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HEALING TRAUMA: A SOMATIC EXPERIENCING & AYAHUASCA RETREAT

Overview

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is, simply put, a bio-physiological approach to healing trauma. A pioneer in trauma healing and Somatic Experiencing founder, Dr. Peter Levine states: “Shamanistic cultures view illness and trauma as a problem for the entire community, not just the individual … people in these societies seek healing as much for the good of the whole as for themselves.” (Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma)

Trauma is a fact of life. It has become so commonplace that most people do not even realize its impact or presence. Trauma is felt by all of us at some stage in our lives and does not result only from what is commonly thought to be its cause: shock trauma from abuse or attack. Trauma can be experienced through misfortune or during routine passages of life, such as surgery, medical and dental procedures, anesthesia, illnesses, and accidents and injuries. Inappropriate or harsh behavior by parents, teachers, and peers, as well as betrayal, financially hard times and the pressure of societal and cultural expectations, can all cause trauma, not only events such as the loss of a loved one, robbery or witnessing violence.

Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the “triggering” of the event itself. They stem from the frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved and discharged; this energy remains trapped in the system, where it can wreak havoc on our mind and body.

Held within the symptoms of trauma are the very energies, potentials, and resources necessary for their constructive transformation. Ayahuasca is a profound tool in healing trauma, and with the support of Somatic Experiencing, our healing can deepen enormously, as Somatic Experiencing helps the nervous system to resolve the trauma that the plant medicines can bring up in ceremonies, to inspire and integrate new levels of healing, mastery, and wisdom.

Healing Trauma With Somatic Experiencing (SE)

SE addresses our primary nervous system functioning. It resolves stuck symptoms of past adverse events that remain in non-cognitive regions of the brain, such as; relational, developmental or shock trauma.

During our Ayahuasca retreat in Spain, the somatic approach will allow us to be more aware and settled in the felt-sense of our physical restrictions and emotional contractions.

Through moment-to-moment awareness of sensations in your body, SE aims to gently re-establish the natural flow of your life energy, supporting the safe release of symptoms and energy from the nervous system. In SE sessions, we release the past experiences of trauma and restore your body, heart, and mind into a relaxed wholeness.

Healing Trauma with a holistic and comprehensive understanding of trauma and somatic psychology. The SE individual and group sessions customize an integrative approach depending on personal need, which includes a holistic framework in the psychological, social/cross-cultural, emotional, physiological, and developmental areas of life.

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

The Dieta

  • 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • 4 Group SE sessions
  • 5 Art and Movement Therapy
  • Trauma Education Workshops
  • 1 Individual SE session
  • Your Noya Rao Dieta
  • Personalized consultations and individualized plant medicine treatment from Maestra Juana

Comfort

  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 11-Days in a private room or in jungle bungalow (a Tambo)
  • Washing and Laundering of clothing
  • Transportation from Iquitos (and back)

Shipibo Tradition & Grounding Exercises

  • Sound Healing Journey
  • Yoga & Meditation Practices
  • Purifying Flower and Vapour Baths by the Riverside
  • Icaros (chanting) chosen specifically for each ceremony by the curandero

Integration

  • Intimate circle discussions the morning after ceremonies.
  • Dedicated integration ceremony on your final day
  • 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
  • Browse our Shipibo market, with textiles and goods made by local Shipibo woman

Healing Trauma With Noya Rao

Noya Rao which is otherwise known as “The Tree of Light” or “Camino a la Verdad” – The Path of Truth is a mythical plant, of which there are only three in the entire Amazon Basin. Noya Rao has belonged to and been used in sacred ceremony by the Mahua Shipibo traditions for centuries. Noya Rao is known for its capacity to activate intuition in the student, promote mental clarity and to increase one’s capacity for organized thought. Coupling a Master Plant Dieta with silence heightens Noya Rao’s capacity to promote profound healing and to reveal important insights to the student. Silence alone enables us to become aware of subtle sensations, thoughts, feelings, and messages within; taking time to simply be with oneself without distraction and mindless chatter can help us to become aware of that within us that needs to be let go of, or embraced. In short, silence on its own enables us to glimpse wounds that need our attention and to contemplate what we want from our lives. Noya Rao is, therefore, the perfect companion for this retreat as it accelerates this process of connection and recognition of the wounds within that need transmutation, whilst giving the student the courage needed to make positive changes in their behavior and to let go of their limiting beliefs..

October 29 – November 8, 2022

Schedule

Open your heart and connect to a truely profound medicine. Spread over 11 days, this course offers students the opportunity for a one-of-a-kind healing experience.

Healing Trauma Retreat Schedule

3 pm – 5 pm: Arrival & Settling in
5 – 5.30 pm: Break
5.30 – 7.30 pm: Group Intention Setting Workshop
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
9 pm onwards: Silence

7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Individual Consultation with Maestra Juana
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 6 pm: Individual Consultation with Maestra Juana
6 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Ceremony guideline
8 pm onwards: 1st Ceremony

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast or fasting
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Sharing/ SE Group Circle
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch or fasting
2 – 5 pm:  Working with Ayahuasca and Master Plant workshop
5 – 6.30 pm: Gentle Yoga & Meditation
7.30 – 8.30 pm: Dinner or fasting
8.30 – 9.30 pm: Noya Rao ceremony
9.30 pm onwards: Silence

7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5.30 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
5.30 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Gentle Somatic Yoga & Meditation
8 pm: 2nd Ceremony

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Healing Trauma: Group SE session with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
5 – 6.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
6.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
8 – 9 pm: Noya Rao Ceremony

7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Healing Trauma: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5.30 pm: Workshop with Elio/ SE Individual Sessions with Atira
5.30 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Gentle Somatic Yoga & Meditation
8 pm: 3rd Ceremony

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group SE session with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 5 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
5 – 6.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation
6.30 – 7.30 pm: Break
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner

7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Healing Trauma: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5 pm: Workshop with Elio/ SE Individual Sessions with Atira
6 – 7.30 pm: Gentle Yoga & Meditation
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
9 pm onwards: Silence

7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Shipibo market
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Flower Baths
3 – 5.30 pm: Workshop with Elio/ SE Individual Sessions with Atira
5.30 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Gentle Somatic Yoga & Meditation
8 pm: 4th Ceremony

9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group SE session with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Flower bath
 – 5 pm: Integration Workshop with Elio
5 – 6.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
6.30 – 7.30 pm: Break
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
9 pm onwards: Silence

7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Closing
12.30 pm: Pack up and Goodbyes

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

Legendary Shipibo Healers, Caring Facilitators

Meet the team

Maestra Juana

Elio Geusa

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
USA
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
USA
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.
Tatiana
USA
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.
MIKAEL SODERLINDH
CEO AND FOUNDER, HAPPY SOCKS
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.
SANDRA MUNHOZ
BRAZIL
After many years on ‘the road less travelled’ and the chance meetings with remarkable wonderful souls, I had the good fortune to come into the presence of Maneesh de Moor and Elio Geusa. As we all look back into our lives, we remember those quintessential special moments of bliss, joy, enlightenment to the opening of your heart space, our kinship to all. This encounter with Maneesh and Elio was one of those times. Their love and support is boundless. Their music transcends the spirit to the indescribable. Very rarely do I recommend 2 people to work with, but feel honoured and bound to say to everyone who reads this. They are the gifts for you, to spend time with them in something so special, for YOUR LIFE — Namaste. Bodhi Madito.
CARMEN AGUILAR
MEXICO
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.
GERMANY
Photo of Woman from Ayahuasca Retreat
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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 info@ayahealingretreats.com

Optional Upgrades

11-Day Trauma Healing Retreat

Somatic Experiencing
$ 2250
  • 10 Nights Accommodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day
  • 4 Group SE Sessions, 5 Art and Movement Therapy Sessions
  • 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Your Noya Rao Dieta
  • World Class Safety Standards
  • 1 on 1 Post Retreat Integration Session
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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Pre-Application

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

Atira Tan

Trauma Specialist - Integration Support

Atira Tan Portrait Photo

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.”

Lindsey Wise

Vocal Awakening Guide, SoulSong Revival

Lindsey Wise

Lindsey has spent the last decade gathering people from all over the world to sing healing medicine songs and mantras. She’s the founder of Global Sisters Song Circle and Global Song Circle that gathers on new and full moons. She uses music and movement to break down the emotional and energetic barriers that keep women stifled.

Following the birth of her first child, Lindsey Wise bled to death. During this Near-Death Experience, she found herself surrounded by multitudes of light beings, who initiated her into the world of subtle energies and healing vibrations. At that moment, she realized that all beings create their own unique vibration—their soul song. Each person’s soul song makes up the great Choir of Life.

Lindsey’s work is to awaken humanity to the healing power of the voice. She has traveled the world and the astral realms, cultivating healing techniques to help people awaken to the power of their own voice and to the healer within. Lindsey is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher. She blends yoga, breathwork, guided journeys, energetic healing, and community song to help people overcome fear and anxiety and to clear the energetic blocks that limit expression.

For more about Lindsey: www.lindseywise.com

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.

Elio Geusa

Founder - Lead Facilitator

Elio Guesa

Originally from Italy, and now living in Melbourne Australia, Elio Geusa is the founder of AYA Healing Retreats. Elio is a qualified Social Worker and has over thirteen years experience working both on national and international humanitarian projects. He has worked with people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions. He has also had the privilege of supporting refugee populations to overcome the trauma of displacement throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia. Elio believes that compassionate and inspired action can create meaningful change in the world.
Elio’s grandfather was a highly-respected healer in a small village in southern Italy. From a young age, Elio was drawn to healing as a profession after witnessing the profound differences his grandfather made in the lives of members of their community.

In 2009, Elio encountered the plant medicine, Ayahuasca for the first time. Convinced of its power to cure the incurable, Elio began an apprenticeship under the guidance of Maestro, Vegetalista Manaco Manain. Since 2009 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, healing that was 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 tribe’s peoples of the Amazon, but he also intends to invest part of AYA Healing Retreats profits into humanitarian projects that are creating a more compassionate world.

Elio is committed to creating a safe, enjoyable, transformative experience for every participant, whilst on retreat please don’t hesitate to approach Elio for help and support as you navigate the complexities of your healing journey.

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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