Aya Healing Retreats

Shamanic Initiation Peru

Overview

Are you ready to step into your truth? This 26-day apprenticeship is a deep dive into the healing practices of the ancient Shipibo lineage through shamanic initiation.  Immerse yourself in the world of plant healing, while under direct guidance from a renowned Shaman of Peru.

You will undertake an intensive dieta, with one or more Master Plants (in isolation), and establish a life-long connection to the spirits dwelling in the plants. This plays a critical role in the shamanic practice of working with Ayahuasca.

Your 26-day journey will have very limited contact with other participants, only brief visits with teachers and facilitators. Learning the tradition has some facilitation through lectures, workshops, and sharing. However, periods of personal silence and self-reflection play a large role.

Which Master Plant will be for you?

Traditionally, a Master Plant dieta is prescribed to a student by the Maestro or Maestra. Though, it is possible an individual feels an innate connection to a particular Master Plant – perhaps in dreams or visions which manifest as an invitation. AYA Healing currently offers diets with Noya Rao, Bobinsana, Chiric Sanango, Ayahuma, Marusa, and Chullachaqui.

Your main purpose during Shamanic Initiation is to form a lifelong relationship with the plant spirit. Like any relationship, the quality of the relationship will be determined by the energy one gives to the connection with the Plant Spirit. Sincere, authentic attention given to the plant throughout their fast will enable the dietero(a) to unlock guidance, information, and energy stored within the plant and to seek important answers that will aid them in their healing journey.

Once the length of the dietero(a)’s dieta has been fulfilled, spiritual protections will be sealed by their curandero or teacher in order to preserve the healing realized through the dieta.

Who is this Shamanic Initiation Plant Dieta for?

The Shamanic Initiation program is designed for those who have previous experiences with Master Plants dietas or that have some knowledge in working with plants spirits with integrity and reverence. Undergoing a dieta retreat requires a commitment to dietary and behavioral regimes. Abstaining from certain foods and activities throughout the period of the dieta is a powerful expression of dedication and commitment to change, evolution and growth. The willingness of the student to sacrifice aesthetics and visceral pleasures for the period of the fast demonstrates to the plant spirit that they are determined to heal and are ready to receive guidance, strength, protection and the endowment of special abilities from the plant spirit.

Diet

Whilst on retreat you will enjoy three superb meals per day, freshly prepared. On the days of our Ayahuasca ceremonies, you will restrict this to 2 meals, the last one is not to be eaten after 2pm. All meals are prepared with the best local ingredients and will be mostly vegetarian with the occasional river fish and organic chicken. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.

All meals will be free from: Sugar, Oil, Salt, Pork, Alcohol, Red Meat

You will also be expected to refrain from communicating via phone, text, and email for the duration of the retreat.

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

Your Experience

What to expect on your retreat?

The Dieta

  • 10 fully supervised curated Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • 1 or more Master Plant Dietas
  • Personalized consultations and individualized plant medicine treatment from Don Miguel
  • Full Training Program

Comfort

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

Grounding

  • Purifying Flower and Vapour Baths by the Riverside
  • Mapacho use
  • Icaros (chanting) chosen specifically for each ceremony by the curandero
  • Guided Meditations

Integration

  • Private follow-up integration sessions via Skype
  • Access to private WhatsApp group
  • Post retreat support integration session

Training Program

  • Various Plant Treatments
  • Vomitivos (Purgative)
  • How to prepare a Vapor Bath and Plant Bath
  • Icaros, traditional chants and songs
  • Uses and applications of many Master Plants
  • Preparation of the Ayahuasca brew
  • Fascinating group lectures on the Shipibo’s traditions and Master Plants

Optional Activities

  • Guided hikes through the epic Amazon rainforest, learning about local plant and wildlife
  • Participate in art workshops led by a local visionary artist and bring back a beautiful piece of art tied to your healing journey.
  • Musical Instruments, Art Materials

Transform

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 Shipibo Healer

Meet Your Master Maestro

Don Miguel

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
ITALY
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
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.
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
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Embark on your journey

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

Optional Upgrades

26-Day Shamanic Initiation

Max Class Size of 8 persons
$ 4200
  • 26 Days Accomodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day
  • 10 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Plant Baths, Icaros, Sacred Tobacco
  • World Class Safety Standards
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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. 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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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

Don Miguel

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 at the Ayahuasca Foundation where he supports his brother, Don Enrique in 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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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