Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreats in the Amazon
Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon – Iquitos, Peru
The Temple of the Way of Light – BENA CAYA AINBOBO (A New Feminine Spirit) is a traditional plant medicine healing centre located in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest offering intensive ayahuasca retreats with female and male Shipibo healers. We are dedicated to providing our guests the opportunity to benefit from the ancient healing wisdom of the Shipibo people, and to helping this unique culture to preserve its knowledge and identity in the 21st Century.
We work with some of the most respected and powerful healers (Onanya) from the Shipibo tribe. All our Onanya are highly experienced, gentle, caring, deeply dedicated to healing and embody the wisdom and sincerity of their people. The age old healing traditions of the Shipibo people offer an ancient yet pioneering path to health, re-discovering our true nature and re-awakening to our true purpose. We firmly believe in respecting and honoring traditional medicinal practices of the Onanya who are experts in administering ayahuasca and traditional plant medicines of the Amazon. They bring time honored rituals, intricate techniques, an encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal plants of the Amazon and a far reaching lineage to the healing process.
We are not a new age movement, nor based in any religion; healing from the plants is for everyone on the planet irrelevant of race, creed, color and social or financial status. The core of our work is focused on deep healing on all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
The Temple offers two distinctly different ayahuasca retreat programs which have been designed to meet the varied needs of guests who want to experience ayahuasca and traditional plant medicine healing in the Amazon: a 12 day ayahuasca retreat and a 1 month ‘deep immersion’ ayahuasca retreat.
The main pillars of our work are:
Working with predominantly women healers: A unique focus on working with Onanya Ainbobo – indigenous women healers working within the rich and complex medical tradition of the Shipibo people. The women healers are complemented by Shipibo male healers who provide a necessary balance to the healing work. Our healers each have from 20 to 60 years’ experience working with ayahuasca.
A compassionate and safe environment for deep healing work: Fundamental to our work is offering ceremonies within a protected, caring and loving environment within a container of integrity.
A high ratio of healers to guests: Our 12 day ayahuasca retreats & ceremonies are run by five or six healers with an average group size limited to 22 people to ensure that each guest has individual and close attention throughout their healing process. In every one of our ceremonies our guests receive ikaros from all of the healers culminating in 35 to 42 ikaros (sound healing treatments) per 12 day retreat. This is one of the main reasons we have been able to achieve such positive results over the years. Our ‘deep immersion’ ayahuasca retreats offer a smaller ceremony group size (limited to 22 guests on site and 11 guests in ceremony) and are held by one female and one male healer.
A high number of ceremonies: We hold 7 ceremonies on our 12 day ayahuasca retreat and 8 ceremonies on our 1 month ‘deep immersion’ ayahuasca retreat. We are passionate about our work and deeply committed to facilitating lasting healing. We offer such a high number of ceremonies to ensure that our healers have sufficient time to reach into the roots of our guests issues – this level of cleansing cannot be carried out with less ceremonies. Our retreats are intense and challenging healing experiences that have been structured by the Shipibo healers which also initiate a much longer term healing journey that continues to unfold for months / years after coming to the Temple.
Stringent Health and Safety Standards
Your well-being is our priority, both in and out of ceremonies, to guide you safely through deep personal healing and growth. We operate with rigorous health and safety protocols including:
Medical screening, on site nurse, staff trained in first aid, fully equipped first aid kits, emergency protocols, permanent communication on and off site (cell and radio), 24 hour transport to Iquitos, contract with medical clinic in Iquitos, 4 staff supervising each ceremony (2 facilitators, door person, toilet assistant), complemented by a support staff of 60 people throughout the Temple grounds.
Focusing on social benefit rather than profit: We are a socially responsible, purpose driven organisation that acts as a funding mechanism to implement outreach programs through our NGO’s – Alianza Arkana and The Chaikuni Institute. We believe strongly that we need to “give back” and are committed to partnering with the people of the Amazon to support them to preserve and protect their traditions, lands, identities and ancient medicinal practices.
Community, permaculture and sustainable living: Incorporating the principles of self-sufficiency, regeneration, and social responsibility, since 2009 we have been implementing a comprehensive permaculture program on the 175 hectares of Temple grounds and in our local village which includes wide range of projects: food forests, perennial vegetable production, staple crops, medicinal plants, renewable energy systems, rainwater harvesting and natural spring water systems, aquaculture systems, animal husbandry, sustainable buildings, reforestation, and the production of fuel, fiber, sugars, and oils.
Research Study at the Temple
We are excited to have accepted a proposal from ICEERS (The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service),who in collaboration with the Beckley Foundation, will be carrying out an independent observational research study on ayahuasca treatment received by guests attending retreats at the Temple.
This is an exceptional opportunity to significantly advance scientific and academic understanding of ayahuasca. If the majority of the participants who visit the Temple over the next year take part in this study, the final outcome will be the single largest research project ever carried out on ayahuasca.
Although science will never be able to ‘measure’ the vast magic and mystery of ayahuasca, it is very clear from our experiences at the Temple since 2007 that significantly positive healing outcomes are frequently achieved. However, the efficacy of ayahuasca and traditional Amazonian medicine is unfortunately still not acknowledged in the West. Science is a powerful tool to break through moralistic propaganda and stigmatization of practices that are labeled as ‘irresponsible drug use’ while having been an integral part of the well-being and survival of many indigenous communities of the Amazon basin for centuries.
If guests decide to take part in this important study, names or personal details will not appear in the published results. There are either five assessments over the course of a year, or six assessments over 14 months. Each assessment takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete.
If you are considering booking a place on either our 12-day ayahuasca retreat or our 1-month Deep Immersion ayahuasca retreat, we would very much appreciate your support with this ground-breaking study.
Although I tried to come without expectations, the Temple far exceeded those I did have. I truly could not imagine taking ayahuasca in any other setting as I don’t believe the experience could get any better than this!
Beyond words!!!! The level of support and love from the maestras and maestos was tremendously glorious.
A transformational experience beyond words. I felt safe and supported by a team of caring, skilled and experienced staff who helped me open the door to the depths of my being and let go of the baggage I no longer needed.
I could never have imagined how profound and absolutely extraordinary my experience at the Temple would be. From the moment I arrived I felt the magic of the special place. I have healed and evolved and feel like I have come out on the other side.
There really isn’t enough I can say about the Temple. Their vision for the future is truly an inspiration and model that much of the world would benefit by paying attention to. I will be taking my experience out into the world and I hope many more people have the opportunity to experience what I have.
Journeying to the Temple has been the most profound healing experience of my life. This is the true definition of unconditional love and support.
My experience at the Temple of the Way of Light was beyond anything I can express in words, but I will try. The Temple is amazing, fantastic, life-changing, phenomenal, all-loving, non-judgmental, peaceful, humbling and friendly. The healers are the most hardworking and loving people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.
A unique journey through darkness, chaos and restlessness into light, calm, peace and acceptance to what is. Words seem limiting to describe this experience of invisible worlds revealing their existence. I am deeply grateful and feel blessed to have received such unconditional love.
The most positive caring, love filled place I have ever been.
The experience was transformational, enlightening and grounding. The healers were professional, sacred, gracious, playful and highly attentive. Being at the Temple was a transformational experience on so many levels.
My experience was amazing!! This has been a life changing experience. The whole process has taught me so much about myself.
The healers are without a doubt guides to wisdom, health and love. They were gentle and loving with boundless compassion.
I came to the Temple physically, spiritually and emotionally depleted. The entire experience at the Temple fed and nourished my body, heart and soul.
The Temple of the Way of Light is the real deal.
Words cannot express my gratitude. It changed the way I see the world, the way I see myself. My heart feels again what it had forgotten.
Coming to the Temple has been one of the greatest and most opening experiences of my life.
If you are looking for an adventure to add to your travels, or if you want to experiment with a different and exciting substance, do yourself a favor: DON´T COME HERE. However, if you are ready to go deeper into your own healing process and connect with something infinitely greater than yourself in an atmosphere of integrity, this might be your destination.
What sets the Temple apart from other ayahuasca retreats is the level of love and support. This place is truly amazing.
I love the work you are doing here and I am truly grateful for the way in which the Temple, the jungle, the staff and the plants are transforming the world of consciousness and awakening of mankind, one workshop at a time.
The experience at the Temple has been a profoundly life changing experience. Words cannot quantify how compassionate the Maestras, Maestros, staff and volunteers & everyone involved have been to support my spiritual & emotional growth here.
It’s difficult to say in a few words what these people and this place has done for me and what I realised I am able to do. You can’t be so loved and well cared and remain the same.
I could not imagine a better place to work with this powerful medicine.
Words cannot describe the shift in energy that’s taken place in my body since I’ve been here. Peace – finally!
The Temple is an incredibly powerful place. I have so much gratitude for everything I have been taught and for all the love I have been given.
After hearing about other places in South America to experience Ayahuasca, the Temple must be the best and safest for first timers.
I am so grateful to everyone at the Temple for such a profound and loving experience. I felt like I was coming home.
I feel so much gratitude I don’t know where to begin. To think places like this exist! I have had a life changing experience. I was so lost and depressed when I first came. I see things in a totally different light now! So many people would really benefit from coming here.
I have attended ceremony at two other locations and neither even began to compare with my experience here. Plant spirit medicine at its best. I highly recommend the Temple for a spiritual experience of a lifetime.
I don’ think I could have made a better choice. If one’s intention is true healing and feels called to the ayahuasca path, then I highly recommend the Temple
I came to the Temple with no idea of what to do with my life, a heavy heart and confusion in my soul. What occurred was nothing less than sublime. My heart has opened—I have remembered who I am—who we are. Peace has settled over my mind and soul.
From the very first moment I entered the retreat, I knew it was a special place. I can´t fault anything I have witnessed here—a magical and professionally run retreat.
We cannot praise enough the work and attitude of the entire staff, healers, facilitators and volunteers. We highly recommend the Temple for anyone considering ayahuasca healing for any purpose.
The Temple is such an eye opening, inspiring place. It is organized with great love and care.