‘Light & Shadow’

SAN PEDRO CACTUS RETREAT

3-Day retreat, one day & one night ceremony
7-9 May, on the beach in  Puerto Morelos, Mexico

2 ceremonies (1 day, 1 night) with the San Pedro Cactus, the Visionary Plant of the Peruvian Highlands. Led by Shamanic Facilitator Frédéric Cherri, assisted by Vanessa Schilling

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Working with ancestral Medicine, it’s pitfalls, and the way to it’s outstanding outcomes

Join us for 

3-Day San Pedro Cactus
all-inclusive retreat

2 ceremonies over 2 ½ days, a series of shamanic interactive practices for deep preparation & integration, all meals and accommodation. Led by international shamanic facilitator & retreat organiser, Frédéric Cherri, assisted by Vanessa Schilling

Traditionally, San Pedro circles have been offered in both solar and lunar settings. Each, day or night setting, is very different.

Day Ceremony - Solar setting

In a ‘day’ setting this plant spirit invites you to resolve, transform or heal the limitations felt in your daily lives, in your relationship to the world or to ourselves. It further illuminates your awareness and connection to what is known and to the natural world.  As a result it emboldens your action, your purpose and your capactiy to love and be loved.

Night Ceremony - Lunar setting

The ‘night’ ceremony with San Pedro is a lot more of an internal process. Visions are often crisper. It helps you address your ‘shadow’, the part of your life that you have buried, ignored or are not even aware of. It also allows you to discover  and transform the limiting cognitive patterns and beliefs systems that are very often driving you without your knowing.

Why SpiritRivers

Your personal desire to heal, transform and ultimately live a better life is all it takes to impact and change the world for the better. SpiritRivers is here to help you do that and  contribute to the changes we all need. And Plant Medicines like San Pedro cactus, Ayahuasca, Peyote and many others are the most surprisingly efficient ways to support the shifts in perception that lead to transformation & healing.

The ancient wisdoms of the world offer a powerful way to help us grow and transform. Ancestral medicine, also called plant medicine or teacher plant medicine, and especially the Cactus San Pedro or Huachuma is the path to profound healing through the heart. It is the work of the heart not the mind, so ‘feeling the call’ to work with a master plant is a feeling that defies words and reason. It is a call from the depth of Spirit. For those of us crossing paths with this plant medicine in any way— meeting someone who has taken it, watching a documentary, reading an article—it’s because our spirits are prodding us toward a tool that right now, at this moment in our lives can work for us. That is what we personally believe.

This is a one-of-a-kind journey that will turn your life around: an extraordinary retreat with the ancestral medicine Huachuma led by an experienced facilitator adept in South American shamanism who shares medicine around the world using a range of earth-based medicines and skilled processes to prepare you to take maximum advantage of the journey, and who send you home prepared to translate what you’ve learned into permanent change. Being able to integrate the experience is everything and Frédéric Cherri is a master of personalised integration techniques.
Our retreats are set in the idyllic settings in Mexico; far from the madding crowd, steeped in birdsong, wind and sun.

A quick note! We only have 6 spots available on this retreat. If you are interested let us know or book your seat very rapidly.

Inspiration

Why Huachuma Medicine; Why Us

We are not here to convince you to try Plant Medicine. If you are here, the path is already opening for you. We advocate that personal transformation with Ancestral Medicine is a regal path to greater consciousness and a better world, especially as it supports personal responsibility and a deep sense  of connection to nature and community.

We believe that we are in a unique position to offer you a way to deeply rewarding work with master plant medicine as we are westerners who share with you a culture, a language and a mindset. Years of personal work with plant medicine have also rendered us initiates of a kind—shamanic practitioners, intuitives & facilitators—and allowed us to craft a way for the western mind to navigate and dialogue with the wonders and healing energies of Ancestral Medicine.

Most of us live in the world of the senses: we believe that only things we can see, touch and hear are ‘real’. Westerners don’t easily accept the world of Spirit as ‘real’ and we generally are resistant to it. We know all this because we’ve been there, yet there is a way; an elegant, gentle way to walk the world of the intangible with plant medicine. This is what we offer you: an approach that will grant you entrée into the world of Spirit of which you are an intimate part. 

Once you’ve worked with Master Plant medicine you will never look at yourself and the world the same again.

The how

Our 3 Steps Approach

Preparation and integration frame the experience

Preparation

Working with ancestral medicine immerses you in a space both natural and sacred wherein you discover the essence of everything. However, to successfully navigate this space preparation is the key that allows you to access the remarkable characteristics of this medicine with complete confidence, even wonder and joy. And a guide in that process is crucial to help you alleviate preconceived ideas or limitations and to craft a better outcome.

Ceremony

An ancestral medicine ceremony is a powerful heart-opening journey
for seekers ready to explore their capacity to live a fulfilled life. The fundamental aspects of this event are the ceremony and the rituals that empower it and give it shape. The ceremony is organised around the South American Medicine Wheel and the seven directions of the shamanic cosmovision.

Integration

Integrating this experience means making it “real” and successfully a part of your everyday life as you move on. Sharing and witnessing within a group are fundamental to making sense of the messages, visions and revelations that the ceremony has offered. Facilitators, through their presence and enhanced perception, offer the guidance necessary for a deep understanding of the experience.

Outcomes

What to Expect with
San Pedro Cactus Medicine

A rare opportunity for profound changes

All seasoned participants in plant medicine will tell you that there are no two similar experiences. There is no real way to tell what you will gain out of this experience. We can only guarantee that you will. Huachuma allows you to drop the mental barriers between conscious and unconscious by bringing about deep altered states of awareness.
This will enable you to enter a conversation with the personality of this pant, it’s spirit and to understand and resolve your limiting beliefs, your interpretation of past traumas that no longer serve and to create new paths. Although the process is similar, the results will be very personal. Here is a list of the life changes, often profound and permanent that our participants have found:

Health

Relief from depression, asthma, anxiety, sleeping disorders, fibromyalgia, addictions, heart disorders, diabetes, mental impairments and much more.

Vitality

Improvements in mental functioning, ability to focus; increased drive, inspiration, intuition, creativity, joy and general lightening of spirit and self.

Trauma Resolution

Resolution of dissociative states resulting from individual or trans-generational trauma, shock, fear & loss of the sense of safety.

Life

Improved confidence and trust, relationship healing, greater communication, healing of family issues, latent skills improvements, the return of self-love and self-worth.

Emotional blocks

Healing grief from loss or broken relationships, heart opening, capacity to love, re-connection to self and nature.

Purpose

Clarity of life’s vision and purpose, ease of action, greater achievement and performance, much higher rate of synchronicities.

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The why

Discovery & Sharing

An ancestral ceremony retreat brings people seeking healing together from across the globe, creating a sense of community wherein we find our uniqueness and common bond as humans … together we’ll share and discover…

The healing of old traumas
Altered states of consciousness
Unadulterated nature
Extraordinary people
Delicious nutritious meals
Spiritual awakening
Shamanic fire circles
Ancestral music
A digital disconnect
Letting go of limiting beliefs

The true meaning of our humanity
Shamanic perception
A connection to everything and everyone
An appreciation of nature on a cellular level
Talking to the stars, really
The writing of a therapeutic journal
Drum journeys
Sharing in sacred circles
Conversations from the depths
Many bear hugs and lots of other pleasant surprises…

Focus

The Retreat: Day-by-Day

The retreat offers two ceremonies spread over three (3) days, one day ceremony and one night ceremony.

Note: the dynamic of each retreat is unique and we make small changes to adapt and  flow with how the energy is moving. Any questions, please contact us!  in English, French or Spanish

3-DAY/2-NIGHT

DAY 1
From 7:30am: Arrivals & Preparation.
10:00am-5:00pm: Huachuma Ceremony & snacks at closure
7:30pm: Dinner

3-DAY/2-NIGHT

DAY 2
8:00am: Breakfast
10:00am: Integration
1:00pm: Light lunch 
3:00pm-7:00pm: Rest
8:00pm-4:00am: Huachuma Night Ceremony & snacks at closure

3-DAY/2-NIGHT

DAY 3
9:00am: Breakfast
10:00am – 13:00pm: Integration
1:00pm: Lunch
2:30 – 5:00pm: Optional massages & Body work
5:00pm – Departures

Payment

Pricing & Booking

Two ceremonies spread over three (3) days. Accomodation and meals included. 

Payment options:  by Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diner’s Club and EnRoute. Simply click on BOOK YOUR PLACE below.  Contact Us with any questions by email in English, French or Spanish.

Only 6 Places available!

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If you have anyquestions, or just want to have a chat. Let’s talk!

Testimonials

What they say

Extraordinary

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.

John
United States
Huachuma Blessings

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.

A’HO

Muriel
United States
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!

Robert Clough
Canada
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!

Chris W.
United States
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!

Shannon N.
United States
Ceremonies

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.

Shaun Byrne
United Kingdom
Life changing

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.

Edwin P.
Canada
The journey

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.

Lumi A.
United States
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.

Payton F.
United States
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.

Randi
United States
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

Carla L, Houston
United States
  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!!!

Taj, Boulder
United States
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!

Michael L.
United States
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.

Ryan A, Seattle
United States
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!!!!

Madelyn P., Boulder
United States
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!

Ramona Kl.
Spain
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!!!

Taj M H, New York
United States
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

Carla L, Houston
United States

Logistics

Venue

Shared occupancy (2 or 3 people per room) with ensuite bathroom, swimming pool, 25 mins from Cancun international airport.

Our Front-Beach Venue

A coastal beach front property, 20 mins from Cancun Aiport, Shared accomodation

Our Front-Beach Venue

A coastal beach front property, 20 mins from Cancun Aiport, Shared accomodation

Our Front-Beach Venue

A coastal beach front property, 20 mins from Cancun Aiport, Shared accomodation

Our Front-Beach Venue

A coastal beach front property, 20 mins from Cancun Aiport, Shared accomodation

Your guide on this journey

Frédéric Cherri

A global leader in the field of transformation and empowerment

Frédéric travels the world offering his own personal work as well as retreats for laymen and practitioners alike. He brings a combined 25 years’ experience to the work and a spectrum of shamanic skills and processes to prepare his participants for the journey as well as integrate and take home the benefits of plants medicine. 

Frédéric is a multi-skilled visionary, shamanic and medical intuitive as well as energy therapist with a long standing clinical background in Transpersonal Psychology, Craniosacral Therapy and shamanism.

Born in Africa, raised in the South of France, Frédéric now calls the-whole-world his home. His transition from a successful corporate career, led him to build and run a thriving Natural Health Centre in New Zealand for over 20 years.

He holds a deep knowledge of shamanism and plant medicine and holds ceremonial circles worldwide. His teachers across several lineages are mostly found in the highlands of the Andes and the forests and jungles of Central and South America.

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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.


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