The Ayahuasca retreats that are organized by Sapan Inka Retreat Center,
are the result of the integration between knowledge from the traditional medicine of the Amazon rainforest, especially knowledge related to the ritual use of ayahuasca, and knowledge from Humanistic Psychology, Transpersonal Piscology, Existential Psychology and Psychedelic Psychotherapy. Psychological approaches which include the spiritual dimension within the field of scientific research and clinical practice. The different approaches have been integrated through Psychosynthesis, a method created by Roberto Assagioli.
In the Ayahuasca Therapy, the evaluation of the spiritual dimension plays a very important role; however, therapy with Ayahuasca should not be confused with the practices or therapies belonging to the New Age movement. Therapy with Ayahuasca has theoretical foundations and is based on the practice of disciplines from millenary traditions of wisdom. We think that people who want to participate in Ayahuasca retreats should not confuse Ayahuasca Therapy with belief systems belonging to the New Age movement.
Although Psycho Spiritual Therapy is an attempt to integrate two types of knowledge culturally far apart, integration does not intend to make an unorganized mixture of knowledges. In this integration elements of ancestral wisdom are incorporated into the Ayahuasca Therapy, such as the use of ritual music and prayers as internalization tools during the Ayahuasca ceremonies. In Ayahuasca Therapy, the aim is to achieve an adequate interpretation and integration of the experiences, using a phenomenological reduction method and a symbolic interpretation. Phenomenological psychology allows us to know the essence of the phenomenon that is experienced during the Ayahuasca sessions, through the discourse of the participants. The knowledge, experience and skills of the therapist are very important at the moment in which the therapist gives advice to the participants of the ayahuasca sessions. One of the main objectives of the Ayahuasca Therapy is to help people to translate or interpret their own experiences in a symbolic way, and thanks to certain techniques facilitated by the therapist, a posterior integration of the experience and long-term benefits are possible for the everyday life.
Ayahuasca Therapy allows a detailed exploration of the archetypal images that arise during the amplified states of consciousness, and allows access to psychedelic peak experiences. We must also remember all the benefits that the consumption of ayahuasca drink brings by itself. These benefits are being widely investigated by scientists from various areas of knowledge.