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Retreat Center Category: AyahuascaRetreat Center Tags: authentic, Ayahuasca, female shaman, Peru, Puerto Maldonado, rainforest, safe, and woman

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  • Treehouse Lodging. Female operated centre. Small group retreats. Flexible Pricing. 1500 Acres of Virgin Amazon Rainforest. Community Spirit. Volunteering.


    We work with the principle of “Where Attention goes, Energy flows” – through a deeply intentional work in ceremony we introduce our guests to new tools of self-healing and transformation.

    Your commitment and work during your retreat at Canto Luz will be a step in a life long process of working with your Higher Self.

    We hold a gentle space for processing traumas and re-programming of psychic patterns that no longer serve. At Canto Luz we also provide space for shamanic plant dietas for the ones who are ready to embrace serious inner work and encounter plant allies.

    Our goals are for long lasting changes in our guests’ lives and their accomplishments become the source of pride for Canto Luz.

    Canto Luz Centre for Conservation and Cultural Preservation is a registered not for profit organization dedicated to working with local indigenous communities, supporting preservation of their cultures, healing modalities and environment.Our goal is to help to preserve the biggest tropical rainforest in the world by restoring the balance between the modern man and his surroundings, by reconnecting ourselves to our hearts through the traditional shamanic work of the Amazon.

    Our home is located in the middle of primal rainforest full of animals and birds and we offer unique tree house living as a way to re-connect with nature. We offer flexible pricing on our Ayahuasca retreats, shamanic plant dietas and work exchange opportunities.

    Canto Luz offers various options for accommodation and can host between 6 and 12 people at a time in our 3 double occupancy treehouses or the ground level 4-bedroom house. We are also available to host any guest retreats that might benefit from the rainforest setting. All our houses are completely misquito-proof and built with locally sourced lumber, often from salvaged wood and with focus on simplicity, sustainability and functionality.

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    Shamanic plant dietas, kambo, rapé, sananga

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine: Ayahuasca
    Medicine content :

    At Canto Luz, we take special pride in our medicine and our preparation technique.

    The way our medicine is cooked potentiates the long term healing effects, since this is where the true strength of the ayahuasca is revealed. Each batch of the medicine is cooked non-stop over an open fire for at least 5 days before refining, in comparison to very common 12 hour cooks.

    We are aware of a growing trend, created by massive ayahuasca tourism in Peru, to brew extremely psychedelic and often dangerous potions, by adding other psychotropic plants. We prepare the brew strictly with ayahuasca vine and chacruna leaf with no other admixtures and work towards continuous education of our guests about the traditional healing and long term effects vs short lived elation of a recreational trip.

    Medicine preparation:

    All the plants are being collected in our region and the medicine prepared on site.

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 6-8
    Place of ceremony: Maloca
    Props etc. used during the ceremony: Musical Instruments ( Shaker, North American Native Drum, Mouthharp, Kalimba) Agua Florida, Mapacho

    Accomodation details

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

    Canto Luz has three 15m high tree-houses built by our Quebec friends from Vivre Perche and our local Peruvian crew.
    Tree living provides a rich interaction with nature and a tangible understanding of the need to preserve our heritage and our natural resources.

    Spacious, bright and fully mosquitoe-proof, the tree-houses provide a perfect atmosphere to feel one with the forest. All our tree-houses are shared and have a compost toilet nearby.

    All of our meals are prepared in an open concept kitchen, where you can enjoy home made food and a space to chat over a cup of tea. Canto Luz is famous for its' delicious meals.

    We ensure a large variety of fruits, smoothies (made with our hand cranked blender) and fresh vegetables in Canto Luz diet. Our spring water is regularly tested and is absolutely delicious.


    How we ensure sustainability:

    Our goal is to help to preserve the biggest tropical rainforest in the world by restoring the balance between the modern man and his surroundings, by reconnecting ourselves to our hearts through the traditional plant spirit shamanic work of the Amazon and creating community outreach programs in order to give back to the region that supports us, to inspire others to more sustainable form of living by our example and to help to preserve ancient knowledge and culture of the people populating the region.

    Canto Luz ayahuasca retreat is built following sustainable guidelines from largely salvaged wood, milled right here on site. We have taken advantage of the large territory under our care and have built all the houses with enough privacy around them to accommodate quiet time for inner work between the ceremonies.

    We contribute a large portion of our time and budget to the protection of the biosphere. Taking personal healing onto the planetary level, we protect 1500 acres of land from illegal logging and gold mining, we host various researches whose aim is to better understand the forest and everything and everyone who has made it their home. We are developing various community outreach programs in order to be able to give back to the forest that hosts us.

    It is important for us where the plants for our medicine come from and how it affects the forest. Even though ayahuasca is not an endangered specie, it soon very well might become one. High demand for the plants in the recent decades have put a big strain on the specie. We replant a portion of the ayahuasca vine used for medicine in our retreats, making sure that we give back to the forest as we take.


    Do you welcome locals?: Yes
    Price range locals: 50-75$

    Local Communities

    Our engagement in local communities:

    Canto Luz is located in close proximity to three communities: Puerto Arturo, mainly of Quichwa origin, Santa Teresita of Yini etnic group and Boca Pariamanu, Amahuaca. We have been closely working with these communities, conducting research while listening to their needs and responding by supporting the cultural preservation of these communities by developing a rescue plan and implementation of native language in Amahuaca community of Boca Pariamanu.
    Through ecotourism and medicine retreats we facilitate a variety of research projects and local development. You can see a detailed Activity Report on our website unde Canto Luz Projects

  • Each season of retreats we offer two work exchanges placements for the duration of one month. In exchange for retreat running help we offer a heavy discount on all Canto Luz services.

    We also offer a sliding scale payment possibilities to guests who require medicine work but have financially limited abilities.

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  • 2 Reviews on “Canto Luz”

    1. Arianna Behan Canto Luz

      I’m so happy I decided to follow through on this plan. If you’re thinking about it, go and do it. Don’t wait! all the investments you make are worth it without a doubt. The rainforest. It is an experience that is hard to describe in words. It is beautiful, and eerie at the same time. a strange primordial paradise. Being in the forest strips you bare of all of your familiar crutches, and allows the process of unravelling to begin. Reyna and Maria hold the space in, and out of ceremony and provide a very supportive setting to inevitable challenges that you will face. They are both very wise and very powerful women. Their icaros are indeed, hauntingly beautiful. I enjoyed Reyna’s traditional icaros and Mariya’s “modern” ones equally, I enjoyed the balance and the contrast they created. Apart from the setting, the people is what made my stay at Canto Luz memorable. Not one person at Canto Luz is ordinary in any way. All incredible in many capacities, interesting to talk to, learn from, be around, share space with. This goes for the staff as well as the guests that I met there. The gathering of all of these individuals adds to the power of the ceremonies. I stayed for 2 weeks, and so was there long enough to complete the 7 day dieta in between the ceremonies. I was not quite sure what my intention for it was before or after, and I almost regretted doing it ( because it is very challenging, esp the first time) but looking back I am absolutely grateful that I did. At first I thought I only wanted to travel to Peru to experience Ayahuasca, so why would I partake in dieta? It seemed extraneous to the process. But I saw and felt the effect it had on me and therefore its value. I perhaps did not even fully understand the healing effect it had, but afterwards feel like layers had been sloughed off of me, leaving me clean and pure, on all emotional/physical/spiritual planes. Mariya will also tell you the ceremonies after dieta are more clear and more direct, and I can also attest to that! some things people might be wondering about- the medicine- very powerful. not “weak” at all the facilities- A+++ for the treehouses. childhood dream come true. the food- delicious super nutritious, made artfully and with love the dieta- a very good idea if youre up for a challenge All in all, I left feeling totally renewed. I am so grateful fate brought me to Canto Luz. I can’t wait to return!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): october 2015
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    2. Alan Canto Luz

      As a firm believer in the importance of set and setting, I highly recommend Canto Luz for anyone looking for a safe space for doing this type of self work. Situated near the small town of Puerto Maldonado, and located in the remote jungle, it is a place with little distraction, allowing you to fully immense yourself with nature and the insights gained from the medicine.
      I visited the center in 2013 and had fallen very ill with high fever upon arrival and felt the care and concern immediately. Being so far from home, it was comforting to know that my safety in every way was looked after. With my well being taken care of, my time and energy was better spent preparing for the work ahead.
      Ceremonies held at Canto Luz are offered with respect as they maintain its cultural traditions led by a loving shaman, Reyna. Personally, under the facilitation, guidance, and support of Canto Luz, I was able to work with the medicine to achieve the clarity I needed to find my own happiness.
      I recommend Canto Luz as an ideal place for doing this type of deep personal work as care and consideration has been made to provide this lovely setting for this purpose.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): May 2013
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes

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