Richard Emerson Urquia Rojas

Curandero
Richard’s Shipibo name is “Wasan Niwe,” which means “liberating the air / energy”

Richard is from the community of Paoyan, a 12-hour boat ride from the city of Pucallpa, in the Ucayali department of eastern Peru. Richard comes from a long lineage of healers – his brother, cousins, and both of his grandparents are all curanderos.

His first and main teacher was his grandfather who initiated him at a very young age; he drank ayahuasca for the first time at the tender age of 1. “From that moment”, Richard shares, “I thought, one day, I would also be a curandero. And now here I am! My medicine is born from my family.”

Richard chose to be a healer in order to help everybody in need. “I am a maestro because I want to heal people, clean them, free them, bring them into the light, and open their paths in life.” Richard’s favorite plant is the “Flying Tree,” Noya Rao.

Richard has hopes for the younger Shipibo generations. “The youngsters are looking good, more advanced, and better schooled. It’s a good thing that many chose to migrate to the cities, to go to university, or to learn a trade. But as the older generation passes away, we will also need strong youth to pick up the art and practices of their grandparents – the healers and curanderos. This is my aspiration for my tradition.”

Getting Here

The Temple of the Way of Light is located in the Amazon basin, in the Loreto region of Peru, a few hours journey by bus, boat, and hike from the city of Iquitos.
In order to come to the Temple you would need to fly into Iquitos International Airport in Iquitos, Peru. All flights to Iquitos are via Lima, Peru. We recommend booking your flights for one day before and after the start and end date of your retreat to first allow yourself time to acclimatize to the environment and then allow yourself ample travel time and time to reintegrate into the “mainstream” world once the retreat has ended.

**Please do not book flights or make any travel arrangements until your registration and medical information has been reviewed and you have been approved to attend a retreat.**

Each retreat group will be picked up on the first morning of the retreat at a designated pickup location in central Iquitos by one of our staff members and then travel to the Temple together from there. The group will be brought back into Iquitos after breakfast on the last morning of the retreat and will arrive in town by early afternoon (usually 2pm at the latest).

The price of a Temple retreat includes transportation from the group pickup place in Iquitos to the Temple on the first morning of the retreat and transportation back to Iquitos on the last morning of the retreat. The price does not include any flights, hotel costs, or transportation to the group pickup on the first morning
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  • 12 Days
    6 Ceremonies
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    $ 3,900

    Living in Alignment: Ayahuasca Healing Retreat

    The backbone of our work and regular retreat offering, providing an immersion in traditional Shipibo plant-spirit healing complemented with yoga classes, individual and group support, and powerful methods of self-inquiry.
  • 12 Days + 5 Days
    6 Ceremonies
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    $ 5,100

    Ayahuasca Healing Retreat + 5-Day Integration Retreat

    NEW OFFERING – a 12-Day ‘Living in Alignment’ Ayahuasca Healing Retreat with the opportunity to stay on at the Temple for a 5-day Integration Extension Retreat. Available in April, July, and October 2024.
  • 12 Days
    6 Ceremonies
    |
    $ 3,900

    Women’s Ayahuasca Healing Retreat

    For this retreat we will be working exclusively with female facilitators and female support staff. There is something very special that happens when a group of women come together to heal! To be held from April 16th to 27th, 2024 and November 26th to December 7th, 2024.
  • 12 Days
    6 Ceremonies
    |
    $ 3,900

    Queer Ayahuasca Retreat

    This special queer retreat will provide a safe, welcoming, and caring environment where participants can feel comfortable being who they are. Shipibo healing will be complemented with Compassionate Inquiry sessions. To be held from October 25th to November 5th, 2024.
  • 14 Days
    5 Ceremonies
    |
    $ 2,000

    Traditional Plant Dietas at Shipibo Rao

    We are honored to support Maestro Jose Lopez Sanchez and his healing center, Shipibo Rao. Maestro Jose runs 14-day dietas working in the Shipibo tradition.
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