Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Peru that will help you awaken, learn, heal and transform with Kambô and other Sacred Medicines including Ayahuasca, deep in the Amazon jungle. You will be one of few people to receive the sacred medicines from the Matsés and experience their rich culture and traditions firsthand.
Of equal importance, your participation will aid our fundraising and educational efforts to help insure the survival of the traditions of the Matsés people. During this special retreat, we put the needs of the tribe before our own at all times. The bond, trust and shared goals that we have developed with the Matsés people assures that what you receive will be given back to the matses community. Our support will help them preserve their sacred medicines and traditions for future generations.
Our primary goals for this retreat are twofold:
We are passionate about doing everything we can to help and reinforce the autonomy and self management capacity of the native and rural communities of the Amazon. We are also committed to bringing the ancient knowledge and wisdom of the Matsés to conscious people who want to learn about Amazonian sacred medicines and utilize that knowledge to connect with themselves, nature, and the magic that is provided by the Peruvian Rainforest, while also helping others with these ancient techniques.
Our retreat promotes responsible and controlled tourism that encourages reflection on social and environmental issues affecting the Matses people, whom we will be living with and learning from. Far from the traditional concept of tourism, this kind of responsible travel assures that funds generated by our retreats will help finance development projects in these communities in accordance with the wishes of the Matsés people to welcome this type of responsible and controlled tourism.
Proceeds from these Sacred Medicine Journeys allow us to support development projects with the following objectives:
Reinforce the capacities for organization and autonomy of the Matsés people, as well as supporting their official representatives.
Building traditional ceremonial centers known as “malocas” to preserve and highlight their identity.
Helping the Matsés to transmit their ancient traditions and knowledge to the young generations, thus preventing their extinction. This includes the knowledge and use of medicinal plants and forest resources, as well as promoting their handicrafts, arts, and cosmovision.
Helping to preserve the Matsés culture and the biodiversity of their environment by practicing ecotourism.
Who is this retreat for?
Our Amazonian Activation Retreat is an amazing opportunity for those who wish to:
• Experience healing Amazonian medicines and traditions
• Immerse themselves in the depth of the Amazon jungle and reconnect with themselves, nature, and the magic found there
• Improve their health and vitality, and overcome illness
• Find deep healing and allow their being to be cleansed and purified by the sacred jungle medicines
• Experience the heart-opening green light of Kambô
• Move trapped energy, and gain empowerment and inspiration
• Create positive changes in their life
• Learn more about the traditional way of living of the Matsé tribe, their culture, beautiful crafts, and sacred medicines
For people who have already experienced the sacred medicine of Kambô and would like to deepen their relationship with the frog on a whole new level, meeting Kambô in his natural habitat is an experience you’ll never forget. If you haven’t experienced Kambô yet, this adventure of a lifetime is an incredible opportunity to make your first experience with the medicine in its most authentic form.
This program is for adventures, and definitely not for everyone. We will be sleeping in hammocks in villagers’ traditional houses. We do not offer eco-lodges. We’ll be spending our time deep in the jungle without electricity, reception, WiFi or any other modern western conveniences. However, if you’re looking for an adventure that will get you out of your comfort zone, make you grow, and open your heart in a way you haven’t experienced before - than this is definitely for you!
About the Matsés tribe:
The word Matsés comes from the word for "people" in the Matsés language. Due to deforestation and pollution by modern industrial practices in the Amazon rainforest, the Matsés are at risk of becoming another lost ancient culture, as their survival is dependent upon hunting and gathering for their subsistence.
Matsés possess a deep knowledge of the healing properties of the plant and animal life of the Amazon rainforest, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. Every plant is associated with an animal spirit, and when used as medicine, the Shaman talks to the animal spirit associated with that plant.
Over the centuries, the Matsés have passed on through oral tradition their accumulated wealth of knowledge and techniques of treatment that are a product of their deep spiritual and physical ties to the natural world.
Today, millions of people travel to Peru every year to experience its beauty, traditions and sacred medicines, but very few people are able to connect directly with the Matse tribe. Living deep within the Amazon jungle, their ancient traditions are still intact and relatively unspoiled by outside influences.
It is crucial that the Matsés culture and traditions survive, as their knowledge of the curative powers of nature is truly unique. We are committed to respecting, protecting and treating this important culture and its land with genuine reverence, care and love.
About the Amazon Basin:
The Peruvian Amazon has long remained a mystery to most of the Western world. For thousands of years, its secrets and special magic remained the knowledge only of its earliest inhabitants, the indigenous tribes of the basin. While this has changed somewhat in recent years for many of the original peoples, the Matsés remain true to their origins.
Approximately 30% of the world’s animal species live in the Peruvian Amazon. There are over 1000 different types of amphibians, including the Kambô Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog.
Kambô, Sapo or Acate are just a few of the names for a traditional natural remedy that is used by various indigenous tribes of the Amazon. It consists of the skin secretions of the South American nocturnal tree frog.
Because of its potent effect on the whole human organism, the Kambô-frog treatment has been used for centuries in the Amazon region. The local tribesmen traditionally use it for:
• Healing and cleansing of the body
• Physical strength and stamina
• Spiritual and mental clarity
• Increased luck and zest for life
Kambô detoxes the body, strengthens the immune system and activates self-healing within the body. It is a natural antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal and thereby kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is anti-inflammatory, cleans the blood and can improve general well-being.
Matsés tribesmen of the Amazon use this medicine to clear themselves from “panema“ (bad luck/negative energy). After a Kambô treatment, most people feel a strong optimism and clearness of mind. They may feel recharged in strength and stamina, and capable of achieving their goals. It is said that everything flows a bit better in life after taking Kambô, because externally we always attract the thing that is going on internally.
While Kambô is known to have many curative benefits, every human being is unique. The outcome of the treatments can vary in their effects, as well as in the amount of time it may take to feel those effects. Everybody is different, so each session can be a bit different because Kambô works on many levels and is unique in its manifestation.
About Ayahuasca :
Ayahuasca is an ancient sacred plant medicine used for healing and divination in shamanistic traditions, offering the potential to help people rediscover their essence and provide a transformational experience for both body and mind.
Ayahuasca is one of the world’s oldest known healing methods, dating back more than five thousand years. The effects of the Ayahuasca drink can be very physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually intense, and often lead to an energetic cleansing. Ayahuasca also helps many people work through and resolve traumatic experiences while helping them find their own place in the world. When taken under the right circumstances, Ayahuasca is considered safe.
You will be given a questionnaire on your health issues at the time of booking.
What will we experience on this retreat?
We will learn about the various aspects of the Matsés culture, their traditions and medicines, as well as the flora and fauna of the incredible rainforest surrounding us.
The camp is run by young Matsés people, whose mission and vision it is to keep their ancient traditions alive, while teaching the new generations to connect with their ancestral wisdom.
The retreat will open and close with Herbal Baths using medicinal plants that promote spiritual strength, cleansing and restoring energy within the mind, body and spirit.
On the first day in Iquitos, we will take a one-hour boat ride on the Amazon river to the Shipibo healing center in the Santa Clara Community, where we will spend the night in their sacred sanctuary. We will experience Ayahuasca under the guidance of Shipibo Medicine Women/Maestra Celia Hueyta. Shipibo Maestros are known for their great wisdom, respect and love for nature, and for being in service of the Medicine Plants. They have been passing this ancient healing knowledge and wisdom of Ayahuasca and other Master Plants from generation to generation. They work with you in the most loving way to help you heal, shift your perspective, and transform you and your pain to reconnect with your True Self in a loving and respectful way. In each ceremony, Maestra Celia will sing to you your personal Icaro songs, which possess the necessary healing frequencies from Mother Ayahuasca and the other Medicine Plants. By receiving the transformational magic of the Master Plant Ayahuasca and connecting with Maestra Celia’s intelligence, you will be guided to awareness so that deep healing work on all levels is possible for you. Master Plant diets are available after the retreat by Maestra Celia.
The journey into the Amazon rainforest begins with a 45 minute water plane flight to the marine base in Angamos. Then, we’ll take a 6 hour canoe ride from the marine base to the village, where we will share spaces with Matsés families and sleep in hammocks. We will need to bring our own mosquito nets and rubber boots, which can be purchased in Iquitos for around $8 USD.
From there, we will be taking various expeditions to the surrounding villages and communities to meet with the elders, listen to their stories and teachings, and to spend time with the Matsés people. This is where we will begin to experience their traditions and culture firsthand.
We will have the opportunity to join the Matsés in their traditional fishing and hunting expeditions (optional.) The elders will teach us how to make bows and arrows, and how to survive in the jungle, including how to use Huito body painting that protects the body and lasts about 2-4 weeks.
Matsé women will show us how they make their crafts, bags and bracelets.
We will go on several Jungle walks to learn about specific medicinal plants and how to integrate them with your healing work, specifically Kambô. Many of these plants will be used orally, topically, or burned as incense. The Matsés are the most gifted healers in the jungle when it comes to their wisdom and deep knowledge of medicinal plants. They are a very practical tribe with many secret medicines not found anywhere else.
We will meet the Kambô frogs in their natural habitat during night walks, find them and collect their medicine. The Matsés will show us how they have been using the medicine for centuries, share their legends and wisdom with us. Once we have milked the frogs and collected their medicine, we’ll be experiencing the very powerful fresh and heart opening medicine and ceremony the next morning.
In addition to learning about the use of Kambô, we will also learn about Nënë, a traditional tobacco snuff used by the Matsés for centuries. We will learn to make our own snuff, and how to administer it to ourselves. We will also will receive the medicine served by the Matsés.
We will learn how to collect and make Sananga, as well as how to use it properly as eye drops, drinking for purgative and cleansing, and for healing wounds.
• Plane tickets from Iquitos to Angamos village and back
-Land and river transportation is included .
• One Ayahuasca ceremony with a Shipibo Maestra in Iquitos on the first day.
• Kambô, Sapo - collection and ceremonies
• “Nënë”, or tobacco sniffing preparation and ceremonies
• Sananga - collecting, preparation and ceremonies
- Ayahuasca collecting and preparation with Matses maestro.
• Plantain beverage preparation “Chapo” to serve during Kambô ceremonies (instead of water)
• Weaving Bracelets, bags, and headbands
• Navigation and hike to the “Colpas” (deposit of clay containing mineral salts where a large number and variety of animals gather)
- Identification of medicinal plants.
• Huito Body Painting
• Jungle walks and observation of different species of primates in their natural state.
• Navigation by Canoe in search of wildlife
-Swimming with pink and grey dolphins and much more
• Harvesting food from their “Chacras” (plantations and crops)
- Searching for the giant tree, largest of the jungle "Lupuna".
- Ancient story telling of senior Matses.
• Learn how make and use their weapons for hunting
• Fishing for piranhas and other species (optional) primitive fish with”Barbasco” (Toxic Plant)
• Hunting (optional)
• Nocturnal exploration in search of alligators, snakes, tarantulas and other species.
• International flight
• Lodging and food in Iquitos
- Gratuities (optional)
- Additional costs in Iquitos, if Iquitos-Angamos flight is postponed
To register or for more information, please contact Karen firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note “Amazonian Matsés Retreat” in the subject line and mention my name to receive a $100 discount.