APRIL 4th-15th

2020

JULY 11th-22nd

2020

OCTOBER 24th-NOV 4th 2020

UPCOMING RETREATS

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The Retreat Experience

During one of our retreats, you will be immersed in an environment of support and healing. Meals and accommodations are included with your stay, so that once you're here you only need to focus on your inner work. In addition to plant medicine ceremonies, we work with a Lakota style sweatlodge, and have a clinic on site with many therapies you can add to your experience. Everything here is designed so that you get the most out of your time with us and leave feeling renewed and whole.

Retreat Accommodations

The Casitas

 

Our casitas are spread throughout the property, and are shared between participants. 

Each Casita ranges from 4 to 10 beds with enough space for each person to create their own private space, and each casita has its own bathroom. 

The Casitas are located in different areas of the property, with amazing views to the valley and the mountains. All of them walking distance to the dining room and the amazing Maloka. In total we have enough space for 90 people comfortably enjoying Finca Ambiwasi. 

These casitas are not 5 star hotels. Rather, they serve you in your experience by enhancing the feeling of community and keeping you close to the beautiful surroundings at the Finca.

 

The Clinic at Finca Ambiwasi

Additional therapies & healing services to enhance your experience

While you're here, you can visit our healing clinic. We offer many additional therapies to support you alongside your work with the Yagé (Ayahuasca). 

Ayurvedic consultations, Zen Scans, Ozone therapy, and Colemas are currently available. 

 

Mother Earth's Womb:

Detoxification and Reconnection

Sweatlodge/Temezcal

Temazcal, like many other spiritual practices, is a powerful tool to

learn how to tame the mind and connect to our non-egoic sense of self.  

In its origin and ancient wisdoms, which we follow at FA,  the Temazcal 

is a devoutly spiritual ceremony where we connect with our essence

through the four elements of nature (fire, water, air, earth), meditation, 

singing and prayer. It is a moment of power in our lives, an opportunity

to reconcile ourselves with all our relationships, our health and our

spiritual path. It is an opportunity to stop and find ourselves.

The traditional Lakota ceremony of the inipi (sweatlodge) utilizes

all the elemental powers of the Universe: earth and the things that grow

fromthe earth, water, fire, and air. When we use the water in the sweat

lodge we should think of Wakan Tanka who is always flowing, giving

His power and life to everything. We should even be as water which is

lower than all things, yet stronger even than the stones. A myth from the Witoto nation who inhabit the southern extreme of Colombia says that there was once a tremendous blaze that consumed all life on the land. Afterwards, the first plant to rise from the ashes was the Grandfather Tobacco.  We call certain plants Grandfather or Grandmother because they existed long before the arrival of human beings.

In its origin the Temazcal is a devoutly spiritual ceremony where we connect with our essence through the four elements of nature (fire, water, air, earth), meditation, singing and prayer. It is a moment of power in our lives, an opportunity to reconcile ourselves with all our relationships, our health and our spiritual path. It is an opportunity to stop and find ourselves.

Physically, the sweatlodge is an igloo-shaped structure made of wood and blankets into which fire heated stones are placed and then bathed in rainwater.  As the water vapor rises the healer’s songs begin, accompanied by the tambor (drum) and sonaja (rattle) When entering this temple of transformation we each  utter the phrase ‘’Ahó Metakuye Oyasin’’ which is a mantra meaning ”All our relationships and we are all brothers and sisters”.  By saying these words we are decreeing the intention to heal, strengthen and clarify our relationships with all that we are, and all that surrounds us. 

The Temazcal is an invitation to journey inward, but also a notably holistic therapy that carries physical, psychological, mental, and energetic benefits.  In its origin the Temazcal is a devoutly spiritual ceremony where we connect with our essence through the four elements of nature (fire, water, air, earth), meditation, singing and prayer. It is a moment of power in our lives, an opportunity to reconcile ourselves with all of our relationships, our spiritual path as well as our health. It is an opportunity to stop and find ourselves.  This ceremony is practiced in all of the Americas where it is associated with different elements of earth, fire, water and air. In Colombia, it is associated with the element of water.

Said to be the oldest rite, the Sweat Lodge Ceremony is one of profound purification. When we enter into the lodge we enter back into the womb of the mother, of the earth. We enter in for purification through the heat and steam. We are reborn again into this world as small children.Individuals crawl to the left (ladies first) and clockwise to their spots. Hot lava rocks are heated outside of the lodge on a fire. They are then carried into a cloth covered willow frame hut to be placed into a pit. After the door is shut the inside of the lodge is pitch black with the exception of the red stones which we often refer to as the Grandmothers and Grandfathers.

Herbs such as cedar and sweetgrass are then placed on the stones to assist in the healing of the Ceremony. Hot steam envelopes the lodge as the leader pours water upon the glowing stones. The loud drum throbs steadily as the singers join in with the appropriate songs. Participants are encouraged to connect in their own prayer to Great Spirit while focusing on what is needing attention at that particular time. When the time is right someone calls out, Aho Mitakuye Oyasin! or All of My Relations! The flap is then opened. We do this for 4 doors and then exit the lodge one at time.

Temazcal is a symbolic regression to the mother’s womb and reconnection with our inner child. With prayer and the opportunity to express deep feelings in a sacred and supportive environment we purify “the emotional waters”. An outpouring of stagnant emotions occurs, thus opening a step toward deeper healing. Moreover, Temazcal ceremonies cure and decrease fears and phobias.

Physical benefits include regulating digestive system, detoxification, softening skin, relaxes the musculature system, stimulates the circulatory system and much more. 

 

Itinerary

Specially designed to acheive maximum results

 

This is a Sample Itinerary for our 11 day Healing Retreat and is subject to change

After experimenting with several retreats we have decided to offer the following itinerary; this is what we have seen create the most change in people:

  • Day 1, Arrival to Bogotá (Airfare not included).  We pick you up at the El Dorado International Airport* in Bogotá for direct transportation from Bogotá to Silvania. The retreat is held at Finca Ambiwasi (Healing Center).  All Meals are included. On the days that ceremonies are held, we fast after lunch time.   

  • Day 2, preparation, interviews with Taita Juanito, Yopo Ceremony

  • Day 3, interviews with Taita Juanito, learning about you and your life in order to direct ceremonies, herbs and healing in the best way possible.  Ancestral Sacred Yagé Ceremony with Musicians led by Taita Juanito, Taita Enrique, and the full team of healers

  • Day 4, Ancestral Sacred Yagé Ceremony with Musicians led by Taita Juanito, Taita Enrique, and the full team of healers

  • Day 5, day of integration and rest.

  • Day 6, Sweat Lodge to assist in the cleansing and integration, music and rest.

  • Day 7, Ancestral Sacred Yagé Ceremony with Musicians led by Taita Juanito, Taita Enrique, and the full team of healers

  • Day 8, Ancestral Sacred Yagé Ceremonies with Musicians led by Taita Juanito, Taita Enrique, and the full team of healers

  • Day 9, day of integration and rest.

  • Day 10, Sweat Lodge to assist in the cleansing and integration, music and rest.

  • Day 11, Departure

* We pick you up at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota between 1 - 2pm to go to Finca Ambiwasi, which is a ride of 2 hours (expected arrival to the location between 4-5pm). Please make sure to arrive before 2pm to the airport, because we won't be able to schedule another bus to the Finca. If you cannot find a flight arriving in the morning of the 12th, then please arrive on the day before to Bogota.

On the last day the first group will leave Finca Ambiwasi around 7 - 8am. The second group around 10am - 12pm.

Usually people organize their flights to depart in the afternoon of last day. It is also nice to stay in Bogota enjoying the Candelaria or the park of the 93rd street area.

The retreat includes:

 

  • Transportation back and forth to Bogotá International Airport.

  • All accommodations on a shared clean and comfortable basis.

  • All meals. 

  • 4 Sacred Yagé Ceremonies

  • 1 Yopo Ceremony

  • 2 Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

  • Workshops and lectures

  • Botanicals compound to treat specific conditions.

  • Sacred Healing during ceremonies.

  • Saunas with healing plant vapors

  • Guidance by the Taitas and the Helpers.

  • Private consultation with Taita Juanito

  • Translation available at all times. 

  • Male and Female helpers with years of experience and training received from the Taitas.

  • Additional therapies and healing services available, *cost not included in retreat package*

  • And much, much more!

What to bring? Please try to bring these items:

  • Sufficient clothing: there will be availability to wash clothes but it is limited and sometimes the weather does not allow things to dry quickly. Bring comfortable clothes and sweaters for the night.  Ceremonies are held at night and it might get chilly, although there are fireplaces nearby, the weather is chilly. Temperatures range from 60-75 Fahrenheit (15-25 Celsius).

  • Comfortable clothes for ceremonies including a warm hat.

  • Swimming suit for steaming or sweat lodges.

  • Insect Repellent, though the amount of insects is very low and almost no mosquitoes are found.

  • Flashlight or headlamp, very important.

  • All your toiletries. If you could bring biodegradable soap and shampoos as well as toothpaste it would be very good for our land and the environment, consider this please. 

  • Sandals for walking inside the facilities and hiking shoes for walking outside. Going up the hill to get to the Finca might be muddy.

  • Hiking shoes or regular tennis shoes for walking.

  • A hat if needed.

  • Sunscreen.

  • Camera.

Have Questions about the Itinerary?