Discover everything you need to know about our ayahuasca healing retreats
We are located in Taray a beautiful temple set in the high Andean Mountains, two hours drive from Machupicchu and one hour drive from the centre of Cusco. The temple is set in a native forest environment and looks out over a small valley with a stream at its base. The environment is serene and relaxing and has a close connection with nature.
The ayahuasca retreat 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.
The ayahuasca we use is potent and visionary. We prepare our own ayahuasca, which is a combination of just two plants, ayahuasca and chacruna.
Our small groups of up to 10 people allow us to personalize the retreat providing the opportunity for in depth consultation with the healers, making diagnosis, discussion, interpretation and guidance readily available. This small group setting allows us to maximize the safety and comfort of our guests. Native Andean (Qero) and Amazonian (Shipibo) Shaman direct the ceremonies, thereby incorporating both shamanic practices from the Peruvian region.
Three day retreats (two ayahuasca ceremonies), five/seven day retreats (three ayahuasca ceremonies). The seven day retreat includes two days visiting the sacred grounds of Machu Picchu. And eight day retreat (four ayahuasca ceremonies) and social work. The Shaman are accompanied by English speaking assistant(s)/translator(s) for the full duration of all the retreats.
The retreats include accommodation, transport to and from Cusco and a nutritionist-designed diet to complement the ayahuasca experience.
We use modern medicine in our retreats to ensure your safety. Guests fill out a health form which is reviewed by our nurses, doctor and psychologists. Some guests have specific health requirements and we are able to cater to a wide variety of conditions ensuring our guest’s safety at all times.
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 our 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 monitors 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 guest’s one/two weeks after the retreat. This is to help in personnel development, encourage growth and ensure that the experience has been assimilated in the best way possible.
The traditional ayahuasca ceremony is sacred to the Incas and here at Etnikas is performed in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment
The Retreat starts with a purgative detoxification involving volcanic spring water. A coca leaf ceremony and prayer follows. 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.
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, energetic massage and 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.
The aim of the retreat at Etnikas
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 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 physic 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?
Our retreat 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!
Social Work during your retreat
During your retreat you will preform some social work. We believe this is ones of the greatest therapies and it will help you to put into practice the awareness gained from the Ayahuasca experience.
One of life’s most basic laws is “every single act of love, kindness and generosity will multiply and return to you many times over “. The more you give the happier you will feel.
Social work involves working with child that come from the poorest communities in and around Cusco. Many of children are physically or mentally disadvantaged as well as orphaned.
The other part of the social work involves looking after the elderly. These elders come from families living in extreme poverty that are no longer able to care for them. Some of the elderly folk are in good health while others suffer from acute and chronic conditions.
The social work involves helping with simple tasks such as feeding, cleaning, getting exercise in the form of walking and dancing, and just sharing your company. The work lasts for about 1-2 hours.