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Retreat Center Category: AyahuascaRetreat Center Tags: amazon, Ayahuasca, estrella, Iquitos, and Peru

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  • Estrella Ayahuasca’ is a healing centre in the Peruvian Amazon not far from Iquitos, dedicated to the research of Ayahuasca and other medicinal plants. Visitors may participate at Ayahuasca ceremonies and/or receive treatment under the professional guidance of the ‘curandera’ or ‘ayahuasquera’ Norma Panduro, one of the few female shamans of this region. It is the objective of ‘Estrella Ayahuasca’ to offer the healing practices of the old Peruvian traditions of the Amazons to a large audience, both for the treatment of medical conditions and the spiritual growth of the individual in order to raise the level of global consciousness worldwide.

    Information about the location:

    At Km 45.5 on the highway from Iquitos to Nauta and then a half hour easy walk into deep jungle you will find Norma’s healing centre. As a non-profit organization the centre was founded 6 years ago as ‘Clinica Naturista “Jose Torres Vasquez” in honor of the man who helped Norma open her own centre. This last year the beautiful clinic has been renamed into ’Estrella Ayahuasca’, a centre for the research of Ayahuasca and other medicinal plants. Norma is the president of the centre and her new Dutch associate and apprentice Paula (Tarzana) Harbrink Numan is the vice president. A luscious tropical garden with close to 20 different kinds of fruit trees, a slow meandering stream and small paths bordered with coloured flowers and orchids awaits you during your visit at Norma’s healing centre. A large round ceremonial lodge (maloca) offers space for up to 30 people for Ayahuasca rituals. We have grown from 1 to 7 communal and private sleeping lodges (cabanas) over the past year. Also a new kitchen and a large new common area have been added to the grounds. To experience the stillness of pure nature without the penetrating sound of cars and motors, to feel the absence of the radio waves of phones and TV, to simply enjoy the concert of the mystical world of the Amazonian jungle, join us at our beautiful healing centre.

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    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine: Ayahuasca
    Medicine content :

    Norma’s brew is made up of 2 ingredients, although other ‘curanderos’ may add other plants to their cooking as well. The vine or liana (Banisteriopsis caapi) contains the alkaloid ‘harmaline’ and is mostly called Ayahuasca, although the vine is only 1 of the ingredients that make up the brew called Ayahuasca. The second plant that Norma uses is Chagrupanga (Diplopteris cabrerana) as the DMT (dimethyltryptamine) containing and vision inducing ingredient. Many other curanderos use Chacruna (Psychotria Viridris) as the second and DMT containing plant.

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    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: Up to 30 people
    Place of ceremony: A large round ceremonial lodge (maloca).

    Accomodation details

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

    Communal and private sleeping lodges (cabanas)



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