Los Cielos Peru
is a Non-Profit Center located 26 Km outside the jungle city of Pucallpa, Peru. We offer 3-7, 10, & 18 Day Ayahuasca & Kambo Retreats and an Apprenticeship Immersion Program. Come join us today and lift up your soul to fly with us!
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 8 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, 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.
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 Dona Rocio Isamani, and occasionally with Maestra Isabel Vargas or Don Orlando Mateo. Read their bios below.
Dona Rocio Isamani
Rocio was born in Santa Rosita, near Pucallpa, Peru and descends from a family of Shipibo Shamans. Her first mentor was her grandfather, Esteban Melendez, she was merely 9 years old. After her grandfather’s teachings she began to work and learn from her mother and step father – both Shamans – who were her teachers up until their final passing in 2011. It’s fair to stay that her life has a been a succession of mentors and teachers all under the Shipibo tradition. She has been studying and learning from many teachers for over 30 years. During those 30 years she’s worked with people from all over the world who come to Peru for healing as well as her fellow Peruvians. She’s worked on healing a plethora of diseases as well as with people from a vast array of social backgrounds, ages and demographics.
She personally has worked with dietas of many plants, her longest one was for 4 years. She’s worked arduously with plants and “palos” opening her visions and capacity to connect with you, the medicine, the songs for your healing.
Rocio has five children who live in Pucallpa and has recently become a grandmother. Her two sons have followed in the family traditions and are practicing Shamans, who occasional pay us a visit for a night or two.
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 3-7, 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-
February 10-19 – 1o Day Retreat
March 5-14 – 1o Day Retreat
March 28-April 6 – 1o Day Retreat
April 19-28 – 1o Day Retreat
May 16-29 Light Warrior Men’s Retreat – 14 Days
June 8-17 – 1o Day Retreat
June 28 -July 7 – 1o Day Retreat
August 20-29 – 1o Day Retreat
September 16-25 – 1o Day Retreat
October 8-17 – 1o Day Retreat
November 4-13 – 1o Day Retreat
November 27-Dec. 13 – 18 Day Immersion
Prices (all in $USD)
10 Day Retreats: $1325.
18 Day Retreats: $2500.
3-7 Day mini retreats: $405 +$135 per day thereafter.
14 Day Men’s LightWarrior Breakthrough retreat: $1795.
Example of What we offer at our 10 Day Retreat
Personal Consultation with Shaman followed by the prescription of personalized dieta of a master plant(s), which will be taken each day by the participant.
Then to signify the dieta the women will paint part of your body in icaros with a temporary plant-ink of the medicinal Huito fruit.
1 Mapacho (black jungle tobacco) Purge Ceremony.
3 Kambo (Frog Medicine) Purge Ceremonies.
5 Ayahuasca ceremonies led by our Facilitators with the Peruvian Maestros.
Adjunct modalities including Sananga eye drops and Rape’ (Ha-peh) at all ceremonies.
1+ Traditional clay detox.
Flower/plant baths daily before ceremonies.
Harvest and preparation of our own medicines for the personal dietas, ceremony, culinary uses, flower baths, etc.
Introduction to numerous master plants and medicinals.
Group & Individual Integration Sessions.
Daily Morning Gentle Movement practice.
Professional Bodywork Session – 1 included. More available a la carte at $60/hr.
Jungle dieta experience eating traditional jungle foods prepared in a delicious and beautiful fashion.
Immersion into the dense Amazonian jungle and its culture.
Deluxe casitas accommodate 1-6 people.
Deluxe jungle resort setting. Pure drinking water, showers, flushing toilets, and all mosquito netted buildings.
Trails amidst our gardens and jungle. We steward a dense, protected jungle as well as hundreds of planted edible and medicinal plants on our 135 acre Amazonian Botanical Sanctuary.
Daytime activities. For example;
jungle walks, painting lessons with master visionary painter, river boat ride to visit Pink Amazonian dolphins!, visit from Shipibo crafters, Amazonian folklore storytelling, medicinal plant walks, visit to the Pablo Amaringo orignal art museum in Pucallpa, etc.
At least one canvas and supplies for painting.
A special gift.
Final Day Activity Field Trip before being dropped in Pucallpa that evening.
Conveniently located 1 hour outside Pucallpa, Peru.
Fully translated into English (1-3 translators).
All accommodations included from when we pick you up in Pucallpa until we drop you off.
Your airfare or other arrangements to arrive in/depart from Pucallpa, Peru on the designated days. Please note that we leave immediately on Day 1 for the Retreat. ***Please make sure in your travel plans you arrive the day before, at the very least, to rest and prepare for your retreat. AND to depart no earlier than the day AFTER your last retreat day. ***
Hotels and Meals before and after retreat.
Gifts you wish to purchase to take home from the markets or guest villagers.
We are also offering an incredible opportunity – our Apprenticeship Immersion Program!
Here at Los Cielos, education is a key aspect of our offerings, and an incredible modality for healing to occur through. By allowing themselves to soak into the jungle way of life for 1 to 3 months at a time, participants can take their personal healing paths very deep. This process unfolds with the container of service, a deeper commitment to the plants, and a higher standard for yourself. During the Immersion participants will engage in most every aspect of the Sanctuary maintenance, hosting a group, practicing Spanish, and experiencing a variety of plant medicines and ceremonies. All the while increasing your own personal relationship to ayahuasca and all of the jungle medicines.
$800 per month, all inclusive.
$200 additional for personalized Dieta Suave (working dieta)
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