Offering ayahuasca retreats that include san pedro ceremonies and all ayahuasca ceremonies are led by an expert indigenous healer of Peru. Manain our ayahuasquero has 43 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 or personal growth 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. Putting everyone’s well being first, we begin the retreat with a very thorough introductory talk about the effects of ayahuasca and how to productively navigate your experience during ceremony. Our retreats are limited to no more than 12 people and there are multiple caretakers in each ceremony who are not drinking ayahuasca.
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.
The Hummingbird Center's approach uses a combination of traditional Amazonian shamanism, 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 san pedro, the visionary and heart opening cactus of the Andes also known as san pedro. We have found ayahuasca and san pedro 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.
We are very pleased to announce that Orion is returning to the Hummingbird for his fourth visit. He is an initiated Australian shaman that specializes in using Shamanic Ritual and Telekinesis to heal the body, heart, mind and soul. He is trained in Australian Indigenous and Native American Ways. Orion also has a degree in Metaphysical Science.
This will be Orion's fourth visit to the Hummingbird, and in past visits his gentle loving presence, wisdom and rituals have been a great blessing to all. He will be offering personal ritual healing sessions that last about 60 minutes and cost $100. We will be accepting 14 guests for this retreat. See more about Orion at Truth and Power
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.
In each ayahuasca 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 guided in the following journeys:
Ayahuasca 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.
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Deep healing at the Hummingbird Retreat Center in Iquitos. As an experienced ayahuasca drinker(Many healing ceremonies in Costa Rica) I was very impressed with Jim and ManaINN the shaman. The ayahuasca and San Pedro medicine was legit and strong, very strong. Hummingbird is a place to go if one is afflicted with Depression or PTSD whether from childhood, sexual abuse or war. Jim was an incredible, knowledgable and patient guide. Jim doesn't claim to know it all. He is not a guru. He is just a humble man who has been engaging and sharing this deep and transformational healing work because its the right thing to do. It is clearly his calling. I thought much of the advice given and conversations were extremely helpful for my path and healing journey. Jim always comes from an angle of this is what I have seen and witnessed. Grasping fully the 'best practices' of what works for those looking for relief after 8 years and over 1300 guests worth of experience.
Food was really good. Staff was kind, caring and attentive. Lots of ample time for introspection as there were not many activities. An impressive library. Amazing plant baths and other nice touches that made the healing retreat and getaway a memorable experience. Most importantly, I felt and observed that there is an incredible safe container to do the deep inner work with mother ayahuasca. Jim holds safe space for you to go with in and really do the necessary healing that our souls yearn for. At this point, he has seen it all. This safe container allowed me to surrender fully, trusting that whatever happened would be okay and I would be supported. This led to one of my most important therapeutic and energetic releases of toxic emotional baggage. Thankfully I got what I came for. I am back in Chicago and feeling really good. Many weeks later I am still integrating the powerful and insightful lessons. Feeling light and grateful. Having cleared space so I can be more effective in my life and labors of love and vocation. Thank you Jim and Team Hummingbird. I am truly thankful for your healing space and loving support you offer those in need. Keep up the great work! Matthew, USA