Master Plant Dieta

What is a Master Plant Dieta and how does it work?

Curanderos have traditionally used fasting, a dieta of master plants and seclusion from others to open their minds and hearts to seek 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 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.

During our Ayahuasca retreats in Peru we offer the following Master Plant Dieta

Noyarao Dieta

Noya Rao Master plant dieta

A mythical tree within Amazonian plant medicine, Noyarao which is otherwise known as “The Tree of Life” or “Camino a la Verdad” (The Path of Truth) is said to glow in the dark. It has belonged to and been used in sacred ceremony by the Mahua Shipibo traditions for centuries. In the Shipibo tradition dieting on the bark of the Noyarao is believed to be essential in the path towards becoming a healer. Noyararo is believed to enhance one’s connection and relationships to the spirits indwelling in other sacred plants and to facilitate profound transformation in the individual. Dieting on Noyarao can lead to greater capacity for organised thought, clarity, highly activated intuitive capacities as well as helping to bring to light unconscious assumptions one may have about the world, leading the dietero to have the newfound courage necessary to change them.

Now Available to all our Ayahuasca Retreats and Noya Rao Retreats

Marosa Dieta

Marosa Master plant dieta

Pure medicine and very unassuming. Tiny white flowers and leaves like blades, this plant is particularly excellent at healing long-standing conditions of the female reproductive system, balancing masculine and feminine energies and restoring the nervous system to a state of rest. It is believed that washing your feet and nourishing the Marusa plant with water causes a powerful medicine, specifically designed for you, to be created.

Chullachaqui Dieta

Chullachaqui Master plant dieta

Known as the guardians of the forest, dieting on this plant which is believed to be both a tree and an entire race of forest beings is a genuinely energising experience. The Chullachaqui Caspi tree’s bark can be used directly on the skin to heal cuts and wounds and when boiled up, can clear the mind of psychosis. Found in both red and white varieties, the Chullachaquicaspi tree is believed to empower us to know which other plants can be used to aid our healing. As guardian, the Chullachaqui protects, grounds and restores our intimate connection with the intelligence of the earth.

Bobinsana Dieta

Bobinsana Master plant dieta

Known as Calliandra Angustifolia, this plant grows between 4 and 6 meters high and produces bright pink starburst flowers. Bobinsana has been used for thousands of years by the people of the Peruvian Amazon to heal wounds of the heart, gifting the dieter with a greater capacity to feel love and empathy. Bobinsana can also help us to create strong boundaries around the dominant and oppressive energies of others and unlock the river of creativity within ourselves. 

Chiric Sanago Dieta

Ciric sanango Master plant dieta

Brunfelsia Grandiflora grows in abundance in the upper basin of the Amazon and has beautiful purple flowers that turn white with time. Chiric Sanago is also abundant throughout New Zealand, South Africa and North America, which can make it a powerful ally if you originate from one of these places. Traditionally prescribed by curanderos for colds and arthritis, Chiric Sanago can calm and heal the heart, help us to cultivate greater love, acceptance, and self- esteem whilst help to sharpen our minds and produce a powerful state of mental clarity. 

Aya Huma Dieta

Aya Huma Master plant dieta

You will want to maintain a journal if prescribed a diet of Aya Huma, as this sacred plant is believed to produce prophetic, vivid and magical dreams in the dietero. In Quchua, Aya Huma translates as spirit head and it is common when dieting on her to experience visions of a headless woman. The fruits of the Aya Huma tree are round and hard, like cannon balls and this sacred medicine is regarded by curanderos as a powerful protector of evil spirits.

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.

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