We offer ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies led by an expert indigenous healer of Peru. Manain our ayahuasquero has 42 years years of experience with the medicine, and learned from his father and grandfather who were both also healers. Our center provides a safe, supportive environment for people to get the healing and spiritual expansion they seek. We foster an atmosphere of open communication that encourages dialog about the challenges of their past, and the insights and teachings received during ceremony. The owner Jim has a background with 12 step programs, and knows the magic that can happen when someone feels safe to share the secrets of their heart in a circle of supportive, non-judgemental people.
The focus of our work is on healing and personal transformation - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. We spend time with each individual to understand why they came and the outcomes they desire from their work with ayahuasca. This information is shared with our shaman, who works in ceremony to help each person realize their goals. Our circle meetings on the day after ceremony reinforce that work, interpreting and expanding on their experience within the context of their intentions for that ceremony, and their goals for their time at the Hummingbird Center. Our retreats are limited in size, ensuring that everyone gets the personal attention they need and deserve.
The Hummingbird Center's approach uses a combination of traditional Amazonian shamanism, Huachuma, lifestyle coaching and compassionate and loving support throughout the healing and transformative process. The center is an environment of openness, authenticity and emotional safety where one can relax and be themselves.
The Hummingbird Center also works with Huachuma, the visionary cactus of the Andes also known as san pedro. We have found ayahuasca and Huachuma to be very complementary. Some individuals have a special affinity for one or the other of the medicines. Occasionally Huachuma will clear blocks in an individual that ayahuasca does not seem to touch. We have seen a number of people have significant breakthroughs with san pedro, then move on to have wonderful and productive ceremonies with ayahuasca.
Our shaman uses this information to do specific healing work in ceremony to achieve those goals. For over seven years the Hummingbird Center has consistently gotten excellent results for people, with the majority saying that received much more than expected. We foster an atmosphere of open communication that encourages dialog about the problems of their past, insights received during ceremony, and any struggles releasing and leaving their stuff behind. Our circle meetings on the day after ayahuasca ceremonies reinforce this work, interpreting and expanding on their experience within the context of their intentions and goals for their time with the medicine. To ensure everyone gets the attention and support they desire we limit our group sizes to no more than 12 people.
All guests get a private room, and our beds have high quality, very comfortable mattresses. Our common area has a number of couches and a porch with rocking chairs and hammocks. Most guests will stay in our guest house that has a nice long porch with hammocks, overlooking our swimming pond. Those on personalized retreats will stay in tambos back in the jungle. If space is available, 9 and 12 day retreat guest may choose to stay in one of the tambos. There is also one room with a king size bed that is a nice option for couples. Regular laundry service is also included. See our All Inclusive Retreats web page for more details and pictures of our beautiful center.
Another feature that has been of major benefit to many people is our work with a master huesero, or bone doctor. Don Jorge is a truly gifted healer and has relieved hundreds of people of pain caused by the skeletal system not being aligned correctly. He has straightened out many peoples spines that had severe scoliosis, fixed a wide variety of joint issues, and fixed the breathing of many people who had broken noses, even those who had been told they would need surgery. Jorge says migrain headaches are caused by the C1 and C2 vertebrae not being aligned, and we have had a number of people write back months later saying they had not had a migrain since he adjusted their neck. Sessions with Jorge are only 50 soles, all of which is paid to him.
Ceremonies at the Hummingbird are led by Manain Amacifen, a fourth generation ayahuasquero with over 42 years of experience with the medicine. Our priority is to provide a safe and sacred space for healing where you can relax into the experience knowing you will be well cared for. Many people drinking ayahuasca the first time are unsure of how they will handle the experience. They may feel anxiety, fear or apprehension. This is understandable, but in truth there is nothing to be afraid of. When drinking ayahuasca with a skilled healer and facilitators no harm will come to you, physically, emotionally, spiritually or energetically. Jim the owner has guided over 1100 people through this process.
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine and teacher plant that brings deep multi-level level healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. While a very large number of issues may be addressed with ayahuasca and other medicine plants, it is not a cure all or magic bullet. The most important factor we have seen for getting positive results with this medicine is the individual's level of commitment to their own healing. Those that show up willing to do what ever it takes to heal get the best results. This means a willingness to take an honest look at their beliefs and behavior, their negative and unproductive thought patterns, and a sincere desire to change to more productive patterns where that is indicated.
In our early formative years we learn many ways of facing and coping with the world, that for a child is often a frightening, confusing and unfair place. Our minds learn a variety of mechanisms to defend and protect itself so the child can feel safe. Various ways of controlling, escaping, hiding, suppressing, projecting, blaming, how to mask and suppresses painful events are learned. We carry the energy and emotion of painful and confusing events which can manifest as emotional blockages, anxiety, depression, emotional numbness and a multitude of other dis-eases. Many people develop beliefs that they are somehow less than others, not as important, flawed or damaged.
Jim talks about ayahuasca
Photo video of a clients stay
This experience is challenging to put into words because of the depth of the journey but I will earnestly say I was given tools by the plants and the healing team involved that will forever serve me in my life. Both the Shaman and Jim were some of the most effective, caring, knowledgable, professional, and experienced healers I've ever met. They ensured the best experience for each individual in ceremony as well as the highest group healing experience. I felt very safe and taken care of during ceremony, as Jim and the Shaman were protecting the space and watching over all of us to make sure we were all ok. The helper who escorted us from the maloca to the restrooms was endlessly patient, sweet, and humble and had a grandfather spirit that I imagine would ease anyone's discomfort on the short (but seemingly long) journey to the facilities outside. The icaros that guided our journeys were beautiful and precise and I was absolutely amazed at the magic and talent of Ayahuasca, the Shaman, and Jim and their ability to take each of us exactly where we needed to go to heal some very deep and binding energetic patterns. If I were to attend a retreat again, I would no doubt return to Hummingbird because of the deep trust I have in the entire staff and in the plants. Sarah, USA