Wednesday, August 24, 2016 & The Roundtable Invite You To A Peruvian San Pedro Spiritual Journey

On the 19th of August, 2017, a group of us will arrive in Pisac, in the Sacred Valley over in Peru. We will be starting our huachuma (‘San Pedro’) plant medicine focused spiritual journey, not only into the depths of our being — for healing and consciousness exploration — but we will connect with the amazing energy of the Peruvian land that surrounds and supports us.

I took a similar journey back in 2011 with the same hosts that will be guiding us here, Sue and Paul, which you can read about in this lengthy article (written in June 2015).

On behalf of, and the Roundtable Forum, I invite you to consider the details below, and join us, if you resonate with this ten day programme at the Hummingbiard Retreat Peru, with an optional two day extension for exploring Machu Picchu. Our guide for this extension is a friend of Sue and Paul's, Dr. Ruben Orellana, who used to be the head archaeologist at Machu Picchu.

You can find all the details below about this trip, which Sue has provided us. If you are interested, leave a comment (I can see your email address if you do) or send me an email through the Contact / About link in the menu. I will then add you to my email list where I keep everyone updated, and will send along the info surrounding the registration process.

San Pedro Retreat 19th-28th August 2017

Machu Picchu Extension 28th-29th August

Are you longing to deepen your connection with your heart and explore your spiritual path in a space that supports your inner being with the help of the master teacher and healer San Pedro?

This unique and life-changing retreat will be held in the warm and nurturing atmosphere of the Hummingbird Retreat Peru, in a beautiful rural setting amidst lush and tranquil gardens; a 15 minute walk from the pueblo of Pisaq. The magical surroundings offer you the opportunity to relax, unwind and connect to your innermost heart-space in the imposing and powerful Andean mountains of Peru.

An outside garden at the Hummingbird Retreat Peru

The retreat offers a balance of time for supported personal exploration, group space and integration time in the Valley of the Incas, Peru.

You will have the opportunity to be a part of the medicine preparation, and participate in a total of three San Pedro ceremonies; San Pedro cactus is a traditional plant-medicine, native to the Peruvian Andes, and is renown as a visionary medicine, and potent means of opening the heart and intuitive sense.

We will experience, be supported and touched by:

    The energy of the majestic Andes mountains
    The natural beauty of this powerful and mystical landscape
    Cultures both past and present and their living connection to this land
    The profoundly healing energy of the sacred plant-medicine San Pedro

Who would this retreat suit?

People looking for a meaningful connection with their inner self, for renewal, inner harmony and balance.

Individuals desiring to know themselves on a deeper level.

Those at a crossroad or phase of life-transition; wanting to release emotional and energetic blockages, to reveal a clearer life-path.

Spiritual explorers, therapists and healers.

Persons interested in traditional plant medicines.

A mural at the Hummbird Retreat Peru


19.8.17            Saturday: Please arrive between 2 and 4pm this afternoon so that we can begin our group meeting at 5pm.
Dinner included

20.8.17            Sunday: This morning we will meet at 8.30am to make medicine together, learn about Monday working with the cactus and cactus lore and explore our group and individual desires for our time together in Pisaq.
                        Breakfast/dinner included

21.8.17            Monday: Our first ceremony is today.  We meet at the main house for tea and a pre-medicine session.  The ceremony is here at Hummingbird Retreat Peru.
Light breakfast/dinner included

22.8.17            Tueday: Integration days are gentle days between the ceremony days. After breakfast we meet for a group integration session. This is followed by a quiet introspective day to give participants the full benefit of yesterday's ceremony.
                        Breakfast/lunch/dinner included

23.8.17            Wednesday: This will be our second ceremony. Meet at the main house for tea. Ceremony held at Hummingbird Retreat Peru.
                        Light breakfast/dinner included.

24.8.17            Thursday: Integration day. Group meeting and integration session after a leisurely breakfast.
                        Quiet introspective time in the afternoon.
                        Breakfast/lunch/dinner included.

25.8.17            Friday: Third ceremony day. Today will bring to an end our ceremony work together.
                        Light breakfast/dinner included

26.8.17            SaturdayThis morning we will have a change of pace. Integration will be followed by an adventure to Maras to see where the famous Maras salt is harvested, in the traditional manner since the time of the Inca. We will walk down to Urubamba for lunch before heading back to Pisaq.
                        Breakfast/dinner included.

27.8.17            Sunday:Today is the famous Pisaq Sunday Market day when the people from the villages higher up in the mountains come to Pisaq to do their shopping and selling wearing their colourful traditional best Sunday clothing. Later this afternoon we will have our closing ceremony.        
                        Breakfast/lunch/dinner included.

28.8.17            Monday: Following breakfast we will say good bye to those leaving us today.  For those going to Machu Picchu, you will be heading down the Sacred Valley to take the train to this amazing UNESCO World Heritage site.
                        Breakfast included.

Retreat Costs - please note all costs are in $USD

Main house - shared bathroom
Twin share                               $ 1350
Double occupancy                  $ 1350
Single occupancy                    $ 1450

Cabin - self-contained cabin at the top of the property (double bed)
Double occupancy                  $ 1450
Single occupancy                    $ 1550
Viewing Pisaq: A photo Laron took outside his room at Casa del Conde back in 2011. 

Casa del Conde - B & B five minutes walk down the road
Twin share                               $ 1500
Double occupancy                  $ 1500
Single occupancy                    $ 1650
Junior suit double                    $ 1550
Junior suit single                     $ 1750

Please note we will endeavor to supply you with the accommodation option you have requested.

What is included
10 Days (9 nights) accommodation Pisaq.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
Snacks between meals.
Three San Pedro plant-medicine ceremonies.
Transport on excursion and entrance to sites.
All group work, teachings, support and integration throughout the program.

What is not included
Drinks, personal items and tips.
Travel insurance.
Passport and Visa fees.
International and domestic airfares, airport taxes and surcharges.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Private healings.

Deposit and final payments
A deposit of $500 must be paid to reserve your place and accommodation preference. This deposit will be used against the cost of your retreat. (Non- refundable in the case of cancellation on your side, 100% refundable in the unlikely case of cancellation from us.)     


The Machu Picchu sanctuary is a wondrous arqueological complex consisting of Inca temples, palaces, shrines, plazas, dwellings, etc.… it is located in a boundary region between the Andes Mountain and the Amazon rain forest. It’s majestic construction makes Machu Picchu one of the most amazing remains of ancient cultures in the entire world.

Laron (left) looking out at Machu Picchu back in 2011.

DAY 1:  From the train station in Ollantaytambo we will head for Machu Picchu. The train rides along the Sacred Valley, which divides the Urubamba, and the Vilcanota Mountain ranges, following the banks of the Vilcanota River. Upon arrival at the Machu Picchu train station, we will go to our hotel to leave our backpacks and then take a 30-minute walk to the beautiful Mandor waterfall and its botanical garden. Here we will walk into the forest along a beautiful path, affording the opportunity to see some of the animals and plants in one of the rich areas of biodiversity in the world. Finally we arrive to Mandor waterfall were we will have some time to enjoy the place and have a nutritional meal at the waterfall. Then we walk back to Machu Picchu Pueblo where we will take a good rest in preparation for the next day.
Our guide Dr. Ruben Orellana

DAY 2:  In the morning we will board the bus that will take us up the mountain to this ancient citadel. Here we will receive a detailed explanation of the place. Our guide will teach us about the development, knowledge and the greatness of the culture.  After enjoying a snack we will have some free time at the ruins before returning to town were we will take our train and taxi back to Pisaq.

End of service

Cost                $USD 400 per person twin share
What is included
Transport from Pisaq to Machu Picchu Pueblo and return
Transport to and entrance to Machu Picchu archeological complex
Guide for Machu Picchu
Guide for the journey
Accommodation & Breakfast

What is not included
Drinks, personal items and tips.
Travel insurance.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Deposit $100 to secure your place on this journey.

The Plant Medicine San Pedro

Huachuma, which is the Quechua name for the traditional plant-medicine, is prepared from the Tricherocereus Peruvians cactus.

Since the Spanish invasion of the 16th century it has also been referred to as San Pedro, named after Saint Peter, who is said to hold the keys to the gates of heaven, in the Christian religious tradition.

San Pedro, indigenous to the mountainous Andes, is regarded as a healing plant, protective spirit, and as a visionary, or sacred, plant-medicine. Used in a respectful ceremonial setting, it is a powerful tool to aid in the process of cleansing and purification for the purpose of developing one’s consciousness; for enhancing physical, mental and emotional health, and in the fulfillment of one’s spiritual potential.
A San Pedro Cactus at the Hummingbird Retreat Peru

A typical daytime ceremony with this heart-opening medicine lasts 12-14 hours and is likely a potent transformational experience, involving intuitive insight; an opening to the Divine Spirit underlying all levels of manifestation, and the center of well being and wisdom of our Self.

To participate in a San Pedro ceremony is an opportunity to step outside of one’s regular busy lifestyle, to reconnect with the infinite yet dynamic stillness at the center of the sacred heart-space. To benefit most from this experience, to be most receptive to the subtle insights – the medium through which this Plant Spirit communicates – it is highly recommended to spend some time beforehand in contemplation and meditation, to clarify one’s intentions.

The shamanic use of San Pedro, which the archeological record shows to have been in use for more than 4000 years, continues in contemporary times, and is legal in Peru.
Paul and Sue standing inside their Maloca at the Hummingbird Retreat Peru


You will need an international flight to Lima, the capital of Peru, and a domestic flight from Lima to Cuzco – the other option is a 22-hour bus journey from Lima to Cuzco.

We recommend you purchase your domestic flights as part of your international ticket; this will enable you to get the international baggage allowance, for your domestic flight.

This archaeological wonderland and former capital of the Inca Empire is the oldest continuously inhabited city of the Americas. Cuzco is a magical city sitting at an elevation of 3326m in the Andes of Peru.

The colonial town of Pisaq is 45 minutes from Cuzco by taxi.  At the lower elevation of 2715m it is easier for the body to acclimatize than Cuzco.  Pisaq is overlooked by the impressive Pisaq ruins.

It is advisable to take it easy for the first couple of hours after you arrive. During your first day drink plenty of water, move slowly and eat light meals. Coca tea will be available here and in most restaurants, and is really helpful for acclimatizing to the altitude. Cell food and oxygen drops can also be helpful and need to be purchased before coming to Peru.

In Pisaq will be a combination of a self-contained cabin on our property, rooms in the main house, tents and the B & B, which is 5 minutes walk from our property.

In this part of the Andes Mountains we have two seasons, the dry season is from May to November.  There can be some rain in the dry season.

Temperatures during the dry season can get quite hot during the day and cool off quickly during the afternoon and evening.  Cusco temperatures during September average from 6C to 21C.

To avoid problems, we recommend that you only drink and clean your teeth with bottled or filtered water.

The Peruvian Sole is the local currency.  US dollars are widely accepted. There are ATM’s in Pisaq but no bank. Traveller’s cheques are not a good option for Peru as they can be difficult to change.  Remember to let your bank know that you are on a trip or else they may block your account.

There is Internet service in all of the main towns and in some small ones; Hummingbird Retreat Peru and the B&B both have Wi-Fi. There are internet cabins or internet cafés in Cuzco, Pisaq and Machu Picchu pueblo.

There is a lot of wholesome, natural food available in the Sacred Valley.  Corn, potatoes, quinoa and kiwicha are all local products, along with fruit from the Amazon about 80 kms away.

Is 240V with a two-prong plug.  Adaptors can be purchased in airports and Cuzco.

Building for ceremonies and spiritual work, often round with walls or open.

Gathering for spiritual purpose, which is common in this part of the world.  Can be a plant medicine ceremony, despacho ceremony, gifting ceremony etc.

As a reminder, if you are interested, leave a comment (I can see your email address if you do) or send me an email through the Contact / About link in the menu. I will then add you to my email list where I keep everyone updated, and discuss the registration process through the retreat.

About the Author 
Editor of, Laron is a writer, healing facilitator, poet and spiritual teacher from New Zealand. A strong passion of his is to expand the consciousness of others through sharing information. Science tells us that we are all creating what we see as the observer — we are all creating our own truths within every moment. While being a bit of a bookworm, Laron also has a Diploma in Energetic Healing, is a Dolores Cannon trained QHHT Practitioner, Reiki Master, trained Crystal Healer and Tarot reader. You can find Laron on Facebook.

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