Ayahuasca Retreat to the Peruvian Andes
by: Diego Palma
Dates: August 12-18, 2014
Cost: $1300 plus airfare
Location: Pisaq, Peru (located in The Sacred Valley)
Please Pre-Register by Calling 732-389-4859
Adam is coordinating this retreat to the Peruvian Andes to work with the medicine of Ayahuasca with his dear friend Diego Palma. Adam has worked with Diego since 2009 and has been very impressed with the power of these ceremonies and the impeccable manner in which Diego facilitates the experiences and healing of all those involved.
This retreat is truly a life changing experience that facilitates profound personal healing, transformation, and a deep connection to the world and appreciation for life. The sacred sites are magical, the people of Sacred Valley teach us to look at life in different ways, and the medicine of Ayahuasca wakes us up to who we are in ways that you may never have imagined.
What is Included
- Three Ayahuasca ceremonies
- Trip to the Pisaq ruins on Intihuatana (the hitching post of the Sun)
- Trip to Moray (terraced ruins sacred to Pachamama)
- Trip to the textile village of Chauaitiri (a remote village where true Quechua life is experienced)
- Daily meditation and integration work to facilitate your personal healing process
- All food, lodging and transportation (excluding personal taxi trips to the market)
- Trips to the local Pisaq market
Ayahuasca is plant medicine which we drink during shamanic and healing ceremonies in South America. It is a blend of two plants, the Ayahuasca vine and chacruna leaves. When these two plants are combined they are highly psychoactive and bring a person into deep relationship with the spirit worlds and into inner journeys. The ceremonies are held indoors in a darkened room. Diego, his wife, and assistants facilitate the ceremony through healing songs and personal support. They create a safe environment to have deeply spiritual experiences through the Ayahuasca medicine. Each ceremony lasts 4 to 6 hours. There will be three ceremonies during the retreat.
Ayahuasca works with us in several ways. It brings us into direct contact with the spirits and spirit worlds. It often takes us through the initiation of a "death process" where we are able to experience our own death and transformation. This teaches us how to live better and more fully because death is no longer a stranger that we may fear. Ayahuasca also brings us through deep inner journeys where we are able to confront and make peace with fears, mental unrest, emotional wounds, etc. On a physical level Ayahuasca also enables neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells) and the healing of serotonin uptake sites which has greatly aided those that suffer from depression and anxiety.
Pisaq Ruins of Intihuatana
The Pisaq Ruins are atop a mountain that watches over where we will be staying. The silhouette of the ruins can be seen from where we stay and hold ceremony.
We will visit the Intihuatana area of the ruins. Intihuatana means "hitching post of the sun". A natural volcanic rock outcropping at the peak of Intihuatana was carved by the Inca to serve as a temple to the Sun. We visit this site to connect with the divine masculine of the Sun and the father of life so that we can bring that medicine into our ceremonies.
Moray is an archaeological site on a high plateau at about 11,500 ft. The site contains unusual ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 98 ft. deep. The terraces depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 27 °F between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. It is also a sacred site to Pachamama (the earth mother) and her powerful presence can be felt within the circles. We visit this site to connect with the sacred feminine and the earth mother so that we can bring its nurturing energy into our ceremonies.
Village of Chauaitiri
Chauaitiri is a remote village in Sacred Valley. They are known for being the best textile weavers in Sacred Valley because they spin their thread the thinnest. The textiles they offer are truly dazzling. They are a community that lives with the concept of no personal property. Everything in the village is communal and they all pull together to enjoy a good and enriched life in the traditional Quechua way. We visit this village to open our hearts to a different way of living in harmony with our community.
Diego and his wife, Milagros, have us stay on the property owned by their family. It is beautiful land nestled between two mountains. The diet is vegetarian due to restrictions that need to be observed for the Ayahuasca ceremonies. Rooms are shared with two people per room. All ceremonies are held in Diego's "Temple Building" which is a beautiful round room. There is hot water and electricity runs 24 hours. Outlets are 220 volt- you will need an adapter for some electronics.
The weather is quite cool and dry and night and warm and sunny during the day.
Contact Adam for registration information
- by email at email@example.com
- or via phone at 732-389-4859.
- You will receive information to register with Diego and Adam will assist in coordinating flights if you would like to travel with the rest of the group and are leaving from the NY/NJ area.
Optional Preparation and Assimilation Workshops
For those interested Adam will facilitate a day-long Preparation Workshop before the retreat and a day-long Assimilation Workshop after the retreat.
The Preparation Workshop before the retreat will focus on shamanic healings and cleansings to better prepare you for the Ayahuasca ceremonies. We will also engage in personal work to establish bonds with helping spirits to serve as your guides through the experience. In addition we will cover techniques to better navigate your experience and address questions that may arise concerning Ayahuasca and travel within Peru.
The Assimilation Workshop after our return will be for support and assimilation. Re-entry into our modern world and western way of living can pose several challenges after experiences with Ayahuasca. It also takes time for us to assimilate and digest the experiences that we had. This workshop will offer guidance and support in how to take the healings and experiences of Ayahuasca and assimilate them into your life. We will have healing work and ceremonies to help in grounding and stabilizing the medicine of Ayahuasca as well offering gratitude to the spirits that offered their support and teaching.
Each workshop is $100 for the day.
Contact Adam for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-389-4859
Below is a video compilation of the retreat with commentary from Diego