The Ayahuasca Foundation

We are a Peruvian non-profit organization that offers two and three week healing retreats at our healing center located inside a National Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest, six and ten week curandero initiation courses at a remote jungle school for traditional healing, and will soon be opening a new research center to study indigenous medical traditions and plant spirit healing.

The Ayahuasca Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and continuation of the ancient science of plant spirit medicine. It is our mission to guard the sacred tree of spiritual knowledge that has grown in the Amazon Rainforest for millenia, and replant the seeds of spiritual awareness so that new trees of forgotten wisdom will again grow throughout the world. Hope fills our hearts with a vision of the earth filled with compassion and respect, but changes must be made… soon.

The Indigenous Cultures of the Amazon have been gradually blending into the invading western cultures, and their knowledge of the plants and animals, as well as their philosophy of who we are and how we should live, is in grave danger of being lost to the false hope of technological materialism. One of the oldest medical traditions in the world may soon be replaced by pharmaceutical capitalism. Many communities have already lost their local healers, and the spiritual aspects of healing are not being taught to the younger generations.

Ayahuasca is a sacred medicine used to provide access to other dimensions to communicate with spirits and understand our true nature. This medicine represents the roots of plant spirit medicine, the foundation of ancient wisdom in the Amazon. Thanks to a group of dedicated healers, these roots have supported the jungle communities for thousands of years. These healers, called curanderos, have protected and preserved this wisdom as it passed from generation to generation, in cultures with no written language. Will the next generation still follow the path of the curandero, or be tempted by the lures of modern society?

We at the Ayahuasca Foundation realize that while fewer and fewer people are making the sacrifices necessary to become a curandero here in the Amazon Rainforest, there are a growing number of people throughout the world who are hearing the call, and are ready and willing to do what it takes to fulfill their destinies. So we are working to facilitate future healers as they search for their path, and we are helping the communities to remember the wisdom of their ancestors, and finding ways to demonstrate how the preservation of their cultural heritage can benefit them and the human race.

Awareness is the key to unlocking our true potential as human beings. The time has come for us to realize our destinies and to move forward to a new reality. In fact, this new reality is actually an ancient reality that we have unfortunately forgotten. Thankfully, not everyone has forgotten. There are still a small number of wise teachers ready to share. We must again become aware with this ancient truth, for it will truly set us free.

The Ayahuasca Foundation was conceived in the spring of 2008 by Carlos Tanner, an American and long-time student of curanderismo. The Foundation is the culmination of four years research and experimentation into how best to spread the ancient wisdom of Plant Spirit Medicine. Carlos has led healing retreats since 2004 and has assisted with the teaching of a six-week Ayahuasca Initiation Course since the first course in 2006. He also organized the Amazon Curandero Seminar in 2008 and 2009. In February 2008 he was given the honor of manifesting the Ayahuasca Foundation into a reality. He quickly set out to acquire the proper certification to be a recognized non-profit organization in Peru, to secure the funding for the preliminary stages of the project, and continued to let the concepts and ideas flow into the project.

The right people have arrived at the right time, and the project has advanced miraculously in a very short time. We have all arrived at the right time, for we all have a role in the events that are about to unfold. Ayahuasca can help us understand our individual roles, as it has and continues to help Carlos and the dedicated Ayahuasca Foundation staff.

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  • Chris Battis   November 25, 2014

      Very Satisfied AF Retreatant

    I've now done two three-week retreats at the Ayahuasca Foundation camp; this year (2014) and last, and would recommend their programs to anyone with a sincere interest. My initial decision to attend an AF program was entirely driven by intuition, and I would return there again without hesitation. There were several factors that influenced my choice: first, if I was going to spend $$ thousands to visit the Amazon and do an ayahuasca retreat, I didn't want to fool around, and the combination of nine ceremonies in three weeks seemed as though it would be a good start. Second, and importantly, Carlos Tanner insists that each retreat be limited to ten participants, and as the first retreat got underway the logic of this became apparent, for we were able to create a mandala of trust and caring that simply wouldn't have been possible with constant comings and goings of drop-ins or tourists, which seems to be the norm at many other centers. Third, I wanted to experience ayahuasca on its own terms, in a traditional setting, with ceremonies led by trained shamans and observance of the plant dieta throughout the retreat. The leaders of our retreats, Helm and Skye, were simply impeccable and provided a balance of commitment and lightheartedness that kept everyone on track, and I can't overstate the depth of my respect and admiration for both of them. Likewise the indigenous staff, Ari, who helped Dona Wilma lead ceremonies, and Sylvia, who prepared all our meals. The facilities are very well kept up and comfortable and, In short, there was no aspect of the retreat that wasn't well thought-out or that could have been improved upon.

  • Craig Chappelle   January 03, 2016

      Kudos to the Ayahausca Foundation!

    In fall of 2014 I became interested in Ayahuasca. I watched countless videos and read books. When It came time to book a retreat, I kept coming back to the Ayahuasca Foundation. I liked the emphasis on overall plant medicine, not just Ayahuasca. I also liked that they are a non-profit that supports a local village. Their rates were much better than the other retreats. I landed in Iquitos in the second week of April 2015, after flying for 24 hours. I was met at the airport by the founder, Carlos Tanner. Then handed off to the retreat facilitators, Helm and Skye. We left for the jungle camp the next morning. The retreat was amazing. I was joined by an international group of 8 other participants. Lifetime friendships were formed at this 2 week retreat. Skye and Helm are amazing. They looked after everyone with unconditional love and care. As well as some light-hearted tomfoolery from Helm! The Mishana Community run the camp and look after the basic stuff, food, cleaning, water, laundry and security. They were wonderful and remarkably able at keeping everything running smoothly. The shaman spent time with everyone and we were invited to tell him every little thing we had going on. He prescribed plant medicines based on needs for everyone. One medicine he made for me, a poultice, cleared up an arthritic condition in my hip. I have had no issues since. I enjoy biking, skating, skiing, etc and have had no issues with my hip since. Amazing! The Ayahuasca ceremonies were wonderful. They recorded all the ceremonies and gave us all a DVD at the end with the ceremonies and photos that Helm and Skye took. They also create a private facebook page for the participants to stay in touch. Rad! I felt comfortable and well looked after at the Ayahuasca Foundation. They are in the process of building a research center that will open this year. I hear it is going to quite posh by jungle standards. They also have a training camp if you want to go deeper into plant medicine. I can recommend the Ayahausca Foundation unconditionally, and can't wait to go back to Peru. It will certainly be to the Ayahausca Foundation when I do! Well done guys!

  • Christopher Lambert   July 07, 2016

      Chamisal retreat

    I was a bit skeptical going in but by the end of the last ceremony, it was revealed to me that the curanderos knew what they were doing and were doing it very well! Your doubts and fears will challenge you, and will keep most people from ever reaching the state of revelation I have experienced. My experience here was the culmination of, serious study, discipline, perseverance, and faith in God. And it really helps having devoted practitioners like the people with AF!

  • Sean Corey   July 07, 2016

      Amazing Journey

    I attended the 2-week retreat at the Ayahuasca Foundation in March 2016. From start to finish the entire journey was absolutely amazing. The camp was beautiful, the staff was incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable. They take complete and full care of you during every step of your journey. The ceremonies themselves were entirely life-changing. While at the camp I specifically remember saying "this is the safest place I've ever been in my life". This is a place for true healing, relaxation, growth and good laughs with great people. Book your retreat, you will not regret it :)

  • Bruno Andersen   July 07, 2016

      Awesome place, staff, locals and shaman

    After visiting a great place in Pucallpa in 2015 i felt i took a chance going to a three week stay at Chamisal but again i was wrong. It turned out to be more than i wanted i terms of inner work and healing. The staff here was very informative about everything from all the different medecins, treatment and life in generall, i felt safe at instant when we met at the hotel in Iquitos before going up river the following day. By going 5min to the riverbank during the hot day, you could easily and safely cool of during a hot day whitout worrying about bugs or critter in the river, this is a huge plus. HUGE. Going back to South America next winter or in 2018, and cant imagine to go somewhere else

  • Elena Fi Go   July 15, 2016

      Great place, lovely people driven by worthy mission!

    I have tons of respect for Carlos, the AF team, Don Ronor and the Mishana community. I attended a two weeks long retreat in February, my first dance with Aya and experience with plant medicine and I am very much looking forward to go back for a 6 weeks initiation course. It is a safe space to explore, grow and heal and time after time I witnessed the care and support from the team, no matter if you are new or you have hundreds of journeys in your passport ( does that exist? spiritual travel passport :), no matter the challenge you are facing…The center is on the land of Mishana community, keepers of unique lifestyle and traditions and masters of happiness in simplicity. They are great hosts, do take care of the visitors and work at the center on the other hand AF is introducing solar power and helps the community back. Studied and worked in the tourism industry for many years, so I can’t help to notice that this is remarkable healthy symbiosis that benefits all, preserves nature and tradition. Loved the place: simple accommodations, always clean with running water all in the midst of the Amazon rainforest.

  • Rachel Knowles   August 01, 2016

      something wonderful

    After many months of researching online, reading books, attending talks and requesting personal recommendations, all roads led to the Ayahuasca Foundation, and I’m very glad they did. The support that you receive from the moment you contact the AF, makes what can be a very challenging experience, feel safe and it doesn't end after the retreat. The Assistant Healers (Skye & Helm) had unconditional acceptance for the group during the experience and have continued to offer support, long after the retreat ended. There is a lot more to it than the ceremonies themselves. After the initial ceremony, the Curandero (Don Ronor) met individually with everyone to discuss their needs; physical, emotional and spiritual, and created an individual prescription of plant medicines, that were then collected fresh from the jungle, prepared and provided. My expectations (although I swore that I had none before I went!) were exceeded in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Experiencing for myself and watching other’s physical (and emotional) symptoms/blockages disappear day by day was both astounding, and by the end of the retreat seemed perfectly normal. Ethically, the AF walks the walk. As a non-profit, you can see where the money has been invested back into the organsation and how it works in symbiosis with the local Mishana community to ensure sustainability of the environment and the culture. If you have any doubts left, give them to the AF. They know exactly how to make them disappear and replace them with something wonderful instead.

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