Aya Healing Retreats

Ayahuasca & Noya Rao Dieta COSTA RICA

Overview

The Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta retreat in Costa Rica is similar and yet very unlike our standard retreats in Peru.  It is an 11-day immersive journey into the Shipibo’s tradition of the renowned Lopez family, a legendary family of Shipibo curanderos whose lineage stretches back hundreds of years. 

Nestled in the Chirripo Mountain Reserve’s lush foothills, sitting gracefully along the banks of the pristine Talari River, Finca Mia is an enchanting jungle retreat offering many amenities healing modalities, and an unforgettable experience.

Located at an elevation of 4000 ft, the cold nights and warm days make the climate at Finca Mia the perfect balance. Surrounded by rainforests for secluded tranquility, yet graced by a vibrant community, this healing retreat center is full of warmth, the opportunity for self-reflection, insight, and restful rejuvenation. Finca Mia is a haven to many, and it is an honour for us to share this magical gem with you.

Lodging at Finca Mia is unique as no two rooms are alike. The accommodations are exquisitely symbiotic with nature, intended to promote relaxation. All the rooms are beautiful and pleasing to the senses, designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

The Dieta

  • 5 fully supervised curated Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Your Noya Rao dieta
  • Intimate group setting
  • Personalized consultations and individualized plant medicine treatment from Don Miguel
  • Fascinating group lectures that reveal the sacred traditions of the Shipibo Tribe

Comfort

  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accomodation at Finca Mia
    -$2200 USD Shared Double Room in Eco Lodging (Total Cost)
    -$2600 USD Single Room in Eco Lodging (Total Cost)
    -$2950 USD Single Room in Luxury Lodging (Total Cost) 
  • Washing and Laundering of clothing
  • Support for transportation from San Jose (and back)

Grounding

  • Purifying flower baths
  • Mapocho use
  • Icaros (chanting) chosen specifically for each ceremony by the curandero
  • Guided meditations & movement

Integration

  • Dedicated integration groups with time for sharing
  • Full translations from Spanish or Shipibo to English
  • Private follow-up integration sessions via Skype
  • Access to private Facebook group

Optional Activities

  • Enjoy the beautiful resort setting at the picturesque Finca Mia and kick back at the pool
  • Hikes along the riverbank around the retreat grounds
  • Participate in art workshops and bring back a beautiful piece of art tied to your healing journey.

Diet

Whilst on retreat we will enjoy three superb meals per day, freshly prepared by the team at our center. On the days of our Ayahuasca ceremonies, we will restrict this to 2 meals, the last one is not to be eaten after 2pm. All meals are prepared with the best local ingredients and will be mostly vegetarian with the occasional river fish and organic chicken. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.

All meals will be free from: Sugar, Oil, Salt, Pork, Alcohol, Red Meat

You will also be expected to refrain from communicating via phone, text, and email for the duration of the retreat.

Noya Rao Dieta

Noya Rao which is otherwise known as “The Tree of Life” or “Camino a la Verdad” – The Path of Truth is a mythical plant, of which there are only three in the entire Amazon Basin. has belonged to and been used in sacred ceremony by the Mahua Shipibo traditions for centuries. In the Shipibo tradition dieting on the bark of the Noya Rao is believed to be essential in the path towards becoming a healer. Noya Rao is believed to enhance one’s connection and relationships to the spirits indwelling in other sacred plants and to facilitate profound transformation in the individual. Dieting on Noya Rao can lead to greater capacity for organised thought, clarity, highly activated intuitive capacities as well as helping to bring to light unconscious assumptions one may have about the world, leading the dietero to have the newfound courage necessary to change them.

Transform

Receive the deep healing you deserve

This unique retreat is located at Chirripo Mountain Reserve, Costa Rica, one of Costa Rica’s wilder national parks, where you will find a tranquil setting which inspires change, facilitates healing, and will help you realize your full potential

Legendary Shipibo Healers, Caring Facilitators

Meet the team

Elio Guesa

Don Miguel

Kara Portrait

Kara Cura

“The whole team is incredible. They are so supportive, understanding, and passionate. I have never felt so nurtured in my life. When you’re in the experience they are always there, with love and open arms. I cannot recommend them enough.”

 – Robert Cropper

Embark on your journey

Interested in flexible pricing options? Speak to our program coordinator today

Optional Upgrades

11-Day Ayahuasca Retreat

6 Spots Remaining
$ 2200
  • 11 Nights Accomodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day at picturesque Finca Mia in a shared double room (Eco Lodging)
  • 5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Plant Baths, Icaros, Sacred Tobacco, Sound Healing
  • World Class Safety Standards
  • The unique healing energy of Costa Rica

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Pre-Application

Not Included

  • Your personal accommodation in Portugal
  • Your airfares to and from Portugal and transportation to and from Lisbon
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your Schengen area visa (if necessary)
  • Personal expenses and meals whilst in Portugal
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Elio Guesa

Founder - Lead Facilitator

Elio Guesa

Originally from Italy, and now living in Melbourne Australia, Elio Geusa is the founder of AYA Healing Retreats. Elio is a qualified Social Worker and has over thirteen years experience working both on national and international humanitarian projects. He has worked with people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions. He has also had the privilege of supporting refugee populations to overcome the trauma of displacement throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia. Elio believes that compassionate and inspired action can create meaningful change in the world.
Elio’s grandfather was a highly-respected healer in a small village in southern Italy. From a young age, Elio was drawn to healing as a profession after witnessing the profound differences his grandfather made in the lives of members of their community.

In 2009, Elio encountered the plant medicine, Ayahuasca for the first time. Convinced of its power to cure the incurable, Elio began an apprenticeship under the guidance of Maestro, Vegetalista Manaco Manain. Since 2009 he has continued to deepen his knowledge, experience, and understanding of the workings of the sacred plant medicines, studying the Shipibo traditions under the revered Mahua family and has undertaken numerous Master Plant Dietas with well-respected curanderos in the Peruvian Amazon.

This immersion in the sacred plant medicines of the indigenous peoples of Peru enabled Elio to experience deep and profound healing. He has overcome crippling anxiety and anger as a result of traumatic childhood experiences, healing that was not possible through the Western medical paradigm. His renewed sense of self-worth, love, compassion, and empathy for himself enables him to extend those same qualities to others.

Elio founded AYA Healing Retreats because he is convinced of the healing potentialities of sacred plant medicines. Not only does he hope to share the indigenous wisdom of the ancient traditions of the tribe’s peoples of the Amazon, but he also intends to invest part of AYA Healing Retreats profits into humanitarian projects that are creating a more compassionate world.

Elio is committed to creating a safe, enjoyable, transformative experience for every participant, whilst on retreat please don’t hesitate to approach Elio for help and support as you navigate the complexities of your healing journey.

Don Miguel

also known as Senen Yoi- Speaking the Truth

Don Miguel was born into a Shipibo community called Roaboya on the River Ucayali. When Don Miguel was a child, Angel Sanchez Vargas, his grandfather was the community’s curandero. Vargas was an expert in sacred plant medicines and was frequently called upon to heal and share his spiritual wisdom with members of Roaboya. The school built some years later was named after Vargas and Roaboya went on to be recognised as the first indigenous community 114 years ago. Don Miguel grew up surrounded by the Shipibo wisdom and possess intimate knowledge of the sacred plant medicines. At a very young age he began his apprenticeship as a curandero through plant dietas under the supportive guidance of his grandfather. Miguel is also a trained literature professor and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Shipibo language and culture. Since 2012, Don Miguel has spent the bulk of his time at the Ayahuasca Foundation where he supports his brother, Don Enrique in leading lectures, workshops, initiation courses and retreats. Don Miguel will lead our Ayahuasca ceremonies, circle discussions and be available for personal consultations whilst on retreat.

Kara Cura

Facilitator, Sound Healer

Kara Portrait

Kara has spent her life expanding her healing gifts, offering counsel to many, and building her career around the pillars of healing while offering services in many areas such as art and art therapy, music and sound healing, hands-on healing through Reiki and deep integrative trauma release bodywork and studying what draws her into deeper realms of healing through plant medicine, healing the body with food, and daily practices to keep the body and mind centered. Growing up with parents in the US that loved to travel, Kara realized at an early age that she loved traveling. Now spending the majority of her time in South and Central America, Peru and Guatemala have become her new homes.

In 2005 Kara met Ayahuasca and the introduction was life-changing for her. After moving into the work slowly – about 4 years only sitting once every two years – it wasn’t until she met her first teacher that she heard the calling to the medicine in a deeper way. After that calling, she began a serious 7-year study of this sacred plant medicine and found herself in Peru. Studying and learning from some of the most revered Shipibo’s curanderos in South America. Today she focuses most of her learning time with the Mahua family and the Gomez family in the Peruvian Amazon.

Her work with the Amazonian plants has deepened her own journey into facilitating retreats with her teacher(s), hosting her own retreats, and offering ceremonies. One of her main focuses in these spaces is integration. Kara believes the most important work comes during the time after the retreat – how we integrate the plants and their knowledge into our own daily lives is the key to successful plant medicine healing.

Kara offers facilitation and ceremonies that are built with the participants and their own intention. Holding a light to their goals and journey, Kara brings seven (+) years of study and practice to the circle, holding you with love, healing and humor, and with creative solutions and paradigms to help allow new information to integrate into your soul. Kara believes this is the best work we can offer to our own development. You can find more information about Kara’s offerings at www.karacura.com.

“The medicine path is what I know, and the calling is an honor. May my path always hold me in love and allow me to guide others along their own unique healing. May we all rise to our highest expressions of self and hold the light for our fellow brothers and sisters to do the same. Together we change the world.”

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Application

Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe

Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you…not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you