A few times a year and during specially auspicious dates, I lead Ayahuasca and Wachuma retreats. Sacred plant medicine ceremonies are a valuable tool for self-growth, spiritual awakening, deep healing and as a regular practice to align ourselves with the Supreme Reality.
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We limit our retreats to 15 to 20 people and currently they take place in Southern California. By limiting the retreat size, we can better dedicate our attention to help our tribe achieve whatever intentions they set forth prior to the ceremony. Ayahuasca ceremonies are sacred and we believe it is not just about giving the participants the medicine, we believe in delivering the most genuine ceremony experience outside of the Amazon rainforest. Among other things we enjoy live music, the group learns ancient songs called Icaros and we follow the most traditional ceremonial protocols from the Red Path lineage in South America.
We meet at noon of the first day and enjoy a light Ayurvedic meal and tea while we get to know each other and our Shaman.
In the afternoon we generally have a number of different activities that vary depending on the theme of the retreat; from working on clay, painting, baking together, doing yoga, pranayama, sound bath therapies, meditation and the learning and practice of Icaros we will perform during ceremony. We make sure the hours prior to the ceremony are spent in a relaxed and calm environment so the body and the spirit are better prepared for the work of the evening.
Mats, blankets, and pillows are provided to stay warm as the ceremony lasts into the wee hours of the night. In the center of the Maloka (the sacred space dedicated for ceremony) a fire will be burning through the night and one of the participants will be designated guardian of the fire. On the same token, a female participant will be given the duties of sharing the water in the last hours of the ritual. Ceremonies can last sometimes until pass midnight. On the next day our sangha – community – enjoys a delicious and healthy breakfast, a relaxing morning of integration and we end at midday with a closing circle sharing our experiences. Two day ceremonies will come in the future as well.
My offering is a very singular experience like no other you will find in Southern California. As a native from Ecuador and having lived there half of my life, I have a profound connection with the Vine of the Soul, Ayahuasca, (Banisteriopsis Caapi) native of the Amazon rainforest areas of Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. I met her spirit at a very young age and I have followed Her calling for the past few years and Her desire to share Her teachings outside of the Amazon basin. My offering is a traditional ceremony of the likes of those performed in my country. Our gatherings are led by an Ecuadorian Shaman with over 25 years of experience and trained by a long lineage of elders from the Shuar tribe of the Napo province of Ecuador.
Therapies of detoxification with this powerful plant medicine have the potential to redirect your life, breaking unhealthy patterns, adding clarity to your life’s purpose and ridding your soul of emotional blockages and mental toxicity. It is a work that needs to be done with consistency and the utmost respect. Healing cannot be forced, Ayahuasca will bring you face to face with unhealed wounds and emotional trauma from the past, She will aim to heal the fundamental workings of the mind at the core and will open your mind to a wider vision of the world and all the possibilities you can create for yourself. For these reasons, it is important to be receptive, committed and courageous. Come with an open mind and lots of love and compassion towards yourself.