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“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” - Pema Chödrön
I've been sharing San Pedro for 10 years and have been blessed to witness a few miracles along the way.
The medicine I make is very different than most. I prepare an extremely potent tea, yet clear tea. It is easily as strong as ayahuasca and can be used to achieve visions as well as profound healing.
The healing that San Pedro offers affects the body, mind, and spirit.
Ingesting San Pedro stimulates hormone cascades that greatly boost the immune system as well as contain unique cytokines shown to be very effective antimicrobial compounds.
THe hormones that are released do more than protect you and help fight the common cold. It helps create a feeling of family / community. Commonly people suffer from feelings of isolation and disconnection.
Human growth hormone is also released after ingesting san pedro. for me this was originally a tool i used to transform my body from overweight into athletic. yoga and san pedro is particularly awesome because of the mind body connection that forms from each practice, my balance and coordination greatly improved as well. at the very least, Most people can see more healthy growth in their hair and nails.
Ive had a friend even cure herself of terminal colon cancer
the plant is very alkaline and can be used for stomach ulcers, sun burns, and even hair conditioner.
it is thought to protect those around it, and is seen as a guardian of sorts. this is a welcome friend for most. its also considered to bring good fortune. ive noticed it brings forth more perception and compassion in just about everyone.
Carbon dating indicates Andean people have been working with this plant since 8,800 BC, very close to the temple complex of Chavin de Huantar. The people of Chavin built an incredible temple to hold plant medicine ceremonies in. Much of the art has been preserved and through it, we can see the subjective experience of the ancient shamans as well as ritual use of the San Pedro cactus.
Many of my visions were carved into those stones thousands of years before I was born. When I saw them, I knew right then, I had to go to Chavin. So I went to the temple and worked with wild San Pedro for months, and still return as a pilgrimage of sorts. Its good to know that this was a widely used medicine, and our people are not the first.
Send me a message if you have any questions, or would like to know more!
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
JiMena Val January 10, 2018
A long time ago, I had the pleasure of knowing the sacred plants, I am very grateful to Mother Earth and also to the ancestors for putting this remedy in the way of my spirit. Since I met Max's medicine in the magical Sacred Valley, my life changed transcendentally, not only because his tea is quite pure, but he also feels a deep respect for my own way of going through this healing, which greatly helps for an inner process, life became a constant ceremony and it was a blessing to be able to experience this, that is more than just healing the body. This change has allowed me to find clarity and balance. His passion for sharing this, makes me feel hope that more people will have the opportunity to feel this healing process and find this knowledge
Juliet Ruhle January 05, 2018
I had some amazing journeys with maxwell's medicine in the sacred valley in Peru. He knows a lot about the plants he offers in ceremony. Totally recommendable.
Jay Ort January 02, 2018
I first met Maxwell in a setting of pure magic and fairytale. The Moon was full and ecipsed Red, the location in the heart of the Peruvian Sacred Valley. I was immediatley impressed by his passion and knowledge of the San Pedro Cacti. My last months prior had been in a very tradtional setting with madre Ayahuasca, it was actually rather refreshing to put a new age twist on this sacred medicine.....simply put, Max knows his shit. Our experience was profound....unforgettable.. sometimes the sky can stop....perception dramatically altered.. our minds, souls and essence can trancend into a sence of oneness with the Divine. Maxwells medicine can get you there. I have since done a few more sessions with Max and continue to be impressed. I would highly recommend anyone looking for an experience...a true experience...to contact Maxwell. Danke
Casey Harris December 29, 2017
I spent a week with Max when he was working at a center in Cusco, Peru. As he states, and other reviews confirm, the San Pedro that he brews is some of the most powerful stuff you can find, and his connection and knowledge of it is very deep. He is not traditional, but original and independent, which is why I said 'New Age' in the title. I consider that a positive, as life is based on evolution and adaption, not tradition and stagnation, and our mindsets should reflect that. Max himself is a sort of larger than life character, and we had a lot of great conversation and a few antics during our time together. Most importantly, though, is that I remember that week as one of the most transformational and positive times of my life, and it would not have been possible without Max's medicine and facilitation.
Stephen December 11, 2017
I had the pleasure of meeting Max and taking part in multiple ceremonies at his place at the foot of the magical Peruvian mountains in the Sacred Valley earlier this year. Max is an intelligent and respectful young man with a vast knowledge of working with Wachuma. I was particularly drawn to Max as has a unique method of preparing the San Pedro tea. His tea is an extraction of the potent alkaloids with most or all of the plant matter removed, leaving a potent tea without the slimy texture of many other versions. More importantly for me, it allowed me to drink a strong dose without the digestive issues I suffered from other preparations. Of course Max works with you to determine the depth of experience you desire. I sometimes spent time on my own in my room going deep within, other times in the yard gazing out at the mountains or discussing my experience with Max. A wonderful opportunity for growth, highly recommended.
Diego Romero October 20, 2017
My experience with max was incredible, it was my third time doing this medicine, but this was the most powerfull ever. I like it a lot, and the way he prepares this medicine is unique, he knows a lot of this sacred plant, and i am sure that he have a strong conection with this cactus, it helps me a lot to understand more deeply some importante things of life. But i think that the answer for all this questions is love, and Max knows that very well. With San Pedro/wachuma you can conect more easy with this vibration or god. I am very grateful with Max and all the universe.
Aaron Melendez December 27, 2016
My experience with max was like no other! Medicine is extremely powerful would definitely go back with him! Thank you so much and will see you soon coming from Las Vegas Nevada us .
Andrés Gosis August 23, 2016
I have been on the path for many years, being a Medicine person myself, mainly Ayahuasca oriented. I was very impressed. Maxwell goes knee deep into the Work without bothering with pseudofolklore or ethnoturism. An honest servant of the plant, the lineages and Humankind in general. A truly inspirational colleague that has improved the quality of my own work in a single ceremony (and some conversations following up), and with whom I look forward to collaborate as soon as the fates allow. 1000% recommendable to people with or without experience, and of all spiritual allegiances and inclinations. Do drink with this man.
William Alexander Baker December 06, 2015
I have known Maxwell Wieland for several years, brought together and intertwined through synchronistic connections to friends and partners. In our time as friends, Maxwell's earthy insight into the growth and production of entheogenic medicines has proved invaluable. He is both farmer and philosopher, blacksmith and visionary guide when it comes to these sacraments. His knowledge of wachuma (San Pedro) and technical skill in its preparation have been partly passed along to me (I say that with modesty), for which I am quite grateful. Having spent all of May '14 in Peru, and knowing Maxwell's calling is finding full expression amongst its magnificent cultures, I cannot recommend him enough as a medicine man and guide. blessings, Alex
Rajit Kishor Patel October 27, 2015
I've been very blessed to cross paths with Max during my travels on the medicinal paths; it has been a few years and he has been a meaningful ally in the process. Max's knowledge and connection with the medicines is borne from a wealth of personal experience and guidance from plant-teachers he has attained; his understandings are very multi-dimensional and I've had the opportunity to learn many meaningful things in our works together. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and gifted in regards to the crafting of powerful and beautiful medicines and has unique rare understandings of their ways and workings that practically apply a solid grounded scientific awareness to the wider holistic process of healing and personal transformation. I genuinely have a good feeling knowing that Max is sharing his gifts and connection to medicine with a wider community; I look forward to the opportunity of being able to spend more time with him in the coming future. With Max's medicine, I have always been able to trust both its potency/effectiveness, along with knowing that it is safe and well understood by the crafter, that it has enabled me to feel at ease and focus on inner work, gratitude to creation, and connection to the master plant teachers and their spirits/consciousness. He has a genuine and unique relationship with the plants, their expressions, and their chemical intelligence... I would recommend time with him to anyone on a medicinal path...Wherever they're at in their journeys... from someone completely new to the realms to an experienced practicing-shaman of a lineage/tradition for decades, I can say their would be something meaningful gained in time with Max.
Linley Barba October 22, 2015
Max is wonderful! He has an extensive knowledge of and love for the plants he works with, which immediately puts one at ease and inspires confidence. The medicine is brewed in-house, and is the most powerful experience I have had. But do not be daunted, it is conducted with expertise, in a pristinely tranquil environment! Each ceremony feels personal, and Max is great at helping people navigate all parts of their journeys.
Zach Gittins October 21, 2015
Max has been doing what he loves and knows for a long time. I have personally seen many third eyes opened resulting from his medicine, and he even assisted me in opening my own exponentially. He guided me through purging a strong addiction with the assistance of Iboga and I will forever be appreciative of this experience. His extensive knowledge of yoga and interactions with the body are things we can all benefit from. ThAnkyou , max!!
Cassandra Elizabeth Diegelman October 21, 2015
Maxwell's connection to, dedication to, and love for the medicine was apparent from the moment I met him. I believe this is the reason why my ceremony experience with him was unlike any other ceremony experience Id had before! A powerful and enlivening healing journey guided by a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend any medicine experience with this Guru.
David Walton October 20, 2015
I've taken San Pedro many times, in the jungle of Iquitos and in Cusco. It'd alway's been a dry powder mixed with various different types of juice and it has been very unpleasant to consume, purging was easy. Retreats buy the powder as it is easy to store. The only reason I persevered was it is a powerful medicine. Then earlier this year I met Maxwell. His San Pedro, or as he prefers to call it, Wachuma, is liquid and he makes it himself, fresh for every ceremony. He explained to me that he extracts the celulos that the body finds difficult to absorb and causes the purge. Also, although this is a bit above my head, he said his alkaloid % is higher that generally found in Peru, that means it is stronger. Well strong it is. I have had some wonderful experiences with Max's medicine, so much better that I have ever had with the powder and I don't purge. Yes it is still unpleasant to drink, but less unpleasant than powder. I can certainly recommend Maxwell's medicine, highly. It's taken me on some wonderful journeys of discovery.
Kyle Devlin October 19, 2015
These plant medicines penetrate deep into the consciousness, revealing our own natural healing ability. When used with intention, breathe and yoga, bring forth an awareness of what 'healing' truly means. Realizing the importance of self-love, gratitude, and releasing attachments is but a glimpse of what these plants have done for me. Now I know, healing is a choice, and its only made now. After living in physical/mental pain and discomfort (the result of many injuries, including traumatic brain injury) for 10+ years, the discovery of these medicines revolutionized the quality of my life. Thank you Max for sharing this awesome healing love and light!
Andrew Fleming October 19, 2015
I have been a friend of Maxwell's for about 5 years, since his beginnings as an independent shaman/healer. Through the course of several months, he taught me how to harvest and prepare Wachuma (San Pedro cactus) using traditional methods of skinning and cutting the cacti by hand, brewing a tea, and drinking it properly, using a proper diet. I have used Wachuma tea several times with Max as part of personal ceremonies which we set up ourselves under his overall guidance. In all of these experiences, his advice and teachings were always intimate, professional, and most importantly, effective! I can personally vouch for his ability to encourage people to find their own direction. Max has always believed in unadulterated, pure experiences with natural substances prepared in a way that emphasizes respect for the plant and it's spiritual relationship with the earth. During our experiences and subsequent talks, Max helped me to give up my pack-a-day cigarette habit, and introduced me to yoga, kickstarting my own meditation/yoga practice, which I have kept for several years. He has also shown me the proper way to prepare and employ various other natural medicines, including Syrian Rue and Calea Zacatechichi. Max has a profound respect for nature and the love which comes from the Earth, which can be found through the ceremonial plants he uses. I would consider it a difficult challenge to find someone more passionate and respectful towards plant medicines and the ability they have to shape and solidify one's individual spiritual paradigm.
Pat Blackwelder October 15, 2015
Maxwell has put he's heart in soul into being a great personal teacher for his practice of strength and well-kindness! Theses retreats are the best way to a beautiful reconnect to our basic sanity and spiritual reality that cannot be achieved unless completing a retreat from a professional spiritual leader as Maxwell teaches in most beautiful place of Peru! (Life just doesn't get any better!)