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  • Alchemy In The Amazon: Forbidden Pharmacopoeia

    Join Phoenix Aurelius for a 14-day educational vacation of a lifetime! This year, the theme of Alchemy in the Amazon is "Forbidden Pharmacopoeia" and we'll be exploring how to use Spagyric Methodologies on The Most-Widely-Used Forbidden Plants in the world to create some of the most effective Natural Pharmacopoeia available: Alcohol (all types of ferments + spirits), Ayahuasca, Cacao, Cannabis, Coca, Poppy, Psilocybe, and Tobacco.

     

    We will be re-kindling our relationship with the Spirits of these Plant Teachers and transcending the potential for abuse and misuse by connecting with them Physically, Psychologically, and Spiritually through Concentrated Sits, Alternative Education, and Labwork. In this retreat, you will likely overcome many stigmas and sociological misconceptions about these plants as you learn more about their medical, psychological, and spiritual uses and benefits.

     

    Starting off by exposing the unadulterated history and unequivocated Medicinal and Shamanic uses of these substances throughout the ages and discovering the economic incentive for their restriction due to lobbying efforts, attendees will quickly learn why these substances are restricted from the common populace. Moreover, we will be observing many of these plants in their native environments, connecting with the plants through shamanic practices, and processing various plants onsite in the lab. Of notable value, I will be presenting my research on working with these plants Spagyrically and making this knowledge accessible so attendees could easily re-create my work and make their own potent spagyric pharmacopoeia from these substances if one ever “needed to.”

     

    Far from being purely intellectual and lab based, we’ll be hitting the jungle and remote towns and villages where locals have developed unique traditions of working with many of these plants for centuries. In every possible instance, we will bring specimen back to the lab for research and experimentation. Not only that but attendees will have the opportunity to experience the raw power of these plants as used indigenously and have the opportunity to experience the stimulating effects of Chewed Coca vs the bowel-promoting effects of Coca Tea vs the stimulating and aphrodesiac qualities of Vino de Coca. You will get to existentially experience the Divine-Realizations that occur with Ayahuasca, the Extreme Joy that comes from Local Native Cacao, the Deep Spiritualization of Mapacho, and the completely ineffable joy that comes from Fermenting and/or refining Some of Nature’s most delightful plants into a beer, wine, or spirit. This is really just getting started.

     

    Though we can't work with all these substances in the lab due to international + local laws as well as time restrictions, we will get to work with and experience the majority of them and you will get to see videos and pictures of my work and learn everything there is to know about DIY Spagyric Pharmacology using the plants in my Forbidden Pharmacopoeia presentations.  Attendees will also be given access to my preferred spagyric extraction methods with a description of the healing intelligence each method offers. Furthermore, you will learn how to incorporate these "forbidden plant allies" in your own healing practice as you deem appropriate.

     

    Because all of the plants I’ll be presenting on are either indigenous or domesticated in and around Tarapoto, we will hopefully be able to see all of them growing and get to experience them in their local habitat.

     

    Attendees can expect to spend about ½  the time on the premises in the lab and about ½ of the time traveling to and visiting places of relevance. There is ample time to go visit the markets and shops during your stay and we highly suggest getting to experience the night life that Tarapoto has to offer at least once during your stay. We offer three days off during the 14 day retreat so people can explore town and/or take time to integrate their experience of Ayahuasca from the night before. Ayahuasca journeys are optional, but they are automatically included in the cost of the retreat and can not be deducted or re-directed towards other services.

     

    Everything is included except airfare and spending money. Accomodations, Food, Transportation to/from all Daily Activities, Education, Lab Use Fees, Ayahuasca Ceremonies, Entry Fees to Guest Destinations, etc; are all included in the cost of tuition.

     

    All Attendees are Responsible for their Own International Flights to Lima + Their Domestic Flights from Lima to Tarapoto Upon Arriving. Airfare is not Covered in the Registration Cost. Complete Travel Information and Welcome Letter is sent to attendees after Registration is made.

    • Curriculum & Itinerary

      Curriculum

      Day 1: Greetings and Orientation

      Arrive at 2:25 at Airport 

      3:30 - Orientation to Yacumama. Greetings & Settling In to Shambo Tambo.

      5pm - Introduction to Staff & Caretakers

      6pm - Dinner

      7pm - Outline of Retreat

      After Dinner - Getting to Know each other and preparing for the next day.

       

      Day 2: Beginning the Journey

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am - Intro to Spagyric Philosophy/Practice

      • the Tenets of Modern Spagyric Medicine

      • Essential Philosophy & Practice

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm -  Introducing the members of the Forbidden Pharmacopoeia

      6pm - Dinner

       

      Day 3: Alcohol

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am - Morning Lessons on Unlocking Plants through Alcohol

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - 3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Ferments, how to make them, and their many uses

      • Spirits, how to distill them, and their many uses

      6pm - Dinner

      8pm - Optional night out on the town to experience some of Tarapoto’s finest brews and spirits (not recommended for those doing aya the next day)

       

      Day 4: Ayahuasca

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am - Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest

      1pm - Lunch

      3:00pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Ayahuasca Tincture

      • Primum Ens Ayahuasca Method

      7:00pm - Dinner

      8pm - Ayahuasca Ceremony with Dionisio Santos (optional)

       

      Day 5: Rest Day: Possible Coffee Plantation Trip

      8:00am - Breakfast

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Possibly Process Coffee or Green Coffee Bean Spagyric

      6pm - Dinner

       

      Day 6: Cacao

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10:00am -Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest/Visiting Cacao Plantation

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Making Spagyric Preparations of Cacao

      6pm - Dinner

      8pm - Cacao Ceremony

       

      Day 7: Cannabis

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am -Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Showing Various Methodologies for Spagyric Extraction of Hemp and Cannabis

      6pm - Dinner

       

      Day 8: Coca

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Tincture Inala; Primum Ens Inala

      6pm - Dinner

      8pm - Optional Ayahuasca Ceremony with Dionisio Santos

       

      Day 9:  Rest Day: Possible Huacamaillo or Laguna Azul day

      8:00am - Breakfast

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Possibly Process Coffee or Green Coffee Bean Spagyric

      6pm - Dinner

       

      Day 10: Poppy

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am - Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Presentation on the Production of Effective Pain Medications from Poppy

      • Presentation on Spagyric Methods of preparing Laudanum

      6:00pm - Dinner

       

      Day 11: Psilocybe

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10:00am - Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      • Identification and Harvest

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Presentation on the Production of Effective Pain Medications from Poppy

      • Presentation on Spagyric Methods of preparing Laudanum

      6pm - Dinner

      8pm - Optional Psilocybe Ceremony*

       

      Day 12: Tobacco

      8:00am - Breakfast

      10am - Morning Lessons on the Plant Teacher of the Day

      • History + Background

      • Indigenous Uses

      • Medical Uses

      12pm - Lunch

      1pm - Visiting Mapachero or Tabaqueria/Plantation

      3pm - Afternoon Lab Intensive

      • Making Tobacco Preparations for Parasites and Gram Negative Bacteria

       

      Day 13: Rest Day: Trips to Local Healers/Shops/Etc

      8:00am - Breakfast

      1pm - Lunch

      3pm - Bottle + Label Samples of Products for Attendees

      • Recap Formulations

      • Answer Questions

      6pm - Dinner

       

      Day 14: Final Day - Closing the Circle

      8:00am - Breakfast

      1pm - Final Lunch

      4pm - Departing Shambo Tambo & Leaving Yacumama

    • Pricing & Payment Information

      Early Bird Registration made between 01/01/19 - 09/30/19 is ONLY $3000.00! Standard Registration (Valid from 10/01/19 - 12/20/19) is $3500.00. Current Spagyric Artistry Students and Apprentices will receive an additional $500 Discount regardless of when they register. Couples, Twins, or Partners of 2 can register for $4500 at any time to cover both registration seats, so grab your study buddy! All offers are only good while space exists.

       

      Payment Can be Made In Full using this website or made in installments by visiting PayPal.me/PhoenixAurelius and entering in the appropriate amount/balance for your Registration Fees. Please contact Phoenix by Email to confirm your seat before making payment. Every Registration agrees and understands that there is a $1000 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space. Though not refundable for any purpose, up to 50% is transferrable to other services or products offered on PhoenixAurelius.org within One (1) year of original purchase. All other money paid towards the retreat is refundable. (For Instance, if you pay $3000 for early bird special but decide not to go, then you will only receive $2000 back as a refund.) This is because Yacumaman requires a deposit for each person well in advance, and if spaces are taken up preventing other people to register, PhoenixAurelius.org can not be held liable. Please only register and submit your deposit if you KNOW that you'll be joining us.

       

      All attendees who submit a payment for this retreat through PhoenixAurelius.org, PayPal.com, PayPal.me/PhoenixAurelius, Paid In Cash, or through other methods, agree to and understand these terms and conditions

    • What To Bring & Technical Information

      All Attendees are Responsible for their Own International Flights to Lima + Their Domestic Flights from Lima to Tarapoto Upon Arriving. Airfare is not Covered in the Registration Cost.

       

      List of Necessary Things:
      Sunglasses

      Long Light Layers of Clothing

      Mosquito Repellent (Catnip Oil Based Repellents work great!)

      Good Hiking Shoes and Boots (Tarapoto has great options for footwear)

      Notebook and Pen

      Laptop Computer or Tablet

      Camera or Phone with Camera

      An Open Mind

      Any Spagyric Texts you might want to refer to

       

      Temperature & Clothing Options:

      Bring Long Light Layers. Nights and Mornings can be cool and long pants/sleeves are often desired, especially by those who get cold easy. The daytime weather is about 80-90*F with about 80%+ Humidity. It's really pleasant if you like warm, balmy weather. Mosquitos really only come out during Sunrise and Sunset, but again long layers deter them from being able to bite you. Bring flip flops for when we're hanging around the Sanctuary, and a good pair of hiking boots/shoes that can get wet. We will be hiking through a well-kempt jungle path, but it will require us to cross a river several times.
       

      Things to Know Before Arriving:
      You need to catch a Domestic Flight from Lima to Tarapoto to make it to the retreat center. You can drink Coca Tea when you arrive in Peru. I suggest settling in and grabbing yourself a cup right there in the Lima airport. But as you come into Tarapoto, make sure that you have some on hand just in case you need to adjust to the elevation. It isn't terribly high, but some people definitely prove to be sensitive. 

    • Accommodations, Lab Facility, Healing Facility

      Yacumaman Sanctuary of Integral Shamanism is a glistening green jewel set upon a beautiful mountain hillside overlooking the city of Tarapoto, next to the national forest, Cerro Escalera, in the upper Peruvian Amazon. The sanctuary encompasses 5 acres of beautifully terraced gardens with aromatic flowers, fruit trees and medicinal plants.

       

      Walking the cobblestone paths, one will find several ecologically constructed buildings including the maloca, which is used for Yoga, Medicine Ceremonies, Prayer, and Meditation.

      There is also an herbal apothecary and laboratory on the premises where the Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals product lines are created. We will be working directly in the laboratory with custom Spagyric Equipment. Though attendees will not all have their own workstations in every instance, we will be making things together as a class to create hands-on time in every instance possible.

       

      Most importantly, guests will be staying in the 3 layer Eco-Palace, Shambo Tambo. Shambo Tambo is complete with an enormous wide-open kitchen and dining area that seats everyone at one large table made from a single tree. The floors are made of hand-harvested river rock and many natural features make this place a one-of-a-kind base camp for those seeking reflection and respite. Being very open, spacious, and cozy, you will fall in love with the main level. Each of the bedrooms are uniquely constructed and set up with several beds with mosquito nets. The rooms have bathrooms with showers and modern amenities such as electricity, heated water, flushing toilets, wi-fi and many of the accommodations Western Travelers are used to having available. To watch a video walkthrough of the gorgeous property and beautiful accommodations, please Click Here.

       

      Hampi Yacu Wasi, [which means "the house of the healing waters" in Quechua] is a full service eco-spa that offers a unique blend of Ayurvedic and shamanic treatments for the body, mind and spirit utilizing aromatic and medicinal plants of the region. Services are available on our days off and/or after hours or during lunch breaks as desired. Eco-Spa Services are not included in the cost of registration and will have to be purchased separately. 


      Yacumaman also has optional morning yoga classes and shamanic ceremonies led by highly qualified practitioners. A list of their seasonal treatments and products can be requested upon arrival.

    • 10% of Profits Donated To On-Site Nature Preserve

      Yacumaman has stewarded the land and plants and provided home to wild primates, birds, snakes, and other jungle creatures for over 20 years. But recently, the Founders of Yacumaman have rescued a young male Margay [small arboreal jungle cat] named Achiote and have support and approval of the State of Peru to adopt and keep him.

       

      Sadly, Margays like Achiote are smuggled out of the country everyday and sold on the black market as exotic pets. Achiote just showed up on the doorstep of Yacumaman as a very young cub. How he got there is still not known and still there is a lot of mystery surrounding his appearance. Perhaps his mother and siblings were smuggled out of the country and he escaped. Perhaps a wild Margay population does exist within the vast plots of forested lands nearby and he got lost. We don't know. What we do know is that the little tike needed help. With the help of Yacumaman's community, they have built an exceptional wild preserve so that he can feel soil and trees under his paws and listen to the sounds of wild animals instead of being in concrete enclosures. 

      They have also rescued 20 parakeets that were being smuggled out of the country and have built a bird refuge for them to stay in while the regrow their clipped wings so they can be released. 

      To Watch A Video Showing Their Parakeet Efforts and their work with Achiote, please Click Here.

      The cost of care and supplies for these animals is enormous. To support Yacumaman, 10% of all profits from Alchemy in the Amazon Retreats are donated back to Yacumaman to support their Natural Preserve Efforts for Plants and Animals.

    • 2020 Booking Dates:

      January 6-20, 2020

      This is a full 14 day Retreat

    $3,500.00 Regular Price
    $3,000.00Sale Price
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