Los Cielos Peru
is a Non-Profit Center located 26 Km outside the jungle city of Pucallpa, Peru. We offer 3, 10, & 18 Day Ayahuasca & Kambo Retreats and a Volunteer Immersion Program.
Los Cielos was started in 2010 as a collaboration of both Peruvian and N. Americans with an interest in cultivating and disseminating the use, history, traditions, and healing of the Amazonian plant curing system. We have collaborated with some of the best shamans in the entire Amazon, and our retreat center location was carefully designed to provide the most impeccable platform possible for holding retreats to heal and teach in these ways. We searched through all of Peru to finally decide on Pucallpa, in the Ucayali Rio region of north-east Peru. This area is known to have the strongest Ayahuasca vine in all the Amazon and has produced and nurtured the long careers of some of the worlds most well-known shamans.
Los Cielos Botanical Sanctuary retreat is located about 1 hour via roadway outside of Pucallpa, Peru. We sit in the “Campo Verde” part of the Las Americas village system. We are very close to the infamous San Francisco Shipibo settlement, and are surrounded by many others throughout the jungle. We are truly in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, immersed on all sides by the culture of ayahuasca.
After travelling the world, and being healed in the traditions of dozens of indigenous tribes worldwide, our founders ended their search for the world’s most adept and ultimate healing plants here in the Amazon. We envisioned a place where people from all over the world could come and get a traditional, authentic, rustic experience of being isolated deep in the jungle – and yet one where basic facilities were ensured to provide a safe, sanitary experience, so that it is easiest to let down all layers of defense and receive of the healing frequencies exuded by the plant maestras most completely. A place with clean water to drink, with no buses driving by or even airplanes overhead, and only the chirps and coos of the animals and insects to seduce our inner imaginations. A place where the living heartbeat of this earth, in its most profoundly raw and unchanged form, may still be felt when one is silent in the forest. A place where life transformations will unravel gracefully and give inspiration and vision to all.
Here at Los Cielos we offer our guests authentic, organic experiences which connect us with the living heart of Pachamama. Come to experience the mystery of life unfolding with us deep in the jungles of Peru!
The Transformative Healing Process of Integrative Amazonian Curanderismo…
The main focus of the retreat is centered around the traditional healing sessions we will experience using various modalities, including; clay detoxing, flower and leaf baths, tobacco ceremony, ayahuasca ceremony, and group and personalized diets of other master plant teas. You will be encouraged to help in harvesting and preparing the remedies we use during the retreat, as well as selected herbs for personal use, if deemed necessary in addition to the group regimen.
Our daytime activities are selected to help enhance and deepen our experience. We will have group integrations after each Ayahuasca ceremony. One day we will paint our visions with one of our local, master visionary painters. Our activities will broaden the perspective of this work’s effect on our world, helping us to integrate our healing into our daily lives. Other daily activities may include visits from Shipibo hand crafters, jungle walks, etc.. The point is, we will not only progress through our inner realms, but part of the healing process will be bringing the newfound healing into tangible realms, where we can leverage it into our daily lives, re-training our habits and personalities toward health and wellbeing that lasts.
Every morning we wake together and share dieta tea at our daily Gentle Movement practice. As the plants will help unlock our mind and heart, so too our bodies must come undone to be rebuilt wiser, stronger, more efficient tools to carry the Light in the Universe. Through this practice we awaken our bodies through a grounding, restorative, yet expansive set of flowing movement. Easy enough for the first timer, with modifications to challenge the most advanced yogi.
During the retreat each participant’s body is also guided to relax and unwind into the process of unfoldment through guided bodywork. Generally Sylvie gives each participant one hour+ body mechanic tune-up. At select retreats we will have another masseuse available for varied modalities. (One massage is included in the 18 day, a la carte at other retreats, see exact retreat details.)
This Retreat will give your body a chance to be healed in ways not possible using only one practice alone could. The result of combining unpatterning practices along with training new platform uploads to our systems simultaneously, in all dimensions of the self, is a profound approach with unimaginable results for each one of us!
The retreat is strictly electronics free except for flashlights and use of cameras, although we encourage limited use. Having a two week e-detox alone will start calming and reseting our highly sensitive nervous systems in whole new ways. Get away from the wifi and get away from the humm, and find the beat of eternal life pulsing within.
In addition to the daily routines of wellbeing, there is a progression to the work we will complete. Over the course of your time at the retreat center we will work into and back out of, our most intimate healings. In order to accomplish the most effective, efficient, and permanent healing we have designed a program that utilizes the primary components of Amazonian medicine in a certain physical, emotional, and spiritual progression. This progression will allow us to first let down our guards, then open to the process, then receive of the immense healing available to each of us, and then to firmly seal and anchor these updates into our systems.
The Traditional Amazonian system will start off focusing on elimination and purification. On the first full day in the jungle we will start out by cleansing and eliminating with a traditional purge utilizing mapacho (black jungle tobacco) and piñon blanco. These are brewed up into a purgative tea, to cleanse the entire upper GI, stomach, and organs. This process is also protective to the entire energy field, a necessary factor for the opening that is about to come.
To begin the cleanse, we will also partake of full body, clay detox packs using local clay that we will harvest from nearby waterways. That afternoon we will receive plant baths, sopladas, and go on to partake in our first night of ayahuasca ceremony. Each ceremony day we will harvest, prepare, and administer floral plant baths to each participant, in the traditional manner.
During each day our activities will engage us to learn about many master plants of the jungle, as well as an immense number of medicinals. During the 18 day Intensives we will cook our own ayahuasca over 3 days, and use it in sacred ceremony for the second half of the retreat.
In total, we will have 7 Ayahuasca Ceremonies at the 18 Day, and 5 at the 10 day, along with 3 Kambo purges at each. The ceremonies will be lead by local master shamans, along with Sylvie/Nomecito, and are of course fully translated. Every morning after a ceremony we will join in the maloka for group integration, to share more of our individual and collective experiences, and to gain insights from our own reflections within each other’s perspectives.
During the course of the Retreat we will eat simple jungle dieta food and be partaking of different master plant concentrations to deepen our experience and allow the healing of ayahuasca, and the jungle herself, to penetrate us more fully. Starting a few days in, we will begin taking diet teas of master plants like una de gato, chuchuasa, tahuari, chiric sanango, or Bobinsana, as determined by the shamans and staff. These plants will allow our minds and bodies to more fully accept the healing from the ayahuasca, and teach us about ourselves deeply in the process. As we harvest, prepare, and consume these curative teas we will be building a solid foundation with these master plants. We will generally be giving 1-3 total plants to each group, for a few days each or more.
We will open and close our retreat with an intention ceremony. Through the progression of plant diets, ayahuasca ceremonies, integrations, opening body movement, and of course alongside the healing energies of the jungle, we will each go through a magical cycle of inner awakening. The retreat will be sealed and protected, so that these lessons learned are held fast within each of us, and we will prepare each participant to return to their lives renewed, rekindled, and inspired to go for it, creating the life that will fulfill them into abundance, and serve the highest good for all!
Everyone here at Los Cielos has experienced these changes in our lives, and it has been apparent to those around us along the way. We are overjoyed and humbled at the opportunity to make this offering to any who come. We are here to hold the space for you to make your own journey, into the center of your heart and back. We have set in place a platform that has been shown to provide a safe and effective outcome time and time again. It is our service to this work to share this great opportunity with anyone who is willing to let themselves enjoy the benefits of the healing potential that is around all beings, at all times. It is our prayer that through this work, we are all made more aware of the love and abundance that surrounds each one of us in all situations. And as we open our hearts to the Sacred, we learn to turn even what we thought would be our most inner poison, in fact, into very good medicine.
We look forward to guiding you through this process, using the plants as our teachers, guiding us to our lives’ most important healing work. Through the depths we may have to traverse, through the stars we may get to fly, and in the end we must turn inward to focus on the seed of our inspiration, that it may grow up and into the light, where all comes from and returns. It is our intent to help you find these seeds and get them growing with vigor and beauty! What these seeds are and how the fruits will taste is an exciting journey of mystery for us each. May this earth be covered in the beauty of our mysteries’ unfoldment.
Botanical Sanctuary Details & Accommodations
We are pleased to offer incredible seclusion and jungle isolation, while also providing basic needs for our guests comfort. We strive to maintain the most rustic and authentic jungle experience while also exceeding our guests expectations for sanitation, comfort, and safety.
Los Cielos is located just 45 minutes outside of Pucallpa, Peru via roadway. Depending on the season and weather when you come, you will arrive to the center by boat (half day) or by road. We all look forward to immersing you into a jungle way of life and healing, while providing a nurturing diet and environment. Unlike most retreats in Peru, our “rustic yet comfortable” retreat offers incredible opportunities for “roughing it” but also has solid infrastructure to ensure you have a very safe trip.
We caretake 135 acres and steward hundreds of species of all the main Amazonian medicinal plants. Our housing is communal, although men and women are separated. We have deluxe/couples tambos available as well for added privacy. All of our dwellings and meeting areas are fully mosquito netted and enclosed! The main focus of this retreat is your personal healing and introspection, and all of our facilities are in place to enhance this dedication we have to you, our guests.
135 Acres pristine lower Amazon jungle Sanctuary.
Deluxe communal housing. Quality mattresses, cotton sheets – not plastic!
Private casitas w/ private bathroom/shower available.
Clean toilets and showers.
All buildings fully mosquito netted.
Clean drinking water from our 180′ deep well. Gravity fed property wide via our private water tower.
110V power property wide.
Western grade kitchen. Stainless sink and clean appliances/cooking area.
Intimate ceremonial Maloka.
Access via road or waterway. 1 hour outside Pucallpa, Peru. (flights into Pucallpa via Lima, Peru 4x daily.)
Hammocks in the shade.
On-site protein – local fishing, free range chickens
Self guided plant tour.
Dozens of tropical fruits grown on site.
Hundreds of medicinals grown on site.
Delicious meals prepared from local fruits and some staples (rice/quinoa).
2x weekly laundry service.
Meet some of the Amazons’ most powerful, yet humble Shamans…
We take great pride in developing lasting relationships with everyone we work with. Our center is proud to be supported and desired by many incredible local shamans. While Isabel and Orlando are our main shamans for most retreats, occassionally we will have a guest. Each curandero is of course specifically adept at their own unique abilities, and the synergy between these amazing healers can really make for some powerful ceremony. With so much respect for their traditions and lineages, we are delighted to work with and learn from each of these incredible healers.
During the retreat each the shamans and our Facilitation team work fluidly together to allow each shaman to flourish and express their own unique talents during ceremony, while also all working togther to create a unified energy to guide and protect the group all night long.
We are very proud to be working closely at this time with Maestra Isabel Vargas and Don Orlando Mateo. Read their bios below.
Maestra Isabel Vargas
Serving as our primary shaman, we are delighted and honored to work with Isabel Vargas (younger sister of very famous Elisa Vargas), a dedicated shaman in a thousand year old lineage of Shipiba curanderas. Isabel, now in her late 40’s is full of respect and servitude to these ways, and teaches her wisdom through gentle resilience. Having grown up in a family of pure Shipibo curanderas, she has been inherited with a lifestyle saturated in Ayahuasca since birth. Her icaros date back hundreds of years and allow the curing of the medicine to enter more deeply into the cavities of the body, where the most immaculate transformations may occur. Isabel leads us in mapacho ceremony as well, where we purify our bodies to make a vessel capable to receiving the immense healings to come. A beautiful and compassionate soul, Isabel offers her generational wisdom, taking us to the heart of the traditional Shipibo ayahuasca experience.
Maestro Orlando Magin Matros
Orlando is Shaman who has dedicated his life’s work to the curing all his global family with the plants of the Amazonian selva. A pure-hearted Shaman of the Etnia Shipibo, Orlando is 50 years old. He has worked with ayahuasca now for 27 years. When very young he was pulled from a boat by a crocodile which ate part of his hand and nearly crushed his skull while holding him underwater (this is why his face is scarred). He underwent a shamanic initiation in this experience, and miraculously survived. From this moment on he knew he would learn to be a shaman, like is father and grandfather. He works with all types of conditions from physical, emotional, to spiritual and helps to determine specific plants for clients when needed in addition to our basic group diet. He says, “I work with love for all I help and to make the most positive world for all us as we share this life.”
Ayahuasca Dieta Retreats
~Personal Renewal in the Heart of Amazonia~
We are now accepting Applications for all upcoming 3, 10, & 18 day Ayahuasca Dieta Retreats. These retreats are designed to allow for a full integration of the incredible experience of the jungle all within the time of the retreat. We congratulate you for advocating for your own highest healing and development, and we invite you to come and experience the power of the Amazon for yourself…
Upcoming Retreat Dates-
May 4-13, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
May 21-30, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
June 5-14, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
August 13-24, 2017 – 11 Day ‘Women’s Sacred Medicine Immersion’
August 30-Sept. 8, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
September 15-24, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
October 20-29, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
November 5-22, 2017 – 18 Day Immersion
December 10-19, 2017 – 10 Day Retreat
January 7-24, 2018 – 18 Day Immersion
Prices (all in $USD)
10 Day Retreats: $1350.
18 Day Retreats: $2900.
3 Day mini retreats: $385.
* 11 Day Women’s Sacred Medicine Immersion $1795.
Find out more about our Retreats, Itineraries, etc. all on our Website at
Epic..powerful..transformative..life changing..awesome…beautiful ..healing and rejuvenating !! I have been working with Ayahuasca for almost 20 years now. I’ve had hundreds of journeys with this medicine, I’ve stayed at other retreat centers in the Amazon (Brazil) and have sat with many different shamans and facilitators…My experience at Los Cielos was a powerful healing and epic experience. I was there for over a month..I did two Dietas and an 18 day retreat. The best thing about Los Cielos is how integrated the center is with the medicine plants, the jungle, the Shamans, the Shipibo folks who work there, all the guests and volunteers are on this journey together through each retreat. They absolutely care from the core of their hearts for all of us who come there. There’s lots of love and affection for all! They take care of us. We become a big family and even when I was doing my dieta and taking time alone..they were there for me just as I needed them. I felt personally attended to and each of us was completely cared for. Sylvie and Tyler are of the utmost integrity..and they work diligently to provide space, attention and healing and for all our needs and everything that comes up. Long retreats like this can be quite challenging, yet I felt so much support, grace and ease in the comfort and protection of Sylvie and her crew. Another wonderful part of the Los Cielos experience is living in an amazing medicine plant garden. We were surrounded by so many many medicine plants, the aya vine, of course..but many more. Doing a dieta you get to work directly with the plant as it is growing right there..and it fosters a love and respect that is very personal with each plant. This experience was so authentic, down to earth ..it was on the earth in simple, but comfortable (mosquito free) accommodations. After doing the 18 day retreat, with all the different healing and cleansing medicines and modalities and ceremonies..dietas..etc, I couldn’t imagine doing a retreat in any less time. The 18 days gives plenty of time to go deep..and then deeper. I will go back. I fell in love with the place, the people and the work healed in me some deeper levels that have freed me even more. thank you Sylvie, Tyler and Los Cielos!!!
Wow. I’m back home in my country now for less than a week and I can’t even begin to fathom all that transpired for me at Los Cielos during the 18 day retreat. I was challenged to my core which enabled me to receive the greatest gifts my body, mind, emotions and spiritual self could unwrap.
After about four years of practice with Ayahuasca prior to arriving at Los Cielos, I was certain that I would simply be deepening my experience of what I had already known. To my surprise, using Ayahuasca, along with all of the other plant medicines, and Kambo, was an entirely new experience for me. Not only did I go deeper into the caverns of myself, but I also learned new ways of navigating who I am and what my life represents… that only being in the jungle could offer.
Sylvie, Tyler and the rest of the Shapibo staff were warm and caring. I always felt that I had someone to talk to if I had any questions or concerns regarding my processes… or anything for that matter! Sylvie was sure to consistently check on each one of us to see how we were feeling and ready to address what was coming up.
On one of our rest days, I received the deepest, most healing massage I believe I’ve ever experienced before!
Accommodations were comfortable and clean and the food was delicious, as well as the perfect compliment of health and cleansing for our plant medicine retreat.
I’m looking forward to returning once again, and being of service in the volunteer program. With gratitude…
After experiencing a 18 day retreat I was left wanting more. The beautiful property, amazing hosts and genuine medicine respect is held here. The overall ability to let go, let the real me surface to address deep seated issues that have plagued my existence, was honored and supported here without judgement. So I came back for 6 week volunteer immersion which was perfect for the next steps in my self discovery. Sylvie and Tyler are the best in every way. They will support, guide and give you every tool possible to allow your journey to unfold. Most of the time I was releasing physically, mentally and spiritually quite intensely and felt self conscious about my ability to perform the tasks as a volunteer. Sylvie and Tyler were amazingly supportive, understanding and gave me the acceptance to keep going. The ceremonies were the real deal….very powerful….shamans were on point. The song and music still vibrate in my head! Sylvie and Tyler hold Kambo for cleansing, which was just what I needed. It moved out stuck energy physically, mentally and spiritually! Sylvie and Tyler guided me thru with grace and ease, so I felt well cared for and safe. Overall, I would highly recommend Los Cielos for it’s personalized care and attention. This has got to be the only retreat center that will give you as much or as little as you can handle. Always with encouragement, respect and support. If you have the chance to dedicate some time for yourself, go volunteer or do a retreat, check out Los Cielos as a place you will come back to again and again! I will be coming back to volunteer as soon possible. Sylvie and Tyler have created a family like environment that is conducive to the greatest amount of (s)healing as possible. If you want to feel safe, open up your soul and make new alignments happen, this is your place.
I attended a 10 day retreat in November 2016, off a recommendation from a friend. Everything seem to point to giving Los Cielos my attention and time, so I made the journey out there myself. Everything and more I could have hoped for ranging from the quality of the medicine, the comfort of the environment (while still rustic and traditional) catering to my western needs, high quality food to stay nourished, authentic jungle access and immersion, support and communication from the whole Los Cielos family, authentic and amazing Shipibo shamans, and a lighthearted loving energy all the around the grounds to hold space for everyone’s process. This retreat changed my life in so many ways and I’m forever thankful for being guided to working with everyone there. I knew as soon as I finished my time there I would be back, and that time is coming again very soon and I wouldn’t wanna go anywhere else other than Los Cielos. Muchas Gracias Medicina Familia…
well…it has been a little while (almost 2yrs since my 18-day retreat) and it’s hard to put words to how much has changed in my life and the benefits received from working with Sylvie and Nome and Isabel and everyone who was at Los Cielos at that time. We were Sylvie’s first group as she was the brand new program director that January. Sylvie is one of the most interesting, fearless and dedicated people I have met in this life. She is fantastic and not a little bit mind-blowing. She was always there, with a big giant Cheshire cat grin while I was going through the most difficult times….Not smiling out of any kind of superiority or lack of compassion but the smile that says….”I know this is rough right now but you are gonna be so much better after this and you are in the right and perfect place for your life to explode into light.” She smiles because she sees the light at the end of the tunnel and she knows its so incredibly beautiful.
Peru is strong medicine. The Amazon is stronger medicine and I’m so grateful to have aligned myself with these people who have been learning the ways to navigate and guide those of us who are fresh off the boat. Literally…..I was part of a group that had an epic long boat ride and 5-mile walk in the dark to get to Los Cielos when heavy rains washed out the road…but it made our experience so epic and it’s a tale that I will never forget.
I miss hearing the sounds of the jungle and the animals calling. Los Cielos is right on the edge of the jungle and I felt aware of the presence of the jungle constantly. I live in rural Oregon and I used to experience fear and nervous anxiety of living in the forests of the NW..at night..allowing my fears to rule me. At Los Cielos I realized that I didn’t have that nervousness and when I returned home it was completely gone. I sleep outside at night now, under the night sky..connected to the earth, unafraid of whatever used to make me nervous in the past.
It calls me, I hope to return and work or assist in the process of encouraging the Shipibo to preserve their amazing textile traditions and their connection to the earth. I miss the jungle. If you decide to go there for your healing, I wish you the best and a fruitful experience. We will be connected. I am finding that many of those who have experienced Los Cielos stay connected, we are finding a tribe, bound by powerful challenging healing experiences. We are finding our family.
I recently spent 10 days at Los Cielos this August and it was the experience of a lifetime. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done in my life and also one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The facilities were great and the staff was amazing. Alita is an amazing cook and had amazing energy and a great since of humor. Sylvie the owner is fantastic, she will give you all the love, support and guidance you need and will require throughout the process. This medicine is the real deal! And it is life changing. Rosio the Shapibo Shaman is off the hook and she definitely has an energy that is something else! She will help you through some tough shit!
I am very happy with my choice and was extremely satisfied with my entire experience at Los Cielos. If you are thinking about taking Ayahuasca, don’t. Just do it. It won’t be a cake walk but it will be one of the best choices you will ever make.
My friend and I stayed at Los Cielos for the 10 day retreat. The pre trip instructions were very helpful in preparing me physically, mentally, and spiritually. It talks about what to avoid bringing and by the way of food how to prep your body through diet. To have a chant and/or intention ready. Also, it talks about thinking of this trip like prepping for a surgery. I, of course didn’t know what this meant at the time but I am so grateful for all the prep work they prescribe beforehand because I wouldn’t have been ready otherwise. When we got there Sylvie picked us up from a hotel. She is confident in who she is and what she does. She believes in the path that she is taking and the path she is guiding people on. She is a Shaman. The first one I ever met, until we got to the jungle. I then met Roseo a Shipibo Shaman, Aleata the happiest, helpiest person I have ever met, and William who is a very hard working man. None of these three people spoke any English they are indigeneous to the area and I don’t speak any Spanish but it didn’t stop of from communicating to each other. They welcomed us with open arms. Tyler joined us later, he is Canadian and helps Sylvie out and is on his own healing path. He brought comedy and sweet compassion to the group.
Sylvie and Roseo set up a dieta for each person depending on what they need and what the plants tell them.
We had plant baths daily and sometimes multiple times a day.
We drank plant medicine everyday.
There was an opening and closing ceremony. Which I thought was really important for letting go of your travels and then closure at the end.
They have cute, rustic casitas to sleep in and keep your belonging in.
To start the ceremonies there was a Jungle Mapacho Purge. After that there were 5 Aya ceremonies, in between three Kambo ceremonies.
I felt so much, I let go of so much, I experienced so much while I was there. Sylvie and Rosy would sing during ceremony to help with whatever you needed. I felt so supported. They taught me a crucial connection to plants. The entire trip was life changing in a wonderful way. I have a deep connection to the jungle and to Sylvie from this experience.
*I highly recommend Los Cielos to any person who wants to have a supportive, intense, loving, compassionate, truthful, honest, fulfilling, Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical ceremony.*
J’ai réalisé une retraite de 10 jours cet été. J’ai alors eu la chance de rencontrer Sylvie ainsi que Rossillo ( chamane) et Alida et toute l’équipe sur place. L’endroit est merveilleux, tout est parfaitement entretenu et très confortable.C’est très important car durant la retraite nous passons par des états psychologiques difficiles et il est très appréciable de se sentir comme à la maison. Tout est Amour. Sylvie est tout simplement une personne extraordinaire. Elle a un cœur énorme et une puissance de guérison intense. Son énergie associée à celle de Rossillo qui est aussi une chamane très dévouée et très très puissante, rende les cérémonies intenses. C’est le lieu pour accomplir un travail de guérison personnelle et/ou de développement personnel. Pour ma part cela faisait 10 ans que j’allais de thérapies en thérapies et en 10 jours seulement j’ai pu me libérer de toutes mes entraves qui m’empêchaient d’accéder à mon moi véritable.
Je ne peux que vous recommander cette adresse.
I made a 10-day retreat this summer. I then had the chance to meet Sylvie as well as Rossillo (shaman) and Alida and the whole team on the spot. The place is wonderful, everything is perfectly maintained and very comfortable.This is very important because during retirement we go through difficult psychological states and it is very appreciable to feel like at home. Everything is Love. Sylvie is simply an extraordinary person. She has an enormous heart and an intense healing power. His energy combined with that of Rossillo who is also a very devoted and very powerful shaman, makes the ceremonies intense. It is the place to perform personal healing and / or personal development work.
I can only recommend this address.
I went to Los Cielos close to 1 year ago. Peru was my first big trip outside of Canada and I was excited. I had been using psychedelics for about 5 years prior to the my trip to Peru as a method of exploration of self. I suppose I got what some refer to as the calling. That call came through a friend. Somehow someway I managed to make the trip happen and soon after I heard the call I found myself on a plane and soon arriving at an airport in a place called Pucallpa, I was not in downtown Vancouver anymore. I was met by Tyler at the airport which was nice because I speak 0 spanish, shame on me, I know. Tyler, an assistant guide, and friend scooped me and took me to our hotel, where I would meet Sylvie who is officially the Primary Program Facilitator However I started to view her as more of a big sister. Wise, no bullshit, oceans of love. Not perfect, which actually makes her perfect. Needless to say I was a fish out of water, not in my element at all. I felt that the staff at Los Cielos did everything within there capablilties to help myself and the other travellers to feel as comfortable as possible while undertaking this very intense inner work. I can’t say that my time at Los Cielos was pleasant but I don’t say that as a bad thing. Its how it needed to be. I did not go to Los Cielos to vacation, I went for reasons that I don’t think Im conscious of, also, I went to drink Ayahuasca. The Ayahuasca was by far the most potent, intense experience I have ever had. The whole experience was a lot to take on and I would strongly recommend for people who are going to do this, that you have your intentions in check. Because you’ll need them when words stop making sense and you realize what you are and the hilarious predicament of existence and your relationship to it. I feel like at Los Cielos they are trying to create an environment which is respectful to the Aboriginal people of the amazon and the land in which they are using for there healing centre. From what I understand they pay there staff a competitive wage as well invite staff to join the ceremony. I was absolutely in awe of Sylvie’s attentiveness during the ceremonies. As afraid as I was sometimes, Sylvies presence would help me be ok with the fear, I trusted her. One of the Shamans, Orlando, would keep the energy alive all night, working hard shifting energy, cleaning energy, loving on us. It was truly amazing the hard work this man puts into complete strangers and what he probably takes on from other people is scary to think about, I respect what he does and how he does it. My trip to Los Cielos was a mixed bag, but what isn’t. When I look back and see how much work all the staff there did for me to ensure my safe arrival, my stay until my departure, i feel moved.
I recommend Los Cielos as a safe environment for you to go, drink powerful medicine. Try Kambo, (which is a whole other story) and meet some cool like minded people who you may grow with over the duration of your time spent at the facility. For me this would not be something I would go do just because, this in my opinion a place for people to go and work on themselves and which isn’t always fun. Thank you to the staff for your work and commitment to trying to help people feel ok sometimes. love you guys.
As a student of plant medicine for about 10 years now, and having the opportunity to visit reveral retreat centers around the world and specially Peru, I can say my visit to Los Cielos has been the most profound and nurishing experience I have ever been part of. As soon as I arrived to Pucallpa, I was greeted by Sylvie and Tyler at the airport. Their commitment to ensure I was safe, confortable and at peace was immediately felt. Los Cielos is at deep in into the Amazonian jungle as you can get. Allowing you to really feel the energy of the medicines and the healing that they can offer. From the food, the setting, the way the space is held, you are in for an amazing transformative experience that will be difficult to replicate. This is not your turist trap ayahuasca retreat center. This is a place where you can really get deep work done, completely disconnected from the city distractions, yet have all the basic comforts necessary to allow yourself to relax and receive. The array of Shamans working at los cielos will allow you to understand what this work is all about, and with the expertise of Syvie and hard work and determination of Tyler, you will be assured a beautiful integration of the profound experience that you will witness. Thank you for following your calling! I can’t wait to be back. Blessings!
Has mother Ayahuasca been calling for you because you need some guidance for your life choices and a connection to your unconsciousness?
This is what happened to me while travelling through South America, meeting different people who had made different experiences with the plant medicine.
I was told that the indigenous people “Shipibo”, who practice Ayahuasca ceremomies, mostly live around Pucallpa in Peru. So, without knowing much more, i hopped on a plane and went there, kind of relying on my gut-feeling.
After a few weird encounters with Shamans (one wanted me to pay for his son’s surgery, the other made some weird hand gestures and with others it was plain communication problems as they would only speak basic english) I got the recommendation by a local café owner (Café Elixir, very well recommended!) to go to a retreat center called “Los Cielos”, run by an American Manager called Sylvie.
Not only do they offer Ayahuasca ceremonies with a powerful female Shaman (as a solo travelling woman apparently you need to watch your back when being under the influence of this potent plant), Sylvie was also specifically trained with the brazilian tribe “Huin Kun” to give Kambo treatments. (Look up “Kambo”, also called Sapo, for an intense Detox if you’re interested. It worked very well in combination with Ayahuasca for me)
Their driver picked me and a Canadian friend up to drive apx. 1.5 hours outside of Pucallpa in his jeep. When we got in, it was filled from bottom to top with amazing looking fruit and vegetables. We were excited and curious!
When we arrived at the huge compound with hundreds of plants and fruit trees we were greeted by Toto and Lulu, the wonderful dog couple that’s watching over the peremices, Tyler, who was working on the place to make it even more comfortable, three beautiful Shipibo ladies who would hug and kiss you for your welcome, and finally, the never-getting-tired William, the Peruvian groundskeeper who would take care of the waterpump, the garden, the houses and more. It already felt like our own big family.
Tyler showed us to the kitchen/living-/dining-/coloring-/common room where we were going to spend a lot of time together. There was some delicious warm oatmeal, fruit, lemonade and awesome juice waiting for us, all of it sugarfree and yet spicy and sweet.
Sylvie, the manager, soon-to-be-shaman, kambo-master and walking encyclopedia showed up in the kitchen and gave us a comprising introduction of what would expect us during the next few nights and days. It only took her about five minutes to make us relax, sit back, and know that she will do anything to make our stay as comfortable as you could imagine. The two friendly volunteers from Portland, US, also welcomed us very dearly and gave us the impression that this must be a paradise in the middle of the jungle. Which it truly is.
Every day we would receive an aromatic plant bath to clean and clear our body and mind, every day we were able to sit back, relax, think, meditate, have some awesome nutritional and diversified food, aswell as deep and meaningful conversations with each other and especially Sylvie.
During our stay we could witness and help with the brewing of the Ayahuasca, which, if done right and traditionally, takes up to ten days! Los Cielos only uses the purest ingredients for the medicine, no need for any additional hallucinogenic plants, because they take their time selecting and brewing just the right amounts needed.
The ceremonies were incredible. As it was my first experience intaking something that is hallucinogenic, it was a bit scary at first, for me as a European working girl, to be able to let go of reality and dive into the connection. The safe surrounding and the Ayahuasca telling me that everything will turn out perfectly, aswell as Sylvie and the group guiding me, helped me immensely though and i was overwhelmed with everything. The visions were powerful from the very beginning and i felt a strong connection to nature, my new friends, and, if you want to call it that, the universe (or as i like to call it, my inner consciousness that connects all my surroundings).
The Kambo treatments were intense and yet exactly what i needed to appreciate my body and mind more. It helped me focus on what i wanted to achieve within this retreat, and, big plus, it cleaned out my bad skin within only a few days! Sylvie is an absolute specialist and applies the right amount of kambo in the most hygienic way imaginable. (For me it was 4 dots, then 6 and then 7)
I already recommended this center to all travellers who have asked me about Ayahuasca treatments – and i want to recommend it to you aswell! You will have a great experience, life changing or not, there will be no regrets chosing this place 🙂
Thank you Los Cielos, you made my heart grow immensely <3
The first time I visited Los Cielos was for a 10day retreat in Nov. of 2016. I had a 2 night experience here in the US previously lead by one of the founders that was one of the most profound healing experiences, the most I had come across at that point & I wanted to keep going.
I was welcomed in Pucallpa by Sylvie & Tyler, I met the two others who would join us & we took off to Pablo Ameringo (I may have misspelled his name) museum & then our exciting truck ride out to the center in the jungle.
We participated in Mapacho/Piñon Blanco purge as well as 3 Kambo purges during the retreat, we sat with Aya 5 nights. I will never be the same in such a positive light.
Upon my return to the US, I should admit, I had a hard time dealing going back to the life I had been living. I was a recovering alcoholic, still bartending, I had just faced the depths of emotional scars that had lead me to that lifestyle but the out here in the US wasn’t clear to me.
I applied again this time to volunteer at Los Cielos & found myself returning just a few months later, this time for a longer, more in depth experience.
I spent 2 months in the jungle, becoming friends with the Shamans & locals, making medicine, sitting with Aya & San Pedro regularly, working with others called to this medicine path & getting the first hand experience of what it is to truly love nature, to be a human being- to BE. Our lives are action & it is so easy to be enrolled in our monotonous system of 9-5, health insurance, “look forward to death because that is when we experience heaven”- type lifestyle here that we forget gratitude for everyday, for just experiencing being a soul in a living body.
Any how, I have seen the beauties of this medicine fulfill much of what I wasn’t able to reach on my own in my settings. I am grateful for the opportunities I received working with the Shaman’s at Los Cielos & the opportunities that these experiences have given me by showing me that we truly are unlimited, our only limits are in ourselves, and if I can friends, you too can break free of these.
Much love to all, I highly suggest experiencing Los Cielos for yourself. It is a genuine Ayahuasca center, devoted to the medicine, to the jungle, to the community & to collective healing.