Listed in Ayahuasca
- Maynas Province, Peru
Selva Madre is proud to welcome you with love and care
Situated in wonderful natural site, Selva Madre is a precious and magical place for an Ayahuasca retreat in order to meet your true inner self.
Today, Shamanic healing is being perceived as a tourism without rules. Our vision is to offer traditional Ayahuasca retreats with professional medical protocols.
The Ayahuasca ceremonies are lead by shaman Don Lucho Rimachi practicing for more than 30 years following an ancestral lineage of knowledge.
Our Ayahusca is brewed with only pure and fresh Ayahusca vines and Chacruna leaves, nothing more is added.
Drinking Ayahusca will allow the you to expand your consciousness, encounter your real self and heal from energetic and karmic charges.
Every Ayahusca ceremony is followed by a personal consultation and debriefing with Don Luis, plant baths and remedies can be recommended following his diagnostic.
Drinking Ayahuasca will permit you
To improve your Physical health
To improve your mental and emotional health
To increase your intellectual capacities
To provide a spiritual path
To awake your Psychic abilities
To put your ego on its place
Follow this link to know more about Ayahuasca healing at Selva Madre.
The retreat includes:
Integration discussions in the mornings after ceremonies
Fresh dietetic meals
Lodging in private double rooms
Spanish / English / French interpreter
Plant and floral baths
Transportation from Iquitos to Selva Madre
The Ayahuasca Ceremonies
There will be 3 ceremonies per week for a better experience and to give time to each one to process physically, mentally and spiritually the effects of the plant.
Taking Ayahuasca is a permanently trans formative process on all levels physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It reveals the higher self and facilitate deep healing. On the beginning of the ceremony the Shaman will sing Icaros that are sacred songs to call healing forces of nature then everybody will come in front of the Shaman for his personal healing.
3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies Per Week
Unlike other Ayahuasca retreats that propose 5 ceremonies per week or more for financial returns, there are no more than 3 ceremonies per week in your retreat with Selvamadre because Ayahuasca demands at least two days to be fully processed by the body, the mind and the soul. For the Ayahuasca teachings to be understood and integrated into your life, doing more ceremonies in a short time is not beneficial and also does not comply with our philosophy as we want to give the best Ayahuasca experience and healing to our guests.
Detoxing & Purging
Purging is a central element in Amazonian traditional medicine, the purge is provoked by Ayahuasca in order to release physical, emotional and non physical energies that you can carry since the beginning of your life and cause health issues, karmic blockages and emotional disorders.
By the end of your stay you will be cleansed from all toxins and energetic charges and have a final consultation with the Shaman.
You will be staying in a personal traditional amazonian jungle hut, they are comfortable and spacious protected by mosquito netting. Each room contains a private toilet and shower.
For us the food is very important in order to have the best experience during your retreat, for this reason we serve fresh and natural local food. The meals are healthy and balanced with a dietetic care.
After the ceremonies the following aliments are prohibited: Salt, sugar, pork, alcohol, fats.
The transport is provided between Selva-Madre and Iquitos Airport or Iquitos city center. Selva-Madre is located at the other side of the river Nanay from Iquitos so the journey takes approximately 1 hour including taxi and boat.
It’s about 3 weeks since I left Selva Madre.
I spent 6 weeks in Peru, the first 10 days with Selva Madre, and I have returned again to do another 10 days before I left the country.
I won’t describe my personal experience but I can tell you it was amazing and beautiful.
I have searched a while before choosing Selva Madre. I wanted to be in the hands of a well experienced, native shaman. First of all, for me, an authentic shaman has to be a native as I believe natives have a better knowledge, connection and understanding with the Medicina. Don Lucho has been practicing with Ayahuasca for over 40 years, so this already gave me the confidence to join his retreat. As well as being one of the most respected Shamans in Iquitos, he’s also a healer.
Don Lucho’s son, Luis Jr, and Anderson(a family relative) hold the ceremonies together, Don Lucho being the Master Shaman. I still miss their Icaros, their voices.
If your Spanish is not up to scratch or even inexistant, Ronald will translate everything. In fact Ronald is much more than a translator: he organises activities like visiting the local tribes, he takes care of the guests during the ceremonies(yes, you will probably need his help to walk back to your hut!) and he’s a fantastic story teller! I have learnt so much about the Amazonie, its people, the traditions etc.
Selva Madre has been renovated lately: new individual huts have been built, each of them with their own private shower and toilet which is a luxury in the jungle! You will have your own privacy.
Tthe food was amazing: Ruby, the cook, prepared every meal with local fresh ingredients, and I could not thank her enough for providing vegan food specially for me!
Selva Madre is a sanctuary of peace and quietness, isolated from the busy noise of western life. As a woman who travels alone, I felt very comfortable and safe. Don Lucho and his family members made me feel at home from the first day I arrived and I was very sad & emotional the day I left. Their kindness and genuine caring will always stay in my heart!
I will certainly return again when the time is right!
Selva Madré is very beautiful and special place. The location in the forest provides a heaven to safely explore the inner being.
The staff are so gentle and helpful, catering to every client in a gracious and polite manner.
The Ceremonies were just perfect, with a blend of reality and spirituality that suited everyone. We all felt that our individual journeys were supported all the way.
I can’t wait to return and rekindle the relationships formed there.
Selva Madre is without a doubt one of the best ayahuasca centers in Iquitos. The people involved in running the place are good at what they do. But more importantly, they are genuinely decent people. They look after the guests well within a safe environment.
The scenery is beautiful and the facilities are good. I also very much enjoyed the food on offer. The shaman is very knowledgeable, which is hugely important. Having been there once, I will be going again at some point. I highly recommend the place.
Selva Madre is truly a remarkable place. From the moment you arrive, you are welcomed straight into the family. It is the most loving, caring, and protected place I have had the fortune of visiting. There is an abundance of beautiful food, the facilities are clean, and the staff and family members are full of love.
The Ayahuasca experience itself is sensational. Don Luis truly guides and mentors you through the entire process. The ceremonies are beautiful, and help you awaken your inner being.
There are also jungle tours, that are conducted by Ronald. These offer you an insight into the power of the jungle, and are highly educational.
This is the best thing I have ever done in my life, and would highly recommend this centre to anyone interested in exploring the true essence of Ayahuasca. I will definitely be coming back.
Couldn’t wish for more! The retreat was amazing thanks to the care of the family and staff. It was an unforgettable experience, everything was very well organised. Ceremonies were fantastic (great music and atmosphere). Nice activities in between the ceremonies and happy that we got the chance to see what the family is doing with part of the income from these retreats, they’re investing it in an orphanage and school. Looking forward seeing it being build in the next year(s). I could go on and on about the amazing time I had, but I think this review has been clear enough ;). I just want to recommend this retreat to everyone. Thanks again family and staff for a great time and hope to see you again in the future!
This was my second time with the sacred medicine.
The whole experience has had such a beautiful impact on my life path, some parts were challenging where I had to face myself. I cannot say enough kind words about the center or the persons who runs it. I am forever grateful for this experience.
Very good organization, powerful and really helpful Shaman, amazing place, the food was delicious and healthy, Ronald the guide translator was perfect! I can advise with all of my heart! Great spiritual experience!
Aug. 3 through Aug. 12
Last month I was lucky enough to share with ten others an incredible ten-day retreat to Selva Madre. All four Ayahuasca ceremonies were followed by a full day devoted to resting and a chance to speak regarding our experience to the loving and capable Lucho Junior. On other days we explored the surrounding jungle, as well as boated up the great Amazon River to further explore the area. These expeditions were cheerfully lead by our most wonderful translator, Ronald.
While we weren’t off exploring Peru, there was always ample time for leisure and reading. A growing and diverse library along with many hammocks and benches were well used by our group. But most importantly, Selva Madre gave us a true connection to the Jungle and to Mother Ayahuasca, making our healing deeper than any Western Medicine could. I recommend you bring with you a meditative practice of some sort. If you haven’t yet, check out the author Eckhart Tolle; I found that his spiritual teachings in “A New Earth” and “Power of Now” were very much aligned with the spirituality and Shamanic healing at Selva Madre. Also, Ayahuasca connects you with your body, so Yoga would be a huge benefit!
Lucky for us, we had a yoga instructor in our group! All eleven of us met with a common goal, sharing in our quest for the glory of Mother Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is powerful; not one of us had it easy. Much of the post-ceremony breakfast talk consisted of our briefing each other regarding how well we purged last night, up or down. If this is your first time trying Ayahusaca, be warned, the experience can be…difficult. That being said, I still believe a most essential part of Ayahuasca Healing is the purge. If you are ready for this extraordinary and powerful medicine, you are ready for Selva Madre!
I was searching what is the best retreat and I can just say how perfect Selva Madre is. The group that I was so blessed to go through this journey with has since become my tribe and my family. Don Lucho and his son are full of so much love its literally palpable. The ceremonies were really intense but most healing. By the 3rd Ayahuasca ceremony I had my breakthrough but I stress every one’s experience is different and Mother Aya will heal you as she sees fit. Trust her guidance. All in all my experience at Selva Madre was life changing and I cant put in words how perfect the experience was. Some tips, bring a buttload of mosquito repellent(organic), flashlight, portable charger, and candles. They do have a generator which they put on every so often. If you feel the call then go!!
This magical place is exactly what I needed. I passed trough many phases of self discovery and it also healed myself on many levels. After coming back I feel like a new being. The Ayahuasca helped me going deep in my self understanding and my vision of the world has changed. After this experience I will go back to that magical jungle to receive the teachings of the mother.
Let’s speak about the center, the place is located in the middle of the rainforest surrounded by mother nature. It was such a pleasure sleeping with the sounds of the jungle. The bungalows are simple and organic and the comfort is good.
The staff is very friendly and makes you feel part of the family which was an important aspect for me. The Shamans are always here to help if there is any question and their care made me feel safe for such an experience.
I highly recommend Selva Madre if you need a safe and serious place.
It is difficult to write a review for Selva Madre that does not sound remarkably similar to all of the other five star reviews (this in itself tells you all you need to know!) I spent MONTHS researching the perfect place for an Ayahuasca retreat and can honestly say I am so happy and grateful I followed my instincts and placed my health, wellbeing and spiritual happiness in the very capable and loving hands of Shaman Don Lucho and his wonderful family. As with most novices to this sort of thing I was apprehensive about what to expect when travelling to the other side of the world to take part in a spiritual, mind-altering journey in the Amazon jungle (always a fun conversation to have with your loved ones), however the moment I met Don Lucho’s son, Luis, I felt safe and well cared for. Upon arrival at the beautifully simple retreat everything was explained in detail and we were shown to our individual rustic yet comfortable Tambo that was to be our temporary home. Whilst the facilities are basic, you very quickly get used to life out of the fast lane, not forgetting the real reason why you are there of course. The ceremonies are a beautiful experience and you are cared for before, during and after by the eternally happy, always smiling Don Lucho and his Apprentice Shaman sons Anderson and Luis. A huge part of the experience is facilitated by Ronaldo, translator extraordinaire and jungle guide – what this guy doesn’t know about the Amazon rainforest is not worth knowing! He too was patient, kind and, along with the rest of Don Lucho’s family, almost fanatical about our health, wellbeing and spiritual happiness. The food was outstanding and plentiful, even on ceremony days which meant a simpler meal without flavourings. There was even the occasional treat such as popcorn, Dulce latte and the perhaps somewhat inappropriately coined ‘Fanny’ strawberry jam (que much childish sniggering around the breakfast table although it is a large brand in that part of the world – apparently). Our triumphant reactions to the food always made the family smile and after every single meal we were always asked “More?” by the wonderfully caring Antonio. Which, despite the plentiful helpings, we often said yes to as the food was just so delicious and there was always more available than any of us could eat. Finally, it is always luck of the draw with this sort of thing but our little group of ten was brilliant and we have all kept in touch – soul friends for life! The title of my review really sums up my experience at Selva Madre retreat, I felt loved. Honestly and truly loved. At my best, at my worst and at every other point in between. Keep researching other retreats if you want (I did, even after booking) but GO to Selva Madre – you will not regret it. If I ever get called to do Ayahuasca again, I may just see you there!
I went to Selva Madre for a ten days stay and I just found pure love. The ceremonies are incredible, when the shaman sings it feels like it comes from an other dimension and it really does.
The brew was hard to to swallow because of the taste and 20 minutes later I was totally in an other realm, I can not give words to what I have experienced, I was just following the chants of Shamans guiding me trough my inner self to explore my deepest secrets. It made me purge everything I had not met such as an heavy bag I had to bear for all these years. after purging I suddenly felt light like a feather.
The three shamans came to heal each of us and when they came to me I felt the healing power these men have, that was serious!
I definitely have no words for this experience, the ceremony lasted something like three hours and we were in an other world, out there, a feeling I never experienced before. I received visions so bright that I could almost touch them.
If I have one recommendation to give you guys, go to speak directly with the Shaman in private if you need clarifications, he will be happy to teach you and he likes to speak so much that it can last an hour 🙂
I just want to say thanks to the Ayahuasca, thanks to Don Luis and his Shamans, I can’t wait to go back in this magical place.
This was my fourth visit to Peru to work with Ayahuasca and my first to Selva Madre. I love this place and echo all the other positive comments you will read about it and the beautiful people there. This is Ayahuasca Shamanism of the highest order and the entire thrust of the program there is for you to experience deep healing and spiritual breakthrough, and it works. I really appreciate that Selva Madre price their retreats very fairly, this is a reflection, I believe, of the generous spirit that pervades all they do there. Don Lucho is an incredible spirit, pure love, and crystal clear in his advice and teachings. Go there, you won’t regret it.
I found this place online and felt a strong pull to come here. I am so glad I listened to my intuition, Selva madre was more than I could’ve dreamed of for my Ayahusca retreat. The shamans are incredible souls, so genuine caring and loving. They truly want to give every person that comes here the deepest healing they can and it really shows. I felt so safe and comfortable during every ceremony, and just every minute I was here. They hold a such a safe and loving space during the ceremonies, you can feel the love in their Icaros strong. When I feel the calling to do Ayahuasca in the future, not for a while as I feel healed, I will be coming back here. Just a wonderful, authentic place, wow! I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life!!!!
Tips: I would recommend candles for your room at night, there is no electricity. Also a backup charger thing to charge your devices. They have a generator that is turned on a few times over the retreat. And insect (natural) repellant, rain jacket, flashlight.
This place is amazing. Don Lucio is an true healer. His very presence is captivating: when he walked into the room I could feel the love surrounding him. And it emanates throughout his family and the staff. Don Luis is very knowledgeable and lots of fun too! Ronald was perfect and is an amazing storyteller. Luciano is an incredibly sweet man. Pablo is just awesome. Antonio is a great cook!
And I love my retreat-mates too! We formed lifelong friendships thanks to this beautiful place.
The property is safe and the atmosphere peaceful, the food is fresh and tasty, the experience was indescribable. I loved every minute of it.
Thank you so much, Selva Madre!
I spent ten days retreat and I wanted to give my feedback,
I have seen the previous comments and I don’t understand the brew sent me out of space, it is true anyway that the Ayahuasca there is not the strongest apparently and I asked the shaman, he told me that it is intended to be like that because the focus is not about hallucinating but healing and spiritual discovery. I am glad I purged so much thanks to that I feel freed from so many blockages.
I would like to give a special thanks to the staff there and especially the kitchen staff for their friendliness!
The accommodations are basic but comfortable and there is no electricity but for me it was an advantage so I could literally disconnect. What I liked was to wake up in the morning and feel totally immersed into the jungle and seeing monkeys almost at my door.
To finish I would say that I am happy and would probably go back to the jungle for a deeper experience.
Reviews are important, but the gushing reviews here don’t reflect the reality of the place. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t cosmic as most of these other reviews seem to indicate. Firstly .. Don Lucio is totally unavailable other than when he’s doing the ceremony at night. This means you actually never really see or interact with him. A few people complained they wanted interactions with him, but were frankly told, only under ‘extreme’ emergencies would he talk with you. That was really my biggest issue. For the 10 days, you were forced to have reviews of your ceremonial experiences with his apprentice son, who for the most part seemed to be going though the motions with a few canned explanations. Selva Madre is clearly a business, and you are a customer. As a customer, you will be fed and treated kindly. But quotes of ‘sacred experiences’ are a bit misleading.
Anderson, Ronald and all the kitchen staff are great, and make you feel very welcome, but the establishment could do with making a few adjustments. Running the generator once per day so you can charge you ebook readers etc would really help. At 7pm its dark and there is little to do other than go to bed with your flashlight. Its a small thing i know, but after a while …its an issue. In the ceremonial room, it would be really nice to have mattress covers changed and cleaned ones issued after each purge-filled evening. Its not overly cool to smell the last purge session odours. I understand the Ayahuasca brew is like water, not thick as other people previously experienced elsewhere, but im not sure what that means since it was my first time. I know the brew is made for 8 to 12hrs and not the 24hrs that others expected.
I hope my review is viewed as real and honest. Would i recommend selva madre to someone, the answer is yes, so long as you know exactly when to expect from the retreat setup.
Visited May 2016
i’m an apprentice ninja from Japan. I flew to iquitos in search of enlightenment. I took my very first cup of Mother Ayahuasca at a maloca of Selva Madre.
I’ll be very honest. Their “brew” was watery as opposed to thick ones they serve in other retreat centres. They brew the tea in the morning of the ceremony days, (8hours of brewing) where it normally sgould take 48hours to make it. The effects were of course weak. There were 10 of us, but throughout the 4 ceremonies , none of us seemed to have any visions nor effects: just pure vomitting & diarrhea. On the last day, people were complaining, and requested that the shaman make the brew more concentrated and stronger, to which he insisted that it shouldn’t be treated as a drug, and should be kept natural.
One guy even went to another retreat centre after leaving selva madre.
But dont get me wrong, the staff, the shaman, the chef were very nice & caring. They would take us on a jungle excursion, and give us a natural medicine to ease the pain after ceremonies.
However, the facilities were in general dirty with no electricity or tap water (theres a water tank), i just wished they would at least have lights at night. There was absolutely nothing to do at night. I just wonder why other people are saying it was clean: it’s not. But again it’s in themiddle of the amazon rainforest.
Overall, i would say 3stars. The effect of “their” ayahuasca was too weak and dissapointing. But i miss the jungle, and definitely coming back, but will try a different centre next time. Sorry, but i just wanted to be honest unlike other reviewers.
If you like to step away from the perpetual circle of sameness and look deeply inside of your Soul, take an Ayahuasca trip to Selva Madre: Magical Land, Magical Place and Magical People!
In Love forever with Selva Madre!
Marina V. from Chicago
Selva Madre is a very special place.
Don Luis and his family truly care about the preservation of this sacred healing. Ceremonies were fantastic and were conducted in a beautiful temple with the help of his son and his assistant. I felt very safe under his watchful eye throughout all of the experience. The day after each ceremony we all took part in sharing our experiences with Don Luis and one another. Between ceremony days there’s time for introspection, ample opportunity to connect with fellow attendees, and also various excursions that are both planned and spontaneous.
The facilities are simple and clean and linens were changed for us midweek. There’s also purified water provided at each hut. Special care was given in cooking fresh foods for us that strictly adhered to the ayahuasca dieta. They’re generous in the meals and the food is excellent.
We had an amazing guide and translator who was present to take us on excursions and also to help in the discussion of the experiences during the ayahuasca ceremonies. Most everyone at Selva Madre speaks some English. However, I’d tell anyone traveling to Peru to learn some Spanish. It will help you in all aspects of your adventures!
It’s really hard to put into words what this family has created in their retreat center. They are lovely people. I can’t recommend the experience enough and I hope to go back! Truly transformative. Go to Selva Madre!
This has been the best experience of my life. I would highly recommend Selva Madre to anyone seeking to experience the true essence of Ayahuasca.
The facilities are clean, there is an abundance of beautiful food, and the ceremonies are mesmerising. You are truly looked after by the entire team at Selva Madre on your journey.
Don Luis, the shaman, is sensational, and truly guides you on your journey to spiritual awakening. He is assisted by Luis Jr. and Anderson who are both caring, kind, and gentle. It is an incredibly safe and protected environment, and they encourage you to deeply explore your spirituality. The entire family, and staff members of Selva Madre are sensational, and are always guiding and assisting you.
On non-ceremony days, various tours are conducted by Ronald. There are opportunities to learn more about traditional medicine, and explore the power of the jungle. These tours are highly stimulating, and informative.
The food is freshly cooked every day from local produce. The meals were fantastic, and there was plenty for everyone. Thank you Monica!
The facilities are very clean. You are provided with everything that you need.
I couldn’t possibly say higher things about Selva Madre, the family, and the staff members. It is a life changing experience. Thank you. I highly recommend Selva Madre.
This is my first experience with Ayahuasca. This is own by a wonderful family. They made sure you are safe at your stay at all times. The staff was friendly and made sure you got your meal everyday. I had a good insight and will never be negative about myself. I will continue to heal each day thanks to everybody from Selva Madre. After doing your Ayahuasca you will have a one on one talk with the shaman to go in depth of the meaning of your visions. The very last day you get to go on a Field Trip. Thank you to all my friends at Selva Madre.
My husband and I chose to go to Selva Madre for our jungle experience in May 2015. We carefully searched centers and we were both drawn to the intimate and authentic setting that Selma Madre would provide for our spiritual retreat. Our questions that we asked via e-mail were answered right away and we felt like we made the right decision. I had no expectations of the experience and was pretty open-minded going in.
Firstly, we love Iquitos. While it is a large city, it has a small town feel as the people as so friendly. We were picked up and taken by motor-taxi, boat and then another motor-taxi to Selva Madre. Everything was well organized. It was exciting to have no idea where we were headed.
When we arrived, everyone was very nice and we were taken to our room. The rooms were primitive but have privacy and everything we needed. They were clean and we had water to drink and to shower. The property is extremely well maintained and very quiet.
The ceremonies were extraordinary. Don Lucho was a kind man, a gifted and insightful Shaman who treated everyone with care and compassion. He saw the issues we were dealing with without needing to speak them. I felt safe. The ceremonies were emotional at times, peaceful at others and funny at still others. The purge was real..I left Selva Madre with a lightness I haven’t felt in years.
We left Selva Madre a few days early due to my husband getting sick to his stomach. Don Lucho escorted us back to Iquitos and would not leave our side until he know my husband had been seen by a doctor and had received proper medical care. He said this was his responsibility. That spoke volumes to us about his character and motivations. Don Lucho and his family truly care about healing people and they take this mission seriously and with the care one would hope for.
If you are looking for an authentic experience, a highly skilled Shaman and a gentle, emotional and spiritual purge, I highly recommend Selva Madre.
Thank you Don Lucho and family for taking such good care of us. K & C
It is difficult to put into words something so amazing and spiritual. My partner and myself had planned to visit the jungle for sometime. We both had experienced praying with mother ayahuasca medicine in a previous ceremony. So for us it was important to have a spiritual setting and a maestro/teacher (shaman) that would lead from his heart. Don Lucho and his beautiful family did just that! They not opened their home (the jungle) but also opened their heart and guided us through such a transformational journey spiritually and mentally!
The amazing icaros were so piercing to my soul that I can still feel and hear them. I will forever carry them with me. I found so much healing from the ceremonies that in turn I have also found myself! Our Maestro took time to interpret our visions and give us guidance that we continue to practice and incorporate in our lives today. Someday we hope to return…
7 of us went on a 10 day retreat at Selva Madre.
We had 4 ceremonies and we were sad to leave.
It was incredible… one of the most unique experiences
I’ve ever had.
I’ve been back ‘home’ for 11 days now and still
feel like I’ve left a piece of myself in the jungle…
Looking back in hindsight, I really liked how
there was no electricity, hot water, wifi, etc.
It added to the whole experience… very special and sacred.
Think they are installing some creature comforts for the next couple of months… for the 10 day retreat. (They have 20 day retreats too).
It’s a family run business – a beautiful family at that.
I highly recommend Selva Madre for so many reasons…
If you would like to read more, I wrote a short story about my
Many blessings, Selva Madre.
We miss you guys… thank you so much for holding the space for us, guiding us, assisting us in shifting, expanding, and letting go…
I went down for my first ever ayahuasca retreat early April 2015. I couldn’t be more pleased with the time i spent there. I highly recommend going for the twenty days and eight ceremonies. It seemed almost everyone who only stayed for only 10 days wished they had more time. Phil the translator and apprentice shaman, and Anderson apprentice shaman, were great and I couldn’t speak more highly of Don Lucho. He is absolutely one of the kindest, if not the kindest, person i have ever meet. Even though i cannot speak comparatively to other retreats and other brews I can say with confidence that it is the most profound experience i have ever had. The ayahuasca addressed every single thing i went down there to work on and gave me visions and insights I could have never foreseen happening. If you are looking for an organic experience to learn and work on yourself then you will not be disappointed in your decision to go down to Selva Madre. I will never forget the experience and lessons i learned at Selva Madre and I wish you all the very best on your own personal journeys.
The journey for recuperating is a general human phenomenon. We every single have propensity, addictions, and burdens that we might want to change. An Ayahuasca retreat is the right approach to work with this strong healer in a lovely, sustaining common place.
I recently returned from spending 10 days in February. My first time in Peru. The insight I gained will stay with me for a long time.
I felt very safe and looked after the whole time I was there. Like part of the family. Don Luis [the shaman] held a very positive energy during the ceremonies. I could feel some of the connection with him take place on an intuitive level. He is active in the local community and helps protect the local rain forests. The medicine and Icaros were very powerful and the ceremonies felt traditional. Accommodation was very comfortable for jungle standards. A very positive experience and would recommend Selva Madre to anyone genuinely seeking to work with plant medicine.
There are no words in our human language which could properly convey my personal experience with Ayahuasca medicine. I didn’t want to live just before arriving, I will be brutally honest – suffering severe PTSD, depression, panic/anxiety disorder and subsequent ADD. Nearing 40, and having knowledge of Ayahuasca for 15 years, I knew it was time. Research and trust led me to Selva Madre and it’s Shaman Don Louis, and apprentices Anderson and Jake. Not even a day on the grounds and I knew deep within I’d found the right place/people for myself and my very important and very personal mission. So much trust is involved with such a journey. They did not fail me which led to me not failing myself.
The Shamans led and cradled my medicinal experience with such knowledge and care. Amazing men, amazing humans. I’m eternally grateful they walk this path for others. And that I found my way to them, or was led…and listened.
At Selva Madre, I was immersed into the home life of Don Louis and his family, living on the beautiful grounds surrounded by jungle. I bathed in the streams and cleansed in red clay. All food was deliciously prepared and strict to the Ayahuasca dieta, ensuring body and mind ready for each ceremonial healing. I was never afraid, only of my own self, always knowing during the difficult but absolutely necessary purging moments, both mental and physical, that I was being looked after with the best of care. Powerful, beautiful, profound, loving, understanding, insightful to say the least. Almost a week has gone by since my time ended. I miss each of the Shamans, their family and the other attendees in my circle who I’ve formed such a bond and shared experience with…life long connections and support.
My depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms have been alleviated greatly by the work the shamans and myself have done together during ceremony and I still feel the changes each day, in waking life and dreams. Im on my home to integrate and watch these changes unfold with a hope I never thought I’d experience again. I can BREATHE again.
If Selva Madre resonates with you while you research retreats, trust that you will be in the most wonderful, caring, knowledgable hands and spirits. With those who truly care about your soul, experience and development. Be ready for intense, deep insights and a spiritual hug like no other. They reminded me I am not alone, as did Aya….in an extremely mighty way.
Enjoy your journey. It’s the most important thing you will ever decide to do for yourself – body, mind and soul. Good job on starting that…embrace it and be well…
If Mother Ayahuasca is calling you to go to Peru and partake in ceremonies (as she did so strongly with me), then this retreat is a great choice for someone looking for a safe and authentic experience. However, if you’re looking for a thrill ride or using this as an excuse to go down and “trip out” or whatever, please go elsewhere and don’t bother these truly incredible people. This retreat is all about respecting nature and true healing. Shaman Don Lucho and his extended family are some of the kindest, warmest and most genuine human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet during my 50 year stay on this planet. The persistent smiles, hearty laughter, and love pouring from this place is something I will never forget.
Upon my arrival on 11/1/14 for my 10 day stay, I was a bit intimidated by the simplicity of the amenities in the tambos…..mainly the bathrooms. I thought……”how the hell am I going to shower in this heat and humidity, by dipping a small plastic cereal bowl into a barrel of water and pouring it over my head?” After a few days I realized that my background as an American gringo surrounded by a ton of unnecessary and wasteful material things, was actually the problem. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to shower just fine. The food was very basic but fresh and pure….and that’s how it should be. The Ayahuasca is brewed on site using only Ayahuasca vines and Chakruna leaves. I purged my guts up during the first ceremony and had very tranquil experiences there after. It did not blow my head off or send me into other dimensions. In hindsight, I understand that this is a good thing, especially for a first timer. Again, It’s not necessarily about visions and tripping balls, but more about healing at this retreat.
I don’t speak Spanish and this was a bit of a problem as the interpreter that is normally there was on vacation. Luckily, there were a few Spanish speakers attending the retreat and I was able to get by. I did feel that I shouldn’t have had to rely on them so much, and an interpreter should have been present as stated on the website. It’s very important to understand the Shaman so as to get clear feedback about your personal experiences within each ceremony. If you book (and you should) make sure an interpreter is on site for you if you don’t speak Spanish.
And finally, the Shaman….Don Lucho. This man is an amazing human being and I still feel a brotherly connection to him. He’s the real deal and very powerful in a positive and loving way. If you have any concerns (as I did before I went) about falling into the wrong hands with a dishonest Shaman, let me assure you that Don Lucho is a fantastically genuine man with a heart of gold. You will be in the best hands possible. I look forward to seeing him and his family again in the future. I will definitely return to Selva Madre someday.
I visited SelvaMadre end of last year. The resort is situated in an isolated, beautiful and quiet area in the Jungle. Perfect for an authentic Jungle stay experience. The atmosphere is already breathing peace, welcoming you pleasantly when you arrive there. Traditional and basic Tambos have what you need, a private room, a clean bed, a toilet (a normal one, not a sawdust bucket) and a place for showering. There was no running water or electricity when I stayed there, but I quickly realized that it isn?t needed. I could manage well using little buckets with water for showering and flushing the toilet. It didn?t bother me at all, it adds to your ?Back to Basics? experience.
Tambos are virtually bug free. No mosquitos inside. In general there were some mosquitos outside, but not an amount to be worried about. Just stay inside when the sun goes up or under, that?s snack time for those buggies. You are in the Jungle, so you have to live with the animal creatures around you. But I felt very safe here, both from animals as from people. No stress.
The care of the visitors by the people who run this resort, Shaman Don Lucho and his family, is most probably the strongest point they have. You have the feeling that you are part of his family from the first day on. You spent the day with them, talk with them, eat with them, have ceremonies with them. And they are very open and willing to listen to you. This absolutely contributes to the trust and comfort you need while taking part in Ayahuasca ceremonies. Specifically when you are doing this for the first time.
This is also a safe place for women, as the Shaman, Don Lucho, is a Shaman who recognizes his position with respect when dealing with women in general. I saw that many times during my stay.
Lucky for me I could speak Spanish, so I did not need a translator. Because of that I could express myself very well, and the time Don Lucho spent with me was super beneficial for my personal development. He really is interested in you and does everything within his capacity to make your stay an unforgettable one. But also an experience to take with you when returning home. That?s up to you!
The food is OK, everyday it is freshly prepared on site. Specific ?ayahuasca dieting? is not so strict here. I struggled a bit with this in the beginning but quickly accepted the Shamans opinion about it as it did not affect my experience with ayahuasca. The ayahuasca is also prepared on site. Only ayahuasca and chakruna, nothing else. It is not the strongest ayahuasca I have taken in my life, so if you are looking for a ?tripping in the jungle? experience where you don?t know where you are anymore, this place is not for you. But when you are looking for a spiritual experience, going easy in ceremonies and are open to learn and face yourself, this is a place for you. Especially when you have no experience and you are doing this for the first time. It is very safe, as the Shaman is not a fan of loading you up with ayahuasca to a point where people lose themselves. He prefers to slowly walk towards deeper experiences instead of running to the top and being out of breath. The day after the ceremony is just as important as the ceremony itself, to reflect on your experience and integrate the insights gained. It was absolutely beneficial for me. The ceremonies are what you would expect, and the Shaman sings and whistles very beautiful, adding positively to the experience of taking part in an ayahuasca ceremony.
The price of the retreat packages are very reasonable for what you get. And you can see with your own eyes where your money is going. There were a lot of building and expanding activities in the retreat area when I was there. I can imagine this place becoming bigger and bigger through time, as it has an unique formula.
Unfortunately for me I had to leave the retreat due to a medical condition coming to the surface caused by the combination of heat and humidity in the Jungle. I got advised to go to dryer areas to improve my medical condition, which I did. There was no problem coming back later and continue with my retreat. But when I came back a couple of weeks later, the same medical condition flared up again making it impossible for me to continue. Since this was very personal and unexpected, after some talking with the Shaman, Don Lucho, he agreed to give me a fair refund of the part of the retreat I could not attend anymore. And I did receive this refund a couple of weeks later with no problems. It is not about the money refunded, but the act of understanding the situation and responding accordingly. This absolutely contributed to the trust I already had in this Shaman, Don Lucho. As money is not his primary goal but the wellbeing of his visitors is.
I have no doubts about his true intentions. This Shaman is for real. Most probably one of the few Shamans left in this growing ayahuasca tourism business who still has his both feet on the ground and wants to help and cure you and is not chasing your money for personal profit.
I absolutely recommend this retreat center. When my medical situation is cured, after my surgery, I will return when I am in the area. Thank you Don Lucho and all your family members for your care and understanding !
One of the most important experience of my life. Meeting a Sciaman, his entire family, living with them in the same place sharing food, talks, and life experience was just one side of the nice experience I had there. Meeting the Jungle, drinking ayahuasca and get closer to nature than ever before was the other part. I would really recommend the experience to everybody. During my 10 days retreat I met some others Europens and Americans with which I bound my soul so much that we will never forget. A hearth touching experience that will change your life forever. Don Lucho rocks!!!
If you are looking for a place for the best ayahuasca retreat, then look no further. The place and experience was amazing!! The grounds are absolutely stunning and the accommodations were more than satisfactory. The Shaman and his family run the entire retreat and they welcome you as if you were one of their own. The Shaman is a true master of his craft and makes sure each person has the best experience possible. The ayahuasca is pure and always prepared onsite. This was a life changing experience and I hope everyone has the chance to go to Selva Madre.
I have been in Selva Madre with my wife in November. I had a great experience there, Don Lucho and all the staff are wonderful, they have always a smile for everyone and they are extremely nice. The ayahuasca is pure and safe. The objective of the retreat is to help you and keep you safe. They are still improving the retreat; at the moment the rooms are basic without electricity and running water, but we’ve got used to it very easily, and I kind of liked it, it makes me remember that we’ve got to many unnecessary things in our modern lives. The only thing that could improve a bit was food, but maybe the reason was that the main cook was on holidays…
I think that Don Lucho is a great shaman and his icaros are just wonderful! If you are looking for a safe place and a caring shanman, go to Selva Madre, you won’t regret it! They will make you feel like at home.
I RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE! AN AUTHENTIC AYAHUASCA EXPERIENCE!
My girlfriend and I just returned from a 10 day retreat at Selva Madre. Words cannot describe how amazing and influential this magical place is. I will admit I was doubtful of the reviews I read on this site, as anyone can create them with an email account. But once we arrived I knew I was in the right place. The atmospher is warm and comforting, almost feels like home. I miss that place already and its only been a week. Don Lucho is an amazing shaman and has had a lifetime of experience with ayahuasca. His brew is pure, just chacruna leaves and ayahuasca vine. I myself had very distinct and powerful visions (of space travel and more) 3 out of the 4 ceremonies. The first ceremony I had a negitive energy blocking mother ayahuasca from flowing through my body and mind. Before the 2nd ceremony Don Lucho prepared an ayahuasca shower which did its magic and helped me heal.
The retreat is only a few years old, but they are constantly building to make it bigger and better. It back to the basic way of life which is amazing when accompanied with the ayahuasca ceremonies. Real makes you think how many unnecessary things we have in our modern world. The dieta the served was pretty good from my perspective. Bland food the day after the ceremony, salt and sugar the day of ceremony, no supper on ceremony days. Lots of eggs and rice for ten days though.
Selva Madre is truely an amazing authentic ayahuasca healing center. I would recommend it to everyone. Especially first timers. I look forward to returning there in the future. One note, make sure there is an interpreter there. Philippe was away for 6 months so we had to help eachother out with spanish. As Don Lucho speaks minimal english. There does seem to be many bilingual people attending this retreat. Which does help for communication.
I just returned from a 10 day 4 session Ayahuasca retreat at Selva Madre. If you are looking for an authentic Ayahuasca experience at a fraction of the cost of other retreats I looked into then I would highly suggest Selva Madre. You actually live on the same premises as the shaman and his adult children and wife who all cook, clean and care for the facility and the guests. I can not speak highly enough of these people. They are all so kind and caring. Shaman Don Luis is a second generation shaman & is perhaps the kindest, humblest and most good natured person I have ever met. It is so refreshing to meet someone who is so dedicated to their craft and financial compensation is not the primary concern. Don Luis eats his family’s incredibly healthy meals with us & is always available and excited to share his insight and wisdom. You are in the jungle with limited electricity, not internet, and basin rain water showers are always filled in your neatly kept huts. Don Luis works with in the 4 ceremonies (Earth, Fire, Water, Air) and doesn’t necessarily blast you out of the water so to speak like I have heard and seen some of the other retreats do. He has great respect and the sanctity and brew of pure Ayahuasca Vine and chacruna that is grown and brewed on the property with no other additives. I have no other retreats to compare it to other than what I researched online before I went and I couldn’t have asked for a better more enriching experience. He will accept you at anytime with no set dates. Ceremonies are Monday Wednesday and Friday so you can plan your 4 ceremonies accordingly. I hope you have as positive experience as I had
Thanks to Don Lucho for his great work, thanks Ayahuasca! Before coming to that place I didn’t know what to expect. I come back from another world where I discovered a lot about myself. Don Lucho guided me with care through all my visions. I feel like a new man refreshed from the old energies.
Thanks to Monica for the delicious food and everything. There was a friendly and peaceful ambiance with other guest. I just recommend that place for a safe travel into yourself
The first day I came to Selvamadre the Shaman told me things about my life I never told him, I was really surprised about his power. There was a connection of trust like if I was his child. My life totally changed, I see clear into myself now and I just can say thanks!
I like the way we are treated as part of the family with a lot of care and there was a so nice ambience with everybody there.
If recommend to anybody to take Ayahuasca, it is a sacred plant that will heal you very deep like it did for me.
Review of Selvamadre Spiritual & Healing Center
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Visited in: February, 2014
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The first time I have been to Selvamadre I knew that it will be the place for me to heal completely and to learn with Mother Ayahuasca. I stayed at that place quite a long time and it changed my life for ever. When you arrive in the center you feel that you enters Eden, everything is so pure and beautiful, there is a side of that place in celestine prophecy. The Shaman and the amazing people at that place are welcoming you and giving the best of all your needs. The Ayahuasca ceremonies are amazing, the brew is pure and cooked with a lot of care. The Shaman is leading you to this world beyond and guiding you with his love. I definitely recommend that Ayahuasca retreat center that is for me one of the most professional.
If you are looking to take ayahuasca, this center offers a very authentic experience. The Shaman, Don Lucho, is a friendly and knowledgeable leader. The accommodations are great; safe and homely. Selva Madre offers the unique spiritual journey in a respectful and serious setting. A great first place for someone to fully experience the majesty of the plant teacher Ayahuasca.
Hi all, you who is visiting this site, I can recommend this center, the people is so friendly and there is a good vibration all around. When I took the brew it took me in an other realm, it also cleaned the my charges I had since I was born. Thanks to all the people of Selvamadre!
The center looks like the Eden, it is so peaceful and beautiful in the middle of the jungle. My experience with Ayahuasca have been incredible and Thanks To Don Lucho for that. I will come back for sure!
I have been to this place and it transformed me so much, I can just say thank you!
To all my family, friends, teachers in this sacred space thank you for this time of learning. I am hunbled before each of you and I am grateful for the teachings and experiences you have shared with me. Each is but a seed that I now have the privilege of nurturing.
Words can not express my gratitude, nor the depth of invalauble knowledge I have been blessed with here. The truth lies behind the words in the eternal realm of love which we each of us, the golden essence of life is the most valuable gift one can receive.
May we all live within the beauty of love. May love be the source of all our thoughts, words and actions. May our sows never cease striving fearlessly towards this infinite realm of love and may we all return to this place of peace. Our eternal home
I came to Padre cocha searching for a spiritual outlet and found it in the Ayahuasca ceremonies directed by Don Lucho. I participated in 3 ceremonies and found them profoundly meaningful and paradigm in the way that I perceive the SELF the major constituents of spiritual health and the framework within which to view then. The wester world has much to learn from the generations starve of spiritual wealth contained into the indigenous healers and their rites + practices. I am certain that my journey into the self will bring me back to this culture once more.
Don Lucho filled my cup to the brim with Ayahuasca for the first ceremony! Drank it down in four big gulps. What happened then was truely an experience, I won’t forget.
However at the end of this vision, I was shown a piece of wisdom in which everything made sense and there was order and balance. This balance continued to grow in my thoughts and in my soul throughout the next five days and two ceremonies I felt pure joy in the form of eternal peace. I am leaving your holy piece of land with a better understanding of myself and of the universe and for that I am extremely grateful.
I really can’t find the words now.
It has been the most amazing 3 weeks of my life. I became a different, much better person and totally new. Never felt that much love and peace ever.
Lucho, Monica and everyone here gave me so much positive energy. I also got a purpose for my life, I won’t ever feel lost or lonely again I really can’t express my emotions I feel right now. I am so pleased can’t say thanks enough times.
This place is a heaven and paradise together and much more. Can’t wait to be back for good and to know Ayahuasca and this culture and my new family as well.
Wow, my experience here has been incredible I think this has been one of the best week of my life. Taking Ayahuasca here has been a very eye opening experience and I think I have found out a lot about myself and about life in general. I definitely plan on coming back and doing Ayahuasca here again after I have spent some time with meditation so I can have more mental discipline and so I can have a more spiritual experience. I have had a lot of fun here the entire week I have stayed, Don Lucho and Monica have been absolutely the best, they are one of the nicest person I have ever met, they made me feel at home here and the food was absolutely excellent, Monica is a wonder cook! I will forever remember and cherish my experience here and I will miss everyone. I have met here very much, I will recommend Selvamadre to everyone that ask me about doing Ayahuasca. This is such abeautifull place! I love you all!
Thank you for allowing me to spend time at your home. The path tha lead me here has been a long time in the making. I?m blessed to be fortunate enough to find myself here this time around. It has been truely amazing. I will find you all again soon in the dream world so we can continue to smile and lough together. Thank you Don Lucho for your teachings and guidance, thank you Monica for the food and positive energy Thank you Phillip for the everyday contribution you give to make this the most comfortable evironment possible. Also to my good friend Poochie, the cat who never sleeps. I love you all and will always think of this place fondly.
You have made a sweet paraiso, thanks for welcoming us into it so nicely, tamquilo, seguro, I felt throughout the stay. I think after this short visit and iniciation ceremony it would be best to return to explore further andexperience more fully what these jungle medicine have to teach me. Hasta la vista, Lucho is a great singer. Thanks again for a significant experience
Thank you to Don Lucho and family + Philippe for this experience, you have been very gentle amd kind. I felt comfortable and safe experiencing Ayahuasca for the first time in the temple. I wont forget my time here, soon I hope to come back over in the year to finish the 8 ceremonies, muchas gracias,
We had an incredible stay with Lucho, Monica and all the other people at Selvamadre. We had our first Ayahuasca ceremony ever monday night with Lucho and it was an amazing experience. The energy was strong and so our personal experiences which included plenty of visions and hallucinations. Lucho helped us and the others, Philippe made the experience secure, joyful and amazing. We walk away as changed men.
Besides the ceremony the stay has been nice, very good atmosphere, good food and plenty of it in tranquil and calm environment.
We would definitely recommend a stay at this place.
I did a 7 days retreat there, everything was nice, The shaman is ver nice and the place beautifull
This center is amazing after being in others I recommend 100%, I was bluffed by the Shaman that is very powerfull and can heal! After the center is beautifull and relax, the food is good and people are full of love. What I highlight is the Shamanic science of Master Don Luis that is very high.
Come, see and delight 🙂
This place is nice, after being to different centers, I use to feel there the care of the people that do not look for the money.
The ceremony is traditional and the shaman is singing like an angel, everybody have his healing and the shaman explains the vision we had and what he saw.
The place I like a lot, it is peacefull and meditating, perfect for spiritual awakiening.
Also the good stuff is that the Shaman accepts people to learn as apprentices.
For me this is the perfect place to go for an inner journey!
This center is one of the most professional and ethical I know, the shaman is very experimented with 30 years of practice. The Ayahuasca ceremony begins with beautiful Icaros than you are called to be healed by the shaman and the apprentices all very strong in healing energies, Don Lucho is able to cure a lot of things, spiritual, mental and physical.
The center is a paradise, everything is so beautiful and most important peacefull, the rooms are individual with very good quality furnitures and private bathrooms and sherry on the top all the buildings are totally mosquitoproof.
The staff is like a family and smiles are raining, the food is natural and high quality as well as persomalized if you are vegetarian containing high vegan proteins, there are a lot of vegetables and fruits available.
I highly recommend this center for itsprofesionalism and integrity as well as for its accomodations and ambiant.