23 Day Ayahuasca Retreat: Beyond Perception
About This Event
In this very special 23-day retreat, we will combine the ancient practices of Insight Meditation from the Theravada Buddhist monasteries of Southeast Asia and Traditional Amazonian Medicine with ayahuasca ceremonies and healing facilitated by Shipibo Onanya (healers) of the Peruvian Amazon. The synthesis of these two systems enables a deep exploration of the self and an opportunity for transformation at a core level.
Ayahuasca ceremonies can enable access to the subconscious and supraconscious mind, moving us beyond the limitations of day-to-day thinking. You may see yourself and your world from a new perspective or receive insights about your true value, purpose, and meaning. These journeys can dislodge patterns of self-limiting thought and behavior that keep us stuck and block us from realizing our potential.
The practice of insight meditation enables us to access a state of pure consciousness on a daily basis, helping us to cultivate and maintain an expanded perspective. Over time, the simple practice of letting go of thoughts and returning our awareness to the present moment experience creates a field of awareness in us that is similar to what can be sometimes experienced in an ayahuasca ceremony.
Both of these ancient traditions are designed to shift us from our familiar mental framework to see the root cause of the problems we are trying to solve. Forming a perfect compliment, they enable us to navigate our consciousness deeply, maintaining presence and equanimity. From this expanded perspective, we can see how our struggles originate in the way we perceive and respond to our circumstances, rather than in the circumstances themselves, transforming our experience of life.
Venue HighlightsThe 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.
AccommodationsAll 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.
- Yoga Studio
- House Keeping
- Ceremony Space
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineOne 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.
Directions**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.
All deposits are non-refundable.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due 14 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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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
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.