Shamanic Retreats and Pilgrimages in Perú
dedicated to holistic healing and higher consciousness
From the rainforests of the Amazon to the central Andes of Perú
expertly facilitated by Choque Chinchay Journeys since 1995

facilities and services licensed in Perú

Ayahuasca SpiritQuest
Listening to the Plants

Ayahuasca SpiritQuest is a holistic healing and personal growth experiential retreat which introduces you to the unique natural environment, healing practices, cultures, and people of the Peruvian Amazon
within a safe, sensitive, intellectual and spiritual framework.

SpiritQuest immerses you in the authentic grassroots shamanic culture of the western Amazon, enabling a deeper understanding of self and the unique plant healing practices for which the Amazon is renowned.

Our perspectives on life, death, nature, cosmos, plants, animals, people, culture, medicine, healing, the spirit world, and their intrinsic interrelationship will be enriched and expanded by the knowledge, wisdom, and sage practices
we share with those who join our healing circle.

Enrollment is open to anyone in the world with sincere and positive intentions for their life, an open heart, an open mind,
and a willingness to challenge one's paradygms and engage alternative perspectives.

Everyone is welcome to our circle regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion (or not), or sexual preference.
The direct channel to the Source is for everyone who wishes to open it.
We serve those who hear a calling and wish to answer.

Our usual group size averages between 6 to 12 participants.  Participation is screened for safety, attitude and intention.
Enrollment is selective to help assure positive group dynamic and attention to individual needs.

You do not have to be part of a group in order to participate.  Most people attend by themselves or with a companion.

We'll provide detailed guidance for your travel planning and retreat preparations to make it as easy as possible to join us at  SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary .

SpiritQuest shamanic healing and consciousness retreats are centered in the ancient Amazonian-Andean principles
of Reciprocity, Unity, and Creativity ...

A global cofraternity of kindred spirits emerges from every SpiritQuest retreat and
the Whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.

Your personal safety is our highest priority.  SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary is licensed and inspected by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism and Commerce for lodging and civil defense safety standards, by the Peruvian Ministry of Health for food services, and by the Peruvian Coast Guard for boat certifidation and safety inspection.

We exercise the utmost care and discretion in all our activities to insure the safety of our constituents.

Our Mission Statement

Who are we?

Maestros and Curanderos


We are authentic maestros and curanderos of high integrity
with decades of experience in the traditional shamanic arts.

Our intention is to be a dynamic and viable positive influence
in the collective healing of all humanity and the Earth.
One human spirit at a time.

Ayahuasca SpiritQuest Listening to the Plants healing retreats are distinguished by our mature, professional and competent style, deep knowledge and many decades of experience in the principles and practice of the shamanic arts,  impeccable integrity, responsible care for your safety and well-being at all times, and sincere passion for healing and transformation of consciousness as the central focus of our work.

We have conducted sacred plant healing and initiation retreats in Peru for over 15 years .  Our two elder maestros represent over 80 years' combined experience in the traditional archaic shamanic arts.

Our focus and motive is to facilitate deep holistic healing, powerful spiritual realization, dynamic personal empowerment, and enduring positive life transformation.  We are genuine masters of the sacred medicines and our invitation is to those experiencing a calling to it.

All this doesn't come automatically just by drinking Ayahuasca.  There's deep soul work involved, and you have to do your part to receive the fullest blessings of this medicine.

Serious work with Ayahuasca requires a work ethic.  It is not easy.  In fact, for most it is the most challenging thing they've every done.   It is a succinct distllation of the human experience ... ALL OF IT ... collective and personal ... the agony and ecstacy and everything in between.  The rewards and blessings for those who stay the course and pass the personal tests are enormous indeed.

One must bring to it sincere focus and intention, commitment, perseverence, concentration, will, courage, faith, and love and compassion for oneself and others.   One should understand that the medicine will not resolve our issues and needs solely by itself .  Instead it teaches us how to take charge of our own lives with the help of omnipresent spiritual consciousness within and all around us.

Experienced and trusted guidance, compassionate support, and ethical insightful counsel is a tremendous asset in moving through the challenging phases of this work.  Trust and security are also essential elements which contribute to quick immersion in this delicate holistic work.

Genuine sacred plant shamanism is a spiritually-centered personal growth process in which the medicines and maestros teach us how to make and sustain the deep spiritual connections ourselves.  Any time we want.  The methods and technology we use are very old, proven over millennia.  and they produce predictably positive results.

We practice and teach real old-fashioned core Peruvian shamanism in it's most powerful and noblest traditional modalities.

We conduct our work from a base of extensive personal and applied experience measured in decades of serious shamanic practice, not just a few months or a few years.

Our shamanic faculty manifests over 80 years combined experience in diligent practice of the shamanic healing arts.   We have safely and masterfully conducted sacred plant initiations and advanced holistic shamanic healing work here in Perú for many hundreds of people since 1995.  We are "maestros ancianos" and not new to the art and technology of core shamanism.

Our retreats are not merely an opportunity to drink Ayahuasca as many others do, without focus, experienced guidance, and cultivated intention.   Such approach is not only amateurish and irresponsible, but can be dangerous as well.  It certainly does not demonstrate a true knowledge and mastery of the medicine nor does it reflect a genuine commitment to realization of positive and enduring benefits from the medicine.   The maestros know that with Ayahuasca, it's not all in the cup by a long shot.

Instead we provide seriously motivated individuals the opportunity to WORK with the medicine under the guidance and tutelage of seasoned practitioners in a properly structured and focused traditional way. At SpiritQuest Sanctuary you will work directly with the maestros and not apprentices.  We provide guidance, compassionate support and wizened counsel  every step of the way.

Our work is not "New Age" shamanism. We are instead "Archaic Age" and are not "inventing" anything. Instead we bring forward ancient shamanic knowledge and technology refined thousands of years ago into this day and time when it is needed more than ever before in the history of humanity.

Our work is good old-fashioned core traditional healing shamanism conducted at the highest level of the art. Our work is not merely "experience-oriented." All the medicine is not in the experiences alone.  Instead, in the true spirit of shamanism, our work is primarily results-oriented.

We genuinely CARE whether you realize your personal intentions and goals for this work.  We are DEDICATED to helping you achieve that which you seek, and we will WORK with you to those ends.   We are servants to the medicine and to those who seek it's healing and enlightening power.

Contrary to contemporary misconception, Ayahuasca is NOT a drug and this is evident for many reasons. It is a true holistic medicine and that is the sole context in which we work. Work with Ayahuasca can at times be very difficult and challenging. This shifts as one is harmonized, cleansed, healed, and transformed. A new life awaits those who stay the course, and it's where you wind up from this work that really matters most.  We know where this can go if done properly, and we'll help you get there.

For the benefit of all, applicants for our retreats and pilgrimages are carefully screened. We reserve the right to decline any application without prejudice if we feel we are not a good match or if you have health or medication issues which might jeopardize your safety. Your safety and personal welfare is our highest responsibility. We wish to optimize this work for those attending and an important aspect of that process is good group synergy. Therefore we are selective (but not elitist) in whom we accept for our works. No one is excluded from participation in our work because of their gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, sexual preference, or health status (providing it does not present a risk to the participant).

Acceptance for participation in our shamanic works is not guaranteed until applications have been approved. Our workshops are intensive and one must be well prepared with honest intentions to realize the fullest possible benefits.

Retreat activities and programs are conducted in accordance with the laws and statutes of the jurisdictions in which they occur.

We hold in great esteem the traditional vegetalista curanderos (native plant healers) of the Peruvian Amazon, their vast knowledge of medicinal plants and spirit plant healing, and their profoundly-rooted shamanic spiritual beliefs. We expect the same respectful attitude of our fellow travelers. Our work is fully participatory and totally immersive.  Be prepared for something really personal and really special!

Ayahuasca SpiritQuest video

We invite you to join us in an
Ayahuasca SpiritQuest
in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon

here are the details...
who, what, when, where, and how

Don't confuse our work with "ayahuasca tourism"
We are shamanic teachers and healers, not tourism operators
We've conducted seriously focused and responsibly facilitated
Ayahuasca SpiritQuest and Huachuma Mesada Initiation
retreats and pilgrimages in Peru since 1995.

The Ayahuasca SpiritQuest Experience

SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary
Calendar of Events
About Us
The Banco Maestro Ayahuasquero
SpiritQuest Ceremonies
Shamanic Preparation
Health Precautions
 Ayahuasca SpiritQuest Videos
 The Necessary Disclaimer
E-mail us for registration cost and application materials for Choque Chinchay retreats and pilgrimages.  You can contact us by  telephone in Iquitos, Peru at (011-51-065) 22-3595 or by Skype to otorongo145 for conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.
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