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.
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.
I am so grateful to everyone at the Temple for such a profound and loving experience. I felt like I was coming home.
Blown away with the love, care and kindness. The Temple is a magical place.
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.
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 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.
There are no words to describe this life changing experience. Physical ailments are now non-existent. Mental and emotional anguish has been removed. So much has been altered in my life in only 12 days. I feel at peace. I feel ready to face the world and make it a better place.
By far this has been the most intense, hardest and most beautiful memorable time I have ever had.
After hearing about other places in South America to experience Ayahuasca, the Temple must be the best and safest for first timers.
I can’t say enough good about the Temple and the work of the Maestras/Maestros. We met with Rak Razam last year, saw his movie Aya Awakenings and signed up for the Temple. We thought that we knew what we’d be getting into. His movie, although very good, doesn’t begin to address the amazing healing that goes on at the Temple.
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.
Journeying to the Temple has been the most profound healing experience of my life. This is the true definition of unconditional love and support.
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.
The experience was simply powerful and beyond what I had anticipated or imagined. I immediately felt the love and support that is consistently present in this gorgeous setting.
I am in awe at the healing work that takes place here. It has truly brought faith and wonder back into my life as well as profound healing.
The Temple of the Way of Light is the real deal.
I couldn’t think of a better place to use the Medicine Ayahuasca. For those who are reserved about the idea of coming here please don’t be. The Temple of the Way of Light is a true healing center in the purest term.
This has been the single most powerful experience of my life.
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.
Beyond words!!!! The level of support and love from the maestras and maestos was tremendously glorious.
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.
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.
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.
My experience was amazing!! This has been a life changing experience. The whole process has taught me so much about myself.
Words cannot describe the shift in energy that’s taken place in my body since I’ve been here. Peace – finally!
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.
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.
I got more than I expected from the workshop. I experienced true healing from the Maestras and Maestros. I see them as very kind doctors/healers and the Temple as a hospital.
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.
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.
The healers are without a doubt guides to wisdom, health and love. They were gentle and loving with boundless compassion.
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.
I could not imagine a better place to work with this powerful medicine.