Ayahuasca Retreat – 8 Day Healing & Growth Intensive In Iquitos, Peru2019-01-25T10:28:56+00:00

8 Day Intensive Ayahuasca Retreat for Healing & Life Transformation

New year, new you!? How many times have you said that to yourself before, but still find yourself treading water after another depressing 12-month slog?

The fact is, real change never comes easily unless you’re willing to take big and bold action. Working with ayahuasca is one of the surest ways to get to the root of your problems. Whether you want to heal physical illness, deep emotional wounds, relationship issues, addictions or just a few niggling problems that never seem to go away, ayahuasca can bring massive help and relief to most who work with this incredible medicine from the Amazon.

So, in 2019 come and join us for a life-transforming week at Gaia Tree Center in Peru. Our 8-day intensive retreat includes 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies and gives you the opportunity to connect with Ayahuasca for spiritual growth, healing and deep personal life changes in the heart of the Amazon. You also have the option to take part in a Kambo medicine ceremony to deepen the process. You have a space to immerse yourself in the home of these sacred plant medicines.

The process is guided by our powerful and loving Shipibo Shaman – Matilda & Sara. They take time for each individual so you can relax knowing you’re in safe hands. The 8-day journey within will deeply integrate this powerful experience using traditional shamanic ceremonies and flower baths, refined meditation practices and jungle excursions and boat rides. We’ve crafted the week to really help you go deep and enjoy the process, with professional, trained, experienced facilitators present during ceremony and the retreat to guide and empower you along the way. You’ll have spectacular views of the river and jungle around us from the eco-lodge.

You’ll be in a real jungle environment that you won’t find anywhere else, we provide all the ingredients for you to go deep on your medicine journey.

Calling those looking to go on a deep journey of transformation with Ayahuasca in an authentic, respectful, loving, safe space in the heart of the Amazon rain-forest – whatever your needs for transformation are.

8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat

March 25 - April 1, 2019 Full (wait list)
April 13 - 20, 2019 Open
April 22 - 29, 2019 Open
May 11 - 18, 2019 Open
May 20 - 27, 2019 Open
June 15 - 22, 2019 Open
June 24 - July 1, 2019 Open
July 13 - 20, 2019 Open
July 22 - 29, 2019 Open
August 17 - 24, 2019 Open
August 26 - September 2, 2019 Open
September 14 - 21, 2019 Open
September 23 - 30, 2019 Open
October 12 - 19, 2019 Open
October 21 - 28, 2019 Open
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During the retreat you’ll take part in 5 Ayahausca ceremonies led by our amazing group of shaman – Matilda & Sara.

Our Ayahuasca retreats are for those who seek a responsible and safe way of expanding their awareness and consciousness.

  • 5 Ceremonies Over 7 Nights With 1 To 1 attention from the shaman
  • Pre-Arrival Preparation Support
  • Personalized Consultations with Shamans.
  • Integration Support & Sharing Circles After each Ceremony
  • Open group Shamanic forum with the shaman
  • Transportation to the center via private bus and then Boat
  • Multi-Lingual Facilitator Support
  • Large bed shared accommodation in a jungle lodge cabin
  • All food and drink – Fresh, healthy, tasty, mostly organic, purification menu
  • Specialised Meditations for ceremony preparation & integration
  • Kambo ceremony on the third day of the retreat (optional $50)
  • Guided jungle excursion & jungle boat ride with our bushman
  • Orientation meeting about the process
  • Small group ayahuasca ceremonies
  • On some retreats, you also prepare and cook the ayahuasca
  • Personal and group support to integrate the experience
  • The shaman may also recommend other plant medicines as part of your healing process dependent on what they see

Authentic Shipibo Shamans

We are proud to be working with indigenous Shipibo shaman Matilda & Sara, they are powerful and loving healers with their own unique way of healing. Working with the medicine for over 25 years as onaya (shaman). They offer a wealth of experience felt through their powerful, deeply grounded healing practice. They have all been working with the medicine for many years going to the root of issues, the ladies both have a history in healing feminine issues. They provide a heartfelt care during the retreat, both inside and outside ceremony. 

The Shipibo tradition is known as the best preserved and profound of the indigenous cultures that use Ayahuasca, hence their reputation as masters of the medicine among the indigenous people of the Amazon.

The shamans assist you personally to understand your particular needs, they are spiritual doctors working in the physical and spiritual realms. They are deeply respectful in their way of connecting to and sharing the medicine – the dietas they have completed follow a long held ancestral path. They perform sublime ceremonies, guiding and supporting with strength, love and humility.

ayahausca shaman onaya

“With Gaia Tree you will definitely feel safe, get all the support you need throughout the whole journey, all your questions will be answered and you will have an experience of a life time.” – Jana Bene

Ayahuasca Retreat – Ceremonies

Ayahuasca Artwork featuring shamanic healing

There are 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies throughout the week. The week is an intense, profound and usually highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access to higher states of consciousness many has been an experience of spiritual awakening. To many people it reveals the multi-dimensional nature of reality and ourselves and it leads us back to who we truly are.

Our shaman work with their icaros (healing songs) on each individual, giving care, energy and intention each individual needs during each ceremony.

“I’m grateful to Gaia Tree for providing me just what I was looking for, it was important for me to drink Ayahuasca in a safe and loving environment and I wanted to be immersed in the jungle away from the madness of the outside world. And as an added bonus, I was hoping to connect with like minded folk from around the world and I surely wasn’t disappointed on any counts. ” – Nancy, Canada

Experience the real Amazon jungle

Gaia Tree Center is located in primary Amazon rainforest, which means we can give you a real Amazon jungle experience unlike our old location and most other retreat centers, which are typically located close to the city in secondary rainforest – often surrounded by roads, farms or other types of land development.

During the retreat, we’ll take you for a day trip into the rainforest and then a boat ride with our Amazon bushman guide where you may see sloths, monkeys, snakes, spiders and more. You’ll also be introduced to the rich plant medicine traditions of the jungle on these walks.  It doesn’t end there, you get the chance to go on a night-walk to experience real jungle nightlife! This brief video give s a little taste of one of our jungle adventures.

Gaia Tree Center Maloka

Detoxing, Purging & Cleansing

Purging and cleansing play a fundamental role in Amazonian shamanic healing traditions. Ayahuasca is an effective medicine because it is purgative meaning that it usually (but not always) causes you to purge or vomit during the experience. This purge is obvious on a physical layer, more importantly you release unhealthy mental and emotional energies that you may have been carrying. For many they are related to difficult experiences in your life such as emotional wounds, abuse, relationship difficulties and depression. We create a safe, supportive space at Gaia Tree to aid your release process in every way.
For many, by the end of the retreat you will feel like a new person, fully cleansed of many of the negative and harmful toxins in your body, be they physical or emotional toxins.

Who Should Attend Our Ayahuasca Retreats?

Ayahuasca can be a challenging process for many – this with 5 ceremonies over 7 nights is an intense retreat and it is not aimed at people who are simply looking for a new experience or to check something off their bucket list. 

It’s a loving family space at Gaia to support your process, there are children and animals running around so you’ll feel welcome in the space. We’ve seen from our own experience over the years that working with individuals significantly aids the personal journey so we limit the group size to ensure you have the personal care and attention you need from our shamans and facilitators. Some centers hold ceremonies with groups of 25-30 participants, our focus is on deep personal work with smaller groups – allowing the shaman to work in a way closely aligned with their ancestral path.

Our center is free from distractions, minimal use of electrical devices, there no internet or telephone signal – so you’ll be able to direct all your energy into your process with ayahuasca and really enjoy the space in the jungle.

If you enjoy the simple pleasures of life and being deeply connected with ancient healers in a real jungle environment then this retreat is ideal for you.

We provide a traditional setting for connecting with Mother Ayahuasca and we deeply respect the ancestral paths our shamans follow in sharing their healing practices with you. To complement this, we offer some of the most effective means to help integrate your experience. We share from a rich understanding of the inner dimensions through holistic approaches of transformation from the East, including Indian kundalini tantra meditation, Qi Kung, Yoga, Osho meditations and more. Rest assured we can help you on your journey in any way you need.

Many of our guests have commented in the past that there is a family environment at Gaia Tree, so if you like the idea of connecting with a small group of like-hearted souls on this profound journey – this retreat is for you and we look forward to welcoming you to our Gaia family.

We offer personal support after the retreat to help your integration of these profound experiences, so if you need anything we’re here for you.

Do I Need Healing?

Whether we realise it or not most people living today have aspects of their lives which cause them discomfort or dis-ease.

The journey home back to wholeness, is the process we call healing.

So it doesn’t matter whether you suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks or are looking to reconnect with yourself, or to go deeper on your journey of personal and collective evolution. There is a welcoming heart-centered space in the jungle where you can be supported on your journey. This is the very nature of the spiritual journey, to connect back to your essence and wholeness.

“I am SO glad I chose Gaiatree for my traditional healing ceremonies. Having two shamans gave us a balanced feminine/masculine energy mix and twice as long exposure to their powerful sound ceremonies. Since they are husband and wife their energies are infused with love. The simplicity of the tambo and grounds suited me, I love the deep nature connection and ‘roughing ‘ it. Our guides were caring, considerate, attentive and inclusive. I felt totally safe and protected. ” – Annie S.

Gaia Tree Center accommodations


Your accommodation will be in a typical lodge setting looking into the jungle, where you can sometimes see the animals feeding in the morning. You’ll be in a large jungle cabin room sharing with up to 3 others, each guest will have their own double bed. The cabin is partitioned so that you will still have total privacy with fabulous views of the surrounding rainforest. See our facilities page for more info and photos. This makes an ideal setting whether you’re a solo participant or coming with friends.

La Dieta & Food

We provide delicious meals which include Salads, vegetable stews, quinoa, rice and  some fish – all meals are provided. We offer a healthier and more varied diet than most centers. We understand the necessity of dieta in this process so we’ve create meals which aren’t unnecessarily bland. We’re easily accommodate most dietary requirements including vegetarians and vegans.

Our diet includes the following foods:

  • Fish & Eggs

  • Rice & Quinoa

  • Fruit, Vegetables & Potatoes

  • Herbal Teas & Fruit juice

Foods that are excluded from the dieta:

  • Sugar, Spices & Dairy

  • Red meat or Pork

  • Coffee or Caffeinated Drinks

  • Processed foods

Our Ayahuasca

The ayahuasca we share is among the best you will find. The shaman prepare the medicine in a ceremony following traditional Shipibo rituals. The energy and intention of the ayahusquero cooking the medicine is known to significantly affect the journey, the shaman personally cooks the ayahusaca you drink. We only use ayahuascca, chacruna in our medicine brews, some maestroes are known to use Toe (datura) to trigger stronger visions – we absolutely will not use these plants as the side effects can be extremely dangerous and disorientating for the individual.
On many of our retreats, you’ll also have the opportunity to prepare and cook the medicine during the retreat.
We’re pleased to assure the integrity, quality and source of our Ayahuasca brew – we know the shaman personally cook everything we share at Gaia Tree.

what is ayahuasca.

“This is the place for you who are looking for simplicity, silence and lots of space for body, mind and soul. Nothing that distracts you except your own mind 🙂 The people working there to create the best experience for you are generous, kind, full of laughter and very present. You feel very safe and very good taken care of and there is always someone to talk to and share your thoughts with. A very allowing and joyful atmosphere.” – Carina

What makes Gaia Tree so special?

Past Guests

You can find many more great testimonials on our reviews page

Community Outreach & Support

Gaia Tree exists to help raise consciousness of the people we serve, we understand we’re part of a larger movement and accept our roles in raising awareness of how people live in other parts of the world.
We also understand we have a personal responsibility to play an active role in supporting those who live around us. So, we like to do our part by employing as many local staff and workers from the local communities and getting involved in local projects connected to the local community. The center is located in the upper Amazon basin, a place where economic opportunities, healthcare standards and education standards are not the same as in the Western countries where most of our guests come from, so we also like to give guests the opportunity to give back.

During each retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to support local community as we visit the local village where you can purchase crafts and textiles made by the local women. Belmira also brings handmade garments to support the women of her remote village community.

Ayahuasca Retreat Details & Costs

The cost of the retreat is just $1088, all inclusive, for 7 nights/8 days and 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies – making it one of the best affordable, quality retreats in Peru. It’s now common to pay well over $1500 for a week. At Gaia Tree, you’ll be immersed in primary rain-forest, offering you a real jungle experience.

This is also one of the best value retreats in Peru,  offering a premium location in the jungle, deep integration and support for grounding the experience along with jungle excursions with a real Amazonian bushman. Gaia Tree exists to help people to heal and grow, individually and collectively not because we’re trying to get rich.

For those of you wanting to go deeper, you’re also welcome to stay for two consecutive retreats – please contact us for details.

Payment terms

  • We accept payment by credit and some debit cards through the retreat.guru booking system.
  • When you register you can choose to pay in full or pay a deposit of $550.
  • If you pay a deposit, you may pay in instalments until the remaining balance will be automatically charged to your credit or debit card 6 weeks before the retreat starts.
  • Payments are refundable if you cancel 4 or more weeks before the start of the retreat, for any reason. 
  • Changes/cancellations within 4 weeks of the retreat are at our discretion, based on whether we can find someone to fill your place in the time given to us – part of your deposit may be usable towards a future retreat. 

How to Register

  • To register, please click on the links below for the retreat you wish to register for
  • If you are coming with a friend or partner then we must receive a separate registration from each of you. If we do not receive a registration you will not be put on our reservation list and will not be able to attend the retreat together.
  • Very important – Please do not book your flights until you have had your booking confirmed.

Ayahuasca itself is a very safe medicine. When taken in conjunction with certain other medications, drugs or health conditions can be dangerous or even life-threatening. It’s important to be open and honest when registering, this is for your own well being which we take very seriously. 

  • If you are taking any medications and will not be able to stop taking them 6 weeks before the retreat starts, please contact us before registering.
  • If you have any kind of serious medical condition please also contact us before registering.
  • We reserve the right to refuse anyone for any reason. If we feel it will be unsafe for you to attend the retreat we will cancel your booking and refund your payment.
  • If you’d like to arrange a call to speak with someone about the retreat, please send us a message via the contact form or mention on the booking form.

8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat

Click on the ‘book retreat’ button below for up to date availability & bookings.
We meet at 8am in the center of Iquitos on the first day of the retreat – you’ll receive meetup details with your reservation confirmation.

March 25 - April 1, 2019 Full (wait list)
April 13 - 20, 2019 Open
April 22 - 29, 2019 Open
May 11 - 18, 2019 Open
May 20 - 27, 2019 Open
June 15 - 22, 2019 Open
June 24 - July 1, 2019 Open
July 13 - 20, 2019 Open


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If you cannot see retreat dates above – please follow this link for dates and booking http://retreat.guru/centers/2315/gaia-tree-center#events

3 Week Spiritual Adventure

Several times a year we offer an eic 3-week spiritual adventure tour of Peru to dive into shamanism and ancient culture. We start with a week long Ayahuasca retreat at Gaia Tree before travelling together to Cusco and the ancient sites of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to explore Andean culter. We close the journey at almost 4000m at the sacred Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Inca.
The next journey runs from 5th until 26th May 2019.

Peru Odyssey Spiritual Tour Details

Journey with us to Machu Picchu

Combine your Gaia Tree retreat with an amazing group journey through the Inca heartland to Machu Picchu

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