Carr. Iquitos-Nauta, Iquitos, Peru
Caya Shobo stands apart in many ways from the several retreat centers I’ve experienced in Peru. The words ‘hospitality’, ‘profound insight’, and ‘integrity’ come to mind, and perfectly describe the center, ceremonies and staff. From the moment I arrived until the day I left, I felt welcome, seen, supported and cared for, that the staff and maestros were happy to have us there. The facilities are clean, lovingly maintained, and comfortable, while the food is ample, nourishing, and delicious (well, as delicious as diet food can be!).
The medicine served there is the strongest and clearest I’ve had, and, coupled with the guidance of the maestros each night, keenly inspired my personal healing in ways I didn’t think possible. I felt supported to delve as deep as I wished into myself and the mysteries of ayahuasca. Some say that the jungle sings to you in ceremony. Surrounded by the sounds of frogs, insects, birds, and animals each night, guided by the curanderos, I felt enveloped and protected in a timeless, woven symphony of life, and inspired to continue living mine to the fullest.
For me, one of the most significant aspects of Caya Shobo involves the humility and groundedness of the management and owners. Many other retreat centers in Peru have gringo owners whom actively promote themselves as ‘spiritual gurus’ or ‘visionaries’, taking center stage away from the hard-working indigenous healers. Caya Shobo’s management supports, promotes and trusts in the incredible skill, knowledge, and dedication of the resident maestros, and the indigenous people as a whole, from whom this tradition is shared. In doing so, the Caya Shobo team have built a solid relationship with powerful Shipibo healers, and holds a space from which each of their individual gifts and passion for life may shine through.
I cannot recommend Caya Shobo enough, and feel so very grateful to have found this place. I look forward both to my next visit, and many more to come.