Ayahuasca is a sacred plant medicine that has been used in ceremonial context for thousands of years. The first ceremonial cup was found in Ecuador about 2500 years ago. Traditions of the Indigenous tribes and Mestizo shamans throughout Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia work with Ayahuasca using it for different purposes. Each tribe and tradition has its own unique origin story, belief system, ritual, set and setting, through which they use this medicine.
Each country and tradition has a different name for Ayahuasca, some call it Caapi, Yage, Ayahuasca. About 75 different tribes still use Ayahuasca today.Within the indigenous communities of Peru, Ayahuasca has been used for healing and divination. Predicting the future and, protecting the tribes. There is no significant written record about the history of Ayahuasca, as everything was passed on through memory and medicine, from tribe to tribe and, healer to healer.
Ayahuasca Rite of Passage.
A tool for transmutation
Shamanism has been practiced for over 80 000 years. From Australia to Peru. Human beings have used Shamanic practices and altered states of perception to transcend the physical and connect with the sacred realms. Connect with everything that is. This rise of Spiritual practices is giving birth to a new era for Ayahuasca. And Ayahuasca is giving herself a new era, through us. In the context of Shamanism, a lot has changed. From tribal ceremonies to a world wide desire for expansion and healing. The tribe has become the world, and is desperately seeking connection. The meeting of your human consciousness and plant consciousness allows for you to witness what is already happening inside your body.
Shamanic plant ceremonies are an accelerated way for you to find healing. Plant medicine consciousness meets your consciousness, in duality. Helping you to witness what must be removed and what no longer serves you. So you can release it and transmute to a new self. The nature of this work is called Shadow work. The use of Plant medicine, in a specific set and setting makes it ritualistic. The healers serve as a catalyst in ceremony, using their medicine songs as tools for moving energies within you. So you can come and connect with your own healing abilities, and awaken.
Traditionally the healer drank the brew, not the patient. The patient would sit in the ceremony and receive healing sessions from the Maestro or Maestra, without having to drink Ayahuasca brew. Through those ceremonies, the healer would diagnose the patient and receive information about how to cure the roots of the illness in the patient. Then, they would begin a long-term treatment plan. Today, Ayahuasca is going through a revolutionary phase. For the first time, healers share their medicine with non-tribal members in the context of retreat programs.
One where the patient drinks in order to meet the healer in an altered state of perception. Allowing them to gain their own insight, and gain new perspective on their ”mindset” through the felt experience of Sacred medicine in their body. This allows for the patient to use Ayahuasca as a means to find more awareness of the self, while the Shaman serves as a catalyst for the patient’s healing process by removing energies and emotions stuck in the body through their medicine wisdom, using their Icaros (medicine songs)
Our center serves as a bridge and support system for the transmutation and transformations you go through during your stay here. Respecting the Shipibo tradition and taking part in their ceremonies does not mean that you need to subscribe to their belief system or truth. This work is about connection with your divine self and your own inner truth. Our role is to support your process and provide the set and setting for this work to unfold in a grounded and real way.