About Gaia Tree – Location & Amazon Immersion
Gaia Tree Healing Center is located on the beautiful black waters of the Yarapa River – a tributary to the Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru. There are no roads connecting Iquitos to the outside world and the only way to get here is by boat or airplane. From Iquitos, the journey to the center – first by bus, then by boat – takes approximately 3 hours. The boat ride begins on the Marañón River, crosses the Amazon River, and continues up the Ucayali River before connecting to the Yarapa. The center is a little way down from the where the Yarapa connects with the Cumaceba, giving a beautiful view of the black and brown water confluence.
Arriving at the center you’ll be completely immersed in the Amazon rainforest. We’re surrounded by over 300 acres of preserved, primary Amazon rainforest, beyond that are several thousand acres of protected land close to the Pacaya-Samira National Reserve which is one of the largest protected regions in Peru.
Gaia Tree is an Ayahuasca retreat center born of the vision to share the path of growth, healing and deep transformation with others through these ancient plant medicines and the indigenous traditions of our maestros. We complement indigenous traditional healing traditions with deep body mind integration practices suitable for outsiders to come into this space and maximise their learning and growth potential. This is all in the context of absolute respect for the indigenous culture, so you will not find new-agey, un-grounded, esoteric, neo-shamanic practices at the center.
Gaia Tree Healing Center offers an immersive jungle environment to connect deeply with these sacred plant teachers for deep healing – offering authentic, quality retreats for a great. Typical jungle lodges around us charge several hundred dollars a night to be immersed in dense jungle.
We work with two pairs of shaman, Matilda & Sara and Segundo & Belmira – they are all powerful, humble and heart centered indigenous Shipibo shamans with a deep connection with the Earth.
Together at Gaia Tree, we create a space for deep, long lasting healing to occur. Having been on this journey of transformation, we understand the space needed for processing and integrating the insights and experiences that Ayahusca will take you on.
The Gaia Tree center is located at a recently built lodge as of March 2017, so any reviews prior to this will be from our previous simple rustic center. The new site offers a much more immersive jungle experience, surrounded by virgin rainforest and with all the benefits of a new jungle lodge – we have a space to go deep with the medicine in harmony with nature around us.
The Shamans – Matilde & Sara, Segundo & Belmira
We have four wonderful trusted shamans at Gaia Tree, working in pairs Matilde & Sara are mother and daughter, Segundo Chani and his wife Belmira Ferandez. All are indigenous Shipibo shaman, coming from a long family lineage of Ayahuasceros.
The Shipibo tribe is known as the best preserved and profound of the indigenous cultures that use Ayahuasca, hence their reputation as masters of Ayahausca among the Amazonian basin. Our shamans have each been working the medicine for over 30 years, they assist you personally to understand your particular needs and wishes for healing. One of the reasons we limit our group sizes is to ensure you get the personalized assistance you need. They are spiritual doctors working in the physical and spiritual realms of healing. Their unique artworks are known throughout the jungle and are deeply connected to their work with this sacred medicine.
Our experienced team have a combined 10 years experience in operating Ayahuasca retreats in Peru and even longer in holistic healing practices.
Andy has been organising and facilitating Ayahuasca retreats since 2011 after many years of self-discovery with medicine plants. He moved to Peru in 2009, and since then his mission has been connecting people to this sacred plant medicine and indigenous maestros in a natural jungle setting, in the most authentic possible way. Welcoming over a thousand visitors to date.
Omkar has taken his journey on the wings of Ayahuasca and meditation, a dance with Shamanic plant teachers and meditation from the East over the last twenty years. Learning from many mystical traditions whilst travelling and living in different parts of the world for the last 14 years. Now helping people to connect deeper through meditation, deep emotional healing and personal therapies as he travels across India, Europe and South America.
Gaia Tree is where this deep healing and transformation is realised, connecting sacred plant teachers with a rich understanding and insight of the inner dimensions to facilitate profound inner growth. It’s our pleasure and privilege to share the journey you. We help you go deep with this sacred medicine at the same time as giving you powerful tools for expansion of consciousness and deep grounding of the energies that will open and expand. We believe in safe, responsible ways of working with these ancient traditions and understand the particular needs of people feeling called to the Amazon basin to go through this deep healing process.
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