7 days Ayahuasca retreat, Inca meditation, visit to Machu Picchu and volunteering with Human Actions

From USD $1,500.00
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Location: Taray, Sacred valley, Cusco, Peru
  • Our 7 day ayahuasca retreats have been developed with both Qero Inca priest and Amazonian Shipibo healer Shaman. They come from families with traditions of shamanism, using centuries-old traditions and healing techniques. The retreat is run in a traditional manner. From the way the plant medicine is prepared, to the iqaros (shamanic chants), to the Inca religion, the meditations and the shamanic practices. The traditional base of the retreat is tempered with modern medical practices to ensure our guest safety and allow them to assimilate the experience in the best way possible. This retreat include three ayahuasca ceremonies and also provides the opportunity to visit Machuppichu, one of the wonders of the world.

  • Etnikas has a multi-disciplinary health team consisting of a Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist and General Practitioner who complement the highly experienced native Andean and Amazonian shaman.  

  • A Doctor is on site 24 hours a day during retreats with access to a full range of state of the art emergency medical equipment.

  • We have been operating for 40 years (much longer than other retreat centers) and safety has always been our top priority.

  • We have a vast amount with over 7200 satisfied guests coming to our center.

  • Trip advisor have granted us the ‘certificate of excellence’ for the last 4 years consecutively (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) with over 300 five star reviews.

  • Located in the Sacred Valley, two hours drive from Machupicchu

MANDATORY: Please you must send by email (scan) and bring to Cusco 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 the retreat. If you cannot bring the letter, you will have to make a check up in Cusco with a doctor specialist on the preliminary meeting day. This check up will be for an extra cost of $55 US.

  • If you have any physical or psycological medical conditions or are under any medication treatment, please let us know before you book your retreat. 
  • People over 50 years old require a stress test to be preformed. This can be done in your country of origin or in Cusco for a charge of $55 US.
VOLUNTEERING WITH HUMAN ACTIONS:  The volunteering involves working with children that come from the poorest communities in and around Cusco. Many children are physically or mentally disadvantaged and / or orphaned. Volunteers offer help with simple tasks such as feeding, cleaning and sharing company. The service lasts for about 1-2 hours. 

Another volunteering experience involves looking after dogs in a state of physical and emotional neglect. Volunteers help to keep the dogs spaces clean and tidy as well as grooming and feeding the dogs. This service lasts for about 1-2 hours.

A third volunteering experience is available working in a nursery helping to cultivate native plants. The trees and shrubs that are propagated are donated to reforestation projects around the Cusco area.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

We required you to arrive at least a day before your retreat so you have a chance to acclimatise to the altitude of Cusco. Many people feel the effects of the altitude. If you arrive the day of your retreat, we will not be able to give you Ayahuasca and you will have to change your retreat for the next available date. Unfortunately a refund will not be possible. We want to prevent people getting altitude sickness while under the effect of Ayahuasca as this is a serious health risk.

You must book your own hotel room for the night between the acclimatisation day and the day of the retreat. We can recommend several places that are able to take care of everything including transfer from the airport to the hotel.

The next day we will look to meet at calle recoleta at 10:00am and from there we will travel by shuttle bus to the retreat centre. Please eat breakfast based on juice and fruits (NO bread and dairy products).

As Ayahuasca is a potent form of medicine it can occasionally have interactions with other medications or drugs. We therefore recommend that you find a natural way to detoxify your system at least two weeks before the start of the retreat.  

Altitude sickness 

Cusco is 3500m above sea level and people sometimes get sick from spending time at this altitude. There are several forms of medication that can be taking to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness but the interaction of some of this medication can have negative effects with Ayahuasca. For this reason, we recommend you look to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness by drinking MUÑA tea which is commonly available in guest houses and hotels.  We suggest you that you drink MUÑA tea at the airport or on your flight to Cusco as this will help to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, you can also buy shot of oxygen at the airport. If symptoms become sever please let us know.

Pre-Retreat Require Restrictions

Two Weeks prior, abstain from:

  • Pork
  • Sexual activities of any kind, including masturbation
  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • ALL street drugs (cocaine, MDMA, amphetamines, etc.) – obligatory for your safety and for the possible energetic impact on other guests
  • Spicy food
  • Ice, ice cream, or ice cold drinks

One Week prior, abstain from:

  • Refined sugars
  • Red meat
  • Junk foods
  • Salt or pepper
  • Sweets or chocolate
  • Oils (if you must use oil, use olive or coconut oil very sparingly)
  • Animal fats (lard, etc.)
  • Carbonated drinks (including diet sodas, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer)
  • Dairy products
  • Fermented foods
  • Caffeine & other stimulants

Additional Restrictions:

  • IMPORTANT: Please contact us if you are currently taking any medication or supplements.
  • If you will be menstruating during the retreat, please inform your facilitators when you arrive.
  • Ayahuasca is not compatible with pregnancy.

THE AYAHUASCA RETREAT INCLUDE:

  • Your retreat will be overseen by 2 to 4 shamans, Shipibo healer from the Amazon and Inca medicine Qero healer from the Andes.
  • There is a doctor available on site 24 hours a day for the duration of the retreat.
  • Small groups of up to 18 people allow us to maximize the safety, comfort, and  personalized attention of the retreats for our guests. 
  • A psychologist helps guests to interpret their experiences on an individual basis together with the shaman. Consultations are available before and after the ayahuasca ceremonies.
  • Group meetings to share your experiences
  • Physical and psychological health questionnaire to evaluate risk factors. A doctor and psychologist are in charge of verifying the medical records and detecting any medical contraindications a person may have with Ayahuasca before the booking stage.
  • Basic medical check to ensure physical suitability 
  • Four different healings ceremonies, Inca shamanic healing technique, "dancing with heaven and earth".
  • Coca leaves ceremony (unification of group energy)
  • Cleansing and floral ceremony (Therapy of forgiveness)
  • Three Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Offering of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth.
  • Munay Inca meditation
  • Two volunteering activities with Human Actions ORG (give back to balance energy)
  • A full body massages
  • Group walks in the forest and surrounding hills
  • All food and drinks is a delicious simple vegetarian diet suitable for working with medicinal plants/ Ayahuasca
  • All transport to and from the retreat center
  • Accommodation – within our facilities you may find the basic life necessities such as shared bedrooms with a capacity of three people as well as shared bathrooms.
  • Train to and from Machupicchu
  • Hotel 3-4 star in Machupicchu
  • Guided tour of Machupicchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu
  • All transport to and from Cusco/Machupicchu and Machupicchu/Cusco
  • Hotel in Cusco (on the night of the six day)
  • All retreat facilitated in English

*It is good for you to know that different parties of people may overlap at the retreat, but they will never be more than 12 participants for any giving Ayahuasca ceremony.


ITINERARY

Day 1

10:00 Meeting at Etnikas water place from there shuttle bus to the retreat center

10:30 Departure to the retreat center

11:30 Meeting with the staff and orientation of the center

12:30 Group meeting – introduction to the shaman and medical staff discussion about ayahuasca and ceremonies intentions.

12:40 Coca leaves ceremony and prayer for the unification of energies

13:45 Individual consultation with psychology

13:45 Individual consultation with doctor

18:30 Cleansing and floral ceremony

19:00 First Ayahuasa ceremony

Day 2 – Retreat Centre

07:30 Breakfast

08:15 Volunteering activity with Human Actions

14:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony.

15:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology

15:30 Individual consultation with doctor

16:30 Time for relaxation and instrospection 

18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in the main Hall.

19:00 Second Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 3

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony.

10:30 Individual consultation with shaman and psychology

10:30 Individual consultation with doctor

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Group walk to the Sanctuary of Lord of Huanca

17:30 Relaxation Yoga

18:30 Dinner

Day 4

07:30 Breakfast

08:15 Volunteering activity with Human Actions  

14:00 Massages

18:30 Preparation for ceremony, quiet /personal meditation time in main Hall.

19:00 Third Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 5 – Retreat Centre / Aguas Calientes

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Group meeting – a chance to share the teachings you learn from the Ayahuasca ceremony. 

11:00 Offering of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth

11:40 Talking about Human Actions projects and opportunity to donate. Fill the service report and explanation of dietary restriction post-retreat

12:30 Opportunity to buy cultural hand craft from the shipibo and Andean shamans - Photos with shaman and farewell

12:30 Transport to Ollantaytambo where you can take the train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

When you arrive to Ollantaytambo you may like to visit the sacred archeological temples and get lunch. Make sure you are at the train station half an hour before your trains scheduled departure.

At your arrival at Aguas Calientes a tour guide will be waiting for you and will take you to your hotel and explain the itinerary for your Machupicchu tour.

Day 6 – Machu Picchu / Cusco

Your tour guide will pick you up to take you for the Machupicchu tour, which will take two hours. At the end of your tour you can have lunch and visit some of the museums in the town. The train back to Cusco will leave at the time indicated on your ticket.

When you arrive at the train station in Cusco, Etnikas staff members will be there to transport you to your accommodation.

Day 7 – Depart Cusco

Transport to the airport from your accommodation to connect you with your departing flight.