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Tobacco is our primary plant teacher & guides our work.
Tobacco is Mother Earth’s first born, the most revered plant in the entire jungle for its power to teach, cure, communicate and protect. It is said that tobacco is the grandfather plant from which all the other plants sprung forth and receive direction. Tobacco helps invoke the power of other plant medicines. It is food for their spirits.
You may be thinking, “isn’t tobacco harmful?” Unfortunately, tobacco is the most misused and misunderstood plant on the planet. In America and other industrialized countries throughout the world, tobacco is connected to a series of serious physiological problems. Wild tobacco, nicotina rustica of the Amazon, is a revered healing plant and regarded as sacred by tribes throughout the jungle. The way sacred tobacco is used has nothing in common with the Americanized processed tobacco of commercial cigarettes. In this way, tobacco heals rather than harms.
Sacred tobacco can be taken in different ways; as smoke, powder or tea. The smoke is used as a way to clear energy; both of a space and a person and to offer protection. We use tobacco as a curative tea.
is a sacred ritual for powerful healing on mental, emotional, physical and sexual levels. Tobacco is a wise teacher, strong purgative, and at times difficult to endure. Upon completion, you are left feeling grounded, clear, connected to nature, with many new insights about yourself and how to engage with life. It’s important to have ceremony with a Tobaquero who is trained to work with tobacco properly otherwise the effects may be harmful.
These ceremonies have limited space and require registration. Please check our events calendar or send us a contact request for additional information.
Prajna offers Mapacho ceremonies online for participants that have received tobacco initiation with her on retreat. These ceremonies are an ideal way to continue your healing journey and deepen your relationship with this master plant teacher.
These ceremonies have limited space and require registration. Please check our events calendar or send us a contact request for additional information.
Traditionally, dieta (diet) is the process of learning from one specific plant for an extended period of time in seclusion under the guidance of an established Tobaquera. There are multiple plants within an apprenticeship program. Tobacco is an initiatory diet that serves as the foundation for traditional training in most indigenous traditions.
Many people diet with master plant teachers for the profound health, healing and wisdom they provide.
Prajna offers a private seven day tobacco diet upon request. Please send a contact request for more information, application and availability.
What Are The Benefits of Tobacco?
- Purges and cleanses the intestines, blood and other parts of the body. Is the foundation for learning from plants.
- Clears emotional, mental, physical and sexual energies.
- Opens, heals, and resolves early life experiences.
- Restores strength, and clarifies perspective and direction.
- Teaches through visions and messages in the dream state.
- Grounds you in your body to meet challenge and beauty.
Meet Our Indigenous Healers and Guides
The teachers who have facilitated my initiations and guide my work.
I am honored to work with them.
is a world renowned Peruvian Mestizo Tobaquero from the Tigre River and a long lineage of Curanderos. Ernesto is dedicated to healing by facilitating connection to the spirit of mother earth and plants through plant dietas with tobacco as the foundation for learning. He has blessed Prajna with the preparation and protection necessary to bring plant medicine to others. He told her, “many people will come to you. You are very ready.”
Ernesto speaks as a guide in this world. “We as Peruvians ancestrally and traditionally have many natural medicines. They have been used only by people who know the plants as well as their preparation and dosages. These are our roots. As curanderos, my students carry this medicine as an energetic healing force for many people and the earth.”
A curandera with over 25 years of experience.
Sulmira began her medicine apprenticeship with her father when she was 19. He served her first cup of Ayahuasca and she immediately began dieting plants. She lived one whole year of “pure medicine lifestyle” dedicating herself completely to the ways of the plant medicines. Maestra Sulmira comes from a family of Shipibo healers and, in addition to teaching her, her father passed his knowledge to her and her siblings. After dieting for one year with her father, Maestra Sulmira began working alongside him as a Curandera. The father and daughter healing team spent six months working together in Lima. Then continued working together in the jungle.
Maestra Sulmira continued deepening her healing practice in years to come and has since lead many through their healing process. She is now in her forties with over twenty years of experience as a Curandera with ayahuasca and other medicinal plants.
Sulmira teaches through example. She impressed most upon me the necessary focus and careful attention given to participants during ceremony, as well as flower healing baths. She has a beautiful gentle healing presence, great sense of humor and offers powerful ikaros.
A master curandero that heals at the highest level.
Jorge was born in the village of Dos Unidos de Pachiteya Rio, eight hours by boat from Pucallpa, Peru. He worked with ayahuasca for his first time with his friend, Maestro Benino, when he was 29 years old. It was a one-time experience and he moved on with his life after this. He later found himself very sick and in the hospital for 3 years. During this time, in 1989, Maestro Jorge began working again with ayahuasca under Maestro Guillermo Arevalo Valero. Maestro Guillermo became Jorge’s Maestro with whom he dieted and apprenticed under for 9 years, living a life dedicated to learning the ways of Shipibo healing techniques from the plants.
Maestro Jorge worked for 21 years as a Shipibo curandero out of his home, where he was living with his family. In 2012, he went to Temple of the Way of Light where he worked for 3.5 years as one of their head Maestros.
Maestro Jorge is known as a Master. I met him in his first year at the Temple. He has my full trust. He has shared his healing tradition with thousands of people and dieted many plants and trees, giving him a luminous and powerful connection to the plant world.
“Under the skill, intuitive wisdom and knowledge of plants, Prajna guided me to break through a block I have suffered from for years. I experienced a level of healing deeper than before. I feel a renewed sense of clarity and strength to stand in my power. I am immensely grateful for her care and her capacity to support many others to deep connection and inner peace.” ~Tara Castleberry
Prajna has my full trust. I have never felt safer. She creates a sacred space to dive deep into our humanness with light & joy to clear heavy unconscious material. Tobacco ceremonies have had a huge impact on my healing and growth. Her limpias (healings) are like nothing I’ve experienced with other guides. I emerge with more clarity, safely grounded in this body.” ~Ariana Wohlstatta
Navigating the dark dimensions of training with Ayahuasca
Maestra Sulmira and Maestro Jorge carry generations of plant wisdom and facilitate profound healing through Ayahuasca ceremony and specific plants dietas. I have been working with Jorge and Sulmira since 2012. I began as a participant at The Temple of the Way of Light, in Peru. During that time, I encountered a deep fear and what Jorge described as the healers death.
It was a challenging time of learning to navigate the deep dimensions of trusting Ayahuasca as the healer. Jorge stayed with me like a kind, caring, and protective grandfather. I never felt so absolutely safe in these dimensions. I came to know ayahuasca as the all loving dark mother of the jungle, as she brings us to meet and resolve our deepest fears and trauma.
Jorge and Sulmira founded Jakon Nete, a Shipibo Healing Center. I felt strongly called to contribute to their work and to help create this retreat center. I brought groups to them since its inception, assisting and learning in many ways not only from Jorge and Sulmira but their entire lineage. After working closely with them for some time, in the midst of ceremony Jorge gave me a powerful ikaro (song) for protection, covered me with smoke, handed me a fired up a mapacho, and said “estas lista;” You are ready. He invited me to work at his side throughout many ceremonies over the next few years. He asked me to work directly with the participants. I was hesitant as I felt strong energy from the plants but I didn’t receive the songs in the Shipibo language. He told me, “Whatever they bring to you, is the power of the ikaro.”
I have been growing in my capacity to facilitate the intelligence of the plants through ceremony ever since. No matter where I am working, my teachers are always with me. I feel very honored to carry their medicine, teachings, and healings, and to have received guidance and protection from the plant world.
AYAHUASCA & SAN PEDRO CACTUS—HUACHUMA
Do you feel called to heal your life, relationships, earth?
Note: We are restricted to facilitating Ayahuasca and Huachuma healing on retreat in certain locations. HERE is a link to the Resolution for Decriminalization of Entheogenic Plants in Santa Cruz and Oakland, California. Many research studies are underway that show the profound mental, psychological and health benefits of plant medicine. Read our free guide for more information. Please do your research and consult with a trained professional for responsible use.
Why Entheogenic Plant Medicine?
As a species, we have never been more in need of redirection and reconnection. Indigenous plant medicine is here for many reasons.
Western medicine and spiritual awakening have not been successful at addressing early wounding and painful conditions such as anxiety, trauma, addiction, depression, P.T.S.D., and inherited ancestral pain that are endemic in modern society and significantly impact all of our relationships.
Indigenous curanderos (doctors) refer to this as “soul sickness,” and for thousands of years have employed plant medicine to catalyze healing in both physical and spiritual dimensions.
Medicine vocations, like mysticism, are a sacred calling born from the deepest love and care. It is the hidden medicine our ancestors practiced that has since been atrociously suppressed and replaced by hierarchical, materialistic, and male-dominated allopathic medicine. It is time to wake up, listen and mend our soils, our trespasses, our inequalities with all beings that inhabit the earth.
Sacred plant medicine is here to facilitate connection and deep healing on many levels: physical, interpersonal, psychic, spiritual and collective.
Western culture is slowly acknowledging the immense capacity of entheogenic plant medicine for healing diverse psychological issues and physical ailments, as well as opening our spiritual connection to all beings.
A powerful teacher and healer that helps you resolve trauma, arrive at forgiveness and restore a loving relationship with yourself, life and all beings.
Ayahuasca contains DMT, a naturally occurring compound in the body that is reportedly beneficial in treating PTSD, addiction, depression, loss, and in igniting profound experiences for personal and spiritual growth. Participants report: energetic cleansing, emotional, mental and physical healings, and enhanced connection to themselves, the world and all of life.
Ayahuasca will give you an opportunity to meet your fears, and review and reconcile your life. She empowers us to take full accountability for every aspect of our lives, the disowned and unexamined parts, by bringing them into awareness for acknowledgement, transformation and integration. Ayahuasca opens a portal of discovery that is never ending. She invites you to discover more fully who you are, and empowers you to fully live your dharma, your sacred purpose.
Contact us or read our guide for responsible usage, additional benefits and to locate healers that work with Ayahuasca.
San Pedro Cactus—Huachuma
A loving teacher that opens our hearts and senses to feel, hear and perceive in profound ways. People release through joy and gratitude as emotional blocks clear.
San Pedro is a psychotropic cactus. It contains several psychoactive alkaloids, the primary being mescaline and has several medicinal and psychotherapeutic uses. Users of San Pedro report “miracle cures” to a wide variety of illnesses including addiction, cancer, paralysis, and diabetes to name a few. The cactus is also used to treat psychological and emotional issues such as grief and depression. In a healing experience, the mind is often in the way of the heart’s wisdom. San Pedro goes straight to the heart and bypasses the mind’s defenses and egoic resistance. I have witnessed many beautiful heart openings to love that head- centered people never imagined were possible.
Entheogenic cacti have been utilized in sacred initiation and community healing by diverse religious and cultural traditions for millennia and continue to be used as religious sacraments in modem times. A ceremony is often an earth-based ritual that can be six to ten hours. Participants also report visions and visits from ancestors and spirit guides.
Contact us or read our guide for responsible usage, additional benefits and to locate healers that work with San Pedro Cactus.
PLANT MEDICINE INTEGRATION
What is it and why is it important?
As you return to your life after a journey with sacred tobacco, ayahuasca, san pedro cactus, or other entheogenic plant medicine, the experience will continue to unfold in a variety of ways. A great deal of inner healing happens in responsibly held ceremonies. In order to bring the depth of healing, teaching and insights forward for lasting change, support is often needed. The “real work” begins when you return home. In a similar way, true meditation begins when you get up off your meditation cushion. This is where integration and maturation take place.
Integration involves creating spaciousness in your life for continued wellness and embodying wholeness. You know when your integration is happening as you feel increased gratitude for the incredible challenges and difficulties that you have met in ceremony. These adversities are now empowering you and carving out your gifts. Research has shown that our brains stick to negative memories like velcro. Ayahuasca and tobacco, are deeply cleansing purgatives. When traumatic experiences, suppressed memories, toxic shame, and mental and emotional blocks are cleansed from our system, we need space and support to fully step into an evolved way of living. Conflicting patterns of relating, consuming, engaging and interacting will continue to resolve and eventually fall away. This is a complex process that requires compassionate attention and support, especially as you return to your daily life.
For example: if you have an early history of sexual abuse and unhealthy relationships with men (like I had early on) and plant medicine has cleansed you of toxic shame and negative memories you may need support to embrace your newly found innocence.
There are a variety of daily practices that can support and empower you to sustain the changes created by working with plants. These include meditation, prayer, journaling, inquiry, healthy diet, movement, dance, yoga, gardening, time in nature, and a practice of kindness and compassion. These are the same activities that prepare you for, and sustain you through a plant medicine journey.
Traversing unfamiliar landscapes can be very exciting, especially after your perception of reality has shifted. It is important to go slow, pause, take in the vistas and don’t hesitate to ask for a map from an experienced traveler. Allow yourself to continue to let go of what doesn’t serve your greatest good. Keeping good company is essential; choosing who you want to surround yourself with. Also, what feeds your mind, body, and spirit with positive and nourishing experiences.
Integration is critical so that you do not go back to hiding in the shadows of life. Many people express that one Ayahuasca retreat can feel like ten years of therapy. When Ayahuasca is taken responsibly in a safe container, the life enhancing gifts are tremendous. Ayahuasca is a powerful and benevolent teacher and once you open to her genius, she will not forsake you. She teaches the interconnectedness of all beings and fosters sustainable connection. She wants us to walk each other home. Her spirit will continue to accompany you through your integration process when you remain open. Book a session below or ask us about our integration support circles.
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