Six Week Plant Medicine Course – $4450

  • The Ayahuasca Foundation The Ayahuasca Foundation
  • AF Healing and Education Center Iquitos, Peru
  • Oct 13 - Nov 23, 2019 (42 days)
  • $4,450.00 - (US)

About This Event

Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Courses

Shipibo Plant Spirit Communication

Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Courses are intended for people who feel called to work with plants and plant medicines.  Ayahuasca is such a powerful tool for communicating with the spirits of plants, for building relationships with plant spirits, and for exploring the spiritual dimensions that connect all living beings. The indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon are deep and profound and use a wide variety of plant remedies and treatment methods.  Ayahuasca facilitates the connection to the plant spirits to accelerate learning and understanding how to use plants to treat all the conditions that effect us.  Our new Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Courses are designed for people who feel natural plant medicine is the right path for them.  The goal of the course is to provide the techniques and understanding to connect with plants to find out how best to use them in remedies and treatments.  Ayahuasca continues to get more and more attention throughout the world for its unique properties, but there is not a lot of awareness of all the other plants that combine to form the science of plant medicine.  Every culture throughout the world used  plants to provide healing and balance, and this course seeks to revive plant medicine knowledge in modern culture so that we can regain our connection to nature and the plants that sustain life for the planet.

Ayahuasca Plant Medicine courses are an opportunity to experience the Shipibo tradition of curanderismo and to connect and communicate with over a dozen important medicinal plants within the tradition. This course is a introduction to plant communication and the practice of medicine preparation and administration. The course takes place at our original retreat center, the Chamisal healing retreat and education center, a space designed specifically for healing afflictions and conditions naturally using medicinal plants. If you feel called to learn the ancient healing traditions of ayahuasca and plant medicine, this course is a wonderful place to begin. Even if you are already on the path to become a healer, this course will strengthen your connection and communication with plant spirits, helping you to deepen your understanding and work with plants in your home environment.

Shipibo Maestro don Ronor

Healer, Teacher, Course Leader

Don Ronor Lopez has been leading the Ayahuasca Foundation retreats for the last three years and has constantly demonstrated his affinity for teaching program participants about the plants and demonstrating how he makes their remedies.  He is part of a very unique and distinguished lineage within the Shipibo indigenous tradition, thanks to his awareness of and connection to the sacred Noya Rao tree.  His understanding of plant medicine is always growing due to his insatiable curiosity for learning more and connecting more deeply with plant spirits.  He is assisted by a member of the Mishana community, Ari, who has been studying Shipibo plant medicine for seven years but whose own knowledge of plants was passed on to him by his parents and grandparents.  Together with the facilitators don Ronor happily shares his knowledge and insights and creates the perfect environment for personal exploration, respecting program participants abilities to connect and learn in their own way.  By guiding course participants to discover and develop deep relationships with his own medicinal plant allies, don Ronor provides a path to further deepen your relationship with your own plant allies and to create new allies with more and more plants after the course. It is such an honor to work with Ronor and Ari and the plethora of magnificent plants that have been introduced to us.

CHAMISAL Healing and Education Center

The Ayahuasca Foundation has operated the Chamisal Healing and Education Center for over eight years, constantly developing the space and the land to better suit the needs of the programs.  We recently began a project to create an extensive botanical garden specifically for this course.  This garden will constantly grow and adapt along with the evolution of the course material as it will serve as the heart of the plant medicine course.  Students will practice gardening in this space, meditation with specific plants, learning about sustainability and permaculture, and working with plants from the ground to the process of making the remedies, to administering the plant medicine, to experiencing the healing effect on a personal and spiritual level.  In addition to the curandero and assistant course leaders, the center is located just a short walk from the Mishana community who have farms and have never lost their intimate connection and dependence to plants in their daily lives.

Cost of the Eight Week Initiation Course: US $4,450

The $4,450 price includes:

17 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies (3 per week)

More ceremonies may be added depending on the flow of the course or if it is decided they are needed

Medical treatment for any illnesses and conditions

The curanderos will attend to all the students’ afflictions and use their treatment as educational opportunities

Healing tools like mapachos, agua florida, pomades

Essential for the study and practice of curanderismo, used for strengthening connection, purification, massage

USBs with photos and audio recordings from the course

All lectures and ceremonies will be audio recorded and pictures will be taken throughout the course

Many more gifts and educational items  

You’ll receive other plant medicine materials and will make your own healing tools as well

Accommodations for three nights at a hotel in Iquitos

The first night before heading into the jungle and the last two nights upon return – the hotel has wi-fi

Accommodations for 38 nights at the Chamisal Center

Comfortable accommodations at a gorgeous riverside location inside the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve

Transportation to and from the school

A one hour bus ride and an absolutely amazing one hour boat ride take students to the center

At least two meals a day, following the ‘dieta’

Fresh fruit, juice, eggs, steamed vegetables, rice, lentils, quinoa, grilled fish, potatoes, etc

Translation of lectures, presentations, workshops, etc.

Course assistants will also add their own experiences, teachings, and explanations

An Example Itinerary for the Course:

A Daily Schedule of Lectures, Workshops and Activities

The content of each course is guided by the plant spirits and catered to the specific group of students participating in that course. Therefore, it is difficult to provide an accurate timeline or schedule. Below is an example of what might take place during a course and can demonstrate the amount and variety of content covered.


SUNDAY: Stay in a hotel in Iquitos for one night. Meet with the teachers and other students.

MONDAY: Go to the center and get settled. Ceremony discussion. CEREMONY #1

TUESDAY: Take a powerful purgative called Sangre de Grado. Private Consultations.

WEDNESDAY: Begin vapor baths.  Mapacho and pipe workshop. CEREMONY #2

THURSDAY: Mapacho and soplaying/ceremony preparation workshop.  Vapor baths.

FRIDAY: Vapor baths continue.  Agua florida workshop.  Diet discussion. CEREMONY #3

SATURDAY: Continue vapor baths. Assistant led workshop on plant communication.


SUNDAY: Take a purgative called Avilla.  Use Mucura as a respiratory cleanse.

MONDAY: Learn to prepare and administer Mucura.  Palo Santo. CEREMONY #4

TUESDAY: Begin connection and meditation with Marusa.  Marusa workshop.

WEDNESDAY: Marusa discussion and preparation workshop. CEREMONY #5

THURSDAY: Smoke baths with Achiote.  Achiote meditation and connection.

FRIDAY: Achiote discussion and bath administration workshop. CEREMONY #6

SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Take Chiric Sanango for nervous system cleanse.  Meditation activity.

MONDAY: Chiric Sanango alcohol extraction workshop.  Discussion. CEREMONY #7

TUESDAY: Ajo Sacha oral remedy.  Meditation and communication workshop.

WEDNESDAY: Ajo Sacha discussion.  Prep/Administration activity. CEREMONY #8

THURSDAY: Malva ora remedy.  Meditation and communication workshop.

FRIDAY: Malva preparation administration and discussion. CEREMONY #9

SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Take another day to rest midway through the course.  Review material.

MONDAY: Uchu Sanango preparation and meditation workshop. CEREMONY #10

TUESDAY: Take Tanti Rao remedy.  Communication and Connection activity.

WEDNESDAY: Tanti Rao discussion.  Preparation workshop. CEREMONY #11

THURSDAY: Paicco plant bath.  Connect and communicate through meditation.

FRIDAY: Prepare and administer Paicco bath.  Sharing discussion. CEREMONY #12

SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Receive poultice treatment.  Plant remedy discussion and workshop.

MONDAY: Prepare and administer poultices. Connection activity. CEREMONY #13

TUESDAY: Massage treatment.  Begin preparation of remedies to take home.

WEDNESDAY: Massage workshop.  Continue take home remedies. CEREMONY #14

THURSDAY: Continue preparation of remedies to take home for friends and family.

FRIDAY: Do a final purgative of lemongrass.  Take home remedies. CEREMONY #15

SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Plant baths for protection.  Continue making remedies for friends and family.

MONDAY: Plant baths continue.  Preparation continues.  Discussion. CEREMONY #16

TUESDAY: Love baths begin.  Review and integration workshops and discussions. 

WEDNESDAY: Final love bath.  Final review discussions. CEREMONY #17

THURSDAY: Say goodbyes to the staff and head back to Iquitos.  Lunch together.

FRIDAY: Visit an amazing plant market to purchase items to take home.  Dinner.

SATURDAY: Breakfast, receive USBs and course certificates and say goodbyes…

Each course is different and the itinerary is subject to change according to the flow of the course. Daily routines that include meditation, yoga, or other disciplines will be offered. The plants used in the dietas, baths, vapor baths, and remedies are all subject to change for each course. Material may be added or changed, and the order of workshops and discussions may also change for any particular course. We continue to improve the course each time, so the changes may not yet be reflected on the website. Each course is led by the plant teachers, assisted by the Shipibo maestros and the assistant healers.  Therefore, it is difficult to predict how the flow of the course will dictate the daily activities.


  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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