Two Week Women’s Ayahuasca Retreats
Reinhabiting the Divine Feminine
Across time and across culture, we find that the ritual pattern of “containment, transformation, and emergence” provide a process of renewal and rebirth for women throughout the life cycle. This two week women’s ayahuasca retreat offers you an opportunity to enter the sacred space of the divine feminine, where you will engage in powerful healing experiences throughout your journey of exploration and self-discovery. We begin our healing journey with a variety plant medicines that support cleansing and deep healing of mind, body, and spirit. Ayahuasca ceremonies are conducted every other night, led by a gifted Shipiba curandera from a lineage of traditional healers. We will also integrate practices from other wisdom traditions to offer you the ways and means to do deep transformational work: meditation, shamanic journeying, yoga, women’s circles, and counseling are all part of our regularly scheduled activities.
In keeping with the spirit of the divine feminine, we will offer expressive arts activities throughout the retreat to ignite our creativity and express our innate capacities for rebirthing ourselves and dreaming the world into being. Apart from the self discovery made possible by the ayahuasca ceremonies, we will explore our intentions, visions, and our personal healing process through body mapping, finger labyrinths, mask-making, soul collage, creative movement, and other artistic play.
Over the course of this journey, you may discover your own unique medicine: a gift that will bless your life and the world… a medicine within that will open your heart and spirit to an expansive future of beautiful new possibilities! We will dedicate time and attention to re-integration and emergence as you ready yourself to return to life, renewed and inspired, perhaps prepared to live a response to the great Sufi question: “What universe is waiting to be born in your heart?”
This women’s ayahuasca retreat is a women only event. Women will be leading the ceremonies, facilitating the activities and treatments, taking care of the camp, everything. We strive to provide an atmosphere of safety and security so that our deepest fears can be brought to the surface, processed, and healed. The assisting healers have years of experience within the Shipibo tradition, and the indigenous curandera has decades of experience. The participants of this ayahuasca retreat will be in good hands throughout the experience, with complete attention given to every need.
Shipiba Curandera Doña Wilma
A Powerful Healer with Decades of Experience
“My experience with doña Wilma is beyond words. I’ve participated in ayahuasca ceremonies before but never with a female shaman and the energy is very different. It feels like she’s been the mother to all of us, just so much love and so much compassion. I feel like I’ve been seen and that each of us has been seen in our individuality, and I think that’s incredible because even though ten people in some context is not so many, it is a lot, because we all come from completely different places with completely different things to work on, and I think she managed to give each of us exactly what we needed and still contain us as a group and that’s very beautiful. I’m very very grateful.”
“Doña Wilma is crazy. She’s wonderful. Her voice is magical. Just listening to it, I was like wow. Definitely like divine, you know. Oh my gosh. It was amazing. I’m still trying to go through my head and put it into words.”
“Doña Wilma is wonderful. I felt really safe with her, as soon as I met her. She’s small but she’s strong. She’s got intense eyes and a beautiful smile. I felt well held. I felt she was experienced in what she was doing. She knew her stuff. I felt totally at ease with her.”
The Assistant Healers
Talented and Compassionate Guides
“These women are the absolute powerhouse of love, acceptance, intense kindness, and selflessness. The combination of ages, in terms of experience and where women were in their lives was incredibly empowering to be around. Linda, as a woman in her sixties, taught me so much about how to not age gracefully, but how to grab age by the balls and live life to its fullest and to accept amazing joy into your life and that an age, a number, does not define you in any way. It was beautiful. I’ve gained so much from these twelve days. They talk about ceremonies as being ten years of psychotherapy in one ceremony, and you know what, I think this retreat gives you fifty, with everything that goes on. It’s incredible.”
“The assistants are really fantastic. These people give so much love. I don’t know where they get this energy but they have so much energy. They are always present and with everything we worried about or we needed, they always helped us. It was very beautiful. They are like family, like sisters. I am so grateful. I was very surprised because all of my afflictions, which are numerous, were given tremendous attention, and I feel that I am leaving here with much more energy, that I have been purified, and this process of purification that is so important is very difficult to achieve in our regular lives. Here, the conditions are perfect for this process.”
Expressive Arts Activities
Creative Inspiration Processes
In keeping with the spirit of the divine feminine, we will offer expressive arts activities throughout the retreat to ignite our creativity and express our innate capacities for rebirthing ourselves and dreaming the world into being. Apart from the self-discovery made possible by the ayahuasca ceremonies, we will explore our intentions, visions, and our personal healing process through Spirit Art Making sessions that may include activities such as the following:
Most of us travel great distances to work with the medicine, and in creating a prayer flag we give expression to what, in our body/mind/spirit, is calling to be healed. Using images, symbols, and words we begin our journey together by creating a visual statement of our healing intentions for this retreat.
The body holds memories and marks of our lived experiences, and is a container of our strengths, wounds, gifts,and secrets. Your Body Map is created to represent your inner story, offering attention to areas in need of acknowledgement and healing. It will be a visual representation of your ongoing healing experience, evolving over the course of our time together to document the personal progress in your own journey with the plant medicines and other spirit work.
Imagery is the language of the spirit. When you create a personal soul collage, your images give voice to your soul, your shadow, your inborn gifts, and your medicine. Exploring the rich world of the mythic realm, you may encounter personal archetypes, spirit guides, and inner companions that bring wisdom and challenge. Working with soul collage is a way to receive spirit messages and insights from your visions, dreams, and intuitive knowledge.
A simple, meditative tool that you can use in and out of ceremony to ground yourself, help you manage difficult emotions, and quiet “monkey mind”. You can work with your finger labyrinth to enhance mindfulness, intention-setting, and as an accompaniment to practices such as affirmations, chanting, and prayer. Personalize your labyrinth with favorite affirmations, words, images, and colors.
As you delve deeper into the creative and mysterious realms opening up to you in this experience, you may have visions~ beautiful and terrible~ inspired by spirit. Mask-making is an avenue for exploring the faces of spirit that are revealed through ceremony, meditation, and shamanic journeying. What will you see when the face of your inner child, goddess, warrior, healer, or demon is revealed~ and what gift does this spirit messenger bring to serve your soul’s journey?
An important aspect of completing your retreat experience will be integrating the new insights, understandings, and awarenesses that have emerged in this time of healing. Creating a mandala is a way for you to activating latent energies to support the healing of your mind, body, and soul. When you create a mandala, you are engaging in an act of spirit-psyche collaboration~ receiving, birthing, and incorporating (bringing into the body) new potent and personal healing symbols.
Cost of the Women’s Two Week Retreat: US $1,850
The $1,850 price includes:
Pre-program counseling with experienced therapist
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 11 nights at the Chamisal Center
Comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms and limited electricity
Transportation to and from the Retreat Center
Air conditioned bus (1hr) and a 1 hour boat ride 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
5 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies
Led by an indigenous curandera and three trained assistant healers
Medical treatment of all condition and afflictions
The curandera and AF staff will attend to every participant’s troubles
USBs 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
Women’s Two Week Ayahuasca Retreat Schedule
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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 with the group and assistant healers to get to know the other participants, discuss the details of the retreat, go over the itinerary, answer questions, etc. Afterwards, have dinner together with the curandera.
At 10am: Leave the hotel and board an air-conditioned bus to travel for one hour to the village of Nina Rumi along the Nanay river. From there, board a comfortable boat with padded seats and trael up the Nanay river, into the National Reserve, to the Mishana jungle community. Get settled and discuss the upcoming ceremony.
Wake up early to participate in a purgative treatment to prepare the body for the plant treatments. Sangre de Grado is one of the most well known medicinal plants in the area.Attend a private consultation with the curandero, translated by the assistants, for your personalized treatment plan.
Sharing Circle for the previous night. The vapor baths begin. Using a combination of five medicinal plants, participants receive vapor baths for five consecutive days. The vapor helps to open the pores and remove toxins from the body while absorbing medicinal plants at the same time. Participate in an Expressive Arts Activity.
Take a medicinal plant inhalant treatment to cleanse the sinuses. Mucura is an incredible plant used to boost the immune system and especially cleanse the lungs and nasal passages. In addition to the mucura treatment, the vapor baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue, as well as the creative expression activities.
Sharing Circles take place each morning after ceremonies. Attend a discussion about intentions and navigation in order to enhance the healing benefit of treatment. Receive personalized treatment in the form of poultices, therapeutic massage, or various other treatment methods employed as needed.
If prescribed, take a powerful purgative and blood cleansing treatment in the early morning (for some participants). This amazing medicine, Ojé, is made from the latex of a tree by the same name. It’s effects are not pleasant, but the results are fantastic. Participate in another Expressive Arts Activity. The vapor baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. In the evening have some fun by playing some games with the group, writing in your journal, reading, or just rest.
The cold water plant and flower baths begin. These baths use a different set of plants from the vapor baths and are prepared by soaking plants in water overnight. The curandero leads a lecture and discussion about the healing tradition. The Expressive Arts activity continues. The plant remedies, meditations, and yoga continue. Swimming in the river, reading a book, journaling, rest.
Sharing Circle in the morning. Partake in a medicinal plant treatment 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 also a rewarding one. Expressive Arts Activities.
Enjoy a clay bath by the river, swimming and relaxing. Take part in a discussion about intention and integration with the AF staff and beginning developing a life plan for your return home. Plant baths, remedies, meditations, and yoga continue.
After the sharing circle, 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 true majesty of the Amazon Rainforest. Afterwards, visit some thirty year old ayahuasca vines and take some pictures.
Finish the plant treatments by doing love baths, specifically designed to open the heart and invite love in. Review your treatment, experiences, insights, and plans for the future with the curandero and assistant healers. Complete the Expressive Arts Activities and just enjoy the last day. Meditations and yoga continue. Prepare for your trip back to the civilized(?) world and begin to pack.
End the healing diet in the morning before breakfast at 8am. Say goodbyes 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 at 12:45pm to have lunch together at a nearby restaurant. Attend a final closure gathering at the curandera’s artisan shop, purchase gifts and souvenirs.
Meet with the group at 9am for breakfast. Receive your USB with all the pictures taken by the AF staff during the retreat, the full audio recordings of all the ceremonies that took place during the retreat, a list of recommended books, and recordings of 10 Shipibo icaros with the lyrics and translations. This will be the last time you’ll be with the entire group. After breakfast, say goodbyes and prepare to leave…
Photos of Past Retreats
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