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.

Testimonials

I will remember this place forever. The course has changed my perspective on life and I feel a connection to nature that is very deep and inspiring.

Radiah Jaffer

There is no price I can put on my experience at the Temple. It’s as if I have found a great treasure I have been looking for my entire life.

Stuart Townsend

The Temple of the Way of Light is the real deal.

Jeff Bustard

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.

Chris Scrivens

What sets the Temple apart from other ayahuasca retreats is the level of love and support. This place is truly amazing.

Scott Davies

It was a perfect choice for my first ayahuasca experience. Gentle, loving, supportive energy pervades the grounds at the Temple and all those involved in the place.

Kate Smith

I am so grateful to everyone at the Temple for such a profound and loving experience. I felt like I was coming home.

Darrin Mortenson

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.

C. Reynolds

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.

Vicki Penninger

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.

Daria Prysiaznisk

The healers are without a doubt guides to wisdom, health and love. They were gentle and loving with boundless compassion.

Imad Salloum

This has been the single most powerful experience of my life.

Jason Tackett

Beyond words!!!! The level of support and love from the maestras and maestos was tremendously glorious.

Tammy Foster-Dias

Words cannot describe the shift in energy that’s taken place in my body since I’ve been here. Peace – finally!

Dana Baggiani

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.

Demitri Kondogeorgis

This ayahuasca experience at the Temple has surpassed all my expectations. This is truly a healing center. I’m leaving here with hope, gratitude and a clear plan to how to make changes in my life when I return home. I am profoundly grateful.

Nancy Del Monaco

My six months at the Temple was easily the most profound experience of my life. The Temple provided a sacred, safe, supportive and nurturing space that enabled me to really deeply unfold, look at, understand and heal parts of myself that were previously inaccessible or too overwhelming to address.

Robyn Schoen

The most amazing experience of my life.

Kate Patten

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.

Matt Catley

After hearing about other places in South America to experience Ayahuasca, the Temple must be the best and safest for first timers.

Peter Thompson

The people here are truly magical! Every ceremony was completely transformational. I experienced the best and worst times of my life all showing me my reflection and the messages of my life. Like an old star, I exploded, went into super nova, and from that nebula a new star was born. I walked in a weak old man and left a young vibrant boy!

Sean Rush

Every aspect of the Temple has been considered as a support to the healing process. The Temple has succeeded in proving to be a very safe and supportive environment.

Frederick J. Osterhagen

This experience was life changing for me. I realize that this decision is really one of the most important I have made towards my own personal growth and development.

Nick (Niko) Kouris

I highly recommend the Temple to anyone seeking a life changing, transformative and ultimately healing spiritual experience. It has left me with a refreshed attitude, greater levels of compassion, deep personal insights, human relation insights and a level of wholeness that I don’t think I’ve ever felt.

Luke Williams

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.

Arlene Moore

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.

Bridget Ferguson

Journeying to the Temple has been the most profound healing experience of my life. This is the true definition of unconditional love and support.

Carley Dowell

In one ceremony I received an insight that no amount of therapy or any other modality that I know of, could have given me this. A 40 year old wound, healed in one night. Miracles are possible in this space.

Sid Robinson

My time and experiences at the Temple have been magical and deeply healing. I feel like I have shed so much and equally gained so much insight into my life. I am forever grateful for this blessing of an experience and I hope that I will make my way back here again and again.

Kristen Anderson

I could not imagine a better place to work with this powerful medicine.

Nick Boyd

The Temple of the Way of Light is a glimpse into our collective future. As a centre of holistic healing and harmonious community, it is both ancient and highly advanced.

Khari Allen Lee

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.

Nikki Kelber

The most positive caring, love filled place I have ever been.

Luke Szabo

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