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Ayahuasca Retreats – Peru

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10-day Plant Medicine Ayahuasca ‘Awakenings’ Shamanism Retreat in Peru, Sept 12-21

If you’ve read the book or seen the film, you’ll know that ‘Aya: Awakenings‘ takes you on a journey of shamanic discovery into the heart of the Amazon and the powerful plant medicine ayahuasca. Now you can be part of the awakening with this special 10-day healing retreat with Writer-Producer Rak Razam and legendary curandero Percy Garcia Lozano.

This will be an intensive medicine plant-retreat designed to introduce you to ayahuasca and the healing it can provide on physical, psychological and spiritual levels. You will be guided by Percy over five ayahuasca ceremonies to awaken to your own inner nature, with deep healing supported by dietas with different medicine plants and/or other healing work as needed. Percy’s shamanic work is based on the highest ethical standards, including personal integrity on every level. He makes a special effort to create a peaceful and safe environment in which the healing process can be more successful. Small numbers of clients enable Percy to follow and monitor the entire healing process of guests from the moment they come until the moment they leave.

Facilitator, Rak Razam says: “I’m delighted to be going full circle back to where it all began to lead ayahuasca retreats under the integral guidance of curandero Percy Garcia. I want to do something very special with these retreats, and blend my own knowledge and wisdom of the ayahuasca-shamanic-resurgence with the larger process of awakening I see happening in our Western culture. Between ceremonies I’ll be lecturing on consciousness and evolution, the Western understanding and history of altered states and the new paradigm that unifies it all together. I’ll be leading group discussions for deeper integration of the process we’ll all be going through, and developing individual plans with each participant to maximize their awakening process. Special attention will be given to integration and anchoring your experiences towards meaningful change so you can return empowered and with clear direction in your life.”

The first 10-day retreat is set for September 12-21, 2014 just outside Iquitos, Peru, with limited places still available. The second retreat is planned for early December, 2014, so for more info or to be added to a retreat waitlist, contact Rak at: aya.awakenings@gmail.com

Price

US $1695 for the 10-day retreat, with five ayahuasca ceremonies, plant dieta, a customized healing program, and workshops and talks by Rak Razam. A US $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot (the retreat is limited to no more than 15 people, it may be less according to bookings, so participants can receive one-on-one, individual attention from Percy.)

You can book and pay securely online using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/10-day-ayahuasca-awakenings-retreat-in-peru-sept-12-21-with-rak-razam-tickets-12286518307

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FULL RETREAT DETAILS:

http://aya-awakenings.com/retreats

Awakenings – Interviews

Experiential journalist Rak Razam, author of the seminal book and now film Aya: Awakenings interviews some of the leading figures in the ayahuasca movement, inlcuding Dr. Dennis Mckenna, Steve Beyer, Richard Meech, James Oroc and Vance Gellert… They discuss vegetal intelligence, the media representing ayahuasca, DMT and the spirit world, planetary medicine and the global shamanic resurgence and much more… To watch the film adaption of Aya: Awakenings visit: http://www.aya-awakenings.com/watch

WATCH Aya: Awakenings shamanic film

Aya: Awakenings poster

Aya: Awakenings poster

The groundbreaking shamanic documentary Aya: Awakenings is now available for viewing and download on Vimeo on Demand and you can read the book that inspired the film and join the discussion on our Facebook page.

“The vine has spread her tendrils across the world and a genuine archaic revival was underway. My bags were packed, South America beckoned, and the ancient mysteries of the rainforest awaited. I wanted in on it…”

– Rak Razam

AYA: Awakenings is a documentary journey into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism, adapted from the cult book ‘Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey’ by Rak Razam. As Razam sets out to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century, he quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of ‘spiritual tourists’ coming from the West for a direct experience of the multi-dimensional reality shamanism connects one to.

Central to this is ayahuasca – the “vine of souls” – a legal South American entheogenic plant medicine that has been used by Amazonian people for millennia to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit, connecting it to the web of life. Western seekers also experiment with smokable dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and the juxtaposition of these two sacraments, and the way they are used by Westerners, is a central theme of the film. In researching the mystery of ayahuasca, Razam undergoes his own shamanic initiation, undergoing numerous tests and trials in the jungle and the psychic landscapes the vine reveals.

On the way he encounters a motley crew of characters, from rogue scientists that conduct DMT-brain scans on jungle psychonauts to indigenous and Western shamans that slowly unravel his cultured mind and reveal the magical landscape of the spirit world. And the more he drinks this potent jungle medicine the deeper it leads him: from the wet jungle where the ayahuasca vine grows and on into the raging heart of consciousness itself.

By blending narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, AYA: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking an awakening in the viewer.

Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debernardi and more; written by Rak Razam and directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lulacruza, Maneesh de Moor and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Arevalo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.

Watch the film at the website: www.aya-awakenings.com

Interview with Rak Razam

Interview with Rak Razam.

Australia’s experiential journalist speaks out on entheogens, ayahuasca, salvia, and global psychedelic culture.
Interview by James Kent

Self-described “experiential journalist” Rak Razam is a busy man: Two wives, two kids, and two new entheogenic books to promote. Editor of “The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness” and author of “Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey”, Razam has his finger on the pulse of the Australian entheo scene and the global awakening. He graciously took the time to answer our questions for this exclusive DoseNation interview.

Singing to the Plants: Extreme Celebrity Ayahuasca

Singing to the Plants: Extreme Celebrity Ayahuasca.

From Steve beyer’s always fascinating blog...

Extreme Celebrity Ayahuasca

Three celebrities

It’s actually not a bad idea for a television reality show. Get several very minor celebrities, pack them off away from their home comforts, and subject them to a range of programs that claim to enhance inner peace, happiness, and understanding. That at least was the premise of a short-lived BBC program called, naturally enough, Extreme Celebrity Detox, on which the guest celebrities performed t’ai-chi exercises in the Slovenian Alps, practiced Taoist sexual yoga in Thailand, did body-cleansing hatha yoga in the Himalayas — and drank ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon.

Psychoactive Compound Activates Mysterious Receptor

Psychoactive Compound Activates Mysterious Receptor.

ScienceDaily (Feb. 13, 2009) —  A hallucinogenic compound found in a plant indigenous to South America and used in shamanic rituals regulates a mysterious protein that is abundant throughout the body, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have discovered.

The finding, reported in the Feb. 13 issue of Science, may ultimately have implications for treating drug abuse and/or depression. Many more experiments will be needed, the researchers say.

Scientists have been searching for years for naturally occurring compounds that trigger activity in the protein, the sigma-1 receptor. In addition, a unique receptor for the hallucinogen, called dimethyltryptamine (DMT), has never been identified.

Read the full story

Psychedelic Thinking and the Dawn of Homo Cyber

I strongly recommend reading this speech by Lawrenzo Hagerto which he gave to the psychedelic conference Mind States back in 2001:

The talk underscores what I believe is the key lesson to be learned in the 21st century: that we must birth a new kind of Mind, a collective intelligence, group mind, global brain, Gain Mind. The Internet will eventually become a new kind of sentient being uniting the planet and allowing us to bring this mess back in balance. That is really our only hope of avoiding a collapse of civilization, a massive die-off and a new Dark Age ruled by ignorance and fundamentalist survivalism.

Psychedelic Thinking and the Dawn of Homo Cyber.

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