Our bodies were sacred to our ancestors and they kept themselves well for millennia by remaining aligned with nature. Cleansing our bodies with elements such as water, air, smoke, and medicinal plants alleviate tensions and cleanses the aura, and by allowing these elements to flow over the body, our guests feel relaxed and are given the energy to heal during a retreat at Ayni.
It’s time to go back to the simplicity that our ancestors used to experience when they lived in communion with nature, Pachamama. As modern daily life can feel suffocating and toxic, we should remember those who at one point in time lived free with clean minds, bodies, and spirits. The elements that make us whole- water, earth, wind, and fire- can show us the way that will lead us to a better way of living.
Ayni was created as a place for people to come and begin their healing journey. We consider it a sacred place where you can make the decision of transforming your life, cure the past, align the heart, and create a future you most desire. The retreats we offer are based in ancestral rituals guided by experienced shamans, and the master plants will show each participant, his/ her own experience as is needed to begin the process of healing.
Grandmother Ayahuasca, the wise one who opens path to understanding is an Amazonian “spirit potion”, and is a medicinal blend of the Banisteriopis caapi vine and the leaves from the chacruna bush Psychotria viridis. This sacred mix has been used by healers for centuries as a religious sacrament and a healing method for the mind, body, and spirit.
The ancestors have passed on these teachings to younger generations, and they are a very important part of the ceremonies. At Ayni we consider this wisdom a priority and it is vital to us that the traditions of these practices be maintained. One such example are chants that are called icaros, which are performed during the night of an Ayahuasca ceremony to help open our senses. The plant’s spirit transforms us by purifying and filling us with love, as this is one of its main characteristics.
There are many scientific studies that ratify information about the Amazonian people, whose shamans care for this medicine and the teachings that leave our spirits aligned with healing energy. One of the benefits that is experienced is the expansion of the mind. Spiritual teachings also make this a unique experience, and the components of this sacred potion contain DMT, a substance that is present in nature. This stimulates the pineal gland by vibrating with the same frequency making you understand the laws that command other levels in our consciousness. Additionally, scientific studies refer to Ayahuasca as a neuronal regenerative, and it acts as a neuronal connector in our brain . It is non-addictive, in fact, it helps in healing drug dependency and alcoholism.
Among the millennial plants that we use in Ayni is Huachuma, or San Pedro. This is a cactus whose name originates from South America and it means to “cut the ego”, and it is revered as powerful heart medicine. The cleansing process of the psyche is intimate and personal, and it helps us evaluate the kind of life that we are living. The rituals that accompany the Huachuma ceremony teach us with humility how to achieve fluidity in our relationships and to understand that no one is superior than another, and that we humans are not superior to any other being in nature. We can become more aware of consciousness and our natural origins by walking hand in hand with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
The mental structures in which humans have built truth cause us to repeat our actions as learned behavior, rather than acting from our feelings. With the help of Huachuma, our lives change. We can achieve truth and real experiences that guide us to an enlightened understanding, and this grandfather cactus shows us how to establish order and priorities in our lives. At Ayni, we facilitate this plant’s sacred medicine in a way that our guests have an experience that is both unique and personal. We are here to help you understand the ceremonies in which the sacred plant’s spirit is present.
Temazcal, or Sweat Lodge, is one of the original healing tools given to humanity and what our ancestors used. It is quite primal because of the use of fire to heat volcanic rocks and the water that is dripped onto these rocks once inside the lodge. All sweat lodges look roughly like the belly of a pregnant mother, and by entering you are crawling back into the womb of Mother Earth. This ceremony is considered a rebirthing process, a way to reconnect with Pachamama and heal your own life. The Temazcal is actually a medicine that can change and heal on many levels. At Ayni, we do use plant medicine in conjunction with the temazcal to enhance the connection to the spirit of these plants.
Kambo helps integrate our mind with our heart and realign our chakras, as it is a multidimensional healer that helps us raise our prayers to the Great Spirit.
According to the shamans, plant and animal spirits are our allies, and they assist us in our healing. In the case of Kambo, we are allied with the spirit of a frog that has a very strong immunity to predators, so it lends us a similar power to the DNA signature of the frog as it enters our body. Its spirit gives us the power to reject and cleanse the parasitic energies that take advantage of our body, mind, and soul.