Welcome to Akasha Sacred Retreats. We host beautiful, healing and heart-opening Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies in South Africa.


Ceremonies can be incredibly healing experiences. They are inner journeys of release and discovery in which you may experience deep, physical detoxification, heal from past pain, trauma or other emotional wounds, have profound spiritual insights and connect with multidimensional aspects of yourself and all existence. 


Ayahuasca and San Pedro are regarded as “teacher plants”. They are sacred and command deep respect from both facilitators and participants. The intention of participants should be pure and should centre around inner work, healing, evolution and growth. The right intention, attitude and preparation before a ceremony are paramount to the quality of the experience therefore we only work with individuals with certain qualities and criteria which will be determined online interview screening session.





Ayahuasca & San pedro
retreats 2021
Please inquire for further info



Length: 3 night retreat


Price: -


The exact location,itinerary,important dietary prep will be sent to confirmed participants closer to the time.

Ayahuasca & San pedro
retreats 2021
Please inquire for further info

Length: 3 night retreat

Venue: Cape town

Price: -



The exact location,itinerary,important dietary prep will be sent to confirmed participants closer to the time.


Ayahuasca & San pedro private group sessions

Please inquire for further info.













About Ayahuasca


Ayahuasca is a sacred medicine plant that has been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of the Amazon jungle. It is an entheogenic brew made from the Banisteriopsis caapivine and the Psychotria viridis leaf. Drinking this medicine can assist those who take it with healing on every level – physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. 


There is a lot of information about Ayahuasca online. Here are some of our favourite links that we recommend you visit if you’d like to learn more about this incredible teacher plant.

Reading Material



About San Pedro


San Pedro (also known as Huachuma) is one of the most ancient teacher plants used in the Andes – proof exists that it has been used in ceremonies for more than 5000 years. It is made from the Trichocereus Pachanoicactus and can be ingested as a powder or gelatinous brew. 


The effects of San Pedro take longer to arrive than Ayahuasca and the peak of the effect is generally reached only after 3 or 4 hours with the whole ceremony generally lasting 7 to 12 hours. 


San Pedro is a masculine plant, it is taken during the day and it establishes a powerful connection with nature, hence why it’s often good to take it the morning after an Ayahuasca night as these two energies balance each other beautifully. 


San Pedro is very good for focusing intention, learning to meditate, grounding, setting boundaries and channelling masculine energy. It is normally used for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing and can shift the spiritual frequency of the participant to a higher level, changing the quality of his/her reality. 


To find out more about San Pedro, please visit some of the sites below:

Reading Material



About Our Retreats

Akasha hosts Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats at various venues and dates across the country. All our ceremonies are led by trained and experienced facilitators who have studied in the Amazonian jungle under the guidance of local shamans. 


Ayahuasca and San Pedro should be taken in a group setting under experienced supervision. The facilitator will prepare the brew, run the ceremony and hold space during your journey and hence he/she is incredibly critical to the whole experience. That is why Akasha only works with the best facilitators in the country to ensure each participant has the best experience possible. 


Retreats may vary in length from 2 night/day to 3 nights/days and may include Ayahuasca, San Pedro or both medicines.



Lukasz Staszak

Lukasz’s journey with sacred plant medicines began in 2009 with his own personal healing at a time when he needed it most. Amazed by his own results and the results of those around him, he felt a calling to start working with the plants and soon became an apprentice and assistant to various facilitators in the country. In 2013, drawn further by this call, he travelled to Peru to be initiated and receive intensive training studying the science of Shipibo Curanderismo (Plant Spirit Healing) with the indigenous Shipibo tribe of the Amazon.


Since his return to South Africa, Lukasz has been facilitating Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats in traditional indigenous ceremonial style consisting of specific healing songs from the Shipibo language (Icaros) as well as musical elements such as chanting, sound alchemy, channelling and various traditional instruments. He also incorporates meditation, breathing and other techniques into his ceremonies thereby creating a beautiful sacred space, one of integrity, healing and spiritual inspiration. He is one of the most sought after facilitators in the country and his humble and caring nature make everyone feel very safe and taken care of during his ceremonies.


Jack, Johannesburg

"I wasn't sure what to expect. All I had were the stories from other people. Through all the experiences I felt safe and in letting my walls down, I got a much better understanding of myself and a sense of peace. I left with a great new perspective of life and a renewed understanding of what is truly important to me. This as one of the best experiences of my life and for this, I will forever be grateful."

Ricky, Pretoria

"I feel blessed and honoured to have experienced such a weekend. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Would I do it again? Absolutely! I'm still digesting, assimilating and processing the delightful morsels fed to me. It's like I have padkos for the soul."

Chantal, Johannesburg

"An Ayahuasca experience is hard to put into words. What we talk about daily are things that we perceive with our five senses but an Ayahuasca ceremony is different to anything we've ever lived on earth so words seem very poor means of explaining the experience. But in summary, what I have gotten out of Ayahuasca is nothing short of magical. From showing me the meaning of life and our purpose on earth to healing broken relationships and physical ailments, I honesty cannot be more thankful to this plant for what it has done for me. I think the entire world should do this at least once."

Skye, Cape Town

“Lukasz and Ayahuasca have cured my depression in a textbook case of plant medicine at its finest. I was verging death when I first went to ceremony and only after did Lukasz tell me that he could see that on my face. I hadn’t told him, or anyone I was going to die by my own hand. It was the dramatic, life saving shift I needed. I still practice the integration of my learnings and continue to make progress. This is a life-changing experience that you will leave from as a different, better person.”




Who is Cambuslang Drum Studio

Cambuslang Drum Studio was established in 2014 to provide a service that could not be matched anywhere else in the local area. It is owned and ran by Michael Pryce. Michael is an experienced drum teacher with over 4000 hours of contact teaching hours working in schools, as a Yamaha drum instructor teaching groups, and as a private drum teacher running his own studio.

How do we get started

To get started please email me using the form provided here. I'll then get back to you with any available time slots and set you up for your first lesson.

What do we need for our first lesson

Just yourself with a mindset ready for learning a new skill. Everything else is here.

What do we need after lesson one

1. A pair of drum sticks 2. Manuscript paper 3. Folder 4. Notebook Please talk to myself about what drum books would best suit you. I use a variety of books including the Trinity College London syllabus, Groove Freedom and The Language of Drumming.

Do I need a drum kit

At the beginning you can learn to play using just sticks and a practice pad. Eventually it would help your learning process if you can acquire a kit or have regular access to one.

Where can I purchase a drum kit

DrummersOnly, Glasgow's drum shop is a good place to start. They offer a great range from all reputable drum manufacturers. Feel free to talk to myself about this purchase so you can make an informed decision.

How do I pay for lessons

There are two ways for you to pay for your lessons. Cash weekly or by Monthly standing order. Paying monthly in advance will save you £1 per lesson. Ask myself for a Standing order form at your next lesson if you would like to set this up.

How does the standing order work

The monthly standing order is based on students attending 42 lessons per year and the length of your lesson giving you a standard amount to pay each month. Example: 30 minute lesson = £13 per lesson £13 x 42 lessons = £546 per year £546 / 12 months = £45.50 per month The studio will be open 44 weeks of the year. If you are paying by standing order and attend all 44 lessons you will receive the last 2 lessons for free.

What if I need to a cancel a lesson

I try to be flexible when possible and make sure things are fair for both you and me. Please have a read of the cancellation policy below. 1. If you need to cancel a few lessons for holidays/school shows/conferences please give me as much notice as possible and I will reschedule your lesson. If it can't be rescheduled you will not be charged. 2. You Must notify me of the students inability to attend a lesson at least 48 hours in advance otherwise you will still be charged and no make up lesson will be possible. 3. When less than 48 hours notice is given you will be charged in full. 4. In the event of a student becoming ill on the day of their lesson I will always try to be flexible with rescheduling the lesson. Notify myself by 12 midday if this is the case. Payment will always be due. 5. In the event of snow on the day of your lesson. If there are amber/red warnings issued for Strathclyde by the met office you must notify myself by 12 midday if you cannot attend your lesson to recieve a full refund. You will be charged otherwise. No make up lessons will be possible. 6. If you cancel more than 6 lessons per year you will be charged 50% of your standard lesson fee for any further cancellations to reserve your regular time slot. 7. If you are paying by Monthly Standing Order, Please be aware your first two cancellations will not be refunded. This is due to the studio being open for 44 weeks per year and Standing Orders being based on attending 42.

Does the studio have holidays or days off

Yes, The studio is open 44 weeks of the year and usually has holidays on the following. 3 weeks in Summer 1 week in October 2 weeks at Christmas 2 weeks at Easter Please note the studio runs as normal during bank holidays. Exact dates are handed out at the beginnning of each year.




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