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Master Plants - Onanyati

Master Plants

The Shipibo people are known for their rich tradition of plant medicine and shamanism. In Shipibo culture, the term "Onanyati," refers to specific plants revered for their potent healing properties and spiritual significance. These plants are considered allies and guides in the Shipibo shamanic tradition, facilitating deep insights, healing, and transformation for individuals seeking spiritual growth and healing.

The Shipibo people believe that master plants possess an inherent intelligence and consciousness that can communicate with humans on a profound level. Through the traditional practice of ayahuasca ceremonies and plant diets, Shipibo shamans and apprentices engage with these master plants to receive guidance, healing, and teachings. The relationship between the Shipibo people and master plants is characterized by respect, reciprocity, and a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all life forms in the rainforest ecosystem.


Bobinsana, whose scientific name is Calliandra Angustifolia, is a tree native to the Amazon rainforest, growing 4 to 6 meters tall, commonly found along rivers. The plant is considered a stimulant, addressing issues like rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, and edema.

Spiritual and physical significance
Bobinsana is renowned for its gentle heart-opening qualities, promoting self-love and healing emotional wounds through forgiveness and compassion. Its feminine energy aids in releasing trauma, grief, and sadness from past relationships or childhood experiences. The plant is associated with creativity, helping to open creative channels and connect with plant spirits for songs. Moreover it works on strengthening the will.
Beyond emotional benefits, it also stimulates and reinforces the nervous system, relieving stress, tension, and worries.
Physical benefits include relief from rheumatism, arthritis, and inflammation, as well as potential effects on cancer, uterine disorders, and blood purification. It aids in detoxification, relieves cold energy, and prevents strokes.
Bobinsana is regarded as a Goddess of the Amazon, showering love and affection, and illuminating the path of beauty and grace.

Chiric Sanango

Chiric Sanango, scientifically known as Brunfelsia grandiflora, emerges as a master plant with profound healing properties native to the upper Amazon basin. Its name, derived from Quechua, signifies „cold,” reflecting its role in addressing physical and psychological manifestations of coldness. The plant’s spirit, personified as the wise elder abuelo sanango, undertakes a transformative journey in aligning the three brains—stomach, heart, and brain connection. Known for its unique medicinal properties, Chiric Sanango holds the power to balance serotonin levels, offering relief from grief, depression, and anxiety. Beyond the physical plane, it is a true heart-opener, fostering a deeper understanding of interconnectedness, universal love, and a renewed sense of self.

Spiritual and Physical significance:
Chiric Sanango’s holistic impact extends to both spiritual and physical realms. On the spiritual front, it strengthens the soul connection, enhances self-esteem, and facilitates a profound sense of self-expression. As a master plant of the Sanangos family, it addresses the „cold of the heart,” offering psychological healing with compassionate dreams. Physically, Chiric Sanango proves versatile, benefiting the nervous system, bones, and treating bone diseases. Its warming energy extends to relieving arthritis, regulating blood pressure, and exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties. Beyond the tangible, this plant elevates energy levels, sharpens the mind, and supports emotional well-being, providing a holistic approach to healing and self-discovery.

Ajo Sacha

Ajo Sacha, a shrub indigenous to the Amazon, has a rich history of medicinal use among the native communities. Renowned for its garlic-like aroma, this plant is employed by jungle inhabitants who attribute to it the power of healing both physical and psychological ailments, including the strengthening of self-esteem and will.

Spiritual and Physical Significance
Ajo Sacha unfolds its dual significance in both spiritual and physical realms. Recognized as an analgesic and restorative tonic, this master plant is particularly effective against conditions such as migraine, muscle aches, headaches, epilepsy, arthritis, and rheumatism. Beyond its physical healing properties, Ajo Sacha plays a significant role in fostering self-awareness, security, energy, cleanliness, and protection. The plant’s purification role extends to cleansing the blood, providing a foundation for the integration of Ayahuasca brews and enhancing the overall medicinal experience. Ajo Sacha support the dieter in the protection and clarity.


Scientifically known as Datura., Toe is a magnificent flowering plant that commands attention with its large, trumpet-shaped blossoms and robust foliage. Native to the Amazon rainforest, Toe thrives in the humid, tropical climate, where it serves as a beacon of beauty and healing. With its intoxicating fragrance and striking appearance, Toe captures the essence of the rainforest’s mystical allure and profound botanical wisdom.

Toe’s leaves, flowers, and seeds contain a potent array of alkaloids and bioactive compounds, rendering it a valuable ally in traditional medicine. Its therapeutic properties are diverse, offering relief from various physical ailments. Toe is revered for its analgesic properties, making it an effective remedy for pain management and inflammation. Additionally, it exhibits antispasmodic and sedative effects, making it useful in treating conditions such as muscle spasms, insomnia, and anxiety. Toe is also known for its role in supporting respiratory health and promoting relaxation, contributing to overall well-being.

Spiritual Significance and Shamanic Practices

In Amazonian shamanic traditions, Toe holds profound spiritual significance as a sacred plant ally and visionary teacher. Shamans and healers have long relied on Toe to facilitate deep states of consciousness, spiritual journeying, and communion with the divine. Its psychoactive properties induce altered states of awareness, allowing participants to access insights, visions, and spiritual guidance. Toe is often incorporated into healing ceremonies and rituals to evoke spiritual purification, inner exploration, and transformational experiences. Participants who work with Toe during dieta may undergo profound spiritual awakenings, expanded consciousness, and a deepening connection to the spiritual realm.



Ayahuma, scientifically known as Couroupita guianensis, stands tall as a majestic tree native to the tropical regions of Central and South America. Aptly named the cannonball tree due to its round and hard fruits resembling cannonballs, this botanical giant reaches heights exceeding 55 meters. While the fruits are inedible, they hold potent anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, often used in treating wounds, skin conditions, and fungal ailments. The large woody berries, when dried into powder, find application in combatting hair loss. This formidable tree, with its striking appearance, goes beyond its physical attributes, carrying a powerful, protective energy, making it a revered master plant in traditional healing practices.

Spiritual and Physical Significance:
Beyond its physical healing properties, Ayahuma is a grounding master plant, guiding dieteros to resilience and wisdom through the release of past trauma and stored emotions. The bark and fruit, brewed together, yield a potent anti-inflammatory medicine with antibacterial and antifungal properties. The warming and protective essence of Ayahuma nurtures vulnerability in dieteros, facilitating the release of trauma and cultivating compassion. This tree’s profound gift lies in opening perceptions, fostering a deeper connection to all life on Earth, often revealed in visions during the dieta process. Embarking on a dieta with Ayahuma demands commitment to a specialized diet and lifestyle, unlocking the potential for profound spiritual and physical transformation



Scientifically classified as Maytenus laevis, Chuchuhuasi is a majestic tree that graces the Amazon rainforest with its towering presence and abundant foliage. Its sturdy trunk and lush green leaves symbolize resilience and vitality, reflecting the rich biodiversity of the rainforest ecosystem. Chuchuhuasi has been revered for centuries by indigenous communities for its potent medicinal properties and spiritual significance.

Chuchuhuasi’s bark and leaves contain a plethora of bioactive compounds, making it a prized botanical for traditional medicine. Its therapeutic properties are vast, addressing a wide range of physical ailments. Chuchuhuasi is traditionally used to alleviate pain and inflammation, promote digestive health, and support overall well-being. It is also renowned for its ability to enhance vitality and stamina, making it a popular choice among those seeking physical resilience and endurance. Additionally, Chuchuhuasi exhibits antimicrobial and antiviral properties, contributing to its effectiveness in combating infections and promoting immune health.

Spiritual Significance and Shamanic Practices

Beyond its tangible healing benefits, Chuchuhuasi holds deep spiritual significance in Amazonian shamanic traditions. It is revered as a sacred plant ally that facilitates spiritual growth, inner exploration, and connection with the divine. Shamans often incorporate Chuchuhuasi into their healing rituals and ceremonies to deepen their connection to the spiritual realm and enhance visionary experiences. Participants who work with Chuchuhuasi during dieta may experience profound insights, heightened intuition, and a deeper sense of connection with nature and the cosmos.


Scientifically classified as Manilkara bidentata, Renaquilla is a towering tree that captivates with its lush green canopy and distinctive, hardy fruits. It thrives in the diverse ecosystem of the Amazon, offering a wealth of medicinal properties that have been harnessed by indigenous communities for generations. Its introduction to seekers of healing represents a connection to the ancient wisdom embedded in the rainforest, as Renakia stands as a testament to the rich biodiversity of the Amazon and its potential contributions to physical and spiritual well-being.

Spiritual and Physical Significance
Renakia’s spiritual and physical significance unfolds through its versatile applications. It address a range of physical ailments, from digestive issues to respiratory conditions. It is also used as remedy that exhibit anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Beyond its tangible healing attributes, Renakia is revered for its spiritual significance, playing a role in shamanic practices to enhance visionary experiences and connect individuals with the spiritual realm. Its inclusion in the diet, signifies a deep communion with nature and the plant’s capacity to guide participants toward spiritual insights.

Noya Rao

 this towering tree stands as a symbol of spiritual enlightenment and physical well-being. Flourishing in the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon basin, Noya Rao beckons seekers with its towering stature and vibrant greenery, embodying the ancient wisdom interwoven within the rainforest. Its introduction to healing practices represents a bridge to the rich botanical tapestry of the Amazon, offering a holistic approach to both spiritual and physical rejuvenation.

Spiritual and Physical Significance
Noya Rao’s significance extends beyond its physical attributes, encompassing a realm of spiritual exploration and healing. Indigenous communities recognize its potential in addressing various physical ailments, utilizing its bark and leaves for concoctions that showcase anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. However, Noya Rao truly shines in its spiritual role as a revered guide in the quest for higher consciousness. It enhances visionary experiences, facilitating a deep connection with the spiritual realm. It is meant to bring the dieter to high spiritual insights and fosters a harmonious relationship between nature and individuals. Noya Rao stands as a living testament to the intricate interplay of physical and spiritual dimensions within the realm of Amazonian healing traditions.

Master Plant Dieta

A master plant dieta, sometimes referred to as a shamanic dieta, is an agreement lasting typically 7 to 30 days between an individual and a (usually non psychotropic) Amazonian plant, conducted under the guidance of Maestra Matilde and supported with the Ayahuasca ceremonies. It is a profound and immersive process aimed at developing a deeper connection with plant spirits and gaining spiritual insights and healing. 

It is important not to confuse master plant dieta with ayahusca preparation diet: the first one refers to the mental and physical regime that is held during a retreat, while the second one is about how a participant should prepare him/herself before the retreat.

Process of Master Plant Dieta:

1. Intention and Preparation: The process begins with setting a clear intention for the dieta. This intention typically involves seeking guidance, healing, spiritual growth, or learning from the plant spirits. A prospective dieter will often seek the guidance of a Shipibo master or healer to determine which plant to work with.

2. Plant Selection: The master or healer will guide the individual in selecting a specific plant or tree for the dieta. Each plant possesses unique energy, qualities, and teachings. The chosen plant will be the focus of the dieta, and its spirit will be the main guide throughout the process.

3. Isolation: Dieters enter a period of isolation and seclusion from the community and everyday distractions. They reside in a designated dieta hut or maloca—a small retreat space—away from human interactions. This isolation allows for focus, introspection, and establishing a direct connection with the plant spirit.

4. Dietary Restrictions: During the dieta, participants adhere to a strict and specific diet as prescribed by the master or healer. This diet typically excludes salt, sugar, oil, spices, alcohol, caffeine, and certain types of meat. The purpose is to purify the body and enhance sensitivity to the plant spirit.

5. Plant Medicine Consumption: Throughout the dieta, the participant consumes the plant medicine in various forms, such as decoctions, infusions, or in some cases, during ayahuasca ceremonies. The frequency and dosage depend on the guidance of the healer. Plant medicine facilitates communication, healing, and the transmission of knowledge from the plant spirit.

6. Meditation, Contemplation, and Visionary Work: The dieter engages in profound introspection, meditation, and contemplation. This may involve practices like dieta-specific icaros (sacred songs) and dieta-related rituals. Participants may also experience visionary states induced by the plant medicine, providing profound insights and healing.

7. Integration: After the dieta period ends, integration is crucial. The dieter gradually reintegrates into the community and normal life while maintaining the post-dieta dietary restrictions and engaging in specific practices to deepen the connection with the plant spirit. Integration may involve reflecting on the experiences, implementing the teachings in daily life, and honoring the spirit of the plant through ongoing rituals or ceremonies. It is important to note that the Shipibo master plant dieta is a deeply personal and individual experience that varies based on the guidance of the master, the chosen plant spirit, and the dieter’s unique journey. It is a method of spiritual exploration, self-discovery, healing, and communion with the natural world.

Typical master plant dieta retreat schedule:


DAY 1 – Arrival
Arrival, meeting Maestra Matilde’s family and staff, setting into your hut, logistic and schedule explanation, lunch, relax time with meditation and journaling, dinner

DAY 2 – First Ceremony
Breakfast, introduction to the retreat and preparation for the ceremony, lunch, flower bath at 5pm, meeting in the Maloca at 7pm for the ceremony. After the ceremony is over, you can sleep on your bed in the Maloca.

DAY 3 – Integration day
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, journaling, taking time for grounding and solidifying the experience avoiding social contact as much as possible, singing, meditating, journaling.

DAY 4 – Second Ceremony
Breakfast, sharing circle where everyone will get the chance to safely talk about their experience, lunch, integration time, plants bath at 5pm, meeting in the Maloca at 7pm for the ceremony.

DAY 5 –  Integration day
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, journaling, taking time for grounding and solidifying the experience avoiding social contact as much as possible, singing, meditating, journaling.

DAY 6 – Third Ceremony
Breakfast, sharing circle, lunch, integration time, plants bath at 5pm, meeting in the Maloca at 7pm for the ceremony.

DAY 7 –  Closing
Breakfast, closing sharing circle, lunch, you can also stay here for dinner if you like.