Our 12 day ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats are developed in co-operation with our local Peruvian shaman so they remain as true as possible to the traditional use of ayahuasca and other plant medicines for healing and visionary journeys. The 12 day ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat is an effective process offering a safe, supportive environment for personal healing and spiritual transformation. Emphasis is on time in ceremony with the medicine plants, balanced by informative activities and periods of relaxation and rest so you will be prepared for the next ceremony. We encourage discussion of your experience and are available to answer any questions and help you understand and integrate what is learned from your journeys.
In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies, other cleansing processes are planned to help you get the most out of your time with the medicine plants. Most planned activities are intended to facilitate the healing process, being one form or other of traditional healing practice. All meals, lodging, medicines and laundry service are included and you will stay in our guest house overlooking the lake.
Throughout your retreat our expert facilitators will be available to help you understand your journeys and assist you in integrating your experience. They will provide coaching and guidance on how to navigate the process, recognizing that everyone's healing journey is unique. Our focus is always on healing and we will encourage you to push your comfort zone and step into new productive behaviors and patterns of thinking about yourself and those around you.
On this program we encourage you to relax. Time alone to reflect and integrate your work with ayahuasca is an important part of the healing process. Journaling and the expression of your visions and creativity through art are also recommended and materials are provided for you.
On the mornings following ayahuasca ceremonies circle meetings are held so you can discuss your experience with the shaman and facilitator and ask questions to get deeper insight into your journey. These meetings are an excellent place to learn more about how ayahuasca works, as everyone's journey is different and variety of explanations and teachings are offered in response. Through other people's stories you will clearly see the incredible variety in how ayahuasca works and be encouraged to honor and value your own experience, to tell your story honestly without need for it to be like anyone else's.
In each retreat we teach the basics of shamanic journeying with a drum to connect with your spirit helpers and get their help and advice. Everyone has the ability to learn shamanic journeying and benefit from a direct connection with their spirit guides. Shamanic healer and teacher Stacy Keast says "It is simple, and Spirit doesn't want us to complicate it, they just want us to connect, heal and look after our world." These are skills you can take with you and apply in your daily life. You will be guided in the following journeys:
We recommend participants arrive in Iquitos the day before the program begins. This allows you to enter the healing journey well rested and relaxed.
You will be picked up at 10 AM and brought to the Hummingbird Center. We will meet at Fitzcaraldo, a restaurant on the "Boulevard", a park fronting the river a block away from the Plaza de Armas that has a number of restaurants. Directions to the restaurant are at the bottom of our Reservations web page.
You will arrive at the center with time to get your rooms assigned, relax a bit, then have lunch. We will have an orientation meeting in the moloca at 2 PM, followed by a plant bath to prepare for your first ayahuasca ceremony that evening.
To book your place in a retreat please download the booking form found on our Make a Reservation page and follow the enclosed instructions. Directions to the pickup location are at the bottom of that web page. Please also read our What to Bring and Medical Safety pages.
Have questions or concerns you'd like addressed before you move forward with booking your reservation? Send us an email at email@example.com. We'd be happy to answer your questions via email, or arrange a time for us to speak over the phone.
The following schedule is a general outline of the program offered. There may be some variation in the schedule based on the shaman's judgment, the energy level and desire of the group, and the weather.
|• Day 1||Pick up at 10 AM at the Fitzcaraldo restaurant on the Boulevard. Rooms assigned, followed by lunch. An orientation meeting at 2 PM followed by a plant bath and our first ayahuasca ceremony at 7 pm.|
|• Day 2||After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss your ayahuasca experience. The afternoon is spent relaxing with another plant bath at 3 pm and our 2nd ayahuasca ceremony at 7 PM.|
|• Day 3||After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights from the previous night's ceremony. Bone doctor arrives at 2 pm for his first round of healing work. The afternoon is free to rest and relax as most will be quite tired by this time.|
|• Day 4||3rd ayahuasca ceremony. First talk on beliefs and how the programing of our subconscious mind affects our experience of life. A vapor bath with the plants ajo sacha and mucura will be held in the early afternoon to help clean your energy, remove blocks and prepare you to get the most out of the ceremony.|
|• Day 5||Circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights. Second talk on beliefs and the subconscious mind. The afternoon has free time to swim or relax before dinner.|
|• Day 6||San Pedro ceremony in the morning. The San Pedro effects last 10-12 hrs, so this takes most of the day. A fruit buffet will be available in the early afternoon, with a delicious soup for dinner.|
|• Day 7||Circle meeting to discuss San Pedro insights. Most are very tired after San Pedro and the day is spent relaxing and mostly sleeping. Shipibo market after lunch where ladies from the Shipibo tribe sell thier arts and crafts.|
|• Day 8||4th ayahuasca ceremony. You may choose to work with San Pedro instead. In the morning there will be a jungle walk to identify different plants. Rest time in the afternoon. Ceremony at night.|
|• Day 9||5th Ayahuasca ceremony. You may choose to work with San Pedro instead. We will have a plant bath in the afternoon to prepare for the ceremony at night.|
|• Day 10||Circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights, followed by the 4th plant bath. In the afternoon you can rest, swim, read, write or paint. Dinner.|
|• Day 11||6th ayahuasca ceremony. We will have a plant bath in the afternoon to prepare for the ceremony at night. You may choose to work with San Pedro instead.|
|• Day 12||Transport back to Iquitos arriving around 11 am. If you have an early flight we can drop you off at the airport on the way back into town.|