Ayahuasca Women’s Retreat - Peruvian Amazon

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In all cultures throughout time there has always been a place where women retreat, and step deep into the journey...

Come and retreat in the energies of the sacred feminine with a Shipiba Maestra in the heartland of Madre Ayahuasca -  The Amazon Jungle.

Experience 11 days of Ceremony in the Alive Amazonian Jungle of Peru including:

5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Floral Baths
Plant Cleanses
Jungle Hikes
Sharing Circles
Sound Healing

Sit in the circle of sisterhood and experience the healing capacity of plant wisdom, intimate community & powerful ceremony. Hosted at the beautiful Ecolodge, Ayahuasca Insights; a tranquil 10 minute boat ride down the Yucayali River into the pristine Jungle of the Coshibococha. This retreat is only for those who are interested in doing deep healing work. With the support of skilled and experienced facilitators, and an Ayahuasca Maestra with over 50 years experience, this retreat offers a unique and special opportunity to step deep into your journey.

Maestra Manuela Mahua Ahuanari –
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Onanya Ainbo (Shaman Woman) Manuela of the Shipibo people from the Peruvian Amazon is a 70-year-old grandmother with over half a century of experience working with plant medicines. Manuela’s father served the very first glass of Ayahuasca to her at age 13. This first step into the dieta tradition of her lineage was with the companion plant Ayahuma, known for its shamanic and otherworldly spirit. And so began her lifelong apprenticeship.

At the age of 30 she nearly died of an inflammatory disease. Manuela was able to cure herself using specific Amazonian plants she learned of from her Grandfather. The totem of the Mahua lineage is the flying tree, Palo Volador, known as Noyarao: The Tree of Light.  Many years of dieta with this tree has helped Manuela become a powerful and potent healer.

She is a beautiful energy to be around and has an amazing laugh that will keep you smiling forever! It is a true gift that women like her still exist in this rapidly changing modern world and we feel truly honoured to have the opportunity to work with her.

11 Day Retreat with Maestra 

Anonanya Ainbo Manuela Mahua,

Carolina Dowell & Naomi Athena

$1650 USD


Before booking online we'd love to talk with you !

Please contact us via email treeoflightretreats@gmail.com

We cannot accept your deposit until we've confirmed through dialogue your medical history, and any previous experience working with the medicine.  Please be advised that anyone taking SSRI's or with a history of mental health issues will not be able to attend.  We are committed to offering the highest quality care to those attending.  We believe in the tremendous healing available through this work, but such issues should be addressed one on one.  Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Carolina Dowell –

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Carolina first started working with Ayahuasca in 2010. After her first ceremony she knew that she had found her teacher, and in 2011 she made her first journey to Peru to work with Shipibo healers. Her experiences were so profound that she decided to make a big life change and move to the jungle. She spent the next few years working closely with the medicine and other plant dietas. For 2 years she facilitated at the Temple of The Way of Light, where she supported and helped guide others on their medicine journey. Carolina now lives in the Sacred Valley of Peru with her partner and beautiful daughter. After becoming a mother she now feels called to share the medicine again and is looking forward to holding space for women.

Naomi Athena –

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Naomi is a Spiritual coach, Doula, Healing facilitator, Yoga teacher, Mediator, Artist, Musician and Bodyworker. Born in Greece, Raised in Asia and 10 years in Canada organizing sacred spaces, concious events and running a private bodywork and healing practice, she now lives in Peru with her husband and two beautiful children. She began working with ayahuasca in 2009, and has been apprenticing and dieting with the Mahua lineage for the past 3 years. Having experienced such personal transformation working with the plants, she is inspired to create opportunities where others may explore this ancient path. She offers a plethora of skills and experience and is deeply devoted to holding a compassionate, loving and safe space for healing.

Please feel free to contact us for more details:




Tree of Light Retreats: Women's Ayahuasca Retreat

We are excited that you are considering joining us for this retreat on October 2nd - 12th 2015 in the amazonian jungle of Peru. This will be an intimate retreat with 10 women.


It is our recommendation for 2 weeks before you arrive, that you begin to follow an Ayahuasca diet. The nature of this retreat is to do very deep work and beginning the diet is part of your preparation and commitment to your journey.

- Decrease caffeine and sugar

- No drugs or alcohol (please let us know if you are taking any pharmaceutical medications)

- No pork

- Decrease your salt intake

- Eat a simple diet without spicy foods or anything heavily fried

- We recommend no sex unless you are in a committed partnership

Transportation & Accomodation:

We suggest to arrive a minimum of one day before the retreat.  Once you've confirmed your flight into Pucallpa, please email us the flight no. & arrival time - we will pick you up at the airport with the Hotel shuttle. Before and after the retreat we are staying at Los Gavilanes Hotel in Yarinacocha, Pucallpa, Peru. We can make the reservation for you. The hotel room fee is additional, at around $35 per night. http://losgavilaneshotel.com/


We feel very blessed to have Manuela as our Maestra for this retreat. Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies take place at night time in the dark. The medicine songs that are sung are called "ikaros". During every ceremony each person will receive individualized work from Manuela, as she sings personally to each person. We believe and have witnessed in our own experiences that this level of care helps to remove blockages and allows for deep healing to take place.


On the morning of the 3rd we will begin with vomitivos (a Shipibo tradition to help clean and prepare the body for ceremony). There will be ceremonies on the following days: 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th. On ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be floral baths the day after each ceremony.  There will be integration meetings to share our experiences, as well as one on one support from Carolina and Naomi. We also plan for yoga, meditation and hikes. (a daily schedule will be given upon arrival)


There is a 40% non-refundable deposit to reserve your place.

What to bring:

- The sun can be quite strong during the day and wee hours a bit cool, so bring at least one outfit for cooler temperatures.

- A head-lamp with an option for RED light setting (very important for ceremony)

- Journal

- Spiritual/educational books to read

- Comfortable rubber boots or waterproof shoes for hiking if you want to explore the jungle.

- All-natural bug repellant and sun-screen. ** October is prior to the rainy season; we do not expect many mosquitos!

- Extra money: at the end Manuela will have traditional Shipibo crafts & beautiful hand-woven tapestries to sell.

Cancellation Policy:

*The 40% deposit is non-refundable 

*Your credit card will be charged the remaining 60% 1 month before the start date of the retreat.

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