Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
Shamballa Ayahuasca Retreats are located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru. Surrounded by two sacred mountains, it has the feel and appeal of a Tibetan monastery. The setting alone is meant to inspire the spirit.
Shamballa Ayahuasca retreats are designed to assist in an awakening process within oneself with the emphasis on the needs and complexity of our western lifestyle and mindset. To ensure safety and personalized attention we only work with groups of maximum 15 participants at a time.
Our ultimate goal is to bring practical and transcendental knowledge into participants world, ie. transcending the limitations of self, inspiring a new taste for life.
Our lead Shaman Peter Ewart has extensive background in Shamanism with over 1000 held ceremonies.
Prior to that he had years of training in Sufism, yoga, Shaolin martial arts and the transformational systems of G.I.Gurdjieff.
Many of these systems have explored the spiritual and psychological aspects underlying shamanism and he combines these with the traditional use of Ayahuasca, to potentise the processes of healing and transformation.Description of Services:
All our retreats merge sacred plant medicines Ayahuasca and San Pedro with transpersonal psychologies, yoga, breathwork, organic cuisine, body therapies and more.
These plant medicines are not only healing and psychologically cleansing - they also open our door of perception to questioning life and our purpose. All Shamballa ceremonies are accompanied with a multitude of complementary therapies designed to facilitate the re-assembly of self or so called Integration.
Our 7 day programs include:
3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
1 San Pedro Ceremony
1 Sound Healing
1 Ecstatic Dance
1 Individual Coaching Session
4 Integrations Circles
3 Yoga & Meditation
1 Masculine and Feminine Circle
14 Organic Meals
6 Night Accommodations
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Gintare Petrauskaite, Peter EwartGroup Size: 5-15Price Range: $2400-$3000
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
First in ayahuasca preparation is to realize there is a physical, emotional, and mental as well as spiritual component to this preparation. Therefore on our website we have grouped some of these insights into the above categories providing an in depth guide for preparation, here we will list some of the examples:
1. Body habits
· A week or two before your first ayahuasca ceremony refrain from any form of stimulants, such as coffee, caffeine-based teas. Just to allow your body time to withdraw
· If you are on antidepressants or medications, provide the names of the medications you are on and their dosages to retreat organizer
· Discuss and agree with the team on a suitable plan to reduce medications prior to ayahuasca ceremony that is safe for You
· Clearly reveal your daily consumption and concerns for addictions. Daily consumption of marijuana is not a medicine, the same as alcohol, even though we have woven it into the fabric of our lives.
Shamballa works on a personalized case by case basis as we do not believe one size fits all approach, therefore we require complete transparency in disclosure so we can prepare You in the best way
2. Emotional preparation
· Learn that it is ok not to have stimulation, experience and engage in the stillness of your own presence, nature... Cultivate it, learn to dissolve your agitation prior to your first ayahuasca retreat.
· Encourage and experience the search for the emotional mystical answers, rather than a chore of “over-coming an emotional problem”, prepare yourself for work of childlike wonder.
· Ayahuasca is incredibly good at undoing knots that you and others have tied during your life / conditioning. There is a great deal to be learnt in trusting the intelligence as it unravels your worlds and presents a story to you. It is a very personal story she writes. Practice that trusting.
3. Mind preparation
· Write down important ideas, as an exercise in clarity, ideas are just mental grids, learn to replace them when they get upgraded.
· Play with the concept of intention - intention comes with clarity.
· Be clear about what holds you back first, do not ask for a library of wonder when you cannot read.
· This journey will continue for a very long time. Be patient with yourself in expectations you ask of yourself.
Shamballa Ayahuasca retreats cater for the ceremony seeker and the questioner of life. We want to look at the whole being of one's personal search. So it extends from the healing power of plant medicines to the wholeness of our spiritual search. Exploration of our personal , social and masculine/ feminine relations.
We are here to make a change in your life, not just a repair and a quick fix. We want those that attend to walk away with a deeper sense of what is this life, and keep on exploring that direction.
Shamballa Retreats in Peru are not into providing a psychedelic style retreat. In our opinion, it is important to allow these medicines proper time to heal and transform.
So 7 days is a minimum time to set aside just for yourself and your development. If you feel that you may need a longer and more personal approach , we also cater for these and generally that concerns people who have been under addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual trauma for some time ) we can run you through our intense program for detox ,cleanse, repair and educate.
The Shamballa Ayahuasca ceremonies are run in a traditional and a what could be called upgraded style. Whilst traditional means that the shaman is fully embedded in the medicine field they have incorporated an array of different embellishments from other traditions, such as diversity of musical instruments and sounds.
The sweetness of voice or trance rhythm of the piece all awaken different doors within the ceremony. Music acts as an interface between the ayahuasca and the mind, at times personal, at other times collective.
Allow yourself a space to psychologically and spiritually breathe:
So the first thing to do is to give yourself space, either from work/activity clutter, and entangled emotional lives. Allow yourself the space to psychologically and spiritually breathe into a new place and a new way of being, a new way of appreciation.
Be gentle with yourself and express this to others:
Allow yourself the space, and express this need to others. In time the contradiction slowly diminishes, everything starts to make sense. The waves of your mind begin to settle - most of us have a huge backlog of issues to file away after the ceremonies.
Observe the signs - allow new things/opportunities to move towards you:
More than often we find that after Ayahuasca ceremonies - opportunities open up, small coincidences occur that lead to greater and more profound miracles in your life.
Change your own life however do not pressure those around You:
Sometimes inside of the circle we are shown what appears to be revelations, we should use this energy to change our world but not to change others. We are not here to save the world to create new religions or to coerce other people into a particular line of faith. We are just here to find our path, our happiness and contentment.
Makes small changes, follow inspiration, take up new hobbies:
Learning a musical instrument or singing is a great form of expression and can fill moments of void in our lives. Whilst a lot of the things we do in our life are simply distractions - learning an instrument requires the input of attention, expression and focus. This type of activity is far more satisfying than sitting in front of the television watching Ayahuasca documentaries.
Removal of negativity in one's life - find something better to replace it with:
One of the first things that you want to work on in our life is the removal of negative emotions, and negative fields that have surrounded you. But in order to do this we have to replace them with something better.
Avoid rash decisions - learn to know yourself anew gradually:
Avoid rash decisions of ending marriages, leaving work, ignoring friends, wanting to become a shaman. Learn to know yourself and pace your changes. Allow time for your revelations to settle before you act upon them.
To conclude, the post experience is not the end of an event but the beginning of life, a reseeding of the self and a time of growth. So at Shamballa Ayahuasca Retreat we encourage you in your unfolding. Support, connection and trust are vital elements of the post Ayahuasca experience.
Gintare and Peter from Shamballa are fully available for integration calls that are free of charge as we consider it complementary. Use us. Many have walked the path and have an amazing access to resources, that provide much “ experiential help.”Intake Process:
As part of the retreat reservation process you will be required to complete our psychological and physical health form (more complex cases will be addressed directly by a Shaman).
Sacred plant medicines may not suitable for everybody and it is essential that you are as honest as possible in the screening process so as we can guarantee your safety whilst on retreat. Your information will remain confidential and will only be used to ensure that we can offer you the safest possible experience.
It’s important to note that the purpose of our medical screening process is to ensure that you’re in good physical and mental health. We want to make sure that the plants are suitable for you, which should not be confused with you not being suitable for the plants.
Once you submit your registration form and reserve a spot in a retreat we will have a call with you to discuss your particular case in detail.
Upon our discovery of any serious medical issues which would not allow you to participate safely in the ceremony - we will return your deposit within 3 days.
If You have any questions regarding your suitability for Ayahuasca prior to booking a retreat please feel free to reach out to us. We will happily respond.Psychedelic Substances Offered: Ayahuasca, San PedroHow does this Center source medicine?:
We use traditional brew which contains only two ingredients: AYAHUASCA VINE (Banisteriopsis caapi) and CHACRUNA (Psychotria viridis that contains DMT component). All the medicine is 100% brewed in Peru jungle Pucallpa specifically for our shaman needs by our Cocinero that we have been working with for 5 yearsPractice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes