The Ayahuasca Healing Retreat is an adventure into the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. The power of this ancient place helps to reconnect each person to the whole, to the earth, to nature, to themselves, to god. By venturing deep into the jungle and feeling the tranquility and peace of this vast paradise, one’s vibrations begin to harmonize with the flow of nature, slowing the mind down to a level of subtle observation. The rainforest is old and wise, beyond human comprehension, and it contains the answers to questions that humans cannot ascertain by themselves.
A visit with a Peruvian shaman, called a curandero, is an opportunity to discover the answers to many of the personal questions each person has. Through the use of medicinal plant preparations, teas, and by attending ayahuasca ceremonies, retreat participants are freed from the causes of their illness or sorrow and begin to heal their afflictions. With the help of the spirits of the Amazon, the curandero guides each person towards a state of total health, at peace in the body, mind, and spirit.
The Ayahuasca Foundation offers two different ayahuasca retreats led by indigenous shipibo healers called curanderos. The ayahuasca retreats are either two or three weeks long and feature either six or nine ceremonies, depending on the retreat. All of the retreats feature additional treatment beyond the ceremonies, including plant baths, vapor baths, inhalents, purgatives, massage, counseling, meditation, and any internal or topical medical treatment that might be required to heal particular illnesses or afflictions.
Our Ayahuasca Retreats begin in Iquitos, the world’s largest jungle city, inaccessible by roads due to its location deep within the Amazon Rainforest. A facilitator from the Ayahuasca Foundation staff meets retreat participants at the airport in Iquitos and accompanies them to a hotel where the group will gather and have dinner together. Then in the morning, the group travels deeper into the forest to the AF Jungle Camp where they are treated by an authentic indigenous healer, called a curandero, who provides various treatments and helps each participant navigate the spiritual dimensions accessible in ayahuasca healing ceremonies. The science of plant spirit medicine, curanderismo, is one of the oldest medical traditions in the world, capable of healing afflictions and bringing us back to a state of harmony in our lives.
Once retreat participants reach the jungle camp, they’ll settle in to their comfortable accommodations and get ready for their first ayahuasca ceremony. The rooms are completely screened in, have locking doors, and come with two beds, night stands, furniture to store clothing, a desk, and two chairs. Each room has its own bathroom, which is fully tiled, with running water, flushing toilets, sinks, showers, and all the amenities you might expect in a hotel. Having very comfortable accommodations lets retreat participants focus on their healing without the distractions of being bitten by bugs, sleeping in uncomfortable beds, or dealing with less than favorable conditions.
Having a ceremony the first night that we arrive to the camp allows the curandero to make an accurate diagnosis of each participant so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. For the AF healing retreats the curanderos are indigenous shipibo healers with decades of experience. The facilitators will translate for the participants throughout the experience and will assist in preparing them for the ceremony and help them through what can sometimes be a very powerful experience. Facilitators also lead meditations and workshops and perform complimentary healing as well. Together, the curanderos and facilitators ensure that everyone in the ceremony is safe and well looked after, so that any anxiety or trepidation is reduced as much as possible.
During the following eleven days, participants will receive whatever treatment is needed to heal their afflictions. This often involves taking medicinal plant remedies, purgatives, bathing in plant preparations, vapor baths, massage therapy, inhalents, and counseling. The facilitators will explain everything so that participants understand how they can take part in their own healing. The ayahuasca ceremonies will provide the ultimate opportunity to do just that, as well as give the curandera the assistance of the plant spirits, angels and saints, and God. Ultimately, it is not the curandera who heals, it is the love of God working through the healer, the plants, and the holy spirit.
In addition to the healing work, all the ayahuasca retreat participants will also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the science of healing being used by the curanderos during their stay. Participants will take part in several workshops demonstrating the various techniques and methods of using medicinal plants to treat illnesses. Not only will the healing take place, but also a great deal of education in the indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest. By teaching the tradition during the treatment, the treatment is enhanced, and the knowledge will be a great aid to each participant when returning home.
After twelve days in the jungle and six traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, participants return to Iquitos with a new lease on life, having turned the corner on their problems and found the path leading to their complete health and happiness. It may take more time to achieve this, so more medicine will be available to bring back home and continue treatment. Once participants return to Iquitos, they will have two days to decompress and process their experiences in the jungle, and to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amazon Rainforest.Cost of the Two Week Healing Retreat: US$1650
Here is an example of the Itinerary for the Two Week Retreat:
SUNDAY – Arrive: check in to hotel for one night. Meet curanderos and participants.
MONDAY - Head out to the Jungle Camp. Ceremony preparation. CEREMONY #1
TUESDAY – Morning purgative treatment. Private consultations with curandero.
WEDNESDAY – Vapor baths begin. Plant remedies begin as well. CEREMONY #2
THURSDAY – Vapor baths and remedies continue. Facilitator led workshop.
FRIDAY – Vapor baths and remedies continue. Inhalent treatment. CEREMONY #3
SATURDAY – Vapor baths, remedies, facilitator led meditations, rest.
SUNDAY – Cold water plant baths begin. Remedies continue. CEREMONY #4
MONDAY – Plant baths and remedies continue. Swimming in the river.
TUESDAY – Continue treatments. Ceremony preparation and rest. CEREMONY #5
WEDNESDAY – Hike in the jungle with Mishana Guide. Rest and relax.
THURSDAY – Finish the plant treatments. Treatment review. CEREMONY #6
FRIDAY – End diet. Head back to Iquitos and have lunch. Spend last night in hotel.
SATURDAY – After breakfast, say goodbyes and prepare to leave…
You must fill out the registration form below to sign up for the retreat. After we receive your registration form, you will receive an email letting you know if there is space for you.
For more information: www.ayahuascafoundation.org
The Ayahuasca Healing Retreat is an adventure into the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. The power of this ancient place helps to reconnect each person...