Ayahuasca Retreats

Sustainable and Authentic Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru

Our team of Shipibo healers and Western facilitators have carefully designed our Ayahuasca Retreats to offer the best experience we can to our Guests. We have put a lot of focus on community and integration, which we consider to be very important aspects in the healing process. We also provide our guests with the opportunity to learn about the fascinating Shipibo culture. During the retreat there will also be plenty of one-on-one time with our healers and facilitators, who will help guide you through your Peruvian Ayahuasca Retreat experience.

Ayahuasca Retreat

Ayahuasca retreat Peru

Our 12 day Ayahuasca Retreats include 7 Ayahuasca ceremonies and our 7 day retreats include 4 ceremonies. We are often asked by our Guests if they should come for a 12 day or 7 day retreat. From our experience, we suggest 12 day retreats if you have to do deeper work with the Medicine as 7 ceremonies will give our Maestros more time to work on your mind and body. If you are suffering from any kind of trauma, depression, addictions, or any other physical/mental state that is affecting your every day life, it is much better to allow yourself time to connect with the Medicine on a deeper level. Being a first time Ayahausca traveler, we also suggest 12 day retreats as the first couple of ceremonies you will probably be getting to know the Medicine and learning how to work wit it. We usually suggest 7 day retreats if you want to reconnect with Ayahausca (refresh your previous experiences), search for creativity, resolve minor life challenges or ask for guidance from the Medicine. In any case, you are the best judge of your own situation and we leave this to your own intuition and judgement. Just objectively observe the problem(s) that you want to work with and ask yourself if 4 ceremonies will be enough. Our Maestros always do their best, but if you come to treat a life long condition for a one week retreat, they can only do so much.

Dietary Preparation

Preparations for our Ayahuasca Retreats in Peru begin weeks in advance, starting with following a traditional Ayahuasca diet. This diet will prepare you for your journey by cleansing your body. This ensures that you will get the most out of your experience by minimizing things like digestive upset. Your commitment to this diet will also show the seriousness of your intention and your respect for the medicine, which are crucial in developing a strong relationship with the spirits of the plants.

Ayahuasca retreat Peru

The diet is not something to take lightly. You can get very ill and can experience a wide array of unpleasant experiences, physically, energetically and spiritually if you disrespect the plants, or disregard these guidelines. We advise you to start your diet at least two weeks prior to the retreat. We also strongly recommend that you keep dieting for two weeks after the last ceremony to give the Icaros and the plant medicines you will have received enough time to fully integrate into your being.

 

“it is the journey that is the true destination” ― Rik Boers

Ayahuasca Dietary Guidelines
You Can Download our Dietary Guidelines Here

Please abstain from the following foods and substances prior to, during and after your ayahuasca retreat.

Six to Eight Weeks Before Ceremony

  • Some medications can present a serious danger to your health in combination with Peruvian Ayahuasca. This espescially true of anti-depressant medicines but is by no means limited only to them. Medications can include prescription and over the counter items. See our Medical guidelines & Medication policy.

Two Weeks Before and After Ceremony

  • Pork
  • Marijuana
  • All street drugs (cocaine, MDMA, amphetamine, etc). These drugs in combination with Peruvian Ayahuasca can present a serious danger to your mental and physical health. See our Medical guidelines.
  • Alcohol

Peruvian Ayahuasca and Sexuality

When you connect with another personal in a sexual way, you share very deeply with that person and there is a great deal of energetic exchange. That exchange may cause you to “absorb“ energies from another person, which may not be in line with your own healing and transformation. So, to maintain the integrity and the momentum of your healing it is very important that you keep your energy to yourself. Additionally, it is recommended that men avoid all ejaculation as there is great power in reserving the sexual energy to increase and strengthen your healing process. Therefore we strongly recommend no sexual activities of any kind, including masturbation for two weeks before, and two weeks after ceremony.

One Week Before and After Ceremony

  • Salt and pepper. (We recommend a small intake of salt every 3 days).
  • Chilies or other hot peppers.
  • Refined sugars and sweets.
  • Caffeine.
  • Cacao, cocoa, and chocolate.
  • Dairy produce, including cheese.
  • Red meat.
  • Oils and fats (use very sparingly).
  • Carbonated beverages (including diet soda), energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer.
  • Fermented foods (such as tofu, saurkraut pickles, etc).
  • Overripe, bruised, and dried fruit.
  • Protein extracts, powdered protein supplements and shakes.
  • Yeast or yeast-based supplements

Additional Restrictions

  • Please avoid synthetic soaps, perfumes, toiletries, etc. during retreat.
  • We recommend not to use any prescription or non-prescription drugs during the retreat if possible (please read our Medical Guidelines & Medication Policy for more information).
  • Women in the first three days of their menstruation traditionally do not participate in ceremony. This is not rooted in any disrespect for the feminine. It is only because the energy is very strong at this time and the body is already in a natural cycle of cleansing. To ensure you get the full benefit of your time here and are able to complete your ceremonies without interruptions, please take this into consideration when choosing the dates of your retreat date.

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The rules and recommendations on this page are for your own benefit. They are put in place so you can get the most out of your Ayahuasca retreat. They cleanse the body, the mind and the energetic system for an optimal healing experience. They encourage you on how to take conscious steps towards a very profound experience. Please take them seriously. If you are not willing to adhere to them, Pachamama Temple is is very likely not the center for you. If you find yourself willing to remove these things in your life for a short period of time in order to gain insight and healing, Pachamama center will welcome you with open arms. We will do everything that we can to reward your devotion and hard work and provide you with all that you need to make a truly transformative journey of your ayahuasca retreat Peru.

Participating in the Brewing Process

We always brew our own medicine for our Ayahuasca Retreat Peru and only use the traditional and pure form of the brew – Ayahuasca vine and Chacruna leaves. We encourage guests to get involved in the process, under the guidance of our experienced Shipibo Ayahuasqueros.

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The process begins by pounding the Ayahuasca vine until it is fibrous. Then we clean the Chacruna leaves with fresh water and layer the two plants in pots. We boil the brew for several hours until it reaches the right consistency. While the medicine is brewing we send prayers and intentions into the pot. Participating in the full process gives you the opportunity to drink medicine that you helped to brew. The intentions, love and prayers that you put in during the cooking process help open you to the deeper healing Ayahuasca can provide.

The Medicine of Sacred Icaros

The Ayahuasca ceremonies begin with drinking the brew. Shortly after drinking the medicine, the shamans will start to sing Icaros, which are ancient and sacred medicine songs that have been handed down by the Shipibo Shamans for many generations. These songs are used in ceremony for many purposes. One of their most important functions is to evoke the spirits of the plants who aid the Shamans in their healing work.

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Icaros can also be sung to enhance or subdue the effects of the plant medicine, clear bad spirits and energies, or protect the participant during and after the ceremony. Our experienced healers know many songs and everyone of them will sing just the right Icaro for each guest, in every ceremony, based upon their specific needs for that moment.

Listen for Yourself

Download a free mp3 of Maestra Rosa singing a healing Icaro.

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*The word Icaro is believed to be derived from the Quechua verb ikaray, which means “to blow smoke in order to heal“. All medicinal plants have their own songs and the plant spirits teach their healing Icaros to the shamans during dietas, extended periods during which they adhere to a very strict plant dieta in order to open themselves up for the teachings of the plants.

Cleansing with La Purga

Some important elements of the Ayahuasca ceremonies are cleansing and purification. One of Ayahuasca’s nicknames is La Purga, which literally means to purge. Almost everybody who takes part in an Ayahuasca ceremony goes through the process of bodily cleansing.

 

Experiencing Deep Healing

For centuries, the indigenous tribes of the Amazon have used Peruvian Ayahuasca as a powerful tool for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and awakening. The Ayahuasca experience is truly unique to each and every person as it enables us to make a direct connection with the deepest parts of our subconscious mind, establishing a profound connection with our inner realms and higher self. Many of us are getting lost in this modern world. We forget or neglect to take time to reflect upon our lives, decisions, and traumas. Ayahuasca reopens the window into our soul and shows us who we are, why we came to this earth and, last but not least, she shows us who we can become. Truly getting to know yourself is like coming home.

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Ayahuasca like many other entheogens, also has the potential to give us a truly mystical experience. A direct connection with God, Allah, the Creator, the Alpha and the Omega, or whatever name you want to use to describe the Mystery. Many report feeling completely one with all life on Earth and beyond. They go past their personal ego existence and get a true sense of the whole, understanding that we are all connected as one. Saying this is one thing, but feeling it is something else. These are the kinds of experiences that have the potential to change your life. Many report that decades after their experience they still remember it like it was yesterday.

 

“Once you glimpse the truth about yourself, your understanding will be complete, and you can finally be at peace.” 
― 
Rachel Hartman

Integration

One of the most important aspects of working with Ayahuasca and other plant medicines is taking what we experience in ceremony and integrating it with our day to day lives. What do we do with our experiences once we get home, back to normal life? How do we make sense of all the visions and insights that came to us, some confusing and maybe even frightening, others loving and beautiful?

Ayahuasca retreat Peru

We at Pachamama Temple think this part of the journey is often neglected by other retreat providers, and it is one of the areas where we strive to make a difference. We will reach out to you during the retreat with certain tools, ranging from meditation and yoga, group sharing circles, art workshops and supportive personal attention to assist you with integrating your lessons. Of course there will come a time to go home. In order to keep our support going beyond our gates, we invite our guests to stay in touch and our team will make themselves available for online help and advice.

 

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

 

Meditation

Meditation plays an important part in achieving this goal by increasing your body awareness and giving you tools to reach deeper states of relaxation. Meditation promotes healing on many different levels. On a physical level it helps the body to increase serotonin levels, which can improve mood and behavior. It lowers high blood pressure, and also lowers the level of blood lactate, which can reduce anxiety attacks. It helps to decrease tension related pain, discomfort and dysfunction that can manifest in issues such as tension headaches, muscle and joint aches, ulcers, and insomnia. These are just a few of the benefits received from this practice. The Ayahuasca experience has some similarities to deep meditation, in that both allow your spirit to wonder. The medicine can assist you in accessing a part of your mind that is usually closed off. By training your mind, through the particular practice of meditation shown to you at the retreat, you are able to access this part of your mind, with daily practice and perseverance. This is also a skill that you can have when you are home from the retreat, which can help you to reconnect to the positive attributes you experienced during your stay with us.

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” 
― 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Managing Expectations

Many people who come and drink Ayahuasca for the first time have unrealistic expectations. They might expect to see mind-blowing visions, have incredible insights or be healed almost instantly during their first ceremony. Ayahuasca retreat is not a quick fix. Healing often takes place on deeper levels that we are not always aware of, and it takes time. Letting go of these expectations can be difficult. We do not always get what we (our ego) want from the Medicine. Those who are more experienced will tell you that the medicine gives you what you need, rather than that what you want. This often only becomes clear in hindsight. It’s also very possible that in the process of confronting your shadows, your mood will become low. As with all healing often we feel worse before we feel better. The key to a successful journey, in our opinion, is the ability to surrender to the medicine and to develop a trusting relationship with Mother Ayahuasca.

“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect” 
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Retreat Schedule

Pachamama Temple 7 Day Ayahuasca Retreats

***Please note that all times are estimated, and activities are subject to change due to unpredictable issues that arise due to weather, illness, etc.

Day 1

11:00 Collection outside Los Gavilanes Hotel

11:30 Arrival at Pachamama Temple and room allocation, meet the maestros

12:00 Group meeting – Introduction to staff and tour of temple grounds

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Group meeting – agreements, rules & guidelines

16:00 Ayahuasca vine preparation

19:00 Group meeting – ceremony conduct

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, time for introspection and relaxation

21:00 First ceremony

 

Day 2

08:00 Traditional cleansing vomitivo

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Brewing Ayahuasca

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Individual consultations with the Maestros

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, time for introspection and relaxation

21:00 Second ceremony

 

Day 3

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Sharing Circle

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Shipibo market

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

20:00 Dinner & camp fire

 

Day 4

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

11:30 Introduction to Rapé medicine

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Shipibo history and culture lesson with Maestro

15:00 Q & A with Maestros

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, time for introspection and relaxation

21:00 Third Ceremony

 

Day 5

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Art workshop

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, quiet time for relaxation

21:00 Fourth ceremony (closing protective Arkaneo ceremony)

 

Day 6

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Sharing Circle

13:00 Festive traditional Shipibo meal with the Family

15:00 Boat tour (weather permitting)

20:00 Dinner & camp fire

21:00 Fire ceremony

Day 7

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Group meeting – Integration

11:30 Taking group pictures

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Depart for los Gavilanes hotel

 

Pachamama Temple 12 Day Ayahuasca Retreats

***Please note that all activities are subject to change due to the needs of retreat guests and any other unpredictable issues that arise due to weather, illness, etc.

Day 1

11:00 Collection outside Los Gavilanes Hotel

11:30 Arrival at Pachamama Temple and room allocation, meeting the Maestros

12:00 Group meeting – Introduction to staff and tour of temple grounds

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Group meeting – agreements, rules & guidelines

16:00 Ayahuasca vine preparation

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Group meeting – ceremony conduct

20:00 The story of Pachamama

 

 

Day 2

08:00 Traditional cleansing vomitivo

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Brewing Ayahuasca

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Individual consultations with the Maestros (part 1)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, time for introspection and relaxation

21:00 Second ceremony

 

Day 3

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

11:30 Introduction to Rapé medicine

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Tips from Maestro – “How to get the most from your ceremony”

15:30 Individual consultations with the Maestros (part 2)

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, time for introspection and relaxation

21:00 Third Ceremony

 

Day 4

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Sharing Circle

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Shipibo Market

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

20:00 Dinner & camp fire

 

Day 5

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Q & A with Maestros

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, quiet time for relaxation

21:00 Fourth ceremony

 

Day 6  – Laundry, bedsheet & room cleaning

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Art workshop

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, quiet time for relaxation

21:00 Fifth ceremony

 

Day 7

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Shipibo culture lesson with the Maestro

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, quiet time for relaxation

21:00 Sixth ceremony

 

Day 8

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Sharing Circle

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Boat tour (weather permitting)

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

20:00 Dinner & Camp fire

Day 9

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Traditional Shipibo embroidering workshop

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, quiet time for relaxation

21:00 Seventh ceremony

 

Day 10

08:45 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

09:00 Breakfast

11:00 Flower bath

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Group trip to the river for a swim (weather permitting)

17:00 Plant medications (Tanti rao & Marika)

19:30 Meditation in the Maloka

20:30 Preparation for ceremony in the Maloka, quiet time for relaxation

21:00 Eighth ceremony (closing protective Arkaneo ceremony)

 

Day 11

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Closing the sharing Circle

13:00 Festive traditional Shipibo meal with the Family

14:30 Relaxing/free time

20:00 Dinner & camp fire

21:00 Fire ceremony

 

Day 12

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Group meeting – Integration

11:30 Taking group pictures

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Depart for los Gavilanes hotel

Why choose Pachamama Temple

  • In Pachamama, we are a group of individuals who do this work sincerely, from our hearts and with love. Our only motive is to be in service of the Medicine and help those in need of healing, just like we were helped sometimes before on our journey. Many Ayahuasca Retreats in Peru are owned solely by business-oriented Westerners who often keep most of the profits for themselves. Pachamama Temple works closely with the local community and our healers have a big share in the organization and are proud owners of the land that the Temple is built on. We don’t just employ these remarkable people. Instead we have decided to work with them on a basis of equality. Pachamama Temple is built in the Shipibo homeland which means our Shamans don’t have to leave their families and loved ones for months at a time just to make a living in the jungle of Iquitos.
  • The location of our temple was chosen by Maestros themselves, and wholeheartedly embraced by our common vision. The attraction of deep jungle nature might not be fully present at Pachamama temple, and occasionally we might experience some noise and light pollution from the neighbouring Pucallpa and surrounding villages.
    We realise that there is a tendency to approach an Ayahuasca retreat as a means of escape from our busy lives and problems. We want to cut ourselves out from everyday life, close our eyes to all surrounding problems and issues, hide deep in the jungle and dive into our psychedelic journey to the unknown! We immerse ourselves into the beauty of nature and jungle life, we glorify fascinating Shipibo people as forest spirits, free from problems and life struggles, living in harmony with nature, with their environment, and deeply in peace with themselves. This is far from reality and in Pachamama, we decided to take more of a “cold shower reality check” approach to our healing. After visiting our Maestros in their real environment for the first time, we discovered the reality that most of Shipibo people (as well as the rest of Peruvians in Pucallpa) live in. Poverty, lack of basic hygiene and means to provide for their families is the daily existence for these people. Despite their limiting circumstances, they still find the strength to face every day with love, joy and laughter, and provide healing to all those in need.
    Hiding this reality behind exotic leaves and flowers of the thick jungle getaway is, in our opinion, simply an unfair and unethical thing to do. We stayed together to face our common challenges and joys as fellow humans.
    In Pachamama we don’t hide from shadows and we believe that the same should be applied to our healing path. We offer you a retreat with no boundaries where you can face your deepest self, as well as develop compassion and understanding towards others. Apart from the transparency, our location gives us incomparable ability to dive in to modern Shipibo’s life and their environment as it is. We did not take them from their life, we became a part of it instead. We live in the community as a family and offer you nothing less than a home full of love and warmth. Isn’t that what Ayahuasca and healing is all about?  Isn’t that the change in the world we want to see? To stand strong as a community in brotherhood and set our differences apart? Honest and supportive to our neighbours and friends, in exchange for their wisdom and healing. We would like to be clear that in all stated above, we do not wish to disregard or criticise other retreats as many of them offer legit and beautiful spaces in nature including the deep work with plant medicines, and for many, that might be the way to go. We simply try to present our beliefs to you in a transparent way and hope it will resonate with your understanding of our modern world and the healing path within it.
  • You are safe and well looked after as healing itself is our biggest motivation. English speaking facilitators are available 24 hours per day with help and support always available if you need it. Our program allows you an individual approach and a lot of personal time with our healers and they are happy to guide you through your Ayahuasca journey.
  • Pachamama Temple’s Ayahuasca brew is purely made from only Ayahuasca vine and Chacruna plant. There are no other additives as we want to keep the most traditional recipe. Every cup of Ayahuasca we serve to our Guests is cooked here at the Temple and our Guests get the chance to witness and help with the brewing process. During this time, you have a chance to ask our Maestros whatever Ayahausca brewing questions you might have.
  • For the quality of services we offer to our Guests, we are well under the price of other establishments who organise retreats for the same duration. We run this retreat because we believe in a certain set of values, not to get rich. Our main drive and motivation is healing, rather than profit.

 

“Our true nature is divine and eternal. Our true purpose of life is to awaken and realize that permanent divinity that is within us.” 
― 
Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

 

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Our 12 Day Ayahuasca retreats cost $1750 US and $1050 for 7 Day retreat Dates and Booking.

What’s Included

  • Tranportation to and from the Airport of Pucallpa.
  • 1 night at the Manish Hotel with massage and haelth check.
  • Five Ayahuasca ceremonies over the 12 day retreat
  • Accommodation in a private tambo with private toilette.
  • Experienced facilitators to guide you throughout the retreat.
  • All food and drink – a delicious simple diet suitable for working with Ayahuasca.
  • Opportunity to participate in brewing Ayahuasca.
  • Individual consultations with the healers to discuss your experiences and healing process.
  • Flower baths.
  • plant medicines.
  • Meditation classes.
  • Traditional festive Shipibo meal with the community.
  • Sharing circles.
  • Shipibo market (all items are at an additional cost and payments go directly to the merchant)
  • Laundry service.
  • Translation from Shipibo / Spanish to English.
  • Workshops facilitated in English.

 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”

Robin Sharma

Payment Terms & Cancellations
An initial deposit of 50% of the retreat price in US dollars confirms your reservation. The final instalment with remaining 50% of the price is due at least 4 weeks before your retreat.

*All payments go through our online booking agent Retreat Guru.

* We accept payments via credit card and PayPal. Credit card payments are made during the online booking process. If you select to pay via PayPal, we will issue you an invoice after your medical screening questionnaire has been approved. If you have made a credit card payment and we can’t accept your booking because the questionnaire shows medical contraindications, your payment will be fully refunded as quickly as possible.

*We offer you the option of paying a deposit of at least 50% of the program cost to confirm your reservation. You can also pay the full price of the retreat cost when booking. Your balance must be paid in full at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the retreat to guarantee your reservation. If you make a deposit with a credit card, we will charge that card automatically for the outstanding balance 4 weeks prior to the start of the workshop.

*Payments are only refundable provided we have a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice prior to the start of a workshop. Any refunds given will incur a $ 50 US administration fee. You may change your workshop reservation to another date at no cost or transfer your payment(s) to another participant, provided that this participant has been approved to attend a workshop and provided that it is a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the start of the workshop.

*If your original payment was made with a credit card, any refund will be credited back to the card originally charged.

*For cancellations within 6 weeks of the start of a workshop, payments will only be refunded if we can fill your place in the workshop. We will try our best to do so! However you will still be able to transfer your deposit to a future retreat or to another participant who is approved to attend.

*If you cancel more than 6 weeks before the retreat starts you will receive a full refund, however the refund will be issued in USD. If the currency of your bank/credit card is not in USD then the refund will be converted to your own currency using the exchange rates on the day of the refund. Due to the constant fluctuations of exchange rates, it’s possible you might receive slightly more or slightly less than you originally paid in your own currency.

Dates & Booking

 

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Our Screening Process

Pachamama Temple welcomes people of all nationalities and religions who feel called to work with the Medicine. We hope to welcome positive and sincere people who have an open-heart and an open-mind and  are interested in spiritual development and healing their mind, body and soul. All our retreats are facilitated in English. Our twelve day retreat is well suited for people who are fairly new to working with Ayahuasca as well as for those who have experienced Ayahuasca before and wish to immerse themselves deeper into the Medicine and Shipibo culture.

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Unfortunately, Ayahuasca is not suitable for everybody. There are some exceptions where we will not be able to accept a booking due to certain psychological and physical conditions or potential medical contraindications. For more information read our Medical Guidelines and Medication Policy below. All applicants must complete a comprehensive medical screening and psychological questionnaire to identify any potential complications. If you would like to be pre-approved before booking, please complete our pre-screening questionnaire.

Although healing is always the main focus of working with Ayahuasca, we feel this retreat is not suitable for people who are dealing with chronic or terminal illness and need extensive medical care. As much as we want to accommodate everyone in need of healing, unfortunately we don’t have the means to provide this level of care and would not be able to ensure your needs would be met. We also advise Guests who are dealing with very severe emotional trauma to always talk with their doctor or therapist about attending an Ayahuasca retreat and contact us before booking so we can discuss your individual case in detail.
Medical Guidelines
You Can Download Our Medical Guidelines Here

As an Ayahuasca healing centre, the safety and health of our Guests is our priority and biggest concern. Our Ayahuasca medical guidelines are set in order to be sure that you start your retreat in safe and healthy conditions. For this reason, it is necessary that you inform us, in 100% confidence, about your mental and physical health and any use of medication at the time of your booking with Pachamama Temple. We work with a Senior Nurse who supervises all the questionnaires in order to make sure you are safe to embark on your Ayahausca experience. Please read the information on this page carefully to ensure your own safety, discuss your retreat with your doctor in relation to your personal health condition and contact us if you have any further questions.

Physical Health Conditions

* If you have any high blood pressure or a cardiovascular heart condition you can not participate in ceremonies. Ayahuasca can elevate the blood pressure and increase heart attack risks.

* If you have diabetes there is more risk involved with the absorption of Ayahuasca. The use of the MAOIs present in Ayahuasca can alter blood sugar levels via hypoglycemic effects. MAOIs may change the amount of insulin or oral antidiabetic medication that is needed by your body. People with severe unstable diabetes should not take Ayahuasca because of this risk. People with less severe diabetes should contact us prior to booking a retreat to discuss the particulars of the case including the possibility of a modified dieta and approach.

* If you or an immediate family member has a history of epilepsy and/or seizures, you must inform us prior to booking a retreat. Use of Ayahuasca, if not properly managed and monitored, can induce a seizure if you have a prior family history of epilepsy.

* If you have a liver or kidney condition there is more risk involved with the absorption of Ayahuasca. The liver and the kidneys play essential roles in the metabolism of exogenous and endogenous chemicals. Ayahuasca contains harmine and related alkaloids, which act as inhibitors of monoamine oxidase. This inhibition activity occurs in the liver and gastrointestinal tract. If a participant has various monoamines still present in their system from diet, environmental exposure, medical condition, or use of pharmaceutical or illicit drugs, these would accumulate in the presence of an MAOI and would add further stress for the liver and kidneys.

* If you have a hypothyroidism condition, it is generally safe to partake in the use of Ayahuasca; however, you must inform us of your condition, so that we can closely monitor your dosage during your course of Ayahuasca. You also may continue using your hypothyroid medication (synthetic hormones, such as synthroid) during your retreat experience without complication.

* If you have tuberculosis you must not take Ayahuasca.

* Apparently, there are no contradictions that we know of with pregnancy and drinking Ayahuasca, however, there is not enough medical research to support this and as a centre that cares about the safety and well-being of our Guests, we would not like to take risks with any possible pregnancy complications that might affect mothers to be or their babies. In order to avoid any possible contraindications, we do not advise pregnant women to attend our retreats.

Mental Health Conditions

* If you have a (family) history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia you should realise you are at an increased risk for the expression of these conditions and their symptoms and you must inform us about this. It is also possible that Ayahuasca can unmask such symptoms in predisposed individuals. If you contact us we will look into the possibility of participating in a retreat on an individual basis.

* If you suffer from depression Ayahuasca has shown good abilities to heal people. Please inform us when booking to discuss your personal case. The use of antidepressants and Ayahuasca can be a dangerous combination. If you are using any antidepressants it is very important that you stop using them before attending the retreat. You will need to stop using this medication on time to give your system sufficient time to remove them from the body.  Please read our medication policy for more information.

Illegal or Recreational Drugs

Using stimulants with MAOIs is particularly dangerous and can be potentially fatal. Using cocaine, amphetamines or MDMA (Ecstasy) with MAOIs may cause a severe increase in blood pressure, increasing the chances for stroke and cerebral haemorrhage, making it possible to overdose on a relatively small amount of cocaine. (A fatality has been recorded involving combining Peganum harmala and cocaine. Fatalities resulting from combining amphetamines with pharmaceutical MAOIs are also recorded in the medical literature). Using other serotonin agonists or precursors with an MAOI can lead to serotonin syndrome. The main symptom of serotonin syndrome may be a severe and long-lasting headache (the same symptom as MAOI tryptamine interaction) and/or fever (as high as 40 °C / 104 °F or more) Other symptoms of serotonin syndrome may include rapid heartbeat, shivering, sweating, dilated pupils, intermittent tremor or twitching, overactive or over-responsive reflexes, hyperactive bowel sounds, high blood pressure. Severe serotonin syndrome may lead to shock, agitated delirium, muscular rigidity and high muscular tension, renal failure, seizures, and can be life-threatening.

Illegal or recreational drugs that are dangerous to combine with MAOIs: Cocaine, Amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine),MDMA (Ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA, Dextromethorphan (DXM), Opiates, Barbiturates, Kratom, Kava.

Smoking marijuana before the Ayahuasca ceremony may possibly darken the overall experience acting as a blockage for the visionary plant to manifest in its full potential. Given the general amplified sensitivity of all participants of an Ayahuasca session, marijuana can sometimes negatively affect not just the person who used it, but also potentially other participants’ experiences as well as the overall energy level of the medicine circle. Again, this is a rather “grey zone” and may vary from case to case, however, we do not recommend marijuana usage prior/post to our retreats.

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You should seek professional medical advice on preparations prior to travelling to Peru. Taking vaccinations is something we will leave to your personal preference as travelling to Peru might include slight risks of contracting malaria, dengue fever etc. We have never had a single case of any of these diseases and have not heard of anyone contracting them since the temple was founded, however, cannot guarantee that it will not happen. For drinking Ayahuasca, it would be better to have a body clean from vaccines/pills, however, this decision will be entirely up to our Guests to decide. For the safety and well-being of all Guests, if we suspect that street drugs or alcohol have been taken immediately prior to arrival at the Temple, we reserve the right to refuse admission to participation.  We need to offer this advice and insist on these conditions in order to assure your personal safety and the overall welfare of the group. By coming to our retreat, you are declaring that you are in a physical and mental condition appropriate to the activities described in the workshop programs, and agree that you participate at your own risk. Pachamama Temple cannot accept liability for any accident or injury.

Medication Policy
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All medications taken within the past year must be disclosed in confidence to Pachamama Temple prior to completing the registration process. Failure to do so will put you and your health at risk. In general, one should not be taking any other substances or medications, (including herbal medicines) when taking Ayahuasca or dieting other medicinal plants, both for your safety and not to interfere with the efficacy of the plants or their energies. All prescription medications, certain supplements, and illegal drugs should be ceased at least 2 to 8 weeks prior to drinking Ayahuasca, depending on the specific type of medication or supplement. Synthetic hormones taken for hypothyroidism are an exception. You may continue to take your hypothyroid medication during your course of Ayahuasca, but are still required to inform Pachamama Temple that you are taking the medication. Many over the counter medications, such as antihistamines, require only 48 hours of non-use prior to Ayahuasca, although we still recommend ceasing them 2 weeks in advance. Specific medications, such as MAOIs and SSRIs, pose substantial health complications in conjunction with Ayahuasca and therefore require a longer cessation period. Please consult the comprehensive list below for detailed descriptions of specific medications and the recommended cessation period. And remember, always consult your doctor when ceasing any prescription medication. Some medications have moderate to serious withdrawal effects, so added time might be necessary to safely ween yourself off your medication(s). When consulting your doctor, please inform him that you will be taking a reversible MAOI.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs): 4 – 6 weeks prior to ceremony.

Ayahuasca is a very potent natural MAOI and should not be used in combination with other MAOIs. Combining MAOIs can lead to complications in the regulation of neurotransmitters and digestion, such as hypertensive crisis, convulsive seizures, fever, delirium, coma, and circulatory collapse. Withdrawal symptoms are possible when ceasing prescription MAOIs, so it is important to consult a doctor as to how to taper off one’s dosage. Why? Monoamine oxidase is an enzyme responsible for clearing certain neurotransmitter chemicals from the brain. When the activity of this enzyme is inhibited, the brain has more norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine available to send important messages and regulate mood states. This enzyme is also important in the digestive process.

Medications: Marplan (isocarboxazid), Nardil(phenelzine), Emsam, Eldepryl, and Zelapar (selegiline), Parnate (tranylcypromine), Aurorix and Manerix (moclobemide), Pirazidol (pirlindole)

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): 6 or 8 weeks prior to ceremony, 4 weeks after ceremony.

The combination of Ayahuasca (an MAOI) and SSRIs is potentially life-threatening. Any medication which has an effect on the serotonin system, such as SSRIs can induce serotonin syndrome in conjunction with Ayahuasca. It is extremely important that you give the medication enough time to leave your system and give yourself time to adjust to not being on your medication as side effects from stopping your medication may arise. Prozac requires stoppage 8 weeks prior to drinking Ayahuasca due to its longer half-life. All other SSRIs require 6 weeks. Do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor first. Why? Ayahuasca is an MAOI which allows for certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, to become more available in the brain. SSRIs inhibit the reuptake of serotonin. The combination of these two substances will cause an excess and/or overload of serotonergic activity in the central nervous system and peripheral serotonin receptors.

Medications: Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro and Cipralex (escitalopram), Luvox (fluvoxamine), Paxil and Seroxat (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine),Zoloft and Lustral (sertraline)

Other Anti-Depressants: 6 weeks prior to ceremony, 4 weeks after ceremony

Anti-depressants other than SSRIs, such as serotonin-norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs), serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitors (SARIs), norepinephrine inhibitors (NRIs), norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), tetracyclic antidepressants (TeCAs), noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants (NaSSAs), and serotonin modulator and stimulators (SMSs) can pose serious complications in conjuction with drinking Ayahuasca. If combined with an MAOI, one can have one can have an overload of the neurotransmitter leading to serious health complications. It is extremely important that you give the medication enough time to leave your system and give yourself time to adjust to not being on your medication as side effects from stopping your medication may arise. Do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor first. Why?  Ayahuasca is an MAOI which allows for certain neurotransmitters to be more available in the brain. Other anti-depressants also alter brain neurochemistry leading to possible serious health complications when combined.

Medications: SNRIs: Pristiq (desvenlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine), Fetzima (levomilnacipran), Ixel and Savella (milnacipran), Effexor (venlafaxine), SARIs: Axiomin and Etonin (etoperidone), Serzone and Nefadar (nefazodone), YM-992, YM-35,995 (lubazodone), Desyrel (trazodone), NRIs: Strattera (atomoxetine), Edronax (reboxetine), Vivalan (viloxazine), NDRIs: Wellbutrin and Zyban (bupropion), TCAs:  Elavil and Endep (amitriptyline), Evadene (butriptyline), Anafril (clomipramine),

Norpramin and Pertofrane (desipramine), Prothiaden (dosulepin, dothiepin), Adapin and Sinequan(doxepin), Tofranil (imipramine), Prondol (iprindole), Feprapax, Gamanil, Lomont (lofepramine), Pamelor (nortriptyline), Insidon (opipramol), Vavactil (protriptyline),

Surmontil (trimipramine), TeCAs and NaSSAs: Asendin (amoxapine), Ludiomil (maprotiline), Lumin, Bolvidon, Norval, Tolvon (mianserin), Remeron (mirtazapine), SMSs: Viibryd (vilazodone), Brintellix (vortioxetine), Anti-depressant or other drug containing MAO inhibitors or SSRIs, i.e. Prozac, Seroxat, Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, Welbutrin (bupropion) also sold as Zyban as aid therapy to the urge to smoke – or similar medication.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants (and sleeping pills): 3 to 4 weeks prior to ceremony

CNS depressants, such as certain anti-anxiety medications and sleeping aids, should not be used in conjunction with Ayahuasca due to serious health risk. The use of Ayahuasca can increase the depressant effects of CNS depressants leading to slower brain activity, heart rhythm, and respiration. CNS depressants include benzodiazepines, sleep medications, and barbiturates. CNS depressants have a shorter half-life and therefore can be ceased 3 weeks prior to drinking Ayahuasca. Dependency on CNS depressants can arise easily, so withdrawal symptoms may arise when ceasing your medication. Please consult your doctor for help.

Medications: Benzodiazepines: Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alpazolam), Halcion (triazolam), ProSom (estazolam), Non-benzodiazepine sleep medications: Ambien (zolpidem), Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zalepon),Barbiturates: Mebaral (mephobarbital), Luminal Sodium (phenobarbital), Nembutal (pentobarbital), and any other barbiturate.

Other prescription and non-presription medictions: 2 to 3 weeks prior to ceremony

All other medications like antihistamines, decongestants, asthma inhalers, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, drugs with high content of caffeine and appetite suppressants (diet pills).

Herbs and herbal medications: 2 to 3 weeks prior to ceremony

Also avoid the following herbs as they may cause cutipado, or in other words interfere with the plants energy and provoke unwanted reactions: St. Johns Wort, Kava, Kratom, Ephedra, Ginseng, Yohimbe, Sinicuichi, Rhodiola Rosea, Kanna, Boswellia, Nutmeg, Scotch Broom and Licorice Root.

Antibiotics: 1 to 2 weeks prior to ceremony

Antibiotic therapy may cause potentially adverse reactions with the use of Ayahuasca.

Please contact us if you have any more questions.