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Ongoing 12 day Ayahuasca Retreats in the Amazon Jungle of Peru 2010 / 2011 (US)$1800

Custom Tailored Ayahuasca Healing Programs

We also have many other options available for ayahuasca healing, with both indegenous and Mestizo ayahuasca shamans. We will be happy to creat a personalized and safe ayahuasca healing experience for you or your group.Tthis includes single over-night experiences to 12 day+ retreats and dietas. Price depends on several factors, but maily, number of days, number of curnaderos, the number of ayahuasca ceremonies, and other needs that may arrise from individuals and groups.

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Upcoming 2010 & 2011 12-Day Ayahuasca Retreat Dates

Oct 3 - Oct 14
12 day ayahuasca retreat

Nov 18 - Nov 29
12 day ayahuasca retreat
Jan 3 - Jan 14
12 day ayahuasca retreat
Oct 18 - Oct 29
12 day ayahuasca retreat (Solstice)
Dec 3 - Dec 14
12 day ayahuasca retreat
Nov 3 - Nov 14
12 day ayahuasca retreat
Dec 18 - Dec 29
12 day ayahuasca retreat

To register for any of these programs or for more information,
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We offer free attendance to a 12 day retreat for individuals who
can assemble a group 9 people (excluding themselves)

To view photos of previous programs, including
ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies, please Click Here.

12 day Ayahuasca Healing Retreat with
8 elder female Shipibo Maestras (ayahuasca shamans)

Ceremonial Maloca
and Community Area

Participants will spend 12 days at a magical retreat center deep in the jungle near Iquitos Peru. You will diet, learn about medicinal herbs of the rain forest, take flower baths and have the opportunity for a boat ride to go swimming in a jungle lagoon. More importantly, During this program, participants will have the opportunity to experience ayahuasca 5-7 times with up to 8 elder, female Shipibo ayahuasca healers, referred to as Maestras.

Ayahuasca works to bring the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our selves back into balance. The purpose of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for those who seriously wish to explore the rabbit hole of consciousness and to gain a deeper understanding of their relationship and connection to all that exists. Sometimes the hardest thing to do, is to be by one's self, void of distractions of the material world. As the center has built numerous new sleeping quarters called tambos, all participants will now have the option to have completely private single-occupancy quarters. During this program you will have all the time you need for solitude, prayer and self reflection. Bring your journal to write in, as this life-changing experience will provide a powerful time for personal healing, reflection and growth. The large ceremonial maloca is generally available during the day for relaxation in the hammocks and for social interaction.

Sometimes individual members of a group, have expertise in unique spiritual disciplines such as yoga, thai chi, pranic breathing etc. If you have something of this nature that you would like to share with the group, the maloca is also an excellent place for this purpose. Simply announce your desire to share your practice at one of the group meetings.

Following ayahuasca ceremonies, all members of the group will have the opportunity to have private consultations with the maestros. Interpreters are on hand if needed. In addition, regular group meetings will be held for the purpose of bonding the group, sharing experiences, needs, concerns, etc.

Shipibo Ayahuasca Maestros
Feb 2009

Ayahuasca facilitation in Peru has typically been a male dominated world. It is not uncommon for male shamans in Peru to misuse their leadership role to seduce unsuspecting foreign women that come to them for shamanic healing. The fact that we almost exclusively work with elder, female Shipibo ayahuasca shamans, provides a safe environment for women coming to the Amazon for ayahuasca experiences. In February of 2009 our ayahuasca facilitators consisted of five Shipipo women and one man (see photo). All were tribal healers from various villages near Pucalpa, along the Ukayali river. These shipibo shamans represent the highest level of integrity that you can find anywhere in the Amazon region.

Our Amazon healing retreats truly provide a rare opportunity to experience ayahuasca healing at its finest. And if you are continuing on to the Andes, it will also prepare you physically, emotionally and spiritually for your journey in the mountains.

Prior to departure, we will e-mail all participants a pdf document with hotel and facilitator contact info.The document will also include a list of what to bring and how to prepare for the ayahuasca retreat.

Please contact our travel agent Maria Diaz so that she can book your domestic Peru flights for considerably less than what you will pay if you attempt to book them yourself from the US.

Health Note: Ayahuasca can have serious adverse side effects if taken in conjunction with certain prescription drugs. If you are taking any prescription medications or have any health conditions, please inform us prior to registering for this program. Your health and well-being is our prime concern. Depending on the time of year, following the boat ride, a 20 - 45 minute walk through the jungle is required to reach the retreat center.

Things you will need for the ayahuasca retreat: In addition to a day pack, a full sized backpack (or duffle bag with shoulder straps) is mandatory to store all of the items you will need on retreat. Suitcases are NOT acceptable! Porters will carry large backpacks from the boat to the retreat center. Participants however, will be required to carry their own day pack. If you are continuing on to the Andes following the retreat and also have a suitcase, we can arrange for safe storage in Iquitos. Knee-high rubber boots are necessary to make the trek from the water's edge to the retreat center and also for the nature walk. Have at least 2 pair of light-weight nylon zipper (travel) pants and 2-3 lightweight long-s leaved upper garments. A couple of short-sleeved T-shirts are practical as well. It is a good idea to have some kind of semi-formal attire to wear during the ceremonies. White is always a nice color for this purpose, but the choice is yours. We also recommend bringing several pair of water-wicking polypropylene socks. Guests frequently also like to bring sandals, Birkenstocks, Tevas etc. for casual walking at the center. A lightweight breathable rain suit is a good idea, as rain can happen at any time; sometimes for one or two days strait. Mosquito repellent is absolutely necessary. The retreat center staff recommends natural, essential oil based bug repellent, but in my experience, 'chemical' deet works the best. A head lamp with an optional red lens is really handy as opposed to a flash light. At night or during ceremony, one can simply keep it around one's neck when not in use. Remember extra batteries. You will definitely want to bring a camera with plenty of memory and batteries for 12 days. Lastly, we recommend that you bring your own refillable drinking container of your choice. Please aslo see Additional Information.

Other than that, all you will need are your standard toiletry items, including wash cloth and towel. If you are chemically sensitive, please bring your own soaps and laundry detergents, as most everything you can get in Iquitos is chemically scented.

Note: This program may be modified in the event of natural or political events that are beyond our control. In the unlikely event that we need to make changes to original plan, our intent will be follow the spirit of the original itinerary.

Planning your International and domestic Peru flights: Coordinating international flights with domestic Peru flights can sometimes be confusing. In order to insure that all participants arrive at the desired location at the right time and date, we encourage everyone to book both international and domestic Peru flights though our travel agent, Maria Diaz in LA. The exception to this would be, if your domestic Peru flights are included in the program. Maria is simply a delight to work with, and she will do her best to find the flights that best suit your needs and budget. Unless otherwise requested, international and internal flights within Peru are generally booked through Lan Chile/Peru. If you have any questions please give us a call.

Our Travel Agent
Maria Diaz
Maria Travel and Tours
6333 Canoga Ave Ste. 318
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
TELEPHONE: (860) 961-9882

Payment & Registration

Deposit and Payment procedure
Submitting a deposit early, will insure your place on this trip. It also helps to insure that our operators in Peru have the monetary resources they require to arrange accommodations, travel for the program and other necessary details.

Registration Form – It is important that participants fill out the registration form. You can download the SPA Registration Form in PDF format by clicking on the following link - SPA Registration Form. Please fill out and return the completed registration form to the address at the bottom of this page. Submitting the registration form via e-mail or fax is OK too.

Please mail your completed registration form along with your deposit or full payment to the address at the bottom of this page.

Our Preferred Method of Payment for participants in the US is either by bank transfer, personal check, money order, or cashiers check and made out to 'Steffan Heydon'.

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Total Cost: The total cost of the 2010/2011 - 12 day ayahuasca retreat is (US) $1800

Full payment needs to received no later than 40 days prior to the start of the retreat.

Deposit: The deposit amount for the 2010/2011 - 12 day ayahuasca retreat is (US) $900. We must receive your deposit a minimum of 60 days prior th the beginning of a retreat.

Note: If you have difficulty meeting our payment and deposit deadlines, please contact us in person. We will be happy to accommodate your needs where possible.

Refund and Cancellation Policy for this program.
• Cancellation up to 60 days prior to departure, full refund
• Cancellation from 59 - 45 days prior to departure (We retain $594)
• Cancellation from 44 - 16 days prior to departure, (We $792)
• Cancellation 15 days or less prior to departure, NO REFUND

Note: Monies applied towards non-refundable flights are not refundable! Please be sure to have a comprehensive travel insurance plan that will insure you in the event of a tour cancellation. We recommend CSA Travel Protection

'Sacred Peru Adventures' (SPA) was born following my profound experiences with ayahuasca in the Amazon jungle in 2003. I founded SPA with the sincere desire to share the magic of Peru's culture and shamanic heritage with all spiritual seekers who are guided to this path. Now Martina and I are continuing on this road together. We will do our best to facilitate your safe and magical journey to Peru. We are here to serve your needs and to make your spiritual quest a reality.

steffan and martina

In Love & Peace,

Steffan & Martina

Important Information

Smoking and Tobacco: Being mostly a non-smoker, this is an issue that I feel is necessary to bring up. The ayahuasca world, mostly considers tobacco smoking the norm as opposed to the exception. This can be challenging if you are sensitive to tobacco smoke. Tobacco is smoked in the Ceremonial Maloca during ceremonies and any other time, in the dining area when people are not actually engaged in eating, and anywhere else on the retreat grounds. This posed somewhat of a problem during the last retreat, as the center experienced its largest concentration of non-smoking guests. I proudly say that this was mostly due to the presence of individuals in my group. Even so, there was not much that could be done to create a smoke free zone. The only place where you will be able to exercise control over tobacco smoke in your environment will your own sleeping quarters. Mapacho, a native and completely natural tobacco grown in the Amazon, is generously smoked during all ayahuasca ceremonies and is considered to be the brother to ayahuasca. Consequently the two are inseparable, at least in the majority of ayahuasca ceremonies held in the Amazon region.

Food & Beverages: The cuisine during retreat is outstanding. You probably won't even realize that your are eating a restricted diet. Both the needs of vegetarians and meat eaters are considered. Meat generally consists of fresh chicken and fish. Fruit juice, instant coffee, black tea bags and coca tea bags are provided at meals. Creamer is in the form of soy-based nondairy creamer. If you are a gourmet beverage drinker, consider bringing your own (pre-ground) coffee or specialty tea, as these will not be provided. You can bring your own snacks if you like as long as they fall within the dietary guidelines. Three meals a day are provided, so there is really no need to bring your own. On the days that ayahuasca is served, only breakfast and lunch will be offered. If one choose not to drink ayahuasca on any given day, upon request a dinner will be provided.

Laundry: Local women form a nearby village offer laundry services at a very reasonable cost. Participants can also wash their own close. Since there is no electrical power at the retreat center, all laundry is washed by hand.

Clean Water: Clean, purified drinking water brought in from Iquitos is provided at all times. We recommend that you bring your own refillable drinking container of your choice.

Medications - We may be ingesting plant substances that contain MAOI’s (Monoamine-Oxidase Inhibitors). Certain prescription drugs can have serious adverse effects when taken in conjunction with MAOI’s. If you are taking prescription drugs, please consult your doctor prior to signing up for this tour.

About Immunizations - Alan Shoemaker, ethono-botonist and 20 resident of Iquitos, believes it is not necessary to receive immunizations or take preventative medications when visiting Peru. The likelihood of acquiring malaria or other illnesses is very low. Inexpensive medical facilities are available in the likelihood one should acquire a tropics related illness.

Also See What to Bring- Please click on this link to download a list of what to bring on this trip

Full participation in the program is encouraged. The program may include numerous ceremonies where we will have the opportunity to experience San Pedro and or ayahuasca. The purifying and healing properties of these plant medicines have been used for thousands of years by shamans of Central and South America for healing, to communicate with the spirit world and receive spiritual guidance, empowerment, and clarity in one's life purpose. This shamanic adventure may not be for everyone. Please give us a call or send us an e-mail if you would like to know more about this program.

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This page was last updated SEP 29, 2011