Sinchi Runa is an intimate ayahuasca and master plant retreat center, as well as a family and student home. Our mission is to help each individual reconnect with their true essence by awakening the capacity of wisdom that resides within their heart. We accomplish this through the direct experience with entheogens, master plants and properly using consciousness technologies in a sacred context along with shamanic healing arts.
Sinchi Runa is a word in Quechua that means “Warrior of light”. For us, true healing means awakening the healer that resides within each individual. Awakening the inner master and intelligence allows us to reach the source of all healing. Once this inner source is found, we become the masters of our own existence, capable of meeting each challenge with wisdom, grace and ease.
With seven years of in-depth experiential work as a center, and more than twenty years with Ayahuasca and a variety of shamanic master plants and natural entheogens, we specialize in master plant dietas, short or long term treatments for addiction and depression, deep immersion processes, and intensive retreats. We merge the wisdom and direct experience brought by the plants with invaluable Vedic teachings through Ayurvedic healing, astrology, lectures, mantra and spiritual practices such as pranayama, meditation and Hridaya hatha yoga.
When I “finally” became this love, I understood what I am. Who we are. I went to the place where we go when we leave this body, and I looked “death” in the eyes and I bowed. An abundance of love filled me to my core, and as light was streaming through my veins, darkness and all that is not me, dissolved. I was then blinded by light, my light. Shooting up through me, protecting me, embracing me. This light is here in eternity. At Sinchi Runa they teach you how to walk again. You do the footwork yourself, you take the steps, and when you fall you learn how to get up, by yourself, but you’re not alone. You’re being compassionately taught and guided from the purest and most honest place. I’m forever grateful to have met these beings, who all in their own ways has changed my life and taught me everything I hadn't been taught about this universe, love and compassion. Teachings far beyond my imagination, beyond words.
Venue HighlightsWe are located in the beautiful jungle of Moyobamba, about two hours from Tarapoto. The region is known for its great variety of orchids, hummingbirds, natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. In the shamanic diet there are monkeys and other mamals visiting the dieter regularly.
We are close to three beautiful waterfalls with healing sulfur water and mud baths which one reach trough a beautiful jungle walk. Moreover, there are sulfur hot springs nearby.
There is plenty of natural free space to walk and contemplate, lay in hammocks, or create an artistic project with supplies provided.
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineMost of the meals served are vegetarian and low-sodium in accordance to the plant work and and hatha yoga. At times we serve fish and organic grass fed chicken and duck from our own land. Vegetarian or vegan options are always available.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on the days that we do not hold a ceremony. Only breakfast and lunch will be provided on the days we have Ayahuasca and Wachuma (San Pedro) ceremonies or Purges.
AccommodationsParticipants will stay in a comfortable private room surrounded by lush gardens and natural beauty. Each bathroom is shared by three people maximum. During the shamanic diets the dieter will stay in a secluded Tambo deeper in the jungle (space used for shamanic diets, isolation and contemplation). A beautiful cool spring is running by the Tambos that serves for bathing during the diet.
DirectionsArriving in Lima you will take a one hour national flight into Tarapoto, there are daily flights with numerous times arriving in Tarapoto each day. There will be a hired taxi waiting for you at the airport in Tarapoto. It is then a 2 hour drive to the center in Moyobamba.
Jul 23 - 30, 2018 (8 days)
Oct 1 - 8, 2018 (8 days)
Dec 3 - 10, 2018 (8 days)
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Norelle S Adams June 08, 2018
This has been a common theme for me throughout my journeys with Ayahuasca (and in life in general). Every time I think I know what needs to happen, something much better and more useful occurs. This was the case at Sinchi Runa. I was completely thrown off by not being able to control anything from the time I ate a meal to when the sessions were and everything in between. This was necessary to break down my barriers and begin the deeper work that can happen for me only in a place of letting go. Sanango and Mikaela are able to somehow figure out what each person needs on a personal level. From my first consultation it was like Sanango already knew what would happen and looking back on that meeting I can see with positivity that he is divinely guided. I cannot imagine a scenario where someone would leave after a dieta and not be changed for the better. Whether it feels good or not, the change deep in the structure of your soul is sure to bring true joy to any who seek to visit this special place...Oh and the food is incredible (after the dieta:))!
Dani Lape May 24, 2018
En Sinchi Runa encontré personas con mucha experiencia y conocimiento, pero sobre todo honestas y comprometidas, conocedoras del gran potencial de las plantas maestras y del papel que estas pueden jugar en el despertar de la consciencia. Todo el trabajo que se realiza en el centro se hace desde la empatia, el amor y la responsabilidad, sin dogmatismos ni prejuicios.NO es un lugar indicado si solo buscas una experiencia "lúdica" con las plantas, pero SI es un lugar muy apropiado si pretendes profundizar en tu autoconocimiento o estas pasando por una adicción, un problema emocional o espiritual. Las plantas maestras tienen un potencial muy grande, no puedes imaginar hasta donde pueden llegar si no has tenido contacto con ellas, el acompañamiento de Sanango y su equipo hacen que ese potencial alcance su máxima expresión, con total seguridad y siempre arropado con todo mucho amor y comprensión, lo que hacen que la experiencia alcance todo su potencial sanador y de apertura de la consciencia. El lugar apropiado si de verdad quieres o necesitas conectar con la raíz.
Rebecka Celastrina Carlén May 20, 2018
I first came to Sinchi Runa in 2013 to do a shamanic diet, and it was a completely life changing experience thanks to the plants and their wisdom, but above all thanks to Sanango, the shaman, that guided my process to help me find my own truth. I've met many shamans and guru's in my life and it's not easy to meet someone that is really real, guiding through compassion and a higher understanding. I came back one year later for another diet and this April I visited the center for the third time. I'm usually very sceptic towards ayahuasca centers, especially since the tourism around this plant has increased and South America is full of fake shamans. I was lucky to find Sinchi Runa, it's is a place with real people that together with the shaman dedicate their lives to plant healing and the search for truth. This is not just a place where you go to have a one-time ayahuasca trip, actually, if that's what you're after you shouldn't come at all. Instead, Sinchi Runa offers a true healing journey through a higher understanding of yourself, the universe and the reality of the world. I highly recommend it to any true spiritual seeker!
someone else May 02, 2018
This was not a healing experience for me at Sinchi Runa. While I was here I felt pressure to drink the medicine when it did not feel right. The shaman was also absent many times, and I didn't feel like I had the opportunity to share why I was truly there with him. My voice did not feel honoured or heard, when I said I didn't want to participate further, this did not feel ok. There was lots of confusion around money, I feel like they were taking advantage of me financially while many other participants were there as volunteers and staying there for free. Even though I did work like the other volunteers, I was charged alot of money where as the volunteers paid little or in some cases nothing. Getting my belongs back from them was a very difficult process as well. In some ways maybe ayahuasca isn't the right medicine for me, but I did not feel totally supported while being here. I'm still processing my time there, and would not recommend this center." S.A
Bill Ellingsworth April 06, 2018
I came to Sinchi Runa to safely discontinue the prescription benzodiazepine drug Valium after being on it for a couple months, and to stabilize and heal following some traumatic experiences earlier in the year. However, I received much, much more than that. The drug dependance was a significant problem, but it was only the 'outer layer of the onion', so to speak. Underneath this surface layer were rotting layers of unresolved grief and/or trauma and related emotional and psychological pain that needed to be uncovered, processed, and worked through. There was no quick-fix magic pill to effectively resolve the state I was in. The only way out was thru. Following a 2-week detoxification and cleansing period I was approached by the center's director, Sanango, and told compassionately but firmly, "You are prideful. You need to reconnect with nature and cultivate humility." To this I sincerely inquired, "What is pride?" To which he replied, "Pride is believing you are important and that your thoughts are the truth. Humility is realizing there is a lot more happening in the universe than what's going on inside your head." Previously I had never understood pride or humility in this way. He continued further with instructions, "You will be alone in a small hut in the jungle, and will be in solitude and silence for up to 5 weeks. There will be no speaking, eye contact, electronic devices, or reading allowed. You will be brought a small plate of unsalted rice and boiled plantains two times a day for your food. In addition, you will be drinking various plant medicines during this time. You need to confront yourself. Try not to escape yourself." And with this I was escorted by his apprentice to a beautiful secluded location in the jungle along a creek (which I used to bathe), oriented to a small hut containing only a small cot for sleep, and left alone only with some clothes (which eventually became unnecessary). There was truly nowhere to go, nothing to do, no one to speak with, and no one to be. I had no familiar comforts or escapes; none of the regular distractions to dull the discomfort or avoid the boredom. I was simply sitting in the middle of the jungle with myself for 5 weeks, nothing more. The first 2 weeks of this were extremely challenging. All the ugly feelings I had been covering up - the fear, anger, shame, loneliness, remorse, sadness, despair, hopelessness - erupted like a fiery volcano, and there were many occasions when I sobbed like an infant wailing in the middle of the night. In the midst of intense emotional and psychological pain, I really had to learn how to sit with myself, comfort myself, and love myself. In the most challenging moments I received unconditional love and skillful support from Mikaela and Sanango. After the first 2 weeks in solitude the heavy feelings gradually lifted, and were replaced by increasing peace, clarity, and optimism. At the end of 5 weeks I was clear; my mood was stable, and there were no more dramatic stories or 'problems' to tell about my life. On the 35th day, at the concluding consultation, Sanango commented, "It's marvelous the change that is occurring in you." Indeed, I felt that childhood had somehow returned to me, and that the entire world is seen new again through this lens. I learned many things from this experience. Our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, opinions, and preferences are like the clouds passing by in the sky; they come and go, come and go, come and go, never the same, always changing. Sometimes the clouds are bright and beautiful, and other times they are dark and ugly. Regardless of their shape, color, and character, they are not permanent and eventually pass. Even the most dreadful and destructive storms eventually end, and the glorious sunshine returns. Our lives are also like this. Sometimes life is pleasurable, other times it is painful; sometimes we have hope, other times despair; sometimes we're happy, other times sad; sometimes we're healthy, other times ill; sometimes we gain, other times lose; sometimes we're anxious, other times relaxed; sometimes we make the 'right' choice, other times we make 'mistakes'. Amongst all this change and shifting, the only certainty we truly have is that nothing remains the same and that 'this too shall pass.' Following this experience there remains a deep awareness and confidence that whenever the inevitable 'storms of life' arise, there exists inside of me the ability and courage to simply be with and observe, allowing it to pass by like the clouds in the sky. I don't need anything externally to be 'okay'. This is one of the most valuable and profound life lessons I have ever learned. Our western culture teaches us to avoid pain at all costs; to cover it up with more pills, more food, more exercise, more television, more stimulation, more work, more money, more possessions, more relationships, more hobbies, more (fill in the blank). But all these things are only pseudo-escapes; they seem like effective strategies to avoid pain, discomfort, and/or emptiness, but they actually compound and complicate things. My sincerest gratitude to Sanango, Mikaela, Paige, and the entire Sinchi Runa family for the tremendous love, support, and guidance as I navigated through a very dark storm and period. You very likely contributed to saving my life, and giving me a fresh start and new opportunities.
Kay Weber March 27, 2018
I spent several months at Sinchi Runa participating in a series of dietas and ceremonies. To say the experience was life-changing is an understatement. I experienced profound healing from personal and military-related trauma and finally found a true sense of Self. I've been home from Peru since December and I still feel as though my process and the lessons continue to this day. Sanango is a gifted shaman and Mikaela is an absolute angel on earth. I cannot recommend them highly enough for your journey.
Clay Campbell March 07, 2018
After sitting with many teachers, I still felt that something was missing from my journey and I found it at Sinchi Runa. Sanango is a true teacher who is steeped in the knowledge of master plants, transformation, and Vedic teachings. As a yoga practitioner/teacher, the Vedic aspect of Sanango's teachings was priceless. He really is a master at guiding you through your individual process and customizing it to help you find your truth. I was, and still am, amazed at the depth of his compassionate and firm guiding as I weaved through my process. IT WAS LIFE CHANGING. I will be coming back to Sinchi Runa as long as they are providing this powerful gift of teachings. The accommodations were perfect for what you are needing on your journey. The food is spectacular and the land has a deep healing energy that I have only felt in certain parts of India and high in the mountains of Colorado. I never felt pressured to do anything that did not benefit or enhance what I needed at that particular time. Having sat with many teachers, in different lineages, I can honestly say that this was the most profound experience of my life journey thus far and I will continue to return as often as I can. There is a true sense of caring at Sinchi Runa that provides a safe atmosphere to grow and heal, without giving off a "cult vibe", that I have seen in other lineages and retreats. The staff went above and beyond to make sure I had what I needed to arrive at Sinchi Runa and what I needed for my time there. Do yourself a favor and contact them, you will give yourself a great gift. If we do not take care of ourselves on this life journey, then who will? Thank you.
Sasu Jolivet February 27, 2018
I will be not able to thank enough Sinchi Runa for all the help they provided me during a critical moment in my life. I have to say I was very doubtful if this retreat was ideal for me, but, after having so many great references from previous patients I took the decision to give it a go and I do not regret the decision. Prior to the retreat I did several questions and they were very kind to answer all my doubts and query's. Sinchi Runa and his team inspired me confidence during all the process. This retreat is healing and also educational, you will learn and discover things about yourself, about the universe and your current reality that you would never imagine in the wildest of your dreams. Highly recommended!
christin mellner February 27, 2018
I can from the depths of my heart recommend this center for deep healing work with authentic and experienced shaman in a safely held space. This center has a unique touch and a truly and gentle way of meeting individuals and guiding them on their journey towards healing and greater understanding and connectedness.
Rhiannon Jane February 17, 2018
I'm so happy that you're reading this. You just found the best retreat center in Peru. Seriously. Safe, legitimate, powerful, and intimate (this is not an Ayahuasca tourist factory. Avoid those places.) My first Ayahuasca experience with Sanango was back in 2011 and ever since then, I've been traveling to wherever the heck he is in the world at least once or twice a year to attend retreats and continue my journey with him. As a result, my life is incredible and I couldn't be more grateful. As far as I'm concerned, Sanango saved my life. No, I never abused drugs, I wasn't depressed, and I didn't have anxiety. I was actually living what I believed was a good life! Unbeknownst to me, however, I was secretly suffering because I was disconnected from my heart and my true self. I was doing things that I *thought* were ok but were actually hurting me in serious ways. I was a very difficult nut to crack. I didn't even think I had a problem. I was just being curious because I found the whole Ayahuasca thing intriguing and I trusted Sanango so I kept coming back to do retreats. Once I committed to a proper 10-day process with Sanango, my life changed completely and for the better. Sinchi Runa is by far my favourite place in the whole world. Nowhere else have I been able to access so much inner peace and joy. Real peace and real joy. Not just the kind you talk about or imagine. I experienced it. I became it. Sanango showed me the way. Ultimately, you are your own healer so don't bow down before anyone who makes you feel lesser than them. Only teachers with sincere compassion and true understanding who don't take their silly human selves so seriously are worth following. Sanango is one of those great teachers. Anyone who has the opportunity to go to Sinchi Runa and sit with him in their lifetime is sincerely blessed. If you're considering taking this opportunity, I am so happy for you and I hope we get to cross paths while you're there. I trust Sanango and Sinchi Runa with my life. I am safe there. I thrive there. It's the best work I've ever done. It's the best money I've ever spent. Thank you Sinchi Runa. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you.
Kameron Celniker February 15, 2018
The greatest gift I could have ever given myself was my decision to do a 3-month-process. I arrived with an idea, a concept of what I wanted. Now, I'm simply left with a feeling, an undeniable knowing, which guides me everyday. It was such a blessing to have found this place. If you are searching for truth, to heal, to free yourself, to open your heart, I highly suggest Sinchi Runa.
Anthony Chetta December 28, 2017
No matter what it is you’re wanting to accomplish - what insights you’re looking to obtain, what issues you may think you have and need to dissolve - Sinchi Runa offers the expertise, setting, staff, and support to allow this to blossom in a unique manner that is catered to with patience, attention, care and love based on individual needs. The 30-day process was completely transformative, simply because I finally allowed it to be. It is with much gratitude towards Sanango, Mikaela, the staff, the jungle and plants, and “myself” that I write this. Out of truth and a genuine desire to assist the individual in assisting themselves, without any facade or hidden agenda, the holistic and all-encompassing nature of services provided by Sinchi Runa make it my only recommendation to others and personal choice for continued exploration of who We are. ❤
Arely Garcia December 13, 2017
Rated 5 stars not only for the wonderful experience, but the environment and compassionate nature of the the folks that make Sinchi Runa what it is...a place of self-discovery and understanding of this world. I didn't know what to expect going in, but once my treatment was completed, the results of the process was far more valuable and special than I could ever imagine. The first time I visited, I was in a pretty bad state in my life. I stayed a month, and came back to "my reality" with a sense of purpose and resilience to face almost any difficult situation life put in my way. I've just returned from my second visit to "check in", and now find myself aware of certain things in my life that I need to immediately change to live a more peaceful and authentic "me". Every time I visit Sinchi Runa, a layer of my "conditioned self" is revealed and I become a little more conscious of who I truly am. For all you truth seekers....this place is for you.