About us

Treehouse Lodging. Small group retreats with personal attention. Flexible Pricing. 2000 hectares of Virgin Amazon Rainforest. Volunteering.

Our goal is the protection of 2000 hectares of Amazon Rain Forest. For this we have decided to operate as a platform that offers the necessary space for the implementation of projects where all work can be carried out under the concept of collaboration and harmony with nature. We are an open laboratory for human/nature interaction in this part of the world. We offer ayahuasca medicine retreats, nature retreats, and artist residencies.

Keeping our retreat groups exceptionally small ( 6 -8 people), allows us to provide personal attention to each of our guests and to keep the atmosphere of a small family house in the deep forest.

Each retreat will offer you:
 - Transportation from Puerto Maldonado to Novalis
- Accommodation in our shared tree houses completely screened from mosquitos and with mosquito netting provided over the beds.- Ayahuasca ceremonies (the number dependent on the type of the retreat)
- Individual health consultations, if required
- Flower baths and cleanses ( optional )
- Individually selected plant dietas (depending on the type of the retreat)
- Pre- and post- ceremony sharing circles
- Jungle walks- Locally grown vegetarian food cooked with love
- Translation from Spanish to English 

Our home is located in the middle of primal rainforest full of animals and birds and we offer unique tree house living as a way to re-connect with nature. We offer flexible pricing on our Ayahuasca retreats, shamanic plant dietas and work exchange opportunities.

Novalis offers various options for accommodation and can host between 6 and 12 people at a time in our 3 double occupancy treehouses or the ground level 4-bedroom house. We are also available to host any guest retreats that might benefit from the rainforest setting. All our houses are completely misquito-proof and built with locally sourced lumber, often from salvaged wood and with focus on simplicity, sustainability and functionality.

Loyver Yui Lopez is our vegetalista and he conducts our ceremonies. He is a shipibo from the Alto Ucayali community of San Fransisco and learned to work with rainforest plant medicines under the tutelage of his mother, who learned with her grandfather, father and father-in-law. Loyver's mother recounted her many experiences of Medicine and ceremony to her young son. Loyver sings, helps oversee ceremonies and is a visionary painter. You can see his paintings in the photos.

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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Yulia Krashennaya   August 28, 2018

      Be careful in making your choices

    A word of caution for those thinking of coming here. In the past Loyver Yui has been involved with another center called Sacred Dimension ( that was closed after his wife Alyssan was arrested in connection with the death of a participant. While Alyssan was leading a ceremony, one of the participants passed away without notice on her part.            Here is also a news article in spanish on the event:                 Please exercise discernment in choosing who you work with, especially when it comes to medicine work.                                                 *********** CENTER RESPONSE************                                 Yulia, To begin, I want you to know how deeply sorry we are for your loss; losing a loved one is one of the most devastating things that one experiences in life, and we can not imagine your pain. Continuing to honor your friend and celebrate the life she lived we know must be important to you. We hope you continue doing so. Because the medicine work community is small, we have heard about this incident that occurred at what was then Sacred Dimension Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley. We know medicine work is complex, and that this work requires delicacy, reverence, transparency, and great responsibility. What happened to Christina should never happen again. Loyver, who works with us and has so for almost 4 years, was not present at the center during the retreat Christina attended. He left Sacred Dimension three months before this occurred, and since then, is no longer in relations with Alyssan nor does he work or live there in an capacity. As you might notice, the news article here does not mention Loyver’s name, and there is reason for that: he had nothing to do with this incident. Loyver is a sweet, humble, and gracious man from the Shipibo lineage, and we will stand by his reputation. With medicine work, there is always a risk. We know this, and we won’t pretend like this isn’t true. We pride ourselves in not only creating emotionally safe containers for participants to experience the transformational power of plant medicine, but in our ability to ensure we are creating safety structures in place to ensure that nothing like this occurs, and at the worst case scenario, to have structures in place to deal with situations appropriately before they escalate to anything like what happened to your friend, Christina. Additionally, I invite you to learn more about our project, Novalis. Ceremony is just one of many programs we provide. Our center is also a hub for Amazon conservation. This dedication to holistic offerings is one way we ensure our ceremonies are firmly grounded in reality. From our heart to yours, we wish you the best. And may Christina’s life forever be honoured. Humbly, Cassandra and Juan Novalis

  • Lara Ros   May 24, 2018

      Wonderland of the blue butterflies

    I can just echo what my predecessors wrote about this place: it is outstandingly awesome on all levels. I had the opportunity to visit the center on a crucial moment when the core team and family found their common song, continuing to create something very special together and giving people the opportunity on the basis of absolutely fair monetary contributions to encounter nature & medicine in a way that changes one’s life. Juan and his team, all warm, open and knowledgeable persons to learn a lot from, made sure that I had the best possible experience with the grandmother medicine, not to mention the nourishing food, essential oil baths in the forest, enchanting elven-like tree houses in an astonishingly welcoming and colorful forest, great wisdom of Shipibo and other spiritual-medicinal traditions and insights in potent political weaving work with local communities. I will surely return and continue being connected with them. Thank you for existing!

  • Andrew weaver   February 18, 2018

      Incredible. A place you can trust.

    It would be impossible to put my wonderful full experience of Novalis into a few paragraphs so I will keep it simple. Novalis is an incredible place that I recommend to anyone following their calling. It's setting is in the heart of the rainforest. It's truly magical, I sincerely believe it is protected by the divine and run by those blessed with the service of working with Aya and other plant medicines. The team are wonderful people who really are working for the greater good and it shows on all levels. The place is alive with an abundance of wildlife, incredible sounds and clean air. You can feel the energy. From the beautiful, comfortable and safe tree houses to the delicious food and refreshing outdoor shower it's a wonder how they achieved all this deep in the forest. The plant medicines, facilitators and shaman are of the highest order, following and respecting the traditions with care and compassion. I stayed for 3 weeks, did four ceremonies and undertook the dieta. I felt safe and protected the whole time and was an experience I will never forget. I hold it dearly in my heart. I cannot recommend this place enough and will be returning again. Thank you Novalis x

  • Margarita   January 19, 2018

      Novalis is such a magical place not to compare with any else

    When I came here, I was just so amazed by the great abundance of nature and this loving people who were there for one with knowledge and compassion :) I learned a lot during this time and the ceremony where special and eye opening for me. The medicine man a enrichment for all senes. He is there for you when you are having a bad time, during and beside of the ceremony. Especially when I went on my travelling and heard a lot of people having bad experiences with ceremonies I was so happy having the luck of finding such a special place. Living in a treehouse and waking up with a wonderful harmonic orchester of insects and the nature of the rainforest, this is just holiday for the soul. Living the essence in within. Thanks to this great guys for the support and the friendship. I will keep you always in my heart

  • Susie B   January 17, 2018

      Outstanding Eco Healing Retreat Centre- A real personal touch

    I took part in the 7 Day Ayahuasca retreat here in November 2017 and from start to finish it was an outstanding experience. First of all the location in the Amazon was one of the most sweetest and welcoming parts of the rainforest I have ever experienced. I have heard from friends of other experiences from other parts of the jungle of bugs and spiders and all sorts of nasty creatures, the location of Novalis was the complete opposite and drinking Ayahuasca in this part of the Jungle I felt so cared for and safe and a real part of the magical community that was the rainforest. We were met by Juan the owner in Puerto Moldonado and then came by boat and a walk to the centre I stayed in a huge treehouse with only the sounds of nature to keep me company, and nature is LOUD, I was woken each day at dawn by the laughing monkeys which was a wonderful alarm clock. Coming to a centre like this really gives you the true meaning of down time and relax time, there is plenty of opportunities to read many books, meditate, do yoga and really experience nature at its most splendid. The food was amazing, 3 amazing vegan meals per day I ate so much when I wasn't fasting for my ceremonies but everything was fresh and local and really the tastiest food ever. The ceremonies themselves were really intimate, Juan talked me through each one, helping me set my intentions and really get to where I was at at the time. During the ceremony which mostly comprised of 6-8 people Juan was there throughout making sure everyone was ok and getting the most out of their own ceremony. The shaman Lueyver was also there throughout for me, I really felt very held and loved and safe throughout the ceremony almost like it was just for me. Before each ceremony I was given a Reiki treatment from Jordan which really grounded me and took a lot of my fears away, as a Reiki teacher myself I know the power of Reiki to help balance the energies which I found a really beautiful touch for anyone going into a medicine ceremony. On alternate days I was also given a flower bath right in the middle of the jungle it was so beautiful The lessons that I got from all my ceremonies were priceless to me, since leaving Novalis, I can say that I am a different person. Things that bothered me now dont exist anymore. Although they say that Ayahuasca is not a magic pill that gets rid of your problems, no, the problems and issues are still there, but they either don't bother me at all anymore or I just know how to deal with them. So for me it was a magic pill, one that I am forever grateful to and to Novalis for offering me the space and personal attention to help myself become the best version of myself. I would recommend Novalis to anyone looking for an intimate and personal medicine healing experience. The location and centre itself are top notch, a real luxury eco permaculture retreat centre. Their personal touch and care from everyone in the centre really makes it feel like a family, everyone from the Shaman to Gianni the cook make you feel like you are a part of something. Drinking Ayahuasca can be an overwhelming experience, coming to a place like Novalis really made it one of the most enriching and loving experiences of my life.

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