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.
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.
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.
My experience at the Temple went above and beyond anything I could have ever dreamt up. The magic of the shamans is truly of another world and dimension. And the energy of the staff is as beautiful as the jungle. I cannot wait to return to their heavenly realm.
The Temple is such an eye opening, inspiring place. It is organized with great love and care.
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 stay at the Temple was beyond my expectations! I will never forget these days in all my life. I got what I came for and a lot more!
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.
The world needs the Temple of the Way of Light. Its mission, vision and ethos as well as the profound transformative work that takes place here, is a beacon of hope and love.
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 healers are absolutely amazing. I believe that this work is exactly what is needed for planetary healing and I am so grateful to the Shipibo people and their dedication to this work as well as the staff.
The healers are the biggest inspiration I have ever seen, experienced or heard of in healing. Such dedication and pureness of power. I feel speechless about their work in a most profound way.
WOW! What can I say! I wish more people would get the chance to experience what I have over this past workshop. It completely exceeded all my expectations in every possible way and I can’t begin to describe how eternally grateful I am for this experience of a lifetime.
I don’t think anybody could come here without having their life profoundly altered.
I could not imagine a better place to work with this powerful medicine.
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.
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!
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.
The Temple of the Way of Light is the real deal.
After hearing about other places in South America to experience Ayahuasca, the Temple must be the best and safest for first timers.
Coming to the Temple has been one of the greatest and most opening experiences of my life.
What sets the Temple apart from other ayahuasca retreats is the level of love and support. This place is truly amazing.
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.
Waiting across the bridge were three wonderful little ladies dressed in bright coloured shirts and skirts that had patterns that look ancient. Their smiles and warm hugs were the beginning of a time I will never forget.
This has been the single most powerful experience of my life.
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.
Words cannot describe the shift in energy that’s taken place in my body since I’ve been here. Peace – finally!
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.
The most positive caring, love filled place I have ever been.
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.
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.
Blown away with the love, care and kindness. The Temple is a magical place.
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.
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.