Below is a description of some of the healing techniques from the Shipibo tradition that are included as a part of all programs held at Lakshmi’s Flower of Life retreats.
Vomitivos: On the first morning you wake up at Lakshmi, you will participate in a vomitivo. This technique is used by the Shipibo to cleanse the body, stomach and intestinal track prior to working with Ayahuasca. The vomitivos are made purely with Herba Luisa (lemongrass) and consist of drinking a bowl of lemongrass water followed by several bowls of warm water until the body naturally regurgitates this back up. (It doesn’t sound pleasant, but most people feel great and more clear after this is done 🙂
Flower Baths: As a part of every program, each guest will receive a daily floral bath. These baths are made with medicinal plants and clear negative energy, as well as help to attract the plants to you in ceremony. It is best to air dry after these baths and wait several hours before showering or bathing after this.
Icaros: Icaros are the healing songs of the plants and the healers act as vessels for these songs to come through in ceremony. The healers receive these songs directly from the plants during their dietas (when they are apprenticing, connecting and learning from the plants) and very often these songs can help to open up a person’s experience in working with Ayahuasca or induce a cleansing type of purging. Each person will receive an icaro from every healer during each ceremony.