with Curawaka

24 – 27 August
Lake Orta, Italy

with Curawaka
24 – 27 August
Lake Orta, Italy

Your retreat includes:

Hikuri Ceremony with sacred plant

Temazcal Mexican ceremony

Small group & personalized approach

Highly Trained
Support Team


Private & Group Preparation

Physical & Digital Detox

High Vibrational Meals & Nourishment

Flower ceremony

Comprehensive Support

Travel & Planning Assistance

Community INME


Alberto Arroyo & Anna Bariyani from Mexico/Norway from Teocalli Aurora Quetzalcoatl will guide this Hikuri ceremony in the Half Moon Altar tradition from North America, with solid support from Tavo Vázquez, Anastasiya Kulygin, and Dr. Carrie Chojnowski.

Alberto Arroyo is an indigenous Mexica (Aztec) from Mexico, coming from a long family line of curanderos working with the tobacco plant. From childhood, he learned the art of healing and spirit work from his grandmother. Alberto has served the Hikuri medicine since his initiation in Wirikuta 20 years ago, training closely with both the Wixarika people and the Teocalli Quetzalcoatl since he was a teenager.

He runs the Half Moon Altar ceremony in family equilibrium with his wife Anna Bariyani, who supports with songs and water prayer and 17 years of experience, service, and dedication to the path of sacred plants. Their altar is a powerful source of healing and prayer, teaching the art of sacred companionship and sharing the blessing of a healthy family. Tavo Vazquez is a magical musician, he speaks with the wind and Spirit through his flutes, guitar, and charango. He supports the ceremony with enchanting melodies, giving wings to all hearts.

Together they are CURAWAKA

They hold the ceremonial space with their songs and prayers, cultivating extraordinary energy for our elevation and connection to the Source. Curawaka has spent years living with and learning from indigenous communities all over the globe. Their music is rich with harmonies from the natural world, with songs that echo the movement of worldwide native culture and celebrate the voices of First Nation Peoples, their spirituality, and their relation to the land. Deeply inspired by these native traditions, their music is an ode to the wild spirit, a tribute to Mother Earth, and a love letter to life itself. They share chants and tunes from all over the world, songs that were crafted from their own hearts.

About the Ceremony

The Half Moon Altar ceremony is a traditional Native American ceremony dedicated to prayer, healing, tuning oneself, and learning about the Great Mystery of Life. We gather in front of the sacred fire and connect to the Great Spirit all night. In the morning, we receive the blessings of the morning star. And as the first rays of the sun dawn, we KNOW that from now on, things will get lighter, and we tap into this energy, and we send out the strong and clear message to the universe of how we want to improve our lives and our world in the next coming cycle.

The medicine and the fire bring clarity to where there was previously confusion, flow, inspiration, and motivation to where we had stagnated, healing to where we had suffered, and again and again remind us of the original instructions of life and of the real purpose of our time on Earth. In this ceremony, we find the force to rise, grow and blossom in our life.


Villa San Giulio in Lake Orta, Italy

If you are looking for peace and quiet this is the place for you! The house is located on a sunny hill on the edge of a wooded area, 3 km from the shore of Lake Orta and the mystical place of power – Orta San Giulio. A bird’s-eye view of the mountains and lakes is unbelievable. In a beautiful, light, and spacious villa, that is completely immersed in greenery, you will feel one with nature and yourself.

Group practices and integration

This deep healing work is supported and held by an interweaving of practices and activities to create the safest and most loving environment for your journey.

Practicing before the ceremony will help the body and mind to relax, as well as help you to let go of fear or expectation so that you are more open when receiving the plant medicine.

The beauty of plant medicine ceremony is found in the teachings that are revealed to us. The meditative and self-reflective aspects of yoga and energetic practices can help you to bring these teachings in practical ways into your daily life.

Temazcal ceremonies

Sunset and sunrise sweat lodge ceremonies

The Temazcal is an indigenous sweat lodge ceremony, a ritual that has lasted for more than a thousand years!
The Temazcal is a low round structure with a rather low entrance.
During the ritual, heated stones are brought into the bath, which is periodically poured with herbal infusions in the process.
Thanks to the properties of various healing herbs and the high temperature of the volcanic stones the participants will be able to achieve a state that many describe as “rebirth”:
• calmness and clarity of mind
• detoxification of the physical and energetic bodies


Thursday, August 24th

  • 14:00 Check-in with Dr. Carrie
  • 18:00 Family-style dinner
  • 19:00 Private concert with Curawaka band

Friday, August 25th

  • Early morning Tamazcal
  • Personal healing from the team of healers 
  • Evening Hikuri ceremony

Saturday, August 26th

  • Morning clowning flower blessings ceremony
  • Offering the ceremonial flowers to the lake
  • Celebration and brunch
  • Rest

Sunday, August 27th

  • Breakfast
  • Integration
  • Check-out by 12 pm


24 – 27 August, Lake Orta, Italy

with Curawaka

2900 €

Single accommodation (2 spots available)

1400 €

Triple accommodation (13 spots available)

900 €

Bring your own tent (15 spots available)

Experience the journey with your loved ones

Share the experience with a friend or partner, and receive a €50 discount each with our “1+1” promotion.

Enjoy a 20% discount when you bring four or more friends.

If you have a large group coming with you, we are happy to offer a larger discount.

What’s included:

  • Hikuri Ceremony with sacred plant
  • Workshops, talks, and music
  • Live music and a private concert by a famous Curawaka band
  • Traditional medicine ceremonies
  • Tamazcal ancient purifying ritual
  • 2-week preparation and 2-week integration with the founders of INME Wellness
  • Food and accommodation

Preparations for the Ceremony

3 days before, take care of your diet – Not red meat, alcohol, or drugs.
3 days before no exchange of sexual energy

Is сeremonial plant safe?

сeremonial plant are absolutely safe as long as the following conditions are met:
– you undergo the ceremony with an authentic and experienced healer who prepares the medicine himself, observing traditions and rituals
– follow a balanced diet a couple of days before the ceremony.
– you refrain from alcohol and drugs.
– Please consult with us if you are taking any medication.

Could there be unpredictable consequences?

If you have prepared for the ceremony according to our recommendations, all risks are reduced to zero. In addition, an experienced practitioner of alternative medicine is always present at our retreats to help you during your process.

What is a Hikuri ceremony like?

Indigenous ceremony with sacred plants vary slightly from tribe to tribe, but the general practice is the same. Ceremonies are traditionally held at night, often in a tepee around a fire or alter. A shaman or tribal chief leads the ceremony during which the mescaline is passed around to each guest. Chanting, singing, praying, and drumming often take place during the experience. There is also quiet time for personal reflection.

What does a Hikuri experience feel like?

While under the influence of sacred plant medicine, some people report intense visual distortions or hallucinations or, less often, auditory hallucinations. Occasionally, people will vomit or experience headaches or anxiety. Many of the physical symptoms occur shortly after ingesting the substance and gradually fade into a sense of peace and calm. Some say they experience a sense of forgiveness for their sins from Peyote, the “High Spirit.”

How long the effects last depend on the potency and amount of mescaline ingested. Generally, the high peaks about two hours after ingestion and gradually wears off over the next eight to 18 hours. The ceremonies usually end with a large festival.


Hikuri / Sacred Plant Medicine

“All ancient cultures have prophesized that time would come when the human family would unite and rise to defend the sacred life on Earth.”

Our team

INME Wellness is a team of indigenous healers, doctors, medical specialists, therapists, ancient traditions practitioners, and musicians that share one common mission — optimizing the health of our retreat participants.

Leader of the Curawaka band, medicine woman and healer from Norway

Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) from Mexico

Musician - Flute and Guitar.

Medical evaluation before & during each retreat.

Licensed Psychedelics Integration Coach

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