the vine of the soul

The name Ayahuasca comes from Quechua’s language: aya means soul or spirit and huasca means vine.

Ayahuasca, the vine of the soul, plays a central role in the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Amazon and in 2008 was recognised by the Peruvian government as a National Treasure.

Its ceremonial use is ancient and the indigenous and mestizo peoples of South America revere it as a sacred medicine and a master-teacher. This sacred brew is capable of transporting the person to other dimensions of space and time and can open a doorway to connect with the spirit realm.

The magic of Ayahuasca rests in its ability to find, focus, diagnose, heal and transcend one’s personal limitations, conditioning, negative thoughts and fears. It teaches us how to trust our inner voice and achieve a more fulfilling life.

What provides the healing is the new sense of understanding the brew brings of what is happening in your life, allowing feelings to unblock so that sadness, anger and other unhelpful energies are transmuted to ecstasy and love.

For many people, drinking Ayahuasca is the beginning of profound personal and spiritual transformation. Ayahuasca opens a window for the soul and shows us who we really are and who we can become.

  • teacher plant

    Ayahuasca is a teacher who can lead one into a lifelong journey of deep personal transformation, and closer connection to the Divine within each one of us.

  • healer and doctor

    Ayahuasca is a healer spirit who can rid the body of physical impurities, the mind of emotional problems and the soul of spiritual issues that have accumulated over one’s lifetime.

  • traditional ceremony

    Ayahuasca is a key to step outside of ordinary reality and capture a glimpse of your essential, pure and eternal self – the realm of infinite possibilities.

  • awakening spirit

    Spirituality is at the core of the Ayahuasca experience. This cleansing and purifying medicine ignites spiritual awakening and, during visions, you can have important revelations and become aware of your life purpose.

  • ancient origins

    Its ceremonial use is ancient. The oldest known object related to it is an engraved cup, found in the Amazon around 500 BC, shows that it has been used as a sacrament for at least 2,500 years.

  • sacred lineage

    We are grateful for all the shamans, ayahuasqueros, vegetalistas,  and healers that have preserved these ancient traditions and shamanic practices.

  • holistic benefits

    All disease is merely a manifestation of an imbalance (or dis-ease). Ayahuasca works to diagnose and restore balance, therefore facilitating holistic healing far beyond the frontiers of conventional treatment.

  • planet earth medicine

    Ayahuasca is a gift to Humanity that reminds us that our Planet is our home. When we deeply heal our soul we recognize and honour that we belong to the Earth.

the perfect marriage

This visionary brew is made from two sacred plants: Ayahuasca and Chacruna, both of which are collected from the rainforest in a sacred way.

With intention and prayer, the mixture is prepared by cleaning the specially-chosen vines and adding them and the leaves to water. This is then cooked for a number of days within in a ritual context, by the shaman or people who are in a special dieta just to be able to prepare this sacred medicine.

For decades, researchers have tried to puzzled over the mystery of the origin of Ayahuasca, especially the question of how the combination was discovered between the the two components of the brew: the Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) with the Chacruna leaf (Psychotria viridis).

The sacred and magical marriage of this plants, teaches us a deep respect for life and the world and facilitates personal healing far beyond the boundaries of conventional modern medicine.

The Ayahuasca experience is highly individual and unique to each person as it enables a direct connection with the deepest parts of the sub-conscious, facilitating a deep connection with our true, inner and higher self.

Health & Medical precautions

Health restrictions for this experience

– People with mental health problems or disorders (such as schizophrenia, manic depressive/ bipolar disorder, psychosis, suicidal ideation) cannot participate.
– Any person with related history with psychiatric support must contact us and let us know before booking this journey.
– Any person suffering from  epilepsy and other seizure related conditions cannot participate
– Anyone with severe heart problems cannot participate.
– Other cardiovascular problems or past issues regarding heart problems, high blood please write to us before you book this journey.
– Any person with diabetes please contact us before.
– For women who are pregnant please contact us before, so we know wich stage of the pregnancy you are in.
– And please let us know about any health restriction, disease or unbalance you may have, 
so we can serve you in the best way.

These drugs and medications are dangerous with Ayahuasca

– The consumption of antidepressants should be stopped at least one month before the 1st ceremony. (MAOInhibitors are highly contraindicated). This is really important point as a mix of these prescribed medications with Ayahuasca can be fatal.

Also stop 2 to 4 weeks before
– other MAOInhibitors
– SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
– medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems; antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies
– CNS (central nervous system) depressants
– antipsychotics
– barbiturates
– alcohool

Illegal or recreational drugs that are very dangerous to combine with Ayahuasca
– amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine), MDMA (Ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA
– dextromethorphan (DXM)
– cocaine
– opiates

If you have any doubt about whether you should participate, if you are taking medications or have a known medical condition it is essential that you consult your healthcare professional as well as the retreat organizers before booking this journey.

ayahuasca & shamanism

Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice and healing tradition. It’s a way of life that taps into the power Mother Earth has to offer and the ancient indigenous teachings are derived from the simplistic truths of nature.

In the Peruvian Amazon, the shamanic tradition focuses on the use of Ayahuasca and other master plants for the purpose of healing, transformation and communication with the spiritual world.

‘ Humanity, all of us, have forgotten the power of the spirit of the sacred plants. We have plants on our planet for everything that ails us, but we are too busy to honor that. ’
- Grandmother Flordemayo, Mayan spiritual healer

For the people in the Amazon jungle, shamanism goes together with plant spirit wisdom. By taking this plants they can learn and gain it’s powers and wisdom, benefiting from each plant spirit and properties on every level: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

All the learning is is experiential. The shaman learns directly from the spirit of these plants through shamanic diets and ceremonies.

In the rainforest, Ayahuasca is called the “Mother of all Plants” because it teaches in a very deep level, the level of the soul, being a precious gateway for spiritual awakening.

Through the shamanic point of view, everything has a spirit and the spirit realms are a lot more real than from what we can understand with the mind.

icaros - songs of nature

In the Peruvian jungle icaro is the name for the song or melody used by the curanderos (commonly used term to describe healers, shamans, ayahuasqueros and vegetalistas) in their Ayahuasca healing ceremonies.

The icaro is fundamental to the shaman’s work in the Amazon, embodies his knowledge, constituting his curative patrimony, his working tool, and the inheritance of his apprentice.

Traditionally this shamanic medicine songs call onto teachers and helpers, protectors and guides in order to facilitate or assist the spiritual communion taking place in the ceremony.

The icaros represent a system of communication between the shaman and the world of plants, animals and spirits, and the shaman and the participants in the ceremony.

Usually the shaman receives the icaros from his “maestro” or directly from nature, during a dieta, where he enters in deep states of consciousness, in dreams or visions given by plant teachers (“plantas maestras”).

The Icaros are sometimes accompanied by the chakapa, rattle of bundled leaves that is used to carry the rhythm of the ceremony, direct energy and the songs, as well as send away negative or unwanted energies.

Some of the shaman’s icaros may be passed on to an apprentice, and this way a lineage may appear, where certain icaros are passed from generation to generation.

El Canto del Tiempois Don José (aka Don Evangelino Murayay) first recorded CD containing a few of his icaros or ceremonial songs. Here you can listen and download on itunes

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This is a life changing experience into the depths and sacred realms of the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. A unique opportunity for your personal growth, inner discovery and spiritual well-being. The purpose of this retreat is of healing and transformation; purifying and cleansing the body, mind and spirit.

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