Medicinal Ceremonies


Ceremony is a space of connection with the sacred,  leaving aside daily life, and entering a space in which it is important for a special attitude to be maintained. These are ritual ceremonies which take place at night in our “maloka” with the guidance of a medicine person (in some places they call this person a shaman). Sacred plants are used in order to permit the participant to reach other levels of consciousness, with the goal of connecting deeply with the divine force that flows within and outside of the body, in order to learn, heal, and pray for the opening of the mind and heart to the sacred mystery of life and the creator. During thousands of years and in diverse cultures, sacred plants have helped humans come in contact with the celestial realms, diagnose illness, as well as heal themselves and others, evaluate and resolves problems, and gain physical strength. (For more information on these plants please contact us directly).

Medicinal Ceremony From the North

 This is an all night ceremony where the scared plant of the northern Mexican/southern US desert region is welcomed and guests are guided through their healing journey.

Medicinal Ceremony From the South

This is an all night ceremony where the sacred plant from the amazon is welcomed and guests are guided through their healing journey.


A traditional medicine that is used by several tribes of the Amazonian jungle. Kambo is extracted from the secretions of the Giant Green Tree Frog. Consisting of many peptides that are beneficial for the human body, Kambo is a strong antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial substance and a powerful way to naturally boost the immune system. Application of Kambo stimulates deep purging which detoxifies internal organs and provides a full body cleanse. Spiritually, Kambo may be experienced as a light that opens the doorway to our higher self, helping us to release what no longer serves us. Kambo clears our energy field and realigns our chakras, enabling us to break negative habits and live more in alignment with our highest self.  Short term effects of Kambo can include, but are not limited to, enhanced mood, alertness, clarity, increased ability to focus and increased energy levels. Long term effects of Kambo can help a variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to, depression, organ disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory problems and Alzheimer’s.


Traditionally Cacao is used as a heart opening medicine. A hot drink of ceremonial-grade organic cacao fresh from our garden is shared in a ritual setting. In addition to being a heart opening medicine, Cacao is also packed with vitamins and minerals and has many health benefits: It increases blood flow to the brain which helps to strengthen awareness and focus, It helps the body to heal, detoxify and gives the immune system a good boost. All participants are required to share from the heart throughout the ceremony. 

Cacao Ceremony


The medicine called Ayahuasca or Yaje originates from the amazon and is traditionally used by several tribes throughout south America. Ayahuasca is considered a master and visionary plant medicine which enables its drinkers to connect deeply with a divine wisdom and to profoundly heal all sorts of problems or illnesses.


Ayahuasca is a medicinal tea brewed from the thick woody stems of the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine and the big bushy leaves of the Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) plant, a member of the coffee family, or in Colombia with the leaves of the Chacropanga vine instead of the Chacruna, which is mainly used in Peru and Brazil. With great reverence, intention and prayer, the plants are prepared and cooked for 8-10 days.


There is a natural detoxification process or purge that begins when working with ayahuasca medicine. It is known for its properties of physical cleansing of the digestive system and whole body, removing stored mucus, killing parasites, and other impurities that rob energy from the body. Part of the way ayahuasca medicine works is by literally purging out of us anything that is imbalanced and not in harmony with who we really are. This purge can come in the form of sweating, crying, laughing, diarrhea and vomiting. This is considered a benefit of the plant as it uses your body's natural responses for cleansing itself.

Though the Ayahuasca experience is often described as “strong” or intense and powerful, each person's experience with the medicine is highly individual and is a direct communication with the deepest parts of who they are. The heightened sensitivity created by the plant unlocks a state of consciousness where the person is fully awake, yet aware of their inner subconscious mind. Shamans refer to this state as ‘dreaming while you are awake’. In some occasions people describe their experience as being very light or barely noticeable, but no part of the journey is ever lost, it is more like seeds that are planted and continue to grow in your life over time. The effects of the ayahuasca medicine continue months afterwards as this new vibratory state grounds and integrates in your life.

Due to the delicate and sometimes strong effects of the Ayahuasca medicine, it is not recommended for people who have recently (within the 2 weeks previous to the ceremony) been taking certain pharmaceutical medicines (especially of the psychoactive variety) or synthetic drugs, and is not served to women who are pregnant. It is recommended that for a few days prior to taking the medicine a diet be observed of light nourishing foods and no alcohol. Fasting from food on the day and night of the ceremony is also recommended, at least for 5 or 6 hours prior to its commencement.



Peyote is a small cactus which mainly grows in the northern Mexican desert and in certain areas of the southern United States.

Peyote has many uses in traditional medicine, it is used to treat influenza, arthritis, diabetes, intestinal disorders, snake and scorpion bites and Datura poisoning. The Tarahumaras consume small quantities of peyote to combat tiredness, hunger, and thirst, while they go hunting some times for days without rest food or water.


The Mexican natives, as well as some northern native tribes, use peyote during their religious or spiritual ceremonies and consider it a messenger of God which helps people to communicate directly with God without the need of a priest or intermediary.


The Peyote, usually does some “light” work on the body but is mainly experienced as a medicine for opening the heart. It can sometimes produce visions or a trancelike state and can at times cause nausea or vomiting


Psilocybin Cubensis 

Psilocybe cubensis is a species of psychedelic mushrooms belonging to the fungus family whose principal active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin. It is one of the most well known psilocybin mushroom due to its wide distribution and ease of cultivation. Psilocybe cubensis grows naturally in tropical and subtropical conditions.


Psychedelic mushrooms have been used for more than 10,000 years in various spiritual and medical rituals for their ability to alter consciousness and trigger mystical experiences. Psychedelic mushrooms have many benefits that can include reduced of depression, increased creativity, increased openness and other beneficial shifts in personality and health status. 



While rapé is often made of several Amazonian plants, the core of most rapé snuffs is the tobacco. In addition to tobacco, rapé usually includes the ashes of other Amazonian plants such as cinnamon, tonka bean, clover, banana peel, or mint, but many tribes keep the exact ingredients of their particular rapé a secret.


The tobacco and other ingredients are ground into a fine powder, which is then blown or snorted high into each of the nostril cavities through a ceremonial pipe made of bone or bamboo. 


Benefits of Rapé:

  • Helps focus and sharpen the mind.

  • Clears a person or space of distracting, negative energies in preparation for intention.

  • Detoxes both body and mind and clears your energetic field. Because of this, rapé is often used in conjunction with ayahuasca ceremonies.

  • Clears sinuses of mucus and bacteria, thereby helping to combat colds and respiratory ailments.

  • Provides a calming, grounding effect on the emotions that lasts much longer that the initial sensation.

  • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments for addiction and mental illness.


Sananga is commonly made from the roots and bark of Tabernaemontana undulata, a shrub which is found in Brazil and other South American countries. The bark and root is ground into a very fine powder and then extracted into a juice.


Sananga is mostly utilized by the tribes found in the Amazon. Some tribes in the Amazon region use Sananga to sharpen their night vision while hunting, however, sananga does more than that. This sacred and powerful medicine is used to treat and prevent ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, farsightedness, nearsightedness and even blindness.

This powerful eye drop has a healing power that is more spiritual than physical, and has the capacity to increase insight in the minds of those who use it. Sananga is commonly used in preparation for ayahuasca ceremonies due to its capacity to increase visual perception, enhance colors and remove unwanted energy.

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