Welcome to La Medicina! A plant medicine retreat sanctuary in the high jungle of Peru
We offer individual care and attention direct from the heart.
A traditionally trained Western Ayahuascero
Our lead Ayahuascero Chris, has over 14 years experience working with the medicine, and is one of the few westerners to have completed a traditional apprenticeship (Mestizo tradition) who continues to live and practice in the Peruvian Amazon. He also has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Mind Body Spirit field, having worked for 39 years as an astrologer and clairvoyant, guiding over 10,000 people.
As you go through your healing process, nothing will be lost in translation, and you will be able to ask questions directly to the very person who has prepared and is serving your medicine.
Chris has also spearheaded the cultivation of various medicinal plants, and after 7 years our center is now fully self-sufficient in both Ayahuasca and Chacruna.
Supportive retreats in Pristine Nature
Maximum group size of only 8 guests, allows for plenty of individual guidance and support throughout your retreat. Our center has been built in the protected area of Cordilliera Escalera National Park, with the approval of the local government and community, and the beauty and energy of nature being so immediate seems to enhance the power of the medicine.
Enhancing Life-forwarding Experiences
During the 7 year construction period of La Medicina, our focus has been on creating a comfortable healing space that supports deep inner work. High quality materials have been used throughout to create simple yet elegant accommodation.
“La Medicina is a true sanctuary for healing wisdom.” Sebastian N (Germany)
“From the moment I got there I felt welcome and safe. The feeling of being safe, was integral to letting the medicine do its work.” Christopher M (USA)
“To say that Chris not only provided guidance but a safe space for my healing is an understatement. I was honoured by the time he spent helping me process and integrate what I was learning. The groups are intimate, which allows for more in-depth dialogue with the shaman.” Heidi E (USA)
“The secluded environment of the center is perfect to calm the mind and detox from daily routine. And the rich library of spiritual books and teachings is a great touch.” Olga and Oleg (Canada)
“From the first moment I felt comfortable with everything. For me personally, it was a kind of life-changing experience.” Nils K (Germany)
Wonder upon Wonder All becomes True, the Whole Universe Dancing through You
Venue HighlightsThe 78 acres of La Medicina are nestled within the Cordillera Escalera mountain range, just twenty minutes from the airport and the town center of Tarapoto, and yet an area of pristine nature and abundant wildlife. When building our sanctuary we have tried to leave untouched as many of the original trees and plants as possible. All of the land is in a protected zone, and we have developed a close relationship with the local government conservation agency. One can walk straight up the mountain into primary, virgin forest of the high jungle.
Nature itself is healing, and whether you are staying in our comfortable guesthouse or one of our solid and well screened Tambos, you will experience with all your senses the vibrancy of the jungle. Lush winds blow down from higher up the mountain, cicadas serenade dawn and dusk. Parrots, Toucans, Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Hummingbirds and Kites are just some of the birds who bless the land. Families of small monkeys regularly swing through the trees searching for food. A variety of coloful butterflies flitter about to brigthen each day. And the Choclino stream flows gracefully through the center, our drinking water coming from a sacred waterfall near its source.
We have no mains electricity, and use a low impact solar power system for lighting and refrigeration. Most of our retreats are technology free, a true digital detox that provides a much deeper experience. We also have Earth-friendly biodigester composting tanks, which means you can enjoy using flush toilets while still being kind to the environment!
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineFor the Ayahuasca Initiation Retreats you will be served mainly vegetarian/vegan food, with the addtion of some local fish or chicken. Breakfast includes a variety of fresh fruits with chia seeds, porridge and our own organic eggs. Lunch is usually a large fresh salad, rice and veg, with occasional fish or organic chicken. On nights with no ceremonies, a simple, light soup is provided, accompanied by either quinua or rice.
For the Dieta Retreats there are two options. A traditional menu selected from oats, eggs, white rice, farinha (fermented yuca) and fish. Or for vegans and vegetarians, brown rice, carrots and lentils, with farinha for dinner on nights with no ceremonies. No salt or other seasonings are used.
With all of our retreats, the food has been selected to enhance the work of the medicine. Wherever possible we use food taken from the land, and depending on the season, have bananas, plantains, papayas, yuca and wild potatato, mushrooms, plus of course chickens and eggs year-round.
AccommodationsFor the Ayahuasca Initiation retreats, you will be staying in either our main guesthouse or Casa Vista. Both are brick buildings with beautiful huayruro wood on the outside. The guesthouse has a living room and 3 twin bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom and private terrace.
Casa Vista is higher up on the land, just below the medicinal garden. The views from the living room are stunning, and often monkeys can be seen scampering across the mango tree just in front. There are two twin bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and terrace. Water pressure is excellent in all bathrooms due to the inclination of our mountain setting. Hot showers are availble 24/7, although with intense medicine work, cold showers are often more advisible.
For Traditional Dieta Retreats, you will be in a single occupancy Tambos, (wooden huts.) Our Tambos are built using the highest quality wood available, huayruro and qunilla. Ondulay panels are used for the roofing, as palm leaves require too much insecticide use to deal with termites. All Tambos are very well screened against mosquitos and other insects. The lower Maloca provides bathroom facilites (flush toilets) for four Tambos, and one large Tambo called Paraiso has its own private bathroom unit. Candles are used for lighting at night.
For those completing a dieta who wish to add some days of integration on the land, there is a choice to stay in your Tambo or move into the guesthouse or Casa Vista. Most guests, however, find it a real wrench to leave the cosy medicinal world of thier Tambo!
DirectionsTarapoto is just over an hour's flight from Lima, with four main airlines providing a direct service. We ask all guests to arrive at least one day early, so that we can be certain of picking everyone up from their hotel/lodge at 10-10.30am on the morning of the retreat. Tarapoto is a safe and friendly town with many good cafes and restaurants, plus a variety of accommodation. It's a great place to wind down after your journey and prepare for the transformative week ahead.
La Medicina is only a twenty minute scenic car ride from Tarapoto, so before you know it, you'll be walking across our bridge and enjoying the pure, high jungle air.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Chris Copp November 14, 2018
Having experienced the medicine in a number of different environments with a variety of shamans I can say the experience at La Medicina is second to none. Chris and Nori have gone to great lengths to make every part of the retreat geared to your highest good. The beautiful land, simple accommodations, nourishing food, personal attention, and loving atmosphere were the right setting to open to the medicine. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a retreat with them.
Alex Ka November 13, 2018
La Medicina is a very special place. I felt like the experience I had here has helped me grow more than any other experience I have had so far. There was enough guidance and enough space to work on my own. Chris and Nori are great people, and I am looking forward to spending more time with them at the center in the future. The center itself is very clean and well maintained. You will be cared for here and this will be a good place to experience that which you need to experience. I highly recommend La Medicina to anyone looking for a retreat.
Greg Y November 12, 2018
From what I observed the experience was very individual and not able to truly be described in words. All who were present had different experiences that seemed completely relevant to what is going on or has gone on in their lives. The sensitivity I experienced during and when leaving the retreat took me some time to understand and work with. There was no hiding I felt, like you had to face who you are and perhaps we all had that in common. I was unable to ignore certain things that came up from my past and the time alone in the tambo helped me face and work though things along with some guidance from Chris. What I got from the experience was a feeling of an internal cleansing both mental and physical. I would truly like to return and spend more time exploring with Chris and Nori. I felt they really care about the individual experience and help each person get the best out of their time in such an intense and beautiful paradise. Greg Y. (New Zealand)
Viktoriya Blokhin November 09, 2018
La-Medicina is a very special place, it becomes your home and family in the jungle. The center is dreamlike beautiful and greatly designed. I couldn’t ever expect to feel so safe and comfortable in a jungle. However, I believe that many people would agree with me that the very special part of La Medicina is its hosts. Chris and Nori are truly kind, caring, and profound couple. Even if you would simply spend time with them that would be a powerful and transformative experience by itself. They provide you with just enough guidance and support. You walk through the experience by yourself but feel that they are there for you if needed. If you are looking for a retreat I couldn’t think of a better place than La Medicina.
John Patton November 07, 2018
I have been working with medicine for over 12 years and La Medicina retreat center is the finest center I have experienced for healing and growth. Chris and Nori have gone above and beyond in developing the center in order to provide guests the best environment in which to do their own deep work. From the layout, taking great care to leave as much of the forest undisturbed as possible, to the quality and comfort of the center to the focus on conservation and sustainability of the forest and medicinal plants, this center is the best I have experienced for the purpose of deep, personal work. Chris practices a powerful and nurturing blend of many years of training in the mestizo tradition of the Amazon, deep plant knowledge and an abiding love for shamanic traditions as a whole.
Pietro Gagliano November 07, 2018
My brother and I visited La Medicina just over a year ago, and it was a transformative experience. While it was amazing to re-connect with nature and separate ourselves from technology, the visions and teachings that I received from the Medicine were so profound that they ultimately changed my life. Chris approaches his practice from such a warm, authentic place, and I was very impressed with how he is able to balance ancient wisdom with modern philosophy. I would recommend this retreat centre to anyone who is looking for answers from their heart.
Olga G. November 06, 2018
My husband and I had a powerful and mind blowing experience in opening the heart and eyes to better and conscious life. We loved everything about the center - the quietness, lush gardens, monkeys and butterflies everywhere. This place radiates harmony, care and love which is direct reflection of how Chris and Nori see the world. The secluded environment of the centre is perfect to calm the mind and detox from daily routine. And rich library of spiritual books and teachings is a great touch. Chris and Nori in essence are a family to us now and we will be back again. Highly recommend to anyone looking for an empowering healing and mindful experience.
Sebastian Nienaber November 05, 2018
La medicina is a true sanctuary for healing and wisdom. Chris and Nori provide such a peaceful and loving space in the beautiful surroundings of the High Jungle. In his healing art, Chris offers a rare and powerful blend of many years of shamanic training, deep plant knowledge and fluency in different forms of divination - all while being rooted in eastern, non-dual philosophy. My time at La Medicina was one of the most important experiences in my life - all in all, I can not recommend it more highly!