Two Week Healing Retreat

Two Week Healing Retreat

Finding a New Direction on Our Paths

Our Ayahuasca Retreats begin in Iquitos, the world’s largest jungle city, inaccessible by roads due to its location deep within the Amazon Rainforest.  A facilitator from the Ayahuasca Foundation staff meets retreat participants at the airport in Iquitos and accompanies them to a hotel where the group will gather and have dinner together.  Then in the morning, the group travels deeper into the forest to the AF Jungle Camp where they are treated by an authentic indigenous healer, called a curandero, who provides various treatments and helps each participant navigate the spiritual dimensions accessible in ayahuasca healing ceremonies.  The science of plant spirit medicine, curanderismo, is one of the oldest medical traditions in the world, capable of healing afflictions and bringing us back to a state of harmony in our lives.

Once retreat participants reach the jungle camp, they’ll settle in to their comfortable accommodations and get ready for their first ayahuasca ceremony.  The rooms are completely screened in, have locking doors, and come with two beds, night stands, furniture to store clothing, a desk, and two chairs.  Each room has its own bathroom, which is fully tiled, with running water, flushing toilets, sinks, showers, and all the amenities you might expect in a hotel.  Having very comfortable accommodations lets retreat participants focus on their healing without the distractions of being bitten by bugs, sleeping in uncomfortable beds, or dealing with less than favorable conditions.

Having a ceremony the first night that we arrive to the camp allows the curandero to make an accurate diagnosis of each participant so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.  For the AF healing retreats the curandero is a female healer from the shipibo tribe named dona Wilma.  The facilitators will translate for the participants throughout the experience and will assist in preparing them for the ceremony and help them through what can sometimes be a very powerful experience.  Facilitators also lead meditations and workshops and perform complimentary healing as well.  Together, dona Wilma and facilitators ensure that everyone in the ceremony is safe and well looked after, so that any anxiety or trepidation is reduced as much as possible.

During the following eleven days, participants will receive whatever treatment is needed to heal their afflictions.  This often involves taking medicinal plant remedies, purgatives, bathing in plant preparations, vapor baths, massage therapy, inhalents, and counseling.  The facilitators will explain everything so that participants understand how they can take part in their own healing.  The ayahuasca ceremonies will provide the ultimate opportunity to do just that, as well as give the curandera the assistance of the plant spirits, angels and saints, and God.  Ultimately, it is not the curandera who heals, it is the love of God working through the healer, the plants, and the holy 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 curandera 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 and six traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, 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.  Once participants return to Iquitos, they will have two days to decompress and process their experiences in the jungle, and to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amazon Rainforest.

Cost of the Two Week Healing Retreat: US$1450

Here is an example of the Itinerary for the Two Week Retreat:
SUNDAYArrive and move in to hotel for one night. Meet dona Wilma and participants.
MONDAY - Head out to the Jungle Camp. Ceremony preparation. CEREMONY #1
TUESDAY – Morning purgative treatment.  Private consultations with dona Wilma.
WEDNESDAY – Vapor baths begin.  Plant remedies begin as well. CEREMONY #2
THURSDAY – Vapor baths and remedies continue.  Facilitator led workshop.
FRIDAY – Vapor baths and remedies continue.  Inhalent treatment.  CEREMONY #3
SATURDAY – Vapor baths, remedies, facilitator led meditations, rest.

SUNDAY – Cold water plant baths begin.  Remedies continue. CEREMONY #4
MONDAY – Plant baths and remedies continue. Swimming in the river.
TUESDAY – Continue treatments. Ceremony preparation and rest. CEREMONY #5
WEDNESDAY – Hike in the jungle with Mishana Guide. Rest and relax.
THURSDAY – Finish the plant treatments. Treatment review. CEREMONY #6
FRIDAY – End diet. Head back to Iquitos and have lunch. Spend the last night in hotel.
SATURDAYAfter breakfast, say goodbyes and prepare to leave…

You must fill out the registration form below to sign up for the retreat. After we receive your registration form, you will receive an email letting you know if there is space for you.  If the course is not full, then you will receive confirmation instructions for paying the required deposit. A non-refundable deposit of $450 is required to confirm your spot. Once we receive your deposit, you will receive a confirmation letter with some additional travel information and advice.  To start the process, please fill out the form below:

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31 Responses to “Two Week Healing Retreat”

  1. Shelly Vincent 12. Nov, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Loved the information I found on your sight and am very interested in a healing retreat in Jan but can only be there for 2 weeks. Is it possible to do a 2 week one in Jan?
    Blessings, Shelly

  2. Shelly,
    I’m sorry but it is not possible to do a shorter time during the retreat, but we do have a two week retreat in February. Perhaps that works for you.

  3. Hi Carlos,

    I’m very interested in the 2 week healing retreat in september. Are there still places available? I’ve also mailed but gotten no response yet.

    thank you

  4. hi Carlos

    I would very much like to attend the two week healing retreat commencing on 14 August 2011. Please could you send me all relevant information regarding this event.
    Thanks for a very informative and interesting website.

    Many thanks
    Chris Bogers
    Morgan Bay
    South Africa

  5. Chris,
    The website has pretty much all the information you’ll need. Basically, it’s two weeks, twelve days at the AF jungle camp, which has running water, flushing toilets, showers, etc. Six ceremonies, one every other day. Diet the entire time (no salt, no sugar, no oil, no hot spices…) Receive treatment from the curandero: plant baths, vapor baths, plant remedies, as needed. Swimming in the river, hiking in the jungle, ceremony discussions, meditation, and a few other activities throughout the retreat. The cost and reservation form is online.

  6. Hello Carlos
    Me and a close friend would very much like to attend the 2 week jungle camp ceremony on the 8th of January but we are unable too see the details because of a site error are there any places available for that date?

    I saw your link to the Anastasia books makes me feel like this is meant too be even more.

    Thank you so much for your time Carlos.
    In Lak’ech.

  7. Jye,
    I’m sorry to say but the January and February retreats are full. Our next available event is the Curandero Seminar in July and the August retreat.

  8. hello from Sioux falls, SD US. After doing intense research, i could not be more pleased on what you and your organization has to offer compared to the others. Im happy i found you or i should say Ayahuasca found me. I had one question about your retreats that i could not find on your website, and that is on the retreats do we get to partake and help in the preparation of the brew?

  9. Efrem,
    Typically we do not make the brew during the retreats, as it is a very laborious and lengthy process. Because the retreats are focused more on healing than education, we leave that part out of the retreats, only doing it during the educational six week initiation course. Thanks for the comment. Hope you’re doing well…

  10. Hi Carlos,
    Great site, I just have a few questions.

    I’m thinking about the 2 week retreat at some point in 2013, if I decide to book will the meeting date / time be available so I can make sure I can get the connecting flights etc from UK.

    Also does the retreat/healing include soul retreaval & journeying work


  11. Hola Mikey,
    The meeting date is the first day of the retreat at 4pm. The retreat ends on the last day of the retreat at around 11am. Yes, the retreat does include soul retrieval, if necessary, and a lot of journeying work. It is an educational experience as well, as we try to inform participants of as much of the tradition as possible so that everyone knows what is being done, why it’s being done, and how it works. It is our hope that not only are participants healed, but that they also return home with enough knowledge of plant medicine to properly explain their experiences to their loved ones and friends. I hope you get to come to one of our retreats in the future. cuidate mucho.

  12. I am curious of the effectiveness of ayhuasca at treating depression. What types of results are achieved with treating chronic long term depression? Do you know of anyone willing to share their experience?

  13. Ayahuasca is definitely one of the most effective treatments for depression. Studies (see the Huasca project) have shown that ayahuasca returns natural serotonin production to normal/higher levels. In my experience I have seen quite remarkable results and I rarely, if ever, worry about people that come down to us with depression.

  14. hi carlos
    I would like to come to try ayahuasca for better understanding of my spirit and I was wondering, that if you are going to have one week retreat anytime soon . mohammad canada toronto

  15. It says the total cost is $1450, I assume the $450 non-refundable deposit is included in this price? Also, when arriving in Iquitos, are we placed in a hotel as a part of the $1450 or is that still considered travel costs?

  16. How many people can maximumly attend a healing retreat?

    Thanks in advabce, Anna

  17. Anna,
    The maximum number of participants is ten. Sometimes it is less, if there is a late cancellation, but usually it is either nine or ten.

  18. Zach,
    Yes, the deposit is included in the price, as well as hotels on the first and last nights of the retreat, and three meals in town. Of course, all of the accommodations, food, and travel are covered once you get to Iquitos.

  19. Moe,
    There is a very good chance that we will do the Curandero Seminar again in December. I just need to confirm some dates and will have the new promotions for it up soon. Thanks for asking.

  20. Hello Tanner
    Im wondering when the 2 week course will take place in 2014, and where can I get more information about the next years course?

    Thank you

  21. The schedule for 2014 should be up on the website soon. Please check back in the next few weeks. Thanks.

  22. Hello. I would like to know if there are any age requirements for the retreats?

  23. Hi Carlos,

    I was wondering if there is any spots left in Oct/Nov for the 2 week Healing Retreat?

    Thank you!

  24. Yes, we only take people who are 18 years of age or older. thanks!

  25. Hi Gary,
    Yes, we still have spots in the October retreat. Fill out a registration form on this site to sign up. thanks.

  26. Hi, I’m currently looking into attending one of your wonderful retreats hopefully within the next two years (as soon as I save enough money). I was wondering how much money you would say is needed in addition to the cost of the retreat, not including travel prices.

  27. hey, my name is zeus and im very interested in your january retreat for two weeks, however i have a question, in your price what is all included? and would i have to get my own ticket to peru independently? how would i go about that? thank you so much

  28. Zeus,
    The price includes pick up from the airport in Iquitos, two nights in a hotel in Iquitos on the first and last nights of the retreat, one breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Iquitos, transportation to and from the camp, accommodations, food, treatment, and ceremonies at the camp, and a DVD of all the ceremony recordings and pictures taken during the retreat. You do need to book your flights to Iquitos on your own, and I recommend using or to do that, or another website or travel agent.

  29. Nia,
    You really don’t need much, depending on how many gifts or souvenirs you would like to purchase, but as far as what you’d need to pay for, it would only be a few meals in Iquitos, depending on what time you fly in and fly out. Obviously, if you arrive early and stay late then you would need to cover your own costs for accommodations, etc.

  30. How does one go about booking a flight to get to the retreat? What airport would I fly into? Also, do you happen to know how much airfare would be? I’m assuming the price does NOT include airfare.

  31. You usually have to fly into Lima, and then from Lima fly to Iquitos, but Copa Airlines does offer flights directly to Iquitos, via Panama City. The price does not include airfare, but I could not tell you how much airfare would be without knowing your departure point. Flights from Lima to Iquitos are usually a little less than $200.

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