This center is open since April 20th 2015
Brew: Ayahuasca vine with Chacruna leaves, smoked tobacco and agua de florida
On communal lands, on the Upper Madre de Dios River, in between the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve and Manu National Park,
We offer private overland transportation from and to Cusco, as part of our retreat itinerary.
3 double rooms
Transfer from airport is available.
Music that is played during session
Live-sung icaros following te Shipibo tradition
First, we send out a detailed outline of the admission process, a rainforest itinerary including costs, and a registration form that we use to pre-select participants. We ask for the registration form to come in at least 6 weeks prior to the preferred retreat dates to allow enough time for proper screening and preparation. After receiving the filled out form, we assess each particular case and then, if there are no contraindications or other concern from our end, we ask for an initial deposit that will be considered a partial payment. Upon reception of the initial deposit, we send out a complete information package which contains all the necessary information that participants need to prepare properly, including a medical questionnaire and informed consent that is to be signed. Participants are also require to attend a face to face personal interview in Cusco, two days at the latest before the planned departure into the rainforest. This is where the individual admission process ends. There will also be a a pre-departure briefing together with all other participants in Cusco, on the day before the planned departure, to give participants the chance to meet and to ensure that everybody is well prepared for the retreat.
During the retreat we have integration circles in between ceremonies and personal debriefs are available at all times with the ceremony leader. We encourage participants to share as much as possible about their life circumstances, past and present during the retreat, so that we can make individual recommendations with regard to practical "homework" after the retreat. After the retreat we make ourselves available for online support, consultations and follow-ups, as needed and determined by the participants, for up to three months after the retreat.
Jessica: Retreat organizer, ceremony leader, rainforest guide, cultural facilitator Jessica Bertram/Isá Samë has been living in the Peruvian Southeastern Andes and Amazon for 22 years, doing traditional plant diets and working with Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition for 16 years. She is certified as a "médico tradicional" or Onanya by the "Escuela Superior de Medicina Tradicional Shipibo" (School for Traditional Shipibo Medicine) in Pucallpa and is an active member on the School´s advisory board. As a former Manu National Park naturalist rainforest guide, she has been doing ongoing ceremonial work with the Harakmbut and other indigenous people of the region. For the last 8 years, her focus has been on providing ethnopsychological assistance to increase native people´s self-esteem and revitalize cultural identity both inside and outside ceremonial contexts. As a co-founder, she does not only lead Ayahuasca ceremonies at Parign Hak and facilitates a culturally adapted healing and cleansing process in Ayahuasca´s natural home, but she also provides in-depth knowledge of the cultural and natural environment in which this work takes place, as part of the attempt to foster mutual cross-cultural understanding. Victoria: Retreat founder, owner, Mum of all and everybody, ceremony assistant Victoria Corisepa is Alberto´s wife and also founder and owner of Parign Hak. She is in charge of organizing the kitchen and keeping an eagle´s eye on the smooth unfolding of everybody´s work and duties during the retreat. She also makes most of the beautiful crafts from rainforest seeds that are offered for sale. With the help of Ayahuasca, and to the surprise of medical doctors, she has not only overcome a life-threatening illness many years ago, but also learned to appreciate her personal Huachiperi heritage (she named the ceremonial space “Mini-hosipital Majeno”, after her father who used tobacco for healing) and to use many of the medicinal plants available in the area. In ceremony she takes turns with her husband to help hold a safe space and assist participants if necessary. Alberto Kiramo: Retreat founder and owner, fish provider, local guide, ceremony assistant Alberto Kiramo is Victoria´s second husband and one of the founders and owners of Parign Hak. He has built all of the existing infrastructure, with the help of Victoria´s sons. As an experienced boatman, he is responsible for all river transportation during the trip. As an expert farmer and fisherman, he takes great pride in providing all the organic bananas and yummy river fish that you will find on your plate. He has ample personal experience with Ayahuasca which has helped him heal from past trauma and become a more reliable partner to his wife. His social status in the community of Shintuya has been steadily and healthily growing since the founding of PARIGN HAK. Before and during ceremony, he is in charge of creating and maintaining the ceremonial space safe, which he does using tobacco. This, his calm presence, his quiet manners and his overall solidity is very reassuring and have brought him to be nicknamed “the rock man”. Steve: General maintainance Steve Flores Corisepa is Victoria´s second son. He takes care of the cabins and ceremonial space, he helps out in the kitchen, goes out fishing with Alberto and steps in wherever a helping hand is needed. With the help of Ayahuasca he has overcome many years of heavy physical and psychological abuse inflicted by Victoria´s first husband and his Andean family.
The founders and owners of Parign Hak - Grandma´s Home are indigenous Harakbut (Amarakaeri and Wachiperi) people. We also use the communal ecotourism services provided by the Queros-Wachiperi native community in our itinerary.
Maximum 5 persons per group
Maximum 2 participants per facilitator.
The facilitator stays during session.
Someone who stays sober is present during ceremonies.