- Las Chullpas Eco-Lodge
- Apr 19 - 29, 2019 (11 days)
About This Event
Come and retreat in the energies of the Sacred Valley with a Shipibo Healer where the power of the jungle meets the tranquility of the mountains.
Experience 11 days of Ceremony in the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru including:
5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Optional Plant Dieta with Noya Rao or Bobinsana
Sacred Geometry Art Classes
Come join us and experience the healing capacity of plant wisdom, intimate community & powerful ceremony. Hosted at Las Chullpas, Urubamba in the Sacred Valley on lush land just a walk away from a beautiful creek and sacred sites. This retreat is only for those who are interested in doing deep healing work. With the support of skilled and experienced facilitators, and an Ayahuasca Shipibo Healer with over 30 years experience, this retreat offers a unique and special opportunity to step deep into your journey.
We work with respected and trusted Shipibo Healers who travel from the jungles of Pucallpa, their native land, to join us in these sacred mountains for a deep healing journey.
The shipibo are a beautiful tribe of approximately 35,000 people located in the basin of the amazon jungle in Peru. They live in various different villages along the Ucayali River.
The Shipibo culture and their relationship with the plants are completely interwoven. Traditional Shipibo healers spend 15-20 years dieting and apprenticing with plant medicines. Spending at times years in isolation dieting different plants. During these diets, the healers receive healing songs from the plants called “ikaros”. After many years of training they can help heal people by removing blockages and dark energies, by singing these medicine songs directly to people during an Ayahuasca ceremony.
Working alongside Ayahuasca and various other master plants, the spirits of the plants support the healers in their healing work. The pharmacopeia that exists in the jungle is an incredible resource that many shipibo healers have. These ceremonies can be a powerful catalyst for healing. The ceremonies will take place at night time in the dark. Our maestro will do individual work on each person during ceremonies. It is our commitment to the people attending, that we will hold a safe and supportive space throughout the retreat inside and outside of ceremony.
11 Day Retreat with Maestra Juanita & facilitators Carolina & Pedro $1850 USD
We cannot accept your deposit until we've confirmed through dialogue your medical history, and any previous experience working with the medicine. Please be advised that anyone taking SSRI's or with a history of serious mental health issues will not be able to attend. We are committed to offering the highest quality care to those attending. We believe in the tremendous healing available through this work, but such issues should be addressed one on one. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to hearing from you.
This retreat will be facilitated by:
Carolina Dowell –
Carolina, a former Registered Nurse with the UCLA Medical Center, has had a life-long commitment to the health and healing of others. Having previously explored many different modalities from conventional psychology, to breath work, yoga, hypnosis, etc. In 2010 Carolina sat in her first Ayahuasca ceremony and felt a deep knowing after her profound experience that she had finally connected with the medicine and healing she had been seeking for many years.
Shortly thereafter she moved to Peru to fully immerse herself in working with the medicine for 2 years as she healed some very deep traumas from her past. With such deep gratitude for all she received from Ayahuasca and the Shipibo healers, she felt a calling to support others in their healing journey with the medicine.
Carolina began her training as a facilitator and worked at an Ayahuasca retreat center in the Peruvian jungle for two years. During this time she guided hundreds of people through their medicine journeys and gained very deep insight and wisdom into the healing capacity of Ayahuasca and other medicinal plants.
In 2014 Carolina and Pedro moved to the Sacred Valley as they prepared to welcome their daughter to this world. After going through the rite of passage into Motherhood, she founded Tree of Light Retreats in 2015.
Carolina has dedicated her life to Ayahuasca and has been deeply committed to spending many months each year in traditional dieta. She feels deep gratitude and humility that the Maestras are choosing to pass this knowledge and wisdom to herself and Pedro, as they grow not only as facilitators, but healers as well.
Pete (Pedro) Gorrie -
Over the past 15 years Pedro established himself as a visionary artist, lyricist and music producer in his home country Australia. He first began working with Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition in 2012 and having found his greatest teachers there, remained in the Amazon jungle where he worked in a large Ayahuasca center for the following 2 years. It was there that he met his partner Carolina and experienced major transformational work through his deep connection with the medicine. In this time he witnessed and supported many others on their healing journeys and furthered his connection and understanding of this culture through “plant dieta” and the creation of music projects with the healers. Pedro is currently based in the Sacred Valley, Peru with his family and feels truly honored to co-facilitate with his beautiful partner and to share this incredible healing tradition, safely and lovingly with the world.
We met and fell in love with each other in 2012 while drinking Ayahuasca in the jungle. During a very powerful ceremony we were both shown visions of the life we would create together, and from that moment on began our beautiful love story. The medicine has been an integral part of our relationship from day one. We believe that she helped both of us to heal the things we needed to let go of so we could arrive in this sacred partnership that we share. It is beautiful to know in our hearts that we are two whole people walking side by side on our paths, and that we aren't searching for something from each other to fulfill something we think is missing inside of ourselves. It's just so much sweeter to share it all together! In 2014 we welcomed into this world our beautiful daughter and we all live a happy, peaceful life in the Sacred Valley of Peru. During a dieta we received a calling from the medicine to hold retreats together and share the years of experience and deep work we have both gone through with Ayahuasca and other plant dietas. We feel honored to create the space for those that feel called to join us.
Please feel free to contact us for more details:
Tree of Light Retreats: Ayahuasca Retreat
We are excited that you are considering joining us for this retreat on April 19th - 29th 2019 in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This will be an intimate retreat with 12 to 14 people.
It is our recommendation for 2 weeks before you arrive, that you begin to follow an Ayahuasca diet. The nature of this retreat is to do very deep work and beginning the diet is part of your preparation and commitment to your journey.
- Decrease caffeine and sugar
- No drugs or alcohol (please let us know if you are taking any pharmaceutical medications)
- No pork
- Decrease your salt intake
- Eat a simple diet without spicy foods or anything heavily fried
- We recommend no sex unless you are in a committed partnership
Our Beautiful Sacred Valley Location:
We feel very blessed to host our retreats in the quiet, gentle, beautiful, and very comfortable energy of Las Chullpas retreat center in Urubamba. Each room has a fireplace, comfortable beds, warm down comforters, and hot water. There are beautiful hiking trails just out the front gate and we are sometimes blessed with visits from Chloe (the alpaca that lives on site). We bring the energy of the jungle to the mountains and have found it to be a powerful place to do deep work.
There will be a 11am pick up in Pisac on April 19th. (more details to come. We are working out a discounted price with a hotel). It will take about 1 hour to arrive at Las Chullpas. On April 29th you will be transported back to Pisac after breakfast. Cost of transportation is included in the price.
We feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with our Shipibo healers. Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies take place at night time in the dark. The medicine songs that are sung are called "ikaros". During ceremonies people will receive individualized work from our healer, as they sing directly to them. We believe and have witnessed in our own experiences that this level of care helps to remove blockages and allows for deep healing to take place.
Despacho- Haywayikuy Ceremony:
When you arrive to someone’s house, it is common to bring a gift or food as a warm notion of appreciation. This is the precise concept behind the Andean “despacho.” A despacho is a traditional offering made of sweets, seeds, cotton, coca leaves, and sacred items wrapped into a gift and served to a ceremonial fire as a notion of gratitude to Earth and Spirit. It is the vehicle by which we offer sustenance to the spiritual realms to strengthen our relations with them and empower their continued presence in our life. Within the despacho (called Haywayikuy in Quechua), the maestro and/or maestra prepare a small universe with a balance of feminine and masculine, Earth and Heaven, the elements, the stars, sacred animals, the 3 dimensions of existence, and 4 directions. In giving reverence and acknowledgment to the living nature of the world, we are offered the opportunity to put our prayers into the ceremony, and receive blessings for our life journey. These ceremonies are utilized in an endless number of ways- including happiness, work, family, projects, health, relationships, life transitions, blessings, births and almost any given situation that one could benefit from. It is amazing to witness the reciprocity we receive when we offer our gifts to the Earth for her sustenance!
On the morning of the 12th we will begin with vomitivos (a Shipibo tradition to help clean and prepare the body for ceremony). There will be ceremonies on the following days: 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 19th. On ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be integration meetings to share our experiences, as well as one on one support from Carolina and Pedro. We also plan for yoga and hikes (a daily schedule will be given upon arrival).
There is a $750 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place.
What to bring:
- The sun can be quite strong during the day and the nights are cold, so bring clothes for both temperatures.
- A head-lamp with an option for RED light setting (very important for ceremony)
- Spiritual/educational books to read
- Comfortable shoes for hiking if you want to explore the mountains
- Extra money: at the end our healer will have traditional Shipibo crafts & beautiful hand-woven tapestries to sell.
*The deposit is non-refundable
Please see our website for further details.