Welcome to Rainforest Healing Center! Thank you for taking the time to explore our Shamanic Ayahuasca Retreats at our boutique retreat center located south of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon. We facilitate safe, intimate retreats for those who are serious about their journey to heal.
This rainforest backdrop breathes life and healing energy into every soul who enters this sacred space. One can receive healing benefits just from being in this part of the rainforest as it is saturated with over 110 documented species of healing medicinal plants, including the Mother Vine herself. Along our varied paths, guests are immersed in a tropical eden where they can witness several colonies of sparkling butterflies, chattering monkeys, curious sloths, and other jungle animals. The hum and vibration of the forest is felt throughout the space, welcoming you back to nature’s incredible beauty and grace.
The property has a stream, or ‘quebrada’ as known in Spanish, that has potent healing powers as well. Rain trickles down from the upper canopy of the forest, passing through many more layers of dense jungle growth, collecting its healing properties from all the medicinal plants as it reaches the vegetation and roots below. Forest soils filter this almost daily rainfall into the crisp and clean ‘quebrada’ that meanders through the center. Our guests bathe in this healing flow and receive love from each plant that the rain has touched when they enjoy their bucket showers.
Since we are a small private boutique medicinal plant healing retreat center, we’ve designed the property to create an optimal environment for self-reflection, introspection, growth, healing, and awakening on a very deep level. Each of our tambos (jungle bungalows) were handcrafted, built, and located with love to provide a quiet yet cozy place for guests to relax and ‘tap back into’ their true essence (nature). The jungle radiates through these beautiful tambos, and creates a unique and unforgettable experience.
We deeply honor our connection with Mother Earth and therefore utilize renewable resources whenever possible. We run completely on solar, compost, and love, far away from the distractions of Western culture and technology. We do our best to farm as much vegetation and protein as we possibly can directly from the land and include them in our ‘dietas’ (ceremonial diets for purification and healing). Each tambo includes solar power for small devices, very comfortable bedding, a showering area, and compostable restroom to cycle nutrients back into the farm.
Through our retreats we guide guests in aiding their own healing process, resulting in awakening back into their essence and fullest potential. By cleansing and detoxifying the physical body, releasing emotional blockages and toxins, the Ayahuasca vine lets the individual achieve deep realizations and higher states of illuminated consciousness. This process can sometimes be challenging and our experienced shaman and facilitators have the deepest compassion, patience, and love to support our guests while healing. We understand that in healing oneself we are also healing, raising the vibration of, and reuniting humankind.
“There is no EPIDURAL for SPIRITUAL BIRTH.” – Linda V. (Australia)
Our vision for Rainforest Healing Center is guided by our intentions to serve the highest good of human consciousness, the plant and animal kingdoms, and Mother Gaia (Earth). La Madre Ayahuasca has opened up tremendous gifts in each of us at Rainforest Healing Center. Our goal is a simple one: we want to honor those gifts by making this Medicine available to others. We want to spread the love that the Medicine has instilled in us. What sets us apart from other centers is the private and boutique approach we have taken. We screen applicants carefully and only allow up to 8 guests per retreat. We provide private (single or shared) occupancy tambos to allow guests to receive an intimate yet comfortable stay while working with Ayahuasca.
If you're interested in knowing more, please read about our ceremonies, types of retreats, shamans and Medicine, facilitators and guests below.
Our ceremonies are conducted in the Maloca (the ceremonial temple). After sunset, guests sit in a circle in comfortable, padded lounge chairs. The Shaman faces East, with an apprentice/facilitator at his side. First the arcana (protection of the Maloca, shaman, apprentice, facilitators and guests) is invoked, and the Medicine is protected with mapacho (blessed tobacco grown in the jungle) smoke, and icaros (medicine songs that help guide the ceremony). Each guest is administered an individual dose of the Medicine one at a time. The Shaman may ask your opinion on the dose or may decide for you. For initial ceremonies, a small amount of Ayahuasca is common, allowing the guest to submerge in the experience more gently. Dosage does not dictate the effects of the Medicine, as it depends on the guest’s relationship with the Medicine and the resistance he or she has. Once all participants have been served the Medicine, the Shaman starts singing icaros. He calls in his spirit guides and spirit doctors to help him create and maintain a safe, protected space throughout the ceremony. The icaros, scented flower water, mapacho smoke, and the chacapa (leaf rattle) are used extensively throughout the ceremony to allow the energy in the Maloca to flow freely. Because our retreats are small, the shaman gives a lot of personal attention to our guests, guiding their healing journey and purges.
Everyone’s safety is paramount at all times, especially during ceremony. Guests, the shaman and one facilitator are required to stay in the Maloca until 6am, as some Ayahuasca journeys take longer than the duration of the ceremony. The Maloca is a sacred and protected space where the guests can safely continue their journeys.
We offer 7-Day and 11-Day Ayahuasca retreats. We highly recommend the 11-day retreat to dive deep into yourself and to allow for full integration of the Medicine. The five ceremonies give you ample time to work on your initial intention and go further in addressing any other blockages that may have arisen during the retreat. This retreat is perfect for profound healing on all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Our 7-day retreat is a good alternative for those who cannot stay in the jungle longer due to work or family restrictions, or for those who otherwise do not have access to the Medicine. The three ceremonies still provide the opportunity for healing and allow for sufficient integration time. If you are unsure about which retreat would be best for your healing intention, please consult with our online administrator.
Shamans and Medicine
Our ceremonies are conducted by traditional indigenous shamans from the Amazon who have worked with the Medicine for years. First and foremost our shamans are responsible for creating sacred and protected ceremonial space in the Maloca. Their icaros fill the Maloca with powerful medicinal plant spirits, enabling them to orchestrate the healing to a profound level. They are masters at reading individual energies and that of the group as a whole. Since there are many charlatans who present themselves as shamans in Peru, we have hand-picked our shamans and carefully screen them for safety, etiquette, and for their commitment to the healing of our guests.
The Medicine facilitated at our center grows on our land. There are over 110 documented medicinal plants that grow on our land, so guests are always surrounded by their healing energy. We harvest and cook the Medicine according to traditional indigenous rituals, and we replant the Vine with love, respect and gratitude. Our Medicine is traditional, which means that apart from the Vine and Chacruna leaves, very few other ingredients are added to the brew. The healing brought about by traditional Medicine goes very deep as it pulls out the roots of the blockages and traumas that one is ready to release. This healing journey with the medicinal plants is sacred and potentially life-transforming, therefore we do not cook experimental brews or add substances that diverge from the intention to heal. Depending on the harvest schedule, guests may have an opportunity to cook and replant the Medicine they drink. This allows them to offer their healing intention to the Medicine, while being cooked under the loving supervision of the shaman and facilitators.
Our international, multilingual team of facilitators are trained in holistic therapy and psychology and have done a great deal of work on themselves through ample medicinal plant ceremonies and diets. They have an intimate relationship with the Medicine and are familiar with many of the experiences that guests go through in ceremony. Their primary responsibility is to provide a safe and loving setting for guests to embark on their healing journey, and to walk besides them every step of the way. Our facilitators are not just employees but loving people who are grateful for the healing journeys they have been on with the medicinal plants and who want to give back. They do their service with much love and dedication.
Each guest works with our facilitators for daily one-on-one guidance. They help you set an intention, discuss blockages and resistance that obstruct your healing process, and after ceremony they help you process your experiences. In ceremony, they are present as grounded, non-drinking (sober) anchors to hold the space for the healing journeys of our guests. Our facilitators also help you prepare for your return home, and how you can realistically integrate the insights and lessons you have received in your everyday life.
Because we work with the Medicine the way we do, we attract particular types of guests. They are very serious about their desire to heal, and often have tried various healing modalities, with varying results. Now they are ready to plunge deep into themselves to uncover and release that which no longer serves them, with the help of the medicinal plants. Many of our guests have an interest in spirituality and would like to commune with the Medicine to experience a sense of oneness and connection with the Divine through healing. Our guests become part of the jungle family that we are, and many become close friends. Some have even built their own personal sanctuary here!
We interview all applicants for our retreats because we wish to work with those who have serious intentions. Our guests are ready to tap into their personal power to create lasting change, and we empower them to do this work themselves. We do not wish to work with individuals who are not ready to take personal responsibility for the path they want to create, or whose intentions do not align with ours. We conduct small ceremonies with a maximum of 8 participants, to create a safe and nurturing space for healing and support.
Ayahuasca Retreat Schedule
Day 1 – Arrival, acclimation, orientation speeches, including smudging and cleansing.
Day 2 – Ceremony #1 after sunset. During the day possible opportunity to harvest and cook Medicine. Intention setting session with facilitator. Personal time to prepare for ceremony. Ajo Sacha bath.
Day 3 – Processing session with facilitator; journalling and reflection encouraged. Possible opportunity to replant the Vine.
Day 4 – Ceremony #2 after sunset. Intention setting session with facilitator during the day. Personal time to prepare for ceremony.
Day 5 – Tiger Path jungle hike with shaman and facilitator. Processing session with facilitator; journalling and reflection encouraged.
Day 6 – Ceremony #3 after sunset. Intention setting session with facilitator during the day. Personal time to prepare for ceremony.
Day 7 – For seven-day retreats, this is the day of departure. For those staying for the eleven-day retreat, processing session with facilitator; journalling and reflection encouraged.
Day 8 – Ceremony #4 after sunset. Intention setting session with facilitator during the day. Personal time to prepare for ceremony.
Day 9 – Processing session with facilitator; journalling and reflection encouraged.
Day 10 – Ceremony #5 after sunset. Intention setting session with facilitator during the day. Personal time to prepare for ceremony.
Day 11 – Departure after breakfast.
For more information please visit: www.rainforesthealingcenter.com
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ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Eddy Phimphrachanh November 05, 2017
The entire team at Rainforest Healing Centre went above and beyond during the 11 day Ayahuasca Retreat. Rather than feeling like a guest, it felt like I was apart of a big family. The healing, awareness, and removal of blocks that I experienced during ceremony was so profound that I've been inspired to one day right a book. If I could describe the retreat in one line, "50 years of deep therapy in 5 ceremonies" would sum it all up. It’s been almost a week since I last drank and the effects of the medicine is still unfolding. It feels like there has been a huge weight lifted off my soul and I can fully breath to my capacity. The Shaman, Don Joel was a 70+ y/o humble man who went out of his way to heal us with extra plant medicines, sacred baths, and special healing rituals. It was a nice bonus that was unexpected. We even got to be apart of the harvesting and brewing of the medicine. The facilitators Esadora & Karin, made me feel safe and protected in the extreme jungle environment. What sets RHC apart is their intention setting and post ceremony integration meetings with the facilitator. Sometimes it felt like "1000 bricks” were dropped on my head and I had no idea what just happened. It was nice express my deepest insights, insecurities, and even doubts with someone who I fully trusted. The supporting team made sure the tambos (huts) were clean and filtered water jugs filled. The tambos were nestled deep in the jungle for a truly authentic, peaceful and private jungle experience. A big thank you goes out to the extra helpers and chefs that kept us fed on the Aya-dieta and made sure the days went by smoothly. I highly recommend RHC to anyone who is seeking deep healing and a transformation on a soul level. I loved the small and intimate feeling of the retreat. After participating in the small group setting (8ppl), I don't know if I would ever go back to big groups of 25. I left the centre with a big smile, and I’m going to miss everyone! -Eddy Phimphrachanh
Paul de Wit October 27, 2017
Hi there, It’s been a little over a month ago now since I have left Rainforest Healing Center. This is a very aptly named. These people are serious about healing! For instance there are free bi weekly integration meetings for past guests over the internet. That are very helpful in helping to adjust to our busy lives back home. I won’t write much about the amazing facilities and staff, as they are just fantastic and already well-described in other guests’ reviews. Everything is very professionally run by people who genuinely care and love what they are doing, something that really shows. I was really fortunately to receive a very generous family discount, otherwise I would not have been able to attend. Despite this, my opinion is in no way affected by this very kind act. This alone shows to me that this place is set up for helping people and not as a money maker. It shows in all the details of the centre. The one word that keeps popping up to describe RHC is ‘sincere'. For a place as alien and challenging to city slickers as the jungle can be, great efforts have been made by the staff to make it as comfortable as it can get. It still is no 5-star luxurious resort and it will never be that. It’s arguably a far richer experience than that! I personally had no issues being comfortable whatsoever. I have attended the 11-day ayahuasca retreat with added Ajo Sacha dieta for integration purposes. All I can say that it has done more for me than years of trying to find help for my issues (a mix of generalised anxiety, mild burnout and PTSD) here in the West, which I felt is just not available. And where the standard suggestion always seems to be to take some antidepressants, which I have always kindly declined. Deep down inside I knew that the root of my issues was trauma, regardless if it was caused by others or myself while being in a less conscious state. I had enough of these issues hampering my ability to live a full and satisfying life based on my own terms. I realised I had to go deep inside and get a more complete understanding of my condition and being. For me the retreat was the way. It is like the reset button has been pressed and I can start rebuilding myself anew—not being hampered by old trauma, and with greater awareness and consciousness. This is the real work that needs to be done and still is ongoing. And although the healing centre could/would never claim that they can heal, for legal reasons, take my word for it that it really does. Thanks to my time in the jungle I have managed to kick unhealthy habits such as drinking too much alcohol and caffeine, having a poor diet, and not exercising. I fully realise that I have been given this fantastic opportunity to change my life for the better and am now able to take full responsibility for my own well-being, something that I was not able to do to this extent before. This in itself has been very empowering. I am really grateful for this whole experience and am already able to experience moments of deep happiness and inner peace that I had never imagined possible. In hindsight it is the best investment in myself that I could have ever made. Even at full price it would have been.
Luca Riccetti September 06, 2017
I have attended RHC last May and I went for a 10 days retreat. the place is absolutely amazing. you're surrounded by beautiful, big trees and plants. There's an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The whole area is absolutely safe day and night so there's nothing to worry about really. I cannot be grateful enough about the Ayahuasca experience. I felt so much better once I left. But I have to admit it , I realised its wonderful benefits in full only when i returned home, back to the everyday life. Mother ayahuasca helped me reconnecting with who i really am and with people too. She helped getting rid that strong ego I built over the years,and a lot of my fears. I feel more positive towards life. I am more grounded and focused, more compassionate and caring with people. The ceremonies in the Maloca are magical in the real sense. every ceremony is different and the outcome varies all the times, but I can guarantee is for the good and the best for you. The Shaman is a humble man and the Icaros he did sing boosted the whole experience during the ceremonies. He doesn't talk much but he definitely knows what he is doing. :) I am glad the centre hosts a few people only. And this is one of the reason why I picked RHC. The facilitators played an important role. They supported me and the rest of the group by planning individual meetings to talk about the intentions, the way we felt , the ceremony feedback, suggestions and more. The food was simple, delicious as well as nutritious. it was beyond my expectations! Thanks Omar for building this beautiful healing centre and a big thanks to the facilitators ,especially Eren and Muri. They made sure we had a great stay. and that's what happened. So far, the best experience of my life. Much love.
Nasima Rahman August 31, 2017
I cannot speak highly enough about this center and the people who work there. I was guided and supported from the moment I had my interview to attend the retreat in July. I had various issues with my flights from being delayed to being cancelled, but Karin and the team never let me feel alone. They were communicating with me the whole time to make sure I arrived safely. This helped to start the retreat off on a good note for me. We all lived like a family, no one was more superior than the other. We were all one. The center is so beautifully organized and built. The huts were very spacious and comfortable. There was enough space for you to put your stuff away and an amazing bed to sleep on too. There is a lot of space for you to have 'me' time with a beautiful view and the sound of the jungle...the jungle really does not sleep! The toilet and bath facilities are great considering you are in the middle of the jungle. And the flower bath just topped up the day. The ceremonies were so beautifully organised and managed. As this was my first time with Ayhuaska, I was nervous and anxious however the meetings I had with the facilitators before and after the ceremonies helped me to relax, accept, understand and surrender. I also participated in the Sapo/Kambo ceremony whilst I was there. I would have liked to see more ceremonies with other plant medicines such as Cacao and San Pedro. But I believe this is something they are looking at right now. I would definitely go back to this centre again, and next time I do, I will do an isolation retreat.
Love Streamer July 18, 2017
I did two Ayahuasca ceremonies in the Netherlands and two in Portugal. In June this year I went for the first time to Peru to do a ten day Ayahuasca retreat with 5 ceremonies at RHC Chakra Alegria. Both, Netherlands and Portugal, was a nice experience for me but only after Peru I really understand what Ayahuasca can do for you and how powerful this medicine is. It is comparing amateur football with Champions League! RHC wants to heal people and that’s why they will only accept maximum 8 guests so that every person can get the full attention of the manager, it’s staff and the Shaman. The location is perfect, each Tambo stands alone while they’re spread over the property. A bucket shower is like a blessing, your day will start happy! 😊 Because of the more than 120 plants on the domain, the water is from an unheard quality, your hair will feel softer, your skin looks better. It’s not easy to prepare a good and delicious meal with the restrictions of the Aya diet but at RHC they manage to do so, food is of good quality and it is tasty. I want to say once more: ‘Thank you very much Murielle’ Murielle is the manager at RHC and she is a fantastic person, dedicated her life to help others. She travelled throughout the world, has passed her exam at the University of Life Cum Laude and in my opinion, that makes her the perfect person to run RHC and help the guests. The Shaman was not only a nice person but also very professional, His brew was of high quality and he led the ceremonies in a very good way. Once the ceremony is finished, between midnight and 1 am, everyone sleeps in the Maloca, the Shaman and one of the staff will sleep there as well, so they will not leave you alone. As you can see at RHC they really care about you! The rest of the staff and the volunteers, all nice and friendly people, all there to help you, also a big thank you to all of you. And don’t forget Karin, she’s the one you will meet first via Skype. I spoke to her for 1 ½ hour, I immediately had a good feeling and no doubts about the quality of RHC. Thank you as well. Conclusion: If you’re serious about healing and looking for a professional center I can recommend RHC Chakra Alegria with confidence and with all my heart. You don’t have to look any further.
Dianna Yager July 13, 2017
I was in the isolation tambo, I was bathed in the love and light. I can see so many spirituality from the deep of the jungles. I can feel them touch me and my body, they are dancing and smoke the smudging that I can smell them. It is very peacefulness and love, the jungles have bought me into healing and peace. And during in my kambo frog, my third eye exploded and brung the beauty out of jungle that left me in awestruck of their beautiful. I want to be lost into their dreams of jungles with the ancestors and the kingdom. Ayahuasca drink that healed and bought me out of my childhood death that won't let me go, I have been fought for long time. The mother of vine broken the chain and bounded me from the death. I have been freed from the virus since age two. I have been transformed from kambo frog, uchu Sanango and ayahuasca. I feel so wholeness and I am!
Ash Schem July 08, 2017
Wow it's truly amazing...it helped me finding my inner child and...forgave lots of people who hurt me..and I'm healed and better person..it helped finding my personal addicted and faced them and let them go!..wow hard to describe..it's best if y'all go for yourself!!! It will be worth!... 🤗
Jaymie Blake June 13, 2017
Just booked flights for my 2nd trip back over (from Australia) for this December coming. Considering my 1st stay with you was only 6 months ago, in December 2016, clearly I can’t wait to get back. Last time I was lucky enough to travel over with my bestie and this time I get to bring my partner as well. Knowing what the healing space at Chakra Alegria De Amor has challenged and nourished within me, I feel grateful to be returning again and paying it (the love, light and healing) forward so soon. Anyway, in my revived excitement about returning, I felt compelled to revisit and reread your website… through the eyes of a now past guest… and I can tell you it kicked me right in the feels. Why? Because what you write about Chakra Alegria De Amor and how you portray it to be, is actually the truth. How beautiful is that?! See you lot again soon! xx
Niek Vader May 18, 2017
I was fortunate enough to have spent a whole month at RHC because my best friend Karin is a team member there. For the first two weeks I was there as a volunteer, helping getting the center ready for the next group. During this time I had my private tambo, which was fantastic! The location of Tambo de Luz is spectacular because you look down on the rainforest and the bathing area is just mind-blowing. You’re in the middle of pristine rainforest and especially towards dusk you can feel peace descend on the forest and the daytime creatures make room for the nocturnal creatures. This changing of the guards takes a good hour in which there is tremendous peace, which gave me a feeling of deep connection with nature and myself. I also want to tell you a little bit about my retreat. I was with a really nice group of people, very intimate, which was perfect for me. In Holland I had participated in a few large ceremonies of over 40 people but I quickly realised that this wasn’t for me at all. So the intimate group size and the feeling of brother and sisterhood you have with your fellow retreat-goers and the staff is priceless. The facilitator Muri helped me set my intentions for each ceremony. I couldn’t have wished for a more loving person to walk me through my journey!! We had an amazing connection and she recognised many of the things I was dealing with, so she was a great support. Setting an intention before going into ceremony was a new experience for me, and I wished I had known about the importance of it before. In ceremony, it helped me a lot to direct my attention to the issues I wanted to work on. When I purged, I knew exactly what I was purging, which helped me heal my issues much more deeply. The shaman was another essential factor in my experience at the center. I felt a very strong connection with him, which was enhanced when I lay next to him in ceremony twice. Listening to his icaros released an array of emotions in me; comfort, joy, the feeling of being held, but also the push I needed to purge. His venteadas, or private sessions with me in ceremony, were so powerful! They would induce another wave of release in my ceremony. I wholeheartedly recommend RHC as a safe, warm and breathtakingly beautiful center in the middle of the Amazon. The staff and shaman are very loving and were always there for me. I am going back this year to continue my healing journey in this home away from home!
Alison Whiklo March 06, 2017
We absolutely loved our time here. The jungle is a special place and the people here are too. We were treated with respect and true kindness through out our time here. The people here truly care about you and your healing. You will receive one on one guidance throughout your process. I found this to be invaluable; starting from before we arrived in Peru to after our retreat. You are an individual, going through a unique experience and the people at Chakra Alegria understand that and will be there to support you during your journey. Would recommend and would return.
Michael Wilson February 07, 2017
Have been back a week now from spending 11 days in the Jungle at Chakra Alegria De Amor, aka Rainforest Healing Center. I've scanned the other reviews here, and wholly endorse their enthusiasm. I've considered myself almost a professional skeptic most of my life. I was concerned at the time, cost, and various forms of self-denial that this trip would require; mostly concerned that it would amount to chasing rainbows. But desperation drove me to give it a try... and it was all I (the inner me, beneath the skeptic that has run my life) had hoped. In short, it was really, really (REALLY) hard, and so worth it. The people, (Eren, Muri, Omar, Juan) were amazingly genuine, open, caring, and insightful. It wasn't just singing kum-ba-ya; was real, transformative, work. I have a hard time seeing how a club-med version could deliver the same. Also- the small group size they have at one time was... wonderful. We weren't cattle, or 'patients'; we had time to get to know each other, and the staff, which in turn allowed for impactful relationships to form. I'm so thankful to Omar for creating this space, and to Eren, Muri, and Juan for... sharing themselves. They say it's a non-profit, and it clearly clearly is. It's a labor of love for them all, and it shows. If you go, you'll be challenged, but if you're really seeking healing, and are open to it, you won't be disappointed. I know in our group, we all have come away knowing this: We were in the right place.
Chris December 25, 2016
Professional, safe, supportive and genuine. Those four words would be my summary of my 10 day retreat at the Rainforest Healing Center (Chakra Alegría de Amor, Joy of Love Farm) in December 2016. Highly recommended. Even though I am a somewhat naïve person in regard to either therapy or hallucinogens, this experience was profoundly beneficial. Whilst an individual journey, I am thankful for the participant selection process also as I met some truly wonderful people. The setting of the Peruvian Amazon is idyllic surrounded by more shades of green than you thought possible to house the fluro-blue butterflies, Mojo the colorful parrot etc etc. Other reviewers have described the carefully thought through facilities, which are accurate. Small groups of eight people maximum allow a personal connection with staff and the shaman. I have heard of other groups where the participants number into the teens or even twenties; I find it hard to understand how there can be any personal connection or personal support with such a large group of people. The information provided beforehand, whilst not overwhelming, was plentiful and allowed for good preparation. The journey starts when you sign up, not when you turn up. However, once arriving in the middle of the jungle the team very patiently re-iterated the most important information which was key for anyone who felt in unfamiliar territory, either physically in the jungle, or mentally for such an experience. The team offer follow-up afterwards. It is not a free-ride. People who take ayahuasca can be referred to as 'pasajeros' or passengers, but that is only during the ceremonies. Whilst a magical experience, there are no magic wands with instant solutions, be prepared for some tough mental work. Good setting of intentions is vital, but beware that you may get different answers than what you expect. All extremely positive.
Meena Julien October 01, 2016
Initially I had been very nervous about making this trip and what my experience might be like. Karin the administrator who interviewed me before I arrived was very helpful and walked me through my uneasiness and what I could expect once there and did her best to quell any fears that I had. But still for me an unknown which could not match what my imagination could conjuour up and did at times play somersaults in my head. I knew we were somewhere special, when after about an hour’s hike through the jungle’s muddy path we arrived at the Chakra Alegría de Amor healing Forest. Before entering we were smudged on the boundary of the centre. The retreat for me started the moment I first went into the Malloka to discuss my intentions. I felt an energy, presence, vibration? I’m not sure what really, because I struggle with these concepts generally. We were looked after and nothing was too much for the people who ran the centre, I would especially really like to thank Christina, Muriel they continously gave so much of themselves to us. Our tambo’s were amazing 360 degrees of jungle views and sounds, bathing in the jungle was an experience I will always hold in my memory. I don’t think I could have found a way to improve the experience. I came here to work on myself and that was the most difficult part, however the hard work was supported so lovingly by the facilitators and the Shaman who’s icaros was enchanting. He also took us into the jungle to find out about the plant medicines and what they were used for. I went for the 7 days as an introduction course, which consisted of 3 ceremonies. I felt contained and very safe here and my ayahausca journey has just begun and I will be going back again as soon as I can for a longer visit to continue where I left off.
James Golder September 13, 2016
There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe Chakra Alegria de Amor and the beautiful people who run it. My wife and I went there for an Ayahuasca retreat as the focal point of our honeymoon in Peru, to help us heal past pain and prepare for the rest of our lives together, hopefully as parents in the near future. We are forever changed by the amazing experiences we had there. The CAA team couldn't have been more helpful with their online resources in the months prior to going on retreat. Karin in particular was a source of many gratefully-received pieces of advice, and her recommendation of Hotel La Casona was a very good one for the overnight stay in Iquitos, prior to entering the jungle. Right from the moment we arrived at CAA, and throughout our time there, we felt loved, safe and protected by everyone (everyone being Christian, Cristina, Eren, Juanita, Karin, Muriel, our host Omar, the jungle workers, the jungle Herself and the omnipresent Mother Ayahuasca). The whole experience was magical and cleansing. The people of CAA work so hard to make it the best possible spiritual journey for the guests, with love at the core of everything they do. They are crusaders of light and wisdom with hearts of pure gold. The land is treated with the highest regard, and the Mother Vine is re-planted abundantly in place of that which is harvested. The medicine is brewed and blessed with love. The ceremonies themselves are carried out with the utmost respect and integrity. The facilitators genuinely care, and are always there when needed during ceremony. Christian, the shaman, is truly incredible. He has a great wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight. His ritual practices are time-honoured and beautiful, as are his icaros. He has a humble and jovial personality too. The medicine is potent and I am still processing everything I went through. Suffice to say I feel my personal healing has been accelerated and I have been shown some profound truths. Ajo Sacha was available as an optional extra, again administered with maximum respect for the medicine and its tradition. Kambo was offered and lovingly applied by Cristina. Lou and I love our Kambo scars! They're a reminder of an amazing journey, both inner and outer. The center also provides Chiric Sanango and Uchu Sanango dietas. The food, lovingly prepared by the naturally maternal Juanita, was delicious. The tambos are a delight to stay in! The connectedness with nature is unparalleled and the bucket showers are the most refreshing imaginable. I would recommend CAA to EVERYBODY, and would also say that it's a fantastic place at which to volunteer. We met Jimbo while we were there, a volunteer and traveler by trade, who was very happy in his work, and was yet another amazingly friendly, kind and helpful presence. Thank you again, CAA. All of you. Lou and I think you're amazing. We're deeply grateful and always will be.
Lise Bjørgen Olsen September 12, 2016
I could not have asked for a more safe place and for better guidance as I received at my stay in the Rainforest Healing Center, Chakra Alegría de Amor. Going through the experience with Ayahuasca can be the hardest thing you'll ever have to do. So for me I am forever great full for the support, guidance and unlimited love I received during my stay. Not holding back by saying I could not have done the healing I did with (Ayahuasca, kambo and Ajo Sacha) without the wonderful people that work there. So much gratitude and love to every single one. The safety it gives you when everyone that works there knows your name. The intimacy by being a small group so everyone will get noticed, and can be taken care off in the best way possible was so vital to my healing. I hope who ever reads this will have a beautiful and safe journey, Pachamama will guide you with all her love
Dany Kostiuk September 03, 2016
החלטתי שאני הולך לשתות אץ התרופה. נחוש בדעתי התחלתי לחפש סדנאות איווסקה ברשת, הרבה סדנאות איכותיות ומטופחות צצו בחיפושים. היה לי חשוב שהמקום שאני אגיע אליו יהיה ב בג'ונגל מבודד) הבית של איווסקה ( ושל שאמן ולצוות יהין באמת כוונות טובות. מצאתי סדנא וכשכבר היתי בטוח שלמקום הזה אני הולך פתאום הבנתי שמשו לא מסתדר לי שם. נהיתי מיואש ומתוסכל, כבר תכננתי פשוט להגיע לפרו ולחפש שאמן בכוחות עצמי (לא חכם בכלל) לאחר זמן מה יצרתי קשר עם בחור מהיוטוב והוא קישר אותע ל RHC. מהרגע שנכנסתי לאתר חזרו תקוותי ובמיידית יצרתי קשר עם הצוות. כשהגתי למקום שמחתי למצוא שאמן ללא פחד בעיניים וחיוך מדבק, צוות שבאמת אכפת לו ובאמת אוהב! המקום מדהים מבודד בג'ונגל בדיוק כמו שצריך לחוות את התרופה. דאגו ךנו ל3 ארוחות מפנקות ביום ויש גן בננות! קשה לי לתאר במילים את החוויה שלי במקום הזה, ללא ספק אני מבסוט ומושה ליקום שהוביל אותי למקום הזה. עבר רר שבוע מאז שעזבתי ואני כבר מתגעגע קשות.:) אם אתם קוראים תגובה זו, אל תסעו לחפש ד שאמן בג'ונגל, תלכו לRHC.
Aaron G August 26, 2016
It was simply such a blesssing to have found the Rainforest Healing Centre. Making my way to the other side of the planet for this pilgrimage literally took years of preparation, consideration and saving. Originally, I had intended on going to another, well known, retreat. However, once I was in the position to make the decision, something made me look even further than I already had. I am so glad that I did. Amidst all of the other recommendations from North American friends (for whom the distance is not so vast) and internet adverstisements there was something about this place that just had me inquire. From the first conversation with the intake administrator to the first day at the retreat to finally leaving 18 days later (it was an extended stay), the intention and the integrity of the staff involved with this centre really resonated with me. I, and my partner who also attended, felt comtpletely safe and perfectly cared for the whole time. The facilities are very basic but are just what is needed. The food was very simple, healthy, prepared with love and amazing! We still try to emulate a couple of the meals at home. The centre keeps the groups small in number. This provides for a very personal and intimate space where each person's experience, and their safety, can be optimised. The Rainforest Healing Centre and all of the people involved there are an absolute blessing. We are so very grateful for having had the opportunity conduct our cleansing, grounding, re-setting and healing with them at their beautiful centre.
Dipak Thakor July 02, 2016
eep inside the Amazon Jungle, there resides a special place some may call it paradise,. Where all are welcome and treated with the same love and respect and this place is called “Chakra Alegría De Amor”. What makes this place so special is the staff, the care and attention the love is unparalleled and from the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you enough. The Ayahuasca retreat with Rebecca Sharman is truly magical and a unique experience, you will never find any experience like it, this is a hidden gem not to be missed. 2 Sharmen’s, the balance of female and male energies, singing Ikaros together in perfect linguistic harmony. I highly recommend Chakra Alegría De Amor, a place of mystical beauty, love, amazement, animals, true deep healing and a connection you have never felt before. As the transformative energies, cleanse and heal you into a new version of yourself. - See more at: http://openmindtrips.com/retreats/peru/loreto/iquitos-1/chakra-alegria-de-amor/#reviews
Chrissie Culbreth April 19, 2016
When I decided to go to Peru I spoke with several friends who had been on retreats before, but I wanted my journey to be my own. I wanted to find a center for myself, where it would be a clean slate without any expectations. I found CAA online, and I will admit I was a bit nervous about going. It looked wonderful, but I had never worked with Ayahuasca before, and it felt like taking a huge leap of faith to trust a place and the people there without hearing firsthand that I should. But I took that leap, and I am eternally grateful that I did. The first thing I really appreciated was the screening process. It gave me confidence that the staff at CAA was as interested in making sure I was a good fit for the center as I was about them. It also helped create the amazing family that I ended up sharing my experience with. Other centers don't have a screening process. You just have to hope that you end up with a group of people with whom you are compatible. But CAA takes that extra step to ensure that you're going to be with like-minded people; ones who are there to share their journey with you and support each other along the way. That is exactly the kind of group I ended up with as a result. Plus, Karin is wonderful :) She was so kind and genuine during our interview, and I knew that if the rest of the staff was anything like her that I had chosen the right place. I won't go into details about my personal journey while I was there, because everyone's is unique and hearing about my work with the Vine isn't what will help you learn about CAA. I will say that my work was often very difficult for me, and I am so grateful that the staff at CAA is who they are. I don't know that the experience would have been what is was for me if I didn't have them. Yes, the journey is an individual one, and ultimately the work to be done was my own. That's why I appreciate Omar, Matt, and Cristina so much. They allowed me to do the work myself- and pushed me to do it when I needed it- but supported me the whole time. They had such an incredible balance between them as a team. There was softness and compassion, yet they held me accountable and didn't let me off the hook. They were there to hold my hand when I needed it, and there to support me from afar when I didn't. I truly felt like they cared about my experience. When I triumphed, they triumphed. One of the things I loved about Omar's approach to the experience, was the incorporation of processing. Working with Mother Ayahuasca can be an extremely intense experience, and I think it is incredibly helpful to be able to process the thoughts and feelings that come up with others. Again, the journey is an individual one at the end of the day. It was important that we all spent time processing on our own. And we did. We were encouraged to spend time on our own and given all the time we needed to do so. But I also think it can be beneficial to work through stuff with other people. Omar, Matt, and Cristina, were always available to talk about things with us. And happy to do so. I never felt like a burden when I asked to speak with them. They were all incredibly patient and spent as much time with us as we needed. I am so grateful for their openness and kindness. In addition to having an amazing team of facilitators, I couldn't have asked for a better curandero. Pedro is one of the kindest souls I have ever met. He is so calm and comforting. He wasn't removed from us like I know some others can be. He spent time with us. He laughed with us. I felt so safe during ceremony knowing he was there to guide us. He also has the best smile I have ever seen and his laugh will make your heart smile. One of my other favorite things about the experience at CAA (there are a million), is that we were involved in every part of making the Medicine. We picked Chacruna leaves, we beat the vine, we cooked the medicine together, putting everything together by hand. We even got to plant new vine for future generations. It really helped me connect to the process and made the experience that much more meaningful. We did all of those things with Pedro, so it helped us connect with him as well. Omar taught us about the medicine and sat with it with us. Matt even sang to it with us :) Cristina helped us plant the vine. They were there for every part of the process. It was awesome that they were all so involved in our experience. I wasn't worried about the facility itself, though I give that the highest marks as well. The tambos were incredibly nice and well-kept. The food that our wonderful and awesomely smiley chef, Juanita, prepared for us every day was delicious and nourishing. The staff was so helpful and friendly. They work so hard and always do it with a smile. And the jungle is just beautiful. I will never forget my experience at CAA- I carry it in my heart every day. I am so grateful to everyone there for sharing my journey with me. And I can't wait to go back :) So much love to you all!!
Carlee Curtin April 04, 2016
I had never done Ayahuasca before and I'm so glad I chose to have this life enhancing experience at Rainforest Healing Center. I was exploring Ayahuasca because, though I felt I had made tremendous self- awareness progress through my bi- weekly therapy, the occasional yoga class I showed up frazzled and late for, and the sea of self help books I would purchase during torturous layovers at the airport, I was still in a lot of pain and inherently knew I had some healing to do. I'm a very busy 40 year old female executive, and I mention that, because my work identity made it a difficult decision to commit to this trip. Was I going to come back a crazy tree-hugging hippie? I'm far too busy for that. Will I release horrible demons and regress to an angry teenager? That sounded dreadful. I was scared, so safety and legitimacy were my top concerns. The rainforest healing center was, in fact, safe, professional, and very high-touch. I'm so happy with the compassionate staff. Their encouragement and reassurance enabled me to work with the ayahuasca knowing I was in good hands. My 5 recommendations 1. Don't be scared, just go to Rainforest Healing Center. They'll guide you, just get there. 2. The experience may be hard work for you, and you may feel scared or exhausted, but keep going! I did and I'm better for it! 3. It's the jungle, not a resort, "one with nature" takes on a new meaning. Bring enough clothes to wear clean things and bring bug repellent. 4. Try to recognize your ego beforehand, you're going to need to admit it is there, in order to kick it to the curb, so the medicine can work best. 5. Spend time with the staff. They are amazing people. Their mission to combat addiction, depression, and help literally everyone with anything, is real! Don't take ayahuasca with just anyone, at Rainforest Healing Center, they are the real deal, go there, you'll see. Thank you for reading my review. I hope you make this investment like I did. It makes me happy just to think of you going to The Rainforest Healing Center. You can do it!
Lori Beecham April 04, 2016
I spent 6 of the most life changing, memorable days of my life at the Rain Forest Healing Center in March, 2016. For my first Ayahuasca experience I spent months researching the many retreat centers in Peru. One of the biggest deciding factors in choosing the RFHC was that they only have groups of 10 or fewer at any one time. I am a 53 year old professional women and I wanted my experience to feel very personal. I didn't want to be one of a much larger group. Omar, Cristina and Mat treat you like you're family. They care for you every step of your journey. During ceremony they're at your side if you need them, always close by. After ceremony they are 100% available to talk, cry, laugh no matter how much your need to hash through your thoughts and feelings, they're there.....their support is amazing. Our Shaman, Christian was absolutely wonderful. His Icaros are incredibly powerful and you will never forget the beautiful sound of them. I came away feeling powerful, full of love and my heart is more open than I ever thought possible. I feel my experience was as strong as it was because of the staff. At all times I felt safe, loved and protected. This journey has just begun, I cannot wait to return to continue it with the loving, caring souls of the Rain Forest Healing Center. Thank you Omar, Cristina and Matt.....much, much love!!
Antonina Panchenko April 02, 2016
Hola! I'm from Ukraine living in Dubai... Just came back from 7 days retreat in rainforest and would like to share my experience.. This is a magic place created with love and care.. Nature is amazing and completely dicnect you from this reality.. But also people.. All of them are big magic ayahuasca family and they are spreading their love on everyone) shearing their kindness support care generosity.. Very important how Matt Omar and Christina are taking care and helping to all guests..during ceremonies and even after (when you need a guidance to help you understand everything what happened with you).. And how powerful and carying is Shaman! It's unbelievable..💜 My ceremonies were amazing..I had a great experience which is hard to describe with words... There are different ways how ayahuasca is healing and teaching you..she knows what is better for everyone and giving her wisdom and magic generously.. I'm so impressed with atmosphere and still in my dreams I'm coming back to the jungles and feel connection with mother Aya... Thank you so much..for everything you've done and keep doing.. Wish you more and more love inspiration and positive energy.. With love Antonina😘🙏🏻
Christina January 29, 2016
I did a 7 day ayahuasca retreat in January 2016 at Rainforest Healing Center in Iquitos (Chakra Alegría de Amor, The Joy of Love Farm). I had a great experience and highly recommend it. It was my first time, whereas some of my fellow students have done it before, and we all agreed it was an amazing journey. Omar, Christina, and Matt are experienced, caring professionals with a true commitment to guiding their students along the healing process. The shaman Cesar, and his apprentice Jenny, are strong and gentle practitioners of ayahuasca and provided powerful ceremonies for us. Choosing the right healing center is critical for a good experience with ayahuasca so I signed up for Rainforest Healing Center based on a recommendation from a friend I made at a 10 day silent meditation retreat (Vipassana) in Thailand two months ago. The staff provided excellent support and guidance throughout the entire process. From their informative website, to the Skype interview process with the administrator Karin in Amsterdam (critical for screening out people who would be disruptive, disrespectful, or just looking for a recreational drug experience), their comprehensive pre-departure briefing materials (covering the dieta, the agenda, the facilities, and other frequently asked questions), to guiding us during the ceremonies (reminding us to focus on our intentions, focus on what we were purging), to helping us process our visions the morning after the ceremonies. The information provided was not only comprehensive but also timely (Karin seemed to anticipate when we'd have what questions). The center reminded us several times that they were still available to us as a resource even after we left, they referred to us as being part of their family and we are encouraged to reach out for more guidance on how to implement the wisdom imparted to us by Mother Ayahuasca. I did not opt for the ajo sacha but a few in my group did. The groups are generally limited to 8 participants but my retreat had 10 people, due to overwhelming demand and also Omar's interest in bringing the ayahuasca healing to as many people as possible. Because the screening process results in like-minded, sincere and committed classmates, I was happy there were 10 of us. The tambos are very large and clean, and the toilet and bathing facilities were also clean and comfortable. The food was good despite the heavy dietary restrictions. Juanita cooks and also does laundry. Leo did a great job looking after our tambos and porting our bags. The only unpleasant experience I would report would be the mosquitoes, but, well that's the Amazon. Bring double or triple the amount of repellent and after-bite than you think you'd need. The 3 kilometer hike through the jungle to the campus wasn't fun either but most others enjoyed it. Christina, 34 San Francisco, California
Richard Dragomir January 17, 2016
If you’re currently looking for an Ayahuasca retreat, stop looking. You’ve found the right place. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience at the Rainforest Healing Center. Thanks to Karin, Omar, the shamans Pedro and Cesar, Juanita, and the rest of the crew, my life was changed. Trust me, this is the real deal. No tricks here, just unconditional love, respect, and a deep connection with the medicine. That being said, there’s a reason you found out about Ayahuasca and the Rainforest Healing Center. Trust your gut and go with your intuition. I didn’t find this healing center until last minute, and it was by far the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. The healing center is absolutely gorgeous! It’s far from town in the middle of the jungle, which is perfect for meditation and connecting with nature. You’ll only find positive energy and love here. The fresh food, hospitality, and everything else are out of this world. It makes for an unforgettable experience! Prices are more than reasonable compared to other retreats, and everything was done professionally with love and care. I felt safe and well taken care of while I was there. I participated in three ceremonies between December 14-20th, 2015. I learned more than I would in ten lifetimes. By the end of it all, I was cleansed of all the negative energy that affected me before. And the effects are still with me weeks later. I’m happy, more grounded with myself and Earth, more calm, and at peace. I have a new perspective on life. When things get rough, I’m always reminded that everything is going to be okay. Mother Ayahuasca will heal you, and guide you to a better life. Afterwords, the last half of the healing process is up to you. If you’re ready to change your life for the better, go for it. You won’t regret it. I’m so grateful for my experience. A huge thanks to Pedro for helping me as much as he did. And a special thanks to Omar and Don Kucho!!! But that’s another story. :) Much love, Richard
Dima Dashevsky December 18, 2015
I recently did 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies and an 8 day dieta of Chirik Sanango at this center, and had a life altering healing experience. The center has a serious and respectful approach, the staff provide helpful guidance about what to expect and also help you process and integrate your experiences. The food tastes great, especially considering it's prepared without salt. The shaman was very helpful, talented and definitely 'the real deal'. The setting was also very powerful with the jungle all around me as I was very cozy in my beautiful tambo. All in all an unforgettable experience...
Sara Neault December 05, 2015
I learned so much from this center. The owner was friendly and informative with the integration. The staff was wonderful, and I felt safe with the shaman and curandera. I recommend this center for those who are serious about getting healed.
Thaila Laudy November 13, 2015
I don’t really know were to start. But the first thing that pops in my head when I think about our experience at Chakra Alegria de Amor (Rainforest healing center) is: WOW..that it was the best thing that happened to me in 3 years of travelling, and even one of the best things in my life. If you are searching around on the web for the perfect Ayahuasca retreat, stop searching further, because you have found it! When we arrived in Peru a month ago (October 2015). I could not stop thinking about Ayahuasca. I felt an extremely strong urge to do it. I intensely felt I needed this. Of course I was a bit afraid and nervous. You hear and read so many scary stories about other people’s experiences and about dodgy shamans and centers. So I spend a few days researching on the web. Than I found Chakra Alegria de Amor and knew right away this was the place for me to go. An animal rescue center, small retreat groups, English speaking people, Permaculture farm, Jungle huts and an experienced Shaman, this is what I wanted. I emailed back and forth with the Lovely administrator Karin (Who is Dutch like me). She answered all questions really quickly and told me everything I needed to know. We were lucky enough that there we two spaces available for the following week and so we started the Ayahuasca diet straight away. Omar picked us up from Iquitos and together with the other participant we made our way to the Jungle. I felt comfortable straight away because of Omars caring and funny personality. His workers even helped me carrying my bag to the retreat. Which is about a 45min walk into the jungle. We were greeted by Gaja the dog, Mojo the bird and Zoey the monkey, who became my new best friend during our stay. Everyone got their own private tamboo, which are placed isolated in the jungle. From the main area, you walk for about 10 mins over beautiful paths to get there. The tamboos are so cool. In the middle of the rainforest, with your own bucket/stream to wash yourself. Surrounded by huge butterflies, bright colored frogs, monkeys and noisy insects. Thanks to Juanita we got delicious Ayahusca diet food 3 times a day (2x on Ceremony days). She is such a friendly and caring woman, and even massaged me one day after the ceremony when my muscles felt tense. There were two shamans that led the ceremonies. The first two ceremonies Ceassar helpt us healing. In the third ceremony Pedro assisted him as well. I am so grateful for both of them. They really knew what they are doing and take the healing very seriously. Ceassars Icaros are the best ever! I could not stop dancing during the ceremonies, even though I was laying on my mat. And then Omar..You can see the passion in him to help other people. I don’t know how he does it. How he can listen to everyone’s problems day in and day out, always knows an answer to questions and gives perfect advice to every problem. We became good friends during our stay and I hope we will stay this forever. The ceremonies were sometimes quit intense for me and Omar or Charlene (the volunteer) were always there to help out, talk to me when needed or help people going to the toilet. I definitely got some important insights out of the ceremonies. In one of them I felt as happy as I never felt before, ever in my life. Happy about myself, happy about others, happy about life in general. In others I had to learn how to let go, stop trying to control life and trust in the universe. I am super grateful to everyone who made the experience so unforgettable and I hope I can come back in the future to take the healing to the next level and maybe do one of their Master plant diets. Like I said before this is the best place to go to if you are looking to get to know more about yourself, heal and change in a very positive way. Thanks everyone! Xxx Thaila
Gareth Evans November 08, 2015
Last month I was lucky enough to go to the Chakra Alegria de Amor - Rainforest Healing Centre. I had initially done a lot of research into which centre to go to and from the reviews and overall information from the site I sensed a good vibe about this centre and I must admit I am really happy with my decision. I decided to go on the 10-day retreat and what I got from the experience was more than I could have ever imagined. To describe an experience as profound can possibly be seen as an exaggeration, however I had received a lot of healing, dealt with a lot of personal BS that has been holding me back for most of my adult life, and learnt some things that I was not expecting. The retreat is well run and I felt reassured after talks about the medicine pre-ceremony, all early concerns and fears were put aside, being that this was my first experience with Ayahuasca I felt relaxed being at this centre. The medicine was highly respected here and in no way did this place offer an 'Ayahuasca-Tourist' experience for people to just 'trip out'. Everyone participating seemed to be there with good intentions and this seemed supported by Omar and his team. The ceremonies, performed by Pedro were beautiful, all whilst feeling safe throughout. The aftercare and one-to-one chats offered by Omar were personal and reassuringly comforting whilst trying to process the mental download from the medicine. The information I received from the ceremonies was shocking and liberating at the same time. Omar was very supportive I was able to make some sense of the whole experience through talking to someone who has also benefited from the medicine himself. I enjoyed time with the group I was at the retreat with and it was nice to be doing the ceremonies in a small group, this was one of the main reasons for me choosing this retreat as it would allow for a more personal experience and assistance which I thought was super important. Considering we were all in the middle of the jungle the accommodation was great and offered a comfortable resting place pre and post ceremony. The food served by the sweet Juanita was pleasantly tasty, considering the diet we have been on for the retreat, we were well looked after and personally I really enjoyed the food. It would be hard for me not to recommend Chakra Alegria de Amor as I got so much from my visit. I went with deeply personal reasons and feel that I got more than I could have ever expected, I am by no way healed but I have made a huge step towards self acceptance and understanding of my problems. The centre definitely helped me in getting these results. From my first interactions with Karin regarding the 10-day retreat I had a good sense that the centre had a personal approach and this was true to the end of the retreat. The whole experience has been positively life changing. I am hoping to continue the positivity whilst still processing the information given to me from Mother Vine. If you have been considering taking Ayahuasca to help with personal healing and looking for a centre has become overwhelming, I believe you can put trust in this place, just like so many others have too. Many thanks to Omar and the team.
Karin de Wit November 06, 2015
I spent the summer at Rainforest Healing Center as a volunteer and participant, which was a life-changing experience! I’ll never forget how connected I felt to the jungle, to my fellow participants, to the people running the healing center and most of all: to my Self. I wrote a blog about my first impression of Rainforest Healing Center… Enjoy! I cannot think of a more healing and transformative home away from home, run by people with huge hearts. Much love, Karin (Holland) Dutch in the Jungle The jungle. God, how it agrees with me! Being on an Ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian Amazon must be one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ve had in my life. Life, indeed! The jungle is teeming with life, it has a heartbeat of its own and it’s beating full of excitement about being ALIVE! It’s hard to miss this pulsation because as soon as I set foot in the lush piece of jungle known as Rainforest Healing Center, I was full of AWE. The thousand shades of green, the dense and high tree tops, the hilarious sounds coming from all kinds of Amazonian creatures, but most of all: the incredibly high vibration it carries. There’s no way around it – the jungle vibrates and shakes and pours down on you with one massive mission: purging the hell out of you so you can start resonating with the higher vibrations and become the most loving version of your Self! On July the 7th I flew into Iquitos first thing in the morning. When dawn slowly revealed my first impression of the Amazon, I could barely contain myself. How dense! How green! Lush! How mysterious in the morning light! I started to feel very excited. Just half a day left and I would be living in the jungle! Months of looking forward to ‘Peru’, the word which contained all my future experiences, was now just a hot, sweaty and muddy hike away. As soon as I arrived at the bridge which is the entrance to Rainforest Healing Center, me and my fellow healees were smudged with Palo Santo, or Holy Wood, by Pedro the shaman. He then applied some Agua de Florida on our heads and hands and off we went, bravely embarking on our healing journey. We walked towards the communal area and sat down, taking in the beauty of our new home ¬ the jungle. On that first night I quickly realised that the jungle has a language of its own. Before dusk all kinds of animals start calling out to you, telling you their specific jungle tale. It is a tale of being one with all, and each animal is indispensable in this impressive orchestra which is the Jungle at Night. I listened to the referee running wild, trying to tame a cheering crowd of enthusiastic football supporters. The referee is a cricket but for the first week I could not help looking up and wondering what I had done wrong this time around. And now I had also heard the true family of this wondrous species we call football supporters: monkeys! But my favourite sound of the jungle must be the car alarm religiously going off at 5 pm every day, which turned out to be a whooping frog. Yes, understanding the language of the jungle took a little practice but very soon I just sat back and enjoyed this symphony! During my final Ayahuasca ceremony this incredible orchestra just blasted me away. All were present: the crickets, the monkeys, the frogs, but also my little green friends the compañeros curanderos médicos (medicinal plant spirits), the moon and the stars, and of course me! The jungle and I were intertwined, like the Mother Vine twines around trees. No, to put it more accurately: the jungle and I were ONE. No, there was no jungle AND I, because I was the jungle too! Hard to put into words but it was simply incredible to experience such interconnectedness, such love and such appreciation… At some point during the ceremony I chanted the gratitude mantra, which had been a steady companion on my journeys. Overflowing with love, I simply expressed and repeated words of gratitude and joy, which went on and on and on. And the jungle was listening, because it responded by showing me an image of me lying in my sleeping bag in the Maloka (sacred ceremonial space), covered in enormous letters that read: APPRECIATION. God, you gotta love the jungle!
Jennifer Harris November 06, 2015
Chakra Alegria de Amor is a sacred spot in the heart of the Rainforest. Not only is the land itself blessed with native medicinal plant life, but the dedicated staff ensures its ongoing growth and respects its powers for traditional healing and ceremonial purposes. The center's beautifully eco-manicured grounds make it possible to be completely immersed in the physical beauty and spirit of the jungle while ensuring the safety and comfort of their guests. While everyone attending should be on a personal journey for self (re)discovery, the support and care I received from the staff and fellow 'retreaters' was invaluable and endearing beyond expectations...I loved the challenges and awakenings I experienced so much that although I initially signed up for the 3 ceremony retreat package, I ended up staying longer to participate in 5 ceremonies!
William September 17, 2015
My intention for heading to Rainforest Healing Center Chakra Alegria de Amor (RFHC) was very clear. I had for as long as I can remember been hampered by a deep seated existential fear. Despite well over a decade of intentional work to clear past charges this was one that stubbornly refused to budge. It was when I started to realise how instrumental this fear was in catalysing so many of my fearful actions, reeking havoc in my relationships, that I decided enough was enough. Around that time I was conveniently presented with information on Ayahuasca and after doing some research came across and booked into RFHC. 2 weeks later I was on my way to Peru. Well, I didn't have to wait long to get stuck into it. My first ceremony proved to be a very powerful and transformative experience. I literally went to the hell in my mind. It was a challenging experience but at some point I saw how I had been carrying a deep seated belief from early childhood that should I act or not act in certain ways I would indeed go to ‘so called’ hell. The hell I had created in my mind was not something that could be survived hence the fear. This knowledge had of course been suppressed and forgotten many years ago. So the fear had continued to work away undermining pretty much anything I chose to do or not do. Until NOW!!! I am finally free of it. Over the last few years one of the most perplexing questions I have struggled with was the question of what are my deepest wishes. What is that I most deeply long for. I asked this question during a ceremony but it is only now on writing this piece that the answer has dropped in. I long to be able to honour the quiet and often simple truth that sits in me. I long to be able to express myself, from this place, as truthfully and wholeheartedly as possible without limiting myself to avoid the disapproval of others. I have always had a tendency to withdraw, so desperately in fear of attracting criticism I sealed off my inner world from my outer one. Inwardly a venturer into world of the mind, discovering and releasing identities but outwardly in denial of this new found space. And yet I was wondering why I lacked passion and a sense of purpose in my life. I was simply too afraid to embrace a way of living that so went against everything that I had been conditioned to believe. Though it sounds perhaps far fetched, the truth was that I felt mortally threatened by the disfavour of others. And so I rarely spoke my deeper truth. I rarely told people what I truly thought. I held back and lived in the shadows of life. When the ayahuasca showed me the hell in my mind I was terrified. But then I moved through it. And it didn't kill me. I survived and I now know it isn't real. My expressions can no longer mortally threaten me. I am so incredibly grateful for these healing gifts. The power of working with Ayahuasca supported by such a dedicated Shaman duo of Pedro and Rossita has, I am convinced, saved me years of more traditional spiritual work in uncovering these unconscious beliefs and dissolving the associated emotional charges. The RFHC is a indeed set on sacred land. Despite being set in virgin rain forest I never felt in anyway threatened by the setting and the creatures that exist there. Bathing each day in the pure healing waters of a forest stream, being lulled to sleep by the forest symphony and witnessing the clarity of the stars in a place where ambient light is an unknown. Just 3 of many rich experiences that supported the unfolding of my healing journey at RFHC. None of this would have been possible without Omar, his connection to mother ayahuasca and that huge heart of his. The moment I looked into his eyes when we met in Iquitos prior to heading off I knew that I was in very good hands. He has no hesitation in putting you straight should you be heading off-course which is a blessing. Omar has built an excellent team or rather extended family of smiling, open hearted helpers including the lovely Junita who prepared the most delicious food you could hope for especially given that salt, oil, dairy and spices are off limits for the ayahuasca diet. Amongst his RFHC close family are one very cheeky and tactile orphaned capucchino monkey Zoe and a rescued Macaw called Mojo. Pedro, the ayahauscero with he milky blue eyes, displays an extraordinary level of dedication to serving participants. I’m not sure when he sleeps because he appeared in the middle of the night on several occasions with healing remedies and on ceremony nights he worked late into the night attending to our needs. Thank you Pedro! And Rossita, I cannot stop smiling when I catch sight of her. She’s been working with ayahuasca since she was 13, trained by her mother as she has trained her daughter and is training her grand children. Her Icaro’s dramatically opened the space of my experiences particularly when I was feeling challenged. Despite being in her years she seems to retain the purity and innocence of a young child along with the wisdom and stature that her long experience gives her. Thank you Rossita! Thank you Omar!!! for creating this incredible healing sanctuary, offering me your open heart and your friendship. And thank you to each of your team for their part in making the experience at RFHC such a success. Big Love William
Cris Saur September 01, 2015
This place is magical. From the minute I stepped in I knew it. The people are amazing, the food is awesome, the rooms (tambos) and the bathing area are super charming! Can't wait to go back.
Semiha Öksüz July 27, 2015
I had MyJourneyToMyself with 10 days of Ayahuasca & 8 days of Chiric Sanango Master Plant Isolation Diet @ this beautiful magical place Chakra Alegría de Amor Rainforest Healing Center in Iquitos Peru. These three weeks have been the most sacred & profound of my life. I am completely transformed. I dived deep into my heart, healed everything I needed to heal & I am reborn. Endless gratitude & love from the bottom of my heart to - Omar for the creation & managing of this magical healing center Chakra Alegria De Amor at the sacred location in the Jungle with the beautiful comfortable tambos, the organization of the trip with so much care & attention to all the details, for the conversations & support during my hard times. - Angel Tiffany for supporting & encouraging with her being at all times, for her big heart & unconditional care. - Huanita for cooking delicious healthy food with so much love - inspiring me to start cooking (was having big resistance to cooking always!) and to finding the love to nurture myself. Not to forget her latina musica was exactly what I needed. - All the helpers who kept everything in order and being always very kind and helpful. - Beautiful Shaman Soul Rosita for her powerful icaros & support during the ceremonies and her peaceful presence. - The Shaman Pedro for his vast plant wisdom, the ceremonies, his powerful icaros and for being always there for me with so much unconditional love, care & dedication. - The Jungle for all its magnificence, love & teachings, its beauty, magic, peace & providing us all the sacred plants for our healing. These Plant Spirits: La Medicina Mama Ayahuasca & Dr. Chiric Sanango have transformed me beyond my wildest expectations. Words are not able to express this strong healing which happened holistically on all levels deep down to the cellular level. I felt & experienced & understood my pain, suffering & negativity and could release it all and leave it all behind. I found Myself & have gained immense understanding about Myself, life and the Universe: such a huge learning experience. I had never felt so much gratitude in my life. I was bathing in gratitude and divine love. I am so endlessly grateful that The Mother Vine, La Medicina called me. Love You. It was the scariest, hardest, most exhausting & demanding work I have done on myself facing all what was deep down within me & at the same time the most precious divine experience of unconditional love & self-love, bliss, peace and freedom. Not only during the ceremonies, as well as during the entire time there - the learning and expanding was ongoing, as well as after I came back home. The evolvement never ends. And the spirit remains within me. For the first time in my life I am falling in love with myself, my life and have the knowingness that I am transformed, healed. I forgave everyone, I let go all negativity, suffering and limitations. Love is our BIRTHRIGHT! Endless Gratitude & Love, Semiha
Patty M July 14, 2015
This is a beautiful and sacred (and very safe!) environment to do deep healing work, while surrounded by pristine jungle, staying in comfortable tambos, and cared for by true healers. I can't say enough about the shaman, Pedro, who is such a beautiful soul. I felt so cared for and I carry my sacred experiences of this retreat in my heart and soul. I highly recommend Chakre Alegria de Amor to anyone ready to undertake a life transforming journey.
Ana Catarina Gracio Lopes June 22, 2015
There are not enough words to describe the experience that I lived through Mother Ayahuasca at CAA. You got to live it to feel it...And one thing I know for sure and I'll sing it to the seven seas...it was definitely the best and most intense experience of my life :) How did I end up at CAA? I actually got lost, had a blackout and woke up there...hehe just kidding! Well, you can browse and research online for a long long time and you'll find tons of different places with nice reviews that will leave you confused and indecisive about where to go...It is a life changing experience so there is a certain pressure about choosing the right place...and that's why I waited forl the right moment and trust me, you'll know when it comes ;) For years I had been hearing and reading articles about Ayahuasca, even Al Jazeera talked about it! Then one day, I saw that a friend of mine had posted pictures on his Facebook about Ayahuasca and his stay at CAA and I thought the world was gonna end! He's one of the most logical and skeptical people I've ever met, so I contacted him straight away and we met. So this was the moment when I knew, where it felt right. He didn't have to convince me to hard, everything he was saying was making perfect sense to me and next thing I knew, I followed my gut feeling and there I was on a airplane (actually 3) on my way to Iquitos and about to know the true meaning of unconditional love. He told me that I could trust the centre and everyone working there with my eyes wide shut and so I did. They make you feel like you belong there and their genuine interest in helping you is so obvious that only leaves space for you to focus on your healing and nothing else. Loved the fact that I was in the middle of the Amazon and surrounded by nature...you feel connected to everything and everybody...Food is amazing there and everything is done as natural as possible. The centre also doesn't take more than 8 people for retreat which is great... When you decide to experience Ayahuasca is very important to feel safe and supported, as what you'll be going through can be compared to the biggest and wildest rollercoaster. At CAA you always have hands to support you and be there for you at your darkest moment...I had and I'll be eternally thankful for that... It's not just a business, it's a group of people trying to make the difference and genuinely helping us all in the best way they can. They also have the cutest and sweetest dog ever...beautiful Gaia...miss her so much :( There's also Luna, the cat, but I'm more of a dog person. I was very sad when I had to leave and come back to reality after 10 days...got in there with a heavy backpack (literally and figuratively) but left lighter than ever! I had never felt so much love and happiness like I felt there and many of my deep hounds were healed, specially my depression...obviously you are always learning and changing and healing is always needed throughout your life...otherwise we would all be perfect and I haven't met anyone else who's perfect besides me ;) hehe joking again! I made a new family there that I know I'll always be able to count on and we'll be eternally connected, no matter where we'll be. Don't be afraid and follow your instinct... "The night is at its darkest just before the dawn".
Henriett Braun June 14, 2015
Coming from the corporate world completely lost and desperate, I found exactly what I was looking for and more: the spiritual healing, guidance, acceptance, love & light. The place is full of positive energy, Pedro the shaman was so kind, helpful and knowledgeable, the food was excellent and the staff were super friendly. I can't wait to go back and I would highly recommend to everyone!
Ryan Smith June 12, 2015
Wow, where to begin on Chakra Alegria De Amor, First of all this was not my first ayahuasca retreat centre, but it will definitely be the last. That's not to say i won't be going back to Peru, but i believe i've found "the one" in this centre, it's shaman Pedro, and it's owner/facilitator Omar. My other ayahuasca experiences had been somewhat useful in changing the direction of my life but i had begun to lose faith that the medicine could help me with my emotional, and psychological problems (depersonalisation disorder). This place fully restored that faith and then some. Omar is a beautiful soul and a down to earth dude who is just as much up for a good laugh as he is for a deep conversation about the progress of your healing, he's now a friend for life. Pedro the shaman is one of the most beautiful uplifting characters i've ever met in my life, I was skeptical at first because he is a young shaman (in his 30's) and everybody's idea of a stereotypical top shaman is some 80 year old Peruvian who's been working with the medicine from an early age. Pedro blew all of my previous shaman's out of the water, with the loving, light, youthful, caring and playful way that he conducts a ceremony. it really is beautiful. and no matter whether i can get back to Peru or not in this lifetime, I'll have fond memories of that man and his icaros with me forever. The centre itself is also something to behold, a little more off the beaten path than most, it resides it virgin jungle and the scenery around the tambos is breathtaking and a perfect compliment to the healing process. Your shower consists of running spring water contained in a stream that had been built to go past all of the tambos, using this living water to bathe in daily invigorates the body and soul, and further helps you connect with the beauty around you. The Maloka is amazing, and the food is light, healthy and fantastic (i comfortably lost about 8kg in my 3 week stay). The centre also offers unique options in the way of isolation diets using sanango plants, and ajo sacha diets all of which are harvested right on the property. I myself completed a Chiric Sanango dieta, which was the toughest and most rewarding mission i've ever undertaken in my life. I implore whoever reads this to do the same if you read the outlines of the diet and believe that you're up to it... So to save myself going on about the place for hours i'll just cut it short here and beg you to do yourself and everyone that you hold close in your life a favour, come to this place, and go back home the human being that you've always known you could be. You'll reach your human potential here i can tell you that much for sure Ryan (Osito) from Australia :)
Mariposa S. June 10, 2015
Rainforest Healing Center is absolutely GORGEOUS! There are Blue Morpho butterflies everywhere! Each Tambo (hut) is very comfortable with large double beds. No laying on a dirty mat for this girl! I slept so well! The food is so FRESH and DELICIOUS! I want to cook like that at home! My ceremonies were intense but MAGICAL! I walked out feeling a new sense of peace and clarity. I looked in the mirror and my eyes were clearer and I was glowing from within! I highly recommend this center for Sanango Isolation Diets, a few fellow guests raved about them... We made our own Ayahuasca from the property and we replanted some too! I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you Omar and friends! I will be back!!!
Alexey Simonov June 04, 2015
Chakra Allegria de Amor is a great retreat to have your healing. I was looking to do an isolation diet and it ticked all the boxes. Its got a perfect balance of comfort to closeness to the jungle. For example it does not have a nice pool, which no-one really needs, but each tambo has its own private stream to have a shower in. All tambos are isolated and you have to walk a 100 yards at least to get to one. Omar and Pedro do things as they should be done. Don't expect spiritual tourism, expect proper healing. I was unsure about the place originally, but I met Omar in person in Iquitos and he suggested I go to the retreat that night, see everything for myself and then decide and pay if I am convinced. I ended up doing uchu sanango diet, probably one of the hardest ones. And Pedro looked after me for all these 8 days. I was unsure about Pedro at first but towards the end I realised that he is what a true healer should be -- tough enough to fight the condition you have, but empathetic enough to provide the required support. The final ceremony was amazing. The medicine did not seem to work at all up until I thought the ceremony has ended. I thought Pedro fell asleep and that would be it. But in the end I have had the most powerful purge of my life and then I realised that Pedro was actually expecting it. He was visibly uplifted by what has happened and proud that the healing was complete. So don't expect him to give up on you until you get what you came here for!
Amelia Neffati May 22, 2015
The Rainforest Healing Center is operated with such commitment to the land, the medicine, the animals and plants that inhabit it and the way in which medicine is offered. All of the lodging are beautifully constructed and the lay out shows so much presence and dedication to a place like no other. I could tell you my story of being there and the wonderful people I met there but each person writes there own story and it is best to just say that this center is small and selective. I looked for months for a center that felt like it held the energy I was looking for. I did not want to be in a club med jungle, I wanted to be in a respected well stewarded rainforest retreat taking baths in real water, rainforest water and melting into the myriad sounds and experiences of what is rapidly disappearing from the area and the world. Hope to go back soon. I spent a total of 21 days there in October of 2014. I loved all of the people I met there and that the medicine actually grew on the land. Beautiful.
Dave May February 24, 2015
I travelled to the Rainforest Healing Center last year, seeking healing from a broken relationship, and found all that I was looking for and much more. This center is non profit, and run for the right reasons - to facilitate healing, with love and compassion. It is built into the rainforest, with great respect for the rainforest and the environment, and with emphasis on sustainability. The medicine is grown and harvested on site, and they replant more than they use. I worked with Pedro and Luisa whilst I stayed there, and they are everything I had hoped for, genuine healers with love in their hearts. The ceremonies are taken very seriously with safety and protection a priority. I have heard many horror stories about bad shaman, and poorly run retreats, and I can safely say from my experiences there that this is a safe and genuine place, and I would recommend it to anyone. This center is the real deal, not built for Ayahuasca tourists, but for those looking to really work with themselves and the medicine. It is completely off the grid, and as such is a very authentic experience, allowing us to get back in touch with nature, and ourselves. Highly recommended, with love! I will certainly be returning!