7 Day Ayahuasca Retreat (July 15th – July 21th)
About This Event
We invite you to join a traditional shamanic Ayahuasca retreat of healing, transformation and altered states of consciousness in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.
Length: 6 Nights / 7 Days / 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Welcome to Kapitari, a beautiful ayahuasca healing center in the Amazon rainforest close to Iquitos, Peru. Kapitari is one of the oldest shamanic centers in Peru and has been welcoming guests from all over the world for well over 15 years.
You’re invited to attend our traditional Ayahuasca retreat for a profound week of healing and transformation. This retreat is a great introduction for people who are new to working with the sacred Ayahuasca medicine. It’s for anyone who wishes to experience the profound benefits of working with Ayahuasca without it costing the earth. But more than that, it also benefits the Earth as over 50% of the cost of the retreat goes to Kapitari an organisation founded by the shaman Don Lucho that is helping to protect the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.
Over the week you’ll take part in 4 Ayahausca ceremonies led by Don Lucho, a brilliant Amazonian shaman with over 40 years experience of working with the medicine.
As well as taking part in the Ayahuasca ceremonies you’ll be fully cleansed during the week from a combination of plant medicines, mud baths, fruit baths, piñon colorado cleansing ceremony, while also eating a traditional Ayahuasca food diet.
The Retreat Includes:
4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies, led by Don Lucho
Purification and aromatic plant baths before ceremonies.
1 mud bath (weather permitting, as we need sun)
1 fruit bath
Orientation meeting about Ayahuasca and the ceremonies
Integration discussions in the mornings after ceremonies
Lodging and meals at the Kapitari Center.
Transportation from Iquitos to Kapitari.
For full details of the retreat please see the Kapitari Website
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Imenko Prezimenovich April 22, 2019
Save your hard earned money, time, and nerves by reading this post. This retreat is one of those you read about on the internet that is not about healin people but simply making money. On the first meeting with the "shaman" you could say that something was out of sync, always looking at his watch like he just wanted to finish this as soon as possible and go with his bussines, and people calling him on his BIG smartphone. He hosted the shipibo tribe TWICE during our one week retreat just to sell as much stuff as he could, which by the way are too expensive for people that live in the jungle. I rembember a guy buying 2 paintings for over 600£!!! Not to mention his relatives in the Iquitos that won't let you in peace if you don't buy a necklance or bracelet..so it is all just one big bussines. One day he offered us the OPTIONAL jungle tour. I was shocked because I thought that everything was included in price we payed in the beginning. Rip off!!! Now about the ceremonies. First night I was scared to death, drank 2 cups and nothing. Just noisia and vomiting. Next morning he said that the medicine was building up and our bodies were beeing "scanned' for tomorrow. Ok I bought that. Second ceremony 2 cups at once and NOTHING!!! Later on that night i drank one more..still nothing just vomiting, crazy noisia, and a lot of dissapointment..to the point I cried my soul out because I was thinking that even mother aya wouldn't help me..worst feeling ever..so weak, so hopeless, not only me there was other people that felt the same way..imagine..you go there to get better and come home even worse!! Next morning at the circle meeting in maloka, people started to realize that the medicine is not working and he would just repeat that we need to accept everything and expect nothing..LOL..isn't that perfect way of manipulating? Why did we travel thousands of miles, followed the strict diet and in the end pay him that money?? To accept everything and expect nothing?? Third ceremony, I was already hungry from the night before but I wanted to realy test this last time. I did a fast on couple of slices of watermellon. Drank 3 cups at once. I was sure that I would die. Never felt sick like that night ever in my life. Trying to vomit on empty stomach and just rolling on the floor in pain. I was then 1000% sure that Don Lucho was just a jungle bussinesman. He forbided us to see how ayahuasca was beeing cooked..big red flag... If you want to drink ayahuasca NEVER try to go cheap way, give 5 times more money if necessary to have a good experience rather than just suffer more. Always read the negative comments first, and don't ever give respect to someone that didn't deserve it.
Emily W. April 08, 2019
If you are ready to face your fears and work through past traumas to become a better individual, find forgiveness and empathy for people who have caused you pain, and grow in self-love, this might be the right retreat for you. Traveling solo to Peru to do this as a single female could not have been a better experience. I felt safe and nurtured the entire time, and Don Lucho and his family were so welcoming. I love Don Lucho's extreme care for preserving an extensive amount of healing plants on the gardens nearby. Saving the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest is a high priority for him that will benefit future generations to come. This was by far one of the most life changing events I've ever had in my life, and I really hope to go back here someday.
Lori Coppola Ifbb Pro November 23, 2017
????❤️❤️Ahhhh Kapitari!! I don’t even know where to start without writing a novel!! ☺️ I went to Kapitari knowing all the risks people try to warn u about, traveling to the Jungle alone, moskitos, whatever else were worries from others, but i was immediately drawn in the second i saw a picture of Don Lucho and i felt his heart welcoming and asking me to trust my heart in his hands. I suffered this year from health issues and during those weak times i started realizing I still hold broken pieces of my heart from the past and it lives deep inside me. There were other issues i wanted to work on and decided to put my trust that i will receive the healing and booked this trip right away!! Kapitari was the most beautiful peaceful loving place i have ever been!! The entire Kapitari family showed me so much love i haven’t received in 10 years. The ayahuasca ceremonies were life changing for me and for my family. I returned home with a new born heart and full of love gratitude and peace!! It was not easy to face the demons from my past and to learn i had deep rooted problems that were affecting me but this was an everlasting transformation. Kapitari Camp grounds are beautiful, safe and reminded me of the good old days when i was a kid in day Camp!! The food was amazing and made with love. I learned so much from this journey i feel so blessed!!! If anyone is considering traveling to Kapitari and would like to ask me any questions please email me at email@example.com. I wish i could take this family home they were amazing! Thank you all for healing my broken heart and all your lessons i have learned! With so much love and respect -Lori Coppola ❤️
ursula vari August 28, 2017
Don Lucho has changed my life. I was there in 2015 for the first time. I prepared and followed the strict "dieta" for a month before and a month after. Ayahuasca, as a plant teacher has to be treated with respect. I highly suggest everyone to honor the dieta. Those people who don't honor it, do soul searching work before and set an intention might not have a pleasant experience or might not be prepared for what Ayahuasca will tell them. Do Lucho has assisted with my tobacco purge- I have never felt more alive, energized and cleansed than after my tobacco purge. His family is wonderful and loving, the food exceptional. I returned in 2016 for another week of learning from the plant under Don Lucho's guidance.I have done another tobacco purge, gained some more wisdom and released years of faulty conditioning. I love Don Lucho, his kindness and his ability to see into ones soul. His Ikaros is by far to most beautiful thing I have ever heard. I can't wait to return.
Bill July 16, 2017
Kapitari was a welcome week of retreat on my recent trip to Peru. I enjoyed the time I spent with the other guests in the group and getting to know everyone and their different reasons for coming to Kapitari. There was a great trip from Iquitos by boat and a 40 minute walk to the center. Everyone at Kapitari was really welcoming and our facilitators coordinated our stay. Its pretty laid back with set times for eating, group circles and other stuff. I spent a lot of time in my hammock relaxing and swimming in the lake. Ceremonies were held in the circular moloka at 7pm on 4 nights. I was apprehensive about my first ayahausca ceremony but it was quite calm. I found in group circle the next day that everyone had really different experiences. Some people did not seem to feel much and some people had strong experiences. I learnt that ayahuasca is different for everyone and no two ceremonies are the same. Don Lucio is the shaman and runs Kapitari with his son Wagner who is also a shaman, and his family. They met with us for a personal consultation. I do not speak Spanish but the facilitators were there to translate and I was given additional other plant medicines to take for the rest of my stay. Mother ayahuasca gave me some of the answers and healing I needed and I hope to come back to Kapitari again soon. I 100% recommend it, It was a great experience and I am very happy with my time spent there.
Annie July 16, 2017
Working with mother ayahuasca at Kapitari has been a truly positive and lifechanging experience for me. A friend recommended this family run retreat after she spent several weeks there herself in 2014. I went myself in 2014 and have returned several times on my healing path. Shamans Don Lucio and Wagner and all the Culquiton and Kapitari family are open and welcoming and run their center with the aim of healing. They cook their own ayahuasca brew and provide daily medicinal plants to help you in your goal. The retreats run from Monday to Sunday with ceremonies Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. With group circles and other activities, including mud and fruit baths, walks to the farm and painting with Mercedes using natural pigments, you will find your days filled, and with quiet time to be by yourself also. We follow dieta when there which is no salt, sugar, dairy, caffeine. The food is good, basic and healthy, lots of fruit and vegetables with eggs, chicken and fish. There is filtered water available and herbal teas. We have a tambo each, which is a wooden hut on stilts with a bed under a net and a sectioned off toilet which we flush with water from the lake. There are now showers and flush toilets by the main area, an addition from my first visit. There is a lake to swim and raft in and Don Lucio invites local tribes to visit once or twice a week to share their dances and their wares. Please bring money to spend, they have some great stuff and your trade helps them buy medicine and other necessities for their villages. They also will do swaps or you can just give away some of your clothes you dont want anymore. The Bora walk 3 hours to get to Kapitari and they appreciate your generosity. Electricity is only available 2 or 3 times a day when the generator goes on but this is adequate to charge your devices. There is limited and variable cellphone coverage. It is a wonderful part of the Amazon and I urge visitors to consider the way the local villagers live in comparison to our own lives of relative luxury and respect the hospitality that Kapitari affords us. The group is coordinated by two facilitators in English, however everyone who works there speaks Spanish. If you have no Spanish you will rely on them to translate. Don Lucio has a one-on-one with everyone early in the week to talk to you and recommend other plant medicines for you to take during your time. He is a busy man with all his work around Kapitari and the farm but he will always find time if you wish to talk to him. There is a trained nurse on site. Every group I have been with is different and regardless of ceremonies, everyone gets something from being in this environment together for a week. Its an unforgettable experience. Kapitari is a truly authentic place and all your money goes directly into the local economy and not into the hands of western run centers. This support of the local people is just as important as the centers permaculture farming ecosystem. My experience at Kapitari has always been positive. My experience with ayahuasca has been profound, but it is not always easy. I go to Kapitari to work and many ceremonies are uncomfortable and difficult both physically and mentally, but I understand that this is the process and accept it because ultimately it is healing beyond the difficulty of the moment. Everyone has different experiences and I recommend you approach your work with ayahuasca from a place of respect, love and acceptance and with no expectation. Be honest with yourself about your needs and intentions and mother ayahuasca and Kapitari will take care of you.
WBM April 09, 2017
I feel duped by this place. I would never recommend this Ayahuasca assembly line. I attended a retreat here in Jan 2015 and the first night I had a nightmare of an experience that was met with little to no support from any of the support staff or Don Lucho. At the time I felt I was just purging but realize now the bad energy around this place and the medicine here. I don't believe it's of pure ingredients and intent. On the second night a german guy had a psychotic episode that was handled so poorly. At one point there was no one looking after the 11 of that drank and were left to fend for ourselves mid ceremony. I woke up in the morning and along with my American friend and the German guy that freaked out we got out of there asap.
Tracy Riddle January 09, 2016
I wouldn't say my retreat experience was a nightmare- but it wasn't what I expected. I did not feel like the staff at Kapitari truly cared how visitors were doing. I had a bad reaction to ayahuasca and no one seemed concerned. This is not a very nurturing place. If that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere.The facilitators were not into healing and were too busy on their own "trips" to notice what was going on. I can truly understand why someone died here. This is more of a business than a retreat. If you go, be prepared to fend for yourself.
The two shamans, Don Lucho, and his son, Wagner, are really wonderful. They are healers and have a profound knowledge of many Amazonian plants. Part of your payment goes to developing the permaculture farm that is part of the retreat and some money also goes to the surrounding tribes. I originally planned on only spending one week at Kapitari but Lucho and the two loving, knowledgable facilitators recommended that I stay another week. I was given a special plant medicine following a personal consultation. Lucho and his family are the warmest people and made me feel welcome and at ease instantly. I could not imagine working with ayahuasca at any other place. The setting at Kapitari is beautiful. It is surrounded by lush rainforest and wildlife as well as a fresh water pool for swimming. Kapitari and the beautiful people I met there will always be in my heart and I will return someday.