Ancestral Medicine Retreats & Programs in Mexico
to Heal, Grow and Transform
Driven by community, infused by nature, sparked by Spirit
and Shamanic Programs Bridging Ancient & Modern Wisdoms,
Driven by community, infused by nature, sparked by Spirit
FREE ROADMAP to Sacred Plant Medicine
Programs, Retreats, Trainings & One-on-one
A personal desire to heal, transform or to live a better life is all it takes to change your life for the better. At the same time, the elders of many traditions who knew how to live in harmony with all of Nature have started to share many of their healing gifts. They invite us to walk this land, once more, with ease, grace, power and a renewed sense of community.
SpiritRivers’ shamanic retreats & programs are surprisingly efficient ways to grow and heal for those seeking true connection, transformation and empowerment.
Why Ancestral Plant Medicine
A rare opportunity for profound changes
“With 25 years of clinical experience in various fields of natural health I stand strong when I state that the transformations, healing processes and changes I’ve seen in people using plant medicine in ceremonies are second to none” — Frédéric Cherri ( SpiritRivers founder)
No surprise there is such an interest in a variety of earth medicines, from San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Peyote, Kambo, Bufo Alvarius, Psilocybin to name a few; the list of nature’s treasures and practices that indigenous traditions have preciously kept alive for thousands of years is growing every day.
Here is a short list of what you can expect from working with Plant Medicines and SpiritRivers.
Relief from depression, asthma, anxiety, sleeping disorders, fibromyalgia, addictions, heart disorders, diabetes, mental impairments and much more.
Improvements in mental functioning, ability to focus; increased drive, inspiration, intuition, creativity, joy and general lightening of spirit and self.
Improved confidence and trust, relationship healing, greater communication, healing of family issues, latent skills improvements, the return of self-love and self-worth.
Clarity of life’s vision and purpose, ease of action, greater achievement and performance, much higher rate of synchronicities.
Plant Medicine Integration Program
SpiritRivers unique integration approach goes way beyond the retreat. To integrate this experience means, for us, to ‘make it real’, allowing you to bring it back into your daily life. To achieve the best results we believe the modern cognitive or mental approach (psychotherapeutic, psychological or word-based) is not the optimal one. Instead, we bring an array of integrative skills bridging modern and traditional or shamanic processes. They support an ‘embodied and experiential’ understanding of your retreat versus a mental or intellectual one. That is the hallmark of the SpiritRivers approach and our guarantee that the discoveries you go through will provide a radical and durable impact on your life and the ones around you.
Join the Tribe
What they say
This was a truly extraordinary experience; one of the most profound of my life. From the Huachuca plant medicine to the Mayan sweat ceremony it all fit to form a journey that felt like a lifetime in itself. The leadership and shamanism of Frederic was not only skilled and full of expertise, but compassionate and loving at the same time. The meals were expertly provided by Rogelio along with his engaging friendship. I would definitely come back again and enthusiastically recommend Spirit Rivers to anyone seeking a quality entheogenic retreat experience.
I have been practicing Shamanism for a few years now, with drum circles, moon ceremonies, Red Tents, shamanic journeying etc… on a regular basis. To further and deepen my learning and exploration of that belief system, I was called to engage with plant medicine: Ayahuasca a few years back and Huachuma in March 2021… which literarily feel on my path at the right time and the right place: just the way it should be.
First, the amenities were fabulous: the jungle compound is meticulously designed with beauty, craftsmanship, private cenotes, high comfort (beautiful huts and great beddings) and convenience (hot showers and strong internet).
Then the staff is fully committed and caring: Rogelio regaled us with his mastery of vegan cooking, consciously prepared with Mantras and Love, brewing healthy juices and offering his dishes according to our scheduled ceremonies and needs. The perfect detox and healing nourishment!
Frederic is a master of ceremonies, humble and personable, sharing his knowledge and wisdom, gathering our guides and Pachamama, guiding us safely into each journey with powerful and revealing insights helping us integrating our personal Initiations and revelations. Furthermore, Frederic taught us a few additional practices I am now using like the Earth Mandala.
As a woman, I was exceptionally imprinted and revealed during the Temazcal session, lead and invigorated by the powerful and playful Auli .
Finally, what to say about the Teacher plant itself? Everyone has their own journey: for me it was what exactly what I needed… not what I wanted 🙂 I particularly appreciated the combo and complementary Day and a Lunar sessions. Different focus, different intentions, different teachings.
Do not be afraid, Huachuma is a gentle and loving teacher, and hopefully when she calls, you’ll be ready for her blessings. Spirit Rivers and Frederic offer perfect surroundings, container and guidance for the experience.
Would recommend this retreat to anyone
I joined Frederic for three huachuma ceremonies recently and had an excellent experience. The spirit rivers team went above and beyond with food, accommodation and hospitality. Everything was fantastic.
I would recommend this retreat for anyone interested in shamanism or personal growth with a trustworthy facilitator.
Some things I particularly enjoyed was the food! I was worried about being vegan for a week but blown away with chefs ability to cook different delicious, nutritious, gluten free vegan meals every day with healthy snacks in between. Even when fasting there wasn’t one moment when I was hungry. Cheers Rojelio! The temezcal ceremony (on site) was the real deal and intense. And of course the Huachuma ceremonies. Frederic has such depth of knowledge that amplifies the retreat to another level. The medicine came on slow and strong. Frederic was quick to sense when one needs more medicine. Days following medicine is integration. I found this to be the most helpful part of the experience which ultimately taught me the lessons I needed.
A BIG thank you to all involved with the retreat!
A Magical Healing Experience
The Portal To Awakening intensive Huachuma retreat was an incredible, life-changing, experience!
Having already worked with psilocybin mushrooms and Ayahuasca in the past, I was curious to see how this would compare. It turned out to be a gentler, more interactive experience which allowed the medicine to work with me as much as I allowed. By the end of the third ceremony, I had been gifted several profound insights which will remain with me for the rest of my life and which will absolutely improve the quality of my relationships.
From the moment I arrived at the retreat location, I immediately knew that I was in good hands. The grounds were spectacular; it was as if we had our own private jungle. Frédéric and all of the staff took fantastic care of us in every way possible. We feasted on the most delicious vegan food all week long thanks to our chef, Rogelio. Erick, the musician who played during the ceremonies, is incredibly talented and always provided the perfect accompaniment at just the right moments.
Most importantly, Frédéric’s knowledge and experience are simply out of this world. He has the heart of a true healer, and he brings all of this to bear as he works personally with each participant. I’m so grateful to him for putting together this incredible event and I hope to return to work with him again someday.
Finally, if you are on the fence between doing a 2-ceremony retreat or a 3-ceremony retreat (as I was), do yourself a huge favor and go for the third ceremony! You will not regret it!
Self care is how you get your power back.
I came to Frederic, wounded and broken. I lost my husband 5 months prior, and had no idea where to go from there. I am a registered nurse, my background is Western Medicine and it does not treat a broken spirit. The retreat venue is beautiful beyond words and I immediately felt safe and like family. Oh the food!! Delicious!! The ceremonies were amazing, I dug so deep into my subconscious and found trauma that I had completely forgotten about. Integration brought it all together. The other retreat goers were so welcoming and kind. We all left as family, all experiencing life-altering events. This medicine exceeded my expectations and put me on the path to healing. I cannot say enough good things about Frederic. He is authentic and wise. I watched him, watched him work so closely with each of us with passion and sincerity.
I am ready to celebrate the life of my husband and the gift of our time together. We all have wandered so far from nature and Mother Earth but she is always ready to welcome us back. I am immensely glad that I followed the call. I can’t wait for my next retreat!
I had a great time at spirit rivers. The place itself is amazing and Frederic was a great facilitator. Overall a positive experience that im glad i done.
The food and experience was amazing.
Be prepared for the unexpected.
But it all has its purpose.
Frederic is an amazing person. And he does heal.
It was an amazing experience, first of it in my entire life. I learnt how to love, not to judge & how to let things go. I had a glimpse of how humanity was meant to be. How time is just another tiny part in the equation
Everything about the event was great, food, shelter. To be frank, I didn’t see anything negative at the retreat. The only thing that I found as a blessing was during integration a few of us are still slightly confused about the required steps to take to return to innocence.
Challenging and exactly what I needed!
I have done plant medicine in the past and this was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. The venue was beautiful, the rooms were very nice, and everything else about lodging was excellent! The food was amazing and I loved the self serving aspect of it because I could take as much or as little as I wanted. There was great variety too. The accommodations were very good and I always felt taken care of! Frédéric was an amazing leader in this retreat and facilitated so much of my healing process by creating a safe space to heal, grow, and become a better me. I am so grateful! The ceremonies were very good and it was so easy to focus on connecting with myself and my intentions.
I did the no sugar or alcohol a week prior to the retreat as recommended but I think it should also be recommended to prepare drinking at least 2 liters (or whatever Frédéric recommends) per day to get hydrated and used to drinking that much. I hadn’t done that and got dehydrated really fast and felt slightly flu-ish for a day. I loved the live music and instruments used! There where times toward the end of the ceremonies that I would wonder when the ceremony was over or how much time do I have to sit with this idea I was having and when there was music, that element seemed to go away and I could focus better so the more music the better!
Overall I had an amazing time and it has been a highlight of the journey I am on! I would highly recommend this retreat for people who are ready for a real change.
This little light of mine
Well, you know the rest…
A life-changing adventure. And I won’t ever be the same. Frédéric is a magical being sent from beyond to hold space while you do the work. When you need a push, he’s your challenger. When you need support, he’s your gentle teacher.
The environment is perfect for this sacred journey. Only 20 min from the airport but you feel entirely whisked away to a jungle oasis. It’s peaceful and beautiful.
Our chef was a delight, both in his craftsmanship and character. Our musician is a gift from the Great Beyond. Music is so critical to your work in this space and Eric nailed it.
The Temazcal (traditional sweat lodge) was an experience that exceeded all my expectations. I left feeling rejuvenated and ready for what lies ahead.
Heal from trauma or find answers to questions
I just returned home from the Aug 6-11 huachuma intensive and I have to say that it was the best plant medicine retreat I have been on so far. Everything from the retreat grounds, the wonderful vegetarian food, the people and the Temazcal made this experience a complete landscape for healing. The facilitators were such a perfect blend of clinical, traditional knowledge mixed with ancient, shamanic knowledge which made their ceremonies rich and full and joyous! They created such a safe and loving space for everyone to be themselves.
This was my first time working with huachuma and Ive discovered that this is my medicine. Huachuma connected me to my true spirt and I was able to disconnect from the noise in my head and make a deep connection with my body and soul in a way that I haven’t been able to with other medicines. I would say that huachuma is a powerful yet gentle medicine that allows you to be you… whether you want to heal from trauma or find answers to questions or to just be ever present in your body and enjoy and partake in the music and joy of the ceremony. The day ceremonies were my favorite because you were able to wander around in nature and swing in the hammocks or rest by the pool. I will definitely be back for another ceremony! Thank you!! Carla
World Class Experience with a World Class Facilitator
I just returned in early August from the retreat and words can’t describe how transformational this retreat was! The setting was perfect, simple yet very comfortable.
The chef was wonderful! The food was so fresh and such clean eating. Everything came together so well, I could feel how much intention and care the facilitators and chef had. If you want a life changing experience, you MUST attend one of these retreats. I have extensive experience with sacred plants and these were the best ceremonies I have ever had, hands down! I plan to return in December for another retreat. That’s how much healing I received and I can’t wait to get more!!!
Worth every penny!
What can I say? This retreat, which I attended was life changing experiences! I made breakthroughs in one week that I’d been trying to accomplish in, let’s see, over 36 years! The Retreat was like heaven, and the perfect place for me to do my work. Beautiful serene surroundings, fantastic pool area, and the food! And I am SO glad that I attended the “A Portal to Awakening Huachuma Intensive Retreat”! Frederic is a truly spiritual master at the art of conducting Huachuma ceremonies. Frederic, is empathic, and knowledgeable, and conducts every aspect of the ceremony with a sort of quiet ‘power’ that I’m at a loss to explain. The combination of these two spiritual beings make for the perfect setting to work with this unique plant medicine! Needless to say, I’ll be coming back to work more and more with these wonderful people, and these healing plant medicines! AHO!
You will Never be the Same
This experience is absolutely life changing. The staff here is the best in the business, and it’s not even close. The layout, attention to detail, depth, and quality of the retreat is far superior to others I have heard about or looked into. The retreat center is amazing and the maloca is a sacred space and absolutely beautiful structure. Everything is provided when it is most needed and in the way that is most beneficial. Whether it’s meals, sound therapy, Temazcal, medicine, whatever.
The layout is perfect and the execution was perfect. They take you in as part of their family, and it’s a truly unique experience. You will make life long bonds here, make quantum leaps in healing, and leave with a new family and a clear purpose. You will also never be the same. That is all.
Grateful for SpiritRivers
Being diagnosed with bipolar 2 and fighting a terrible depression that pills could not fix I decided to take a leap of faith and do plant medicine. I was sick and tired of constantly fighting a battle that never seemed to end. Finding SpiritRivers was a blessing in my life and I am forever grateful for embarking on the process of healing with them.
Through their programs and help I was able to heal my bipolar 2 and learn that diagnosis was one due to me suppressing my emotions my whole life. I learned that we are all humans, we are all on a journey in life yet we choose different paths, we all need to have self love and listen to our intuition. Thanks to them my bipolar 2 and sex addiction have been healed.
Doctors could never do what the retreat did for me. When you need to help yourself you can do so by signing up. Even if you think you are perfect and happy just the way you are, you should still do a retreat because you will learn so much about yourself. I believe you can never stop perfecting yourself and striving to be a better person each day. After all- don’t we all want to attain divine enlightenment?
Life changing Huachuma Retreat
The shaman, the healer and group as a whole were gifted and you won’t get any better. I would just tell anybody to stop at SpiritRivers reviews and just say YES like I did….it changed my life completely and opened the door to the journey of me completely integrating my true self and soul and it’s been a few months and I can truly say that I am even more happy, joyful and whole.
I was fortunate enough to do this huachuma retreat from April 2 -6, 2020 and it was deeply profound and life altering and the best thing I could ever have chosen as a gift for myself and integrating my soul. I cannot speak highly enough of Frederic, a healer who truly understand the Anglo programming and perspective that we come from and culture and really pushed us to integrate in a way that was long lasting….reaching far after the retreat. I am in the deepest gratitude to both teams and to Sharon who helped me see myself as the miracle I always was❤️ And AM!!!!
Most beautiful and life-changing experience
My experience with Frederick has been incredible amazing. The ceremony is set up in the most beautiful jungle of Cancun in an open lodge with bonfire and pool, Which makes it very special as well the most delicious food and heavenly accommodation. Fredericks drumming is just magic in my ears and remembering gives me straight away goose bumps! He is holding beautiful space during ceremony, very helpful, guiding and liberating during processes.
I felt so grounded and trusting by their presence which allowed me to go deep￼. I remember waking up and magically seeing the world trough different eyes: The eyes of my heart, which I lost connection for so many years. ￼Me, speechless and deeply grateful after ceremony, Sharon whispering in my ears: ,,Now you remember…” I believe, we’re all on our personal journey and this medicine helps you connect to the real essence of life and to finding yourself, to heal yourself and to transform, to enjoy the real gifts, love, joy and peace from within you￼￼￼. ♥️✨?
Even now, time after the retreat, integrating my experience into reality, I enjoy their powerful presence and help and particularly being part of a wonderful new family of plant medicine spirits!
World Class Experience & Facilitator
I just returned in early August from the retreat and words can’t describe how transformational this retreat was! The setting was perfect, simple yet very comfortable. The chef was wonderful! The food was so fresh and such clean eating. Everything came together so well, I could feel how much intention and care the facilitator and chef had.
If you want a life changing experience, you MUST attend one of these retreats. I have extensive experience with sacred plants and these were the best ceremonies I have ever had, hands down! I plan to return in December for another retreat.
That’s how much healing I received and I can’t wait to get more!!!
Powerful yet, gentle medicine
I just returned home from the Aug 6-11 huachuma intensive and I have to say that it was the best plant medicine retreat I have been on so far. Everything from the retreat grounds, the wonderful vegetarian food, the people and the Temazcal made this experience a complete landscape for healing.
Frédéric is such a perfect blend of clinical, traditional knowledge mixed with ancient, shamanic knowledge which made ceremonies rich and full and joyous! He created such a safe and loving space for everyone to be themselves. This was my first time working with huachuma and Ive discovered that this is my medicine. Huachuma connected me to my true spirt and I was able to disconnect from the noise in my head and make a deep connection with my body and soul in a way that I havent been able to with other medicines.
I would say that huachuma is a powerful yet gentle medicine that allows you to be you… whether you want to heal from trauma or find answers to questions or to just be ever present in your body and enjoy and partake in the music and joy of the ceremony. The day ceremonies were my favorite because you were able to wander around in nature and swing in the hammocks or rest by the pool. I will definitely be back for another ceremony! Thank you!! Carla
Free Discovery Call
If you have any question regarding our retreats or the use of Sacred plants, I invite you to schedule a Discovery call below. I look forward to discussing how our programs can help you create change and healing in your life. Zoom Meeting conferencing details provided upon booking below.