What is La Dieta?
- A traditional method of detoxification.
- A period of rest, repose and meditation.
- A strategy to stimulate the body’s innate ability to self-heal.
- An ancient technique to help facilitate access to the spirit realm.
To begin, La Dieta requires a commitment to specific dietary and behavioral restrictions. The inviolate rules are no alcohol, pork, peppers, sugars, oils, caffeine, sex, and chemicals on the body (perfumes, soap, bug spray, etc.). La Dieta also requires dedication to oneself. It requires stillness and concentration, an openness to change, and plenty of time spent alone in nature.
These guidelines help facilitate physical and mental detoxification. They produce enlightened states of consciousness where self-healing and personal transformations occur. They also calm the rational mind and provide a space for the world of spirit to enter.
Ayahuasca Diet at Pisatahua
During la dieta, guests will receive medicinal plants prescribed by our healers to “diet.” The specific plant is chosen according to the distinct physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each guest. Participants will drink a tea made from this plant multiple times a day for the duration of their diet.
The healer will meet privately with each participant and hold a coca-leaf ceremony to see their individual needs. Participants will also provide an honest biography with their retreat intentions and motivations. Normally the diet will begin the morning of Day 2; however, occasionally, the diet will initiate after the first ayahuasca or tobacco ceremony.
Participants engage in a shamanic diet to detox the body and purify the mind. The diet avoids any strong flavors and is focused on three grains: quinoa, whole-grain wheat and oats (*varies according to healer’s preference and participant’s needs). Some local fish, egg, fruits and vegetables may also be provided. Additionally, guests will be provided an edible clay earth called Phasa which helps alleviate digestive problems, gastritis, ulcers and cleans the liver.
During the diet the use of soap, shampoos, toothpastes, perfumes and oils are prohibited. We provide guests a clay called Qhollpa to use as a natural and non-toxic replacement for soaps and shampoos. Qhollpa is odorless and extremely effective at cleaning the body, while strengthening/regenerating hair. Since no sugar or strong flavors are consumed, guests can efficiently clean their teeth using a toothbrush without toothpaste; or they can use Phasa. The diet can be a challenge for many as it requires sacrifice.
While guests are encouraged to dedicate as much time to solitary reflection as possible, we also recommend engaging in communal activities like yoga, jungle walks, and canoe rides.
Each plant has a unique effect; however, the purpose of La Dieta is consistent: to detox the physical and mental body, while awakening the creative-spiritual forces within.