Sacred Spiritual Journeys in the South of Ecuador




Throughout the history of mankind, plants have played a vital role for humanity’s health, so that there is no medicine from the pharmacopoeia that has not an active principle derived from a plant. In the spiritual world, everything is filled with life and is in motion. Plants and animals have collective spirits, one for each of them; unlike man, who has a spirit individually for each one of us. The collective spirits of plants and animals have wisdom and power since they are spirits of nature; for example: rivers, creeks, lagoons and mountains.

This is the basic knowledge that shaman men and women possess, who move along development grades of shamanic medicine in the world, and especially in the American continent. Our original ancestors from the Andes and Amazon had a profound knowledge on the power of plants and the special properties of each one of them. That's why we have to highlight the plants of power, especially mentioning the Ayahuasca, Aguacoya or San Pedro, Wilca, Coca, Iguamanzari and tobacco, among other sacred plants.

Whichever plant is used for healing, they have the power to lead us to other states of human conscience, of which almost all people are unaware. Through years of study and meditation, and an adequate relationship with the elements of the universe and their guardian spirits, we can realize and feel the subtle world that encircles us all. There are energies and spiritual laws that interact and affect our lives; even though we cannot see them it does not mean that they are not present. The law of cause and effect, just like gravity, radio and TV signals are a very simple example of this.

The ancestral shamanic medicine tells us that diseases of the physical body originate in the astral body, from different reasons that include concerns and stress. Hence, the work of the Shaman with the plants of power is to help a person to arrive at the root of internal conflict, to heal the soul as well as the physical body of that individual being. The plants of power also allow us to make a trip to our inner self with the help of a Shaman, to reconcile any internal conflict that is influencing our daily lives, even also removing any negative energy.

In this way, we are able to walk as light as a feather on the path of illumination in this short but wonderful life that was given to us by the Great Spirit, God, The Great Architect of the Universe, Lord, or as we may call him. There is one single creator and its essence is love and wants us to live like brothers and sisters, just as the song for those which we may be living separated but Earth wants to reunite. Our work is the physical and spiritual healing with plants of power, helping people find answers to their lives. We then present you the invitation to participate in our ceremonies with Mother Wilka, Grandmother Ayahuasca and Grandfather San Pedro, as a natural way of expanding our consciousness.

With regards of universal love,

 Miguel Alvarez


Chakapita Retreat is located just a couple of kilometers outside the beautiful town of Vilcabamba in the heart of the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador.

The name Chakapita comes from a beautiful healing song that is sung by the Shaman during ceremonies.  These songs are known as Ikaros.  Chakapita is also the name of a plant that is used for cleaning auras and removal of negative energies.

Our retreat, Chakapita is a beautiful spiritual place which has been created with the intention to help people and introduce them to the spirit of power plants such as ayahuasca, huachuma and wilka for healing.  We offer the opportunity to participate in ceremonies or attend retreats at our home location or to practice true ancestral ceremonies at sacred sites and archaeological ruins of great importance and potential energy in the south of Ecuador.   We pride ourselves on the service and healing that is provided to our clients.  During the retreats the Shaman is at hand for questions and help throughout the entire stay.

The sacred plant ceremonies at Chakapita are really traditional of South America. Our Shamans have a lot of experience and have come a long way in the spiritual world.  We offer the ability to participate in ceremonies with Ecuadorian Indians from the Andes Mountains called the Saraguros and the Indians of the jungle known as the Shuar.

You can extend your stay and spend some time exploring this wonderful area.  For tourist information please see​.