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Complete treatment from a Shipibo curandero in the ancestral tradition of ayahuasca and plant medicine, guided by experienced assistant healers…

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Authentic training in the Shipibo healing tradition of ayahuasca and plant medicine in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Six and ten week courses…

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Studies on the ancient healing tradition of curanderismo and its effect on a holistic level with the healing process of a particular conditions…

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Ayahuasca Foundation logoAbout the Ayahuasca Foundation

WHO WE ARE: The Ayahuasca Foundation is a Peruvian non-profit organization based out of the jungle city of Iquitos. When you participate in one of our ayahuasca retreats or initiation courses, you are supporting the indigenous curanderos and rainforest communities, as well as the preservation of plant spirit healing traditions… Read More

pot of ayahuascaAyahuasca: Spirit Vine

THE ROOTS OF THE TRADITION: The word “Ayahuasca” refers to a medicinal brew with the main ingredient being the ayahuasca vine (banisteriopsis caapi). The vine is cooked, usually in combination with an admixture plant, to produce a brown liquid that is consumed in healing ceremonies led by Amazon healers, called curanderos who communicate with the spirits of the plants to discover the roots of afflictions… Read More

Chamisal Retreat Center

ayahuasca foundation's chamisal two week ayahuasca retreats in peruTwo Week Healing Ayahuasca Retreat: $1750

NOURISHING THE SOUL: This two week ayahuasca retreat is an adventure deep into the Amazon rainforest to receive treatment from an authentic indigenous curandero. In addition to 6 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, participants receive over a dozen other plant treatments, including plant baths, vapor baths, purgatives, inhalants, plant medicines, as well as counseling, yoga, and meditation… Read More

Chamisal Retreat Center

Ayahuasca Foundation's Chamisal three week ayahuasca retreats in peruThree Week Healing Ayahuasca Retreat: $2550

A COMPLETE HEALING: Experience a complete healing treatment by attending 9 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies led by an authentic Shipibo curandero in a comfortable retreat center in a gorgeous location inside a national reserve. Additional treatments include plant baths, vapor baths, smoke baths, purgatives, inhalants, massage, counseling, plant medicines, topical remedies, as well as yoga and meditation… Read More

Chamisal Retreat Center

ayahuasca foundation's two week all women's ayahuasca retreats in peruTwo Week Women’s Ayahuasca Retreat: $1850

REINHABITING THE DIVINE FEMININE: We begin our healing journey with plant medicines that support cleansing and deep healing of mind, body, and spirit. 6 ayahuasca ceremonies are conducted every other night, led by Dona Wilma, a gifted Shipiba curandera from a lineage of ancestral healers. We will also integrate practices from other wisdom traditions to offer you the ways and means to do deep transformational work… Read More

Riosbo Research Center

ayahuasca foundation's riosbo two week ayahuasca retreats with san pedroTwo Week Exclusive Ayahuasca Retreat: $2250

TOTAL COMFORT AND CARE: The program for healing treatments is similar to the Chamisal ayahuasca retreats, but in addition to 6 ayahuasca ceremonies, it also includes 1 SAN PEDRO ceremony and added enhancements. This retreat is designed for people who seek authentic treatment in its ideal setting, yet prefer to enjoy modern amenities like phone and internet service, electricity, hot water, and upgraded facilities… Read More

Riosbo Research Center

ayahuasca foundation's riosbo three week ayahuasca retreat with san pedroThree Week Exclusive Ayahuasca Retreat: $3350

LIMITLESS TRANSFORMATION: The highest level of care is given in possibly the highest quality accommodations available in the Amazon region. Without any distracting discomforts, the healing potential is heightened even further, and the addition of enhanced treatments, including 2 SAN PEDRO ceremonies, ensures that complete attention is given to attaining the deepest and most effective results… Read More

Riosbo Research Center

ayahuasca research at the Riosbo ayahuasca research center in peruAyahuasca Research

UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS: To truly comprehend the mysterious healing tradition centered around the use of ayahuasca, it is necessary to look at the whole process, on every level – the physical, mental, emotional, and most especially the spiritual level. How do the various elements of the medicinal tradition effect these levels in the healing process? How can we enhance our personal engagement in our own healing? Read More

Inkan Kena Curandero School

ayahuasca foundation's six week ayahuasca initiation coursesSix Week Ayahuasca Initiation Course: $4250

A TRADITIONAL INITIATION: The Ayahuasca Curandero Initiation Course is intended for people who want to take their study of the Amazon healing arts more seriously. Students will spend 40 days in the jungle with the Shipibo curandero don Enrique and our team of healers at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s remote Curandero School, drinking ayahuasca in ceremony 18 times or more… Read More

Inkan Kena Curandero School

ayahuasca foundation's ten week advanced ayahuasca initiation courses in peruTen Week Advanced Ayahuasca Initiation: $6450

A DEEP IMMERSION: This course is similar to the Initiation Course, but goes much deeper.  It provides students with the greatest opportunity to learn the healing tradition of curanderismo.  It is truly an amazing experience to diet powerful teacher plants and learn directly from authentic Shipibo maestros.  This course is intended for students who already have experience working with ayahuasca… Read More

ayahuasca flowers at the Ayahuasca Foundation's ayahuasca retreat center in peruAyahuasca Retreat Schedule & Booking

TWO AND THREE WEEKS: Our Ayahuasca Retreats are offered several times a year, with the choice of either a two week retreat or a three week retreat. The retreats offered by the Ayahuasca Foundation take place inside the National Reserve, either at the Chamisal Retreat Center or the Riosbo Research Center. The retreat schedule lists all of the upcoming retreats and provides the registration form for easy booking… Read More

initiation course schedule with a pot of ayahuasca ready to cookAyahuasca Initiation Course Schedule & Booking

SIX AND TEN WEEKS: We offer three six week Curandero Initiation Courses and one Advanced Initiation Course each year. It is necessary to fill out the application form to participate in an Initiation Course. We accept a maximum of ten students for each course. This is a listing of our upcoming courses and the application to fill out as well… Read More

ayahuasca foundation's shipibo curanderos who lead the ayahuasca retreats and coursesOur Curanderos

SHIPIBO MAESTROS: All of the curanderos that lead retreats and courses for the Ayahuasca Foundation are from the same familial lineage. This lineage has several branches of generational ancestry deeply involved in plant medicine and curanderismo. The coming together of these lineages has produced a truly remarkable tradition with tremendous wisdom and power… Read More

ayahuasca treatment at the Ayahuasca Foundation in peruReceiving Treatment from a Curandero

MUCH MORE THAN AYAHUASCA: As ayahuasca continues to spread around the world, with ceremonies happening in nearly every city of every country, curanderismo continues to be a mysterious and often misunderstood science of indigenous wisdom. So what does it mean to receive treatment from a curandero? Read More

Ayahuasca Foundation's ayahuasca ceremonies in peruHealing Ayahuasca Ceremonies

ANOTHER DIMENSION: An Ayahuasca Healing Ceremony is an opportunity to take part in your own healing.  A ceremony involves meeting at around 7pm and finding a spot to sit and settle in. It is important to arrive before the ceremony begins, out of respect for the curandero. After some introductions if necessary and perhaps some small talk the space becomes silent… Read More

Ayahuasca Foundation Retreat and Course ReviewsAyahuasca Reviews

RETREAT AND COURSE REVIEWS: A collection of over one hundred video reviews of our ayahuasca retreats and initiation courses from Ayahuasca Foundation program participants, as well as various presentations, lectures, and documentaries pertaining to ayahuasca and the healing tradition of the Amazon Rainforest… Read More

ayahuasca preparations blue morpho butterflyPreparations for Ayahuasca

WHAT YOU CAN DO: There are several things that anyone who is planning to drink ayahuasca can do to be better prepared for the experience.  Obviously, it is impossible to predict what will happen, but by following particular practices, following a specific diet, and cultivating a certain mindset, at least you can try to be more ready… Read More

ayahuasca counseling for ayahuasca retreatsAyahuasca Counseling

PRE AND POST SESSIONS: Included in all of our programs is pre and post ayahuasca counseling with trained professionals.  Ease anxiety and build trust before you even get on the plane for your trip to Peru and when you return, speaking with a professional counselor can provide important insights into the integration process… Read More

listing of plant medicines used at the Ayahuasca FoundationMedicinal Plant Directory

NATURE’S PHARMACY: A listing of important medicinal plants used in Amazon curanderismo with detailed descriptions of their appearance, chemical content, specific use, and preparation. There are over 60,000 species of plants in the Amazon Rainforest, so this list doesn’t even begin to touch the surface, but it is a start.  Included as well are listings for plants on other continents… Read More

mishana community in peruThe Mishana Community

TRUE SUSTAINABILITY: The Mishana community is around one hundred in number living within the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, where they have lived for ninety years. They mostly live off the land, without electricity or running water, in harmony with their environment. The Ayahuasca Foundation’s Chamisal Retreat Center and Riosbo Research Center are located in the community, just a short walk from the village… Read More

ayahuasca foundation's location in the Amazon rainforest of PeruTravel Information

THE AMAZON RAINFOREST: Traveling to a foreign country can be a bit frightening, especially if it’s nothing like home. Chances are that the Amazon is not like home, but it is actually quite safe. Being well prepared with accurate information and helpful recommendations is always a good idea, of course, so we’ve provided all the information you’ll need for your trip to Peru… Read More

AF_thumbLogo1About the Ayahuasca Foundation

WHO WE ARE: The Ayahuasca Foundation is a Peruvian non-profit organization. When you participate in one of our programs, you can feel good knowing that you are supporting the indigenous curanderos and rainforest communities, as well as the preservation of plant spirit healing traditions… Read More

AF_thumbAyahuasca01Ayahuasca: Spirit Vine

THE ROOTS OF THE TRADITION: The word “Ayahuasca” refers to a medicinal brew with the main ingredient being the ayahuasca vine (banisteriopsis caapi). The vine is cooked, usually in combination with a variety of other admixture plants, to produce a brown liquid that is consumed in healing ceremonies led by Amazon healers, called curanderos… Read More

Chamisal Retreat Center

AF_ThumbChamisal2Two Week Healing Retreat: $1750

NOURISHING THE SOUL: This two week ayahuasca retreat is an adventure deep into the Amazon rainforest to receive treatment from an authentic indigenous curandero. In addition to six traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, participants receive over a dozen other plant treatments, including plant baths, vapor baths, purgatives, inhalants, plant medicines, as well as counseling, yoga, and meditation… Read More

Chamisal Retreat Center

AF_ThumbChamisal3Three Week Healing Retreat: $2550

A COMPLETE HEALING: Experience a complete healing treatment by attending nine traditional ayahuasca ceremonies led by an authentic Shipibo curandero who works with participants to find the roots of their afflictions and the solution to their problems. Treatments include plant baths, vapor baths, smoke baths, purgatives, inhalants, massage, counseling, plant medicines, topical remedies, as well as yoga and meditation… Read More

Chamisal Retreat Center

AF_ThumbWomens2Two Week Women’s Retreat: $1850

REVIVING THE FEMININE SPIRIT: During this divine transformation retreat, participants will journey beyond notions of recovery (going back to a previous state of being), into powerful healing experiences of exploration and discovery that will open their renewed spirits to an expansive future of beautiful new possibilities. In addition to the two week retreat treatment program, this retreat will also feature workshops and activities for women… Read More

Riosbo Research Center

Two Week Exclusive Retreat: $2250

TOTAL COMFORT AND CARE: While the program for healing treatments for this retreat is very similar to the healing retreat above, the accommodations are much more comfortable. This retreat is designed for people who want and need authentic treatment in its ideal setting, yet prefer to enjoy modern amenities like phone and internet service, electricity, hot water, and upgraded facilities… Read More

Riosbo Research Center

Three Week Exclusive Retreat: $3350

LIMITLESS TRANSFORMATION: The highest level of care is given in possibly the highest quality accommodations available in the Amazon region. Without any distracting discomforts, the healing potential is heightened even further, and the scientific precision of the treatment process ensures that complete attention will be given to attaining the deepest and most effective results… Read More

Riosbo Research Center

AF_thumbRetreat02CaAyahuasca Research

UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS: To truly comprehend the mysterious healing tradition centered around the use of ayahuasca, it is necessary to look at the whole process, on every level – the physical, mental, emotional, and most especially the spiritual level. How do the various elements of the medicinal tradition effect these levels in the healing process? Read More

Inkan Kena Curandero School

Six Week Initiation Course: $4250

A TRADITIONAL INITIATION: The Ayahuasca Curandero Initiation Course is intended for people who want to take their study of the Amazon healing arts more seriously. Students will spend 40 days in the jungle with the Shipibo curandero don Enrique and our team of healers at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s remote Curandero School, drinking ayahuasca in ceremony 18 times or more… Read More

Inkan Kena Curandero School

AF_ThumbInkanKena10Ten Week Advanced Initiation: $6450

A DEEP IMMERSION: This course is similar to the Initiation Course, but goes much deeper.  It provides students with the greatest opportunity to learn the healing tradition of curanderismo.  It is truly an amazing experience to diet powerful teacher plants and learn directly from authentic Shipibo maestros.  This course is intended for students who already have experience working with ayahuasca… Read More

AF_thumbRetreatScheduleHealing Retreat Schedule & Booking

TWO AND THREE WEEKS: Our Ayahuasca Retreats are offered several times a year, with the choice of either a two week retreat or a three week retreat. The retreats offered by the Ayahuasca Foundation take place inside the National Reserve, either at the Chamisal Retreat Center or the Riosbo Research Center. The retreat schedule lists all of the upcoming retreats and provides the registration form for easy booking… Read More

AF_thumbCourseScheduleInitiation Course Schedule & Booking

SIX AND TEN WEEKS: We offer three six week Curandero Initiation Courses and one Advanced Initiation Course each year. It is necessary to fill out the application form to participate in an Initiation Course. We accept a maximum of ten students for each course. This is a listing of our upcoming courses and the application to fill out as well… Read More

AF_thumbEnrique1Our Curanderos

SHIPIBO MAESTROS: All of the curanderos that lead retreats and courses for the Ayahuasca Foundation are from the same familial lineage. This lineage has several branches of generational ancestry deeply involved in plant medicine and curanderismo. The coming together of these lineages has produced a truly remarkable tradition with tremendous wisdom and power… Read More

AF_thumbTreatmentReceiving Treatment from a Curandero

MUCH MORE THAN AYAHUASCA: As ayahuasca continues to spread around the world, with ceremonies happening in nearly every city of every country, curanderismo continues to be a mysterious and often misunderstood science of indigenous wisdom. So what does it mean to receive treatment from a curandero? Read More

AF_thumbCeremoniesAyahuasca Healing Ceremonies

ANOTHER DIMENSION: An Ayahuasca Healing Ceremony is an opportunity to take part in your own healing.  A ceremony involves meeting at around 7pm and finding a spot to sit and settle in. It is important to arrive before the ceremony begins, out of respect for the curandero. After some introductions if necessary and perhaps some small talk the space becomes silent… Read More

Ayahuasca Foundation retreat and initiation course reviewsAyahuasca Reviews

RETREAT AND COURSE REVIEWS: A collection of over one hundred video reviews of our ayahuasca retreats and initiation courses from Ayahuasca Foundation program participants, as well as various presentations, lectures, and documentaries pertaining to ayahuasca and the healing tradition of the Amazon Rainforest… Read More

AF_thumbPreparationsPreparations

WHAT YOU CAN DO: There are a few things that anyone who is planning to drink ayahuasca can do to be better prepared for the experience.  Obviously, it is impossible to predict what will happen, but by following particular practices and reading certain material, at least you can try to be more ready… Read More

Counseling

PRE AND POST SESSIONS: Included in all of our programs is pre and post ayahuasca counseling with trained professionals.  Ease anxiety and build trust before you even get on the plane for your trip to Peru and when you return, speaking with a professional counselor can provide important insights into the integration process… Read More

AF_ThumbPlantsMedicinal Plant Directory

NATURE’S PHARMACY: A listing of important medicinal plants used in Amazon curanderismo with detailed descriptions of their appearance, chemical content, specific use, and preparation. There are over 60,000 species of plants in the Amazon Rainforest, so this list doesn’t even begin to touch the surface, but it is a start.  Included as well are listings for plants on other continents… Read More

AF_thumbMishanaThe Mishana Community

TRUE SUSTAINABILITY: The Mishana community is around one hundred in number living within the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, where they have lived for ninety years. They mostly live off the land, without electricity or running water, in harmony with their environment. The Ayahuasca Foundation’s Chamisal Retreat Center and Riosbo Research Center are located in the community, just a short walk from the village… Read More

AF_thumbGoogleCamp02Travel Information

THE AMAZON RAINFOREST: Traveling to a foreign country can be a bit frightening, especially if it’s nothing like home. Chances are that the Amazon is not like home, but it is actually quite safe. Being well prepared with accurate information and helpful recommendations is always a good idea, of course, so we’ve provided all the information you’ll need for your trip to Peru… Read More

THANK YOU
The Ayahuasca Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following people for their contributions to this website and our organization:

Anderson Debernardi

An incredibly talented artist and good friend of the Foundation, Anderson’s artwork was used throughout the website.
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Arnaldo Cintron

Photographer and film maker, Naldo created the film ‘La Pequena Muerte’ and contributed several photographs for the website.
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Brian Van Tinghem

A truly gifted photographer, Brian attended an initiation course from which he provided photographs for the website.
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Christian Moran

A creative and imaginative film maker and author, Christian Moran produced and directed the documentary ‘Ayahuasca Diary.’
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A very special thanks to the continuously growing number of people around the world who respect the wisdom of indigenous traditions, who embrace the healing power of nature, and who are empowered by the divinity that resides within every living being, regardless of domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species, gender, race, age, religion, nationality, orientation, or political views. We are all conscious cells in one body, striving to achieve and maintain health, balance, harmony, and happiness.  Keep on keepin’ on…

A very special thanks to the continuously growing number of people around the world who respect the wisdom of indigenous traditions, embrace the healing power of nature, and are empowered by the divinity that resides within us all.

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