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Ayahuasca Dietas Guided By Teacher Plants and Trees at Ani Shinan

Through my personal experience, I believe the healing power of Ayahuasca truly lies in the dieta process.

Before arriving at Ani Shinan, I had already experienced 8 Ayahuasca ceremonies in different parts of Brazil, but the physical healing and spiritual insights I received through my dieta process with Marosa were way deeper than all of my past ceremonies combined.

If you think about Ayahuasca in the physical sense, it is a vine that grows naturally in the Amazon, but in order for it to really thrive it needs the support and foundation of a tree to grow.

The two coexist together, yet somewhat modern adaptations of ancient indigenous spiritual practices left behind the importance of dieting in the process of the Ayahuasca journey.

From talking to healers about their dietas, I’ve discovered that dieting a plant or tree is a very intense healing process that can help you heal and treat diseases and problems that weren’t thought to have a cure with modern Western medicine and also can help you learn more about the shamanic path.

So let’s dive into the dieta process and explore a few of the Teacher trees and plants that you can diet while staying in the mystical grounds of Ani Shinan.

What is a Teacher Tree/Plant dieta?

First and foremost, let’s cover what a Teacher Tree/Plant dieta is and why people choose to go through the process of doing one.

A Teacher Tree/Plant dieta is a period of intense cleansing and healing that can be used to cure all types of diseases and illnesses ranging from cancer to psychological problems, addiction, depression, and anxiety.

Dietas have been used by the Shipibo for ages and are essentially the path that a Shaman takes to become a healer or “curandero” – a person who heals through the power of Ayahuasca ceremonially.

Whether you seek to be connected to light energy, heal physical ailments including mental health issues and addictions, connect to your higher self or begin your journey to discovering (and some would say “re-covering”) the healer within you, a dieta is the natural progression for spiritual warriors who seek to evolve themselves.

The dieta begins upon ingesting the Teacher plant or tree that you are dieting.

Generally for dietas, in the first week of the process you have to drink a tea that contains a mixture of the oil of the plant or tree that you are dieting with 1 L of water, combined with tobacco.

Afterwards, you must wait 15 days before starting to drink Ayahuasca again, and then normally you drink Ayahuasca either 2 or 4 times per week during your dieta.

The longer the dieta, the more liquid you drink in the beginning.

After you start, you must follow a strict plant based diet which excludes sex, masturbation, alcohol, and processed sugar in order to truly experience the effects of the dieta. It is a complete detox and cleansing of your mind, body, and spirit.

The reason for this is that your Teacher plant’s energy has the ability to teach you lessons both while awake and through dreams when you are in a clean state. The diet is closed with a final ayahuasca ceremony. Afterwards, you can slowly return to a diet of normal food.

If you are really interested in learning more about the details of the dieta process in the Ayahuasca traditions of the Amazon, the Ayahuasca Foundation provides a more detailed explanation of how it works.

Ayahuasca Foundation - Dieta Process

Below, we will take a look at a few of the plants and trees that you can diet at Ani Shinan.

Of course, if you are not sure which dieta is right for you, feel free to reach out to our founder Marco Fisher at to schedule a personal call and discuss which plant or tree suits you best in your journey.

There are so many healing trees and plants that are used for different diseases or treatments, so this isn’t a complete list. It’s best to consult with our Shipibo healers at Ani Shinan.


Marosa is the plant of love. It has tiny white flowers and leaves like blades

It is prescribed to connect oneself to one’s own feelings and emotions and to open the heart. Marosa is also good for increasing self-confidence.

It carries a special connection with the animals of the water such as serpents and fish.

The mother of this plant is the anaconda and it’s common to have visions of a giant anaconda or snake during ceremonies.

It always grows close to the river, therefore it carries the energy of the water.

The mother/anaconda lives in the water and comes out during the dieta process.

She is good at balancing masculine and feminine energies and restoring the nervous system to a state of rest.

She helps you attract benevolent people with good intentions and helps you to set healthy boundaries with people in your life who create or possess chaotic or challenging energy for you.

With Marosa, you will experience greater love, increased self-esteem, and self-love and be aware of more beauty in life. You learn to truly love yourself and others.

Physical Benefits

  • Excellent at healing long-standing conditions of the female reproductive system

Emotional and Spiritual Benefits

  • Greater self-love

  • Attracts love

  • Attracts loving people

  • Helps establish healthy boundaries between you and others


The masculine spirit of the Copaiba tree is used to cure the mind and body during a 3 month dieta process.

It is particularly used to treat ulcers and other digestive diseases.

Copaiba oil by itself can also be used to cure hemorrhoids.