The Ceremony

The ceremonies are held in a sacred space (e.g. an open space or maloca) where they are conducted under the guidance of a Shaman. Usually the healing process during ceremonies includes chanting Ikaros (sacred healing chants), soul cleansing and dispersion of negative influences, often with the use of rattles, by blowing or smudging tobacco, by smearing or blowing perfumes and/or the use of a chakapa. The chacapa is a hand fan made with leaves, it is commonly used to brush off different forms of stagnant energy in a process known as ventear “to ventilate”.

Our ceremony setting and the way ceremonies are held, is based on the classic setting and method used in most indigenous cultures. Additionally we offer body/mind exersise/s an hour prior to the ceremony in order to help release stress, tensions and anxieties.

The shamans prepare and secure the space through an initial cleansing ceremony where they draw energetic boundaries to conceal the healing work that will take place in the hours to come. Usually the maestro curandero “shaman” starts with the first person to their right and calls everyone in order to the front. Here Ayahuasca is offered, at this point you can either drink or opt out if the calling isn’t right.

Hydrate well at least up to an hour prior to the ceremony and then stop. You may use water to rinse your mouth after taking Ayahuasca because it is often hard on the palate. Drinking water is also allowed later on into the ceremony to clear your throat after purging and in small portions if thirsty. According to our shamans it is preferred you drink as little as possible although sometimes you just simply need to hydrate which is fine.

The shamans like to keep a silent and focused space till the lights go out and they start chanting Ikaros. During the ceremony they will direct most of the work from where they are seated and will eventually, in turn, get up and treat everyone individually.

The role of a facilitator in the ceremony is to hold space and act in assistance to both shamans and guests and help keep a safe, balanced and easy environment. In exceptionally rare occasions, the healer/s and facilitator/s may decide to exclude a guest from participating in a ceremony for any perceived impairment in the guest’s physical or psychological health that may eventually lead to problems for them during the ceremony, or if they simply do not meet the requirements for any other reason.

Usually facilitators do not interfere with people’s individual process during the ceremony, unless they are called out for assistance. It is the discretion of the facilitators, whether to intervene during the ceremony. Facilitators will intervene if someone is acting out or disrupting the space by being obnoxious, loud or out of control.

After closure you can either stay and spend the rest of the night in the ceremony space (maloca) or leave and walk back to your quarters.