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Retreat Center Category: Ayahuasca and San Pedro (Huachuma)Retreat Center Tags: aya, Ayahuasca, AyahuascaBolivia, ayahuascaretreat, AyahuascaYoga, bolivia, healing, icaros, meditation, plantmedicine, and retreats

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  • The Bolivian Amazon

    Pisatahua is an integrative plant-medicine and ayahuasca retreat, located in a remote area of the Bolivian Amazon. Found in the heart of the Aquicuana Reserve, the 80 hectare center is situated in one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. This idyllic environment provides a secure and comfortable setting to explore the beauty of the Amazon Jungle, expand consciousness, transform, and heal.

    Experienced Healers & Staff

    Pisatahua is locally-owned and managed by residents of the Aquicuana Reserve. We maintain a safe, compassionate and supportive community. Our healers are responsible and respected community members, dedicated to the shamanic path, with decades of experience. Our support staff and volunteers are competent, professional and caring.  Together, we provide personalized guidance and assistance throughout your journey.


    Integrative/ Holistic Medicine 

    We provide integral health services including dietary medicines, detoxification cleanses and mind-body practices.  We work with numerous medicinal plants and healing-modalities to further holistic health of the mind, body, heart and spirit. All guests receive delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. They also benefit from daily detox-juices, herbal teas and optional meditation and yoga instruction. We receive a maximum of 8 guests per retreat to ensure that each individual receives the personalized attention they require on their unique path of awakening.


    Environment  

    Pisatahua was sustainably constructed with locally-sourced, natural materials, while minimizing the removal of vegetation.  The center employs energy and water conservation measures and waste recycling programs.  Through our non-profit extensions, we helped secure the protection of over 20,000 hectares of Rainforest.


    Community

    We believe in reciprocity and are committed to partnering with our neighbors to support the maintenance of our land and traditions.  Proceeds from our retreat assist community development programs including environmental sanitation efforts, reforestation projects, and the provision of scholarships.


    Take the Next Step

    We provide individuals the opportunity to work with plant medicines under the guidance of seasoned practitioners. Whether you're looking for personal healing, spiritual growth, or consciousness expansion, you’ll find the knowledge you need to fully realize your intentions at Pisatahua.  If you're genuinely interested in making a positive life transformation, apply to become a part of our community.

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    Plant Diets, Yoga, Meditation, Floral Baths, Shamanic Consultation, Integration Support.

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine:
    • Ayahuasca
    • San Pedro (Huachuma)
    Medicine content :

    Ayahuasca and Chacruna

    Medicine preparation:

    Our ayahuasca is prepared on-site with sustainably cultivated plants from our 80-hectare property. We practice regenerative harvesting of all medicinal plants, including the ayahuasca vine.

    Our ayahuasca is pure and unadulterated. We never use dangerous admixtures such as toe or tobacco rustica. We prepare our ayahuasca using only the vine (b. caapi), as well as chacruna (p. viridis).

    First the vine is cleaned and smashed with a wooden mallet. Thin strands of the vine are then placed in a large pot, layered alongside chacruna or chaliponga leaves. Natural spring water is placed in the pot and the contents are brought to a simmer for 4-6 hours. The liquid is then strained and stored. More water is added, and the process is repeated. The medicine is then placed back in the pot and the liquid is reduced until the desired consistency is achieved.

    Guests are invited to assist our healers throughout the ayahuasca preparation process.

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 10
    Place of ceremony: In a Maloca in the Bolivian Amazon

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation:
    • Private
    • Shared
    • Fullboard
    More about the accomodation and food:

    Cabins
    All cabins were designed through the adaptation of local construction techniques to meet the needs of our guests. Our cabins maintain the rustic appeal of a jungle lodge, without sacrificing many of the amenities of a modern hotel. All cabins are secluded and extremely spacious. They are fully furnished with clean private bathrooms, washbasins and showers. Cabins have high thatched-roofs and sit one meter above the jungle floor.

    Each cabin room comes equipped with 2 twin/or 1 super-king bed, shelving, solar-powered lighting, night-stands, an indoor hammock, a writing desk, chairs, and fresh drinking water. We provide fresh linens, towels and laundry service.

    All cabins are situated facing the lake with enormous windows to maximize ventilation and views of the Aquicuana Reserve.

    Food

    At Pisatahua we follow a traditional ayahuasca diet, while maximizing taste and nutritional value. To do this we provide our guests with fresh organic food from the Amazon. We never provide packaged, canned or processed foods. We avoid any simple sugars, hydrogenated oils or processed grains. Our food is “real” and locally sourced.

    Much thought and preparation has gone into our menu. We place special emphasis on raw fruits, vegetables and juices – since cooking can destroy enzymes that help digestion. For fish-eaters, we serve fresh-fish from the Aquicuana Lake. We incorporate healthy fats through nuts and seeds. Additionally, we provide filtered water to all guests in their rooms and common areas.

    We recommend guests follow the ayahuasca preperation diet for a minimum of 5 days prior to arrival. Please inform us if you have any food allergies or special dietary restrictions. We can accommodate most any need.

    Sustainability

    How we ensure sustainability:

    At Pisatahua we employ energy-efficient innovations to enhance the comfort and aesthetic experience of our guests. We make every possible attempt to utilize local, natural, and sustainable building materials for housing and furniture.

    We use 100% renewable energy resources through selectively placed solar panels. We’ve implemented simple, cost-efficient, energy and water conservation measures. We treat all grey-water and recycle all our waste.

    Locals

    Do you welcome locals?: Yes

    Local Communities

    Our engagement in local communities:

    Sustainable Bolivia acts as Pisatahua’s non-profit extension, supporting community development and environmental protection programs in the Bolivian Amazon. Proceeds from Pisatahua’s Holistic Retreat provide financial assistance to support these projects, while accommodating qualified and dedicated volunteers.

    In 2016, Pisatahua will begin working alongside its sister non-profit to implement environmental sanitation and permaculture programs with its neighbors. Proposed projects include latrine construction, well chlorination, health education and sustainable agriculture.

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  • 11 Reviews on “Pisatahua”

    1. Nina Zabrodina Pisatahua

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      While in ceremony, I came to the conclusion that ALL I want to say in my review is: “One shouldn’t go anywhere else but here”, meaning – this place is ideal for the purpose… but my review is going to be a little longer than that.
      So:
      For the seekers and the awakening – if it’s your first time to answer the calling of Mother Ayahuasca, I would not go anywhere else but Pisatahua!..
      The comfortable accommodations in prestine nature, with my hammock sunrises and sunsets accompanimented by choirs of insects and birds were the perfect context to my experience.
      The genuine care of everyone I encountered along my journey was beyond my expectations – I wouldn’t want it any other way.
      The authenticity of intention to bring about change to each individual life of the participants was shining through each caretaker.
      That was one of my revelations – their intention! – changing One. Life. At a time… while positively affecting the local community along the way…
      I wanted to find a place that is off the beaten path with an authentic shaman. I found THAT and more! I am so, so grateful!
      I am especially thankful to you, Erik, for holding my hand through it all and being there for me.
      I think I will be back sooner, rather than later.
      after all… there’s more work to do :))
      PS my magical Don Marcial is my angel! <3

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): May 18 - May 27
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    2. Dakota C Pisatahua

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      Went here for the 9 day retreat and I do not have enough positive things to say about the experience. The setting is absolutely beautiful, located within a wilderness sanctuary and right on the bank of a beautiful lake. The ceremonies were amazing, and Sasha and Erik have made an amazing atmosphere where everyone felt really comfortable and safe. I can safely say that my time at Pisatahua was completely transformative and my only regret is that now that I have left all I do is yearn to be back in my cozy little bungalow listening to the sounds of the birds. The food was also incredible, and sticking to the Aya ‘dieta’ was never a problem or chore here. I was initially pretty nervous for my Aya experience having heard some horror stories about conditions at other centers where profit is less important than spirituality. I am so glad I found this place. I cannot recommend Pisatahua enough, if you are reading this review and are on the fence do yourself a favor and make Pisatahua the place you try Ayahuasca. You will not regret it.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): May 18-26 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    3. Steve T Pisatahua

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      I recently attended Pisatahua for a nine day retreat. I offer you my review of the elements that I believe are worth considering in your choice.
      Setting – Pisatahua’s remote location on a beautiful, wild lake in the Amazon jungle greatly helped me relax and further connect with nature. There are trails to hike and places to sit still, enveloped in true nature to reflect or meditate. Each night, the jungle came alive with rich sounds of wildlife. This played a big part for me in the ceremonies.
      Facilities and activities – The center has been created with clear vision. The grand moloka overlooking the lake has a positive energy. It just felt right. Very comfortable and beautiful individual cabins allowed solitude as desired. The quality meals, hikes, boat tours, yoga, guided meditation, group discussions, and plenty of personal time all contributed very positively.
      People – Organizers Erik and Sasha are a gift. They truely understand the beauty of Mother Ayahuasca and how to appropriately share that beauty with others. The staff and volunteers were exceptional in gently guiding and supporting guests. Absolutely wonderful people.
      Ceremony – Words are not enough to describe this. My experience with the four ceremonies far beyond any of my expectations. The power, pure love, and beauty of Mother Ayahuasca is beyond imagination. The shaman’s presence and song took me to other worlds. I received crystal clear visions with profound, personal lessons.
      Overall Experience – Exceptional. Life changing. Highly recommended.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): May 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    4. Paisley Pisatahua

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      Agreed with the other reviews, what stands out for me most is how supportive and generous Erik and Sasha and the rest of the team was, before, during and after the retreat. They were really there for us, especially to support us through Integration, and were 100% committed to making sure we had the best experience possible. They were meticulous with safety and everything else was top-notch. The pristine environment and diversity of wildlife there was also a big bonus – I am an amateur birder and was able to see about 50 species plus several more that I couldn’t identify. My group – 5 of us total – were all also beautiful souls, I felt so lucky and grateful to have met and spent time with them all!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 4/30/2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    5. Shay Pisatahua

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      I’m a wildlife biologist and personal growth aficionado, and so I was drawn to Pisatahua for several reasons – to deepen my spiritual connection, to see Amazonian wildlife, and to rest and rejuvenate my soul and body. I can say that Pisatahua is an absolute paradise!!

      I stayed at Pisatahua for 3 weeks with my husband in April 2018. During this time we participated in 2 powerfully spiritual ayahuasca ceremonies, searched for jaguar tracks as we hiked through their jungle trail system, watched macaws fly overhead as we canoed the lake at sunrise, and practiced daily yoga and meditation in their shaded, spacious and mosquito-free maloca (a communal thatch-roofed building).

      The lodge has an incredible location for wildlife – in just 2 weeks I saw 55 species of Amazonian birds, and dozens of jaguar, capybara, and caiman tracks. Pisatahua sits within 20,000 hectares of the Aquicuana Reserve, which was founded thanks to collaboration between Pisatahua and the municipality of Riberalta, and protects an area of Amazonian forest 3x bigger than Manhattan. At Pisatahua you can access their miles-long trail system, leading you through lake-side wetlands and dense tropical forest, offering ample opportunity to spot a toucan, black caracara, or another of the 250 or so bird species that live within the Reserve.

      The facilities were the best I’ve seen at a tropical lodge – the cabins offer you a private view over the lake, where you can listen to the hum of frogs and birds at night from your comfortable bed or hammock. The maloca is a beautiful space for ceremony, community, and meditative practice. I always felt comfortable, safe, and surrounded by intense beauty while at Pisatahua, and I miss it already.

      The ceremonies were powerful – the curanderos are wise, attentive, and truly concerned for your healing. We felt safe, comfortable, and well guided, thanks to them and to Pisatahua’s founders Erik, Sasha, and Chaca. The medicine itself was potent – a thick, dense brew – and for me, life changing, offering visions for a better world, as well as the personal growth required to help me create that better world. Erik and Sasha have created a space that fosters integration, to empower you to translate these visions into lasting personal change. This was my first time with the medicine, and I am immensely grateful to have experienced this at Pisatahua, surrounded by inspiring people, local curanderos, and gorgeous tropical nature.

      I am eternally grateful to Erik, Sascha, and Chaca, for founding this beautiful healing center that gives so much to the local community and visitors. I hope to return soon!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): April 10-29 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    6. Brett Pisatahua

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      I attended the 9 day retreat at Pisatahua and it was by far one of the best experiences of my life.

      We arrived in Riberalta airport and were welcomed by Erik and taken to a nearby hotel that had been pre organised by Pisatahua. The following day we were picked up by Erik, Sasha and the volunteers and taken to lunch then had an hour and a half drive out to the retreat.

      The grounds of the retreat were absolutely amazing. The retreat is located right on a lake in the Amazon jungle. The cabins are extremely comfortable with each having comfortable bedding, private bathroom, a hammock and a water dispenser. The schedule for the following 9 days was given to us along with a group meeting with the staff and other participants to introduce and get to know everyone there.

      The days include amazing healthy food cooked by their staff and volunteers, yoga, guided medication and optional group activities such as boat rides on the lake and jungle treks through the reserve.

      The ceremonies were held every second night starting at 8pm. The ceremonies were held in a large maloka with a perfect group size of around 6 participants and 2-4 caretakers along with the Shaman.
      We were called up individually to have our plant medicine Ayahuasca and returned to our own individual mattress spread out nicely in the maloka. Not too long after I felt the medicine working, I was able to have amazing journeys focussing on past and current relationships finding answers I had been looking for about these relationships and of course myself. The ceremonies included powerful and beautiful chanting by the shaman. I felt very comfortable and looked after by the shaman and the facilitators through each ceremony.

      We also had an amazing group of like minded participants which made the retreat very unique and fun.

      The staff are very approachable, knowledgeable and passionate about their work and the plant medicine. They were always there to talk to for information, advice or just a chat in general.

      Overall I had a great experience at Pisatahua and would highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking to participate in plant medicine ceremonies and spend time in the Amazon jungle. I will definitely be heading back to Pisatahua to continue my healing journey.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 3/04/2018 - 8/05/2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    7. Adriano Pisatahua

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      The Pisatahua plant medicine retreat that i attended to, was simply amazing.
      I guess you always have expectations, but this time they were all surpassed.
      The retreat happens deep in the jungle, where there is only you and nature. There you have everything you need, a big wooden cabin with a very comfortable bed and a private bathroom, good and healthy food and the company of people that are there with same intentions as you. The ceremonies with the plant medicine happen in a very comfortable and supportive setting, which makes you feel at home and helps you to surrender your self to the plant and do the therapeutic work you came to do. Cant forget to mention the facilitators and voluntaries, a group of wonderful and trustworthy people that take this very seriously and that are there to help you and give you support in anyway possible. The jungle is in of itself a place that inspires healing and a healthy lifestyle, that combined with the things i mentioned above is the perfect recipe for one of the most amazing experiences you can possibly have.
      I absolutely recommend this Retreat!! 🙂

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 26/04/18
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    8. Loca Boo Pisatahua

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      Thank you so much Pisatahua! Ayahuasca can and should be one of the most incredible experiences of your life – as it was for me. If you are considering working with Ayahuasca, I would highly recommend choosing Pisatahua for your retreat. They make you feel comfortable, safe and well-informed throughout the whole experience. Well in advance we were told about the physical and spiritual preparations we should undertake in order to make the most of the retreat and avoid intense sickness. We met with the shaman and staff before each session and learned a lot about the sacred plant including the science behind its work. This information session was extremely valuable and demonstrated that the shaman who would lead the session is knowledgeable. All medical contraindications were checked for and everybody signed an informed consent form. The space designated for the retreat was well-prepared with ample space, comfortable mattresses, and an enchanting ambience with the full moon glowing above in the sky and the fire glittering in the background.

      Ayahuasca is not a hallucinogenic drug. Ayahuasca is a teacher. It helps you confront your fears and weaknesses and reconnect with nature. As I lie down on the mattress the wind on my cheek felt like a caress. My senses remained amplified even weeks after the retreat, allowing me to hear, see and feel everything in an intensified manner. The retreat experience allowed me to enter the shoes of other animals and surrounded me with herds of insects accompanied by a feeling that they are not going to hurt me. After this experience you may come to think twice before killing a spider or a fly. The experience, however, is not always a relaxing Mary Go Round. There were some minutes (or hours!) in which Mother Ayahuasca made me feel terrible, weirdly nauseous and most importantly guilty. If there are things on your conscience you do not want to confront Ayuahuasca will make sure to show you just that. But afterwards it is all calm. It is a very positive experience. After a period of intense “teaching” all I could think of was ‘Thank you Mother Ayahuasca’.

      One thing to keep in mind is that no matter what Pisatahua’s staff and healers are always there to help you. Whether you need to stand up to use the bathroom, have your water bottle filled or feeling nauseous. Their and Piña’s (their lovely dog) constant vigilance will make you feel safe. Safe and ready to embrace the spirit…

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): March 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    9. GusDa Pisatahua

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      As a religious person, I wasn’t really sure, at first, whether my faith in God and an Ayahuasca ceremony would contradict each other or would finely come into synergy. However, I decided to follow my intuition and all doubts were soon gone as the shaman introduced us to the ritual and its signification. Whether you are religious or atheist does not matter at that point. Aspiring at being a better person, through healing and deep, guided meditation, is universal. Anxiety at the thought of approaching a key point in my life also left looking at Pisatahua kindly making sure that we had all we needed and reassuring those, as myself, that were a little nervous. This left place to a profound feeling of security, and I knew that Mama Ayahuasca would work “tranquila” on our entangled emotions. As the substance made it to my brain, it felt like I was immersed into a warm bath and that flowery scents were taking me through a colourful and self-discovering voyage. Entering the most profound part of my journey, thoughts became to naturally flow through my mind bringing up, in an ordered manner, all interrogations and pains that had been troubling my minds in the past years. And to every single one of these, a beautifully formulated answer came. Whether it was showing me things from the past or bizarre visions, the signification of the images was perfectly clear. The messy network of my thoughts was suddenly ordered in a rainbow highway toward a brighter future. When I left Pisatahua, it felt as if I was reborn. Every single negative feeling that had been accumulating over the years was gone and I felt, flowing through my veins, a great energy fuelling all new ambitions I had discovered over the 9-day experience!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 09/06-14/2017
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    10. Milli Spence Pisatahua

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      If you are searching for a nurturing retreat, in a magical location and considering drinking Ayahuasca for your first or one-hundredth time, I highly recommend Pisatahua Retreat. Erik and Sasha´s (two of the founders) attention to detail, commitment to their work and passion to support each individual through their own personal journey is evident from their pre-ceremony support and guidance; all the way through to your post ceremony reflections, revelations and integration work. This is an important detail as the effects of Ayahuasca, including deep introspection and personal growth that result are not solely experienced during the hours of ceremony in the presence of the shaman. The shifts in consciousness and patterns in your life can be noticed long after you have gone home. Knowing that you can reach out to a dear friend and support via email (if you are no longer on site) is reassuring.

      Before I felt called to drink Ayahuasca for the first time, I had heard countless stories from different friends of their experiences, researched articles on the internet and had been invited to attend ceremonies. In my experience Ayahuasca calls you to her in exactly the right moment and she begins to work with you before you have even arrived and taken the first sip. Each Ayahuasca ceremony I have taken part in has been with a different shaman, support people and locations; all unique, transformative and profound in their own way. The ceremonies and the retreat at Pisatahua were deeply spiritual, nurturing and cleansing. The ideal location surrounded by nature, a harmonizing smoke ceremony and traditional k’oa prior to drinking, a small intimate circle, comfortable mattress to lay on, beautiful music, constant attention and support enabling me to feel safe enough to go deep within myself. Soon after drinking I felt the familiar presence of Ayahuasca in my body, the sensations, visuals, overwhelming sense of calm, unconditional love and presence of universal wisdom. During the ceremonies I often asked Ayahuasca questions and she answered in a myriad of ways, including the prayer to heal my womb and ovaries purging a dark old substance from deep within. The week following, I gave myself time and space to integrate the multiple reflections and insights Ayahuasca presented to me. I am ever grateful for the amazing ceremonies and whole retreat experience with Pisatahua.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): October 24, 2017
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    11. Falco Keiman Pisatahua

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      The center just opened. For this reason, I was a bit sceptical before I booked. However, the retreat exceeded all of my expectations.

      The start of the 9-day retreat was already an experience itself. The owner picked us up with a boat from the nearest city Riberaltar. From there, we took a boat ride of about two hours along the Amazon river. Then we walked for a bit through the jungle and took another boat to the center. As a result, we arrived at the stunning location of the center. Overall, the center was worth it in any aspect like costs, staff friendliness, cleanliness and of course the Ceremonies itself done by a shamaan of the indiginous tribe ‘Ese Eja’.

      The only downside was the accessibility of the city Riberalter, which cost an additional 300 dollar from Santa Cruz (round-trip). Nevertheless, the retreat costs compensated this!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 5/5/2016
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