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- Iquitos Peru
The Focus Of Blue Morpho’s Ayahuasca Workshops Are On Your Personal And Spiritual Growth, Transformation And Evolution.
Blue Morpho offers traditional ayahuasca retreats and plant medicine dietas in a safe, professional and engaging environment. We specialize in guiding traditional ayahuasca ceremonies in a way that is understandable, impactful and results-oriented. In the last 16 years we have successfully led over 5,000 people through life-changing experiences and this continues to be the heart and soul of our work. We strive to embody 7 Core Principles: Medicine, Safety, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Community, and Heart. These principles form the bedrock of what we do, and represent our commitment to helping others achieve profound and lasting change through ayahuasca and sacred plant medicine.
Our plant medicine programs are organized into three levels: beginning with our ayahuasca retreats as the Initiation Experience for new participants, followed by plant medicine dietas as an Advanced Shamanic Experience, which are open to return guests; and concluding with Sanango dietas as the Pinnacle Experience of Amazonian Shamanism, available to guests who have completed both previous retreat types. The three levels on this pathway lead to a comprehensive understanding and energetic integration of the traditional practices associated with our lineage. We have found this to be the most beneficial and effective way to learn from the plants and evolve personally and spiritually.
Recognized as one of the most renowned shamanic centers in the Peruvian Amazon, all our retreat programs are led by 7th Generation Master Shaman, Maestro Alberto Torres Davila, who has over 50 years of experience working with ayahuasca and medicinal plants. Together with our team of dedicated shamans and assistants, our work helps unite these ancient practices with modern needs to illuminate and unlock the many benefits that ayahuasca and the shamanic arts have to offer you.
OUR AYAHUASCA RETREATS INCLUDE:
TRADITIONAL AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES: Led by 7th Generation Master Shaman Don Alberto Torres Davila, who has over 50 years of experience working with medicinal plants and is recognized as one of the best ayahuasca healers in the Ucayali River region. Together with Blue Morpho’s team of skilled shamans and assistants, come experience the mysterious and transformational power of sacred plant medicine. The focal point of our retreats, ayahuasca ceremonies help you release, cleanse, purify and learn through direct connection to spirit, love, wisdom, and your heart.
COMMUNITY-FOCUSED GROUP ACTIVITIES: Group dynamic is central to our approach. During the retreat, Blue Morpho becomes its own tribe bonded together by group activities that encourage sharing, connection, heart-opening and authentic expression. Activities include:
Breathwork and restorative yoga classes
Medicinal plant walks
Integration: tools, applications, going home
DYNAMIC GROUP DISCUSSIONS: Discussion sessions are held on most days, offering you the chance to deepen, reflect upon and integrate your ceremonial experiences. With a multi-perspective approach, we unearth the anthropological and shamanic, the mystical and the practical, the humanistic and the heart-based. A non-judgmental and exploratory space to learn, share, and grow.
PERSONAL SHAMANIC CARE: Each person receives the shamanic attention they need, both in and out of ceremony. We perform individual healing sessions (called venteadas) for each guest and offer one-on-one time with the shamans and assistants throughout the week. Help and support are available to you the entire time.
DISCUSSION AND IDENTIFICATION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS: Learn about the unique properties of the indigenous flora. The Amazon is home to thousands of medicinal plants used by the locals to cure many illnesses ranging from headaches to cancer. As part of the ayahuasca cooking process, you will learn about the medicinal plants that go into our ayahuasca brew. You also have the opportunity to visit and get to know many of these plants that grow on the property during a medicinal plant walk.
AYAHUASCA COOKING PROCESS: Join the group for a special opportunity to participate in making fresh ayahuasca that you will drink during the retreat. Learn about Maestro Alberto’s 50+ years as a medicine man while participating in the entire process. See firsthand the care and expertise Maestro puts into each batch of medicine.
SHAMANIC SKILL PRACTICE: Our team of skilled and experienced facilitators offers creative and practical ways that help bridge the shamanic and spiritual into meaningful tools that you can take home and apply to everyday life. With a variety of backgrounds and healing modality expertise, our entire retreat environment is a week-long workshop on how to turn ordinary living into something magical, exploratory and transformational.
INTEGRATION PRACTICE: From the very first day, we emphasize the importance and value in integration. We offer comprehensive integration practices that enhance not only your time on the retreat, but that support your continued learning and evolution at home. Each participant receives our Video Integration Package, as well as a series of emails containing information that highlights additional tools to make use of post-retreat.
SHAMANIC DIETING: On select retreats, shamanic plant dietas are offered to guests who have completed an ayahuasca retreat with us. Traditionally used as the means of apprenticing in the jungle, a shamanic dieta can help provide deep personal healing, learning, and significant life transformation. Dietas are very powerful and recommended only for those who are ready to seriously commit to their plant medicine work. Follow these links for more information on our shamanic plant dietas and Sanango dietas.
As one of the most well-respected and longstanding shamanic centers in the Peruvian Amazon, Blue Morpho is honored to represent the preservation of plant spirit medicine and ayahuasca traditions through dedication, spiritual and professional integrity, and a genuine love for this work. We are indebted to the unending generosity of the plants and look forward to sharing this extraordinary journey with you…
Blue Morpho’s Shamanic Retreat Center is purpose built for ayahuasca retreats and shamanic plant dietas. Located in the jungle outside of Iquitos, Peru, near the Itaya River, this location has been Blue Morpho’s home since 2005 and continues to represent the roots and foundation of our plant medicine work. Surrounded by lush, vibrant rainforest and nestled on 180 acres of Private Reserve, our retreat center is an ideal location that offers an intimate ambiance for your ayahuasca experience.
Featuring common areas with a tasteful, comfortable layout that encourages community bonding, a staff of top-tier chefs specially trained for creating wholesome ayahuasca-friendly meals, and several activity spaces for gathering and sharing. There is also an extensive network of hiking trails, two meditation bungalows, ornamental gardens, medicinal plants and a natural swimming lake. Local architecture, natural spaces, modern amenities and artisanal touches help make your time with us as unique and comfortable as it is transformational.
Life has been such a beautiful journey since my time at Blue Morpho. I can’t even begin to tell you how transformative the experience was, and how much has changed in my life. I feel like a completely different person. Looking back 8 months later, I can honestly say that it might be the single greatest and most transformative thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Before I went to Peru, I was broken and had no idea what I was going to do with my life. The reasons I went to Peru were for some deep introspection and healing. I’ve been haunted by my past for a long time. I made tons of stupid mistakes growing up that I’ve always held onto. I’ve been so hard on myself for them. I was constantly punishing myself and telling myself I wasn’t worthy or didn’t deserve the life I’ve wanted. I felt lost and completely weighted down. I had so much mental and emotional baggage, but I was able to completely purge myself of that in Peru. I had always thought there was something wrong with me. Ayahuasca helped me to see how wrong I’ve been, and to embrace and be completely comfortable with who I am. I forgave myself of my past and let go of everything I had been holding on to. I physically felt weighed down and so heavy. I no longer feel that. I am as light as a cloud. I can’t even begin to tell you how radically different my thinking process is now than it was before Blue Morpho. I’ve removed myself of almost all of my limiting beliefs. I am learning to no longer doubt myself, and I’ve become a complete believer. I’ve been on a mission since Peru. I feel like I have so much momentum. I feel like ever since Peru I’ve been making all of the right choices, and like I’m starting to finally figure out what my purpose and mission in life is.
Thank you Blue Morpho for helping me to discover all of this! I’m looking forward to the day that I can go back again and do some further work and exploration. I can’t rave enough about Hamilton, Sameer, Anna, Terri and all of the Blue Morpho staff. They have created such a warm and safe environment within the camp that you feel at home and among family. I left there feeling closer to everyone at Blue Morpho than I do to everyone else in my own life. The facilities are also beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious! I could go on and on and on. I wholeheartedly recommend Blue Morpho to everyone!
I was at Blue Morpho in October 2018 and I can whole heatedly say that it was the most amazing week of my life. The family at Blue Morpho welcomed me with open arms, they expertly guided the nervous tension we all arrived with into a calm energy the group took into ceremony that night.
The facilities at the resort I found to be quite impressive, I felt safe and looked after with fly netting on all the buildings to security guarding the premises. Hot water after a long ceremony was a rare treat… I even think they have a pool now!!
The food was beautifully prepared and I never went hungry or wanting for something which is quite a feat on an Aya diet!
Blue Morpho shines when the sun goes down though, the ceremonial space the Maestros create is truly unbelievable and something to be experienced. As someone who (by my standards) jumped in the deep end I felt guided and looked after, was given the space to work through what I needed but never felt like I was alone through the experience.
You can read countless reviews on retreats and shamans but from my experience, if you go to Blue Morpho with an open mind and an intention to heal and grow you’ll walk away with that and so much more.
I have an immense respect and love for the team at BM and can’t wait for the day I’m able to return!
I have attended Blue Morpho a couple times in the past few years. It has helped transform and change my life. After a rough adolescence and serving in the Marine Corps, I had a lot of fear and suppressed anger in my psyche which was manifesting in very unhealthy ways in my waking life.
The maestros and helpers worked with me at a pace which suited me, and didn’t push me past where I was comfortable. This was very integral in my healing process for this part of my life. I intend to continue going and can only highly recommend the professionalism and medicine practiced here :).
I completed a Blue Morpho tour in mid-January of this year and I have to echo the sentiments of others who have written reviews here. There are no words that can faithfully capture the power, beauty, and profundity of an ayahuasca experience, because it is so far beyond the reach of the mind to understand. It can only be experienced with the heart and the totality of the energy centers of the body. (That sounds like fluffy stuff, but anyone who has experienced ayahuasca knows this instinctually.)
That said, bear in mind that it is an extremely powerful plant medicine and should be experienced in the correct environment. I did a lot of research on all the different options for trying ayahuasca and I have to say I cannot be happier that I chose Blue Morpho Tours. Here are the main reasons why:
1. You will feel safer than you do in your own home. Maestro Hamilton, founder of Blue Morpho, has lived in the Amazon jungle for nearly two decades, much of that time training under Maestro Alberto, who comes from a lineage of more than seven generations of shamans, who have dedicated their lives to plant medicine. The level of their experience far surpasses that of any other shamans I’ve researched. They are prepared for all contingencies in an ayahuasca ceremony and know how to address each one most efficiently.
2. You will feel loved. The relationship between Maestro Hamilton and Maestro Alberto is born out of love, first and foremost. This relationship is at the epicenter of everything Blue Morpho represents and permeates the entire organization. Nothing about the retreat experience feels transactional. From beginning to end, every member of the staff, including the managers and assistants, radiates love (both for plant medicine and for you) and is genuinely invested in your healing and evolution as human beings. It’s important to note that an ayahuasca ceremony can be incredibly physically and psychologically challenging on many levels. At all times, someone was available to bring me a bucket, assist me to the restroom, walk me to the shower, and even wait until I’d fall asleep. I don’t think I could ask for that level of care from my own mom. 😛
3. Listening to Hamilton Souther can be liberating and transformative in and of itself. Hamilton is a very quirky soul and can come across as brusque at times, but he is an absolute sage and draws on worlds of wisdom. Listening to him speak on a variety of topics helped me to shift some of the basic assumptions that have always guided my beliefs. The latter in turn has helped me to become more non-judgmental and understand how I can heal myself through honing my connection with the universe. I have no words for my gratitude.
4. The icaros that are sung during ceremonies transported me to a different realm. Both the maestros have incredible voices that complement each other very well. I personally wasn’t expecting much from an icaros but when I heard the music in the ceremonies, it touched my spirit in ways I can’t describe.
5. This is about as authentic an experience as you can get. The Blue Morpho lodge is set in a beautiful, rustic area of Iquitos. This is a place to commune with nature in an environment where the indigenous people of Peru first began to experience the magic of ayahuasca medicine. I’ll never forget the sounds of the birds serenading me to sleep outside the ceremony house at night and waking me up the next morning.
6. If you like efficiency and time management, you can’t go wrong here. Blue Morpho has been around for nearly twenty years. For that reason, everything functions like clockwork. Breakfast and lunch are delicious and served on time. The ceremonies begin on time every evening. And yet, nothing ever feels rushed.
7. You’ll get a deeper ayahuasca experience here than anywhere else. This was the only place I could find that offered five ceremonies within a week. While the number of ceremonies doesn’t determine everything, it certainly helps. I found the first three ceremonies helpful to just get my body adjusted to the medicine, and then went a lot deeper in the final two ceremonies.
8. If you’re at all interested in having an aya experience with a company that is invested in natural resource conservation and sustainable development, Blue Morpho is the place. As Hamilton said many times during my retreat, “what’s the purpose of enlightenment if we go extinct?” Blue Morpho is developing partnerships around the world to help with research and development efforts to aid the well-being of the planet.
I hope to go back soon.
I have been to a couple of places to do Ayahuasca retreat in Peru, and many meditation retreats around the world. But nothing compares to Blue Morpho. I have done 9 retreats with BM so far and hope to do many more. BM is absolutely amazing, and, for me, the safest and most loving place to work with plant medicine. I found BM in “The Ayahuasca Test Pilot´s Handbook”, an excellent book by Chris Kilham who has been exploring plant medicine and medicinal plants in the Amazon for several decades.
I was scared sh*tless when I first arrived at retreat. It was my first time trying a mind-altering substance. Having been a meditator for 20 years, I hit a glass ceiling in my practice and wanted to see if working with Aya would help (and it did! :,)). The whole BM team, shamans, assistants and staff, made me feel so safe and welcome when I arrived and during the whole retreat. They are all so incredibly professional and integer. My fear totally disappeared immediately. During ceremony when there was any problem, someone was there in a whisk to attend to you. Absolutely mind-blowing! Furthermore, the team makes you feel like you are part of the family. There is never a feeling that the staff is somehow cliquey or “beyond” you, something I have experienced in other places.
The head shaman, Don Alberto, is so extremely knowledgeable, sweet and kind. Beyond being an Ayahuasquero, he is also a herbalist. This is why at Blue Morpho the Aya is made by the Shamans. Many places just get their Aya from somewhere else. At BM, on the second day of retreat, all participants help in the cooking process! This is an incredibly beautiful process and really made me connect deeply with the medicine and spirit of Aya. Furthermore, Don Alberto´s icaros are from the Mestizo tradition and so stunningly beautiful. I listen to his whisteling all the time at home, and it connects me back to my BM family. The Shipibo/Conibo traditional icaros were always a bit challenging for me. : ) I also found it so refreshing, that the shamans at BM, while keeping the ceremonies still traditional, have no problem with women taking part while they have their period (not so in other traditions).
The center itself is small but exquisite. The love and detail that has gone into the planning of the place and garden is obvious. Cleanliness and a love for aesthetics is something that resonates a lot in me and just generally gave me a feeling of being somewhere familiar. The rooms are immaculately clean, and all the mosquito and bug netting is impeccable – something that was important for me to feel safe and comfy, coming from a big city and having had a slight arachnophobia (gone now, due to BM and AYA!). Many of the trees that are added to the Aya actually grow on the premises. We did jungle walks to meet these trees, honor them, and offer them mapacho – another moment that reignited my connection to nature. These walks have turned me into a fearless tree hugger that I now cultivate in the city of London, no matter how cray-cray people think I am. ; )
I cannot recommend this place enough. There was not once a moment where I did not feel showered with the kindness, patience, compassion and beauty of the shamans, staff, and everyone working there. It is, for me, and always be, a home away from home.
I took part in a week-long Ayahuasca Retreat with Blue Morpho in September. In short, it was at times scary but amazing, and if you are considering this evolutionary step to transform your life using Ayahuasca, I cannot recommend Blue Morpho highly enough.
Blue Morpho’s shamans are amazing people, inside and outside the ceremonies. Their open-heartedness, kindness, wisdom and professionalism at all times of day was inspiring and caused many of us to have little breakthroughs both in and out of ceremonies. Ayahuasca is powerful stuff, at times you might be facing your deepest fears or trying to free from most held-on convictions, so you’ll want to be in the hands of someone you can trust to the moon and back. Blue Morpho team I would go with until the end of the Universe! For me the ceremonies were very powerful, but it was the conversations with the group and with shamans during the week that helped unpack a lot of the meaning of this new world I was discovering.
Facilities, food and every detail about the experience has been thought through and refined to perfection over the years. The property is gorgeous, the four rooms in each bungalow are huge and comfortable, the ceremony house and main house are wonderful places to hang out, there is a lake (and soon a pool) to chill around in a hot day, there are also jungle trails where it’s neat to walk. Every small detail is in place, from the laundry getting done, to the time when lantern batteries are replaced for the night, from until when biscuits and tea are served, to the myriad of ways you can get help and support during the ceremony.
And the food is heavenly, fresh buffet every morning and lunch which both vegans and meat-eaters find amazing. It is so tasty you won’t even notice the restrictions (no sugary foods, no pork). I also want to highlight the daily schedule. There is an optional activity or two each day, which usually have to do with short walks in the jungle, planting or making ayahuasca, (very helpful) group discussions, or getting a massage.
When the week is over, you’ll have the amazing time of “normalization” when you may see very sharply the differences between the “pre-retreat you” and the “post-retreat you” in everyday activities. You’ll have become different, and will integrate these new learnings into your life during the next 3-6 months. I did not consider myself spiritual before this experience, but it did not matter, since Ayahuasca and the “Blue Morpho method” would work anyway. I went with my wife and was slightly worried about it since intimacy is forbidden (it’s harmful to the process), but was very happy about it, since we were great support for each other, and it would have been so difficult to convey to her the experience otherwise.
I’ve known Blue Morpho (and Blue Morpho International) for over two years now. I’ve been on five Ayahuasca retreats and one San Pedro retreat with them. It’s very clear that I only ever wish to have such transformational experiences with Blue Morpho. They’ve created an atmosphere of safety, non-judgment, support, healing, growth and love that is extremely rare.
A few things stand out for me…
– Safety. I feel completely safe at Blue Morpho, on every level…physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Since my first retreat, it was evident that I needn’t concern myself with safety while in their care. This allows me to totally focus on my experience.
– Non-judgment. They’ve achieved an environment that promotes trust, openness, genuine care, love and non-judgment. This makes me feel comfortable to open up about anything.
– Character. The Blue Morpho people are exceptional individuals. Their depth of character flows through everything at Blue Morpho. It’s rare to meet people who are as authentic, honest, committed and supportive. They are totally focused on helping people to heal, grow, explore and learn. And, they do this with complete integrity, love, humility, kindness, strength and wisdom.
– Experience. They possess so much collective expertise in this domain…and all the wisdom that comes with it. In challenging moments, I wouldn’t want anyone else to be guiding and supporting me through whatever I’m going through.
– Support. There’s a strong emphasis on having a lot of support on hand. It’s comforting to know that experienced people are always available to provide as much focused attention as anyone desires.
– Pragmatic. It’s clear that Blue Morpho has fine-tuned the guest experience over many years. The Blue Morpho people are all former long-time guests. They know what everyone is going through. They’ve put so much care into every detail…even practical day-to-day things. This attention to detail brings me even more confidence in Blue Morpho.
Their expertise, wisdom, strength, love and humility radiates through the entire experience at Blue Morpho (and Blue Morpho International). I am deeply grateful for being able to share part of my journey with such beautiful people.
The week I spent at Blue Morpho was incredibly powerful. From the moment I arrived at camp I felt connected, guided and nurtured. The medicine itself is certainly transformative but it would be impossible to isolate the plant ceremonies from the BM experience as a whole. Everything just flows…from making the brew yourself to the yoga to the jungle hikes…it’s truly all there for the taking (or the receiving). I will be returning to BM at least once a year for the rest of my life. My thanks and gratitude to all those affiliated.
Peace and love,
I’ve been to Blue Morpho 5 times and had an incredible experience each time. The food is excellent, and they even do your laundry (though getting it dry in the jungle is a test of patience).
The food at Blue Morpho is totally yum. It’s prepared fresh, healthy, and just enough. Of course, they offer traditional “fasts” as well… and the food is sustaining.
Blue Morpho also, to my knowledge, does more ceremonies than others over a period of time… AND offers plant diets (others do too) that allow you to get deeper into the medicine in a safe and supported environment.
I’ve made many friends here over the years, which has added an element of support for when you return.
The Blue Morpho experience was life changing!
I initially did 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies and Plant Dieta and after a truly life changing experience the Blue Morpho team were very accommodating in allowing me to book another tour- just a couple days before it commenced! I couldn’t imagine how different things would be if I just did the one. The positive effects accumulated by doing two tours consecutively. I’ve already seen and made so many profound changes in my life. It has only been a few weeks since the tour and I have developed a new deep love, appreciation and motivation for life. Also, each tour was unique, both in the things I learnt and the life long friendships developed by sharing such a deep experience.
A lot of other people have gone into depth about the facilities in their reviews, so I won’t spend much time describing them other then saying that they are excellent and I wish I could live at the camp longer haha. The sound, smell and sight of the Amazon is a experience within itself and I never knew that stars could be so vivid at night. It is magical!
What I appreciated most about Blue Morpho was the team; their friendship, values and who they are as people. They have created such a warm and safe environment within the camp that you feel at home and among family. They constantly share their experience and support to help guide you through your Ayahuasca journey and even during difficult times you feel completely safe and trust the process. They offer so much more than just Ayahuasca ceremonies, it is truly a center of medicine, healing and self discovery/ growth.
I would only recommend Blue Morpho if any of my friends/family/whanau felt like experiencing Ayahuasca. For me there is no alternative.
Thank you so much for everything!
Kia kaha and much love,
The staff at Blue Morpho are the best. The shamans are full of loving intent, something that is absolutely necessary when partaking in an ayahuasca retreat. To go into ceremony like this you need a place you feel safe, loved, and cared for. Blue Morpho is just this.
Blue Morpho offers much and then delivers way beyond expectations.
The atmosphere, created by the professionalism and warm approachability of every carefully selected staff member, manifests an extraordinarily safe space in which to venture into the powerful, world-view changing, deeply revealing and healing journeys you will take facilitated by the plant medicines and guided by the skilled, experienced and wonderfully compassionate, yet self-effacing, shamans. At Blue Morpho you will, with your own willingness to engage your heart/mind in guided plant spirit medicine journeys, receive an opportunity to (immediately or eventually, but inevitably) transform your life situation, and step into your own powerful and creative truth. This is my experience. The shamanic journey is a direct portal to your “true” life, which continues long after you return home to daily life. Intention is the key.
If you are considering engaging in these experiences you could not place yourself in better hands than those at Blue Morpho. Blessings on your journey ❤️.
The experience at Blue Morpho exceeded my expectations in every way. The staff are outstanding, thoroughly professional and very experienced/educated in the use of sacred plant medicines. The premises are beyond the standard one would expect from a secluded jungle retreat. Hot water is available 24/7. Food is prepared by professional chefs and there is a good variety of culinary options that change daily. Electricity is available in the main communal building so electronic devices can be kept charged. The accommodation is comfortable and room service is provided. There is also a free laundry service. Many activities are provided during the day so there is no chance of boredom setting in between ceremonies. Traditional jungle tobacco is available to buy as are professional massages. The facility has a natural lake for swimming and several trails through the jungle within the private reserve. There are also two quiet meditation bungalows. A swimming pool is currently under construction and close to completion as of September 2018.
The way the shamanic team conduct the ceremonies is excellent and feels truly authentic. The ambience created in the ceremony hall is perfect before, during and after the ceremony. Throughout the process the participants are under constant supervision with immediate assistance available if required. The environment feels 100% safe at all times.
To summarise, I cannot fault the Blue Morpho experience. I strongly recommend this retreat as the perfect place to go for your Ayahuasca journey. You will not be disappointed.
Richard B (UK)
the best place on earth
I have been to Ayahuasca ceremonies all over South and Central America.
Blue Morpho is probably fine for newbies that aren’t familiar with what a real ceremony should entail.
Although I’ve not been to Blue Morpho for about 10 years, my experience there left a bad taste in my mouth.
The self appointed (shaman) maestro Hamilton joked and laughed out loud throughout the ceremony while the rest of us were deeply into the experience, this was so disruptive and showed a lack of respect, for us AND for the sacrament.
The next morning I brough it up but to no avail, the following ceremony was again disrupted by his joking and laughter with maestro Alberto.
Blue Morpho was very fortunate due to a great (accidental) media exposure that catapulted him into the lime-light overnight, and then the dollar signs just started flashing. I saw that taking place.
If he cared about the people he supposedly helps, he could charge MUCH less than his $1,500 per head, which is in keeping with a greedy money making scheme.
There are other places to go where the PATH is more important than the MONEY.
Ayahuasca by far was the most terrifying and greatest experience of my life so far and i’m glad i found such a great group of people at BM. I was at “the new camp” in 2014 and the lodging is top notch. great relaxing accommodations and activities to do during your stay there. Hamilton and Malcolm are a treat during ceremony time. they provide such a beautiful space to explore and get some good work done.
oh, and the food is amazing. very clean and well made 🙂
I’ve been back one more time (2015) and hopefully i’ll be back again very soon. if you’re on the fence about BM, rest assured,you’re in for a fantastic,safe and life-changing experience
The Blue Morpho team is extraordinary. I was thoroughly impressed with their professionalism, compassion, and support they provided throughout the journey. The staff worked tirelessly before, during, and after the ceremonies to make sure each guest was well cared for. The staff seem to have endless stores of energy to conduct the ceremonies and give individualized attention to each guest 24/7. I’m sure the plant spirits must be helping them, help us too!
The medicine is strong and the shamans guide you throughout your stay with advice and assistance on dosing to ensure guests get just the right amount for healing. More importantly, they have discussions nearly every day as a group and privately, if desired, to help process and integrate the experience.
I attended the 7 day retreat and expected a much more rustic accommodation. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful surroundings, the comfortable rooms, and the fantastic and healthy food. The surroundings are majestic and the tour options during the day were an added bonus. I highly suggest the stargazing, giant lily pad, and Mono Island tours. This is just another reason why this retreat is worth EVERY penny.
The inner peace and integration tools I gained through my experiences here have stayed with me and I am so grateful to the beautiful people at Blue Morpho. I completely trust the Blue Morpho team with my consciousness and I respect and appreciate their mission as an organization to help humanity heal. With gratitude <3
I would not entrust my soul journeys and my healing process to anyone else. Going for a BM retreat is a pilgrimage for me, a special secret on my path of becoming a better human being and contributing to this world my best. BM has been reviewed by so many media organizations and has such an incredible safety record. This and the recommendation of a friend was what drew me to it. The sharing, advice, guidance and communion that I receive there is what keeps me going back. What an incredible place with incredible team. Love my journeys to the moon and back and can’t wait to go back there. The connection with the BM team is very personal and they know how to handle the journey of all of us in the group, to mediate the energies of a ceremony, to guide and assist everyone’s journey when it gets tough and when it’s elated. I cherish those days and conversations so much! Thank you, BM for all that you do and for the devotion everyone on the team has to making this a better, more healed world.
My husband and I have been on 6 ayahuasca tours together with Blue Morpho – the most recent in July 2016 – and we highly recommend them!! Aya is such a strong plant medicine that you are truly putting your physical, mental, and spiritual safety in the hands of the people leading your ceremonies. That’s one reason why we always return to Blue Morpho – you are totally taken care of on every level. We also return because we love the people, the medicine space, and the absolutely life changing, expansive, empowering experience of connecting with our Higher Selves.
Ceremonies are an amazing mixture of traditional and western shamanism. They are always set up as a space of love. Two local shamans, Maestro Alberto and his son, partner with Western shamans and apprentices. There is also a staff of Western volunteers and Peruvian ceremony assistants who check in on you during ceremony, help you walk to the bathroom, get you a clean bucket if you’ve vomited. Ayahuasca can be quite scary, since you are giving up control completely, so knowing you have support in ceremony is wonderful. There are female staff, which is something I appreciate as a woman. They add a gentle feminine energy & perspective to the space. All of the staff and volunteers are open, loving, nonjudgmental people who are as dedicated to your transformation as they are to their own.
On the Monday of each tour, all of the participants make ayahuasca together – under the guidance of Don Alberto – pounding the ayahuasca vine and adding chacuna leaves. The team explains how these two plants work together, as well as several tree barks and roots that Don Alberto uses to bring additional healing properties to the brew.
Outside ceremony, you are free to spend as much time alone as you like. If you want to discuss your experience, the Western staff is always available. Another plus is that the other participants are a diverse group of people from all over the world. The participants and staff provide a lot of support during and after the tour, and have become very close friends.
Taking ayahuasca is a huge step toward connecting with who you truly are and getting rid of lots of crap that doesn’t serve you. It’s a beautiful thing – and particularly beautiful with Blue Morpho.
All of the information given before the retreat in preparation was accurate and helpful. If anything I would advise not engaging with the locals in Iquitos at all unless you want to be harassed non stop to buy their goods. The entire Blue Morpho staff was very polite and was efficient at getting everyone from getting everyone from point A to point B. All of the food was excellent and many cool jungle activities to engage in outside of ceremonies. I will cherish the memory of seeing 5 pink dolphins forever in my mind. I felt very prepared for the ceremonies even though I wish I would have been able to have more of a say in how much ayahuasca I received. I have a high tolerance for psychedelics and I had to ask multiple times for more ayahuasca in my second ceremony. The starter dose had almost no effect on me and I had to keep convincing the staff I could handle more. I got 3 servings and asked for a 4th but they said it was too late in the evening for the 4th which I understand because they didn’t believe I would be able to hang, but I was disappointed at the time to fly all the way from California then was basically told to exercise patience. But I’m the one who payed over $2k to be there so my patience wasn’t at its highest levels. I was able to take a full cup in my third ceremony and finally got the result I was looking for. I think the biggest thing to keep in mind for anyone reading this is the shamans and ceremony assistants aren’t going to solve anything for you. Anything you learn from these experiences will be because you put in the work and effort yourself and worked your ass off. What you put into the experience is what you get out of it. Ayahuasca ceremony retreats like this through Blue Morpho are normally far out of my price range. However I f you can afford their prices, you will access a very worthy experience for anyone who has dealt with things like PTSD from overseas military deployments and other various issues with depression.
If you are looking for the authentic experience in the safe environment, then you are on the right address 🙂 Many people are asking me about my experience in Peru, but honestly it is impossible to put in words all about it, as much as you try to describe an out of body and out of mind experience. The journey is so individual and it is only yours, therefore try to have as less as possible expectations in order to be able to fully experience the medicine world and trust me, Mother Aya exactly knows what to do.
I have no enough words to describe my gratitude to all Blue Morpho team members, maestros, shamans and sober Heliconia Lodge staff members who are there to help you in every single moment making sure everyone is comfortable and has what they need not only during the ceremony but at all times. Blue Morpho staff members are very special to me, as their commitment to the healing work resulted in an extraordinary shift of consciousness. The whole tone of the retreat was nothing but real support and care from absolutely everyone, which makes you feel safe and loved. I am looking forward to go to Peru again. I do not know when, but one thing I know for sure – it will be definitely with the Blue Morpho team again.
Before even meeting the team, or making the life changing acquaintance with ayahuasca, I could feel I was in a place that is made up of one thing and one thing only, and that is love. The entire Blue Morpho experience allows a person to feel completely comfortable, safe and at ease to begin a journey of healing and discovery. Every small detail of what I went through – of making the journey to Iquitos, of meeting the most amazing team on earth, of being guided through the ceremonies, of being given the wealth of insights just by being there and by awakening to the divine force within through the medicine – was filled with love and understanding. The camp and facilities are amazing. Everything is put in place so that visitors only have one thing to do and that is to relax and enjoy the healing of the beautiful, magical yet oh so real and sometimes challenging ayahuasca medicine. At Blue Morpho you discover your truth, and you can discover the universe of wisdom and the universe itself. It was incredibly hard for me to leave after a week of receiving and finding divine love. But the most amazing thing is that you get to take it all with you. Because the love and the medicine never leave.
Blue Morpho does a perfect job at guiding people through the Ayahuasca experience whether it’s your fist time or you’ve done it many times. If they asked me how they could do a better job I honestly couldn’t think of a single thing I would ask them to improve.
My personal experience in life consisted of physical, psychological and emotional abuse that started in childhood. I reacted to this by shutting down my emotional system and putting walls of protection. As an adult this made me very angry, scared, short tempered, impatient and the problems that caused me in adult life were immense.
I could never have healthy relationships, I didn’t love myself, I had a very pessimistic kill or be killed view of the world.
After drinking Ayahuasca with Blue Morpho I was able to heal these traumas by releasing them with the help of Ayahuasca. Once they were released I could not see clearly how I had taken my negative life experiences and built a negative persona and mode of operation with the world.
This was the beginning of change, for the better. I’m very much still working to cleans heal and become a best version of myself that I can be. Some of the things that have replaced the anger, frustration, fear, impatience are compassion, patience, understanding my behavior, feelings and emits on a deeper level. Compassion for others who are suffering, even when they are acting like an ass…I use to do that…I an relate.
It can be hard work some times and it can at times be confusing. The folks at Blue Morpho have carried me when I needed it, they provided an ear to listen when I needed and they offered advice and perspective when I asked for it. They do this not only while you are at the retreat but after you go home as well.
They are truly selfless people fiercely working on awakening themselves through service to others helping others heal. They are beautiful and dedicated people I’m very grateful to call friends, fellow journeymen and at times care takers.
I love them all and Ayahuasca deeply. I would have never gotten to meet myself and live my true life without Blue Morpho.
In 2014 I was very unsure wheter to go to Peru and try Ayahasca or not. I did 6 months of research and decided that, for me, it was important to go to a proffessional place. I went and did not regret! I felt safe and learned a lot about myself, the medicine and the universe. I went back 2 years later in July 2016 and developed even further, and also received great physical healing. The guests were great, I met people from all over the world and got new friends for life! The people working there are helpful, genuine and truly amazing people who share and support. If I ever get the chance to travel to Peru again there is no doubt I will choose Blue Morpho!
Me and the Wife traveled to Peru in mid January for the retreat. Not knowing what to expect since this is the first time leaving the country. On arriving to the hotel in Iquitos, Peru we met a couple people that were going to BM also. As we met more and more people we started getting very comfortable with this new experience. Upon meeting the staff it was like meeting old friends all over again. They were very friendly and comforting. the whole experience was mind blowing. The staff, shamans and helper were fantastic. already planning our next trip down..
A friend introduced me to Ayahuasca and Blue Morpho. I did not know a thing about Aya at that time, but it strongly resonated and felt the right thing and the right timing for me. 3 months after the first talks I was in the jungle (December 2016).
Yes, the experience is a life changer, and believe me, it is not the vocabulary a French person usually uses (yes I am French).
Yes, the staff is amazing, all of them. So much love and dedication, so rare nowadays. 24/24, 7/7 you can talk to them and they will genuinely take the time to go through your questions or doubts or fears or joys.
Yes, you feel extremely safe, free to focus on your journey. You probably have read horror stories on the web, none of this can possibly happen at Blue Morpho. They are there for you, watching your back.
Yes, you feel at home, because you are safe, but also because Blue Morpho shamans are tuned into western world and approach the experience in a way you can handle it.
Yes the food is great! Uttermost importance for a French 😉 It is such a relief after a rough night to get some treats and reward your body and mind.
Yes the medicine stays with you and works with you way after you have left Peru. I am still being woken up at night by flows of energy working in my body. The Integration pack created by Blue Morpho helps me to go on with that work.
Yes, I would gladly come back and without any hesitation I recommend Blue Morpho.
Before participating in my first Blue Morpho ayahuasca tour, I was a concept to myself. Not a false concept, but still only a concept. My understanding of myself had been built on years of trying to figure out who I was, what I was good at, what I had come to achieve. I had pretty much explored all tools available to me and had reached a relative level of balance and success. I had gathered a lot of information. Put myself through a lot of challenging experiences. And here I was, this interesting multi-dimensional concept, that felt dead inside.
During my week in Iquitos, I was given the gift of the experience of myself. I was offered the blessing of the experience of true love and the peace that comes with it. I received insight on the workings of my mind and how to put it at the service of my experience instead of the other way around. I have never felt so alive as I do today after this extraordinary experience. I am in motion again, moving onwards on the path of this incredible journey that is life. I feel immense gratitude towards Blue Morpho shamans and team for creating a safe and protected environment for this life-transforming experience. I have felt supported, loved and accepted every step of the way. The Heliconia camp is set in a unique environment, conducive to a communion with nature and yourself; it is beautiful and intimate. The Heliconia team is friendly, cheerful, discrete and customer-oriented. Food is delicious. Finally, I am blessed with many new friends who have reminded me how beautiful and vibrant our human connection is.
When I first went to Peru, I won’t lie, I was freaking out. Always questioning if this was a smart decision and whether or not I will regret it. Forget the Aya, what about the people? The staff? What will happen to me? Food? Lodging?
I have to say they were just unfounded fears. I came to discover first and foremost what an amazing and gentle group of people the staff of Blue Morpho are. That is not to say the people who go to these tours are any lesser. They are interesting, respectful, and from all walks of life.
This place is legit and worth every penny asked for the healing process and experience. You only spend one week, but the bonds forged go so deep you feel connected to everyone there for life.
I can’t speak for other places as I’ve only been to Blue Morpho, but there I was taken great care of, respected, listened to, and given my space when needed. I just wish Peru was closer so I can go more often!
To the Blue Morpho staff, love you guys and I hope to be with you soon again to share wisdom, thoughts, and laughs.
I have participated in the ceremonies in January 2017 and it was the most mind-blowing experience. The property is gorgeous, food is amazing, staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The shamans hold the space so powerfully, and team members who assist guests during the ceremonies create such a safe space and provide so much support. I can’t recommend this place enough and will definitely be coming back.
I don’t have enough words to describe how I feel about ayahuasca and BM team. But I will do my best to share my thoughts and experiences.
I was introduced to BM center trough my friends who came there prior to me. I witnessed their positive transformations and whenever it was the right time for me I decided to go as well. It was in June 2014. I created a list of intentions all of which got successfully worked on. Ayahuasca and the shamans, specifically Christian and Don Alberto, guided me through the process of healing and physical and energetic purge of everything that didn’t belong. I immediately felt light in all senses and saw the world through different set of eyes, clear and without any prior fog.
I came back to BM a few more times after that first tour in 2014 because more work needed to be done for which I was not ready the first time. Malcolm, Loretta and Matt took very good care of me. They understood my needs very well and helped me work through some rough stuff. all the helpers at BM are angels who are always there to help during ceremonies, throughout the week of the tour and even afterwards through email correspondence if it becomes necessary. To me BM is a family, something that is very sacred and close to my heart and I feel connected to them thanks to Ayahuasca and other sacred plants.
I have attended four different events (three in iquitos and on in Cusco) with bluemorpho and have already registered for another two events this year, Every one of them has been very well run from an event and healing perspective. I found that the accommodations were always very nice, the staff/teams (both blue morpho and any third parties) were very nice/pleasant and accommodating.
I do not have any other ayahuasca/sacred plant medicine groups to which i can compare blue morpho. That said, I consider myself a tough grader, in general, for events such as these and have zero reservations wholeheartedly recommending a blue morpho event to any of my friends or family. If you are on the fence, my vote is to go and try it. The team is very accommodating and will bend over backwards to get you the opportunity to have the exact experience you want to have.
Woah. This is the place! First off, if you’ve never participated in an Ayahuasca ceremony, there are some things you’ll want to know. The outcome of your experience depends on you and your shaman. Ayahuasca is way more than going on a trip. You’ll hear stories of people going crazy, and it’s true. Ayahuasca is on the level of brain surgery. It’s going to alter your very perception of reality FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Going to Blue Morpho has without a doubt been the pinnacle experience in my life. I’ve drank about 30 times in their jungle lodge, over the course of several tours, and worked my way up to a tour of Sanango. This blows everything else away. Skydiving, any extreme sport, any transformative practice, years of martial arts training in China, etc. Where ever life has taken you, it has all been leading up to this. And this is just on another level. How to explain that to someone who has never experienced ayahuasca is impossible, but you need to know how important it is to pick a good center. Your future is what is at stake.
My purpose in writing this is not to scare you, if anything you’ll be releasing fear, but it’s to point “Go this way!” Blue Morpho is about way more than drinking a jungle brew, it’s about powerful life transformation. It’s all the tools that come with the drink. There is an indigenous shaman “Don Alberto” who sings powerful traditional icaros. His deep well of experience is balanced by the western shaman who have apprenticed for many years at Blue Morpho. There are specific rules this indigenous shaman must follow when practicing at Blue Morpho that he never considered when practicing growing up. I want to stress how important the western element is to Blue Morpho. A jungle shaman’s psyche is so different from a western perspective. You want to know you’ll get what YOU need, and that you are speaking with someone who understands your concerns, struggles, can guide you unconditionally in a way you’ll understand, and help you to grow. Again it’s about transformation. It’s not just – drink this. This is the real deal, plus a few creature comforts (food!), and most importantly an epic team that will take care of you through your transformation, not only in the jungle, but online once you return from the jungle and continue your transformation at home as well.
I can’t give this place enough stars. Infinite Stars! Did I mention it’s fun too? oh man. This is the best place on Earth! This is the center most other Ayahuasca centers are modeled after. I almost don’t want to tell you about it, to save it all to myself. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee! What a gift. What a gift!
I have been to Blue Morpho for 4 ayahuasca retreats, one San Pedro (huachuma) retreat, and one Sanango retreat. I also plane to attend their international sacred site journeys. Clearly, I am a fan of the group… And here is why:
1. They take meticulous care in reviewing the people they allow to attend the sacred medicine journeys (ayahuasca, Sanango, San Pedro). They evaluate your intent via a questionnaire, and your medical history. They have a lot of experience in evaluating who is a good candidate who will benefit from the medicine, and who is not.
2. They give you detailed instructions on how to get to Iquitos, what vendors (hotels and mototaxis/cabs) to take once you get there, and how to get to the meeting point for the journey to the jungle camp. They have built tremendous credibility with their brand with locals, so people all know about Blue Morpho.
3. The jungle camps (both of them) offer very comfortable and secluded experiences. The food is very good. (Unless you are doing Sanango… Which requires a very strict dieta to follow. But you need to be very experienced with ayahuasca before you do Sanango.)
4. The ratio of staff (shamans, assistant shamans, ceremony assistants, camp assistants) is very high. And all are very experienced. I’ve seen other ayahuasca retreats tell me, “It’s not about quantity of ceremonies a shaman has conducted, it’s about the quality.” That is a lie. It is about BOTH quality and quantity… And with the Blue Morpho staff, you are getting very experienced native medicine plant doctors who have been studying the medicine for DECADES, as well as apprenticing and maestro shamans who have years of experience with ayahuasca specifically.
I will continue to go back to only Blue Morpho. It’s worth more than what you pay to attend.
Have you ever asked yourself is there such a thing as rehab for life? The answer is yes! The wonderful people at Blue Morpho and the medicine has helped change my life forever. I call it rehab for life because for me that’s exactly what I needed. For many years i suffered from childhood traumas, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, low self esteem and especially depression. I saw countless therapists over my life with little success. I was at point where I no longer wanted to continue with life. One day i stumbled upon the Joe Rogan podcast. He had a guest on named Aubrey Marcus who spoke about plant medicines in the Amazon and how there are centers that are helping heal traumas, ptsd, mental illnesses, life issues with Ayahuasca. From that moment on is where my journey began. I researched Ayahuasca and searched countless healing centers in South America. Many had hundreds of reviews but I was unsure of where to go. Then I searched on YouTube for ayahuasca videos and that’s where I came across a video called Metamorphosis Ayahuasca Documentary. After watching that video I decided over 1 year ago to take a chance on healing my life. I flew down to Peru to do my very first Ayahuasca ceremony with Blue Morpho. Maestros Don Alberto, Eliseo, Malcom, Lorreta, Matt, Alex, Terri, Maya and the entire Blue Morpho staff are just the most amazing people you will ever meet. If you ever wanted to take a break from life and be one with the Amazon jungle while being in a safe place with people that practice medicine then Blue Morpho is your place. The medicine has helped me deal with addiction and I have remained sober since. My relationships with my loved ones have improved dramatically. I’m able to be in the moment and communicate better. This medicine is not a cure all and it is not meant for everyone. It is a medicine that shows you the truth about yourself while helping you release the things in your life that no longer serve you. So if you are willing to do the work then by all means give yourself the opportunity to heal. Give yourself the opportunity to reconnect with yourself. Trust Blue Morpho and believe that this is the right path. I see a brighter future for myself and for you. I see that once again “Life Is Good!” Thank you Blue Morpho for making my life better. Much love for you!
I have drank with Malcolm & Christian on 2 tours now.
Blue Morpho is an incredible location to experience the plant medicine. The safety & security of its guests is utmost & excellent. One can relax & focus on ones journey.
The information from, & command of the ceremony, by the Shamans & staff is such that any person should feel comfortable here, be it your first or multiple tour.
I have made friends & maintained relationships with fellow attendees. The comraderie of BM alumni is amazing & continues well beyond Peru.
I would give this place the highest regard & rating. Book it & quit worrying. These people are awesome folks. The accommodations are nice enough for us prissy N. Americans to not feel like we are camping! And rough enough to feel authentic, but also to leave behind modern day distractions.
I look forward to my return.
I did a 9 day retreat at Blue Morpho back in 2008 and it was an amazing experience. The centre is rustic but comfortable. I loved swimming in the lake on the property. Met some wonderful guests who I still connect with via FB every now and again as they live in the US while I live in Australia. All the staff there are caring and genuine. At that time there were 2 apprentice shamans, Hamilton and Alberto holing the ceremonies. I felt safe and that there is genuine care for all participants.
I attended a seven day tour at Blue Morpho in June 2013, and it was the most incredible experience of my life. It was my first time drinking aya, and I did my research carefully. I selected Blue Morpho because it had the reputation for being very safe, supportive, and educational. Also, the fact that they had showers and flushable toilets was a plus (not gonna lie!). My time at Blue Morpho exceeded everything I hoped for. The facilities are great. Comfortable bungalows, large and well equipped ceremony house, plenty of space for lounging during the day, and a lovely lake for swimming. The food was fantastic, especially given the dietary restrictions when drinking! They did an impressive job. But what really made Blue Morpho stand out to me was the staff. Right away, they were there to support us and told us from the very beginning that if we had questions about anything at ANY time we could talk to any one of them. Malcolm (the shaman) was so personable, accessable, and good at reading peoples energy and needs. In every ceremony, there were the two shamans (Malcolm and Don Alberto), two apprentice shaman, several assistants who were very experienced with the medicine and made themselves available to help whenever needed, and a host of local men and women who were not drinking, but just there to help with water, bathroom trips, etc. My first ceremony was VERY hard, but even in the thick of it, I felt ultimately so safe because there were people by my side helping me through the whole time. The staff at Blue Morpho obviously has a deep respect for the medicine and for educating their guests about it. They aren’t into giving you a cheap thrill, they want you to fully understand what’s happening. We had question and answers sessions with the shaman every day for several hours, and were encouraged to talk about anything that came up for us during our time there. They were fantastic at creating and holding a safe, supportive space for all guests to grow and transform within. All in all, It was perfect. I can’t imagine a better experience, and I would think long and hard before drinking anywhere else in Peru. My time at Blue Morpho was a turning point in my life and I will always look back at it with love and tremendous gratitude for these people and this place.
I went on a tour in March 2013 and am headed back in 2 weeks. The staff were very supportive, and my stay was very comfortable. The meals are great. The location in the jungle helps to make the time peaceful. Overall, it was beautiful.
I cannot recommend Blue Morpho highly enough; and they are the only folks I would personally consider drinking with.
Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I recently did a 9 day tour at BM, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The staff was incredibly supportive, and the other visitors were among the loveliest people I’ve ever met. I had a very rough time during the first ceremony — WOW the etheric plane can be big and scary! — and there’s no other place I would have rather been during such an experience than at Blue Morpho .
As for the amenities, I thought the food was great, the surroundings beautiful, and I personally really dug the “dormitory” vibe of the bungalows. For me, it was a 5 stars out of 5 stars experience, and I can’t wait to go back next year.