Ayahuasca is the Mother of all Medicines in the rainforest. She teaches us where our strengths and weaknesses lie by stripping away psychosomatic blockages, and restoring our native health and perception. She penetrates our nervous system and renews conduits of energy debilitated by toxins, tension and anxiety. Ayahuasca inspires us with the vision and wisdom to manifest positive changes in our personal lives and guides us through quantum leaps in our evolution as a species.

This plant medicine is powerful and complex, with a strong personality and infinite capacity. It is important to work with a Shaman who effectively acts as a bridge between the spirit world and our modern world. Scott Petersen, born in the United States, has been a practicing Shaman full time in the Amazon rainforest for over 20 years. He has decades of experience, including thousands of ayahuasca ceremonies and an extensive education in Psychotherapy and Anthropology.

Most of our guests consider their time at Refugio Altiplano a life-altering experience.With respect for                                                         indigenous tradition and the5 spirit of the plants, Scott and his staff spend many hours preparing the ayahuasca brew, a combination of banisteriopsis caapi vine (Ayahuasca) and psychotria vidiris leaves (Chacruna). These sacred plants are plentiful in the rainforest where we live and thanks to our decades of experience we consistently prepare powerful medicine and offer inspiring and effective ceremonies five times a week here at Refugio Altiplano.

The shamans who work with Scott are Jose Huanaquieri, a talented mestizo ayahuascero from a community nearby, and Rosando, an experienced Shipibo shaman. They have been together for years and work effectively as a team. This gracious sacrament empowers us to enjoy our lives and    celebrate our birthright to health and abundance on our sacred planet.

Learn how ayahuasca is used in ceremony.