Plant Dietas in the Sacred Valley
Individual 5, 10 and 12-day dietas with one of our Shipibo Curanderos in a quiet, comfortable location in Tarary, Peru are offered to those who have participated in three or more Ayahuasca ceremonies with us, and who wish to work more deeply with the plant spirits. Your dieta plant will be selected for you by the Curandero.
One-to-one support is given throughout the dieta, along with personal healing and guidance from the Curandero, and translation if needed. This can be a very deep and intense healing experience and is recommended for those who are aware of a specific need for healing, or who wish to benefit from working with the plant spirits in a more isolated environment, away from everyday social interactions. Ayahuasca ceremonies are included throughout your dieta (3 ceremonies for a 5-day dieta, 5 ceremonies for a 10-day dieta and 6 ceremonies for a 12-day dieta), and meals are provided in accordance with the necessary dietary restrictions.
5 Day Dieta from $1584
5-12 day plant dietas are also optional during all of our retrats and may also be available for those attending three or more consecutive ceremonies with us outside of a retreat, as advised by the Curandero.
$25 per day, per person.
About Plant Dietas
Plant dietas are at the heart of the Shipibo healing tradition, and are an important part of many other Amazonian healing traditions. During a dieta, one makes a spiritual commitment to a plant for the purpose of healing or learning. The plant is taken, usually as a drink, every day, and strict restrictions are followed in the diet and lifetyle. This usually includes the elimination of all processed foods, salt, sugar, oils and spices, along with abstinance from sexual activity. Dietas are often done in isolation and can last anything from five days up to several months, or even a year.
The restrictions allow for a clear connection to be made with the spirit of the plant that is being dieted. Through eliminating foods and substances that have a strong effect on the body and mind, space is made to best receive the medicine of the plant. Isolation and sexual abstinance also allow for focus and concentration on the dieta, and prevent the messages of the plant from being clouded by external influences. Essentially, during a dieta, an environment is created where, as much as is possible, it is just you and the plant,and nothing else.
Many of the plants that are used for dietas do not induce psychedelic experiences or altered states of consciousness, but teach and communicate in other ways, often through dreams, spontaneous insights, or through the feeling of the plant working inside the body. Ayahuasca ceremonies may also be a part of the dieta, although this is not essential. But often, drinking Ayahuasca can bring an enhanced feeling of connection or a very clear communication with the plant during ceremony, and a deeper understanding of the work the plant is doing.
Plant dietas can be powerfully healing and can bring much insight into the root of any problems alongside their healing on every level. Each plant has its own properties and ways of working, and usually the Curandero will select the most appropriate plant to meet your needs. Dietas are ceremonially opened and closed by the Curandero to call in the spirit of the plant and to ensure your spiritual safety, and regular limpiezas (energy cleanings) are given during the process.
Alongside thier healing benefits for participants, dietas are a central part of the training and work of the Curandero. Through dieting with powerful plants and trees, deep relationships are formed with their spirits. These plant spirits are then called into ceremony to assist in the healing of the participants. The healing power in the Shipibo tradition is not so much about the Ayahuasca itself but about the plant spirits the Curandero has dieted with. Ayahuasca acts as a bridge to the other plant spirits, but it is the power of the plants that bring the protection and potential for healing into the ceremony.