"Nii Rao Nete" means The Universe of Forest Medicines in the Shipibo language. We are a small, indigenous owned and run center in the Shipibo community of Nueva Betania, offering sacred plant medicine healing, a Shipibo cultural immersion experience, and a unique opportunity to share space with a Shipibo family. Our center is for those seeking to immerse themselves in the Shipibo lifestyle.
Maestro Luis Tangoa Ochavano, born and raised in the community of Nueva Betania is our maestro with more than 20 years of experience in the field. His interest in medicinal plants was sparked when he was 14 years old, as he saw his uncles, maestros themselves, use plants for healing. Luis, who’s shipibo name “Roninrawa” means “the power of the anaconda”, is also a visual artist and avid musician.
"Finding the proper balance between sincerity, #authenticity and price is a challenge. Nii Rao Nete was that balance for me. I value the 5 and a half days I spent here with Luis, his family and Sam, and I consider it a great #gift. This isn’t a decontextualized center à la Iquitos nor is it a posh yoga style retreat. This is Luis’ home and community. His family is very sweet, and I appreciated being welcomed into their home for meals and conversation. There is space to create art, to reflect and to learn about #medicinalplants and #shipibo culture and beliefs. If you’re a newcomer, it behooves you to do your own research. There are no guarantees, especially for a short stay. Be open and honest about your expectations and questions. You’ll get out of it what you put in. Luis' respect for and dedication to the medicine is very apparent, and he is at his best during #ceremony where he is attentive and caring and provides guidance when it matters most. Ceremony was conducted in very small groups, and the personal attention was very much appreciated. At the end of the day, the power is in the medicine. Follow plants, not gurus. But a caring and experienced maestro is invaluable to guide you through the depths."
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
AccommodationsWe have two small private rooms in traditional houses, which have a full double bed, mosquito net, hammock, and other commodities. We also use compost toilets in order to maintain an eco-friendly environment. For showers, you can bathe in the river, or use buckets with water from an underground water well, which we will provide in the shower area. Usually the shipibo either do bucket showers or river showers. We use a family kitchen, where you will be able to eat your meals with the family, and feel like a part of them.
Electricity is rationed. There is no daily electricity, but you will be able to charge your phone from a solar panel USB plug. Occasionally, around 3 times a week for about 3 hours in the evening, there is public lighting, and then, the plugs within homes work. Make sure you bring your items fully charged, and take advantage of nights where there is public lighting. You can also bring solar chargers!
There is very poor phone signal in the community. There are only very specific spots where you can make phone calls. There is a satellite phone where people can call you in case of an emergency, and also you can buy calling cards, but these tend to be expensive. We recommend you arrange your affairs before departure.
People in the community are used to their local water, which comes from underground wells, but your body might not be used to it. We will provide 20L water jugs of safe drinking water. We recommend you bring your own water bottle and water purification tablets just in case.