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Retreat Center Category: AyahuascaRetreat Center Tags: ayahuasca ceremony retreat

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  • Welcome to SankenMai

    Our center SankenMai “the land of the medicine” is 100% owned and run by native Shipibo shamens.  When you join us you can be sure that you are not only supporting the sacred medicine of our ancestors but also the Shipibo culture that sustains the knowledge for future generations.  We live in and serve the Shipibo community, so its our duty as shamens to see our culture which we love to continue to survive in this rapidly changing world.  We have worked with the medicine for a long time now, we know it deeply as it’s part of our Shipibo heritage.  When you visit SankenMai you will receive the great sacred medicine, the healing it provides and the protection it gives.  This is so because this is the work our spirit ancestors and the sacred medicine called us to provide.  This is our promise to you.


    "The most ceremonies with the smallest groups in the Amazon, available at our center."


    The Shipibo Brothers

     Efrain and Walter are two shamen shipibo brothers with over 25 years experience each.  The two are highly dedicated, hard working and brilliant healers. They come from a long tradition of healers in their family, stretching back generations on both the mother and fathers side.  They both were called to work with the medicine at a young age because it’s in their blood and also an inheritance from the family tradition.  You will search long and far to find two hard working shamens who are as dedicated to the medicine plants and the protection of the tradition and knowledge for future generations.  Efrain took the traditional route and trained with the greatest and most respected shamens in the shipibo community and still keeps close personal ties with the older shamens.  He even married the daughter of legendary shamen “don mateo” and he is highly respected in the shipibo community and is seen as a great talent.  Walter the younger of the brothers saw that Efrain was excelling as a traditional shamen and he wanted to bring something unique to the partnership.  So after his initial training he went it alone to help addicts in the city.  As you can imagine this was a hard life and even harder work to engage in, but he persisted and was able to heal people within such a chaotic and unstable environment.  He did this to return to his brother with a unique set of talents.  The two brothers were then able to work in partnership combining Efrain’s traditional shamen training with Walter’s modern view of the illnesses and lifestyles that create them.  They are a perfect example of the old tradition combining with the modern world.  The modern world is changing fast and it is inevitable that the sacred medicine will continue to adept to this reality. Efrain and Walter are well positioned to adapt to this modern reality and the demands that are been increasingly asked of the shamen community.  The two shamens are intelligent men, with an intuitive understanding about the problems of the guests who visit their center on a regular basis.  Also they are very compassionate and patient healers possessed with great knowledge of the healing plants.  They are both very humble people and have the maturity of insight to know they have always more to learn from the vast library of knowledge that the ayahuasca medicine possesses.  Efrain is a busy shamen and has five children to rear, helping his extended family, working within the community, hosting ceremonies and still he makes it look easy.  Walter is not married but he is also busy helping others within his community, guests at the center and his work on sustainable plant harvesting.  They are both powerful shamen who complement and support each others work without brotherly. They say even as kids they always got along and were helping and supporting each other.  They continue to quietly do their work healing and helping people at the center on a regular basis.  Efrain’s shipibo name is neten kea which means “guide of the universe”, symbolizing his gift of knowledge and familiarity with the medicine. Walter’s shipibo name is panshin nima which means “goldsmith” symbolizing his days in the city and his ability to work in a chaotic and nosiy environment and still able to produce something of value.  Anyone who visits the two  brothers should know they are visiting an integral part of the future of shipibo culture, medicine and knowledge.  You will be working with two highly competent, talented individuals and you will be in excellent hands for your coming journey.


    “Our center offers 5 ceremonies over 7 days with small groups of only 4 guests, to partake in some of the most traditional style ceremonies in the Amazon.”

    visit us at http://www.sankenmai.org

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    master plant diests

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine: Ayahuasca
    Medicine content :

    ayahuasca and chacruna we only brew safe traditional medicine at our center

    Medicine preparation:

    We make the medicine in the traditional way at our center

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 4 guests
    Place of ceremony: in a maloca
    Props etc. used during the ceremony: shipibo icaros

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation: Private
    More about the accomodation and food:

    The accomodation is very basic it is a traditional style shipibo center and the food is the food required for dieting with ayahuasca


    How we ensure sustainability:

    We plant our own vines and leafs at the center


    Do you welcome locals?: Yes
    Price range locals: not applicable

    Local Communities

    Our engagement in local communities:

    The center is owned and operated by two shipibo shamens, they live in the community and are a part of the community.

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