Alignment Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat
Our Alignment Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat will bring together a synthesis of the ancient healing traditions of the Amazon with pioneering self-inquiry, deep processing, and alignment work.
At the end of your life, what do you want to say you lived for? This retreat is specifically designed to have you be who you came here to be, and give you tools so that you can go back into your life and continue to be that for the world.
This new format and revolutionary retreat combines ayahuasca ceremonies and the sophisticated healing work of our Shipibo Maestras and Maestros with an ontological inquiry (meaning inquiry into the nature of your being) that helps you to identify your Calling (or Mission) for your life. This process gives you unique and powerful tools for ayahuasca integration and shows you how to recreate and design your life so that it is aligned with your Calling and how to connect to the wisdom of your soul to guide, inform, and inspire every aspect of your life.
The 11-Day Alignment Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat is from September 27th to October 7th, 2019, by application only.
For this work, we will have Richard Condon, a “Maestro” of ontological inquiry with almost 40 years of experience leading daytime group conversations, together with Matthew Watherston, the founder of the Temple who has 12 years experience working within Amazonian healing, a team of 3 female and 2 male highly skilled Shipibo healers and 2 resident Temple facilitators. There will be 5 nighttime ayahuasca ceremonies and a variety of daytime healing activities. Richard will help you inquire into your life using pointed questions that help you discover the answers for yourself.
Richard’s Calling or Alignment work brings context to the healing work. This work is not easy. This retreat should only be considered by people who are 100% committed to participating in high-level processes, conversations and ceremonies that will challenge you, push you to uncomfortable places, and ultimately wake you up to who you are. We make no guarantees about what that will look like and we invite you to be willing to explore with us. You will be well-supported throughout the retreat and the ceremonies and daytimes processes will be guided by highly skilled experts.
Applications are open until June 30th and will be reviewed on an individual basis by Richard and Matthew. Final approvals will be confirmed by July 7th.
What are we healing for? What are we living for? We can discover this by getting in touch with a fundamental intention for our life, and then exploring what’s in the way of us living that all the time.
Where Does this Retreat Come From?
Richard Condon has been a mentor of Integration Director Tanya Kammonnen for the past two years; in fact, his work (together with his co-conspirator, Anurag) is one of the main reasons Tanya started working with us at the Temple. After years of study with Dr. Gabor Maté and his unique style of processing and inquiry in the context of ayahuasca retreats, she immediately recognized the potential of bringing these two bodies of work together.
Matthew Watherston, Temple owner and founder, met Richard in 2017 and attended one of his workshops in the USA, and was also highly impressed by the work. He invited Richard to the Temple in November 2017. Richard then experienced Shipibo shamanic healing for the first time, and throughout his stay with us, we were all deeply struck at how complementary his ontological methodology is in supporting ayahuasca healing and how it can significantly improve the overall process of integration.
The Shipibo approach to healing and Richard’s ontological and processing methodologies both focus on three core aspects:
- Clearing & cleaning the past
- Aligning our energies
- Opening to our path of service & our mission in the world
This retreat has emerged as a result of this collaboration and is a new and powerful syncretic approach to healing and transformation.
This approach to working with and integrating ayahuasca will enable you to learn about the importance of intention in life (not just in ceremony), to align with your Calling, to develop new life architecture to stay connected to the insights, visions, and breakthroughs that are often experienced during ayahuasca healing, and to guide you to create a new environment that is conducive to ongoing spiritual development after your retreat.
Richard Condon is a master of ontological inquiry, who after four decades of pioneering transformational work has developed a new access to living a powerful and fulfilling life – what he calls “living an aligned life.”
Fundamentally, at the core, this revolutionary process creates a context from which to live your life, recognizing that many of us feel instinctively that there is an underlying intention to why we are living. His work makes room for heart and soul, and is the best we’ve ever seen at the future piece of the puzzle.
At its simplest, it is discovering and creating the Fundamental Intention for our life, and then exploring what it takes to live truthfully and powerfully from the declared North Star of our lives. The fundamental principles that he works from are that we can invent, design and fulfill our own authentic and heart-based lives and subsequently then act, in thought speech and action, consistently and coherently with what our lives are about.
Richard’s work uses an ontological inquiry-based method which leads you to your Original Intent or Calling. In concert with Gabor’s work, his methodology is focused on empowering you to discover what is it in your life that is moving, meaningful, and inspiring. Calling work offers a powerful practice and set of tools whilst working with ayahuasca and fundamentally, in supporting integration of ayahuasca healing in your life. By connecting to your experience on retreat and committing to the Calling / Alignment practices, you can design your life to be of service to yourself and others.
Following his first visit to the Amazon and a life-changing shift in his perspectives after experiencing ayahuasca for the first time, Matthew founded the Temple in January 2007. Since then, he has worked passionately to manifest his vision to build a pioneering Amazonian healing center focused on responsibly facilitating indigenous healing for western guests and working in reciprocity with the people of the Amazon and their environment. Over the last 12 years he has developed the Temple to become a flagship model of a plant-medicine based, conscious healthcare business with a strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility in the Amazon and beyond.
Since 2007, Matthew has immersed himself in Traditional Amazonian Medicine and recognizes its significant potential as a healthcare system that can successfully address many modern issues. He has undergone a deep personal healing journey since arriving in the Amazon, has apprenticed with three traditional healers and is dedicated to ensuring that the ancient medical traditions of the Amazon are honored and respected.
He believes passionately in giving back to the people and the land and has founded two Peruvian non-profit organizations, Alianza Arkana (January 2011) and The Chaikuni Institute (January 2013), implementing outreach programs in environmental justice, human rights, permaculture/regenerative development, and intercultural education. His lifetime goal is for the Temple to become a university hospital taking part in the creation of a new paradigm in healing and consciousness.
Ontological Inquiry and Psycho-spiritual Processing
This work gives you a context for your life, and specifically, a context for working with ayahuasca. This work will be done with the whole group, and together we will inquire into what you are living for, and what’s in the way of you living that.
Cleaning & Clearing the Past: This is the processing piece. Our pasts, until they are properly cleared, are with us in the present. A lot of the work with ayahuasca, particularly in the Shipibo system, involves cleaning and clearing the residual impacts of things that happened to us in childhood. Where necessary, we will inquire into these memories and experiences so that you can reconnect with yourself.
The definition of trauma that we work from is that trauma is not what happened, but the disconnect from yourself that happened as a result of whatever incidents happened. Clearing out whatever is in the way will allow you to stay connected to yourself in day to day life, and the inquiry process will give you tools so that you can continue this work when you go home.
Aligning our Energies: This is the life piece. The healers work very hard to align our energies in ceremony, and if we don’t make changes in our life, this alignment will not last. Our conversations on living an aligned life will give you tools to design your life so that you can maintain this alignment, both at the energetic and practical levels.
Opening our Path: This is the calling piece. Where the healers work in the dark, in the ceremonies, aligning our energies at a very deep level, our daytime inquiry will help give you language and tools to connect to our path in life, or, who we really are. Being able to put this into language gives us a place to navigate from.
Shipibo Plant-Spirit Shamanism
We deeply honor and respect the indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon that have evolved over thousands of years and offer the most effective ayahuasca healing experiences possible. 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 Onanya have been carefully selected over many years to work on our healing retreats 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 focused on cleansing and purifying the energy field that surrounds us – or niwe in their language – which picks up toxic energies from the environment and the traumatic issues of our past. The Shipibo healers’ 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), plant and flower baths, intense perfumes, and powerful energetic work.
The incredible mastery of Shipibo healers brings practices that form a sophisticated system of sacred science – a natural, energetically focused, soul-based, and spirit-assisted healthcare system.
Coming to an ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon, the birthplace and source of the medicine, being blessed by the energies and plant spirits of the jungle, and guided by the indigenous wisdom keepers of the rainforest, is the most effective and most powerful way to work with ayahuasca.
Staying connected to the breakthroughs, insights, and revelations received while working with ayahuasca in the Amazon once we go home is a huge challenge. All of the daytime work we will be doing in this retreat will give you integration tools to re-design the architecture of your life and provide a pathway to create a life filled with inspiration, connection, and purpose after leaving the Temple.
Integration, or the process of bringing our experiences with the medicine into our lives, is critical after working with ayahuasca. If we consider ayahuasca ceremonies as the classroom, then integration is the homework – the work to get home.
After over a decade of facilitating ayahuasca healing for over 6,000 guests, we have discovered complementary modalities that serve to deepen the medicine experience, help to center one’s mind and move away from the story and pain of our past, awaken to inspired new perspectives and possibilities, and, most importantly, help bring back into our lives what we learn about ourselves when working with ayahuasca. While ceremonies themselves are profoundly healing, for most people, awakening is not a lasting experience, but something we need to work at to stay connected to. This is the process of integration.
- A high ratio of healers to guests – 5 healers per retreat
- Group size limited to 23 people
- 5 ayahuasca ceremonies over the 11 day retreat
- Intensive focus on alignment, processing, and integration by an experienced team of facilitators
- A cleansing steam bath on the first day of the retreat
- Jain Póiti (flower baths) for cleansing, purifying, and strengthening
- 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
- 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 and Spanish into English
- All workshops facilitated in English
- Porters to carry your luggage in and out of the Temple from the pickup location
- All transportation to and 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.)
|Alignment Intensive 11 Day Ayahuasca Retreat||US$ 3,300|
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.
|Final Installment||US$ 1,650 Due 6 weeks before the retreat starts|
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.
The Alignment Intensive Retreat is different from other retreats at the Temple and is very unique in its approach. The daytime work and group processing in this retreat can be intense and is designed to disrupt ways of being and thinking that hinder living an aligned life. Those who come to this retreat must be open to new possibilities, new ways of thinking and fully committed to participating in the daytime group sessions.
This retreat is by application only. We will be screening applications and will require you to have already made significant progress in developing a healthy ego and on your overall journey of self-development and spiritual awakening. It should only be considered if you are 100% committed to participating in conversations and ceremonies that will push you to uncomfortable places and being open to having unconscious views about yourself and others highlighted through this process. This is powerful and high-level transformational work that offers the opportunity to experience a deeper realization of who you truly are and what is the unique calling of your soul.
- Please click “Register Now” below and fill in the necessary information on the following pages in order to submit your application by June 30th. NOTE: All applications must be completed from a computer as we do not have mobile phone capability for our medical forms at this time.
- Once you have completed your application and your medical information has been reviewed by our team, we will email regarding your acceptance into the retreat between the receipt of your application and July 7th. We will be approving applications on a case by case basis. Please check your email regularly as we may be in touch with you if we have any questions.
If you have any questions for us, please contact us at [email protected].
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 the retreat.
|September 27 - October 7, 2019||Open||Register Now|