This extremely potent jungle medicine; Ayahuasca; translates as “the vine of the soul” or “the vine of the dead”. Regularly used as a part of healing, spiritual and other ceremonies throughout the upper amazon and beyond.
Ayahuasca is a brew made of two Amazonian jungle plants that work together to create the overall entheogenic effect. One plant contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and the other contains a monoamine oxidaze inhibiter (MAOI), which allows the DMT to take effect and avoid being quickly broken down by the stomach. The two plants are psychotria viridis (DMT) and banisteriopsis caapi (MAOI). It has been used for over 5 thousand years for physical, psychological and spiritual healing.
Ayahuasca is also known as “la purga” which translates to “the purge”. To indigenous cultures purging is a sacred act of liberation. it is when what no longer serves a person is let go of. the purge is a cleanse on a physical and psychological level.
Ayahuasca provides a profound spiritual experience in which a person may find meaning within their own life experiences. The medicine stimulates the psyche to reveal the subconscious, and through this process people discover whats truly important for themselves, sometimes one experience is enough to change an entire life of self depricating patterns into a harmonic growing experience free from old paradigms.
San Pedro / Huachuma
- Magical Mescaline
Huachuma (better known by its Spanish name of San Pedro) is a type of mescaline cactus that grows in the Andes and famous for its psychedelic qualities and part of the Trichocereus species. It has a long history of indigenous use and regarded as a special plant teacher.
Our San Pedro medicine is prepared from individually selected cacti, chosen by genetics, as well as their medicinal qualities. San Pedro is prepared fresh for each retreat. Its an extensive process to prepare and has been perfected by Ken, who is pleased to share the medicine he has gained through many years of practice.
San Pedro is a teacher plant. When we participate with it, we are often found to experience personal growth and healing. San Pedro connects us to nature and the manifest world. Often memories and sensations come to the consciousness of the individual, which provide insights and release through experiencing those scenarios again in a safe and comfortable environment.
It is also a physical medicine. Many individuals find increased energy and appreciation of kinetic practices like yoga and dance. Both psychologically and physically San Pedro offers a new perspective on life.
San Pedro is significantly more potent than other cacti. The selection of our cacti is based on genetics and specimen health. Ken’s preparation extracts the medicine to potent concentrations while retaining its healing qualities. There´s nothing like the power of a healthy San Pedro experience, and we encourage you to participate!
Cacao - All Hail the Dark Chocolate God!
Teobroma cacao (food of the gods) is pure chocolate that we offer for our guests diets. Containing a variety of medicinal compounds, cacao serves as a vasodilator, anti-depressant, euphoriant, stimulant, alkaline supplement, antioxidants, and a source of healthy fats/oils.
Cacao is a great replacement for coffee. It provides a moderate level of stimulation but is free from “jitters” that coffee can elicit.
The alkaloids found within cacao are known to be reversible inhibitors of the monoamine oxidase. It shares the same properties as banisteriopsis caapi (found in ayahuasca) and as passiflora incarnata (passion flower).
No wonder we love chocolate!