Journey to the Heart: 12-Day Amazon Plant Medicine Retreat For Men
Dec
28
to Jan 9

Journey to the Heart: 12-Day Amazon Plant Medicine Retreat For Men

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JOURNEY TO THE HEART
A 12-day Amazon plant medicine retreat for men.

Join your guides Robert Tindall (author of The Jaguar That Roams the Mind) and Brian James (yoga teacher & musician) on a special men’s 12-day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat for men. This retreat will take place at Mayantuyacu, which is situated along a sacred boiling river, deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Mayantuyacu is a centre dedicated to the study of sacred plants and the preservation of indigenous knowledge. It is the home of legendary Asháninka healer Maestro Juan Flores.

The intention of this pilgrimage is to give us men the opportunity to touch the core of our experience together: the wounding, passion, bliss, and fear of it all.

Whether you are looking to reconnect to your passion and purpose, find more meaning in life, heal old wounds, or cultivate deeper intimacy in your relationships, this retreat offers men the unique opportunity to work with sacred healing plants within a strong, safe and respectful container, guided by a master healer and two experienced and mature male facilitators.

Juan Flores is a true curandero with decades of experience working with plants to cure a variety of ailments. Therefore, treatment is available at Mayantuyacu for specific medical and non-medical issues and conditions.

The intention of this pilgrimage is to give us men the opportunity to touch the core of our experience together: the wounding, passion, bliss, and fear of it all.

Whether you are looking to reconnect to your passion and purpose, find more meaning in life, heal old wounds, or cultivate deeper intimacy in your relationships, this retreat offers men the unique opportunity to work with sacred healing plants within a strong, safe and respectful container, guided by a master healer and two experienced and mature male facilitators.

Juan Flores is a true curandero with decades of experience working with plants to cure a variety of ailments, so treatment for specific medical and other conditions at Mayantuyacu is available.


 

Preparation

The first step is to fill out the form below. We will then schedule an interview over Skype or Zoom to assess together whether this journey is a good fit for you. Following your registration, you will receive material to read in preparation for the journey, and we’ll work individually on setting an intention for the work.


 

The Retreat

  • December 27: rendezvous at hostel in Lima, Peru

  • December 28: early morning flight to Pucallpa, overland travel to Mayantuyacu

  • January 9: Return to Pucallpa, journey home

  • On arrival: Individual meeting with the maestro to discuss your health concerns and intention

  • Plant work: Ceremonial purge(s); medicine work every third day; individual plant diet depending on your health condition (not in isolation)

  • Teaching sessions: lectures on Vegetalismo practices with the maestro (1-2 during our stay) and walks in the jungle to identify trees with one of his apprentices

  • Free time: Swims in the pool or waterfall, natural steam baths by the boiling river, walks in the jungle, music circles, hammock time.

  • Integrative practices: Daily yoga, breathwork and meditation practice

  • Support: Pre- and post-ceremony intention & integration circles with Robert and Brian. Individual consultations as needed.

  • Nourishment: Meals consist of fresh ayahuasca-friendly diet (fish, chicken, rice and vegetables)

  • Go with the Flow: There is no daily planning, as activities will depend largely on the energy of the group (this is deep intense work, men!), and there is a rhythm that the center provides as well, in terms of meals and ritual work.

  • Accommodations: housing at the center depends on availability (other groups or individuals there, besides our group). We will be assigned individual or group accommodations by the center itself, though there is usually flexibility to meet personal needs as well.

Cost: $2000 USD

  • Includes all ceremonies, treatments, meals and accommodations at the center

  • Does not include travel expenses or accommodations in Lima

  • A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot, due before Nov. 15, 2018


 

The Center: Mayantuyacu

The center is located at the origin of a geothermal source, in the heart of the primary forest of Pucallpa, on the banks of a tributary of the Pachitea river in the district of Huanuco. Mayantuyacu — spirit of the mountain and the spirit of water — covers 180 ha of biosphere and constitutes a natural heritage site that has been protected by indigenous communities since its inception. The combination of thermal and fossil water source, together with the high biodiversity makes the site an area recognized as a sacred place since its first occupation and has been recovered as a healing center by the family and Ashaninka community of Juan Flores Salazar.

The settlement of residential tambos around a ceremonial maloca reflects the traditional way of life in the jungle, in which the relationship with the elements and natural resources is allowed to grow and maintain a balanced community. It is a dynamic balance, like that of the jungle, where the continuous regeneration and reconstruction guarantees the periodic renovation of the site.

“Mayantuyacu’s location on the Boiling River is no coincidence. According to Maestro Juan, the Boiling River, or the Shanay-timpishka River (as it was ancestrally called) was always a well-known and sacred area to the local shamans. He explains how in the “time of the grandfathers,” only the most powerful shamans would come to the Boiling River to commune with the spirits— most people would not dare come into this area for fear of jaguars and powerful river and jungle spirits. With deforestation encroaching on the area and poachers taking their toll on the wildlife, Maestro Juan explains that the jaguars have been killed, and the spirits who least tolerate humans have left the area to go deeper into the virgin jungles.

Still, he continues, many very powerful jungle and river spirits remain, making the Boiling River area their home. The name “Mayantuyacu” was chosen to honor the spirits, “mayantu” for the spirits of the jungle and “yacu” for the spirits of the water. Mayantuyacu’s work is built around the principal that these spirits are willing to teach us about the medicinal plants and heal people, as well as work with us to defend this jungle. Together, spirits and humans at the Boiling River seek to heal people, build deeper connections between humankind and Nature, conserve and expand upon traditional knowledge, and protect the Boiling River and its surrounding jungle.”
More about the center (in Spanish) http://mayantuyacu.com/mayantuyacu.html


 

The Maestro: Juan Flores Salazar

 Maestro Juan Flores

Maestro Juan Flores

Maestro Juan Flores is an Asháninka sheripiari (healer, shaman), elder, and curandero (traditional Amazonian healer). He comes from from a long line of healers and began his tutelage at an early age under his parents, master ayahuasqueros Fidel Flores Silvano and Hortensia Salazar Corpancho, and began a more intense apprenticeship with shripiari Eusebio Davila at age eleven. He is founder and director of the Center for the Study of Medicinal Plants at Mayantuyacu. Juan is married to Sandra Encalada Guerra, a former nurse and with a decade of experience with Ashaninka communities on the border with Brazil with a daughter, Alexandra, born in 2004.

Maestro Juan specializes in:

  • Sheripiari - preparation and administration of tobacco

  • Ayahuasquero - specialty of cooking and administration of ayahuasca

  • Palero - making medicines with barks

  • Perfumer - making medicines with perfumes and plants

  • Prayerist - communication with plants and their spirits


 

Your Guides: Robert Tindall & Brian James

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Robert Tindall, M.A. is a writer, classical guitarist, long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, and an inveterate traveler, whose work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of three books on shamanism and indigenous culture, Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth, The Jaguar that Roams the Mind and The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience, along with numerous articles on themes such as pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago, visionary experience in the Ancient world, the medieval quest, the Native American prophetic tradition, and the healing practices of the vegetalista shamans of the Amazon rainforest.

Robert, as a professor of literature, has different teaching gigs around the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently lives in Sonora. http://roamingthemind.com

Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician and integrative coach currently living in Montréal, Canada with his wife of eleven years Debbie, and their dog Kingston.

A lifelong musician, artist and curious seeker, Brian began exploring yoga and plant medicines over twenty years ago. After a crisis in his mid-thirties — burned out from his job in advertising and struggling with stress, anxiety and addiction — he began own healing journey in earnest. He’s spent the last decade learning from master teachers and exploring in greater depth the medicine paths of yoga, music, shamanism and psychology. He shares conversations with some of the teachers he’s met on the Medicine Path Podcast.

Since 2012, Brian has dedicated his life to sharing the healing power of yoga and music, and has taught around the world — from Shanghai, China to the heart of the Amazon jungle. He regularly teaches group classes and workshops as well as working 1-to-1 with individuals, helping them develop a personal practice and supporting them in recovering a sense of wholeness and freedom through integrative coaching, bodywork and shamanic journeying.
More about Brian: http://artofyoga.ca


 

Pre-Registration

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