09:00 - Transport from the hotel to the retreat center
10:00 - Meet and greet with The Healing Tree staff and orientation of the center
10:30 - Group meeting– Introduction to the Shamans (Maestros), conversation about the different ceremonies to perform
11:30 - Ceremony for unification of energies with coca leaf
11:45 - Personal Coca leaf reading with Andean Shaman
13:30 - Kuti - Cleansing ceremony (energetic cleaning)
14:30 - Quiet time to relax around the center, and for personal meditation
15:00 - Yoga class (relaxation)
18:30 - Preparation for ceremony / personal meditation in the main ceremonial room
19:00 - Ayahuasca ceremony
08:00 - Breakfast
09:00 - Group meeting - Opportunity to share the experiences and lessons learned in the Ayahuasca ceremony and explanation of visions.
10:30 - Individual discussion with the Shaman
11:30 - Pachamama offering ceremony (Mother Earth ceremony)
12:30 - Group photo with shamans
13:00 - Return transport to Cusco hotel
Dietary: Do not consume any drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, coffee or chocolate before the retreat. Avoid canned food, red meat and pork. Pork in particular is damaging for the body during an Ayahuasca ceremony, due to it´s high level of toxicity. Also avoid cold-cut meat, spicy food and excessive salt and sugar, and food or beverages with coloring, artificial flavors or preservatives. This diet must be followed for the 7 days - one week prior to your retreat start date.
Recommended food: Eat well and healthy! When possible, eat good quality, organic food. White meats i.e. chicken and fish are permitted. Fish is particularly recommended, as it contains many powerful nutrients for the brain. The Peruvian fish specialities, ceviche and leche de tigre, are highly recommended due to their nutritional properties for the brain, providing they are consumed without spicy pepper (aji).
Do not take any medical prescription drugs, female contraceptive pills, antibiotics, injections, natural supplements or vitamins in the week prior to, and during your retreat. If you are currently taking medication which must be taken continuously, please discuss with us as soon as possible, before your retreat.
Anti-depression medication contains chemicals which do not interact well with Ayahuasca. If you are on any such medication you must discuss this with The Healing Tree Center administration before commiting to a retreat, so we can plan the best and safest course of action with you. For women, if you are pregnant you will not be able to participate in a retreat.
Additional points: We recommend abstaining from sexual activity, including masturbation, 2 days before the retreat, as it can reduce your physical energetic levels during your ceremonies.
Prior to your retreat we recommend meditation, prayer, yoga, or any other spiritual/ religious practice familiar to you. If you do not practice any particular religion or spirituality we suggest focusing on a sincere personal prayer, morning and night, leading up to your ceremony.
The attitude before and during the retreat must be honesty (with others and yourself!), love, respect, humility, courage, mental and spiritual strength.
The night before the day of the ceremony, please eat a large, healthy dinner, which follows the dietary restrictions (no red meat, spice etc). During the day of the ceremony you will be fasting all day, so do not consume food, only water throughout this day. The ceremony will be held at 8pm in the evening.
1 x 2 litre bottle of water
1 x toilet paper roll
The Shipibo community consists of nearly 24,000 people in over 110 villages communities concentrated in the region of Pucallpa in Peru jungle in the north and south of the city of Pucallpa. The Shipibo communities are mostly situated along the Ucayali River.
The Shipibo are highlighted by a rich and complex cosmology, which is directly related to art and artifacts produced.
Chief among their traditions is the Ayahuasca ceremony (Banisteriopsis caapi), which is arguably the oldest, traditional and commercially unspoiled.
Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremony considered as art, so even women who are often chosen for ancestral Icaros to be transmitted and they are the main performers in the ceremonies when men healers are transmitting through their ceremonial songs female magic power its protective mother, their hearts and souls.
This constellation and mythology are also reproduced from ancestral memories in the ceremonies.
In the jungle of Peru it is called Icaro the song or melody used by curanderos (shamans) in their rituals they perform. The shamanic singing is the weapon healing, wisdom and personal vehicle energy healer, the symbol of his power.
Icaro action involves charging with the power of an object or potion shaman, conferring a specific property to be transmitted to the receiver, either cleaning, protection, healing.
Each shaman have their own Icaro, as their own experience and wisdom, having received in turn from their teacher or directly from nature.
It is common for healers (shamans) manifest that things they know, including icaros, have been learned in dreams, visions or they have been given by plants.
They say that in these states of consciousness induced by concoctions "Master Plants" have caught the melody, without effort or reasoning, feeling that imposes itself and often in unknown language.
Like the mantras in the Eastern traditions are performed on certain energy centers, through sound vibration, and that there is a subconscious knowledge guides the shaman to choose the right Icaro to each circumstance.
During healing rituals where plant concoctions are used, curanderos (shamans) direct their healing, regulate individual and collective energy, and caring group unity.
Perceived in modified state of consciousness, Icaro helps metabolize visions, removes subjective contents at different levels, guide us in the work of self-examination and at the same time the bond with the present reality.
Icaro corresponding help us to be able to "see" inside the forms with more intensity and light and especially to discern, to see the importance and integrate the whole image with a universal vision. See in another dimension, with different eyes, with more transcendence and live every moment fully.
There is a knowledge of life hidden deep within each of us, away from our consciousness by excessive external stimuli and misuse of our body.
If we set the right conditions, this knowledge can arise unexpectedly, illuminating a path that had not watched.
The chant or Icaro is a "living energy transmission". The energy that the master receives from the spirit is the energy accumulated during the diet and giving power to his voice and his words, the energy that restores order, upset by the disease in the patient's body.
"The Icaros is the strength and the root of wisdom Medicine Man" cause is singing because the master communicates with the spirits of the plants that infuse the power of your medicine in the patient's body.
The patient's recovery depends on the master's ability to tune perfectly, with the help of spirits in the same "wave" of the disease and weakened body of the patient. If convergence is perfect, then the sound of singing (Icaro) master in the patient's body produces the effect of immediate normalization of disease and therefore healing.
The sound voice of masters is which depends one of the main therapeutic properties of the songs. This voice is often acute, uncertain, drowned, suffered severe, in other words assumes all shades allowed for the extension of the human voice, to emphasize the actions of travel, auxiliary spirits, fights, threats, disease resistance.
In The Healing Tree Center our masters have followed a long fundamental training to learn how to handle the chants, because they must vibrate the sick and should do in the exact manner in which each need. Here then precisely by the difference in the requirements of individual patients and the many illnesses suffered, the Shipibo - Konibo have in their repertoire a normally large number of songs, melodies, melodic drawings.
It is the song of the shaman who heals, the chants tend to place the patient in the center of the attention of the spirits to start the healing process in therapeutic sessions.
There are different styles of songs and each has its meaning and different therapeutic use.
The songs used by Amazonian shamans are songs with power and sung only during therapy sessions.
The songs help the shaman during ceremonies to describe the patient's disease in addition to making the patient comfortable feel, sobering and cheering his soul preparing to rapid healing.
The song shows the course of the disease and the actions the Shaman done to rescue the patient's health.
Relief physical and psychological ills, as dependencies, traumas and anxieties, through the spirit. It gets to the root of the problem, through a comprehensive therapy allows self-knowledge.