Ayahuasca Women’s Retreat - Sacred Valley, Peru Oct 18-28th 2016

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In all cultures 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

Plant Cleanses


Creation of prayer mandala

Chaya flower blessing

Changing Woman Ceremony

Sacred Hikes

Sharing Circles                                                                                                                    

Traditional Despacho Ceremony

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 30 years experience, this retreat offers a unique and special opportunity to step deep into your journey.

Shipiba Maestras

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.

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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.

Our maestra for this retreat will be:

Maestra Manuela Mahua Ahuanari

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Onanya Ainbo (Shaman Woman) Manuela of the Shipibo people from the Peruvian Amazon is a 70-year-old Grandmother with over half a century of experience working with plant medicines. Manuela’s father served the very first glass of Ayahuasca to her at age 13. This first step into the dieta tradition of her lineage was with the companion plant Ayahuma, known for its shamanic and otherworldly spirit. And so began her lifelong apprenticeship.
At the age of 30 she nearly died of an inflammatory disease. Manuela was able to cure herself using specific Amazonian plants she learned of from her Grandfather. The totem of the Mahua lineage is the flying tree, Palo Volador, known as Noyarao: The Tree of Light.  Many years of dieta with this tree has helped Manuela become a powerful and potent healer.
She is a beautiful energy to be around and has an amazing laugh that will keep you smiling forever! It is a true gift that women like her still exist in this rapidly changing modern world and we feel truly honoured to have the opportunity to work with her.

11 Day Retreat with a Shipiba Maestra Manuela Mahua & facilitators Carolina & Gisela $1850 USD


Before booking online we'd love to talk with you!

Please contact us via email treeoflightretreats@gmail.com  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.

Our Vision

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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 & the team at Tree of Light Retreats

This retreat will be facilitated by:

Carolina Dowell –

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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. She was called to work with this medicine after the unexpected passing of her Mother and divorce from her husband.  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 tradtion.  A couple times thoughout the year Carolina and her husband create mixed retreats to welcome men as well.  

"I first met Carolina when I attended a month-long ayahuasca retreat in August 2013 and I will be forever grateful for our having crossed paths because 2.5 years later she still lights up my life! Although I was confident in my decision to begin my work with ayahuasca, I was filled with insecurities and doubts about my own strength and abilities to face what was coming up, which Carolina quickly eased with her genuine, caring, and nurturing nature. I ended up staying at the retreat center where she worked for 6 months, and her presence during that time was key to me receiving the deep levels of healing that I did. Her ability to see deep beyond people's stories and egos along with her knowledge of how plant medicines work plus her endless compassion creates a safe space for us to explore ourselves with this sacred plant medicine in a way that is desperately needed by many of us coming from the western world. In October 2015 I visited Carolina again at her new center, Tree of Light Retreats, and was delighted to find that her stepping out on her own has allowed her gifts to flourish in a beautiful, heart opening way. When I come across people who are looking for a skilled guide to help them navigate their way through the sometimes confusing waters of medicine work, I always recommend them to the lovely Carolina. Thank you, sister, for all you do and for all you have given me. Thank you for seeing the best in all of us and helping us learn to do the same. I love you!"

Aurianna Joy   March 24, 2016

Co-Facilitator:  Gisela Aguliar –

Gisela isImage title 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 Chef-

Image titleRoberto 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.

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Our Location: Las Chullpas, Urubamba

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We feel very blessed to host our retreats in the quiet, gentle, beautiful, and very comfortable energy of this retreat center. Each room has a fireplace, comfortable beds, warm down comforters, and hot water. There are beautiful hiking trails just out the front gate and wImage titlee 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.Image title

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 October 18th - 28th 2016 in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This will be an intimate retreat with 10 to 12 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 October 18th. (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 October 28th 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.

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 sImage titleweets, 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 AImage titlepaza 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.


On the morning of the 18th we will begin with vomitivos (a Shipibo tradition to help clean and prepare the body for ceremony). There will be ceremonies on the following days: 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th and 26th. On ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be integration meetings to share our experiences, as well as one on one support from Carolina and Gisela. We also plan for yoga and hikes (a daily schedule will be given upon arrival).


There is a $750 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place.

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)

- Journal

- 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.

Cancellation Policy:

*The $750 deposit is non-refundable 

Please see our website for further details.

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