Ayahuasca Retreats - Ayhuasca Ceremonies
Cusco - Peru
Ayahuasca Retreats are organized by the Sapan Inka Project. The Ayahuasca Retreats include ayahuasca ceremonies and San Pedro ceremonies for spiritual healing and psychological development. Therapies that we organize are for integral health (body, mind and soul) using teacher plants based on the ancestral amazon and andean knowledge. The Ayahuasca Retreat integrates knowledges from different traditions of wisdom, knowledge from deep and transpersonal psychology and techniques working with energy. We consider it is part of our responsability to preserve traditional knowledge, and also to give to the participants in the ayahuasca retreats an opportunity to know about our ancestral medicine for healing. Our Retreat House is in Cusco, Peru, and here we organize Ayahuasca Retreats.
The Ayahuasca beverage that we use in the ceremonies is carefully prepared by traditional healers of the Shipibo nation from the amazon jungle. When the medicine is cooked it is used only two plants: Ayahuasca(Banisteriopsis caapi) and Chacruna (Psychotria viridis). It is not used any other plant when medicine is cooked.
The ayahuasca ceremonies guides are over ten years of experience in the direction of Ayahuasca Retreats. They were more than 5 consecutive years receiving training from Shipibo healers, living with them. But guides are trained not only in techniques and knowledge from Peruvian tradicional medicine, but also they are more than 15 consecutive years studying the structure of the soul and about psychic recovery techniques and spiritual growth. They are studying and training constantly, and it is considered as the primary objective for Sapan Inka Project, physical, psychological and spiritual health of all participants in the Ayahuasca Retreats.
The principles guiding our work are:
- Spiritual development of human being. Through the work made by the project and with the help of teacher plants as the main tool, we try to provide a small support and contribution to the psychological growth of human kind. While working with teacher plants in the Ayahuasca Retreats, we are looking for integration of the personality, expansion of consciousness and psycho-spiritual development.
- The physical, psychological and spiritual health of the participants in the ayahuasca retreats. We have taken the greatest possible responsibility in the use of teacher plants as therapeutic tools, considering all potential risks in the use of plants of power such as Ayahuasca, e.g. drug interactions between biochemical contents of the teacher plants and some foods and pharmaceuticals products. Also psychological possible risks can be triggered during a cathartic or a psychedelic experience, for example in the case of a latent psychosis, it can becomes a psychotic disorder or schizophrenia. We try to take the utmost care to make a difference between spiritual crisis and mental disorder. In the case of a spiritual crisis, we try to support as much as possible to the person providing tools to cope in the best way the process is going. In the case of a mental disorder we consider all is possible to do to support, if help is not possible, people is derived to a specialist in the field. Master plants therapy is abioenergetic unlocking process, a psycho-spiritual treatment.
- The protection of our mother earth and the knowledge of higher realities. Working with teacher plants is closely related to the care of our eco-system, the protection of natural resources and the protection and respect for the ancestral cultural knowledge, which is deposited in the native peoples and cultures. The work we do in the Ayahuasca Retreats also allows us to acquire consciousness about the trascendental relationship between man and the world, about the connections between the physical material and psychic spiritual world. We intend to cultivate respect for life and all beings. We consider that it is very important the ritual use of plants to achieve therapeutic goals.
- The work is directed to our cultural and spiritual formation and for the future generations. We believe and understand that the work in the Ayahuasca Retreats through the use of teacher plants is directed to the formation of spiritual values which are directed toward the individual's release from psychological limitations. We believe that a spiritual openness is necessary for knowledge and understanding of a higher power. We consider that for the psychological development is essential to recognize a higher scale of being. The aim of the work is oriented toward the possibility of a "new man" in us. We believe that in the work with teacher plants in the Ayahuasca Retreats is essential the respect to the beliefs of the others.
SAPAN INKA: It is a word in Runasimi or Quechua language, and it can be translated as Wise Inka. Howeve this word or name indicates a spiritual hierarchy that existed at the time of the Inka, and it was used to describe a special type of priest who was part of the spiritual Inka nobility. He was someone who had the power to lead and teach to others Incas. He had sacred ancestral knowledge about astronomy, art and mastery of stone, language and medicine.