Rainforest Healing Center

48 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca, Kambo

  • Iquitos Peru
Min. Cost: 1295
Max. Cost: 2099

An Ayahuasca medicinal plant healing center and Permaculture farm. We welcome you on your personal journey into the magical Amazon Rainforest, just outside Iquitos, Peru. It is our first priority to offer a safe, private, and sacred space tucked away on 60-acres of jungle property home to over 110+ documented medicinal plants.

Rainforest Healing Center is accessed at KM 45.5 on the “highway” that connects Iquitos and Nauta in the Loreto province of Peru. From there you take a three kilometer hike over rolling hills along a dirt (sometimes muddy) path to arrive at our entrance.

To facilitate the safe, and deep healing of individuals through unconditional love so that present and younger generations have a loving planet to coexist in harmoniously.

Is to empower indigenous communities whose sacred healing traditions and native lands to be respected and revered by the Western world and to continue to build a community of seekers empowered to create a loving and authentic life for themselves and others

11 Day Retreat- Deeper Integration with the Vine

Our “Deeper Integration with the Vine” is a profound healing retreat where one will partake in 5 ceremonies and will be given ample time to process their journey with our highly trained facilitators and Shamans.

7 Day Retreat- Initiation to Shamanic Ayahuasca

Our ‘Initiation to Shamanistic Ayahuasca’ is a great way for one to start their healing journey that has never experienced any sacred medicinal plants. This would also be a great place to start for someone that has some apprehensions about engaging in shamanistic practices. The 7-day retreat will still be a strong for healing purposes with 3 powerful ceremonies.

Master Plant Isolation Diets

At Rainforest Healing Center, we have been offering Master Plant isolation diets (‘dietas’ in Spanish) since 2011, when we first opened our center. We currently offer three Master Plant diets:  Ajo Sacha, Chiric Sanango, and Uchu Sanango. The decision to administer one of these diets is based on careful observation, discussion, and analysis by our Shaman and administrator. We take these diets very seriously and administer them within traditional rules and practice. Dieting a Master Plant is a spiritual rites of passage that is the next level of healing after having worked with Ayahuasca in group ceremonial settings.When the diet is initiated, one will go into isolation in their Tambo (jungle bungalow) for eight days with no contact with anyone except the Shaman administering the diet.  The Mind, Body, and Spirit will go through an intense cleansing and reboot while opening new doors within the Self and the Spirit realm.

Kambo Practitioner Training

Kambo (also known as Sapo locally to Peruvians) is the venom from Phyllomedusa bicolor, the Amazonian giant monkey tree frog. This medicine is well known around Peru and Brazil as the “vaccine of the forest.” It is most easily understood as a detoxifying purgative, immune-boosting medicine, and a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependency.


48 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
  • Member Since: May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019

WARNING. This center has had a death. The stabbing of a facilitator. There are numerous accounts of abused staff at this center (sexual, emotional and physical) all over the internet, despite the attempts of owner Omar Gomez, real name William Feldman, to have these reviews flagged and removed. And now a staff member lost their life.

Along with the death and abuse, there are accounts of Omar spying on women bathing, as there is no privacy for the “showers”, so much as a bucket out in the open to use in the river, where anyone can see you. The compost toilets were similar, with nothing but see through nets instead of doors. Omar also “reaches out” to “attractive” past female guests under the guise of integration and then has sex with them.

Guest might have a good retreat and receive healing, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of the lives of the people working there. A guests wonderful ayahuasca retreat shouldn’t be because of a facilitator who’s desperately trying to hide that they’re being abused so they don’t ruin your retreat. There are so many other options for an ayahuasca centers. This center should be on no ones list.

  • Member Since: April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019

I had thought about Ayahuasca for years, I know one of the founders of RHC so when I felt it was my time, there was no question on where I would go. I had no idea how lucky I was! I’ve heard horror stories of bad experiences at other retreats and I can only imagine how hard it must be to make a decision based on online reviews and pictures! All I can say is that this is your place! You can stop looking! There are so many wonderful things to say but overall the feeling of love and instant family is what was so surprising to me. I felt safe and cared for in every way. I was given so much individual attention but also time and space to myself to reflect and process. The facilitators Freddy & Nelson genuinely love and support you every step of the way! They listen, offer advice and are extremely knowledgeable and intuitive. They suggest books to read and help you with your intention for ceremonies. I don’t think I could’ve done this without them Kristina is the on-site manager but she is so much more than that! She also offers Kambo and is extremely knowledgeable with that process. She just brings a sweetness to the place:)
Then there are the Shaman… If you ever considered working with Ayahuasca without a shaman please reconsider! Being in the jungle and having the shaman guide you and sing to you during the ceremonies was such a huge part of my experience and journey! They know what they’re doing, they communicate with the spirit and work on every person individually. They work so incredibly hard and are so sweet, happy, gentle and kind. They hug you like you are family and tell you they love you and you feel it. These are not things that can be simulated or faked. This boutique center has a maximum of 8 people to give the best care and attention to everyone. The facilities are somewhat rustic (you are in the jungle) but extremely comfortable and private. It felt rather luxurious compared to what I was expecting ☺️
This is by far the best gift I have ever given myself! I only went for 7 days but I’m already trying to plan my next visit. I made huge progress in just 3 ceremonies but I can’t wait to dive in deeper and learn more!
P.S. the food was delicious!

  • Member Since: March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

I spent a week at the Rainforest Healing Centre, and did three ayahuasca ceremonies. I was quite sceptical before I arrived, but by the time I left, I was in love with the place, and the wonderful staff who work there.⠀
The food, the accommodation, the jungle scenery, the shamans and the support and help given by the facilitators was all top notch. Ten out of ten from me!


March 16, 2019

I just finished a week retreat at Rainforest Healing Centre in Iquitos, and it was the most amazing, profound, magical, enlightening, emotional, liberating, loving, connecting, intense, relieving, healing, learning, experience of my life.
The shamans, Esteban & Linda, are two lovely elders, a husband and wife couple, from the Shipibo tradition (originally from Pucallpa). They both have open and loving energies, and spend time with each individual person in each ceremony to help them through their journey and emotions, while singing Icaros to them personally, and using their hands to heal and massage if there is a need. They both also sing different Icaros simultaneously throughout the entire ceremony, which sounds magical. I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to experience their ceremonies, and I now understand how important the shamans are for the process, and the human need for spirituality and connectedness (I was a spiritual skeptic before I came here).
The facilitators, Freddie and Nelson, were amazing too, so much love, support, openness, experience, and non-judgment, they do a lot to help and guide you, and create a safe space for everyone. Kristina also does a lot in the background to make sure the centre running smoothly, and brings a lovely energy to the place, and Rhaya was very helpful in the registration process and preparing for the retreat.
The centre is surrounded by rainforest, so you really feel in touch with nature while you’re there, which enhances the experience; seeing, smelling, hearing the jungle. You also stay your own personal tambo/hut to chill and process your emotions and thoughts freely and in private, without being surrounded by others, as you can’t see or hear other people from your tambo through the forest, so you can really focus on your own journey.
The retreat groups are no more than 8 participants too, so it’s really intimate and you’re not distracted or overwhelmed by many other people’s energies, and you really have time to connect with everyone, including the shamans, facilitators, and other people attending the centre.
I was able to work through a number of my fears and anxieties while there, and gained a lot of insight and knowledge, but it would have been better to stay longer, three ceremonies feels like you’re just getting into it. I’m already planning my next trip out there for a longer period of time.
Going there was the most positive, life changing, and loving thing, I’ve ever done for myself. I got things out of it that I didn’t even know I needed. I would HIGHLY recommend the Rainforest Healing Centre, what a magical place.

  • Member Since: February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

This place changed my life!! The Rainforest Healing Center is home. I spent a long time in the process of deciding where I wanted to attend my first Ayahuasca retreat but something kept bringing my back to the RHC, I felt its warmth even through the words and pages online. So I took the leap and am infinitely grateful because of it!! My experience is tough to quantify in words but the people at the center and the space they create and hold is magic for such deep healing. I felt safe, guided, cared for, loved and for the week I spent there it became home. I did three ceremonies and each time was able to really dive deep into my intention with the help of the staff who really became such beautiful family! They were catalysts for such growth and self-reflection and to me, were guides pushing me in the right direction back to myself always respecting the gentle nature of the work. It can be an overwhelming process working with medicine like this but never did I feel I didn’t have guidance. I was also empowered to use my own guidance system and felt lovingly shown how to step into my independence. Because of the intimacy of such a small group we too became medicine for each other, family forever. Love and care are poured into everything, the massively nourishing meals, the integration talks, the helpful tips, and the medicine as its being provided. Everything so well thought out from the day to day activity to the sacredness and attention put into the ceremonies that my only focus was put on why I was there. My healing. The space is beautifully built, peaceful, secluded yet wild and free! It flows with the wild of the jungle and creates a natural, harmonious, freeing, heart filed way of being! The accommodations were so comfortable and I was given my own space for reflection, feeling held and secure yet free and independent with my time to my own. The RHC is home, it is a beautiful sacred space for medicine work. I am grateful for all of the staff, the shamans, the love poured into every piece and part of their mission and for their deep respect and honor of the vine and the traditions. I am forever changed by my Ayahuasca experience with this center and cannot wait to return!! I love you guys!! Thank you for guiding in opening my heart and expanding my mind!!

  • Member Since: February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

I’m sitting down to write this review with a full heart. I have just returned from my first experience with ayahuasca through a 7 day retreat with Rainforest Healing Center and I would like to say a couple things to anyone who is looking to make a decision on where to do the same. Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine that should not be taken lightly and can change your life in many different ways. RHC does the best possible job at respecting this and doing everything in their power to promote healing during your journey. If you’re looking to drink ayahuasca, you’ve found your place.
The communication and information given before leaving for the retreat is outstanding. RHC gives you so much support and so many tools to prepare you for the transformation to come. With recommendations for time in Iquitos, suggestions on prices so you don’t get ripped off, recommendations for nice hotels, they have you feeling comfortable and confident leaving for Peru. The facilities are as good as you could hope for in the Amazon. Truly amazing spaces for relaxing, reflecting, processing. Someone is always available to talk to. The common area and kitchen is warm and inviting and allows you to relax in times of healing. The attention to needs and care is unmatched.
The main thing that stands out about this facility is the love. You create a family when you come to RHC. Everyone of the facilitators makes you feel loved and are there to listen and reflect with you. I don’t know what my experience with ayahuasca would have been without these amazing people to lead me through the process. I am so grateful for what these beautiful souls have created and even more grateful for opening it up to those who need it. I would give 100 stars to Rainforest Healing Center if I could. 10/10. Just amazing.

  • Member Since: November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

It has been a few months since I was in the jungle. I wanted to wait to write this to share what has changed for me as a result of this beautiful experience and connection.

Firstly I felt the Rainforest Healing Centre (RHC) is a sacred, safe space – where all of the workers/healers are protective, loving, respectful and know there stuff. The jungle is breath-taking, wild and free, just being there allowed me the space and time to focus on what is important. At the centre the water and food is clean and fresh, detoxing. The centre feels like home and especially with the dogs and cats and a monkey running around 🙂

I had two ceremonies with the Master Vine. Both times the ceremony space (due to the facilitators and healers), was safe and contained, very reassuring. I also did a Master Plant Diet with Bobinsana, wow! The experience of connecting with these plants and allowing for support and transformation was like nothing I have ever felt. They have allowed me to see different possibilities to situations that were previously thought and felt helpless to change or think differently about. This has been the best gift I have ever received.

Since being back a situation that dominated my life (in a negative way), has resolved. I believe this is because I was finally able to allow it to, after my experience in the Jungle. I have also resolved a few bad daily habits that were making me unhealthy. Being able to reset in the Jungle helped me to break the cord to these habits just enough to make the change.

Of course it has not been all smooth sailing and I have gone back and forth with some other bad habits (especially in times of stress). But the lessons from the retreat are not far from my mind. I know that I have something within that I did not have before. So I can keep moving forward and changing what I need to. After the retreat I have also reached out to RHC and received the support I needed which helped me to refocus.

I would recommend this incredible place to anyone who wants to go. I hope I am lucky enough to go back again. Forever Grateful xx Jasmine.

  • Member Since: November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018

After my 11 day retreat in the Rainforest Hearing Center, I have no doubts about plan medicine. I went there scared, angry, confused, tired, exhausted almost giving up on life from all the damage & pain experienced since I have memory. After being sexually assaulted by different family members from my mothers’ side, Mentally and physically broken by my own father was enough for my whole being to know that this is not how life should be for anyone. I kept everything to my self for 21 years, bubbling, heating up and getting heavier I had to take a quick decision for my self and that’s when a really good friend had shared about her experience in this magical place. The energy that surrounds the facility is extremely safe and the employee are truly respectful & helpful. I did 5 ceremonies and 3 of them gave me exactly what i needed physically to get over all the mental damages and traumas. In the first ceremony I was being naive and waiting to feel the medicine after a full cup, but my body was being resistant. Heather nicely told me “you came here to do to work with the medicine if you do not feel her you need to drink a second time to fully work with her” which helped me for my next ceremony. Being alone became natural when noticing that I am part of everything.
During the days it was super important for me to not be dependent on any company from others as I wanted to be more independent and love my self, enjoy my self for who I am. Ayahuasca helped me find more than I was expecting. She let me understand how staying in the past is throwing your present away and not fully enjoying it to the fullest. The second ceremony was my first glimpse of life as she physically made me feel how she put me apart and fix every part of my heart and body putting me carefully together without hurting. After that night I felt how little by little I was giving me self-love by reading, showering more often, writing and not truly thinking of what happened to me in a negative expression. Last and most important letting go of that horrible past that almost end my life in 2014-2015. I was dancing every morning in my tabu and still dance in my home. Feeding my self the right way at the right time and expressing my love for being alive and brave enough to take this journey.
Anne such a beautiful soul she truly helped me understand so much of life. She’s extremely loving and can be rough when you need it { I mean this in the most helpful way. sometimes we need to hear the truth from a different perspective that is not yours} she guided me and basically gave me more therapy using such a beautiful vocabulary where you are able to understand and reflect. Heathers energy also helped me in such a different way i felt very comfortable because of her honesty with life experiences. She read my tarot cards and also discussed all my dreams for 11 days!!! I went to RHC for plant medicine and left with a two beautiful friendship that I hope it lasts forever. The staff was so loving and caring. Olinda and Esteban gave me all the attention that I needed because I was lucky to be in a very small group and had 3 wonderful ceremonies alone which the universe granted me. I was grateful for the food and for the creek shower every day where butterflies flew around me constantly making me smile and forgetting about everything.
Coming back to my reality being grateful for everything that has happened and for all the things that lead me to this wonderful center and plant medicine. I love my self more than ever and now I can truly focus on my life and Partner who has been supporting me since day one. Its hard work and I know from the day I left the center my choices have changed for the better!
I had the sweet opportunity to meet and connect with Omar it wasn’t long yet I know our paths will cross again in the near future. He was caring and loving I truly can’t wait to see him again.

I can truly sit here give you 1000 reason why everyone in their lifetime should visit this facility yet I can’t find not one reason on why should you not. Plant medicine is so powerful and enlightening. Clean and REAL but you will only deserve it when you are truly ready to do the work to accept all your flaws and to become a better person for yourself.

I feel free, light & Happy with my decision! Still apologizing to my self & my body for all those years I spent hurting.
Thank you Ayahuasca, Rainforest Healing Center and Omar for allowing this place to feel safe for the ones that truly need the safety.

You will always be part of my heart and journey because of you I can see life for what it is…. BEAUTIFUL


September 6, 2018

To all my dear experiencer’s of Ayahuasca, & to the beings that are also experiencing the body, mind, and spirit practices.

My name is Sayed Najem, I go by Comte Sayed Najem. I have been meditating for almost 35 years wereI first started in TaeKwonDo, however this last 10 years, I have been truly in detailed meditation as in understanding my breath. My point to this, is I am always pursuing my inner temple to cleanse and understand the universe as one.

With all that said, I have travelled to Iquitos, Peru for the Ayahuasca retreat at the ***RHC Centre***. I knew, when as I was signing up for this program it was going to be out of this world & incredible, but also scary, and tough and fun, and special.

All of the above I had experienced, and I was so happy I did it at the RHC centre. We had the best crew through out the whole time, and experiences. The RHC centre was superb, the shamans really took care of us in all of our ceremonies. The diet plan was perfectly organized, and the room and board were great being in the amazon, and I could not ask for better. But the most important was “Anne” our guide, and she was there for us 24/7 a truly magical person and special angel.
I truly believe I was being guided by an angel, named Anne, & everything she had suggested was perfect and everything she had shared was on target. I was always in an awe by her. I am very lucky to have had her, part of my experience from beginning to end.

The RHC Centre is the best to enter the Ayahuasca in my experiencer because of Anne as well as Heather, & Christine & Leo, the safety of the centre, the shamans are the genuine and special magical, the professionalism, and most important a true calming place that will change your life.
Thank You RHC centre!

Comte Sayed Najem


August 28, 2018

Seriously, your search is over. This place is home; there is simply no other way to put it. This was my first time working with Aya, but I doubt that I will ever work with another centre. Every facet of this place is so incredibly full of love and respect on the highest of levels and this absolutely made my [first] experience with the Vine.

I can honestly say that my experience with Chakra – the land and all of the people involved here – was just as, if not more so, healing as my experience with the actual plants. I’ve spent a long time pondering this review largely because I don’t feel that human words are an adequate expression of the gratitude that I have for these people and this place. It’s all I can do to resist booking my plane ticket back “home” again, lol.

From the first point of contact, you can tell just how deeply everyone at Chakra cares about your wellbeing on all levels; expect to be thoroughly questioned about all aspects of your health/life to ensure that you are the right fit for this place and in a good space to do this kind of work, if the application wasn’t already clear on that! Every member of their team treats you with the most genuine love and respect from day one, even the workers.

This is not just a retreat, you become part of a family that just keeps growing. You are being initiated into a very heart-centred way of being. This place is authentic and deep integrity is at the heart of all the work they do which helps you to let go and trust in your experience on a deeper level, which is so incredibly important. Here, you are held every step of the way while also empowered to find/utilize your own power and independence within this work. We had time with our facilitator pre and post-ceremonies to help thoughtfully prepare for and integrate our work – this was so helpful and they’re definitely doing this right. Same thing goes for the small groups; this allows you to connect more intimately with your fellow humans and your experience. These things were SO key.

Everyone here holds a deep place in my heart – Omar, Viviana, the workers, the fellow retreat participants – and I won’t go into details but a special shoutout to Eddy and Cristina….wow. These two really have a special way of bridging the gap between professionalism/guidance and friendship. Feeling like I had friends holding my hand along this journey was so very helpful.
Even afterwards I had found myself in a tough spot on a few levels and I reached back out to Chakra…let’s just say that they helped me more than I ever could have imagined simply out of the goodness of their hearts – again, especially Cris and Eddy. So much wow.

I could go on for ages talking about how beyond amazing this place is but instead I’ll finish up with a little blurb on the amazing land and our accommodations. Man, what absolute paradise. It was definitely a trek traveling between our tambos and meals, etc., but the walk really helps you to appreciate the healing beauty of the jungle around you. You’re situated out in the middle of the womb of Mother Earth in all her glory. For being out in the jungle, your home for the retreat is unbelievable luxury and peace. Being in the midst of the beautiful chaos of the forest will lull you to sleep every night.

Long story, short… Just jump. You will be supported. Sending all reading this so much love on your journey.


August 21, 2018

My experience at the Rainforest Healing Center was profound.

First there is a Connection with the jungle and all the energy and beauty possesses. At the same ntime you also disconnect from the outside world of social media, internet and distraction. This alone is worth the price of admission.

You feel like your in another time and place yet there are enough comforts like nice sleeping tambos, private bathing and toilets, clean drinking water, lights ( tambos) and good healthy meals. There is even a bathtub which can be filled with herbs and flowers as you gaze at the stars.

It took me a few days to really acclimate to the jungle, especially at night. It’s an otherworldly experience being listens to the jungle and it’s night sounds.
The Maloca( where ceremonies take place) is a work of art, built by a master Maloca builder. You can feel the spiritual energy and is a perfect conducive place for inner work.
The Shamans Olinda and Estaban ( husband &wife) are blessed with inner abilities and are there to watch , heal and diagnose the plant energy’s. Their presence is key to having a good and healing journey.

The staff are all there to assist you in making sure you needs are met both on a comfort level as well as an emotional/ spiritual level.
Now of course it’s the Medicine I came for, but without a set and setting I believe, and many people much wiser than me also agree, is the key to unlocking the wisdom of Mother Aya.

If you come with Intention, Love, openness and an Active Imagination you will discover, and heal.

I highly recommend Rainforest Healing Center as your place to connect.

Peace and Love to all, Namaste.


August 8, 2018

It’s been two weeks now, since I left Rainforest Healing Center after an eleven day Ayahuasca retreat.
My husband and I also did Ajo Sacha and Kambo. With all my heart I can say this: If you are a novice and are seriously thinking about doing Ayahuasca, then I recommend doing it here. I felt completely secure and taken care of, down to the smallest details. Because the truly important tings for such a serious endeavor are taken care of with such depth and dedication, with LOVE in other words, by everyone at RHC- even the tough moments which are inevitable when one is serious about self healing- became so meaningful and rich.
Just the place itself, deep inside the jungle felt like such a help. Under the canopy of trees and plants, the sounds and life of everything that surrounds you there are in fact helpers 🙂 I had my own tambo and loved it. I slept like a baby. The bed was very comfortable and the mosquito netting worked perfectly- in fact I didn’t get a single bite my whole stay! Almost weird. The compost WC, the bucket baths- ok, I’m Norwegian and used to simple cabin life with no running water and compost wc- but I can honestly say it was a luxury, very peaceful. The food is prepared with the obvious ayahuasca dieta- restrictions in the lovely kitchen/casa, and the cook does a great job. Writing a review of this place is bit strange, because I feel so much love and gratitude towards the whole staff who made it all possible, because this beautiful place truly deserves its name Rainforest H e a l I n g Center. The dedication of the facilitators and shamans was something the whole group, my husband and I most definitely included, were struck by. We had the luck to participate in the harvesting of chacruna leaves; and partake in the whole process of making the ayahuasca brew we used in ceremony, to replanting the Mother Vine the next day.
The ceremonies were conducted with the utmost feeling of respect and care. Pre ceremony we all had intention settings one- on- one with our facilitator. I mustn’t gush too much; suffice to say I’m still stunned by how much that helped the whole experience and my personal healing. The solo processing after each ceremony was equally important for understanding and integrating the experiences. Highest quality support are words that can be used to describe this. The shamans… a whole little book could be written about them. Straight people! Totally dedicated, totally natural. They led the ceremonies like the great Maestro and Maestra they are. They even led the ‘Camino del Tigre’ jungle walk and showed us incredible plants. Their knowledge is vast and so is their humor!
The Ajo Sacha and Kambo ceremonies were such a great additional help, each in their unique way. I’m a kambo lover for life now,
I miss RHC. I will always cherish it and what I experienced and learned. I hope I can come back.
Thank you! Thank you Omar, Christina, Anne, Heather… for each being and smile and gesture. Thank you to the staff! Thank you to the dogs and cats and the monkey- and to the majesty herself: The jungle.

  • Member Since: June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018

I attended the Rainforest Healing Centre as a friend of mine had recommended the facility and Omar specifically.

There couldn’t have been a more perfect place on the planet in terms of the area and the wonderfully kind hearted people that work there.

I attended with, what to me, was a lot of mental baggage. I was in a pretty dark spot. The amount of attention that each individual receives and the people you receive from is what makes RHC so special. This will always be the case as they refuse to overpopulate groups for profit.

I can’t say that i’ve walked away completely healed because that just wouldn’t be true. But I’ve been shown the path and given the tools and i know in a heartbeat i’d receive support. I feel great and my perspective has shifted.

The ceremony’s for me were a bit of a rollercoaster and at times and quite hard work. But so so worth it. I was told that Ayahuasca doesn’t give you what you want but will ensure you get what you need. I’d say thats a pretty accurate statement.

Omar – Thank you so much for everything, for having the courage to build such a beautiful place that has helped and continues to help so many individuals. You’re a beautiful human!!

Annie (aka nurse Annie) Thank you so much for all the love and care during my time at RHC. You’re an amazing lady and i love you very much. Thank you for helping everyone in the way that you do. I’ll look forward to seeing you again one day 🙂

Cris Thank you so much for all your love and support. You do an incredible job and help so many. I hope you had a fantastic trip to Brazil and you’ve learnt a new skill!

  • Member Since: June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

This is truly a special gem on this planet! I went to the Rainforest Healing Center back in March on a recommendation from a friend. With ayahuasca being so popular these days, it was really important for me to find a place where i could have the most authentic healing experience. From the very start, upon my arrival, everyone was extremely caring. The group was small and everyone was there to resolve something in their lives. Prior to my trip i started speaking to Omar for quite some time. His dedication and guidance was so helpful and i really felt he was doing everything from his heart. I was very impressed with the amount of information, guidance and dialogue i recieved. He went out of his way to be there for us in any capacity. I felt comfortable and ready to embark on this important journey. The RHC is really made from love and everyone involved is there because they believe in the healing power of ayahuasca and other plants. There is a deep respect for nature and a careful selection of who they work with, what you eat, and the sessions you have. We had the most incredible shaman couple who gave their hearts into every ceremony with such power and compassion, its hard to describe. I cannot imagine a better place for such an important and delicate experience. i will definitely be back and i highly recommend it to anyone interested in a true healing experience.


May 29, 2018

I could spend hours writing about how incredibly breathtaking, loving and refreshing the entire process and experience was from the moment I made first contact with the staff at the Rainforest Healing Center until the present day-weeks after my return.

Love, gratitude and kindness is at the center of it all! They truly are involved with every individual as well as the group as a whole. Your comfort, security and well-being are their top priority. From the beginning stages of the “pre-purge” to the day you leave the center, and even beyond, they are there for you in every possible way; from the cleanliness, maintenance of the property, quality of food, friendliness of every staff member (seen and unseen i.e. laundry and housekeeping) and even the animals living there, I felt like I was with a loving family.

You CAN NOT go wrong by choosing the Rainforest Healing Center. Not only is the cost great, but the value far exceeds what you would expect.

If you’re reading this, look no further. You will feel at peace, make connections to last a lifetime and walk away only to leave a piece of your heart there.

5 star service and experience. It was perfect, better than “near-perfect”

To any of the staff reading this, much love and gratitude.

  • Member Since: May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

Just completed the whole experience, well not completed as I feel it will go on for a long time, but the diet and life style before and after the retreat are complete.
I was welcomed by Christina the onsite facilitator of the RHC and immediately felt at home. Places and businesses are defined as success by the people who work there and this one is a success. Angelic is a word that comes to mind. I did a Master Plant Isolation Dieta and the experience was exactly that, an experience of spiritual and biological wonder and the results are incredible. I have released so much tension and feel so much better not to mention not having a single headache for two months now and was having them on a regular basis.
It is such a wonderful place to go, the jungle is such a leveler. It gives you the space but also keeps reminding you of the wonders that are there.
The shamans were delightful, caring and professional. Very dedicated to their work.
The whole experience is hard to put into words but it is an experience that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. It gave results and also poses more questions as well as centering and grounding your soul, all at the same time. Thanks so much all the lovely people involved. It is a truly special place!

  • Member Since: May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018

You are probably reading this review because you have decided to work with a vary powerful medicine and you know this will be a life changing experience so you want to make sure you are choosing the right place. I can almost read your mind …. will these guys rip me off, will the Shaman be a genuine curadero, will I be left alone to face it all…. Well you can stop searching now, you have found it! The RHC is a place were you will feel safe, looked after and loved ….. super loved. I did the 11 days retreat in March 2018 and these guys changed my life!
The shamans I worked with were absolutely amazing, very knowledgable, loving, approachable and at times very funny. The staff , from facilitators to the cook, amazing!!! loving, caring people to say the least. I miss you all and thank you again for all your help. Eddy, Cristina, Cody you have taught me so much and I can never thank you enough. The place itself is beautiful and super well looked after. Conservation is a number 1 priority. This is what made me love RHC even more.
One piece of advice, trust them and follow their instructions. They know what they are talking about and only want the best for you.
RHC you are the best! Loads on cosmic love to you all


April 29, 2018

Choosing to attend the Rainforest Healing Center has been one the greatest gifts I have ever given myself and also has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The healing center is located smack dab in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and is a sight to behold. The sights, the smells, the feelings of awe and oneness with nature are difficult to describe in words. The staff went above and beyond in working with us and helping us and guiding us through the process of working with plant medicine and working on ourselves. They treated us with some much kindness and compassion and love and truly gave themselves to us in order to facilitate our own healing. I am still in awe at the generosity and selflessness that my facilitators showed to me and the group.
The Healing center is aptly named and it truly has helped me in dealing with and coming to terms many issues that have plagued me my entire life such as issues with self love, fear and insecurity. It is a perfect and safe space to unplug from the modern world and go inside and do the deep cleaning work that is required if one wants to unburden themselves from the things that are no longer serving them in life. I could not recommend this healing center enough and I will forever be in deep gratitude to Omar, Eddie, the Shamans and the guests who truly helped me open my heart to the love and beauty that is in everyone of us and that surrounds us at all times.

With much love and gratitude in my heart,


  • Member Since: February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

I highly recommend Chakra Alegria de Amor AKA the Rainforest Healing Center to my friends, to my family (parents, grandparents, you name it!!!), and – of course – to you! I attended an 11-day retreat, and every step of the process before, during, and after has led me closer to self and to source. After decades of suffering from C-PTSD, I learned to release ALL symptoms. No more panic attacks, night terrors, or avoidance behaviors… just a deep sense of self-acceptance, forgiveness, and safety. Oh – and community!!! The shaman and his apprentice check on my daily, the guests from my retreat cheer me on whenever I need support with integrating, and the administrators continue showing and sharing their love and support. Now, one week after my retreat, many people (coworkers, peers, and even strangers) tell me, “You look so happy!!” Though the joy is palpable, that was never the point. I just wanted to feel *human* – and, fortunately, that was exactly what I needed (all guests get what they need). This healing center will make sure that your body, mind, and spirit are loved and protected. You will have countless opportunities for practicing sustainability, respecting plants and animals, and compassionately witnessing yourself and others. Thanks to this healing center’s facilitators and plant medicines, I am proudly pursuing a heart-centered approach to life, and death, and everything in between .


November 5, 2017

I could write for hours about my experiences at this retreat and the shifts I’ve experienced in my life since my time there, but suffice to say that I am 100% a believer in the work they are doing at RHC.

I did a TON of research before committing to RHC, and my biggest point of concern in choosing the right retreat was that I was not looking for an ayahuasca/jungle adventure, but I was looking for a place where healing and fully immersing yourself in your inner work was of the highest priority. I was so lucky to have found exactly that place at RHC. The people there are AMAZING – they’re so grounded and loving, you will be hard pressed to find a place where you will be so supported and cared for during your retreat.

One of the things that really drew me to RHC is that they keep the groups small – there will never be more than 10 people at a single retreat. A lot of other places will have 20-30, which is INSANE. With the small groups you get a lot of individual attention from the facilitator and the shaman. Our facilitator Isadore is one of most incredible people I’ve ever met in my life – as loving and supportive as she is brilliant. With her support I was able to set my fears aside and surrender myself to the medicine.

Ceremony is treated with the highest reverence, and the medicine is stronger than I ever thought possible. A huge emphasis is put on setting a clear intention for every ceremony, and then processing your experiences the following day. This ensures that you get the absolute most out of your ceremonies and that you go home with much, much more than a couple good stories to tell. I went into the jungle with a healthy dose of fear and apprehension –  I came out glowing with my heart wide open. This place is pure magic!

I am so thankful to the group down there for providing such a supportive environment – so much care and attention to detail has gone in to ensuring that we are best positioned to truly immerse ourselves in the great work. I am so happy I found them! I plan on returning every year for the foreseeable future. If you’re thinking that you may be ready to start your healing journey with ayahuasca then this is 100% the place to go!


November 5, 2017

The entire team at Rainforest Healing Centre went above and beyond during the 11 day Ayahuasca Retreat. Rather than feeling like a guest, it felt like I was apart of a big family.

The healing, awareness, and removal of blocks that I experienced during ceremony was so profound that I’ve been inspired to one day right a book. If I could describe the retreat in one line, “50 years of deep therapy in 5 ceremonies” would sum it all up. It’s been almost a week since I last drank and the effects of the medicine is still unfolding. It feels like there has been a huge weight lifted off my soul and I can fully breath to my capacity.

The Shaman, Don Joel was a 70+ y/o humble man who went out of his way to heal us with extra plant medicines, sacred baths, and special healing rituals. It was a nice bonus that was unexpected. We even got to be apart of the harvesting and brewing of the medicine.

The facilitators Esadora & Karin, made me feel safe and protected in the extreme jungle environment. What sets RHC apart is their intention setting and post ceremony integration meetings with the facilitator. Sometimes it felt like “1000 bricks” were dropped on my head and I had no idea what just happened. It was nice express my deepest insights, insecurities, and even doubts with someone who I fully trusted.

The supporting team made sure the tambos (huts) were clean and filtered water jugs filled. The tambos were nestled deep in the jungle for a truly authentic, peaceful and private jungle experience. A big thank you goes out to the extra helpers and chefs that kept us fed on the Aya-dieta and made sure the days went by smoothly.

I highly recommend RHC to anyone who is seeking deep healing and a transformation on a soul level. I loved the small and intimate feeling of the retreat. After participating in the small group setting (8ppl), I don’t know if I would ever go back to big groups of 25. I left the centre with a big smile, and I’m going to miss everyone!

-Eddy Phimphrachanh

  • Member Since: November 5, 2017

November 4, 2017

I just came back from RHC about a week ago after having a very intense Ayahausca experience. It was definitely beyond my expectations. I would like to express my gratitude to people that made it possible: Omar – the founder of RHC, Karin the administrator and Isadore – the loving and patient angel. Thank you guys so much for your hard work and dedication.❤️

  • Member Since: November 1, 2017

October 31, 2017

RHC is more than just a healing center for me. It became my home and its people also became my family.

My other half and I stayed there for 2 months; volunteering for six weeks and 10 days retreat with mother Ayahuasca.
I truly received more than what I expected.

The jungle, the place itself is beyond words in describing its beauty. Clean air, lush green scenery and everything that the jungle offers really detach oneself from the chaos from the modern world and assist its visitors in deep journey within.

Once I stepped into the place, I could feel its vibration instantly. The high vibrations of the jungle really put me into state of healing from physical to etheric bodies. Not only that it assists me in healing within, it also allows me to expand beyond my limits.

My healing process in the jungle started straight after I decided to visit RHC. It was and still a deep journey. Nothing was easy but the hard work you put into the jungle and yourself as a being that walks upon one’s healing and ascension path; the process and lessons are priceless.

The tambos (huts) are catered for quiet meditative and inner reflections. Enjoy the early morning with fresh air and shower from a natural stream which is constantly purified by up to hundreds of medicinal plants in the compound. My skin felt fresher and smoother, as well as my aura feel clean and lighter as well.

The medicines that RHC offers really gave me a good kick in releasing what was hidden deep within me. From Ajo Shasa, Sapo to Mother Ayaahuasca; every spirits within those medicine still stay with me until today.

RHC cares for its place, people and guest. Everything in RHC will put you into place of healing, deep reflections and self – empowerment.

My Ayahuasca ceremonies were beyond words. The beauty and love that the facilitators provided. I felt safe all the way through my retreat.

Just like many reviews, I strongly recommend RHC for those who seek for a safe and loving place with authentic Amazon Jungle vibrations, deep healing journey and expansion on one’s spiritual state of being.


October 31, 2017

My wife and I stayed there for 8 weeks, 6 weeks of volunteer which was amazing. Yes there was some hard work involved but you in a rainforest it’s expected. The energy at the center kept us going it’s so powerful and energizing. I definitely recommend doing some volunteer work there and then do your retreat afterwards. Then we did our 10 day retreat which was so incredibly awesome. The staff are amazing and know exactly what they are doing. So helpful and always guiding you in your journey during your ayahuasca experience. This is definitely the best center to go to, it’s personal and loving and you will definitely be wanting to go back. My wife and I are missing every soul at the center. Love you guys so much and you will forever be in our hearts.


October 27, 2017

Hi there,

It’s been a little over a month ago now since I have left Rainforest Healing Center. This is a very aptly named. These people are serious about healing!
For instance there are free bi weekly integration meetings for past guests over the internet. That are very helpful in helping to adjust to our busy lives back home.

I won’t write much about the amazing facilities and staff, as they are just fantastic and already well-described in other guests’ reviews.
Everything is very professionally run by people who genuinely care and love what they are doing, something that really shows. I was really fortunately to receive a very generous family discount, otherwise I would not have been able to attend. Despite this, my opinion is in no way affected by this very kind act. This alone shows to me that this place is set up for helping people and not as a money maker. It shows in all the details of the centre.

The one word that keeps popping up to describe RHC is ‘sincere’.
For a place as alien and challenging to city slickers as the jungle can be, great efforts have been made by the staff to make it as comfortable as it can get. It still is no 5-star luxurious resort and it will never be that. It’s arguably a far richer experience than that! I personally had no issues being comfortable whatsoever.
I have attended the 11-day ayahuasca retreat with added Ajo Sacha dieta for integration purposes. All I can say that it has done more for me than years of trying to find help for my issues (a mix of generalised anxiety, mild burnout and PTSD) here in the West, which I felt is just not available. And where the standard suggestion always seems to be to take some antidepressants, which I have always kindly declined.

Deep down inside I knew that the root of my issues was trauma, regardless if it was caused by others or myself while being in a less conscious state. I had enough of these issues hampering my ability to live a full and satisfying life based on my own terms. I realised I had to go deep inside and get a more complete understanding of my condition and being.
For me the retreat was the way. It is like the reset button has been pressed and I can start rebuilding myself anew—not being hampered by old trauma, and with greater awareness and consciousness. This is the real work that needs to be done and still is ongoing. And although the healing centre could/would never claim that they can heal, for legal reasons, take my word for it that it really does. Thanks to my time in the jungle I have managed to kick unhealthy habits such as drinking too much alcohol and caffeine, having a poor diet, and not exercising.
I fully realise that I have been given this fantastic opportunity to change my life for the better and am now able to take full responsibility for my own well-being, something that I was not able to do to this extent before. This in itself has been very empowering. I am really grateful for this whole experience and am already able to experience moments of deep happiness and inner peace that I had never imagined possible.
In hindsight it is the best investment in myself that I could have ever made. Even at full price it would have been.


October 15, 2017

I’ve just returned back home after a 6.5 week stay at The Rainforest Healing Centre and it was one of the most magical, profound and soul shifting journeys I have been on. A couple years ago I had spent some time at other ayahuasca centres but none of them compared to the intensity, support and loving cared of the surrounding jungle and centre at RHC!
The medicine at RHC is super powerful and you can feel the love interwoven throughout it. One of the things that I loved most about RHC is the support given and deep care provided by all of the staff not just during your stay but also pre and post retreat. Karin helped me so much on the lead up to my trip helping me book and rebook stuffed up flights that I had booked and made sure I was processing and integrating and was always available to chat at anytime of the day. Isadore is just epitome of love and selfless service. The way she holds space, facilitates and conducts pre-ceremony chats and integration is second to none. Its amazing to watch and feel as she weaves her love throughout the retreat, continually making sure everyones needs are met. Kristina is just a straight up jungle goddess, her knowledge, love and care of all things jungle medicine truly blew my mind. So much love for all the staff there as they helped me through some truly dark periods in my journey.

I began my stay with a 7 day aya retreat with 3 ceremonies which were absolutely incredible and deeply healing. I then went on to my Master Plant diet in isolation with Uchu Sanango which also deeply healing but also physically intense. My reason for the Uchu diet was to help heal my body from chronic inflammation and chronic nerve and muscle pain. The diet brought out the pain excruciatingly but now since being back my pain has dropped down about 50% so was definitely worth it. The after affects is well is feeling the strength of Uchu through my body and learning an icaros to call him when needed.

I also began my Kambo apprenticeship (the first one they had) with Kris after a couple of days of being there. The knowledge passed on from Kris was exceptional. We began by receiving mambo from her and then learning to administering it to myself and then at the end of my stay I was able to share the medicine with the guests on the retreat. An absolutely incredible experience! I highly recommend anyone feeling called to work with Kambo to get in contact with them.

The shaman I spent most of my time with Eladio was incredible to! He was a tobaccero and an ayahuascero, a super powerful combination. It was such a blessing to have been able to spend some much time with him and being able to learn from him.

I couldn’t recommend RHC enough to anyone that is looking for deep healing with ayahuasca in a safe, supportive environment!


September 10, 2017

My retreat at the Rainforest Healing Centre was one of the most beautiful and profound experiences I’ve ever had. Not always easy, but worth it I hope.

Th facilitators were so supportive and loving and from what I can see, it seems to be one of the centers in the area that takes your intentions, your healing and your integration the most seriously.

I still feel like I’m on a journey and that I will have their support whenever I need it.


July 18, 2017

I did two Ayahuasca ceremonies in the Netherlands and two in Portugal. In June this year I went for the first time to Peru to do a ten day Ayahuasca retreat with 5 ceremonies at RHC Chakra Alegria.
Both, Netherlands and Portugal, was a nice experience for me but only after Peru I really understand what Ayahuasca can do for you and how powerful this medicine is. It is comparing amateur football with Champions League!
RHC wants to heal people and that’s why they will only accept maximum 8 guests so that every person can get the full attention of the manager, it’s staff and the Shaman.
The location is perfect, each Tambo stands alone while they’re spread over the property. A bucket shower is like a blessing, your day will start happy! Because of the more than 120 plants on the domain, the water is from an unheard quality, your hair will feel softer, your skin looks better.
It’s not easy to prepare a good and delicious meal with the restrictions of the Aya diet but at RHC they manage to do so, food is of good quality and it is tasty.
I want to say once more: ‘Thank you very much Murielle’
Murielle is the manager at RHC and she is a fantastic person, dedicated her life to help others.
She travelled throughout the world, has passed her exam at the University of Life Cum Laude and in my opinion, that makes her the perfect person to run RHC and help the guests.
The Shaman was not only a nice person but also very professional, His brew was of high quality and he led the ceremonies in a very good way. Once the ceremony is finished, between midnight and 1 am, everyone sleeps in the Maloca, the Shaman and one of the staff will sleep there as well, so they will not leave you alone. As you can see at RHC they really care about you!
The rest of the staff and the volunteers, all nice and friendly people, all there to help you, also a big thank you to all of you.
And don’t forget Karin, she’s the one you will meet first via Skype. I spoke to her for 1 ½ hour, I immediately had a good feeling and no doubts about the quality of RHC. Thank you as well.
Conclusion: If you’re serious about healing and looking for a professional center I can recommend RHC Chakra Alegria with confidence and with all my heart. You don’t have to look any further.

  • Member Since: July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017

I am beyond grateful for everything RHC has done for me. The center is very safe and the staff are friendly. They make time for any questions. The staff are always smiling and I am so thankful for their service. My trip to RHC is the best thing I’ve ever done. RHC also prepares us before, during, and after the retreat. I asked a lot of questions before coming and received so much support. I came with a lot of baggage, became naked spiritually, and left transformed. I defintely am coming back.


July 13, 2017

I was in the isolation tambo, I was bathed in the love and light. I can see so many spirituality from the deep of the jungles. I can feel them touch me and my body, they are dancing and smoke the smudging that I can smell them. It is very peacefulness and love, the jungles have bought me into healing and peace. And during in my kambo frog, my third eye exploded and brung the beauty out of jungle that left me in awestruck of their beautiful. I want to be lost into their dreams of jungles with the ancestors and the kingdom. Ayahuasca drink that healed and bought me out of my childhood death that won’t let me go, I have been fought for long time. The mother of vine broken the chain and bounded me from the death. I have been freed from the virus since age two. I have been transformed from kambo frog, uchu Sanango and ayahuasca. I feel so wholeness and I am!

  • Member Since: June 23, 2016

July 7, 2017

I’ve been to a couple of healing centers (in the south of Peru and Colombia) before Chakra Alegria, and honestly, both of them were really good places.. but Chakra is nowhere near ! Chakra is way above ! The place, the center, the tambos, the brew, the shaman, the staff and facilitators… it wrings my heart just to think and write about it. They are genuily wonderful people who are doing an amazing job.. not because it’s their job, but because they are amazing, kind, strong, loving, caring people. Yes such kind of people exist !! and you’ll meet a bunch of them at Chakra 🙂 I feel so blessed to have crossed their path… In life there is family,there are friends, there are strangers.. and sometimes there are strangers who become family. Muchas gracias Muri, Juan, Isadore, Christina, Luc, Steve & Co.. I love you guys 🙂

  • Member Since: June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

Just booked flights for my 2nd trip back over (from Australia) for this December coming. Considering my 1st stay with you was only 6 months ago, in December 2016, clearly I can’t wait to get back. Last time I was lucky enough to travel over with my bestie and this time I get to bring my partner as well.

Knowing what the healing space at Chakra Alegria De Amor has challenged and nourished within me, I feel grateful to be returning again and paying it (the love, light and healing) forward so soon. Anyway, in my revived excitement about returning, I felt compelled to revisit and reread your website… through the eyes of a now past guest… and I can tell you it kicked me right in the feels. Why? Because what you write about Chakra Alegria De Amor and how you portray it to be, is actually the truth. How beautiful is that?! See you lot again soon! xx

  • Member Since: April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

I’ve recently come back from a 10-day stay at Chakra Alegria, where I did a solitary Uchu Sanango diet along with two ayahuasca ceremonies. I’m reasonably experienced with ayahuasca and have dieted other plants before, so I’d like to share with you what I feel makes the work here so good, and why I’ll be returning to Chakra Alegria again the next time I go to Peru.

The first aspect is so basic, but so important – the location! Chakra Alegria is deliberately located as far from the road, the local villages and Iquitos as is reasonably possible. Sound carries a long way over the jungle and it’s rare to find a centre that is properly isolated, but this is – no motorbikes, dodgy music or chainsaws, just the magical jungle sounds and nature spirits.

The second aspect is the shaman, and the medicine he or she brings. During my stay Joel was holding the ceremonies and administering my Uchu diet. Joel is a true master, I can honestly say I’ve never drunk medicine as powerful as his. It’s incredible. It brought me the deepest purge I’ve ever gone through, and I can genuinely say I received everything I came for, and more. The Uchu diet was also immensely helpful, I came to it with the intention of grounding and calming my nervous system, and it did exactly that. I now feel more grounded, more embodied and (finally, after a lifetime of insomnia) actually able to sleep, which is a complete miracle to be frank.

The other aspect that’s really important to me is the quality and integrity of the centre and staff. In this regard, I can only say how impressed and grateful I am for the consistent love and care shown by everyone there, especially Erin who kept watch over us all the way through the night and radiated her kindness to us throughout. The atmosphere in the maloca (where the ceremonies are held) is deeply safe and reassuring, I felt safer there than any other place I’ve had a ceremony in, and felt I was able to go very deep because of all the support, both from Joel and helpers, and from the spirits that come together in the space to work with us. And since coming back it’s been really lovely to find that Karin has kept in touch with us all! I’ve never met a centre that offers so much support, especially to folks who are new to the medicine.

By the way, I should also mention that they only ever work with small groups, and it makes such a difference. No conveyor-belt approach here! There is something really very wonderful about this place, and about the people it attracts too. I was very glad to share my time there with a small group whom I felt brought real sincerity and genuineness to the process we shared. I’ll definitely be back again for another diet, next time with Chiric Sanango. But until then, I can thoroughly recommend it – if you’ve been looking, and this resonates, then look no further, you’ve found the place you need 🙂


March 6, 2017

We absolutely loved our time here. The jungle is a special place and the people here are too. We were treated with respect and true kindness through out our time here. The people here truly care about you and your healing. You will receive one on one guidance throughout your process. I found this to be invaluable; starting from before we arrived in Peru to after our retreat. You are an individual, going through a unique experience and the people at Chakra Alegria understand that and will be there to support you during your journey.


February 17, 2017

At a time in my life when I needed a place to escape to, learn about myself and heal some emotional wounds; the rainforest healing center was and still is everything I needed and more. From the moment of arrival where we were smudged by Juan the Curandero at the gates, I knew this was the place where I could be accepted for who I am and that my intuition in choosing the correct place was spot on. All the facilitators Eren,Muri and Karin do an exceptional job in providing the passengers as much support as is needed in a beautifully caring manner before,during and after the ceremonies.the smiles and kindness i felt when being tucked under my blanket after the ceremoniesclosed will stay with me forever and bring a fuzzy happy feeling when I look back.
Omar is a marvelous man of the highest magnitude, such warmth and wisdom eminates from his soul and it is infectious, he makes people feel good and I enjoyed our one to one moments where he really helped me visualize ways of fighting off negativities,to be a strong warrior of light and to love myself. The last words I said to him were “wow, that is quite the place you have there” to which he replied ” it’s quite a place we all have there including you”
Juan the shaman is such a beacon of light, he is so humble and down to earth and truly powerful during ceremonies, I felt like I was part of his flock and he was a cosmic shepherd guiding us on our journey and preventing us from straying too far whilst giving us all time to focus on our individual journey, truly phenomenal.
The jungle itself and the grounds of the Center are absolutely beautiful, I really felt as though,just being there alone was worth every penny, the opportunity to reconnect with nature and to feel it’s embrace was one of the most amazing feelings,it rekindled my childlike fascination with the world, looking at bugs and plants that I had only ever seen on wildlife dicumentaries and being amazed. The pure sound of the jungle rocked me to the deepest of sleeps with ease.
Everything about the experience from the food lovingly prepared by maria,time in a nurturing environment,encounters with amazing animals,refreshing bucket showers,beautiful tambo’s to sleep in and a sense of awe at mother nature’s intelligence made this an unforgettable experience that has given me the strength to rise up with strong roots to take on this new chapter in my life. I want to thank everybody at chakra alegria de amor for all your kindness,beauty,wisdom and passion for what you do. I have already made leaps and bounds since returning to the UK.
This isn’t just a place where you come and go, this is a place where you feel like you are part of the family and madre Ayahuasca is the ever loving and guiding spirit that looks after all members in the way that she chooses and deems necessary.


February 8, 2017

the team at Rain forest center were excellent they started with an extensive application, then called me & made sure i was going for the correct reasons… they sent me some educational material, which was very helpful I arrived in Iquitos, where they made sure i had a driver waiting for me at the airport, & took me to La Casona hotel for no extra charge on the first day we were met by Karin & Erin who took us to the center the facilitators Erin & Moody had a talk with us individually to help us with our intentions & made sure we were comfortable with everything Our tamboos were beautiful 2 persons per tamboo the jungle sounds were wonderful, my room mate was great during ceremony the facilitators did not drink…they were there for all our needs Juan the shaman was my angel Omar the owner was also there to help with all our needs the food was very good the bucket showers made my skin soft mother ayahuasca gave me everything i needed the ceremonies were very intense & today i am still using the tools i was given thank you for all the love


February 8, 2017

i really don’t know how to start…i am completely astonished by the great job these guys are doing! All we found there was coming straight from their heart and their desire of accompany us toward a successful healing process.

The property itself is blessed with a special glow of peace and the surrounding plants already generously emanate a medicinal air for us to brethe all day long, which aids to the purpose.
Everybody that works at the center is so devoted and puts the heart in all activities. We always felt support coming from everybody, they went WELL BEYOND the extra mile to make us feel safe and understood, every step of the way. Well organised and knowledgeable too.

Omar, the owner of the center is an incredible lovable character and once we met him it was clear that the whole idea came straight out of his heart. He shows his genuine interest in helping us finding that self love we all deeply long for.

Karin, is the first contact we got with the center, she immediately gives out the feeling of being available to help us on keeping up with the commitment, even as a loving mom sometimes. It is incredible how she can always find the right words to make us feel her support.

Muri, such a good heart and a great help during the ceremonies. One of us. Good managing of the center and well prepared to answer all our technical questions.

Eren…no words to describe Eren! She works so hard and never lets us down, next to her we did the greatest part of the journey. After ourselves, she’s the first person we relied on, it must have been a whole lot of work for her, but she demonstrated to be so strong and capable of coping with us! She really helped directing our intentions for owr healing process.
This “counseling” time was really what made a difference in the whole experience!

Juan….the shaman. I had no idea there could be such a great amount of positive energy inside one man! All you can ask for and more, i feel so lucky he was on our side throughout this journey, making us feel always so safe.

La medicina if honor her, believe in her, work with her, let her guide you deep inside and up to your HigherSelf, She will never disappoint you. You will be so grateful 🙂

it is hard to believe somebody created such a wonderful place to go and heal our souls, we all should have the chance to visit Rainforest Healing Center once in our lives.


February 7, 2017

Have been back a week now from spending 10 days in the Jungle at Chakra Alegria De Amor, aka Rainforest Healing Center. I’ve scanned the other reviews here, and wholly endorse their enthusiasm. I’ve considered myself almost a professional skeptic most of my life. I was concerned at the time, cost, and various forms of self-denial that this trip would require; mostly concerned that it would amount to chasing rainbows. But desperation drove me to give it a try… and it was all I (the inner me, beneath the skeptic that has run my life) had hoped. In short, it was really, really (REALLY) hard, and so worth it. The people, (Eren, Muri, Omar, Juan) were amazingly genuine, open, caring, and insightful. It wasn’t just singing kum-ba-ya; was real, transformative, work. I have a hard time seeing how a club-med version could deliver the same. Also- the small group size they have at one time was… wonderful. We weren’t cattle, or ‘patients’; we had time to get to know each other, and the staff, which in turn allowed for impactful relationships to form. I’m so thankful to Omar for creating this space, and to Eren, Muri, and Juan for… sharing themselves. They say it’s a non-profit, and it clearly clearly is. It’s a labor of love for them all, and it shows. If you go, you’ll be challenged, but if you’re really seeking healing, and are open to it, you won’t be disappointed. I know in our group, we all have come away knowing this: We were in the right place.


September 13, 2016

There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe Chakra Alegria de Amor and the beautiful people who run it. My wife and I went there for an Ayahuasca retreat as the focal point of our honeymoon in Peru, to help us heal past pain and prepare for the rest of our lives together, hopefully as parents in the near future. We are forever changed by the amazing experiences we had there.

The CAA team couldn’t have been more helpful with their online resources in the months prior to going on retreat. Karin in particular was a source of many gratefully-received pieces of advice, and her recommendation of Hotel La Casona was a very good one for the overnight stay in Iquitos, prior to entering the jungle.

Right from the moment we arrived at CAA, and throughout our time there, we felt loved, safe and protected by everyone (everyone being Christian, Cristina, Eren, Juanita, Karin, Muriel, our host Omar, the jungle workers, the jungle Herself and the omnipresent Mother Ayahuasca). The whole experience was magical and cleansing. The people of CAA work so hard to make it the best possible spiritual journey for the guests, with love at the core of everything they do. They are crusaders of light and wisdom with hearts of pure gold.

The land is treated with the highest regard, and the Mother Vine is re-planted abundantly in place of that which is harvested. The medicine is brewed and blessed with love.

The ceremonies themselves are carried out with the utmost respect and integrity. The facilitators genuinely care, and are always there when needed during ceremony. Christian, the shaman, is truly incredible. He has a great wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight. His ritual practices are time-honoured and beautiful, as are his icaros. He has a humble and jovial personality too.

The medicine is potent and I am still processing everything I went through. Suffice to say I feel my personal healing has been accelerated and I have been shown some profound truths.

Ajo Sacha was available as an optional extra, again administered with maximum respect for the medicine and its tradition. Kambo was offered and lovingly applied by Cristina. Lou and I love our Kambo scars! They’re a reminder of an amazing journey, both inner and outer. The center also provides Chiric Sanango and Uchu Sanango dietas.

The food, lovingly prepared by the naturally maternal Juanita, was delicious.

The tambos are a delight to stay in! The connectedness with nature is unparalleled and the bucket showers are the most refreshing imaginable.

I would recommend CAA to EVERYBODY, and would also say that it’s a fantastic place at which to volunteer. We met Jimbo while we were there, a volunteer and traveler by trade, who was very happy in his work, and was yet another amazingly friendly, kind and helpful presence.

Thank you again, CAA. All of you. Lou and I think you’re amazing. We’re deeply grateful and always will be.

  • Member Since: August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016

It was simply such a blesssing to have found the Rainforest Healing Centre. Making my way to the other side of the planet (from Western Australia) for this pilgrimage literally took years of preparation, consideration and saving. Originally, I had intended on going to another, well known, retreat. However, once I was in the position to make the decision, something made me look even further than I already had. I am so glad that I did. Amidst all of the other recommendations from North American friends (for whom the distance is not so vast) and internet adverstisements there was something about this place that just had me inquire.
From the first conversation with the intake administrator to the first day at the retreat to finally leaving 18 days later (It was an extended stay involving 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies and an isolation dieta with Uchu Sanango), the intention and the integrity of the staff involved with this centre really resonated with me. I, and my partner who also attended, felt comtpletely safe and perfectly cared for the whole time. The facilities are very basic but beautifuly constructed, they really put you in the beauty of the jungle in a simple but comfortable way. The food was very simple, healthy, prepared with love and amazing! We still try to emulate a couple of the meals at home. The centre keeps the groups small in number. This provides for a very personal and intimate space where each person’s experience, and their safety, can be optimised.
The Rainforest Healing Centre and all of the people involved there are an absolute blessing. We are so very grateful for having had the opportunity conduct our cleansing, grounding, re-setting and healing with them at their beautiful centre.

  • Member Since: June 19, 2016

June 19, 2016

Deep inside the Amazon Jungle, there resides a special place some may call it paradise,. Where all are welcome and treated with the same love and respect and this place is called “Chakra Alegría De Amor”.

What makes this place so special is the staff, the care and attention the love is unparalleled and from the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you enough.

The Ayahuasca retreat with Rebecca Sharman is truly magical and a unique experience, you will never find any experience like it, this is a hidden gem not to be missed.

2 Sharmen’s, the balance of female and male energies, singing Ikaros together in perfect linguistic harmony.

I highly recommend Chakra Alegría De Amor, a place of mystical beauty, love, amazement, animals, true deep healing and a connection you have never felt before. As the transformative energies, cleanse and heal you into a new version of yourself.

  • Member Since: July 26, 2015

July 27, 2015

I had MyJourneyToMyself with 10 days of Ayahuasca & 8 days of Chiric Sanango Master Plant Isolation Diet @ this beautiful magical place Chakra Alegr

  • Member Since: July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015

Where do I begin? I am very familiar with Ayahuasca ceremonies and have experienced being in ceremony with notable Peruvian shamans, so I know a good thing when I see it. And Chakra Alegria de Amor definitely ranks as a great healing center. The emphasis is on the word healing, as that is what they exist for. And they do it well! The is the perfect place for souls who want to heal and take their spiritual evolution to the next level, while being cared for by people who are passionate and attentive about what they do. I felt completely safe (which is critical when doing this type of work) and embraced by the jungle, which is kept in pristine condition. The purity and sacredness of this property is beyond description. I have huge respect for Omar (the owner and creator of the retreat) and for the integrity he shows in the design and maintenance of the retreat. And Pedro, the shaman, is truly a gem. Don’t be concerned because of his youth – he is an old soul and that is what really matters. He is very caring, serviceable and holds sacred space very well. I underwent a 10 day Uchu Sanango dieta and he really looked after me. Talk about feeling safe and cared for! I recommend this retreat wholeheartedly for anyone who feels ready to undertake a transforming journey.


July 5, 2015

Chakra Alegria is located roughly half way between the Peruvian towns of Iquitos and Nauta. It is smack in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, in an area not accessible by road (Iquitos is a town you need to fly into, or arrive by boat. There is no road connection to the outside world). Spread across 81 acres (33 hectares) of virgin Amazonian rainforest, the Healing Centre is, on all sides, surrounded by the towering canopy of the largest rainforest in the world. There are no clearings at the centre ? all the structures and pathways are surrounded by the jungle ? this is because Omar (the owner and operator of the Healing Centre) made a promise not to cut down any trees when he was purchased the land. You do not feel like a visitor to the forest, you fall into the jungle and become a part of it (this becomes very apparent after the first ceremony). You live, breathe, drink and eat the jungle. You bathe and wash your clothes in the jungle streams.

Accommodation is provided in private or shared tambos ? these are raised wooden structures, open on all sides (though protected by mosquito netting), and covered by a round sloped roof. We were lucky to receive a two-story tambo (with a metal, not thatched roof ? this made for very loud night during the frequent downpours), with two hammocks filling the bottom, and the two beds and living area on the top. The beds were large, comfortable, and featured additional mosquito netting, which was not necessary during my stay as the mosquitoes were few and far in between.
Each tambo carried a separate outside composting toilet, where instead of flushing you throw three cupfuls of wood chips down the chute. The toilets are surrounding by mosquito netting, have a sturdy roof, and provide a million dollar view out towards the Amazon. Each tambo also has its own private ??bucket shower?? area ? this consisting of two benches across a nearby stream, and a bucket on a stick. Fish, lizards, frogs and crabs made the river and its banks home, and giant Amazonian snails would float by. We were asked to bring natural soap, shampoo, sunscreen etc as so that we wouldn?t be putting chemicals into the stream and thus into the Healing Centre. Laundry was also done in the bucket, using the natural soap, and dried outside, greedily hugging the sparse and fleeting sunlight that filtered through the overgrowth.

Pedro, the Shaman, is an incredible soul. He conducts the Ceremonies together with Omar and Sheila (who sing incredible Icaros which she learned after having lived with the Shipibo people). As for the actual Ayahuasca ceremony, I can say that this was by far the most incredible,uplifting and life changing experience of my life.

This centre is top notch, with only 7-8 people attending the ceremonies, unlike other centres where the number can be 20-30 people. You get the experience of the Ayahuasca and an incredible jungle vacation, which is worth the price of the ticket by itself.


June 22, 2015

There are not enough words to describe the experience that I lived through Mother Ayahuasca at CAA. You got to live it to feel it…And one thing I know for sure and I’ll sing it to the seven seas…it was definitely the best and most intense experience of my life 🙂
How did I end up at CAA? I actually got lost, had a blackout and woke up there…hehe just kidding! Well, you can browse and research online for a long long time and you’ll find tons of different places with nice reviews that will leave you confused and indecisive about where to go…It is a life changing experience so there is a certain pressure about choosing the right place…and that’s why I waited forl the right moment and trust me, you’ll know when it comes 😉
For years I had been hearing and reading articles about Ayahuasca, even Al Jazeera talked about it! Then one day, I saw that a friend of mine had posted pictures on his Facebook about Ayahuasca and his stay at CAA and I thought the world was gonna end! He’s one of the most logical and skeptical people I’ve ever met, so I contacted him straight away and we met. So this was the moment when I knew, where it felt right. He didn’t have to convince me to hard, everything he was saying was making perfect sense to me and next thing I knew, I followed my gut feeling and there I was on a airplane (actually 3) on my way to Iquitos and about to know the true meaning of unconditional love.
He told me that I could trust the centre and everyone working there with my eyes wide shut and so I did. They make you feel like you belong there and their genuine interest in helping you is so obvious that only leaves space for you to focus on your healing and nothing else. Loved the fact that I was in the middle of the Amazon and surrounded by nature…you feel connected to everything and everybody…Food is amazing there and everything is done as natural as possible. The centre also doesn’t take more than 8 people for retreat which is great…
When you decide to experience Ayahuasca is very important to feel safe and supported, as what you’ll be going through can be compared to the biggest and wildest rollercoaster. At CAA you always have hands to support you and be there for you at your darkest moment…I had and I’ll be eternally thankful for that…
It’s not just a business, it’s a group of people trying to make the difference and genuinely helping us all in the best way they can. They also have the cutest and sweetest dog ever…beautiful Gaia…miss her so much 🙁 There’s also Luna, the cat, but I’m more of a dog person.
I was very sad when I had to leave and come back to reality after 10 days…got in there with a heavy backpack (literally and figuratively) but left lighter than ever! I had never felt so much love and happiness like I felt there and many of my deep hounds were healed, specially my depression…obviously you are always learning and changing and healing is always needed throughout your life…otherwise we would all be perfect and I haven’t met anyone else who’s perfect besides me 😉 hehe joking again!
I made a new family there that I know I’ll always be able to count on and we’ll be eternally connected, no matter where we’ll be. Don’t be afraid and follow your instinct…
“The night is at its darkest just before the dawn”.


June 12, 2015

Wow, where to begin on Chakra Alegria De Amor,

First of all this was not my first ayahuasca retreat centre, but it will definitely be the last. That’s not to say i won’t be going back to Peru, but i believe i’ve found “the one” in this centre, it’s shaman Pedro, and it’s owner/facilitator Omar. My other ayahuasca experiences had been somewhat useful in changing the direction of my life but i had begun to lose faith that the medicine could help me with my emotional, and psychological problems (depersonalisation disorder). This place fully restored that faith and then some. Omar is a beautiful soul and a down to earth dude who is just as much up for a good laugh as he is for a deep conversation about the progress of your healing, he’s now a friend for life. Pedro the shaman is one of the most beautiful uplifting characters i’ve ever met in my life, I was skeptical at first because he is a young shaman (in his 30’s) and everybody’s idea of a stereotypical top shaman is some 80 year old Peruvian who’s been working with the medicine from an early age.
Pedro blew all of my previous shaman’s out of the water, with the loving, light, youthful, caring and playful way that he conducts a ceremony. it really is beautiful. and no matter whether i can get back to Peru or not in this lifetime, I’ll have fond memories of that man and his icaros with me forever. The centre itself is also something to behold, a little more off the beaten path than most, it resides it virgin jungle and the scenery around the tambos is breathtaking and a perfect compliment to the healing process. Your shower consists of running spring water contained in a stream that had been built to go past all of the tambos, using this living water to bathe in daily invigorates the body and soul, and further helps you connect with the beauty around you. The Maloka is amazing, and the food is light, healthy and fantastic (i comfortably lost about 8kg in my 3 week stay). The centre also offers unique options in the way of isolation diets using sanango plants, and ajo sacha diets all of which are harvested right on the property. I myself completed a Chiric Sanango dieta, which was the toughest and most rewarding mission i’ve ever undertaken in my life. I implore whoever reads this to do the same if you read the outlines of the diet and believe that you’re up to it…
So to save myself going on about the place for hours i’ll just cut it short here and beg you to do yourself and everyone that you hold close in your life a favour, come to this place, and go back home the human being that you’ve always known you could be. You’ll reach your human potential here i can tell you that much for sure

Ryan (Osito) from Australia 🙂


June 4, 2015

Chakra Allegria de Amor is a great retreat to have your healing. I was looking to do an isolation diet and it ticked all the boxes. Its got a perfect balance of comfort to closeness to the jungle. For example it does not have a nice pool, which no-one really needs, but each tambo has its own private stream to have a shower in. All tambos are isolated and you have to walk a 100 yards at least to get to one. Omar and Pedro do things as they should be done. Don’t expect spiritual tourism, expect proper healing.
I was unsure about the place originally, but I met Omar in person in Iquitos and he suggested I go to the retreat that night, see everything for myself and then decide and pay if I am convinced.
I ended up doing uchu sanango diet, probably one of the hardest ones. And Pedro looked after me for all these 8 days. I was unsure about Pedro at first but towards the end I realised that he is what a true healer should be — tough enough to fight the condition you have, but empathetic enough to provide the required support.
The final ceremony was amazing. The medicine did not seem to work at all up until I thought the ceremony has ended. I thought Pedro fell asleep and that would be it. But in the end I have had the most powerful purge of my life and then I realised that Pedro was actually expecting it. He was visibly uplifted by what has happened and proud that the healing was complete. So don’t expect him to give up on you until you get what you came here for!


May 31, 2015

My Ayahuasca experience at Rainforest Healing Center was the best experience of my life! It is located in a very special place deep in the Peruvian jungle. The bungalows are comfortable, the hosts and the shaman were very kind and helpful, the forest is gorgeous and the place is filled with a lot of love and positive energy. I’m looking forward to returning soon!

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