- 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.
Miguel is not a Shaman, nor does he claim to be. Just a local with some basic knowledge of the medicine trying to organize ceremonies based on his experience.
What you need to be aware of is that there is no guarantee for Ayahuasca to have any effects on you. You may end up paying over $450 for two nights of diarrhea and sickness. So if you are looking for an authentic Ayahuasca experience with some real Shaman with spiritual supervision and guidance and certain outcome, Chakapita may not be for you. Real ones usually don’t have a profile on the internet!
The construct of Chakapita is beautiful, however a bit far from everywhere. There are retreats with the same price and better facilities that are closer to the town. For a one-week or 10-day retreat it is fine, however, if you are planning to stay there longer or use it as a hostel this might be problematic.
The facilities are basics, so don’t expect nets on windows, hot shower or fast internet.
Based on my own experience, if you are lucky and the group you are doing the retreat is right, you will have a great experience. We were lucky to have a fun and caring volunteers, so we could ignore the fact that some of us didn’t feel the Ayahuasca at all and the lack of real spiritual supervision.
For San Pedro, you will be fine to do it with your friends, since the medicine is easy to make and does the job on its own. 😉
Admin’s note: AyaAdvisors does not condone taking San Pedro without an experienced sitter. It is a powerful medicine that can take even the most experienced person by surprise (ask me how I know).