Plant Dieta and Ayahuasca Retreats2020-02-04T12:33:00-05:00


An Advanced Shamanic Journey of In-Depth Transformation

The shamanic dieta is a process of deep purification, transformation and learning within traditional Amazonian shamanism. Our 7 Day 5 Ceremony Ayahuasca & Plant Dieta Retreats give participants an opportunity to experience the transformational power of ayahuasca while following the traditional method of a shamanic diet. These retreats facilitate a depth of connection with the plant medicines, including ayahuasca, that enhance and expand the overall transformative power of the experience.
Shamanic plant dietas are the traditional method of learning directly from the plant spirits. This retreat focuses on harnessing the natural movement of the dieting process in conjunction with ayahuasca in order to generate significant changes within yourself and throughout your life. These changes include deep personal healing, resolving challenges, deepening your spirituality, recovering from pain or loss, gaining insight into your life, and receiving guidance from the plants to help you continue growing as a human being. Held in a setting of support, compassion and spiritual medicine, the dieta retreats weave together traditional practices with community-oriented group activities to create a dynamic, evolutionary and life-changing experience.


Our dieta retreats are led by Maestro Don Alberto Torres Davila, widely recognized as one of the best traditional curanderos in the Peruvian Amazon, along with Blue Morpho’s team of shamans and assistants. The dieta experience is designed to take you deep, strengthen your spirit, cleanse and purify your body, and bring center and clarity to your mind. We only offer a few select dieta retreats each year, and they typically fill up quickly. If you are interested in attending a dieta, please check the calendar or contact us as soon as you are ready to start the registration process.

Maestro Alberto Harvesting Medicinal Tree Bark


  • Guidance in traditional plant dieta methods
  • Four tree medicine dieta preparations
  • Five ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Medicinal plant identification and discussion
  • Participation in the ayahuasca cooking process
  • Personalized shamanic care
  • Jungle hikes
  • Dynamic group discussions
  • Integration skills and practices… and more!


Traditionally, the shamanic dieta is only taken on by a shaman, apprentice, or as a part of certain types of healing. We suggest the dieta for people who are very interested in deep transformation through the practice of Amazonian shamanism. This requires the full commitment on the part of the dieter. The dieta comes in two phases, the first of which takes place during the retreat, and the second will continue with specific requirements afterwards. One of the most significant elements of the dieta experience is keeping to the requirements during the retreat as well as maintaining the behavioral and dietary restrictions that follow. This part of the journey is fundamental to allowing the plant spirits and their medicine to fully integrate into your body, mind and spirit. Your learning will continue during this time, and far beyond it. This is truly a remarkable, life-changing experience. The dieta process can be rigorous, so please ensure that you are committed to the whole process.

Shamanic Plant Dieta Medicinal Tree Barks


The dieta formally begins by ingesting medicinal tree barks that have been harvested, cleaned and soaked in water at ambient temperature. Each bark comes from a medicinal tree that is part of Maestro Alberto’s tradition and are carefully selected under his guidance. Each medicinal tree has its own unique spirit and energy, and all are teacher plants in their own right. Some of the tree barks will be harvested directly from our private reserve. We will also add these same medicinal plants into the ayahuasca that we prepare for the week’s ceremonies.
Once you take the infusion into your body, a bond is created between you and the tree spirits. This infusion is consumed once per day for four days. Over the course of the dieta and its integration into your life, you will build and evolve your relationship to these spirits, the culmination of which is continued growth, learning, connection and spiritual communion for years to come.


The dieta has several key components, all of which are critical to its safe and proper functioning.  These components come from traditional methods that ensure an optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environment for the tree spirits to cleanly absorb, take root and grow within you. These dietary and behavioral restrictions are part of the purification process and must be maintained during the retreat:
  • A limited and carefully selected food intake for a set period of time
  • No caffeine, no salt, sugar, or oils
  • Only very bland foods are offered: white rice, plantains, yucca meal, chicken, eggs, and one type of fish
  • No hygiene products: soap, cosmetics, toothpaste, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.
  • No western medications including contraceptive pills and malaria tablets
  • Staying on the camp premises
  • Avoiding direct physical contact with others (except for the shamans and assistants)
  • It is recommended to stay in the shade and out of direct sun light
  • No taking part in physically strenuous activity
  • No overly-stimulating input like loud music, media or entertainment consumption
  • No sexual activity of any kind (including masturbation and fantasizing)


After the retreat finishes, some of the previous restrictions will be lifted and some will continue for periods of time afterwards. This second phase of the dieta is the most important part. This is the time when the plant medicines are maturing within you. Adherence to these post-dieta restrictions is imperative in order to successfully complete the dieta. These restrictions include:
  • No sex for 30 days (including masturbation, pornography and fantasizing)
  • No alcohol for 30 days
  • No Western street drugs for 30 days (includes other sacred plants)
  • No pork for 6 months


Dietas are tremendous for achieving physical, mental and emotional healing, as well as for spiritual growth, learning, and personal transformation. The learning is direct, experiential, and unique to each individual. Throughout the week, the retreat focuses on forming meaningful relationships with the plant spirits, both in and out of ceremony. These bonds deepen within you as your dieta takes root and blossoms. As you offer the plant spirits your time, energy, dedication and focus during the dieta, in exchange they offer their medicine and wisdom.
The result of a completed dieta is a continuous evolutionary journey that can last for your entire life. It is important that each person understand the commitment required. This commitment hinges upon following the dieta restrictions. Not following these rules can bring physical, psychological and emotional affliction by traditional definitions. This is not meant to produce any fear about the diet. On the contrary, sticking with the process is simple, direct, and can lead to some of the most meaningful spiritual relationships that one can have. 
Shamanic Dieta Lupuna Tree Medicine

Lupuna – Medicine Tree

Capirona Medicine Tree

Capirona – Medicine Tree

Medicinal Tree Barks

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Please note that due to the advanced nature of this program, we only offer plant medicine dieta retreats a few times each year.