Listed in Ayahuasca
- Unnamed Road, Pucallpa, Peru
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 950 USD
12 day ayahuasca retreat with 8 ceremonies 1650 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.
I had already attended ayahuasca ceromonies in the Netherlands and wanted to follow ceremonies in Peru, but where ….. ?? on the website of Pachamama was a testimonial that gave me confidence …. so go, but it remained exciting ….
But it was so good, perhaps better than I had dared to dream. Good ayahuasca, a small group with many beautiful people and perhaps most importantly: devoted, caring and expert shamans!
I learned so much, got so much direction, I was just quiet and moved.
In addition to the ceremonies, there are other parts that have helped me with my travels: flower baths, massage, but also a lot of explanation about the functioning of ayahuasca and how you can navigate your travels.
The care was optimal too. Great food and you really do not have to do anything or help in the household, so you can fully use this retreat for your inner journey.
It has been nearly a week since I finished a 12 day ayahuasca retreat at the Pachamama Temple in Pucallpa, Peru.
It has been a truly profound and life changing experience. The collaboration between Dominik Janus, Erik Hendriks and Mama Rosa and her Shipibo family is absolutely amazing.
They have collectively created a unique, safe and utterly powerful experience based on love and healing!
I feel very blessed to have found this magical place on the edge of the Amazonian rainforest and am eternally grateful for everything!
I would also like to thank Julie Theobald and her team of facilitators; Austin Romero, Sam Czarnobay, Junior Fortuna and Tom Hood for their help and support through the process and was great to share the experiences with them. And also the great bunch of people that I was on the retreat with; Prem Avrati, Marc Hijkoop, Laura Martinez and Tom. I feel like I have made some true friends for life! We have all grown together!
I genuinely could not have contemplated how much this experience would change my life for the better, in some ways that I cannot quite comprehend yet!
I am so grateful and cannot reccomend the Pachamama Temple enough to anyone considering travelling to South American to work with Ayahuasca and other plant medicines! X
If you are looking for a safe, loving , caring and magical space for your self transformation … SEARCH NO MORE 🙂
Pachamama Temple will be your healing sanctuary !
The place is at the edge of the jungle, beautiful trees, fresh air, simple but very comfortable accommodation, extremely clean, lovely food, a charming cat, 4 cute dogs, very caring facilitators, and amazing shamans who only want to the best healing for you!
My whole stay I felt extremely safe, unconditionally loved and deeply in peace!
The ceremonies are out of this world!
Do not even think ….. just go … and surrender to the beauty of this magical place….
I consider myself lucky … having the chance to be there! and definitely will soon be back..
With peace and joy,
Came to this retreat with zero idea of what to expect but with high expectations based on all the amazing reviews, and I can only say that I was still blown away. The shamen Maestros at the temple, Luis, Feliciano, Gilberto, Genaro, and Mama Rosa, are an incredible team that work together in such beautiful harmony. I came away with a profound feeling of self love and understanding that I have been unable to achieve previously through any other number of activities. The care and attentiveness that is granted by the facilitators such as Erik and Bella is wonderful and really connects you with the beauty of the place and the healing provided. This was my first experience with plant medicine and I will definitely be back in the future for some more healing. Overall just a wonderful, safe, and profound experience.
My experience at Pachamama was a mixed bag, to say the least. I’ll start with the positives first: I liked being in Pucallpa versus going to Iquitos (that was a major plus). The price of the retreats are very reasonable. The communication leading up to the retreat was friendly and helpful. Booking was easy and seamless. The maestros and maestras held beautiful ceremony space, and I will forever remember the amazing ikaros and feel honored to have experienced them. I also enjoyed observing the brewing process and participating in the flower baths, and other ceremony-related activities.
Now for the things that need improvement: First, the grounds have a lovely maloka and nice hammocks for lounging, but that is pretty much the extent of the space. This is not a place you can take a walk to clear your head as the grounds are pretty tight and it feels like your only choices are your room or the maloka.
While I was at the retreat, there were not enough chairs for folks to sit during meals or around the fire (a minor complaint). The kitchen had tea for guests (all caffeinated, which was against the diet). The seemed to lack a centralized person in charge of meal preparation, so food was also a mixed bag. I think they could benefit from better meal planning as we ended up eating a lot of leftovers (repurposed in weird ways).
The rooms were simple, as expected, but the mattresses on the beds were paper thin and really uncomfortable. I’m not someone who was seeking a luxury resort, in fact, I actually would rather go camping; however, I have found sleeping on the ground with a mat more comfortable than these beds.
Moreover, it is important to note that the center is near a bar and other residences that bump loud music (at weird times) and definitely on weekends. While the facilitators offer ear plugs for ceremony, if desired, this was not the vibe I was seeking when trying to unplug and go on “retreat.” I recognize that the center can do little to nothing to control others’ music nights, but it was truly counter to my ceremony experience to have to listen to electronic bass and ikaros.
To make matters worse, during my retreat, one of the volunteers on site rented a cement mixer and for about three of the days, we were forced to listen to rock grinding all day long. I felt like I was in a construction site. Why not grind rocks between retreats? Some people, myself included, traveled from very far away at a great cost to heal – not to suffer from noise pollution. To get the most from aya, you need rest and this made that impossible.
The last thing I will say is that I feel like the facilitators (and volunteers) at Pachamama should make a policy that if you are facilitating a 7 or 12 day retreat, that the facilitator/volunteers should not be drinking in ceremony, too. I recognize that many folks volunteer at centers to work on their own issues as a kind of work/trade, but I found that this truly compromised the facilitator/guest experience. We are all working on our stuff, yes, but it makes it feel less safe to me.
Based on the above, I would say that the ceremonies are beautiful, the aya is authentic and powerful, and the maestros and maestras are experts of their craft. That said, for me, the location of the center with surrounding music blasting, the restrictive space, facilitators/volunteers alternating drinking in ceremonies, and the back-killing mattresses, would caution me from recommending Pachamama Temple to others or me from returning.
After spending 7 days at the Pachamama Temple I walked away awake, fully connected to myself and with a deeper understanding of what it truly feels like to heal on a profound cellular level. The love and kindness emanating from the Maestros along with one of the founders, Erik, and the collaborative facilitators at this retreat centre leaves you feeling fully safe and cared for. This was my first ayahuasca experience and it has started a journey for me working with plant medicines and nature as my teacher. The ceremonies are beautiful, the respect for everyone through their path to healing is felt everywhere and the retreat is built out with lovely experiences from flower baths, painting workshops, individual treatment plans, Shipibo feasts, and preparing the ayahuasca itself. It’s difficult to convey how fully transformed I feel now, the nurturing I received was unbelievable and the true love and healing being poured out over everyone from the Maestros is genuinely presence. This place sets itself apart from many of the other possible destinations in numerous ways; you are able to speak with the Maestros directly about what they see as your biggest problems in life and they help guide you through your ceremonies & after, there is a strong sense of community and respect, the focus on healing/challenging yourself is executed in a such a supportive way I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. I’m so grateful to the Maestros, Erik, Yop, Anya, Olivia and the rest of the community at Pachamama Temple for giving me a life changing experience, one that will truly shape my growth and the joy I’m able to receive.
For me visiting Pachamama was a last attempt in a long line of attempts at saving my life. I was drowning in a sea of deep depression, current and past life traumas and drug abuse. Someone suggested Ayahuasca might help, so I did some research and after looking at many different Ayahuasca retreats I came across Pachamama Temple. I saw the pictures of Mama Rosa and the other shamans and my heart just gravitated to this place. The more I read about Pachamama and how they kept the family of shamans together the more in love with it I fell. Nothing could of prepared me for the weeks to come. Getting sober enough for the medicine to work was a hard enough task in itself and was a rough time in my life. I made it though and traveled to Peru, it was the best decision of my life. The moment I walked into Pachamama I knew my life would be different. I was welcomed with open arms, hugs, and no judgements. Id never felt so safe in such a foreign place. The accommodations were phenomenal, I loved my room, I loved the food and Pachamama itself its absolutely breath taking with fruit trees everywhere and hammocks to rest in I really was able to relax and let go. The staff was friendly and kind, the shamans were nurturing and loving and the facilitators made me feel safe and heard at all times. I wasn’t ready for the Ayahuasca it really gave me a hard time the first night I took it and I wasn’t sure I would be able to continue but the facilitators and the shamans gave me the confidence I needed to proceed and accept what the medicine wanted me to see. Ayahuasca gives you what you need … not what you want. After I faced my fears, my deepest sorrows and guilt riddled past I was finally able to experience a new kind of life. I was filled with a universal love, a gratefulness Id never felt before and a overall feeling of joy and contentment. After my first trip (1 out of 8) I could not stop smiling, I was in complete disbelief that I felt so renewed!!! I truly felt I was given a second chance at life. I was a little nervous about coming home, would I still be floating on cloud nine, would I still be as grateful and filled with love, would I be able to stay clean? I returned home and am still the happiest Ive ever been in my life. I have no desire to pick up any substances, there is nothing I would do to risk not feeling like … well a million fucking dollars. I am so thankful to Pachamama Temple and the people involved in guiding me through my process. I am eternally grateful to them. If you yourself are struggling in life, need a breath of fresh air, need relief from past life traumas, then I suggest with all my heart and being you attend a retreat here. Theres really nothing I can say, you must experience the magic that happens here first hand!!!!
Physical and spiritual healing
I just want to say how grateful I’m for my journey and Maestro Felicano, Maestro Luis, and of course Erik, my deepest gratitude to all. I was not only able to clean my primal karmic energy and heel myself thanks to them and Ayahuasca but also bring all the knowledge that I built many years as one connected story, my journey: making my life and my life mission very clear in connection with earth, universe and my soul group. Thank you to each and everyone. I hope to come back again with more friends.
I did 2 ceremonies with Luis, Luiciano and Erik at their Pachamama on Tour trip, in the netherlands
And it knocked me out of my feet.
The first night my intention was to regain more energy because I m recovering from a burn out. I didn t feel much intill the aya hit my brain. I was immediatly overwhelmed by a very intense and chaotic caleidoscope and I tried to find the brake because it went to fast for me. The next hour or so I was primarily fighting not to let loose and to hold on to reality, and my Bucket. I vomited very deeply but when I looked in my bucket, it was empty so I noticed that I was in another state of mind. At that time my body was gone and I saw myself, completely alone, sitting on the matras. The Icaros sounded very far away, but were a beacon to hold on to. I sighed very deeply and I felt that the aya was working on my energy Then it was over and I could notice the people around me again. At that time I didn’t like the trip and was afraid to do another one. My feelings were, besides fear, gone.
During the day I heard stories of other people about dying en re-bijtring and a startend shaming all over my body. Luis came by and held my head and dit all kinds of magical mouvementen which felt comforting.
I spoke to my girlfriend and told her about my anxiety and my new intention, to open up my heart, and she convinced me to have faith and that good things were about to happen.
So the second night I starten Boeing to afraid to let go. And the aya was not very deep. Erik came by and he helped me, on a very gentle way, to take another portion. And than he sat down with me and poored me with peace and confidence. Than I let go. I got a beautiful Icaros that opend my heart and I was all peacefull. Than there was music that projeced me to another level, and I opend up completely and was overwhelmed with visualiseren and feelings beyond imagination. The music was followed by an invoke “song” and there I found myself floating in a beautiful Blue world absorbing the words with pure my heart and there I got the message which imprinted in my heart. Love yourself! Be your OWN god. Use and Embrace the female (I m a man) power in yourself and in the universe and Above all, be connected in love with everything around you!
After this I came to my senses, a bit, and it was like my mind was reset and I didn’t know how to function. So there started a big fight of my mind wanting to take controll again. I got an insight how my ego works and now I understand that that ego and my fears are killing my feelings.
So I m left with a lot of homework but now I know what my mission in life is. I also understand that there was a lot more to see during my trip, but that I didn t dare to look. So there will be more ceremonies and we will also, on day, go to Peru to experience the origin of this gift of insight
Dear Meastros Luis and Feliciano,
(I attended a ceremony by Meastros Luis and Feliciano and Erik while they were on tour in Holland.)
The love that you carry inside for yourselfves and others is indeniably recognisable in every word you say or sound you make.
During the ceremony I could just feel that you two know EXACTLY what you are doing. Thank you for the magical ikaro’s. I can’t even begin to describe to positive impact it has on the ayahuasca journey. The intuitive wisdom you two have in guiding is astonishing. Thank you!! It made me feel safe and guided me.
Erik, my deep gratitude goes out to you aswell for the work that you do. What I failed to say during the ceremonie because I did not have the guts is that I hope you can give yourself the same amount of love you gave me during the ceremony. I could feel at times when you were being there totally for me you were not fully there for yourself. What I wanted to ask you during the ceremony is: what about you, are you sitting comfortably while helping me, are you also fully being there for yourself? I have no doubt that when you allow yourself that selflove, your vibe to others will become as strong and magical as the meastro’s. I could feel that you know intuitively EXACTLY how to be the perfect guide. My question to you is: Can you fully believe and trust this amazing ability of yourself?
Lots of love, deep gratitude, thank you all <3
My experience with Pachamama Temple was not near-perfect.. it was/is PERFECT!
Pachamama Temple is where you should start your journey… and if you’ve already started, then all maestroes are here to guide you perfectly in your spiritual path… Pure love, pure energy, deep and full of amazing experiences with maestro Luis and maestro Feliciano and of course Mama Rosa…
Love and Light,
Hello my name is Olivia and I attended a 12 day ayahuasca retreat at the Pachamama Temple in August of 2017.
From the depth of my heart I am thankful I got guided to that very special & magical place.
I imagined it as a place full of love, trust & connection.
I want to thank the angels there such as the heartwarming and open-minded stuff who keeps the place clean & remedy, Wendy the facilitator who is doing her job with such a deep passion, compassion and humor (your companions have moved me deeply), the maestros – all family members – who have deep skills in healing, wisdom and experience – You worked such hard on me to remove those energies which blocked my energy-system to enjoy and live life to it’s fullest – thanks for your passion and the deep healing!
It is also amazing that you figured out where these aches came from that made me suffering for so many years and no western specialist could explain before.
My respect and deep gratitude to Dominik and Erik who keep going to invest much of their time and energies for the construction and the flowing of the temple, for all the world healing projects and who made all that possible.
A cordiality that is noticeable everywhere like the very beauty of this place.
My cozy room was a clean and simple one equipped with a mosquito net.
The temple offers space, beautiful sounds of many different animals and beautiful plants.
I could almost grab the innumerable stars in the open sky.
The possibility for a camp fire was as given as comfortable rocking chairs around the fire place.
The food, oh yea … the food is fresh, of good quality and the meals are cooked with passion – so yummy.
A big thanks to Mother Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca took me to my limits, through really hard, hard times that made me doubt everything.
But the next morning after every hard ceremony I felt lighter, more pure, connected & I clearly felt the new energy of myself.
The ceremonies also showed me the whole greatness and beauty of myself, my soul, the earth, the universe and the unity.
Thank you for all the time and space I had for my inner process as well as for the workshops that brought me closer to the Shipibo culture.
I’ve experienced that Ayahuasca and the Icaros chants are able to move things physically, to heal physically and mentally deeply.
Ayahuasca reminded me of my own healing powers aswell.
I feel like a newborn soul that is just as full of curiosity on life, happy, full of energy and unstressed as it once was but more wiser than before.
A life changing experience. I will see you soon again!
Go for it.
I had a truly remarkable experience at Pachamama thanks to a fantastic team of Shamans, facilitators, fellow participants & the entire crew at the temple who made sure we had a great time throughout. I signed up for a 12 day retreat & it was by far the best decision of my life hands down. The journey was filled with deep insights & revelations that I can’t even begin to explain & rationalise. It is a very personal experience & the healing goes very deep as long as one allows it to happen. I for one truly experienced a significant shift in my life thanks to Ayauasca & Shakruna. I probably felt every kind of emotion & received knowledge that is truly profound & enriching.
The staff at the temple were amazing too. They made us feel really at home. The food was fantastic & the facility was super clean & just beautiful. I will absolutely come back very soon to experience the bliss all over again. Truly rejuvenating
I had such a great time at Pachamama temple, with a team of amazing healers and facilitators to offer healing and support throughout the journey. I have worked with ayahuasca before and it was really great to be able to participate in the preparation of the medicine, and exchange with the healers any given day, about the healing process, their experience, the plants, it was enriching and honouring to be able to have them share their knowledge in such a casual and genuine way. Infinitely grateful for the process that took place there, and will continue forever, the help and the care I have received, and wishing all the team the best for the future ! I will sure visit again at some point . Much love and light.
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?