Tobacco (Mapacho) Ceremony

Tobacco (Mapacho) Ceremony

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    Ourimbah, NSW 2258


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    This is a traditional Peruvian ceremony using Mapacho / Tobacco for healing, grounding, guidance and protection.

    About this event

    For those wanting to develop or deepen their relationship with Tobacco, I am holding ceremonies at Ourimbah on the Central Coast - an hour from Sydney. These ceremonies are kept small and intimate, and places are limited to 6 people.  

    *Note please register to reserve your space for the day you would like to attend - it's free to register, and this will allow me to contact you directly to ensure it's safe for you to drink tobacco and to organise payment.  

    Tobacco as Medicine

    Tobacco is considered a master teacher plant, and the Amazonian tobacco is called Mapacho - a stronger version of the tobacco we usually see in the west. It is strong and direct and has powerful healing qualities offering deep cleansing, grounding and clarity to the individual. In all traditions around the world, its smoke is used as a way to clear, protect and carry intention. In ceremonies it is drunk as a strong brew prepared and prayed over by the Tobaquero (tobacco shaman) and primarily works in two ways: it deeply cleans the body of toxins and it communicates to you through your dream space. It is not a psychedelic medicine but offers its own visionary space through our dreams. This part of the work is particularly special. When we open an intentional relationship with tobacco and drink it, it cleans us deeply and carries both the shaman and our intentions for healing into our being, our body, our psyche.

    The Ceremony

    The ceremony is a traditional ceremony - I prepare the medicine for drinking and insufflation by the participants. I then work on the participants using a chakapa (leaf rattle), icaro (medicine song) and tobacco smoke to clear negative energies. Participants then retire to their beds to commune with the medicine.

    Included are two short one on one consultations - one before the ceremony, and one the next morning. The first is to discuss what has been coming up, what you intentions are, and to answer any questions you may have.  The second is to discuss your experience - your dreams and insights from the communications with Mapacho. A light breakfast of fruit will be provided the next morning to help ground and rejuvenate.


    Please register your interest via Eventbrite, however drinking the medicine is dependent on a health check.  If you are cleared to drink, the fee for the ceremony, accommodation and breakfast is $350 or $300 per night for 2 or 3 nights. 



    Is it legal?

    Yes, tobacco is legal and the medicine contains no illegal substances.

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to participate?

    Yes, you must be 18 years of age or older.

    Can anyone drink tobacco?

    No, there are contraindications for those with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease.  I will screen all participants to ensure it is safe for you to drink.

    What will I experience after drinking?

    The taste and smell of tobacco is quite intense and spicy.  You will feel some nausea, and then feel the energy of tobacco moving through your body.  Tobacco is a stimulant and your mind will be very active and full of energy.  The spirit of tobacco will communicate with you via intuition (internal dreamlike visions, a soft voice, a knowing, etc.) and dreams.

    Will I purge?

    Tobacco is a purgative, and it's quite possible that you will purge, however this is part of the healing process.  The purging is both on a physical level to remove toxins from the body, and on an energetic level to release negative energy (traumas, programming) that no longer serves us. Some purge right after drinking, some later in the night, and some don't purge at all - whatever happens is exactly what is required.

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