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The Bolivian Amazon
Pisatahua is an integrative plant-medicine and ayahuasca retreat, located in a remote area of the Bolivian Amazon. Found in the heart of the Aquicuana Reserve, the 80 hectare center is situated in one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. This idyllic environment provides a secure and comfortable setting to explore the beauty of the Amazon Jungle, expand consciousness, transform, and heal.
Experienced Healers & Staff
Pisatahua is locally-owned and managed by residents of the Aquicuana Reserve. We maintain a safe, compassionate and supportive community. Our healers are responsible and respected community members, dedicated to the shamanic path, with decades of experience. Our support staff and volunteers are competent, professional and caring. Together, we provide personalized guidance and assistance throughout your journey.
Integrative/ Holistic Medicine
We provide integral health services including dietary medicines, detoxification cleanses and mind-body practices. We work with numerous medicinal plants and healing-modalities to further holistic health of the mind, body, heart and spirit. All guests receive delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. They also benefit from daily detox-juices, herbal teas and optional meditation and yoga instruction. We receive a maximum of 8 guests per retreat to ensure that each individual receives the personalized attention they require on their unique path of awakening.
Pisatahua was sustainably constructed with locally-sourced, natural materials, while minimizing the removal of vegetation. The center employs energy and water conservation measures and waste recycling programs. Through our non-profit extensions, we helped secure the protection of over 20,000 hectares of Rainforest.
We believe in reciprocity and are committed to partnering with our neighbors to support the maintenance of our land and traditions. Proceeds from our retreat assist community development programs including environmental sanitation efforts, reforestation projects, and the provision of scholarships.
Take the Next Step
We provide individuals the opportunity to work with plant medicines under the guidance of seasoned practitioners. Whether you're looking for personal healing, spiritual growth, or consciousness expansion, you’ll find the knowledge you need to fully realize your intentions at Pisatahua. If you're genuinely interested in making a positive life transformation, apply to become a part of our community.
Plant Diets, Yoga, Meditation, Floral Baths, Shamanic Consultation, Integration Support.
Medicine information (content and method of preparation)Type of Medicine:
Medicine content :
- San Pedro (Huachuma)
Ayahuasca and ChacrunaMedicine preparation:
Our ayahuasca is prepared on-site with sustainably cultivated plants from our 80-hectare property. We practice regenerative harvesting of all medicinal plants, including the ayahuasca vine.
Our ayahuasca is pure and unadulterated. We never use dangerous admixtures such as toe or tobacco rustica. We prepare our ayahuasca using only the vine (b. caapi), as well as chacruna (p. viridis).
First the vine is cleaned and smashed with a wooden mallet. Thin strands of the vine are then placed in a large pot, layered alongside chacruna or chaliponga leaves. Natural spring water is placed in the pot and the contents are brought to a simmer for 4-6 hours. The liquid is then strained and stored. More water is added, and the process is repeated. The medicine is then placed back in the pot and the liquid is reduced until the desired consistency is achieved.
Guests are invited to assist our healers throughout the ayahuasca preparation process.
Ceremony detailsMaximum number of participants in a ceremony: 10Place of ceremony: In a Maloca in the Bolivian Amazon
Accomodation detailsType of Accomodation:
More about the accomodation and food:
All cabins were designed through the adaptation of local construction techniques to meet the needs of our guests. Our cabins maintain the rustic appeal of a jungle lodge, without sacrificing many of the amenities of a modern hotel. All cabins are secluded and extremely spacious. They are fully furnished with clean private bathrooms, washbasins and showers. Cabins have high thatched-roofs and sit one meter above the jungle floor.
Each cabin room comes equipped with 2 twin/or 1 super-king bed, shelving, solar-powered lighting, night-stands, an indoor hammock, a writing desk, chairs, and fresh drinking water. We provide fresh linens, towels and laundry service.
All cabins are situated facing the lake with enormous windows to maximize ventilation and views of the Aquicuana Reserve.
At Pisatahua we follow a traditional ayahuasca diet, while maximizing taste and nutritional value. To do this we provide our guests with fresh organic food from the Amazon. We never provide packaged, canned or processed foods. We avoid any simple sugars, hydrogenated oils or processed grains. Our food is “real” and locally sourced.
Much thought and preparation has gone into our menu. We place special emphasis on raw fruits, vegetables and juices – since cooking can destroy enzymes that help digestion. For fish-eaters, we serve fresh-fish from the Aquicuana Lake. We incorporate healthy fats through nuts and seeds. Additionally, we provide filtered water to all guests in their rooms and common areas.
We recommend guests follow the ayahuasca preperation diet for a minimum of 5 days prior to arrival. Please inform us if you have any food allergies or special dietary restrictions. We can accommodate most any need.
SustainabilityHow we ensure sustainability:
At Pisatahua we employ energy-efficient innovations to enhance the comfort and aesthetic experience of our guests. We make every possible attempt to utilize local, natural, and sustainable building materials for housing and furniture.
We use 100% renewable energy resources through selectively placed solar panels. We’ve implemented simple, cost-efficient, energy and water conservation measures. We treat all grey-water and recycle all our waste.
LocalsDo you welcome locals?: Yes
Local CommunitiesOur engagement in local communities:
Sustainable Bolivia acts as Pisatahua’s non-profit extension, supporting community development and environmental protection programs in the Bolivian Amazon. Proceeds from Pisatahua’s Holistic Retreat provide financial assistance to support these projects, while accommodating qualified and dedicated volunteers.
In 2016, Pisatahua will begin working alongside its sister non-profit to implement environmental sanitation and permaculture programs with its neighbors. Proposed projects include latrine construction, well chlorination, health education and sustainable agriculture.
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