Ayahuasca Foundation Advanced initiation course group

Ten Week Advanced Initiation Courses

A Deep Immersion into Shipibo Curanderismo

This course is similar to the six week Ayahuasca Initiation Course, but goes much more in depth. It provides students with the greatest opportunity to learn the healing tradition of curanderismo. It is truly an amazing experience to diet with the plants and receive teachings from genuine authentic shipibo curanderos as well as from long time students of the tradition, who are great examples of what new students are striving to achieve. This ayahuasca training course provides a very unique opportunity to diet with one of the most powerful plants in the Amazon Rainforest. This luminescent tree is vary rare, and we are lucky to have two of them near the Curandero School, which was built in its location because of its proximity to these trees. The Curandero School is located in a different part of the Amazon Rainforest than our healing retreat center, and requires a 90 minute bus ride and a 45 minute hike to get there.

More than just an extended version of the Initiation Course, students in the Advanced Course will have a much more complete teaching, with the chance to lead two ceremonies each on their own, as well as perform much more of the healing treatments than provided in the six week course. The Advanced Initiation Course is the equivalent of what would normally take a year or more of study in the jungle. This is definitely not a vacation. It is an intense immersion into the world of curanderismo and the plant spirit healing traditions of the Shipibo. It is intended for people who have had experience with ayahuasca or shamanic practices and want to go much deeper in the work. It is for people who truly wish to be curanderos. The six week course is a fantastic introduction, but if you are definitely sure that this is the path for you, the Advanced Intiation Course is the best option available.

Cost of the Ten Week Advanced Initiation: US $6,450

The $6,450 price includes:

Accommodations for two nights at a hotel in Iquitos
The first night, during the break, and the last two nights – hotel has wi-fi

Accommodations for sixty-six nights at the Jungle Camp
Rustic accommodations in beautiful jungle settings

An mp3 player with the curanderos’ icaros to be learned
Being able to repeatedly listen to the 18 icaros is a huge help for learning them

Transportation to and from the Camp
Comfortable buses take students to the trail to hike in

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

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


Up to 30 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies
There may only be 28 or 29 ceremonies depending on the flow of the course

Medical treatment any illnesses and conditions
The curanderos will attend to all the students’ afflictions

Healing tools like mapachos, agua florida, and massage pomades
Essential for the study of curanderismo

DVDs of photos taken and ceremony recordings from the course
Ceremonies will be recorded and pictures will be taken during the course

Many more gifts and educational items that you’ll pick up along the way
You’ll receive other gifts and healing tools as well


Ten Week Initiation Course Testimonials

Ten Week Initiation Course Schedule:

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June 18 - August 26, 2017 0

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 took place during a previous course and can demonstrate the amount and variety of content covered.


SUNDAY: Arrive and stay in a hotel for one night. Meet the other students and curandero.
MONDAY: Go to the school and settle in. Ceremony discussion. CEREMONY #1
TUESDAY: Take a powerful purgative called Sangre de Grado to clean out the stomach.
WEDNESDAY: Begin the first plant dieta with a two day fast. CEREMONY #2
THURSDAY: Tobacco and soplaying/ceremony preparation workshop with mapacho.
FRIDAY: Have hands painted to signify the diet. Plant baths begin. CEREMONY #3
SATURDAY: Continue plant baths with students administering them to each other.


SUNDAY: Continue plant baths with other plant preparation. CEREMONY #4
MONDAY: Continue plant baths. Healing song (icaro) group workshop.
TUESDAY: Vapor bath preparation and administration. CEREMONY #5
WEDNESDAY: Continue with vapor baths with students giving the baths.
THURSDAY: Vapor baths continue. Agua Florida workshop. CEREMONY #6
FRIDAY: Pinon blanco cleanse. Meditation. Vision navigation discussion.
SATURDAY: Medicinal plant remedy preparation and administration. CEREMONY #7


SUNDAY: Jungle walk to learn about plant identification and medicinal properties.
MONDAY: Another medicinal plant preparation workshop. CEREMONY #8
TUESDAY: Rest and relax for a day. Practice soplaying and singing the icaros.
WEDNESDAY: Medicinal plant discussion, connecting with the spirits. CEREMONY #9
THURSDAY: Take part in the preparation of the sacred brew ayahuasca.
FRIDAY: Continue ayahuasca preparation. Cushma charging. CEREMONY #10
SATURDAY: Finish ayahuasca preparation. First plant dieta ends.


SUNDAY: Go into town for a three day break. Recharge and Relax.
MONDAY: Have fun, eat some good food, communicate with friends and family.
TUESDAY: Last day of break. Have dinner together with the group.
WEDNESDAY: Return to the camp. Prepare for ceremonies. CEREMONY #11
THURSDAY: Second plant dieta begins with a two day fast…
FRIDAY: Student-led ceremonies begin… CEREMONY #12
SATURDAY: Medicinal plant remedy preparation and administration.


SUNDAY: Bone and joint alignment and therapeutic massage workshop. More icaros. CEREMONY #13
MONDAY: Walk in the jungle to learn more about the plants and the medicinal properties.
TUESDAY: Student led ceremonies continue. Vision discussion. CEREMONY #14
WEDNESDAY: Experience back to back ceremonies… CEREMONY #15
THURSDAY: Continue to practice, going over any questions with the curandero & guides.
FRIDAY: Study the icaros and practice soplaying, chupando. CEREMONY #16
SATURDAY: Workshops on diagnosing illnesses, finding plant remedies…


SUNDAY: Discussions on shipibo translations of icaros. CEREMONY #17
MONDAY: Review of soplaying, chupando, opening the ceremony properly.
TUESDAY: Learning a new icaro. Group singing workshop. CEREMONY #18
WEDNESDAY: Meditation continues with new technique. Journey work…
THURSDAY: Review of Agua florida workshop. Perfumes… CEREMONY #19
FRIDAY: Vision discussions. Meditations continue. Practice the icaros.
SATURDAY: Medicinal plant remedy preparation and administration. CEREMONY #20


SUNDAY: Jungle walk to learn about plant identification and medicinal properties.
MONDAY: Another medicinal plant preparation workshop. CEREMONY #21
TUESDAY: Rest and relax for a day. Practice soplaying and singing the icaros.
WEDNESDAY: Connecting with the spirits workshop and discussion. CEREMONY #22
THURSDAY: Deeper discussion of connecting to God during the icaros.
FRIDAY: Continue the icaros. Sacha mango sinus cleanse. CEREMONY #23
SATURDAY: Take part in the preparation of the sacred brew ayahuasca.


SUNDAY: Continue with ayahuasca preparation again. CEREMONY #24
MONDAY: Meditation. Practice icaros. Diet goes deeper. Diet discussion.
TUESDAY: Mucura sinus cleanse again. More plant baths. CEREMONY #25
WEDNESDAY: Plant baths continue. Student preparation and administration.
THURSDAY: More icaros. Group discussion. Singing workshop. CEREMONY #26
FRIDAY: Practice the icaros. Continue meditations. The student led ceremonies continue…
SATURDAY: Preparation for intensive week of diet. Meditation. CEREMONY #27


SUNDAY: Five days of silence begins. Practice icaros, prayers, soplaying, chupando, etc.
MONDAY: Meditation. Walking in jungle. Silence continues. CEREMONY #28
TUESDAY: Silence continues. Diet goes much deeper. Connecting with plants.
WEDNESDAY: Silence goes deeper and deeper. Further connection. CEREMONY #29
THURSDAY: Final day of silence. Continue to practice, meditate…
FRIDAY: Integration workshop. Final student led ceremony. CEREMONY #30
SATURDAY: Discussion about the students’ future as healers. Practice dance.


SUNDAY: Discussion on arcanas. Arcana ceremony. CEREMONY #31
MONDAY: Final discussion about healing. Questions and answers. Practice dance.
TUESDAY: Final ceremony led by curandero. Receive Arcanas. CEREMONY #32
WEDNESDAY: Diet ends with a sacred ceremony. Enjoy delicious food and relax.
THURSDAY: Final day in the jungle. Say goodbyes. Head back to Iquitos.
FRIDAY: Internet, laundry, etc. Visit the butterfly farm outside of Iquitos. relax.
SATURDAY: Receive course certificates and get gifts or medicines. Say your goodbyes…

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