A kambo altar at Shamanic Vida

Shamanic Vida

70 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Huachuma), Kambo, Yopo, Spotlight

Min. Cost: 390
Max. Cost: 1600
Room Features: Bug-Netting / Screens, Private Rooms
Property Features: Sauna(s), Yoga

A small retreat center focused on individual healing plant medicine process in groups of no more than 10 participants at a time. We are located in the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas in a remote Andean village. We offer 4, 6 and 11 Day Retreats, all with the option to extend your stay for more time resting or deeper cleansing. The retreat healings plants and therapies include Ayahuasca, Yopo, San Pedro, Kambo and Temazcal (Sweat Lodge).

Our purpose is to create a ripple effect in the consciousness of humanity through work with sacred plant medicines of Peru and healing techniques we have chosen, through our own positive experiences, and believe compliment the process of plant medicines. We are here to help bring about a new earth, but first we must help heal the traumas of the past.

We first must begin healing the individual, but in a gentle process. Each participants process is considered on an individual basis and what the shaman and healers feel would be best suited to the healing they would like to accomplish. There is space to explore deeper and daily consultations with the shaman after ceremony to begin to understand the messages of the plant medicine and have a focus for the next ceremony.

The longer the retreat, the deeper the healing. All of our programs are intensive, however there is space to take your time in the healing process through extending your retreat or opting to take less or no medicine. We guide participants only to where they feel comfortable or ready for. The ceremonies are practiced in a sacred context with Icaros (medicine songs) and sacred instruments. Each ceremony has assistants to help care for each person and anything they need.

Our respect and love for the Pachamama or Mother Earth knows no bounds. At the center we are reducing, reusing and recycling all that we can. We ask you to be conscious of your footprint and when you come to Peru, to leave no trace. Plastics and packaging are problem here and we do not have the infrastructure to consolidate and recycle these types of products. For this reason we have bought and use the best water filters available here in Peru and ask you bring a reusable water bottle.

While we are working on building our center in the jungle, to grow ayahuasca, bananas, cacao and other sacred medicinal plants, for the moment we are continuing to practice in the Andes, as we always have and will. Many people are drawn to the jungle for her source of ayahuasca vine, however others want to experience the kind and friendly faces of the Andes and the sacred surroundings. It is called the Sacred Valley because it is sacred, the plants and crops here grow freely to give us all that we need in abundance. Where else is there are fruit trees, Incan corn and cactus all growing in the same area?

During your time at the retreat you will have everything you need for a comfortable stay with all modern necessities. We provide everything, you need only to bring yourself and a few pairs of warmer clothes. In the Andes, we can experience all four seasons in one day, but tend to have cold nights and warm days. There are Incan ruins above the center and plenty of hiking trails around, so comfortable clothes and good shoes are a must.

With our hearts we are bringing every person into the healing power of the sacred medicinal plants of Peru through ceremony.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha


70 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

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June 14, 2020

Hi Lia, I am sorry you are feeling so bothered, it is a difficult time for many.

As I explained in our conversations, before the refund was given, we do not normally give refunds, but because of the global pandemic we would be willing to help your situation and give a refund, minus the banking fees and a $25 administrative fee. This was one option, which you chose. The other was to extend the retreat for the foreseeable future until they open up borders, my exact words were for all/anytime of 2021.

Calling banking fees theft is understandable. Please remember these are international fees and they take advantage (banking fees and taxes) of poor 3rd world countries like Peru, to receive and then send this money out.

This is an organic family business, not a Mega store. There are many fees beyond a retreat and your physical needs at a retreat. There is the booking, preparation, banking and advertising at sites like ayaadvisors. These all involve fees.

Saying we are all about the money is simply not true. It is all love and light, but we too have fees and mouths to feed. I have a family to provide for too. Peru is not being bailed out, our savings is our bail out.

In regards to our what to bring list – People often ask what we do not have access to here in Peru, that they could bring to help us out. These things are spirulina, hemp seeds or sage sticks. Spirulina – is an excellent supplement and helps people when they are having trouble fasting. The hemp seeds are for the smoothies for everyone and for my one year old daughters smoothies. Sage sticks are cheaper and more easily found in the united states and it helps us save money when people bring these.

Best wishes to you during these times and I am available through e-mail and whatsapp, as always, though not as instantly as before because I have been taking the time given to us to focus on other things.


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