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9 Day Ayahuasca Retreat: Yoga Intensive

About This Event

This retreat is designed for yoga enthusiasts who are interested in the combination of a comprehensive yoga program and traditional Amazonian plant-based healing practices. The integration of these two ancient pathways to healing and self-discovery offers a powerful opportunity for lasting transformation.

During this retreat, you will be guided by yoga teacher Marta Wanderlust-Banick, two Temple facilitators, and one female Shipibo maestra and one male Shipibo maestro from our amazing team of healers. This retreat will combine 4 intimate ayahuasca ceremonies for groups limited to 12 people only with a comprehensive yoga program during the daytime.

The combination of intensive yoga and ayahuasca healing creates an extraordinary synergy where dedicated participants can accelerate their own learning, personal growth, healing, spiritual awakening and integrative process. The Temple of the Way of Light has significant experience over the last 5 years working with unique and highly qualified yoga teachers who not only bring their individual gifts and proven teaching methods but who have extensive personal experience working with ayahuasca in a responsible and sacred way.

Yoga literally means “to yoke” or “join.” It is a path of integration, uniting the personal, individual self with the Universal Self. The aim of the practice of yoga is the movement from a state of separation towards that of our inherent connectedness, or from dualism towards non-dualism. Similarly, ayahuasca also potentializes our capacity to dissolve boundaries of separation and access the states of deep connection and unified “beingness” that are the very aims of yoga.

Ayahuasca can reveal and unlock the subtle realms of energetic experience described in some of the most ancient yogic texts, assisting the yoga practitioner to deeply anchor his/her practice into embodied experience. Yoga teaches us to inhabit our bodies and to become increasingly aware of the life-force within and around us. Through this awareness we develop the capacity to sense where and when the energy within us is not flowing freely and we become empowered to dissolve blockages as well as to consciously invite and conduct life-force-energy to serve the natural intelligence within us.

By bringing the millennial science and art of yoga into working with the vast, natural intelligence of the plant realm we have the opportunity to understand and feel the essential design, effects and benefits of yoga at a much deeper and more expansive level than we might otherwise attain with ordinary awareness.

Ayahuasca works in a similar way, enhancing our natural energetic sensitivity and helping us to identify blockages in our bodies and subtle energy systems. Ayahuasca often also facilitates intuitive, self-corrective movement, guiding us to move and breathe in ways that assist us in balancing the flow of prana within us. Ayahuasca can be invaluable in connecting us to a spontaneous “inner yoga” that is born of increased sensitivity and awareness.

In our experience, the integration of ayahuasca and yoga have greatly supported our guests to access states of deep inner sensitivity. We have found that the medicine greatly assists in accessing the higher levels of awareness cultivated by yoga, helping the practitioner to have greater body consciousness, an inner understanding of posture and anatomy, increased sensitivity to subtle energy and energy meridians, and an increased capacity to concentrate and focus the mind. The combination of ayahuasca and yoga can facilitate outstanding healing outcomes including lasting mental clarity, a more balanced lifestyle, and an overall sense of wellbeing.

Venue Highlights

The Temple recognizes our ayahuasca healing retreats as sacred work and is dedicated to providing the optimum conditions for profound, long-term healing. Through ayahuasca, our retreats move us into right relationship with ourselves and others. By bringing clarity to where and how we must change – and treating the psycho-spiritual and emotional imbalances that impede change – ayahuasca and the Temple’s Shipibo healers help guests toward a healthier, more integral, and joy-filled life.


All of our accommodations are private. For our retreats hosted in Center 1 (9 and 12 Day Retreats), you will have the option of your own tambo (jungle hut) which has a private compost toilet inside. Most guests are in their own tambo unless they are coming with a partner with whom they would like to share.

If you participate in a retreat in Center 2 (14 and 23 Day Retreats), you will have a private room in a shared building and will share a compost toilet with a few other guests. We currently cannot accommodate two people in one room in the Center 2, however couples can be placed in rooms next to each other.

Both centers provide a central showering area with 3-4 showers.

We provide you with linens for your bed and a towel. These are changed for you several times during the course of a retreat.


  • Towels
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


One of the most important aspects of working with ayahuasca is adhering to an honored tradition of following a special diet in order to prepare not just the body, but also the mind and soul to incorporate the healing energy of ayahuasca. This diet also shows the spirit of ayahuasca your intention, and is a test of discipline and commitment.

The central aspects of the diet we follow at the Temple are common to the teachings of all ayahuasquero/as across the Peruvian Amazon. The food at the Temple is prepared by our wonderful cooks who provide well rounded, healthy, and plentiful meals throughout your stay whilst adhering to the essential restrictions.


**Please do not book flights or make any travel arrangements until your registration and medical information has been reviewed and you have been approved to attend a retreat.**

In order to come to the Temple you would need to fly into Iquitos International Airport. We recommend booking your flights for one day before and after the start and end date of your retreat to first allow yourself time to acclimatize to the environment and then allow yourself ample travel time and time to reintegrate into the “mainstream” world once the workshop has ended.

Each retreat group will be picked up on the first morning of the retreat at a designated pickup location in central Iquitos by one of our staff members and then travel to the Temple together from there. The group will be brought back into Iquitos after breakfast on the last morning of the retreat and will arrive in town by early afternoon (usually 2pm at the latest).

The price of a Temple retreat includes transportation from the group pickup place in Iquitos to the Temple on the first morning of the retreat and transportation back to Iquitos on the last morning of the retreat. The price does not include any flights, hotel costs, or transportation to the group pickup on the first morning.

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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  • Misty Katz   July 12, 2020

      Not good experience

    My experience at this centre was not good. I cannot recommend this place to anyone.

  • Talitha F   February 24, 2020

      Only concerned about profit.

    I found this retreat center to be unethical and greedy. Their website said 12 participants for a yoga retreat, which was what I was looking for for my healing, yet they crammed 30 people into their yoga rooms and into their "personal" sharing sessions. One young troubled gentleman, who was clearly there for healing and not for the "next trip in life", shared with me that he would've opened up about his problems if the group wasn't so large. What a shame! His healing, as well as my own, was hindered due to their greediness. I didn't go all the way to the jungle of Peru to be herded and crammed into rooms like cattle, and to be snapped at by staff for how long it was taking all of us to do the same thing at the same time. Who would want that?! It was an introvert's nightmare. They admitted that their website was misleading once I returned home early, but refused to refund my money. I'd steer clear of this organization, and find one that actually was concerned with helping people heal, rather than profiting off of hurting people seeking help. Nothing has ever been given to me. I did hard labor to earn enough money for that retreat, and I have literally nothing to show for it. They don't represent good light here. I'd move on.

  •   Place with great integrity, curanderos are lovely, you are well taken care of - by Susan

    I have been to the Temple of the Way of Light twice now and can say that it is a place with great integrity, the food rocks and the curanderos just lovely. This is more of a Plant Spirit Medicine retreat however… it is not just about Aya. You will consult with the curanderos who will also give you other plant doctors based on need. The Maestras bathe you in a floral bath every day at noon to clear your spirit… simply wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone and I am 56, not young… you will be well taken care of there

  •   Well run center, amazing staff and shamans - by Jan Geens

    I did “the temple of the way of light” in Iquitos Peru. I found it a well run center where everything is being taken care of for you (even your laundry). The staff and shamans were amazing. It was a 12 day-7ceremony-retreat and that was enough for me (and for most of my peers). (cost retreat 1500euro) Looking back on it after a year, I can’t believe how much ayahuasca changed my life for the better. It’s expensive but definitely been a life reset button. I would recommend doing the diet they prescribed as it detoxes the body and takes up the medicine better.

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