About the Samá / Dieta
The samá tradition is not to be taken lightly and each person should come into it on their own terms; ready and open to the experience. The natural process of the samá can be very unsettling and challenging. Physical, mental, and energetic shifts can take place and be subtly or profoundly beautiful, or even extremely unpleasant as one reestablishes their own universal balance and bring about a harmonic integration and collaboration with the conscious energy of a master plant.
The samá process extends beyond the period of isolation and introduction and has the potential to be a life changing experience with the lifelong commitments, challenges, and benefits of living in balance with the essence of creation; with love.
One will need to arrive with the desire and commitment to initiate and complete the period of samá while continuing to nurture the samá within oneself after the period of isolation. The earlier one can refrain from consuming and participating in the following list of restrictions prior to initiating the samá, the better. We recommend a minimum of 2 weeks. Many foods, drugs, and pharmaceuticals react very strongly to certain Amazonian plant medicines; please refer to this forum for a very thorough list and possible reactions. These restricted energies can contaminate our bodies and distract our minds, causing an unbalanced energetic state within oneself.
The main restrictions to abstain from during any period of samá:
- Added Salt
- Added Sugar
- Added Spices and Herbs
- Fruit, Especially Acidic and Over-Ripened (Fermenting)
- Pungent and Caustic Vegetables
- Processed Oils
- Frozen or Cold Food and Drinks
- All Dairy Products
- Fermented Drinks and Foods, Especially Alcoholic Drinks
- Mammals (Red and White Meats), Especially All Pork Products
- Factory Raised Fowl
- Carnivorous and Farm Raised Fish
- Recreational Drugs
- Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Herbal Supplements and Multi-Vitamins (There is some flexibilty here.)
- Sexual Activities and Thoughts
- Bathing with Soaps and Shampoo
- Application of Deodorants, Lotions, Creams, Makeup, and Hair Products
It is best to eat as clean as possible prior to the samá, so we advise not to overdue on added sugars, salt, oil, and avoid most packaged and all processed foods. Cooking one’s own food as much as possible is best. This way one will know exactly what they are putting into their body. Essentially, you are what you eat.
Immediately following the period of isolation and meditation there is also what is commonly known as a “post-dieta”. During this time the biggest energy shifters (sex, alcohol, drugs, and pork) must continue to be avoided for periods of a week to three months. The post-dieta provides additional time for ones body to become accustomed to the healing and teachings of the samá, and perhaps rid oneself of previously ingrained unhealthy habits.
A strict and properly observed samá will better purify one’s body and make it easier for one to recognize and feel the subtle energies of a plant medicine and connect with its accompanying spirit, or íbo, to heal us and teach us. These restrictions, in combination with isolation, are meant to provide this purification by cleansing one’s physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual bodies.
Removing all potential distractions allows one the opportunity to develop a clean and uninterrupted relationship with the delicate energies of plant medicines and their íbo teachers. To fully receive lasting healing and teachings from the plants, it is necessary to build a relationship of respect with the plant and its íbo so that it becomes a lifelong ally.
This is done through the proper and complete observation of the traditional samá, and is maintained and strengthened with continuous offerings of thanks and praise, and additional periods of samá. The minimum period of samá we offer is 14 days, an appropriate length for an introductory connection to be made or for one to reconnect with their plant spirit allies and receive new healing and lessons. The period of samá can also be extended according to your needs.
During each 14-day samá there are 6 traditional Shipibo-Konibo healing ceremonies. Each participant will have the opportunity to connect with one new master plant per month to ensure communication and understanding with each plant and their íbo. The samá begins with a stomach cleansing purgative at sunrise and then an energetically cleansing and invigorating floral bath at noon, followed by the first healing ceremony at night.
If someone has a certain illness that they want to specifically address, please let us know as Manuela can prepare specific treatments to compliment the period of samá.
We provide a safe and isolated space to take care of any and all needs while one works on their balance and connection. Introductory guidance and individual consultations with Manuela and a skilled translator will take place over the first two days, while additional consultations can be scheduled anytime at one’s request and Manuela’s availability. We also provide post-samá guidance to support one’s integration for returning home, including open channels of communication for any questions that may come up. Manuela treats her students as her own family and we will always be available to help if needed.
The contributions collected from each period of samá are helping Manuela purchase land and construct her own traditional samá sactuary and education center, along with a small village of houses for herself and her family, allowing her to work comfortably from her own home. This has been a dream of hers ever since she moved away from her home village of Paoyhan after the unexpected passings of her youngest son and then her husband. Manuela welcomes you to come experience, learn, and practice traditional Shipibo-Konibo healing methods, and become a part of the family.
Please contact us for complete information about the Master Plants we offer and more specific details.