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8 Day Ayahuasca & plant medicine retreat with Shipibo family of healers

Event Highlights

  • Undergo a process of healing and purification, releasing trapped emotions, traumas, negative unconscious beliefs, psychic blockages and negative energy from your energy field and psyche, unlocking your true potential and bringing you back to your true nature
  • Experience the full magic of Amazonian plant medicine under the guidance of a father-daughter team of adept Shipibo Healers
  • 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies & an introductory diagnostic Ayahuasca ceremony
  • 1 San Pedro / Huachuma ceremony
  • Regular 1 to 1 consultations with the Maestros
  • 5 star average rating from previous guests
  • Go on a boat tour of the Ucayali river & learn about medicinal plants from Lucila's husband Augusto
  • Personally tailored plant treatment plan, determined by the curanderos in ceremony
  • Live side by side with a Shipibo family
  • 24/7 support from experienced multi-lingual facilitators & the shipibo family
  • Powerful & pure medicine prepared using age-old methods & imbued with prayers of love and compassion
  • Private accommodation with double beds, mosquito nets and a space for your clothes.

Schedule

We wake up early with the sounds of the local villagers and birds and join Ester for a freshly prepared breakfast every morning at 8am.

On ceremony days, you'll have plenty of time to relax and prepare yourself to the ceremony ahead. At 6pm, plant baths, medicines and saunas will be prepared, then at 9pm the ceremony begins.

If it's a Sunday - we'll jump in the back of the truck and head to the family's 'chakra' for a San Pedro ceremony.
On your last Saturday - we'll join Augusto in the boat for a trip down the Rio Ucayali, learning about medicinal plants along the way.

About This Event

This 8 day ayahuasca retreat is held under the guidance of adept Shipibo maestro curanderos (master healers) Leonardo and Lucila, in their home in the heart of the Shipibo home land of Ucayali in Peru. Compassion is the force that guides and empowers the maestros to do this sacred work. It is the goal of the maestros to help all those who come to Mai Niti to awaken to their true nature and to realise their true potential as healthy, happy and free beings.

This retreat is carefully crafted by the shamans to facilitate profound healing and transformation through working with ayahuasca in conjunction with other sacred plant medicines in the way that the shamans of this region have done for centuries.

In this retreat, you will participate in 2 powerful ayahuasca ceremonies held by the curanderos Leonardo and Lucila. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a San Pedro ceremony which will allow you to deepen your healing and integration process following the ayahuasca ceremonies.

The shamans and the family will be with you every step of the way in your journey of healing, transformation and self realisation.

Those with the time available are recommended to join us for a 15 day ayahuasca retreat, or a 1 month+ plant dieta.

"I was at Mai Niti for fifteen days January 2020 and words can't really express my experience or my gratitude. This is a truly magical place, not only the shamans (Lucila and Leonardo) but their whole family and volunteers who all together make the center like no other place that I've been. My whole life, love, has been just a word with no real meaning or actual feeling involved, but after being immersed in the Mai Niti family for only a short period of time I can actually say that not only have I felt love but also feel capable of giving love. I say family because that is exactly how everyone there makes you feel. I am writing this for anyone who may be questioning themselves on traveling to the center. Follow your heart to Mai Niti and they will show you a world of love and gratitude that my limited vocabulary cannot put into words. To everyone at the center.....I miss and love you all so much, thank you for everything."

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. - Carl Jung

What's Included

  • 2 powerful ayahuasca ceremonies led by curanderos Leonardo and Lucila
  • 1 San Pedro ceremonies
  • Personally tailored plant treatment determined by the curanderos in ceremony
  • 1-to-1 consultations with the curanderos after each ceremony
  • Daily plant baths and plant preparations for those who require them
  • Participation in the preparation of ayahuasca (for those on longer stays)
  • All master and healing plants for those on dieta
  • Purgatives (where necessary) to aid in further cleaning the body
  • Work with powerful healing and teacher plants (master plants) alongside ayahuasca (when required)

Venue Highlights

Live side by side with a Shipibo family
Beautifully kept garden and plenty of space to walk around or relax.
Close to local amenities and the city of Pucallpa (around 40 mins by boat or car)
Plenty of hammocks both indoors and outdoors
Volley ball court
The peaceful ceremonial Maloca where you can go to practise yoga, meditation, painting and other activites.
Benefit from the healing power of Icaros (healing songs) sung in every ceremony as an integral part of traditional Shipbo healing
Daily plant baths & regular plant preparations to aid in cleansing the body and mind
Participate in preparing ayahuasca & other plant preparations (dependent on length of stay)
10 give or take 2 ceremony attendees so that curanderos can give full attention to guests
Safe ceremonies: maestros remain in ceremony until closure, and safely ease guests into a full experience with the medicine
Lovingly prepared nutritious meals made with fresh, organic ingredients that adhere to dietary limitations.

Accommodations

At the center, we live much like the Shipibo do in basic huts with thatched roofs built of leaves.

All rooms have double beds, a lock on the door, mosquito nets, and basic hooks and shelves for clothes.

Isolated tambos are also available for those undergoing dietas and require solitude.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Our on-site chef Ester will take care of your breakfast, lunch and dinner: she lovingly prepares delicious and nutritious ayahuasca-friendly meals using fresh, organic ingredients. Whilst cleansing of the body and following a traditional Shipibo diet is our number 1 priority - Ester does her best to work with the dietary limitations of plant medicine to put a smile on everyone’s face and give a taste of traditional Peruvian cuisine. If there’s something you can’t eat - she’ll be more than happy to come up with a special dish that you can.

Directions

If you are coming from another country such as the US or a European country, to get to Peru, you will most likely need to fly to Lima. From Lima, you then need to go to Pucallpa which is the city nearest to our center.

There are two ways to get to Pucallpa from Lima. The quickest and easiest way is to take a plane which costs (contact info blocked) soles ($25 - $50 USD) and takes about 2 hours. The other way is to take the bus which costs 55 - 75 soles ($16 - $22 USD) and takes approximately 20 hours.

To book a coach you can use Redbus, and to book your flight we suggest using Skyscanner.
If you would like, we will arrange for you to be collected from Pucallpa airport or Pucallpa coach station, and take you all the way to the center. The Taxi will cost 50 soles.

If you would like to come to the center by yourself, from Pucallpa you need to take a motocar to plaza de Yarinacocha which takes 5 minutes and will cost 5 or 6 soles ($2 USD). From Yarina, there are shared taxis (collectivos) which will take you to San Francisco, which takes 45 minutes and costs 4 soles ($1.50 ) - most collectivo drivers and local villagers know where 'Lucila y Leonardo's casa' is.

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • William L   January 23, 2020

      Amezing place!

    Anyone looking to expand their conciousnes, self transformation, or searching for clarity mai niti is the place to be. The energy is high and nothing but positive vibes. Ive made connections and bonds that I will never forget and always cheerish. One thing to mention is that ayauasca is tough work but you will thank yourself in the end a million times over for the benefits gained. I admire and appreciate the work leonardo and lucila do they really create a good space and guide you threw your journey in ceramony. The staff is great and do a good job of helping you out and feel at home. The food is also great for an ayauasca diet esther is a very good cook. Just remember to trust the process and stay the course. Becoming the best version of yourself is what it's all about.

  • Emmanuel Osahon   November 22, 2019

      Incredible experience

    Words can’t do justice to my experience at Mai Niti. From the first day I arrived at the center, I knew I was exactly where I was suppose to be. Soo much love it was unbelievable. Whatever your needs are it will be met. The people are amazing and the Shaman Is very powerful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!!!

  • Krisztina Krakti   November 18, 2019

      Incredible Journey!

    My husband and I spent 1 week here and we enjoyed every single moments of it. Such a lovely family and we learned so much in such a short time. We both see the world differently now, and there is definitely something changed inside of us. For example I stopped worrying about things and I feel so much calmness & peace inside of me that I can’t really express it. Unbelievable, and it’s such a gift for someone who was always stressed out about everything. I hope we will be able to go back and learn more about life & reality We love you all! ❤️

  • Kevin Rain   November 16, 2019

      Life changing experience

    an ayabuasca center trully wanting to help you heal and expand! you'll instantly feel at home and loved by this beautiful heart centered team. both Leonardo and Lucilla are amazing shaman that will guide you to your truth. my heart and self belief trully expanded under there guidance. so much love and gratitude to them, I look forward to returning

  • Emily Adams   November 16, 2019

      Life changing experience with the medicine

    My experience at the center was life changing. I wish I could have stayed longer and plan to come back. I can’t even describe my experience but I can say that if you trust the medicine it will heal you, and Lucilla and Leonardo are key in this as well. Because of this short 5 day experience I have started a new path in my life and see the world completely differently, I could never thank them enough for sharing their knowledge and skills with me. It has been weeks since my stay and I still feel like a changed person. Fear, pain, pathology, illness and trauma, that was buried so deep inside me was pulled out, I am so grateful for all the preparation I did and highly recommend anyone coming take it seriously, the more you prepare the more rewarding your experience will be. I did an Iching reading before my first ceremony and it lead me to a specific meditation about centering myself and letting go of the past and present distractions, it also lead me to ask for help from the helping spirits which seemed like the exact guidance I needed in retrospect since I did not know what to expect during the ceremony. I followed the meditation and worked to cut the ties to my ego, past trauma, and negative thoughts, at the first ceremony I could feel those things being pulled out of me and I know they came out because I had prepared myself and my body did not fight it, it was amazing how Lucilla and Leonordo helped me through the process and there ability to control energy and heal is mind-blowing. After the ceremony I not only felt the mental changes I could also feel and even see them physically. They changed my constitution, it is miraculous. A darkness inside my heart I did not know was there is now gone and I feel lighter than a feather. I am forever grateful and cannot wait to see what is next on my journey now that I see the potential I have to heal.

  • McKenzie Freeman   November 13, 2019

      Place of Love and true healing

    Wow, so much love for everyone at Mai Niti ❤️. It was such an incredible experience spending a month with Lucilla and her amazing family. They treated me with so much love while I going through my journey. The plant medicine gave me so much more than I could have ever imagined it could. Things I didn’t know could happen, unfolded right there in front of me and changed so much about my beliefs. It was humbling to see how little I understood and am sure I still don’t understand about reality. Truly life changing experiences all around. I can’t wait to spend more time with this amazing family again in the future to continue on the path of healing and personal growth.

  • Amanda de Soussa   November 13, 2019

      Beautiful place of sacred transformative healing powers

    Mai Niti holds a beautiful healing space to experience Ayahuasca and all of her sacred transformative healing powers. Everyone in the center makes the process so pleasant and enjoyable. Lucilla and Leonardo are incredibly compassionate, understanding and respectful healers that know exactly what each person needs in order to help them get the most out of there experience here. My journey here has been one of the most challenging, raw and life changing I've had thus far. This entire environment the location, the people, the healers and the plant medicine all brought everything together beautifully. All I can say is Thank you for this amazing ride because now I feel ready to move forward with a fresh new perspective. Thank you Thank you thank you!

  • sharna rose marris   November 03, 2019

      The perfect introduction to plant healing and ayahuasca

    Mai Niti was the perfect introduction to plant healing and ayahuasca. The whole environment was incredibly nurturing and authentic. Everything was done with the utmost respect and understanding for the process, with so many years of tradition and training behind the maestras.. Lucy is with you every step of the way and goes above and beyond to ensure you're healing as totally and well as possible. The whole experience was a beautiful one and I am so glad I chose to do it here.

  • sharna rose marris   November 02, 2019

      The perfect introduction to plant healing and ayahuasca

    Mai Niti was the perfect introduction to plant healing and ayahuasca. The whole environment was incredibly nurturing and authentic. Everything was done with the utmost respect and understanding for the process, with so many years of tradition and training behind the maestras.. Lucy is with you every step of the way and goes above and beyond to ensure you're healing as totally and well as possible. The whole experience was a beautiful one and I am so glad I chose to do it here.

  • Holly Clark   October 24, 2019

      Thank you so much Mai Niti

    Mai Niti offers such a beautiful space for healing and transformation. it's everything the website says and so much more. It's beautifully simple, giving us a chance to reconnect with the land. Lucila is an incredible, capable and deeply compassionate healer who can see what each person needs and works unconditionally to help each person. my journied with Ayahuasca were some of the most incredible of my entire life and I'm deeply grateful for both Luci and her father as well as all the beautiful staff for being with me on this journey. I'm looking forward to returning for 6 months in isolation with the plants & will take all I have met here in my heart.

  • Adam Duffy   October 20, 2019

      Authentic experience, experienced shaman

    The real deal. If you want a safe experience go with these guys. I felt relaxed and with people that I trusted from the get go.

  • Ronin   October 17, 2019

      Life Changing Experience!

    The aya ceremonies woke me up from the deep dream i was having. It shaked my fake believes and connected me back to my core. The camp is pretty simple, with a common kitchen, bathroom and showers. Food delicious and healthy, i like a lot the way they make the rice. The shamans(Lucy and her father) are thriving on helping others. They are very knowledgeable about the medicine plants. Would love to see them again one day!

  • YJ   October 17, 2019

      Incredible

    Had a chance to live with this beautiful family earlier this year and every single day was a joy to be around them. highly recommend Maestra Lucy and Maestro Leonardo. Just being around them has changed so much about my life. I love especially love Lucy’s energy as well as her infectious laughter. They Truly care about you and will help with whatever is troubling you, including the things you don’t know might be troubling you. Their work has allowed me to go further in my journey of expelling the issues that were weighing me down, and allow love into my heart. But stop reading other People’s experiences. Go in with no expectations and a pure intention. Worry not, your search is over :) much love and light to anyone reading this.

  • Melcita   August 12, 2019

      Amazing place!

    I had the chance to live in the village for a while and I know this familly well. This new healing center is an amazing place to learn deeply about yourself. Leonardo and Lucila really care on your personal needs and can really established an individual treatment for you. I did several ayahuasca diets in my life, and for sure that last one, sharing their incredible energy, really changed my vision of life.

  • Karolina Dusza   August 04, 2019

      Beautiful experience

    It was a life changing experience! I loved the fact that there was a lady shaman. Lucila had this amazing ability to read you and know what is best for you in terms of healing. I felt safe and could completely surrender myself. Lucila was trained by her father who has over 70 years of experience with ayahuasca. They both lead the ceremonies and create an amazing space for your healing. You get so much more than just ayahuasca, there is san pedro, cacao ceremony, plant baths, saunas. It's a beautiful place that I'd recommend anyone who's interested in taking on this fascinating journey.

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