Alquimia is a sacred space designed for delivering a unique learning experience, an intentional place where creative arts and healing are combined for self-realization and methamorphosis to occur. We encourage the expression of the inner truth through the physical and the spiritual, the uplifting of the mind as a clear function of a more profound connection with all the parts. We work with sacred plants, rituals and psychomagic reaching a state of being which allows us to comprehend the human experience in all its dimensions.  We don't merely offer practical experience with plants and ancestral medicine, we focus our intentions on education and research on psychedelics, consciousness and indigenous cosmology.

We welcome you at Alquimia with a huge variety of courses and more advanced apprenticeships on alchemical preparations, Mayan medicine, ethnobotany, Herbalism, sound programming, Psychotropic Plants Diplomas, forest retreats and shamanic practices.

Our mission is to guide the individual towards self-realization and wholeness. We believe in Self-Healing and the shedding of unnecessary barriers between therapist and patient. 

The creative arts encompass music therapy, psycho drama, creative painting, ritual dancing. As for healing arts, Alquimia offers phytotherapy, meditation, Prana Yama and martial arts on a daily basis.

Our goal is for the individual to undergo the transformational process which will lead to spiritual and physical homeostasis. We will also apply these principles to raising consciousness about one’s personal growth.

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Kambo Medicine Retreat

Mar 02 - Sep 27, 2020
Food included
This is a 3-day immersion into the three ancient medicines of the Amazon in the beautiful natural settings of wild Portugal.
Participants will experience kambo sessions with Rapé and Sananga rituals with the caring guidance of an experienced facilitator. During the retreat several seminaries and workshops are offered along with daily meditation and the use of facilities at the centre. There is a specific, traditional diet to follow and a 24hr detox befre the kambo session. Food is home-made, vegetarian and organic. At the end of the stay proper guidance and orientation is offered along with a closing purification ceremony.

Forest retreat with shamanic diet

Feb 21 - Dec 21, 2019
Food included
A 15-day exploration of the magic of the forest with a silent retreat in isolation following the shamanic traditions. A tailored plant diet, daily meditation and sound healing are offered during the retreat.
A closing ceremony with Rapè and Tabaco will seal the end of the retreat.
It includes food, accommodation, workshops, the diet, the retreat, ceremonies and personal advice and guidance during all the period of stay.
We offer forest retreats with an apprenticeship period in the Amazon forest of Ecuador, or at our facilities in Portugal, Europe.

Internship Herbal Medicine and Shamanism

Mar 02 - Dec 21, 2019
Food included
A 15-day of mindful exploration in between the ancient cosmology and the ancestral medicine with practical work with plants, rituals and sound. A deep introspective journey within yourself and the sacred practices to reconnect to your roots and core.
We dedicate our days to meditation, Prana Yama and practices aiming to create a present, mindful attitude and unveil the ancestral relationship in between humans and plants.
During the internship interns will experience the practical aspects of herbalism, Mayan and Shamanic medicine, alchemy and psychedelic research and education.

Psychotropic Plants Diploma

Nov 26 - Dec 05, 2019
Food included
A wide spectrum learning on mind-altering plants, mushrooms and animals and the successful story of a millenia-old symbiotic relation with human beings.
This 10-day course aims to shed the light on the different aspects of psychotropic plants with a specific focus on therapeutical and spiritual outreach. We will learn all the active compounds and their pharmacological action, scientific investigation and classification. We will also learn ritualistic, psychological and cultural elements of the most significant of these plants.
This is a level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) credits. Upon completion of your final assessment you will be awarded with two certificates; one Certificate of achievement issued by the Centre and a CPD Certificate displaying the number of credits earned during the course.
The course will provide you with a certified Diploma recognized by several organizations internationally. We are partnered with the following associations:
CMA – Complementary Medical Association
FHT – Federation of Holistic Therapists
IAHT – International Alliance of Holistic Therapists
As a student you will experience the majesty of nature and its variety of plants and enjoy daily activities like meditation and sound journeys to enhance your cognitive abilities and perceptions.
The course provides with several teaching tools like videos, documentaries, seminars and guided tours in the forest. Students have free access to our library for expanding their knowledge.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

10 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

People on site

10 - 15

Dry season

Wet season

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communally cooked meals


  • None: Off the grid

Ongoing classes

  • plant medicine
    1-2 times per week
  • breathwork
  • meditation
  • chi gong/tai chi
    3-5 times per week
  • dance
    3-5 times per week


Alquimia Healing Arts is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Permaculture Volunteers
  • Bio Construction Volunteers
  • mushroom grower

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