Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat
Sacred Valley and Cusco
Retreat is located in the Sacred Valley of Inka, near Cusco, which is considered Andean capital city. This region hosts a unique culture in its own with quiet a different history than that of Amazon basin or the coastal regions. It also has its own unique master plant tradition with the use of San Pedro cactus or Wachuma, as its known to quechua people.
The idea behind is to embark on a personal/trans-personal journey with the guidance of sacred plants while in between exploring one of the marvels of Peruvian nature – the Andes region. During the 10 days a group participates in three Ayahuasca and one San Pedro ritual every second day. In between the plant rituals we will also visit some archaeological sites and enjoy some quiet village experience.
San Pedro journey
The concluding experience with San Pedro is a light adventure hike, in which we spend an entire day, starting in the early morning, in company of mountain medicine. After being taken to approx 3800m by a taxi to Quinsa Kocha mountain lake, we will slowly ascend through trails, surrounded by the peaks of Sacred Valley.
The hike comprises crossing the slopes and small valleys with magical lakes, visiting an area without houses and rarely any people. This day of slow and careful hiking up the mountain under a gentle but firm “guidance” of San Pedro and the retreat facilitators, represent an ascension into new levels of comprehension and integration of the experience gained on the retreat.
Main element of the retreat is work with Ayahuasca medicine. All necessary details about process with Ayahuasca and instructions for the ceremony are given during the introduction to the retreat upon arrival.
There are in total three ritual Ayahuasca night sessions.
The ceremonies start in the evening around 7pm and last for about 6-7 hours. The rituals are accompanied with native chants and medicine songs from different traditions. Also moments of silent prayer and contemplation have important role in work with Ayahuasca. During the night sessions one is free to leave for bathroom anytime and is recommended to stay inside maloca most of the time, until the ritual is closed around 4am in the morning. When the session is closed one can either head back to bungalow stay in maloca or have a refreshing morning swim in the pool.
In the retreat only traditional, highest quality Peruvian Ayahuasca brew (consisting of Banisteriopsis Caapi and Chacruna) is served. Additionally during the night sessions there’s special time to receive two other Amazon traditional medicines – rapé and sananga. Rapé is a snuff consisting of medicinal plants’ ash and sometimes tobacco, allowing deeper levels of connection and cleansing. Sananga are the drops for the eye that clean and tonify the system.
Medicine rituals in this retreat are guided by experienced facilitators, Edmunds and Alessandra (read About Us), who have studied the work with different Peruvian plant guides since 2005. We usually host small groups up to 15 people giving everyone necessary attention during the ceremonies and the retreat as whole.
Experience and Integration
Processes brought up in the ceremonies are essential elements of the retreat, being like pointers in our map of inner healing. Also important part of retreat is feedback from what we experience, thus every ceremony is followed by sharing circle next day, where we bring into daylight the insights, revelations and questions.
Besides accompanying the ceremonies, retreat facilitators help with confronting everything that surfaces during the 10-day process. Applying years of integration experience, along with group sharing circles we offer individual counseling and guidance to empower and create conditions for a personal transformation.
- Cost: 2000 USD or 1850 EUR
- Food: variety of vegetarian meals of international and local cuisine
- Accommodation: hotel in Pisac, double rooms (single optional)
- Included: All ground transport with airport transfer, all meals and accommodation, 3 Ayahuasca and 1 San Pedro ceremonies, guides and excursions
- Not included: International flights to Peru, flights to Cusco, tips and personal expenses
- Feb 9: Arrival to Sacred Valley, Cusco; accommodation in the hotel
- Feb 10: retreat introduction, Ayahuasca ceremony
- Feb 11: Excursion to Saqsayhuaman
- Feb 12: Visit of Chawaytiri community and handicraft market; Ayahuasca ceremony
- Feb 13: Excursion to Intiwatana ruins; Kirtan singing circle
- Feb 14: Excursion to Moray site and Maras salt mines, Ayahuasca ceremony
- Feb 15: Temazcal sweat lodge
- Feb 16: Daytime hike to mountain lakes and San Pedro ceremony
- Feb 17: Cusco visit, closing dinner
- Feb 18: Departure
Past retreat participants shared:
One of my major motivations in joining Edmunds for teacher plant ceremonies was to get in touch with aspects of myself which are very important and yet which I have lost sight of, since I live in a big city and work in front of a computer most of the time. I wanted to remember and to rediscover what is really important to me and to find ways to return these things to my daily life. I was missing things! The teacher plant ceremonies have helped me a great deal in finding my own path and to begin to make progress in this.
The first time I met Edmunds was at Corto Maltes Lodge, in the Peruvian Amazon, a beautiful and ultimately very appropriate settiing for anyone’s first experience with Ayahuasca. The ceremonies themselves were both very beautiful and very difficult for me, the most confronting parts really forcing a severe amount of self-reflection which has helped me to work more on myself and also to live more in the moment, which is a beautiful thing! I discovered very concretely the value of self-respect for myself and have now started to implement certain things in my life which have allowed me to share more love with others.
It is very important also that I felt looked after all the time. Edmunds is a very attentive, respectful and responsible shaman who has helped me in some very deep ways when the ceremonies have become far too much for me, particularly through his use of song and his gorgeous voice! Now this is very important because going through one of these ceremonies is ultimately a very serious and potentially difficult process. Edmunds provides a safe space for such experiences. Outside the ceremonies at Corto Maltes, we all went swimming together, took day trips to visit local farms and tribes with our fantastic guide Frank, and went swimming in Lake Sandoval. Just as important as the ceremony is the time to share and commune and eat together. The food at Corto Maltes is amazing, by the way.
The second time I met with Edmunds was in Lanzarote, for a yoga/meditation/teacher plant retreat, which for me was an opportunity to explore the relationships between the practices of yoga, meditation and Ayahuasca ceremonies, something I had been thinking a great deal about since my first experiences with the teacher plant resembled certain meditative processes I had been through, particularly in relation to the development of moment-to-moment awareness. In this week I made a great deal of progress in my meditation practice and yet was reminded very concretely and quite painfully of the obstacles I will always face. I went through something very painful which Edmunds helped me out of and from which I have also learnt a lot about myself and ways to acknowledge and deal with these parts of myself which are not so easy to be with. This retreat was very powerful. It would perhaps be better served if the programs of yoga, meditation and days of silence were more rigorous and more respected by all the participants. A number of the people there were not interested in much besides the Ayahuasca ceremonies and this is cool but perhaps such a retreat is not for them 🙂
I would recommend these experiences to people who wish to discover more about themselves, the world and their reality. I would also caution them that this is a very serious and potentially painful way of doing so, which in the end is highly fruitful. Dong so with Edmunds guarantees a beautiful, safe and respectful environment for such a deep, profound process to take place.
Being in retreat with Don Bechin was a significant step in my life
and my first shamanic experience. I cannot forget the way as the
friends I met there approached me somewhat incredulous: ‘how did you
get here?’, emphasizing that they’d been searching for a veritable
shaman for a whole year. But it seemed to me that it couldn’t have
been any easier (due to connection and synchronicity) – I got there
through Edmunds’ site: Shamanic-Explorer (now Ayahuasca Prajna).
In what the experience itself is concerned: it was a returning to the
womb of life! Nothing new – I shall say -, once it is something so
inmost to ourselves. But there is nothing like a firsthand reminder of
who we are and where we come from. Although having gone through what
it felt being the purgatory… In general was a straightforward way to
simplify the approach to life, making it less complicated. And
particularly valuable given the possibility of seeing what am meant to
be in life.
That glimpse was a true gift!
Thanks to Edmunds and Don Bechin.
In this grand time of human awakening, when ever more people seek higher guidance and truer direction in their lives, the sacred medicines at last long take their place among the many paths that lead to the remembrance of one’s true self.
Ayahuasca provides one of the most direct and immediate pathways to self-inquiry and one only has to grab the opportunity that it provides for unrestrained personal and spiritual growth!
It is one of the most confrontational ways of healing one’s inner self and in participation one is moved beyond the muddled and noisy mind, into the intuitive heart center, whence resides peace and unbounded love. And as with the microcosm of a single human soul so the macrocosm of humanity for it is here that humanity now finds itself, at the cross roads, seeking the remembrance of its own true nature.
Mother Ayahuasca will without any reservations or pretence show you your most deeply buried aspects of ourselves. Dredge them up for a re-examination and re-integration. For this is the only way to spiritual growth. No part of the shadow self shall be left behind, swept under the carpet or be left unforgiven.
It will present to you your worst, most negative aspects and show you how to heal yourself. It will tell you no lies and you will be shown with absolute clarity your impact upon others.
What you need to adjust and what you need to let go off. Mother Ayahuasca in all her wisdom exposes your most immediate issues and grants you a higher perspective on them, one that cannot be attained by the everyday rational mind. She shows you your pains and your fears, so that you might climb the ladder of evolution ever higher by re-learning unconditional love.
The remembering of your true essence, and indeed, the essence of All that Is.
Make no mistake about it, this is not a weekend excursion to the park, this is serious work on the self, that requires utmost dedication and disciplined preparation.
Skirting issues such as proper diet prior and subsequently to the workshop serves only to lesson the effect and the purpose of the whole exercise.
Our mainstream society provides/ed so many unhealthy temptations that go against our wellbeing, that one is definitely challenged to find that which benefits one most.
I found this one of the keys to proper preparation and subsequently true to form, found myself requiring much less food than normal during the workshops.
This is the physical proof that the spiritual work at the workshops has almost immediate real world results.
But I must say with a smile of remembrance that I truly enjoyed the healthy food on offer while I was there. And those who already were on the path of eating healthy, no doubt immediately appreciated the importance and the joy of finding something new to munch.
Every soul has its own individual journey and story. It is thus up to each and every person to decide how they will get from point A to point B. In the end all journeys are just as important and just as beautiful. And whether one seeks the company of shamans of Peru and the Amazon or the company of one’s spirit guides, angels and galactic races, they are all there to help you in your journey in this life.
Thus I heartily recommend these workshops to all, because all are ultimately on a journey of self exploration. The company of shamans that shall accompany you is one of warmth and love.
Their beautiful songs carry you peacefully and providently through your darkest hours, your most exhilarating visions and your most profound lessons.
But this I say without exaggeration, the group of wonderful people undertaking the same journey as you, besides Mother Ayahuasca of course, they will be your greatest teachers while you are there.
And if you have never truly felt connected on a soul level to another person, yeah, expect that to become the whole group. As you are shown the illusion of separation and the truth of universal love.
If I could sum up this wonderful journey with the sacred medicines of Peru, I would sum it up so:
Those who have not experienced direct knowing, who have not been enveloped by direct experience, they know nothing.
This is your chance to know the infinity that dwells beyond the mind.
To remember who you truly are!
Despues de haber empezado un proceso psicoanalítico hace ocho años, quería aprofundir este trabajo con la ayuda de la Madre Ayahuasca.
Ya había vivido experiencias con plantas sagradas en México, que me han ayudado muchísimo en mi propio conocimiento, en encontrar mi lugar en este mundo, a ser parte de un todo y que este todo sea también parte de mi, a crear con la Madre Tierra una relación de “caminar juntas mano a mano”, cuidándonos mutualmente.
La experiencia con la Planta ha sido totalmente diferente de lo que me podía imaginar… Durante el taller y a lo largo de las ceremonias, descubrí y sané una parte de mis sombras, de mis miedos, de mis bloqueos, entre todo mi resistencia a dejarme amar, mi falta de confianza, y de una manera más global, a entender que merezco esto.
Sentí mi corazón abrirse, me dejé submergir por un amor puro, y este amor iba sanando uno por uno los momentos dolorosos de mi pasado. Este amor me iba enseñando como estar más tolerante hacia mi misma, hacia el otro, a perdonar, a simplemente vivir sabiendo que somos humanos y que nadie es perfecto, que los errores no nos tienen que avergonzar sino que nos ayudan a crecer.
El Ayahuasca me ayudó a Amar y a Perdonar. Y definitivamente, creo que el Amor y el Perdón son unas de las llaves maestras hacia una vida más equilibrada. Perdonarse y amarse, es el inicio del perdonar y amar al Otro, y estoy convencida de que es el inicio de un círculo virtuoso de paz y de sabiduría.
Aconsejo esta experiencia a toda persona lista a enfrentarse, enfrentar sus miedos, en una dinámica, un deseo de cambiar, y que se sienta lista para esto.
Este workshop ha sido un viaje del cuerpo, del corazón y del espíritu. Un viaje tan adentro que afuera. Ha sido uno de estos viajes que cambian una vida… Me siento más en paz, liberada.
Agradezco muchísimo Edmunds, cada compañero del taller, y cada participante de las ceremonias, por habernos acompañados en este camino de sanación, porque cada uno de ellos, con su presencia, sus palabras, su energía, hizo que todo fue posible.
My life is almost resumed at full speed
and I feel that something has definitely changed.
Something clicked in my mind is perhaps
perhaps I started to connect my thoughts in a manner consistent with the heart
sure the path is still long but I feel that the teachers plants
I have purified from old beliefs and who have contributed
to discover a different way of seeing reality much closer
the self-respect of others and the environment in which we live.
Ayahuasca taught me that we are beings as powerful as insignificant
if we do not use the power of our heart to connect to the rest of the universe
and make our contribution to this dream is the life of which we are participants, but also co creators
responsible for a gift that should not be used to follow the laws of power and destruction
they are bringing humanity perhaps the most delicate moment in its history to the breaking point
with mother earth and to selfdistruction of their own species .
I am in my my little maybe I’m learning the lesson , and I hope that this experience will continue to guide me
choices every day to try to amplify the divine spark that lies within each of us .
Welcome and thank you again Edmund and Alessandra all the time . patience , but above all for their help and words full of friendship that have helped me so much during this trip. A hug to all Brian , David , Kevin, Dimitry, Alessandro, Gianluca, Sophia and Mrs.Teresa.
Thanks again for everything
Always at your disposal
La mia vita è quasi ripresa a pieno ritmo
e sento che sicuramente qulacosa è cambiato.
Qualcosa forse è scattato nella mia mente
forse ho iniziato a collegare i miei pensieri in maniera plù coerente con il cuore
sicuramente il percorso ancora è lungo ma sento che le piante maestre
mi abbiano purificato da vecchie credenze e che abbiano contribuito
alla scoperta di un modo diverso di vedere la realtà molto più vicina
al rispetto di se stessi degli altri e dell’ambiente in cui viviamo.
L’ayahuasca mi ha insegnato che siamo esseri tanto potenti quanto insignificanti
se non utilizziamo il potere del nostro cuore per connetterci al resto dell’universo
e dare il nostro contributo a questo sogno che è la vita di cui siamo partecipanti ma anche co creatori
responsabili di un dono che non andrebbe usato per seguire leggi di potere e distruzione
che stanno portando l’umanita forse nel momento più delicato della sua storia a un punto di rottura
con la madre terra ed ad autoannienamento della propria specie.
Io nel mio mio piccolo forse sto imparando la lezione e spero che questa esperienza mi continui a guidare
nelle scelte di ogni giorno per cercare di amplificare la scintilla divina che si nasconde dentro ognuno di noi.
Saluto e ringrazio ancora Edmund e Alessandra per tutto il tempo. la pazienza ma sopratutto per le loro parole cariche di aiuto e amicizia che tanto mi hanno aiutato durante questo viaggio. Un abbraccio a tutti, Brian, David, Kevin, Dimitry, Alessandro, Gianluca, Sophia e alla signora Teresa.
Grazie ancora di tutto
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