Four Week Ayahuasca Healing Empowerment Course – $3850

About This Event


Our premiere healing retreat is a four week Healing Empowerment Course, a program designed to provide the right tools to take your healing process into your own hands.  Course participants spend 4 weeks at the Riosbo Ayahuasca Research Center (plus 2 days in Iquitos) and attend 12 ayahuasca ceremonies led by a Shipibo maestro and our assistant healers. What we have discovered after ten years of offering retreats and educational courses is that the more a person can engage and participate in the healing process, the higher the potential for healing benefits.

This healing retreat and educational course is the culmination of our developments in offering the optimal opportunity for healing on all levels. By providing a deep understanding of the methodologies and practices of healing with plant spirits and consciousness enhancement, we feel confident that this course will create a new path of empowerment for each participant to become his/her own healer.  In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies, participants also receive personalized treatments and practice integrative techniques that enhance the power of the plant medicines by cleansing and purifying the inner environment of perceptions, beliefs, and subconscious messaging.  By blending the sacred ancestral traditions with modern discoveries in holistic health, the healing empowerment course allows you to truly replant your spirit.

Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ayahuasca ceremonies have a unique quality to provide the power to play an active role in the healing process and this course teaches principles and methods to enhance that power. Complementary traditions will also be taught to further enhance the ability to regain and maintain health and happiness on all levels.  Ultimately, we all walk our own paths, we all live our own lives, and we can all take responsibility for how we react to our environments and experiences. The way we react has the greatest influence over our perceptions and it is those perceptions that determine our realities.  By learning to connect with spirit guides and plant allies, understand our true nature, and forgive and love ourselves completely, we create the optimal environment for health and happiness to grow and blossom in our lives.  That is the purpose of the healing empowerment course.

During these courses, participants receive numerous medicinal plant treatments according to the Shipibo healing treadition and the prescription of the Shipibo curandero, don Miguel. Don Miguel also teaches various aspects of the Shipibo tradition, like the use of mapachos and agua florida, healing songs called icaros, techniques like soplando y chupando, and recipes for specific plant based remedies.  The assistant healers describe each treatment, its purpose and effect, translate each discussion and workshop, and lead the integrative practices in between the ayahuasca ceremonies.

Together, the Ayahuasca Foundation’s staff provides a complete holistic healing experience combined with an in depth education on Shipibo plant medicine and personal health and happiness.  We feel strongly that this course represents the future of medicine, where we all accept and embrace our role as our own healer and the leader of our own healing process.

Methodologies and Practices

Integrative activities to enhance the healing

Therapeutic Breathwork: a powerful progression of breathing techniques combined with selected music can expand consciousness and activate an innate healing process towards harmony and wholeness. As a continuation of treatment with plant medicine, this work provides opportunities for deep exploration of the self.

> Epigenetic Reprogramming: an incredible set of practices that target and release deep seated traumas and negative thought patterns.  By enhancing control over our reactions to our internal and external environments, we can better guide the expression of our genetics towards health, harmony, and happiness.

> Guided Meditation: one of the most effective methods for mental discipline and focus, meditation is a practice that demonstrates the true power of the consciousness and its influence on our lives. With guidance in particular thought paths and perspective, inner environments can be upgraded to nourish the healing process.

> Life Coaching: creating intentional change in life helps with knowing who you are and discovering the fullest potential for yourself. Discover new perspectives about yourself, and design your own best ways of living, with inquiry processes and guiding frameworks for an integrative understanding personal choices and life transitions.

Healing Benefits

Participants will have natural plant treatments and therapies every day of this course, accompanied by workshops and discussions covering a wide variety of topics within the Shipibo healing tradition as well as cutting edge integrative practices from other cultures around the world.  After four weeks in the jungle, twelve ayahuasca ceremonies, numerous plant treatments, and a progressive series of workshops, lectures, discussions and activities that demonstrate the path to healing empowerment, participants return to Iquitos feeling refreshed and ready to take their health and life in their own hands.

Once participants return to Iquitos, they will have time to decompress and process their experiences in the jungle, and to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amazon Rainforest. Our staff will assist with travel plans, shopping trips, advice, and anything else we can provide to make the experience more beneficial.  We continue to stay in contact with all of our retreat participants via email and social media to provide further support and guidance after the retreat.

This is a place of healing and salvation, my time here has changed my life for the better and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a professionally run healing retreat. - Steve

Event Highlights

  • Up to 12 ayahuasca ceremonies led by the Shipibo curandero don Miguel
  • Dieta with the Noya Rao, the bio-luminescent tree
  • Medicinal plant vapor baths that purify the emotional body and remove physical toxins
  • Smoke baths to purify the spiritual body and provide protection against negative energy
  • Plant baths to purify the physical body and boost the energetic system
  • Love baths to attract positive energy and increase love into the emotional body
  • Purgatives to cleanse the digestive system and increase absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Respiratory cleanse to remove allergies and boost immune system response
  • Nervous system cleanse to remove emotional blockages and increase immunity
  • Blood purification to increase oxygenation and circulation to improve mental acuity and memory
  • Swimming, hiking, fishing, meditation, yoga, icaro workshops, cultural tradition lectures, counseling, relaxation


SUNDAY: Arrive and stay in a hotel for one night. Meeting with the other students and facilitators then dinner afterwards.
MONDAY: Go to Riosbo center and settle in. Have lunch and then a discussion on ceremony procedure. CEREMONY #1
TUESDAY: Digestive system cleanse with Sangre de Grado. Private consultations with the curandero. Dieta discussion.
WEDNESDAY: Begin the plant dieta with a two day fast. Talk on plant consciousness/communication. CEREMONY #2
THURSDAY: First day of fast. Mapacho and agua florida soplaying workshop. Introduction to mindfulness meditation.
FRIDAY: Second day of fast. Ceremony preparation workshop. CEREMONY #3
SATURDAY: Vapor baths begin. Workshop on Shipibo healing songs called Icaros. Evening guided meditation session.

SUNDAY: Continue vapor baths. Icaros workshop. CEREMONY #4
MONDAY: Continue vapor baths. Counseling sessions continue. Vision navigation discussion. Guided meditation.
TUESDAY: Continue vapor baths. Counseling sessions continue. Soplaying/Prayer/Icaros discussion. CEREMONY #5
WEDNESDAY: Continue vapor baths. Counseling sessions continue. Forgiveness workshop. Guided meditation.
THURSDAY: Final vapor baths. Rest and relax, swimming. CEREMONY #6
FRIDAY: Nervous system cleanse with Chiric Sanango. Icaros workshop. Watch a film in the evening or meditate.
SATURDAY: Plant baths begin. Sinus system cleanse with mucura. Plant spirit guidance discussion. CEREMONY #7

SUNDAY: Baths continue. Private consultations/review with the curandero and facilitators. Relax and enjoy the jungle.
MONDAY: Baths continue. Chi Gong session. CEREMONY #8
TUESDAY: Baths continue. Counseling sessions continue. Plant remedies and preparation/administration discussion
WEDNESDAY: Smoke baths begin. Counseling sessions continue. Chi Gong session. Meditation. CEREMONY #9
THURSDAY: Smoke baths continue. Counseling sessions continue. Integration discussion and planning workshop.
FRIDAY: Smoke baths continue. Plant remedies workshop – adaptogens and immune system. CEREMONY #10
SATURDAY: Take a hike into the deep jungle. Language of the plants lecture.

SUNDAY: Love baths begin. Personal work on areas that need attention. Chi Gong. Meditation. CEREMONY #11
MONDAY: Love baths continue. Practice the dieta ending dance and icaro. Integration workshop and discussion.
TUESDAY: Love baths continue. Final ceremony of the course. Receive protective arcanas. CEREMONY #12
WEDNESDAY: Dieta ends with a sacred ceremony. Enjoy delicious food, swim in the river. Evening celebration.
THURSDAY: Review with curandero and assistant healers. Spend one last day relaxing, taking pictures, and packing.
FRIDAY: Head back to town and spend the night in Iquitos. Have lunch with the group. Shopping at plant market, etc.
SATURDAY: Meet for breakfast. Receive course certificates and USBs. Say your goodbyes…

Venue Highlights

The Riosbo Ayahuasca Research and Education Center is:
located on the bank of the Nanay river in the heart of a national reserve
surrounded by 130,000 acres of protected land
an off-the-grid facility with full electricity and hot water
a comfortable place with private rooms and en suite bathrooms
a healing center with yoga and meditation facilities, massage room, counseling room, laboratory, and (contact info blocked)


Each room is booked as a single unless shared with a traveling companion
Rooms feature two twin beds, with mosquito nets, all bedding is provided
En suite bathrooms with hot and cold water in the showers, towels are provided
Rooms feature night stands, desks and chairs, private porch and shared balcony overlooking the river
Each room has ayahuasca inspired art by artist Anderson Debernardi
Rooms also feature full electricity from solar panels, lights, and fans


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

Menu Types

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


A common breakfast includes: Oatmeal, fresh fruit, raisins, prunes, cold pressed juice, eggs, rice, vegetables
A common lunch includes: Quinoa, lentils, salad, sweet potatoes, fruit juice, fish, herbal tea
A common dunner includes: Rice, split peas, salad, eggs, vegetables, juice, teas


Participants fly into Iquitos, Peru airport. Groups leave together in chartered bus to a village along the Nanay river, then travel by boat to the center, located inside the national reserve. It takes approximately two and a half hours to get to the center from the center of Iquitos

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