About This Center

"Arbores Plantas Lianas" retreat team is concentrated on providing the opportunity to work with:
Ayahuasca, Kambo, and maestro-plants in a medicine aspect strictly due to the traditional use of Amazonian knowledge in Europe and Peru.

For many years we work only with Peruvian Shamans and Curanderos we know and trust so you can pass a safe
and life-changing experience during our retreats and understand what is Ayahuasca ceremony in its traditional Amazonian way.
All our team is dedicated to create a safe environment for you with a constant, personal connection with real keepers of the traditional, medical use of plants. Our Yoga classes, diet during the retreat, everyday collaboration with our crew and shaman are aimed to explore the knowledge and discover the path of curanderos for you and help to integrate this experience into the everyday life. That's why we support our clients and friends not only before our retreats but also after in our group chats so you can always have the opportunity to share your experience and ask for advice.
You should be ready that our retreats are aimed at deep personal work and healing on the physical, mental and energy levels so our program is always intense with strong ceremonies from Peruvian shamans with 20+ years experience. Usually, we have
3 ceremonies of Ayahuasca minimum in one week plus Kambo ceremonies, rapé and Sanango sessions and yoga classes.
With the everyday integration and discussion, you are going to be involved in the process permanently.
The only result in our work we appreciate is your personal transformation and possibility to change your everyday life after our retreats. For this reason, we will take care of your personal comfort, your safety, daily itinerary, your diet and all other things that might be under our control.

We stand for the traditional Amazonian way of healing and protecting people

Accommodations

We offer 2 accommodation types:

- Shared double suit
- Private single or double suit with 1 double or 2 single beds

All our suits have a private bathroom and all necessary facilities for comfortable accommodation. You will feel the unique atmosphere of authentic Spanish retreat while exploring ancient ways of Amazonian shamanism.

Amenities

  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

During our retreats we serve a menu due to Ayahuasca dieting rules to avoid any health risks during ceremonies and make your experience deeper.
We can also provide for special diets or restrictions (vegetarian / vegan / allergies, etc). Before arrival we provide a participant form that will inform us about all necessary details.

Reviews  
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  • Lopo Ekeroth Simoes   December 19, 2019

      Absolutely amazing

    What can I say? This is always a very personal journey and mine was profound and beautiful, but one thing is for sure, the beautiful souls at APL are doing this for all the right reasons, their expertise will put all your concerns to rest. And their care will guide you through your experience. This was my first retreat of this kind and I couldn't be happier and more grateful to have done it through APL

  • Sasza Andersson   December 17, 2019

      incredible

    I was completely shocked over how well this was made. The professionalism of all the crew, their knowledge about Ayahuasca and how to prepare and fullfil ceremonies in the best possible way, the location and the house we lived in. This is the way to have an incredible Ayahuasca experience. I recommend this to EVERYONE.

  • Valerie-Claire Überbacher   December 13, 2019

      Life changing

    I wasn’t in a great place when I arrived but already felt better when meeting the other participants and especially the facilitators. Their professionalism is beyond incredible and they are always, yes Always there if you need/want anything. These are the kind of people you want to have around when doing something as serious and difficult as working with mother ayahuasca. They prepared me and all the other participants perfectly and always made us feel safe and comfortable. The house was very clean and felt very ‘homey’. There really isn’t anything I could think of that i didn’t like about this experience, it fundamentally changed my life. Thanks APL!!

  • Ross Hyslop   December 11, 2019

      Home coming

    I am qualified counsellor, I have 15 years experience in working withIn the field addiction and working with the underlying trauma which is presents itself through recovery . After recommending clients to look at ayahushca as part of their journey I felt after 12 years of deliberating over using the medicine personally, it would be inappropriate not to have a personal understanding. APL Put the medicine in its proper ceremonial setting, which feels very traditional. The teams compassionate and experienced guidance, assists the plant medicine to do its job and Put me in touch with repressed pain and trauma, that I was aware of and explored personal therapy before, however the difference with medicine allowed me to Consciously experience the primal pain which then loosens its hold on us. My experience of ayahuasca is its achieved in a few sittings what many years of psychotherapy can only aspire to. It has allowed me to re-experience inner qualities long been missing in action, such as wholeness, trust, love and a sense of possibility.

  • Roxana Sava   December 09, 2019

      Unconditional LOVE

    Ayahuasca journey with APL was an out of this world experience, filled with bags of unconditional love, gentleness and professionalism from the Mother medicine, facilitators - Boris, Aleksandr, Amanda, curandero Anael ❤️ and Sasha the chef-true starseed people and of course all the stunning participants. The entire week was a massive eye, heart and mind opening. Acceptance, respect, trust and surrender wrapped with layers and layers of love and Ayahuasca revealed my true self, answered me lots of questions and helped me understand the essence of life. She was gentle and good, intense and intelligent, raw and nourishing. She showed me just one layer of the reality, the begging of a new beautiful journey. The preparation, integrational talks and the one to one meetings with Anael were Perfect. The care and love for us from the organisers and from one individual to another individual were what a long tíme friendship brings. The villa and the surroundings amazing. A tribe filled with love. Awarnes is expanded, heart is soaked in peace, light and compassion and entire being is giving and receiving love and joy. Thank you and I'm so grateful we met. We will meet again soon

  • Marco Saio   December 07, 2019

      Excellent all round

    Boris and the entire team at APL delivered a very organised, professional and supportive experience. Everything from the pre-call to integration on site and even after care shows that APL takes great care and pride in their work - You really get the sense that these guys are switched on and love what they do. Food and accommodation were excellent and the team are super friendly as well - highly, highly recommended APL and will be referring friends and family. Thanks for a fantastic experience!

  • Kanz Jay   December 06, 2019

      Best decision I did was deciding on this group!

    The journey Ive through was overwhelming and very intense. I dont know what Id do with out the facilitators (amanda and borus), they were always there making sure everything is fine and helped go through a lot! and shaman was a real gentle soul! he was very understanding and kind to us. if you have decided on going through with this journey, definitly this retreat is the one to go to!

  • Bridget McLemore   December 03, 2019

      Journey back to the self

    My experience with APL shamanic journeys was everything I could have asked for and more. The team was very professional and provided a safe space for us all to go deep into our healing and our journey with mother ayahuasca. Delicious, Aya-friendly food was served each day, and upon leaving my retreat I now have a deep understanding on the importance of la dieta in respecting the plant and deepening the process of working with the medicine. Additionally, working with the Shaman, Anhel, was truly a gift. He held the space with such love and care for each individual person in the group. We were able to speak one-on-one with him and communicate our experiences, intentions and personal reasons for working with the plant. His deep love and connection with ayahuasca really impacted my journey and allowed me to go deep into my healing and transformation. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such a loving group of people and I highly recommend APL to anyone who is really ready for change in their life. APL is educational, healing and transformative. You will leave with a new sense of direction, self love and a soul family to continue your journey following the ceremony.

  • Kim Verhaeghen   December 01, 2019

      Magical

    I am just back from a 6 days retreat in Portugal. It was magical beyond words. The team offers ceremonies in a traditional way with an authentic Peruvian sjaman. And that really makes all the difference. The experience goes so much deeper, the healing is stronger, and it gives a lot of trust knowing that you are guided by someone who has the right experience. The team is really nice, well-grounded and always there when you need them - and that's important when you are traveling in the other dimensions :-). The whole experience is life changing and I highly recommend it.

  • Wade Noble   November 29, 2019

      Everything I expected and more

    What an experience! Came seeking answers, yet left with so much more. The APL team made such an effort to make us feel safe and comfortable, answering our questions with patience and understanding. Without doubt the most spiritual and healing experience of my life. Literally found myself again. Cannot speak highly enough of the team, the Shaman and the entire set up.

  • Bill Anders   November 29, 2019

      Amazing People. Amazing Experience

    This was the most amazing experience of my life. This amazing team are dedicated to allowing Aya to fill your life with love and deep change for the better. It is not an easy journey but if you open your heart and trust you will be blessed. This is a unique and beautiful experience get it while it lasts!

  • Jim Lambert   November 22, 2019

      Life changing

    Just home after 6 day retreat with APL in Portugal. This was the most challenging, amazing, loving, beautiful week of my life and was exactly what I needed to move on into my future. For the first time in years I am stepping forward with a light, happy, joyous heart and with many new soulmates along side me. To say this was life changing is not an exaggeration and I would like to thank Aneal our Shaman, Boris and the others from not only the bottom of my heart but from the depth of my soul as well. I am tearful with joy writing this and can’t recommend this retreat enough. It scores 6 stars out of 5.❤️

  • Daniel   October 14, 2019

      Great experience, 100% recommended

    I already have experience with Ayahuasca and took part in different ceremonies in different places. From that experience I can absolutely recommend APL if it's your first experience or your 100th. We had 3 ceremonies in Portugal and all of them were unique and special. I always felt safe and protected by the Shaman and all the facilitators. I especially liked their approach that the work with the medicine requiers discipline and respect. With this set and setting I didn't get disturbed by others and everybody could focus on their intention and their inner work. Everybody from the team shared a lot of knowledge that goes beyond Ayahuasca. If a friend asked me where to have his first experience, I can definitely recommend APL.

  • Rob   September 26, 2019

      Healing. And more.

    Spent my second retreat in Portugal with APL Journeys this September 2019. I came back because of the professionalism of the APL team; and their caring approach, which made me feel totally safe and cared for while going through my experiences. Respect, Trust, Surrender. This approach has an authentic Shamanic approach, even when in Portugal, you feel the power of the plant medicine, as if you were in the Peruan jungle. We learnt a lot about Shamanic tradition, about the characteristics and the spirits of the plants, and the power of the plants. The guidance by master Shamans Anael and Alberto was so sincere, so real, so in contact with 'what we cannot see' - I dream of their Icarus and it gives me strength. In my first visit I unfortunately did not have an incredible experience, with visions and big insights, which had more to do with my own internal blockades than the ceremonies or Aya. However, when returning home, changes began to happen in my head, in my mood, in my general outlook in life. I became more positive, happier, easier to let go of yesterdays ghosts. A significant improvement in my mood and wellbeing. So even if it didn't work there, it did work afterwards. So of course I returned for more beneficial effects. And this time my experience was very significant. Not only did I have some beautiful visions, but I had epiphanies and huge insights into my character, my life, and where I was going in the wrong direction. Now in the last 5 days after the retreat my insights keep on coming. Like peeling an onion, layers of my old self are dropping off, and I am seeing myself for who I truly am. The group we had was so warm and loving. Being trueful to each other, confessing our worst dreams and fears, sharing our experiences together and how we were coping, was such a beautiful experience. Mind-blowing. There was a real connection there. Something you do not witness many times in life. Also thanks to the sincerest guidance by Boris, Sasha, Celeste, Amanda. What beauty. Thank you APL team for this. One of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I will be back again. She is a real medicine. healing is good.

  • Andra Geri   September 26, 2019

      Amazing!

    This has been the best,most beautiful and most intense experience I have ever had in my life,a life changing experience. Everything was amazing,starting with the location,the mansion,the retreat team,the shaman and the group of people that joined the retreat. I highly reccomend this to everybody that needs any kind of help, phisical, mental or spiritual. Namaste :)

  • Andra Geri   September 25, 2019

      Amazing!

    This has been the best,most beautiful and most intense experience I have ever had in my life,a life changing experience. Everything was amazing,starting with the location,the mansion,the retreat team,the shaman and the group of people that joined the retreat. I highly reccomend this to everybody that needs any kind of help, phisical, mental or spiritual. Namaste :)

  • Robert Morris   September 18, 2019

      Wonderful people

    I participated in a six day Retreat in Portugal with APL and had an amazing experience!!! Boris and Sasha are fully trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable. They truly care about their guests and take Shaminism very seriously. We had the absolute pleasure to have Anael as our Shaman for the week. The kindness and love that this man pours into you is beyond description. He wants to know about you and your intentions and is fully committed to helping in every way possible. Such power this gentle man possesses to keep everyone safe during the Ceremonies hard to believe unless you have witnessed it for yourself. Thank you so very much for everything you gave to us!! I mean that from the bottom of my heart :)

  • Oliver   April 12, 2019

      One of my very best travel experiences!

    The instructors are what makes this a truly unique experience! Though they were open and willing to accommodate individual preferences and modifications.

  • Yanis   March 10, 2019

      Wonderful

    Each of the yoga classes brings with own unique styles and energy. Amazing Ayahuasca experience, which was lead by Alberto. Great experience!!!

  • Alan   March 05, 2019

      :)

    PERU is such a special place!! It’s calling me again already

  • Alex   March 05, 2019

      Pura vida

    I felt at home as soon as I arrived. Alberto and Boris were so welcoming !! They were available during my entire stay, with good advices and checking eveything was ok. Thank you!

  • Ava Alfie   March 03, 2019

      Deep healing!

    Wonderful yoga classes, inspiring food, fiery hearted devotional singing, space and time for sharing and personal reflection! Ceremonies.... amazing!

  • Ava Alfie   March 03, 2019

      Perfect!

    I liked the mixture of yoga and meditation and the Shamanic experience was a truly holistic one. The food was excellent. The yoga was considered and strengthening and with the instruction and her corrections I now feel I have learnt how to hold a pose for longer and with more certainty. The surroundings were perfect.

  • Aylin Bryant   March 01, 2019

      Very chilly retreat

    Team are awesome! Very lovely and always helpful! The Yoga-classes were really good! I already miss them. And not to forget the healthy food and the location near a cosy beach!

  • Adam Nelson   March 01, 2019

      Excellent place to practice shamanism

    The ceremonies were great for most levels and I feel like I learnt so much from the Medicine. The food was nice and staff are unbelievably friendly.

  • Adeline Roberts   March 01, 2019

      Short stay at Apl journeys in Portugal

    From the kind taxi driver, who had to wait over an hour for us to a the last hug from the curandero on leaving. A wonderful 3 days. Back for a full week in 2019!

  • Monica Williams   March 01, 2019

      Relaxing and restorative

    Everything was perfect at retreat with Apl journyes team and Shaman Anael! The days were structured really well, the classes were excellent and the food was amazing! It's a great place to meet people and spend some time recovering from a busy life. Jungle trip was amazing!

  • Mary Rogers   March 01, 2019

      Thank you!!!!!!!!!! <3

    APL Journeys retreat was far better than I expected. I loved the low key atmosphere, the relaxed staff who treat you like family, the eco-friendly huts with outdoor private showers and most importantly the vibe created by other guests, usually whom are also solo travelers, that welcomed each new guest to the group with open arms. The yoga instructors were lovely and the fairly relaxed schedule of twice a day yoga.

  • Leo   February 27, 2019

      Love this place

    All the staff were very good, helpful, polite and kind. The location is beautiful in Porugal. All the organised activities were interesting and engaging. Beautiful swimming pool in the villa. I had 3 excellent ceremonies at the retreat. If you want to Ayahuasca experience this is the place to visit!

  • Olivia   February 27, 2019

      Amazing ayahuasca and yoga retreat

    Perfect location, great food. The best part for me was the Aya ceremonies and Kambo. A perfect place to rejuvenate and heal. I’ll definitely be back.

  • Grace   February 27, 2019

      Wonderful stay, thank you!

    The staff at this place are some of the nicest people I have ever met!

  • Jacob   February 27, 2019

      "wonderful journey"

    Overall I moved my stress levels to zero. I healed and moved a lot of negative stuff in my life! Thank you Mother Ayahuasca!

  • Liam   February 27, 2019

      Nice experience!

    I’m so happy to have been there it was an amazing experience. I met a very nice people, I love the classes with the smoothies and of course Alberto is a such strong Shaman!

  • Benjamin   February 27, 2019

      Exceeded my expectations

    This is exactly what I wanted. 2 Yoga classes a day, the evening being more restorative. Celeste is the sweetest, most genuine yoga teacher I’ve ever had. Rooftop yoga with great views. Really healing ceremonies with Medicine! Thanks a lot!

  • Aubrey Peterson   February 13, 2019

      Transformation retreat!

    Attended the 2-week retreat at the APL Journeys in December 2018. From start to finish the entire journey was absolutely amazing. The camp and jungles were very beautiful, the staff was very knowledgeable. They take complete and full care of you during every step of your journey. Ceremonies were very strong, intense and deep healing! Thanks Team APL Journeys !

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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