Master Plant Dieta
The Master Plant Dieta may well be the most powerful and for some of us, the most challenging sacred medicine ritual we commit to whilst on retreat.
Strict dieting, or fasting has been used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazonian basin for thousands of years to:
- Restore human health and ward off diseases
- Prepare for fishing and hunting expeditions
- To mark a rite of passage and prepare young people for adulthood
- Increase physical strength and stamina
- Induce holotropic states of consciousness directed towards wholeness
- Receive guidance, wisdom and direction from spirits
The traditional belief of the indigenous peoples is that plant remedies need careful time to begin to work, very unlike Western medicines which we expect to begin to heal the body or alleviate pain immediately. It is frequently said that “en la dieta está la curación,” the healing is in the dieta, not just in the plants.
In these traditional medicinal systems, fasting is usually accompanied by abstinence from sex, pork, red meat, sugar, deodorants, alcohol, caffeine, shampoo, toothpaste, oils and processed food. The dieta also tends to take place in total seclusion or isolation from others. Abstaining from any substance or experience that might cloud the mind is essential for the dieta to promote physical healing and spiritual transformation.
How does the Master Plant Dieta work?
Curanderos have traditionally used fasting, a dieta of master plants and seclusion from others to open their minds and hearts to guidance and learn from the spirits of the plant how to heal others. During these rituals, the knowledge from the plants is said to be transmitted to the dietero through prophetic dreams, powerful visions and chants (known as Icaros) that are heard spontaneously from deep in the forest.
The spirits dwelling within the master plants are believed to be the origin of this knowledge and the true teachers of wisdom. The Master Plant Dieta is therefore an opportunity to build a life-long relationship with a plant spirit that will continue to provide the dietero with guidance, healing and the courage to realise their true potential.
Holotopic comes from the Greek holos-whole and trepin-moving forward and literally translates as “directed towards wholeness.” In a holotropic state, consciousness is not impaired, but rather itis altered in a fundamental way. Often allowing the dietero to experience mystical and spiritual visions and to connect directly with their higher self. Holotropic states of consciousness may be induced whilst on the Master Plant Dieta.
The master plant dieta that we will offer on retreat are:
Ciric Sanago Dieta
Aya Huma Dieta
From the very first day, we will learn in great depth about the properties and healing potentialities of each of the master plants
This knowledge will be vital in helping you to decide to commit to a Master Plant Dieta. Our curandero Don Miguel is an expert in the latent properties of the each of our master plants and will be able to offer you advice that stems from a long tradition of using the plants himself to heal and in his work transforming the lives of others.
Ready to journey with us?
Ask us questions about what to expect on retreat, book a free Skype session, start your medical screening questionnaire and get set to be profoundly changed.