Aya Healing Retreats

El Encanto de Chullachaqui


During our pause due to the pandemic, we have worked tirelessly at perfecting our new retreat center. We are excited and grateful to offer our new home – El Encanto de Chullachaqui – to those looking for profound healing and transformative experience. Nearby the center you’ll find our most dear plants and trees – Ayahuasca, Bobinsana, Chullachaqui, but also a newfound Noya Rao tree – of which there are only 5 known to exist.

About the Center

The Center houses an ample ceremonial space called a Maloca (communal house); it is here that we will where we will participate in our Ayahuasca rituals on several of our evenings. The Center also hosts a central kitchen and dining area and areas overlooking the garden, which is excellent for enjoying great conversation with others and admiring the ever-changing jungle. You will all have your own private room or bungalow. If you have concerns regarding covid-19 policies you can read more about how we are keeping you safe.

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However, we recommend that you take care of all matters that require your urgent attention before joining us on retreat, either while in Iquitos or in your home country. This will enable you to be fully present and to receive the actual healing benefits from not only the sacred plant medicines but from the superior beauty of the surrounding forest and lakeside environment. To preserve the integrity of the river water, we only permit our guests to use biodegradable and chemical-free soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Our favorite soaps are Dr. Bronner’s due to their ingredients and support of reforestation and fair trade.

Your Accommodation

While at the Center, you will be enjoying a private room or jungle bungalow (Tambo) with a spectacular view of the Amazon Jungle. Your Tambo is fully protected from mosquitos by a particular screen surrounding the doors and windows.

You will have your comfortable double bed to rest on each night and all privacy you need to recharge and contemplate the day’s events. The Tambo’s are rustic, yet spacious and are guaranteed to offer you an authentic Peruvian forest experience. Attached to the rooms and to at each Tambo, western toilets and showers.

Packing List - What You Need To Bring

Rain is frequent in the Peruvian Amazon, and while it is often hot and humid throughout the day, it does cool down overnight. Please keep the changing weather conditions in mind when packing your suitcase. The list below provides a comprehensive outline of what to bring with you on retreat. Some of the items can be purchased once you arrive in Peru.

  • 2-3 changes of cotton shorts and t-shirts or 2-3 light dresses
  • 1-2 pairs of long pants for walking in the jungle
  • 1-2 long shirt
    A battery-powered torch or headlamp
  • A spare set of batteries
  • A light, breathable rain jacket
  • Comfortable warm clothes to be worn throughout our nighttime ceremonies
  • Biodegradable and chemical-free soap, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent
  • Fluoride-free toothpaste
  • Good quality sandals or thongs
  • Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Lip balm
  • A camera
  • A cigarette lighter
  • Ziplock or waterproof bags to protect your electronic devices from humidity.

What We Supply

We will have the following items available for your enjoyment whilst at the Ayahuasca Centre in Iquitos:

  • Meals & Accomodation
  • Notebooks and journals for you to record and make meaning of your experiences
  • Musical Instruments
  • Art supplies including pastels, paints, pencils, paper
  • Mapachos (Wild Tobacco)
  • Agua de Florida (cleansing shamanic spirit water-available to purchase for a small fee)

It is critical to follow the dieta for two-weeks prior to retreat in order to prepare your body to receive a deep healing experience. Read more about the required diet here.

Safety During the Retreat

We want to offer a safe and unforgettable experience for everyone and for this reason, all our retreats attendees must show proof of the NEGATIVE (NO-REACTIVE) COVID test taken in the 72 hrs on the day of departure to one of our facilitators at the pickup. It can be an antigen or molecular test.

If you cannot show us a test taken in the 72 hrs, please let us know, and you will be offered to take a KIT-TEST in front of our facilitator before the departure. The price of the KIT-TEST with us is 20 USD, to be paid in US dollars.

If the KIT-TEST is positive, you will be asked to stay in Iquitos and take a molecular test at the local clinic and enter the center once you have a negative test.

Keeping You Safe

The retreats use cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus.
● Linens, towels, and laundry are washed according to the local authority guidelines.
● Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays.
● Communal and high-touch areas are regularly disinfected throughout the day.
● Please bring your yoga mat. All the equipment is disinfected between guests.

Physical distancing is maintained.
● Instructors maintain a safe distance from the client.
● Activities take place outside where possible. When this is not possible, the Maloca will 
be set up with the 2-meter (6 feet) rule between mats.

● The staff follows all safety protocols as directed by the local government.
● Hand sanitizer is available in guest rooms and key areas.
● Process in place to check the health of guests.
● First aid kit available.
● Suspected or infected COVID-19 patients will be traferd to Nativa Apartments Boutique
● Protective masks are available for all staff.
● Protective masks are available for clients.

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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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Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

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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.


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

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