JíKuri Ceremony

"Tata" Jíkuri (peyote) is a small, spineless cactus that provides colored visions, sent by the spirit who inhabits it.  In addition to curing fever, peyote inspired warriors with unshakeable courage, protected them from injury, and could sustain them with no food or water.

Lophophora williamsii, peyote or in Rarámuri jíkuri, is a small, soft, bluish-green spineless cactus native to northern Mexico and the southern United States.   This cactus plays an important role in ritual ceremonies of Indian tribes belonging to the Ute-Aztec linguistic family of which the Rarámuri are a member.  The plant is incorporated in their ritual, healing, and funeral ceremonies.  Interestingly, this cactus contains mescaline and many other alkaloids with hallucinatory properties.  The ceremonies centered on jíkuri are called by the same name.  At least two other popular plants occasionally are used, including Ariocarpus fissuratus and Epithelanta micromeres.  It should be noted that L.williamsii grows in the desert away from the lands populated by the Rarámuri.

Jíkuri plants contain diverse pharmacological agents.  Several alkaloids have been isolated, including mescaline, anhaloidine, peyotine, lophophorine, and anhalamine.  Mescaline and peyotine have morphine-like effects, while the properties of lophophorine and anhaloidine resemble those of strychnine.  These phenethylamine and isoquinoline alkaloids appear to be responsible for the auditory and visual hallucinations induced after ingesting the cactus.  In addition, to the alkaloids mentioned, more than fifty-five related compounds have been isolated from peyote extracts.

What is Jíkuri?

Like medicine. Jíkuri serves as a medicine for the person to become aware of their problems in its true significance. From ceremonies you can also conceive, the physical healing of some diseases. It gives health and wellness, vitality, and energy.


States sparked by Jíkuri. Below is the description of some of the states of connection, mystical and spiritual, sparked by Jíkuri AND THE SPIRIT OF THE DEATH: Introspection and regression: a person for the first thing that happens is through a process of reflection on his own being, which is considered the examination of the soul for itself (self-contemplation, recognition of the evolution of our being). Regression.


In the ceremony, a person can remember past stages of life, to resolve conflicts, allowing them to connect and recognize themselves better. Tensions or conflicts in our being are diluted and there is one

Restructuring and healing personality.


A religious magical experience. Ascension to heaven (to the divine) through spiritual recognition. A transcendental experience, which increases mystical receptivity and fellowship with the whole universe. Astral journey. Transmigration or Pilgrimage of the soul, out of the physical body. Super cosmic conscience. Knowing Intellectual Lighting.


Expression of brain functions, everyday numb, senses sharpening, intense memory, exhaustive analysis, development of intuition, animation of extrasensory faculties. Telepathic demonstrations, clairvoyant, precognitive and entry into divine context, raising awareness.


The liberation of the spirit to raise awareness and knowledge at higher levels and perspectives. Body awareness, its process, and moves, greater capacity for relaxation, health and wellness, vitality and energy; overcoming interpersonal difficulties; acceptance, tolerance, and respect for others; ability to forgive and thank; ability to trust others and to be honest; greater interpersonal awareness: empathy and kindness; the improved relationship between couple and family


These mental demonstrations (introspection, regression, etc. ) they are given intermingling, although with the preponderance of some of them. Each experience is totally different from the other.


It's easy to participate in the ceremony, the difficult thing is to understand what comes next... The challenge of the person is to understand the true meanings of visions and to use this learning in our daily lives, therefore, before holding a session we always recommend to people who don't forge ′′ wonderful and magical ′′ expectations of other people's experiences, because it doesn't always work out, because everyone has their own experience.


There is nothing more equivocal than waiting for such or anything in a session since keeping the attention fixed on a mental hope will not leave room for what is presented at the time of truth...


Before performing a ceremony it is recommended that the person keep the mind free from prejudice and fear and an open heart. Without expectations, You must prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually


′′ Don't leave for another life what you came to do in this one."


This is a time to appear as we would like to be seen by our Creator, Wakan Tanka, or God. Women, this is a nice time to wear a dress or a skirt and shawl. If it is your moon time please let us know and we will make the proper arrangements. Bring an extra towel and change of clothing if needed for the sweat lodge in case we have one. Some people fast before the ritual but we do not advise this. Avoiding excessive salt the day can help. If you drink alcohol, clean out fully as the spirits of the medicine react to those kinds of ”spirits”.  This ancient ritual will take place in a tipi so please be prepared for hot or cold conditions. 

We do not allow pets, children, alcohol, or drugs on the premise. Before arriving it is also helpful to start thinking about what areas in your life are needing attention in order to project those prayers clearly.

  • If you suffer from Schizophrenia you can expect a safe episode free experience. Peyote does not interfere with medications associated with Schizophrenia.

  • Persons regularly using Alcohol and other narcotics will find their experience to be one of discomfort.

  • If your conscience is burdened with guilt or regret, you may become aware of why you have those feelings.

  • Know too that Peyote is not a cure-all, it is the sacrament in a Jíkuri Ceremony in which we rely upon our prayers to enlist healing.

Cost: $50 USD or 600 Pesos 

Prices include session facilitation and integration services. For these services, you will be billed electronically by Paypal. These prices DO NOT include the cost of the Jíkuri medicine for your retreat. Jíkuri is legal in Mexico when done in a ceremonial and sacramental context. Due to current regulations outside of Mexico, Ekklesia Iwiga, Center For Spiritual Renewal does not include the cost of the peyote in the retreat package price.  Guests will be served medicine at the discretion of the medicine man/woman at the retreat under their guidance and our collective decision. Guests will be asked to pay a service fee to the shaman, whatever they decide is fair, for the medicine and their time. Shamans will always give medicine for free if someone cannot pay. In this challenging landscape, we are committed to providing our guests with the safest, most legal option in plant-assisted retreats.