How long do ceremonies last?
The duration of the ceremonies varies according to the situation, the participants, the medicine. The approximate time is 8-11 hours
What time do ceremonies start?
Nighttime ceremonies begin between 9 and 12 at night and end with the sunrise. Day ceremonies begin at 9 in the morning and end at approximately 5 in the afternoon
How many people?
It depends. We can offer private ceremonies for a single person, or group ceremonies with up to 13 participants.
What does everyone do and when?
What you do in a ceremony is to allow the medicine to go inside you and to let her wise voice speaks. Stay seated, calm and remember the purpose that led you to participate in the ceremony
Do participants have to talk in front of others?
Voicing your words in front of others can be very therapeutic. However, we understand that sometimes people may not want to speak out loud, which is totally acceptable. In our understanding nothing is mandatory and we respect the word as well as silence.
What does the shaman talk about? Does he teach?
The shaman is only the person who guides the course of the ceremony. However, the real teacher is the sacred plant medicine.
Is everything translated or spoken in English?
Everything at the ceremony is intended for all participants to understand. Most of our participants speak English. Most songs (called icaros) are in Spanish – most English speakers prefer the traditional Spanish versions but there are also songs in English and Quechua (Quechua was the official language of the Inca Empire).
How much medicine is offered? Can people ask for more?
In the ceremony a dose of medicine is offered to begin, this dose varies according to the person. All participants are free to ask for and receive more medicine assuming composure and respect of the medicine and ceremony purpose is maintained.
What’s the purpose of the ceremonies?
The purpose of the ceremonies can vary since there are ceremonies with specific purposes but in general, the purpose of each ceremony is to receive teachings for life to be better human beings. What we do before and after are exercises on sending an intention to the universe.
Where does it come from and how is it processed?
Our medicine comes from different places depending on what type of medicine it is. All our medicine is processed while praying and putting the highest intention in this act.
- San Pedro – In the case of San Pedro, this is collected and prepared by Santiago in the sacred forest of San Pedro on the property of Casa del Sol.
- Magic Mushrooms – Magic mushrooms are collected with much love and respect by Mateo the son of Santiago and Ximena in the beautiful fields of Vilcabamba.
- Ayahuasca – Ayahuasca is harvested in the Ecuadorian jungle by a very dear Shaman friend who cooks medicine with much love and devotion.
- Rapé – The Rapé is prepared by Titi, a Brazilian healer with many years of experience.
- Kambo – The Kambo comes from reliable sources of the Amazon of Brazil
How is it administered?
The medicine is administered orally in the case of San Pedro, Ayahuasca and Magic Mushrooms. The Kambo through the skin and the Rapé medicine by nasal route. The person who administers the medicine is Santiago or the rest of the facilitators always under the consent of Santiago and under his supervision.