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What is a San Pedro Retreat?


What is a San Pedro Retreat?

San Pedro retreat works with the cactus (Echinopsis Pachanoi) which contains sacramental properties. It is a close relative of the Echinopsis peruviana (Peruvian torch cactus). The name is attributed to the belief that just as St Peter holds the keys to heaven, the effects of the cactus allow users "to reach heaven while still on earth".



What is San Pedro medicine?


The San Pedro cactus contains a number of alkaloids , including the well-studied chemical mescaline (up to 4.7% of dry cactus weight). Anecdotal evidence suggests that the highest concentration of active substances is found in the layer of green photosynthetic tissue just beneath the skin.


If we were to say how does one rate these plant medicines on a 1-5 rating I would say that both Ayahuasca and San Pedro are on the 5 level but reflect different flavours and qualities. The depth of San Pedro is in the bond that one feels with the natural world it is the heart of the nature beings , the wind, storms, stars and thunder. It is nature’s magic whisperer and speaks to us of our hidden connection.



How does San Pedro ceremony look like?


For this we venture out into the nature , we embrace the first couple of hours in preparation and ceremonial intents, waiting for the effects of San Pedro to arrive. The San Pedro takes its time arriving, generally 1-2 hours but it is also a very long and sustained journey.


The experience can be like surfing a wave that will just not stop, and it has the feeling of "when will this end?". It is similar to a wave as well, you can feel the immensity of the power behind it. Our Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats Peru respect this medicine immensely for all the gifts it brings.



A sacred plant to be approached with great respect


San Pedro is an extremely sacred plant, it is not the hippy frolic in nature, it has much more stories and inner meaning within it other than a psychedelic trip. So it is extremely important to approach this plant altar with respect, as with Ayahuasca it has the power to humble the strongest of individuals.


San Pedro is a spiritual and mind enhancer , it’s essence opens the heart and expands the mind, this flexing of the internal muscles of our being is the foundation of the spiritual playground of our soul.



Difference between Ayahuasca and San Pedro


Both Ayahuasca and San Pedro are teacher plants of ancestral knowledge, weavers of the stories of growth and love. Healers of wounds and revealers of secrets.


With San Pedro retreats, it is more of a shared collective experience, as opposed to Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca normally takes place in the night, therefore the visual sense of being with others is limited.


San Pedro allows visual contact with the vast world world of Mother Earth as well as our connection with all beings, this is one of the most important parts, learning to feel and sense into the being. You can literally feel the capacity of holding the sacred inside as it emanates from others and the world.


There seems to be a a very special secret in our capacity to be vessels to hold and appreciate these emanations.



Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat Peru


Shamballa San Pedro Peru walks take place in the mountains of the Sacred Valley Peru, with meditational stops, amazing vistas, creeks, lakes fresh air and open skies are a truly wonderful way to embrace this medicine.


These sacraments are imbued with the blood of Mother Earth and this medicine allows to drink and experience forgotten connections.


At the end of the day we spend the evening with music and reflection, candles and a warm fire.


If this medicine has captured your interest:

Read more about Shamballa Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreats



To conclude - a gate to practical and direct connection with sacredness of earth and connectedness between beings


In conclusion , San Pedro is an excellent complementary addition to the Ayahuasca journey. This is really the true meaning of when the condor and eagle unite.


These two plant somas combine to show a more complete relationship between earth and heaven, between healing and warrior strength and the essential essence of the feminine and masculine forces.


San Pedro offers a more direct and practical connection with this sacredness of earth and connectedness between beings, a vary absorbing and physically felt experience.



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