Our 12 day ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats are developed in co-operation with our local Peruvian shaman so they remain as true as possible to the traditional use of ayahuasca and other plant medicines for healing and visionary journeys. The 12 day ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat is an effective process offering a safe, supportive environment for personal healing and spiritual transformation. The emphasis is on concentrated interaction with the plant medicines, balanced by informative activities and periods of relaxation and rest so you will be prepared for the next ceremony. Emphasis is on time in ceremony with the medicine plants, and we encourage discussion of your experience. We are available to answer any questions and help you understand and integrate what is learned from your journeys.
Additional cleansing processes are planned to help you get the most out of your time with the medicine plants. Most planned activities are intended to facilitate the healing process, being one form or other of traditional healing practice. All meals and lodging are included and you will stay in our new guest house overlooking the lake.
We recommend participants arrive in Iquitos the day before the program begins. This allows you to enter the healing journey well rested and relaxed. You will be picked up at 10 AM and brought to the Hummingbird Center. We will meet at Fitzcaraldo, a restaurant on the "Boulevard", a park fronting the river a block away from the Plaza de Armas that has a number of restaurants. Directions to the restaurant are at the bottom of our Reservations web page. You will arrive at the center with time to get your rooms assigned, relax a bit, then have lunch. We will have an orientation meeting in the moloca at 3 PM, followed by a plant bath to prepare for your first ayahuasca ceremony.
A complete description of the Daily Program is at the bottom of this page, but here are the highlights.
Highlights of our 12 day retreats:
- Five ayahuasca ceremonies
- One San Pedro (san pedro) ceremony
- Cleansing vapor bath with guided meditation.
- A series of medicinal plant baths to cleanse and strengthen your energy body
- Individual healings by the shaman during ayahuasca ceremonies
- Additional healings outside of ceremony if the shaman sees it is required
- Art supplies for painting and drawing to bring your visions to life using color and texture.
- Group circle meetings where you can share your experiences, gain new insights from them and ask questions of our shaman.
- Shamanic diet with delicious, wholesome and simple meals suitable for working with medicine plants.
- Guided jungle walk to view the plants in their natural environment and understand their healing purposes
- A mud bath to draw toxins out of your body
- Trip to the Manatee Rescue center, and up the river to an amazonian animal rescue center and a visit to the Bora tribe.
- Two talks on how the childhood programing of our subconscious mind determines our experience of life and how to change it.
On this program we encourage you to relax. Time alone to reflect and integrate your work with ayahuasca is an important part of the healing process. Journaling and the expression of your visions and creativity through art are also recommended and materials are provided for you. On the mornings following ayahuasca ceremonies circle meetings are held so you can discuss your experiences with others if you wish. Sometimes our shamans also attend these meetings and offer their own reflections and insights. Floral baths are normally held at noon on the days after ceremonies, though there will be some variability in this based on the shaman's recommendations. Freshly prepared, they use a special cocktail of jungle plants and flowers to cleanse, heal and purify body and soul and clear away any negative energies brought out for you during your ceremonies.
Afternoons are generally for relaxation and reflection with time for you to read, take gentle walks, swim in the lagoon, write in your journal, catch up on sleep, meditate or take it easy as you absorb the sights and sounds of the jungle around you. This is also a good time to speak with our staff about your experiences to gain a deeper understanding of what you have been shown and how you may integrate that into your lives. On days when there are ayahuasca ceremonies, these normally begin at 8pm.
Our experience shows that these retreats can be extremely helpful in leading people towards positive change in their lives. Participants tell us that they have been able to let go of fear, despair, insecurity, illness, anger, worry and doubt to return home filled with new hope and passion for life. We have seen some amazing changes brought about by ayahuasca including “miraculous” events and healings which medical science (and we) cannot fully explain. Please note this is not a retreat for people with serious or long term problems. Healing is a process that takes time, and the longer one has been sick the longer it typically takes to heal. If you have been suffering for depression for 10 or more years, you should not expect to be healed in 12 days. It will generally take a month. Miraculous healings DO happen, but they are an exception.
A 12 day retreat can also be the beginning of a longer relationship with ayahuasca and we often see people returning to Peru to continue their work with this medicine and deepen into healing and further understanding of themselves.
The Hummingbird Center is dedicated to keeping this magical healing tradition accessible for all who are looking for an effective alternative to western medicine. While maintaining focus on our mission of healing and providing the highest level of individual care and attention, we will always be one of the lower priced premier centers in Peru.
The majority of centers with high quality accommodations are charging $180 per day or more. Our rates are $135 per day. Based on client feedback who have been to a variety of other centers, we also have one of the most beautiful, comfortable and supportive centers around.
Our 12 day retreats are offered for $1600.
BOOKING YOUR PLACE
To book your place in a retreat please download the booking form found on our Make a Reservation page and follow the enclosed instructions. Instruction to the pickup location are at the bottom of that web page. Please also read our What to Bring and Medical Safety pages.
The following schedule is a general outline of the program offered. There may be some variation in the schedule based on the shaman's judgment, the energy level and desire of the group, and the weather.
|• Day 1||Pick up at 10 AM at the Fitzcaraldo restaurant on the Boulevard. Rooms assigned, followed by lunch. An orientation meeting at 2 PM followed by a plant bath and our first ayahuasca ceremony at 7 pm.|
|• Day 2||After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss your ayahuasca experience. The afternoon is spent relaxing with another plant bath at 3 pm and our 2nd ayahuasca ceremony at 7 PM.|
|• Day 3||After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights from the previous night's ceremony. The afternoon is spent relaxing and resting from the ceremonies. Most will be quite tired by this time.|
|• Day 4||3rd ayahuasca ceremony. A vapor bath with the plants ajo sacha and mucura will be held in the early afternoon to help clean your energy, remove blocks and prepare you to get the most out of the ceremony.|
|• Day 5||Circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights. The afternoon has free time to swim or relax before dinner.|
|• Day 6||San Pedro ceremony in the morning. The San Pedro effects last 10-12 hrs, so this takes most of the day. A fruit buffet will be available in the early afternoon, with a delicious soup for dinner.|
|• Day 7||Circle meeting to discuss San Pedro insights. Most are very tired after San Pedro and the day is spent relaxing and mostly sleeping.|
|• Day 8||4th ayahuasca ceremony. After lunch there will be a jungle walk to identify different plants. Rest time in the afternoon. Ceremony at night.|
|• Day 9||Circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights, followed by the 4th flower bath. In the afternoon you can rest, swim, read, write or paint. Dinner.|
|• Day 10||Trip on the Amazon river to visit a wild animal rescue center and the Bora tribe. We will have lunch at a local restaurant where you can enjoy one of the many delicious local dishes. You will pay for lunch yourself and meal prices range from 30 to 48 soles. Drinks and a 10% tip are extra.|
|• Day 11||5th ayahuasca ceremony. We will have a plant bath in the afternoon to prepare for the ceremony at night.|
|• Day 12||Transport back to Iquitos arriving around 11 am.|