The Pachamama Temple is a Retreat and Healing Center dedicated to sharing the medicine of Mother Ayahuasca, Mother Earth and the ancient wisdom of the Shipibo people. We provide Ayahuasca ceremonies in Peru for people seeking deep healing and personal transformation, and who want to participate in a powerful exchange with our community of healers and teachers.
We offer 7 and 12 days Ayahuasca Retreats led by experienced Shipibo shamans who work together with carefully selected and skilled western facilitators. We provide a genuine, caring and safe environment for guests who want to work with the sacred medicine. The Temple also offers longer stays for those who are interested to learn more in-depth about the medicine, experience plant dietas and study Shipibo culture.
Pachamama Temple’s beloved Shipibo name is Roa Niwe Nate, which translates to “the realm of the medicine wind”. This name foretells that the Ayahuasca vine and the Chacruna leaf, which together make the Sacred Medicine of the Shipibo Healers, will blow across the world, traveling far beyond the Amazonian rainforest. Ayahuasca’s healing potential is unknown to many, but ready to be discovered for those spiritual seekers that are willing to go on a journey and benefit from her wisdom. We at Pachamama Temple are in awe of her healing power and have dedicated ourselves to spreading her medicine for the benefit of all.
ROOTED IN TRADITIONAL HEALING PRACTICES
Before the western interest in drinking Ayahuasca, only shamans drank the brew. At the request of our healers, we honor this ancient practice by starting our retreats with one ceremony where only our shamans drink. This traditional ceremony gives them a chance to read our guests energetically, with the help of the plants, and allows them to better tailor their healing work for each person throughout the retreat. We are proud to say we are the only center we know of that takes time to honor and practice this traditional way.
CARING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Humanity is awaking and reaching deeper into the ancient cultures to learn the old paths of wisdom. One of the cornerstones of the Pachamama Temple is our Vision for a Shipibo school will preserve and carry on the traditional ways of the Shipibo, while also integrating with the demands of the modern world. We strongly believe that education is a key step if we want to leave this world a better place for our children.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Many Ayahuasca Retreats in Peru are owned solely by westerners who often keep most of the profits for themselves. Pachamama Temple works closely with the local community and our healers have a big share in the organization and own part of the land that the Temple is built on. We don’t just employ these remarkable people. Instead we have decided to work with them on a basis of equality. Pachamama Temple is built in the Shipibo homeland which means our shamans don’t have to leave their families and loved ones for months at a time just to make a living in the jungle of Iquitos.
You are safe and well looked after. English speaking facilitators are available 24 hours per day. Help is always available if you need it. Our program also allows for a lot of personal time with our healers and they are happy to answer all of your questions.
We work with very experienced shamans. They work as a family and create a great energy which can be felt during ceremony. We also have a high ratio of healers to guests.
Pachamama Temple’s Ayahuasca is pure made from only the Ayahuasca vine and Chacruna plant. There are no other additives except for a tiny amount of Mapacho (jungle tobacco). All of the Ayahuasca we work with is cooked here at the Temple and guests get the chance to help with the brewing process.
Venue HighlightsPachamama Temple has made a bold step out of the jungle of Iquitos where most Peruvian Ayahuasca retreats take place, and into the native land of the Shipibo people where we strongly feel it belongs. Located in Pucullpa, Peru, our shamans work in their natural, family-like environment where our guests can be provided with the highest level of safety and service. Visiting Pachamama Temple will give you the feeling of visiting the healers in their own home, where they are open, joyful and relaxed.
Menu/CuisinePreparations for our Ayahuasca Retreats begin weeks in advance, starting with following a traditional Ayahuasca diet. This diet will prepare you for your journey by cleansing your body. This ensures that you will get the most out of your experience by minimizing things like digestive upset. Your commitment to this diet will also show the seriousness of your intention and your respect for the medicine, which are crucial in developing a strong relationship with the spirits of the plants. The menu at Pachamama Temple reflects these restrictions.
Please abstain from:
TWO WEEKS BEFORE AND AFTER CEREMONY
All street drugs (cocaine, MDMA, amphetamine, etc). These drugs in combination with Peruvian Ayahuasca can present a serious danger to your mental and physical health. See our Medical guidelines.
ONE WEEK BEFORE AND AFTER CEREMONY
Salt and pepper. (We recommend a small intake of salt every 3 days).
Chilies or other hot peppers.
Reﬁned sugars and sweets.
Cacao, cocoa, and chocolate.
Dairy produce, including cheese.
Oils and fats (use very sparingly).
Carbonated beverages (including diet soda), energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer.
Fermented foods (such as tofu, saurkraut pickles, etc).
Overripe, bruised, and dried fruit.
Protein extracts, powdered protein supplements and shakes.
Yeast or yeast-based supplements
AccommodationsOur Ayahuasca Retreats take place in two Ashram style buildings on the Temple grounds in which all of our guests have a single room for themselves. These simple and rustic rooms are comfortable, safe and protected by mosquito netting. There is a single bed, a desk and a wooden safe box in every room. You can secure the safe box with your own travel lock. There are showers nearby, not more than 50 meters away from your room
DirectionsPucallpa (which means “red earth” in the native tongue) is located in eastern Peru on the banks of the Ucayali River, which is a major tributary of the Amazon River. Pucullpa still remains quite isolated from the rest of the country by the Amazon Rain Forest and the Andes mountain range. The city is pretty much unspoiled by mass tourism. Here you can still walk the streets without persistent vendors trying to sell you something at every corner. We have found the local residents of Pucallpa to be very friendly and helpful people. We love the place.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO PUCALLPA
Most retreat guests arriving at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima choose to connect their flights straight to Pucallpa, the home of the Pachamama Temple. We do recommend that you leave enough time in between your flights for any delays. You will also want enough time to get your luggage, get to domestic departures and check in again. We recommend that you leave 2.5 to 3 hours between the flights. Pucallpa is easily accessible from Lima, only a little over an hour by plane. There are three domestic airliners that make this commute from Lima to Pucallpa. These are LAN, Star Peru and Peruvian airlines. These flights vary from about US $180 round trip to $300 depending on the airline and how far out you book.
PLANNING YOUR ARRIVAL TIME IN PACULLPA
pucullpa to pachamama temple
When booking your international flight into Peru, its important to keep in mind the time of your connecting flight to Pucallpa. If you are planning to arrive on the day of the retreat, we recommend that you arrive in Lima no later than 5:30 am and make sure your departing flight from Lima to Pucullpa leaves before 8:30 am, as all our guests will be picked up at the Los Gavilanes Hotel in Pucallpa at 11:00 am. This ensures that you have enough time to get to the hotel before the pickup time. The way to get around in Pucallpa is by Motortaxi, which is a kind of tuck tuck. Getting from the airport to the hotel will cost about 8-12 Soles (US$3.00-5.00), depending on your negotiation skills, and will take about 10 minutes.
If you wish to arrive a day in advance, we have an arrangement with the Los Gavilanes Hotel and can provide booking for you at a rate of 105 Soles (US$30-35) for a single room. The hotel will also provide free transport from the airport to all overnight guests. You can find reviews for Los Gavilanes Hotel on Facebook. Please contact us to initiate your booking.
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ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Pamela Bilodeau April 06, 2018
One of the things you hear about the plant medicine, Ayahuasca, is that it will show you precisely what you need to see, and will give you exactly what you can handle. Not unusually, that can be overwhelming, since it may show and give you more than you expected or take you where you don’t necessarily want to go. This is a good thing, even if at the time it may seem difficult. Growth and transformation are not meant to be easy. My journeys with the plant medicine were indeed challenging, profound, and at times arduous. I had inadvertently set my very first intention to be against purging. While the subject of purging wasn’t my conscience intention, it was literally my last statement to self before surrendering to the medicine’s effects on my first ever ceremony. In other words, I was intending not to purge. Purging became my journey’s subject, and it took me places. I left the maloca (or, at least my consciousness did) and everyone in it. I walked through rooms and encountered strange people, large guard dog statues, ornate woodwork, details so intricate that words cannot describe. I was told to leave an offering, of which I had none, and was turned away from going further. I returned to my physical body with a jolt, and could hear the icaros being sung and people moving around. This was my first realization that I had somehow left, because none of those things were in my awareness before. How the journey related to purging, at that point, was still unclear. I later learned via my conversations with the plant medicine (Mother Ayahuasca) that I must agree to purging, that it is an essential part of healing. She explained it so clearly. I learned how important this simple, albeit unpleasant, practice is for not just ceremony, but for life as well. It represents clarity, cleansing, healing, and probably most importantly, letting go. It is a form of trust and surrender. By the end of the week, and certainly by the last ceremony, I found myself embracing the process with gusto. I came to see it as an important--even critical--act of love for oneself. It affects, of course, the body, as it eliminates toxins. It affects the mind, as it humbles the ego and strengthens the will. And it affects the spirit, as it releases negativity leaving more room for joy and love. Though the plant medicine brought me many visions and showed me so many things about the people in my life, my own life, the plant life of the jungle, and so much more, purging was an important, integral message that factored in hugely for me. It was what I needed to see, and in fact was just what I could handle. With the gentle guidance of the Pachamama maestros (such beautiful people), along with helpful conversations with the retreat facilitators (thank you, Erik, Bella, and Dom), and with insightful sharing of journeys by my fellow retreat guests (I love you all), I learned profound, life-changing lessons that have become nothing short of liberating. The journey continues…!
Danilo Ivkovic March 31, 2018
Came to this retreat with zero idea of what to expect but with high expectations based on all the amazing reviews, and I can only say that I was still blown away. The shamen Maestros at the temple, Luis, Feliciano, Gilberto, Genaro, and Mama Rosa, are an incredible team that work together in such beautiful harmony. I came away with a profound feeling of self love and understanding that I have been unable to achieve previously through any other number of activities. The care and attentiveness that is granted by the facilitators such as Erik and Bella is wonderful and really connects you with the beauty of the place and the healing provided. This was my first experience with plant medicine and I will definitely be back in the future for some more healing. Overall just a wonderful, safe, and profound experience.
Christopher Brown February 27, 2018
With all I could write about my experience at Pachamama it would take up way more space than is alloted for this review!! I guess I will summarize the best I can. If you’ve been searching for a way to truly let go of the pain you carry in your mind, body, and life....maybe it’s your anger, depression, anxiety, judgement, fear, aversion etc. This is the place to do it! When you come to Pachamama your surrounded by love. Everyone you meet is there to support you and your journey no matter what it looks like or how much you struggle with accepting it yourself. You’re truly in safe hands. From someone who has struggled on and off with intense anxiety and depression for almost 15 years, I can tell you that this retreat did things for me that no psycho-therapy ever could. I came into contact with darkness within myself; all the things I’d been repressing, stuffing down for so many years, and finally found forgiveness, and so much love for it all, and so much love for myself :) The work is not easy but nothing worth it ever is, and you’re worth it!!!! So if you’re thinking about doing this type of retreat this is the place to come!! The shamans, the staff, and everyone you will meet who are taking the journey with you are all beautiful people who you will never forget!! Give yourself this gift; come to Pachamama :)
Amanda Shyiak December 28, 2017
After spending 7 days at the Pachamama Temple I walked away fully connected to myself and with a deeper understanding of what it truly feels like to heal on a profound cellular level. The love and kindness emanating from the Maestros along with one of the founders, Erik, and the collaborative facilitators at this retreat centre leaves you feeling fully safe and cared for. This was my first ayahuasca experience and it has started a journey for me working with plant medicines and nature as my teacher. The ceremonies are beautiful, the respect for everyone through their path to healing is felt everywhere and the retreat is built out with lovely experiences from flower baths, painting workshops, individual treatment plans, Shipibo feasts, and preparing the ayahuasca itself. It's difficult to convey how fully transformed I feel now, the nurturing I received was unbelievable and the true love and healing being poured out over everyone from the Maestros is genuinely presence. This place sets itself apart from many of the other possible destinations in numerous ways; you are able to speak with the Maestros directly about what they see as your biggest problems in life and they help guide you through your ceremonies & after, there is a strong sense of community and respect, the focus on healing/challenging yourself is executed in a such a supportive way I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. I'm so grateful to the Maestros, Erik, Yop, Anya, Olivia and the rest of the community at Pachamama Temple for giving me a life changing experience, one that will truly shape my growth and the joy I'm able to receive. Sending you love and light!!
Caitlin Rouse December 01, 2017
For me visiting Pachamama was a last attempt in a long line of attempts at saving my life. I was drowning in a sea of deep depression, current and past life traumas and drug abuse. Someone suggested Ayahuasca might help, so I did some research and after looking at many different Ayahuasca retreats I came across Pachamama Temple. I saw the pictures of Mama Rosa and the other shamans and my heart just gravitated to this place. The more I read about Pachamama and how they kept the family of shamans together the more in love with it I fell. Nothing could of prepared me for the weeks to come. Getting sober enough for the medicine to work was a hard enough task in itself and was a rough time in my life. I made it though and traveled to Peru, it was the best decision of my life. The moment I walked into Pachamama I knew my life would be different. I was welcomed with open arms, hugs, and no judgements. Id never felt so safe in such a foreign place. The accommodations were phenomenal, I loved my room, I loved the food and Pachamama itself its absolutely breath taking with fruit trees everywhere and hammocks to rest in I really was able to relax and let go. The staff was friendly and kind, the shamans were nurturing and loving and the facilitators made me feel safe and heard at all times. I wasn't ready for the Ayahuasca it really gave me a hard time the first night I took it and I wasn't sure I would be able to continue but the facilitators and the shamans gave me the confidence I needed to proceed and accept what the medicine wanted me to see. Ayahuasca gives you what you need ... not what you want. After I faced my fears, my deepest sorrows and guilt riddled past I was finally able to experience a new kind of life. I was filled with a universal love, a gratefulness Id never felt before and a overall feeling of joy and contentment. After my first trip (1 out of 8) I could not stop smiling, I was in complete disbelief that I felt so renewed!!! I truly felt I was given a second chance at life. I was a little nervous about coming home, would I still be floating on cloud nine, would I still be as grateful and filled with love, would I be able to stay clean? I returned home and am still the happiest Ive ever been in my life. I have no desire to pick up any substances, there is nothing I would do to risk not feeling like ... well a million fucking dollars. I am so thankful to Pachamama Temple and the people involved in guiding me through my process. I am eternally grateful to them. If you yourself are struggling in life, need a breath of fresh air, need relief from past life traumas, then I suggest with all my heart and being you attend a retreat here. Theres really nothing I can say, you must experience the magic that happens here first hand!!!!
Banu Kukner October 26, 2017
I just want to say how grateful I'm for my journey and Maestro Felicano, Maestro Luis, and of course Erik, my deepest gratitude to all. I was not only able to clean my primal karmic energy and heel myself thanks to them and Ayahuasca but also bring all the knowledge that I built many years as one connected story, my journey: making my life and my life mission very clear in connection with earth, universe and my soul group. Thank you to each and everyone. I hope to come back again with more friends.
Roland October 25, 2017
Hosted by "innerlijke-reis.nl" I did 2 ceremonies with Luis, Luiciano and Erik. And it knocked me out of my feet. The first night my intention was to regain more energy because I m recovering from a burn out. I didn t feel much intill the aya hit my brain. I was immediatly overwhelmed by a very intense and chaotic caleidoscope and I tried to find the brake because it went to fast for me. The next hour or so I was primarily fighting not to let loose and to hold on to reality, and my Bucket. I vomited very deeply but when I looked in my bucket, it was empty so I noticed that I was in another state of mind. At that time my body was gone and I saw myself, completely alone, sitting on the matras. The Icaros sounded very far away, but were a beacon to hold on to. I sighed very deeply and I felt that the aya was working on my energy Then it was over and I could notice the people around me again. At that time I didn't like the trip and was afraid to do another one. My feelings were, besides fear, gone. During the day I heard stories of other people about dying en re-bijtring and a startend shaming all over my body. Luis came by and held my head and dit all kinds of magical mouvementen which felt comforting. I spoke to my girlfriend and told her about my anxiety and my new intention, to open up my heart, and she convinced me to have faith and that good things were about to happen. So the second night I starten Boeing to afraid to let go. And the aya was not very deep. Erik came by and he helped me, on a very gentle way, to take another portion. And than he sat down with me and poored me with peace and confidence. Than I let go. I got a beautiful Icaros that opend my heart and I was all peacefull. Than there was music that projeced me to another level, and I opend up completely and was overwhelmed with visualiseren and feelings beyond imagination. The music was followed by an invoke "song" and there I found myself floating in a beautiful Blue world absorbing the words with pure my heart and there I got the message which imprinted in my heart. Love yourself! Be your OWN god. Use and Embrace the female (I m a man) power in yourself and in the universe and Above all, be connected in love with everything around you! After this I came to my senses, a bit, and it was like my mind was reset and I didn't know how to function. So there started a big fight of my mind wanting to take controll again. I got an insight how my ego works and now I understand that that ego and my fears are killing my feelings. So I m left with a lot of homework but now I know what my mission in life is. I also understand that there was a lot more to see during my trip, but that I didn t dare to look. So there will be more ceremonies and we will also, on day, go to Peru to experience the origin of this gift of insight
Roeland van Zutphen October 24, 2017
Dear Meastros Luis and Feliciano, The love that you carry inside for yourselfves and others is indeniably recognisable in every word you say or sound you make. During the ceremony I could just feel that you two know EXACTLY what you are doing. Thank you for the magical ikaro's. I can't even begin to describe to positive impact it has on the ayahuasca journey. The intuitive wisdom you two have in guiding is astonishing. Thank you!! It made me feel safe and guided me. Erik, my deep gratitude goes out to you aswell for the work that you do. What I failed to say during the ceremonie because I did not have the guts is that I hope you can give yourself the same amount of love you gave me during the ceremony. I could feel at times when you were being there totally for me you were not fully there for yourself. What I wanted to ask you during the ceremony is: what about you, are you sitting comfortably while helping me, are you also fully being there for yourself? I have no doubt that when you allow yourself that selflove, your vibe to others will become as strong and magical as the meastro's. I could feel that you know intuitively EXACTLY how to be the perfect guide. My question to you is: Can you fully believe and trust this amazing ability of yourself? Lots of love, deep gratitude, thank you all <3 Roeland
Shahrooz Farahmand October 15, 2017
Pachamama Temple is where you should start your journey... and if you've already started, then all maestroes are here to guide you perfectly in your spiritual path... Pure love, pure energy, deep and full of amazing experiences with maestro Luis and maestro Feliciano and of course Mama Rosa... IRAKI Love and Light,
Oscar Kolvers October 14, 2017
It's a save positive place to drink ayahuasca. The experience for me was life changing and gave me beautiful insights. I now know better How to work on My personal issues. When a came back in Holland, I felt the positive impact and wished that they would come to europe. A few months later, They actually came and I went again to visit the maestro's. This weekend was also really special and beautiful. There work is great and I am thankfull for the rest of My life. Thank you maestro's Luis, Feliciano,Genaro, Gilberto, and maestra Mamma Rosa and of course marstra Maria And Thank you Erik for the organisation and help during the retreats. You All do wonderfull job With love in My heart Oscar
Vitaly Vitaly September 15, 2017
Всем привет. Я из Беларуси, летал на данный ретрит на 2 недели, первый опыт с аяваской. Ощущение полной безопасности, реальная семья шаманов, проект не пропитан коммерцией. Отношение к участникам ретрита как к дальним родственникам - вас не знают, но вам рады, вас принимают и вас поддерживают. Это был мой первый опыт с аяваской, и я интересовался у других участников, бывавших на подобных ретритах ранее в других организациях, как они оценивают Pachamama Temple с уже имеющимся опытом. Ответ от разных людей один и тот же - "тебе реально повезло, это отличное место для первого раза". В отличие от многих других организаций здесь имеется свободный доступ к общению с шаманами - они живут рядом и отвечают на любые ваши вопросы (есть штатный переводчик). Диагностика каждого участника и его проблемы (а не просто "пей, увидимся через 5 часов"), контроль во время церемонии, учёт физического состояния (болезни, особенности и т.п.), сбалансированное питание. Да, просто потрясающая кухня - такое разнообразие растительной пищи, что даже мясоеда отвлечь от мяса будет очень просто :) На ретрите довольно много свободного времени, поэтому для участников организованы йога, шитьё, рисование, уроки культуры и языка shipibo. От поселения до города минут 15 езды, до рынка - ещё ближе (если захочется на время покинуть "инкубатор" и поисследовать окружающее пространство). Если я решу повторить этот опыт, то не увижу причин искать других "проводников" - здесь есть всё что нужно.
Olivia Sönnichsen September 05, 2017
Hello my name is Olivia and I attended a 12 day ayahuasca retreat at the Pachamama Temple in August of 2017. From the depth of my heart I am thankful I got guided to that very special & magical place. I imagined it as a place full of love, trust & connection. I want to thank the angels there such as the heartwarming and open-minded stuff who keeps the place clean & remedy, Wendy the facilitator who is doing her job with such a deep passion, compassion and humor (your companions have moved me deeply), the maestros - all family members - who have deep skills in healing, wisdom and experience - You worked such hard on me to remove those energies which blocked my energy-system to enjoy and live life to it’s fullest – thanks for your passion and the deep healing! It is also amazing that you figured out where these aches came from that made me suffering for so many years and no western specialist could explain before. My respect and deep gratitude to Dominik and Erik who keep going to invest much of their time and energies for the construction and the flowing of the temple, for all the world healing projects and who made all that possible. A cordiality that is noticeable everywhere like the very beauty of this place. My cozy room was a clean and simple one equipped with a mosquito net. The temple offers space, beautiful sounds of many different animals and beautiful plants. I could almost grab the innumerable stars in the open sky. The possibility for a camp fire was as given as comfortable rocking chairs around the fire place. The food, oh yea ... the food is fresh, of good quality and the meals are cooked with passion – so yummy. A big thanks to Mother Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca took me to my limits, through really hard, hard times that made me doubt everything. But the next morning after every hard ceremony I felt lighter, more pure, connected & I clearly felt the new energy of myself. The ceremonies also showed me the whole greatness and beauty of myself, my soul, the earth, the universe and the unity. Thank you for all the time and space I had for my inner process as well as for the workshops that brought me closer to the Shipibo culture. I’ve experienced that Ayahuasca and the Icaros chants are able to remove things physically, to heal physically and mentally deeply. Ayahuasca reminded me of my own healing powers as well. I feel like a newborn soul that is just as full of curiosity on life, happy, full of energy and unstressed as it once was but more wiser than before. A life changing experience. I will see you again soon! Go for it.
Pauline July 08, 2017
I had such a great time at Pachamama temple, with a team of amazing healers and facilitators to offer healing and support throughout the journey. I have worked with ayahuasca before and it was really great to be able to participate in the preparation of the medicine, and exchange with the healers any given day, about the healing process, their experience, the plants, it was enriching and honouring to be able to have them share their knowledge in such a casual and genuine way. Infinitely grateful for the process that took place there, and will continue forever, the help and the care I have received, and wishing all the team the best for the future ! I will sure visit again at some point 🙂 . Much love and light.
Alan McKenzie June 05, 2017
If you are toying with the allure of recreational plant medicine experience then maybe Pachamama Temple is not for you? Far from the well traveled Iquitos tourist route, it is located far upstream near the vibrant heart of the Shipibo homeland on the dusty red earth of Pucallpa along the banks of Rio Ucayali. Pachamama Temple is not recreational. Rather it is often an ocean of unconditional love, unpredictably mixed with some very frightening black stormy seas, the kick of a mule, and a high probability of significant healing. Not a stroll in the park by a long shot! Pachamama is a Shipibo gem. All six shamans are Shipibo and they are co-owners - jointly supporting a Shipibo language school. The two senior curanderas are family matriarch Maestra Mama Rosa and her forever best friend Maestra Maria who are generously supported by the four family curanderos Feliciano, Gilberto, Genaro, and Luis. General Manager Erik and his supporting team are a magnificent backup. Each of the maestros has her or his distinct personality, icaros, skill sets, and areas of plant medicine specialization. Yet they function as a highly integrated, synergistic team. As a family they have an intuitive empathy that seems to border on woowoo telepathic. This tight knit team is much greater than the sum of the parts. They emanate a palpable chemistry - a vibe that is very powerful and deeply openly loving. In my brief 67 years on planet "Pacha" I have never had an experience that even remotely rivaled the life changing power and significance of my 2017 Pachamama Temple retreat. Mama mia - it cracked open my iron clad heart like a newborn baby's. Alan McKenzie
Anna O. Gill May 26, 2017
Congratulations!!!! You're search ends here! And I promise you, this is the place you've been looking for; and just as well, the one that's been guiding you all along! I too searched the wide web of available Ayahuasca retreats for hours, days and even weeks. Hell, this was going to be my first time working with Ayahuasca! It had to be the perfect place! It had to be the most sacred space; a safe place, a place where you feel comfortable enough to expose all that craziness inside your head to a group of perfectly good strangers; and more importantly, a place where you could fully trust the shamans conducting the ceremonies, to not only have good intentions, but excellent skills in helping to guide you through the depths and trenches of your subconscious mind, and deal with all those scary little things you fear or suppress and that keep you behind. -Therefore it had to be a place of true healing. It had to be a place of love. I felt that with Pachamama Temple, and before I even landed at her doorsteps. I had already marked her down as a finalist of potential spots for my first Ayahuasca experience, but still I continued to explore my other options; listing the pros and cons of each, but every time, Pachamama would resurface again until finally, she sold me. I will tell you, that I was most impressed by the fact that Pachamama Temple, (unlike most retreat centers out there,) resides within the community of the Shipibo people; and of the shamans whom conduct the ceremonies there. Most shamans, ( in order to provide a living for their family through the use of their skills,) have to leave their homes and/or families for months at a time to work in these other retreats. While they must do what they have to do in order to survive and still have the capability to provide excellent service as your guide, imagine the type of service they can provide to you when they can simultaneously help you AND be there for their family and children at the same time; the ability to be able to go home at the end of the night after working so hard to help you! Simply put, " If your shamans are happy, then you will be happy!" When deciding on Pachamama, I also loved the fact, that the shamans there were family members. -Mama Rosa ( renowned around this area of Peru and probably even further, as one of the most experienced shamans and with many years of practice,) along with her sons, a son-in-law, and a couple of her closest friends. As a family, I imagined that they naturally would be very well connected to one another and hold an even stronger space of love during the ceremonies than solo shamans, and well,....when I finally arrived, I instantly felt it as I was swarmed with smiles, hugs and kisses on the cheek. They made me feel right at home, or better yet, made me feel like I had never left. That was the closeness I felt, and by the end of my stay there, I truly felt a part of their family, and seriously guys, I even cried because I didn't want to leave them. They had helped me so much, I felt as if it was my duty to stay put and some how return the favor. When it comes to the pros and cons of this place, I really can't find any faults. -The accommodations are excellent -The food is super fresh and delicious -The facilitators are exceptional; always there for you, even after you leave. -They provide cultural activities, Shipibo language class, as well as yoga,meditation and free time. -The shamans are top of the line -The overall cost of the retreat is cheaper than most retreats, while at the same time, providing the best quality of care and service. -And lastly, you're not at one of those westernized retreats that are popping up everywhere these days when you are here. You are engaged in one of the most authentic experiences you could ever have working with Ayahuasca. *In the jungle, with a family of Shipibo healers, within a sacred community of the people whom made it possible for you to discover or even have knowledge of the healing powers of Ayahuasca....Ummm, it doesn't get any better than this!!!! And to be honest, I had previously told myself before coming to Pachamama, that on my next visit to Peru, I would explore another venue for ceremony, but I can't so much say that anymore, because I really can't imagine that any other place would suffice or feel as good. They definitely have my heart, therefore my loyalty will always lie with them. They are my family, so I will always return again.
HP Hulscher May 25, 2017
I went on a retreat in januari this year, and it was beautiful. I'd done Ayahuasca before, in Europe, but this was a bit different. The shamans singing to you, helping brew the medicine, the other participants, the flower bath, the plant medicine, it was all very nice. The place is great, there were a few stray dogs that came in all the time, and we spoiled them so much that the centre now has a pack of dogs, very sweet and playful, and they will keep you safe! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice, safe place for a retreat. I actually recommended this place to someone, and she really had a powerfull and healing experience there also. Enjoy! Hug the dogs for me!
Cynthia Rohr May 19, 2017
Many times I found myself lost, unable to smile, empty. My life was full of pain and darkness. Deep down inside I knew there was a lil girl wanting to fly, wanting to smile, but something prevented me from doing so. Something that came in between love, between my husband, between my soul. I tried finding inner peace, searching far and wide for a common ground, a common peace, but nothing prevailed. I tried many different religions, taking a little from each one, but nothing was able to mend my broken heart, I still felt darkness and sadness inside. My soul was dying, my heart was fading, I was ready to give up hope. This world works in mysterious ways. Sacred mother heard my call, felt my pain, and she opened my eyes to ayahuasca and Pachamama Temple. Words cannot express the amount of healing I received, the lessons I was taught, the truth I was shown. The medicine allowed me to see why I was dying inside why I was lost. I saw and felt pure compassion from the universe. I was reminded that I am that sweet innocent little girl, that can fly, can smile. The love I felt from the Shamans and the medicine could not be explained with human words, it's beyond this universe. The universe felt my pain and shed tears of sadness and we both cried. The Shamans gave me strength, gave me tools, and I defeated the darkness. My story was a really sad story, but I needed to feel the darkness, the pain in order to understand such high level teachings and know the true meaning of boundless love and compassion. This temple is a scared temple, many heavenly arrangements are made here, many universal secrets are told here, many truths are found here. I will forever look at the moon and stars and say "Thank you Pachamama Temple", thank you for saving my life and allowing me to smile, to be free, to be able to fly. Cynthia Rohr
Arthur April 13, 2017
First of all i would like to start thanking all the beautifull people at the pachamama temple. Especially the maestros and maestras who did a wonderfull job in my healing proces. You truly are doctors of the amazon. I am very grateful. I had a great experience at the pachamama temple and was taken care of very well by a nice and professional team. Thank you Erik, Dani and Jag. You are doing a great job! This was a life changing experience for me and mother ayahuasca gave me exactly what I needed. I am now in the process of implementing the messages and insights in my life. This is a new beginning for me. Thank you all for being part of this. Arthur Gesser
Michele L. Spann March 17, 2017
This was my second retreat experience in Peru. Pachamama Temple provided an incredibly safe and compassionate space for deep healing. The maestros and maestros are family, which is felt the moment you step through the gates and are welcomed with heart felt hugs. I felt supported by the community created. I truly believe that I was able to explore the deepest places in my being (consciousness and subconscious) to bring new awarenesses in my life because of the space held by Panchamama Temple. My gratitude to Dominic for having vision with Maestro Rosa, to each maestro who shared there gifts and our facilitor, Erik, who always effortlessly supported this process with grace. If this is your 1st aya experience or you are looking to go deeper with this medicine I would highly recommend Pachamama Temple.
Shawnee Letendre March 15, 2017
Wow. What an amazingly inspiring, enlightening, and life changing trip. I may have done ten years worth of healing in one week. No amount of psychology or rehab could have have achieved what this trip to Peru has. I did some intense deep healing. Ayahuasca has opened my eyes to so many layers of my existence. Peeling away the layers that no longer serve me. Shining a light on the darkness and empowering me to embrace it and sit with it so I can free myself from it and move forward towards healing and growing into my true authentic self. I let go of so much pain. Pain I have been carrying with me for years. Words cannot describe what I went through these past ten days and the beauty and healing I underwent. . Don't get me wrong, it was not all pretty lights and fluffy clouds, I faced alot of my issues and traumas and stared them dead in the eyes. I went to battle and can honestly say I won. It was not easy, but growing never is. At some points I thought I may have been losing my mind. But I wasn't. It's all part of the process. I left feeling many emotions but mostly, I am much lighter and more equipped to deal with life. My time at Pachamama Temple was a very sacred experience that I will carry with me for eternity. I met some wonderful people that I hope to have in my life forever. Not to mention the structure of the temple itself is remarkably done. A true place of love and healing. I want to thank Pachamama Temple, Dominik and Eric for making this opportunity very real. I felt truly and utterly supported by both of you. The amazing family of shamans for their loving and inviting personalities and their beautifully healing icaros. To all the workers there that made sure the temple is clean and their smiles everyday. To the cooks who worked tirelessly to make sure we had food in our bellies. To all my friends and family who have stood by me all these years and never gave up. And most of all, all the people that donated to my cause and made this trip possible! From the depths of my heart thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Marie O'Connor February 18, 2017
Testimonial for Pachamama Temple I have just returned from Pachamama Temple, and the first thing I want to say is that I would wholeheartedly recommend undertaking ceremony here. This is a place I would definitely bring friends. Taking Ayahuasca, if you haven’t before, is a powerful and sacred undertaking so it’s important to find a place where you will be safe and cared for; Pachamama Temple is such a place. If you have journeyed before and wish to find a place that can support you through a more integrated process, that cares for you between ceremonies with healing support, herbal drinks and medicine as is needed and advised, massages, daily flower baths, attention to well-being, and contact with the Maestros to help with questions and concerns, then look no further. While the center is new, the guiding Maestros who come from an ancestral line of curanderos, carry a collective ability to negotiate the Ayahuasca-ceremonial space that is truly authentic in its connection with the medicine of Ayahuasca. While I have done several Ayahuasca retreats before, this one was the most integrating and healing. It was not only profoundly healing, like 10 years of therapy rolled into one night, but also utterly clarifying. I came with a ball of confusion, a lifetime of karmic knots resonating into a complex set of impossible conditions in my business concerns and personal life that I literally didn’t know how to untie or work out, even with all my decades as an accomplished meditation teacher, therapist, director of a non-profit, training facilitator, and so on. Mother Ayahuasca clarified pretty much everything at great depth, helping me understand how my current impasse was connected to very early abuse, which she helped me get clear in ways that I was never able to in therapeutic and meditative process. Once I got home, I was able to very quickly enact a number of needed changes with clarity, strength, firmness, kindness; all of which have been astonishingly liberating. I was only able to do this because of her gift of clarification, purification, and healing, which included going deeply into generational trauma, and healing some of where it began through literally contacting ancestors and transforming their trauma also. She, (Ayahuasca), showed me many, many things about the world in its current crisis, especially what is happening now in the U.S.A which has troubled me deeply. She helped me into a deeper understanding and process with the energetics of world events, so I can work in alliance with her. She is ancient, she is working with us now to raise our vibration, to clean out the karmic residue and she is on a mission! I feel honored to be one of her millions of conduits, to have tasted her – Pachamama – and to know her inordinate power, her depth intelligence, she knows it/ us all, the DNA of our bodies, but she is also us reaching out for our alliance. She will help guide us through these terrifying times, and we are in turn can help her, protect her, love her, vouch for her, be truly loyal servants for her. So don’t hesitate a moment longer to come into this experience and deep relationship with the most primal, intimate, and powerful intelligence of Ayahuasca-Pachamama. If you have the time, money, and ability to do so, go ahead and book your journey now. Really, for me, there is no other teacher (and I have been to many) who can help like Mother Ayahuasca. She is the master Guru, the master therapist, the master oracle, and the great healer and liberator. And Pachamama Temple is a great place to land your body for this journey into your own truth and your deepest heart. There, they will guide and look after you. These are my experiences I share with you. Yours will be unique to you. If, and hopefully when you come, do be careful to have no expectations, but know your journey will be right for where you are, and what is possible and needed at that time. I just want to sign off with deep gratitude to all that made my journey possible at Pachamama; Founders Dominik, Mama Rosa, Maestra Maria, Maestro Felicano, Maestro Gilberto, Maestro Genero, Maestro Luis, and of course Erik who is the glue holding all together, David, and so many more. Thank you to each and everyone. Marie O'Connor (USA)
Erik Wienk January 08, 2017
I guess most of us have experienced the feelings of "I am not worthy", "I can't do that", "I'm not capable enough" etc. in our lives. At my stay at the Pachamama Temple, I found out that these "lower" frequency feelings are not originating from my truth higher self. During my stay at this wonderful retreat with these loving people I was able (during the Ayahuasca ceremonies) to distinguish these lower frequencies as a separate kind off entity feeding on these energies. It was clear to me that these entities can only survive and stay with me when I can produce enough energy for them to live on. These entities actually try to lure you into these lower emotional feelings and then feed on it. This awareness came to me during a pretty rough ceremonie in which I was overwhelmed with feeling sorry for myself, feeling unworthy etc. When I was in this energetic trap I could suddenly see a kind of energetic creature, entity clinging to my energetic body. The moment I spotted it, it tried to hide and it went upward from my chest to my throat. I kept following it upward and when it came near my throat I became really sick and needed to purge. When I looked in my bucket, I saw this jellyfish looking "creature" dying there. I saw its energy pattern slowly fading to nothing. Man, what a relieve was that! Since this healing experience I noticed that I am so much more confident, sure about my capabilities, and knowing I can do anything I want as long as I give my best. We are all Capable! We are all love created! We are all gods and goddesses! We are worthy! We are powerful creators! We will change our future! We are the future! We are the ones we have been waiting for! Thank you Pachamama Temple for this healing experience!
sergio carta January 07, 2017
Hello, my name is Sergio and I attended a ayahuasca retreat at the Pachamama temple in July of 2016. I have drank ayahuasca before in the Netherlands, where I live, but it was quite a different experience in Peru. Two weeks before the retreat I started to follow a traditional diet, as recommended by the temple. This was intense but really helped me to prepare myself for my journey.During the retreat, every morning and evening, each individual got different plant medications prescribed by the healers. You also get to enjoy several flowerbaths, they smell really nice! And off course at night the ceremony starts.. If I can give any advice it is to not have any expectations when you drink ayahuasca. It is a process and you need to have faith in yourself, the spirits of the plants and creation as a whole. Every unnecessary thought can block your experience. This was really hard for me. . As the mind is a tool to create it can also create problems. You cannot think yourself out of your thoughts and you have to let things go. So if you FEEL like you are struggling in life and that you need to discover a deeper part of yourself, if you are looking for healing of the body, mind and spirit, Pachamama temple is a great place to visit. I love you all and I have got hope for this planet. now let's create;)
Marleen Hendriks January 07, 2017
When you are looking for a good place to experience the Ayahuasca medicine I definitely recommend Pachamama Temple. I encountered a 12-day retreat there in July 2016. In this little paradise down the suburbs of Pucallpa, peace and relaxation is to be found. The beautiful surroundings we're perfect to forget where I came from for a while, to connect with the people around me there and to concentrate on a healing journey. The loving facilitators who among others guided me trough the proces are devoted and experienced, which constantly made me feel I was in good hands with them. And then there are the maestro's and maestra's, who made the whole adventure so special! They care for their guests while using all the ability's and knowledge they have, using for instance plant medication or singing personal Icaros. It's also cool to learn about their colourful Shipibo culture during the workshops they provide which are integrated in the program. I enjoyed the atmosphere at Pachamama, the excellent food they serve and the loving family who where so welcoming. Also the city of Pucallpa is nice to spend some time as you will not meet loads of tourists. I enjoyed to discover the streets and markets to experience the life of the friendly locals. In the end I wasn't done with the place at all, but of course I had to catch my flight back. So surely this wasn't the last visit... Maybe next time I'll meet you there?
Frank Rayburn December 26, 2016
I attended a 12-day Ayahuasca retreat at Pachamama Temple in December 2016 and it was one of the most beautiful, rewarding and cathartic experiences of my life. From the wonderful staff to the family of 6 Maestros and Maestras, the retreat was filled with love, compassion and graciousness. The Maestro/as were so gentle with each other and with us and the ceremonies were just wonderful. I made the mistake of not adequately protecting myself against mosquitos on the first night and Mama Rosa and Mama Maria came by every morning to treat all my bites with Sangre de Grada which helped so much to relieve the "itchy, itchy" as they would say ("Shua" in Shipibo). They would patiently and lovingly dab each of the dozens of welts on my legs and arms. They would greet me every time we saw each other with the word "ekokononai" (Shipibo for "hug") and a big hug. Thank you to all the staff, particularly Daneille, Meghan and Davis, and the Maestras Mama Rosa and Mama Maria and the Maestros Genaro, Gilberto, Feliciano and Luis. I would not hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Pachamama Temple for anyone looking for a life-changing spiritually and physically healing experience.
Hillel Goral August 01, 2016
I recently got back from a 12 day retreat at Pachamama Temple, and my heart fills with joy and love when I think back on the time there and the people I spent it with. It was my first experience with ayahuasca, and it seems like it is the beginning of a relationship full of wonder and insight. The temple is located in a lightly populated area, walking distance from a nice beach. There are a few fruit stands close by, selling some of the best fruit I've ever tasted - if you so wish, as the kitchen was very well stocked. Private rooms with electric outlets were also provided.