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Retreat Center Category: Ayahuasca and San Pedro (Huachuma)Retreat Center Tags: aya, Ayahuasca, AyahuascaBolivia, ayahuascaretreat, AyahuascaYoga, bolivia, healing, icaros, meditation, plantmedicine, and retreats

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  • The Bolivian Amazon

    Pisatahua is an ayahuasca retreat and holistic healing center located in one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. The center operates on 80 hectares of old-growth Rainforest at the base of the Aquicuana Lake Reserve.

    Our retreat provides a safe and comfortable space to explore the jungle and disconnect from the distractions of the western world.  Our dedicated staff provides guidance, compassion and personalized assistance throughout your journey.

    Plant Medicine

    At Pisatahua guests benefit from the healing wisdom of the Ese Eja tradition in a secure and supportive environment.  Our healers are genuine ayahuasca masters, dedicated to the shamanic path, with decades of experience.

    We receive a maximum of 10 guests per retreat to ensure that each individual receives the personal attention they require. All retreats are designed to accommodate each individual on their unique path of awakening and healing.

    Environment  

    Pisatahua was sustainably constructed with locally-sourced, natural materials, while minimizing the removal of vegetation.  The center employs energy and water conservation measures, waste recycling programs and water treatment systems.  Through our non-profit extension we’ve secured the protection of over 20,000 acres of Amazonian Rainforest.

    Community

    We believe in the concept of reciprocity and are committed to partnering with the people of the Amazon to support the maintenance of their land, tradition and identity.  Proceeds from our ayahuasca retreat assist community development programs and the provision of scholarships.  In 2016, we’ll begin reforestation, environmental sanitation and permaculture projects in neighboring communities.

    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.

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    Plant Diets, Yoga, Meditation, Floral Baths, Shamanic Consultation, Integration Support.

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine:
    • Ayahuasca
    • San Pedro (Huachuma)
    Medicine content :

    Ayahuasca and Chacruna

    Medicine 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 details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 10
    Place of ceremony: In a Maloca in the Bolivian Amazon

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation:
    • Private
    • Shared
    • Fullboard
    More about the accomodation and food:

    Each cabin room comes equipped with 2 twin beds, wooden shelving, a large dresser, candle lamps, night-stands, an indoor hammock, a writing desk, chairs, and fresh drinking water. Rooms have clean private bathrooms. We provide fresh linens, towels and laundry service.

    All cabins are situated facing the lake with enormous windows to maximize ventilation. Additionally, they all have private balconies with panoramic views of the Aquicuana Lake and Jungle Reserve.

    At Pisatahua we follow the rules associated with the 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 never serve any simple sugars, hydrogenated oils or processed grains. Our food is “real” and locally sourced.

    Sustainability

    How 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.

    Locals

    Do you welcome locals?: Yes

    Local Communities

    Our 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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  • 5 Reviews on “Pisatahua”

    1. Adriano Pisatahua

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      The Pisatahua plant medicine retreat that i attended to, was simply amazing.
      I guess you always have expectations, but this time they were all surpassed.
      The retreat happens deep in the jungle, where there is only you and nature. There you have everything you need, a big wooden cabin with a very comfortable bed and a private bathroom, good and healthy food and the company of people that are there with same intentions as you. The ceremonies with the plant medicine happen in a very comfortable and supportive setting, which makes you feel at home and helps you to surrender your self to the plant and do the therapeutic work you came to do. Cant forget to mention the facilitators and voluntaries, a group of wonderful and trustworthy people that take this very seriously and that are there to help you and give you support in anyway possible. The jungle is in of itself a place that inspires healing and a healthy lifestyle, that combined with the things i mentioned above is the perfect recipe for one of the most amazing experiences you can possibly have.
      I absolutely recommend this Retreat!! 🙂

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 26/04/18
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    2. Loca Boo Pisatahua

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      Thank you so much Pisatahua! Ayahuasca can and should be one of the most incredible experiences of your life – as it was for me. If you are considering working with Ayahuasca, I would highly recommend choosing Pisatahua for your retreat. They make you feel comfortable, safe and well-informed throughout the whole experience. Well in advance we were told about the physical and spiritual preparations we should undertake in order to make the most of the retreat and avoid intense sickness. We met with the shaman and staff before each session and learned a lot about the sacred plant including the science behind its work. This information session was extremely valuable and demonstrated that the shaman who would lead the session is knowledgeable. All medical contraindications were checked for and everybody signed an informed consent form. The space designated for the retreat was well-prepared with ample space, comfortable mattresses, and an enchanting ambience with the full moon glowing above in the sky and the fire glittering in the background.

      Ayahuasca is not a hallucinogenic drug. Ayahuasca is a teacher. It helps you confront your fears and weaknesses and reconnect with nature. As I lie down on the mattress the wind on my cheek felt like a caress. My senses remained amplified even weeks after the retreat, allowing me to hear, see and feel everything in an intensified manner. The retreat experience allowed me to enter the shoes of other animals and surrounded me with herds of insects accompanied by a feeling that they are not going to hurt me. After this experience you may come to think twice before killing a spider or a fly. The experience, however, is not always a relaxing Mary Go Round. There were some minutes (or hours!) in which Mother Ayahuasca made me feel terrible, weirdly nauseous and most importantly guilty. If there are things on your conscience you do not want to confront Ayuahuasca will make sure to show you just that. But afterwards it is all calm. It is a very positive experience. After a period of intense “teaching” all I could think of was ‘Thank you Mother Ayahuasca’.

      One thing to keep in mind is that no matter what Pisatahua’s staff and healers are always there to help you. Whether you need to stand up to use the bathroom, have your water bottle filled or feeling nauseous. Their and Piña’s (their lovely dog) constant vigilance will make you feel safe. Safe and ready to embrace the spirit…

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): March 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    3. GusDa Pisatahua

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      As a religious person, I wasn’t really sure, at first, whether my faith in God and an Ayahuasca ceremony would contradict each other or would finely come into synergy. However, I decided to follow my intuition and all doubts were soon gone as the shaman introduced us to the ritual and its signification. Whether you are religious or atheist does not matter at that point. Aspiring at being a better person, through healing and deep, guided meditation, is universal. Anxiety at the thought of approaching a key point in my life also left looking at Pisatahua kindly making sure that we had all we needed and reassuring those, as myself, that were a little nervous. This left place to a profound feeling of security, and I knew that Mama Ayahuasca would work “tranquila” on our entangled emotions. As the substance made it to my brain, it felt like I was immersed into a warm bath and that flowery scents were taking me through a colourful and self-discovering voyage. Entering the most profound part of my journey, thoughts became to naturally flow through my mind bringing up, in an ordered manner, all interrogations and pains that had been troubling my minds in the past years. And to every single one of these, a beautifully formulated answer came. Whether it was showing me things from the past or bizarre visions, the signification of the images was perfectly clear. The messy network of my thoughts was suddenly ordered in a rainbow highway toward a brighter future. When I left Pisatahua, it felt as if I was reborn. Every single negative feeling that had been accumulating over the years was gone and I felt, flowing through my veins, a great energy fuelling all new ambitions I had discovered over the 9-day experience!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 09/06-14/2017
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    4. Milli Spence Pisatahua

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      If you are searching for a nurturing retreat, in a magical location and considering drinking Ayahuasca for your first or one-hundredth time, I highly recommend Pisatahua Retreat. Erik and Sasha´s (two of the founders) attention to detail, commitment to their work and passion to support each individual through their own personal journey is evident from their pre-ceremony support and guidance; all the way through to your post ceremony reflections, revelations and integration work. This is an important detail as the effects of Ayahuasca, including deep introspection and personal growth that result are not solely experienced during the hours of ceremony in the presence of the shaman. The shifts in consciousness and patterns in your life can be noticed long after you have gone home. Knowing that you can reach out to a dear friend and support via email (if you are no longer on site) is reassuring.

      Before I felt called to drink Ayahuasca for the first time, I had heard countless stories from different friends of their experiences, researched articles on the internet and had been invited to attend ceremonies. In my experience Ayahuasca calls you to her in exactly the right moment and she begins to work with you before you have even arrived and taken the first sip. Each Ayahuasca ceremony I have taken part in has been with a different shaman, support people and locations; all unique, transformative and profound in their own way. The ceremonies and the retreat at Pisatahua were deeply spiritual, nurturing and cleansing. The ideal location surrounded by nature, a harmonizing smoke ceremony and traditional k’oa prior to drinking, a small intimate circle, comfortable mattress to lay on, beautiful music, constant attention and support enabling me to feel safe enough to go deep within myself. Soon after drinking I felt the familiar presence of Ayahuasca in my body, the sensations, visuals, overwhelming sense of calm, unconditional love and presence of universal wisdom. During the ceremonies I often asked Ayahuasca questions and she answered in a myriad of ways, including the prayer to heal my womb and ovaries purging a dark old substance from deep within. The week following, I gave myself time and space to integrate the multiple reflections and insights Ayahuasca presented to me. I am ever grateful for the amazing ceremonies and whole retreat experience with Pisatahua.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): October 24, 2017
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    5. Falco Keiman Pisatahua

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      The center just opened. For this reason, I was a bit sceptical before I booked. However, the retreat exceeded all of my expectations.

      The start of the 9-day retreat was already an experience itself. The owner picked us up with a boat from the nearest city Riberaltar. From there, we took a boat ride of about two hours along the Amazon river. Then we walked for a bit through the jungle and took another boat to the center. As a result, we arrived at the stunning location of the center. Overall, the center was worth it in any aspect like costs, staff friendliness, cleanliness and of course the Ceremonies itself done by a shamaan of the indiginous tribe ‘Ese Eja’.

      The only downside was the accessibility of the city Riberalter, which cost an additional 300 dollar from Santa Cruz (round-trip). Nevertheless, the retreat costs compensated this!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 5/5/2016
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