Sanango Dieta

Once You’ve Tried Ayahuasca You Have to Experience Sanango

The Sanango Dieta is a pinnacle experience of Amazonian Shamanism. Sanango’s medicine is a very high-vibration, powerful spirit that moves to straighten your energy from your innermost core outward. It reaches into the deepest parts of your psyche, body and emotions and helps to bring resolution to whatever may be preventing you from living a life that is based in your core integrity. This is one of its main teachings: integrity that is truly yours, from your heart and your essence. During the workshop we will explore what this means in the context of your life and how to integrate what you’ve learned into direct and meaningful changes in your life. The end result of this process is deep personal transformation, spiritual growth, and a cleansed and renewed spirit ready to embody life.

Sanango Breaks Through The Toughest Blocks

As part of Blue Morpho’s unique approach, we offer transformational experiences that are rooted in Amazonian plant spirit medicine. The Sanango Dieta is a unique and powerful way to deepen your exploration of not only Amazonian shamanism and your relationship to the plant medicines, but a committed way of exploring yourself and the changes you want to make that are real, lasting and impactful for you.

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2017 Dates: September 3rd – 10th

Sanango Notes: Sanango diets are offered to guests who have completed at least one ayahuasca tour with Blue Morpho.

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When You Are Ready To Triumph

Sanango’s head medicine spirit presents itself in the form of an elder, wise-looking man, affectionately referred to as Abuelo Sanango (Grandfather Sanango). He is known traditionally to be a very strict and compassionate teacher. People often report how much care they feel from Abuelo Sanango, both during the dieta and for years after the experience. Sanango medicine is incredibly potent for making long-lasting, real-life changes. It often appears as violet light and energetic patterns. 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 something that is aligned with your truth and integrity. Thoughts, desires, beliefs and ways of being that are not in alignment with your core integrity are methodically removed – the way a glacier pushes past anything in its path. The result is a newly transformed you with the strength to overcome your fears and stand in the glory of your individual expression of humanity.

Deep Healing While Learning Ancient Wisdom

  • Guidance in traditional Sanango dieta methods
  • Three Sanango medicine ceremonies
  • Two ayahuasca medicine ceremonies
  • Discussion and exploration of universal spirituality
  • Full shamanic support
  • Identifying and learning how the plant teachers can help guide you
  • Participation in the ayahuasca cooking process
  • Personal shamanic healing
  • Shamanic journey and skill practice
  • Integration practices for during the workshop and at home
  • One-on-one time with the shamans
  • Group talks to share and illuminate experiences
  • Group talks on shamanism, mysticism, and personal transformation
  • Build lasting connections with the plant medicine spirits that you can continue to learn from at home

The Physical Dieta is Powerful

The physical dieta consists of drinking the inner bark of the roots of the Sanango tree for three consecutive nights while following a traditional dieta. The Sanango-infused solution is made by adding water to the roots 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 begin. The journey lasts up to 5 hours with mild visions and very strong corporal sensations. Some people express difficulty with seeing straight and with equilibrium the day after the Sanango ceremony. It is also common to experience a very high-vibration buzzing coursing through your body. All of these effects are ways the Sanango medicine does its work.

Due to the nature of Sanango, 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 three times per day. When the Sanango diet is broken, we will resume eating regular meals that are suitable for the subsequent ayahuasca ceremonies.

Sample Itinerary – 8 Day Sanango Dieta Retreat

1st Day

Arrival at Blue Morpho Shamanism Center
Afternoon – Introductory group meeting, Sanango preparation
Evening – Dinner and rest
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

8:30 a.m. – Meet at Victoria Regia Hotel in Iquitos

9:00 a.m. – Leave Victoria Regia Hotel by bus, where we will head out of the city and enter the surrounding jungle. Enjoy a leasurely ride as we pass by local communities, rustic farms, forest reserves, and vibrant jungle landscapes.

11:00 a.m. – We arrive at the Blue Morpho’s Jungle Lodge. Staff will welcome you with a healthy beverage made from local fruits. After settling into your accommodations, we will gather in the main house for an introductory group meeting.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – We meet again after lunch for an in-depth discussion on the Sanango Dieta and what the week ahead has in store for us.

4:00 p.m. – Prepare Sanango for the early morning ceremony

6:00 p.m. – Dinner. Enjoy the evening and get some rest for tomorrow’s ceremony and dieta.

2nd Day

Morning – Sanango Ceremony, Group Q&A with Malcolm Rossiter
Afternoon – Sanango preparation, Free time
Evening – Dinner and rest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3:00 a.m. – First Sanango Ceremony

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – Group question and answer session

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

4:00 p.m. – Prepare Sanango for the early morning ceremony

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

3rd Day

Morning – Sanango Ceremony, Group Q&A with Malcolm Rossiter
Afternoon – Sanango preparation, Free time
Evening – Dinner and rest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3:00 a.m. – Second Sanango Ceremony

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast. Connect with the transformational power of the dieta as it settles deeper into your body and psyche.

10:00 a.m. – Group question and answer session

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

4:00 p.m. – Prepare Sanango for the early morning ceremony

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

4th Day

Morning – Sanango Ceremony, Group Q&A with Malcolm Rossiter
Afternoon – Free time, Explore the energetic space of the dieta
Evening – Dinner and rest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3:00 a.m. – Third Sanango Ceremony

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – Group question and answer session

12:30 p.m. – Lunch. Finish the afternoon by exploring the energetic space of the dieta and connect with the medicine flowing through your core.

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

5th Day

Morning – Breakfast
Afternoon – Free time, Explore the energetic space of the dieta
Evening – Dinner and rest, Prepare to end the dieta tomorrow morning

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast (immediately after preparing ayahuasca)

12:30 p.m. – Lunch. This is the last day of your dieta!

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6th Day

Morning – Ceremony to end Sanango Diet, Preparation for ayahuasca talk
Afternoon – Jungle hike, Pre-ceremony talk
Evening – First Ayahuasca Medicine Ceremony

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

6:00 a.m. – Ceremony to end Sanango Diet

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast. Enjoy the fresh, non-diet meal.

10:00 a.m. – Preparation for an ayahuasca ceremony group discussion

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Guided jungle hike in the surrounding rain forest. Connect with the flora and fauna of the local area and enjoy being off the diet.

6:00 p.m. – Pre-ceremony talk in the ceremonial house

6:30 p.m. – First Ayahuasca Ceremony

7th Day

Morning – Group discussion, Preparation for going home talk
Afternoon – Boat ride on the Itaya River
Evening – Second Ayahuasca Medicine Ceremony

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – Group discussion followed by a preparation for going home talk

1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Boat ride on the Itaya River. Get out and experience one of the tributaries of the world’s greatest river.

6:00 p.m. – Pre-ceremony talk in the ceremonial house

6:30 p.m. – Second Ayahuasca Ceremony

8th Day

Return to Iquitos
Morning – Pack and prepare for return, Group photos and photos with shamans
Meals: Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Enjoy the morning hour for goodbyes, photos with the shamans and friends, and a photo taken with the whole group.

9:00 a.m. – Board the buses for our return trip to Iquitos.

11:00 a.m. – Arrive back to our initial meeting point the Victoria Regia Hotel. Check out some ayahuasca artwork by renowned artist, have your last goodbyes, or plan lunch with other group participants. Tour is complete.

Note: Purified water and a selection of herbal teas available at all times.

Taking The Process To Heart

Sanango Dieta Restrictions

When participating in traditional medicine dietas at Blue Morpho, it is understood that the rules need to be heeded and followed. Not following the rules can bring tremendous affliction by traditional definitions and it is expected that anyone that does not follow them will have to come back to correct it with Abuelo Sanango. This does not mean that there need be any fear about the diet. On the contrary the diet takes its own path, making your job very easy. All you have to do is follow the rules and follow the direction the medicine heads.

  • No western medications during diet at camp including contraceptive pills and malaria tablets
  • No cosmetics including repellant, soap and tooth paste
  • No heavy physical activity
  • No leaving camp unless as part of a specific group activity
  • No touching anyone, including hand shaking and hugging
  • No coffee or black teas.
  • Only eat and drink what we serve during the diet, and only from your plate of food

Restrictions following the dieta:

  • No sex for 30 days
  • No alcohol for 30 days
  • No pork for 6 months
  • No Western street drugs for 30 days

The Commitment

Traditionally, the shamanic dieta is only taken on by a shaman, shamanic 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. One of the most significant elements of the dieta experience is maintaining the 30 day and 6 month restrictions following your time here at Blue Morpho. 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. Please ensure that you are committed to the whole process.

To reserve your spot on a Sanango Dieta Workshop, book your tour in advance online.

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Notes & Links

Sanango diets are offered to guests who have completed at least one ayahuasca tour with Blue Morpho. During dieta tours, all guests will be dieting together. If you decide to stop a dieta before its scheduled date, there will be a traditional protocol to follow to ensure this is done properly. We recommend reading the above information carefully so that you know what you are committing to upon commencement of the dieta. Other workshop activities are voluntary. The activities offered may be different for each tour.

Dates & Prices: For a full list of available dates and prices for upcoming shamanic workshops.
Travel Information: Details on planning and booking your trip to Blue Morpho and Peru.

BMT Cancellation Policy

Payments are refundable if you give Blue Morpho admin at least 60 days’ notice in writing that you will not attend the tour you signed up for. However, there is an administrative cost to cover bank transaction fees of 10% of amount paid. Alternatively, if you cannot attend your tour and have given us the 60 days’ notice, you may transfer your payment to a different tour within the following 12 months at no charge (for the first transfer; any additional transfers can be made with an admin fee of $50). If you elect to transfer your payment, this cannot later be refunded. For this reason we strongly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any financial losses should you have to cancel your visit within 60 days for any reason.