Medicine Work Retreat with 3 Shamans in Peru June 10th-19th 2017

Event Details

Please note that given the amount of powerful offerings during my Medicine Work & yoga retreat in Peru in June I have decided to make it a day longer and the starting date has been changed to June 10th. I have included a detailed description of the offerings, as well as, an explanation about how working with those 3 shamans would be different from drinking with most other shamans (Curanderos/Healers vs Ayahuasqueros). Their specialties are in the bios at the bottom.

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After having worked with dozens of shamans over the last 20+ years, psychotherapist Meriana Dinkova has crafted a very unique 10-day ayahuasca retreat with some of the best and most powerful shamans she has found: master alchemist, Banko curandero, Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez (which translates to ‘Supreme Shaman of the highest order’), the clairvoyant curandera Borka Cafuk, who has the ability to diagnose and remove harmful entities, and the ancient ancestral communicator– Kucho, who is the only San Pedro shaman in Peru, who is regarded as qualified and grounded in the true tradition of San Pedro shamanism enough to be permitted to do ceremonies at Machu Picchu, and who will fly in from Cusco especially for the retreat.

The different offerings at retreat are aimed at reprogramming emotional ‘malware’, getting rid of psychological viruses, rebooting and upgrading your personal and spiritual operating system and attuning you to your purpose, passion and aliveness.

Yoga Teacher Celeste Mcmillian will be offering sound Healing and Vinyasa yoga classes (bring your yoga mat 🙂 and Quantum- Theta Healing founder James Hyman will be introducing the group to some of his powerful consciousness– shifting work (for more info read below)

healingAll three of the Medicine shamans are true, extremely skilled and experienced healers (Curanderos) with unique healing powers, and decades of experience of healing through Medicine Work and Plant Medicine, and I am honored to be able to work with them at this unique experience in June and to give participants the opportunity  to experience different ceremonies with some of the top masters of Medicine Work. 

Apart form Ayahuasca and San Perdro, you will also have the opportunity to experience Sapo (the powerful frog medicine) and Nunu (tobacco snuff with different herbs). There will be also individual consultations with the different shamans in which they will share with participants what they have diagnosed or worked on during the ceremonies.

A lot of people ask me about the difference between an Ayahuaquero and a Curandero . A lot of the ‘shamans’ who do Medicine Work, especially in the West, but also around the world, are actually Ayahuasqueros and not true Curanderos/ Healers.

An Ayahuasquero knows how to set up the space and the ceremony, play journey- appropriate music and make sure you don’t spill your bucket, but don’t know how to heal and how to work with people’s individual experience on a deep level.  This is the “lowest” level of ayahuasca shamanism as this sort of shaman has not learned how to cure or how to  accelerate the healing process.  They simply let ayahuasca do all of the work.  This is fine as long as there is not anything major that comes up during the ayahuasca ceremony i.e. significant energies that need to be shifted and aligned or in extreme cases, spirit entities that need to be removed.  If something major needs to be released, the participant is on their own with ayahuasca

 ayaCurandero (Healer), on the other hand takes a more individual, case by case approach to the matter.  He uses Ayahuasca to help him see clearly where the energetic imbalances are.  He knows how to work with the group as a whole but also takes a more individual, case – by- case approach when working with the participants is also able to perceive, diagnose and work on what is going on for each person in the group.  A curandero has developed abilities beyond the healing powers of the medicine alone and knows how to use the forces, energetics and spirits of the shamanic realms for healing and energetic and spiritual alignment. He/ she uses Ayahuasca further to straighten out any kinks in the energetic channels they might perceive, to close energy leaks or to release pent up energy pools that add to the energetic imbalance in the body and in some cases to remove any energetic entities that might be attached to the person. Read the bios of the shamans towards the bottom for more info and Borka’s bio to find out more symptoms of possible entity possession

This in-depth, all-inclusive retreat will be a unique merging of some of the most powerful healing and mind-expanding traditions: Indigenous Shamanism & Medicine Work, Western Psychology, Eastern Spirituality,  Neo-shamanism and Yoga.

It is an opportunity for accelerated healing, and deep psychological and spiritual upgrade and emotional reprogramming.

aya retreatOne of the special features of Meriana’s retreats, which you will not get anywhere else, is that you will get the opportunity to learn & practice her multi-modality system for working with Ayahuasca and other Teacher plants. This neo-shamanic technology is designed to give you a framework  and a cutting edge psychonaut tool kit. You will learn how to navigate the shamanic landscapes of the Ayahuasca experience in a safe way, while maximizing the learning and the spiritual transformation it can provide. Meriana’s system is very useful for people with all levels of experience, and is especially invaluable for the first-timers.



James Hyman, the founder of Quantum Theta Healing and Deep Emotional Release Bodywork is also coming to the retreat and offering group sessions and opportunity to get private sessions. I know the transformational power of his work from personal experience and have heard many of the members of my meetups rave about their experiences with him and it is a powerful tool to open participants even more to the power of the medicine and to their own medicine within.

Between and after the ceremonies Meriana and James will be offering workshops and meditations designed to support you in different aspects of your personal process and to help you integrate what you have learned on a deep level that supports ever-lasting change. Working in this way and getting the opportunity for individual diagnosis and consultations with each of the different shamans over the course of the retreat will help you open more and more to the transformational powers of the medicine, remove emotional and ancestral blockages, deepen your sense of purpose and activate your own shamanic power.

It is thus ideal for both beginners and those experienced with ayahuasca who value a tightly held and sacred space to fully open up to the mysteries that ayahuasca can reveal.

Scroll to the bottom for bios of the different shamans and  facilitators and to see photos of past retreats



– 5 ceremonies with 3 shamans: 2 Aya ceremonies with Don Agustin, 2 Aya ceremonies with Borka, and 1 San Pedro ceremony with Kucho

– Pick up from Iquitos airport and back to iquitos and travel to and from the retreat centers

– Accommodation

– Dieta meals at the retreat centers

– Consciousness- and Inner- Space Navigation workshops led by Meriana Dinkova

– Integration sessions where you will learn how to apply your insights to enrich your life

– Personal feedback from Kucho and Don Agustin

– Personal check ins with Don Augustin and individual diagnosis and feedback to from Borka – she is making herself available to speak with each participants individually before and after her ceremonies and give individual feedback. She will share with you what she has diagnosed, as well as what she has been able to heal/ remove during the ceremonies, and what would need more work

– Group meditations and exercises with James Hyman

–  Study medicinal plants and take guided jungle walks

– Kucho will offer a Coca Leaf Reading and physical body Purifications, the effects of which go beyond the body into the emotional, mental, and spiritual energetics.

– optional Kambo/ Sapo frog medicine sessions with Borka

– optional Nunu (tobacco snuff with different ingredients +Aya vine) with John Moore

– bird watching trip on the river


Contact Meriana before booking if you have any medical conditions, are taking medications (especially antidepressants/ SSRIs, or are pregnant)

PRICE: US $2375

You can pay in full or put down the $500 NON- REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT to secure your spot.

All sales are final! (although in some emergency cases some of the funds can be applied towards one of Meriana’s future retreats)

After you make the payment as well as if you would like to speak to Meriana in order to make a decision, please email her AND text her with your name, email and some good times to call you back. Her email is and her number is 415-7133338

If you would like some tips on saving $ on airfare to Iquitos, contact Meriana.



–  Airfares (International and National)

– Travel Insurance

– optional private sessions with James Hyman


All of this shamanic work will be based on high ethical standards, including personal integrity on every level.

The retreat is limited to no more than 20 people, so participants can receive individual attention from the shamans and the facilitator.)



AGUSTIN-RIVASDon Augustin is considered a ‘miracle healer’, since he cures people of all kinds of difficult illness like cancer and diabetes using plant medicine. He is a Banco Curandero, the highest level there is here.
The term ‘banco’ refers to curandero who has mastered Ayahuasca shamanism at the highest level. There are only a handful of curanderos who reach the ‘banco’ level and Don Augustin is a true ‘banco’ among few living in this day and time.
He has been taught many Icaros and Mariris from the spirits of many plants and ancient shamans, and has acquired the “Yachay”, or magical phlegm, that Amazonian shamans use for extracting harm from people, and as spirit-helpers for his curing.

Don Agustin is an exquisite musician, who can truly enact healing through the power of sound. Through his music and healing powers, Don Agustin is a master alchemist, who knows how to massage the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual bodies, and bring well-being to people’s lives. He embodies, in my opinion, what shamanism is all about; namely, the personal engagement with the manifold forces surrounding us, and the capacity to turn them into beneficent and beautiful energy patterns to bring health, love, happiness and prosperity into people’s lives. Don Agustin not only engages the natural and supernatural forces surrounding us, but also the very concrete (though maybe not so real) forces of modernization impinging evermore on cultures and traditions in remote areas of the world.

specializes in treating energetic disorders, removing intrusive energies and entities from one’s physical and energetic body, which, when left undiagnosed and untreated lead to depression, anxiety, addictions and physical conditions. They can attach to us through personal or ancestral trauma. Signs of Intrusive Energies or Entities include: Acute or chronic localized pain or discomfort; Addictions; Panic attacks, Depression, Inexplicable losses of energy, Compulsive behaviors, Migraines, Memory loss without medical explanation; Hearing voices – especially if the voices are being contemptuous, and are telling you to do things you would not normally do, feeling that there are energies surrounding you or inside of you, which are not yours and are affecting your life in a negative way, etc.
Please keep in mind that all of the symptoms above can be symptoms of intrusive energies and entities, but also can point to many other physical, psychological and spiritual problems that are not connected with intrusive energies and entities. This is why proper diagnosis is important.
Apart from removing entities, energy blocks and leaks she also treats trauma, depression, and other psychological problems, as well as physical problems and illnesses.


aboutus-kuchoKUCHO is living the proposal of his soul. He was born in the city of Cusco and Machu Picchu. He has received great initiation of Apu Machu Picchu to raise the cosmic consciousness of humanity and to purify and regenerate the Earth, known in the Andes as the new transformation– Great Pachakuteq. Communicating with the spirit, it’s in his commitment to provide the highest level knowledge in the Andean tradition and offer sacred journeys with integrity and safety. Kucho, Juan de Dios, receives the energy and power of the white city of Machu Picchu glass, Heart of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Mountain coca leaf. He communicates with the spirit of the ancestors through symbols, signs and sacred geometry of the temples and Wakas. (Sacred sites) Kucho will offer a Coca Leaf Reading and physical body Purifications– emotional, mental, and spiritual.


mftpic colorMERIANA DINKOVA is a San Francisco and Los Angeles based psychotherapist (MFT#45696), Life Coach, speaker, and Ayahuasca retreat organizer/facilitator. She has created a comprehensive system of psychological and neo-shamanistic tools, designed to assist with the navigation and integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness in general, and with the Ayahuasca experience in particular. Meriana developed an innovative system over the past 20 years– through working with the plant medicine, while studying and practicing a wide variety of psychotherapeutic methods and transformational modalities. Additionally, her teachings are informed by the many years that she spent immersed in the transpersonal teachings of different non-dualistic spiritual teachers, and through the practice of a wide variety of meditation methods. Meriana’s unique system can be helpful for just about everyone, and her guidance can make a world of difference for people who are drinking ayahuasca for the first time. She organizes Ayahuasca retreats to Peru, in which she combines her framework with the medicine work of experienced shamans. Meriana gives lectures and teaches workshops in the US and around the world, sharing the system she has developed at conferences and festivals, including the International Amazonian Shamanism Conference in Peru, the Women’s Visionary Congress in California, the Breaking Convention in London, the Tantra Festival in Hawaii, the Envision festival in Costa Rica, Burning Man and others.

For people who want to learn her system but can’t make it to one of her retreats, Meriana also offers Skype/ FaceTime sessions on preparation and integration for working with Ayahuasca and other plant teachers. You can email Meriana at Or you can call her cell at 415-713-3338.

jame hyman1JAMES HYMAN is a Los Angeles and San Francisco and based shamanic healer, and founder of Deep Emotional Release Bodywork and is uniquely qualified to assist Meriana in facilitating this journey. Over the past 40 years, James has shared his advanced transformational healing work with thousands of people all over the world, in workshops and private sessions, including some of the most famous celebrities, healers, and spiritual leaders on the plane, who come to him based on his worldwide reputation and results for quickly helping someone to go to the core of their emotional issues, identify what is keeping them blocked or stuck and release it, and then help them connect on every level with their own unlimited, empowered vision for their life, and how to move forward fearlessly towards it.  He is very excited about joining Meriana on this upcoming Shamanic Adventure to Peru, which will be his 3rd trip there to work with shamans and help facilitate this profound, transformational, healing process.  For more info go to:

celestCeleste Mcmillian is an LA based Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer. She has a deep sensitivity to the energetics of body and and spirit and a deep passion to be of service for elavating consciousness. She is a party of the SharingLoveAndLight healer collective and has been teaching Yoga and practicing healing work in the US and in Thailand. 





For the first two ceremonies we will be staying at Don Augustin’s retreat center, 30 min away from Iquitos. After that we will go to the Amazonica Botanica center, which is a beautiful retreat center two hours up the river from iquitos. It is directly on the river and surrounded by jungle. It has a maloca for the ceremonies and a swimming pool for the hot weather during the day:) Each tambo/ bungalow has its own bathroom and shower. Most from the pics below are from the second retreat center.












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