Jungle Retreats

Our jungle trips take you right to the essence during these 11 day retreats which we run throughout the year. On most nights there will be ceremonies and during the day we will be hiking or visiting the local swimming holes and lagoons. On one of the days we will be making our own medicine, it is a day of creating music and magic with the locals and putting our own essence into the medicine. This jungle trip is a truly authentic and safe experience coupled with the benefit of Ayayni style integration.

Old Mocoa is our destination, this village lying on the eastern flanks of the Andes in the Sibundoy Valley in the region of Putumayo. Putumayo literally means gushing river in the Quechua language and, as its name suggests, the Putumayo River is one of the main tributaries of the Amazon. Putumayo has an indescribable energy with its deep, dark nights and the relentless sound of the many nocturnal insects, frogs and birds. Here, the essence of exchange between ourselves and mother nature is alive, it vibrates from the soil, and invites you to become a part of the massive expansion that is taking place on this planet, right now.

Here, the medicine men and women are referred to as Taitas and Maimas (father and mother) and we will be drinking the medicine with the Taitas and Maimas of different ethnic backgrounds including the Inga, Kamsa & Cofán tribes. During the ceremonies the maloka becomes our anchor, a safe haven in a world of immense energy. The hypnotic sounds the Shamans produce is an essential ingredient and is unique to this part of the Amazon, and many laborious hours are spent engrossed in this important and symbolic ritual. Maracas, harmonica, flute and cascabels are used to varying degrees by the Taitas and their apprentices. These sounds vibrate beneath the skin quite intensely during these long nights around the fire, as the senses are heightened when drinking yagé.

The waira (translated as wind plant) is made from leaves of local bushes to represent the union of the winds. Specifically, it is used for cleansing and blessing the yagé, but is also used throughout the whole ceremony as a percussive instrument, keeping a steady rhythm. Throughout the night you may hear the hushed indigenous sounds of the Shaman talking with his apprentice. Their seeming babble and chuckles is melodic and not a result of boredom, but rather an integral part of the accompaniment offered. Later on, once the ceremony has settled and the majority of the purging has subsided, the Taita may decide to impart some of his spiritual wisdom whilst talking in sing-song tones and sharing jokes.

Again, this is not random but rather a way of bringing the participant back to the calmness of reality and the sense of warmth and healing around the fire. Both in these wee hours, as well as when the ceremony is at its most intense, their presence is appreciated.

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