15 Day Ceremonial Massage Practitioner Training

Event Highlights

  • The Amaruanka Ceremonial Massage Practitioner Training is an inner journey of self discovery and self-love.
  • There is an extensive sharing of massage techniques, but what really makes this experience unique, is the environment, and the emphasis on personal ritual.
  • What will make you a good practitioner, is the ability to work on your own healing, so you can fully be present for your clients.
  • If you are in a sacred couple, and wish to do the training together, we can arrange a private course for the two of you.
  • We also offer you the possibility to harvest organic herbs and vegetables from our garden, at your disposal.


Begin each day with a magnificent view of the sacred Apu mountains, with the sound of hummingbirds buzzing in the garden. You will have access to a private garden and meditation space.

Make a delicious breakfast in a fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy the peaceful environment as you nourish your body.

We begin training late morning for a 2 hour period.

There is a lunch break where you can go for a hike, harvest organic veggies, or explore the surrounding nature.

Another 2 hour period of massage training in the afternoon allows you to go deeper in your learning process, and self-healing journey.

It then can be followed by a flower bath in the garden, where you can integrate and relax, looking up at the sky, and the tall eucalyptus trees surrounding the property.

On your time off, you can explore ancient ruins and a magical river turning into a creek, at a short distant from the healing center.

About This Event


Be part of our next Ceremonial Massage Training: December 2-16, 2019

Enhance your sacred offerings, and learn a unique massage & healing approach, while continuing to explore your own self-love and holistic practice.
The blueprint of this training empowers each participant to go on a personal journey of self-love, integration, and profound transformation, while learning new skills and the art of Ceremonial Massage.

“I couldn't have asked for more... A great, experiential course, perfectly structured and taught by two awesome professionals, sensitive human beings.”
— Mihaela 


Diana Deer Hawk has been offering Ceremonial Massage for over 10 years through inner vision, shamanic journeys, body-work training in Swedish, acupressure, cranial sacral, womb healing, energy healing, and instrumental sound. She is now called to guide people through their personal discovery, and dance in the art of Ceremonial Massage.

Diana and her partner, Matiyu Alku Chaska, co-founders of Amaruanka, come together to share teachings during this course. The 4 core wounds, self-care practice, and the art of Ancestral Healing and Ceremonial Living.

This experience becomes a sacred dance in connection with nature, that awakens memories, cleanses the womb, restores passion for life, balances masculine and feminine energy, and helps process trauma.


We have a special program for men, where we replace Womb Healing with Heart Opening & Sexual Healing, offered by Matiyu Alku Chaska. This is a safe opportunity to allow emotions to liberate, become conscious of wounds, and restore your inner relationship with your heart. Matiyu guides men on the path of becoming a mature King, helping them to take responsibility for creative and sexual energy, which serves the greater purpose in life.


Our accommodations offer comfort and tranquility, allowing you to fully immerse into the learning and healing journey. The location is in nature, away from distraction, where you will hear the birds and the essence of your soul.

To restore your body, you can benefit from our "Food & Chef" option, where you will be provided 2 vegetarian meals a day (lunch & dinner), and all the delicious ingredients you need to prepare your own breakfast (you can let us know about any intolerance or allergies). Or you can choose to buy your food at the market and prepare your own meals in our fully equipped kitchen.

Amaruanka Ceremonial Massage Course is a training intensive, now offered in 2 levels. Each level is 25 hours, for a total of 50 hours. 30 hours are required to practice giving massage outside the course to complete the training, for a total of 80 hours.

You can do both levels during a retreat of 15 days/14 nights.


• Swedish Massage

• Cranial Sacral Therapy

• Energetic Healing

• The 4 Core Emotional Wounds

• Self-Care Massage Therapist Practice

• One-on-one Guidance

• Practice Evaluation


• Acupressure & Reflexology

• Womb Healing

• Ritual & Initiation in Nature

• Ancestral Healing & Ceremonial Living

• Sound Healing

• One-on-one Guidance

• Practice Evaluation

We offer private training, and training for small groups of 2 to 4 participants. If you are in a sacred couple, and wish to do the training together, we can arrange a private course for the two of you.
At the end of the two levels, you will graduate with certification as an Amaruanka Ceremonial Massage Practitioner.
Looking forward to accompany you.

Diana Deer Hawk🌹Matiyu Alku Chaska
Co-Founders of Amaruanka

The retreat with Amaruanka was a revealing experience that helped me heal and restore my inner vision. — Tatiana, Russia

What's Included

  • Certified Ceremonial Massage Practitioner Training
  • Space to meditate and practice yoga
  • One-on-one guidance
  • Hot medicinal flower bath
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Hot gas shower
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Vegetarian lunch and dinner prepared by our chef (Food & Chef option only)
  • Fresh and delicious ingredients for you to prepare your own breakfast (Food & Chef option only)

What's Not Included

Meals are only included with the Food & Chef option; otherwise, you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen 24/7, and to our garden for you to harvest organic herbs and vegetables. Only vegetarian meals are allowed to be cooked in the kitchen. Thank you for respecting this request.

Airfare, and any transportation, to and from the healing center, are not included.

Visits to Machu Picchu, and other paid archeological sites, are not included. It will be a pleasure to tell you where to go for free sites to visit!

Venue Highlights

As soon as you enter our healing center, you will be immersed by the plant kingdom. Our luscious garden will bring you back in harmony with nature. Everyday, the hummingbirds arrive to drink from the flowers. Here, there is no access to motor vehicles, so you can fully enjoy the natural sounds and habitat.

We are in close proximity to town and all amenities, yet tucked away amongst eucalyptus trees and a gorgeous view of the sacred Apu mountains. There is a river close by, so we receive the sound of water from the canal. This is truly a sanctuary.


You can choose between single occupancy, double occupancy, or private bedroom for couples. All rooms include comfortable double beds, wood floors, wooden beams, large wardrobe, and hot gas shower. The view is incredible, with only nature visible.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


We grow our own organic vegetables. Arugula, chard, herbs, and lettuce for salads. You can be sure to have an array of colour, flavour, and nutritional value to each meal. We respect food choices and intolerances. Some examples of meal options are: veggie burgers, gluten-free healthy pizza, omelette, coconut curry, delicious soups, and Andean stews.


From the Cusco airport, you can take a taxi or bus to Urubamba. From the terminal, you can take a taxi or moto-taxi that will bring you to our center in less than 10 minutes. As we are located in nature, we will send you a map to get to our place.

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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Gerard van Soelen   July 07, 2019

      Grateful for very supportive Cacao ceremony

    For my time being around Cusco I was looking for a ceremony that would support me in cultivating self love and finding my way to my heart. Today I arrived at the wonderful Amaruanka healing center, taking a short but beautiful path through nature from the main road that goes through Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Diana, Matiyu, and their baby girl warmly welcomed me to a private cacao ceremony. I have experience with cacao and dancing, but not so much in a therapeutic session like this. I was really surprised by the depth of the wisdom that they shared with me in the ceremony, which fit exactly to what I needed in this moment. One of those things that really support me in my current process is about welcoming any feeling as a teacher - showing me where I am invited to heal myself. Taking care of myself as being my own parent, instead of looking outward for a solution or escape for the feelings that I find difficult to be with. They remembered me about the power and importance of sitting with my feelings, right when I needed it. We talked about much more and they created all the time and space to do so. They offered a lot of personal care and attention. I feel very grateful for that. Diana and Matiyu are very warm people. With Amaruanka they have created a beautiful space to facilitate healing, transformation and growth. I can highly recommend spending time with them. Muchos gracias!

  • Pierre   May 27, 2019

      Dedicated healers, Amazing place!

    Amaruanka offers intimate retreats in a very peaceful place in the Andes with a beautiful garden and view. Diana and Matiyu are amazing guides and hosts, their presence is very authentic, I personally felt comfortable with them very quickly.Their sincerity is so obvious, it inspires confidence right away. Thanks for your presence guys !

  • Tatiana Ucraniana   May 17, 2019

      highly recommended!

    Amaruanka is an amazing place to recharge and reconnect with the nature and yourself. Diana and Matiyu are wonderful healers that teach and guide gently, while holding an energetically nourishing space for one to be successful on their healing journey. I highly recommend Amaruanka!

  • Julia Attevelt   May 16, 2019

      Wonderful facilitators, Amazing location

    Wauw, what a nourishing place Amaruanka has to offer. I love Diana and Mattieu, the facilitators. They have a broad range of healing skills and are professional in their interaction. The authenticity they offer is powerful. Diana provides amazing massages and massage courses. They brought me close to myself, from where I could heal deeply. I also love the couple/counseling work Diana and Mathieu offer together, and I am sure all their other offerings are great too. Last, but not least, the spaces they have for stay and for doing healing work are gorgeous. Truly sacred with a strong connection to nature in the sacred valley.

Thank you!

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

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