Shipibo Medicine, 
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.

Icaro

(Quechua: ikaro) 

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 inapprenticeship, those songs are passed on to the healers by the plants, during their dieta.

A dieta is a long period of isolation in which the Apprentice shaman will diet with 1 plant at a time and learn the teachings of that specific plant. After long periods of isolation, the apprentice receives the protection and healing abilities of the plant through the icaros. Every spirit plant teaches a different song. The song is the pure healing sound of the plant itself. The more diets de apprentice carries, the more knowledge, healing abilities and Icaros they know.

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 ceremony. They lay their roots and keep on blooming and expanding, because they are true spirit plant medicine.

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 isolation they diet Master Plants, healing plants. When they complete the diet they receive the knowledge, the wisdom and healing properties of the plant in the form of an Icaro. The energetic imprint of every plant is different, so is every Icaro. 

When the Shamans invoke the plants, and sing the Icaros into your body, your body becomes aligned and impregnated with the plant healer. Every Icaro has a different purpose. Some are used to clear your body, others to align energies or release trauma. Once the deep cleaning work is done, the Shaman will use specific Icaros in order to impregnate your body in light, uplift it, plant a seed of love, and reconnect yourself with your heart and soul. 

 

 

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 and insight. Although every person will have a unique experience with Ayahuasca and ceremony is best approached with as little expectation as possible. Often the journey that Ayahuasca takes us on is hard to decipher at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight the profound wisdom of the plants begins to reveal itself. Ayahuasca Ceremonies will give you what you need however this may not always be what we want in the moment and the path to healing can be a very challenging one for some.

 

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, icaros (medicine songs) and energetic work. The icaros call in spiritual allies, spirits of the jungle and astral and earth energies which help to guide the medicine and the journey of each participant.

We are blessed to work with real and powerful traditional shamans . We always have facilitators present during Ayahuasca Ceremonies to help out where needed and to offer support to those needing a gentle hand. Our facilitators have experience in hundreds of Ayahuasca Ceremonies and gracefully make easy the goings on of the ceremony.

The Ceremony continues throughout the night for between 3-6hrs usually and culminates with each person receiving an individual blessing from the maestros. After ceremony, we serve fruit and candles are lit. We ensure that those who can not provide for themselves have everything that they need and being brought to their bed safely.