Support and guidance
At Etnikas we have a unique team to ensure all our guests receive high quality preparation before the ceremony, and quality guidance during and after the ceremony. Our guests receive the support of an experienced healer shaman from both the Amazon (Shipibo/Onaya) and the Andes (Qero/Pampamisayoq). The Shipibo shaman specialize in plant medicine and the Qero shaman from the Andes work specialize in energy medicine. We also involve a medical team in the retreats. This includes a doctor, a psychologist, and a nurse, who are on hand throughout the retreat. Inca meditation teacher will be guiding mediations during the entire retreat.
This unique team has been specific design to enhance the quality of your healing journey.
Supervision and Attention
Our ceremonies are with small groups with up to 12 participants. run by two healer shaman, one doctor and one psychologist. We also have a security guard patrolling the retreats center always close to the maloka where ceremonies are held.
Preparing your body and mind
Prior to the retreat the Shipibo and Qero healers will explain how to position your intentions, the importance of honoring the plant, and how to hold a sacred space and protect your energy. The doctor and psychologist will explain the psychological and physical effects of Ayahuasca, guidance, and safety management.
A floral cleansing ceremony is performed by the Qero healer. This offers the opportunity for guests to let go of any heavy energy and is a therapy based on forgiveness.
A meditation teacher will share an Inca meditation technique called Munay. This meditation was created by the Etnikas founder and is based in the principles of Inca spirituality. This meditation allow guest to have the right approach to the ceremony working with the source, «love».
After 40 years of experience in guiding ayahuasca ceremonies, we are experts in determining the optimum dosage each person should have. In determining dosage, a shaman, psychologist and doctor work together in evaluating a person’s age, physique, size, sensitivity, medical history, and emotional / psychological state of mind. Our practice has been accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Health, who have sent representatives to undertaken the same retreat as our guests.
We are conservative in our approach to dosage but aim for total immersion and a strong visionary experience. Guests are offered the opportunity to enhance their experience during the ceremony by taking more ayahuasca, under the guidance of the shaman, should they feel confident to do so at a critical point in the journey.
The reason that we do not do retreats for longer than eight days (Four ayahuasca ceremonies) is because we believe that to drink ayahuasca in excess takes away from the purpose to which the medicine has traditionally being used. The first ceremony is to invigorate spiritual awakening, the second, to help progress personal direction, and third/four to help engage spiritual healing. More than this can disorientate, cause confusion, or be excessively mental exhausting as the experience is intense and visionary. Many people find their first/second Ayahuasca ceremony sufficient to allow the awakening, direction, and healing to come and do not require further ceremonies. Other people require the three/four ceremonies to achieve their goals, as they have strong psychological blockages or issues. As with all things, “enough is as good as a feast”. Our main priority is that all our guests leave Etnikas satisfied with the results they have achieved.