Ayahuasca Retreat 8-day

  • Novalis Novalis
  • Puerto Maldonado, Peru
  • Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2018 (8 days)
  • sliding scale

About us

Novalis in the Peruvian amazon will be hosting a medicine retreat in November and December 2018.We will be working with the medicine team of Loyver Yui, Roberto Yui, Jessica Simmons, Briana Pond, Breanna Shannon, James Hilton and Juan Zuniga.

At NOVALIS we offer ayahuasca retreats for private groups of six to eight participants at our treehouse home in the jungle of south-eastern Peru.  We offer sliding scale payment options and a service exchange option. We believe in accessibility, and that medicine should be available for all people who can take it safely. Below are the amounts we would like to receive in exchange for our work, so please let us know if you are low-income, from a country with a different economic reality, or are unable at this time to afford it. All profit goes to rainforest conservation (please see our website for more about our work), caring for our center, modest monetary reimbursment for people working during the retreat, and costs of your stay. It is directly reinvested into our work, and the people here. Thank you so much for your participation. We wish all beings health and well-being.

-1 week ($900)

-2 weeks ($1600)

-3 weeks ($2100)

-2 week plant-immersion "dieta" (please contact us for more information) ($1600)

-work exchange, 3 weeks Nov28-Dec22 $900. 

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 Each ayahuasca retreat will include:

  • Transportation from Puerto Maldonado to NOVALIS and back (forty minute car ride followed by a forty five minute beautiful boat ride along the river, and a forty min scenic hike through the rainforest)

  • Accommodation in our shared tree houses completely screened in from mosquitos,  with netting provided over the beds, comfortable mattresses, fresh sheets and lanterns.

  • Possibility to take part in preparation of the medicine (depending upon the timing of cooking and a particular retreat)

  • Individual health consultations (if required) with our medicine people

  • Yoga and Reiki sessions 

  • Sharing circles before and after ceremonies

  • Flower/Plant baths and cleanses in our outdoor wooden hot tubs

  • Individually selected plant dietas (depending on the type of retreat)

  • Opportunity to deepen your knowledge of shamanic practice and the use of medicinal plants

  • Nature Immersions (plant identification walks, nature walks, forest meditation, river swims)

  • Locally grown vegan meals cooked with love (All meals included)

  • At least 3 Shipibo Grandmother Ceremonies

  • Integration Circles

  • A Variety of Ceremonial & Sacred Living Activities (Fire Ceremonies, Ofrendas, Coca Ceremony, Cacao Ceremony, etc.)


Event Highlights

  • Transportation from Puerto Maldonado to NOVALIS and back (forty minute car ride followed by a forty five minute beautiful boat ride along the river, and a forty minute scenic hike through the rainforest).
  • Accommodation in our shared tree houses completely screened in from mosquitos, with bug nets provided over the beds, comfortable mattresses, fresh sheets and lanterns.
  • Possibility to take part in preparation of the medicine (depending upon the timing of cooking and a particular retreat).
  • Individual health consultations (if required) with our medicine team
  • Yoga and Reiki sessions
  • Sharing circles before and after ceremonies
  • Flower/Plant baths and cleanses in our outdoor wooden hot tubs
  • Opportunity to deepen your knowledge of shamanic practice and the use of medicinal plants
  • Nature Immersions (plant identification walks, nature excurisons, forest meditation, river swims)
  • Locally grown or sourced vegetarian meals cooked with love (all meals included)
  • 3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Daily integration circles and personal accompaniment in approaching the integration process and developing tools for lifelong personal health and wellness practices for mind, body, and soul.
  • A Variety of Ceremonial & Sacred Living Activities (Fire Ceremonies, Ofrendas, Coca Ceremony, Cacao Ceremony, etc.)

Venue Highlights

We are located 2 hours outside of the city of Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is a jungle-hub, and one of the closest modern forest access points to Cusco.
We are surrounded by primary forest, and do not use electricity. We have composting toilets

Our retreat center is located on 2000 hectares of primary rainforest in a working Brazil Nut concession, along the Las Piedras River, of the Madre de Dios Region, near of Puerto Maldonado. Our facilities include: gardens, ceremonial maloka, kitchen, dining room, staff house (casa grande), workers house, 3 treehouses, 4 tambos, outdoor showers, compost toilets (located at all lodging sites & communal sites), a bathhouse (with hollowed out tree trunks, open facing the jungle), nature trails, a creek, fresh spring water (tested in Canada, drinkable straight out of the ground!), and an abundance of wildlife including monkeys, exotic birds (including macaws!), wild cats, etc. We have cats and dogs.

At our Center, we have the following accommodations:

-3 Treehouses (one tree sleeps 3 people, the other two treehouses sleep 2 persons each)

-Maloka (ceremonial temple, also serves as integration space, yoga space & circle gathering)

-Community Kitchen

-Medicine Kitchen (where we brew the medicines & heat water for the healing baths)

-Dining Room (also serves as one of the Art Therapy spaces)

-Tambos (isolated jungle huts)

-Bath House (for our flower and plant baths)

-Outdoor Shower & Sink (showering among the trees)

-Dry Toilets (multiple compost toilets located in convenient locations)

-Casa Grande (staff & service team housing)

-Workers House (for our residential workers)

-Fresh water springs, drinkable water that is consistently tested, provided pure, clean, healthy water for us all

-Extensive trails throughout the property, some that are easily navigated, and others better left for being guided on

-A small creek onsite that is ideal for a jungle creek dip

-Various herb gardens, permaculture plots, and fruit trees sharing their abundance with us all

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Simple breakfast - usually consisting of oats, chia seeds, shredded coconut, dried fruit, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc) along with fresh fruit (banana, mandarin, apple, mango, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, etc.) and eggs

Wholesome, nutritious, and cooked-with-love meals - often based on various combinations of rice, beans, quinoa, sweet potato, avocado, yuca, potato, squash, split peas, and lentils, with delicious locally grown veggies such as beets, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, peas, corn, celery, and various herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, oregano, etc)


We typically will serve only two meals on days of ceremony, as it is helpful to limit stomach contents when ingesting ayahuasca as it will increase nausea and likely distract you from deeper processes. That said, we often encourage people to discover their personal rhythms and practices, and many people suggest not being weak and lethargic during ceremonies due to low caloric intake. Accordingly, if you tend to have lower blood sugar and need more consistent meals we often recommend eating a banana a few hours before ceremony or something similarly readily digestible.

Accommodations

You will be housed in one of our treehouses, 7m off the ground. Each treehouse has room for 2-3 people.
You have access to fresh spring water, medicinal baths, running water, and composting toilets.

Our treehouses are always one of the highlights for our guests, and rightfully so. They were designed by a group of specialists from Canada, Vivre Perché Inc., and were built by hand and handheld machinery onsite by our staff. They are circular structures that can hold three people with plenty of personal space, they are equipped with very comfortable beds with bug nets and all necessary bedding, night stands and shelves for personal storage, and lanterns for lighting in the evenings. We will also have private tambos available. All the bathrooms are shared, and composting toilets.

Directions

Please meet in the city of Puerto Maldonado the day before the retreat begins.
We will take care of all transport to and from Puerto Maldonado.

Easy access from Puerto Maldonado, where there are multiple flights daily arriving from Lima and Cusco. From the airport you will go to La Semilla cafe in the plaza de armas, where our community has a superfoods cafe outpost run by our community member Cassandra and other friends of Novalis. From La Semilla we arrange transportation for you, and it is about a 2.5-3 hour journey total (45 min taxi ride, 45 min boat ride up the Rio Piedras, and a 3km hike into the land)

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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