Franziska

October

2019

Workshop

Buster

September

2019

Marosa-Dieta

Kevin

June

2019

Bobinsana-Dieta

Rico

April

2019

Lupuna-Dieta

Sam

March

2019

Ayahuma-Dieta

Alex

October

2018
Workshop

Sari

March

2019

Workshop

Vero

November

2018

Workshop

Marcel

February

2018

"On your own"

Petra

October

2018

Workshop

Alexandra

July

2018

"On your own"

Karin

November

2018
Workshop

Christa & Renzo

April

2014

Workshop

Flurin

October

2018

"Workshop

Veronica

February

2018
"On your own"

Daniel & Julia

October

2018
Workshop

Mainstrieam medicine diagnosis said incurable, physically led to the edge of the bearable, pain day and night, insomnia, inability to move due to paralysis, massive weight loss and multiple food intolerances led me close to a self-abandonment. 
 

Although I knew deep down that this illness had to be a gift and that only a change of perspective would reveal the solution, I could not bring about a profound solution with the only thing that remained, my intellect, despite an intensive search. I found several really valuable books that enabled me to realize that it would take more than a sharp intellect alone to solve the puzzle.
 

One day I remembered the words of my late brother-in-law. He told me on his deathbed to try Ayahuasca. However, I thought that drugs could not help me and yet a feeling and desire arose that led me not two weeks later to a Swiss shaman. At the first ceremony, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I heard someone talk about a tree diet. That fascinated me, as I always wanted to achieve a greater connection with nature. I felt an overwhelming interest.  A few days later, after intensive talks with my family and the shaman, I bought a plane ticket to Peru.

Soon I was sitting completely exhausted with pneumonia on a plane on a journey into the unknown. I knew that from a medical point of view the trip was like a suicide mission. The desolate state of health, the exhausting journey, the destination and the length of stay - all simply crazy and irresponsible. In fact, at home I found it even crazier and more irresponsible to just watch chemotherapy eat me up in the face of my daughter, my wife and my parents. I could not stand it. How Neil Young sings so beautifully: It is better to burn out than to fade away. 

 

I instinctively knew it was the right decision, the jungle and true natural medicine. I didn't want to see pictures of the retreat, nor check its homepage, no research on Ayahuasca, nothing at all. I entered the jungle with a chemically reduced immune system, antibiotics and chemotherapy in my body as well as the greatest respect.

Mosquitoes and many other animals greeted me frenetically. Lovingly I was welcomed and quartered by the local Shipibos. On the same day the master shaman started the tree diet. My choice fell intuitively on the teaching tree Inua Shatan also called Ayahuma (thanks to Bob Dylan: "Blowin' in the wind").


In an environment without the usual influences like electromagnetism, media, telephone, distractions and temptations I quickly found deepest peace of mind, infinite love for the environment and the true nature of my self. Sleep began again, dreams reached me again and the pain faded. The ability to move also increased daily. Intensive care by experienced shamans (partly up to 5 masters), vegan and individually co-ordinated nutrition, clean water, and attentiveness to the plants and animal world carried me step by step away from the known capitalistic, loud and normal environment. The ever-present strong energies of true nature became palpable and tangible again. These were never gone before, they had only been superimposed beyond recognition. 
 

Inua Shatan, my great teacher tree, introduced me to the understanding of life and death and decoupled my mind from my heart. He taught without restraint and detours, with hard lessons, highly emotional and incredibly fascinating. He picked me up exactly where I stood, pushed me to the limits and sometimes beyond. The feeling of losing one's mind, of not being able to use one's intellect and senses was only the beginning. This was necessary and indispensable in order to recognize the great whole in goodness, love and beauty. 
After the first weeks of purification and pure medicine from the tree, mixed with tobacco, Ayahuasca/Chacruna medicine was added. Ceremony after ceremony, layer after layer, this sacred medicine switches off accumulated feelings, unconscious deposits and mortgages in the subconscious. Accompanied by bliss, deep shakes, indescribable insights, chaotic moments, sadness, joy, visions, healing and the incredible, infinite love for oneself and everything around. "What is madness?" kept me busy for weeks. What is withheld from us if we only adhere to our concepts? Doesn't true beauty, perfection and love for the big picture remain hidden as long as the intellect tries to understand?

 

Ani Shinan offers a retreat of peculiarity, the possibility of doing nothing, of not thinking, of purification on all levels in combination with traditional herbal medicine and close accompaniment by wise indigenous shamans. This finely tuned concept takes into account our Western nature and allows an integration in the middle of the jungle for all those who face the great challenge and follow true, deep intentions. The professionalism, the balanced nutrition combined with cleansing bath rituals and selective massages, an excellent infrastructure as well as much charity, social contacts to humans and animals and the true intrinsic interests of the owners offer an excellent ambience for a profound understanding of our self, for our reception to love ourselves again.
 

After a short time the three-month diet was over. My hope for peace of mind was surpassed by far. I no longer feel any signs of my severe illness, physically I am still weak but mentally stronger than ever before. I have recognized at least some of the most important building sites and return to my homeland to implement the findings and strengthen my body again with healthy nutrition and lots of sport. I was given indescribable insights and deep indelible impressions and was allowed to return to my beloved family.
 

I wish for nothing more than that at least one single person on earth may experience it at once. My search with closed eyes and an open heart was richly rewarded. My deep gratitude and attachment is to 
 

- Pachamama and her kindness, generosity and unending love

- Inua Shatan as a loving wise teacher and master tree

- Ayahuasca and Chakruna as all-encompassing spiritual teaching, master and medicinal plants

- All plants and life forms for support and direct lessons

- Shipibo Indians for the willingness to preserve the knowledge and to share with me

- Marco & Daniela, Patrick and Christoph as intrinsically motivated founder of ANI SHINAN and protector of this original cultural heritage.

- Sarah my wife and Layla my daughter for the loving, uncompromising support of the long, hard times of illness and the readiness of the deprivations during the healing process.


In love
Samuelito