Upcoming San Pedro Ceremonies

Wednesdays – Ceremonies lead by Paul Temple / Suzanne Learn
Wed, Sep 14 – San Pedro Ceremony lead by Tika Qantu

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

Tika Kantu (Leticia)

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Leticia has been working with the medicine for the last 7 years. She has been supporting and holding ceremonies in the Sacred Valley for the last 4 years., having the trust and the support from the family around in her work with the medicines and music. Her strong motherly energy will ensure that you are in a supportive and inspirational space for your work.

Contact Info:

leticiatikaqantu@gmail.com
(+51)  940 537556

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 host San Pedro (huachuma) hiking ceremonies, exploring nature and walking in the Pisac mountains, making music and roaming free in the beautiful landscapes.

The ceremony starts at our home in a beautiful Teepee, that serves as our home base where the ceremony is opened, the medicine served and quiet meditation begins our day. Once the medicine has settled we begin our hike. Usually the hike involves scrambling up the creek and soaking in the local ruins. The hike is enjoyed in a ceremonial atmosphere, no chit chatting, good music, group meditations, etc. We share small amounts of fruit throughout the hike together.

After a beautiful day of San Pedro poetry in the mountains we will be back to the Teepee where we will share a vegetarian hot meal, fire and more music.

The ceremony starts at 9 am. Our house is the first house past Royal Inca Inn on the road to the Pisac ruins. Look for a big house with dreamcatchers and a beautiful garden out front. Teepee is in the backyard.

We encourage you to bring warm and light clothes (layers), water bottle, hat, sunscreen and hiking shoes.

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.

  • 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.