Ayahuasca (Yagé), San Pedro (Huachuma) retreats and shamanic plant diet apprenticeship with indigenous master shamans in the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon

San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony with Maestra Isabel. Photo: C. Hoyos.

San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony with Maestra Isabel. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Wisdom begins in wonder


In the magical Amazon rainforest of PERU we offer Ayahuasca and shamanic plant diet apprenticeship retreats with native Shipibo shamans Maestro Alfredo, the excellent Shipibo Maestra Isabel Pinedo Rengifo, Maestra Juanita and Maestra Olinda. Maestra Isabel is in charge of the San Pedro and Camalonga ceremonies, whilst Maestra Olinda specialises in the shamanic diet with the magical and mysterious Palo Volador, the legendary “Flying Tree”. The Ayahuma Shamanic Centre (Onanyati Jiwi in Shipibo tongue) is a charming retreat venue in the jungle, one and half hours drive from Iquitos, surrounded by huge swaths of luscious rainforest, presenting an amazing array of medicinal and teacher plants (plantas maestras) as well as countless master trees (palos maestros) – including the magical Lupuna blanca giant tree. A four star retreat centre, built with a vision of love and beauty. FIVE Ayahuasca ceremonies per week (Ayahuasca retreat).

All our shamanic retreats in the Ayahuma centre are ONGOING, all year round, from 1 to 13 weeks in length. Please inquire for availability in the dates you would like to come, pay, reserve and book your place for your preferred time slot and you are done with it! Currently, there is a maximum capacity of 11 guests staying at any given time. Complement your retreat with private Amazon river boat trips, excursions and jungle trips, visiting native Yagua and Bora communities, seeing the giant Lupuna master tree – the master of all master plants and trees – in the primary rainforest of the Yanamono reserve and a lot more.

Don Laureano, 111 years old elder, Yagé master shaman, Taita Mayor and sage of the Siona people of Colombia. Photo: F. Sammarco

In the Amazonian piedmont of COLOMBIA we offer 1 and 2 WEEKS Yagé retreats, mostly open to those who are already familiar with Spanish (choose your preferred dates, any time of the year, 30, 40 and 50 days MINIMUM advance reservation, depending on location and type of retreat. One week minimum & two weeks maximum staying, plus optional extra days, subject to availability).

FIVE Yagé ceremonies per week, for individual, residential retreats in the Finca – off Villagarzon airport, in Colombia – with Taita Victoriano, with optional excursions to sacred and magical local wilderness places escorted by the shaman and our indigenous guide. Groups of five or more participants (members of the same party), can also book the same residential retreat with Taita Alfredo.

And finally, for the more adventurous, we offer a special voyage to the Rio Putumayo, to visit Don Laureano, 111 years old Taita Mayor of the Siona people, and do a Yagé retreat with him and Taita Victoriano, in the Taita’s own place, near the border with Ecuador. The journey is fully escorted by Taita Victoriano, shaman assistant, indigenous guide and – if and when required – interpreter/facilitator Spanish-English. THREE Yagé and TWO Rapé (tobacco snuff) ceremonies per week. Off Puerto Asis airport, in Southern Colombia. (MINIMUM 2/MAXIMUM 5 participants, one or two weeks retreat, MINIMUM 50 days advance booking). Learn more, or inquire for more details.

Serious Inquires Only.