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Ayahuasca Retreats in Peru

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Looking for an Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru?

Kapitari is one of Peru’s oldest ayahuasca healing centers and provides a far more authentic experience than some of the new modern luxury retreat centers.

Immerse yourself in the transformative power of Ayahuasca ceremonies, guided by shaman Don Lucho and his devoted family. Kapitari offers an authentic and nurturing space for personal growth, healing, and spiritual exploration. Our retreats embrace simplicity, allowing you to delve into the core of your being while supporting the local community. Step into a realm of wonder and transformation at Kapitari. 


Please Note : We are not currently operating this retreat. It may come back in the future.

Transform & Heal At Our Intensive Ayahuasca Retreats, Peru

Retreat includes:

  • Choose 7 Day retreat (with 4 ceremonies) or 10 Day retreat (with 6 ceremonies)
  • Pre-Arrival Preparation Support
  • Personal Consultations with Shamans.
  • Integration Support & Sharing Circles the day after each Ceremony
  • Transportation to the center via private bus and then Boat
  • Multi-Lingual Facilitator Support throughout the retreat and long afterwards
  • Specialised Meditations for ceremony preparation & integration
  • Large bed in a shared jungle lodge cabin
  • All food and drink – Fresh, healthy, tasty, mostly organic, purification menu
  • Kambo ceremony on the third day of the retreat (optional $50)
  • Guided jungle excursions & jungle boat ride with our jungle guide
  • Orientation meeting about the process
  • Small group ayahuasca ceremonies (maximum 12 people)
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Gaia Guarantee  – Ayahuasca Retreats Peru offering intensive, safe, supported transformation in the jungle

How can you ensure you’re going to the right center? Business focused tourist centers offer something far from an authentic experience. As you travel far from home, you want to be sure that you’re going to be safe, that you’ll get genuine support that you need – that’s why we’re here.

Gaia Tree Center – 7 & 10 Day Healing & Growth Retreats

Our soul intent is aid the transformation of consciousness and help people heal. Our decades of experience ensures all the details are taken care of for you, even if it’s your first retreat – we include 4 to 6 ayahuasca ceremonies with amazing shamanic healers with clean medicine, optional Kambo medicine ceremony, professional facilitators – so you get the support you need and an intimate supported space with a small group in a non-commercial center – all this at a very affordable cost.

Most people get the transformation they need with 4 to 6 ceremonies, of course you can choose sit out without any pressure – you heal at the rate you feel is right in the moment. Our shaman are carefully vetted and of the highest integrity – they are authentic, genuine healers with many decades working with the medicine. You’ll be supported by our professional experienced, caring support team.

What makes us different?

We have a flat hierarchy and accountability across shaman, owners, staff and facilitators – which means no ego power trips – as can happen when you have inexperienced volunteers or owner facilitators.

The center is run and organised in a way that assures your safety and well being – so you can focus on your healing and growth.

The level of personal care, attention and genuine commitment you will receive at Gaia Tree is second to none. Everyone involved at the professional level of the center – shamans, facilitators, owners have dedicated years to the medicine path and deep personal transformation work – Gaia Tree exists as the flowers of that inner work. All this shared with absolute sincerity, in a family space.

We’re in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon so you can immerse yourself in the home of these sacred plant medicines and go through a real life change.

For all this, we ask only $990 for 7 days with 4 aya ceremonies, & $1390 for 10 days with 6 aya ceremonies. Split over a year is around $25 per week…

You don’t just have to take our word for it – we have nothing but 5 star reviews on the independently hosted retreat guru website (we don’t use the common paid for Ayahuasca review sites).

So, if you’re feeling the call to go on a deep journey of transformation with Ayahuasca – keep reading and we’ll share some of our secret ingredients!

The Gaia Tree Experience

Into the jungle…

We meet in the center of Iquitos just 15 minutes from the airport. From there we take you on a short drive to a boat waiting to take you away from the city and deeper into the Amazon jungle.

We love to give our guests a real experience of the Amazon rainforest so that you can have a deeper connection with nature far away from all the noise and distractions of the city. Being completely surrounded by the beauty and majesty of the Amazon rainforest is healing in itself.

Many retreat centers in Iquitos are close to the city or next to villages where there is loud music in the evenings – especially at weekends. The last thing we want is for your ayahuasca ceremonies to be distracted by the local disco! There’s no chance of that at Gaia Tree!

Small groups and a family like atmosphere

A common concern is overly large group sizes and a lack of personal support when you most need it.

This is not something you need to worry about at Gaia Tree. While some retreat centers like to pack as many guests in as they can (even the more expensive retreats), at Gaia Tree we like to create a more intimate and family vibe. Our group sizes are limited to 12 as we’ve found this is the perfect size, so you can mingle and have deep intimate connections with your soul family and still have plenty of space to be with yourself as you choose.


Compassionate and Experienced Facilitators

If you read through our extensive number of 5 star reviews, one of the things that gets repeated over and over is the great support.

Working with ayahuasca, particularly if it’s your first time, can be challenging, sometimes confusing (for awhile) and will naturally take you to emotional and vulnerable spaces. It’s incredibly important that you have experienced and compassionate facilitators to support you through the process.

We don’t want to alarm you – we’ve had people come to us for help after having a traumatic experience with facilitators at one of the most expensive centers in Iquitos. Money definitely doesn’t guarantee humanity or a quality experience – esp when you’re in a room with 20+ others.

Our facilitators Cei Cei and Marco make a brilliant team and between them they have decades of experience learning and working in personal and spiritual growth. Marco has many years of experience working with plant medicines and Cei Cei has extensive experience as a counsellor.

All you have to do is read through our reviews to see the incredible love that our guests have for our staff and the support they received while at Gaia Tree.

“Cei Cei and Marco were always there with a loving heart, a strong shoulder and a wise word, middle of the night or crack of dawn. When I was at my most vulnerable, they provided me with a safe and nourishing environment to allow my healing. “ – Alexandra Dinu

“Marco and C.C., the facilitators became my soul family and are there to help you process 24/7! I couldn’t imagine going through what I experienced anywhere else” – Elizabeth Hardy

“The facilitators, Marco and Cei Cei, showed nothing but unconditional love and patience with everyone on this retreat.” – Tim H

“…Last but not least, our two facilitators, Cei Cei and Marco are as amazing as everything else at Gaia Tree – starting with the organizing of our daily life and finishing with the way they guide the group through the ceremonies, discussions, sharings, private conversations or just having fun, just to be with them/ around them is a wonderful experience! “ – Albina Toma

Powerful and Authentic Native Shamans

Read any online Ayahuasca discussion forum and you’ll probably come across all kinds of horror stories about dodgy shamans. Some are complete frauds, some use black magic and worst of all, some of them abuse the people who come to them for healing. You’d be right to be conscious of integrity of the people who lead you in your ayahuasca ceremony.

We know that working with quality shamans is essential for our guests so all our healers are carefully vetted, we know they are authentic, genuine, powerful and humble healers – we will only ever work with medicine people of the highest integrity.

Our shamans 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. They provide a heartfelt care during the retreat, both inside and outside ceremony.

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.


7 & 10 Day Ayahuasca Retreats for Deeper Healing and Growth

How many ayahuasca ceremonies do you need?

There is no correct answer. Everyone is different and a lot depends on how serious your condition is. A minority of people dealing with really deep and serious issues will certainly benefit from a healing retreat that lasts several weeks and includes at least 10 ceremonies.

However, in our extensive experience we’ve found that the vast majority of people get the most benefit from between 4 and 6 ceremonies.

For most people, the first one to three ceremonies are all about purging and cleansing. Often people don’t receive deep insights or visions in the first couple of ceremonies but they get deeply cleansed of negative energies and blockages. Usually it’s between the third and fifth ceremony where people go really deep with the medicine and start receiving the visions and insights they came for.

We want all our guests to get what they came for. While we can never guarantee anything in this respect, we find that by offering several retreat formats, it gives the opportunity to choose how deep you want to go with the medicine.

You do not have to take part in all ceremonies. We never put pressure on people and if you feel the need to sit out of one or two ceremonies then you’re welcome to – you’ll still participate fully in the rest of the retreat.

Exceptional Integration Support

Integration is one of the most important and often overlooked parts of the ayahuasca process. Sometimes ayahuasca ceremonies can feel overwhelming and even confusing at times.  Or sometimes you may have great insights that are quickly forgotten. The last thing anyone wants is to go home in a more confused state than when they arrived and this is where integration helps.

While not everyone needs it, many people greatly benefit from integration support which seems to be lacking at many centers particularly when large groups are involved.

We provide two forms of integration. There’s the integration support you receive during the retreat and then there’s post retreat integration for those who need it.

During the retreat we hold five powerfully held sharing circles (one after each ceremony, the next morning). Virtually all our guests love these sharing circles and many report that often they are just as benefical as the ceremonies themselves. These circles also allow deep intimacy and trust to build quickly between the group members. However, it’s important to note that nobody is forced to share anything. Although we encourage openness, you’re welcome to be as private as you like.

On the last day of the retreat you will be provided with some powerful strategies to help with post retreat integration but if anyone needs additional help then we are always here for you. We care deeply about all our guests and we don’t want anyone to feel stranded.


Simple, quality jungle accommodation

bed - Ayahuasca Retreat - 7 & 10 Day Healing & Growth Intensives In Iquitos, Peru NEWWhen it comes to accommodation everyone has different needs. If you will accept nothing less than a luxury five star experience then Gaia Tree is not the right place for you. Likewise, if you want the most rustic experience possible, sleeping in rotting jungle shacks infested with a whole manner of creepy crawlies, then we’re not right for you either.

We’ve found a quality space with our lodge accommodation. Simple, secure rooms with a high level of comfort with beautiful views of the surrounding jungle – well protected from bugs and other jungle life.

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 and overlooking the river. 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 and Food

We provide delicious meals – mostly vegetarian and vegan 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 fully accomodate special dietary requirements including vegetarians and vegans.

Our Ayahuasca

The ayahuasca we share is among the best you will find.  The energy and intention of the ayahusquero cooking the medicine is known to significantly affect the journey, so we’re sure to take care. We only use clean, well sourced plants in our medicine brews, some maestroes are known to use ad-mixtures to trigger stronger visions – we absolutely will not use these plants as the side effects can be extremely dangerous and disorientating for the individual.

We’re pleased to assure the integrity, quality and source of our Ayahuasca brew.

Gaia Tree Love

Since we began our operations in early 2016, we’ve satisfied many hundreds of guests. We’ve always been dedicated to providing exceptional service and support. But don’t take our word for it. You can read dozens of exceptional and 100% genuine reviews almost all of which give us a 5-star rating..

Here are a few of our favorite comments:

“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


“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


“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.


“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


Who should attend our Ayahuasca retreats?

Ayahuasca can be a challenging process, if you’re looking to heal and transform to discover a better, empowered version of yourself you’re in the right place to be supported on the path.

It’s a loving family space at Gaia to support your process. 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 25-40 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 and a deep intimacy is created.

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.

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.