Welcome to Peru. If you are adding this option on to your Retreat, you will arrive on May 27th and depart on June 12.
Ayahuasca Ceremony (Optional):
The option to participate in Etnikas 3-day Ayahuasca Retreat is available to those who wish to deepen their spiritual experience of Peru. If you are planning on adding this option to your retreat, please note that this is being offered by an independent provider. This optional ceremony is offered prior to the ‘official retreat,’ and requires a letter from your doctor outlining your good health or general health status. This document is mandatory for you to be able to participate in ceremony. Ayahuasca is a serious undertaking and you must be physically and psychologically fit. Please send your letter by email and bring to Peru. Prior to an Ayahuasca ceremony, it is very important to adhere to a pre-ceremony diet that is free of salt, oil, gluten, fermented foods, dairy, red meat, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, prescription meditations, or certain supplements. This detoxification process should last at least 2-3 weeks prior to experiencing this plant medicine. We also suggest that you DO NO EXTREME DIETS. The goal is to make sure you are strong. Not only strong mentally and spiritually, but also physically, in order to help cope with the physical effects of the Ayahuasca.
For those ready to go ahead with this part of their spiritual journey, Ayahuasca has great benefits for spiritual enlightenment. But, make no mistake, Ayahuasca is not a ‘fun psychedelic trip,’ it is real Soul Work. Most ceremonies last up to 10 hours, with peaks and lows throughout the process. The medicine can be particularly challenging if you are not yet ready to let go and ‘see’ the truth of who you are. It is the most humbling experience of a lifetime for some! Once arriving in Cusco, you will meet with the Jenny and John for a few days of touring and mediation practice. On the first day of your ceremony, we will guide you into the loving and capable hands of the Etnikas Community where you will spend 3 days in sacred ceremony. After the third day at Etnikas, participants will be transported back to Cusco where you have the option to rest, or enjoy dinner with the whole Divine Gaia group.
Ayahuasca Retreat in Taray, Sacred Valley, Peru
The ayahuasca ceremony focuses on the healing of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It provides you with a deeper understanding of yourself and the spiritual nature of the world around us. Ayahuasca, often called Grandmother Medicine is a potent and visionary form of a psychedelic substance. The aim of the Religious Inca Shamanic technique is to recognize our true identity as spiritual beings, that our essence is unconditional love which gives us the strength and power to transform any negativity into positive. Our lives often revolve around concerns, emergencies, and barriers that generate a thousand and one thoughts that we prioritize above the recognition of our true essence.
The truth is that we are not our monetary debts, our suffering, or our pain. We are not our successes, we are not even what we look like, or how we perceive our existence in this space and time. We are simply, utterly, and totally “Unconditional Love!”
It is a great mistake to think that we are only matter. To think that our physical existence is the sum total of reality and to neglect the spiritual realm considering it imaginary. Because, in reality, we are deeply connected with the universe and mother nature. This notion is supported by modern physics and string theory which notes a solid vibration field moved by a universal energy.
So how are you meant to know who you are? And how do you get back to your spiritual reality when your mind is constantly separated from your essence?
The ceremony at Etnikas aims to challenge all preconceived ideas of what you believe your reality is. To help you break down the barriers that you have constructed between your physical and spiritual self. To show you that there is a direct path that can lead you to your essence. And that path is to LOVE!
The shamanic Inca healing technique “dancing with heaven and earth
This 3-day Ayahuasca ceremony has been developed with both Qero Andes priests and Amazonian Shipibo healer Shamans. They come from families with traditions of shamanism, using centuries-old traditions and techniques. Your ceremony starts with a coca leaf ceremony and prayer. This is to help unify the energy of the group and to engage the forces of the divine. Then a brief ceremony to cleanse and flourish is preformed to allow you to embark on your Ayahuasca experience in a state of love and peace.
Etnikas prepares their own Ayahuasca, which is a combination of just two plants, Ayahuasca and Chacruna. The ceremony is run in a traditional manner extending from the way the plant medicine is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of the Shipibo and Qero cultures. The traditional base of the ceremony is tempered with modern medical practices to ensure guest safety and allow them to assimilate the experience in the best way possible. The dosage of your Ayahuasca is determined by a physical, psychological and emotional evaluation that takes place prior to your arrival, and during your stay at Etnikas. The Ayahuasca is taken all at once. You are then guided to make yourself comfortable and listen to the shaman in preparation for the medicine to take effect. The shaman will chant icaros or prayers/mantras throughout the four hours in which the effects of the medicine are in full effect. Tobacco smoke, floral perfumes are used to create protection for the ceremony. At the conclusion of the Ayahuasca experience a ceremony is performed giving thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth). The intention of this is to provide you with a way to show gratitude for the healing and knowledge that you have received during your experience. It is a powerful ceremony that allows you to think about the direct connection between yourself and Spirit.
Etnikas uses modern medicine in their retreats to ensure your safety. Guests fill out a health form which is reviewed by our doctors, psychologists and nurses. There is a doctor available on site 24-hours a day for the duration of the retreat. He gives information about the physical effects of Ayahuasca as well as to help with any specific physical complications, and provides peace of mind for guests. A nurse experienced in emergency medical care will be also present during the Ayahuasca ceremony. The doctor and nurse will conduct a physical medical examination before the Ayahuasca ceremony to ensure the guests are able to participate. They ensure that guests are safe throughout the experience and comfortable. At the close of the ceremony, they will conduct a physical check to ensure guests are calm and stable after returning from their journeys, before going to bed. They also monitor guests throughout the night to ensure their comfort and well-being.
Our psychologist provide information relating to the psychological effects of the Ayahuasca prior to the ceremony and are available to answer any questions that guests may have. They also play an important role in helping guests to interpret their experiences on an individual basis together with the shaman. They are available for consultations before and after the Ayahuasca ceremonies. The psychologist will make a follow up call to guests one/two weeks after the ceremony. This is to help in personal development, encourage growth, and ensure that the experience has been assimilated in the best way possible. Please visit https://www.etnikas.com/ayahuasca-retreat-3-days.php for more information.