We began our Ayahuasca Retreats because we love you. This is the motivation behind shamanic healing and bringing you to a higher level of awareness within yourself and the spiritual worlds we are all a part of. Over the years, there have been so many tears of joy, as we have delved deeply into each other's lives, sharing our happiness and sorrows, while we cried many tears together, as well as laughed wholeheartedly together. This work gives all an opportunity to heal on very deep levels. The connections we have made to so many, that have come, has been a miraculous blessing to all of us and our hearts. You become a part of our family, when you come work with us and uncover such profound levels. I hope to meet you here one day! Now on to the "formal" part of the website. Much love and Light to all of you!! - William Menech
Ayahuasca Retreats & San Pedro in Peru
8 Day Shamanic Ayahuasca Retreats & San Pedro in Iquitos, Peru
Welcome to Qhispikay Kawsay Shamanic Ayahuasca Retreats, Peru. We chose the name ‘Qhispikay Kawsay’ pronounced ‘(Kiss-pi-KI) (Cow-sigh)’ meaning liberating of one’s life in the language of the Inca called Quechua.
Through our experiences with Ayahuasca and San Pedro or known by its original name Huachuma, the journey has been beautiful and complex. They liberate and elevate one’s being to higher levels of awareness and comprehension.
We are honored to be able to offer to you the opportunity to take part in Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro) ceremonies at our ayahuasca retreats, with four shamans, Banco Ayahuasquero Don Romulo, his son Master Ayahuasquero Don Winister, Master Huachumero Cesar and Huachumero William Menech.
Ayahuasca and Huachuma ceremonies enable one to find a more purposeful life. Also included are special limpiezas or cleanses with special healing plant baths.
You will be able to explore traditional plant spirit shamanism that dates from time immemorial in a safe and secure environment. We work with integrity and the best of intentions for spiritual awakening, and holistic healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Our shamans are deeply committed to your path of healing and they are of the highest integrity. You can have confidence that you can immerse yourself in the realms of Peruvian shamanism with Ayahuasca, Huachuma (San Pedro) and these shamans knowing that you are with people who have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Peru has an extremely rich mixture of spiritual traditions that remains very much alive today. The shamans of the Amazon Jungle utilize their sacred spirit plant medicine Ayahuasca, which enables them to transcend ordinary states of consciousness, while having an effect on reality with their intention. We have great experience in shamanic healing work and spiritual practices, our combined experience equals more than 105 years as well as 83 years consolidated time working within the ayahuasca retreat format.
"I can categorically say that any other centre would not have been able to match what Qhispikay Kawsay offered during my stay. Make no mistake, the Shamans are a huge part of the healing process, and having available 3-4 who are authentic, knowledgeable, and dedicated was INVALUABLE... Other centres may dismiss or marginalize the impact of San Pedro (huachuma) ceremonies; however under a Shaman specializing in huachuma (William), this was FAR from the case. Some of the most powerful work at my retreat came with the San Pedro ceremony." - Michael G., United States
The Shamanic Call
Through the work with Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro), shamans and the world of spirit has the ability to bring one to a place of deeper understanding within oneself and the world we live in.
This is why we have sacrificed of ourselves, to do this work, as to share with all, that feel the call, to come and enrich their understanding of themselves, the life that we find ourselves in and the realm of spirit.
It is our hope and intention that others might benefit as we have from these divine gifts, sacred plant medicines and teacher plants.
So join us on a this journey into the heart of the Amazon Jungle in Peru, to further develop a greater understanding of life, love and spirit through several of the greatest, if not the greatest spirit plant teachers on our planet.
The discovery that awaits you is a great reward and blessing to have the opportunity to explore in this lifetime.
On this journey in addition to working together within Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro) ceremonies and these gifted Shamans during our ayahuasca retreats, we will also get to explore the Jungle, up and down the Amazon River and its tributaries, some mild jungle hiking, traditional tribes with their handcrafts and dances, animal life, Iquitos, Peru and the Belen Market with its section that sells medicinal and spirit plants.
Our Ayahuasca retreats in the Jungle will include an introduction to Huachuma which will include 2 Huachuma ceremonies during our 13 day ayahuasca retreats or 1 Huachuma ceremony during our 8 day ayahuasca retreats. With this sacred healing cactus that was and still used in shamanic folk curing ceremonies throughout Peru and several other parts of South America.
Our other offering outside of our scheduled ayahuasca retreats that will soon be added to our program is our San Pedro Journeys.
Our San Pedro Journey is a pilgrimage and an opportunity to explore the shamanic realms of consciousness of the shamans and priests that worked with the sacred spirit cactus Huachuma or otherwise in modern times known as San Pedro.
We will be retracing the steps taken by the ancients and their shamanic initiations all the way to the axis mundi which is the claimed connection between heaven, earth and everywhere else.
"A lifetime of psychotherapy could not closely approach what I experienced at Kawsay. I would highly recommend Kawsay Retreat to anyone. What sets it apart is the small group size and the amount of care and support you receive." - Richelle Parker, Mexico
William and his team helped my wife and I over and above what I have ever experienced before, and we have worked with many different ayahuasceros over the last three years. The work they did was extraordinary; with such care, love and dedication. Unlike many other places I have been to, these guys do not close the ceremony until ALL the work is done - even if that means 8 hours later when the sun is rising. And after such long ceremonies, William, Romulo and Winister still sat with us for a good hour or so to explain what they did and what they saw. With a few jokes thrown in for good measure! I can wholeheartedly recommend Qhispikay Kawsay without hesitation and we will be going back there as soon as possible.
Jeff Van Dam
As for spiritual and personal growth, this was the most incredible experience of my life. I went places and felt emotions and concepts that I didn't know existed. It was intense, emotional, frightening, beautiful, euphoric. This is my first experience with Ayahuasca and Shamanic healing and before arriving I was curiously skeptical. Now I am just amazed. I feel like Don Romulo, Don Winister, and William took me on some kind of wild journey inside my own consciousness, letting me run wild and guiding me when I needed it. It's really difficult to put into words. I felt safe and in good hands. They put so much energy and care into the process, it's really amazing. I am eternally grateful. William picked me up at the airport and helped me with money exchange and finding a very nice hotel for the extra day I stayed in Iquitos. The food was great and the staff at the lodge was super cool and friendly. Love you all!
Henna V. - England
Thank you so much William, Winister and Romulo! I had an absolutely amazing experience at your center. The amount of time, energy and love you put into the work is just incredible. It is clear that you all work for pure, white, light that manifests itself as true healing. I cannot recommend this place highly enough.