Aya Healing Retreats

Ayahuasca Retreat Iquitos


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.

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 personalized Master Plant Dieta from Don Miguel
  • Defining Your Intentions
  • Intimate group setting
  • Personalized consultations and individualized Plant Medicine Treatment from Don Miguel
  • Active participation in brewing the sacred plant medicines – Ayahuasca or the chosen master plant


  • 3 Wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our Ayahusaca ceremonies
  • 11-Days in a private room or jungle bungalow at El Encanto De Chullachaqui
  • Washing and laundering of clothing
  • Support to organize transportation from/to Iquitos, Peru – to our retreat center

Shipibo Traditions & Grounding Exercises

  • Purifying flower and vapour baths by the riverside
  • Icaros (chanting), chosen specifically for each ceremony by the Curandero
  • Mapacho use
  • Fascinating group lectures that reveal the sacred traditions of the Shipibo traditions, language, and knowledge


  • Dedicated Integration Groups with time for sharing
  • Integration workshop
  • Facilitators trained in Trauma Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation 
  • Full translations from Spanish or Shipibo to English
  • Private follow-up integration sessions via Skype or WhatsApp
  • Access to our Private WhatsApp Group

Optional Activities

  • Guided hikes through the epic Amazon rainforest, learning about local plant and wildlife
  • Swimming at the near river 
  • Browse our Shipibo market, with textiles and goods made by local Shipibo woman

Added Value

Additional Treatments

All of these treatments are available at the center, included in the regular retreat price:
  •  TantiraoHelp treat anxiety, anger, mood swings, and trauma
  • Chiric SanangoReset the nervous system, treat arthritis and rheumatism
  • Vapor BathsDetoxify the body, purge negative energies, treat sleep disturbances
  • Pinon ColoradoCleanses the blood, fights infection
  • MucuraEnhance physical energy and improve mental clarity
  • Love BathsAttract love, community, and abundance in your life
  • Various purgative plantsCleanse the digestive system or treat IBS


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.



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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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.

Legendary Shipibo Healers, Caring Facilitators

Meet the team

Don Miguel


Elio Geusa

Words of Gratitude

Embark on your journey

Our Ayahuasca & Plant Dieta Retreat Prices

11-Day Ayahuasca Retreat

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

Interested in our payment plan options? Speak to our program coordinator today or email

* Prices are in USD.

Atira Tan Portrait Photo

Post Retreat Support

Following your retreat, you will receive one individual 1 hour support session with our integration specialist. The sessions will be scheduled at 1 month post retreat will be delivered by Atira Tan (MA Art Therapy Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, SEP). Atira has over 13 years’ experience working in trauma recovery and is deeply passionate about the transformative potential of sacred plant medicines. In your integration sessions, you can expect to be listened to with compassion by a dedicated professional that has experienced sacred plant medicine herself. Atira will guide you using Somatic ExperiencingTM principles, helping you to locate within you the resources and wisdom needed to preserve with your healing journey. These sessions will offer you the opportunity to discuss your sacred medicine experiences, including any visions you may have witnessed and to work through tangible solutions to any real-world problems you are facing that are preventing you from fully integrating this work.

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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.

Adelina Vaughn

Women’s retreat Lead Facilitator

Adelina Profile

Born in the United States, Adelina began her healing path at the young age of 5 with deep initiations through the womb. Modern-day medicine saved her life and would later unfold her dharma. Rooted in her Native American and Italian heritage, she began communing with the dreamworld and spirits in her early teens. She has always felt deeply guided by her ancestors. In 2011, Adelina graduated from university with a Bachelor’s in Human Behavior and Health Education, intending to attend medical school. She instead enrolled in Massage School and now specializes in modalities such as Polarity, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Trauma Bodywork. Shortly after, she was then guided to Peru and received her 200 RYT in the Sacred Valley in 2015. On this trip, she met the Ancient Mother, Ayahuasca, which changed the course of her life path.

She received many instructions from this plant teacher and shared deep prayers of gratitude. Following the call, Adelina traveled to the sacred lands of Mount Shasta to complete her facilitation certification in Clarity Breathwork. The sacred medicine continued to speak with her in dreams until she met with her again and full trust of this path was born. She has spent the past 3 years assisting in circles and helping in ceremonies. After holding space for so many, she began to realize the importance of grounded integration while working with such intelligent plant allies. This led to an in-depth focus on somatic studies, attachment theory, non-violent communication, and mind-body practices. Coming from a bloodline of addiction and sexual trauma, a lot came to surface while studying. She returned to the amazon to sit with Maestra Juanita and the Master Plant Noya Rao at AYA Healing Retreat Center in 2019 – where her respect for this path deepened even more.

Adelina is now focused on supporting people as they move through their traumas, addictions, ancestral conditions, and unaligned habits. She travels creating sacred spaces through sound healing, dance, breath-work, and somatic body awareness to help reprogram the subconscious. She is fully committed to helping people prepare and integrate their experiences with these ancient plants. Forever a student, she bows in deep gratitude to these sacred medicines and the lineages that hold them in protection.

For more about Adelina:

“Through the heart, all can be healed” 



portrait of Kris, facilitator at AYA Healing Retreats

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 Guesa

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.


Improvements, Pricing Changes, and What’s On The Horizon For AYA Healing Retreats

While living mindfully in the present, we are always excited for the future and we have much in store for the coming year. Among other upgrades to better serve our guests, we will be:

  • adding new staff at the center that offer even better cleaning and laundry services
  • increasing the breadth and depth of training undertaken by our facilitators
  • offering more in-depth one-on-one preparation sessions to all of our guests, in addition to integration sessions
  • purchasing a Kangen machine for healthy, alkaline, antioxidant drinking water rich in minerals and purged of impurities.
  • purchasing additional medical equipment and continued medical training of staff for the safety of all, both here and in our community

Part of our improvement plans include raising our prices starting in 2024 to support our continuing efforts in improving everything that we do. With that said, we will always do our best to keep our prices attainable and within reach for as many people as possible, and we will also offer the possibility of discounts in a few different ways:

  • Earlybird discounts when you book your retreat in advance
  • Deep discounts for return attendees
  • Deep discounts for residents of Central and South America

We will continue to provide payment plans for all of our retreats, please contact us at to discuss options.

We are committed to prioritizing the quality of our retreats, giving you the most personalized and authentic experience possible, and caring for the health, safety, comfort and well-being of everyone who comes to AYA Healing Retreats.


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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