The Retreat/Diet (commonly referred to as "diet" in traditional medicine), is the deepest therapeutic practice of traditional Amazonian medicine, stronger and more effective than ayahuasca itself, and necessary when taking ayahuasca to reinforce its effect. It consists of a 7-day retreat in isolation, in a very simple hut ("tambo") in the jungle, within the Botanical Reserve of Takiwasi (one hour walk from the Center), with the ritualized ingestion of the so-called "master plants", accompanied by a special diet and strict physical and psychological norms.
The issues addressed in the Retreat/Diet may include events and aspects of vital importance for each person, that are very intimate and strongly linked to blockages and traumas. In this practice, a special contact with nature and the inner self is created, and thus dedicated to a physical and energetic depuration that eliminates toxic food and other substances that block sensibility. This process allows to expand perception, re-connect with repressed emotions, cleanse and strengthen the body, and connect with the holy dimension. It favors dream production, remembrance of past situations and experiences that weren’t well-processed and deep introspection.
Under the supervision of doctors, healers and psychologists, participants must follow certain physical and psychological norms, and a special diet. The food is light, without salt, mainly rice and oats with boiled green bananas and without any seasoning.
Retreats/Diets are scheduled each month for resident patients of the Takiwasi Center, but we always have spots available for interested visitors, that have to go through an evaluation and the joint acceptance of the Medical Director and the therapeutic team.
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The main activity of Takiwasi is the treatment of people with addiction in a residential modality. According to the Peruvian law, Takiwasi can only accept in residential treatment male patients. For women seeking for residential treatment we can recommend contacts or we can eventually offer the Retreat/Diet in Takiwasi as a possible preliminary step in their therapeutic process, always after evaluating their personal situation.
A therapeutic work suitable for anyone who wants to solve their psychological or emotional problems, but also initiate or continue a process of personal development.