- Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios Peru
Treehouse Lodging. Small group retreats with personal attention. Flexible Pricing. 2000 hectares of Virgin Amazon Rainforest. Volunteering.
Our goal is the protection of 2000 hectares of Amazon Rain Forest. For this we have decided to operate as a platform that offers the necessary space for the implementation of projects where all work can be carried out under the concept of collaboration and harmony with nature. We are an open laboratory for human/nature interaction in this part of the world. We offer ayahuasca medicine retreats, nature retreats, and artist residencies.
Keeping our retreat groups exceptionally small ( 6 -8 people), allows us to provide personal attention to each of our guests and to keep the atmosphere of a small family house in the deep forest.
Each retreat will offer you:
– Transportation from Puerto Maldonado to Novalis
– Accommodation in our shared tree houses completely screened from mosquitos and with mosquito netting provided over the beds.- Ayahuasca ceremonies (the number dependent on the type of the retreat)
– Individual health consultations, if required
– Flower baths and cleanses ( optional )
– Individually selected plant dietas (depending on the type of the retreat)
– Pre- and post- ceremony sharing circles
– Jungle walks- Locally grown vegetarian food cooked with love
– Translation from Spanish to English
Our home is located in the middle of primal rainforest full of animals and birds and we offer unique tree house living as a way to re-connect with nature. We offer flexible pricing on our Ayahuasca retreats, shamanic plant dietas and work exchange opportunities.
Novalis offers various options for accommodation and can host between 6 and 12 people at a time in our 3 double occupancy treehouses or the ground level 4-bedroom house. We are also available to host any guest retreats that might benefit from the rainforest setting. All our houses are completely misquito-proof and built with locally sourced lumber, often from salvaged wood and with focus on simplicity, sustainability and functionality.
Loyver Yui Lopez is our vegetalista and he conducts our ceremonies. He is a shipibo from the Alto Ucayali community of San Fransisco and learned to work with rainforest plant medicines under the tutelage of his mother, who learned with her grandfather, father and father-in-law. Loyver’s mother recounted her many experiences of Medicine and ceremony to her young son. Loyver sings, helps oversee ceremonies and is a visionary painter. You can see his paintings in the photos.
I feel blessed and very fortunate to have gotten the chance to work with Juan, Cass, Loeber, Uri and the rest of the terrific team that make up Novalis. Upon arriving they told me that they specialise in small or individual people, who come to do the deep work and dieta. I have to agree with them, they were exceptional in their work with me and I would recommend Novalis to anyone that was serious about medicinal work.
The ayahuasca ceremonies were 3 of the most powerful ceremonies that I have ever experienced. I felt safe, guided and protected throughout them all and Juan provided very wise advice on integration and understanding it. Loeber and Uri both play guitar that is simply magical.
I completed a dieta of Shihuhuacu, “the king of the jungle”, a plant known to be the natural opposite /compliment to ayahuasca. The clarity, calm and wisdom I received whilst dieting this plant was incredible. If you feel called to doing the deep, challenging work, Novalis provided me with a safe, supportive, and authentic environment to do the work. It’s pretty fun to do a dieta from a treehouse 20ft off the ground!
The food is sensational. You will not go hungry and Johnny is a fantastic chef. How he manages to make such tasty meals in the middle of the jungle is incredible!
The journey to the centre was very pleasant as well. It’s about 60-80 minutes by boat and a bit over an hour of hiking on relatively flat and gorgeous landscape to get in. They were very affordably priced and there was the option to contribute to the reforestation programs they run as well. It’s a truly beautiful place run by beautiful souls. I will be back!