Healing the world one person at a time through sacred plant medicine.
It is a unique skill that I, fortunately, do not possess, to incarcerate the experience of life into a cage of language. No matter how eloquent a description may be, it still can never capture the essence of a studied culture. This is why I never pursued anthropology as a career, even though this would be the closest academic discipline to my liking. Fascinated with indigenous cultures since childhood, all I wanted to do was to explore them myself and be with them, rather than study about them in university.
Intuitively, I felt that no amount of class hours could actually teach me about the life lived by people whose worldview is not limited by words and concepts — people who sniff the wind to know where to find game or perceive danger. Intuition and extrasensory perception would never fit into a classroom. They are bigger than that and much more real.
I began my shamanic path drinking Ayahuasca and Huachuma (San Pedro) cactus in Iquitos, Peru in 2005. After a lifelong search for magic, spirituality and later enlightenment, I was fortunate enough to be found worthy of real shamanic experiences which have transformed both myself and my life completely. My old self is hardly recognizable even to me, who knew myself best. Sometimes I remember my past with a bitter sense of embarrassment, and on a good day, with compassion.
A candle doesn't lose its light by lighting up another candle
I was living my life without spiritual guidance, as the teachings available through mainstream spirituality were unsatisfactory for my taste. The mindfulness and meditation path given by Indian gurus wasn’t for me. None of this could actually teach me life and how to live it correctly, be happy, and live with joy. Anywhere I looked, I only found preachers, none of whom I felt had enough inner depth to resonate with me fully. It all felt superficial at best. The closest I came to that which I was seeking after was in books and in personal psychedelic experiences, which I had long before I found sacred plants.
Looking back, it is clear that I was getting prepared for my future, which would be infused with working with plant teachers. Bypassing a load of unnecessary information that would just take space in my memory if I were to embrace an academic path, I dived directly into the world of Spirit when the right time came.
My life was saved on numerous occasions. Being young, adventurous and curious, I was teasing death prematurely. I made my guardian spirits work too hard. But apart from the obvious physical dangers, I now understand more subtle level of protection which I interpret as being saved from taking the wrong intellectual paths in life, which may have proven deadly to my spirit.
There are many who write beautifully about the shamanic experience, myself included, and while this can be a wonderful introduction to the subject, it's never the same as having an experience yourself. It's important not to mistake the map for the territory when it comes to consciousness and spirituality. The words are there to be transcended into an embodied experience, which you can have here with the medicine.
It is my deepest gratitude that I am expressing here, and elsewhere, to the invisible forces in my life which have protected and guided me so I could find my path in life and walk it with heart. Sacred plant healers and teachers have proven to be worthy of my dedication, commitment and love.
Helping people to use sacred Huachuma medicine in the right way to find healing, clarity, and understanding of themselves and the world we live in, is what we do with gratitude and joy.
Awakening is no longer a privilege for the few.
It is a necessity for many.
As our world is sinking into chaos and many are losing their minds, we are using Nature and Huachuma medicine as a protective shield against fear and insanity. The time is fast approaching when sanity will become rarer than diamonds, and surely more precious. In 2021, where fear is dominating the collective mindset, Nature is the key to reclaiming your freedom and power. Our message is simple: Nature is the cure that is hidden in plain view. Use it wisely and get well.
In essence, any day of the week, month, and year presents an equal opportunity to live consciously, fully aware, and engaged with the gift of life. Any moment is a gateway to presence and wisdom. But for most people, this is only true in theory - and in today's world, it's even more difficult than ever. In practice, living under the daily pressure of the modern world and uncertainty, no time is left for anything but getting some rest so you can start a marathon again tomorrow. Life, which is an incredible miracle, has become only about survival, and a burden for so many. The joy has gone. This depressing reality has created a marketplace for so-called spiritual teachers and healers who claim to have a cure.
Plant-teachers are the gateway to the world of Spirit. Plant medicine is a tool that can easily bypass words, concepts, and belief systems - all of which, at best, can serve as road signs and, at worst, as roadblocks. This is why sacred plants are feared and have been suppressed. They democratize consciousness and allow for a direct spiritual connection to the Divine. They open up your doors of perception and allow you to see yourself and the Universe with fresh and unbiased eyes. In this wordless space you can find an abundance of healing energy that is as full of insights as the ocean is full of fish. This ocean is neutral water where you can fish with your mind all you want. No one owns it. Dare to enter and claim your place in the Cosmos.
Working with both Ayahuasca and Huachuma is beneficial. Each plant teacher does its own work and provides different angles through which you can see yourself and find healing. They both can lead you to equilibrium and unity that results in inner peace and well-being. Clarity is a direct path to healing and change.
Do not wait until you find the time. You may never find it. Make the time and do the things you want to do. The 21st year of the 21st century will be a continuation of 2020, with more surprises to unfold. The challenges will not lessen, and travel restrictions might still be in place. When the window of opportunity is open - take it. This window is not static, and you don't know when will it present itself again.
Huachuma medicine checkmates fear.
It makes you immune to the ongoing worldly madness.
Walk Through The Portal
Life feels better when you are awake.
Plant medicine shamanism is for sincere and mature people who understand the value of a direct spiritual experience. We offer powerful, heart-touching Huachuma (San Pedro) and Ayahuasca ceremonies under professional shamanic guidance in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Our time spent together on the medicine is a valuable interaction that often yields healing and understanding. Each new ceremony is a continuation of the previous one, building towards healing and expansion of consciousness. Although even one ceremony can have a positive impact on your life, giving yourself more time and respecting the process is more beneficial.
Take a spiritual vacation from the mundane and profane to find what is special and sacred!
Huachuma medicine is only bitter when you drink it.
The rest is sweet.
Under the expert guidance of local curanderos Don Juan and Don Orlando, Huachuma Wasi offers Ayahuasca retreats at our center in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is an excellent opportunity to connect to the ancient medicine tradition of the rainforest and experience the profound synergy between the two great teacher plants of South American shamanism, Ayahuasca and Huachuma.
Located in Calca, the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, our retreat center consists of two big houses, each having private rooms for our guests. We have a good Wi-Fi connection, hot showers, comfortable beds and a lovely garden to make you feel at home. Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Andes, the Huachuma Wasi is an inspiring, comfortable place to relax, enjoy and think creatively. This is an ideal place to learn and integrate the huachuma experience during your stay.
Sergey Baranov is the founder of Huachuma Wasi, a shamanic healing center in the Sacred Valley, which is open all year round to receive guests and spiritual seekers. Sergey’s work with Huachuma is an intimate and personal encounter with an ancient stream of healing energies as opposed to mass-market “mystical’’ tourism.
Sergey’s spiritual path has become his means of livelihood. By doing what he loves he introduces people to an ancient healing sacrament, that grows naturally in the high Andean environment in which he has made his home.
Sergey is the author of PATH: Seeking Truth in a World of Lies, The Mescaline Confession: Breaking Through the Walls of Delusion, and The Cactus Of Sanity: Huachuma in a Time of Chaos. His writing chronicles the spiritual search which lead him to the mountains of Peru to work with the sacred Huachuma (San Pedro) cactus and the perspective he has gained from over ten years of ongoing shamanic work.
For people interested in shamanism, and specifically the work we do at Huachuma Wasi, we highly recommend reading his books.