On the edge of the jungle just outside of Pucallpa, right in the middle of the Shipibo homeland, you can find Pachamama temple. This relatively new ayahuasca centre was built especially around Mama Rosa, well known in the ayahuasca world as heart on legs, and her loved ones. Most of the Peruvian ayahuasca centres are located in and around Iquitos and mama Rosa, like many other shamans from Pucallpa, worked there for many years. This meant being apart from her family for months at a time just to make a living, not an ideal situation. With the founding of Pachamama Temple in Pucallpa this belongs to the past. Mama Rosa now works with her family, also trained and skilled shamans, to create a space with a beautiful family atmosphere and very powerful healing ceremonies. In addition to this loving family you will find a team of experienced English speaking facilitators working alongside them, there to guide you through your ayahuasca experience. Pachamama Temple is a place where you can feel at home and where a genuine loving energy and personal attention are a big part of the retreat experience.
What are you looking for?
Pachamama Temple was founded for those who are seeking profound personal transformation and true healing of the mind, body and spirit. Do you feel lost or out of balance? Like there is something missing in your life? Like you are cut off from a deeper connection to yourself and the people around you? Are you struggling to find meaning in it all? Are you carrying around old baggage that you are not able to let go of? Do you find it hard to love yourself ? You will be amazed how many people, especially in the western world, are struggling with these feelings and the inability to heal themselves from past trauma and loss. More and more of us are waking up. We no longer feel we can just keep going on like this, unfulfilled and unhappy. So we make a choice. No more. There is more inside me, and out there, and I am going to find it!
Transformation and healing. What does that really mean? These are big and abstract words and we don’t want to use them lightly. We don’t want to use them just because they are good words for marketing. We use them because they are the true goal of the Pachamama Temple and we deeply believe that everybody can achieve them working with the ayahuasca medicine and the right support. We invite you to come over to find out what personal transformation and healing means for YOU.
Our 12 day Ayahuasca Retreats includes 8 ceremony’s and our 7 day retreats includes 4 ceremony’s. The first ceremony of each retreat is a traditional ceremony where only our shamans drink the Ayahuasca brew. We incorporated this into our program at the request of our shamans. Our healers use this ceremony as a diagnostic tool, giving them a chance to observe you and your energy, to provide you with insight into possible blockages or problems. We strongly feel the traditional ceremony, together with an individual consultation at the start of your retreat, reduces risk and provides a solid base for healing work during the rest of your stay. We understand that many people are eager to drink after traveling all the way to Peru but remember that for thousands of years this was the way ceremony was organized. Pachamama Temple respects the old ways and sees benefit in a cautious approach to ensure the welfare of all participants.
Workshops and lessons
During your retreat you can partake in different activities that will make your retreat much more interesting. Our maestro’s will teach you some basics of the Shipibo language and tell you about their culture and history. More on the creative side of things you will be painting with a local visionary artist and making your own Shipibo embroidery’s with the woman of the tribe. Combined with preparing your own medicine, flower baths, sharing circles, meditation, a traditional Shipibo lunch and market we feel we offer a complete and well balanced program schedule outside of ceremony for you to enjoy.
7 Day ayahuasca retreat with 4 ceremonies 1125 USD
12 day ayahuasca retreat with 8 ceremonies 1950 USD
As a healing centre the safety of our guests is our number one priority. Every now and then we hear of a tragic loss of life in other Peruvian retreat centres. We feel many of these situations could have been prevented with the proper preparation and care of the staff at hand. This starts with a thorough screening process for all our guests before any retreat where possible contra indications for working with Ayahuasca can be identified. Our staff is trained in emergency care and we keep investing in western safety standards and equipment. Pachamama Temple is also only 20 minutes away from the nearest hospital which means quick access to professional care if necessary.
Why choose us?
Choosing a retreat centre is exiting. There are many centres out there offering different kind of experiences. You want to take your time, do you research and choose a place that feels good for you. It is a choice you want to make with your heart. One of our guests described her choice for Pachamama Temple like this:
“ I searched the wide web of available Ayahuasca retreats for hours, days and even weeks. Hell, this was going to be my first time working with Ayahuasca! It had to be the perfect place! It had to be the most sacred space; a safe place, a place where you feel comfortable enough to expose all that craziness inside your head to a group of perfectly good strangers; and more importantly, a place where you could fully trust the shamans conducting the ceremonies, to not only have good intentions, but excellent skills in helping to guide you through the depths and trenches of your subconscious mind, and deal with all those scary little things you fear or suppress and that keep you behind. -Therefore it had to be a place of true healing. It had to be a place of love. I felt that with Pachamama Temple, and before I even landed at her doorsteps.”
We hope your heart will bring you to us. We will welcome you with open arms and work with you to get the most out of your meeting with the sacred medicine.
For more information on our retreats check out our website!
We invite you to join our facebook group where you can meet guests who have been at the temple and talk to our facilitators if you have any questions.
Group name: Pachamama Temple – Ayahuasca and Shamanism
If you are toying with the allure of a recreational plant medicine experience then maybe Pachamama Temple is not for you?
Far from the well traveled Iquitos tourist route, it is located far upstream near the vibrant heart of the Shipibo homeland on the dusty red earth of Pucallpa along the banks of the Rio Ucayali.
Pachamama Temple is not recreational. Rather it is often an ocean of unconditional love, unpredictably mixed with some very frightening black stormy seas, the kick of a mule, and a high probability of significant healing. Not a stroll in the park by a long shot!
Pachamama Temple is a Shipibo gem. All six shamans are Shipibo and they are co-owners – jointly supporting a Shipibo language school. The two senior curanderas are family matriarch Maestra Mama Rosa and her forever best friend Maestra Maria, who are generously supported by the four family curanderos Feliciano, Gilberto, Genaro, and Luis. General Manager Erik and his supporting team are magnificent backup.
Each of the maestros has her or his distinct personality, icaros, skill sets, and areas of plant medicine specialization. Yet they function as a highly integrated, synergistic team. As a family they have an intuitive empathy that seems to border of woowoo telepathic.
This tight knit team is much greater than the sum of the parts.
They emanate a palpable chemistry – a vibe that is very powerful and deeply openly loving.
In my brief 67 years on planet “Pacha” I have never had an experience that even remotely rivaled the life changing power and significance of my 2017 Pachamama Temple retreat.
Mama mia – it cracked open my iron clad heart like a newborn baby’s.
I guess most of us have experienced the feelings of “I am not worthy”, “I can’t do that”, “I’m not capable enough” etc. in our lives.
At my stay at the Pachamama Temple, I found out that these “lower” frequency feelings are not originating from my truth higher self. During my stay at this wonderful retreat with these loving people I was able (during the Ayahuasca ceremonies) to distinguish these lower frequencies as a separate kind off entity feeding on these energies.
It was clear to me that these entities can only survive and stay with me when I can produce enough energy for them to live on. These entities actually try to lure you into these lower emotional feelings and then feed on it.
This awareness came to me during a pretty rough ceremonie in which I was overwhelmed with feeling sorry for myself, feeling unworthy etc. When I was in this energetic trap I could suddenly see a kind of energetic creature, entity clinging to my energetic body.
The moment I spotted it, it tried to hide and it went upward from my chest to my throat. I kept following it upward and when it came near my throat I became really sick and needed to purge.
When I looked in my bucket, I saw this jellyfish looking “creature” dying there. I saw its energy pattern slowly fading to nothing.
Man, what a relieve was that! Since this healing experience I noticed that I am so much more confident, sure about my capabilities, and knowing I can do anything I want as long as I give my best.
We are all Capable! We are all love created! We are all gods and goddesses! We are worthy! We are powerful creators! We will change our future! We are the future! We are the ones we have been waiting for!
Thank you Pachamama Temple for this healing experience!
Wow. What an amazingly inspiring, enlightening, and life changing trip. I may have done ten years worth of healing in one week. No amount of psychology or rehab could have have achieved what this trip to Peru has. I did some intense deep healing. Ayahuasca has opened my eyes to so many layers of my existence. Peeling away the layers that no longer serve me. Shining a light on the darkness and empowering me to embrace it and sit with it so I can free myself from it and move forward towards healing and growing into my true authentic self. I let go of so much pain. Pain I have been carrying with me for years. Words cannot describe what I went through these past ten days and the beauty and healing I underwent. . Don’t get me wrong, it was not all pretty lights and fluffy clouds, I faced alot of my issues and traumas and stared them dead in the eyes. I went to battle and can honestly say I won. It was not easy, but growing never is. At some points I thought I may have been losing my mind. But I wasn’t. It’s all part of the process. I left feeling many emotions but mostly, I am much lighter and more equipped to deal with life. My time at Pachamama Temple was a very sacred experience that I will carry with me for eternity. I met some wonderful people that I hope to have in my life forever. Not to mention the structure of the temple itself is remarkably done. A true place of love and healing. I want to thank Pachamama Temple, Dominik and Eric for making this opportunity very real. I felt truly and utterly supported by both of you. The amazing family of shamans for their loving and inviting personalities and their beautifully healing icaros. To all the workers there that made sure the temple is clean and their smiles everyday. To the cooks who worked tirelessly to make sure we had food in our bellies. To all my friends and family who have stood by me all these years and never gave up. And most of all, all the people that donated to my cause and made this trip possible! From the depths of my heart thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I’ve been on the medicine path for 2 ½ years … seriously on the medicine path. I’ve spent time at several different retreat centers in Peru and have sat with numerous healers in North America and dieted several plants. Not blowing my own whistle here … just feel that my extensive exposure to shamans, healers and retreat centers is relevant for this review.
Also, full disclosure … I met the founders of Pachamama Temple during my first visit to Peru 2 ½ years ago and we have maintained a connection ever since. I also volunteered at this center for one month last year. During this month I was able to intimately get to know the family of shaman healers and also get a feel for the integrity and intent behind the creation of this center. So my review comes from a couple of points of view. I have sat with the healers and can speak first hand to the skill, love and integrity with which they engage in their craft … and I have seen, felt and observed first-hand all the hard work and sacrifice that has gone into the creation, and subsequent evolution, of this center over time.
So my review will be concise and to the point. This center was intentionally located where it is, versus the more popular or perhaps crowded Iquitos, so that the shamans could be close to their families and hence be happier, more effective and person ally fulfilled healers. To this point I would say … mission accomplished. This family of shamans are super loving and by all appearances in love with their craft and with their temple. There is no separation between the healers and the guests here. Direct, intimate contact with the shamans is a given … and in my experience that’s not the norm when it comes to retreat centers in Peru. The physical facilities … maloka, sleeping quarters, showers/toilets, kitchen, communal meeting area and areas for rest/contemplation are well thought out and quite adequate.
On a more personal level I have drank the medicine numerous times with the shamans and also dieted a couple of plant spirits as well. They have incredible skills that I find hard to describe but suffice it to say that they have significantly helped me along on my healing journey and I have much gratitude and love in my heart for them.
Bottom line, you will be hard pressed to find a more loving, safe and effective retreat center in Peru to experience the amazing transformations that this medicine can bring into your life.
Testimonial for Pachamama Temple I have just returned from Pachamama Temple, and the first thing I want to say is that I would wholeheartedly recommend undertaking ceremony here. This is a place I would definitely bring friends.
Taking Ayahuasca, if you haven’t before, is a powerful and sacred undertaking so it’s important to find a place where you will be safe and cared for; Pachamama Temple is such a place. If you have journeyed before and wish to find a place that can support you through a more integrated process, that cares for you between ceremonies with healing support, herbal drinks and medicine as is needed and advised, massages, daily flower baths, attention to well-being, and contact with the Maestros to help with questions and concerns, then look no further.
While the center is new, the guiding Maestros who come from an ancestral line of curanderos, carry a collective ability to negotiate the Ayahuasca-ceremonial space that is truly authentic in its connection with the medicine of Ayahuasca. While I have done several Ayahuasca retreats before, this one was the most integrating and healing. It was not only profoundly healing, like 10 years of therapy rolled into one night, but also utterly clarifying. I came with a ball of confusion, a lifetime of karmic knots resonating into a complex set of impossible conditions in my business concerns and personal life that I literally didn’t know how to untie or work out, even with all my decades as an accomplished meditation teacher, therapist, director of a non-profit, training facilitator, and so on.
Mother Ayahuasca clarified pretty much everything at great depth, helping me understand how my current impasse was connected to very early abuse, which she helped me get clear in ways that I was never able to in therapeutic and meditative process. Once I got home, I was able to very quickly enact a number of needed changes with clarity, strength, firmness, kindness; all of which have been astonishingly liberating. I was only able to do this because of her gift of clarification, purification, and healing, which included going deeply into generational trauma, and healing some of where it began through literally contacting ancestors and transforming their trauma also.
She, (Ayahuasca), showed me many, many things about the world in its current crisis, especially what is happening now in the U.S.A which has troubled me deeply. She helped me into a deeper understanding and process with the energetics of world events, so I can work in alliance with her. She is ancient, she is working with us now to raise our vibration, to clean out the karmic residue and she is on a mission! I feel honored to be one of her millions of conduits, to have tasted her – Pachamama – and to know her inordinate power, her depth intelligence, she knows it/ us all, the DNA of our bodies, but she is also us reaching out for our alliance. She will help guide us through these terrifying times, and we are in turn can help her, protect her, love her, vouch for her, be truly loyal servants for her.
So don’t hesitate a moment longer to come into this experience and deep relationship with the most primal, intimate, and powerful intelligence of Ayahuasca-Pachamama. If you have the time, money, and ability to do so, go ahead and book your journey now. Really, for me, there is no other teacher (and I have been to many) who can help like Mother Ayahuasca. She is the master Guru, the master therapist, the master oracle, and the great healer and liberator.
Pachamama Temple is a great place to land your body for this journey into your own truth and your deepest heart. There, they will guide and look after you. These are my experiences I share with you. Yours will be unique to you. If, and hopefully when you come, do be careful to have no expectations, but know your journey will be right for where you are, and what is possible and needed at that time. I just want to sign off with deep gratitude to all that made my journey possible at Pachamama; Founders Dominik, Mama Rosa, Maestra Maria, Maestro Felicano, Maestro Gilberto, Maestro Genero, Maestro Luis, and of course Erik who is the glue holding all together, David, and so many more. Thank you to each and everyone. M. O’Connor (USA)
This was my second retreat experience in Peru. Pachamama Temple provided an incredibly safe and compassionate space for deep healing. The maestros and maestros are family, which is felt the moment you step through the gates and are welcomed with heart felt hugs. I felt supported by the community created. I truly believe that I was able to explore the deepest places in my being (consciousness and subconscious) to bring new awarenesses in my life because of the space held by Panchamama Temple. My gratitude to Dominic for having vision with Maestro Rosa, to each maestro who shared there gifts and our facilitor, Erik, who always effortlessly supported this process with grace. If this is your 1st aya experience or you are looking to go deeper with this medicine I would highly recommend Pachamama Temple.
Congratulations!!!! You’re search ends here! And I promise you, this is the place you’ve been looking for; and just as well, the one that’s been guiding you all along!
I too searched the wide web of available Ayahuasca retreats for hours, days and even weeks. Hell, this was going to be my first time working with Ayahuasca! It had to be the perfect place! It had to be the most sacred space; a safe place, a place where you feel comfortable enough to expose all that craziness inside your head to a group of perfectly good strangers; and more importantly, a place where you could fully trust the shamans conducting the ceremonies, to not only have good intentions, but excellent skills in helping to guide you through the depths and trenches of your subconscious mind, and deal with all those scary little things you fear or suppress and that keep you behind. -Therefore it had to be a place of true healing. It had to be a place of love.
I felt that with Pachamama Temple, and before I even landed at her doorsteps. I had already marked her down as a finalist of potential spots for my first Ayahuasca experience, but still I continued to explore my other options; listing the pros and cons of each, but every time, Pachamama would resurface again until finally, she sold me.
I will tell you, that I was most impressed by the fact that Pachamama Temple, (unlike most retreat centers out there,) resides within the community of the Shipibo people; and of the shamans whom conduct the ceremonies there.
Most shamans, ( in order to provide a living for their family through the use of their skills,) have to leave their homes and/or families for months at a time to work in these other retreats. While they must do what they have to do in order to survive and still have the capability to provide excellent service as your guide, imagine the type of service they can provide to you when they can simultaneously help you AND be there for their family and children at the same time; the ability to be able to go home at the end of the night after working so hard to help you!
Simply put, ” If your shamans are happy, then you will be happy!”
When deciding on Pachamama, I also loved the fact, that the shamans there were family members. -Mama Rosa ( renowned around this area of Peru and probably even further, as one of the most experienced shamans and with many years of practice,) along with her sons, a son-in-law, and a couple of her closest friends.
As a family, I imagined that they naturally would be very well connected to one another and hold an even stronger space of love during the ceremonies than solo shamans, and well,….when I finally arrived, I instantly felt it as I was swarmed with smiles, hugs and kisses on the cheek. They made me feel right at home, or better yet, made me feel like I had never left. That was the closeness I felt, and by the end of my stay there, I truly felt a part of their family, and seriously guys, I even cried because I didn’t want to leave them. They had helped me so much, I felt as if it was my duty to stay put and some how return the favor.
When it comes to the pros and cons of this place, I really can’t find any faults.
-The accommodations are excellent
-The food is super fresh and delicious
-The facilitators are exceptional; always there for you, even after you leave.
-They provide cultural activities, Shipibo language class, as well as yoga,meditation and free time.
-The shamans are top of the line
-The overall cost of the retreat is cheaper than most retreats, while at the same time, providing the best quality of care and service.
-And lastly, you’re not at one of those westernized retreats that are popping up everywhere these days when you are here.
You are engaged in one of the most authentic experiences you could ever have working with Ayahuasca.
*In the jungle, with a family of Shipibo healers, within a sacred community of the people whom made it possible for you to discover or even have knowledge of the healing powers of Ayahuasca….Ummm, it doesn’t get any better than this!!!!
And to be honest, I had previously told myself before coming to Pachamama, that on my next visit to Peru, I would explore another venue for ceremony, but I can’t so much say that anymore, because I really can’t imagine that any other place would suffice or feel as good.
They definitely have my heart, therefore my loyalty will always lie with them.
They are my family, so I will always return again.
It had been a life-changing experience. The sjamans were very friendly and good at their work. For me it was a heavy week with fear and pain, But also with beautiful and Nice moments. I recommend everybody to go there, But not just for the kick. Its a great help for soulsearch and rest, not a place to Get a new kind of kick. Go for spiritual search/journey and you won’t be disappointed.
Beautiful place and friendly and save place
Pachamama temple is a beautiful place to do your ceremony. The people are great, the medicine is strong, the place is clean and nice. It’s easy to get to. You will feel safe there, exporing the wonders Ayahuasca has in store for you. You will not regret going there. The shamans are really nice people, they will teach you, but in the same time they want to learn from you also. It will lift you up, no doubt!
Hello, my name is Sergio and I attended a ayahuasca retreat at the Pachamama temple in July of 2016. I have drank ayahuasca before in the Netherlands, where I live, but it was quite a different experience in Peru. Two weeks before the retreat I started to follow a traditional diet, as recommended by the temple. This was intense but really helped me to prepare myself for my journey.During the retreat, every morning and evening, each individual got different plant medications prescribed by the healers. You also get to enjoy several flowerbaths, they smell really nice! And off course at night the ceremony starts.. If I can give any advice it is to not have any expectations when you drink ayahuasca. It is a process and you need to have faith in yourself, the spirits of the plants and creation as a whole. Every unnecessary thought can block your experience. This was really hard for me. . As the mind is a tool to create it can also create problems. You cannot think yourself out of your thoughts and you have to let things go. So if you FEEL like you are struggling in life and that you need to discover a deeper part of yourself, if you are looking for healing of the body, mind and spirit, Pachamama temple is a great place to visit. I love you all and I have got hope for this planet. now let’s create;)
My first ayahuasca experience at the pachamama temple
First of all i would like to start thanking all the beautifull people at the pachamama temple. Especially the maestros and maestras who did a wonderfull job in my healing proces. You truly are doctors of the amazon. I am very grateful. I had a great experience at the pachamama temple and was taken care of very well by a nice and professional team. Thank you Erik, Dani and Jag. You are doing a great job! This was a life changing experience for me and mother ayahuasca gave me exactly what I needed. I am now in the process of implementing the messages and insights in my life. This is a new beginning for me. Thank you all for being part of this. Arthur Gesser
When you are looking for a good place to experience the Ayahuasca medicine I definitely recommend Pachamama Temple. I encountered a 12-day retreat there in July 2016. In this little paradise down the suburbs of Pucallpa, peace and relaxation is to be found. The beautiful surroundings we’re perfect to forget where I came from for a while, to connect with the people around me there and to concentrate on a healing journey. The loving facilitators who among others guided me trough the proces are devoted and experienced, which constantly made me feel I was in good hands with them. And then there are the maestro’s and maestra’s, who made the whole adventure so special! They care for their guests while using all the ability’s and knowledge they have, using for instance plant medication or singing personal Icaros. It’s also cool to learn about their colourful Shipibo culture during the workshops they provide which are integrated in the program. I enjoyed the atmosphere at Pachamama, the excellent food they serve and the loving family who where so welcoming. Also the city of Pucallpa is nice to spend some time as you will not meet loads of tourists. I enjoyed to discover the streets and markets to experience the life of the friendly locals. In the end I wasn’t done with the place at all, but of course I had to catch my flight back. So surely this wasn’t the last visit… Maybe next time I’ll meet you there?