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Training Led by Matsés Maestros

Authentic guardians of this ancient Amazonian medicine

Are you interested in experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime transformation? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you at Aya Healing Retreats. Our Kambo training program is led by authentic Matsés MAESTROS, who are revered guardians of this ancient Amazonian medicine. You can trust them to guide you every step of the way, providing an unforgettable and authentic experience.

During your stay, you will participate in a unique learning program that centers around the Matses family from the Nuevo Paujil community in Peru. They are deeply committed to preserving and honoring their indigenous culture, and you will have the privilege of learning from them. You will immerse yourself in Kambo ceremonies, talk with Matses elders, safely acquire medicine, learn bow hunting techniques, and even learn how to safely serve others with Kambo.

But that’s not all! Our program also includes an exploration of Nunu, a traditional tobacco snuff, that you can integrate into your own offerings or use for personal use. The comprehensive approach of our program, including both Kambo and Nunu, is guided by the authenticity and expertise of the Matses family. What are you waiting for? Join us for an unforgettable and transformative experience and become a Kambo practitioner.

Is this the Kambo training you have been searching for?

The Practitioner Program is for people who have experience with Kambo and knowledge of working with plant spirits. It’s best for those who know what to expect, but if you have any questions, you can contact our team.

The program has certain dietary and behavioral guidelines that need to be followed to show commitment to change, growth, and healing. These guidelines involve giving up certain foods and activities while participating in the program. Sacrificing these things shows the plant spirit that you are dedicated to healing and are open to receiving guidance, protection, strength, and special abilities from them.

Do you want to move forward with Kambo?

We’re also delighted to share that a portion of your tuition will go directly to a new project in the Matses community with a vision to unite and bring cohesion within the many Matses communities, to share elders’ stories, preserve songs and plant medicine wisdom as well as the creation of medicinal gardens on their sacred land.

Your Experience

What to expect on your Kambo Training?

Training Program

  • Kambo ceremonies, performed by Matses family
  • Talks, lectures and education from the Matses family and elders
  • Safe and harm-free medicine acquisition
  • Bow hunting
  • Self-application techniques
  • How to safely serve others with this medicine, including screening and application processes
  • Kambo workbook which will assist you during your time with us, as well as after the apprenticeship
  • Two Kambo sticks each and the opportunity to purchase more directly from the Matses family
  • Workshops on working with Nunu (tobacco snuff) – including harvesting, roasting and application
  • Rapé (Hapé) Kuripe for self application
  • Agua de Florida use
  • Shambira (natural fibres) workshop
  • Making tinctures workshop

Comfort

  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner (2-3 meals/day)
  • 12-Days accomodation in a private jungle Bungalow (a Tambo)
  • Washing and Laundering of clothing
  • Transportation from Iquitos (and back)

Grounding

  • Fascinating group lectures that reveal the sacred traditions of the Matses traditions, language, and knowledge
  • Learning and working with Kambo in a ceremonial setting
  • Night-time excursions to meet and connect with the frogs

Integration

  • Dedicated Integration Groups with time for sharing
  • Integration workshop
  • Facilitators trained in Trauma Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation 
  • Full translations from Spanish or Matses to English
  • Private follow-up integration sessions with Cristina
  • 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 
  • Musical Instruments, Art Materials
12 days / 11 nights
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USD$3,800
DEPOSIT:
USD$650
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  • Full training program


  • Transportation & meals included

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Receive the deep healing you deserve

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

Legendary Healers, Caring Facilitators

Meet the team

Wilder

Kris

Loving Feedback

Here are just a few of the dozens of reviews that we are happy to receive as a result of our work at AYA Healing Retreats.

David G
David G
August 2-12, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | Aug 14, 2023
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The shaman is a true master, and very generous. And the other staff are trained mental health professionals. That really makes a difference! I never felt so cared for in my whole life.
Robert R
Robert R
August 2-12, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | Aug 21, 2023
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It is truly a remarkable experience. I was able to heal in one tour with Don Miguel what I was working on for 17 years with the other shaman.
Kristen M
Kristen M
May 21st-31st, 2023 \ Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | Jun 10, 2023
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This experience was LIFE-CHANGING and I will absolutely come back and experience it again. I highly recommend Aya Healing Retreats to anyone wanting an authentic ayahuasca experience. The staff was beyond incredible, they really went above and beyond to make your experience amazing. I have already recommended this retreat to my community and I am so excited for anyone making the decision to be a part of such an incredible healing retreat.
Roger M
Roger M
May 21st-31st, 2023 \ Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | Jun 7, 2023
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Aya healing retreat was everything and more. In addition to the 5 ceremonies, we did a plant dieta, saunas, love baths, and body work by Teo. The entire staff was amazing. Don Miguel was a wonderful and joyous leader and the facilitators Kris and Lara were AMAZING as well. They were so supportive the entire time. Especially during ceremony when you need help in any way. EVERY meal was amazing and delicious. But most importantly, I received so much clarity with my intentions and was able to connect with God which was one of my intentions.
Todd M
Todd M
May 4th-14th, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | May 17, 2023
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I received so much more from the retreat and the individuals participating in the care that I ever anticipated. The love and grace with which everyone operated was so refreshing. This was a remarkably Human Experience for me. I was able to reconnect with parts of myself that I lost over time. I'm very very satisfied. Don Miguel Teo Lara and Cristina along with the entire support staff made my experience memorable and once in a lifetime extraordinary.
Debbie B
Debbie B
May 4th-14th, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | May 17, 2023
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Wow what a life changing experience. I can not recommend this retreat centre highly enough. The wisdom that Mastero Don Miguel brings is next level and Teo the medicine man was incredible in changing my physical body. The facilitators Kris and Lara with all their experiences made this transformation way easier for me and really helped me through some tricky stuff. The whole staff were so kind and accommodating. The accommodation is very clean and comfortable making my jungle experience such an enjoyable one. This whole experience was very authentic and real. Thank you Aya healing retreat for changing my life through ur support and wisdom
Karen H
Karen H
May 4th-14th, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | May 17, 2023
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Life changing! We were very well taken care, so much nurturing and support. They give personal care to each participant! Don Miguel is so incredible, so powerfully connected spiritually, such a beautiful caring person. I cannot say enough good things about this retreat center! Food was great, tambo’s (cabin) and beds were comfortable.
Elisa H
Elisa H
Apr 17th - 27th, 2023 | NOYA RAO DIETA & YOGA RETREAT | May 07, 2023
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I really felt seen & heard, and safe to share any needs, problems, doubts, etc. Mama Juanita, la curandera was / is phenomenal! I felt incredibly blessed and grateful to have had her on the retreat. What a powerhouse full of wisdom. To sum it up: an absolutely amazing place with the best support system one can ask for on such a journey! Thank you - muchas gracias - irakè! Highly highly recommend Aya Healing! I will be back 🙂
Alison F
Alison F
Jan 18th-28th, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | Feb 07, 2023
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What I loved the most about my Aya retreat was that it was a full service. I truly felt this was much more than just a 5 x Ayahuasca ceremony. Thanks to Teo and Don Miguel I not only fixed underlying medical/physical conditions that modern médecine couldn’t fix. I also felt very safe (environment, people, center) to explore Ayahuasca and other plant medicines for the first time in my life. At Aya healing center you will feel 100% supported, respected and free of jugement. What a magical, safe, healing paradise. I 100% recommend.
Jonathan H
Jonathan H
February 06th-16th, 2023 | Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta | Feb 25, 2023
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Amazing!! I was surprised at how much work/treatment was done outside of ceremonies and how much was offered. I would recommend this retreat to everyone who is looking to heal or explore ones mental heath. I know I will return eventually. Thank you at Ayahealing
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Real tradition is integral to us, we deeply immerse ourselves in it.

Learn about Kambo — a powerful healing practice with physical, scientific, mystical, energetic, and spiritual aspects. Our training teaches you how to apply this knowledge in modern society while respecting the traditional foundations. Gain the knowledge and tools to become a Kambo practitioner, while also learning from Matsés teachers who will share their wisdom throughout the process. This is a world-class training that fuses ancestral wisdom with contemporary understanding, and offers a unique and enriching perspective on this powerful practice.

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KAmbo TRAININING

12-Day Kambo Training Program

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$ 3,800
  • 12 Days Private Accomodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day
  • Kambo ceremonies, performed by Matses family
  • Full Training Program
  • Workshops on working with Rapè (tobacco snuff)
  • Follow up calls
  • World Class Safety Standards

Interested in our payment plan options? Speak to our program coordinator today or email info@ayahealingretreats.com

* Prices are in USD.

What to Know About Kambo Treatment

More and more people in recent years have become interested in the administration of kambo, a traditional healing treatment native to South America. If you are one such person, you probably have some questions along with your interest, either because it is a relatively new treatment without a long history of literature behind it, or because some of the published information on kambo is confusing or contradictory, making it difficult to know what is what. Indeed like many alternative healing modalities, particularly those which have only recently come into peoples’ awareness, kambo is a subject which many people are interested in learning more about.

Kambo (also known as Sapo or Vacina-do-Sapo in Brazilian Portuguese, which translates to frog medicine) is an alternative health treatment from South America. Despite only becoming well known worldwide in recent years, kambo is a long-used treatment modality with a history dating back hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years among native peoples of the Amazon.

What Exactly is Kambo?

Kambo refers to the process of extracting, drying, and administering the secretions – liquids – from the skin of the giant leaf frog, Phyllomedusa bicolor, which grows native in the tropical forests of South America, including Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela.

Kambo contains a number of potent peptides – short groups of amino acids – that act in various ways when they enter the human body. Most notably, kambo contains opiate peptides, specifically dermophin and deltorphin, as well as the vasodialator sauvagine and the antimicrobial dermaseptin. It also contains the peptide caerulein, which stimulates smooth muscles as well as biliary and gastric activity. Deltorphin in particular has an above-average penetration of the blood-brain barrier.

How is Kambo collected?

The secretions of the giant tree frog are gathered humanely in a way that allows the frog to continue living undisturbed after collection is finished. The frog is captured and is then stretched out with its arms and legs secured to sticks which are staked into the ground, or otherwise secured in such a way as to not harm the frog physically in any way. The secretions are then gently collected from the frog’s skin and put aside to dry into a more solid form. The frog is released back into the wild and, apart from a short period of stress, is left undisturbed by the entire process.

The kambo dries on a wooden stick and yields a white resin-like substance. The dried kambo can then be saved until it is time to be used. These kambo sticks are then used to administer the dried substance transdermally, that is, through the skin.

How Is Kambo Administered?

Kambo administration is traditionally performed in a ceremony, also referred to as a kambo circle. There is always at least one traditional curandero or shaman who holds the space of the kambo circle and administers the kambo to one or more people who receivet the kambo treatment. Kambo circle participants often have a mat or other comfortable tapestry to sit or lie down on during their time in the kambo circle.

Kambo is traditionally administered by purposefully making small burns in the skin using a smoldering stick. The small burns are normally made in a line of and are either made on the arm, leg, or shoulder. The dried kambo is then reconstituted with water into a paste and is dabbed onto the surface of the burned spots on the skin, where it uptaken into the body’s blood and lymphatic systems.

What is the Kambo Experience Like?

Kambo has traditionally been administered by healers of South America to dispel negative energy; in other words, as a physical and spiritual purgative. Many participants report that after the kambo circle is finished and the kambo effects have subsided, they feel a sense of peace, calm and euphoria.

Some participants say that they feel lighter, clearer, and notice increased mental acuity, attention, and clarity of thought. Others say that they feel stronger in their bodies, with an increase in physical energy.

Consider The Source When Using Kambo

As with any alternative healing modality, it’s important to always consider the source of your Kambo and the practitioner you entrust with administration and education. AYA Healing Retreats is proud to work with the Matses family, a multi-generational family made up of traditional healers and kambo practitioners from the Nuevo Paujil region of Peru. The Matses family has maintained reverence and stewardship of their native land and its native life for many generations.

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Don wilder

Maestro Matsé

Wilder is the son of Andrés and Juana, originally Matses from Brasil, founders of the community El Paujil, at the basin of the Galvez river, in between Brasil and Perú, where he lives currently with his family.
He was raised learning traditional medicine and leadership from his father, what lead him today to be the chief of his community and legal representant of the Matse community with the goverment.
His people lives in harmony with their enviroment, surviving from fishing, little agriculture, and hunting, activity from what they are highly skilled and proud.
They also create beautiful artisan crafts that will be for sale at the market during the retreat.

Kris

Facilitator

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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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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

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
  • implementing a new water filtration 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 info@ayahealingretreats.com 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

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.

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