“A superb opportunity to safely encounter genuine grassroots Amazonian shamanism at it’s core.” Expertly facilitated by Choque Chinchay Journeys since 1995. “The most ethical, experienced and knowledgeable transcultural shamanic guidance available today.” Licensed in Perú.
Registration Cost and Terms
If you’ve come this far and feel a calling to join us in an Ayahuasca SpiritQuest Listening to the Plants shamanic healing retreat, please send us an e-mail of personal introduction with a statement of your motive and intention for this work.
We will respond with more details about us, our philosophy, and the nature of our work including registration cost and terms of participation. At your request we will send our application screening questionnaire by e-mail. Please do not request the questionnaire unless you intend to attend if accepted.
Applicants are carefully screened for health and medication/drug issues, personal intention, and compatibility with our program.
This is a real screening process and we do not accept everyone.
Your personal safety is our highest priority and we make every effort to assure it.
Our work is open to anyone, without prejudice, who presents themselves sincerely, honestly and with good intentions, subject to safety considerations regarding personal health, medication status, and general fitness.
Our work is intended for seekers of healing, truth and new beginnings in their lives.
We are not engaged in ‘ayahuasca tourism’ and we are selective in whom we accept to our work.
This work is not for everyone. We therefore do our best to select people well-suited for it.
We’ll get back with you right away with more details including registration cost and procedure to enroll.
Enrollment for each scheduled retreat is open until filled and you do not have to be part of a group to enroll. The usual monthly group size is 8 to 15 participants.
Terms of Registration
The standard enrollment deadline for the Ayahuasca SpiritQuest and Huachuma SpiritQuest retreats is 30 days before the starting date. Registration is possible after the enrollment deadline if space is available and there are no health or medication-related safety concerns.
Listening to the Plants
Program Summary and Exclusions
comfortable screened double-occupancy lodging (single avail.)local transportation, land and water all meals at the Sanctuary tuition, fees, and materials Spanish-English translation experienced and sensitive transcultural facilitation personal diagnoses and consultation with the curanderos specialized individual healing work according to need four or five Ayahuasca cleansing and healing ceremonies a heart-opening Bobinsana ceremony cleansing and stimulating flower baths and medicinal steam baths facilitated group sharing and “talking stick” sessions social and trading visits with indigenous Bora, Yahua, Shipibo and Huitoto people integrative rainforest and riverine explorations
medicinal plants carefully-selected for highest quality and potency participation in the preparation of the Ayahuasca medicine Ayahuasca SpiritQuest Listening to the Plants is NOT “ayahuasca tourism”
We don’t do ‘tours’ and we are not tourism operators. We are shamans and curanderos of rich experience, deep knowledge, and impeccable integrity, purely dedicated to the ancient shamanic art of holistic healing and higher consciousness “for the good of all”.
SpiritQuest Ayahuasca ceremonies are conducted by Don Rober Acho Jarama, an extraordinary maestro banco ayahuasquero who works in purely positive modalities and maintains a strong healing practice in his resident community and among indigenous groups along the Rio Momón outside Iquitos. He is ably assisted doña Eliana Acho and don Howard Lawler, both ayahuasqueros with over 20 years experience each in the Amazon. They a truly dedicated maestro curanderos (shamanic healers) of the highest caliber. Each brings a special gift to their magical blend and together there is none better.
Don Rober is an extraordinarily gifted natural healer characterized by lifelong dedication to the old-fashioned jungle healing arts. His deep traditional plant medicine knowledge, derived from over 46 years of shamanic healing practice, is complimented and guided by healing spirits of the water, earth, and air. He and doña Eliana radiate positive healing energy and pure uncomplicated wisdom. They are consummately kind and loving human beings who serve their art with grace and tireless dedication.
travelers’ insurance (optional)
tips and honoraria
Because of our overriding commitment to your personal goals and intentions, we limit group size to assure you receive all the personal attention you desire.
SpiritQuest officially commences with group arrival on the starting date and ends with breakfast and transportation to the airport on the closing date. The registration cost includes lodging and accommodations at SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary, meals, activities, shamanic counseling, personal healing, ceremonies and medicines. We conduct our work on an organized basis with a daily agenda. There is no discount or refund for late arrivals or early departures.
We will greet you on arrival at the Iquitos airport with ground transportation to our boats and on to the Sanctuary.
Please plan to arrive in Iquitos on the starting date via Star Peru Airlines from Lima to Iquitos. This will insure that we can greet you at the airport with transportation to the Sanctuary which is about an hour and a half from the airport by land and water. A condition of acceptance to our work is that you not arrive in Iquitos before the starting date. This will avoid the many risks of the city and assure your proper attitude and state of mind to enter our work.
The Huachuma Mesada Initiation of the Three Worlds. You’ll want to consider our second week extension option, The Huachuma Mesada Initiation of the Three Worlds to move even deeper into the practices and knowledge of South American sacred plant shamanism.
The agenda includes three stunning and transformative Huachuma Serpent Mesa works with the Grand Maestro Huachumán and the extraordinary maestro of the classical Chavín mesada ceremony Don Howard Lawler Choque Chinchay, Maestro Huachumero and Chakaruna.
Diverse aspects of core shamanism in principle and practice will be addressed, with focus on classical shamanic teacher-healer plants of antiquity.
The SpiritQuest Mission
SpiritQuest shamanic retreats are designed for the mature, sincere, and respectful seeker of cultural knowledge, spiritual enlightenment, and personal healing.
The powerful holistic processes we facilitate require serious advance preparation for fullest benefit.
Some aspects of these processes may be temporarily physically and emotionally difficult. We have extensive experience in the administration of these experiences and will nurture your passage with sensitivity, competence, and compassion.
We will assist in all aspects of your journey preparations and provide follow-up guidance and counseling according to your needs.
We hold in great esteem the native shamanic healers of the Peruvian Amazon, their rich and varied cultures, and their profoundly-rooted spiritual beliefs.
We believe they have much to teach us if we’ll listen. We therefore require the same respectful attitude from our fellow travelers.
Our work is not a tourist experience nor is it a recreational pursuit. Please come seriously focused with positive intentions, or not at all.
For the benefit of all, applicants are screened to determine personal goals and fitness for this experience. We reserve the right to respectfully decline any application without prejudice.
Notarized waiver of liability and acceptance of risk and all written terms of participation is a requirement of registration.
Workshop activities and programs are conducted in accordance with the laws and statutes of the jurisdictions in which they occur.
Alumni e-mail references are available upon request.
Press the Otorongo Blanco to request application materials. You can also contact us by telephone in Perú at (011-51-65) 600-178 or 22-3595, or by Skype to Otorongo145.
Your questions or comments are welcome… We’d like to hear from you!