About This Center
The Ayaruna Center is reopening in July 2020 at its new location, Tierra Nuna Ayni, in the community of Pillahuara, 3 kms from Pisac. We will be offering only a handful of open retreats each year and with a maximum of 7 participants for each retreat on a first-come-first-served basis. No retreats or ceremonies will be offered other than those listed on this website, thank you!
NATURE OF OUR RETREATS: These are healing retreats - a shared but deeply personal experience. You are attending this retreat for your own wellbeing and not to engage in other spiritual or shamanic practices that may interfere with other people’s process. You are asked to hold your own space and not practice any healing skills on other participants either during or outside of the ceremonies. By Peruvian law you are not to receive or give any physical diagnostic. The focus of these healing retreats is your personal emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. You are not promised any kind of physical healing. You are aware that the ingestion of both medicines Ayahuasca and San Pedro, and any effects and consequences of your ingesting them is your sole responsibility. This includes short and long term personality changes and death. In order to ensure the strength of our container, you are asked to arrive on time for the beginning of the retreat and stay until the closing.
SCHEDULE OF OUR RETREATS
Day 1: Without exception you are asked to be at the Pisac Inn in Pisac between 12 noon and 2 PM. Our first meeting on the retreat grounds is at 3 PM.
Day 2: Morning: official opening of the retreat, breathing and guided meditation, and “despacho” (offering to the Earth and the mountains/Apus). Afternoon: introduction to San Pedro and individual meetings.
Day 3: San Pedro ceremony.
Day 4: Morning integration meeting.
Day 5: Rest and individual meetings.
Day 6: Morning: introduction to Ayahuasca and individual meetings. Evening: Ayahuasca ceremony.
Day 7: Morning integration meeting.
Day 8: Rest and individual meetings.
Day 9: Morning: individual meetings. Evening: Ayahuasca ceremony.
Day 10: Morning integration meeting.
Day 11: Rest and individual meetings in the afternoon.
Day 12: San Pedro ceremony.
Day 13: Morning integration meeting and closing of the retreat. We close our retreats by 12 noon.
During the retreats there will be no visits to Pisac, other urban centers, or archeological sites, but there is plenty of walking options all around. Days of rest are intended for rest and also integration and the deepening of the experience.
LODGING: Guests stay in bungalows, sharing each room with another guest. Each room has 4 beds but only 2 will be occupied. There is a bathroom with shower, but limited space for luggage other than the unoccupied beds.
FOOD: All meals during the retreat will be provided. Meals will be vegetarian with eggs and possibly some dairy products. People with food intolerances need to specify these before being accepted in our retreats. Sorry but we cannot accommodate the dietary needs of vegans. Any specific food intolerances will be discussed on a person-to-person basis. Meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, except on Ayahuasca ceremony days when only breakfast is served.
CONNECTIVITY: Tierra Nuna Ayni has very poor phone receptivity and NO WiFi. Participants are asked to refrain from using any telephone or computers for the entire retreat. An emergency phone number will be given to all participants to give to their families. No work-related emergencies will be honored.
REGISTRATION: Javier Regueiro will take care of the registration process and assess the suitability of the prospective participant in our retreats. The registration process includes a general health questionnaire, plus a second more personal questionnaire, and whatever additional questions that may be required.
Venue HighlightsThe retreat center offers an open temple for San Pedro ceremonies and a temple for Ayahuasca ceremonies.
AccommodationsAccommodation is 2 people per bungalow.
- Ceremony Space
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
DirectionsOur Retreat Center is 20 minutes by car from the village of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru. The closest airport is Cusco, a 40-minute drive to Pisac.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Kim McKayed November 30, 2017
Working with Javier has brought me a wonderful sense of inner healing and happiness. Since returning home to Ireland from the Ayaruna Center retreat, the process of integration has given me renewed awareness of my unconditional love for everything especially myself. It's also revitalized my creative talents that were at risk lying dormant and given me an extraordinary amount of patience with the outer world. My level of understanding has been reinforced considerably to the point that I am sustaining the feeling that every experience here on this planet is a blessing for our greater good. I'm very grateful for the hard work, determination and commitment Javier showed while working with me, and for taking the time to connect with me in a way that turned this into a truly inspiring personal journey. I am sincerely looking forward to following up when The Ayatuna Center relocates to the Jungle! A thousand thank you's from my heart - Kim.
Stephanie B. August 09, 2017
For anyone feeling called to work with the healing potential of plant medicine, this is the place to go. Javier's wisdom and guidance created the safest, most supported environment for me to explore and work through those things holding me back in life. Having the ability to prepare for ceremonies beforehand and integrate afterward with individual and group discussion was of such value to the experience. Due to the small, intimate nature of our group, I felt so cared for and safe every step of the way, which allowed me to fully immerse myself in the experience. My experience with Javier and The Ayaruna Center has been the most profoundly transformative experience of my life, one I know will continue to unfold for weeks and months to come.
Jayenna Dall May 08, 2017
Listen, probably any experience with these medicines is going to exceed your expectations, but if you want them to exceed your expectations in a space that is being held calm and lovingly for you then this is the place. Javier is a great guide inside of ceremony space and outside, also i have to say his house is the raddest house I ever saw and his cat is dope. His heart and his spirit are open One of the most miraculous experiences of my life, i will probably be processing it forever Terrible, Frightening, Beautiful and Pure Namaste
MT April 25, 2017
Javier is a patient, kind, and knowledgeable teacher and guide. He made sure that everyone in our group felt safe, comfortable, and received the help of plant meducines we came to seek. I cannot thank him enough for his compassionate care, his wisdom, and for sharing the world of plant meducines with us.
Maryana Manouch February 18, 2017
Merci à la vie, de m’avoir fait vivre cette expérience. Merci à Javier d’être et d’avoir créé un espace, l’espace de la cérémonie, un espace sacré, où ses chants, sa présence font des instants vécus et partagés des moments qui resteront inscrits. Pour moi, c’est une expérience qui continue à se vivre dans chaque instant. Cela fait un mois bientôt que je suis revenue de ce périple, me voilà encore en mue, si je puis dire. Un voyage, où j’ai été confrontée à mes peurs, celle de la mort, celle de la vie donc. J’ai visité tellement d’endroits, qu’il me faudra encore bien du temps pour continuer à tout intégrer, en cela c’est passionnant, cela fait du bien aussi. Une de choses qui m’a fait et me fait encore beaucoup de bien ce sont le nettoyage de mes vieilles mémoires, dont j’ai l’impression au jour d’aujourd’hui qu’alors, elles bouffaient toute mon énergie, mon élan de vie, mes élans de vie ! Je me sens bien plus légère, aussi plus connectée avec la vie qui m’entoure, la nature, mes proches, les gens, en cela, j’ai beaucoup de gratitude !
Rod Pell January 05, 2017
Me and my partner came for a 13 day plant medicine retreat in Sept '16 and I have to say WOW. It was amazing, beautiful, challenging, exciting and at times terrifying but the overall experience was one of profound healing and a highlight of my life so far (not hyperbole, a true review). The plant medicine ceremonies are incredibly powerful but also a deeply personal journey - I shall not go into the details of these other than to encourage you to cast away your doubts, have faith in the medicine and Javier, and be open to what the medicines have in store for you. I am writing this review 4 months after the retreat, and my life has been re-energised and I still feel the positive influence on a daily basis. Firstly - Javier was a phenomenally talented shaman, healer, guide and friend throughout my journey. He strikes a perfect balance between giving you the space to work through your issues vs giving you the advice and encouragement when you need it. All participants finished each ceremony having received exactly the care and attention we needed, when we needed it. The balance and feeling within the ceremonies, and the energy of the entire retreat was loving, forgiving and perfectly held and maintained. I felt very safe and comfortable going through the deeply personal issues that were encountered. It was a true privilege to have access to Javier's wisdom and energy and I thank him for his time, hospitality and generosity throughout the retreat. I would like to add the overall environment at Paz y Luz and Pisac as well. A divine corner of the world, beautiful mountains, and clement temperature - not too hot, not too cold - and free from insects. High in the mountains, but low enough that altitude sickness was not a problem for anyone. I think a couple of weeks in Pisac alone would count as a wonderful healing retreat. Then combine this setting with the divine medicines, and the wisdom and guidance of Javier and you have the makings of a perfect retreat and opportunity for some deep personal healing.
Mary Sky December 30, 2016
I have had the privilege of working with Javier Regueiro and continue to return both to him and the beauty of the Sacred Valley for over 10 years now. I do personal retreats with Javier and also bring my healing groups to him annually during these years. The integrity which Javier works with is constant, he has a view of the western mind and the tricks we play to avoid our "stuff" which is difficult to find in other retreats.. It takes a western mind to know a western mind !!!! Javier provides a beautiful space in which to explore and to deepen our healing journey. His presence and attention to detail I have not come across anywhere else. The pre and post ceremony sharings are important and insightful. I most definitely recommend Javiers rereats both for advanced and beginners on the path of La Madre (Ayahausca) and Huachuma (San Pedro). The Sacred Valley of the Incas and the majestic presence of the Apus, the mountain guardians in Pisac is a wonderful container for plant medicine work. So much is becoming available these days with the surge of interest in plant medicine work that it is vitally important to choose wisely when embarking and continuing on this journey of evolution. With Javier you will make a wise choice....
Dan Furst December 18, 2016
The title comes from Sam Shepard's play Fool for Love, and means the very best. It's a fitting term for the medicine retreat by maestro Javier Regueiro that I was privileged to join in November, 2016. The retreat consisted of ten participants from three countries. This group size seems to be typical for Javier's work because it has enough people to create deep personal bonding and mutual support, and to build a strong energy container for the work of the three sacred plant medicine ceremonies -- two ayahuasca, one huachuma (San Pedro) cactus -- and the integration meetings that allowed each one to see his or her journeys mirrored in the experiences of the others. A group like this also insures that each one gets thorough preparation and guidance from Javier, and effective, really perfect support from his assistant, James Wood, the finest and most selfless artist of service I have ever met. Javier opened up the deep historical and psychological roots of the intentions I wanted to address, and helped me begin a healing and strengthening process that continues to resonate and liberate. The Ayaruna Center itself is comfortable and beautiful, and its facilities, including the main temple, the open-air maloca pavilion, the garden and the main house, filled with exquisite and inspiring works of art, could not be a better setting for this very transformational work. All of this -- and Javier is also a very funny guy.I cannot recommend him and his work highly enough, and I look forward to working with him again when I return to Peru.
Brett Allcorn September 23, 2016
Javier and the Ayaruna Center were recommended to me by three different people, which is always a good sign. I was told by them that his retreat would be more personalized, intimate and also more intense - all of which were accurate descriptions. I was really blown away by how much care Javier puts in and everything is set up to really get you results and help you along towards your intentions and goals for your retreat. You get a lot of individual time and never ever feel forgotten. Guidance is always there and Javier has a great intuition for when you are struggling or need help. Whether this is your first time or fifth time doing such a retreat, Javier is an extremely caring, knowledgeable and enlightened person to work with and this is a great place to go. He is also very entertaining, charming and funny. The immediate area of Pisac, where the Ayaruna Center is located, is beautiful, quiet and a perfect place for this kind of work. The housing/bedding situation is great. There is great food on the Paz y Luz premises (the lodging facility The Ayaruna Center has partnered with) and they are building a spa that should be ready within 4 weeks of the day I am writing this. Again, highly recommended. The best experience I've had so far and definitely deserving of a 5-star review.
Eva Bruchhaus September 04, 2016
I attended a mini retreat at ayaruna center in August 2016 with 1 wachuma and 2 ayauasca ceremonies. Well, it's always difficult to put experiences with healing plants into words, so I don't even wanna try 😊 What I can share though is that it was a profound, sometimes challenging week with deep transformation and insights. I was quite scared drinking ayauasca for the first time and I am so grateful I got the opportunity to be introduced into the sacred medicine by Javier. I felt more than safe always with Javier as he really cares for you and his absolute priority is to create a safe space to make deep healing possible. Javier is gifted with an amazing intuition of where you're at and where you could risk a deeper look inside. Absolutely happy with my experience, thank you Javier
Laura Valenti March 08, 2016
I worked intensively with Javier in the last 2 years and I can say that this experience deeply changed my life in a positive way. It is very challenging to express in few words how many blessings, healing, insights, joy, creativity, expansion and gifts I received by taking part in the ceremonies. Javier creates a very safe and beautiful space where I felt I could explore the deepest corners of my being and hold myself and my fears with tenderness and kindness. I feel I became more empowered, more deeply rooted, present, clear and connected to my body and all life. I am deeply grateful for Javier's work, I love his sense of humor and his dedication and passion for what he does. He held me and supported me many times through very difficult moments, when it really counted for me to feel that I wasn't alone and I had somebody really standing next to me with compassion. He reflected back to me my strength, my beauty, my magic and encouraged me trusting my gifts,my creativity and all I want to offer to the wider community. In the ceremonies, I met people who became friends for life (including Nora, his amazing assistant) with whom I still share the things that really matter to me. This work is priceless.
Michael Seddon February 26, 2016
As i understand it, there are several key components that are necessary for being able to develop a deeper relationship with the plants and one's own process - unique to each individual. Broadly speaking this is the 'set and setting' of efficacious work within the shamanic paradigm of plant medicine. Through my own experiences i hold importance to the centrality of the shaman as the interlocutor in this truly powerful and mysterious work. For me, Javier helped me beyond beyond my capacity to express in words, the mind 'set' for feeling and expressing my own process as it unfolded throughout my work with the medicine - Ayahuasca y San Pedro. The beautiful, supporting and nurturing 'setting' that Javier provides both for ceremony and post-ceremony discussion and sharing of experience was a very special experience that was very special for me, something i will always cherish, although i will indeed return to continue to work and hopefully learn more with him in the future. Javier remains very open and engaged in everyone's process. He is always approachable when solace is needed, and has an ability to tell you what you need to hear with impeccable timing- even though this many not be what you want to hear, which in my experience is often where some of the best work develops. The energy and magic of the mountains in which Javier's centre and home is located left me in continuous awe, literally jaw dropping - how apt a name the Sacred Valley is. The outdoor San Pedro ceremonies were amazing, with a wonderful and safe space to either walk around the lovely garden, reverently gawking at las montañas (as i do) or being in the maloca when so desired. The Ayahuasca temple is a wonderful and magical space - unique and comfortable. A description of which i exclude, best to go drink good medicine and see for yourself! In sum, i have had the good blessing to have met Javier at at timely juncture in my own journey. Many wonderful things have serendipitously grown out of this work, of which i am forever grateful. Having drank quite a few times in other locations in Peru in recent years prior to visiting Javier, i found my process with the medicine really deepen with him at the Ayaruna Centre. Lastly, Nora who works along side Javier is a beautiful soul, a joy of a human being and an inspiring woman to be around. Both Javier and Nora sing wonderful icaros - provide love, joy and encouragement for such deep spiritual work, as well as their ever present lightness and humour that for me at least, reminds me not to take myself too serious all the time. Smile, laugh, love, heal and share... First rule - both warning and wisdom as succinctly stated by Nora: 'Never trust an Ayahuasca fart'. :) En serio... Gracias, Gracias, Gracias... Michael xx
Alena La Luz January 10, 2016
I am very fortunate to have had the extraordinary opportunity to enjoy and receive profound and transformational healing due to the exceptional support and guidance of Javier and Nora at the Ayaruna Center. Surrounded by generous mountains, snuggled in the life-honoring Sacred Valley of Peru, the plant medicine ceremonies as well as the 3 week dieta retreat I have experienced with Javier were the most beautiful, impactful, and lasting healing work I have had in the 30+ years of my spiritual healing journey. What is fascinating as well, is how my healing occurred, in a relatively fast, yet deeply-rooted way… a way home to myself. My experiences with Javier have given me the ability to let go into deeper and deeper states of self-love, acceptance and forgiveness on every level. This is due entirely to the safe, loving, caring, supportive and conscious space provided by both Javier and Nora. Javier is an incredibly present, generous, and unconditionally devoted healer. His long standing relationship and personal work with the plants is completely devotional, authentic, sacred, and profound and, therefore, so is his work with each individual who steps through his door. His dedication is quite beautiful as he chooses to only allow 11 participants so that he may have time to devote personal guidance, insights, healings, and attention honoring each person on their journey. Due to his many years of experience and countless ceremonies, Javier has the most amazing ability to know when and what an individual needs during ceremony. He has an incredibly beautiful voice and will sing an icaro and offer a healing at the exact moment it is required. He will also carefully word something to an individual during ceremony and it will plant a valuable and memorable healing seed. This has happened with me many times. And has caused me to heal my view of a very traumatic event with love, compassion, reverence and forgiveness. His approach is completely unique and very well attuned to the “western mind” as he takes the time to explain in detail what to expect and how to prepare. He guides each person in setting their healing intention, and then provides an incredibly valuable integration session after the ceremony. I have experienced Javier to strike an intuitive and delicate balance of knowing when pushing me hard was needed, to using his awesome humor, to providing loving kindness. I have nicknamed him “Ninja” due to his ability to powerfully penetrate through my ill-usions in a very stealth manner. Javier and Nora both make themselves available to people in a way that I feel is very rare in any setting these days, yet particularly invaluable as to why transformation with them is so deep & lasting. They also both demonstrate clear boundaries providing a safe setting for all. Nora is a remarkable and dedicated healer. She exudes joy, beauty, open-heartedness and deep compassion. She is passionate and deeply reverent to both plant medicines and it is apparent in her ability to understand intuitively how to be of service to each individual’s needs. Nora has a beautiful and generous heart and her medicine includes a heart penetrating truthfulness combined with compassion that has been very valuable to my healing. Her other highly notable medicine which is also equally impactful, is that she has the voice of an angel and during ceremonies uses her intuition wisely and knows when to allow the energy to flow with the sacred medicine songs. It seems like it’s always perfect timing and exactly what I needed when she beautifully sings an icaro during ceremonies. Javier and Nora are a very powerful, joyful, deep and light combination and I am profoundly grateful to them both for the work they have done on themselves, their experiences which have given them their wisdom and their beautiful hearts of devotion to be humble, honorable humanitarians. I am so grateful to them for my personal healing journey and the peace, light and love I feel in my heart. Book your ticket to the Ayaruna Center and Gift yourself the greatest gift you can ever give yourself…the gift of truly enjoying the pleasure, beauty and love of your beautiful, sacred self, your true nature.
Cora Poage December 04, 2015
Javier, Nora, and the Ayaruna Center equal PURE MAGIC. I have been on the path of inner healing, growth, and transformation for most of my life. Born a Truth seeker, I prioritized counseling, spiritual workshops, readings, energy healing, and coaching since I was a teenager. However, THE MOST impacting experience (in the shortest period of time) on my journey is my work at the Ayaruna Center. I have been here three times. First, as a participant in a retreat, secondly by myself, and thirdly co-leading a retreat. All the experiences have been totally transformational. Javier is a deep, soulful, authentic, and wise guide and teacher. I still hear his words in my head all the time, "Cora Cora Cora…Self-Care is sexy" and "It's time for you to let go your membership to the Fiercely Independent North American Women's Club". These simple, yet profound statements, have helped me drop into deeper levels of self love and acceptance and also inspired me to ask and RECEIVE more support. He blends humor and lightness with immense depths of healing and sacredness. SUCH a powerful combination. His Apprentice Nora, is a beautiful balance and partner for him and an amazing healer as well. She could just lay her hand on my arm and I would cry and release and heal. And their singing voices sound like angels from Heaven. My biggest lessons and learnings through my work with Plant Medicine, Javier, Nora, and the Ayaruna Center have been: It's safe to be on Earth and in a body. In fact, it is a HUGE gift. The power of Surrender and Letting Go will guide me Home to the Flow of abundance, magic, and miracles. My sexuality is a blessing and beautiful and worth exploring fully. Pleasure and abundance is our birthright. I can trust my Inner Guidance and follow it fully. SELF FORGIVENESS. Since working/playing/healing at the Ayuruna Center for the first time 2 years ago, I have transformed my business from one based on workaholism and lack mentality to a company based on magic, joy, and what feels FUN. I have completed a marriage that we had both outgrown. I have become nomadic and the adventure in my life has up-leveled considerably. I feel so much more Present and at Peace as a way of Being. Co-leading a retreat down to the Ayaruna Center is by far one of the most magical and powerful experiences of my life. It was a profound honor to witness my Coaching Clients and friends shifting, growing, evolving, and being held and supported so beautifully by Javier and Nora. Everything flowed so smoothly and Javier and Nora went ABOVE and BEYOND to co-create the most magical journey for all of us. They even took us to two incredible mystical sites in the area that we probably wouldn't have found without them. I think of Javier, Nora, and the Ayaruna Center daily immense gratitude and love. I regularly connect with the Plant Medicine energetically to thank him/her for the healings that continue to integrate within me. AND I am already planning the next retreat down there. The Ayaruna Center is a Spiritual Home for me and Javier, Nora, and the Plant Medicine are forever Soul Family. If you feel even a slight calling to go, make your plans, reserve your space, as soon as possible, and then allow the magic to unfold. Love love LOVE. Cora
Tammy Algera December 01, 2015
What a magical place to be at for healing. Located in the Sacred Valley in Pisac. The mountains surround you making you feel even more supported and protected. The ruins are magical to look at. Javier and Nora were amazing and very supportive. I felt so safe in their caring hands. Javier was firm when he needed to be, to ensure my healing, but very supportive in my choices. Javier gave our group guidelines to follow to ensure We had the best experience and healing opportunity available. I definitely feel more calm and empowered since I've returned from the healing centre. I feel I am better able to have more control over my thoughts than before. I would definitely recommend visiting Javier if you are serious about healing yourself. When I'm ready to go back. I will definitely go back to see Javier to further my healing.
Q'alachaki November 23, 2015
Aloha, yesterday I've had a Huachuma ceremony at the beautiful Ayaruna Center. I highly reccomend to drink medicine in this safe and professional enviroment. The group was limited to 8 people so Javier had the time and space to assist everyone in the process. The place is just amaizing and carries a good warm and organic vibe. A high degree of freedom is given while engaging with the medicine work. You can either wander around the beautiful garden and find a place for your own, or join the circle located in a beautiful shady spot with an amaizing view on the mountains. After closing the ceremony just before sunset, we've had a delicious quinoa soup and cheescake aswell as tea served. For people without a hostel, the possibility of sleeping in the beautiful ayahuasca temple was given. Javier and also his assistent Nora put a lot of love into everything and filled the hearts with joy and healing. All in all it was just a beautiful, heart opening and connecting experience with great people in a wonderful location. This won't be my last ceremony in the Ayaruna Center! Love Q'alachaki