The Sapan Inka Retreat Center offers an opportunity to participate in Ayahuasca retreats in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru. There are 6 available spaces on every retreat. The retreats are organized in our retreat house which is located in a small town outside the city, at the base of a sacred mountain called Pitusiray.
At Sapan Inka Retreat Center it is possible to live a therapeutic, healing and transpersonal experience, a journey of exploration throughout the spiritual world of ayahuasca. Experiencing a deep process of healing, cleansing and purification. The ayahuasca ceremony is ritual influenced by ancestral wisdom of the peoples of the Amazon, but at the same time, it is an elaborated therapeutic methodology which is based on Psychedelic Psychotherapy.
Ayahuasca Therapy is an opportunity to overcome existential conflicts and to solve psychological and emotional problems.
Thanks to many years of experience developing a methodology to allow us the integration of the traditional use of ayahuasca medicine and a psychological method to explore expanded states of consciousness, we have understood that an Ayahuasca Retreat cannot be a very long process, including many ceremonies. Experience working with ayahuasca has taught us that a retreat should include no more than three Ayahuasca sessions, and that retreat participants should not be more than six.
By organizing Ayahuasca Retreats we have discovered that the most important in the therapy is to do a job with a high ethical and professional standard. Therefore, our education and training in the art of giving Ayahuasca medicine is a committed and permanent process. And our goal is to make all participants feel confident, and to give a safe setting.
Machu Picchu is an extraordinary place, beautiful and majestic. The Inka city built on the top of a mountain, a beautiful masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Machu Picchu is a sacred sanctuary full of mystery and hidden wisdom. The extraordinary architectural work done on the stone is a source of perplexity, amazement and admiration, its temples and enclosures are built in such a way that its structures are in complete harmony with the mountain and nature. The historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered a World Heritage Site. In this retreat you will have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu and you can directly experience the magic of this mysterious place. Our retreat includes 2 sessions of Ayahuasca in our retreat house, and a San Pedro ceremony that includes the assistance of an Andean priest who will offer an ancestral ceremony of offering to Mother Earth, during the experience with San Pedro we will walk to a place at the shore of a river, near a beautiful waterfall. After all the ceremonies you can visit Machu Picchu.
This Ayahuasca Retreat includes 2 ayahuasca sessions and one San Pedro ceremony. It is a 5 days Retreat and it includes a Pachamama (Mother Earth) offering ceremony, which is guided by an Andean priest (Pampamisayoq). This ritual is part of the experience with San Pedro medicine, corresponds to the initial part of the process with San Pedro medicine.
From our perspective, the San Pedro ceremony is a complementary process after the sessions with Ayahuasca. The San Pedro allows working aspects that it is not possible to work with ayahuasca medicine, in addition, the state of consciousness facilitated by San Pedro helps us to understand the experience with ayahuasca and, in a certain sense, helps us crystallize the learning obtained by the ayahuasca experience.
The Ayahuasca Retreats are psychospiritual therapies with the objective to support people for the resolution to emotional and bio-energetic blocks. It is also our intention to support to the participants during a possible acces to holotropic states, i.e. states "moving toward wholeness." The Ayahuasca therapy objective is to get that the personality becomes a totality, and for the achievement of this goal it is required the self-knowledge, which will allow to the contents from the unconsciousness to be integrated into the total personality of the Self, this process is a process of "integration".
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An Ayahuasca Retreat is a psycho-spiritual therapeutic process with the purpose to help to the participants to reconnect with the healing capacity of the own organism, and to help to connect with the higher Spiritual Self. In the Ayahuasca Retreat, you participate in two or three ayahuasca sessions, where it is possible to experience a deep process of introspection, accessing to expanded states of consciousness. It is an inner journey that puts us in contact with unknown areas of the mind and with the depths of our Self.
These experiences with Ayahuasca usually produce a liberating emotional catharsis and insights that help us to know more about the internal reality of our Self, awakening inside us an intuitive transrational or translogical inner capacity. The non-ordinary states experienced during the ayahuasca ceremonies, sometimes facilitate the resolution of existential conflicts or bring solution to different types of psychological traumas or emotional problems.
The way the ceremonies are guided at the ayahuasca retreats are relatively a new methodology. Therapy with Ayahuasca is an integration between the wisdom of the original peoples of the Amazon and the current psychospiritual or existential therapy. In Therapy with Ayahuasca, ancestral spiritual knowledge and techniques are combined with techniques and methods of Western psychedelic psychotherapy. Ayahuasca Therapy System uses knowledges from different psychological approaches, as well as techniques and knowledge from different traditions of wisdom.
Only six people can participate in the ayahuasca retreat, and only two or three ayahuasca sessions are included during a retreat. For many years, we have been designing the therapeutic method with ayahuasca and developing the technique of giving ayahuasca medicine which has evolved over the years through constant training and learning. In the Ayahuasca Retreats, the idea is to provide personalized assistance throughout the development of the retreat.
Preparation prior to the Ayahuasca Retreat is a very important requirement, it is the so-called preparation diet, which consists of a series of recommendations or suggestions that are intended to help participants to connect more easily to the healing power of Ayahuasca medicine. The diet also prevents certain complications during the experience with ayahuasca, helps to have the body more prepared to receive ayahuasca medicine, and facilitates its assimilation. The ayahuasca diet is not always the same in all places, that's why we have adapted a diet convenient for pursued proposes in our Ayahuasca Retreats.
it depends on the objectives of the type of ceremony and the knowledge and experience of the guide of the ayahuasca ceremonies.
It should be noted that the most important thing about the ayahuasca retreat, is the integration process after the ayahuasca ceremonies, that is, an appropriate psychological and spiritual training that will be suggested by the guide of the ayahuasca retreat.
At the Sapan Inka Retreat Center we have had the opportunity to welcome many people from all over the world. Many of you come to us after making long journeys, motivated by your desire and interest to live an experience with ayahuasca medicine, although not all arrive with the same type of motivation. Our deepest intention is to do everything possible, so that the people who come to us can live a full experience during the ayahuasca retreats, in that sense, we do everything possible to give you information, so that you can have an adequate preparation from weeks before the ayahuasca retreat, and during your stay in our house, we provide everything you need to get the most of your healing experience.
However, we consider that the most important phase of the ayahuasca healing process corresponds to what we call the post-diet, that is, the period including the days after the ayahuasca sessions. During the days or weeks after the ayahuasca retreat, people have the possibility to assimilate and integrate their experiences, although, the truth is that lot of people do not know exactly how to do it. Therefore, it is a very important part of our work as a therapist, to be able to advise and help people, so that they can properly integrate their experiences into their daily lives.
A very important aspect of our method to work during the ayahuasca retreat is the Integration Therapy, which has several steps, first, we conduct a deep interview with each participant with the purpose of helping people to make a speech, through it, you are able to describe in detail your experiences, that is, to remember the emotions, perceptions and thoughts experienced during your participation in the ayahuasca session. It is also very important to help or support you, so that you can develop your own interpretation of the process, since in this way you will be able to integrate your experiences in your daily life.
Part of our work is to provide all the necessary tools that will help you to know how it will be possible to continue working after the ayahuasca retreat ends, because if you have the intention of long-term results, it is necessary to learn an adequate psychological and spiritual training, and for that, we make all the necessary recommendations.
Why small groups?
Experience has shown us that the Ayahuasca Retreat cannot concentrate many people at the same time, if our intention is to provide psychological and spiritual assistance to every participant. For that reason, the maximum capacity of participants in our ayahuasca retreats is six people. Thus, it is possible to talk deeply with each participant during all the retreat, it means that from the first moment you arrive to our house, we will have a private conversation with you with the intention to know a little bit more about you and to know how to help in the process, to know what your motivations and intentions are, and so, to be able to give you the more convenient support, directed and specially adapted to your needs. The conversations are private.
We also talk with all the participants together. The group receives detailed instructions on how the entire ayahuasca retreat will be and information on how the ayahuasca ceremony is. We explain in detail what shamanic technique we use during the process, what are effects that you should expect from ayahuasca medicine, since ayahuasca has many ways of acting in the body and in the psyche, that is, there are different types of experiences, different ways to feel the healing power of the Teacher Plant, so it is necessary to explain what are the possible effects that you might feel during your experience. We also explain how it is better to face the experience and the non-ordinary state of consciousness, we explain some techniques that you can use during the process with ayahuasca medicine. Our job is to take care of each one of the participants throughout all the healing process.
During the time you will be in our retreat house, you will have time to be alone, meditate and reflect on the details of your experience. It is possible to walk around the house and to enjoy contact with nature: the river, the trees, the mountains, the birds and the pure air of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
One day after the ayahuasca ceremony, it is necessary to talk personally, in private, with every participant. We call this process: psychointegration of the experience. We have a deep interview, in which you can describe in detail all your experience, and the process guide can help you to translate and to make a speech about your own experience. During the conversation the guide will guide you by giving you psychological tools that will allow you to discover the symbolic meaning of your own experience, and so you can understand the sensations, perceptions, emotions and thoughts experienced during the ceremony with ayahuasca medicine. One day after each ceremony we have a private conversation with each participant. And during the last interview we give you advice on how you can face the return to your daily life and how you can continue working on your own healing process.
The Sapan Inka Ayahuasca Retreat Center is located in the Sacred Valley, Calca, Cusco, Peru. The house where we organize our retreats is a very special place surrounded by beautiful sacred mountains, a native village of farmers, a natural landscape, peace and pure air.
We consider as a part of our responsibility, preservation of traditional knowledge of our ancestral culture, and also to give to the participants in the ayahuasca retreats an opportunity to know more about our ancestral system of healing.
We use teacher plants (Ayahuasca and San Pedro) based on the ancestral amazon and Andean knowledge. To cook the medicine it is used just two plants: Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and Chacruna leaves (Psychotria viridis). We don’t use any other plant for the brew.
We are the Sapan Inka Retreat Center team and we are over ten years of experience in the direction of Ayahuasca Retreats. We were more than 5 consecutive years receiving training from Shipibo healers, living and learning with them.
We are a married couple engaged in therapeutic work with teacher plants. Our responsibility is to support and guide all participants of the ayahuasca retreats during the process of energetic cleaning, and emotional and psychological release. We have extensive experience leading therapeutic ayahuasca ceremonies, working with Ayahuasca and San Pedro.
We are studying constantly on extensive knowledge of the structure of the soul, about spirit healing processes, psychological development, inner growth and evolution of personality. In the psychotherapeutic practice we use different approaches with the intention to integrate wisdom from different ancestral and spiritual traditions to a methodology that allows to use the ayahuasca medicine on the recovery and healing of different mental or emotional disorders and also as a tool that allows the development of our own potential of healing and evolution.
Cusco - Peru