Honoring Ancestral Knowledge


Our practitioners have found in traditional medicines from various cultures, true treasures of spiritual knowledge and holistic well-being. At Kumankaya you can experience different types of natural therapies, which will depend on your intention and length of stay.


We combine these ancient practices with our own path, beliefs and experience, and seek to share them with all those who approach them with respect, humility and a profound desire of connecting with their heart and purpose.


Flower Baths


Visitors will be given a medicinal bath when visiting Kumankaya. We combine several medicinal plants and flowers with water and let the energy of the sun nourish the mixture. The purpose of the bath is to eliminate negative energies and bathe the individual with good energies instead.



Ayahuasca is a decoction that has been used for thousands of years by different cultures of the Amazon rainforest; today, it is considered an entheogen, which means it is a plant that “generates the Divine within.” The actual name of Ayahuasca is Quechua, meaning the “Vine of the Soul” or “Vine of the Dead,” but can be called various others, depending on the tradition: Caapi, Natem, Pinde, or Yaǵe. What is known as Ayahuasca is actually a combination of two plants: Banisteriopsis caapi vine (Ayahuasca) with Psychotria viridis (Chacruna).

Master Plants


Many plants are known in the East and West for their physical, emotional and/or psychological medicinal properties. In the ancient traditions of South America, there are a specific group of plants that have extremely strong medicinal properties, and these have been used for thousands of years to heal and teach people. Master Plants and Master Teachers are synonymous. For example, Ayahuasca is considered a both, for its vigorous purgative effect and its ability to induce visions that can teach a person.

Bufo Alvarius


Bufo alvarius is a sacred toad medicine from the Sonoran desert of Mexico and the south western United States. This medicine is only given in specific circumstances, for it is one of the most powerful substances and a natural source of 5-MeO-DMT. Ceremonies are typically an hour long, conducted privately and during the day. Bufo alvarius and ayahuasca cannot be consumed on the same day. A rigorous medical and psychological screening is required in advance; participants must qualify to participate in bufo alvarius ceremonies.



Kambo is the secretion from an Amazonian tree frog called phyllomedusa bicolor (also known as the giant monkey frog or waxy-monkey treefrog). It is not psychedelic; however it contains several active compounds (such as deltorphin and dermorphin). It acts as a strong purgative and can help to prepare the body for ayahuasca. Participants will be screened prior to being served, as there are several contraindicated medical conditions and medications that can lead to adverse reactions.


Preparing Intentions


It is very important to come to Kumankaya with an intention. Facilitators here can help if one is unsure why they are being called to this process. The reason why we ask for one to come with a clear intention is because any spiritual work that is done with an intention is a lot more effective and produces stronger results. The intention can be whatever an individual hopes to get out of their experience: it can be about problems, sadness, traumas, fears, desires, path of life, learn to be a better and happier person, or to learn the medicine and how to work with Master Plant Teachers. A clear intention helps one to understand, process and integrate the experience, and a clear intention will direct the experiences and process. The medicine works by showing the drinker what is obstructing them from that which is sought. The healing icaros then seek to remove those obstructions, so one can have a clearer pathway to their goal or who one wants to be or what one wants to accomplish.


Group Discussions


During the retreat, drinkers will also participate in group discussions on the day following ceremonies. This is a time to share one's Ayahuasca journey and receive guidance from the facilitators as to how to understand and navigate the medicinal space better. We ask participants to journal their ceremonies to share. If needed, individual discussions are available upon request. Throughout and following the retreat, we will also provide integration counseling. We are here to help drinkers understand, process, and integrate the retreat experiences. Because we have been working with the medicine for more than a decade, we will offer guidance and advice as to how to interpret one's Ayahuasca sessions and daily insights / dreams. We want to help everyone leave Kumankaya in a more joyful and peaceful state.


A Necessary Preparation Diet


In order to prepare the body and commit the mind to this process, it is necessary to follow a nutritional diet before beginning at least eight days before the start of the retreat experience. The Ayahuasca tea works with the body in strong biochemical and energetic ways. So everything put in, on, or around the body (especially food) must be considered in terms of how it harmonizes or clashes with these natural medicines, and the work they are trying to do inside one's body and one's energy field. Think of it like creating a blank canvas within the system, so the plants have as much space as possible to heal without competition from other sources or interference from lower vibrational energies. Or another way to look at it is that one needs to be as clean as possible for the Ayahuasca tea to work to its greatest capacity. By eliminating certain elements from one's diet, a person is cleaning the body, physically and energetically, so that the plants can work and heal to their fullest; and, most importantly, a person is making a deeper commitment to oneself and the medicine by adhering to a preparatory diet beforehand.


It is advisable to phase out certain products from one's diet. Try to keep up with the following recommendations:



  • Sugar
  • Salt, pepper and spices in general
  • Oils
  • Coffee
  • Red meat and pork
  • Dairies
  • Alcohol and drugs, including marijuana (AVOID COMPLETELY)

* The payoff of the work with the plant will be closely linked to the commitment and discipline one shows during this preliminary diet.



  • Fruits like bananas, pears and apples
  • Vegetable milks (rice, almond, soy, cashew, oat)
  • Cereals (oats, muesli, rice, pasta, buckwheat, quinoa)
  • Bread
  • Olive oil (one tablespoon per day)
  • Vegetables like tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, yuca, plantains, peas and beans
  • Fish or chicken
  • Eggs


Further Restrictions


Sexual Activity: It is important not to have sex a week before the stay. Sexual abstinence (including masturbation) aims to conserve the integrity of one's vital energy.

Menstruation: It is not ideal for women during menstruation to participate in the ceremonies on the first three days of their cycle. Please must notify us if a menstruation is expected during scheduled workshop dates.

Health: Anyone with a medical history must be reported in advance (heart problems, psychiatric history, treatment-based anxiolytics or antidepressants, surgery, etc.) There are some health conditions that are made worse with the consumption of Ayahuasca.

Prescribed Drugs: Some medications are not compatible with the taking of the plant, all currently processing person must imperatively report. This is an absolute crucial point: We must be notified of any and all medications one is taking, for there are many that are NOT compatible with Ayahuasca and can cause serious, even fatal interactions. In addition, we ask that the participants stop all supplements two weeks prior to ceremony.


Please Keep in Mind:

  1. The purpose of these ceremonies is not to consume substances for a psychedelic trip. The medicine wants to heal people and so do we. It must be approached in a respectful manner.
  2. It is one's responsibility to prepare oneself the best way possible, on the one hand, by respecting the specified diet recommendations and, on the other hand, by being fully transparent about one's health, including current drug treatments or recently followed ones.
  3. Applicants will be screened vigorously before participating in traditional medicine ceremonies. These measures apply for participants' personal safety and wellbeing, and that of others.
  4. If there is any doubt about one's condition and the use of the medicine, please contact us beforehand so we can discuss. We are here to assist.


Works Cited:

Andean-Amazonian Shamanism: Masters and Master Plants of Power by Yanaanka Tasorinki

Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming By Peter Gorman