Healing Empowerment Course
REPLANT YOUR SPIRIT
Our premiere healing retreat is a four week Healing Empowerment Course, a program designed to provide the right tools to take your healing process into your own hands. Course participants spend 4 weeks at the Riosbo Ayahuasca Research Center (plus 2 days in Iquitos) and attend 12 ayahuasca ceremonies led by a Shipibo maestro and our assistant healers. What we have discovered after ten years of offering retreats and educational courses is that the more a person can engage and participate in the healing process, the higher the potential for healing benefits.
This healing course is the culmination of our developments in offering the optimal opportunity for healing on all levels. By providing a deep understanding of the methodologies and practices of healing with plant spirits and consciousness enhancement, we feel confident that this course will create a new path of empowerment for each participant to become his/her own healer. In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies, participants also receive personalized treatments and practice integrative techniques that enhance the power of the plant medicines by cleansing and purifying the inner environment of perceptions, beliefs, and subconscious messaging. By blending the sacred ancestral traditions with modern discoveries in holistic health, the healing empowerment course allows you to truly replant your spirit.
Ayahuasca ceremonies have a unique quality to provide the power to play an active role in the healing process and this course teaches principles and methods to enhance that power. Complementary traditions will also be taught to further enhance the ability to regain and maintain health and happiness on all levels. Ultimately, we all walk our own paths, we all live our own lives, and we can all take responsibility for how we react to our environments and experiences. The way we react has the greatest influence over our perceptions and it is those perceptions that determine our realities. By learning to connect with spirit guides and plant allies, understand our true nature, and forgive and love ourselves completely, we create the optimal environment for health and happiness to grow and blossom in our lives. That is the purpose of the healing empowerment course.
During these courses, participants receive numerous medicinal plant treatments according to the Shipibo healing treadition and the prescription of the Shipibo curandero, don Miguel. Don Miguel also teaches various aspects of the Shipibo tradition, like the use of mapachos and agua florida, healing songs called icaros, techniques like soplando y chupando, and recipes for specific plant based remedies. The assistant healers describe each treatment, its purpose and effect, translate each discussion and workshop, and lead the integrative practices in between the ayahuasca ceremonies.
Together, the Ayahuasca Foundation’s staff provides a complete holistic healing experience combined with an in depth education on Shipibo plant medicine and personal health and happiness. We feel strongly that this course represents the future of medicine, where we all accept and embrace our role as our own healer and the leader of our own healing process.
Methodologies and Practices
Integrative activities to enhance the healing
> Therapeutic Breathwork: a powerful progression of breathing techniques combined with selected music can expand consciousness and activate an innate healing process towards harmony and wholeness. As a continuation of treatment with plant medicine, this work provides opportunities for deep exploration of the self.
> Epigenetic Reprogramming: an incredible set of practices that target and release deep seated traumas and negative thought patterns. By enhancing control over our reactions to our internal and external environments, we can better guide the expression of our genetics towards health, harmony, and happiness.
> Guided Meditation: one of the most effective methods for mental discipline and focus, meditation is a practice that demonstrates the true power of the consciousness and its influence on our lives. With guidance in particular thought paths and perspective, inner environments can be upgraded to nourish the healing process.
> Life Coaching: creating intentional change in life helps with knowing who you are and discovering the fullest potential for yourself. Discover new perspectives about yourself, and design your own best ways of living, with inquiry processes and guiding frameworks for an integrative understanding personal choices and life transitions.
Participants will have natural plant treatments and therapies every day of this course, accompanied by workshops and discussions covering a wide variety of topics within the Shipibo healing tradition as well as cutting edge integrative practices from other cultures around the world. After four weeks in the jungle, twelve ayahuasca ceremonies, numerous plant treatments, and a progressive series of workshops, lectures, discussions and activities that demonstrate the path to healing empowerment, participants return to Iquitos feeling refreshed and ready to take their health and life in their own hands.
Once participants return to Iquitos, they will have time to decompress and process their experiences in the jungle, and to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amazon Rainforest. Our staff will assist with travel plans, shopping trips, advice, and anything else we can provide to make the experience more beneficial. We continue to stay in contact with all of our retreat participants via email and social media to provide further support and guidance after the program.
Shipibo Maestro don Miguel
Curandero, Teacher, Course Leader
This healing retreat and course is led by the Shipibo curandero don Miguel Lopez. Don Miguel is one of three brothers who work with the Ayahuasca Foundation. One unique quality about don Miguel is that he was actually a professor in his Shipibo community’s school before moving to Iquitos to work with his brothers at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s centers. He assisted his older brother, don Enrique, with the initiation courses held at our plant medicine school for the last four years. He has a passion for teaching and an insatiable curiosity to learn more and more about ayahuasca and plant medicine. He learned to run ayahuasca ceremonies from his grandfather, an ayahuasquero, and continues to learn about plant remedies and treatments from his father, don Marcos, who often visits our centers to contribute his knowledge and energy.
One of the most common observations program participants make about don Miguel is that he is a very happy and humble person. His sense of humor has a way of lightening people’s moods even during difficult and challenges times in the healing process. He always seems to have a smile and a motivating energy. He is ready at a moment’s notice to give any level of attention or care required to anyone in need. While he likes to joke around, his knowledge and expertise is at the highest level and his work reflects that. His background as a professor has translated into a discipline as a student as well, and his humility creates the optimal mindset to continuously improve his abilities and understanding.
We feel so fortunate to have don Miguel on our staff as our teacher, mentor, and friend. He is a father of two young children with his wife, Sindy, and his family is truly adorable. His philosophy on healing is that when friendships are formed, trust is strengthened and love flows through from nature to us. Essentially, we are all part of nature, and his practice with plant medicine and ayahuasca is simply removing the obstacles that prevent that realization and connection so that nature, the Earth, God, can take care of us. Becoming our own healers is coming to that realization and living it in our daily lives. We are cells in the body of the Earth and the earth will always provide.
Cost of the Healing Empowerment Course: US$4,450
The $4,450 price includes:
12 traditional Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Led by an indigenous curandero and the AF assistants
3 week Dieta with powerful teacher plant
Connect with a true plant spirit ally for guidance
3 private consultations with the curandero
Translated by the assistant healers
6 Vapor Baths with five medicinal plants
Sweat out toxins and replace them with healing medicine
4 Plant Baths
Absorb healing aroma therapeutic plant medicines
1 Sangre de Grado digestive system cleanse
Reset digestive enzymes and enhance nutrient absorption
1 Chiric Sanango nervous system cleanse
Boost the immune system and release emotional blockages
1 Mucura sinus cleanse
cleanse the sinuses and boost immunity against allergies
3 Smoke Baths
Increase energetic defenses and protection from negativity
3 Love Baths
For attracting positive energy, good luck, and love
3 Therapeutic Breathwork Sessions
Access and release limiting prenatal traumas
Guided Meditation – Chi Gong – Yoga
Enhance focus and mental discipline for healing
Any additional treatments
Poultices, medicines, massage, or whatever is needed
Pre-program counseling session with AyaHelp.com
Gain insights into how best to prepare for the experience
You’ll be met at the Iquitos airport and brought to the hotel
Accommodations for two nights at a hotel in Iquitos
For the first and last nights of the retreat – hotel has wi-fi
3 meals in Iquitos – dinner, lunch, and breakfast
The first night and the last night are spent in Iquitos
Accommodations for 25 nights at the Riosbo Center
Private rooms with en suite bathrooms and electricity
Transportation to and from the Riosbo Center
Air conditioned bus (1hr) and an amazing boat ride (1hr)
At least two meals a day, following a healing diet
Fruit, vegetables, quinoa, lentils, grilled fish, eggs, etc.
Translation of entire program when needed
Assistants also add their own experiences and teachings
Access to the Assistants for counseling/guidance
4 assistants will be available throughout the retreat
USB of retreat photos and ceremony recordings
Audio recordings of ceremonies and digital photos
Other gifts and educational items
You’ll receive other gifts and healing tools as well
Post-program counseling session with AyaHelp.com
Enhance the process of integration when you get home
Riosbo Healing Empowerment Course Schedule
|October 29 - November 25, 2017||2||Register now|
|January 14 - February 10, 2018||6||Register now|
|March 11 - April 7, 2018||7||Register now|
|May 27 - June 23, 2018||6||Register now|
|August 5 - September 1, 2018||8||Register now|
|October 7 - November 3, 2018||6||Register now|
An Example Itinerary for this Healing Retreat and Course:
A Daily Schedule of Workshops, Lectures, and Activities in this healing retreat and course:
The content of each healing retreat and 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 healing retreat and course, to demonstrate the amount and variety of content covered.
SUNDAY: Arrive and stay in a hotel for one night. Meeting with the other students and facilitators then dinner afterwards.
MONDAY: Go to Riosbo center and settle in. Have lunch and then a discussion on ceremony procedure. CEREMONY #1
TUESDAY: Digestive system cleanse with Sangre de Grado. Private consultations with the curandero. Dieta discussion.
WEDNESDAY: Begin the plant dieta with a two day fast. Talk on plant consciousness/communication. CEREMONY #2
THURSDAY: First day of fast. Mapacho and agua florida soplaying workshop. Introduction to mindfulness meditation.
FRIDAY: Second day of fast. Ceremony preparation workshop. First therapeutic breathwork session. CEREMONY #3
SATURDAY: Vapor baths begin. Workshop on Shipibo healing songs called Icaros. Evening guided meditation session.
SUNDAY: Continue vapor baths. Private epigenetics counseling sessions begin. Icaros workshop. CEREMONY #4
MONDAY: Continue vapor baths. Counseling sessions continue. Vision navigation discussion. Guided meditation.
TUESDAY: Continue vapor baths. Counseling sessions continue. Soplaying/Prayer/Icaros discussion. CEREMONY #5
WEDNESDAY: Continue vapor baths. Counseling sessions continue. Forgiveness workshop. Guided meditation.
THURSDAY: Final vapor baths. Rest and relax, swimming. Second therapeutic breathwork session. CEREMONY #6
FRIDAY: Nervous system cleanse with Chiric Sanango. Icaros workshop. Watch a film in the evening or meditate.
SATURDAY: Plant baths begin. Sinus system cleanse with mucura. Plant spirit guidance discussion. CEREMONY #7
SUNDAY: Baths continue. Private consultations/review with the curandero and facilitators. Relax and enjoy the jungle.
MONDAY: Baths continue. Second private epigenetics counseling sessions begin. Chi Gong session. CEREMONY #8
TUESDAY: Baths continue. Counseling sessions continue. Plant remedies and preparation/administration discussion
WEDNESDAY: Smoke baths begin. Counseling sessions continue. Chi Gong session. Meditation. CEREMONY #9
THURSDAY: Smoke baths continue. Counseling sessions continue. Integration discussion and planning workshop.
FRIDAY: Smoke baths continue. Plant remedies workshop – adaptogens and immune system. CEREMONY #10
SATURDAY: Take a hike into the deep jungle. Language of the plants lecture. Final therapeutic breathwork session.
SUNDAY: Love baths begin. Personal work on areas that need attention. Chi Gong. Meditation. CEREMONY #11
MONDAY: Love baths continue. Practice the dieta ending dance and icaro. Integration workshop and discussion.
TUESDAY: Love baths continue. Final ceremony of the course. Receive protective arcanas. CEREMONY #12
WEDNESDAY: Dieta ends with a sacred ceremony. Enjoy delicious food, swim in the river. Evening celebration.
THURSDAY: Review with curandero and assistant healers. Spend one last day relaxing, taking pictures, and packing.
FRIDAY: Head back to town and spend the night in Iquitos. Have lunch with the group. Shopping at plant market, etc.
SATURDAY: Meet for breakfast. Receive course certificates and USBs. Say your goodbyes…
Each healing retreat and course is different and the itinerary is subject to change according to the flow of the course. Daily routines that include meditation, chi gong, 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 healing retreat and course each time, so the changes may not yet be reflected on the website.