Women’s Ayahuasca Retreat : August 2016 : Sacred Valley

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11 Day Retreat with a Shipiba Maestra, Naomi Athena & Gisela Agilar


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 where the power of the jungle meets the tranquility of the mountains.

Experience 11 days of Ceremony in the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru. 

Sit in the circle of sisterhood and experience the healing capacity of plant wisdom, intimate community & powerful ceremony. Hosted at Sacha Munay, Arin (originally known as Yoga Mandala) in the Sacred Valley on lushful land just a walk away from a beautiful waterfall, 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 30 years experience, this retreat offers a unique and special opportunity to step deep into your journey. 

So much love, thought, and care goes into creating these retreats for participants, and we are so grateful to share this medicine with those who feel the call.

This retreat is filled with various supportive activities that can help integrate the work that is taking place within the ceremonies. Yoga, and writing meditions, concious movement, and sharing circles will take place throughout. Hikes up through beautiful mountain ruins on sacred Land. We also take time to come together to process integration and commitments for after sisters leave.There will be one on one support available throughout your process to offer guidance and support. 

Image titleWe willl close with the powerful changing woman ceremony, a time for us to dream together and call in the changes that we want to cement into our being in sacred circle. 5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies, Plant Cleanses,Yoga, Changing Woman Ceremony, Sacred Hikes, Sharing Circles, Sound Healing, Movement meditations, Healthy nutritious meals made with love.

Image titleWe will begin the retreat with a traditional Andean Despacho. A beautiful ceremonial offering to pachamama and the the Apus(mountains). This is to give offering to lands we will be working on, as well as a time to ask for support from the land and its medicines to help us on our journey inwards. The despacho is in the spirit of ayni and reciprocity and it is a powerful ceremony that is rooted in the wisdom of walking in balance on this beautiful planet. This Andean ceremony will be with Grandma Maria Apaza, a female alto-mesayoq from Q'eros. She is an Andean wisdom keeper and a wise respected elder carrying the ancient traditions of the lands. 

Ayahuasca Ceremonies with Shipibo Healers.

The maestra for this retreat will be announced in the coming month. Feel free to take a look at the different healers we work with.

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We work with respected and trusted Shipiba Healers who travel from the jungles of Pucallpa, their native land, to join us in these sacred mountains for a deep healing journey.

The shipibo are a beautiful tribe of approximately 35,000 people located in the basin of the amazon jungle in Peru. They live in various different villages along the Ucayali River.

The Shipibo culture and their relationship with the plants are completely interwoven. Traditional Shipibo healers spend 15-20 years dieting and apprenticing with plant medicines. Spending at times years in isolation dieting different plants. During these diets, the healers receive healing songs from the plants called “ikaros”. After many years of training they can help heal people by removing blockages and dark energies, by singing these medicine songs directly to people during an Ayahuasca ceremony.

Working alongside Ayahuasca and various other master plants, the spirits of the plants support the healers in their healing work. The pharmacopeia that exists in the jungle is an incredible resource that many shipibo healers have. These ceremonies can be a powerful catalyst for healing. The ceremonies will take place at night time in the dark. Our maestra will do individual work on each person during  ceremonies. It is our commitment to the people attending, that we will hold a safe and supportive space throughout the retreat inside and outside of ceremony.

In a rapidly changing and expanding modern world, it is a true blessing that  women such as her still exist today. We feel very blessed and grateful to be able to do this type of work with grandmother wisdom carriers who continue to share the knowledge of Spirit and the Earths kindness with us in ceremony.

This retreat will be facilitated by:

Naomi Athena

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Naomi began working with Ayahuasca in 2009, and over the last 5 years, has been dieting and studying fairly intensely with a traditional shipibo lineage, spending months at a time in retreat in traditional dieta. She brings a lot of experience and love to the table for those who want to dive deep into their process. Having experienced such profound transformation working with the Plants and the Medicine, she is inspired to create opportunities where others may explore this ancient path. Naomi has been studying traditional forms of medicine, healing and shamanism for the last 9 years, and has been blessed to sit with many different elders, wisdom carriers and medicine people in the north and the south.

She currently runs earth elemental healing, a Healing and body work practice that has supported many people on their life journey. She also facilitates classes, workshops, rituals, ceremonies and women’s work. She is the mother of two beautiful children, an aspiring herbalist, Life Coach, Yoga teacher, Doula, Artist, Sound healer, and Body worker. A global mut, Born in Greece, and raised in the Philippine islands on the Pacific Ocean. Her father indigenous Venezuelan and connected to the amazon, her mother south african. She carries a deep love for the earth and its wisdom in all the does, and is deeply devoted to the healing and evolution of humanity.


Gisela Aguliar

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Gisela is a Beautiful Peruvian woman who started her journey with the medicine 7 years ago in the Peruvian Jungle. She  continues to learn with the same shipibo elders, Manuela Mahua and Horacio Brito. She has done 2 traditional tree dietas; Huairacaspi for three months and Ayahuma for 2 months, and continues to deepen her relationship with Ayahuasca through ceremonies and retreats. Through her work with the medicine, she decided to listen and follow her heart’s calling more and quit her full-time job in a business company in Lima and moved to the Sacred Valley, where she co-founded a holistic Montessori Kindergarten for small kids, where she teaches art and music to the children. Two years ago, she also started to work as a facilitator in ayahuasca workshops out of a real love to serve and share. Gigi is a joyous soul to everyone who meets her. She is currently truly really enjoying her life in the valley and the medicine path that continues to guide her in new and amazing directions.  

Our Chef:

Image titleRoberto Laurens is a student of mysticism, Meditation, Health and well-being.  He brings a deep sense of mindfulness to the kitchen, letting it become a sacred space, transforming ordinary ingredients into food infused with consciousness. Two years ago Roberto founded the Culture of Love, a Culinary Arts initiative with a focus on mindful eating and healthy food. Providing healthy, local, flavourful and gluten free dishes, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as replenishing teas that leave one who has sat at Roberto’s table feeling nourished.  One bite of Roberto’s food and you can taste the love in it. Culture of love offers holistic catering throughout the Sacred Valley.  We love having Roberto’s gentle energy and beautiful presence on our retreats.

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

Please contact us via email naomi@treeoflightretreats.com

The first step in registering is to visit our website and fill out the form under “booking”.  Please also send us an e-mail to let us know you have submitted your form.  


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 serious 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!

Please feel free to contact us for more details:


More Details for August 20-30, 2016:

Tree of Light Retreats: Women's Ayahuasca Retreat 

Arrival date is August 20th, where we will settle in for lunch and have a group circle for everyone to come and meet and aclimatize. The second night, we will have our first ceremony.

Transportation & Accomodation:

There will be a 10am pick up in Pisac on August 20th. (more details to come. We are working out a discounted price with a hotel in Pisac for you on the night of the 19th). It will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to arrive at Sach'a Munay. On August 30th you will be transported back to Pisac after breakfast. Cost of transportation is included in the price, and hotel/hostel reservations are at your own expense. We highly recommend you stay in Pisac on the night of the 19th, if not even a day or two before.  Pisac is 35 minutes from Cusco, however it is a few thousand feet lower, and therefore much easier for altitude adjustment


We feel very blessed to work with trusted & loving Grandmother Maestras for our retreats. 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 the Maestra, 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. There is a lot of support, before and after for integration with what can come up in ceremony.  If you need help within the ceremony, because we only work with small groups, you will always receive a lot of support if you happen to need it. This said, we encourage participants to rely on themselves as much as possible in this kind of spirit work, as it can be a very empowering process. Participants have shared over and over how they felt a new found strength and compassion for themselves when working through through challenges that naturally arise as an opportunity in this type of shamanic work


Arrival date is the 20th, where we will settle in for lunch and have a group circle for everyone to come and meet and aclimatize. The second night, we will have our first ceremony. There will be ceremonies on the following days: 21st, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th . On ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served. Throughout the retreat, there will be various activities planned for everyday. This said, we have made a concious choice to not create a jam packed schedule as the point of this work is to retreat and work with what is arising. For many people the act of not doing, is one of the hardest parts of being on retreat, and yet so much healing and revelation can come when we slow down.You will receive a schedule upon arival, though please know nothing is mandatory, and to listen to your own rhythm as you dive into this work. 

Recomendations for Preparation:

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

What to bring:

    The sun can be quite strong during the day and the nights are cold, so bring clothes for both temperatures. Make sure to have enough warm clothes for the nights in ceremony as august nights can be chilly.

    A head-lamp with an option for RED light setting (very important for ceremony) or a flash light you dont mind covering with red tape. 


    Spiritual/educational books to read

    Comfortable shoes for hiking if you want to explore the mountains

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

Cost & Deposit:

11 Day Retreat $1850usd

There is a 40% non-refundable deposit to reserve your place. ($740.00 usd)

The Creators of Tree of Light Retreats:

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Tree of Light Retreats is co-created by Naomi and Carolina. Naomi had a powerful vision in ceremony of women coming together to heal themselves and the planet, at around the same time that carolina felt a call to begin sharing the medicine and the tradition that had changed her life. They met in the Sacred Valley of Peru, and know in their hearts that the medicine brought them together to create a safe and supportive space for healing.  With their many years of experience with Ayahuasca and facilitating others, they have created retreats with the most trusted Shipibo healers and feel deeply called to support others on this path.  As Mothers with small children they bring this special energy to the loving and intimate space they hold inside and outside of ceremony. We’re happy to share that for 2016 retreats will be offered February, May, June, July, August, October and November. A couple of these retreats will be opening the space for men to join us as well. Please see our website for details.

Cancellation Policy:

*The 40% deposit is transferable, and non-refundable.

Please see our website for further details.


  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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