About This Center
AYA Healing Retreats offer sacred plant medicine retreats in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.
We draw upon the wealth of indigenous knowledge and healing wisdom of the Shipibo tribespeople native to this region to offer you a truly unique, authentic and life changing healing experience. We are committed to preserving the integrity of the ancient shamanic traditions and the sacred land we conduct our ceremonies on.
We work with highly respected curanderos and curanderas who have been apprenticed from a young age in healing through sacred medicinal plants and remedies such as Ayahuasca and various Master Plants. In addition to our traditional healers, each of our facilitators have experienced powerful growth and transformation through sacred plant medicines, they are available to support you in boldly going to the edge of your courage and in integrating this work once you return to the day to day routine of life in your home country.
We believe that the healing and insight we receive through working with sacred plant medicines compels us to use this newfound wisdom and compassion for good. We donate a percentage of our profits to two extraordinary NGO’s who are working to heal trauma throughout Nepal, Asia and to regenerate the Peruvian Amazon by strengthening indigenous communities to combat deforestation, discrimination and marginalisation.
We are committed to doing everything possible to guarantee your safety whilst on retreat. In addition to have a superior first aid and emergency protocol, we have partnered with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service to create a comprehensive medical screening process. Your safety and the safety of others is our first and most important priority.
Your home for the duration of your retreat is the Sui Sui Center.
Sui Sui takes its name from the bird native to this region, the Sui Sui (Thraupis episcopus), which you can easily spot her and be enchanted by her sweet call in the early morning and evening. The centre is located on the banks of the picturesque Lake Cashibocacha, which is home to many species of birds, fish (including piranha) and monkeys. Many indigenous Shipibo communities also live around Lake Cashibocacha.
The Centre houses a large ceremonial space called a Maloca (communal house); it is here that we will where we will participate in ourAyahuasca rituals on several of our evenings. The centre also hosts a main kitchen and dining area and several communal areas, which are excellent for enjoying great conversation with others and admiring the ever-changing lakeside. You will have your own private bungalow, which faces directly onto Lake Cashibocacha. Sui Sui is fully equipped with an emergency fire protocol as well as several fully stocked first aid kits. The camp also hosts several Western toilets and modern showers and hand washing sinks.
Sui Sui is fueled completely by solar power and is situated on fifty acres of thriving Amazonian forest land.
Within Sui Sui’s labyrinth like gardens you will find an astonishing selection of various medicinal plants including the mother Ayahuasca and native Amazonian plant life.
We have reliable access to the Internet as well as phone reception, however we recommend that you take care of all matters that require your urgent attention prior to joining us on retreat, either while in Pucallpa or in your home country. This will enable you to be fully present and to receive the true healing benefits from not only the sacred plant medicines, but from the superior beauty of the surrounding forest and lakeside environment.
The lake surrounding Sui Sui is remarkably clean and free from the pollution we are accustomed to that characterises our urban waterways. To preserve the integrity of the river water, we only permit our guests to use biodegradable and chemical free soaps, shampoos and toothpastes. We will have chemical free soaps, insect repellents and shampoo available at the camp for a small fee, but we do encourage you to bring your own.
While at with usyou will be enjoying a private jungle bungalow (or Tambo) with a spectacular view of Lake Cashibocacha. Your Tambo is fully protected from mosquitos by a special screen surrounding the doors and windows. You will have your own comfortable double bed to rest on each night and all privacy you need to recharge and contemplate the day’s events. The Tambo’s are rustic, yet spacious and are guaranteed to offer you an authentic Peruvian forest experience.
If, like us, you feel called to step into a more authentic and compassionate way of being, to let go of old patterns, limiting beliefs and to create a life you love, we invite you to contact one of our remarkable facilitators now to learn more about our retreats and the life changing potential of sacred plant medicine.
Elio is an amazing leader! On point organisation and structure. He is well connected in the indigenous community and has a great understanding of the spiritual journeys and the psychology of us humans. Elio is highly likeable and someone you will trust from the beginning of your journey.
Venue HighlightsThe Sui Sui Centre houses a large ceremonial space called a Maloca (communal house); it is here that we will where we will participate in our Ayahuasca rituals on several of our evenings. The centre also hosts a main kitchen and dining area and several communal areas, which are excellent for enjoying great conversation with others and admiring the ever-changing lakeside. You will have your own private bungalow, which faces directly onto Lake Cashibocacha. Sui Sui is fully equipped with an emergency fire protocol as well as several fully stocked first aid kits. The camp also hosts several Western toilets and modern showers and hand washing sinks.
Sui Sui has reliable access to the Internet as well as phone reception, however we recommend that you take care of all matters that require your urgent attention prior to joining us on retreat, either while in Pucallpa or in your home country. This will enable you to be fully present and to receive the true healing benefits from not only the sacred plant medicines, but from the superior beauty of the surrounding forest and lakeside environment.
The lake surrounding Sui Sui is remarkably clean and free from the pollution we are accustomed to that characterizes our urban waterways. To preserve the integrity of the river water, we only permit our guests to use biodegradable and chemical free soaps, shampoos and toothpastes. We will have chemical free soaps, insect repellents and shampoo available at the camp for a small fee, but we do encourage you to bring your own.
AccommodationsWhile at Sui Sui you will be enjoying a private jungle bungalow (or Tambo) with a spectacular view of Lake Cashibocacha. Your Tambo is fully protected from mosquitos by a special screen surrounding the doors and windows. You will have your own comfortable double bed to rest on each night and all privacy you need to recharge and contemplate the day’s events. The Tambo’s are rustic, yet spacious and are guaranteed to offer you an authentic Peruvian forest experience.
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineWhilst on retreat we will enjoy three superb meals per day, freshly prepared by the team at the Sui Sui Centre. On the days of our Ayahuasca ceremonies we will restrict this to 2 meals, the last one is not to be eaten after 2pm.
All meals are prepared with the best local ingredients and will be mostly vegetarian with the occasional river fish and organic chicken.
All meals will be free from:
If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us upon receiving confirmation of your place on retreat.
DirectionsFree transportation to/from our center
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Joey Jo Jo September 08, 2018
I would like to express my uttermost gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the entire crew at Aya Healing Retreats. Elio has created something truly special and put his whole heart into this centre. The crew is incredible. Anna and Elio compliment each other really well, and provide a great balance of masculine and feminine energy. Seeing the two of them work together in ceremony is remarkable. Maestro Don Miguel is interactive, approachable, joyful and funny. He is exactly what you want in a Maestro. He is also extremely knowledgeable of plant medicines and able to prescribe concoctions to almost any physical or psychological aliment you might have. The 12 day retreat far exceeded my expectations. There are many other activities to participate in over the 12 days, enriching the experience and helping to compliment the work with Aya and the master plant dieta. I would highly recommend this centre.
Sylvia Sabata November 03, 2017
I have just come back from an Aya Healing Retreat and I have only amazing things to say. It was my first experience with ayahuasca and I really couldn't imagine doing it anywhere else because my experience was so perfect and profound. The experience is amplified with the Master Plant Dieta where you work with specific plants to aid in your journey. Doing both brought me so much closer to nature and healed my body and my soul on so many levels. My life has changed so much already and I am looking forward to what is to come. I cannot recommend this retreat and the people behind it more. They exemplify everything I want to become. I am so grateful, thank you.
Michael Torn October 22, 2017
I just concluded my first Master Plant Dieta at AYA Healing Retreat and it was the best thing in my life ! I have done an Ayahuasca retreat before but the Master Plant Dieta just took me to a whole new level of healing and teachings. My Master Plant was Chullachaqui and after the first part of the retreat, and of my cleansing I could connect with the spirit of the Tree and I received so much healing and finally found my gift. I feel very empowered and inspired by this magical experience and I ready to make the right shifts in my life. Thanks to Mother Aya and Chullachaqui. The curandero Don Miguel is very genuine and loving man, his knowledge on plant medicine is impressive and I highly recommend him as a Maestro to anyone on plant medicine path. Elio is very compassionate and kind and he was such support during my hardest and dark time..thank you so much for your work! I am glad to have the integration Skype sessions with Atira as I know I will be set to success having the sessions to support my integration. Thank you again to everyone at AYA Healing Retreats!!!
leah spert September 03, 2017
I participated in few ceremonies in May 2017 and it was an incredible transformative experience that I will carry for the rest of my life. I am full of gratitude to the team of AYA Healing Retreats and the Shipibo Maestra Juanita, they have guided and support me during my Sacred journey in such compassionate way, they're angels and authentically in service to the "Mother" Ayahuasca. I will be back soon!
Mikael Soderlindh August 17, 2017
The team at AYA Healing Retreats are well connected in the indigenous community and have a great understanding of the spiritual journeys and the psychology of us humans. The curandero is highly likeable and someone you will trust from the beginning of your journey.
Henry Vit August 05, 2017
I feel lucky and honoured to have met Elio, who organized probably the best jungle-trip I have ever had. Elio introduced us to the oldest shamanic family of Peru. Elio appeared not only as a reliable and very empathetic facilitator, but also as a close friend and loving ceremony contributor who openly shares his deep knowledge of the medicinal plants and the shamanic way of life. I look forward to meeting him again for many more magical adventures in the future. Thank you very much!
Tony Clark July 30, 2017
After many years on ‘the road less travelled’ and the chance meetings with remarkable wonderful souls. I had the good fortune to come into the presence of Maneesh de Moor and Elio. We spent a wonderful time together, this is a reminder for me of what the most beautiful quality of love and connection in my life can be. The most magical places and time remembered, such events are rare. As we all look back into our lives, we remember those quintessential special moments of bliss, joy, enlightenment to the opening of your heart space, our kinship to all. This encounter with Maneesh and Elio was one of those times. Their love and support is boundless. Their music transcends the spirit to the indescribable. Very rarely do I recommend 2 people to work with, but feel honoured and bound to say to everyone who reads this. They are the gifts for you, to spend time with them in something so special, for YOUR LIFE — Namaste. Bodhi Madito.
Lena M July 24, 2017
Don Miguel was one of the shamans teaching my 10 week initiation course. All of the Shipibo shamans and staff were absolutely amazing but I connected with him the most by far. He was the most approachable; I found it easy to interact with him, he seemed the most capable of bridging the connection between the Shipibo culture and our western culture. When I wanted a pipe I asked him to make one for me because I wanted his specific energy in it. I felt I had a lot to learn from him. I love his joy, the way he effortlessly expresses it in every moment of his being, the way he laughs without attachment or restriction. He is very comfortable in his own skin, quirky and interesting in his teaching style. He also had a way about him when I interacted with him or watched him interact with others that helped me become conscious of my fears. His singing during ceremony had a profound effect on me. Other shamans had more direct and penetrating energy, he had a way with his singing that induced a therapeutic trance in me that aided my ability to learn how to bring my body into a vibration capable of creating healing. Other shamans did it for me and it didn’t stick. He soothed my mind enough to help me surrender into my intuition and experience a higher vibration on a molecular level that I could uphold long after he stopped singing. I found his style to be feminine in a way, a very good way. He taught me by gently circling the “problem/opportunity” with his singing, giving me an opportunity to unwrap another layer in a relaxed, gentle yet focused way. This feminine way made me feel like I did it myself, I released on a molecular level by relaxing into a trance and reprogramming my brain from that state of mind. I highly recommend experiencing ceremony with him
Mark Stulk July 23, 2017
Drinking Ayahuasca has helped me to find my way back to myself and has opened my eyes to a new understanding of reality and a new perspective on life. Ayahuasca opened a door to a new world that I was scared to enter before. Ayahuasca is a teacher and a tool, once you have the knowledge it’s up to you to create your life and to put the teachings in action. This work is a wonderful ongoing process. Elio is very loving; a happy and balanced person. He radiates a very strong, positive energy that makes you feel completely comfortable. Helping others is his priority in life.
Pauline Gallagher July 22, 2017
I was very nervous but excited at the same time as I anticipated the next journey on my spiritual path. I am not usually one for going to new places on my own especially when I don’t know who will be there or what would be happening. When I arrived, I was greeted by Elio with a warm inviting smile and a lovely big hug. He made sure that I was at ease. He explained every detail of how the retreat would unfold and made sure that I was comfortable before doing anything. There was never any pressure. The retreat brought amazing insights from past lives and revealed future ones waiting to be discovered … Wow! My body felt cleansed, relaxed and energised by the time the weekend was over and to be honest, I didn’t want to leave. I felt so safe and loved; a feeling that I will never forget, it was so uplifting, a wonderful feeling of being one with the universe itself. I have no hesitation in recommending this retreat lead by Elio who certainly endeavours to make your experience a most amazing, enjoyable journey in finding your true self. Thank you, Elio, for such a wonderful and caring experience.