The Uchu Sanango Dieta is a pinnacle experience of Amazonian Shamanism.
Its capacity to bring physical, emotional and psychological healing is unmatched among Amazonian plant medicines. It has a very high-vibration medicine that is considered more powerful and transformative than ayahuasca. Because of this, there are very few true Sanangueros
that exist today and Maestro Alberto is one of them.
During this retreat we will utilize the dieta in conjunction with ayahuasca to elicit profound personal growth and change. The opportunity to participate in a traditional diet with a Maestro Curandero of Don Alberto’s caliber is an extraordinary opportunity not only to cleanse your body and awaken your spirit, but to liberate what is truly in your heart while learning from two master plant teachers.
Sanango diets are the third level of Blue Morpho’s plant medicine programs and only open to those who have participated in a plant dieta and ayahuasca retreat with us before. The retreat program consists of following the methods of a traditional dieta that includes a limited food intake and specific behavioral restrictions (more information on this below). These methods are time-tested ways of facilitating the most effective and impactful experience possible. All participants follow the diet together. This method of working with plant medicines helps generate a cohesive spirit of community that carries the collective energy forward. We recommend reading the information on this page carefully so that you are aware of what you are committing to upon commencement of the dieta.
Sanango: Master Plant TeacherSanango medicine moves into the deepest parts of the psyche, body and emotions to help bring resolution
to deep, core issues. One of Sanango’s main teachings is about living a life of integrity, from your heart and essence. During the retreat we will explore what this means in the context of one’s life and how to cultivate the shifts the dieta brings into direct and meaningful changes. The result of this process is a cleansed body and mind with a renewed spirit that is ready to embody one’s path of heart and truth.
Sanango Medicine Spirit
Maestro Alberto Preparing Sanango
As part of Blue Morpho’s
initiatory approach with plant medicines, we offer experiential retreats that are rooted in Amazonian shamanism that successfully merge Western perspectives with the traditional lineage of Maestro Alberto. The Sanango Dieta
is a unique and powerful way to deepen your exploration of not only Amazonian shamanism and plant medicine, but a committed way of exploring yourself and the changes you want to make with profound, lasting impact.
Due to the nature of the Sanango dieta experience, we only offer this retreat once or twice per year with a limited number of participants. If you are serious about taking the next step in your evolution with Sanango, we recommend that you plan your journey ahead of time based on availability.
Sanango Dieta Retreats Include:
- Guidance in traditional Sanango dieta methods
- Three Sanango medicine ceremonies
- Two ayahuasca medicine ceremonies
- Personalized shamanic care
- Guided and meditative jungle walks
- Identifying and learning how the plant teachers can help guide you
- Guided meditations
- Community-focused group activities
- Sharing circles
- Learn how to build lasting connections with the plant spirits
- Integration skills and practices for continuing the journey at home
- And more…
The Pinnacle Dieta ExperienceSanango’s head medicine spirit presents itself in the form of an elder, wise-looking man,
affectionately referred to as Abuelo Sanango
. He is known traditionally to be a direct, firm and compassionate teacher. People often report how much care they feel from Sanango
, both during the dieta
and for years after the experience.
Sanango medicine is incredibly potent for making long-lasting, real-life changes. The movement of the dieta is likened to a glacier: slow but steady and not stopping for anything. As it moves through your system, it transforms your internal landscape into one aligned with your truth and integrity. Thoughts, desires, beliefs and ways of being that are not in alignment are methodically removed, just like a glacier steadily pushing through anything in its path. The result is a newly transformed being with the strength to stand in the truth of one’s essence as a human being.
Deep Physical Cleansing
Uchu Sanango comes from the Apocynaceae family of plants, commonly known as the “dogbane” family. Scientifically classified as Tabernaemontana sananho, Sanango is referred to by many different names across the northern Amazonian region. It is used locally to treat a variety of conditions, including stomach parasites, arthritis, rheumatism, colds and syphilis. It can be utilized as a purgative, soporific, has anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Generally, Uchu Sanango is an excellent medicine for the joints, skeletal and musculature systems.
During the dieta, Sanango is felt in nearly all bodily systems, with a primary emphasis on the nervous system, as well as the bones, joints and muscles. “Uchu” refers to the spicy aspect of Sanango, causing the body temperature to rise, perspire heavily and exhibit fever-like symptoms. Its effect can also be felt in the vision, leading to blurry or impaired sight. The combination of these effects sometimes reduces one’s ability to walk or coordinate movements. Hence, a good portion of the dieta is spent resting and is typically accompanied by a monumental digestive system cleanse.
The Dieta ProcessThe Sanango dieta can be rigorous and is recommended for those ready to take their path with plant medicine to the next level.
Sanango diets are offered to guests who have completed at least one plant dieta and ayahuasca retreat with Blue Morpho. The Sanango diet forms the third level of our plant medicine programs. The three levels on this pathway lead to a comprehensive understanding and energetic integration of the traditional practices associated with our lineage. Sanango is the pinnacle of this path.
The process requires the full commitment from the participant. The dieta comes in two phases, the first of which takes place during the retreat, and the second continues 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 requirements 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 unlike no other. Please ensure that you are committed to the whole process.
The Physical Dieta
The dieta is first and foremost a physical process. It consists of drinking the inner bark of the taproot of the Sanango tree for three consecutive nights while following the traditional dieta. The Sanango-infused solution is made by adding water to the root scrapings and allowing them to sit for several hours. That solution is filtered through cheesecloth and is consumed at 3:00 a.m.
The drink is hot and spicy and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Around 20 to 30 minutes after ingesting Sanango the visionary effects can begin, though some may not feel the effects for several hours after consumption. The journey can last up to 8 hours with mild visions and very strong corporeal sensations. Some people express difficulty with seeing straight or with equilibrium the day after the ceremony. It is also common to experience a very high-vibration buzzing coursing through your body. All of these effects are ways that Sanango medicine aligns energies.
The dieta meal is very bland yet clean: one type of small river fish, green plantains and a manioc-based drink called fariña. Meals are served twice per day. When the Sanango diet is lifted, we will resume eating regular meals that are suitable for the subsequent ayahuasca ceremonies.
Requirements of the Dieta
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 plant medicine to cleanly absorb, take root and blossom within you. These 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 coffee or teas; no salt, sugar, or oils
- Only bland foods are offered: green plantains, yucca meal, 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 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)
Requirements following the Dieta
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 Sanango matures 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
Uchu Sanango Flowers
Guests Prepare Sanango Roots
The Commitment to Transform
Sanango is unmatched in its capacity to foster physical, mental and emotional healing, as well as 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.