Tamamuri Traditional Plant Dieta
Since 2009, the Temple has been blessed with the presence and expertise of one of the most recognized and powerful lineages of Shipibo healers from Pucallpa. For generations, the family of Ynez Sanchez –with her son, Jose, and daughters, Laura and Lila– has been carrying and practicing the medicine and wisdom of their ancestors. Through their connection with the plants, their songs and dedicated care, they have been instrumental in the healing and transformational experiences of hundreds of our guests.
We are excited to now be collaborating with Maestra Ynes and her family in the promotion of traditional plant dietas at their center in San Francisco, near Pucallpa, on the Ucayali river. The Temple is guided in all of its activities by the core-value of Ayni, a Quechua concept and practice adapted to English as reciprocity and interdependence. In line with indigenous wisdom, we consider Ayni to be the central pillar of a healthy and abundant life for everybody. Acknowledging the immense value that Ynez, Jose, Laura, and Lila add to our extended family through their expertise, integrity, commitment, love and passion for plant medicine, the Temple is excited and honored to support them as they design, develop, and promote their own programs in their newly built family center, Niwe Rao Xobo.
Maestra Ynes and her family will be holding a Tamamuri dieta from September 2nd to 15th, 2017 at their center in Pucallpa, which will be supported by a facilitator from the Temple of the Way of Light.
Niwe Rao Xobo is the fruit of the vision and effort of this beautiful family of healers. While their center completely and independently family-owned and managed, the Temple has been honored to offer support and guidance throughout the process of the creation of Niwe Rao Xobo, based on a decade of experience running retreats and workshops. This dieta will also include the added service of our highly skilled and bilingual facilitators to bridge the linguistic and cultural gaps, provide additional tools for processing and integration, and create a synergistic space to maximize the benefits of your traditional Shipibo plant dieta.
Prior experience with ayahuasca is strictly required to participate in this dieta.
A Message from Niwe Rao Xobo, Traditional Plant Dieta Center
We are very excited and grateful to be working in collaboration with the Temple of the Way of Light in offering traditional Shipibo diets in our Family Center. For centuries, traditional medicines and shamanic practices have been the only system for the protection and maintenance of our health in the Amazon Rainforest. For many generations, traditional healers and medicinal plants have played a fundamental role in the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our people. For us, it is evident that plants possess diverse and complex bioenergetic properties whose active principles constitute an excellent means of treatment for a range of conditions and diseases.
Traditional Shipibo healers (Onanya) are privileged to have attained this knowledge; they are the heirs to a rich ancestral wisdom that is in harmony with nature and is supported by spiritual forces that help people to find tranquility and happiness. The Onanya of our center have the gift of the power to heal, the ability to communicate with different spirits, and to travel to various worlds and beyond, to the underworld, trees, and outer space. During ceremony, the Onanya have the power to access deep unconscious and subconscious content, exploring the past and present, and guided by different spirits of master plants, are able to diagnose and cure different conditions.
What is Niwe Rao Xobo?
We are a spiritual center of traditional healing, meditation, and reflection. Our practice is based on the experience of the wise men and women of the Shipibo-Conibo culture of Peru. Our family center gives people the opportunity to interact with authentic and highly experienced Shipibo healers, and to experience the benefits of traditional medicine and Shipibo shamanism.
In our space, people afflicted with diverse physical and mental health problems are offered the opportunity to deepen their healing and learning journeys. We present an opportunity for people to rediscover themselves and their human universal birthright to the full enjoyment of peace, tranquility, and happiness in life. We offer this through dieting powerful plant teachers in the traditional Shipibo tradition, following the teachings of the Shipibo spiritual masters and ancestors who have walked this path for thousands of years. We will also be working with different rituals of energetic and spiritual cleansing such as flower baths and massages.
We are an indigenous Shipibo family with a wealth of knowledge about natural medicine and shamanism acquired through oral transmission from our ancestors. We desire to share the knowledge that was given to us so that all people have the opportunity to live in a different way. Our medicine helps dissolve selfishness and promotes reconnection with nature, and helps in the conservation and preservation of the environment and traditional knowledge.
It is our intention to promote the revival and revaluation of our ancestral knowledge regarding the use of medicinal plants. We believe this to be important for the development of intercultural health. We have achieved this through our work with the Temple of the Way of Light, and are now pleased to extend our work and offer dietas at our family center, Niwe Rao Xobo, in Pucallpa, Peru.
Traditional Plant Dietas at Niwe Rao Xobo
A fundamental aspect of our teaching is sharing our natural and traditional way of living in total harmony with Mother Nature. We want to inspire others to benefit from the practice of medicinal and master plants that nature generously offers us. For the Shipibo people, the plants of the forest are alive; they feel, communicate, and have the power to teach us. We believe that each plant has it’s “genius,” or spirit. These are the spirits that we see and work with during ayahuasca ceremonies.
Ayahuasca helps to bring us in closer contact with the spirits of nature, and helps to harmonize with them. A traditional plant dieta process is the method that we use in order to meet the spirits of the plant. Through periods of communion with a particular plant spirit, we experience firsthand their medicine and receive their direct teachings. We also establish a respectful alliance to ensure their cooperation and help during our healing practices.
Each plant has a different energy, whether to heal, to teach, to reassure, or to help neutralize negative influences in the person. Teacher plants guide us to a beautiful dimension for learning more about ourselves, and can even teach various arts and skills that can be offered to others who are suffering, too. In our center, we work with many different plants that are useful in the recovery from physical, mental, and energetic afflictions, amongst others.
Tamamuri (Brosimum acutifolium)
Common names: ahua jonra, amapá doce, bois mondan, bururé, congona, leche-caspi, manichi, mercuio-vegetal, mercurio vegetal, mercurio-da-terra-firma, morure, muira-piranga, murare, murure, murure-vermelho, mururi, quecho, takini, takweni, tamamuri, tauni, urupi, vegetable mercury
Tamamuri is a large canopy tree of the Amazon rainforest that grows 15 to 25 m high. It produces a white to light pink latex when the smooth trunk bark is wounded or the leaf stems are broken from the branches. It has oblong veined leaves about 8 to 15 cm long by 4-5 cm wide. Tamamuri is found throughout the lower elevations of the Amazon basin, usually growing alongside streams and rivers where its fruits (similar to a fig but with one large seed inside) are eaten by fish when it falls from the tree.
Traditional Herbal and Spiritual Uses:
The Shipibo-Conibo use the bark medicinally (in decoctions) for gastro-intestinal disorders, to purify the blood and to regulate the nervous system. This medicinal tree is used most commonly by the Shipibo to work on the digestive system. The digestive system is not only responsible for digestion of food, but is connected to and plays a huge role in ‘digestion of emotions’ and carries an immense amount of energy from past experiences that have been ‘undigested’. By working with this tree, you will experience a profound effect in treating physical digestive disorders as well as clearing negative energies and emotional traumas trapped in the body.
The Wayãpi Indians in Guyana also attribute magical properties to the tree. They believe the latex of the tree will help protect them from witchcraft and bad spells. They also prepare a decoction of the roots to treat headaches and to improve memory and put the bark in baths to treat fevers.
Tamamuri is a very common and well-respected remedy for rheumatism and arthritis throughout the Amazon and in traditional medicine systems in South America. It is also a very common remedy for syphilis, which is how it earned one of its common names, “vegetable mercury.” Mercury was the leading treatment for syphilis in the late 1800s and early 1900s. . . and before we knew any better!
In herbal medicine systems in Peru, Tamamuri is considered a pain-reliever, anti-inflammatory, blood cleanser, aphrodisiac and tonic. It is used for arthritis and rheumatism (including rheumatoid arthritis), muscle pain and injuries, for intestinal worms, anemia, vertigo and loss of balance, to help regulate the nervous system, as a general tonic for debility, for fungal and yeast infections, gastric ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for syphilis.
Tamamuri bark contains flavans, flavanoids, lignans, phenylpropanoids, benezoids, and steroids. Many of these chemicals are novel ones never before seen by scientists, including 6 chemicals they’ve named acutifolins and 13 chemicals they’ve named brosimacutins.
Credit for the majority of the content in this section to Raintree.com’s page on Tamamuri.
Dietary Restrictions and Conditions
Before the beginning of the dieta the participant must be in complete agreement with the dietary restrictions to observe and comply with the prohibitions of the dieta. Fifteen days prior to arrival, all participants taking part in the tamamuri plant dieta at Niwe Rao Xobo must agree to refrain from consuming:
- Street drugs and unapproved pharmaceutical medications
- Natural remedies and plant medicines
- Salt (a small amount is necessary for health)
- Meat other than chicken and fish
- Sour or sweet fruits
- Cold water and ice
- Strong sun
- Sexual activity
All participants must observe the above restrictions for 15 days before the plant dieta.
Post diet restrictions: The length of time for these restrictions will be given at the end of the plant dieta and are subject to each individual participants healing needs.
Maestra Ynes Sanchez Gonzales and her family
Food: Simple, traditional Shipibo dieta food of plantain, yucca, permitted grains, salads and fish. Vegetarians can be catered for.
Accommodation: Very rustic/basic with each guest being assigned an individual, simple, tambo consisting of a single bed, pillow, sheets, mosquito net, and small table. Compost toilets are outside and are shared, as are the showers and wash basins. There is running water. Guests will need to bring their own towels and blanket.
Pick-up: 10am at Los Gavilanes Hotel in Pucallpa on the first day of the program
Drop-off: We will leave Niwe Rao Xobo at 11am on the last day of the program and travel back to Los Gavilanes Hotel
ATMs can be found on Jr Raymondi, Cuadra 5, in Pucallpa, about a 20 minute mototaxi ride from Los Gavilanes Hotel. If you wish to withdraw soles, please plan to visit the ATM prior to the pick-up time as it will not be possible to travel there during your dieta.
- Tamamuri plant dieta
- 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies
- An experienced Temple facilitator to offer guidance throughout the retreat with processing and integration
- An individual consultations with the healers and your facilitator
- Group meetings and educational talks
- All food and drink (simple, traditional dieta food)
- Private accommodation
- Vomitivo (stomach cleansing)
- Jain Póiti (flower baths)
- Huito (traditional, non-permanent, natural ink tattoos)
- Translation from Shipibo / Spanish to English
- Transportation to and from Niwe Rao Xobo from Los Gavilanes Hotel in Pucallpa
What’s NOT Included:
- Airfares (international and national)
- Transportation to and from Pucallpa airport
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation outside of Niwe Rao Xobo
- Peruvian Visa costs
- Personal expenses (meals and drinks in Pucallpa, etc).
10am: Pick up from Los Gavilanes Hotel in Pucallpa and transfer to Niwe Rao Xobo Center
12pm: Welcome reception and presentation of the healers and staff of the center
4pm: Introduction to Shipibo traditional medicine and shamanism
7am: Vomitivo body cleansing
11am: Individual consultations with the healers
4pm: First energetic spiritual cleansing bath with master plants
8pm: First ayahuasca ceremony
11am: Group meeting to discuss the first ayahuasca ceremony
3pm: First drink of master plant
5pm: Flower bath
10am: Group meeting with Ynes and Jose
8pm: Second ayahuasca ceremony
11am: Flower bath
3pm: Second master plant drink
5pm: Group meeting
10am: Group meeting
8pm: Third ayahuasca ceremony
11am: Group meeting
5pm: Third master plant drink
10am: Consultations with healers (if needed)
3pm: Fourth master plant drink
5pm: Talk about Amazonian Myths and Legends
10am: Group Meeting with Ynes and Jose
4pm: Traditional Shipibo body tattoo with natural inks (huito)
8pm: Fourth ayahuasca ceremony
10am: Purifying bath
3pm: Fifth drink of master plant
5pm: Traditional medicine talk
10am: Consultations with healers (if needed)
8am: Group meeting: Cutting the dieta and personal post diet restrictions
8pm: Fifth ayahuasca ceremony
11am: Exhibition and sale of traditional handicrafts
11am: Transfer to Los Gavilanes Hotel
|Traditional Plant Dieta||US$ 1,500|
|Final Installment||US$ 750 Due 6 weeks before the dieta starts|
Paying your program cost in installments is for your convenience only. If you prefer, you may pay in full upon booking.
Terms and Advice
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- We offer you the option of paying a deposit of at least 50% of the program cost to confirm your reservation. You can also pay the full workshop cost when booking.
- Your balance must be paid in full at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the workshop to guarantee your reservation. If you made a deposit with a credit card, we will charge that card automatically for the outstanding balance 6 weeks prior to the start of the workshop.
- Payments are only refundable provided we have a minimum of 8 weeks notice prior to the start of a workshop. Any refunds given will occur a 10% administration fee. You may change your workshop reservation to another date at no cost or transfer your payment(s) to another participant, provided said participant has been approved to attend a workshop and that it is a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the start of the workshop.
- If original payment was made with a credit card, any refund will be credited back to the card originally charged. We are only able to refund via PayPal for other forms of payment.
- For cancellations within 8 weeks of the start of a workshop, payments will only be refunded, credited to a future date, or transferred to another participant if we can fill your place in the workshop. We will try our best to do so.
- We strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance for any cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. Squaremouth is an insurance service we can suggest that can cover not only retreat costs but the possibility to recover airfare costs too.
Availability and Booking
Please click to register below and fill in the necessary information on the following pages in order to make your booking. Once you have completed your booking and your medical information has been reviewed by our team, we will be in touch with you to confirm your booking. Please do not book flights or make any travel arrangements until your registration and medical information has been reviewed and you have been approved to attend. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]
All registrations must be made from a computer as we do not have mobile capability for our medical forms at this time.
Prior experience with ayahuasca is strictly required to participate in this dieta.