WHY WE DO
WHAT WE DO
Ancestral Medicine is a path that requires a strong intention and a clear vision. Ours is to work with Spirit to support your journey to a better life, a better You.
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 a deeply 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 healing is everything and Frédéric Cherri is a master of personalised integration techniques.
Our retreats are set in the Yucatan jungle in Mexico; far from the madding crowd, steeped in birdsong, wind and sun.
If you feel the call, act. If you wish to heal and live through the heart, take the step. Change is inevitable, personal transformation is a choice
” You change your life by changing your heart “
Why Plant 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.
Indeed, Spirit is your essence and your origin. Come explore the world of infinite possibilities and profound permanent healing. Once you’ve worked with Master Plant medicine you will never look at yourself and the world the same again.
We are Bridges
Our goal is to bridge the gap between both ancient wisdom and modern knowledge and offer simple and accessible entry points into this vast well of healing possibilities.
Modern Knowledge & Bridging Worlds
In our view, it has become crucial that both ancient wisdom and modern knowledge inform one another. The Western model of psyche and medicine have become inadequate to account for the wide spectrum of possibilities the ancient ways of healing offer.
The bridge is our metaphor to reflect what inspires us to bring value to the people and communities we choose to work with, around the world. Our offering endeavours to bring people from different walks of life together and to re-connect the world of the tangible with the world of Spirit; to offer a return to the many ways of honouring Earth, Nature and our shared humanity. To offer a powerful bridge of connection is our prayer – to create, with compassion and courage, a worldwide community of likeminded individuals, and to heal all differences.
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
Delicious nutritious meals
Shamanic fire circles
A digital disconnect
Letting go of limiting beliefs
The true meaning of our humanity
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
Sharing in sacred circles
Conversations from the depths
Many bear hugs and lots of other pleasant surprises…
Of Former Participants
find profound & durable changes
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What they say
As i go through my time on this planet, i realize that there is something more, deeper inside of myself. I continue to search for awareness.
During ceremony with SpiritRivers I not only found openness to my awareness but a deeper belonging to the spirit of the universe. Frederic’s ability to hold space and conduct himself in a professional and caring manner is inspiring.
Frederic has the ability to not only nurture the spirit of the medicine but also verbalize and challenge need to go deeper inside myself to find the actual truth.
Not only would I highly recommend spirit rivers for excellent ceremonial medicine retreats but I would also recommend meeting Frederic and just becoming friends.
it was my first experience with plant medicines and Frederic assured me that SanPedro would be the right plant to start me on my path. He was absolutely correct i got out of it exactly what i needed to clarify my vision and clear my road ahead. The jungle setting is perfect and the accommodations quite comfortable , support staff was great and the Vegan food was always on point. I would highly recommended to anyone that may be hesitant to let Frederic guide you through the process and start you on your journey. I am definitely coming back again and SOON!
Frederic is a master healer, and exceptionally skilled and intuitive. I was profoundly impressed as I both observed his shamanic healing interventions with other participants and experienced his interventions when I needed support.
Rogelio is a master chef, who created delicious vegan meals. He skillfully provided the appropriate food, according to what was needed before and after ceremonies.
The room was large, and very comfortable and clean. The venue was basic and beautiful, has two cenotes, a temascal, a beautiful chorus of bird song, and a loving and gentle dog.
The music was an amazing variety of soothing and triggering songs. Some songs were very soothing, and other songs triggered memories and emotional release.
I’m deeply grateful for the entire experience, everyone’s support, and the delicious meals. I’m grateful for the profound and intense releases that I experienced, and the subsequent clarity, learning, and growth.
Where do I even start? Attending this retreat was truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. First of all, I appreciate Frédéric’s deep respect for his teachers within the indigenous cultures who have shared their wisdom with us and am inspired by the way he honors them. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and wise, he is also incredibly compassionate and a delight to converse with. He also always made sure that each person felt safe during the retreat, and created a beautiful space for the group to feel supported. During the retreat, I had the pleasure of witnessing a massive transformation in each participant, including myself. For the 11 days that I was there, I felt like I was home and that I had found a new family. In addition to the radical changes I felt from the healing benefits of the plant medicine, I could also feel my body responding to the delicious meals that were another form of medicine. The incredibly talented chef, Rogelio, channeled Love through his hands into each plant-based meal he prepared for the guests and contributed to the feeling of being supported throughout the deep personal growth we were all experiencing. Lastly, I want to acknowledge the sacredness of the land on which the retreat was held. Frédéric had clearly made a special bond with the space, with the spirits of the land, and with the people living on it, which all were components of the creation of a harmonious, healing experience for all who have the privilege of participating. All I have left to say is thank you. Thank you Grandfather Huachuma. Thank you Pachamama. Thank you Frédéric, Rogelio, and all of the beautiful beings in my new family. I love you all so much. ?
After a year and a half of caretaker burn out for 4 family members plus COVID-19 impositions, this was my treat to myself. There is no all inclusive resort on the beach anywhere in the planet which could have restored me on every level more than this plant spirit medicine has done.
There are no words to describe the heights, the depths and the breatdth of awe, inspiration as nurturing that I received from this intensive experience.
Frederic holds a masterful space for deep personal growth & healing and creates a very safe & non-imposing space to travel into the multiple planes that plant medicine avails to both the individual and the collective.
Besides Frederic’s attentive guidance & support and the medicines themselves, the exquisite gourmet vegan food made by Rojelio and his staff with delectable love and the sacred, cozy grounds and the family like tribe that forms so naturally by design all contributed to create this rich tapestry that wove into my body, mind & heart magic, healing & profound gratitude.
GRACIAS, MAHALO, MERCI
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!
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!
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.
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!!!!
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!
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!!!
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
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