12 Days + 5 Days

Ayahuasca Healing Retreat + 5-Day Integration Retreat

Temple of the Way of Light
NEW OFFERING – 12-Day Ayahuasca Retreat followed by an extended stay at the Temple for a 5-day Integration Retreat.
Currently offered for 3 reteat dates:
March 31 - April 15, 2024
July 5 - 20, 2024
October 9 - 24, 2024

12-Day ‘Living in Alignment’ Ayahuasca Retreat

March 31 – April 11, 2024

July 5 – 16, 2024

October 9 – 20, 2024

 

An immersion in traditional Shipibo plant-spirit healing complemented with yoga classes, powerful methods of inquiry, and unique practices specifically designed to support you as you integrate your healing work, empowering you to take full responsibility for and agency over your life.

On every ayahuasca healing retreat at the Temple, we work with two female, two male Shipibo healers (Onanyabo) and one female Shipibo herbalist who provide the deepest levels of healing by combining a series of six ayahuasca ceremonies combined during the daytime with traditional Shipibo healing practices, including energetic healing massages, individualized plant remedies, plant medicine baths, and plant vapor baths.

The powerful work of the Onanyabo is supported by three highly trained facilitators who provide translation from Spanish to English, and hold individual and group processing sessions throughout the retreat, as well as an experienced yoga teacher offering Yin Yoga sessions before each ceremony.

Moving beyond an anthropocentric approach to healing, focused on individual and materialistic realms, whether physical or psychological, the Shipibo approach to healing is eco-centric, fundamentally carrying the intention to restore our conscious connection and energetic alignment with the natural world.

As much as our soils, forests, and oceans need diversity to thrive, natural healing systems that work within and honor the diversity of nature provide full-spectrum healing.

Coming to an ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon, the birthplace and source of the medicine, being supported by the energies, elements, forces, and spirits of the jungle, and guided by the indigenous wisdom keepers of these powerful ethnomedical traditions, is the most effective and deepest way to work with ayahuasca.

 

5-Day Integration Extension Retreat

April 11 – 15, 2024

July 16 – 20, 2024

October 20 – 24, 2024

Our Integration Extension Retreat comes from what we have learned about the most effective ways to integrate deep shamanic / ayahuasca healing since 2007. This is a new offering to support you even further on your journey of healing and self-discovery.

This special integration extension will add to and significantly support the shamanic healing that you will receive on the 12-day ayahuasca retreat. We will focus on your sense of empowerment and autonomy, sharing tools and practices that will enable you to author a life that is fully self-expressed, free of the stories of the past, and inspired by your soul.

We know well how challenging the integration process can be. We are deeply committed to supporting you in every way that we can and through the challenges that can arise following the deep healing that we provide on retreats.

On this special integration extension, we will address the very specific challenges and opportunities that are most often presented during the acute phase of the integration process. What we often call ‘post-op’!

In the Heart of the Amazon Rainforest, the Source of Ayahuasca

Covering a total of nearly 300 hectares, the Temple is located in an extraordinarily beautiful setting that has been cared for for over 13 years, with thousands of medicinal plants and trees and ayahuasca vines growing throughout the grounds, native flowers and ornamentals, permaculture projects, demonstration agroforestry plots, food production, fish farms, environmentally friendly bio-digester waste systems, and rainwater harvest water systems.

Guest accommodation is in private, individual en-suite bungalows (tambos) spread over three hectares of our grounds near the maloka (ceremony house), each with a sink and flushing toilet, high-quality bed mattress, bed linens and towels, a hammock, a comfortable rattan chair, and mosquito netting. Our food is lovingly prepared by a team of three cooks, using as much of our own organic fruits, vegetables, and local produce as possible.

Through our commitment to create the optimal conditions and orientation to work with ayahuasca and passionate dedication to providing a genuinely caring, highly professional, and exceptionally supportive setting, the Temple has become known as the gold-standard ayahuasca healing center in the Amazon.

Providing a safe, sacred space for our guests to heal and transform is our priority. Awakening is our mission.

Honoring Shipibo Healing Traditions

We deeply respect the indigenous healing traditions of the Shipibo People which have evolved over hundreds, possibly thousands of years. Their far-reaching ancestral lineages carry an expansive cosmology, an encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal plants (rao, in Shipibo) and a rich, ethnomedical legacy that includes and deeply understands the non-physical dimensions of being and the energetic architecture of the mind, body, and soul.

We work with some of the most respected, kind-hearted, and powerful healers from the Shipibo tribe who are highly skilled in ayahuasca healing and plant-spirit curanderismo (shamanism) of the Amazon, and who have been carefully selected over many years to work at the Temple.

The Onanyabo are able to heal a huge range of psycho-spiritual, emotional, and physical conditions. Their healing process is focused on cleansing and purifying the energetic field that surrounds us. They identify the source of turmoil, disorder, and disease as stemming from heavy energies (mahua niwe) that are trapped due to personal and ancestral traumas (rate) or toxic energies picked up in our environments.

Working beyond a Newtonian understanding of reality, it could be said that their healing work is sourced from the quantum realms – a regenerative, energetically focused, soul-based, and highly sophisticated, spirit-assisted healthcare system.

We provide potent and visionary ayahuasca sourced from deep in the rainforest of the Shipibo territories made from cielo (sky/heaven) ayahuasca and chacruna, with no admixtures. The ceremonies led by our healers combined with our exemplary track record of safety, protection, care for, and support of our guests offers the highest level of healing and mastery available in the Peruvian Amazon.

Scientifically Validated Healing Outcomes

Between 2015 and 2019, a prospective, observational, non-controlled study took place at the Temple, conducted by ICEERS and the Beckley Foundation.

The study is unprecedented and the results demonstrate that ayahuasca healing at the Temple provides highly significant improvements in long term well-being and quality of life, as well as in anxiety, depression, grief, and PTSD.

One of the most significant aspects of this landmark study is that it shows that Shipibo ayahuasca healing provides long-lasting healing benefits, with sustained improvements in health and well-being still measured one year after a retreat at the Temple.

As they continue to publish the results of the research in scientific journals, the study proves to represent a giant step forward towards the recognition of Shipibo traditional healing practices as a therapeutic treatment in the greater field of health and healing. Learn more about the research and findings here.

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Video Reviews

“For those called to work with the plant, this is the place to do it, right at the source. No secondary reflection of it elsewhere can possibly match the authentic nature of the experience offered here at the Temple.”

“After coming to the Peruvian Amazon for close to thirty years, I have never really seen a project or center quite like this!”

Bruce Parry, award winning documentarian, filmmaker, and indigenous rights activist, talks about his experience at the Temple of the Way of Light after attending a 12-Day Ayahuasca Retreat in April, 2014.

Medicine hunter, author and educator Chris Kilham talks about his experience at the Temple of the Way of Light after visiting us in July 2014 and his perspectives on traditional healthcare and issues in conventional western healthcare.

“I came to the Temple a scientific materialist. I realised here that consciousness and spirit have always existed. It’s hard to put into words the profound change I have experienced.”

Amélie discusses her experience at the Temple focusing on healing self-hatred on one of our 12 day ayahuasca and plant spirit healing retreats.

Dr Dan Engle, Integrative Psychiatrist, shares a review of his experience at the Temple of the Way of Light. In this short interview, he shares his reflections on the work of the Temple – the healers, the facilitators, the set and setting, and his perspectives on the importance of respecting traditional healing practices of the Amazon when working with ayahuasca.

Integration Retreat

This special program has been a dream of ours for several years and we are now excited to be able to offer this to guests who are planning to attend this particular ayahuasca healing retreat.

This will be an all-encompassing experience where you will learn how to navigate the integration process with more tools, more clarity, and more support, all intended to help you create a new paradigm of your life filled with ease, presence, joy, growth, and inner and outer connection.

After the March 31st to April 11th ‘Living in Alignment’ 12-day Ayahuasca Retreat, our Integration Extension Retreat offers you the opportunity to stay at the Temple for an additional 5 days, in a separate center from our main retreat center, yet still surrounded by the animals, plants, trees, rhythms and energies of the jungle.

The 5-day integration extension offers the ideal scenario to experience the acute phase of your integration process whilst still feeling nourished, nurtured and cradled by the energies and rhythms of the Amazon and the Temple team before you return home.

What is the most important aspect of any transformational healing experience, like working with ayahuasca?

For most people, we have found that the following points are really the essence of integration and transformation:

  • The ability to embody what you have learned about yourself (whilst working with ayahuasca) and how to incorporate and fully commit to new ways of being after you go back into the world and return to your “normal” life.
  • To consistently experience the simplicity and ease of an unburdened and unencumbered self and life, without being constantly plagued by judgement (of self and others), inner struggles, doubts, and fears.
  • To feel supported, safe, seen, and to continue this work as part of a loving community (that will inevitably become a group of close friends for long after your time in the Amazon).

Comprehensive Integration Program

During the Integration Extension Retreat, you will:

  • Experience daily yoga, breathwork and meditation classes – to support you with new tools and together create a simple set of daily practices that will inspire you to continue to embrace your integration process when you are back home. Integration can continue for up to a year after a retreat at the Temple!

  • Learn from a Shipibo healer how to prepare your own medical plant bath and also receive other special treatments from the Shipibo Maestros – in essence, we can say that ayahuasca is about cleaning and clearing not just the physical body, but fundamentally all that exists on an energetic and mental level; blocked, heavy energies, negative thought patterns, limited self-beliefs, and traumas.However, these shadow elements, old energies and negative patterns often continue to be dislodged, released and come to the surface for 1 to 2 weeks post-retreat. Continuing the process of cleaning your energetic field with plant baths is one way to maintain the work done by the Shipibo healers. It is a very important practice in this tradition!

  • Collaborate with the Permaculture team from the Chaikuni Institute – get your hands dirty, give back to the (spirit of the) land, and support us and leave a piece of your energy at the Temple through planting medicinal plants including ayahuasca. Working with your hands (when for many people, day-to-day life is often limited to working on a computer, in an office, surrounded by concrete and tarmac, immersed in a virtual, artificial and technological environment) can be a powerful way to still the mind and to generate positive energy that you then offer to gentle, spiritual action; reciprocating to the local environment, and cultivating the teachings, insights, and revelations in an embodied way.

  • Experience Art and Movement as medicine – explore different ways to express yourself and feel more deeply into what is arising within as the shamanic healing begins to settle, leaning into and developing more profound levels of trust in the plants, in yourself, and in Source. Surrendering further to the process, patiently allowing whatever it is that is emerging, and having the space to truly listen deeply and hear what comes up can be challenging in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

  • Engage with Offerings and Gratitude Rituals – giving back to the spirits of nature and the Earth herself. We can often default to focusing on what we are getting, what we think we need, what we think we want, as opposed to Being in a state of acceptance and flow. Yet the more we focus on getting and doing, the more we reinforce a sense of lack, or not having enough. We will use the practice of offering, orienting to ‘what I can give’ instead of ‘what I can get’ as a powerful way to understand and appreciate our interconnectedness with everything and everyone and learn how to dissolve our limited and separate sense of self.

  • Experience Sharing Circles – focused on exploring ways to integrate your experience with ayahuasca and the powerful shamanic healing work of the Shipibo. We support you with how to get clear about ‘what’ you are integrating, what themes you are working with, and what may be in the way still. What is self-love and how can we cultivate it? How can we forgive ourselves and others, letting go of the stories and pain of the past? How do we create a consistent sense of presence? 
    We will explore these themes, share new tools and practices, and support you in pro-deepening ways you may already have to focus on your integration process. We are also aware of how much we can learn from other people’s experiences, and the sharing circles offer the opportunity for everyone to share and support each other as a small community.

  • Individual Support from a Shipiba Maestra – you will have more time to spend one one-on-one with one of our women healers, who will be available each day of the integration extension to respond to questions and support you.
  • Facilitated by Juliana Bizare who leads the Temple’s Integration Program.

The Journey Back to Wholeness

The Temple’s ayahuasca healing retreats are the beginning of a much longer process of healing and self-exploration. Our retreats offer a significant intervention to address chronic emotional pain and psycho-spiritual issues that accumulate in modern life, and a profound catalyst that accelerates our overall journey back to wholeness.

Our ayahuasca healing retreats affect substantial and lasting change for most who attend our programs. Healing with ayahuasca works in cycles. For most, one workshop will bring their lives back into significant alignment to continue a path of healing, expansion, and self-discovery without further treatment being necessary. We also see some guests returning to continue their healing work with the plants and with ayahuasca after their first retreat.

We advise, in most cases, that it is important not to return for another program before having spent at least six months to one year after a retreat focused on integration, to allow time for the work with the medicine to continue to expand and unfold.

It is important to know that ayahuasca is not a panacea. We can never offer any guarantees regarding healing. The key to successful healing in most cases is the combination of a quality ayahuasca brew, highly skilled, and well-intentioned healers acting as conduits to a large team of plant spirits, experienced and caring facilitators, and a safe and compassionate environment.

Of equal importance is your own approach to healing – coming with clear intentions, a strong commitment to your process, and the courage to face your shadow will deepen your healing and transformation.

We create the conditions for nature to heal itself – us!

Focus on Integration

The healing you will receive will cleanse dense energies that have accumulated in your system as well as bring up many aspects of your past that have been buried in your subconscious. It is important to understand that this process not only takes place during the ceremonies but also normally for days, weeks, and months after a retreat.

The sophisticated healing practices of the Shipibo Onanya initiate a long-term healing journey that supports overall liberation from the hypnosis of conditioning – shining a light onto your shadow and helping you to become aware of your patterns, intimate with your fears, and consciously parent yourself back to wholeness.

Ayahuasca and the plant spirits will continue to work with you after you leave the Temple, and the more self-reflection, courage, responsibility, and awareness you bring to your process during this crucial phase, the more benefits you will gain.

Ayahuasca helps dissolve the illusory self and increases awareness of self-constructed boundaries, highlighting and helping release fear-filled and self-limiting beliefs. This is the slow path towards freedom from fear, resulting in increasingly feeling lighter, and more vital, compassionate, and in touch with yourself and the world around you.

Through regular group sharing and guidance throughout the workshop, we will support you with your overall integration process, which is as important as the treatment you receive during the retreat.

What's Included & Cost

Cost of Living in Alignment Ayahuasca Retreat

Retreat: USD $3,900
Integration Extension Retreat: USD $1,200

A portion of the income from our ayahuasca retreats funds projects on environmental justice, sustainable development, and intercultural education run by our Peruvian NGO, The Chaikuni Institute, partnering with Indigenous people in the Amazon.

Payment Terms

Upon Application: Your card will be charged $1 when you submit your application. If we cannot approve your application for any reason, your card will be refunded the $1.

Upon Application Approval: If your application is approved, your card will be charged for the remainder of the 50% deposit (unless retreat starts within 6 weeks, your card will be charged for the full amount).

6 weeks Prior to Retreat Start: Your final payment is due and will be automatically charged to your credit card, unless you make the payment before then.

What’s Included

  • 6 ayahuasca ceremonies over the 12 days
  • A high ratio of healers to guests – 4 healers per retreat
  • Regular group integration sessions and practices to support greater alignment
  • Group size limited to 23 people
  • A skilled team of facilitators to guide you with processing and integrating your experiences
  • A cleansing steam bath on the first day of the retreat
  • Jain póiti (flower baths) for cleansing, purifying, and strengthening
  • Energetic healing massages (where necessary, as part of your healing process)
  • Deliciously simple meals suitable for working with medicinal plants
  • A jungle walk to see medicinal plants in their natural environment
  • Individual consultations with the healers and your facilitators
  • Plant remedies individually prescribed by the healers
  • Private and individual accommodation in simple bungalows
  • Laundry service
  • Translation from Shipibo / Spanish to English
  • All workshops facilitated in English
  • Porters to carry your luggage to and from the pickup location and the Temple
  • All transportation to and from the Temple from the pickup location in Iquitos

What’s NOT Included

  • Airfare (international and national)
  • Airport transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Iquitos before/after retreat
  • Peruvian Visa costs for non EEC or USA nationals
  • Personal expenses (such as meals and drinks in Iquitos, etc.)

Important Terms and Advice

  • Once your registration is approved, your credit card will be charged for the 50% deposit payment or full payment if the retreat starts within 6 weeks.
  • Your balance must be paid in full at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the program to guarantee your space. Your credit card will be charged automatically for any outstanding balance 6 weeks prior to the start of the program.
  • If you cancel more than 8 weeks prior to the start of a program: you may transfer to a different program or transfer your payment to personal credit to be used for a future program in the next 2 years, or you may receive a refund less $250 cancellation/admin fee.
  • If you cancel within 8 weeks of the start of a program, you may only transfer to a different program or transfer your payment to personal credit to be used for a future program in the next 2 years or receive a refund less $250 cancellation/admin fee, if we can fill your place in the program you are cancelling from. We almost always have waiting lists and will try our best to do so, however it may be difficult to find someone to replace your space if it is close to the start of the program.
  • In the unlikely event that we are forced to cancel any programs for any reason due to circumstances beyond our control (the only time this has happened in 17 years of operation was in 2020 due to the pandemic and border closures in Peru), all registration payments will be transferred to personal credit to be used for a future program at a later date within 2 years of whenever the Temple would be able to reopen. Refunds may not be possible in this circumstance.
  • We strongly recommend all guests purchase flight and travel insurance to cover all contingencies and non-refundable payments and expenses.
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Schedule

Schedule

Here is the schedule for a Living in Alignment 12-day Ayahuasca healing retreat + 5-day Integration Extension. Six Ayahuasca ceremonies are complemented throughout the retreat with a wide variety of daily healing practices, yoga classes, as well as group meetings, and one-on-one sessions. The 5-day Integration Extension includes a variety of integrative practices to support you to fully embody the healing you received in your retreat.

  • Day 1

    Collection at Iquitos Meeting Point
     Arrive at the Temple, Tambo Assignments
     Plant Baths
     Lunch
     Orientation Meeting
     Dinner

  • Day 2

    Vapor Baths
     Breakfast
    Group Meeting (Meet Healers, Ayahuasca/Ceremony Discussion)
     Lunch
     Group Consultation
     Plant Baths
    Pre-Ceremony Yoga/Meditation
    1st Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • Day 3

    Silence/Introspection until 10:00am
    Vapor Baths
     Breakfast
     Private Consultations with Healers and Facilitators
     Lunch
    Private Consultations with Healers and Facilitators
     Yoga [Gentle Flow]
     Dinner

  • Day 4

    Vapor Baths
    Breakfast
    Time for Relaxation & Introspection
    Lunch
    Group Meeting in Maloka (about Plant Remedies, Intentions)
    Plant Remedies
    Plant Baths
    Pre-Ceremony Yoga/Meditation
    2nd Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • Day 5

    Silence/Introspection + Optional Fasting until 12:00pm
    Plant Remedies/Massages
     Breakfast
    Quiet Time in Tambos/Rest/Introspection
     Lunch
    Rest/Relax/Introspection
    Plant Baths
    Pre-Ceremony Yoga/Meditation
    3rd Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • Day 6

    Silence/Introspection + Optional Fasting until 12:00pm
    Plant Remedies
     Breakfast
    Quiet Time in Tambos/Rest/Introspection
     Lunch
    Group Meeting/Sharing Circle
     Dinner

  • Day 7

    Plant Remedies/Massages
     Breakfast
    Plant/Jungle Walk With Healers
     Lunch
    Group Session
    Floral Baths
    Pre-Ceremony Yoga/Meditation
    4th Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • Day 8

    Silence/Introspection + Optional Fasting until 12:00pm
    Plant Remedies
     Breakfast
    Quiet Time in Tambos/Rest/Introspection
     Lunch
    Rest/Relax/Introspection + Optional Group Session
    Floral Baths
    Pre-Ceremony Yoga/Meditation
    5th Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • Day 9

    Silence/Introspection + Optional Fasting until 12:00pm
    Plant Remedies/Massages
     Breakfast
    Quiet Time in Tambos/Rest/Introspection
     Lunch
    Group Meeting/Sharing Circle/Processing
     Dinner

  • Day 10

    Plant Remedies
     Breakfast
    Group Meeting w/ Healers
     Lunch
    Rest/Relax/Introspection
    Floral Baths
    Rest/Relax/Introspection
    6th/Final Ayahuasca Ceremony

  • Day 11

    Shipibo Market (until 10:45a)
     Breakfast
    Permaculture/Chaikuni Walk
     Lunch
    Group Photos w/ Healers
    Closing Meeting/Discussion
    Visit to the Local Village
    Farewell Dinner w/ Healers

  • Day 12

    Luggage to Maloka
     Breakfast
    Leave for Iquitos
    Arrive in Iquitos

  • Integration Day 1

    Short introduction of facilitators and Art as Medicine (Oracle)
    Lunch
    Orientation to the Retreat (15 minutes) and Integration Circle 1
    Dinner
    Gentle Yoga and Meditation (1 hour practice)

  • Integration Day 2

    Meeting Maestra to prepare Flower Bath
     Breakfast
    Hands on Earth (planting Ayahuasca) – As a ritual
    Movement as Medicine and journaling
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Yoga of the Voice – releasing the voice, playing, letting go of shame

  • Integration Day 3

    Yoga and Breathwork
     Breakfast
    Integration Circle 2 (Qualities of our Essence)
    Lunch
    Q & A with Maestra and Facilitator
    Dinner
    Play night or Meditation Circle

  • Integration Day 4

    Hike to Lupuna tree and offerings
     Breakfast
    Hands on Earth or Yoga Practice
    Lunch
    Integration Circle 3 (DYAD Practice)
    Dinner
    Final Sharing Circle

  • Integration Day 5

    Yoga & Meditation
     Breakfast
    Leave for Iquitos
    Arrive in Iquitos

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  • 12 Days
    6 Ceremonies
    |
    $ 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
    |
    $ 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
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    $ 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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