Ayahausca retreats at the Hummingbird Center allow one to experience the deep healing and teachings available from the wonderful medicine plants of Peru. Both ayahuasca and San Pedro get at the roots or our problems, clearing energies, beliefs and thought patterns that keep us limited in our daily lives. The rich teachings of the plants may open us to our true self and nature and initiate or enrich a journey of self discovery and transformation.
Ayahuasca ceremonies at the center follow traditional practices and are led by maestro Manain who has over 40 years of experience working with the medicine. Our helpers and facilitator ensure you are well cared for during and after ceremony. We put an emphasis on safety and support so you can relax into the ceremony trusting the medicine and knowing all will be well.
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.
Our 7 and 9 day retreats are intended for those looking to clear blocks in their lives, know themselves better, be free from moderate anxiety or depression or just looking to understand what ayahausca is about. These shorter retreats are not intended for those with more serious or long term problems as it is unlikely they could be healed in such a short period of time. The retreats put an emphasis on time in ceremony and the discussion meetings to understand more of how the medicine works and how to integrate your experiences into your life.
Seven or nine day stays may be selected for any of our retreats of longer duration. On our scheduled 12 day retreats, you may come for either 7, 9 or 12 days. On our scheduled 9 day retreats you may come for either 7 or 9 days. You will follow the normal daily schedule of the retreat, just leaving a bit earlier than others. We will ensure you get to the airport in time for you departing flight or back to Iquitos if you prefer.
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 Fizcaraldo, a restaurant on the "Boulevard", a park fronting the river a block away from the Plaza de Armas that has a number of restraurants. Directions to the Fizcaraldo 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 9 day ayahuasca retreats include:
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.
Scheduled 9 day retreats are listed below, but you may alway come for a 7 or 9 day stay on any of our 12 day retreats listed on our Retreat Dates page. Note that the daily schedule is slightly different for that retreat.
You may also attend for either 7 or 9 days at any of our scheduled 12 day retreats.
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 the greater Iquitos area.
The majority of centers with high quality accommodations are charging $180 per day or more. Our rate for the 9 day retreat is $140 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 7 and 9 day retreats are offered for $1050 and $1250.
To book your place in a retreat please download the booking form found on our Make a Reservation page and follow the enclosed instructions. We will pick up the group for this retreat at 10 am on the 18th at the Fitzcaraldo restaurant on the "Boulevard", a park fronting the river a block away from the Plaza de Armas, near all the hotels, and very easy to find. 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 judgement, the energy level and desire of the group, and the weather.
|• Day 1||Pick up at 10 AM at the Fizcaraldo 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 ayahusaca 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. At 2 pm Jorge the bone doctor will arrive for anyone who would like a session (See our Staff and Shaman page ) The afternoon is spent relaxing and resting from the ceremonies. Most will be quite tired by this time.|
|• Day 4||San Pedro ceremony in the morning. The San Pedro effects last 10-12 hrs, so this takes most of the day. A fruit and raw vegetable buffet will be available in the early afternoon, with a delicious soup for dinner.|
|• Day 5||This is a day of rest. San Pedro tends to be very draining and we have little planned for this day. in the early afternoon some ladies from the Shipibo tribe will come to sell their arts and crafts.|
|• Day 6||3rd ayahuasca ceremony. We will have a guided walk through the jungle to talk about medicine plants at 10 am. A vapor bath at 3 pm 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. Ceremony begins at 7 pm|
|• Day 7||After breakfast we will have a circle meeting to discuss ayahuasca insights from the previous night's ceremony. We will meet in the moloca in the early afternoon to receive more healing from Manain.|
|• Day 8||4th ayahuasca ceremony. Mud bath aavailable before lunch, weather permitting A plant bath at 3 pm to cleans your energy and prepare you to get the most out of the ceremony. Ceremony begins at 7 pm|
|• Day 9||Transport back to Iquitos arriving around 11 am.|