13-Day Integration Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat – March 27 – April 7
Our 13-day Integration Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat will combine the work of highly skilled Shipibo healers with in-depth group processing. This extra processing will serve to bridge the teachings of ayahuasca with a process lead facilitation to support deep shadow work, resolution of trauma, and unravel self-limiting patterns.
We say often at the Temple that integration is at least 50% of the work of healing with ayahuasca. The ceremonies and the healing you receive are important, but at least equally important is what you do with the medicine teachings once you go back into your life. Over the past year, we’ve initiated a special kind of retreat that incorporates group processing as a way to set the stage for powerful integration back in your life. Inspired by these special retreats, we’re excited to offer this special 13-day Integration Intensive Retreat, for the very first time. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a very deep and supportive style of daytime psycho-spiritual group work that has been designed specifically to complement the ayahuasca ceremonies, in a unique 13-day format and for a very special price. This workshop will include 4 ceremonies, with part of each day spent in group process. The group work will provide a framework for inquiry into the self, increasing understanding of the ceremony experiences and giving direction for continuing the work in day-to-day life.
These retreats will be facilitated by Deanna Rogers who has trained with Gabor Maté in his unique style of ayahuasca processing, supported by Allen Banick.
The group work will incorporate elements of trauma and addiction theory, Eastern spiritual teachings, somatic therapy, and various psychotherapeutic techniques to help to uncover behavioral patterns and ways of seeing and being that were conditioned by early life experience. The work is designed to help identify what’s in the way of your truest self-expression, and, with the help of the medicine, to support you as you make strides toward healing and wholeness.
It can be helpful to look at ayahuasca work in three distinct but interconnected phases: 1) preparation, 2) ceremony, and 3) integration.
These retreats are unique in that they offer this group processing, which is not a standard component of ayahuasca work, and serves as a kind of bridge between ceremony and integration, and between ceremony and the next ceremony. The processing itself provides extra support in the areas of preparation and integration, which will help you get the very most of of your ceremony experiences.
Ayahuasca provides an incredibly powerful access to the subconscious beliefs that drive these behavioral patterns. The skillful work of the Shipibo healers of the Temple will help direct the medicine exactly to where energetic blockages live, and you will have access to seeing yourself in ways that aren’t normally possible.
This process can be deeply joyous and transcendent, and it can also be frightening and disorienting. Like any workshop at the Temple, the goal of this workshop is to provide you the best possible support as you move deeply into these unconscious parts of yourself.
Going back into life after a retreat can be challenging. Integration is also greatly assisted by having a clear understanding of the teachings you’ve received in ceremony, how those experiences connect to early childhood, and, crucially, how they relate to your current life situation— since ayahuasca always meets you where you’re currently at and shows you what needs to be seen now. This is where the group process can be extremely helpful: not only do the facilitators help you to see your own experience more clearly, but witnessing each member of the group go through their own process greatly enhances your own awareness and understanding of your own human experience.
Some people compare one ayahuasca ceremony to 30 years of therapy. We can’t actually quantify the amount of work that gets done in that way, but you can imagine the challenge of doing up to 150 years’ worth of work in one retreat, and then coming back into your life that looks quite a lot like it did before you left. The processing at these workshops is designed to send you back into your life with tools to take on some of the challenges you will inevitably face.
This workshop is open to everyone, and is especially well-suited for previous Temple guests and those with ceremony experience who are looking to take their healing to a deeper level. The group processing bridges Western and shamanic modes of healing, and the group itself provides a beautiful container for this work.
What you can expect:
- Small group size. We can accommodate 24 people for this retreat, and we will split you into two groups for ceremonies, meaning there will be a maximum of 12 participants in each ceremony.
- Four ayahuasca ceremonies. Over the 12 nights of the retreat, you will participate in four ayahuasca ceremonies with two highly trained, professional Shipibo healers.
- Powerful group processing. During the daytimes, the whole group will join in a group process that will serve to deepen your understanding of your ceremony experiences, guide you through your healing process, and provide tools for going back into the world.
- Rest time. One of the beautiful things about the 13-Day Retreat is that you will have two full nights off to rest, relax, and integrate between ceremonies. There is also daytime rest time built into the schedule.
- Amazing yoga and meditation classes. In addition to healing ceremonies, there will be yoga and meditation classes offered most days.
- Daily flower baths and plant remedies. Like all of our retreats, you will receive daily flower baths and daily plant remedies, prepared by the healers from Amazonian herbs and prescribed specific to your needs.
This workshop is perfect for you if:
- You are new to ayahuasca and want a powerful framework in which to approach your own healing and integration
- You are experienced with ayahuasca and are looking for Western and psycho-spiritual tools to deepen your own relationship with the medicine
- You are able to identify self-destructive or self-limiting behavioral patterns in your life, but have so far been unable to transform them
- You have chronic health concerns and are willing to undergo deep and rigorous self-examination in order to heal
- You are interested in personal and spiritual development and want to grow in a way that is authentic and aligned
At the age of 13, Lila was the victim of a serious accident after a tree fell on her right leg and an excruciatingly painful, chronic infection set in that had her bed-ridden for over a year. She was then treated by her mother, the legendary Maestra Ynes, who started her on a dieta with an extremely powerful tree, catahua. The dieta succeeded in curing her leg, and was the gateway for her path as a curandera to open.
She has worked for many years with her mother, Maestra Ynes, and her siblings Maestra Laura and Maestro Jose, as well as other extremely well healers respected all over Peru and in Europe. She is a specialist in ‘warmé’ ikaros which focus on love and happiness. She works with an amazing amount of kindness and care, and is an absolute joy to have on the team.
Damian studied and taught as a teacher in schools in the Iparia district for a time before falling gravely ill from a dano sent by a jealous co-worker. His curandero uncle took him under his wing in another community, and along with his curandero grandfather worked together to heal him. It took four to five years of serious dietas to eventually heal his illness, during which time he learnt an incredible amount from the plants about his own healing process, and consequently, how to heal others.
He started to work as an ‘assistant’ curandero with his uncle and then with his grandfather, a very well regarded Shipibo healer, for many years. Damian is a powerhouse in ceremony yet soft and gentle during the day. He has a sincere calling to heal others and brings a pure heart and very much integrity to his work at the Temple. He is well loved by guests who attend his workshops with us and offers the perfect masculine balance to support Maestra Lila.
Deanna has been working with the Temple since 2014. She facilitates the Temple’s Deep Immersion Retreats as well as 12-day retreats, and is the manager of the Deep Immersion program. Deanna has over 7 years’ experience leading and running different forms of group processes.
She has various facilitation trainings including recently studying at the Process Work Institute in Portland, USA and with Gabor Maté. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the world of the Amazonian medicinal plants and has carried out many plant dietas in both the Shipibo tradition with healers from the Temple. She has also trained extensively within a tobacco tradition working with a mestizo healer from Iquitos.
Through her personal journey with ayahuasca and many other plant teachers, she has blossomed on many levels, and is able to create and hold a tight and safe container for guests to feel safe during their healing journeys. She has a gentle, calm, and direct approach grounded in years of experience, and is a key member of the Temple team.
Allen’s personal healing and transformation within the Shipibo tradition have guided him to devote himself to serving those who seek the deep healing that comes from this medical system.
Allen has trained with the Shipibo healers of the Temple for two years here at the Temple as well as dieting with a well known tabaquero (tobacco healer) in Iquitos learning directly from numerous master plants and trees. Allen initially came to the Amazon seeking solutions for long term depression, and after going through a deeply transformational process, he passed through his difficulties and was called into service to support others in their healing journey.
He is also a dedicated meditator and has carried out numerous Vipassana retreats. Allen is one of the core members of the Temple team with a gift to bring light humour at the perfect time, a huge heart, and deep compassion to his work as a Temple facilitator.
A portion of the income from our ayahuasca retreats funds critical projects on environmental justice, sustainable development and intercultural education run by our Peruvian NGO – The Chaikuni Institute – partnering with Indigenous People in the Amazon.
Terms and Advice
- We accept payments via credit card and PayPal. Credit card payments are made during the online booking process. If you select to pay via PayPal, we will issue you an invoice after your medical questionnaire has been approved. If you have made a credit card payment and later learn that you are not cleared to come for a workshop per your medical history, your payment will be fully refunded.
- Payments are only refundable provided we have a minimum of 8 weeks notice prior to the start of a workshop. Any refunds given will occur a $100USD cancellation fee. You may change your workshop reservation to another date at no cost or transfer your payment(s) to another participant, provided said participant has been approved to attend a workshop and that it is a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the start of the workshop.
- If original payment was made with a credit card, any refund will be credited back to the card originally charged. We are only able to refund via PayPal for other forms of payment.
- For cancellations within 8 weeks of the start of a workshop, payments will only be refunded, credited to a future date, or transferred to another participant if we can fill your place in the workshop. We will try our best to do so.
- We strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance for any cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. Squaremouth is an insurance service we can suggest that can cover not only retreat costs but the possibility to recover airfare costs too.
Availability and Booking
All registrations must be made from a computer as we do not have mobile capability for our medical forms at this time.
Once you have completed your booking and your medical information has been reviewed by our team, we will be in touch with you to confirm your booking.
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