A Shamanic Retreat in Peru, May 10 – 25 2014

Don Theo Paredes, Ph.D. founder of the Poqen Kanchay Foundation, has invited participants through Wind over Fire Healing Arts Center of Rochester, Minnesota,  to participate in a powerful experience May 10th – 25th 2014 in Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley area in Peru. This 14-day program is called a “healing journey” to the jungle of Peru for good reason. Don Theo is a well-respected shaman of the highest regard in Peru and internationally. His personal mission, training, abilities and ethics are second to none. He will be the host for this journey which will include the citadel of Machu Picchu, the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Cachora .



  • Staying at Sr. Theo’s Poqen Kanchay Foundation near Cusco
  • Working with plant medicines
  • Visiting the Citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Working with ceremony and despacho
  • Cusco, Sacred Valley, Olltaytambo and their respective ruins.

Here’s a general narrative of the itinerary of this program:

May 12

May 13

  • Pisaq archaeological park visit
  • San Pedro cactus Ceremony
  • Accommodation in Royal Inka Hotel in Pisaq

May 14

  • Transfer at 7:30 AM to Ollantaytambo
  • Ollantaytambo archaeological park visit
  • At noon we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation in Hatuchay Hotel in Machu Picchu

May 15

  • Early in the morning we visit Machu Picchu
  • We take the train back from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer in private bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Dinner included in La Casona de San Jerónimo
  • Accommodations in La Casona de San Jerónimo

May 16

  • We visit Sacsayhuaman archaeological park
  • San Pedro cactus Ceremony
  • In the afternoon we enjoy a relaxing sauna
  • Box lunch included
  • Dinner included
  • Accommodations in La Casona de San Jerónimo

May 17

  • Transfer from Cusco to Paucartambo
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner is included (box lunch) when we get to Paucartambo
  • Accommodation in local hotel in Paucartambo 

May 18

  • Transfer from Paucartambo to Tres Cruces
  • San Pedro cactus Ceremony
  • Return form Tres Cruces to Cusco
  • At the end of the day we can enjoy a relaxing sauna
  • Breakfast is included (box lunch)
  • Lunch is included at La Casona de San Jerónimo
  • Dinner is included at La Casona de San Jerónimo
  • Accommodations in La Casona de San Jerónimo

May 19

  • Transfer to San Pedro
  • We all participate in a cleansing
  • Dinner is included at La Casona de San Jerónimo
  • Accommodations in La Casona de San Jerónimo

May 20

  • Transfer from Cusco to Cachora
  • Ayahuasca Ceremony
  • Lunch is included at Cachora
  • Dinner is included at Cachora
  • Accommodations in Cachora

May 21

  • We enjoy a pleasant horseback riding enjoying the natural landscapes
  • Ayahuasca Ceremony
  • Lunch box included
  • Dinner included
  • Accommodations in Cachora

May 22

  • Walk around Cachora contemplating the nature
  • Ayahuasca Ceremony
  • Lunch in Cachora
  • Dinner included
  • Accommodations in Cachora

May 23

  • Return from Cachora to Cusco, en route we visit Quillarumiyoc
  • Box lunch included
  • Dinner at La Casona de San Jerónimo included
  • Accommodations in La Casona de San Jerónimo


(accommodation in double and matrimonial rooms)

$3,800.00 U.S. paid-in-full or fee schedule: 

  • First deposit of $950.00 U.S. due January 25th 2013
  • Second deposit of $950.00 U.S due February  22nd 2013
  • Third deposit of $950.00 U.S. due March 22nd 2013
  • Fourth deposit of $950.00 U.S due April 19th, 2013

The program includes

  • Flight tickets from Lima to Cusco and back
  • Accommodations in all the places (double and matrimonial rooms)
  • Breakfast are included in all the hotels (except Paucartambo, there you have box lunch
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Tickets to the all the archaeological sites
  • Transfers in private bus
  • Ceremonies


The program does not include

  • Round trip airfare to Lima, Peru
  • Services in Lima (accommodations, transfers, meals, etc) (should expect one night at the beginning and end of the excursion)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Laundry services
  • Beverages (sodas, water, beer, wine, etc)

About Theo Paredes, Ph.D.

Theo Paredes, Ph.D., is the founding Director of Poqen Kanchay Foundation in Cusco, Peru. Growing up in Cusco, he has always had contact with the native people of Peru worked with them to maintain sustainable communities. At 11 years old, he was initiated into the traditional healing practices of his people and has continued to work with shamanic practices for over thirty years, particularly in the use of ceremony and the practices of managing energy to make living an art. He has survived two lightning strikes, which in the Andean tradition, is considered a “call by nature” to train and practice in the Earth traditions. He combines his knowledge of the myths and the life view of the societies, which culminated with the Incas, together with Andean energy concepts, to form the perspective of a different kind of society.

Dr. Paredes has studied and practiced anthropology in Europe and the Americas. For the past fifteen years he has worked within the Peruvian government as Director of National Projects and the Governor of the Cusco Department and as a consultant for IFAD (Internal Foundation for Agricultural Development). Dr. Paredes is fluent in Spanish, English, and we think Quechua and possibly other languages.  Craig Hartel of Minnesota, who has studied with Dr Paredes for 12 years, will assist Dr. Paredes though out the retreat.

About Craig Hartel

Craig Hartel has always been a spiritual seeker.  For as long as he can remember he read any books he could get his hands that delved into mysticism and the spiritual realm.  In his forties he joined a local spirituality group that was on a similar path. He studied  the healing methods of the Indian Medicine women in Easter Island, explored the vortexes in Sedona numerous times and then went to Canyon de Chelly with the Four Winds group.  Eventually he was lead to Peru where he met Andean Shaman don Theo Paredes, Ph.D.  He began studying with him learning the traditional healing practices of the Andean indigenous peoples.  This relationship turned into a 12-year apprenticeship where he was taught shamanic practices particularly the use of sacred plants and practices of managing energy.  Don Theo  took him to many archaeological sites in the Incan empire where he taught him the purpose for which these energetic centers were created and how it has been passed down from the ancient masters.

In between all of these adventures, he completed the healing program at the Center for Wholeness in Minneapolis and was ordained a healing minister in 2000.  He has been practicing healing for over 10 years and has a private studio in his home where he lives with his wife of 35 years and daughter.  


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