Shamanic Healing Expedition to Ecuador (Andes and Amazon regions)
From the 2018 trip: Our group the Sieko'pai’s (Secoya) elders Tin Tin, Basilio and Mauro.
"...People, who lost their love and forgot the respect for our mother earth. People, who love the money, they murder our mother earth..."- Don Casimiro Mamallacta
Located in the Napo province in eastern Ecuador, in a region known as the Oriente, is the small city of Tena with a population of 22,000. Slightly north of Tena is the smaller town of Archidona. A short distance from Archidona is the Comunidad Lushian Mariposa, home to the Napo Runa Mamallacta family. The head of this family is the eighth generation shaman/healer Don Casimiro Casimiro's family includes his wife Margarita and sons Elias and Ramon.
During the years that I was collaborating on the demarcation effort and in between the work sessions, I lived with don Casimiro's family.” ― Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon
Itzhak with Sieko'pai’s elders- Augustin "Tin Tin" Payaguaje, Basilio Payaguaje, Mauro Payaguaje and Josep Rosas our host and guide.
Delfin Payaguaje & Luke Weiss - Ayahuasca Talk
Tatiana and Ruben Silva with Itzhak in their Tombaco home
"I want to thank you for the trip to Ecuador, and all you do to support the evolution and healing of those you interact with. You are deeply committed and loving in your way of nudging us to grow. I am very grateful to have the pleasure of knowing you, learning from you, and walking together on the path of
If you are interested in the Jan 2019 expedition send me a request.
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A truly magical and life transforming experience. Meet the Sieko'pai’s (Secoya) elders and some of my teachers in the Andes, experience La Limpia (energy cleansing ceremonies), plant medicine, nature hikes, the wonder of the Andes and Amazonian flora, birds, animals, lakes and waterfalls, and much more.
With Itzhak Beery
January, 9-22 2019 - (14 days - 13 nights)
Group size 16 -20 people
Trip cost: $3,840
Price Includes: One healing ceremony per person, all plant medicine at the Sieko'pai (Secoya) and full program as described below. One healing ceremony per person at Don Casimiro Mamallacta. All meals, airport transportation, tour & nature guide, translation during the visits to the shamans, accommodation in double room (single room available for additional $300 but, It's not available in the Amazon), water, snacks, and entrance fees. All gratuities drivers, translators, cleaners, and guides.
Price does not include: Round trip airfare to Quito, Ecuador, individual shamanic healing fees and teaching with Don Shairy Quimbo and Tatiana & Ruben Tamascal & Huachuma Ceremonies ($80-$120 each). Any other unforeseen activities. Personal expenses/laundry, etc.
Reservation: $1,000 deposit to secure your place. Final payment must be made before October 1. Please contact me before you send your deposit to confirm.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds after October 1st.
Airline Ticket: It could be between $800- $1200 depending on your preferences. Check Tame Airline through Ft. Lauderdale, and others. Don't book before I confirm your trip availability and before you send your deposit.
About our tour guide: Juan Carlos first appeared in my dream before my first trip to Ecuador with John Perkins (I wrote about it in my first book…) in 1997. You will love him as much as I do. He is a knowledgeable certified nature tour guide and a good translator. I have worked with him five more times since that first trip.
Weather: Summer runs from Dec. to March, bringing on slightly warmer temperatures. It is the Andean rainy season, so expect occasional showers. Temperatures can vary between 55-79 in this region.
Temperatures in the Orienté –Amazon region reach upwards of 90 degrees during the day.
Proposed Itinerary: (Subject to change upon circumstances).
(Google the locations to get a feel of where we will go).
NOTE: You are welcome to arrive a few days earlier and stay longer at your own expense. We can arrange accommodations and suggest interesting day trips.
Jan. 9. (Wed.) – Arrival to Quito’s airport by the afternoon/early evening. Transfer to La Carriona Hacienda.
Jan. 10 (Thur.) – Initiation Circle > Meeting at Tatiana & Ruben for Rape, Huachuma, and sweat lodge ceremonies
Jan 11. (Fri.) – Integration circle > Class with Don Shairy Quimbo - The 7 wisdom of the Condor and private healing session.
Jan. 12 (Sat.) - At Sunrise, we will start traveling by bus down to the Amazon Basin > Visiting the magical San Rafael’s waterfall, breakfast at Baeza > Arriving Aguarico’s river in the afternoon > Canoe ride (90 min.) to shaman Basilio’s family. > Meet and Greet with Basilio, Tintin, and other participating shamans. > Orientation meeting. > After dinner, Fire Circle - introducing Sieko'pai’s culture and shamanic practices.
Jan 13 (Sun.) - 3 am - wakeup > Walk to the Ceremonial lodge for a Sunrise ceremony, YAJE HAO, to clean and prepare our bodies, mind, and Spirit - (Guayusa tea and Yoco* will be available). > Sharing Circle after breakfast at the traditional house Tuikë wë'e. > A study tour of the gardens, medicinal, edible and other useful plants for the community. > After lunch, Yuka harvest, learn the traditional food nourishment practices. > After Dinner, a night tour to witness fairylike bioluminescent mushrooms, animals, and nightlife. Fire Circle and star gazing (Optional).
Jan. 14 (Mon.) - 3 am - wakeup > Walk to the ceremonial lodge for a second Sunrise ceremony YAJE HAO. > After breakfast, a hike to the primary old growth forest with the Sieko’pai family members > Returning late afternoon to watch the preparation of making Yuka bread, and to share restful time in the Tuikë wë’e. > Dinner with yuka bread and Piara’ca, the traditional soup made with the yuka juice. > After dinner, Fire Circle - share and process Yaje experience.
Jan. 15 (Tue.) – 4:30 am -Wakeup > Sunrise hike for bird watching, spot animals and listen to the forest waking up. An all-day fast in preparation for Yaje ceremony! (Food will be available for those who are not participating in the ceremony). > Meeting at the Tuikë wë’e, time to relax, enjoy, buy and learn art and handcrafts. > 4:00 pm - Flower bath and traditional face painting. > 6:00 pm, walk to the ceremony lodge and get ready for the first Yaje ceremony.
Jan. 16 (Wed.) - At sunrise – the shamans will offer personal healing. Guayusa, herbal teas, and Yoco will be available. 10:00 am - light breakfast of fruits and snacks. > Relax, journal and take a bath in the river. > After lunch we will share our experiences at the Tuikë wë’e, as well to have some traditional massage, music and relaxing time. We will have an early dinner to see the sunset and may go to sleep early. > Optional: Fire Circle to enjoy the night sounds and beautiful stars.
Jan. 17 (Thu.) - 4:30 am - Wakeup - Guayusa and herbal teas served. An all-day fast in preparation for Yaje ceremony. > Sunrise hike (optional). > 8:00 am - travel by canoe to shaman Delfin's house, (90 min.) for a conversation, house, and garden tour, see the arts and crafts of Delfin’s family. > Flower bath and Traditional face painting. > 6:00 pm - meet at Delfin’s ceremony lodge for the Yaje ceremony.
Jan 18 (Fri.) - At sunrise, the shamans will offer personal healing. Guayusa, herbal teas, and Yoco will be available. > At 10:00 am - light breakfast of fruits and snacks. > Relaxation and sharing time with Delfin who also presides over the previous ceremonies and his family. > 2:00 pm - saying goodbye to Delfin’s family and canoe to visit master shaman 105 years old Cesareo Piaguaje. Spend some invaluable time with him and maybe doing healings. > At sunset, we will travel back to Basilio’s home for Dinner. > After dinner - Closing Ceremony at the Fire Circle with the Sieko’pai.
Jan. (19 Sat.) 4:30 am - Wakeup - Guayusa and herbal teas. > 5:30 am - Sunrise hike (optional) and packing. > After Breakfast we will Canoe to the port to meet the bus who will be taking us to Tena. Lunch and arts and craft shopping in Tena. > Afternoon arriving to meet Kichwa shaman Taita Don Casimiro Mamallacta and his family.
Jan. (20 Sun.) - Sunrise ceremony. Breakfast. > Personal La Limpia Traditional energy healing ceremonies with Taita Don Casimiro Mamallacta. Optional- nature walk
Jan. (21 Mon.) - Sunrise ceremony. Breakfast. > Personal La Limpia Traditional energy healing ceremonies with Taita Don Casimiro Mamallacta. After Lunch travel to Terma de Papallacta resort. Overnight at Papallacta. Closing Ceremony and dinner.
Jan. (22 Mon.) - Enjoy Papallacta Spa services, spend time at the healing hot sulfur pools or take a beautiful hike up the mountain trail along a whitewater gushing river, see llama and the beauty of the Andes. > After lunch, travel to the airport.
*Yoco - Paulinia Yoco, is a vine from which the Sieko’pai extracts a bitter tea, used for medicinal practices and daily life.