Ayahuasca Womens Retreat - Sacred Valley, Peru May 11th-21st 2017
- Las Chullpas Eco-Lodge
- May 11, 2017 - May 21, 2017 (11 days)
Throughout time there has always been a place where women retreat, and step deep into the journey...
Come and retreat in the energies of the sacred feminine with a Shipiba Maestra where the power of the jungle meets the tranquility of the mountains
Experience 11 days of Ceremony in the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru including:
5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Creation of Prayer Mandala
Chaya Flower Blessing
Closing Prayer Circle
Sit in the circle of sisterhood and experience the healing capacity of plant wisdom, intimate community & powerful ceremony. Hosted at Las Chullpas, Urubamba in the Sacred Valley on lush land just a walk away from a beautiful creek and sacred sites. This retreat is only for those who are interested in doing deep healing work. With the support of skilled and experienced facilitators, and an Ayahuasca Maestra with over 20 years experience, this retreat offers a unique and special opportunity to step deep into your journey.
We work with respected and trusted Shipiba Maestras who travel from the jungles of Pucallpa, their native land, to join us in these sacred mountains for a deep healing journey.
The shipibo are a beautiful tribe of approximately 35,000 people located in the basin of the amazon jungle in Peru. They live in various different villages along the Ucayali River.
The Shipibo culture and their relationship with the plants are completely interwoven. Traditional Shipibo healers spend 15-20 years dieting and apprenticing with plant medicines. Spending at times years in isolation dieting different plants. During these diets, the healers receive healing songs from the plants called “ikaros”. After many years of training they can help heal people by removing blockages and dark energies, by singing these medicine songs directly to people during an Ayahuasca ceremony.
Working alongside Ayahuasca and various other master plants, the spirits of the plants support the healers in their healing work. The pharmacopeia that exists in the jungle is an incredible resource that many shipibo healers have. These ceremonies can be a powerful catalyst for healing. The ceremonies will take place at night time in the dark. Our maestra will do individual work on each person during ceremonies. It is our commitment to the women attending, that we will hold a safe and supportive space throughout the retreat inside and outside of ceremony.
The maestra for this retreat will be announced in the coming months
11 Day Retreat with a Shipiba Maestra & facilitators Carolina & Gisela $1850 USD
Before booking online we'd love to talk with you!
Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org The first step in registering is to visit our website and fill out the form under "booking". Please also send us an e-mail to let us know you have submitted your form.
We cannot accept your deposit until we've confirmed through dialogue your medical history, and any previous experience working with the medicine. Please be advised that anyone taking SSRI's or with a history of serious mental health issues will not be able to attend. We are committed to offering the highest quality care to those attending. We believe in the tremendous healing available through this work, but such issues should be addressed one on one. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Vision of Tree of Light Retreats
Tree of Light Retreats was birthed with the guidance received from the medicine to create a safe, loving, intimate, and supportive space for women to experience the powerful and transformative plant medicine Ayahuasca, in the ancient Shipibo tradition.
Our passionate and well-trained facilitators have devoted many years to the path of Ayahuasca and traditional plant dietas. They are in a path of service to hold space, offer guidance, and loving support to all who are ready and willing to embark on this journey.
We hold these retreats, with the deep understanding that as we heal ourselves, we heal the world, and little by little the world changes.
With each retreat we have a deeper understanding of the importance of holding women's circles. The ceremonies become like a giant womb with a safe and loving energy, allowing for vulnerablity and depth of healing. An opportunity to heal our own wounds and the wounds that exist between women and how we relate to one another.
Taking the time to honor ourselves and create time without the distraction of family, work, expectations etc. A time to sit in the sacred sisterhood and let go of what no longer serves us. To heal, to grow, to forgive, to empower ourselves, to connect with our deepest light and come back to what is truly important in this life.
Though Tree of Light's focus and original vision is to host women's retreats, we have opened the space up a couple times throughout the year to both men and women. My husband and I met in the jungle while working very closely with the medicine. It has been an integral part of our relationship from day one, and with this we honor the journey of the Masculine and Feminine. Seeing the real need for balance, love, and respect in this walk together as human beings.
We feel so much gratitude for this amazing path. Our continual prayer is that all those who come truly receive the blessings of this work. With courage, humility, and great love guiding us all.
Carolina and the team at Tree of Light Retreats
Our Beautiful Sacred Valley Location:
We feel very blessed to host our retreats in the quiet, gentle, beautiful, and very comfortable energy of Las Chullpas retreat center in Urubamba. Each room has a fireplace, comfortable beds, warm down comforters, and hot water. There are beautiful hiking trails just out the front gate and we are sometimes blessed with visits from Chloe (the alpaca that lives on site). We bring the energy of the jungle to the mountains and have found it to be a powerful place to do deep work.
This retreat will be facilitated by:
Carolina Dowell –
Carolina has had an interest in health and healing from a very young age. She worked at UCLA Medical Center as a Registered Nurse for 4 years, before opening an alternative healing center.
She first began working with Ayahuasca in 2010. After her first ceremony she knew that she had found her teacher, and in 2011 she made her first journey to Peru to work with Shipibo healers. Her experiences were so profound that she decided to make a big life change and move to the jungle. She spent the next few years working closely with the medicine and other plant dietas.
Carolina received a very deep calling from the plants to help share their wisdom and support others choosing to step onto this path. For 2 years she facilitated at the Temple of The Way of Light, where she supported and helped guide hundreds of people on their medicine journey. Carolina now lives in the Sacred Valley of Peru with her partner and beautiful daughter. After becoming a mother she felt called to share the medicine again, which led to the birthing of Tree of Light Retreats with the focus on holding a safe space for women to experience Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition. A couple of times throughout the year Carolina and her husband create mixed retreats to welcome men as well.
Co-Facilitator: Gisela Aguliar –
Gisela is a 41-year-old Peruvian woman who started her journey with the medicine 7 years ago in the Peruvian Jungle. She started and continues to learn with the same shipibo elders, Manuela Mahua and Horacio Brito. She has attended several ayahuasca workshops and has done 2 traditional tree dietas, Huairacaspi for three months and Ayahuma for 2 months. Two years ago, she started to work as a facilitator on ayahuasca workshops. The medicine had a big impact on her, so she decided to listen and follow her heart's calling for the medicine more and more and quit her full-time job in a business company in Lima and move to the Sacred Valley, where she co-founded a holistic Montessori Kindergarten for small kids, where she teaches art and music to the children. She is enjoying life and happily continuing to explore the medicine path.
Our Private Chef-
Roberto Laurens is a student of mysticism, Meditation, Health and well-being. He brings a deep sense of mindfulness to the kitchen, letting it become a sacred space, transforming ordinary ingredients into food infused with consciousness. Two years ago Roberto founded the Culture of Love, a Culinary Arts initiative with a focus on mindful eating and healthy food. Providing healthy, local, flavourful and gluten free dishes, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as replenishing teas that leave one who has sat at Roberto’s table feeling nourished. One bite of Roberto’s food and you can taste the love in it. Culture of love offers holistic catering throughout the Sacred Valley. We love having Roberto’s gentle energy and beautiful presence on our retreats.
Despacho- Haywayikuy Ceremony:
When you arrive to someone’s house, it is common to bring a gift or food as a warm notion of appreciation. This is the precise concept behind the Andean “despacho.” A despacho is a traditional offering made of sweets, seeds, cotton, coca leaves, and sacred items wrapped into a gift and served to a ceremonial fire as a notion of gratitude to Earth and Spirit. It is the vehicle by which we offer sustenance to the spiritual realms to strengthen our relations with them and empower their continued presence in our life. Within the despacho (called Haywayikuy in Quechua), the maestro and/or maestra prepare a small universe with a balance of feminine and masculine, Earth and Heaven, the elements, the stars, sacred animals, the 3 dimensions of existence, and 4 directions. In giving reverence and acknowledgment to the living nature of the world, we are offered the opportunity to put our prayers into the ceremony, and receive blessings for our life journey. These ceremonies are utilized in an endless number of ways- including happiness, work, family, projects, health, relationships, life transitions, blessings, births and almost any given situation that one could benefit from. It is amazing to witness the reciprocity we receive when we offer our gifts to the Earth for her sustenance!
Juan Gabriel Apaza Lonasco is a respected wisdom-keeper of the Q’ero Nation of Peru. Known as the last living descendants of the Inka bloodline, and the keepers of the coca wisdom, the Q’ero still follow the ancient traditions of their ancestors by paying hommage to the Mother Earth (Pachamama) and the Apus (mountain guardians) through traditional “saminchay” fire ceremonies. Juan Gabriel dedicates his life to sharing ancestral wisdom and traditional ceremony to heal at all levels. This passion has guided him to travel internationally for more than 20 years, engaging with indigenous leaders around the world. His dream is to build the Tawantinsuyo Eco-Temple in Peru to encourage indigenous coalitions at a global level.
Please feel free to contact us for more details:
Carolina: +51 946 800 061
Tree of Light Retreats: Women's Ayahuasca Retreat
We are excited that you are considering joining us for this retreat on January 11th - 21st 2017 in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This will be an intimate retreat with 12-14 women.
It is our recommendation for 2 weeks before you arrive, that you begin to follow an Ayahuasca diet. The nature of this retreat is to do very deep work and beginning the diet is part of your preparation and commitment to your journey.
- Decrease caffeine and sugar
- No drugs or alcohol (please let us know if you are taking any pharmaceutical medications)
- No pork
- Decrease your salt intake
- Eat a simple diet without spicy foods or anything heavily fried
- We recommend no sex unless you are in a committed partnership
There will be a 11am pick up in Pisac on May 11th. (more details to come. We are working out a discounted price with a hotel). It will take about 1 hour to arrive at Las Chullpas. On May 21st you will be transported back to Pisac after breakfast. Cost of transportation is included in the price.
We feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with our Maestras. Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies take place at night time in the dark. The medicine songs that are sung are called "ikaros". During every ceremony people will receive individualized work from our maestra, as she sings directly to them. We believe and have witnessed in our own experiences that this level of care helps to remove blockages and allows for deep healing to take place. 2 facilitators are present in every ceremony and are there to provide assistance as needed. Feeling that you are in a safe a supportive space can open the opportunity to go very deep into your journey.
We will arrive to Las Chullpas by lunch time on the 11th. That day we will settle in and have an opening introduction circle. There will be ceremonies on the following days: 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 19th. On ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be integration meetings to share our experiences, yoga, as well as one on one support from Carolina and Gisela. You will receive a schedule upon arival, though please know nothing is mandatory, and to listen to your own rhythm as you dive into this work.
We have made a conscious choice to not create a jam packed schedule as the point of this work is to retreat and work with what is arising. For many people the act of not doing, is one of the hardest parts of being on retreat, and yet so much healing and revelation can come when we slow down.You will receive a schedule upon arival, though please know nothing is mandatory, and to listen to your own rhythm as you dive into this work.
$750 USD non-refundable deposit
What to bring:
- The sun can be quite strong during the day and the nights are cold, so bring clothes for both temperatures.
- A head-lamp with an option for RED light setting (very important for ceremony)
- Tea Thermos
- Please do not bring sleeping bags or things of this material for ceremony
- Water bottle
- Spiritual/educational books to read
- Comfortable shoes for hiking if you want to explore the mountains
- Extra money: at the end our maestra will have traditional Shipibo crafts & beautiful hand-woven tapestries to sell.
Please see our website for further details.