The most Ancient Ayahuasca Lineage
The Profound Power
Of The Shipibo
The Shipibos are one of oldest and most highly-respected lineages of ayahuasca healers in the Amazon. For thousands of years, Shipibo shamans have served as doctors in their local communities.
Their work with the medicine is gentle, straightforward, and humble. They see their work with ayahuasca as a simple, clear process of cleaning the body, soul, and mind.
The Shipibos treat working with Ayahuasca with a deep sense of respect and discipline. Many begin training from childhood, learning from family lineages and traditions that trace back countless generations.
Their near-monastic training is incredibly strict, and they spend many years undergoing rigorous “dietas” that build an extensive, ‘intuitive knowledge of different medicinal plants.
Their devotion to their healing work is stunning, and the power of their deep connection to their medicine is felt in their “icaros”, or plant medicine songs.
The great steamboat of the wind is coming.
From the end of the cosmos it comes,
It comes like this… “
A VERSE FROM A TRADITIONAL SHIPIBO ICAROS
The Shipibo Recognition &
Respect of Women
The Shipibo-Conibo tribe, from where our Maestros and Maestras originate, carry one of the very few Amazonian Ayahuasca traditions in which women are allowed to practice plant healing.
The recognition and respect they are granted within their culture is what drew us to working with this lineage in the first place.
The Shipibo women stand tall in the world of Ayahuasca and they are considered highly-respected healers. They bring a depth of strength and grace the ceremony space that is truly inspirational.
Derived most likely from the jungle Quichua verb
ikaray, “to blow smoke” for healing the Spanish word ‘ icaros‘ designates the magical lyrics, incantations, either whistled or spoken, learnt by the shaman.
Icaros: The Sound of Healing
Traditionally, prayer in the form of song has been used for healing. In the Indigenous tribes of Peru Icaros (or plant songs) are plant songs are an integral part of the healing process. Every single plant has its own song. Every single plant spirit has its own song. When the Maestro or healer is
Icaros, work alongside Ayahuasca. They will be impregnated into your body through song and will help you to purge the negativity and energies as well as fill your body with the spirit plant medicine. The Icaro that the shaman personally sings to you becomes your healing ally. They are often seen as seeds planted into your body. The reason for that is because they keep on blooming and adjusting energies, emotions in the body. Even after
Icaros are the seeds of healing that the Shaman plants into your body for it to realign, open up and transform. Medicine songs, Icaros have been used as a conduit for healing for thousands of years.
In the Shipibo tradition, a Shaman spends many years in isolation. During this period of
When the Shamans invoke the
What is the Vine of the Soul?
Ayahuasca is an ancient visionary healing medicine or brew that comes from the Amazon Basin. It is used traditionally in the Jungle of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela & Brazil. The Ayahuasca brew is made up of two main plant components – the Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) & Chakruna leaves (Psychotria viridis). Many traditional shamans use other additives to their Ayahuasca Brew and each plant additive has its function and purpose in the spiritual realm. The spirit and character of Ayahuasca is brimming with feminine, divine and abstract qualities and this is why Ayahuasca is often described as a divine feminine plant spirit. In ceremony, people often perceive the spirit of Ayahuasca in the form of a woman or a snake.
Ayahuasca holds immense intelligence and power. It is a medicine that must be approached with respect, integrity, and pure intention. This is a delicate process which is often not easy. It takes work to dive into this experience and courage to face the shadow subconscious aspects of ourselves. When one does, the drinker can be rewarded with the incredible teachings, insight, and healing that this master plant has to offer to each one of us and all of humanity.
The Ayahuasca Ceremony.
An Ayahuasca Retreat Ceremony is one that often brings clarity to our deepest truths, purpose and the path ahead of us. Ceremonies that involve deep physical and energetic cleaning and clearing often precede ceremonies with deep vision, light
What to Expect in Ceremony?
Our Ayahuasca Ceremonies take place at night time in the traditional Amazonian Shipibo way. The shaman serves the medicine to each participant, they sing prayers and blessings to the medicine and then the lights go out. The ceremony takes place in complete darkness.
The Maestros orchestrate the ceremony through powerful prayer,
We are blessed to work with real and powerful traditional
The Ceremony continues throughout the night for between 3-6hrs usually and culminates with each person receiving an individual blessing from the maestros. After