A m a z o n E x p e d i t i o n
Shamanic Immersion Experience
21 NOVEMBER – 7 DECEMBER 2020
You are invited to join us on a extraordinary journey into the Peruvian Amazon to participate in a powerful Shamanic Immersion Experience. For thousands of years, the traditional Shamans and healers of the Amazon Rainforest have been working with some of the most remarkable plants, which have powerful medicinal and psycho-spiritual properties.
The Amazon Expedition offers a unique opportunity to experience these traditional plant medicines under the supervision of authentic Shipibo Shamans and Plant Masters in an isolated Amazonian river facility, whilst fully participating in your own personal journey of healing, spiritual growth and transformation.
JOURNEY TO THE UPPER PERUVIAN AMAZON
The Expedition departs from Iquitos, Peru, and from there we will embark on a 6 hour boat journey on the Amazon River system to the region of San Jose, where we will be hosted by Casa Shipiba – a very special Shipibo family run facility and their supporting pueblo.
The Shipibo are an indigenous people living along the banks and tributaries of the Amazon River. The name refers to their language which dates back to the Inca Empire and the Shipibos are noted for their rich and complex cosmology, and their unique jungle lifestyle.
Our accommodation is in simple but comfortable private wooden huts and adjoining rooms, and all program activities will take place inside the Temple space, which becomes our second home for the duration of our stay. We will bathe in the Amazon River daily, where brightly coloured butterflies join us in the sunshine, and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle, tucked safely inside a mosquito net.
THE JUNGLE PROGRAM
Our program consists of 5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies spread out across the 15 days, with rest days in between for recovery and program days with activities aimed at integrating your personal process. Guided Meditations, Yoga/Chi Gung, Trance Dance and Soul Retrieval work will assist you to ground and integrate your experiences along with individual interviews and healings as appropriate.
You will be fully supported in your intentions for healing or spiritual growth, and assisted in negotiating your own unique journey with the sacred medicines, whilst sharing in an intimate group experience with like-minded souls.
We will trek together in the jungle with the Shaman and Plant Master to harvest the vines and leaves for our medicines and participate in their preparation.
As well as the Ayahuasca, which is brewed together with Chacruna for our ceremonies, we will also be ingesting three other plant medicines daily to assist our bodily purification and support our physical systems.
The following plants are the transforming teacher-healer plants of ancient Amazonia that we will be working with. They offer very special gifts of spiritual healing, cleansing, communion and knowledge.
SARACURA ~ FOR THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
This plant is an amazing new discovery that was gifted to our Shipibo Plant Master, Juni, by the supreme plant intelligence of Ayahuasca. Juni was shown, in full clarity, the leaf of Saracura, exactly where to find it in the jungle and how it should be prepared to produce the desired effects.
The Saracura plant greatly assists in calming and recalibrating the nervous system, balancing emotions and healing the pain body, bringing a deep sense of tranquility and pure presence of being. The actual medicine of this plant is a thin layer of pink skin located between the outer and inner layers of bark. It is a most delicate process of extraction, so characteristic of the gentleness of this powerful plant spirit.
RENEQUILLA ~ FOR BLOOD AND ORGAN PURIFICATION
We are literally drinking the blood of this plant, which cleanses the organs and purifies the circulatory system. A robust blood tonic, Renequilla is also beneficial in healing the reproductive and genital systems, as it connects us with our vital life-force energy.
Through our blood, we are tied to our ancestors and Renequilla can therefore assist in clearing familial and ancestral patterning, gently releasing outdated programming which can cloud our authentic self-expression.
UNA DE GATO (CAT’S CLAW) ~ TO BOOST IMMUNITY
Uña de Gato, or Cat’s Claw, is a thorny vine renowned as a powerful immune system booster. Known as the ‘Miracle Herb from the Rainforest’, Uña de Gato is a universal plant healer which has drawn increasing interest amongst naturopaths and herbalists.
The inner bark and blood, or life force, of this vine has been used for generations by the Amazonians to treat colds, viral infections, arthritis, wounds, skin disorders and tumors, to name just a few, and it has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and blood cleansing properties.
From a shamanic perspective, this plant can assist us to restore the inner sacred union of soul and physical body. There are different varieties of this plant and we will be working with Una de Gato ‘red’ to strengthen and purify our immune systems. Once prepared, we will drink this every day as a concentrated tea.
AYAHUASCA VINE AND CHACRUNA LEAF ~ FOR BODY, PSYCHE AND SOUL
Prized by the Amazonians as the ‘Great Medicine of the Forest’ and traditionally used for healing, divination and spiritual awareness, Ayahuasca is a supreme plant intelligence that elicits profound transformation.
Growing like DNA, Ayahuasca has its own unique cosmology, its own language and its own way of healing and transforming that is beyond this world and definitely beyond the mind. This master teacher plant is a gift from the Earth to transform our human consciousness and guide us into our greater selves. A mother vine and supreme teacher plant, Ayahuasca continues to assist countless people to heal traumas, health conditions, mental and emotional instabilities, clear genetic lineages, solve perplexing situations, download cutting edge information and creativity, activate DNA and so much more.
Ayahuasca assists us in learning how to traverse into other dimensions of perception, how to navigate our inner worlds and how to work with other types of energies that are not easily accessed with everyday consciousness. From this expanded space, she teaches us to tune in to multi-dimensional states of perception through intention alone. She guide us into experiences of the heart, to reveal our deepest pain and our greatest healing in order to liberate the powerful soul within.
We will join in the ancestral ceremonial tradition of Ayahuasca as a healing and transformative medicine, guided by the Shipibo Ayahuasqueros and their sacred icaros. The classic Ayahuasca medicine of the Peruvian Amazon is made by combining the Ayahuasca vine and the leaves of Chacruna, producing a pure medicine to propel our transformations.
THE SHAMAN’S DIETA
During our time in the jungle, we will be following a traditional shamanic dieta to support our work with the plant medicines, in particular the Ayahuasca. Meals will consist of freshly caught fish, yukka (a starchy root vegetable), rice, eggs, beans, salad and jungle fruits. Due to the demanding nature of our work, it is recommended for vegetarians to soften this stance during the program to ensure that you get adequate protein sources into your system.
It is also essential to purify your diet for at least a couple of weeks prior to joining the expedition; eliminating caffeine, sugar, salt, red meat and all artificial additives. The cleaner your bodily systems are, the better you will be able to integrate the effects of the plant medicines and the fewer detoxification symptoms you will experience during the program itself.
The Amazon Expedition is an intense and sacred journey into new territory, and you will be leaving behind your regular routine and commitments to share in this extraordinary adventure with 14 other dedicated souls. Whilst there is plenty of time for solitary reflection, rest and personal process, the expedition is strongly held as a supportive group endeavour.
There are always close bonds formed between participants, as you individually and collectively go through deep experiences and profound shifts and realisations. This powerful group harmonic acts as a container to support you during your transformation, as we are all witness to each other in this sacred journey. All applicants will be interviewed and individually selected for their suitability to this Shamanic Immersion Experience.
Your facilitator Misha Hoo presents this Amazon Expedition in collaboration with Casa Shipiba, offering powerful tools and services to support your transformative work. I am here to assist you, to guide you and to empower you, as we journey together into the Peruvian Amazon.
Misha Hoo is a shamanic practitioner, religious scholar and contemporary mystic who is committed to sharing her knowledge and experience of personal transformation. Over the past 20 years she has trained in many diverse therapeutic modalities including shadow work, mythological narrative therapy, meditation, massage, Trance Dance, energy therapy, soul retrieval and shamanic medicine.
She has taught Shamanic Self-Development and Body-Mind Integration in the Netherlands and Australia, has a BA (Hons) in Studies in Religion and is currently researching contemporary spirituality at postgraduate level. A professional tour guide, Misha spent five years leading small groups into the remote World Heritage Daintree Rainforest before establishing her relationship with Casa Shipiba in 2013.
Misha takes an intensely psychological and spiritual approach to personal evolution and has an unwavering faith in the unlimited potential of the human soul-psyche.
Her shamanic work is strongly grounded in the elemental foundations of nature and guided by the wisdom of her inner spiritual connection. A personal account of Misha’s own initiation into the shamanic healing path is published in the anthology Shamanic Transformations, edited by Itzhak Beery, available in all good book stores.
Bex Hronek fulfils the vital roles of translator and logistics manager for the Amazon Expedition. Bex studied media, theatre and contemporary dance in Manchester, UK, before moving to the Netherlands where she developed an interest in body-centred therapies and spiritual growth.
After exploring various massage techniques, including Thai, Balinese and Acupressure massage, Bex intuitively fuses aspects of these styles to form her own personal kata, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience into her bodywork practice. Bex now teaches massage and manages her own team of bodywork therapists in the Netherlands.
A global traveller, Bex lived in Mexico for several years where she fine tuned her Spanish language skills and studied traditional Mexican medicine, specialising in the temazcal, a form of natural medicine which uses heat and herbs for healing.
Bex has a natural affinity for working with plant medicines in a variety of different applications and now runs a home business producing fermented foods and drinks, whilst educating people on the importance of gut health. She currently lives in the countryside in Ibiza with her husband, two cats, and five chickens.
Your investment for the Amazon Expedition Shamanic Immersion Experience is US$2,200 for the entire 15 days in the jungle; including boat transportation, food, accommodation, ceremonies and all workshop activities plus two nights in shared accommodation in Iquitos. Due to the remote location and the nature of working with plant medicines, which can sometimes be intense, participation in the Expedition is via an application process.
Please download the Application Form and return it by email, and I will arrange an interview with you by phone or skype. Once your application is accepted, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of US$900 to secure your place, with the remainder of the Expedition costs due by the 1ST of JULY 2020 at the latest. Should you need to cancel once payment has been made, refunds are only possible when the expedition is full and someone fills your place. The Amazon Expedition is limited to 15 participants.
There is important information about the Expedition on the Amazon Preparation and Ayahuasca Medicine pages, please read these carefully before your interview so you can prepare any questions that you may have. You will need to arrive in Iquitos, Peru, on FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER as we will be gathering for a group dinner that evening. Your earliest flight out of Iquitos after the retreat will be the morning of TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2020.
I am so excited to be sharing this unique opportunity with you, and am looking forward to receiving your application. I would also like to give special thanks to Children of the Sun Foundation, without whom this expedition would not be possible.
AMAZON EXPEDITION INITIATES