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Shamanism 2018-03-05T13:50:41+00:00

The Healing Way of Huichol Shamanism

The Huichol Tribe

The Huichol (Wixaritari) are a small indigenous tribe of approximately 35,000, living in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. They are considered one of the last cultures in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions unto the modern day.

Origins of the Deer Dance Ceremony

According to Huichol cosmology, the origins of this ceremony date back to the birth of the Sun. The dance is a reenactment of creation itself and honors our sacred relationship to the light. Kauyumari (The Magical Deer Spirit) is representative of our super-conscious mind and acts as an intermediary between our hearts and the spiritual world of nature.

Click here to read more about Brant’s incredible story of initiation into shamanism.

To read Joel Hersch’s heart warming and inspiring article on how the healing power of shamanism can be integrated into our modern daily lives, click here.

Glance at our ‘visiting facilitators‘ page or visit www.shamanism.com to learn more about the amazing life of Brant Secunda.

If you have any questions please get in touch and email us through our contact section.

This 8 day spiritual retreat with Brant Secunda includes:

  • Learn shamanic practices to connect with the 4 directions

  • Empower your dream state through daily morning ritual

  • Sing ancient chants to open the heart

  • Practice the art of pilgrimage to connect with Places of Power

  • Dance your prayers into the altar of Mother Earth

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Interior Evolution – a therapeutic use of Ayahuasca 

 Peruvian shaman Wilder Sánchez Muñoz, a direct descendant of the legendary Shipibo family lineage shares this ancient and powerful medicine for 7 days for those who are in search of truth, healing, love and happiness. 

By working with Ayahuasca, this benevolent jungle medicine can help to show you these qualities in your own Self.

The Medicine

The Ayahuasca medicine is a mixture of two Amazonian plants (Ayahuasca and Chacruna) and has been used by the indigenous people of the Amazon for thousands of years in order to expand their consciousness, heal their past hurts and understand the mysteries of life.

In recent years, its psychotherapeutic use has expanded throughout Europe and Latin America. Thousands have testified to its healing power alongside numerous scientific studies that have confirmed this to be so. It is an extraordinary tool of psychotherapy that helps us to tackle deep issues and traumas within ourselves.

By clearing these, our natural joy is revealed. 

Schedule & Format

  • During the days of ceremonies only breakfast and lunch will be served.

  • Each ceremony will begin at 8pm, and lasts up to 8 hours.

  • Each person will have their own insulating mat and warm blankets. We also recommend bringing your own sleeping bag and additional warm clothing.

  • The following day will be reserved for you to take some time to yourself to rest, reflect on your experience and share at a group sharing circle if you wish. Counselling is also available if you wish. 

Participation

Many people can participate with Ayahuasca treatment but there are a few very important restrictions to know.

People who cannot participate for medical reasons are:

  • Pregnant women 

  • Those with cardiovascular problems, cardiac, severe hypertension, recent bone fractures and surgeries

  • Those who have mental disorders, certain psychiatric diagnoses or epilepsy

  • Those with acute infectious diseases, and/or currently use pharmaceutical medical treatment (natural or synthetic).

Medical treatments in conflict include:

  •  Antidepressants such as SSRIs, MAOS; weight loss pills, antihypertensives, asthma and flu medications, anti-fungal, nervous system depressants. If you have a cold or flu, do not take any influenza

  • Medication that acts on the central nervous system

These medications should be suspended at least 15 days prior to ingestion. 

Medication allowed: 

• For diabetes, arterial hypertension (which does not act directly in the central nervous system) and thyroid regulators. In case of psychiatric medication or acting in the central nervous system it is absolutely necessary to consult your doctor. 

Preparatory Diet 

Contact with the medicine depends, to a large extent, of preparing the body with a responsible and conscious diet. 

The ritual framework of the ceremony begins in the days leading up to the ceremony, where the body, mind and heart are prepared, adjusting to a vegetarian diet. It is advisable to work with the humble intention of learning and with great respect for the sacred space. 

 It is necessary to observe, at least one week before:

  • A rigorous vegetarian diet

  • To abstain from any meat (pork, beef, chicken or seafood). White fish okay if you really need it

  • To abstain from drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs

  • To abstain from sex or release through orgasm

 Other foods to avoid at least 3 days before:

  •  Caffeinated products, strong and aged cheeses, processed foods and junk food

 Recommended Foods: 

  • Fruits, Vegetables and Legumes, Natural Salad Dressing, Salts and Vitamins

  • Rice, Pasta, Cereals and Grains 

  • Basic dairies such a Milk and Cheese, Yogurt and Lactose products

Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of Ayahuasca:

  • Cleansing of bodily toxins

  • Increase in self awareness

  • Helps to override negative patterns of thought, addiction

  • Expands our understanding of life events

  • Promotes the healing of painful memories

  • Access to deeper levels of contentment, peace and natural joy 

  • Guides us to the self knowing of our Soul.

“A warrior must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvellous world, in this marvellous time. “

~ Don Juan