July 19th, 2016

Maestro Chononita has been running ceremonies continuously since 1990. He will lead a select group of participants in a ten day initiation in Amazonian Jungle Shamanism.  He will be assisted by Doctora Churi, his apprentice since 2010.

Day One: The group will fly into Lima, Peru and be picked up and taken to a hotel near the ocean. We will have dinner and begin to get to know one another before a good night's sleep.

Day Two: We will fly from Lima to Tarapoto, a jungle town nestled in the Eastern foothills of the Andes, called the "eyebrows of the jungle".  

  • You will be escorted to a gorgeous lodge at the edge of the jungle to get settled in your room and then we will have a beautiful brunch.  
  • Opportunities to speak about our intentions for ayahuasca ceremonies, and voice any questions you may have with  Maestro Chononita and Doctora Churi.
  • Floral bath to prepare ourselves for ceremony.
  • Space for rest, meditation, and preparation for our first Ayahuasca ceremony with Doctor Jorge Gonzalez Ramirez, a powerful and superb shaman with over 40 years experience.  Dr. Gonzalez was a student of the late Don Solon Tello Lozano of Iquitos.  Maestro Chononita and Maestro Jorge have worked together since 1988 and Doctora Churi has worked with the two of them since 2008.

 

Day Three:  

  • Floral baths after awakening.
  • Sapo/Kambo frog medicine treatments.
  • Optional yoga and breathing meditation, followed by a delicious breakfast in keeping with our Ayahuasca dieta
  • Optional group debriefing about our experiences during the previous night's ayahuasca ceremony.
  • An adventure to the local open air market for some local color.
  • Lunch in town.
  • Siesta.
  • One on one talks with Chononita, Churi, Or Jorge are available.
  • Delicious dinner of local Jungle food.

                    

Day Four:  

  • Floral baths.
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Breakfast.
  • Hike into the jungle.
  • Lunch.
  • Free time.
  • Second Ayahuasca ceremony at night.

 

Day Five:  

  • Floral baths.
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Sapo/Kambo frog medicine treatments.
  • Breakfast.
  • Debriefing.
  • A talk about plant teachers, herbal baths, and "dieta".
  • Lunch.
  • Excursion to beautiful waterfall/ swimming.
  • Dinner.

 

Day Six:  

  • Floral baths.
  • Yoga/ Meditation.
  • Breakfast.
  • Trip to the market.
  • Lunch.
  • Siesta.
  • Third Ayahuasca Ceremony at night.

 

 

Day Seven:

  • Floral Bath.
  • Yoga/Meditation.
  • Sapo/Kambo frog medicine treatments.
  • Breakfast.
  • Excursion to a remote hot springs in pristine Amazon Jungle.
  • Delicious dinner of traditional local Amazonian cuisine.

 

Day Eight:

  • Floral Bath.
  • Yoga/Meditation.
  • Breakfast.
  • A walk in the Amazon Jungle to identify medicinal plants and gather ayahuasca vine and chakruna leaves.
  • Lunch.
  • Siesta.
  • Shopping.
  • Dinner.

 

Day Nine:

  • Floral Bath.
  • Yoga/ Meditation
  • Breakfast.
  • Cook Ayahuasca with the shamans.
  • Lunch.
  • One on one optional time to speak with the shamans for integration of one's experiences and possible dietary/lifestyle suggestions.
  • Dinner in Tarapoto with the shamans.

Day Ten:

  • Breakfast.
  • Fly to Lima.
  • International flight home." ( Unless you are going on to explore Peru on your own.)

 

What is included:
* Hotels/Lodges
* Transportation
* 3 meals a day on "rest days", 2 meals a day on Ayahuasca ceremony days
* 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies
* Counseling/Integration of ceremonies
* Yoga/Meditation/ Floral baths

 

What is not included?
* International flights
* Acupuncture/ Massage/ Adjustments; which are available on request.

Ayahuasca Diet: (At least three days before and after ceremony)
* Fish, Chicken, Rice, Beans, Vegetables and fruits.
* No Pork, no beef, low salt.
* No alcohol and drugs.

There are endless opinions and misinterpretations about what is an appropriate and ideal diet for someone who intends to take ayahuasca. One misunderstanding comes from the word “dieta”.

“Dieta” and the verb “dietar”, amongst shamans and “purgeros”-(people who drink ayahuasca)-refer to the practice of ingesting a plant or a combination of plants to learn from them and to acquire their spirit. After ingesting that plant or plants one needs to go into seclusion generally for eight days, sometimes more, and eat a very restricted diet: For example, only a congee (rice soup) for the eight days-no salt. If it’s a longer “dieta”, rice and fish, or platains and some fish, perhaps some chicken, perhaps some egg….

But these sorts of “dietas” are only for those who aspire to become a shaman, Or shamans who want to learn more-acquire more power, learn new icaros (songs) from the plants... However-for those who simply want to drink ayahuasca- such an extreme protocol is not necessary.

What we suggest is: for a few days, before and after sitting ceremony: avoid pork, avoid red meat that is not Wild, alcohol & all drugs. Do eat clean, cook at your home, avoid greasy fried foods, and in any case always avoid White sugar and unnatural sugar substitutes. Rice, beans, cooked vegetables, fruits (preferably ripe & in season!) Chicken, fish and game are all good! Don’t stress.


* During our stay in Tarapoto we will talk what is happening in the Ayahuasca world, about other reliable shamans, about herbal medicines in general, about plant teachers.

There will be follow up workshops where those of you who are more acclimated will be able to go with us and participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies in Shipibo Indian villages with Shipibo Shamans -however that will require time to travel by river boats to more distant locations in the jungle.