What Foods and behaviour should I avoid?
In order for you to have a successful experience at Ani Shinan, you'll need a healthy body. We've strategically designed a meal plan in perfect balance between local ingredients, delicious flavours, and the needs of Ayahuasca.
You must refrain from any sexual activity during your stay on Ani Shinan.
What should I expect from the purge?
It's natural to be a bit hesitant about something that looks that uncomfortable. We like to define the purge as any and all energetic release that takes place during and after ceremony. This can be physical, emotional, purely energetic and psychic. You can and may vomit, or defecate, but it is not necessary for the cleansing to take place. The purpose of the purge is to cleanse and it is part of the ceremony. The more relaxed you are the easier it is to let go and the Ayahuasca will remove everything it needs for you to achieve cleansing and spiritual ascension.
Will I go crazy?
It is common to experience mental turbulence at times in ceremony, but no, you will NOT go crazy. Let go into your heart and the mind will release the afflictions that imprison it. Through the process your mind can be freed from pain, trauma, and suffering. It will allow you to ascend and learn incredible.
How do I deal with the anxiety and/or fear?
Anxiety and fear can be common in Ayahuasca. The experience, at first is foreign and designed to push you. Find your inner warrior, use courage, love and your heart. The anxiety and fear can and will be overcome, and when you release it, you will be freed from it, not only in Ayahuasca but also in the rest of your life.
Our slogan: Nature loves courage.
Can I be helped?
It's normal to think that your condition is so extreme that it is beyond fixing, but having said that, yes you can be helped. Our Shamans and the Teacher Trees and Plants will support you to ensure that you receive the maximum opportunity for cleansing and transformation. You will experience growth and development as well have the opportunity to release afflictions of many kinds.
How do I integrate what I've learned when I go back home?
Your main benefits typically come in the form of the positive changes that result after your experiences. Adhere to the suggested diet another week after leaving Ani Shinan. Even after your stay on Ani Shinan, the Teacher Trees and Plants are with you and will guide you on the path of shamanic growth and transcendence. They will be your allies.
What are the potential interactions with for example Zoloft and Methadone?
It can be a dangerous conflict for your body to mix these substances with Ayahuasca. That's why on Ani Shinan, we require that all our guests be free from antidepressants and all other psychoactive western medicines before coming. If you have any questions concerning the use of western medicines and Ayahuasca, please bring it up during our Pre-Ani Shinan call.
Can it make my problems worse?
Ayahuasca in the wrong hands can exacerbate your symptoms. Ayahuasca is a powerful shamanic tool and medicine and should never be taken lightly.
Only proper candidates should participate in ceremony. We can discuss your state during our Pre-Ani Shinan call.
You have to work with trained professional shamans that have the training and experience necessary to make sure you progress through the ceremonies in the right direction. At Ani Shinan, our shamanic team is headed by shamans with literally decades of experience in guiding individuals through ceremony. The traditional Shipibo plant apprenticeship is normally 5 to 10 years. There are many self-proclaimed shamans with little to no training. This is dangerous.
An overwhelming number of our participants have experienced nothing short of miraculous transformation.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a concentrated visionary tea that is made from the Ayahuasca vine and the leaves of the Chacruna tree. The combination of these two plants creates a powerful visionary medicine used in the Amazon by traditional medicine men. It is administered in ceremonies, which produce visions and cleansing purges.
How is the Ayahuasca made?
Ayahuasca is made by combining the Ayahuasca vine and the leaves of the Chacruna tree. The vine is pounded into long thin strips and placed into the bottom of the pot and the Chacurna leaves are packed on top. The combination of plants is then boiled for 12 or more hours by one of our trained shamans. Water is added throughout the day continuing the cooking and to prevent burning. It is finally refined until it is a thick brown liquid. It is this tea that is called "Ayahuasca" and is ingested in ceremony. We grow the Ayahuasca and Chacruna on our land and also cook it on Ani Shinan.
What is Amazonian shamanism?
Amazonian shamanism originated in the tribes of the Amazon basin. Through their extensive understanding of their environment they utilized the many medicinal plants, forming a medical culture unique to its own. The Indians learned to heal from the spirits of the plants that they utilized. They connected through the sacred use of visionary plants where telepathy, shared consciousness, and astral travel were common experiences.
What is shamanism?
Shamanism is a type of traditional spiritual belief systems and traditional medicine. Found throughout tribal cultures around the world, similarities abound between beliefs of what seem to be unrelated communities. One commonality is the belief in “other realities" or “other dimensions" that the consciousness travels through during training and then healing work.
What about vaccination?
There is no need for vaccination before coming to Ani Shinan.
What about Malaria?
There is no need to bring Malaria medicine to Ani Shinan.
Are there mosquitos?
Yes! While the camp houses are screened to provide an area free from mosquitoes, the jungle is home to many biting insects. The best protection is to cover your skin with clothes.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please see the tab Process -> Pre-Ani Shinan.
How long are the ceremonies?
Ceremonies generally last between 2 and 6 hours.
What language is spoken on Ani Shinan?
Spanish is spoken throughout Peru. The Natives talk Shipibo and Spanish. They are very good in understanding your needs. Give yourself the chance to dive into their culture without holding on to preconditions.
How is the climate?
The jungle is hot and humid with cool evenings and nights. It rains every month with a dryer and wetter season. The wet season is from January through May. For current temperatures see weather websites.