu Picchu sanctuary, San Pedro ceremony
  • Day 3: Walk to Mandora waterfalls, thermal springs (optional), sharing
  • Day 4: Trip to Sacred Valley, Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Day 5: Pisac market visit, sharing
  • Day 6: Visit to Intiwatana Sun temple, Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Day 7: Excursion to Maras and Moray, sharing
  • Day 8: Excursion to Chawaytiri community, Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Day 9: Sweatlodge (temazcal), sharing
  • Day 10: San Pedro ceremony, retreat closing
  • Day 11: Visit to condors’ refuge, departure,

Ayahuasca Effects, Experience And Benefits


Ayahuasca’s effect is a state of altered, amplified consciousness that is experienced after drinking the Ayahuasca brew. The process with Ayahuasca principally is that of a physical cleansing or detox and of a psycho-emotional release. The physical cleansing is accompanied by nausea and eventually other emetic effects or purging: throwing-up, diarrhea, sweating, shaking, etc.

On a psychological level, the Ayahuasca brew amplifies all feelings and perceptions making the experience of thinking, self-reflection, reaction and belief more vivid and intense. Not only does the inner experience of one’s mind gets more amplified, the part of us that is conscious and aware becomes able to draw clearer connections between the thoughts, emotions and behaviors.  This results in an experience of seeing the full picture of parts of our life, our relationships, our difficulties or so called “problems,” leading to insights about oneself and deeper comprehension of one’s reality. Essentially in the Ayahuasca experience not only our inner world is lit up and illuminated, but the capacity of consciousness is also amplified and expanded.

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The visions associated with the Ayahuasca experience, whether chaotic, confused, or vivid and intense, serve to show us the totality of our life: the in-s and out-s of the conscious and subconscious mind, our emotional reactions and behaviors and how they affect our relationships. On the other hand, the visions often are just another factor of cleansing, allowing us to process visual imprints – the impact from the mass media, TV, Internet, and other psychosomatic and emotional blockages.

In respect to a person’s spiritual aspirations,  the Ayahuasca experience occupies a role of a spontaneous teaching. Without claims of a particular phenomenological status of what is the source of these teachings, an Ayahuasca practitioner can have very profound insights, revelations and even sense of being guided. Based on this, the Ayahuasca experience deserves to be approached with the utmost respect, so that one’s attitude or the intention is that of going to meet a spiritual master or teacher.

San Pedro Or Wachuma

The legendary sacred cactus of South America was known by many names to the native peoples of the coast and sierra of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia… wachuma, huachuma, achuma, chuma, cardo, cuchuma, huando, gigantón, hermoso and aguacolla. Today it is best known in Peru by it’s post-colonial name San Pedro, a reference to the Christian saint who holds the keys to the Gates of Heaven.

A Cultural History

Huachuma (San Pedro) has a special symbolism in Peruvian curanderismo (traditional folk healing) for a reason.  “San Pedro is always in tune with the powers of animals, of strong personages or serious beings, of beings that have supernatural power…”

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The Huachuma (San Pedro) cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi, T. peruvianus and other species) represents perhaps longest-used of the sacred holistic healing plants of South America.  The ceremonial use of Huachuma (San Pedro) for healing, magical and divining purposes has been a continuous tradition in Peru for well over 3,000 years and continues today, largely in syncretic post-colonial “San Pedro” mesa modalities. The oldest archaeological evidence, the classic Chavín stone carving of the huachumero shaman in the Old Temple of Universal Consciousness at Chavín de Huantar in northern Perú, goes back to 1500 b.c. if not older.  Old Chavín textiles depict the cactus with jaguar and hummingbird figures. Peruvian ceramics made between 1000 and 700 B.C. show the plant in association with the deer.

Moche ceramics several hundred years later depict the cactus with the jaguar and stylized spirals depicting ‘remolinos’,  the visionary cosmic whirlwind or whirlpool revealed by the sacred plant.

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  • Mar 11, 2015 - Mar 21, 2015 (11 days)


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