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An ayahuasca retreat is an endeavour that you want to enter into free of doubts. Clear your mind of worry by educating yourself and getting answers to any questions you may have. If you have any unanswered questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our 11 day ayahuasca retreats include 5 ceremonies spread out every other day, and start at $1650. Your investment also includes a master plant dieta, a personalized consultation with Don Miguel, plant vapour baths, transportation from Iquitos, accomodation, and much more. Some of our other retreats which include yoga classes or sound healing are priced at $1850 or if the retreat is outside of Peru then the price will reflect our increased costs.

According to a survey from the Global Ayahuasca Project, 85% of people go on to make a profound life change after undergoing an ayahuasca ceremony. However, we believe in order to get the full benefit you must go into your ayahuasca experience with the right preparation, intention, and integration.

The Amazonian jungle is the most common place to take ayahuasca, the plant grows natively here, and has been consumed by local tribes for generations in sacred tradition.

There is definitely something to be said about being close to the home and origin of the medicine. Iquitos is probably the most popular hub, with many retreats located within short distance of the city. Other options in Peru include Puerto Maldonado, Pucallpa, and Tarapoto.

Whichever country or city you decide to endeavour in an ayahuasca retreat, be sure to do thorough research to find ethical providers with high safety standards and integration practices.

Ayahuasca has shown promising results in the treatment of depression. Ayahuasca is known to increase assertiveness, energy, positivity and confidence in a person. A single ayahuasca trip may not cure a person in one fell swoop, but it could help them turn a corner and improve their chances in their recovery.

When administered in a controlled environment, Ayahuasca has been shown in recent research to help lift severe depression. A study published in Psychological Medicine found “significant antidepressant effects of ayahuasca” in 29 patients with treatment-resistant depression. Read more about how ayahuasca works relative to depression and other human conditions here.

We have retreat centers located around the world. Our main hub is El Encanto De Chullachaqui, located just outside of Iquitos, Peru.

Yes. Whilst on retreat, you will be able to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the AYA Healing Retreats facilitators and the other retreat participants when we have dedicated circle discussion the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony. These circle discussions are invaluable in helping you to process your experiences of Ayahuasca and Noya Rao. We therefore strongly encourage all participants to attend and to share honestly.
There will also be dedicated time set aside on each day of the retreat for you to speak individually with one of our experienced facilitators. It’s important to note that this is not a therapy session, but rather an opportunity for you to talk through your experience of the sacred plant medicines. We find that these sessions often help participants to gain the clarity necessary to recognize what needs to be let go of and the courage to leave behind what’s no longer serving them.

Yes. You are expected to refrain from using your mobile phone to text, call, email and access social media apps for the duration of the retreat. We encourage all participants to take care of all urgent matters prior to commencing their retreat. You will be expected to abstain from using your devices from the second day of retreat until the morning of the final day.

We receive this question often.
For some people one Ayahuasca session is enough to remedy significant trauma and promote life-altering healing. For others it is many more.

Most experienced curanderos suggest at least four sessions with sufficient time for integration between ceremonies. Working with sacred plant medicines can be taxing on the body – there is often a lot of purging (vomiting and diarrhea) that takes place. You will want to make sure that the retreat you are considering booking with allows for adequate space between Ayahuasca ceremonies for you to rest and recover the body as well as the mind.

Ayahuasca is a combination of two plants that are combined together to make a tea-like brew. The naturally occurring substances contained in the plants are infused into the drink and make effect on the person who drinks it.

To learn more about making ayahuasca, you can read this guide here. To learn more about the technical effects of ayahuasca, you can read this scientific guide here.

The drive from Iquitos city center or airport is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Our bus transports you all the way to the area where the retreat center is.

Upon arrival, there’s a short 15 min walk to the center. It’s an easy walk and our truck brings your luggage so you can walk freely. In case of rain and consequential mud on the walk-in, we supply you with boots :).

AYA Healing Retreats was founded in 2017. We are currently in our seventh year!

Of course!

You can look through our huge collection of written and video testimonials on our Testimonials page here, or read reviews of our retreats on WeTravel here, or read reviews on Facebook here.

Yes, you can read our cancellation policy and other retreat terms and conditions here.

Absolutely! Many of our retreat participants are solo travelers and we welcome you to come on your own. You will have our help along the way while reaching your destination and you will be in the best of care while with us.

Of course! Please feel free to contact us through any of our different channels. We love to hear from you and are happy to clarify any questions or concerns you may have.

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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 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

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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.

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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

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