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.
It’s hard to put into words what the Temple has done for me. I decided to come here while battling depression and anxiety. A complete cleansing and transformation has occurred under the watch of powerful healers and a wonderfully supportive and loving staff. I can honestly say that this was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire 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.
The Temple of the Way of Light is an opportunity to completely change your life. The maestras/os are incredible with vast healing experience and knowledge, so loving, nurturing and truly invested in the wellbeing of all participants.
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.
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 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.
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.
I arrived at the Temple lost and felt like a big cloud was following me. Within days I started changing completely. I am a new man today. This work is equivalent to 10, 15, 20 years of meditation, just downloaded in a few weeks. So powerful.
I don’t think anybody could come here without having their life profoundly altered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming to the Temple has been one of the greatest and most opening experiences of my life.
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.
Journeying to the Temple has been the most profound healing experience of my life. This is the true definition of unconditional love and support.
I am so grateful to everyone at the Temple for such a profound and loving experience. I felt like I was coming home.
What sets the Temple apart from other ayahuasca retreats is the level of love and support. This place is truly amazing.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Temple of the Way of Light is the real deal.
Blown away with the love, care and kindness. The Temple is a magical place.
After hearing about other places in South America to experience Ayahuasca, the Temple must be the best and safest for first timers.
Beyond words!!!! The level of support and love from the maestras and maestos was tremendously glorious.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The name Temple of the Way of Light is highly appropriate. I think all in this group have definitely experienced “the Light”.
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.