Don Francisco Montes’ work focuses primarily on shamanic plant diets and this is the process that will be offered at the new Ayaruna Center. The diet process is a most powerful process intended and designed for both healing and learning. The diet process transcends all western linear thinking and attitudes: it is a connection with the plant one is dieting and the connection deepens to the degree that one is willing to engage in this relationship, which affects the individual on all levels of their being. It is a mysterious yet powerful and enriching process.
The diets entail not only Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies but also working with one or more additional plants growing on the grounds of the Ayaruna Center. The plants available for our diets include: Ayahuasca, Chakruna, Altaruna, Chiric Sanango, Rose, Tobacco, Cielo PiriPiri, Ayauma and Chonta Caspi. Furthermore this process entails also a food diet devoid of all salt, spices, sugar, fruit and meat. Despite these restrictions, we will be offering meals that are as nutritious, nurturing and appetizing as possible. Participants are lodged in individual huts and are invited to spend their time in as much solitude as possible. The entirety of the diet retreats is spent within the grounds of the Ayaruna Center in order to avoid distractions from this deeply transformative process.
This is not necessarily an easy process and is only offered to people who are willing to face their fears and live in an environment that lacks the comforts and distractions of our everyday life. The registration process for these diet retreats will entail thorough questionnaires and a personal essay about the reasons for wishing to join us. We will NOT be offering single Ayahuasca or San Pedro ceremonies but exclusively 3-week diets. Enquiries about single ceremonies will not be answered at all, sorry!