Feather Crown

8 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca

  • Quito, Ecuador

We invite you on a magical and life-transforming journey to the Upper Amazon region in Ecuador. This land is the homeland of the sacred plant Ayahuasca, from which the doctors of the jungle – the indigenous kichwa shamans – prepare the magical & visionary brew of the same name.

This brew cleanses the body and mind, purifies the soul and allows us to access the knowledge of one’s heart and the transcendental well of wisdom. It allows us to directly experience and converse with the Divine and the spirits of the Nature.

You are welcome to participate and receive healing and blessing from both Ayahuasca brew and the healer spirits it brings.


8 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

January 5, 2020

2 very positive experiences at feather crown, one for 5 days, one for 8 days.
Don Carlos is a great shaman, so much time spent before, after, and during, on what you need individually.
Accomodation has all you need plus close to the maloka and the river.
Lovely food, great assistants.
Accessible from Quito and reasonably priced.
I came back after going somewhere else that did not focus enough on my needs.
Would recommend

  • Member Since: December 8, 2019

December 7, 2019

In late September I was privileged to take part in a 13 day retreat. Having never in my life taken part in anything like this and with no experience with medicines/psychedelics of any type I was honestly a little unsure of what to expect, yet had high expectations. My experiences with Ayahuasca were very challenging– it’s very powerful– and within the first 30 minutes of ramping up and up and up I was sure I’d bitten off more than I could chew. My psyche was split into at least three. My mind-body and spirit became separate parts of the whole as flashing visions of spirals and tunnels of lights and thought streams took me to all kinds of strange revelations that I’m still trying to comprehend. Yet not once during my 4 ceremonies did I feel any fear, or apprehension. The professionalism and genuine care we received from Jan, Omar, Don Carlos and the team was second to none. They looked after us so well that even at the peek of Ayahuasca’s influence I felt perfectly safe.

The retreat was an amazing place. I’d honestly use the word “magical” to describe it. The fire-flies at night moving through the trees and following the paths between the huts and the temple were dream-like. The Amazon jungle too surprised me with the shear variety of plants and insects and animals. The noise of the jungle nightlife was really quite loud to be honest, but still a pleasant sound. Even the smell of the jungle, that natural perfume, it didn’t fade, if anything it grew stronger as the days progressed. I loved the fact we had no electricity, no radios, no WIFI for social media to distract us from living. Swimming in the sacred river, walking through the jungle, or swinging in the hammocks gave us plenty of time to rest and integrate what the medicine was teaching us. Oh yes, the food too was amazingly good. I could not have wished for a better group of people to be with and to share the experience with.

Thanks Jan and the Team,

I would do it all again.

Tim T

(New Zealand)

  • Member Since: November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Feather Crown exceeded all expectations.
If you are looking for an authentic experience, Jan is the man! Him and Don Carlos and all of the amazing staff make you feel so comfortable. From the knowledge of the beautiful surrounding nature, to the compassion of a healing space Feather Crown possess a vibe that resonates true. With preplanned transport to and from destination, hot showers, delicious food, all while being surrounded by pristine jungle Feather Crown makes not hard to want to go anywhere else. This was my first aya retreat and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
So much gratitude to Jan and everyone with Feather Crown for an experience of a lifetime.


October 31, 2019

The retreat at Feather Crown is absolutely amazing. Between meeting amazing people who want to heal and become their best version, in search of something much deeper than the shallow facade of society, and the friendly, caring, and dedicated staff, AND the serene and peaceful oasis that became like a second home that I never wanted to leave, I must say I was beyond satisfied with my experience on this wonderful and fun filled journey. The facilitator, Jan, is clearly very serious about helping people along their experience with plant medicine, and when you listen to him talk about the different plants, animals, and natural occurrences in the rainforest, you can feel that he truly is in his comfort zone and that it is truly his calling. Beautiful spirit that one. Omar, a staff member who did not speak much English, was very warm and inviting, always gentle with us helping us during ceremonies and just a beautiful soul to experience. The food was very delicious and so healthy in the best way. It encouraged me to continue forward with a clean and balanced eating style of mostly pescatarian nature. The Shaman, Don Carlos, did not speak English, but also was caring and very experienced. He shared stories and experiences about himself that were reassuring, and almost soothing regarding safety concerns and trusting the process of the healing and the spirits that helped him, and us, throughout the ceremonies. The rooms that were like wooden huts we stayed in were very clean, comfortable, and cozy. The bathrooms were also very clean. There is a beautiful sacred river just a few yards away from the retreat. The hiking experience was informative and grounding. The waterfall experience was surreal and I captured as much photos as I possibly could. I’d definite recommend any and everyone interested in this amazing plant to visit Feather Crown. You will be well taken care of and there is so much beauty all around. Please keep in mind that having a psychedelic experience has nothing to do with type of ayahausca or the “strength”. There is no such thing. Your experience will be based on your own level of openness or heightened senses. Some people see things and some people don’t in the same ceremony drinking the same brew. Thanks so much to Feather Crown for having me!

  • Member Since: October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019

I had an amazing time at this retreat. The space is beautiful, the scenery, river and water is also beautiful. I did the 5 day ayahuasca retreat. It was peaceful and amazing. I definitely recommend everyone to go and experience it. It was nice to be off the grid, no cellphone or internet for a few days and just be one with nature and be in the moment. Jan is awesome and the entire staff is awesome.


July 23, 2018

The two-week retreat at Feather Crown was a remarkable and life-changing journey for my wife and me, both senior citizens from the States. Jan, a veteran shaman, is an incredible healer and counselor. It is clear that being a shaman is not a career for Jan – it is a calling. He is a genuine spiritual adviser who has dedicated his life to helping people replace dark energy with light. The temple and cozy huts are located in Ecuador’s beautiful and amazing rainforest, a two-minute walk from a spectacular fast-moving river populated with huge boulders. Jan was available to discuss our experiences in the days after each of the four intense Ayahuasca ceremonies, Jan has surrounded himself with an unbeatable team that includes his wife, Erika, their angelic 7-year-old daughter, Sharon, and the coolest puppy ever, 9-month-old Chaupi. Jan’s right-hand man, Omar, speaks little English, but his efforts speak volumes about how much he cares for Feather Crown guests. Omar was available at a moment’s notice to help during the Ayahuasca ceremonies; he was our guide/protector on numerous jungle hikes; and he even walked us through an art-and-crafts class. The meals, crafted by Carlos, Romel and Omar, with an assist from Erika, were outstanding. The chefs created some of the best soups I’ve ever tasted. They even made popcorn for us! Go to Feather Crown with the confidence that you will be in the capable hands of a true shaman and his caring staff. Bill from USA

  • Member Since: June 29, 2018

June 28, 2018

I could not have picked a better place to experience Ayahuasca for my first time! When I have the chance to work with Ayahuasca again, I will most definitely go back and work with Jan at Feather Crown – that should say it all! Here are some details that will hopefully help you decide if it is right for you. Don’t be afraid to email or WhatsApp Jan with questions, he speaks very good English and is very helpful.

It is located on the outskirts of the Amazon with just a quick walk from the ceremony space to the Napo river. It is easily accessible by an inexpensive 5-hour bus ride from Quito, an hour bus ride form Tena, or a 2-hour bus ride from Banos. The ceremony space is an open-air gazebo located a 20-minute drive down a dirt road from any sign of civilization, plus a 10-minute walk. It is a very peaceful space. Each mattress was outfitted with a bug net, but we had no mosquitoes at all during our ceremony in mid-June and no one used them. I was told that there are rarely, if ever mosquitoes at the space. There is no known Malaria or Yellow Fever risk in the area. Jan is an excellent shaman who thinks of Ayahuasca and ceremonies as a medicine, and brews it in a way that it is meant to be less visual and more spiritual/inward-looking/healing (Primarily Ayahuasca Vine with a relatively low amount of D. Cabrerena leaves mixed in). With that said, this is still quite strong and many in our ceremony did have very strong visuals. The one participant who had previous experience asked if he could drink twice at the beginning, and Jan happily let him. All others were invited to drink again one and a half hours into the ceremony if they wanted to. One cup was a perfect introductory dose for me, though if I have the chance to go back I will likely drink twice to go deeper. There were two sober volunteers during the ceremony to assist you with anything you needed, such as a walk to the bathroom. The staff were supportive, yet unobtrusive and asked for as silent of a ceremony as possible – an ideal environment to go deep within yourself and let the ayahuasca work. We had 11 people at our retreat, mostly new to ayahuasca, and all felt very comfortable in the environment. The price was very reasonable for a ceremony (and primarily goes towards a rainforest protection fund). I highly recommend this place if you are interested in using Ayahuasca to look inward.


January 4, 2018

Jan is not a talker, but a contemplative; Jan is not an oracle, but a shaman. Jan holds the ceremonies or the Ayahuasca retreats offered just as genuine as he is in person. Rather than a philosophy, the sacred is beholden in the way the Ayahuasca retreats or the ceremonies that Jan holds are conducted: with respect and humility, gratitude and appreciation. Thus, Feather Crown or Sacred River can be recommended without any reservations, if you, the reader, is called to do such a retreat. There is make-believe, just as there is the genuine; the latter speaks to Feather Crown or Sacred River in the absence of adding any additional words other than that neither Ayahuasca nor Jan are bound by nationality…

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