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Join this retreat for an accelerated introduction to the shamanic world. Pura Vidya will customize your cleanse based on your level of experience and your bodys needs. Your teachers for this retreat will be the Master Plants of Sacred Cacao, Mama Coca, Tobacco, Washuma, and Ayahuasca. There is absolutely nothing to fear, they have worked with hundreds of people for many years and all have profound life-changing and healing experiences.
The rustic cozy rooms at Sach'a Munay are equipped for single, double and triple occupancy. The beds are lavished with warm, luxurious duvets. Each room has a private bath. The entire site is dedicated to promoting peace, tranquility and transformation. Lodgings have many majestic views of the Andes and the snow capped mountains of the Sacred Valley.
This 11-day retreat is an introduction to the shamanic world of plant medicine. This cleanse does require 30 days of cleansing before your arrival, so please contact Pura Vidya as soon as possible to begin the process. It is difficult to generalize the experience as it will be different for every participant. You will begin each cleanse with a sacred cacao ceremony to open up the healing space. From there, you will receive a coca leaf reading in order to assess your needs. You will then participate in either a temezcal (native American sweat lodge) or a tobacco purge. These ceremonies will clean and prepare your body for future ceremonies.
A diagnostic shamanic massage is also necessary to detect any stagnant energy in the body. For beginners, over the next several days you will be participating in Washuma ceremonies to deeply connect to mother Earth (Allpamama). For more advanced planteros, a shamanic diet is recommended. If it's your first diet, you will begin with chiric sanango. An Ayahuasca ceremony will conclude the cleanse in order to close in the energy and prepare you for your continued journey. The yoga and meditation classes in this retreat are offered daily but participation is optional.
Translated as the Vine of the Dead, Ayahuasca shows us what it is like to die. In fact the psychoactive property of Ayahuasca, DMT, is naturally released into the brain when we are born and when we die. While death in the west is treated with great fear, in Shamanism it is the focus of our life’s mission. Death is the grand finale of life and we must be prepared for this final moment of triumph. It is perfectly natural to be afraid of dying, which is precisely why we must practice the dying process in order to be better prepared for the final moment. In this final moment the full power of our spirit is released, an overwhelming surge of energy is felt and our brain, which we usually use a small part of, is greatly expanded. This process can be overwhelming and intimidating, but with practice it becomes enlightening. It is imperative to practice the dying process while we are alive in order to meet our end with calmness and focus for it is in these final moments that the answers of the universe are revealed.
Where Ayahuaska teaches us how to die, Washuma teaches us how to live. Washuma is a cactus that lives in the Andes of South America. With great reverence we will prepare our own Washuma medicine for ceremony. Washuma gives us a glimpse of no mind, and with practice, even Samadhi or enlightenment. Our jabbering mind momentarily becomes quieted allowing us to reach great depths of meditation, even allowing us to leave our body and travel into the astral realms.
An indigenous myth tells us whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open people's hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony. Sacred cacao was bypassed in the ‘60’s resurgence of medicine-plants because it does not act like a psychedelic – it does not take you on its trip, but facilitates your own. In the last few years, the Holy Bean has emerged and is becoming known for its medical benefits, as a ‘raw’ food, and with the ‘bean to bar’ chocolatiers, making chocolate much as it was made 200 years ago.
A cacao ceremony is an experience in multidimensional group energy. Cacao works with you where you are, and with the ceremonial facilitator through where they are. Cacao brings the door but doesn’t push you through it. A major advantage of ceremonial cacao is that it makes it much easier to deeply access ones emotional body, pain body, or density on the dark shadow side, or ready expansion and higher dimensional connection on the light shadow side. Cacao allows you to go considerably deeper into meditation and self-healing than possible without the medicine, and understandings tend toward more permanent changes. Cacao is a heart-centered anchor making that takes you where you're going with more love and less fear.
It is highly recommended that those new to master plants begin their journey into the shamanic world with a tobacco ceremony. In a tobacco ceremony, participants drink a highly condensed, liquified tobacco and then immediately drink at least 7 liters of Malba tea. An immediate purging will begin which will help cleanse the body/mind/spirit. This tobacco purge will make all other plant ceremonies more harmonious and powerful.
Jungle tobacco (mapacho) is used throughout shamanic ceremonies. Before (and during) many ceremonies, tobacco ash (rapé) is often applied to participants by blowing it up their noses. The immediate affect is to clear the 6th and 7th chakras both physically (it is common to release a lot of mucus) and spiritually by opening the energy channels for heightened vision of the invisible realm. During the ceremony, tobacco smoke is used both to cleanse the energetic body and to seal in the lessons we've learned in a ritual called a Soplado. Smoke can also be used if a participant's energy is becoming scattered or panicked, as it tends to calm and focus one's energy.
Sach'a Munay, which translates as "love from the ancient forest", is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and is nourished by a magnificent waterfall. It is a place to connect to the incredible depth and beauty of what nature offers.
The Sacred Valley of Peru, where Sach'a Munay is located, is a lovely spot in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as "apus" -- "luminous beings" who are said to intercede on behalf of people. Those who come to our center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and ceremony. We believe our world today benefits greatly from contact with these ancient sites and ways.
The food you will eat during the shamanic diet will have no sugar, salt, or fat. This means no fruit (too much sugar), no oil (too much fat), and of course, no salt in food preparation. Also, you must refrain from any food which has its own medicinal properties, like healing herbs. And finally, only food that is indigenous to the area where you are should be eaten. Diets vary, but in general you will take the plant you are dieting daily and participate in an Ayahuasca ceremony every few days. Ayahuasca allows the spirit to open up to the healing properties of the plant being dieted. Diets are extremely revered in the shamanic world. Sach'a Munay provides locally-grown, fresh, mostly organic produce as part of their cuisine.
Almost all flight itineraries to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) have an overnight stop in Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). If this is the case for you, it is recommend to stay at Machu Picchu Suites for it's close proximity to the airport, reasonable prices, and their convenient airport taxi service.