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San Pedro Ceremonies in Peru

For mature and sincere people

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If seeking truth, healing, and meaning in life is the driving force behind your spiritual search, then you may feel a joyous astonishment and long-waited peace upon your first contact with Huachuma, also known as the San Pedro cactus. In the chaotic world we are living in today, this inner peace, connection, and grounding is worth more than gold. Awakening is no longer a luxury, rather it's a necessity. 

In a world lacking certainty, it’s easy to become shattered by global events and lose your center completely. With everything being stripped away, we’re faced with the simple yet not easy choice - to succumb to mass fear or to become empowered in love and truth in a San Pedro ceremony.


It’s the easiest thing in the world to slip into fear when amid the mass psychosis pervading our collective consciousness today. And on top of that, with real human connection essentially being destroyed in a digital era, it’s an even more slippery slope into isolation, anxiety, and depression. 

However, it’s not the only choice. Swimming against the tide of mass panic in the world today by choosing love over fear is the key to your sanity and freedom. San Pedro ceremony is a catalyst to higher consciousness, which simply checkmates fear.

Fear is the real virus paralyzing the planet right now, and your ability to think clearly and live freely. Curing this fear within yourself should be your utmost priority to maintain your mental and physical health. 


Ignoring the current challenges is simply delusional. Our purpose has been strengthened during these times – as the awakening power of this medicine has become more crucial than ever. 

San Pedro ceremony disconnects you from the fear and stress paradigm and makes you experience a profound inner peace never felt before. This is the cure for most of the maladies infecting society, from depression and anxiety to self-destructive behaviors, addictions, toxic relationships, eating disorders, and a general sense of dis-ease in one's life. 

Rather than escaping the madness of these times, at Huachuma Wasi we empower you to wake up to your truth and become the force of good in the world, so desperately needed.


While others may be laying low and waiting for this difficult phase to pass, here we take a more empowering stance on the current global situation. At Huachuma Wasi, we choose to channel the disruptive forces in the world as fuel for self-growth – alchemizing them through the San Pedro medicine ceremony into positive change within ourselves. The essence of the San Pedro ceremony is transforming fear into love, a low vibration into a higher state of consciousness.


By actively choosing not to submit to fear, we allow our soul containers to be filled with love. 

Those who align with this vision will find a sanctuary of healing and self-empowerment amidst the storm. San Pedro cactus ceremony is a new beginning in your life.

It's one thing to identify with the concept of Oneness that is preached by many - and it's another thing entirely to wake up. Knowing that we are but a drop in the infinite ocean of love is the basic truth that any spiritual teacher will tell you from the first meeting. But if you're honest with yourself, you know that their words alone don't make you feel it. 

Why do we seek a spiritual awakening? Isn't it because we don't feel fulfilled in our lives? Intuitively we know that there is more to life than what we see through our eyes; eyes that are wide shut. San Pedro ceremony can lift the veil and make you see the unseen forces of Nature, which are real, loving, and healing.

Hardly any words can be found to describe a real awakening - and it's most likely not what you imagined it would be. Awakening is not visuals you see in the sky. Awakening is clarity. And clarity is healing. When you see clearly, you understand. Once clarity is seen and love is felt, you are changed by this experience. 

When you are spiritually awakened, you become fully alive and present in your body, perhaps for the first time in your life. And that feeling is the feeling you've always been looking for. It becomes immediately clear that everything you've been chasing in your life was not that thing, and by realizing that, you just stop chasing. San Pedro cactus ceremony can open you up and make you bloom like a flower. 

When your state of being becomes the source of your infinite joy and bliss, you stop blindly consuming cultural products and begin cultivating your own culture within yourself. 

When you experience the San Pedro ceremony and awaken to the world around you, you are touched by the healing beauty all around you while absorbing the vital energies from Nature. 


San Pedro ceremony collapses all ideologies into pure beingness. Awakening simply is what remains. You sit on the grass in that unbelievably simple space of wonder, joy, ecstasy, and wisdom - and you can't believe you missed it all along. The healing tears of Joy are rolling down your face.

Ecstasy is not just bodily pleasure. This you can get anywhere. Nor is it the peak of emotional euphoria that you experience from ecstatic dance or the dopamine high you may get from spiritual gatherings. These are transient moments that leave you always chasing more of the same, like a painkiller that temporarily numbs the pain but doesn't cure the cause. At best, these experiences are but a drop of the ocean of real ecstasy, which is intelligent and healing.


San Pedro ceremony is that ocean of ecstasy in which we swim like a fish. Once we enter this space and learn how to swim, we understand that being happy is embedded in our nature, and all we need is to be reminded. 


Once you have this experience of ecstatic aliveness, it stays with you. It is a healing and teaching ecstasy, beyond sensations. It empowers you from within and becomes a guide in your life. You have to experience this teaching to know it. 


While being anchored in ecstasy during the ceremony, the residual of this experience serves as immunity to fear and negativity at a later day, which cannot penetrate you and steal your inner peace. You become grounded in a constant state of empowerment.

Some want to keep pretending that talking about awakening is the same as feeling it, and others are tired of words. If you are one of those who are ready to step beyond words, concepts, and a slight increase in a dopamine level in your brain caused by other modalities, the San Pedro ceremony can show you the path to awakening you seek. 

Real self-empowerment never comes through a hypnotic repetition of affirmations. It comes as a result of the experience of being awake. San Pedro ceremony is a real experience of divine bliss and gratitude for being alive. 







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Huachuma San Pedro ceremony in Peru
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San Pedro medicine garden
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Huachuma San Pedro cactus blooms in the morning
Sergey and Rufino, andean shaman despachero
Q'ero despacho ceremony
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San Pedro Huachuma ceremony in the Sacred Valley
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Huachuma San Pedro cactus blooms at night
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What is the Essence of the San Pedro Cactus Experience?












The point of the San Pedro ceremony is to awaken the purity of who you were in early childhood and empower you with the directly perceived wisdom that comes from the experience. During a San Pedro ceremony, a sense of a magical yet familiar world of beauty, wonder, and joy becomes within reach again, allowing you to experience your life and the world consciously and joyfully.

Unfortunately, that gentle, pure, beautiful, and vulnerable self is subject to many influences as we grow up, each of which claims part of the Self. By the time we reach maturity, all that remains of that Self is the memory of what it once was. Fortunately, this tragic loss that often leads to confusion and emptiness in adulthood can be restored and even enhanced.

We conduct the San Pedro ceremony to reconnect with that precious Self and bring it to the surface. By building this bridge we are connecting to the source of our happiness, which so often is cut off as we mature. This is the healing we should be searching for. How can you be happy if you're cut off from the purity of your true Self? After reintegrating and truly experiencing your whole Self, you finally begin to live from a place of inner peace and true happiness. You realize that to search beyond the point of pure self-awareness is irrelevant, for this is the place of bliss itself. From this place, the Self can only gaze upon the mystery.

If self-realization on an emotional level is the feeling of being you, then on an intellectual level it is the expression of your unique creativity. This divine expression of our humanity can manifest in many forms, and Huachuma Wasi is the place to discover your path in life. 

However, there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. Neither self-realization nor finding your path may happen completely in a few weeks, but the first steps can be taken here.

San Pedro ceremony serves as a great unifier, bringing you into a sacred union with yourself and the world on the deepest level.


This life-changing experience has the power to completely shift your perception and worldview for the better. Of course, there is no guarantee that your life will change in a couple of weeks. But if you can open your heart and mind and receive what's given with sincerity and trust, this experience can become a new reference point in your life, a new horizon from which you will be able to see clearer and further. 

If you go to the market without knowing what you want to buy, you could spend the whole day and leave with empty hands or with bags full of things you don’t even need. Knowing what you want and where to get it can save you valuable time and resources. Huachuma Wasi is a place for sincere and mature spiritual seekers who are tired of words about Awakening and are ready to embrace a direct spiritual experience to feel awake.


You indeed embrace this experience in pursuit of personal goals, but we also believe that the change you want to see in the world starts with changing yourself. If you resonate with this brief description of the work we do, then the question of price should be your last. That's why there are no prices on the website. I want you to read what I have to say first.








As time passes in relationships, we often lose the initial spark of love and passion we felt for our partner in the beginning. The routine of daily life can get in the way and dull your connection, leading to apathy or toxicity where there used to be love. 


In a San Pedro ceremony, you can reanimate your love and see your partner as you saw them in the beginning before life got in the way. In a relationship, over time, it can be difficult to break through the ice of negative emotions and external disruptions. Love is sacred, and it's vital not only to remember this but to BE in love with the person you're with. 

Culturally, we believe that falling in love means losing yourself, when in actuality falling in love means finding yourself with another person and sharing that space of love. But over time, stress gets in the way of that pure love connection, destroying it from within like cancer. Doing a San Pedro ceremony as a couple can heal relationships, bringing you back to that starting point of purity and excitement with one another.

In addition to healing your relationship, you have the opportunity to know your partner in a new way and find new things to cherish about one another. When you meet your partner at a soul level, your connection deepens and you find a whole new dimension to your love. 

By the same token, the San Pedro ceremony can reveal your incompatibilities if you have come together for the wrong reasons, and you will see your relationship with greater clarity.


If your love is present, you will connect and bond on a whole new level, able to deal with all the minor frictions in your relationship the same way as you would simply swat a fly away.


And if love isn't truly there, you will see and feel its absence and you will know what to do. 

If you are ready to explore your relationship at a deeper level of connection and authenticity, the San Pedro ceremony can take you there.


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San Pedro Ceremony and Relationships


A Journey To Spiritual Awakening

















Our San Pedro ceremonies are a combination of spiritual adventure and deeply personal work through self-reflection and contemplation. Shamanism is a method of communing with nature. We do it outdoors, deeply connecting to the elements, which allows us to be readjusted to the natural pulse of life, as opposed to the ever-increasing pace of technological society.

We provide a safe and supportive environment under Sergey’s guidance, which can help you move through the experience most beneficially. It is important to come up with an intention, which serves as a compass throughout the experience.


We do ceremonies in the daylight, usually starting at 10 am, until 6 pm. We take the medicine and share the day in silence and contemplation, surrounded by the stunning beauty of the magnificent Andes. You can listen to music, which may facilitate a heart-opening experience; however, we have found silence and the sounds of nature, especially a river, to be fertile ground for the seeds of self-reflection and understanding to sprout. It may be useful to have earplugs on the plane to help you sleep, but plugging your ears from the sounds of nature may prevent you from hearing the music of life. You didn't take a plane to Peru to stay where you are. You took a plane to BE here.


Our San Pedro ceremonies are limited to 15 people (no minimum) to preserve the personal connection with each participant. We don't sit in a circle, rather, are spread in the forest within a safe distance from one another. The point is to leave you alone with the medicine without distractions. Being left alone and yet fully supported and energeticly held, you feel safe to explore consciousness. Sergey is always around you, whether you see him or not, and is available at any time during the ceremony when and if needed. San Pedro ceremony is not about preaching, it's about you teaching yourself through a direct spiritual experience.

We use spontaneous, private conversations to facilitate the process of healing and understanding. This is my way of guiding the San Pedro ceremony, the way Icaros are used to guide Ayahuasca. We believe that mutual communication and exchange of ideas is more effective and helpful than a traditional teacher-student relationship, in which the former always keeps a higher ground while the latter maintains an inferior status.

Charged with beauty, love, and peace, we return to Huachuma Wasi for the closing of the San Pedro ceremony. Afterward, everyone is free to do whatever they want. Usually, our guests stay together throughout the evening, cooking meals and sitting by the fireplace, sharing and building a connective bond with one another. This is our way of immediate integration through a sharing circle.

We do San Pedro ceremonies every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and are open from March 7th through January 7th every year. The days between the ceremonies are free and can be used as you like. Some people like to stay home, rest, read, or write in the garden. Others like to hike or go sightseeing. The days in between the ceremonies are an integration time that allows for any activity to take place.

                DIVINE CACTUS, A film by Sergey Baranov

SAN PEDRO CEREMONY TEACHES YOU HOW TO BE PRESENT AND LIVE                                                           CONSCIOUSLY



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Chavin art in Huachuma Wasi

Places we conducted San Pedro Ceremonies in the past










We do not require a San Pedro ceremony diet or any food restriction for the work with this medicine. Your diet is your personal choice. Your intention and sincerity that you bring to the medicine are more important than the food in your stomach. However, on ceremony days we do not eat breakfast and take the medicine on an empty stomach. This makes it easier for the body to absorb the medicine and alleviates any unpleasant effects that may occur at the beginning of the ceremony. At night, after the ceremony, you are free to eat whatever you want.

We don't require sexual abstinence before, during, or after retreats. Sexuality is a part of our human experience, which should be embraced, not denied.

We also recommend reading all of Sergey's books. This can help you to decide whether or not you are prepared for the work we do. If you resonate with the written content, that means you are ready to take the next step.

We do ask for an honest introduction of yourself from which we would expect to learn about your intention, problems, and questions you would like to resolve. Your medical and psychiatric history must be honestly disclosed, along with drug and medication use, if any. This will help us in our evaluation to ensure safety for all. We reserve the right to refuse any inquiry without further explanation.

The focus of our work is to help our guests to reconnect to themselves and nature, the connections which, for most people, have been severed by the modern lifestyle. Reestablishing these links often leads to healing and happiness. Through this work, guests often find clarity and inner peace in their lives.

Our time spent together with the medicine is a valuable interaction that often yields healing and understanding. Take a spiritual vacation from the mundane to experience the sacred. Although even one ceremony can have a positive impact on your life, giving yourself more time and respecting the process is more beneficial. Each new ceremony is a continuation of the previous one and a build-up towards healing and expansion of consciousness.

Submit your information form, we will review your application within 24 hours and will get back to you with prices and details about booking your retreat. 


Good Medicine for Good Hearts




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Huachuma kitchen where Sergey prepare huachuma medicine
Sergey in the Huachuma garden

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