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I'm going to Machu Picchu the day after my ceremony, what's the best way to arrive?

Willkamayu Spirit ceremony house is located approximately halfway between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. We recommend our guests to book the train through Perurail to Machu Picchu (Aquas Calientes) from Ollantaytambo. The below mid-day services will allow you to complete our morning of integration, breakfast and offerings. We can arrange a taxi to arrive on time at the train station for around 25 Soles (7.5 USD).

Expedition 91 – Depart: 11:52 – Arrive 13:34 – Price: USD 70.00 S/ 235.90

Expedition 73 – Depart: 12:55 – Arrive: 14:25 – Price: USD 75.00 S/ 252.75

Vistadome 303 – Depart: 13:27 – Arrive: 14:50 – Price: USD 85.00 S/ 286.45

Can I stay additional nights at the Ceremony House?

For stays longer than two ceremonies, we recommend to add a rest day which we can help you to schedule. If you would like to come to us a day or two before your ceremony, or stay afterwards for additional integration then we ask a donation of $27 USD per day per person to cover accommodation (we can also arrange lunch and dinner for an additional donation). This may be dependent on our availability so please ask at the time of the booking.

I am or have been taking anti-depressants, can I participate in a ceremony?

The combination of Ayahuasca/Wachuma with anti-depressant medication is not recommended, there are several reasons for this, but the most important lies with the regulation of the neurotransmitter Serotonin. Where this (and other) neurotransmitters are elevated during the medicinal process of the ceremony, they are interrupting the chemical alterations of the anti-depressants, which, in adverse cases, can lead to dangerously elevated levels with lethal potential.

Given this potential, our strong advice to you is that if you want to seriously consider the Teacher Plants as an alternative treatment, to begin a controlled reduction of the prescribed medication at least 3 months before. This we recommend to do alongside the advice of your doctor, or a natural therapist who you trust and can consult openly during your withdrawal process. It is important to feel clear of the psychological effects of this withdrawal before approaching the Master Plants for their healing and guidance.

There is much preparation through other practices that you can lean towards in order to guide yourself into receptivity and readiness, without drinking the Teacher Plants for now. You may work towards your fundamental intentions for working with the plants, develop your meditation through focused introspection, following any of the broadly available techniques on insight meditation.

What’s the difference between Wachuma and Ayahuasca?

Let’s begin a little with the similarities between both master plants.

Both ceremonies require:-

  • A serious self-commitment
  • Intentional preparation
  • Conscientious and long-term integration
  • Vulnerability, acceptance and a willingness to forgive and let go of the past and/or current structures of belief
  • Respect and gratitude to the capacities revealed during the ceremony
  • Adherence to our medical and dietary guidelines

Ayahuasca and Wachuma are both visionary medicines with a significant history of ancestral use for healing and learning through visions and shifts in emotional perspectives. It is the continuation of the respectful and authentic tradition of ceremony, the meaningful subjective experiences and healing potential for our guests that is our primary area of focus.

Ayahuasca is the preparation of two plants from the Amazon, the Ayahuasca vine and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub, locally known as chacruna or chacrona. Although the chacruna is considered a masculine energy, the Ayahuasca brew is considered a feminine energy, often referred to as Mother Ayahuasca. An Ayahuasca experience in ceremony will generally last between 4-5 hours and will be held in a ceremony circle with an experienced shaman and facilitators for support. The ceremony will begin after sunset and after the initial preparation by candle-light, will be held entirely in darkness. Each Ayahuasca experience can be enormously diverse, ranging from a mild physical or emotional sensations to a full-on disorientated hallucinogenic episode with severe purging. Many participants describe having encounters with a highly intellectual entity who seemingly reminds them of the information that they have forgotten along their life journey. It is this entity who the shamans name Mother Ayahuasca, a loving but sometimes strict persona who takes a direct interest in our personal lives and guides us towards understanding our better potentials and capacity for growth. Participants connect to this spirit intelligence and experience an understanding of both physical and mental blockages or obstacles which may be cured during the ceremony experience. Sometimes this curing may be a death and rebirth experience to leave the old behind and begin again with new motivation and courage.

Wachuma, or the San Pedro Cactus is often described as the masculine teacher plant of the Andes and its use has been traced back to over 3,500 years ago in specific ceremony sites throughout the Peruvian altiplano. The ceremony experience can be between 8-14 hours and we begin our ceremonies between 9 and 10 in the morning so that the majority of the experience can be within the wonderful nature of our garden and surrounding valley landscapes and trails that take you along a cold cleansing glacial river and through interesting semi-arid flora and fauna. Coming back to the house, we provide a wholesome lunch of quinoa and vegetable soup with locally baked bread. The effects of the plant medicine can be both deeply internal self-introspection and expansively immersive within the rich surrounding environment. Participants often describe bliss and inner-peace and an understanding of matters that previously were not available to them; An increase in emotionally intuitive information, feelings and sentiments that pass like waves and leave them nostalgically displaced. Participants also report an ability to hold an inner dialogue with nature, plants, trees, flowers and insects. There are also few cases where deeper and more serious cleansing and curing is taking effect, and it is often explained that Wachuma can provide a space for Mother Ayahuasca to continue her committed work. We recommend that participants begin with an Ayahuasca ceremony, and follow up with a Wachuma ceremony in order to gently connect to nature on a more profound level, leaving them grounded and ready to integrate for their return.

Can you provide a more scientific explanation of the plant medicines?

Describing the more scientific understandings of these plants is simply not our role here and although we respect and study the latest researchprimarily for best practice and reasons of safety and responsibilitywe continue to respect the subjective interpretations of these beautiful ancestral traditions. We would however, like to state that the main psychoactive component in the Ayahuasca brew is DMT, a molecule which occurs in many plants and animals, including humans. Wachuma contains the naturally occurring psychedelic alkaloid Mescaline, often associated with the peyote cactus and the writings of Aldous Huxley in his book The Doors of Perception.

There are many online resources to understand better the compounds in the medicinal plants that we use in our ceremonies, we recommend that you begin with the following resources, which themselves reference many other online resources for your interest.

International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service

The Therapeutic Potentials of Ayahuasca

Can I schedule a private ceremony?

Private ceremonies are available depending on our availability for the required date, the cost is double the single cost of the ceremony. Please state on your initial application if this is a requirement and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Can I attend an Ayahuasca Ceremony without drinking Ayahuasca?

There are often cases where partners or friends are unable to drink the Ayahuasca medicine due to health reasons or simply that the calling has not yet come to them. In these cases, we will review on an individual basis and allow participants to accompany their partner or friend with the approval of the shaman. Please let us know your situation.