Where our regular 9 and 12-Day workshops are held, as well as other specialized retreats. Our ayahuasca retreats are developed in close co-operation with the Shipibo healers themselves, as far as possible in accordance with their traditional use of the medicinal plants of the Amazon.
At the heart of this center is the maloka, a large round building in traditional design. It is constructed with local wood, has a tall, conical roof covered with native leaf, and is screened with mosquito netting. The maloka is used for ceremonies, meetings, yoga and meditation classes, and as a quiet space for guests to relax in hammocks. There are mattresses and back-support chairs available in the maloka space for ceremonies and resting.
Toilets and Showers
Located next to the maloka are three bathrooms, each with a compost toilet and a shower. Spring water is routed to the showers and sinks through the combined use of gravity and a solar-powered pump. The toilets are always staffed during ceremonies and are cleaned throughout the day and during every ceremony until the ceremony has ended. There are also two additional showers and a laundry area located across a bridge next to the maloka. All grey waste from the showers runs through a natural wastewater treatment system ending in a large banana circle.
Floral Bath Area
Adjacent to the maloka is a covered area where the maestras prepare and offer flower baths to guests each day. The flower-bath water spills over the tiled floor and runs back to the jungle and river below.
Tambos (Sleeping Huts)
Guest accommodation consists of 24 tambos (traditional jungle sleeping huts) spread across the grounds. Our tambos are built from local wood and screened with mosquito netting. They offer simple but comfortable accommodation for guests and a space where you are able to connect in peace and solitude to the surrounding nature.
Tambos are single or double occupancy subject to group size and any specific requests. Each tambo has one or two beds with bedding, mosquito nets over the beds, wooden shelving, a desk, a kerosene lamp, a chair or hammock, a sink, and a compost toilet. We have no electricity throughout our buildings (except in the kitchen for cooking) and we intend to keep it this way – natural, rustic and pure.
The dining room is a large traditional building made from local woods with a native leaf roof and screened with mosquito netting. We can seat up to 40 people and all guests and workshop staff eat together. The dining room is also a communal space for guests and occasional meetings. In the corner of the dining room there is a growing library of interesting books donated by previous guests available for use during your stay at the Temple. There is also a balcony to the northern side of the room that looks out over one of the streams that feeds the reservoir next to the maloka.
The kitchen is attached to the dining room, and is used solely by four cooks to prepare meals for guests and staff. Meals are served daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner (except on ceremony nights).
This is where the Shipibo healers reside while they are living and working at the Temple. It consists of sleeping quarters, a large porch, a kitchen, an area for preparing medicinal plant remedies, and a medicinal plant garden. The porch is where treatments, massages and medicines are administered by the maestras daily throughout the workshop. Vomitivos and steam baths also take place in front of the maestras’ casa at the beginning of the workshop.
Almacén (storage building)
The almacén is the Temple’s equipment and supply storage facility, used solely by the Temple staff. It is situated adjacent to the maloka.
We have built a pond next to the maloka that is fed by three springs with clean water. It is constantly flowing and safe to swim in. However, we suggest that guests prone to ear infections do not to submerge their heads.
Over the years, we have identified the need for a small general store at the Temple. Next to the pond, our small, bar-style kiosk offers fresh coconuts, mapacho (sacred jungle tobacco used in ceremony), AA and AAA batteries, lighters, organic soaps, personal hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more essentials to come in the near future.