Aya Healing Retreats

Shamanic Initiation Peru


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.


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


  • 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)


  • Purifying flower and vapour baths by the riverside
  • Icaros (chanting), chosen specifically for each ceremony by the Curandero
  • Mapacho and Pipe use + tools of navigating the Ayahuasca journeys 
  • Fascinating group lectures that reveal the sacred traditions of the Shipibo traditions, language, and knowledge
  • Learning the Sacred Icaros and practice in ceremony


  • Dedicated Integration Groups with time for sharing
  • Integration workshop
  • Facilitators trained in Trauma Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation 
  • Full translations from Spanish or Shipibo to English
  • Private follow-up integration sessions via Skype or WhatsApp
  • Access to our Private WhatsApp Group

Training Program

  • Various Plant Treatments
  • Vomitivos (Purgative)
  • How to prepare a Vapor Bath and Plant Bath
  • Traditional Shipibo Dieta
  • Icaros, traditional chants and songs
  • Uses and applications of many Master Plants
  • Preparation of the Ayahuasca brew & Master Plants 
  • 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
  • Swimming at the near river 
  • Browse our Shipibo market, with textiles and goods made by local Shipibo woman


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 Maestro

Don Miguel

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


Embark on your journey

Our shamanic initiation Retreat Prices

26-Day Shamanic Initiation

Limited Space
$ 5900
  • 26 Days Private Accomodation, 2-3 Meals Per Day
  • 10 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Plant Baths, Icaros, Sacred Tobacco
  • 1 or 2 Master Plant Dieta
  • Full Training Program
  • Integration Session
  • World Class Safety Standards

Interested in our payment plan options? Speak to our program coordinator today or email

* Prices are in USD.

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. 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

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.


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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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