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Like most things in life, there a broad variety of Ayahuasca retreat options, and a number of factors that effect the quality and cost of an ayahuasca retreat that you may like to take into consideration:
Given the potential, power, and sensitivity of working with Ayahuasca, who you choose to work with is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions of your life, so we encourage you to take the time and the energy to educate yourself to be able to make a good one. If you're in a position to do so, you may also like to consider a private retreat.
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After nearly 6 decades of prohibition, psychedelics are coming back in a big way, with institutions such as the Imperial College in London, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard studying, for example, the anti-depressant effects of psychedelics and entheogenic plants such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and Ayahuasca. The results of these studies for treating mental health concerns such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, addiction, depression, trauma, and recurrent negative behaviors has been overwhelmingly positive - when administered in the right set and setting.
Ayahuasca is an ancestral medicine from the Amazon, and has been used for thousands of years for it's incredible healing benefits. The healing that Ayahuasca offers can be positively life-changing, and as the psychedelic movement grows in popularity, the options for choosing a retreat can get a bit overwhelming. The abundance of options can lead us to what we call "analysis paralysis", causing us to either give up, or choose a retreat impulsively. Choosing a place to have your experience may be one the most important decisions you'll ever make, and it's important to choose your retreat with diligence and care. Published research based upon 2,267 ceremonies has shown that ayahuasca:
Ayahuasca is an ancestral plant medicine from the Amazon, reverred as one of the most precious gifts from Mother Earth. It has been used for thousands of years for it's incredible healing benefits that penetrate the mind, body, and spirit. The healing that Ayahuasca offers can be positively life-changing, and as the psychedelic movement expands, the options for choosing a retreat can be mind boggling. The abundance of options can lead us to intol "analysis paralysis", causing us to either give up, or choose a retreat impulsively. Choosing a place to have your experience may be one the most important decisions of your life, and it's important to choose your retreat with diligence, patience, and care.
For those of us in the western world, finding a safe, ethical, therapeutic, and LEGAL access point to this medicine can be challenging. There are literally thousands of Ayashuasca and overnight shamans who are working underground and happy to profit of this sacred medicine, so how do you know you're choosing the right one? This is a question we take very seriously here at Behold, and we are here to guide you!
Before you do, we highly recommend doing your research and coming well prepared.
Ayahuasca is not a party drug. It is an incredibly strong psychedelic substance with hallucinogenic properties that will send you on an all-night journey into the depths of your consciousness.
Dropping in on a retreat during your trip to Peru would be similar to passing by Mount Everest and deciding to give it a go with a pair of running shoes and a vague idea of experiencing something novel and adventurous.
Studies have shown promising antidepressant effects from treatments using psychedelic drugs, ayahuasca included. Research shows that an ayahuasca treatment can lead to significant improvements in anxiety, depression, recurrent depression, treatment resistant depression, addiction, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Disclaimer! it important that those with a drug addiction or on prescription medications (MAOIS especially) are monitored by doctors or similar professional before any ayahuasca ingestion for safety purposes. There are many drugs and medications that are contraindicated with ayahuasca and can be very dangerous. Always seek medical advice.
Ayahuasca, containing naturally occurring DMT (also known as the one of the spirit molecules), was first formulated by indigenous South Americans of the Amazon basin, and is now used in many parts of the world along with other psychedelics such as San Pedro and Peyote. It is legally used in Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Brazil, where ayahuasca shamanism finds its roots.
In the USA, and most of the world, ayahuasca is not legal, although there have been religious exceptions to use ayahuasca as a sacred sacrament in Brazilian ayahuasca churches such as Santo Daime.
It is made by brewing leaves from the Chacruna plant (psychotria viridis) and banisteriopsis caapi vine, and is used in indigenous communities for religious ceremonies led by a spiritual guide. Andean shamans typically guide the ayahuasca sessions in spiritual retreats in sacred places in Peru.
Cusco (Cuzco) is a town in the Sacred Valley of Andes Mountains, South America, and is a popular destination for ayahuasca tourists seeking a more spiritual travel experience in Peru, well known for ayahuasca ceremonies and retreats.
As ayahuasca has gained much popularity in the West, ayahuasca tourism is booming and there are many people taking advantage of this business opportunity without your safety and well-being in mind, claiming to be an 'ayahuasca shaman' with no proper experience or a medical ayahuasca intake process.
In fact, the indigenous populations of Cusco differ from those in the Amazon and are masters of different plant medicines. Ayahuasca, coming from the Amazon, falls under the tradition of the Shipibo people.
If you google “best ayahuasca retreat Peru” you will have hundreds of Amazon jungle ayahuasca retreats to choose from.
So how do you make your decision? If you'd like some help selecting a great retreat, check out our free guide here.
If you're ready for a big shift in your life, want to be guided by experts, you're coachable, and you're committed to doing the necessary mental and emotional work, apply for a free consultation here.
Behold Retreats will facilitate a bespoke healing ayahuasca journey for you, tailoring to your personal needs and preferences. Whether you want to travel to the Sacred Valley, be near a city such as Cusco, or wake up on an Andes Mountain completely immersed in Mother Nature, Behold will ensure your Peru retreat is exactly what you are looking for.
Their expert staff will help you determine if you would like to have traditional ayahuasca ceremonies led by an indigenous shaman or Shipibo maestro, or if you would rather experience a modern, Western approach. Additionally, you will be able to request various healing modalities, such as yoga, breathwork, meditation, energy work, a flower bath and body work, as well as a special plant diet based on your needs.
With a core group of high-quality healers and facilitators, all of whom have been leading ayahuasca ceremonies for decades, and world-class medical protocols and screening processes adopted from expert advisors and research institutions, you are sure to be in good hands.
What makes Behold Retreats stand out further is their one-of-a-kind, 7-week Ayahuasca retreat program designed to elevate your consciousness. The program entails 3 weeks of remote coaching before your ceremony and 3 weeks post-retreat for integration, and will help you to release lower-level emotions and energy blockages, unlock your limiting beliefs, enhance your meta-cognition and mindfulness, and embody your future self. Apply for a consultation here.
If you’re looking to have the ultimate spiritual healing journey, you might want to consider attending a private ayahuasca retreat. The deepest and most profound healing can be achieved working one on one with a healer, where you can focus on your inner world and the plant spirit.
Endless possibilities await you during your ayahuasca trip, as you can choose your location and itinerary. Perhaps you’d like to spend a couple of days exploring the Inca culture by visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Or maybe you would like to immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest in Peru for your spiritual retreat.
You can find an ayahuasca shaman or facilitators who are experts in not only ayahuasca medicine, but also the master plant dieta to enrich your experience further, or even combine it with a yoga retreat.
Sourcing a private healers or for example a Shipibo shaman or other Andean shaman for your ayahuasca experience, is typically more difficult than finding a retreat center. We recommend enlisting guidance from a company such as Behold Retreats for your ayahuasca session, who curates private retreats with top-quality facilitators, healers, coaches and therapists to help you elevate your consciousness.
Gaia Tree Center is a trusted Ayahuasca center located near the city of Iquitos in Peru, offering traditional shamanic healing with plant medicine during immersive retreats with native shaman. At the same time they are supported by Western therapeutics and Eastern psycho-spiritual modalities with a focus on integration.
Their retreats include either a 7 or 10 day journey with special meditations, an optional Kambo ceremony, and guided jungle excursions. For your benefits, they keep their ceremonies with madre ayahuasca limited to a maximum of 12 people. Their healing retreats are led by several indigenous Shipibo Shaman / Shipibo healer, with a reputation as masters of Ayahuasca among the Amazonian basin. Enjoy the beautiful ritual of Icaro (medicine song) and dive deep into your journey.
If you’re up for an adventure, they have a 3-week journey that will take you deep into the jungles and to the heights of the Andes mountains in Peru. Get ready for a spiritual awakening and deep healing with this sacred plant medicine, as this ayahuasca retreat program will help you experience a deeper connection with the native land and shamanic traditions of Peru.
This spiritual healing retreat works with both Ayahuasca and San Pedro, guided by authentic shamans with over 100 years of extensive shamanic healing knowledge. You will receive personal shamanic treatments during your ayahuasca ceremony as well as two healing plant baths to remove heavy energies and a Pulsario treatment.
Their ayahuasca brew is unique as they include the heart-opening medical plant Bobinsana. Their program is a 15 day journey, one you only find at intensive ayahuasca healing retreats, and is designed for you to go into deep healing.
Your room will overlook the jungle, and you will have the opportunity to visit the Belen Market, Monkey Island, the village of the Yagua Indians, the Lupuna tree, take a boat trip to the Amazon river, and visit local Peruvian jungle villages.
If you're looking for a holistic, modern approach to plant medicine with world-class guidance and facilitation, and you're ready to do the mental and emotional work required to get the benefits, apply for a free consultation here.
At this Traditional Ayahuasca Healing Center, located in Pucallpa, Peru, you will be lead by an experienced team of Shipibo shaman working with the traditional plants of the Amazon Rainforest to bring healing and happiness, in either a 7 to 12 day ayahuasca retreat.
In the Pachamama Temple, they run their ayahuasca ceremonies in a slightly unconventional way, as the maestros have the freedom to conduct the ceremonies and adjust their Icaros according to the needs of the group or individual. In addition to the Shaman, there are facilitators trained in psychotherapy to help guide you during your healing ceremony and during integration circles.
Their ayahuasca brew is purely made from only Ayahuasca vine and Chacruna plant, keeping to the traditional experience. While the attraction of the deep jungle nature is not fully present at this retreat center, you will have the opportunity to explore Pucallpa and surrounding villages and learn about the Shipibo culture through classes on arts, crafts, language, and history.
Located in the Amazon Rainforest, in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you will find this ayahuasca retreat center right on the river. Their ceremonies are led by Shipibo Maestros with over 30 years of experience, and include a San Pedro ceremony. They also work with a Kokáma curandero (native healer) and tabaquero who will provide plant remedies as needed and do work helping clear people with the Master plant Tobacco.
You will spend 8 days in their Ecolodge in either a cottage with a private bathroom or shared dormitory style accommodation. Your retreat will include 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, daily floral baths, 1 steam bath with medicinal plants, and boat ride and swim with pink dolphins.
They are also very focused on homeopathic healing with healing food such as green juices and superfoods, catering to vegan and vegetarian diets. A portion of your earnings will help support native communities of Peru including the Shipibo and Kokama communities, and projects in the Amazon Jungle.
This retreat center is located on 25 acres of land in the lowland jungles of the Amazon, about an hour flight away from the city of Lima, Peru, offering 8-9 day ayahuasca retreats guided by Shipibo Healers, known as Curanderos.
Their ayahuasca tea is made on-site with no admixtures, just the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and chacruna leaves, and guest even have the opportunity to to assist in the preparation brewing process and drink the medicine they helped to brew at the end of their retreat.
Their ceremony space is situated in the midst of beautiful native plants and trees to help you connect with Mother Earth, with an intimate setting of maximum 16 retreat participants. With your safety in mind, they always have a minimum of five staff members in addition to the Shipibo healers during ceremonies.
After every ceremony you will have a chance to share your experience with other guests during their integration circles as well as one on one support from staff members. Accommodations range from shared tambos, to private suites with balconies or patio decks for those looking for more intimate spaces.
If you’re looking for a more luxury ayahuasca retreat experience, this place is for you. Located in the heart of 120,000 acres of pristine rainforest in the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, on the bank of the Nanay river, you will find this ayahuasca retreat center and research center. Accommodations include comfortable private rooms with full electricity and ensuite bathrooms, personal fans, river-view balcony and hammock deck, as well as a massage room, yoga studio, and activity rooms.
Programs are either 8 days, 2, 3, or 4 weeks long, and are facilitated by bi-lingual apprentices who can offer complimentary treatments such as yoga, mediation, breathwork, massage, and counseling. The ceremonies are intimate, with a maximum of 12 participants, and lead by Shipibo Curanderos who are also experts in the master plant dietas.
Additional healing treatments include plant baths, vapor baths, smoke baths, inhalants, purgatives, the plant dieta, and internal or topical medicinal plant treatments with sacred medicine such as the coca leaf . There are also many recreational options for explorers, such as hiking, swimming, fishing, and ethno-botanical walks.
Caya Shoco offers intensive ayahuasca healing retreats in accordance with the traditional Shipibo healing method at their beautiful Amazon rainforest sanctuary near Iquitos, Peru.
This special ayahuasca diet retreat is hosted by the founders Miguel and Becky, and attended by Shipibo maestros as well as other experienced facilitators from the Caya Shobo community. In addition to the 8 ayahuasca ceremonies you will attend on this retreat, you will also have a personally prescribed plant dieta treatment.
The Shipibo Tribal Council has officially endorsed this retreat center for the authenticity and expertise of their master Onayna healers (maestra Onanya, maestro Onanya) and for the quality of their in-house ayahuasca brew. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands, not only by the maestros but by their team of western facilitators who carry extensive knowledge of the Amazonian shamanic plant medicine, especially the Master plant dieta healing.
Retreats are limited to a maximum of 20 participants and accommodations include personal tamobos or shared double rooms. Integration support is available during as well as after the retreat to help you harness the continuous healing benefits of the sacred plants.
Unique to this retreat center, they offer a sacred plant medicine for women healing retreat, guided by Shipiba Maestras and female facilitators, creating a space for powerful transformation by women supporting women.
The Blue Morpho Jungle Lodge is located near the Itaya River in the Peruvian Amazon, surrounded by lush, vibrant rainforest on 180 acres of private reserve. Their staff have been guiding plant medicine and healing ceremonies for over 45 years with Mother ayahuasca..
This private and personalized experience is guided by one of the most powerful healers in the Ucayali River region. As a Master shaman, Alberto has led over 5000 scared plant ceremonies, and is specialized in ayahuasca, sanango, and amazonian trees.
The modern lodge has a massive network of hiking trails, isolated meditation bungalows, beautiful gardens, a large deck and swimming pool, private lake and lake house, ceremonial house, library, private guest bungalows and villas.
Common areas with wifi give space recreation, discussions, art, yoga, and relaxation, and you will be treated by specially trained chefs. You will also have the chance to experience san pedro, sanango, and the ayahuasca plant dieta.
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If you are looking to combine ayahuasca ceremony with a tour of Machu Pichu, there are some retreat centers who might offer a guided tour or trek through part of the Inca trail such as Arkana Spiritual Center.
Immerse yourself in a mystical tour through sacred sites of the Inca, including the mountain Huayna Picchu and explore the towns of Ollantaytambo, Aguas Caliente, Pisac, Iquitos, Urubamba, and Puerto Maldonado. Get to know the indigenous people and culture of the region while you're on this incredible pilgrimage.
Good to know! Many people experience altitude sickness while climbing the Inca Trail or visiting Machu Picchu because of the high altitude. You may even feel the effects entering Cusco. It is recommended to spend a few days resting in Cusco to get acclimatized before trekking or going on an intensive ayahuasca retreat. Coca leaves are also known to help with relieving symptoms of altitude sickness.
You can also find Ayahuasca retreats in the countries capital Lima. Although we don't recommend combining an evening out in the Barranco district enjoying spicy food and a pisco sour with ayahuasca consumption - in fact that would be possibly quite dangerous.
If you are really hoping to stay near Lima, or a commercial city, you may be able to find indigenous groups in the nearby jungle city Tarapoto for your ayahuasca ceremony. The cloud forest provides a bit more space for quiet contemplation and meditation outside the big city.
We would be honored to guide you in choosing the best retreat for your needs. Behold Retreats coordinates expertly guided retreats with Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, and 5-MeO-DMT (Bufo Alvarius) with highly experienced facilitators. Reach out to us to set up a complimentary discovery call and we can point you in the right direction.
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