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Caya Shobo Ayahuasca Healing Center

40 reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca, Integration

Min. Cost: 150
Max. Cost: 255
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Caya Shobo is a leading Ayahuasca healing centre nestled in a gentle jungle rainforest setting, just 45mins drive from the historic Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru.

We welcome visitors of all ages and backgrounds who wish to experience the profound healing benefits of Ayahuasca and journey into an awakening of spiritual consciousness in the safety and care of highly experienced practitioners and the peaceful, secure environs of Caya Shobo.

Caya Shobo closely follows the Shipibo tradition of healing. We work only with genuine Shipibo maestras and maestros who hold high knowledge of their ancestral traditions – in particular Master Plant Dieta healing. Caya Shobo is the only Ayahuasca Healing Centre in the world to have received endorsement from Coshikox – the Shipibo Konibo Xetebo Tribal Council – as to the authenticity of our medicine offering in accordance with the true Shipibo traditions.

Caya Shobo has received thousands of western visitors since its facilities first opened 4 years ago and our healers have achieved profound results in treating numerous modern illnesses including depression, post traumatic stress disorder, certain cancers, and many other physical, mental and emotional ailments affecting the world’s population today. ​

Caya Shobo offers a variety of Ayahuasca retreats and package stay options for guests to receive healing services throughout the year. Our prices include Ayahuasca ceremonies, plant treatments, accommodation, meals, airport transfers, laundry service and wi-fi.

Standard rooms are shared double rooms – with own private bathroom (each guest has their own double bed). Rooms are simple adobe/concrete structures which allow airflow and coolness in the jungle heat, while providing protection from the elements, and are situated close to attractive ponds, gardens and common areas.

Private tambos are isolated huts situated deeper in the jungle, with no private bathroom but the feeling of being completely alone in the jungle.

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40 reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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May 12, 2020

When I arrived the vibe was so bad, that I felt my hands tremble. The people there don’t have any psychological training and are very ill equipped to hold space for vulnerable clients. I would go as far as saying, they would need a lot of inner healing work themselves. I have heard staff there talk bad about clients behind their backs for their behavior. A few of the guests were nice, but I also met many vile, insipid and self important characters there, mostly members of their seemingly cross continent traveling in-group. Some of them seemed to just be motivated by and I quote: “tripping balls” and the framework for people wanting serious healing was ripped apart even more by their presence, which lacked in discipline and intention. Upon sharing your delicate personal information with the facilitators and shamans, I’ve experienced them overtly ridiculing me and other people and one of the shamans even got hostile and dismissive in tonality towards a male client, talking over his head in front of him and insinuating that the guy lied and was manipulative when he shared that he felt lost and was suffering.
Guests who don’t buy their (facilitators, owners and shaman alike) confabulated and fear based world philosophies and leave (pigs morphing into human “devils”, “shamans who can fly” and other stories without any value or morale behind it other than the shamans aggrandizing themselves, which often was done with the use of scare tactics, and asserting status and power over other mere mortals = their guests), are talked badly about behind their backs in group meetings and put aside as outsiders. One of the huts I stayed in (we got moved around a lot) is cornering on other land from which you can hear swine screaming all day long. Adding to that the weakest Ayahuasca I ever drank. Nobody really had visions out of a group of 30(!) people, the most I heard of was some geometry. And I caught one of the long time „friends of the house” (most of which were very young, in their early to mid twenties) in a lie when he admitted to not having been “ready for” any healing work and just seeing patterns in previous ceremonies there, but had stated something of the likes of having received a “profound and life changing healing” at this center in a video review that I had watched before I decided to attend retreat there. All in all I got the feeling that they operate like a new age esoteric cult, pumping out dangerous and fear and separation based ideology to vulnerable and traumatized individuals who seek a mystical experience and might be desperate for a(ny) type of philosophy or world view to hold on to, with their core group of recurring people that they also hold ceremonies with in the states and others countries. Including minions and flying monkeys who are willing to go as far as wrongly advertising them and attacking and silencing anybody who even remotely disagrees with their philosophies. Critique and critical thinking are disliked and the clients (especially outside of this core group) are often personally attacked in some way, infantilized, passive aggressively dismissed or covertly declared incapable and discredited, using their conditions and emotional reactions against them, which is something I’ve seen happen many times at the retreat and which you can see shining through at the previous recount from someone who posted a 2 star review of their experience and must have been found by a whole gang of people, triggered to hit the dislike button. I can’t agree with their claims of not being profit driven, they even had a special ceremony night there, where everybody was strongly suggested to buy a certain “agua” (full bottle) from their shop so they could be christened with it in ceremony by the shamans for extra benefits before they left. Which is just one light example of my touristic seeming experience there. There was also a “photo op” with the shamans. On top of that if the core intention here is truly helping people heal, why was there such a blatant disrespect and unpreparedness for their guests emotional needs? Meaning all of the guests, not just the ones with the pink glasses on. All in all I felt that this retreat is not about you as a guest healing, it’s about what they can take you for. (Let’s see if we can make 16+ dislikes for this review and receive some argumentum ad hominem.)

Response from Caya Shobo Ayahuasca Healing Center on May 21, 2020

Travellink,

We are sorry to hear that your experience at our center was so poor. There are some things we would like to clarify in response to everyone reading. First, however, we feel it is important to note that on the same day you posted 3 very negative reviews of 3 reputable Shipibo healing centers including Nihue Rao (although we see that this one may have been taken down), Santuario Healing and ourselves, Caya Shobo (https://ayaadvisors.org/dashboard/reviews/croissant/). We also note that you have not posted any positive reviews of any Amazonian healing centers. Certainly the Shipibo and Amazonian vegetalista healing traditions are not suited to all western perspectives or needs. In addition, you referenced hearing ‘swine screaming all day long’. There haven’t been pigs at a neighboring property to ours for over 18 months, so we are curious as to when it was that you visited Caya Shobo.

With regards to the psychological training of our facilitators many of our facilitators have some form of psychological training. On our lead facilitation team we have both a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. At least one of these (both highly trained and highly experienced therapists) was on-site attending to Caya Shobo guests for the past 9 months before COVID-19 resulted in the center being temporarily closed. Further, our facilitators are carefully selected based on their demonstrated capacity to care appropriately for vulnerable guests who are engaged in deep, healing processes with traditional Shipibo plant medicine therapies.

We are disheartened to hear that you felt ridiculed, as we certainly don’t tolerate ridicule, bullying, or shaming. We are keenly aware that people are in vulnerable states of enhanced sensitivity throughout their process of working with plant dietas and Ayahuasca. In fact, our highest priority is to deliver a truly transformative healing service to our guests and to create a supportive environment for that healing to take place.
The native Shipibo maestros and maestras do sometimes share stories from their culture with visitors who are interested in the roots of Shipibo cosmovision. We appreciate that most of these stories of mythology and legend are fantastical, not fact. These stories are offered in a spirit of generosity, allowing foreigners to learn a little about the history of the ancient, Shipibo culture and cosmovision, as passed down over generations.

In closing, again we are truly sorry to hear that you felt there was disrespect towards, and unpreparedness for, guests’ emotional needs. We understand that the Shipibo approach to core healing is not an easy path to walk. It is a long, slow process in which we come into contact with many of our own difficult emotions, beliefs, behaviors, memories, experiences, traumas, relationships, and ways of being. For this, we are aware of and work diligently to provide a high degree of care and skill that is required to support our guests in deep, genuine, healing work. In closing, to reiterate, it is our highest priority to deliver a truly transformative healing service to our guests and to create a supportive environment for that healing to take place.

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