Aya Healing Retreats

Ayahuasca Retreat Iquitos

IQUITOS - PERU

Overview

What is standing between you and your dreams? Discover the deep healing an ayahuasca retreat can bring and tap into your own unlimited potential.

Your 11-day Ayahuasca healing journey begins deep within the Shipibo homeland of the Peruvian Amazon. Starting from the bustling riverside town of Iquitos, Peru, we will pick you up and drive to a 2km hike into the jungle where the retreat center is located.

AYA Healing Retreats offers a life-altering opportunity to connect with shamanic healing traditions of the Iquitos region. Those courageous enough to immerse themselves in the process will catalyze profound a spiritual transformation, and return to wholeness.

Program Highlights

Your Experience

The Dieta Experience
  • Participate in five fully supervised Ayahuasca ceremonies, tailored for deep healing and spiritual exploration.
  • Engage in a personalized Master Plant Dieta, selected by Don Miguel, to enhance your healing journey.
  • Focus on defining your intentions with guidance, ensuring a journey with purpose and direction.
  • Benefit from the intimacy of a small group setting, fostering a supportive environment.
  • Receive personalized consultations and plant medicine treatments from Don Miguel, catering to your specific needs.
  • Preparation and integration sessions are provided to equip you for the journey ahead and to reflect on your experience afterward.
Comfort and Accommodation
  • Enjoy daily nutritious meals served 2-3 times a day.
  • Reside in a private jungle bungalow, your home for the full 11 days, complete with 24-hour electricity powered by solar panels.
  • Stay connected with WiFi available on selected days, thoughtfully limited to preserve the tranquility of the retreat.
  • Drink clean, high-filtered water with a pH of 8.5, ensuring your hydration is as revitalizing as your journey.
  • Benefit from included laundry services and transportation to and from Iquitos.
Spiritual Grounding
  • Experience purifying floral and vapor baths by the riverside.
  • Learn and practice Icaros under the guidance of the Curandero.
  • Delve into the use of Mapacho and ceremonial pipe as tools for navigating Ayahuasca journeys.
  • Participate in enlightening group lectures on Shipibo traditions and practices.
Integration and Learning
  • Share and learn in dedicated Integration Groups.
  • Attend an Integration Workshop designed for deeper understanding.
  • Work with practitioners trained in Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation before and after the retreat. 
  • Benefit from full translations from Spanish or Shipibo to English and private post-retreat integration sessions.
Other Activities
  • Explore the Amazon with guided hikes and learn about local flora and fauna.
  • Relax and swim in the nearby river.
  • Discover local crafts at the Shipibo market.
  • Express yourself with available musical instruments and art materials.

11-Day
Ayahuasca Retreat

$3300
$ 2900
  • 11 Days Private Accomodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day
  • 5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Plants Bath, Icaros, Sacred Tobacco
  • World Class Safety Standards
  • Industry Leading Integration Practices

VALUE

Added Value

Comprehensive Healing Included in Your Retreat

At the heart of your retreat experience with us, you’ll find a selection of treatments designed to enhance your healing journey, all included in the standard retreat package. These treatments, deeply rooted in the tradition and knowledge of the Amazon, are carefully selected to support your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being:

Tantirao: Offers relief from anxiety, anger, mood swings, and trauma, fostering emotional balance and inner peace.

Chiric Sanango: Known for its ability to reset the nervous system, it also provides relief for arthritis and rheumatism, promoting overall well-being.

Vapor Baths: A detoxifying treatment that purges negative energies and addresses sleep disturbances, facilitating deeper rest and purification.

Piñon Colorado: A powerful blood cleanser that also fights infection, supporting your body’s natural healing processes.

Mucura: Enhances physical energy and mental clarity, aiding in your journey of self-discovery and healing.

Love Baths: Designed to attract love, community, and abundance into your life, enriching your experience and fostering connections.

Various Purgative Plants: Cleanse the digestive system and offer relief for conditions like IBS, promoting a healthy gut and overall detoxification.

These treatments, integrated into the retreat experience, ensure a holistic approach to your healing journey, aligning body, mind, and spirit with the natural world.

Program

IQUITOS – AYAHUASCA & MASTER PLANT DIETAS

Schedule

5 Ayahuasca ceremonies and 11 days of profound healing in the wonderful tranquil center, El Encanto De Chullachaqui, ran by Don Miguel of the Shipibo tribe and his family. Open your heart and connect to a truely transformational medicine. Are you ready for a one of a kind healing experience through plant medicine?

Although we do not adhere to a strict schedule, here is what you can expect each day.

Ayahuasca & Master Plant Dieta

Day 1: Arrival

11.30 am: Departure from a designated location in Iquitos
1 – 2 pm: Check In & Orientation
2pm: Lunch
5 – 7 pm: Group Intention Setting Workshop
6 – 7 pm: Dinner
7 – 8 pm: Noya Rao Night Walk
9 pm onwards: Silence

Day 2: 1st Ceremony

8 am – 10 am: Breakfast
9.30 – 12.00 pm: Individual Consultation with Maestro Don Miguel
12.00 – 1 pm: Lunch
2 – 4 pm: Individual Consultation with Maestro Don Miguel
4.30 – 6.30 pm: Ceremony guideline
7.30 pm onwards: 1st Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 3: Master Plant Ceremony & Fasting

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast or fasting
10.30 – 12.00 pm: Group Sharing/Integration Circle
12.00 – 2 pm: Lunch or fasting
2 – 5 pm:  Working with Ayahuasca and Master Plant workshop
6.00 – 7.00 pm: Dinner or fasting
7.30 – 9.30 pm: Master Plant ceremony
9.30 pm onwards: Silence

Day 4: 2nd Ceremony

7 am – 8 am: Purgative Plant Treatment
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 pm: Icaro’s class with Don Miguel
12.00 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3.30 pm: Vapour Bath
3.30 – 5.30 pm: Individualized treatment
6 – 7 pm: Break & Rest
7.30 pm onwards: 2nd Ayahuasca Ceremony

Day 5: Master Plant Ceremony

8 – 9.30 am: Breakfast 
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Sharing / Integration Group Circle
12.00 – 2 pm: Lunch 
2 – 5 pm: Individualized plant treatment + Vapour Baths
6.00 – 7.00: Dinner
7.30 – 8.30 pm: Master Plant Ceremony
9.00 pm onwards: Silence

Day 6: 3rd Ceremony

8 – 9.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 pm: Group Lecture with Don Miguel
12.00 – 2 pm: Lunch
2– 5 pm: Vapour bath & individualized plant treatments
5 – 7 pm: Break & Rest
7.30 pm onwards: 3rd Ceremony

Day 7: Master Plant Ceremony

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Sharing Session
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 5 pm: Shipibo Market 
6.00 – 7.30 pm: Dinner
7.30 – 8.30 pm: Master Plant Ceremony
9.00 pm onwards: Silence

Day 8: 4th Ceremony

8 – 9.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 pm: Mucura Treatment
12.0 – 2 pm:
 Lunch
2 – 5 pm: Love bath abundance treatment
5 – 7 pm:
 Rest & Regenerate
7.30 pm onwards:
 4th Ceremony

Day 9: Closing Arkana & 5th Ceremony

8 – 9.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 pm: Post Dieta requiremnt & Arkana with Don Miguel
12.00 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 5 pm: Love bath abundance treatment
6 – 8 pm: Rest & Regenerate
8pm onwards: Closing Arkana & 5th Ceremony

Day 10: Integration Day & Celebration

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 pm: Group Sharing
12.00 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Flower bath
 – 5 pm: Integration Workshop 
6.00 – 7.30 pm: Dinner
7.30 – 9 pm: Celebration and Dance!

Day 11: Closing

8 – 9 am: Breakfast
9 – 10.30 am:  Closing & Group Photos
10.30 am: Departure to Iquitos

Transform

Receive the deep healing you deserve

Nestled along the Amazon river lies El Encanto De Chullachaqui, our retreat center, where you will find a tranquil setting which inspires change, facilitates healing, and will help you realize your full potential.

Team

Legendary Shipibo Healers, Caring Facilitators

Meet the team

Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

Kris

Lead Facilitator

Elio Geusa

Founder

Immersion in authentic tradition is at the heart of our work

Our retreats focus on education in the shamanic traditions of the Peruvian healers with classes and workshops on Icaros, Master Plants, and a variety of plant treatments. We are rooted in ancient traditions and we provide a fully immersive experience that includes much more than simply Ayahuasca plant medicine!

The holistic approach of traditional shamanic natural medicine is not only centered on Ayahuasca but also on personalized plant treatments.

Support

Facilitator, Trauma Expert, Integration Support

Comprehensive Support with Atira Tan’s Team

Your transformative journey is fully supported by Atira Tan’s experienced team, offering tailored sessions before and after your retreat. Start with a preparation session led by Atira’s specialists, designed to equip you for the profound journey ahead, focusing on the holistic preparation of your mind, body, and spirit. This foundational support ensures you enter the retreat with clarity and readiness, allowing for a more impactful and meaningful experience.

 

Following your retreat, continue your journey of integration with a personalized one-hour session from the same dedicated team. These crucial post-retreat discussions aim to ground the transformative experiences and insights gained, using principles of Somatic Experiencing™ to help embed the healing and understanding into your daily life. This cohesive approach from preparation to integration ensures a deeply supported path to personal growth and healing.

Testimonials

Not Included

  • Personal accommodation in Iquitos before/after the retreat
  • Your airfares
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your Peruvian visa (if necessary)
  • Personal expenses and meals in Iquitos before/after the retreat

Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

AKA 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 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.

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Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

AKA 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 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.

Kris

Facilitator

Kris has been living for seven years in the Peruvian Amazon. Originally from Barcelona, she followed a calling to be of service to the indigenous elders. As soon as she arrived, Kris deeply immersed herself in the traditional knowledge of the rainforest.

She was an on-site facilitator and administrator for an Ayahuasca retreat center for five years. Her role enabled Kris to work closely with Ayahuasca and other plant medicines, facilitating Ayahuasca retreats and plant medicine dietas. She helped participants integrate and process their experiences and made sure the retreats ran smoothly.

For the past six years, Kris has forged a deep and very close relationship with the Matses tribe, who initiated and taught her how to work traditionally with Kambo.
During her time in the rainforest, Kris has worked and collaborated with many powerful curanderos from different lineages and tribes, giving her a broad depth of knowledge about Amazonian plant medicines.

Those experiences ignited a passionate love for Amazonian herbalism, and she has dived deep into plant medicine alchemy for the past seven years.

Kris currently works at Aya Healing Retreats, facilitating the groups and establishing a deep connection with the local Shipibo community.
She also offers Amazonian Herbalism training courses and has started her apothecary creating pure essences from these Amazonian plants and Master Plants.

Kris is a solid bridge keeper between the indigenous cultures and practices of the Amazon, and the West, bringing a unique perspective from her direct experience.
Kris is a strong jungle medicine woman with a kind heart that is always ready to help those in need; she is a faithful caretaker of the forest and the indigenous traditions.

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Kris

Facilitator

Kris has been living for seven years in the Peruvian Amazon. Originally from Barcelona, she followed a calling to be of service to the indigenous elders. As soon as she arrived, Kris deeply immersed herself in the traditional knowledge of the rainforest.

She was an on-site facilitator and administrator for an Ayahuasca retreat center for five years. Her role enabled Kris to work closely with Ayahuasca and other plant medicines, facilitating Ayahuasca retreats and plant medicine dietas. She helped participants integrate and process their experiences and made sure the retreats ran smoothly.

For the past six years, Kris has forged a deep and very close relationship with the Matses tribe, who initiated and taught her how to work traditionally with Kambo.
During her time in the rainforest, Kris has worked and collaborated with many powerful curanderos from different lineages and tribes, giving her a broad depth of knowledge about Amazonian plant medicines.

Those experiences ignited a passionate love for Amazonian herbalism, and she has dived deep into plant medicine alchemy for the past seven years.

Kris currently works at Aya Healing Retreats, facilitating the groups and establishing a deep connection with the local Shipibo community.
She also offers Amazonian Herbalism training courses and has started her apothecary creating pure essences from these Amazonian plants and Master Plants.

Kris is a solid bridge keeper between the indigenous cultures and practices of the Amazon, and the West, bringing a unique perspective from her direct experience.
Kris is a strong jungle medicine woman with a kind heart that is always ready to help those in need; she is a faithful caretaker of the forest and the indigenous traditions.

Elio Geusa

Founder - Lead Facilitator

Elio Geusa is the founder of AYA Healing Retreats and is a qualified Social Worker with over thirteen years of experience working both on national and international humanitarian projects, supporting adults experiencing mental health and intellectual disabilities, and refugee populations throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Elio believes that loving and inspired action can create meaningful change in the world.

Elio has been devoted to the path of plant medicine and Ayahuasca since 2009 and began an apprenticeship under the guidance of Maestro, Vegetalista Manaco Manai. In his long time in Peru, 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 and healing that trauma imprints that were 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 Indigenous people of the Amazon, but he also hopes to make a bigger difference by investing profits from AYA Healing Retreats into humanitarian projects that create a more compassionate world.

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Elio Geusa

Founder - Lead Facilitator

Elio Geusa is the founder of AYA Healing Retreats and is a qualified Social Worker with over thirteen years of experience working both on national and international humanitarian projects, supporting adults experiencing mental health and intellectual disabilities, and refugee populations throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Elio believes that loving and inspired action can create meaningful change in the world.

Elio has been devoted to the path of plant medicine and Ayahuasca since 2009 and began an apprenticeship under the guidance of Maestro, Vegetalista Manaco Manai. In his long time in Peru, 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 and healing that trauma imprints that were 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 Indigenous people of the Amazon, but he also hopes to make a bigger difference by investing profits from AYA Healing Retreats into humanitarian projects that create a more compassionate world.

Atira Tan

Trauma Specialist - Integration Support

Hailing from her native Singapore Atira Tan, now based in Melbourne Australia, has over 15 years experience healing trauma through yoga, mindfulness, art, and counseling. Atira has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Latrobe University, Melbourne, she was featured on TED X, is the founder of Art to Healing and the annual international Yogathon event, Yoga for Freedom. Atira works extensively throughout Asia and Australia in various projects that are centered around healing and empowering women and girls who have been sexually abused and violated through the sex trafficking industry.

From 2004 onwards, Atira established numerous clinical art therapy and trauma recovery programs and has partnered with international organizations to bring art therapy, somatic therapies, yoga, mindfulness to the refugee camps of Burma, the war zones of Cambodia, the brothels of Kathmandu, regions devastated by earthquakes in Nepal and to remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. In addition to her not-for-profit work, Art to Healing, Atira works as a clinician and clinical supervisor in Australia and the Asia Pacific region and as an educator in Transpersonal Art Therapy. Like Elio, Atira is dedicated to creating the space for transformative experiences to occur for each participant. She is the head of our integration team and as well as teaching yoga on selected retreats, she will facilitate your post-retreat integration sessions via Skype.

More about Atira Tan: atiratan.com

“My mission is to inspire others to step into their TRUTH, to LOVE themselves wholeheartedly and to EMPOWER their unique EXPRESSION in the world.”

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Atira Tan

Trauma Specialist - Integration Support

Hailing from her native Singapore Atira Tan, now based in Melbourne Australia, has over 15 years experience healing trauma through yoga, mindfulness, art, and counseling. Atira has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Latrobe University, Melbourne, she was featured on TED X, is the founder of Art to Healing and the annual international Yogathon event, Yoga for Freedom. Atira works extensively throughout Asia and Australia in various projects that are centered around healing and empowering women and girls who have been sexually abused and violated through the sex trafficking industry.

From 2004 onwards, Atira established numerous clinical art therapy and trauma recovery programs and has partnered with international organizations to bring art therapy, somatic therapies, yoga, mindfulness to the refugee camps of Burma, the war zones of Cambodia, the brothels of Kathmandu, regions devastated by earthquakes in Nepal and to remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. In addition to her not-for-profit work, Art to Healing, Atira works as a clinician and clinical supervisor in Australia and the Asia Pacific region and as an educator in Transpersonal Art Therapy. Like Elio, Atira is dedicated to creating the space for transformative experiences to occur for each participant. She is the head of our integration team and as well as teaching yoga on selected retreats, she will facilitate your post-retreat integration sessions via Skype.

More about Atira Tan: atiratan.com

“My mission is to inspire others to step into their TRUTH, to LOVE themselves wholeheartedly and to EMPOWER their unique EXPRESSION in the world.”