Three Week Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru – $3250
About This Event
A COMPLETE TREATMENT
The three week Shipibo ayahuasca retreat is an opportunity to receive a complete treatment from an authentic curandero in the Amazon rainforest. Participants spend 19 days at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s Riosbo Retreat and Research Center (plus 2 days in Iquitos), participating in 9 ayahuasca ceremonies led by a Shipibo curandero and the assistant healers. In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies, participants also receive a wide variety of plant treatments that cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, as well as remedies specific to their afflictions. They also have the incredible opportunity to diet the sacred, bio-luminescent tree called Noya Rao. This retreat is much more than just receiving treatment for physical, mental, and emotional problems, it is also an opportunity to get to know yourself on a much deeper level, connect with nature in a unique and fascinating way, and gain a much greater understanding of reality.
The Shipibo plant medicine tradition allows participants to take greater control of their lives, their thoughts, their actions, and their overall health. The unique qualities of the ayahuasca ceremonies provide participants with the opportunity to play an active role in the healing process, confronting their negativity, past traumas, or possible roots of their illnesses. The plant treatments further enhance this process, working to boost the immune system, balance the digestive system, purify the nervous system, cleanse the circulatory system, and heal the emotional body. The treatment is complete and total, effecting positive changes on all levels and allowing the participants to realize the path to their health and happiness. Further counseling is provided after the retreat to assist with the challenges of integration upon return.
Accompanying the treatment and enhancing the healing process is a diet. Some participants may need to follow an even stricter diet than the others due to their particular issues, like no eggs or fish, for example. The diet is a necessary element of the treatment but it is not a difficult sacrifice, thanks to the wonderful cooks we have at the center. The basic restrictions of the diet are no salt, no sugar, no oil, and no spices. A typical breakfast is oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and rice with steamed vegetables. A typical lunch is a root vegetable soup with rice or quinoa and a light salad, and dinner is usually similar to lunch.
The plant remedies are typically ingested before meals, but also include a variety of plant baths and include special purgatives to help clean out several systems in the body. The plant baths are very helpful when dealing with afflictions that have roots in the spirit, like traumas or lack of self-love, or if a participant is not having visions in the ayahuasca ceremonies. Vapor baths are used so that participants can absorb the plant medicines in all manner possible. The purgatives may be difficult treatments, for they induce vomiting and diarrhea, but the effects are very positive afterward.
The first week of the retreat is often spent getting to know the curandero and the assistant healers, as well as getting accustomed to the ayahuasca ceremonies and plant treatments. This first week is often when strong emotions begin to come out and the participants begin to discover the root causes of their afflictions. Faith is built during this time and the following week and a half is spent delving deeper into these causes, understanding these roots and working to pull them up to the surface to be dealt with properly in the ayahuasca ceremonies. The curandero and the assistant healers work hard to help each participant find solutions to their issues and realize their total and complete healing of any and all afflictions.
In addition to receiving treatment, retreat participants also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest. Several workshops will be held during the retreat to teach various aspects of the tradition, like the use of mapacho and agua florida and singing the sacred healing songs, called icaros. When participants leave our ayahuasca retreats, they not only return home with health and happiness, but also with the knowledge of how it was achieved, which can be invaluable when embarking on a new path in life, the true path meant for each person.
The $3,250 price includes:
Pre-program counseling session with (contact info blocked)
Gain insights into how best to prepare for the experience
You’ll be met at the Iquitos airport and brought to the hotel
Accommodations for two nights at a hotel in Iquitos
For the first and last nights of the retreat – hotel has wi-fi
3 meals in Iquitos – dinner, lunch, and breakfast
The first night and the last night are spent in Iquitos
Accommodations for 18 nights at the Retreat Center
Screened in rooms with private bathrooms and electricity
Transportation to and from the Retreat Center
Air conditioned bus (1hr) and an amazing boat ride (1hr)
At least two meals a day, following a healing diet
Fruit, vegetables, quinoa, lentils, grilled fish, eggs, etc.
Translation of entire program when needed
Assistants also add their own experiences and teachings
Access to the Assistants for counseling/guidance
3 assistants will be available throughout the retreat
USB of retreat photos and ceremony recordings
Audio recordings of ceremonies and digital photos
Other gifts and educational items
You’ll receive other gifts and healing tools as well
Post-program counseling session with (contact info blocked)
Enhance the process of integration when you get home
9 traditional Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Led by an indigenous curandero and the AF assistants
2 private consultations with the curandero
Translated by the assistant healers
Daily Piñon Colorado brain/blood remedy
Taken three times a day for the duration of the retreat
1 Sangre de Grado digestive system cleanse
Reset digestive enzymes and enhance nutrient absorption
6 Vapor Baths with five medicinal plants
Sweat out toxins and replace them with healing medicine
2 Mucura sinus cleanses
cleanse the sinuses and boost immunity against allergies
6 Plants Baths
Connect further with the plants and soak in the medicine
1 Plant Dieta with Noya Rao
Connect deeply with an incredibly powerful plant spirit
3 Smoke Baths
Increase energetic defenses and protection from negativity
1 Chiric Sanango nervous system cleanse
Boost the immune system and release emotional blockages
3 Love Baths
For attracting positive energy, good luck, and love
Any additional treatments
Poultices, medicines, massage, or whatever is needed
Retreats take a maximum of 12 participants
I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences I have done for myself in my life, thanks to the people and special place at the Ayahuasca Foundation. Highly recommended. - Amanda
Venue HighlightsWe operate two separate facilities:
1. Riosbo Ayahuasca Research and Education Center - Our newest center offers eight private rooms sharing a balcony overlooking the river. En suite bathrooms, full electricity and hot and cold water. Ayurvedic based diet, yoga/meditation room, massage room, consultation room, lab/medical facility. Simply gorgeous.
2. Inkan Kena Plant Medicine School - Our most rustic and authentic center accommodates up to 14 students. Modeled after a true Shipibo community, this small village is located within walking distance of several Noya Rao trees, one of the most sacred trees in the Shipibo tradition. Running water and minimal electricity.
Accommodations1. Riosbo Research Center - Two twin beds in each room (but registered as single rooms unless desiring to share with a friend or family member), nightstand, desk, chair, closet. Private bathroom (hot and cold water). Mosquito nets, laundry bags, towels included.
2. Inkan Kena School - One twin bed in each room, one desk with chair, shelves. Shared bathrooms. Mosquito nets included.
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll natural and whole foods: rice, quinoa, lentils, chick peas, split peas, variety of vegetables and fruits, fresh fish, eggs, cold pressed juices, superfoods
DirectionsIquitos, Peru is the final destination by air or boat. Participants are picked up at the airport.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Kaizen Perso Sam September 14, 2019
The staff was really nice with me. You need support when you do an experience like that and there were always there in case we need help. Thanks a lot to Mike, Eva and Stephan. It was a life changing experience for me.
Laura Oxenfeld July 29, 2019
This retreat was amazing! The program of plant medicine is thoughtfully put together for the group throughout the week. We also got custom modifications from the shaman from our 1 on 1 consultations. The facilitators were all amazing people who went above and beyond to make sure everyone's experience was pleasant. Also - the facility itself was very new, clean, and comfortable and the food was plentiful and tasty. The Aya was quite strong and the group as a whole had some rather intense experiences. But the facilitators talked us through any difficult experiences the next day which helped. I highly recommend Ayahuasca Foundation to anyone who wants a positive Aya experience.
Michael McKay May 13, 2019
This retreat goes far beyond ayahuascua, using many plants to facilitate the optimal effects of ayahuascua. I came here to cure my addiction to marijuana and was not disappointed. My whole world has changed. The shaman (Don Migel) and his assistants (James, Nick and Victoria) are extremely professional, supportive and educated on ayahuascua, and have changed many many lives through this retreat. They play astonishing music throughout the ceremonies and are there to counsel and support people on their personal journeys. I can't imagine going anywhere else to get the results I got here.
Mendouz Beats November 21, 2018
I was part of a two-week retreat with the Ayahuasca Foundation in late 2018. First of all I want to give everyone some background information on my person to understand my reasons for taking part: I am a male in my early thirties and for decades I was struggeling with deep depression, severe anxiety (social anxiety for the most part) and feelings of deep shame. In the last 10-15 years my depression and social anxiety got so bad, that I was not able to work in any job, were I would be in direct contact with other people. I ended almost all of my social contacts and isolated myself to the point, where I would not leave the house most of the time. Just to go out and do things like grocery shopping was a very challenging thing to do. Especially speaking in front of people was one of my biggest anxieties. So the trip to Peru alone, which took me around 35-40 hours from central europe was a very challenging expirience. But once I was there, although still very anxious, I already felt more secure when I met the people, that would stay in the retreat together with me. Everyone working for the AF I came in contact with, beginning with Carlos, the founder of the AF and all the facillitators and curanderos, that stayed with and worked with the group I was in, to the fascillitators of the group from the Riosbo Center nearby our Center were absolutetly amazing people. Full of love, openness and unconditional acceptance. That fact alone laid the foundation stone of my healing process. More and more was I able to open myself up, put down my guard and talk about my problems with everyone, which by the way was my biggest nightmare before. Just being in that environment helped me so much to let go of my ego and it's fears and to put more faith into the whole process. Let's not forget all the indigenous people from the Mishana community. These people are just absolutetly special and one can see so clearly, that their "style" of living, which is just natural and in harmony with nature, is so superior to the ways our societies live in the western world. The location itself, the Reserva Nacional Allpahuayo-Mishana, is just the most peaceful and most harmonious environment I have ever stayed in in my whole life. When you add the ayahuasca ceremonies and all the other plant medicines, that were part of the different therapies to this equation, you can receive healing on a level, that you could have never imagined before. For myself all the ayahuasca expiriences were very challenging, because all my negative emotions like pain, anxiety, shame and anger, which I repressed since my early childhood, came to the surface and in order to let go of them I had to go through them again. This were the most challenging times of the whole retreat, but also the most rewarding ones. It makes you very proud to know, that you faced your deepest fears again and again, even though you were scared to death before each and every ceremony. One thing about the ceremonies at AF is very special and it was kind of a synchronicity for me personally, to choose AF over other retreat centers. At one point of the ceremony, after the curandero and the fascillitators sang for around three hours, everyone of the group will be individually asked if they want to take part of the ceremony and sing a song for themself and the group. This was one of my biggest fears. As I said, social anxiety was my biggest fear before and therefore just speaking in front of people was my worst nightmare. It took me three ceremonies to do it, but in the third one I tried it for the first time and although I had a full on panic attack right in the middle of "my moment to shine", I went through it and the love, applause and positive energy I received from everyone after was so heartwarming and transforming for my whole being. Seeing that you don't have to be good at something in order to do it in front of other people was so profound and healed me deeply. This feeling of being enough, being okay with yourself right here as you are, this feeling of acceptance of my own self was one of the key moments. It's now roughly a month after the retreat, I'm back home in same environment I was in before, but my whole outlook on my life and life in general has changed deeply. I am able to go out again whenever I want to. No anxiety of getting in contact with other people. I want to tell my story now, I want to talk about all the problems, that I had in the past with everyone. I just want to share my life again. My depression is gone almost completetly I would say. I'm not sure if it's still there, so yeah I would say it's pretty much gone. This dragging mental pain is not there anymore. It's just amazing, I am so proud of myself for doing this journey and I have a lot of motivation for everything, that is going to come into my life in the future. Whatever it might be. When I look back to my condition before the retreat and now after, it's honestly almost to good to be true. If you can relate to any problems I mentioned in my review, I can assure you, that a retreat with the Ayahuasca Foundation will give you deep inner healing of your emotions and energy and a new, positive outlook on life.
Dave Clarkson October 05, 2018
Completed the 8 week initiation program in September 2018. How does one describe such an experience in a paragraph of words? Gratitude is a word that's thrown around so much but when you witness the love, patience and passion that Maestro Enrique and the facilitators Dean and Michelle put in, it's simply humbling. Why would indigenous wisdom holders want to impart there invaluable wisdom on the gringo offspring of those who inflicted there people so much suffering? This really is a lesson in service, humility and selflessness (among so many other things). So much information is imparted and so much trauma released. I witnessed so much healing and rejuvenation in not only myself but the other attendees. Simply epic. Highly recommended.
Steve July 31, 2018
The centre is well run by Carlos team, i was there for a month and experienced A deep change in my life and perceptions of life. The plant medicines offered can be a little hard but they have proven to work and once your on board it make life a lot easier. The Ayahuasca experiences I had there are certainly the deepest I have ever experienced and have given me a new deep and powerful insight in to my own life. The team were friendly, welcoming and professional their insights and help gave me a better understanding of journey I’m on and offered new ways of addressing my problems. I cant recommend this retreat strongly enough, this is truly a place of healing and change.
E_H July 21, 2018
I have done a total of 4 Ayahuasca retreats in Peru and I wholeheartedly recommend the Ayahuasca foundation. For those out there that are looking to do a retreat, the most important thing to look for is integrity and a safe container. Everyone I met at the AF showed great integrity and care in the work they are doing. I (along with the others in my retreat) felt that the Maestro created a very tight and safe container. The facilities were great and the food was fresh and good. If you are looking to a retreat at a fair price and receive some seriously deep healing then this is the place for you! Ethan
Liz Henderson July 11, 2018
I spent four weeks at The Ayahuasca Foundation’s Riosbos Research Centre in March 2018. It was a wonderful experience with a supportive group and attentive leaders. The Shaman, Don Miguel, is very loving and accessible during one’s stay. He and the leaders evaluate each person individually and their treatment is tailored to their own needs. The plant medicines are skilfully and accurately prepared to address personal issues. Each ceremony is safely conducted with appropriate support and follow-up. For me, I found the “dietas” was quite profound. I often think about returning to focus on certain things and to address other issues at a deeper level. After completing the program, I felt so clear, healthy and more connected to spirit. The experience is still a big part of who I am. I recommend this program to anyone looking for a life changing experience.
Blomme Slåsser July 09, 2018
Integral, holistic and incredibly caring <3 I honestly have a hard time composing an adequate description of the time I spent with the AF, but never did I imagine to be met the way that I did here. The care, the passion, the love, the dedication and the integrity with which the work is conducted at the Ayahusaca Foundation is incredibly inspiring and has left me a transformed being. I can highly - highly recommend it! This isn't a place to go for the fireworks, this is a place for healing of the whole. I attended their 8-week initiation course and as long with a very thorough training on how to navigate the ceremonial space and an incredible amount of personal healing - we learned a great deal about how to empower ourselves and continue the work outside of ceremony. The knowledge and ability to continue the work and to properly integrate all the lessons is incredible valuable and I feel I left with a huge briefcase of well practiced tools and a big amount of homework. Between ceremonies we worked with different kinds of plant medicine, everything adding and balancing the time their. I can highly, highly recommend this organization! Thank you!
Brendan Ring July 09, 2018
I attended the eight day rejuvenation retreat and it was absolutely brilliant, I can't fault it. As well as four ayahuasca ceremonies, we had a wide range of other treatments including purgations, vapour baths and smoke baths. The maestro, Don Miguel, prescribed treatments for any individual issues we had and also gave lectures on subjects like Shipibo culture and icaros. The ceremonies were beautiful, the aya was very clean and the assistants, Dean Sophia, Mike and Tiago were very well trained and caring. Carlos Tanner organised everything to perfection, liasing before and after the retreat with us. The center itself is pure magic, located in a national reserve next to the village of the local Mishana community, who are wonderful and actively involved with the center. There are lots of little touches included that really show that bit of extra care, like the jungle walk to see medicinal plants and a post-retreat counseling session to help you integrate your experience once you've got home. I've attended several aya retreats and I think this one is my favourite, I would just love to return for an extended stay.
Jurie Jean van de Vyver June 17, 2017
I am so so grateful that the breadcrumbs led me to the Ayahuasca Foundation. This was hands-down the most profound 6 weeks in the jungle I could have asked for. I hugely appreciated that we were taught the process from start to finish: ceremonies, diagnostics, icaros, dietas, preparation and application of plant medicines. The Shipibo philosophy of learning while healing really resonated, and I leave feeling empowered to transform my life and to set out on my own path of healing arts. Thank you to Don Enrique, Carlos, the facilitators, the other open-minded participants, the camp staff and all the incredible support that arrived along the way. Truly humbled, honoured and blessed. If you're looking for an authentic, inspiring, life-altering experience - you've arrived at the right place =)
Nadezhda Semenenko April 20, 2017
I didn’t have any doubts about going to 3 week ayahuasca retreat but I had a lot of fears. So my review will be helpful for people who are fearful and anxious about going as I was. Fears and anxiety were problems what I wanted to get rid of with the help of ayahuasca on the first place. I had more than 10 years of thyroid problems and 6 years ago was diagnosed with Hashimoto and was on medications. I was sure that nothing can help for my disease so I didn’t expect anything about it. I wanted only emotional healing and spiritual insights. If you have anxiety problem you know how it can spoil your life. So here are some fears I had 1 Fears about accommodation Hygienic problems (no toilets or not enough of them or not clean, no water in showers etc) - everything was perfect. Toilets in every room work well they are perfectly clean and showers always have water. 2 Fears about my physical reaction on ayahuasca Here I mean such thing as blood pressure, heart problems or some swell What if I have some specific reaction on ayahuasca and I will die while nobody see? Well that was right for me in some way. I do have very specific and strong reaction to ayahuasca and if I was not in such a safe place like AF I think I may die if not have anyone to take care of me and help me. I never heard or read in internet that someone had same reaction as I did. But even if your reaction will be too strong in AyahuascaFundation you are totally safe. There are 2 facilitators and 1 student for 9-10 participants so everyone can be heard and taken care of. 3 Fears about bad trip What if I have horrible, terrible super scary visions? I want guidance and insight to change my life for better and solve my emotional problems but what if instead I will have visions what will scare my so much that I will become even worse than I was? Even if I will not become worse what if it will be too much scary? There are a lot of reports in internet about how bad it was with ayahuasca and about “ayahuasca is just not my way” etc? What if it will be just meaningless suffering and nothing more? Ok, it was right again and I did had bad trip. If I would have this experience in some other place, maybe my first infernal ceremony experience would be the end of my experience with ayahuasca. But I was in AyahuascaFundation and there were 2 factors which turned unmanageable and terribly scary journey into life changing insight 1 Facilitators made me feel more safe and not alone with their care when I was scared and helpless they 2 Their guidance taught me how to navigate my visions, how to communicate with ayahuasca So I strongly recommend AyahuascaFundation especially it it is your first experience with plant medicine
Rachel Knowles August 01, 2016
After many months of researching online, reading books, attending talks and requesting personal recommendations, all roads led to the Ayahuasca Foundation, and I’m very glad they did. The support that you receive from the moment you contact the AF, makes what can be a very challenging experience, feel safe and it doesn't end after the retreat. The Assistant Healers (Skye & Helm) had unconditional acceptance for the group during the experience and have continued to offer support, long after the retreat ended. There is a lot more to it than the ceremonies themselves. After the initial ceremony, the Curandero (Don Ronor) met individually with everyone to discuss their needs; physical, emotional and spiritual, and created an individual prescription of plant medicines, that were then collected fresh from the jungle, prepared and provided. My expectations (although I swore that I had none before I went!) were exceeded in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Experiencing for myself and watching other’s physical (and emotional) symptoms/blockages disappear day by day was both astounding, and by the end of the retreat seemed perfectly normal. Ethically, the AF walks the walk. As a non-profit, you can see where the money has been invested back into the organsation and how it works in symbiosis with the local Mishana community to ensure sustainability of the environment and the culture. If you have any doubts left, give them to the AF. They know exactly how to make them disappear and replace them with something wonderful instead.
Elena Fi Go July 15, 2016
I have tons of respect for Carlos, the AF team, Don Ronor and the Mishana community. I attended a two weeks long retreat in February, my first dance with Aya and experience with plant medicine and I am very much looking forward to go back for a 6 weeks initiation course. It is a safe space to explore, grow and heal and time after time I witnessed the care and support from the team, no matter if you are new or you have hundreds of journeys in your passport ( does that exist? spiritual travel passport :), no matter the challenge you are facing…The center is on the land of Mishana community, keepers of unique lifestyle and traditions and masters of happiness in simplicity. They are great hosts, do take care of the visitors and work at the center on the other hand AF is introducing solar power and helps the community back. Studied and worked in the tourism industry for many years, so I can’t help to notice that this is remarkable healthy symbiosis that benefits all, preserves nature and tradition. Loved the place: simple accommodations, always clean with running water all in the midst of the Amazon rainforest.
Christopher Lambert July 07, 2016
I was a bit skeptical going in but by the end of the last ceremony, it was revealed to me that the curanderos knew what they were doing and were doing it very well! Your doubts and fears will challenge you, and will keep most people from ever reaching the state of revelation I have experienced. My experience here was the culmination of, serious study, discipline, perseverance, and faith in God. And it really helps having devoted practitioners like the people with AF!
Bruno Andersen July 07, 2016
After visiting a great place in Pucallpa in 2015 i felt i took a chance going to a three week stay at Chamisal but again i was wrong. It turned out to be more than i wanted i terms of inner work and healing. The staff here was very informative about everything from all the different medecins, treatment and life in generall, i felt safe at instant when we met at the hotel in Iquitos before going up river the following day. By going 5min to the riverbank during the hot day, you could easily and safely cool of during a hot day whitout worrying about bugs or critter in the river, this is a huge plus. HUGE. Going back to South America next winter or in 2018, and cant imagine to go somewhere else
Sean Corey July 07, 2016
I attended the 2-week retreat at the Ayahuasca Foundation in March 2016. From start to finish the entire journey was absolutely amazing. The camp was beautiful, the staff was incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable. They take complete and full care of you during every step of your journey. The ceremonies themselves were entirely life-changing. While at the camp I specifically remember saying "this is the safest place I've ever been in my life". This is a place for true healing, relaxation, growth and good laughs with great people. Book your retreat, you will not regret it :)
Craig Chappelle January 03, 2016
In fall of 2014 I became interested in Ayahuasca. I watched countless videos and read books. When It came time to book a retreat, I kept coming back to the Ayahuasca Foundation. I liked the emphasis on overall plant medicine, not just Ayahuasca. I also liked that they are a non-profit that supports a local village. Their rates were much better than the other retreats. I landed in Iquitos in the second week of April 2015, after flying for 24 hours. I was met at the airport by the founder, Carlos Tanner. Then handed off to the retreat facilitators, Helm and Skye. We left for the jungle camp the next morning. The retreat was amazing. I was joined by an international group of 8 other participants. Lifetime friendships were formed at this 2 week retreat. Skye and Helm are amazing. They looked after everyone with unconditional love and care. As well as some light-hearted tomfoolery from Helm! The Mishana Community run the camp and look after the basic stuff, food, cleaning, water, laundry and security. They were wonderful and remarkably able at keeping everything running smoothly. The shaman spent time with everyone and we were invited to tell him every little thing we had going on. He prescribed plant medicines based on needs for everyone. One medicine he made for me, a poultice, cleared up an arthritic condition in my hip. I have had no issues since. I enjoy biking, skating, skiing, etc and have had no issues with my hip since. Amazing! The Ayahuasca ceremonies were wonderful. They recorded all the ceremonies and gave us all a DVD at the end with the ceremonies and photos that Helm and Skye took. They also create a private facebook page for the participants to stay in touch. Rad! I felt comfortable and well looked after at the Ayahuasca Foundation. They are in the process of building a research center that will open this year. I hear it is going to quite posh by jungle standards. They also have a training camp if you want to go deeper into plant medicine. I can recommend the Ayahausca Foundation unconditionally, and can't wait to go back to Peru. It will certainly be to the Ayahausca Foundation when I do! Well done guys!
Chris Battis November 25, 2014
I've now done two three-week retreats at the Ayahuasca Foundation camp; this year (2014) and last, and would recommend their programs to anyone with a sincere interest. My initial decision to attend an AF program was entirely driven by intuition, and I would return there again without hesitation. There were several factors that influenced my choice: first, if I was going to spend $$ thousands to visit the Amazon and do an ayahuasca retreat, I didn't want to fool around, and the combination of nine ceremonies in three weeks seemed as though it would be a good start. Second, and importantly, Carlos Tanner insists that each retreat be limited to ten participants, and as the first retreat got underway the logic of this became apparent, for we were able to create a mandala of trust and caring that simply wouldn't have been possible with constant comings and goings of drop-ins or tourists, which seems to be the norm at many other centers. Third, I wanted to experience ayahuasca on its own terms, in a traditional setting, with ceremonies led by trained shamans and observance of the plant dieta throughout the retreat. The leaders of our retreats, Helm and Skye, were simply impeccable and provided a balance of commitment and lightheartedness that kept everyone on track, and I can't overstate the depth of my respect and admiration for both of them. Likewise the indigenous staff, Ari, who helped Dona Wilma lead ceremonies, and Sylvia, who prepared all our meals. The facilities are very well kept up and comfortable and, In short, there was no aspect of the retreat that wasn't well thought-out or that could have been improved upon.