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About the Cleansing Process

Cleansing in Takiwasi is a process consisting of a simultaneous physical and psychic cleansing, through purification methods that involve medicinal plants, diet and psychotherapeutic follow-up.

The Cleansing process is carried out in the city of Tarapoto, in the facilities of the Takiwasi Center. During the stay, the person participating in this process can book a room in a hotel and is allowed to walk around in the city at any time, with certain precautions. The process consists in: purging plants, daily plants of slow “impregnation”, plant baths and finally a session of Purgahuasca.

It will take place from 02 to 11 October 2017.

This method allows to have access (in a short time and at a lower cost) to a deep therapeutic and healing process that involves the physical, psychological and spiritual levels. It is accompanied from the beginning until the end by experienced professionals of the Takiwasi Center.


The cost of the Cleansing process is S /. 1,200.00 new soles (around 375 USD)

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation and food expenses will be covered by the participant in full (except for the food for the 4 days ginger diet that will be provided by Takiwasi), from the day of the arrival until the return.

It is recommended that you arrive at least 1 day before the beginning of the process and that your return is scheduled at least 1 day after your final interview.

Takiwasi can recommend cheap accommodations in family home, hostels and hotels near our Center.

How to apply

To apply to the Cleansing process and determine if this therapeutic method meets your needs, you must send us the following documents:

  • A Complete Health Form (Download).
  • A Motivation Letter (3 pages maximum):

    See the Guide on how to write the Motivation Letter and the most important topics to include in it.

The Cleansing process includes: two purges, one ginger purge/diet, one Purgahuasca session, three psychological interviews, two plant baths, one Biodance workshop and daily intakes of impregnation plants as scheduled.

Monday 2nd October 2017


Presentation of the process and intake of a laxative (coconut water + milk of magnesia).


Initial interview with a psychologist.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017


Purge of Azucena.

Wednesday 4th October 2017


Bio-Dance Workshop.

Thursday 5th October 2017


Purge-diet of ginger, after this purging, the participant should take special care with food. He will have to accomplish a 4 days diet, in which he will not eat fruits or foods containing sugar. Other prohibitions are to avoid alcohol and foods with a lot of dressing, and sexual abstinence. Other rules of the diet will be given upon arrival.

Lunch and dinner will be offered in Takiwasi, consisting of chicken soup with salt, potatoes, noodles and boiled green bananas. This service is included in the cost of the process and only runs from Thursday to Sunday.

For breakfast we recommend: boiled potatoes, sugar-free oats and Takiwasi bread (without sugar).


Second interview with a psychologist.

Friday 6th October 2017


Plant bath.

Saturday 7th October 2017


Ritualized Plant bath.

Sunday 8th October 2017

Free, we recommend you to visit the town of Lamas or Ahuashiyacu Wateralls.

Monday 9th October 2017


Cut of the Ginger purge with warm water and salt on fasting.

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Purgahuasca Session, Purgahuasca is a little concentrated preparation of ayahuasca that is taken as in a purge session, by drinking in total about 3 liters of it. It produces purging effects like vomiting, drunkenness and sometimes diarrhea. After purging, participants lie down on their mattresses to explore their inner world and sleep.

Under the effects of the "dizziness" they can have visions, memories, understandings, thoughts, reconciliation feelings, among other effects.

It is managed in a ritualized context and with therapeutic support.

The session starts at 6.30 p.m. and participants stay to sleep in Takiwasi, so they should bring clean clothes to rest and warm up. The next morning, after a ritual bath in the Shilcayo River, the diet is cut with chicken soup and then participants can return to their personal accommodations.

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Final psychological interview.

Upon your arrival at Takiwasi you will be given a document with more details of the schedule, conditions and logistical indications.

For more information please write to:


Instructions to write the motivation letter

The objective when working with plants in Takiwasi is therapeutic. We ask for a detailed motivation letter in order to get to know you better and to evaluate your request. We would appreciate this letter to be short (maximum 3 pages), and covering the following aspects: