A list of questions I'm asked, if you have one yourself then contact me and I can add it to the list.
What is a shaman?
A shaman has one foot in the ordinary critical-consensual world and one foot in the world of the unseen collective consciousness to which we are all connected, also known as other worlds. Through this ability they are able to carry out healing and provide information.
What is shamanism and what do shamans do?
Best answered by reading this article.
How should I prepare for working with the plants?
In terms of mental preparation, I highly recommend you read this article on considerations for your plant medicine experience. This helps to ensure we're all in alignment in terms of expectations on retreat. It will give you a good idea as to the ethos. Feel free to ask questions about anything you're unsure of in this regard.
In terms of physical preparation, there is a lot of debate over what should constitute a pre-ceremony diet. I feel the following gives best results:
sexual activity of any kind, including self-love
Dark media, movies, and low vibration people
Salt (A small amount of Himalayan salt is OK if needed. By needed I mean if you become mentally erratic, disconnected, foggy, or otherwise challenged).
All spices (everything you eat should be quite bland)
Papaya, mango, and passionfruit
All dairy (if possible, this is not a must do but it helps)
Foods fried in traditional oils (Canola, Vegetable, etc.)
Citrus (lemon, lime, orange)
Garlic, onions, leeks
All other mind-altering substances, including Marijuana
Gluten (can be eaten in moderation but works best if you avoid it completely)
No cologne, perfume
What to eat and do
All organic vegetables (except onions, garlic, leeks and spicy peppers)
Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil
Herbs (fresh or dried)
Salmon and trout
Organic chicken or duck
Rice, polenta, quinoa and other gluten-free grains
Corn tortillas (no flour)
Beans and pulses (unsalted)
Read books, listen to uplifting music, creatively express yourself
Journal, meditate, sing
Workout, yoga, dance
Smoke Mapacho or sacred tobacco
How many participants do I accept on retreat?
I feel that smaller groups are better than huge halls full of people. This is so that my attention and care can be distributed evenly between participants. I also prefer intimacy; and like to give participants the chance to bond with each other, which is easier in smaller groups. For this reason, I accept a maximum of fifteen participants.
What do You need to know about participants?
I need to know about any dietary requirements you might have, allergies or intolerances, so that I'm prepared with alternatives. I also need to know about any possible conflicts with the plant medicines, for example any pharmaceutical medicines you may have been taking, like antidepressants.
It's good to know about any previous medicine experiences. This is so that we can get an idea of the kind of group we may have and I can tailor the details accordingly.
I will send you a form when you book so that we can get the information we need from you.
Which medicines are used?
I use several plants and this is sometimes varied on our retreats, but the main plants we use at every retreat are ayahuasca and huachuma. The medicine we provide is brewed by us, so we know what goes into it, the strength and the dosage. I always offer three doses per ceremony, however, two doses are the most that the majority end up taking.
Please see Ayahuasca, Huachuma and Pusanga for more information.
What food will there be on retreat?
The food is grown on site and sourced from local organic suppliers. We provide vegetarian and vegan options only.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or intolerances!
What do the retreat centres/accommodation consist of?
The retreats are in Portugal's beautiful, wild nature. I love participants to experience the plant medicines in a natural setting. Portugal is a very beautiful country with a perfect climate for this work. Your rest, comfort and well being are my top priority and the accommodation we provide is pristine and beautifully simple. All aspects of your physical experience have been considered and taken care of so that your attention can be placed on your personal healing process.
What is the price, what is included and what payment options are there?
I ask for £495 for the three day retreats. I also accept up to three instalments so you can spread the cost, but require the full amount to have been settled before the retreat starts. You can pay by card on our bookings page, and also by Paypal. UK residents are welcome to pay in GBP, to avoid exchange rate problems and fees. Contact me for bank details to do transfers, or our Paypal email address if you prefer.
I do one night ayahuasca ceremonies from time to time, at £150 per ceremony. This includes the ceremony, bed, breakfast and integration. You can pay in full, or a deposit of £80 with the rest payable on the first day of the retreat.
Everything is covered except flights, so accommodation, meals, art materials, external trips, the plant medicines and all complementary healing sessions are included. See our retreats for details of what we do, and the specific event you are interested in for the exact schedule.
How do I get to the retreat?
This retreat centre is accessible from Faro airport. I can put participants in touch to arrange group travel to Portugal. If coming from Lisbon, regular buses and trains go directly to Faro at very reasonable prices and can be pre-booked online. We can then either collect a group from Faro airport for a small transfer fee, or take a train from Faro train station to town nearest the centre, which doesn't take long and is very cheap. We can then collect you to take you to the retreat.
PLEASE NOTE: Incoming flights should be booked to arrive by 4.00pm latest. Return flights should be booked for no earlier than 3pm, as you will not leave the retreat until 12:00 and it is wise to leave time to get organised (especially with larger groups).