Upcoming San Pedro Ceremonies

Wednesdays – Ceremonies lead by Paul Temple / Suzanne Lewarne

San Pedro (Huachuma)

San Pedro (Huachuma) is a teacher plant (Grandfather medicine) that grows in the andes of South America. It give us the opportunity of stopping the stream of thoughts and reconnect us to the presence that emerge of the stillness of nature. Just by dwelling in that state of being we are able to connect to our true divine self within and feel the interconnection to all that is, in a level that you will never forget.

It is a magic plant with consciousness expanding abilities that take us to the mystery through the silence where all understanding is born. Grand father medicine that help us to heal, grow and awaken to higher states of consciousness and realizing that we are all One.

History

Chavin1The Huachuma or San Pedro (Trichocereus pachanoi, T. peruvianus and other species), the sacred holistic cactus and visionary teacher plant of the South Americas, is especially associated with the shamans and healers (curanderos) of the Peruvian Andes.

It has been used since ancient times, and in Peru the tradition has been unbroken for over 3,000 years. At the Jaguar temple of “Chavín de Huantar,” in the northern highlands of Peru there is a a carving showing a mythological being holding a San Pedro which is almost 3,500 years old.

The principal entheogenic alkaloid in the San Pedro cactus is mescaline, concentrated in the green outer skin of the cactus among other thirty akaloids that have been isolated. Today it is best known in Perú by it’s post-colonial name San Pedro, a reference to the Christian saint who holds the keys to the Gates of Heaven.

San Pedro Ceremony

We recommend a safe San Pedro Ceremony (huachuma experience) for individuals or groups lead by facilitators in the community who have extended experience in the use of this teacher plant.

A typical daytime ceremony with this heart-opening medicine lasts 12-14 hours and is likely a potent transformational experience, involving intuitive insight; an opening to the Divine Spirit underlying all levels of manifestation, and the center of well being and wisdom of our Self.

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Paul Temple & Suzanne Lewarne

Paul & SuzannePaul & Suzanne host San Pedro ceremony in the safe and nurturing atmosphere of their home and beautiful gardens; set in the tranquility of the campo, with magnificent views of the Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains.

Paul spent more than a decade living in India studying Yoga and meditation, he is a lifelong gardener and has spent the past 15 years studying San Pedro and the shamanic plant-medicine tradition.

Suzanne has more than 25 years experience in a variety of healing traditions, counselling and teaching; her gift of insight and wisdom has assisted many people to reconnect with themselves, their life-purpose and dreams.

Contact Info:

info@hummingbirdretreatperu.com
Paul (+51) 941-564334
Suzanne (+51) 965-336656

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Ceremony Cost

S/. 300 soles (aprox. USD 90) per person.

The payment will be collected before the ceremony.

Please read carefully ALL the information on this page before contacting us.

Paul & Suzanne host regular San Pedro ceremony, usually on Wednesday of each week – please see our website calendar for the current schedule. San Pedro Ceremony are held in our beautiful home and garden; amongst the terraces of vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and the sacred Huachuma plants. The garden has been created with areas where people can gather together, or have time alone, and enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains, the hummingbirds, and one’s own inner energetic space. We try to limit the group size to no more than twelve persons.

If you want to register, please Sign in (tab above) in order to make the reservation, and upon confirmation, we will give you further instructions.

For those who wish to participate, the day before the ceremony we usually gather at 9am to make the medicine for the following day. This is also an opportunity to offer one’s prayers and intentions into the medicine, meet some of the other participants, familiarize oneself with the facilities, and ask any questions.

On the day of the ceremony we gather at about 8:30 am and share tea before beginning the ceremony at 9:30 am.  The ceremony lasts between ten to fourteen hours. In the early evening we provide a home-cooked vegetarian meal and yummy dessert. There is the opportunity to sit around the fire and share a gentle closing space together.

There is the option of heading back to town for the night after the ceremony, or sleeping on foam-mattresses in front of the wood-stove on the ceremony-room floor at Hummingbird Retreat. A limited number of private bedrooms are available at extra cost (see below).

The morning following the San Pedro ceremony, after some world-class Peruvian coffee or organic herbal teas from the garden, Paul and Suzanne are available to support participants in their integration process.

  • Choose a date only from the schedule above.
  • If this is your first San Pedro ceremony with us, please write a brief explanation of your motivation to participate in the ceremony. Also, please indicate if you have previous experience with San Pedro.

Before participating in your San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony:

  • We recommend a light vegetarian dinner the night before, reducing excessive amounts of sugar, salt and ají “chilies” in preparation to receive the Huachuma into your system.
  • No Alcohol consumption 48 hours prior to the ceremony.
  • Avoid eating meat and heavy food 24 hours prior to the ceremony.
Making Medicine: There may be medicine making the day before the ceremony.  Please confirm with us.  If so, it generally starts at 8:00 am and lasts for a couple of hours.

Ceremony Day: Please arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 am catch your breath, meet the other participants and sip some tea before we begin the ceremony around 9:30 am.

If you are intending to come and participate in ceremony, please let us know by 9am the day before, so that we can make the appropriate amount of medicine and food.

What to bring: Water, snacks, layered clothing (it can get very warm and very cold), something to sit on, sun protection; hat, glasses, sun block; flashlight, and maybe your sacred talisman or crystal. Mostly, bring an open-heart and a willingness to ‘show up’ and embrace the medicine.

What to take away: We have composting facilities but would appreciate you taking away your rubbish and plastic bottles.

Accommodations:
Please bring your passport and immigration paper if staying overnight as we are registered as a ‘hospedaje’ here in Peru – we can take a copy here. Thank you.
We have private bedrooms available, a self-contained cabin, and there is the option of sleeping on foam-mattresses in the ceremony room after the ceremony. Pisaq is a 15-minute walk down an ancient Inca pathway.
‘Camp’ on the ceremony-room floor for the night of the ceremony for free.
S/.100  single occupancy, for private bedroom in main house.
S/.75    per person double occupancy in main house.
S/.150   per person single occupancy in the cabin.
S/.100   per person double occupancy in the cabin.
*Cabin is a min 2-night rental includes generous breakfast basket.

Directions to Hummingbird Retreat – Pisaq
(1.2 Km – about 15 minutes walk)
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From the top left (NW) corner of the main plaza in Pisaq, follow Ave. Cuzco for two blocks to the edge of the pueblo, overlooking the maize fields.
Turn right and within 50 meters is the Capilla, a small white chapel (this is as far as a taxi can go). Follow the path (Pata Calle) that goes past the chapel and contours around the terraced fields of ‘Pata Pata’.
The path ends at a large farm (Juqui Huerto); about 100m before the end of the path, up on the right side, is the house and gardens.
Usually you can get a three-wheeled moto-taxi to take you along Pata Calle.
Try asking for ‘Chihuanco’. They can bring you to the door, but sometimes drop you at the corner of the sharp left/right turn in the path – continue walking for a couple of minutes, until you see the house.
Moto-taxi recommendation: Toribio 959 659 836

Fakir

Eran2Fakir has been offering his service to the medicine circle, both as flautist/musician and facilitator of sacred plants, for the past 8 years. He and his wife Yael have been living in the Sacred Valley for the past 3 years offering healing works with both Huachuma and Kambô and other medicinal plants.

Contact Info:

fakir@protonmail.ch
(+51) 999-303780

Ceremony Cost

S/. 250 soles (aprox. USD 80) per person.

The payment will be collected before the ceremony.

Please read carefully ALL the information on this page before contacting us.
We usually hold two San Pedro Ceremony (Huachuma) per month in the magical surrounding nature and sacred Apu’s of Pisac or at our home just under Apu Ling Li, depending on the weather and other conditions.

We post the exact dates of all confirmed Huachuma ceremonies two weeks in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience, but no reservations done before the postings are up, will be held. So once you choose a date from the schedule, please Sign in (tab above) in order to make the reservation, and upon confirmation, we will give you further instructions.

It is very important for us to know if you are taking any kind of medication, and/or if you are having any serious health issues, so please let us know when you sign in.

We usually have between 10 to 20 people (max. 25 people) in each Huachuma ceremony, coming from all four corners of the earth.

The ceremonies are lead by myself and usually another assistant or two all having years of experience taking Huachuma and other sacred medicine plants and are well versed in dealing with different situations that may arise within ceremony. Logistically, one person leads the ceremony, while other experienced assistants support the participants, in order to provide a safe environment for you to go through the experience with peace of mind. We know it is important for you to feel safe, especially if this is the first time you are taking Huachuma and so we do our best to provide such a space.

We ask you to arrive at the designated area at the designated time and in a timely fashion, as this medicine is long lasting and it is important we start on time. We will the exact time and location information after your signing in.

After getting to know the other people journeying, the guidelines for the ceremony will be given, and the ceremony will start. The ceremony will start early in the morning around 8am. and will end somewhere between 6 to 7pm.

We provide some light snacks throughout the day such as fruits and nuts. However we ask each person to bring plenty of water, a blanket or something to sit on, appropriate clothing for being outdoors for the day.(It’s good to have layers as the temperature can rise and fall very quickly here).

  • Choose a date only from the schedule above.
  • If this is your first San Pedro ceremony with us, please write a brief explanation of your motivation to participate in the ceremony. Also, please indicate if you have previous experience with San Pedro.

Before participating in your San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony:

  • We recommend a light vegetarian dinner the night before, reducing excessive amounts of sugar, salt and ají “chilies” in preparation to receive the Huachuma into your system.
  • No Alcohol consumption 48 hours prior to the ceremony.
  • Avoid eating meat and heavy food 24 hours prior to the ceremony.
  • In the morning of the ceremony you can have an herbal tea and small piece of fruit. Super light!!! Come with layered clothing and your water and anything else you need to be comfortable outdoors for the day, but keep in mind for some of the ceremonies we will walk anywhere from 15 minutes and up to 30 minutes when we work out in the nature.
  • In case of rain or other conditions, we will hold ceremonies in our home just on the outskirts of Pisac.

06Join me in an overnight journey to the sacred Apu Ausangate. With an elevation of 6,384 metros Ausangate is the 5th highest of the Apus in Peru and is also one of the most important Apus to the Quechua people. The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. At the base of the mountain is a small village, Pacchanta featuring natural hot springs and incredible views of Ausangate. Apu Ausangate is located about 2 1/2 hours from Pisac.

We will leave at 6 am. Upon arrival we will arrange our rooms and begin the ceremony in the village. At around 10 am we will mount gentle mountain horses that will take us up the mountain to the base of Apu Ausgante. There we will spend the afternoon exploring the numerous lakes and rivers, and walk through this magical land. In the afternoon we will ride back down to the village where our gracious hosts will share with us there local food and heart filled hospitality As the moon rises, it is the perfect time to head to the hot springs for a soak with a spectacular view of the mountain. In the morning of June 2nd, we will have time for another soak in the springs, breakfast and then we will head back to Pisac, arriving around 1pm.

Simagespaces are limited for this trip and must be reserved in advance. Also, we will b
e in high altitude, between 4,400 meters at the village and 4,800 meters at the base. If you have trouble in high altitude or if you have any serious medical conditions that may be a concern, please email me before signing up and we can discuss if this trip is right for you.

What to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Warm layered clothing ( the temperature varies from very hot during the day to very cold at night)
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit or something to soak in the springs with ( nudity is not allowed in this hot spring)
  • Comfortable walking boots or shoes
  • hat for sun and or cold
  • Sun screen
  • Small back pack for going up the mountain
  • Sleeping bag if you have ( we will be provided with beds and blankets, but it can get very cold at night)
  • Spending money ( the locals make beautiful Alpaca hand crafts and sell them there)

What’s Included:

  • Transportation to and from Pisac
  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Tea all the time we are in the village
  • Dormitory style rooms with comfortable beds
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs
  • Huachuma (San Pedro) Ceremony
  • Horses for the day of the ceremony
  • Local guides
  • Snacks on the day of the ceremony

If you have any special needs such as vegetarian food or anything else please contact me by email.

I look forward to sharing the magic and power of Apu Ausangate. It is truly one of the most special places in this part of the world.

Price: USD $200