Aya Healing Retreats



The divine feminine is the expression of the ancient mother in all of her forms. From this space creativity, compassion, intuition, and collaboration flow endlessly. When in balance, you can feel the potency of this force through vulnerability, grace, courage, humility, and strength. To connect to the divine feminine is to become fully aligned to the sacred light within. In this space, the heart remains open to allow spirit to guide, the mind does not interrupt the flow of love, and you are no longer looking outside of yourself for fulfillment. Once rested in the womb of the mother, there is a deep remembrance that all life is connected, nothing is separate, and every moment is an opportunity to feel this beauty. This radiance and bliss create a deep peace in the heart and the ultimate surrender reveals all truth.

This retreat is beautifully designed to allow space for sisterhood as well as sacred time with self and these wise plant allies. During these 21 days, there will be specific containers curated for processing and integrating your experiences. Some of the time will be spent sharing, connecting, and co-creating with the earth and one another. You will be embodying the divine feminine through dance workshops, psychologic, sound, vocal activation, medicinal yoni steam bath on women’s circle ceremony, dances of universal peace, and oral and dynamic transmissions. There will also be space for us to become more quiet and internal through guided meditation, sound healing, yoga, womb clearing, and Mindfulness. The second week will be in silence so you can commune more deeply with the wisdom of these plants and the potency of the Shipibo lineage that will be holding you.

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

The Dieta

  • 8 fully supervised curated Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Your Noya Rao Dieta
  • Intimate group setting
  • Personalized consultations and individualized plant medicine treatment from Maestra Juana
  • Silent days
  • Fascinating group lectures that reveal the sacred traditions of the Shipibo tribe.


  • 3 wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our Ayahusaca ceremonies
  • 21-Days in a private rooms or jungle bungalow (a Tambo) 
  • Washing and Laundering of clothing
  • Support for transportation from Iquitos (and back)

Sacred Shipibo Traditions

  • Mapacho use
  • Purifying flower and vapour baths by the riverside
  • Icaros (chanting), chosen specifically for each ceremony by the curandero

Embody the Divine Feminine

  • Yoga classes.
  • Guided meditations & therapeutic imaginary.
  • Movement workshop – Chi Kung.
  • 5 Elements dance workshop.
  • Mindfulness and conscious breathing practical techniques transmission and practice.
  • Cacao Ceremony.
  • Womb Healing, Yoni Steaming, and Yoni Art.
  • Womb breathing purifying techniques.
  • Sound vibrational journey.
  • Women’s circle and divine feminine transmission and integration.
  • Healing The Mother Wound: ReParent Your Inner Child transmission.
  • Understanding The Drama Triangle transmission.
  • Exiting The Drama Triangle transmission.
  • Art therapy workshop.
  • Altar creation.
  • Prayer and song.
  • Divine Feminine song book transmission & voice activation practices.
  • Self love empowering practices and transmission.
  • Psychomagic for healing and sorority.
  • Therapeutic Dynamics.
  • Dances of Universal Peace


  • Intimate sacred sisterood sharing
  • Dedicated integration groups
  • Full translations from Spanish or Shipibo to English
  • Private follow-up integration sessions via Skype
  • Access to private WhatsApp group

Optional Activities

  • Guided hikes through the epic Amazon rainforest, learning about local plant and wildlife
  • Shipibo market from the local Shipibo’s women .

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. The tree 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. This dieta 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.

“And may all Mothers know that they are loved, And may all Sisters know that they are Strong, And may all daughters know that they are Worthy, That the Fire of the Goddess may burn on ”
Nalini Blossom

Divine Feminine: Why Come Together as a Sisterhood?

In many tribes and traditions, women come together to pray, share stories, sing, and dance. These sacred gatherings create a strong container that dissolves the tendency for comparison among sisterhood. The focus is more on holding one another in hardships, pain, joy, and celebrations. This establishes an incredibly safe space so that each woman can speak her fullest truth and be heard completely. Due to the different lifestyles of today, many woman have not had the opportunity to establish, grow, and nurture our relationships with other women in this depth. Knowing the importance of this, Karo Munay is dedicated to bringing women together once again in this ancient way of the Divine Feminine. They will be weaving their many gifts as sisters to ignite the flame for the divine feminine. We as women individually are incredibly powerful but together we are a force of love that can bring healing to all of life.

Divine Feminine: Reconnecting to the Womb

Reclaiming your power as a women begins in the center of our sacred womb. The place where all of life is born from. By coming to work with Juanita and these sacred plants, you are saying yes to cleaning out your temple body. Through the womb, you can clear all of the old habits, patterns, and conditioning that have held you back. This is not just for you personally, but for all of the woman in your lineage that have walked before you and for all those yet to be born. You are in a potent time where you get to align the Throat-Heart-Womb connection in the feminine body. Your sensual energy then becomes a creative life force for change transforming karma into dharma. When the divine feminine is grounded and balanced the reclamation of power comes from the heart, in total alignment, purity, and balance. From this space, all songs can be sung and are dances can be danced.


Receive the deep healing you deserve

This one-of-a-kind retreat offering takes place at El Encanto De Chullachaqui, a magical and tranquil setting which facilitates deep healing, and is conveniently located nearby to many teacher plants. Realize your full potential now.

Legendary Shipibo Healers, Caring Facilitators

Meet the team

Karo Munay

Lead facilitator

Maestra Juana

Shipibo Healer

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Adelina Vaughn


Words of Gratitude

This trip was a dream. It far exceeded my expectations. I felt so welcomed and comfortable, but it also challenged me in ways I didn’t even know could happen. 
Jessica Farrelli
I could describe this experience as life changing but that would not do it justice. It was a powerful, challenging, loving, and supportive spiritual experience. Every need was attended to in a beautiful environment.
Robert Cropper
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.
Elio is an amazing leader! On point organisation and structure. He is well connected in the indigenous community and has a great understanding of the spiritual journeys and the psychology of us humans. Elio is highly likeable and someone you will trust from the beginning of your journey.
I want to express my gratitude to Elio, Don Miguel and Kristina. I had the most amazing healing and connections during my plant dieta with mother Bobinsana and Ayahuasca. The center is beautiful, pristine nature, perfect location, simple and comfortable, you are surrounded by magic all the time, butterflies, birds, trees, just divine perfection of Pachamama. The food was delicious, the whole family (staff) makes you feel so welcome, like you are at home. I have been through many other centers, but the Aya Healing Retreats is the best one I have ever experienced, it's really life changing. The support, the integration, the love and compassion that everyone has with you, it was wonderful. Maestro Don Miguel has an amazing heart, powerful healer and he brings all the magic into the ceremonies, so powerful. I am already planning my return next year and already recommend this center to many friends.
This was my first retreat. I am very comfortable in the jungle and was very excited to spend time in the Amazon. The location, facilitators, families, workers, plants and animals were all welcoming. I felt VERY safe and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time on this beautiful Finca. Each night I slept well in our personal tambos/palapas that were provided. The food was also wonderful. I'm so glad I found this place. I will definitely come back soon.
Ayahuasca opened a door to a new world that I was scared to enter before. Ayahuasca is a teacher and a tool, once you have the knowledge it’s up to you to create your life and to put the teachings in action. This work is a wonderful ongoing process. Elio is very loving; a happy and balanced person. He radiates a very strong, positive energy that makes you feel completely comfortable. Helping others is his priority in life.
Mark S.
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Reading in the Amazon Jungle

Embark on your journey

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

Optional Upgrades

21-Day Noya Rao Dieta + Women Retreat

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$ 3650
  • 21 Days Accomodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day at El Encanto De Chullachaqui
  • 8 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Plant Baths, Icaros, Sacred Tobacco, Sound Healing
  • World Class Safety Standards & Integration
  • 10+ Exercises to Connect With the Divine Feminine
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Post Retreat Support

Following your Women’s 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 Adelina Vaughn. 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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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.

Karo Munay

Women's Retreat Facilitator

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Born and raised in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. Karo Munay dedicates her life to consciousness, alchemy, and art. She has embraced her deep call to dedicate her life force energy to supporting the awakening and liberation of all beings through her service, starting from herself, what is known as a Boddhisatva vow. Her understanding of oneness is the impulse that guides her to continue her path despite the intensity that this process may have, knowing that her inner peace is her gift to existence.

Munay is an explorer of music and poetry. Sound, vibration, and voice are her main medicine offerings; some years ago, the portal of music opened up for her, and she started exploring various instruments and receiving songs. For this reason, she is constantly invited to support healing circles with her medicine voice. Deep immersion in nature, dance, meditation and yoga have been her pillars for her balance. One of Karo Munay’s passions and mission is to support women by reconnecting with their sacred feminine gifts, self-care, and empowerment, guiding women’s circles, and supporting their one-to-one mentoring process to sisters looking for her support around the world. She dedicates her studies also to botanical and gem alchemy. She is a self-taught painter, and muralist, sharing her murals in various countries worldwide. A conscious health and nutrition researcher, sacred sexuality student, also a pilgrim and artivist for peace, she devoted the last 9 years to traveling around the world, learning deeply about meditation techniques, healing arts, ancestral wisdom, shamanism, fasting, vision quest and spirituality living in Buddhist monasteries exploring monastic lifestyle, ashrams, native and alternative communities.

She is the founder of the Vida Munay project, an initiative with conscious social projects such as Collective Meditation for Peace (promoting awareness about meditation as a tool for global peace) and Cantos para el Alma (an initiative that promulgates medicine music with elderly people), she is also the creator of the proposal Respira Consciente Ecuador (promotes conscious breathing on Ecuadorian education). Munay has combined her alchemy knowledge and meditation experience as a co-creator of a line of Vibrational Botanical formulas with therapeutic purposes in alliance with NunAndes in EC. She is also a devotee and guide of Dances of Universal Peace, a Sufi practice she has had the honor to share in many countries in Latin America.

In her path of self-acknowledgment, she has explored different areas of study. She is an engineer specializing in Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility at the University of The Hague in the Netherlands. Graphic Arts at the University of New Delhi. Meditation and mindfulness guide by the University of Leiden also with studies in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Hatha Yoga and Nada Yoga instructor and practitioner trained in India and Indonesia. Chi Kung guide and practitioner prepared in Vietnam. Ayurvedic body therapist trained in India. A sound therapist with Tibetan bowls with studies in Nepal. Mayan abdominal massage trained in Guatemala. Transpersonal and Flower Therapy. Currently, she continues her studies in Transpersonal Psychology and Music therapy. She considers herself a permanent student of life and allows herself to dedicate time to studying and investigating the topics that call her soul joyfully.

She holistically weaves together her passions, offering ceremonies, workshops, and retreats, sharing her experience and various tools for supporting others’ processes.

Karo Munay is dedicated to creating a sense of community in each experience she facilitates, holding a space of pure unconditional love, radical presence & authenticity from which to inspire the remembrance of our divinity, empowerment of our full potential & embodiment of the truth of who we are – pure love.

Maestra Juanita

also known as Isa Yaka- Little Bird

Maestra Juana was born into the Shipibo community of Pahoyan, one of the most powerful Shipibo healing lineages in the Peruvian Amazon. She is around 60 years old, however her exact age is unknown.She has been studying for more than 35 years under Maestra Manuela, Papa Gilberto and Papa Bejamin, who are all members of the highly-respected curandero family, the Mahua family. Juana began her dieta on the mythical Amazonian tree Noya Rao when she was just 20 years old and has dedicated her life to the path of healing ever since. Juana is also very learned in the workings of the human body, possessing an excellent knowledge of the bones and skeletal system. Juana specialises in bone massage and will be available on the Noya Rao retreat to provide our guests with this unique healing experience. We are delighted to have Juana’s expertise, depth of wisdom and fun loving spirit with us on the Noya Rao retreat.

Adelina Vaughn

Women’s retreat Lead Facilitator

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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.

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“Through the heart, all can be healed” 

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