9-Day Integration Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat – August 2017
Our Integration Intensive 9-Day Ayahuasca Retreat will combine the work of our Shipibo healers with in-depth group processing, that will serve to bridge the teachings of ayahuasca with a psycho-spiritual understanding of the Western mind. This retreat will be facilitated by Tanya Maté, Debbie Rivett, and Todd Roberts.
The group work will provide a framework for inquiry into the self, increasing your understanding of your ceremony experiences and giving you direction for continuing the work in your day-to-day life. While ceremonies themselves provide profound healing, integration — the process of bringing the medicine teachings into your life — is an equally important piece of the work, and one that is often too easily overlooked. The group processing will help to set the stage for powerful integration once you go back into your life.
The style of processing work led by Tanya Maté is largely based on the work of Dr. Gabor Maté, drawing on elements of trauma and addiction theory, Eastern spiritual teachings, somatic therapy, interpersonal and developmental neurobiology, and holding that inside a compassionate container.
The work is also largely guided by the teachings of the plants, and is designed to respect, honor, and be compatible with the Shipibo traditions and the work of the Maestros and Maestras, who skillfully guide the medicine where it needs to go, and perform high-level precision surgeries using their icaros and other tools, removing energetic blockages and freeing you from past traumas.
We aim to help you to uncover behavioral patterns and ways of seeing and being that were conditioned by early life experience, to bring you into your body, and to reconnect you with your spirit. We want to help you 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. 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.
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. This workshop is also an exciting skill-development opportunity for professionals looking to expand their ability to provide ayahuasca processing and integration support.
Ceremony – The Onanya, Ayahuasca and the Master Plants
We deeply honor and respect indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon that have evolved over thousands of years and offer the most effective ayahuasca healing experience. We work with some of the most respected, kind-hearted and powerful healers (Onanya) from the Shipibo tribe who are experts in ayahuasca healing and plant spirit shamanism of the Amazon.
Our team of healers has been carefully selected over many years to work at the Temple. They bring a rich cultural and medicinal legacy, time honored rituals, intricate practices, an expansive cosmology, an encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal plants of the Amazon and a far reaching ancestral lineage to the healing process.
In the Shipibo tradition, the healing process is very much focused on cleansing and purifying the energy field which surrounds us, niwe in their language, which can pick up toxic energies from our environment and traumatic issues of our past. Their encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal plants (rao) of the Amazon Rainforest allows them to heal a huge range of psycho-spiritual, emotional and sometimes physical conditions. They do this through ancient healing practices involving incredibly beautiful ikaros (songs of the plants), intense perfumes, individually prescribed plant remedies and powerful energetic work.
The Shipibo tradition is a system of plant spirit shamanism that facilitates healing from a vast number of different plant and tree spirits, who transmit healing energies through the ikaros sung by the healers in ceremonies. The Onanya see ayahuasca as a nexus to the plant spirit worlds, and is not the only plant spirit they work with. The key to the depth and efficacy of this ancient healing system is by calling in and working with a plethora of other plant spirits in each ceremony that work alongside ayahuasca to affect deep healing. Without bringing together a team of plant spirits, the healing work of ayahuasca alone would be more limited. To be clear, the only plant that you imbibe in ceremony is ayahuasca, although you will receive energetic healing from many different plants spirits in every ceremony.
We provide potent and visionary ayahuasca sourced from deep in the rainforest in the Shipibo territories. Our ayahuasca is made from ‘cielo’ (sky / heaven) ayahuasca and chacruna with no admixtures. The ceremonies led by our healers offer the highest levels of shamanic mastery available in the Peruvian Amazon combined with an exemplary track record in terms of safety, protection, care for and support of our guests.
It can be helpful to look at work with ayahuasca in three distinct but interconnected phases: 1) Preparation, 2) Ceremony, and 3) Integration. This retreat will provide extra support in the areas of Preparation and Integration, both of which will help you get the very most out of your ceremony experiences.
Preparation for an ayahuasca retreat includes work on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. In the weeks prior to coming to the Temple, you will be instructed to follow strict dietary guidelines that will allow the medicine to work in the deepest way possible. Meditation, mindfulness, and connecting with nature are strongly encouraged to help prepare the body and the mind for ceremony.
Another part of preparation is developing an intention to come into ceremony with. At this retreat, we will work with you before ceremony to help hone your intention; this can provide anchoring during the ceremony and can be helpful for interpreting the teachings afterward.
It is also highly recommended, especially for first-time drinkers, that a single one-hour preparation session be done by Skype. This can help alleviate anxieties about the medicine, answer questions, get clear about guidelines, and allow you to connect with your own reasons for coming to the Temple.
The processing in this retreat will take the group beyond a sharing circle and into a guided inquiry process, that will serve to deepen the level of healing that is possible. 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.
Integration begins the moment ceremony ends. In some ways, it is an intuitive process: much like a wound healing after a surgery, the mind and body naturally repair themselves and ‘digest’ the teachings of the medicine. You can assist this process by treating yourself with care and gentleness, and by continuing to incorporate mindfulness practices, time in nature, and other healthful behaviors into your life.
Going back into life after a retreat can be challenging. The processing at this workshop is designed to send you back into your life with tools to take on some of the challenges you will inevitably face. To maximize on your healing, we strongly recommend that you book follow-up integration sessions to help ease your transition into the new life you’ll be creating for yourself.
Tanya Maté, ND
Tanya is our Vancouver, Canada-based Integration Director. She has many years of experience with plant medicines in the Shipibo tradition, and combines a background in the biological sciences and medical training with a deep reverence for the world of plant spirits.
In bringing together traditional shamanic and Western worldviews, she helps people make sense of their own growth journeys in a way that is accessible, to-the-point, and playful. Her additional training in body-based trauma therapy allows her to hold space for anything that might arise for her clients along the way. She is in an ongoing apprenticeship with her father-in-law, Dr. Gabor Maté.
Debbie Rivett is the general manager and a workshop facilitator at the Temple of the Way of Light. After completing an donors degree with a double major in Psychology and Drama, Debbie worked in a number of fields, including education in HIV/AIDs and life-skills, investigative broadcast journalism, management of fundraising teams for international development organizations, international tour production for indigenous musical groups, and documentary-making. Her wide-ranging skill set serves her well in her work at the Temple, where she manages local, indigenous, and western staff; oversees scheduling, facilitator training, and staff relations; and is generally the glue that holds the Temple together. Passionate about healing and learning, Debbie has immersed herself in a journey with medicinal plants over the last 8 years, apprenticing through dietas in both the Shipibo tradition and a mestizo tabaquero tradition in the Amazon, and has also been initiated in the Bwiti tradition of Gabon working with iboga.
Todd was born and raised on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of western British Columbia, Canada. Upon completion of high school he became an avid seeker/traveller and later earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Guided by new and emerging interests in meditation, and shamanic and holistic healing practices, he embarked upon his journey with ayahuasca over 10 years ago in Canada.
Inspired greatly by the visionary states experienced with ayahuasca, Todd continued to further develop his knowledge and skills in the realm of visual art-making. It was during this time that he began to hear a “call of the heart” to be of service and to dedicate more time to others. He entered the field of public health and became a care provider to adults with developmental disabilities and special needs for over five years. Near the end of that period, a major transformational shift had begun to manifest in Todd’s life, and the call to work on a deeper level with ayahuasca in the Amazon became too strong to ignore. Todd joined the Temple team in mid-2013 as a Workshop Facilitator and Creative Art Teacher.
- A high ratio of healers to guests – 5 healers per retreat.
- Group size limited to 24 people.
- 4 ayahuasca ceremonies over the 9 day retreat.
- Intensive focus on processing and integration by an experienced team of facilitators.
- A cleansing steam bath on the first day of the retreat.
- Daily Jain Póiti (banos de florecimento) – cleansing, purifying and strengthening floral baths.
- Vomitivos (stomach cleansing) to rid the stomach of some toxins.
- All food and drink – a deliciously simple diet suitable for working with medicinal plants / ayahuasca.
- Explore the jungle and see medicinal plants in their natural environment.
- Individual consultations with the facilitators.
- Group meetings to share and process your experiences.
- Accommodation in comfortable tambos spread out throughout the Temple grounds (fully protected with mosquito netting, hammocks for relaxing, and compost toilets).
- Laundry service.
- Translation from Shipibo / Spanish to English.
- All workshops facilitated in English.
- Porters to carry your luggage in and out of the Temple from the boat.
- All transportation to / from the Temple.
What’s not Included:
- Airfares (International and National).
- Airport Transportation.
- Travel Insurance.
- Accommodation in Iquitos.
- Peruvian Visa costs for non EEC or USA nationals.
- Personal expenses (meals and drinks in Iquitos, etc).
Integration Intensive 9-Day Ayahuasca Retreat
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.
We would advise you please book well in advance. We cannot guarantee any booking without a deposit being received by us and are not liable for any flight costs that may have been incurred without confirming the workshop booking beforehand.
|Final Installment||$1,050 US – Due 6 weeks before retreat|
Paying your program cost in installments is for your convenience only. If you prefer, you may pay in full upon booking.
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.
- We offer you the option of paying a deposit of at least 50% of the program cost to confirm your reservation. You can also pay the full workshop cost when booking.
- Your balance must be paid in full at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the workshop to guarantee your reservation. If you made a deposit with a credit card, we will charge that card automatically for the outstanding balance 6 weeks prior to the start of the workshop.
- 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 USD 100.- administration 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
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