- Vilcabamba, Ecuador
The name Chakapita comes from a beautiful healing song that is sung by the Shaman during ceremonies. These songs are known as Ikaros. Chakapita is also the name of a plant that is used for cleaning auras and removal of negative energies.
Our retreat, Chakapita is a beautiful spiritual place which has been created with the intention to help people and introduce them to the spirit of power plants such as ayahuasca, huachuma and wilka for healing. We offer the opportunity to participate in ceremonies or attend retreats at our home location or to practice true ancestral ceremonies at sacred sites and archaeological ruins of great importance and potential energy in the south of Ecuador. We pride ourselves on the service and healing that is provided to our clients. During the retreats the Shaman is at hand for questions and help throughout the entire stay.
The sacred plant ceremonies at Chakapita are really traditional of South America. Our Shamans have a lot of experience and have come a long way in the spiritual world. We offer the ability to participate in ceremonies with Ecuadorian Indians from the Andes Mountains called the Saraguros and the Indians of the jungle known as the Shuar.
We offer ceremonies of:
Ayahuasca is a teacher plant with a feminine spirit, known as ?Grandmother Ayahuasca?. Sometimes we can experience the vision of a young or old woman, depending on the age of the plant that has been prepared. The spirit is in direct relationship with the wisdom of the snake. Visions of the jaguar or anaconda are common, as these are the sacred spirits of the forest, known to the natives as the Arutam. Ayahuasca is like a big snake that carries the memories of life. It is known as the vine of souls and has been used for thousands of years by the people of the Amazon to cure physical, mental and emotional illnesses by taking the participants on a journey to altered states of consciousness for healing. Like all power plants, the healing depends on the willingness of the participant to make the changes shown by the medicine, commitment to healing and the severity of the disease. It is also very important that a clean diet is followed whilst using this traditional medicine, to detoxify the physical body for true healing of the soul.
Wilka is considered to be the most sacred of all power plants. During the times of the Incas, Wilka was used as their sacred medicine. It was used only by the privileged class of the Incas and was not accessible to all people.
This female spirit presents herself as a young mother and has the virtues of curing terminal diseases and very strong addictions. The journey with Wilka offers the chance of rebirth by showing changes that are necessary in the life to become a better people. During a journey with Wilka, it is very common to see geometric visions, typical of a mathematics lesson! Reason being, the spirit of the plant is very precise and strict! Mama Wilka proposes a commitment to improve all aspects of our lives and this we can experience when we know the essence of true love.
Huachuma is a masculine spirit plant, also known as ahuacoya and San Pedro. Some people say that this name is related to the Apostle Peter, because he holds the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. This plant has been used by the Indians of the Andes of South America for millennia. The active ingredient is mescaline. The spirit of the grandfather Huachuma is very generous. Like all power plants, the journey depends very much on the current lifestyle and state of mind of the people participating. It is also very important that a clean diet is followed whilst using this traditional medicine, to detoxify the physical body for true healing of the soul.
Along with three other friends, we stayed at Chakapita for an 8 day retreat, though we all felt like we wanted to stay indefinitely! Chakapita is a magical land located at the base of the mountain, El Mascaron, which I personally felt protected by (along with the little pony watching over us!) throughout our time at the retreat. Miguel and Katie are literal angels, so welcoming, generous and compassionate. I participated in 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 san pedro and 1 vilca ceremony. All were profoundly healing in their own respects, at times very challenging, but very enlightening as well. I felt as though I entrusted Katie and Miguel with my life, only knowing them for a day or two and felt completely seen, safe and cared for. They were both available to talk after ceremonies, as I believe talking about the experience is very important for integration, and they were very open and understanding. Having trusted friends along for the trip was important for me as well, though we all bonded and felt like family. Especially with the lovely volunteers Georg and Franzi, who prepared amazingly delicious vegetarian meals throughout our stay. And the dogs! They really held me up when I was having a tough moment, and I was so grateful for their presence as protectors and friends. Accommodations are simple, comfortable and clean. This was a life-changing experience and I left with a newfound sense of freedom and love. I most certainly recommend Chakapita retreats, and hope very much we will all get to see each other again very soon.<3
I stayed at Chakapita for two weeks with Miguel and Katie. They were both welcoming hosts, who are kind and personable. They are accommodating to everyone’s needs and extremely generous people. The resort is safe and beautiful, with clean and comfortable rooms to stay in. It is peaceful and calm, with a river flowing nearby that you can easily access. The food was prepared on-site by volunteers and was healthy and delicious. I met a few wonderful travelers during my stay as well, who were also visiting the retreat. I participated in two Ayahuasca ceremonies, two Huilka ceremonies, and two San Pedro ceremonies. All experiences were enlightening and empowering. I am grateful for the medicine that these two people provide for everyone who comes to the retreat. They are well-intended people with special gifts to share. I highly recommend visiting, and I will certainly be back.
I spent 2 wonderful weeks at Chakapita. The peaceful land is nestled within the stunning Andean Mountains by a riverbed; the rooms are super cozy and the dogs are like family, I couldn’t have been more happy there. Most importantly, during my stay I had beautiful experiences with the Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies the Shaman put on; for my first ever experiences with plant medicine, I felt incredibly safe and comfortable with Miguel and Katie. I am eternally grateful for Miguel and Katie at Chakapita, and everyone that was there with me on the journey! I love you all
My boyfriend had a desire to attend an Ayahuasca retreat. We were searching for deeper Spiritiual knowledge and healing. We spend hours reseaching, looking for a special spot to experience the sacred plant medicines. We had read about the life changing effects and transformations we would encounter by partaking in these types of ceremonies. We felt this was what we needed for our growth individually and as a couple. We chose Chakapita and it did, in fact, give us the spiritual expansion and emtional healing we sought.
As soon as we arrived at the faciltiy, we were warmly greeted by the facilitor, Katie, and the Shaman, Miguel. The campus was located in a lush green valley, Andes mountains on all sides, and vast gardens of flowers in full bloom. It was beauitful and a perfect representation of nature that added to the effect of the retreat. We had a personal tour, overview of each day’s activities, and a chance to discuss our intentions for this visit. We felt welcomed and excited to be a part of their community.
There were several experienced volunteers on site and we were able to ask the additional questions we needed to ensure a full expereince working with the plant medicines. They shared their personal experiences with Ayahuasca. We felt comfortable and ready to start this adventure.
The night ceremonies brought us to Mother Aya in a very safe and loving way. We felt our souls open as we traveled into other dimensions. My boyfriend was able to connect with all of the energies this world and other worlds offer. Our desires to reach into our unconscious and explore other realms were laid in front of us. I was able to tap into deep emotions, explore my hurts and defects, and come out with new perspectives. The medicines took us on spiritual journeys that awakened us to a sensation of a higher power. We felt transformed and we would carry these new energies with us as we moved forward in our lives.
The week was a sacred event. We felt emotions and had experiences that are almost undescribable, except to others who have done Ayahuasca and San Pedro.
Chakapita allowed us to fully engage in the positive effects of the plant medicines. We had the spiritual awakening we sought. We believe the next time will continue to heal us and we look forward to joining Katie, Miguel, and the other guests agin very soon.
Chakapita is an amazing place, I stayed there for two weeks and truly enjoyed the whole experience. It is located in a very peaceful area, surrounded by mountains, so you can go for hikes if you wish. But the property has a lot of space, swimming pool, hammocks, big kitchen and cute cabins, so it was always a pleasure to just chill and relax.
Miguel and Katie are wonderful and welcoming people. They have a great energy and are very down to earth.
I took part in two Ayahuascas and two San Pedro ceremonies. Throughout all of them I felt safe and taken care of. Miguel is a great shaman, has a lot of experience and managed the ceremonies nicely. I was also able to talk to them about my experience freely and get their insights.
They have six dogs, but all of them are very adorable and well-behaved.
I would definitely recommend Chakapita if you are seeking good medicine ceremonies.
The retreat was my first experience with plant medicine. Chakapita offers three of them (Ayahuasca, Huilka, and San Pedro) – I tried them all and had profound experiences with each one.
Miguel is down-to-earth and un-intimidating, and he and Katie made me feel very safe and comfortable in unfamiliar situations.
The retreat is in a quiet area surrounded by beautiful nature – we went for an invigorating hike that finished with a view of the resort far below.
The room was airy and clean and the bed comfortable; and the freshly prepared vegetarian food was delicious – a highlight of my stay!
I am happy I chose Ecuador as a destination, since I enjoyed immensely visiting other parts of the country before and after the retreat. I would recommend Chakapita to anyone looking to experience plant medicine in a safe and comfortable setting.
I had a very special and transforming experience during my 6 day retreat at Chakapita. The staff was super friendly, English (and of course Spanish) speaking and very accommodating. The location is beautiful, in between mountains. The property has nice cabanas in a beautiful and well maintained garden with a pool.
The ceremonies were very good. The group is small (8 persons max, often less) and the shaman Miguel was very much in touch with all participants, able to comfort people and sensing who needs personal attention at certain moments. Miguel is also very approachable during the day between ceremonies, as he lives on the property and eats with the group. The other staff, Katie and the volunteers were super friendly and fun to be around with between sessions. All in all a very welcoming experience with nice people, good food and truly transforming ceremonies.
I had a beautiful, transformational time during my 12 day retreat with Miguel in April. The setting is stunning, the grounds are beautiful, the dogs are wonderful and the journeys are very powerful and healing. Every day I enjoyed freshly made organic meals and had plenty of time to myself to rest and reflect. The healing power of the mountains alone is enough to make your head spin! When you add the Aya and Miguel’s guidance, you are sure to find that which you seek.
My experience at Chakapita was life changing to say the least… Miguel and Sarita where such beautiful and loving souls who facilitated and explained the Ceremonies perfectly… I had a healing for myself my family and was shown my life’s path … I will definitely be going back to that magical place ..Maybe as a volunteer one day … God bless you Miguel, Sarah and the wonderful volunteers there ..you know who you are… xo
Miguel and the entire family at Chakapita makes you feel at home the second you arrive. The ceremonies are curated with such care and beauty. From using traditional instruments to freash rose petals from the breathtaking land, a comfortable and cosy place to sleep and beautiful farm to table food. I had such breakthroughs here that I decided to stay! If you are looking for a safe and knowledgeable place to help you change your life, this IS the spot.
I had the most wonderful experience here a week ago! I liked that there was so much flexibility with the retreat dates and the ceremonies. The retreat centre was serene and peaceful. Thank you so much to Miguel and Ariane. I learned so much about myself that I feel I was reborn again! I will never forget my experience here and have recommended to many of my friends.
This experience changed my life around and my beliefs and my thoughts. Ir healed my hear &helped me be reborn and regain my power!
Miguel & Ari made an amazing team, holding a safe peaceful space for medicine journey work and keeping us nourished with all natural deliciosas homecooked meals. We cleansed and prayed to the river and got to hike in the majestic Andes mountains. Miguel is very intuitive, humble and powerful shaman, he has a strong connection with the plants & 20 years of experience. It was easy to trust him. Our little group had a beautiful heart opening and transformative time in Chakapita. It was so good to come home to truth & what is real.
This is the second place I’ve been to work with Ayahausca and San Pedro, and we also had Wilca. Yowza!! My life has NOT been the same since! Miguel is so kind and centered. Whatever you’re going through, he is there with his grounded presence to help you through it. Rest assured, you will feel safe and taken care of at Chakapita. I had some very eye-opening experiences (third-eye-opening?? if you will?) at Chakapita, and the medicine is strong and it changed me physically and mentally. There are certain things about my life that have truly been transformed by the medicine and by working alongside such good people, and the lessons I’m learning continue to unfold months later. Also, small detail, but I loved all of the dogs on the property! Miguel’s family was also there, and it just felt very home-y and safe. He’s an experienced, benevolent, safe shaman who you can trust and the property is absolutely beautiful! The town of Vilcabamba is fun if you get the chance to hang out there, and we also went on a hike on San Pedro that was such a great journey and we got some beautiful views. Miguel definitely has a fine-tuned process and the order in which everything goes is perfect and I had to let go and just trust the process, and man I’m glad I did! Thank you thank you thank you, Miguel and everyone else who was there at Chakapita. This is a beautiful thing you are doing for the world.
This was incredible. I was guided with such love, patience, and calmness that it truly amazed me. I trust Miguel and Hana with any future ceremony I partake in. The experience left such an impression on me not only because of the sacred medicine, but because of these two leaders and their beautiful presence. The center was beautiful too, nestled in between the mountains. Their 3 dogs, who Miguel called “the facilitators” helped me see the humor of life that weekend. The traditional ceremonies were led with such care I felt they came from a long line of shamanic tradition and I felt truly blessed to be a part of it all.
I stayed in Chakapita for 8 days. This is a magical place in the mountains. Spirit there is strong. I will be back.
I had an amazing healing journey at Chakapita, I felt secure and safe the entire retreat. The house is in paradise and it is the perfect place to heal. It was magic and I am very grateful. Madeleine
Just i can say thank you for this magic experience, this days change my life, just in chakapita i find Wilka, for sure im back the next year. Thanks again for the wonderful time you spend with us!! We really enjoyed it!, Carly and Peter