Ayahuma: Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat Centre (Onanyati Jiwi)

 

Bungalows with Shipibo decoration in the Ayahuma centre. Photo: C. Hoyos

Bungalows with Shipibo decoration in the Ayahuma centre. Photo: C. Hoyos

In the “Ayahuma” Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat Centre, in the Amazon jungle near Iquitos (Peru), you may take part in ancestral indigenous shamanic practices, and experience sacred rituals with Ayahuasca, the visionary “Vine of the Soul”, San Pedro (Trichocereus Pachanoi, the legendary cactus of vision), as well as dreaming journeys with the plant teachers Toe’ (the powerful Brugmansia sp.) and – subject to availability – Camalonga (Thevetia peruviana). We offer Ayahuasca retreats (typically, 1-2 weeks or more), Shamanic Plant Diet testers or “Pre-dieta” (3-4 weeks), Traditional Shamanic Diet with Master trees (5+ weeks onwards), and Traditional Shamanic Apprenticeship (13 weeks) retreats.

Ayahuasca cooking. Photo: C. Hoyos

Ayahuasca cooking. Photo: C. Hoyos

The Camalonga Dream ritual takes place at night, around 8:00 PM, lasts 3-4 hours, and is slightly more gentle than the Ayahuasca experience. During this ceremony participants will be drinking a sugar-cane alcohol infusion of the seeds of the Camalonga tree, to stimulate lucid dreaming, enhance the power of divination and knowledge, and favour mental clarity. During the intoxication with Camalonga one may receive visions, answers and messages from the spirit world. Guests may opt to have up to an absolute maximum of two Camalonga journeys per week and need to follow a diet regimen. Participants doing the Ayahuasca retreat will need to simply have a light vegetable soup for lunch and no dinner, on the night-s of the Camalonga Dream ritual. No special provisions will be required from participants who are already following the diet with Master trees. Please allow enough time for your staying, to accommodate 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, the Toé ritual, and the optional San Pedro and/or Camalonga sessions. We recommend to leave a gap of 24 hours between the experience with Ayahuasca and the one with San Pedro and/or Camalonga. Strictly advance booking only.

Most dedicated and experienced participants may have the possibility of a special shamanic diet with the legendary Palo Volador, the “Flying tree”, with Shipibo Maestra Olinda. Dieting with this magical tree – once the exclusive privilege of senior shamans – requires a very serious and resolute commitment and cannot be interrupted for any reason. One may start with an absolute minimum of 1 month (30 days), or do a maximum of 3 months (13 weeks) diet in a row.

"Trueno Ayahuasca" (Thunder Ayahuasca). Photo: F. Sammarco

“Trueno Ayahuasca” (Thunder Ayahuasca). Photo: F. Sammarco


In the Ayahuma shamanic retreat centre we offer:

Ayahuasca retreats

1 to 2 weeks in length (or more, if required), 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (ritually smoking with the shaman the dry, rolled leaves of the Brugmansia suaveolens plant).
  • Watch and learn how the Ayahuasca brew is prepared.
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with shaman and/or jungle guide, to get to know the countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the privately-owned 600 hectares compound, surrounding the centre. 2 rituals per week with Palos maestros (Master trees) in the wilderness, including – but not limited to – the TamamuriLupuna, Renaquilla and Remocaspi rituals. The jungle hikes are usually done at 7 AM, on Day 1 and Day 5 of each week of retreat, and may last up to 3 hours (in total) each time.
  • 3 cleansing ritual baths per week (the timing is decided by the shaman), with Ayahuasca, Chacruna, Ajos sacha, Sara masho, or Rosa sisa leaves.
  • Purifying grey clay or mud bath.
  • Ritual flowering baths, with Rosa sisa, Labio de novia (Sacha-chacruna), Chiric sanango and Piri-piri teacher plants, traditionally prepared in the Peruvian Amazon to attract good luck, prosperity, love and friendship in one’s life.
  • 2 Meraya rituals of spiritual purification per week.(For those who are not familiar with the word “Meraya” this is the Shipibo version of the mestizo word “Muraya”, and refers to one of the three topmost category of shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, alongside that of the “Banco” and the “Sumiruna“). The rituals involve smudging with Palo Santo smoke and other herbs and last approximately one and half hours (typically, 4:00-5:30 PM).
  • Up to two San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • On-site interpreting Spanish-English-Spanish.

Giant Lupuna teacher tree

The giant Lupuna blanca teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos

Shamanic Plant Diet testers

3 to 4 weeks in length, 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • Shamanic plant diet testers or “pre-dieta” with a more flexible approach than the traditional strict diet (little salt, little sugar, some fruits, chicken, fish, eggs and a little fried food are allowed).
  • Diet with plantas maestras (plant teachers) like Bobinsana, Ajos sacha, Piripiri and more.
  • 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, depending on the shaman you will be doing the plant diet with (different shamans have different views on the number of Ayahuasca ceremonies one should have during the diet).
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (a ritual with the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher, which could be smoked and/or drank together with the shaman, according to the shaman’s indications).
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with shaman and/or jungle guide, to get to know the countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the privately-owned 600 hectares compound, surrounding the centre. 2 rituals per week with Palos maestros (Master trees) in the wilderness, including – but not limited to – the TamamuriLupuna, Renaquilla and Remocaspi rituals. The jungle hikes are usually done at 7 AM, on Day 1 and Day 5 of each week of retreat, and may last up to 3 hours (in total) each time.
  • 2 Meraya rituals of spiritual purification per week.(For those who are not familiar with the word “Meraya” this is the Shipibo version of the mestizo word “Muraya”, and refers to one of the three topmost category of shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, alongside that of the “Banco” and the “Sumiruna“). The rituals involve smudging with Palo Santo smoke and other herbs and last approximately one and half hours (typically, 4:00-5:30 PM).
  • Cleansing ritual baths with leaves of different plant teachers.
  • Cleansing/purifying clay bath.
  • Flowering ritual baths, in the last three days of the diet – once a day – with different types of flowers, as those from the Rosa sisa, Labio de novia, Chiric sanango, Piri-piri and/or Sigame-sigame plant teachers.
  • Up to 2 San Pedro (Huachuma) daylight ceremonies per week. Strictly advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

The giant Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

The giant Renaco teacher tree. Photo: C. Hoyos

Shamanic Diet with Master trees

5 weeks onwards, 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • Traditional shamanic diet with palos maestros (master trees) – which implies a very rigorous training, from a minimum of 5 weeks onwards (celibacy required throughout, plus men and women will need to stay in separate bungalows for the period of their training; no salt, no sugar, no fruit, no spices, no coffee, no pork meat; avoid exposure to the rain).
  • Diet with teacher trees like Ayahuma (Couroupita guianensis), Renaquilla (Ficus sp.), Amasisa (Erythrina sp.), Chullachaki caspi (Remijia peruviana), Lupuna blanca (Ceiba pentadra, the giant white Lupuna, the sequoia of the Amazon), Lupuna colorada (Cavanillesia umbellata), Remocaspi (Aspidosperma excelsum) and more.
  • Diet with lianas like Motelo huasca, Tapu huasca and Murcu huasca.
  • 2 rituals per week with the Palos Maestros (Teacher trees) encountered in the vast wilderness of the jungle compound surrounding the centre. Including – but not limited to – the TamamuriLupuna, Renaquilla and Remocaspi rituals. These are usually done at 7 AM, on Day 1 and Day 5 of each week of retreat.
  • 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, depending on the Maestro or Maestra you will be doing the plant diet with (different shamans have different views on the number of Ayahuasca ceremonies one should have during the diet).
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (a ritual with the “Brugmansia suaveolens” plant teacher, which could be smoked and/or drank together with the Maestro and/or Maestra, according to the shaman’s indications).
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • 2 Meraya rituals of spiritual purification per week. (For those who are not familiar with the word “Meraya” this is the Shipibo version of the mestizo word “Muraya”, and refers to one of the three topmost category of shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, alongside that of the “Banco” and the “Sumiruna“). The rituals involve smudging with Palo Santo smoke and other herbs and last approximately one and half hours (typically, 4:00-5:30 PM).
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with shaman and/or jungle guide, to get to know countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the privately-owned 600 hectares compound, surrounding the centre.
  • Cleansing ritual baths with leaves of different plant teachers.
  • Cleansing/purifying clay bath.
  • Flowering ritual baths, in the last three days of the diet – once a day – with different types of flowers, as those from the Rosa sisa, Labio de novia, Chiric sanango, Piri-piri and/or Sigame-sigame plant teachers.
  • Up to 2 San Pedro (Huachuma) daylight ceremonies per week. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Giant Renaco Master tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Giant Renaco Master tree. Photo: C. Hoyos.

Shamanic Apprenticeship Retreats

13 weeks, 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week. Include:

  • An initial, private consultation with the shaman.
  • Traditional shamanic diet with plantas maestras (master plants) and palos maestros (master trees) – which implies a very rigorous training, 13 weeks long (celibacy required throughout, plus men and women will need to stay in separate bungalows for the period of their training; no salt, no sugar, no fruit, no spices; no tea, no coffee, no stimulants; no pork meat; avoid exposure to sun and rain).
  • Jungle hikes in the rainforest, with shaman and/or jungle guide, to get to know the countless medicinal plants, teacher plants and master trees in the privately-owned 600 hectares compound, surrounding the centre. 2 rituals per week with Palos maestros (Master trees) in the wilderness, including – but not limited to – the TamamuriLupuna, Renaquilla and Remocaspi rituals. The jungle hikes are usually done at 7 AM, on Day 1 and Day 5 of each week of retreat, and may last up to 3 hours (in total) each time.
  • Diet with teacher trees like Ayahuma (Couroupita guianensis), Renaquilla (Ficus sp.), Amasisa (Erythrina sp.), Chullachaki caspi (Remijia peruviana), Lupuna blanca (Ceiba pentadra, the giant white Lupuna, the sequoia of the Amazon), Lupuna colorada (Cavanillesia umbellata), Remocaspi (Aspidosperma excelsum) and more.
  • Diet with lianas like Motelo huasca, Tapu huasca and Murcu huasca.
  • 1-3 Ayahuasca ceremonies per week, depending on the shaman you will be doing the plant diet with (different shamans have different views on the number of Ayahuasca ceremonies one should have during the diet).
  • 1 Toé Dream Journey per week (ritually smoking with the shaman the dry, rolled leaves of the Brugmansia suaveolens plant teacher).
  • Learn how to prepare Ayahuasca.
  • 2 Meraya rituals of spiritual purification per week. (For those who are not familiar with the word “Meraya” this is the Shipibo version of the mestizo word “Muraya”, and refers to one of the three topmost category of shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, alongside that of the “Banco” and the “Sumiruna“). The rituals involve smudging with Palo Santo smoke and other herbs and last approximately one and half hours (typically, 4:00-5:30 PM).
  • Cleansing ritual baths with leaves of different plant teachers.
  • Cleansing/purifying clay bath.
  • Flowering ritual baths, in the last three days of the diet – once a day – with different types of flowers, as those from the Rosa sisa, Labio de novia, Chiric sanango, Piri-piri and/or Sigame-sigame plant teachers.
  • Up to 2 San Pedro (Huachuma) daylight ceremonies per week. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • Camalonga Dream ceremonies. Strictly, advance booking only (subject to availability, optional extra, not included in the standard retreat fees).
  • FREE on-site facilitator & interpreter Spanish-English.

Clever, our senior bilingual guide and local manager. Photo: F. Sammarco

Clever, our manager at the centre. Photo: F. Sammarco

FREE onsite interpreting Spanish-English and English-Spanish
  • Complimentary on-site interpreting Spanish-English and English-Spanish is provided to all our guests, included in the retreat fees.

The cannon ball-shaped fruits of the Ayahuma master tree. Photo: F. Sammarco

Ayahuma cannon ball-shaped fruits. Photo: F. Sammarco

COST & PAYMENT:

  • Cost for the retreats in the Ayahuma Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat Centre is published here. Initial deposit of £ 400 GBP p.p. is required to hold your place for the dates you would like to reserve for your journey (you may also pay the full price in one go, as you see fit). Final balance is due, respectively, 30 days (for Ayahuasca retreats – with/without San Pedro) or 50 days ahead (for all types of Plant diet retreats – with/without San Pedro) ahead of your reserved retreat’s start date. You may pay by wire transfer, or with your credit or debit card via PayPal, sending funds to info@elmundomagico.org. Please note that there is a 4.5% surcharge for PayPal payments.

    RESERVATION & BOOKING:

  • You may initiate your reservation process by sending the correspondent payment for your staying first, and then filling-in and submitting the ONLINE BOOKING FORM for retreats in the Ayahuma Centre. Upon receipt of your initial deposit (or full payment, whichever is earlier) and booking form, you will be sent (by email) the formal Agreement of participation, which includes a detailed medical questionnaire, in PDF format, to fill-in, date, sign and return (by email), alongside copy of your valid passport (only the page-s with your photo & personal details). Please make sure you are not taking any medication, and don’t have any health condition incompatible with Ayahuasca, before booking your place with us. Thank you for your cooperation.

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