Chamisal Two Week Ayahuasca Retreats
Nourishing the Soul
Our two week ayahuasca retreat in Peru is a chance to turn the corner on life’s path and begin to head in a new direction. Participants spend 12 days at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s Chamisal Retreat Center (plus 2 days in Iquitos), participating in 6 ayahuasca ceremonies led by the 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 ayahuasca retreat is not just for healing physical, mental, and emotional problems, it is also a great way to explore the self and understand the true nature of reality.
The Shipibo plant medicine tradition employed during this ayahuasca retreat allows participants to take greater control of their lives, their thoughts, their actions, and their overall health. The unique qualities of the ayahuasca ceremonies, especially, 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 addresses every level of existence and allows 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.
During these ayahuasca retreats, participants receive medicinal plant remedies, purgatives, baths in plant preparations, vapor baths, massage therapy, inhalants, and counseling, in addition to the ceremonies. The assistant healers explain each aspect of the healing process so that participants understand how they can take part in their own healing. The ayahuasca ceremonies provide the ultimate opportunity to do just that, as well as give the curandero the assistance of the plant spirits, angels and saints, and God. Ultimately, it is not the curandero who heals, it is the motivating principle within all life, or God, working through the healer, the plants, and the spirit.
In addition to the healing work, all the ayahuasca retreat participants will also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the science of healing being used by the curandero during their stay. Participants will take part in several workshops demonstrating the various techniques and methods of using medicinal plants to treat illnesses. Not only will the healing take place, but also a great deal of education in the indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest. By teaching the tradition during the treatment, the treatment is enhanced, and the knowledge will be a great aid to each participant when returning home.
After twelve days in the jungle, six traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, and a variety of healing remedies and treatments, participants return to Iquitos with a new lease on life, having turned the corner on their problems and found the path leading to their complete health and happiness. It may take more time to achieve this, so more medicine will be available to bring back home and continue treatment, if necessary. 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.
Cost of the Chamisal Two Week Retreat: US$1750
The $1750 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 – hotel has wi-fi
Accommodations for eleven 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
6 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 Two Week Ayahuasca Retreat Schedule
|May 21 - June 3, 2017||11||Register now|
|August 6 - 19, 2017||11||Register now|
|October 15 - 28, 2017||1||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 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 for five consecutive days. 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 workshop 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.
After breakfast, take a hike in the National Reserve with a jungle guide from the Mishana community. Learn about various plants, hopefully see some animals, and experience the majesty of the Amazon. Plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. In the evening, attend a lecture on integration.
Finish the plant treatments with the final baths. Review your treatment, experiences, insights, and plans for the future with the curandero and assistant healers. Meditations and yoga continue. Prepare for your trip back to the civilized(?) world.
End the healing diet in the morning before breakfast at 8am. Say goodbye to the Mishana community and board the boat at 9am to head back to Iquitos. Check back into the hotel at around 12pm, take showers, check emails, etc. Meet back up for lunch together and then spend the rest of the day on your own.
Meet with the group at 9am for breakfast. Receive your USB with the pictures taken during the retreat, the audio recordings of the ceremonies, a list of recommended books, and recordings of 10 Shipibo icaros with the lyrics and translations. After breakfast, say goodbyes and prepare to leave…
Photos of Past Retreats
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