Jonathan Marc's Reviews
Carr. Iquitos-Nauta, Iquitos, Peru
I was at Caya Shobo’s retreat in December 2016, which offered eight ceremonies over two weeks.
This was my strongest, most therapeutically-focused retreat to date.
Both the intensity of the treatments and the level of communication and understanding shared with us about the treatment process, surpassed my expectations. The staff and facilitators went to great lengths to tailor the treatment to our individual needs. The Shipibo healers are absolutely wonderful. The owners are present in the day to day operations, and are kind and genuine people.
The overall condition of the centre is excellent, with private bathrooms and running water for showers.
I feel like in Caya Shobo, I’ve found healers I expect to trust and work with for a long time to come.
I would highly recommend this centre to anyone with previous experience and wanting to work at a deeper level with the medicine.
I attended the Temple’s 30-day Deep Immersion Program in October 2015. At the time it offered 8 ceremonies over 4 weeks, with plenty of down time between ceremonies for integration, yoga, meditation, art therapy, and group sessions. It’s been sharpened to 7 ceremonies over 3 weeks, which I’d consider an improvement.
In my opinion, the Temple is aspiring to be one of the biggest and most renowned centres in Peru to meet growing demand from cultures afflicted with spiritual maladies. It thankfully understands the importance of doing so sustainably, which is evidenced in the Chaikuni Permacutlure Center work that’s being done on site.
The most important point I want to make is that the Temple is great for a lot of people, especially newcomers to the medicine, but can fall short on delivering what’s possible due to needing to give a lot of people a good experience.
Plant medicine is often intense. In rare cases, people die. Compared with all my other experiences, my opinion is that medicine at the Temple was mild for the sake of not scaring too many people off. If this is your first retreat, it will sufficiently knock your socks off, and give you a wonderful first experience. They have a knack for attracting world-class facilitators. If you’ve already journeyed before, or if there’s any urgency to your healing process, I’d advise finding a smaller specialized centre that follows the Shipibo healing lineage more closely.
My last thing to mention is that if you have any trouble with mobility or moving around, you should absolutely consider a different retreat centre. The hike in is gruelling, even with their porters carrying your bags.