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- Manacamiri, Iquitos Peru
The Kapitari Center was founded in 1980, by the shaman Luis Culquiton, widely known as Don Lucho.
Don Lucho comes from a long line of natural healers, but he discovered the healing qualities of plants himself, at a very early age; he drank ayahuasca for the first time at age 16. He soon discovered the power of the plants and felt a calling, which he describes as “the legacy of my ancestors.”
In 1980, at age 30, Don Lucho was an established, self-educated shaman. This is when the spirit of ayahuasca called on him to work with the plants, to help protect the incredible biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon and indeed to save the world; “Up until that moment, I had not been very concerned about the forest. Then I said; ‘How can I save the world? I have no education, I don’t know anything.’ But I started to learn from the plants. I was told by the plant spirits what their qualities were, whether it was for food, as medicine, or even as fertilizer to add nutrients to the soil.”
Don Lucho developed a new way of agriculture, which is very similar to what has become known as ‘permaculture’ in the West. Traditionally, Amazon farmers would burn down a part of the forest and plant only one or two crops on their fields. But the soil quality is poor in the Amazon and they would soon have to abandon their fields, repeating the process of ‘slash and burn’, slowly destroying the rainforest.
By planting up to a hundred different plant species on the land, Don Lucho recreates the balance of the rainforest, which sustains its own existence. This way, the farmers’ fields remain fertile indefinitely, removing the need to ‘slash and burn’ and even returning wasteland to the rainforest, where it can be reintegrated.
One of the main sources of funding for the Kapitari projects is through our Ayahuasca retreats. Unlike many of the Ayahuasca retreat centers in Peru, Kapitari is not owned or controlled by westerners, but by Peruvians for the benefit of Peruvians.
Don Lucho’s main objective is to share his knowledge, expertise and experience with whomever can benefit from it. He promotes the exchange of seeds and saplings, which he grows at Kapitari and invites people from throughout the Amazon and the world to come learn and share through his ‘Field School’.
Save your hard earned money, time, and nerves by reading this post.
This retreat is one of those you read about on the internet that is not about healin people but simply making money.
On the first meeting with the “shaman” you could say that something was out of sync, always looking at his watch like he just wanted to finish this as soon as possible and go with his bussines, and people calling him on his BIG smartphone.
He hosted the shipibo tribe TWICE during our one week retreat just to sell as much stuff as he could, which by the way are too f**king expensive for people that live in the jungle. I rembember a guy buying 2 paintings for over 600£!!! Not to mention his relatives in the Iquitos that won’t let you in peace if you don’t buy a necklance or bracelet..so it is all just one big bussines.
One day he offered us the OPTIONAL jungle tour. I was shocked because I thought that everything was included in price we payed in the beginning. Rip off!!!
Now about the ceremonies.
First night I was scared to death, drank 2 cups and nothing. Just noisia and vomiting. Next morning he said that the medicine was building up and our bodies were beeing “scanned’ for tomorrow. Ok I bought that.
Second ceremony 2 cups at once and NOTHING!!! Later on that night i drank one more..still nothing just vomiting, crazy noisia, and a lot of dissapointment..to the point I cried my soul out because I was thinking that even mother aya wouldn’t help me..worst feeling ever..so weak, so hopeless, not only me there was other people that felt the same way..imagine..you go there to get better and come home even worse!!
Next morning at the circle meeting in maloka, people started to realize that the medicine is not working and he would just repeat that we need to accept everything and expect nothing..LOL..isn’t that perfect way of manipulating? Why the f**k did we travel thousands of miles, followed the strict diet and in the end pay him that money?? To accept everything and expect nothing??
Third ceremony, I was already hungry from the night before but I wanted to really test this last time. I did a fast on couple of slices of watermellon. Drank 3 cups at once. I was sure that I would die. Never felt sick like that night ever in my life. Trying to vomit on empty stomach and just rolling on the floor in pain. I was then 1000% sure that Don Lucho was just a jungle bussinesman.
He forbided us to see how ayahuasca was beeing cooked..big red flag…
If you want to drink ayahuasca NEVER try to go cheap way, give 5 times more money if necessary to have a good experience rather than just suffer more.
Always read the negative comments first, and don’t ever give respect to someone that didn’t deserve it.
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Please be aware that there are people out there who , for whatever reason, sometimes just don’t care enough about your wellbeing and if push comes to shove you may not actually come out alive. My boy went there with all the best intentions, backed by Kapitari’s stated attention to caring for paying guests , sadly in our case this was NOT the case.
Watch the attached youtube clip , watch and listen carefully to what the shaman has to say halfway thru if youre too busy to watch the whole thing and THEN become informed and make your own call.
Be safe and be warned coz you don’t get a second chance , from a sad Dad.
Admin Note: Stuart later added “Most importantly we are NOT anti Aya at all, just anti people not giving a shit…”