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Noya Rao and Ayahuasca Dieta

Event Highlights

  • The retreat is comprised of:
  • - 6 powerful Ayahuasca ceremonies led and fully supervised by our expert curandero and Shipibo healer Don Miguel
  • - A personalized Master Plant Dieta following a comprehensive consultation with you
  • - Tailored plant treatment thoughtfully recommended by Don Miguel
  • - An exclusive opportunity to enjoy a personal consultation with our Shipibo Ayahuasca curandero Don Miguel
  • - Fascinating group lectures that reveal the sacred traditions of the Shipibo traditions, language, knowledge and Icaros
  • - Magical jungle walks that enable you to connect deeply with the heart and spirit of the Amazon
  • - Opportunities to actively participate in the preparation of the sacred Ayahuasca brew.

About This Event

Why Silence?

Our chaotic lives are often characterized by the absence of silence and can be devoid of intentional space for reflection and contemplation. Getting out of the city, traveling deep into the bush or forest can be a rare encounter that brings us briefly, face to face with natures silence and with the subtleties of our inner worlds. Often when we simply listen to our thoughts and to the sensations within we encounter strange and uncomfortable feelings. It can be difficult to simply be with what is and to not seek temporary distraction from technology, social media and from routine busyness. Silence is confronting, yet it may hold the potential to heal old wounds and heighten our intuitive capacities in ways we never could have imagined. Befriending silence has the power to transform our lives; lives that we may have spent careful time curating to avoid silence at all cost. 

Silent has therefore never been rarer, nor has it been more important. 

Our silent retreat is designed to gently confront you with your own silences and the thoughts and sensations within that need your attention in order for you to heal and to begin experiencing the world anew.

What is the Noya Roa dieta Silent Retreat?

The Noya Roa dieta silent retreat is similar and yet very unlike our standard 12-day retreat at the Sui Sui centre. It is a 12-day immersive journey into silence. You will be asked to refrain from speaking from the morning of the second day of retreat until the morning before our last day. The retreat will involve a Master Plant Dieta on the sacred Noya Roa tree, as well as 6 Ayahuasca ceremonies. You will also have the opportunity to participate in one to one consultations with our Shipibo curandera Maestra Juana each day of the retreat to seek spiritual guidance as you journey with the sacred plant medicines. Participants are also encouraged to participate in sound healing and Kirtan workshops as optional activities.

Your Noya Rao Retreat Facilitator

Maestra Juana will be your facilitator for the Noya Rao silent retreat. Juana is 60 years old and was born into one of the most respected and powerful healing lineages of the Shipibo tradition. She has dedicated her life to the sacred healing traditions of her people and has been studying as a maestra for more than 30 years. She has dieted extensively on Noya Rao and has expert knowledge of the body and the processes one undergoes when dieting on this mythical master plant.

Maestra Juana is also a bone doctor and specializes in massage and bone setting. She will be available to provide participants with a rare opportunity to receive a bone massage whilst on retreat.

It is a privilege to have such an experienced, passionate wise elder to share her expertise and childlike sense of aliveness with us on retreat.

Noya Roa and Sound

Noya Rao which is otherwise known as “The Tree of Life” or “Camino a la Verdad” (The Path of Truth) is a mythical plant, of which there are only three in the entire Amazon Basin. Noya Rao has belonged to and been used in sacred ceremony by the Mahua Shipibo traditions for centuries. Noya Roa is known for its capacity to activate intuition in the dietero(a), promote mental clarity and to increase one’s capacity for organized thought. Coupling a Master Plant Dieta with silence heightens Noya Rao’s capacity to promote profound healing and to reveal important insights to the dietero (a).

Silence alone enables us to become aware of subtle sensations, thoughts, feelings and messages within; taking time to simply be with oneself without distraction and mindless chatter can help us to become aware of that within us that needs to be let go of, or embraced. In short, silence on its own enables us to glimpse wounds that need our attention and to contemplate what we want from our lives. Noya Rao is therefore the perfect companion for silence as it accelerates this process of connection and recognition of the wounds within that need transmutation, whilst giving the dietro(a) the courage needed to make positive changes in their behaviour and to let go of their limiting beliefs.

Will there be time to share?

Yes. Whilst on retreat, you will be able to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with the AHR facilitators and the other retreat participants when we have dedicated circle discussion the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony. These circle discussions are invaluable in helping you to process your experiences of Ayahusaca and Noya Rao. We therefore strongly encourage all participants to attend and to share honestly.

There will also be dedicated time set aside on each day of the retreat for you to speak individually with one of our experienced facilitators. It’s important to note that this is not a therapy session, but rather an opportunity for you to talk through your experience of the sacred plant medicines. We find that these sessions often help participants to gain the clarity necessary to recognise what needs to be let go of and the courage to leave behind what’s no longer serving them.

Am I expected to refrain from communicating via phone, text and email for the duration of the retreat?
Yes. You are expected to refrain from using your mobile phone to text, call, email and access social media apps for the duration for the retreat. We encourage all participants to take care of all urgent matters prior to commencing their retreat. You will be expected to abstain from using your devices from the second day of retreat until the morning of the final day.

What is included in the Noya Rao Silent Retreat?

- 6 Ayahuasca night time ceremonies

- Your Noya Rao dieta

- Intention setting on the first day

- Private consultations with our curandera, Maestra Juana

- Powerful bone massage

- Plant and vapour baths

- Intimate circle discussion, the morning after each Ayahusaca ceremony

- Dedicated integration group on the final day of our retreat

- 2 private follow-up integration sessions via Skype

- Optional sound healing and Kirtan workshops

- Art materials for writing and drawing

- Intimacy of a small group of 11 people

- 3 wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our Ayahusaca ceremonies

Post Retreat Support

Following your Noya Rao silent retreat, you will receive two individual 1 hour support sessions with our integration specialist.

The sessions will be scheduled at 1 and 3 months respectively, post retreat will be delivered by Atira Tan (MA Art Therapy Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, SEP). Atira has over 13 years’ experience working in trauma recovery and is deeply passionate about the transformative potential of sacred plant medicines. In your integration sessions, you can expect to be listened to with compassion by a dedicated professional that has experienced sacred plant medicine herself. Atira will guide you using Somatic ExperiencingTM principles, helping you to locate within you the resources and wisdom needed to preserve with your healing journey. These sessions will offer you the opportunity to discuss your sacred medicine experiences, including any visions you may have witnessed and to work through tangible solutions to any real-world problems you are facing that are preventing you from fully integrating this work.

Elio is an amazing leader! On point organisation and structure. He is well connected in the indigenous community and has a great understanding of the spiritual journeys and the psychology of us humans. Elio is highly likeable and someone you will trust from the beginning of your journey.

Venue Highlights

The Sui Sui Centre houses a large ceremonial space called a Maloca (communal house); it is here that we will where we will participate in our Ayahuasca rituals on several of our evenings. The centre also hosts a main kitchen and dining area and several communal areas, which are excellent for enjoying great conversation with others and admiring the ever-changing lakeside. You will have your own private bungalow, which faces directly onto Lake Cashibocacha. Sui Sui is fully equipped with an emergency fire protocol as well as several fully stocked first aid kits. The camp also hosts several Western toilets and modern showers and hand washing sinks.

Sui Sui has reliable access to the Internet as well as phone reception, however we recommend that you take care of all matters that require your urgent attention prior to joining us on retreat, either while in Pucallpa or in your home country. This will enable you to be fully present and to receive the true healing benefits from not only the sacred plant medicines, but from the superior beauty of the surrounding forest and lakeside environment.

The lake surrounding Sui Sui is remarkably clean and free from the pollution we are accustomed to that characterizes our urban waterways. To preserve the integrity of the river water, we only permit our guests to use biodegradable and chemical free soaps, shampoos and toothpastes. We will have chemical free soaps, insect repellents and shampoo available at the camp for a small fee, but we do encourage you to bring your own.


While at Sui Sui you will be enjoying a private jungle bungalow (or Tambo) with a spectacular view of Lake Cashibocacha. Your Tambo is fully protected from mosquitos by a special screen surrounding the doors and windows. You will have your own comfortable double bed to rest on each night and all privacy you need to recharge and contemplate the day’s events. The Tambo’s are rustic, yet spacious and are guaranteed to offer you an authentic Peruvian forest experience.


Whilst on retreat we will enjoy three superb meals per day, freshly prepared by the team at the Sui Sui Centre. On the days of our Ayahuasca ceremonies we will restrict this to 2 meals, the last one is not to be eaten after 2pm.

All meals are prepared with the best local ingredients and will be mostly vegetarian with the occasional river fish and organic chicken.

All meals will be free from:

Red Meat
If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us upon receiving confirmation of your place on retreat.


Free transportation to/from our center

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  • Joey Jo Jo   September 08, 2018

      I would highly recommend this centre.

    I would like to express my uttermost gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the entire crew at Aya Healing Retreats. Elio has created something truly special and put his whole heart into this centre. The crew is incredible. Anna and Elio compliment each other really well, and provide a great balance of masculine and feminine energy. Seeing the two of them work together in ceremony is remarkable. Maestro Don Miguel is interactive, approachable, joyful and funny. He is exactly what you want in a Maestro. He is also extremely knowledgeable of plant medicines and able to prescribe concoctions to almost any physical or psychological aliment you might have. The 12 day retreat far exceeded my expectations. There are many other activities to participate in over the 12 days, enriching the experience and helping to compliment the work with Aya and the master plant dieta. I would highly recommend this centre.

  • Sylvia Sabata   November 03, 2017

      It was my first experience with ayahuasca and I really couldn't imagine doing it anywhere else because my experience was so perfect and profound

    I have just come back from an Aya Healing Retreat and I have only amazing things to say. It was my first experience with ayahuasca and I really couldn't imagine doing it anywhere else because my experience was so perfect and profound. The experience is amplified with the Master Plant Dieta where you work with specific plants to aid in your journey. Doing both brought me so much closer to nature and healed my body and my soul on so many levels. My life has changed so much already and I am looking forward to what is to come. I cannot recommend this retreat and the people behind it more. They exemplify everything I want to become. I am so grateful, thank you.

  • Michael Torn   October 22, 2017

      My first Master Plant Dieta at AYA Healing Retreat and it was the best thing in my life !

    I just concluded my first Master Plant Dieta at AYA Healing Retreat and it was the best thing in my life ! I have done an Ayahuasca retreat before but the Master Plant Dieta just took me to a whole new level of healing and teachings. My Master Plant was Chullachaqui and after the first part of the retreat, and of my cleansing I could connect with the spirit of the Tree and I received so much healing and finally found my gift. I feel very empowered and inspired by this magical experience and I ready to make the right shifts in my life. Thanks to Mother Aya and Chullachaqui. The curandero Don Miguel is very genuine and loving man, his knowledge on plant medicine is impressive and I highly recommend him as a Maestro to anyone on plant medicine path. Elio is very compassionate and kind and he was such support during my hardest and dark time..thank you so much for your work! I am glad to have the integration Skype sessions with Atira as I know I will be set to success having the sessions to support my integration. Thank you again to everyone at AYA Healing Retreats!!!

  • leah spert   September 03, 2017

      Thank you AYA Healing Retreats for your incredible work and service to the "Mother AYA"

    I participated in few ceremonies in May 2017 and it was an incredible transformative experience that I will carry for the rest of my life. I am full of gratitude to the team of AYA Healing Retreats and the Shipibo Maestra Juanita, they have guided and support me during my Sacred journey in such compassionate way, they're angels and authentically in service to the "Mother" Ayahuasca. I will be back soon!

  • Mikael Soderlindh   August 17, 2017

      Fantastic people!

    The team at AYA Healing Retreats are well connected in the indigenous community and have a great understanding of the spiritual journeys and the psychology of us humans. The curandero is highly likeable and someone you will trust from the beginning of your journey.

  • Henry Vit   August 05, 2017

      Infinite gratitude

    I feel lucky and honoured to have met Elio, who organized probably the best jungle-trip I have ever had. Elio introduced us to the oldest shamanic family of Peru. Elio appeared not only as a reliable and very empathetic facilitator, but also as a close friend and loving ceremony contributor who openly shares his deep knowledge of the medicinal plants and the shamanic way of life. I look forward to meeting him again for many more magical adventures in the future. Thank you very much!

  • Tony Clark   July 30, 2017

      I can't recommend better people to work with!

    After many years on ‘the road less travelled’ and the chance meetings with remarkable wonderful souls. I had the good fortune to come into the presence of Maneesh de Moor and Elio. We spent a wonderful time together, this is a reminder for me of what the most beautiful quality of love and connection in my life can be. The most magical places and time remembered, such events are rare. As we all look back into our lives, we remember those quintessential special moments of bliss, joy, enlightenment to the opening of your heart space, our kinship to all. This encounter with Maneesh and Elio was one of those times. Their love and support is boundless. Their music transcends the spirit to the indescribable. Very rarely do I recommend 2 people to work with, but feel honoured and bound to say to everyone who reads this. They are the gifts for you, to spend time with them in something so special, for YOUR LIFE — Namaste. Bodhi Madito.

  • Lena M   July 24, 2017

      I highly recommend working with Don Miguel

    Don Miguel was one of the shamans teaching my 10 week initiation course. All of the Shipibo shamans and staff were absolutely amazing but I connected with him the most by far. He was the most approachable; I found it easy to interact with him, he seemed the most capable of bridging the connection between the Shipibo culture and our western culture. When I wanted a pipe I asked him to make one for me because I wanted his specific energy in it. I felt I had a lot to learn from him. I love his joy, the way he effortlessly expresses it in every moment of his being, the way he laughs without attachment or restriction. He is very comfortable in his own skin, quirky and interesting in his teaching style. He also had a way about him when I interacted with him or watched him interact with others that helped me become conscious of my fears. His singing during ceremony had a profound effect on me. Other shamans had more direct and penetrating energy, he had a way with his singing that induced a therapeutic trance in me that aided my ability to learn how to bring my body into a vibration capable of creating healing. Other shamans did it for me and it didn’t stick. He soothed my mind enough to help me surrender into my intuition and experience a higher vibration on a molecular level that I could uphold long after he stopped singing. I found his style to be feminine in a way, a very good way. He taught me by gently circling the “problem/opportunity” with his singing, giving me an opportunity to unwrap another layer in a relaxed, gentle yet focused way. This feminine way made me feel like I did it myself, I released on a molecular level by relaxing into a trance and reprogramming my brain from that state of mind. I highly recommend experiencing ceremony with him

  • Mark Stulk   July 23, 2017

      A wonderful ongoing process

    Drinking Ayahuasca has helped me to find my way back to myself and has opened my eyes to a new understanding of reality and a new perspective on life. Ayahuasca opened a door to a new world that I was scared to enter before. Ayahuasca is a teacher and a tool, once you have the knowledge it’s up to you to create your life and to put the teachings in action. This work is a wonderful ongoing process. Elio is very loving; a happy and balanced person. He radiates a very strong, positive energy that makes you feel completely comfortable. Helping others is his priority in life.

  • Pauline Gallagher   July 22, 2017

      An Amazing Journey

    I was very nervous but excited at the same time as I anticipated the next journey on my spiritual path. I am not usually one for going to new places on my own especially when I don’t know who will be there or what would be happening. When I arrived, I was greeted by Elio with a warm inviting smile and a lovely big hug. He made sure that I was at ease. He explained every detail of how the retreat would unfold and made sure that I was comfortable before doing anything. There was never any pressure. The retreat brought amazing insights from past lives and revealed future ones waiting to be discovered … Wow! My body felt cleansed, relaxed and energised by the time the weekend was over and to be honest, I didn’t want to leave. I felt so safe and loved; a feeling that I will never forget, it was so uplifting, a wonderful feeling of being one with the universe itself. I have no hesitation in recommending this retreat lead by Elio who certainly endeavours to make your experience a most amazing, enjoyable journey in finding your true self. Thank you, Elio, for such a wonderful and caring experience.

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