Plant medicines such as Wachuma (San Pedro) have been used for thousands of years amongst Indigenous populations worldwide. In more recent years, these sacred plants have become increasingly available to those living outside native communities. Western travellers in particular are becoming more interested in traditional medicine and ancient wisdom teachings. When sacred plant medicines are administered in a ceremonial context under the guidance of a Shaman or healer, they can provide profoundly healing and transformative experiences.
Wachuma (San Pedro): The Sacred Cactus
Wachuma (also known as San Pedro) is a sacred cactus native to the Andean mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Along with Tobacco, Ayahuasca, and Coca, it is one of Peru’s most sacred plants, and has been used for over 4,000 years to heal and expand consciousness. The medicine is typically prepared as a tea; pieces of the stem are boiled for a few hours, and once the liquid is cooled it is taken orally. It is known as a gentle, powerful Masculine teacher plant.
San Pedro is a tool for meditation and self-awareness, helping to clear past wounds and enable a more heart-centered way of being. It can bring limiting thoughts and beliefs to the surface of one’s consciousness; what no longer serves our highest good has the opportunity to be released (purged). Through purifying and balancing the body, mind, and spirit, it facilitates the expansion of consciousness and makes room for more lightness in our life experience. Freeing ourselves of our limitations helps us feel a greater sense well-being, love and affinity for others, and a deeper connectedness with Mother Earth (Pachamama).
Wachuma: Use as Part of a Sacred Ceremony
It is very important to work with this medicine as part of a sacred ceremony, and with the protection of the ancestral spirits. On our upcoming journey to Peru, travellers will have the opportunity to participate in several optional San Pedro ceremonies under the care of our tour leader, Puma Quispe Singona, an Andean Medicine Man, Healer and Wisdom Keeper. Puma’s wisdom and guidance can reconnect us with the ancestral energy that is ready to help us heal and transform our lives for the better.
We will also have the opportunity to work with two wonderful traditional Andean healers: Don Sebastian is a Q’ero Master with wisdom from the lineage of the Q’ero People, and Mama Irene is an older medicine woman who comes from a powerful lineage of healers in the Peruvian Andes. These healers will have a profound and lasting impact on our understanding of energy work and Andean medicine.
We hope you will join us on this transformative, heart-opening journey.
~Sacred Earth Journeys