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Retreat Center Category: AyahuascaRetreat Center Tags: Ayahuasca, curandero, and Peru

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  • The Ayahuasca Foundation is a legally registered non-profit organization with two separate camps located near Iquitos, a healing retreat center and a school for curanderismo.  The retreat center is located in the center of a National Reserve, surrounded by over 50,000 hectares of untouched jungle.  The center hosts two and three week healing retreats for people who seek treatment for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual afflictions, or simply want to explore their own spirituality and understand their true identities.  With a maximum of ten participants to each program and led by a minimum of four curanderos and assistant healers, each person receives adequate attention and treatment throughout the retreats.

    The retreats are based in the Shipibo healing tradition and are also enhanced by the English speaking assistant healers who lead meditations, yoga, lectures, and integrative activities found to deepen the healing experience.  The camp is located on a river near a jungle community, and the rest of the staff consists of members from this community who cook, clean, do laundry, maintenance, assist in ceremonies and treatments, and provide fruits, vegetables, and fish from the surrounding rainforest.  Just being in such a tranquil, beautiful place is a healing experience.

    Swimming in the river, relaxing in hammocks, hiking in the reserve, and reading from the camp’s library are all favorite past times during retreats.  In addition to the profound healing often achieved, participants enjoy knowing that they are supporting the jungle community, and get to see how their participation is improving the quality of life for these warm and friendly people, as well as their own.

    The school for curanderismo (shown above) is located in a secluded area of the rainforest and offers six week initiation courses and ten week advanced initiation courses for people who have felt a call to be a healer in the Amazon tradition.

    It takes years to become a true maestro, but with the proper foundation in the principles of plant medicine, students can find their way much more easily down a path that can often times be confusing.  The courses provide a basic training in these principles: how to prepare the sacred plant medicine ayahuasca, how to lead ceremonies, connect and communicate with spirits, do proper plant dietas, prepare a numerous variety of plant remedies and administer important treatment methods such as plant baths, vapor baths, purgatives, inhalants, massage, and work done with mapachos and agua florida.

    Shipibo curanderos with decades of experience teach the courses, assisted by qualified, english speaking student healers, who translate and contribute other complimentary methods, practices, and perspectives to enhance the learning experience.  The opportunity to study in this way is rare but important in an age where the wisdom of these healing traditions is so desperately needed to restore balance to the world.  It will take many more healers on the planet to achieve that balance, and the Ayahuasca Foundation strives to educate and train the future healers of the world.

    For more info: www.ayahuascafoundation.org

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    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine: Ayahuasca
    Medicine content :

    ayahuasca and chacruna

    Medicine preparation:

    prepared at our camp

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: ten
    Place of ceremony: maloca
    Props etc. used during the ceremony: agua florida, mapacho, icaros

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation: Shared
    More about the accomodation and food:

    each room accommodates two people with private bathroom, running water, limited electricity from solar panels; fruits and vegetables, rice, quinoa, lentils, split peas, eggs, fish, juices



    Local Communities

    Our engagement in local communities:

    employ members of the local community, rent the center from them (they own it) purchase fish, fruit, vegetables, arts & crafts, etc.

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