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Shamanic Journey to Peruvian Amazon

A week long visit to Enrrique Paredes Melendes home Santuario Huistin, on the famous boiling river Timpishka

Discover an unparalleled journey! Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of a true maestro Enrrique at his hidden, family-owned healing sanctuary nestled deep within the mystical forest, covered by the mysterious steam coming off the boiling river. Embark on a transformative journey guided by two more seasoned ayahuasqueras, ensuring an unforgettable visit.

Shamanic Journey to Peruvian Amazon 2024
Mariya Garnet

Meet The Team

Mariya Garnet
Artist, Coach, Facilitator
Expressive Art Therap
y Student

Mariya Garnet's journey is a testament to her profound work with the subconscious mind and her transformative experiences with ayahuasca. Her multicultural upbringing in Soviet Russia and linguistic talents in five languages laid the foundation for her remarkable path.

It was during her travels to sacred places like Lake Baikal in Siberia and her encounters on Olkhon Island, the heart of Siberian Shamanism, that Mariya's connection to the spirit world ignited. Subsequently, her exploration led her to India, where she delved into the world of ayahuasca ceremonies.

This pivotal encounter sparked a life-altering transformation, propelling her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to work closely with the Huni Kuin people in ceremony. The Amazon rainforest near Pucallpa, Peru, became her next destination.

In Peru, Mariya embarked on a profound apprenticeship with mestizo curanderos Enrique Paredes and Reyna Edery. Her journey involved rigorous plant dietas, often spent in solitude in a rainforest hut. These experiences honed her skills as an ayahuasquera.

In 2013, Mariya co-founded the Canto Luz Centre for Research and Cultural Preservation, a haven dedicated to environmentalism and the preservation of ancient healing traditions.

Upon her return to Canada in 2017, she transitioned her focus to Sound Healing, leading regular group events as part of Project Mariri and recording the "Unity Songs" album.

In 2020, she introduced the Neuro Shamanic Blueprint, blending her shamanic expertise with integral neuroprogramming. Currently pursuing a postgraduate expressive arts therapy program, Mariya aspires to become a registered psychotherapist. Amidst her diverse professional endeavors, she finds solace in her garden, cherishes her role as a mother, and remains a vital part of her community.

Mariya's commitment as an ayahuasquera continues, as she guides private and exclusive healing retreats in the Amazon and the Andes of Peru.

Enrrique Santiago
Paredes Melendes

Maestro Vegetalista, Curandero

Enrrique hails from Santa Rosa village in the Honoria district, located outside of Pucallpa in the Peruvian Amazon.

He comes from a lineage of powerful curanderos (shamans) and began his own shamanic apprenticeship at the age of 12.

This apprenticeship involved strict plant dietas in isolation within the forest.

In 2005, alongside his first wife, Reyna Edery (also Mariya's teacher and later collaborator), Enrrique co-founded Santuario Huishtin. This healing center is devoted to using the plants of the Amazon rainforest to promote holistic healing of the body and mind.

Enrrique is a true vegetalista, possessing extensive knowledge of thousands of rainforest plants. He is renowned for his expertise in plant dietas and his composed, confident leadership during ayahuasca ceremonies. If you seek a remedy for any ailment, Enrrique is adept at finding a suitable rainforest plant.

As the leader of Santuario Huishtin, one of the few Peruvian-owned and operated centers, Enrrique provides care to both international visitors and local Peruvians, treating a wide range of health issues. His presence exudes respect and safety, making women feel secure and men feel valued.

Enrrique is a dedicated protector of the forest in his domain and pays homage to Madre Naturaleza (Mother Nature). Santuario Huishtin, meaning the Morning Star (Venus), is a tranquil center with a focus on connecting with nature, relaxation, and healing.

Accommodations include two-bedroom huts with showers and river-pumped running water from the Timpishka River.


Santuario Huishtin was Mariya Garnet's first place of learning about the Amazonian Shamanism and her connection to Enrrique goes back to 2009.

In addition to his healing work, Enrrique is a father to two daughters and one son, and his extended family plays a vital role in the daily operations of Santuario Huishtin.

Masha Andreeva
 HonBA, DTATI(cand.), RP(qualifying)
Art Therapy Student

Masha Andreeva, a devoted student of nature, holds deep reverence for plant teachers and plant medicines.

In Russia, she delved into the medicinal properties of plants and trees, alongside an exploration of ancient cultures, traditions, and global ceremonies. The profound wisdom offered by trees and plants became evident.

Between 2009 and 2012, Masha resided in Peru, where she underwent apprenticeship with Don Alberto Torres Davila, a highly respected curandero (healer) renowned in the Rio Ucayali region. During this period, she also served as an ayahuasquera.

Masha established a quaint retreat center known as El Corazon, specializing in leading intimate 9-day retreats. These retreats harmoniously blended mindfulness, yoga, music, silence, and ayahuasca ceremonies.

Although she returned to Canada in 2013 to start a family, her Amazonian home continues to be a sanctuary for those visiting Don Alberto, with occasional returns to the region.

Masha's dedication to her path as an ayahuasquera persists, and she actively co-facilitates private, exclusive healing retreats in both the Amazon and the Andes of Peru, alongside her medicine partner, Mariya Garnet.

Her profound experiences in the jungle, characterized by harmonious interactions with the plants and the facilitation of ayahuasca ceremonies alongside Don Alberto, unveiled the paramount importance of our connection to nature. They also underscored the immense value of holding therapeutic space, marked by non-judgmental, empathic presence, which remains the cornerstone of her practice.

Clients consistently seek this presence to embrace vulnerability, explore the depths of their souls, and emerge as lighter, more interconnected, and more whole beings.

About the Journey

This journey is an opportunity for friends to reconnect with an ancient lineage of healers and pay tribute to the birthplace of the medicine that provides us with healing, meaning, and profound teachings. While there's much to be said about the exceptional leadership and facilitation provided by Enrrique, as well as the extensive wisdom and knowledge of Mariya and Masha, the primary emphasis during your time at Santuario is on immersing yourself in the serene embrace of nature, the river running through the forest, that provides the mystical and dream like setting for participation in ayahuasca ceremonies.

Most of our time will be spent simply hanging in a hammock on the riverside patio, watching the steam rising from the boiling river, taking an afternoon steam bath on the hot stones of the volcano heated water or walking through the forest with Enrrique and meeting all the trees whose names you often hear in icaros.

This journey is deliberately uncomplicated, with a profound focus on deep healing and transformative work in one of the planet's most extraordinary places.



Day 1 - Meeting in Pucallpa.
You need to arrive on this day and plan to stay in town overnight. The group will have a meeting in the evening and get some rest before the journey into the forest.

Day 2 - Pucallpa to Santuario.

We will begin our journey in the morning by going in a car to the port of Honoria ( approx 2hrs) where we will be met by Enrrique's boat that will take us to the closes port up the river Pachitea ( approx 30 min). We will then hike through the forest ( approx 1.5hrs) to reach Santuario Huishtin. Settle into our accommodations and rest.

Day 3 - Ayahuasca ceremony. 
Our first ceremony will take place in the evening. During the day we will explore the forest and have health consultations with Enrrique ( if needed). The ceremony will be open by a intentions sharing circle.

Day 4 - Integration circle and rest, explorations, floral baths and other activities.

Day 5 - Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 6 - Integration circle and rest.

Day 7 - Ayahuasca ceremony.

Day 8 - Departure to Pucallpa.
You will need to plan to spend that night in town and not to plan any further travel on the same day.

Day 9 - Departure to the country of origin or ongoing travel.



400$ CANADIAN non-refundable Registration Fee.

850$ USA in cash upon arrival to Pucallpa

The cost includes all services and  accommodations from the moment of departure from Pucallpa.
The price does not include airfare to Pucallpa, lodging and meals in Pucallpa and any extra medicines or plant preparations you might request from Enrrique.



Upon registration, you will receive preparation package that will include flights and lodging recommendations, as well as a packing list and detailed preparations for ayahuasca ceremony and travel in Peru.

We will also be in touch with each participant and will have a group Zoom meeting in order to answer all questions.

We will also be available for additional integration support, if needed, upon your return back home.


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