Listed in Ayahuasca
- Pucallpa, Peru
Welcome to Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreats. My name is Rachel and I am deeply humbled to be able to facilitate your journey into the Amazon to connect with two authentic and powerful Maestros. I first met Maestra Lucia and Maestro Leonardo 2 years ago and we sat on the floor of their small shack and drank Ayahuasca together. Since that time I have been committed to bringing the medicine to the world and I have connected them with hundreds of people from the Western World and helped their individual healing and growth.
I believe that the medicine is our birthright and that a huge part of our sickness in the West is that we have to pay for everything. We pay for love, we pay for healing and we pay for a sense of freedom and liberation. Ayahuasca has become very popular in our world of late and with good reason. Our modern world is becoming sicker with each passing day. We feel disconnected from our families, from ourselves and we find it increasingly difficult to know who we are and what we are meant to be doing with our lives. There is so much noise out there, affecting us mentally, emotionally, spiritually. How are we to find the space and silence to sit and really listen to our hearts?
For the past 2 years I have been working hard to bring you this retreat package and to do so in a way that is affordable and accessible to all people. I do this because I am called to do this. The way I do this is that I charged nothing or very little for my time so that everyone who finds this website can access a true course of healing that is accessible financially and also deeply authentic in the old ways of the Shipibo Lineage.
Before choosing to come on retreat with us or anyone, I ask you to sit in a quiet space and ask your heart, is this the Maestro for you. I understand that drinking Ayahuasca is a big step for many people, especially those who are drinking for the first time. It is important to feel really safe and held through every step of the process.
To aid you in your decision-making process I will share with you a little about this wonderful family. Family is an important word. Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreat centre was built upon the land of a family home. When I first met Lucia and Leonardo none of the buildings that you see were there. Thanks to donations from our campaign and sales of the clothes I have made with the community we have built the beautiful centre that we can now welcome you to. We have done all of this together as a family. Both with Augusto, Lucia’s husband who is an incredible natural builder and our global family who have come forward from far and wide to raise funds for building the centre.
When you arrive at Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreat you will be welcomed into a family as a long-lost child. You will be accepted just as you are and loved and guided through your process of healing each day. This is part of the medicine of these people. The tribal way is to honour the group and to love and respect everyone. Many of us feel estranged, obligated or disconnected from our own blood families in the West and these people are are remaining strain of the old way, the way of community and a deep connection to spirit and to nature. They are people of the earth who know what it is to be truly human. Where in our modern world can you get a taste of being so welcomed, so loved from a person you have just met? Many of you who come here will feel more loved by this family than you do your own blood family and this is just one of the many gifts that you will receive in your time in this space
Maestro Leonardo is pure love. Leonardo is 85 years old and he first started drinking the medicine when he was 12 years old as is customary in the Shipibo lineage when a young person begins his training. Leonardo is the most humble, calm and loving individual I have ever had the honour of meeting. To sit near him is to feel healed and he is the medicine. Every breath and every utterance from his person is from the medicine. Leonardo speaks mostly Shipibo, yet he understands Spanish and he will deeply understand you and what you need without any language at all. You will come to know and love his chuckle of understanding and be touched by his powerful Ikaros as they wash over you within the plant world and help you to release that which no longer serves you. Leonardo once said to me that his wish before he goes is to know that his daughter, Lucia, has a place where she can share the medicine with the world. Thanks to all of you and your help, this lineage will continue and we can continue to serve the medicine.
Lucia is a powerful Maestra and has been studying under her father for the last 4 years. When I first met her she had been studying for 2 years and she considered herself to be a novice and unable to hold space in ceremony without Maestro Leonardo’s guidance. This is a testament to the level of training that is undertaken by a Shipibo Maestro and made me feel very safe. When I first came here I had heard of many Westerners holding ceremony with guitars and hippy music and I was never drawn to join them. After spending 2 years with this authentic Shipibo family I have seen how much work goes into really holding space in ceremony and what a great responsibility that is. It is not a responsibility to be taken lightly as if not held properly ceremony can be a dangerous space energetically.
Lucia began her training when her third born son was 15 days old. As part of her sacrifice to learning this path she left her son in the care of her husband Augusto and went into the jungle to begin dieting under Maestro Leonardo’s guidance for one year. This was a grueling time for her, one year without salt, eating small portions of rice only up until midday, living under a tarpaulin and in the evening, ingesting the jungle plants she that she could learn their medicine to be able to help heal others. As a mother her sacrifice was that her son was without her for the first year of his life and this I can tell pains her still to talk about but this is what she gave up so that she could help each one of us to heal.
Today Lucia is the Maestra that will guide your healing with Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreats. Maestro Leonardo knows that he is in the last part of his life and so he is stepping back so that he can help his daughter to continue in ceremony when he passes. Maestro Leonardo will still be in ceremony with us and you will experience the wonderful dynamic of the two of them singing in unison. The dance of the Old and the Young, the Male and the Female but it is Maestra Lucia who will guide your daily healing, speak to you before and after each ceremony, bring you teas or make you saunas.
12 day Ayahuasca Diet
Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreats offer you a 12 day Ayahuasca Dieta that is unlike any other that you will find online. Since sitting with Ayahuasca I, like many others feel a deep call to be in service of the plant and aid her connection with people in need of healing, predominantly from the West. I deeply feel that we pay enough for love in the West as it is and so I keep a balance of loving and honouring myself and my skills and giving of myself to the plant and her service to you.
Our retreat program is small and intimate groups of between 4 and 6 people. We are committed to your healing and small groups are important to give you the highest level of personalised care. By keeping the groups small you will have a close personal relationship with these authentic Maestros and receive individualized attention in all regards.
Your course of healing in Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreats will be determined by the plant herself. On arrival everyone will sit in ceremony with the Maestros and they will drink Ayahuasca on your behalf. Traditionally in the Shipibo culture only the Maestros of the village would drink Ayahuasca and the villagers would sit in ceremony but not drink. During the ceremony the Maestro is able to see and heal what is out of balance in the villager and prescribe a course of treatment.
In this first ceremony the Maestros will do this for you. Every person who joins us on retreat will have a care package designed specifically for them that arises from the guidance of Ayahuasca. Our great mother will inform the Maestros which plants are needed for your journey and what course of teas, steam baths or plants which induce vomiting are needed for your liberation before you sit with Ayahuasca personally.
Our 12 day retreat program here at Shakruna is designed to facilitate your personal healing and also your personal connection to Ayahuasca and the power of the jungle. I am sure you have done enough research to know that when we meet Ayahuasca it is the equivalent of meeting a new person. We honour this process and give you time to meet her slowly, as is her way. Whenever we meet a new person it takes time to get to know them and the same is true of Ayahuasca. For this reason we never do back to back ceremonies and allow space and time to connect with all of the plants of the jungle alongside Ayahuasca.
We seek that you leave here feeling liberated, healed and happy, with a greater sense of who you are and your lives purpose. We are aware that other centres do very intensive back to back ceremonies that throw people into a world of vivid visions and can leave them feeling very scared and confused. This I not our way and this is not the old way. Ayahuasca seeks to show us love in everything that she does and she will show you what you need to see when you are ready and able to see it.
At Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreat program our focus is a complete package of care that involves all of the plants of the jungle that will facilitate you healing on a very deep level. This care package is designed specifically for you and guided by Ayahuasca and the Maestros. You will leave our retreat feeling happy and liberated of your pain.
Itinerary of 12 day program
Prep day: We honour that some of you will be traveling from far away and may wish to have a day to wind down and site see before arriving to the centre. We have arrangements with a hostel in Pucallpa that is in a quieter part of the city that will collect you from the airport if needed. Please let us know one month before arrival if you would like this so we can ensure there is space for you. This is included in the retreat price.
Day One: Thursday Arrival to Centre
Everyone arrives on this day and you can arrive during the morning at any time. We shall show you to your bed and where you can unpack your clothes to make your jungle home for the duration of the retreat. We serve lunch at around 1pm and then we shall have an official welcome circle at 4pm where you will be able to meet the Maestros and be welcomed to the centre.
Day Two: Friday; Individual meeting with the Maestra and First Ceremony
This day is about sharing with the Maestra on a more personal level. Each one of us carries our own pain that we wish to heal and be free from. Throughout Friday will be your opportunity to speak privately with the Maestra about any matters that you don’t feel comfortable sharing in the group circle time. You will eat breakfast (8am), Lunch (1pm) and dinner (6pm) which will be served in the group kitchen.
At 7 pm everyone will have a plant bath which serves to cleanse your body before sitting in ceremony
At 9 pm everyone will sit in Ceremony but NOT drink Ayahuasca. This is to allow the Shaman to see your body in the plant world and see at a deep level how to help you. This informs the Shaman what plants you need to receive in teas, baths, saunas or to make you vomit. This ceremony will also give you a sense of what to expect in ceremony in preparation for your first one.
Saturday: Plant Treatment Begins.
10am Group circle
This will be the first day of Plant treatments. Following ceremony Maestra Lucia will meet with everyone in group circle and give feedback as to what she has seen of you in ceremony from the night before. This will then inform the treatment that you receive and also if you will eat dinner or not today.
The plant treatments that it is possible to receive is too numerous to mention but may include, waiycho, sanban, chaimitype, wijsupinse, huspieones.
If you a required to ingest the seeds of husturpiones, this is a seed that will either make you vomit or have diarrhea to unblock your system. If you vomit then you will need to drink water under the guidance of the shaman in order to put pressure on the stomach to keep vomiting. This is a hard process and you will then need to rest for the rest of the day without eating.
If you are given husturpiones it is ESSENTIAL that you follow the guidance of the Maestra, it maybe hard work to keep drinking water and vomiting but once you start you must finish! To leave the seeds in your system is not good! The Maestra will guide you as to what you can eat following this process if you are to be eating husturpiones as sometimes you may need to not eat for the remainder of the day.
Sunday: Plant Treatment
Breakfast, Lunch will be served to all and dinner depending on the treatment you are taking. This is the day to relax and begin preparation for your first ceremony the following day.
Monday: Second Ceremony
11am Group Circle to discuss any questions about the first ceremony in which you will drink Ayahuasca
1pm: Lunch, this will be the last meal of the day as your stomach needs to be empty for ceremony.
7-8pm Plant Baths.
During this time everyone goes down individually to the shower block to wash themselves with a plant bath. This will clean you ready for ceremony and help you in the plant world. You wash yourself with plants by grabbing a handful of leaves and using them to scrub your whole body using the water in the tub.
After you bathe if you have white ceremonial clothes with you we suggest that you put them on. If you don’t have any and wish to purchase some you can do through our site.
The time before ceremony is a great to time to clarify an intention or question that you wish the plant to work with or help you with. We suggest being silent at this time or talking in hushed tones.
9 pm Everyone gathers at the Maloca where you will be assigned a mat and a bowl if you need to vomit. We suggest you bring into ceremony with you, socks and a jumper and a blanket as Ayahuasca can make you cold and also following ceremony we will sleep in the Maloca till dawn. We also advise bringing a bottle of water, Mapacho and Agua Florida and any tokens that you wish to journey with that are personal to you.
5-6 am: Return to beds
Tuesday: Rest Day
8-9 am: Breakfast, the time may vary to reflect the group needs post ceremony
11am: Post Ceremony Circle Time: This is a group time to share your experiences of your first ceremony and receive feedback from the Maestra
Wednesday: Third ceremony
8 am: Breakfast
1pm Lunch and no food after this point
7pm Plant baths in the Shower Block
Thursday: Rest Day
11am: Group Circle time
Friday: Final Ceremony
1pm : Lunch, no food after this point
7pm: Plant Baths in the Shower Block
Saturday: Rest Day
8—9 am Breakfast
11am Group Circle Time
4pm: Final Sharing Circle and Evaluation
To ease your reintegration to the world we will arrange for you to return to the same hostel on the outskirts of the city to rest before traveling on. Again, please let us know in advance if you want this option and again it is included in the retreat package.