- Iquitos, Peru
Brenna’s Light is the first donation based Ayahuasca Healing Center in Iquitos, Peru. We offer 6 day retreats Monday – Saturday. We work with the incredible Maestros Christian, Antenor, and Jairo. They are the sons and grandson of the late famous healer Don Julio Llerena who they studied under. You will have amazing ceremonies under their care.
We operate completely donation based, meaning on the final day of your stay you will leave a donation with us. Some will be able to leave more and some will be able to leave less, we only ask you leave an honest donation so we can continue to help people from all walks of life. For donation suggestions view our FAQ
The lodge is a one hour boat ride down stream from Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon river. We have a beautiful space surrounded by nature. You will be in incredibly safe and caring hands while you stay with us and enter into a transformative state of healing. For more information please check out our website, or email us.
I can definately recommend Brenna’s light. I was with Justin and his family for five days. A great place with great people who do what they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. As a single woman on foot, I felt very safe. They know what they are doing and work with the medicine in a dignified manner. We were on great walks, eating good food, great facilitating and having good conversations. It’s hard to put words into everything. But to me, Justin was an excellent guide in my own healing process. I’ll be back. Grateful.
Words cannot describe how incredible my experience at Brenna’s Light was. I spent a long time researching retreats online and as soon as I found Brenna’s Light I knew it was the right place for me to have my Ayahuasca experience. It was the hardest process I have ever been through but having Walter, Lady and the team around me made it so much better, you certainly are surrounded by love. I felt in safe hands with Davis, our Shaman, and he knew exactly the right amount to give me each ceremony. The food was delicious and plentiful, even whilst being dieta friendly. I trusted the universe to put me there with the right people and I could not have asked for a better two people to go through my journey with, there is plenty of downtime to rest and process everything that happens in the ceremonies, and having the other two to talk things through was really beneficial as well as having a laugh. Walter was a brilliant guide, we had a great afternoon searching for dolphins and going to the beach and mud bathing, plus a jungle walk and visit to a local rum distillery. I had some huge releases during my 3 ceremonies and many visions providing me with all the realisations I need to live a freer life with an open heart. I cannot recommend Brenna’s Light strongly enough, and make sure you commit to the dieta before you get there, it’s really worth it ❤️❤️❤️
I had a great time at Brenna’s light. They took care of me very well, making me feel so much love and care. The shaman put so much effort in the ceremonies and the Icaros and medicine were healing and powerful. During the ceremonies, I felt lots of happiness and love, so I was so smiley. The shaman did a very good job, always checked my situation, and made me feel safe. They absolutely did their best to heal me and the energy was so pure and strong. Our connection was so beautiful.
There is a family living here taking care of me, preparing delicious meals, and cleaning the space everyday. They also assisted in ceremonies and provided me all the help. I truly thank them for their effort. We also went to the beach to enjoy the nature together. The treated me like family, and they always smiled. I enjoyed staying with everyone here.
The place is located in an isolated jungle. However, it was not too far by boat. The nature was amazing and I felt very relaxed. Justin was a wonderful host, and he always asked me how I felt to make sure everything was ok. I was so lucky to be in the retreat.
Except for the retreat, Justin invited us for meals before and after the retreats. It was so nice to spend time together outside the retreat. Such a good memory!
I highly recommend Brenna’s light to everyone. Come to receive the blessing from Ayahuasca and meet these lovely people. 🙂 Brenna’s light is donation-based, and they are dedicated to healing people instead of making money. Their intention is to help people, and they are very honest, trustworthy, and reliable. They knew what they were doing, and everything went so smoothly. They received only few guests in a retreat, so everyone could get the best care. Thank you, Justin and everyone at Brenna’s light. It was a wonderful experience!
I did extensive research on Ayahuacsa centers in Peru a few years ago and the trip I planned never happened. Friends backed out and it just didn’t feel right. I then made plans to sit in ceremony several times in the US and those too all fell through, the last i was attend to solo and a giant wildfire canceled the ceremony. My Aya dreams were put on hold but I made my intentions known to close friends.
In august a friend forwarded me Brennas Light. The blue morpho logo grabbed me immediately as they are a special guide for me but what grabbed me even more was Justin’s story and that was donation based. When you have a calling in life, it is your passion and great pleasure to serve people. Of course, Curanderos need to pay bills in this earthly realm as well but as Aya centers have seem to become these capitalistic ventures, Brennas Light seemed to vibrate with energy of authentic service to the greater good of humanity.
Needless to say we bought plane tickets and spent 1/13/20 – 1/18/20 with the Brennas Light family. Justin met us by the river in Iquitos and immediately felt like kin. Feeling safe and seen and heard are the beginning of healing and all those feelings were present. We were even approached by several men attempting to sell us Aya ceremonies before meeting with Justin and it just felt gross. After a short trip down the river with the team we arrived at such beautiful land with a giant fig tree and Babecito and Segundo – two of the dogs living on the land greeting us.
Over the course of the week we sat in 3 ceremonies, received Kambo / Sapo medicine and I undertook an Ajo Sancha dieta. We took the boat out in search of wildlife, visited a medicinal rum distillery and swam in the Amazon infusing our bodies with the amazing mud the jungle has to offer. The entire time I felt safe and my body and mind were calm. Justin and Christian were amazing at leading the ceremonies and from the whole team I felt so cared for and loved. Walter, )the nature guide) and Lady sat in ceremony with us without drinking to help with anything we needed and he was my guide to walk outside to the bathroom a few minutes after She (the medicine) hit super strong. I felt as though I were walking through dimensions and could barely find the floor to step on and Walter was with me, holding and guiding me ever so respectfully every step of the way. Lady helped me during our jungle walk when we got caught in the most beautiful rainstorm. She taught me how to walk in the jungle mud (heel first) and was so patient with my Spanish, teaching me the correct way to say things with so much warmth and all smiles.
Asteria cooked all our meals and despite being dieta food, she made it all tasty (cooked with love) and was all smiles as well. I have recommended Brenna’s Light to every friend I have, inviting them down as I plan to return and spend more time myself hopefully studying with Christian. Such a beautiful medicine, team and experience, I feel like I found a second home and am so grateful for all the ways this aligned. Thank you Justin, Christian and the whole team, including Brenna who has helped create this magical space from the other side.
I did a lot of research on different retreats I could visit to participate in Ayahuasca Ceremonies while visiting Peru. So many of the retreats just seemed like money making ventures that only cared about the economic benefits from providing Ayahuasca to tourists. Even my hotel in Iquitos tried to push me to some that would have cost upwards of $3000 for 5 days. I don’t recall how I discovered Brenna’s Light but I count it as a blessing that I did. I can not think of a better place to experience this powerful medicine in its natural environment. Justin, the owner, is an amazing individual that opened this center to help others heal as he did after the untimely death of his girlfriend, whom the center is named for. Justin is training to become a Shaman under the guide of a couple of Maestros that lead the ceremonies at Brenna’s Light. Christian led our ceremonies the week I was there. I was one of two guests present. It was very personalized and beautiful. Christian’s Icaros were amazing. He called upon the spirits to protect and heal the entire ceremony. His medicine is top notch, Very powerful. I saw and experienced things I did not believe to be possible. Simply amazing! All of the people that work at Brenna’s Light are like family. They are so nice and helpful. We went fishing on the Amazon one day, hiking in the jungle with Walter and Lady the guides that told us about all the plants and animals we came across. The entire experience was magical. I will for sure return and I am sending many others I know as well to experience what Brenna’s Light has to offer. Do yourself a favor and do not go anywhere else!!!
It will be hard to describe the experience I had here but I will do my best. The entire time I was here I just felt like I was hanging out at someone’s house. It was extremely welcoming and comfortable. The ceremonies were intimate and again it felt like going through these experiences in a trusted friends living room. Christian and Justin led guided ceremonies that always revealed insight into some matter as well as having compassionate understanding into why we were there. Christian’s abilities as a shaman are awe inspiring and I was filled with a sense of wonder after each journey. I will never forget this place and was quite saddened to leave as the sense of peace, calm, and happiness at the lodge was unparalleled. I left with an incredible burden and weight removed from my mind and body and am ready to approach the next stage of my life with clarity and an open heart. The staff are extremely friendly and kind and though I spoke little Spanish, I still felt like I made new friends amongst all of them. I will never be able to express my gratitude fully, but know that I am forever indebted to my time here and the healing and revelations learned from grandmother Ayahuasca. Thank you so very much for making me feel genuine laughter again. Gracious tobacco!
Where do I start… I knew I wanted to come to Peru to take Ayahuasca, but was so overwhelmed with all the places that popped up on google… when I finally came across Brenna’s Light, I immediately loved that it was donation based so I would only donate what I took from the experience. After it caught my attention, I started reading and the reviews sold it for me. It’s been just under two weeks since I was there, and I only have outstanding things to say about Brenna’s Light!
I felt a little anxious going into the retreat, but felt so at ease when I arrived because of the friendly workers and welcoming atmosphere! I would say that it was one of the most intense weeks of my life (scary, overwhelming, emotional, joyful, beautiful and fulfilling) and have the whole team to thank! I got exactly what I wanted out of the retreat, and having such caring workers, shaman, and owner (Justin) made the world of a difference.
If you’re questioning if you should take this experience, go to this centre.. do it! You won’t regret it! ❤️❤️❤️
To Everybody how read this REVIEUW
I went more than one month ago to Brennas Light an Ayahuasca Donation based retrait center one and half hour from Iquitos center. and had a wondeerful two weeks stay – cleansing.
Justin the owner of the place realy did great work to make this plac availabel
for everybody how like to stay here and want to do the ayahuasca ceremonies.or Dieta’s……
I already did some other ceremonies in other places / center before last year but coming
to do this place is a Great Blessing for me.
The Shaman Christian is a great Healer his grandfatherJulio already did Ayahuasca Ceremonies long before I was born see Book Ayahuasca in my blood by Journalist Peter Gorman….. Great Book ?! must read.
The Ceremonies where great still had to do lots of internal cleasing work
but felt relieved from a lot of blockages.
I can recommand this place because the place is Clean,
People are open Haerted and Justin realy want everybody give the
chance to do Ayahuasca ceremonies to there Needs……
Justin is a Great Master Guide that i realy felt Blessed to meet him and realy Love and hope that many people can meet him too.
He realy do Great work and work with good Shamans surly coming back next years
Take care and do some preperation work before coming to the Ceremonies so
you can have the best out of it
May MOTHER AYAHUASCA BLESS YOU too..……
We spent hours researching ayahuasca retreat centres before finally stumbling across Brenna’s Light. This is the only resort we found in Peru that did not seem overly commercialised but still legitimate. And our research paid off! We just spent an incredible week in the midst of the beautiful Amazon jungle. We had so much time to reflect and read (Justin keeps a collection of great books guests can borrow) and having inspiring conversations. Justin is so sweet and really cares about each and every one of his guests. He has himself gone through a lot and knows the ayahuasca medicine very well so has many helpful anecdotes and tips. The staff are all lovely. Walter, our personal jungle guide who knows more about birds and other animals than anyone else, the lovely ladies who cooked us delicious fresh vegan/vegetarian meals every day and of course Cristian who guided us through every ceremony and had good advice for everyone in the group shares, deserve special mention! Don’t expect anything fancy here – accommodation is basic (two bathrooms are shared between guests and staff and the occasional frog or spider) and wifi limited which is to be expected. It is really about the ceremonies and the healing here which is also reflected by the fact that this is entirely donation based. All in all, a life changing experience that we would highly recommend especially to everyone who has lived through trauma or has issues to deal with. Thanks again to Justin and the whole time for a great week!
This retreat is beautiful. I did a lot of research to find the perfect ayahuasca retreat and talked to many centers. As soon as I found Brennas Light I knew it was the one and going there this past week I am even more convinced. They are all so loving, like a family. They treat everyone so nice, with so much love as if we are part of there family. They have a very experienced Shaman who is very in touch with healing and very experienced in making the medicine. There tour guide Walter is hilarious and took us on some great adventures while we were there. The place is very comfortable and relaxing. It’s nice to be away from everything and experience the beauty of the Amazon jungle. Justin the owner is so caring and really wants to help people heal. He really connects with people and understands real life problems. I love how they all just want to help and provide the best experience. The ayahuasca experience was interesting, the most spiritual thing I have ever gone through. The vegetarian food is actually amazing too. I will be sure to come back soon. Thank you so much.
A welcoming retreat built on intentions of love and healing, clearly with a philosophy of inclusiveness. Can’t recommend it enough!
It was my first time working with the medicine, and I am very grateful it was here. The donation based system highlights the love that has lead to this place being built, with Justin genuinely caring about us as humans that can be offered something by the medicine.
The ceremonies are held in a beautiful maloka, and the shaman Christian sings beautiful icaros throughout the ceremony, including an individual one for each person. These made for an incredible experience just in their own right.
Being in it’s early days and in the jungle amenities are simple but comfortable. Individual rooms with double beds and shared bathrooms and showers. There is wifi if needed.
It’s really hard to put the whole experience into words – it was beautiful, lovely, cosy and I already want to go back. Justin is a perfect host, taking care of everyone – staff and guests. People who work there – Astedia, Walter, Christian, Omar, Roberto and all others are so sweet I immediately fell in love with them and felt as a part of a big family. All this was very important for the ayahuasca healing too. Really hope to be back with my friends and family ♥
Absolutely amazing place. Excellent for novices like me and also people with more experience. The owner really looks after you and makes sure everyone is as comfortable as possible in their stay. The Amazon is amazing. We saw dolphins and all sorts of beautiful birds. The place has a real family atmosphere to it which really helped me settle in there. From my limited knowledge, if you want to get the best out of your experience, it is important that everyone is truly genuine in their work. The people there are 100% genuine and committed to your well being. Excellent shaman who really made a connection with me. From first appearance he is ordinary but when he goes to work he really connects with the medicine. The place is filled with love and I really respect the donation based policy as it made me feel that Ayahuasca comes first and all other considerations are secondary. Which is rare in the modern day.
Thank you to the whole crew I had an experience I will never forget.
Oh and the facilities and food are great.
Brenna’s light is an amazing retreat center. I had a once in a lifetime experience there and met some really cool people. Justin is a great host and also the family that lives there and take care of all of us. Shamans did a great job during ceremonies and we were all sharing our experience together. Vegan food there was really tasty and healthy and really enjoyed every meal. Justin and people who are there took care of all of our needs and i am very thankful for that. We had jungle walks, boat rides, beach and plenty of books to read in our spare time. I would highly recommend this center for anyone interested. You will have a wonderful time there that can really benefit you. Thank you Justin!
Spent the last week at Brenna’s Light, outside of Iquitos, and had the most amazing experience. It is obvious from the moment you arrive at the retreat that this is a place for healing. There is no money up front, and your donation is left on the last day of your stay. The owner, Justin, along with the family and friends who work there, obviously believe very much in the healing power of plant medicines. In addition to Ayahuasca, there are other plant medicines for guests to try, at a reasonable cost. There are three Ayahuasca ceremonies to participate in during your stay (ours were lead by the Shaman Cristian, who did an amazing job), and the option to go on guided walks into the jungle, trips to the beach, and visits to neighboring villages. If you are looking for a place with a family atmosphere, lots of laughing, and great conversations, this could be a good fit for you. Highly recommended.
Wonderful, loving and informal place! There’s a great family feeling and they will do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible. If you’re looking for a informal, social place in the jungle for your ayahuasca, this is sure it! There are 3 ceremonies with each a day of rest in between, which is really really welcome. These resting days are up to you. They have options like a jungle walk with a guide or going to the beach at the river for example. But if you just want to chill and do nothing, that’s fine too. They have interesting books to read. Make sure you check out the watch tower!
The ceremonies were really good and the guidance as well. The food is tasty, although if you do want a blend ayahuasca diet I’m sure all you have to do is just ask and they’ll prepare it for you.
Note: if you want a place to be sort of isolated and really in silence, than I think you shouldn’t go here but find a place for ‘retiro’. Because here it’s more being in the midst of a wonderful family :).
A place of healing. I am 50 years old. I have had many blessings in my life, but I have lived through much tragedy. I ended up in the Amazon Jungle after watching our son grieve the loss of the love of his life. When your children are hurting you will do anything you can to take their pain away. Our son was looking for healing. He was certain Ayahuasca was the answer. He asked me to go with him on his journey to Peru. I was scared and unsure, but he so believed in the healing powers of Ayahuasca, that I went. I believed in him and he believed in the medicine. I completed 3 ceremonies with Jairo and Antenor, the Shaman at Brenna’s Light. I can tell you it was the most profound spiritual journey I have been on. It was truly a gift given to me out of tragedy. Because I was able to trust our son, I was able to find the medicine. I want to bring my husband and other children back in order to experience the same healing I did. The medicine took me through chapters of my life. I connected with nature. I saw my spirit animal, the elephant. I felt. I cried. I loved. I forgave. I was shown a deeper understanding of events that took place in my life. I experienced much happiness and joy too. At times it was really hard work. It showed me experiences in my life I had buried. It helped me understand why certain people were put in my path. It allowed me to learn more about the person I am, my good traits as well as my flaws. The Shaman, Jairo and Antenor have beautiful voices. They were so connected with my healing. The ekiros they sang were in true alignment with what I was experiencing, sadness, anger, guilt, bravery, love, joy. Brenna’s Light is in a beautiful location on the banks of the Amazon River about an hour boat ride from Iquitos. The lodge is very peaceful. The staff are very friendly. The rooms are clean. They provided all the meals. Estedia is a great cook. The ceremonies, food and stay at the lodge are all provided through donations. I really appreciate their desire to provide this gift to anyone searching for spiritual awareness and healing. I have told my friends about my experience and I plan to go back. If you are reading this, I recommend you experience Brenna’s Light. Be sure to Pay It Forward with a nice donation so others may have the experience.
Brenna’s Light was a beautiful experience. All barriers are broken down and you are set free. The jungle is no joke, you surrender to nature. Ayahuasca is a medicine you become one with and allow for all self control to let go!
Each ceremony was different. It either taught me something or allowed me to let go. Overall it was a life changing experience and I look forward to more ceremonies. If I had to sum up my experience, I would say that I felt like one night was 5 years of intense therapy.
I just did a week at Brenna’s Light and had 3 life changing ceremonies with Maestro Antenor. I can’t even put into words how healing this week was for me. I healed deep rooted traumas and let go of so much grief that has been hindering my life. I highly recommend this place to anybody looking for a retreat center in Iquitos. The craziest part is they are donation based, I didn’t pay anything until my last day when they ask for a donation. You donate whatever you can… For reference I donated 600 dollars, which compared to other retreats in Iquitos that are around 2,000 dollars shows this place is about the medicine. Also it was a very personal experience which was amazing as there were not many other guests, but It’s a new lodge so I’m sure later down the road they will be more full once more people know about them