9-Day Integration Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat – April 2017
Our Integration Intensive 9-Day Ayahuasca Retreat in April will be a highly unique offering, combining 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 our Integration Director, Dr. Tanya Maté, and the founder of the Temple, Matthew Watherston.
The groupwork 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.
Please note: Award winning human rights filmmaker Marc Silver will be returning to film and attend this retreat in April as part of a feature length documentary he is making about ayahuasca.
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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 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.
Matthew Watherston is the founder of the Temple of the Way of Light. Since 2007, he has immersed himself in learning about traditional medicine of the Amazon and recognizes its significant potential as a plant based and spirit assisted healthcare system that can successfully address many modern issues, especially psycho-emotional health conditions.
He has undergone a deep personal healing journey since first arriving in the Amazon 10 years ago, has been carrying out an ongoing apprenticeship throughout these years, and is deeply committed to ensuring that the ancient medical traditions of the Amazon are honored and respected. He will be sharing ways that he has discovered over his many years of medicine work that significantly support the movement of healing into transformation and self-awakening.
Matthew will bring a tremendous amount of knowledge, passion, and experience to this very special workshop and is excited to work alongside Tanya for the first time.
Documentary Film About Ayahuasca Healing
Award-winning human rights filmmaker Marc Silver will be returning to film and attend this retreat in April as part of a feature length documentary he is making about ayahuasca. We are delighted to announce that Marc will be filming our work with Shipibo healers and their use of ayahuasca. Marc is the first person we have allowed to film a full retreat, and we haven’t take this decision lightly. We understand our retreats are extremely personal and intimate experiences and are collaborating very closely with Marc to ensure that his filming does not inhibit your time with us.
You can view a teaser video of the work in progress here: httpss://vimeo.com/159526193
Over the last few years he has sought advice about ayahuasca from MAPS, ICEERS, and the Beckley Foundation, as well as filming with Brazilian neuro-scientists researching ayahuasca and its impact on depression. The debate regarding the safety, legality and use of ayahuasca needs to advance and we strongly believe that Marc’s film will both inspire and educate audiences and policy makers. Scenes filmed at The Temple will be incorporated into a longer film that will also cover issues concerning industrial development in the Amazon, indigenous rights, the loss of indigenous traditions and how Amazonian shamanism is increasingly being recognized as an ancient solution to psycho-spiritual disorders of the modern world.
It is with this in mind that we would like to be clear about our intentions to allow filming on this retreat. Marc will be discreetly filming during processing and some ceremonies, using a camera with night vision. We’ve had Marc film with us in this way before, and have found he is able to work in a way that does not affect the ceremony experience, either for guests or our healers. Marc and an assistant will also be carrying out general filming of the workshop and around the Temple grounds during the daytime. At all times he will respect your privacy, space, and overall healing experience.
In accepting to be part of this retreat you will be asked to sign a consent form giving your permission to be filmed, and therefore potentially having your story seen by audiences in the future. If you do not want to be interviewed, then please understand that you may still appear indirectly in the film in general wide shots of the group and filming around the Temple. If you do not want to appear in the film in any way, it would be better for you to please choose a different workshop date.
About Marc Silver
Marc works worldwide as a filmmaker, director of photography, and social impact strategist. He is Creative Director of The Filmmaker Fund and has directed films for The Guardian, The New York Times, Amnesty International, and UNHCR, and has collaborated with artists such as Gael Garcia Bernal, Nitin Sawhney, and Michael Nyman. His first feature length film, Who Is Dayani Cristal?, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 where it won the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary, followed by the Amnesty International Best Documentary award in 2014. His second film, 3½ Minutes, premiered at Sundance in 2015, winning the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact. He is currently in post-production of his new film, To End a War, documenting the peace process in Columbia.
- A high ratio of healers to guests – 5 healers per retreat.
- Group size limited to 24 people.
- 5 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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