Heal, expand, learn, explore, or return for a life-changing experience with some of the world’s oldest plant remedies in Sacred Valley, Peru.
Join Bliss Without Bother and Medicinal Herbal Healer Rachelle Robinett on a 10-day journey with healing plant remedies, ceremonies with local, direct-lineage shaman, and guided tours of sacred sites in cozy lodging with nourishing plant-based meals. Optional activities include yoga, sharing circles, plant baths, and more. This retreat is a carefully curated small-group experience for friendship and camaraderie as we adventure together with powerfully healing herbs.
Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat Package:
San Pedro Ceremony + Group Sharing: Healing work begins with a full-day San Pedro ceremony at the opening of the retreat. San Pedro, also named Huachuma, is a cactus that has been used as a sacred plant medicine for more than 3,000 years in its spiritual home of the Peruvian Andes. Expertly guided by Huachamero Bernhard Karshagen, the ceremony is a reunion with ourselves, Mother Nature, and the Divine. It is a medicinal mirror that can help us see where we hold onto self-limiting beliefs and patterns in our lives and gently guides us toward releasing that which no longer serves us. Our San Pedro ceremony is a powerful initiation into the retreat - one that sets the tone for the days to come, assisting you to connect with your heart and find clarity around your intentions leading into the Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Four Ayahuasca Healing Ceremonies: Led by Maestro Gumercindo Galindo, this core ceremonial work occurs across four intensive Ayahuasca ceremonies at twilight. Maestro Gumercindo comes from an ancient and powerful lineage of Amazonian Shamanism called Palero Curanderismo. He creates a robust and powerful experience, balanced by joyful energy and medicine songs on guitar and drums. The closing ceremony includes a family of facilitators and musicians who help guide participants back from their Ayahuasca journey through soft, soulful music, creating an effective container for healing and an experience simply like no other.
Sacred Valley Guided Tours: During our 10 days together, we will journey through the Andean towns and sacred ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. We will also provide the option to visit Machu Picchu at the end of the retreat, with guidance on how to travel by train and booking information for the luxurious hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Restorative Body Work: The plant medicine ceremonies can take a toll on our bodies. We provide deep relaxation massage throughout the duration of the retreat to soften and nourish the body. We only work with trusted massage therapists who understand plant medicine work and who let the experience guide their touch.
Cleansing Flower Baths: Plant baths play a supportive role within the healing process. The plant medicine ceremonies activate and bring to the surface energies and emotions that have been collected across a lifetime and stored within the body. Plant baths help us to cleanse and strengthen the external body.
Gentle Yoga: Clear the mind, invoke a state of focus, and revitalise the body with soft, restorative, and meditative yoga on days when a gentle practice is necessary.
Nourishing Ayahuasca Meals: Expert Chef Julian, who comes from the remote Q’ero community – one of the last Andean communities to be reached by the Europeans, prepares meals with love and creative flair. The Q’ero tradition and ancient Q’ero healing practices are still intact today. Fresh local ingredients and Ayahuasca-friendly dishes nourish us throughout the retreat. The menu is primarily vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free, and some meals will include locally caught trout or chicken. All allergies and special diets can be accomodated.
Healing Music + Song: Our Maestro and facilitators are all talented musicians who understand the beauty and magic of music as a medicine. Throughout the entire retreat, our Ceremonies involve the use of powerful medicine songs, also called icaros, accompanied by guitar and drums. The music speaks to the heart and stays with us long after the experience.
Additional Services Include:
Herbal medicine consultation: Receive personalized advice before the retreat for making the most of your healing experience.
Wellness Bliss Box with awesome gear from Outdoor Voices, Soul Drop, all-natural, legal, sacred plant microdosing from The Alchemists Kitchen, organic cocoa nibs, maca, and palo santo from Mountain Rose Herbs, and a 3-bar pack of Dream Bars + Dreamer's Brew tea from Eat Dream Be!
Complimentary Dinner + Discussion on January 24, 2018 at Supernatural (274 Bowery, 2nd Fl, NYC) to support the prepration process, answer questions, and discuss expectations. Skype option for those not based in New York City.
Information about Peru, the ceremonies, what to expect, and how to prepare to make the most out of your experience.
Coordination of Machu Picchu trip on the final day of the retreat. Travel, hotel, and related costs to visit Macchu Picchu are not included in the retreat price. We will provide guidance on how to travel by train and booking information for the luxurious hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Online group discussion after the retreat to share experiences and ease the reintegration process.
About the Organizers:
Bliss Without Bother is a wellness retreat planning service for individuals, wellness instructors, and organizations, offering a variety of services to provide exceptional wellness experiences, making it blissful for all. Because why not bliss without the bother?
Rachelle Robinett, Medicinal Herbal Healer and Complementary & Integrative Health Guide, combines natural approaches to holistic health with functional lifestyle practices for transformative well-being.
About the Retreat Center:
Spirit Plant Journeys: Nestled in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes in Sacred Valley, our plant-medicine retreats provide the perfect sanctuary for personal expansion, healing, and restoration of the highest calibre. From our healers to our ceremonies and our food to our activities, every element of our retreat exists to contribute to a journey culminating in an experience that is ultimately life-changing. Love, integrity, and respect is what grounds our work, extending out to every single person who joins us on this very special path of re-discovering who we truly are.
Petra, the mountain lodge: An absolutely perfect container for our healing work to unfold, the lodge is tucked beneath one of the mighty Apus of Sacred Valley. As the name suggests, Petra is energetically solid and supportive like a rock. The lodge consists of 5 modern chalet homes embraced by sprawling wild, beautiful gardens, complete with vistas of the surrounding mountain areas that are undeniably breathtaking. Each home is equipped with comfortable beds, a fireplace, hot showers, tea and water, and open living spaces.
About the Shaman:
Maestro Gumercindo Galindo, “Gume," the Ayahuasca Shaman of the retreat, is a descendant of the ancient lineage of Amazonian Shamanism called Palero Curanderismo. Gume creates powerfully spiritual experiences with plant medicine, incorporating joy, love, and song, having started his apprenticeship in his early teenage years. Undergoing the thorough and profound training of an amazonian shaman, he has gained very strong connection with the Plant Medicines and Spirits. He will support you in clearing old energies and patterns to help facilitate tremendous change in your life.
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Your safety and well-being is our priority, both in and out of ceremony, as we guide you through deep personal healing and growth. All the healers and facilitators at Spirit Plant Journeys have many years of experience holding ceremonies and overseeing the responsible use of Ayahuasca. If you have medical concerns, including high blood pressure or heart issues, or are on necessary long-term medications, we do not recommend you participate. Spirit Plant Journeys has an exemplary track record and no serious issues, either physically or psychological, have ever arisen. All participants will sign a liability waiver form releasing any responsibility from the retreat organizers and hosts.