Four Week Ayahuasca Healing Empowerment Course – $3850
- 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…
About This Event
REPLANT YOUR SPIRIT
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 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.
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
Venue HighlightsThe 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 more...
AccommodationsEach 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
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- House Keeping
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineA 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
DirectionsParticipants 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
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Skhye Morrison December 01, 2019
I came with no expectations, and was blown away by the care and medicine received. We had real time training with real world shamanism. Holding space for others and being held with such grace. Lessons of patience, acceptance, flowing with feeling and emotion. Thank you to the facilitators and to Maestro. Deep thanks to Carlos for making this all possible. Magic happens here.
Jade Duncan November 16, 2019
When first thinking about journeying into the jungle to take Ayahuasca for the first time I was a bit nervous, but we couldn’t have picked a better organisation to take the journey with. Carlos and the team did a fantastic job of organising the entire experience and I felt safe and well informed throughout, starting from before the retreat even began. My partner and I did the 8 day retreat at Riosbo and I would highly recommend this to anyone considering taking Ayahuasca for the first time. The two facilitator Nick and Mike, were extremely helpful and caring throughout the retreat. They are also really well informed and open, you could literally ask them anything, beyond that they made you feel safe and cared for throughout. The accommodation was perfect- clean, modern and comfortable. Overall just a great setting for the experience. The ceremonies were traditional. Don Miguel, Mike and Nick did an amazing job of singing the Icaros and holding the space for everyone. Big thank you to the whole team for providing a safe place to experience this incredible medicine in it’s traditional setting.
Richard Hughes November 07, 2019
Carlos and the team at the Ayahuasca Foundation provide the most incredible experience, one that we will cherish forever. My partner and I did the 8 day rejuvenation retreat, and it was fantastic right from the start. The initial organisation and information we received was incredibly detailed and helped us prepare for the experience completely. Carlos and the team were ever present to answer any questions or concerns we had, and had everything so well arranged and coordinated that it all flowed smoothly. The accommodation at either end of the trip is comfortable and a nice place to stop over before heading to Riosbo. The lodge we stayed at in the jungle was beautiful, it is incredibly well maintained, everything feels new. The lodge is in a fantastic location on the river (that you can swim in), with the jungle behind it, it was perfect, The rooms are all spacious, clean and the facilities excellent. We didn’t really see many mosquitos at all, but there were nets in great condition on all windows that kept them out regardless. We did yoga a couple of times and several other healing therapies, including steam baths, sangre de grada and daily medicines. Between ceremonies and healing we got plenty of time to integrate, relax in a hammock and read or sleep, it was so peaceful. Nick and Mike were our two facilitators, and they are two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, with incredibly beautiful souls and the patience of saints. They took careful time explaining everything in detail and answered any questions we had completely. It made us feel very safe, knowing that we had two very experienced people who also spoke fluent english in case we were struggling, and who had super grounded, positive energy. The ayahuasca itself was pure and strong, it was beautiful medicine. Don Miguel is a talented shaman, his singing is like nothing I have ever heard, full of tenderness, incredible power and it spoke to my soul. He has an awesome relationship with the plant, and he shares that power with you, he really shares something beautiful in ceremony, it was a privilege to drink with him. In the day he is smiling and laughing, but when ceremony begins, he shows a power and a connection that blew my mind (literally), it was awesome. The two Peruvian gentlemen who help during ceremony and during the day, Pancho and Hernan, were a blessing. They prepared the Maloka and us before ceremony, and supported us when we were struggling, and helped us to the bathroom when we were wobbly on our feet. They were amazing, a huge thank you to both of them! They both also sang beautifully towards the end of ceremony, I am glad that I got to share those moments with them. Nick and Mike shared the burden of singing during ceremony with Don Miguel, they both sang incredibly well, their Icaros were beautiful and made the experience as amazing as it was. Mike sang beautifully, for hours if needed, transporting me to other worlds. Nick is an incredibly talented musician, who played the guitar and other instruments with amazing skill. These two guys did the most fantastic job, and I couldn’t feel a deeper gratitude towards them. Overall, the rejuvenation retreat was the most deeply beautiful, love filled experience I have ever had. It was wonderful, and I have been recommending it to people ever since I left a few weeks ago. If you are looking for a safe, wonderful place to drink the medicine, then I would recommend, without hesitation, the Ayahuasca foundation, Riosbo, every single time. Thank you so much, to Carlos, Don Miguel, Nick, Mike, Pancho and Hernan, you provided the perfect place to have a deep experience, and I am forever richer for it.
Alexander Angelescu October 31, 2019
I arrived two days early. It was hot, humid, and by the time our retreat group assembled for first ceremony, I was steaming with anticipation. I approached the first ceremony as I would with anyone or anything new - slow, steady, observant. My method proved itself. As additional plant medicines were administered throughout the first week of retreat by our Curandero and Facilitators, each sharing what to expect and how best to flow with them, it became apparent - a war between the mind and body declared itself, with spirit participating here, and there. By the end of ceremony four and week one of treatment, the body was fatigued, clean, light. With each passing day the mind felt sharper, more focused, strong. I welcomed the gentleness of week two, and the day I'd return home to see my family, friends, and puppy. The plant medicines, their power and wisdom, and the knowledge and magic of the Curandero and Facilitators left me a believer. As integration reveals the work done with each meal, interaction with people one-on-one and in space, and solitary moment, the work that needs to be done shows up. But instead of meeting these challenges with lag, I am forthright, empowered by what I have achieved and what I will continue to achieve.
Robert Clese October 02, 2019
I came with heavy baggage, and left lighter, freer and more empowered. The early diagnostic and cleansing stage was really challenging and brought me very low. But the sensitive support of the facilitators helped me go on. I found a clearing and the weight somehow lifted. I formed a relationship with La Madre which yielded one deep vision, which I cherish. This will play out in my conscious and unconscious life from here on in. The Shaman bestowed other gifts which still unfold in me....I feel happier, more open and empowered. The group was amazing: wonderful and diverse people....inspirational, supportive, wise and funny. The jungle setting and proximity to the Mishana community all contributed to my sense of connection. The facilities were excellent and the food (Ayahuasca diet) was substantial and fine.
Kaizen Perso Sam September 14, 2019
The staff was really nice with me. You need support when you do an experience like that and there were always there in case we need help. Thanks a lot to Mike, Eva and Stephan. It was a life changing experience for me.
Laura Oxenfeld July 29, 2019
This retreat was amazing! The program of plant medicine is thoughtfully put together for the group throughout the week. We also got custom modifications from the shaman from our 1 on 1 consultations. The facilitators were all amazing people who went above and beyond to make sure everyone's experience was pleasant. Also - the facility itself was very new, clean, and comfortable and the food was plentiful and tasty. The Aya was quite strong and the group as a whole had some rather intense experiences. But the facilitators talked us through any difficult experiences the next day which helped. I highly recommend Ayahuasca Foundation to anyone who wants a positive Aya experience.
Michael McKay May 13, 2019
This retreat goes far beyond ayahuascua, using many plants to facilitate the optimal effects of ayahuascua. I came here to cure my addiction to marijuana and was not disappointed. My whole world has changed. The shaman (Don Migel) and his assistants (James, Nick and Victoria) are extremely professional, supportive and educated on ayahuascua, and have changed many many lives through this retreat. They play astonishing music throughout the ceremonies and are there to counsel and support people on their personal journeys. I can't imagine going anywhere else to get the results I got here.
Mendouz Beats November 21, 2018
I was part of a two-week retreat with the Ayahuasca Foundation in late 2018. First of all I want to give everyone some background information on my person to understand my reasons for taking part: I am a male in my early thirties and for decades I was struggeling with deep depression, severe anxiety (social anxiety for the most part) and feelings of deep shame. In the last 10-15 years my depression and social anxiety got so bad, that I was not able to work in any job, were I would be in direct contact with other people. I ended almost all of my social contacts and isolated myself to the point, where I would not leave the house most of the time. Just to go out and do things like grocery shopping was a very challenging thing to do. Especially speaking in front of people was one of my biggest anxieties. So the trip to Peru alone, which took me around 35-40 hours from central europe was a very challenging expirience. But once I was there, although still very anxious, I already felt more secure when I met the people, that would stay in the retreat together with me. Everyone working for the AF I came in contact with, beginning with Carlos, the founder of the AF and all the facillitators and curanderos, that stayed with and worked with the group I was in, to the fascillitators of the group from the Riosbo Center nearby our Center were absolutetly amazing people. Full of love, openness and unconditional acceptance. That fact alone laid the foundation stone of my healing process. More and more was I able to open myself up, put down my guard and talk about my problems with everyone, which by the way was my biggest nightmare before. Just being in that environment helped me so much to let go of my ego and it's fears and to put more faith into the whole process. Let's not forget all the indigenous people from the Mishana community. These people are just absolutetly special and one can see so clearly, that their "style" of living, which is just natural and in harmony with nature, is so superior to the ways our societies live in the western world. The location itself, the Reserva Nacional Allpahuayo-Mishana, is just the most peaceful and most harmonious environment I have ever stayed in in my whole life. When you add the ayahuasca ceremonies and all the other plant medicines, that were part of the different therapies to this equation, you can receive healing on a level, that you could have never imagined before. For myself all the ayahuasca expiriences were very challenging, because all my negative emotions like pain, anxiety, shame and anger, which I repressed since my early childhood, came to the surface and in order to let go of them I had to go through them again. This were the most challenging times of the whole retreat, but also the most rewarding ones. It makes you very proud to know, that you faced your deepest fears again and again, even though you were scared to death before each and every ceremony. One thing about the ceremonies at AF is very special and it was kind of a synchronicity for me personally, to choose AF over other retreat centers. At one point of the ceremony, after the curandero and the fascillitators sang for around three hours, everyone of the group will be individually asked if they want to take part of the ceremony and sing a song for themself and the group. This was one of my biggest fears. As I said, social anxiety was my biggest fear before and therefore just speaking in front of people was my worst nightmare. It took me three ceremonies to do it, but in the third one I tried it for the first time and although I had a full on panic attack right in the middle of "my moment to shine", I went through it and the love, applause and positive energy I received from everyone after was so heartwarming and transforming for my whole being. Seeing that you don't have to be good at something in order to do it in front of other people was so profound and healed me deeply. This feeling of being enough, being okay with yourself right here as you are, this feeling of acceptance of my own self was one of the key moments. It's now roughly a month after the retreat, I'm back home in same environment I was in before, but my whole outlook on my life and life in general has changed deeply. I am able to go out again whenever I want to. No anxiety of getting in contact with other people. I want to tell my story now, I want to talk about all the problems, that I had in the past with everyone. I just want to share my life again. My depression is gone almost completetly I would say. I'm not sure if it's still there, so yeah I would say it's pretty much gone. This dragging mental pain is not there anymore. It's just amazing, I am so proud of myself for doing this journey and I have a lot of motivation for everything, that is going to come into my life in the future. Whatever it might be. When I look back to my condition before the retreat and now after, it's honestly almost to good to be true. If you can relate to any problems I mentioned in my review, I can assure you, that a retreat with the Ayahuasca Foundation will give you deep inner healing of your emotions and energy and a new, positive outlook on life.
Dave Clarkson October 05, 2018
Completed the 8 week initiation program in September 2018. How does one describe such an experience in a paragraph of words? Gratitude is a word that's thrown around so much but when you witness the love, patience and passion that Maestro Enrique and the facilitators Dean and Michelle put in, it's simply humbling. Why would indigenous wisdom holders want to impart there invaluable wisdom on the gringo offspring of those who inflicted there people so much suffering? This really is a lesson in service, humility and selflessness (among so many other things). So much information is imparted and so much trauma released. I witnessed so much healing and rejuvenation in not only myself but the other attendees. Simply epic. Highly recommended.
Steve July 31, 2018
The centre is well run by Carlos team, i was there for a month and experienced A deep change in my life and perceptions of life. The plant medicines offered can be a little hard but they have proven to work and once your on board it make life a lot easier. The Ayahuasca experiences I had there are certainly the deepest I have ever experienced and have given me a new deep and powerful insight in to my own life. The team were friendly, welcoming and professional their insights and help gave me a better understanding of journey I’m on and offered new ways of addressing my problems. I cant recommend this retreat strongly enough, this is truly a place of healing and change.
E_H July 21, 2018
I have done a total of 4 Ayahuasca retreats in Peru and I wholeheartedly recommend the Ayahuasca foundation. For those out there that are looking to do a retreat, the most important thing to look for is integrity and a safe container. Everyone I met at the AF showed great integrity and care in the work they are doing. I (along with the others in my retreat) felt that the Maestro created a very tight and safe container. The facilities were great and the food was fresh and good. If you are looking to a retreat at a fair price and receive some seriously deep healing then this is the place for you! Ethan
Liz Henderson July 11, 2018
I spent four weeks at The Ayahuasca Foundation’s Riosbos Research Centre in March 2018. It was a wonderful experience with a supportive group and attentive leaders. The Shaman, Don Miguel, is very loving and accessible during one’s stay. He and the leaders evaluate each person individually and their treatment is tailored to their own needs. The plant medicines are skilfully and accurately prepared to address personal issues. Each ceremony is safely conducted with appropriate support and follow-up. For me, I found the “dietas” was quite profound. I often think about returning to focus on certain things and to address other issues at a deeper level. After completing the program, I felt so clear, healthy and more connected to spirit. The experience is still a big part of who I am. I recommend this program to anyone looking for a life changing experience.
Blomme Slåsser July 09, 2018
Integral, holistic and incredibly caring <3 I honestly have a hard time composing an adequate description of the time I spent with the AF, but never did I imagine to be met the way that I did here. The care, the passion, the love, the dedication and the integrity with which the work is conducted at the Ayahusaca Foundation is incredibly inspiring and has left me a transformed being. I can highly - highly recommend it! This isn't a place to go for the fireworks, this is a place for healing of the whole. I attended their 8-week initiation course and as long with a very thorough training on how to navigate the ceremonial space and an incredible amount of personal healing - we learned a great deal about how to empower ourselves and continue the work outside of ceremony. The knowledge and ability to continue the work and to properly integrate all the lessons is incredible valuable and I feel I left with a huge briefcase of well practiced tools and a big amount of homework. Between ceremonies we worked with different kinds of plant medicine, everything adding and balancing the time their. I can highly, highly recommend this organization! Thank you!
Brendan Ring July 09, 2018
I attended the eight day rejuvenation retreat and it was absolutely brilliant, I can't fault it. As well as four ayahuasca ceremonies, we had a wide range of other treatments including purgations, vapour baths and smoke baths. The maestro, Don Miguel, prescribed treatments for any individual issues we had and also gave lectures on subjects like Shipibo culture and icaros. The ceremonies were beautiful, the aya was very clean and the assistants, Dean Sophia, Mike and Tiago were very well trained and caring. Carlos Tanner organised everything to perfection, liasing before and after the retreat with us. The center itself is pure magic, located in a national reserve next to the village of the local Mishana community, who are wonderful and actively involved with the center. There are lots of little touches included that really show that bit of extra care, like the jungle walk to see medicinal plants and a post-retreat counseling session to help you integrate your experience once you've got home. I've attended several aya retreats and I think this one is my favourite, I would just love to return for an extended stay.
Jurie Jean van de Vyver June 17, 2017
I am so so grateful that the breadcrumbs led me to the Ayahuasca Foundation. This was hands-down the most profound 6 weeks in the jungle I could have asked for. I hugely appreciated that we were taught the process from start to finish: ceremonies, diagnostics, icaros, dietas, preparation and application of plant medicines. The Shipibo philosophy of learning while healing really resonated, and I leave feeling empowered to transform my life and to set out on my own path of healing arts. Thank you to Don Enrique, Carlos, the facilitators, the other open-minded participants, the camp staff and all the incredible support that arrived along the way. Truly humbled, honoured and blessed. If you're looking for an authentic, inspiring, life-altering experience - you've arrived at the right place =)
Nadezhda Semenenko April 20, 2017
I didn’t have any doubts about going to 3 week ayahuasca retreat but I had a lot of fears. So my review will be helpful for people who are fearful and anxious about going as I was. Fears and anxiety were problems what I wanted to get rid of with the help of ayahuasca on the first place. I had more than 10 years of thyroid problems and 6 years ago was diagnosed with Hashimoto and was on medications. I was sure that nothing can help for my disease so I didn’t expect anything about it. I wanted only emotional healing and spiritual insights. If you have anxiety problem you know how it can spoil your life. So here are some fears I had 1 Fears about accommodation Hygienic problems (no toilets or not enough of them or not clean, no water in showers etc) - everything was perfect. Toilets in every room work well they are perfectly clean and showers always have water. 2 Fears about my physical reaction on ayahuasca Here I mean such thing as blood pressure, heart problems or some swell What if I have some specific reaction on ayahuasca and I will die while nobody see? Well that was right for me in some way. I do have very specific and strong reaction to ayahuasca and if I was not in such a safe place like AF I think I may die if not have anyone to take care of me and help me. I never heard or read in internet that someone had same reaction as I did. But even if your reaction will be too strong in AyahuascaFundation you are totally safe. There are 2 facilitators and 1 student for 9-10 participants so everyone can be heard and taken care of. 3 Fears about bad trip What if I have horrible, terrible super scary visions? I want guidance and insight to change my life for better and solve my emotional problems but what if instead I will have visions what will scare my so much that I will become even worse than I was? Even if I will not become worse what if it will be too much scary? There are a lot of reports in internet about how bad it was with ayahuasca and about “ayahuasca is just not my way” etc? What if it will be just meaningless suffering and nothing more? Ok, it was right again and I did had bad trip. If I would have this experience in some other place, maybe my first infernal ceremony experience would be the end of my experience with ayahuasca. But I was in AyahuascaFundation and there were 2 factors which turned unmanageable and terribly scary journey into life changing insight 1 Facilitators made me feel more safe and not alone with their care when I was scared and helpless they 2 Their guidance taught me how to navigate my visions, how to communicate with ayahuasca So I strongly recommend AyahuascaFundation especially it it is your first experience with plant medicine
Rachel Knowles August 01, 2016
After many months of researching online, reading books, attending talks and requesting personal recommendations, all roads led to the Ayahuasca Foundation, and I’m very glad they did. The support that you receive from the moment you contact the AF, makes what can be a very challenging experience, feel safe and it doesn't end after the retreat. The Assistant Healers (Skye & Helm) had unconditional acceptance for the group during the experience and have continued to offer support, long after the retreat ended. There is a lot more to it than the ceremonies themselves. After the initial ceremony, the Curandero (Don Ronor) met individually with everyone to discuss their needs; physical, emotional and spiritual, and created an individual prescription of plant medicines, that were then collected fresh from the jungle, prepared and provided. My expectations (although I swore that I had none before I went!) were exceeded in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Experiencing for myself and watching other’s physical (and emotional) symptoms/blockages disappear day by day was both astounding, and by the end of the retreat seemed perfectly normal. Ethically, the AF walks the walk. As a non-profit, you can see where the money has been invested back into the organsation and how it works in symbiosis with the local Mishana community to ensure sustainability of the environment and the culture. If you have any doubts left, give them to the AF. They know exactly how to make them disappear and replace them with something wonderful instead.
Elena Fi Go July 15, 2016
I have tons of respect for Carlos, the AF team, Don Ronor and the Mishana community. I attended a two weeks long retreat in February, my first dance with Aya and experience with plant medicine and I am very much looking forward to go back for a 6 weeks initiation course. It is a safe space to explore, grow and heal and time after time I witnessed the care and support from the team, no matter if you are new or you have hundreds of journeys in your passport ( does that exist? spiritual travel passport :), no matter the challenge you are facing…The center is on the land of Mishana community, keepers of unique lifestyle and traditions and masters of happiness in simplicity. They are great hosts, do take care of the visitors and work at the center on the other hand AF is introducing solar power and helps the community back. Studied and worked in the tourism industry for many years, so I can’t help to notice that this is remarkable healthy symbiosis that benefits all, preserves nature and tradition. Loved the place: simple accommodations, always clean with running water all in the midst of the Amazon rainforest.
Christopher Lambert July 07, 2016
I was a bit skeptical going in but by the end of the last ceremony, it was revealed to me that the curanderos knew what they were doing and were doing it very well! Your doubts and fears will challenge you, and will keep most people from ever reaching the state of revelation I have experienced. My experience here was the culmination of, serious study, discipline, perseverance, and faith in God. And it really helps having devoted practitioners like the people with AF!
Bruno Andersen July 07, 2016
After visiting a great place in Pucallpa in 2015 i felt i took a chance going to a three week stay at Chamisal but again i was wrong. It turned out to be more than i wanted i terms of inner work and healing. The staff here was very informative about everything from all the different medecins, treatment and life in generall, i felt safe at instant when we met at the hotel in Iquitos before going up river the following day. By going 5min to the riverbank during the hot day, you could easily and safely cool of during a hot day whitout worrying about bugs or critter in the river, this is a huge plus. HUGE. Going back to South America next winter or in 2018, and cant imagine to go somewhere else
Sean Corey July 07, 2016
I attended the 2-week retreat at the Ayahuasca Foundation in March 2016. From start to finish the entire journey was absolutely amazing. The camp was beautiful, the staff was incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable. They take complete and full care of you during every step of your journey. The ceremonies themselves were entirely life-changing. While at the camp I specifically remember saying "this is the safest place I've ever been in my life". This is a place for true healing, relaxation, growth and good laughs with great people. Book your retreat, you will not regret it :)
Craig Chappelle January 03, 2016
In fall of 2014 I became interested in Ayahuasca. I watched countless videos and read books. When It came time to book a retreat, I kept coming back to the Ayahuasca Foundation. I liked the emphasis on overall plant medicine, not just Ayahuasca. I also liked that they are a non-profit that supports a local village. Their rates were much better than the other retreats. I landed in Iquitos in the second week of April 2015, after flying for 24 hours. I was met at the airport by the founder, Carlos Tanner. Then handed off to the retreat facilitators, Helm and Skye. We left for the jungle camp the next morning. The retreat was amazing. I was joined by an international group of 8 other participants. Lifetime friendships were formed at this 2 week retreat. Skye and Helm are amazing. They looked after everyone with unconditional love and care. As well as some light-hearted tomfoolery from Helm! The Mishana Community run the camp and look after the basic stuff, food, cleaning, water, laundry and security. They were wonderful and remarkably able at keeping everything running smoothly. The shaman spent time with everyone and we were invited to tell him every little thing we had going on. He prescribed plant medicines based on needs for everyone. One medicine he made for me, a poultice, cleared up an arthritic condition in my hip. I have had no issues since. I enjoy biking, skating, skiing, etc and have had no issues with my hip since. Amazing! The Ayahuasca ceremonies were wonderful. They recorded all the ceremonies and gave us all a DVD at the end with the ceremonies and photos that Helm and Skye took. They also create a private facebook page for the participants to stay in touch. Rad! I felt comfortable and well looked after at the Ayahuasca Foundation. They are in the process of building a research center that will open this year. I hear it is going to quite posh by jungle standards. They also have a training camp if you want to go deeper into plant medicine. I can recommend the Ayahausca Foundation unconditionally, and can't wait to go back to Peru. It will certainly be to the Ayahausca Foundation when I do! Well done guys!
Chris Battis November 25, 2014
I've now done two three-week retreats at the Ayahuasca Foundation camp; this year (2014) and last, and would recommend their programs to anyone with a sincere interest. My initial decision to attend an AF program was entirely driven by intuition, and I would return there again without hesitation. There were several factors that influenced my choice: first, if I was going to spend $$ thousands to visit the Amazon and do an ayahuasca retreat, I didn't want to fool around, and the combination of nine ceremonies in three weeks seemed as though it would be a good start. Second, and importantly, Carlos Tanner insists that each retreat be limited to ten participants, and as the first retreat got underway the logic of this became apparent, for we were able to create a mandala of trust and caring that simply wouldn't have been possible with constant comings and goings of drop-ins or tourists, which seems to be the norm at many other centers. Third, I wanted to experience ayahuasca on its own terms, in a traditional setting, with ceremonies led by trained shamans and observance of the plant dieta throughout the retreat. The leaders of our retreats, Helm and Skye, were simply impeccable and provided a balance of commitment and lightheartedness that kept everyone on track, and I can't overstate the depth of my respect and admiration for both of them. Likewise the indigenous staff, Ari, who helped Dona Wilma lead ceremonies, and Sylvia, who prepared all our meals. The facilities are very well kept up and comfortable and, In short, there was no aspect of the retreat that wasn't well thought-out or that could have been improved upon.
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