Chamisal Three Week Ayahuasca Retreats
A Complete Treatment
The three week Shipibo ayahuasca retreat is an opportunity to receive a total treatment from an authentic curandero in the Amazon rainforest. Participants spend 19 days at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s Chamisal Retreat Center (plus 2 days in Iquitos), participating in 9 ayahuasca ceremonies led by a Shipibo curandero and the assistant healers. In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies, participants also receive a wide variety of plant treatments that cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, as well as remedies specific to their afflictions. This retreat is much more than just receiving treatment for physical, mental, and emotional problems, it is also a great way to explore the depths of the self and understand the true nature of reality.
The Shipibo plant medicine tradition allows participants to take greater control of their lives, their thoughts, their actions, and their overall health. The unique qualities of the ayahuasca ceremonies provide participants with the opportunity to play an active role in the healing process, confronting their negativity, past traumas, or possible roots of their illnesses. The plant treatments further enhance this process, working to boost the immune system, balance the digestive system, purify the nervous system, cleanse the circulatory system, and heal the emotional body. The treatment is complete and total, effecting positive changes on all levels and allowing the participants to realize the path to their health and happiness. Further counseling is provided after the retreat to assist with the challenges of integration upon return.
Accompanying the treatment and enhancing the healing process is a diet. Some participants may need to follow an even stricter diet than the others due to their particular issues, like no eggs or fish, for example. The diet is a necessary element of the treatment but it is not a difficult sacrifice, thanks to the wonderful cooks we have at the center. The basic restrictions of the diet are no salt, no sugar, no oil, and no spices. A typical breakfast is oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and rice with steamed vegetables. A typical lunch is a root vegetable soup with rice or quinoa and a light salad, and dinner is usually similar to lunch.
The plant remedies are typically ingested before meals, but also include a variety of plant baths and may include special purgatives to help clean out the system. The plant baths are very helpful when dealing with afflictions that have roots in the spirit, like traumas or lack of self-love, or if a participant is not having visions in the ayahuasca ceremonies. Vapor baths may also be used so that participants can absorb the plant medicines in all manner possible. The purgatives may be difficult treatments, for they induce vomiting and diarrhea, but the effects are very positive afterward.
The first week of the retreat is often spent getting to know the curandero and the assistant healers, as well as getting accustomed to the ayahuasca ceremonies and plant treatments. This first week is often when strong emotions begin to come out and the participants begin to discover the root causes of their afflictions. Faith is built during this time and the following week and a half is spent delving deeper into these causes, understanding these roots and working to pull them up to the surface to be dealt with properly in the ayahuasca ceremonies. The curandero and the assistant healers work hard to help each participant find solutions to their issues and realize their total and complete healing of any and all afflictions.
In addition to receiving treatment, ayahuasca retreat participants also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest. Several workshops will be held during the retreat to teach various aspects of the tradition, the use of mapacho, agua florida, plant baths, vapor baths, opening a ceremony, and singing the sacred healing songs, called icaros. When participants leave our ayahuasca retreat, they not only return home with health and happiness, but also with the knowledge of how it was achieved, which can be invaluable when embarking on a new path in life, the true path meant for each person.
Cost of the Chamisal Three Week Retreat: US$ 2,550
The $2,550 price includes:
Pre-program counseling session with AyaHelp.com
Gain insights into preparing mentally, physically, and emotionally
Accommodations for two nights at a hotel in Iquitos
For the first and last nights of the retreat – the hotel has wi-fi and pool
Accommodations for nineteen nights at the Chamisal Retreat Center
Comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms and limited electricity
Transportation to and from the Chamisal Center
Air conditioned bus (1 hour) and fast boat (1 hour) make for an amazing journey
At least two meals a day, following a healing diet
Fresh fruit, juice, eggs, steamed vegetables, rice, lentils, quinoa, grilled fish, potatoes, etc.
Translation of all consultations, ceremonies, lectures, and discussions
Assistant healers will also add their own experiences, teachings, and explanations
9 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies
Led by an indigenous curandero and the AF assistant healers
Medical treatment for any and all illnesses
The curandero and AF staff will attend to every participants’ afflictions
USB of photos taken and ceremony recordings from the retreat
Ceremonies will be recorded (audio only) and digital photographs will be taken
Other gifts and educational items that you’ll pick up along the way
You’ll receive other gifts and healing tools as well
Post-program counseling session with AyaHelp.com
Discuss your experiences and the process of integration when you get home
AF Three Week Ayahuasca Retreat Schedule
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|July 2 - 22, 2017||7||Register now|
|September 3 - 23, 2017||11||Register now|
An Example Itinerary for the Retreat:
A Daily Schedule of Treatments and Activities
Regardless of what day or time you arrive, you will be met at the Iquitos airport by a member of the AF staff and accompanied to the hotel where all the participants stay the first night of the retreat. At 4pm attend a meeting to get to know the other participants and discuss the retreat.
At 10am: Take an air-conditioned bus for one hour to the village of Nina Rumi along the Nanay river. Travel by boat for one hour into the National Reserve. Arrive at the Chamisal Retreat Center, get settled and discuss the upcoming ceremony.
Wake up early to take a purgative that cleanses the digestive system. Sangre de Grado is one of the most well known medicinal plants and has powerful antiseptic properties. Attend a private consultation with the curandero, translated by the assistants. The plant remedies begin in the afternoon.
The vapor baths begin. Using a combination of five plants, participants receive vapor baths each day for a week. The vapor helps to open the pores and remove toxins from the body. Meditations and Yoga begin. Plant remedies continue.
Take a medicinal plant inhalant treatment to cleanse the sinuses. Mucura is an incredible plant used to boost the immune system and cleanse the lungs and nasal passages. In addition to the mucura treatment, the vapor baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Swimming in the river, reading, journaling, relax.
Attend a workshop led by the the AF team about ways to enhance the healing benefit of treatment. Receive personalized treatment for particular afflictions. The vapor baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
If prescribed, take a powerful purgative and blood cleansing treatment in the early morning. The effects of this amazing medicine, Ojé, are not pleasant, but the results are fantastic. The vapor baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. In the evening play games, write in your journal, read, or just rest.
The cold water plant baths begin, using a different set of plants soaked in water overnight. The curandero leads a discussion on the healing tradition. The plant remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Swimming, reading, writing, etc.
Take a remedy to purify the central nervous system. Chiric Sanango is a powerful medicinal plant that frees emotional blockages by bringing them to the surface. It can be a difficult experience, but a rewarding one. It’s important to remember to trust the process. Plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
After breakfast, take a stronger inhalant for a deeper cleanse of the sinuses. Sacha Mango is a plant used to treat internal and external fungus. Discuss your progress with the AF staff. Plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
Begin a different plant bath today. Attend a lecture led by the curandero on the science of plant medicine and some of the techniques and methods employed in the tradition. The remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. In the evening, play games or just relax.
Therapeutic massage treatments for people who need them. Attend an assistant led lecture on the role of consciousness in the healing process. The plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
Take a second sinus cleanse treatment if needed. Receive powerful healing smoke baths, poultices, and other treatments, if needed. Plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Play games with group in the evening or read, write in your journal, relax.
Curandero led lecture on Shipibo culture. Learn an icaro in Shipibo. Treatments, plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Swimming in the river, Rest.
Take a second treatment to purify the nervous system, if needed or desired. Begin workshops on integration and lifestyle adjustments led by AF assistant healers. Massage therapy, personal treatments, plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
Workshops on integration continue with discussions about planning future paths and goals, helping to focus intentions. Treatments, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
Practice the Shipibo icaro together as a group. Participate in a discussion led by AF assistant healers about various forms of plant medicine and healing traditions in other countries. Personal treatments, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Reading, writing, relaxation.
Relax and focus on making the last ceremony as beneficial as possible. Discussions with assistants about progress and recommendations for the future. Treatments, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
Take a long hike into the rainforest with a guide from the Mishana Community. Soak in its healing power to boost your energy for the important task ahead, returning home. Remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Swimming, smiling, celebrating.
Have breakfast at the camp, say your goodbyes to the staff, then take the boat back to Iquitos, arriving at the hotel in time to have lunch with the group. Enjoy the evening however you like, shopping for gifts, eating delicious food, and catching up with friends and family.
Meet with the group for the last time to have breakfast at a nearby cafe. Receive your USB drive with all the photos and ceremony recordings from your retreat. Say your goodbyes to the AF assistant healers and to your new friends. Begin your new life, on a new path, healthy and happy.
Photos of Past Retreats
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