Andean Dreaming

Shamanic Healing Journeys

Plant Medicines

According to the Peruvian Shaman of the Andes and Amazon all plants possess a spirit and consciousness, and it is the spirit of the plant, not its chemical ingredients, that graces us with healing and self understanding.

Although all plants are considered sacred by these indiginous healers there are a precious few plants that are revered as teachers.
The Shaman claims that these ancestral teacher plants are here to help humanity heal and awaken to our full potential.

We believe that these plants are messengers of the earth calling us back into harmony with Nature and union with Spirit.

The sacred use of ancestral medicine plants offers us a rare opportunity to transcend and transform our conditioning, opening the door to incredible transformation and miracles in our lives.




The Ayahuasca brew is considered by the Amazonian tribes to be a master “teacher plant”. It has been used by Shamans of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon jungle for millennia as an essential part of their traditional medicine and as a way of expanding consciousness. In Quechua, the term “aya” means spirit or soul while “huasca” means rope or vine (the vine of spirit). In the Rainforest Ayahuasca is revered by many tribes for its benevolent feminine healinng energy, and so many Shaman refer the sacrement as ‘Mother’ or ‘Grandmother’ Ayahuasca.


Each Ayahuasca Ceremony produces a profound reaction in the body, mind and spirit. Ayahuasca allows us to release emotional blockages, conquer our deepest fears, and awaken to our higher potentials.

For the Shipibos (Ayahusaca Tribe), these psychotropic plants are known as “murayacai” which means “Shaman makers”. The plants reveal to us the true world, while the normal world is considered an illusion.




Wachuma (San Pedro) has been used for more than 4,000 years in Peru for the purposes of healing, divinination, and expanding consciousness. This cactus is cherished by the Andean people as a powerful medicine, a sacred teacher and healer plant, and a doorway to the spiritual world.

Wachuma is also known as the ‘San Pedro’ (Saint Peter) Cactus. To use a Christian metafor, Just as St. Peter holds the keys to the gates of heaven, this sacred cactus opens the doors of perception and allows us to enter the Spirit world, accessing a paradisiacal reality in communion with the divine.

Wachuma is a powerful catalyst for healing, meditaiton and self understanding. Just as Ayahuasca is expereinced as a feminine teacher plant, the Andian Shaman of Peru view Wachuma as a benovolent Masaculine teacher plant.

Each ceremony with Wachuma produces a gental yet profound shift in consciousness, helping us to cleanse and heal the wounds of the past while opening us to a more heart centered and conscious way of being.




Coca has been a vital part of the religious cosmology of the Andean peoples of Peru from the pre-Inca period through the present. Coca chewing came from the eastern Andes and was introduced to the Incas who viewed the plant as having a Divine origin.

While traditional medical uses are foremost as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, hunger, thirst and particularly effective against altitude sickness, the Coca leaves play a crucial part in ritual offerings to the apus (mountains), Inti (the sun), or Pachamama (the earth).

Coca is still used at every stage of the Andean peoples lives. Before giving birth, a woman drinks and chews Coca to hasten the labour and ease the pain. When a child is born, relatives celebrate by chewing the Coca leaf together. When a young man wants to marry a girl, he offers Coca to her father. And when somebody dies, a pile of leaves are placed in the coffin before burial. From ancient times, these rituals were considered sacred, and as such, the Coca leaf continues to have a great significance in the culture of the Andean people.




Mapacho Tobacco is considered by the Amazonian Shaman to be one of the most sacred plants in the Rainforest. It can be used alone (by tabaqueros) or in combination with other plants in shamanic practices. Some shamans also drink the juice of tobacco leaves alone as a source of visions. Mapacho is used extensively in healing practices and is considered a powerful medicine, not a health hazard, when used in a traditional context.


Tobacco is one of the most important plants in the lives of Amazonian tribes. It plays a part in curative rituals, and in important tribal ceremonies of the medicine men who blow smoke or tobacco juice over the patient or inhale the smoke, all with appropriate incantations and ritual. During traditional ceremonies in which Ayahuasca is taken, Mapacho is often used to cleanse and sanctify the practioners, the ceremonies space and shamanic tools, as well as being an vital ally in praying and healing.