Here are some common and important questions about our Plant Medicine Retreats.
Where is Spirit Plant Journeys?
Our retreats take place at our beautiful family-run Organic Farmhouse in Huaran near Calca in the Sacred Valley, about 60 km from Cusco. The best way to get to Cusco is to fly from Lima (the capital of Peru) to Cusco or alternatively there are buses departing daily from Lima to Cusco.
How do I get from Cusco to the retreat venue ?
The group will meet at a designated spot in Cusco on the first day of the retreats and from there we will travel together Our lodge in Huaran. It should take about 90 min to get there.
When should I arrive in Cusco?
We strongly recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 1 day before the retreat begins and spend 1 night in a city hotel. Preferably you arrive a couple of days before the start of the retreat. This will give you time to get over any jet-lag, but most importantly you will have some time to acclimatize to the altitude. Cusco’s altitude is 3400 meters. Altitude at the retreat venue near Urubamba is about 2800 meters.
You will be given a PDF when you register that contains some hotel recommendations. However, if you must arrive in Cusco on the day the retreat begins please make sure that your flight arrives in Cusco no later than about 9am.
Do you provide transport from the Airport in Cusco?
Please ask your hotel to arrange a pickup if you want one. However, it’s not important to have a pickup, there are aways multiple taxis waiting at the airport. If you arrive on the same day as the retreat we recommend you take a cab straight to the Plaza de Armas and head to the meeting point that we will send you by emai.
Can I fly out of Cusco the same day the retreat ends?
Yes. On the final day of our retreat we will leave the retreat site at about 10.30am, and will arrive in Cusco around midday. So if necessary, you could fly from Cusco that day, though we recommend you book your flight for after 2pm. Most retreat guests choose to spend at least one extra night in Cusco to relax after the retreat.
If you are coming with the group to Machu Picchu at the end of the retreat, we will not arrive in Cusco until late afternoon/early evening the following day. We recommend that, just to be safe, you book your flight out of Cusco the next day. We cannot be held responsible if flights are missed because of roadblocks or train cancellations/delays.
I’m coming alone, is that safe?
Can you arrange a pick-up from the airport?
Do I need any vaccinations?
Does the Shaman put any additives in his Ayahuasca?
No. We respect the Shipibo Lineage, our Maestros only use Pura Medicina. Pure Ayahuasca brew which is a combination of the Ayahuasca vine and chacruna. We do not add any additives to the Ayahuasca brew.
Should I get Travel Insurance?
Our retreat, while itself having most modern amenities, is held in a rural village in the Sacred Valley, a much safer and more tranquil region than the Amazon Jungle.
Can I smoke Marijuana during/right before/after the retreat?
Marijuana and Ayahuasca don’t get along too well. Sometimes heavy marijuana smokers find it difficult to have a strong Ayahuasca experience. We highly recommend that you quit smoking marijuana 4-5 weeks prior to retreat. However there is no danger in smoking marijuana right before the retreat. It would be a shame to come all this way and not truly commit to the process.
Should I stop taking the contraceptive pill during the retreat?
Most (if not all) contraceptive pills are compatible with Ayahuasca. However, always inform us of what contraception you take.
Can I have sex right before/during the retreat?
How long before the retreat should I begin the Ayahuasca diet, and how important is it?
Very important. The Diet starts 21 days before the retreat. However, if you take any medication that is not compatible with Ayahuasca, we need to look deeper into this with your Medical Doctor. As most medication needs to be stopped 4 to 6 weeks prior to ingesting Ayahuasca.
The diet is a very important part of the preparation. Not only for Safety reasons because certain foods, drugs are not compatible with Ayahuasca, but also because it is a big aspect of the cleaning and clearing process. It also affects your sensitivity to the medicine. Particularly if you’re coming from stressful and polluted environment, or if you don’t maintain a healthy diet you will usually not have a high level of sensitivity to the Ayahuasca and as a result the first 1 or 2 ceremonies are more for purging and cleansing and are very physically. So we encourage you to strictly follow the diet.
Upon registration every guest has to fill the registration form in correctly. We ask every single one of our guests to be very honest and correct about the physical/mental health conditions they have and about the drug (prescription or recreational) they take.
Not communicating us a medical condition or the drug you take could be fatal. Ayahuasca is not compatible with all medications,, and mental/physical health conditions. So be real and be safe.
Is there electricity at the Lodge?
Yes, there is electricity available at our Farmhouse at all times.
Do I need to bring bedding or a sleeping bag?
No. All bedding and towels are provided. A sleeping bag can be handy to have as the weather can be quite cold here in the Sacred Valley – especially for ceremony. We provide you with a list of things you should bring, which is mostly just clothes and a few necessary items such as a flashlight.
What are the size of your groups?
We like to keep our groups small and intimate in order to provide very close guidance to every single one of our participants along the journey. We have a maximum allowance of 12 people per retreat. We are a small organization and we like to treat our participants like family.
Is Spirit Plant Journeys a safe retreat for women?
Yes it is a safe place for women. There is almost always a lovely gender balance in our groups. We work with Female and Male Shipibo healers. Our Ayahuasca retreats are very balanced in our approach. We balance the dual energies and bring the Feminine and the Masculine together.
If you prefer to work with Female healers or facillitator only, you can email us and ask us when our Female Shipibo healer/facillitator is on retreat.
Where does the water come from at the Lodge?
Can you help me book my hotel?
Sorry, we don’t provide that service! There are several Cusco hotels and hostels that you can easily book online using www.booking.com or www.hostelsworld.com .
Can I book a shared room?
Yes! There are a variety of rooms available. If you would like to share a room with your friend or partner you can apply for a shared room during registration. Same room also applies to Machu Picchu trip, see below.
Machu picchu Room and Refund Policy.
If you book a Machu Picchu trip, and you booked a shared room on your retreat with us, then your hotel room at Macchu Picchu will also be shared. If you booked a private room for the retreat, your Machu Picchu hotel room will also be private. All shared rooms will be same-gender. If you qualify for any type of refund, a – 10% admin fee will be charged to cover our transfer fees and Admin fee. Machu Picchu Adds on 1 day to the retreat. The day the retreat ends, you will leave to Machu Picchu City and spend the night there. For further information about when to fly out when coming to Machu Picchu, please contact us.
Can I bring my laptop and mobile phone with? Do I need a different plug/converter?
You can bring your laptop if you wish to. Peru uses the same type of plug as North America however it has a higher voltage so make sure your electrical devices work ok with up to 220 volts.
Can I check email or receive phone calls or text messages during the retreat?
Yes you can. We do not have WiFi at our retreat venue, however, there is a beautiful cafe just a 5 min walk away from “” where you can use WiFi. For anything urgent we also can provide our 4g Connection (Hotspot) sometimes family members need to keep in touch, etc.
Otherwise we strongly suggest you to truly come to this retreat in order to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect within!
Can I bring a musical instrument?
Absolutely. In fact if you play, we insist that you do!!!
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I don’t speak Spanish, is that a problem?
Of course not! Our fantastic facilitators are fluent in 6 Languages: English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.
Our Shipibo Healers don’t speak English however our facilitators speak Spanish and will be translating.