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Overview

We believe everyone deserves profound spiritual, emotional and physical healing through sacred plant medicine. We know this healing journey doesn’t look the same for everyone, and that’s ok.

That’s why our healing process is tailored specifically to you.

Scroll to learn more about our personalized approach to healing, and view our offerings of retreats and online courses.

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Aya Healing Yourself

Our 11-Day Retreats

  • Life changing profound healing
  • 5 fully supervised curated Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • 1 Master Plant Dieta
  • Personalized consultations and individualized plant medicine treatment from Don Miguel

Level-up with us

Whether you’ve experienced the life-changing power of ayhauasca, or are curious to learn more, our convienent online classes will facilitate your growth, and knowledge of ancient plant medicines.

Read more on our Master Plant Dietas

On your retreat your maestro curandero will determine which plants will be a part of your overall dieta, and in what order. Click to learn more about the different types of dietas which may called upon.

Shamanic Initiations

This program is designed for individuals who have had experiences and knowledge in working with plant spirits. Undergoing this dieta retreat requires a commitment to strict dietary and behavioral regimes. However, this commitment is a powerful expression of dedication, which fuels evolution and growth.

A Fully Inclusive and Immersive Journey

We do everything we can to provide you with the best possible experience on your journey with us. Part of that commitment to you includes providing ‘extras’ while you’re here – at no extra cost to you.

Why do we do this? Because in our experience these ‘extras’ are important elements of a potentially life-changing journey for you and it’s important to us that they are available for anyone and everyone. 

In other words, we want you to have the best experience possible without wondering whether extra expenses for additional services would make your journey more significant or profound in some way. We remove those questions from the very beginning of your journey to provide space for you to enjoy and immerse yourself fully in everything we have to offer.

The AYA Healing Retreats Experience

For more than eight years, we have invited people to join us in Iquitos, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, for life-changing ayahuasca experiences with Shipibo curanderos. We provide our guests with unforgettable, often life-changing journeys.

We invite you to consider us for your own journey:

Firmly Rooted In Ancient Tradition

Our retreats focus on education in the shamanic traditions of the Peruvian healers with classes and workshops on Icaros, Master Plants, and a variety of plant treatments. We are rooted in ancient traditions and we provide a fully immersive experience that includes much more than simply ayahuasca plant medicine!

Focus On Personalized Treatments

As you can read here, the holistic approach of traditional shamanic natural medicine is not only centered on Ayahuasca but also on personalized plant treatments. You are unique and your experience here will be unique. This includes in-depth screening to ensure your physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being, one-on-one consultation with healers, a unique program during your stay, and individualized care from our staff.

We Care

Everyone here at AYA Healing Retreats comes to their work from a place of love and care, and it shows in what we do:

  • Our integration team schedules a follow-up with you in the days following your journey
  •    We keep our groups small, creating an intimate, caring, personalized experience
  •    We run a well-organized operation to minimize stress and worry so you can focus on your intentions and be present in the experience worry-free
  •    Our retreats are set for a number of days that focuses on healing
  •    Our jungle accommodations are well-appointed with private showers, western toilets and other amenities
  •    The atmosphere here is one of passion for our healing work and inclusion; our Maestro lives at the center with his family, kids, and pets. It is truly an wonderful atmosphere here!
  •    We provide an easy and safe booking process with a personalized payment plan
  •    The ethical treatment of all staff and of everyone involved in our work is of the utmost importance to us. We support everyone’s well being and pay them fairly.

Improvements, Pricing Changes, and What’s On The Horizon For AYA Healing Retreats

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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 Kangel 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.

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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At Aya Healing Retreats, we have the highest level of safety standards in the industry. We are committed to providing the safest and most authentic sacred plant medicine healing modalities in the Peruvian Amazon. Together with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS) we have created the most comprehensive screening process available for our participants. Our dedication to creating the safest possible plant medicine journey ensures that each participant is given every opportunity to reach their true healing potential during their time with us. 

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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.

Safety

Each retreat group consists of a maximum of 12-15 participants. Small numbers ensure that we can adequately guarantee everyone’s safety during their time with us. Your curandero or curandera of the Shipibo tradition, two English speaking facilitators and one ceremonial assistant will be present at each plant medicine ritual to fully supervise and support guests through the healing process.

We have taken additional precautions to guarantee the safety of our guests through:

  • Equipping the camp with a superior grade first aid kit
  • Offering 24-hour emergency transport to a local medical clinic
  • Emergency outside assistance from medical staff in Iquitos
  • Rigorous medical screening for all guests
  • Ensuring an after-ceremony sitter is available to care for and watch over participants until 4am in the morning following all ceremonies
  • A Skype session 1 month following retreat with our qualified Somatic Experiencing™ therapist *
  • Facilitation by expertly trained and extensively experienced staff

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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