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Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Courses

Shipibo Plant Spirit Medicine – $4450

ayahuasca foundation plant medicine course spirit communication ariThe Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Course is intended for people who feel called to work with plants and plant medicines, but are not yet at the level to lead ayahuasca ceremonies.  Ayahuasca is such a powerful tool for communicating with the spirits of plants and building relationships with powerful plant spirit guides. The use of ayahuasca is at the core of the Shipibo plant spirit healing tradition. The indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon rainforest are incredibly profound and use a wide variety of plant remedies and treatment methods.  Ayahuasca facilitates the connection to the plant spirits to accelerate learning and understanding how to use other plants to treat health problems.  The Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Courses are designed for people who feel natural plant medicine is the right path for them and who feel connected to natural medicine and plants.  The goal of the course is to provide the techniques and understanding to connect with plants to find out how best to use them in remedies and treatments.

Ayahuasca continues to get more and more attention throughout the world for its unique properties, but it is still not well known how many other plants are used to compliment and complete the science of plant medicine.  There are hundreds of other plants used in dozens of different treatment methods to address each health problem.  Every culture throughout the world used medicinal plants for tens of thousands of years to achieve healing and balance. Only very recently has this knowledge of plant medicine been lost in so many places around the world.  The ayahuasca plant medicine course seeks to revive natural plant medicine knowledge in modern culture so that we can regain our connection to nature and the plants that sustain life for the planet.

Ayahuasca Plant Medicine courses are an opportunity to experience the Shipibo tradition of curanderismo and to connect with over a dozen important medicinal plants within the tradition. This course is a introduction to plant spirit medicine and the practice of remedy preparation and administration. The course takes place at our original retreat center, the Chamisal healing retreat and education center, a space designed specifically for healing afflictions and conditions naturally using medicinal plants. It features a special botanical garden with examples of a variety of plants so that connection can be made with living plants, harvest techniques can be discussed and demonstrated, and preparation of freshly harvested plants can be done without needing to leave the course grounds.  If you feel called to learn the ancient healing traditions of ayahuasca and plant medicine, this course is a wonderful place to begin. Even if you are already on the path to become a healer, this course will strengthen your connection and communication with plant spirits, helping you to deepen your understanding and work with plants in your home environment.

Shipibo Maestro don Ronor

Healer, Teacher, Course Leader

ayahuasca foundation don ronor shipibo maestro curandero peruDon Ronor Lopez has been leading the Ayahuasca Foundation retreats for the last three years and has constantly demonstrated his affinity for teaching program participants about the plants and demonstrating how he makes their remedies.  He is part of a very unique and distinguished lineage within the Shipibo indigenous tradition, thanks to his awareness of and connection to the sacred Noya Rao tree.  His understanding of plant medicine is always growing due to his insatiable curiosity for learning more and connecting more deeply with plant spirits.  He is assisted by a member of the Mishana community, Ari, who has been studying Shipibo plant medicine for seven years but whose own knowledge of plants was passed on to him by his parents and grandparents.  Together with the facilitators don Ronor happily shares his knowledge and insights and creates the perfect environment for personal exploration, respecting each program participants abilities to connect and learn in their own way.  It is such an honor to work with Ronor and Ari and the plethora of magnificent plants that have been introduced to us.

What Is Taught On the Courses

Philosophy, Understanding, Methodology, and Practice



Icaros are traditionally sung in ceremonies and during healings and form the backbone of the work with ayahuasca.  They are also powerful tools for connecting with plant spirits and channeling plant communication.  Attention will be given to singing to the plants during the course, finding personal songs to connect with plants and transmit communications.


Mapacho, the jungle tobacco, is an important tool in the tradition. Students learn to soplay, a technique that involves blowing smoke, for various reasons. Using a pipe is also a powerful tool during dietas and to enhance communication with plant spirits.  The use of mapacho smoke is an essential part of the Shipibo tradition of plant medicine.

Agua Florida

Another essential tool for curanderos is agua florida, a perfume made from flower essences. Students learn to soplay with this perfume, which involves spraying the liquid with the mouth. They also learn a technique called ‘chupando’ which involves sucking through the liquid while it is in the mouth. These are important techniques.


Plant dietas are what make curanderos. It is through dietas that curanderos build relationships with plant spirits, strengthening connections and communication. Ultimately, the plant spirits are the teachers, and the method by which the teachings are enhanced is through plant dietas. Students learn proper methodology to connect deeply with the plants through a series of dietas during the course.


Plant Baths

Plant baths are one of the main principles of the healing tradition. Students learn how to prepare and administer these baths, and gain the understanding of how they work through direct experience and practice.

Vapor Baths

An incredible healing technique, vapor baths are another principle component to the healing tradition. Students learn to prepare and administer vapor baths, and experience first hand the powerful effect of this important treatment method.


Purgatives form an essential part of the healing tradition. One of the principle components of the tradition, students learn to prepare and administer several purgative treatments, and experience their effects for themselves as well.


Another treatment method is the use of inhalants that are ingested nasally. This important method is used in various treatments. Like most treatment methods taught during the course, students learn first hand what the effects are in order to fully understand the treatment process.


The most classic of the treatment methods, a wide variety of plant remedies are used in the healing process. Students learn to prepare and administer some of the remedies, but there are too many to learn experimentally, so the focus is usually on remedies that are needed by students themselves or family members.


A topical treatment used for a variety of conditions, poultices are also an important part of the healing process, when needed. Students observe and assist in the preparation and administration of poultices.

CHAMISAL Healing and Education Center

ayahuasca foundation healing education center in PeruThe Ayahuasca Foundation has operated the Chamisal Healing and Education Center for over eight years, constantly developing the space and the land to better suit the needs of the programs.  We recently began a project to create an extensive botanical garden specifically for this course.  This garden will constantly grow and adapt along with the evolution of the course material as it will serve as the heart of the plant medicine course.  Students will practice gardening in this space, meditation with specific plants, learning about sustainability and permaculture, and working with plants from the ground to the process of making the remedies, to administering the plant medicine, to experiencing the healing effect on a personal and spiritual level.  In addition to the curandero and assistant course leaders, the center is located just a short walk from the Mishana community who have farms and have never lost their intimate connection and dependence to plants in their daily lives.

More Information on the Center

Cost of the Six Week Plant Medicine Course: US $4,450

The $4,450 price includes:

Accommodations for three nights at a hotel in Iquitos
The first night before heading into the jungle and the last two nights upon return – the hotel has wi-fi

Accommodations for 38 nights at the Chamisal Center
Comfortable accommodations at a gorgeous riverside location inside the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve

Transportation to and from the school
A one hour bus ride and an absolutely amazing one hour boat ride take students to the center

At least two meals a day, following the ‘dieta’
Fresh fruit, juice, eggs, steamed vegetables, rice, lentils, quinoa, grilled fish, potatoes, etc

Translation of lectures, presentations, workshops, etc.
Course assistants will also add their own experiences, teachings, and explanations

17 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies (3 per week)
More ceremonies may be added depending on the flow of the course or if it is decided they are needed

Medical treatment for any illnesses and conditions
The curanderos will attend to all the students’ afflictions and use their treatment as educational opportunities

Healing tools like mapachos, agua florida, pomades
Essential for the study and practice of curanderismo, used for strengthening connection, purification, massage

USBs with photos and audio recordings from the course
All lectures and ceremonies will be audio recorded and pictures will be taken throughout the course

Many more gifts and educational items  
You’ll receive other plant medicine materials and will make your own healing tools as well


Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Course Schedule

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October 13 - November 23, 2019 5

An Example Itinerary for the Course:

A Daily Schedule of Lectures, Workshops and Activities

The content of each course is guided by the plant spirits and catered to the specific group of students participating in that course. Therefore, it is difficult to provide an accurate timeline or schedule. Below is an example of what might take place during a course and can demonstrate the amount and variety of content covered.


SUNDAY: Stay in a hotel in Iquitos for one night. Meet with the teachers and other students.
MONDAY: Go to the center and get settled. Ceremony discussion. CEREMONY #1
TUESDAY: Take a powerful purgative called Sangre de Grado. Private Consultations.
WEDNESDAY: Begin vapor baths.  Mapacho and pipe workshop. CEREMONY #2
THURSDAY: Mapacho and soplaying/ceremony preparation workshop.  Vapor baths.
FRIDAY: Vapor baths continue.  Agua florida workshop.  Diet discussion. CEREMONY #3
SATURDAY: Continue vapor baths. Assistant led workshop on plant communication.


SUNDAY: Take a purgative called Avilla.  Use Mucura as a respiratory cleanse.
MONDAY: Learn to prepare and administer Mucura.  Palo Santo. CEREMONY #4
TUESDAY: Begin connection and meditation with Marusa.  Marusa workshop.
WEDNESDAY: Marusa discussion and preparation workshop. CEREMONY #5
THURSDAY: Smoke baths with Achiote.  Achiote meditation and connection.
FRIDAY: Achiote discussion and bath administration workshop. CEREMONY #6
SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Take Chiric Sanango for nervous system cleanse.  Meditation activity.
MONDAY: Chiric Sanango alcohol extraction workshop.  Discussion. CEREMONY #7
TUESDAY: Ajo Sacha oral remedy.  Meditation and communication workshop.
WEDNESDAY: Ajo Sacha discussion.  Prep/Administration activity. CEREMONY #8
THURSDAY: Malva ora remedy.  Meditation and communication workshop.
FRIDAY: Malva preparation administration and discussion. CEREMONY #9
SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Take another day to rest midway through the course.  Review material.
MONDAY: Uchu Sanango preparation and meditation workshop. CEREMONY #10
TUESDAY: Take Tanti Rao remedy.  Communication and Connection activity.
WEDNESDAY: Tanti Rao discussion.  Preparation workshop. CEREMONY #11
THURSDAY: Paicco plant bath.  Connect and communicate through meditation.
FRIDAY: Prepare and administer Paicco bath.  Sharing discussion. CEREMONY #12
SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Receive poultice treatment.  Plant remedy discussion and workshop.
MONDAY: Prepare and administer poultices. Connection activity. CEREMONY #13
TUESDAY: Massage treatment.  Begin preparation of remedies to take home.
WEDNESDAY: Massage workshop.  Continue take home remedies. CEREMONY #14
THURSDAY: Continue preparation of remedies to take home for friends and family.
FRIDAY: Do a final purgative of lemongrass.  Take home remedies. CEREMONY #15
SATURDAY: Take a day to rest, recharge, and process the material and experiences.


SUNDAY: Plant baths for protection.  Continue making remedies for friends and family.
MONDAY: Plant baths continue.  Preparation continues.  Discussion. CEREMONY #16
TUESDAY: Love baths begin.  Review and integration workshops and discussions. 
WEDNESDAY: Final love bath.  Final review discussions. CEREMONY #17
THURSDAY: Say goodbyes to the staff and head back to Iquitos.  Lunch together.
FRIDAY: Visit an amazing plant market to purchase items to take home.  Dinner.
SATURDAY: Breakfast, receive USBs and course certificates and say goodbyes…

Each course is different and the itinerary is subject to change according to the flow of the course. Daily routines that include meditation, yoga, or other disciplines will be offered. The plants used in the dietas, baths, vapor baths, and remedies are all subject to change for each course. Material may be added or changed, and the order of workshops and discussions may also change for any particular course. We continue to improve the course each time, so the changes may not yet be reflected on the website. Each course is led by the plant teachers, assisted by the Shipibo maestros and the assistant healers.  Therefore, it is difficult to predict how the flow of the course will dictate the daily activities.