- Nauta, Peru
The Hummingbird Center offers a unique approach to the healing and transformative process that is resulting in excellent outcomes for our clients.
Dedicated to Healing- We are a healing center focused on what each individual needs to receive the healing they come for. The Hummingbird does not accept people for less than a seven day stay, as we want to minimize the change that comes to any group dynamic when a new person is introduced. We have a history of excellent results for our clients and over the past year have helped people with diabetes, asthma, chronic fatique syndrome, fibro myalgia,arthritis, depersonalization disorder, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, drug addiction and others. There are many who do not have physical or emotional issues, but come to improve their personal and spiritual lives. All have left saying they received more than they thought was possible.
A Safe Environment- We provide a safe, caring environment for clients to open up and face their issues, to discuss them with others and be able to process them in whatever method is appropriate. This helps a person deal with what comes up from their ayahuasca ceremonies. Believing it is an integral part of healing, we encourage people to feel what ever comes up as deeply and completely as they can, and assure them they will be fully supported during their emotional release, however it manifests.
Master Shaman- Benigno our shaman has 52 years of experience with the medicine and began healing at the age of 13. He is exceptionally intuitive and quickly sees to the root of a person?s problem. He has the ability to cure a wide range of physical and emotional ailments, has a vast knowledge of medicinal plants and incorporates good nutruition into all of his treatments. He performs individual healing on every person in every ceremony working with the spirit of God as he understands it.
Healing as a Process- We see healing as a process, so we provide the support for people to do this process as easily and effectively as possible. It is not just about drinking ayahuasca. It is also about what happens for a person before and after ceremony. Support for a person at our center includes:
Lifestyle coaching to help people understand what they are going through and provide strategies to deal with it effectively and efficiently
Helping people to set clear intentions for ceremony to maximize the outcome from healing in ceremony.
Circle meetings each morning after ceremony where people share their experiences and have a chance to get feedback from the shaman about the healing going on in ceremony. This is a great opportunity for people to ask the shaman for clarification of things they experienced during ceremony, and lot of good information about how ayahuasca works is shared.
The openess and honesty we encourage and facilitate results in a positive and supportive group dynamic where people genuinely care for each other and their healing process. Many clients have commented on how important the group support has been to their journey.
We provide a range of natural cleansing processes such as plant baths, tobacco purges, vapor baths and mud baths to prepare the body for ceremony. Plant dietas and additional medicinal teas are prescribed as needed.
A variety of reading material is available, both books and articles, for people during their healing retreat to help them understand and better participate in their healing process.
Huachuma- We also offer huachuma ceremonies (aka san pedro) to help people connect to the physical world in a more harmonic way. We have found that for many people Huachuma has cleared certain blocks that subsequently opened up their ayahuasca ceremonies. Ayahuasca and Huachuma are very complementary and the combination has resulted in major shifts for some clients that may not have occurred with ayahuasca alone.
The variety of methods we use also makes healing an interesting journey. Our clients aquire a lot of knowledge about the spiritual and energetic realms and how to maintain their health moving forward. This process has been yielding excellent results ? people are leaving healed and very satisfied.
I have been there with my wife Feb 2017. We stayed for 9 days. I came here to face my fears and be a better person. By the end of the retreat, I felt like my life was transformed I got above and beyond of what I expected. I discovered myself, connected with nature, found God, my place in the world and so much more.
The place itself is really nice, a jam in the jungle. Gina the co-owner Jims wife is responsible for the logistics.The staff is very very nice, Polite, attentive, always greeting and smiling. The food was great, fresh and delicious. It’s nice to see how it all comes down from the top and reflects from the ownership to the staff.
The accommodation was better than I expected, very clean spacious rooms. Your laundry is taken care of daily by hand, fresh towels every day, sheets changed every other day I believe.
I enjoyed the isolation very much, having no cell phone, computer, the internet. I could focus on myself, be present in the moment and focus on healing. The place has a very nice library with many different books of various subjects. I read 5 books in 9 days!
What’s truly unique about this place is the owner Jim. He has an incredible life story, he is very intelligent and has very high emotional intelligence as well. Very intellectual, easy going, very hands off yet very attentive. You can always reach out to him and talk about anything in the world, whether you have a problem or need an advice or just to ask a question.The real surprise for me was when I first heard him sing during the ceremony, it’s like the gate of heaven open up! Tears were coming down my eyes every single ceremony when he was singing!
I’m forever grateful for a life changing experience!
Really happy I chose the Hummingbird center.
For 12 days, we had absolutely nothing to worry about and could fully enjoy all the lessons from the Ayahuasca and the San Pedro.
Jim provided us with all the information needed to feel safe, very professionnal, available and friendly.
That was a life changing experience, and it happened in the best possible environnment.
I stayed here in April of 2014 for a 12 day retreat and I have to say that everything went above and beyond my expecatations. Jim and Gina run an amazing retreat. Their property is calm and peaceful and perfect for clearing your mind and preparing yourself for the healings. I highly reccomend Hummingbird.
I visited the Hummingbird Center in April of 2013. It was by far the most transformational experience of my life. I came to the center stressed out, horribly depressed, and desperate to change. I left a new person, and almost a year later I continue to be free of the depression and anxiety that so burdened me my whole life. I got so much more out from my visit then I could have ever imagined, and I will always be immensely grateful to Jim, Gina, and the shaman.
The center itself is beautiful, and the food is amazing. During my time there I always felt safe, supported, and cared for. The Jim and Gina work closely with you during your stay and are always available if any issues come up. Everyone at the center is incredibly kind and genuine, and you can tell that they are truly invested in your healing journey.
I can’t recommend the Hummingbird Center enough! It was the best investment I have ever made in myself. I am so profoundly grateful.
I had a great experience in my time there. Very safe environment for ceremonies along with great food and accommodations. Staff and shaman went above and beyond and the location was amazing as well. Jim went out of his way to make every person feel at home. Could not recommend it enough.
My trip to the Hummingbird Retreat was truly life changing. It is a place where real healing takes place.
If you are thinking about a trip to the Hummingbird, I highly recommend arriving a day early and staying at a hotel in Iquitos. I made the mistake of flying overnight and arriving a couple of
hours early prior to the designated meeting time. This was a mistake for a couple of reasons.
First, my flight from Lima to Iquitos almost had to return to Lima due to thick fog over the Iquitos airport. Thankfully, my flight did make it but it was a close call. If my flight had turned
around and went back, I’m not sure how I would’ve found my way to the Hummingbird since you can’t contact them by phone. Second, I regret not getting there a day earlier because flying all through the night like I did was exhausting. You kind of need to be on your toes in Iquitos and I was dead tired when I got there.
The city of Iquitos is the most surreal place I’ve ever seen. It reminded me a lot of some of the
cities in southeast Asia. It is commonly referred to as the “Capital of the Amazon.” It is also the
largest city in the world that is not accessible by car. You can’t drive to it because there are no
roads going to it. The only way to get there is either by boat (on the Amazon River) or by plane.
The primary mode of transportation there is either motor scooter, motorcycle, or a three-wheeled motorcycle taxi contraption. They call them tuk tuks in Asia. There are a few cars but they are the exception. Because of all of the motorcycles (thousands of them), the entire city is extremely loud. It’s really difficult to hold a conversation with someone on the street. Apparently, mufflers are optional here. I found out after returning that Iquitos is considered the loudest city in all of Latin America. The decibel level on the streets is around 115.
Your Hummingbird journey begins when everyone in the group meets at the Yellow Rose of Texas restaurant. You’ll meet everyone in the group and the retreat owners, Jim and Gina. You’ll also have plenty of time to get something to eat. The restaurant has a crocodile sandwich on the menu; I regret not trying it.
From there the group will take a bus to the retreat, which is about a one hour drive. You’ll drive
by the Amazon River and get a chance to take in a lot of the local scenery. You’ll also see how
many people in the area live, which is poorly. This is one of the poorest places I’ve ever seen in my life and most people live in shanties beside the road. It is truly heartbreaking to see the
grinding poverty that people live in here.
After arriving at the retreat you’ll have some time to get comfortable in your room and rest and
relax for awhile. The tobacco ceremony will happen later that evening.
Okay, let’s talk about the retreat a bit. First, if you are considering a trip here, it’s important to realize that there is no electricity, phone, or internet here. Jim does have a Blackberry and will make it available to you if you really need to send an e-mail. If you need to make a phone call or do anything more on the internet, you’ll have to take a taxi back to Iquitos. Making a phone call on Jim’s Blackberry usually isn’t possible because the reception is very spotty.
There are internet cafes available in Iquitos but they are shockingly slow. The one I went to was so slow I thought my computer was broken. After about five minutes it finally went to the home page. Also, there are public phones available but the reception is extremely poor. I tried two different places and finally found one that was “good enough.”
Back to the retreat… The retreat is absolutely beautiful. The grounds are nicely landscaped and there was staff doing grounds maintenance almost on a daily basis. You can really tell that a lot of work has been put into keeping the place up.
The showers are very nice. They are beautifully tiled. There is no heated water though. I tried to take a shower a couple of times early in the morning and the water was very cold. If you wait until the afternoon, however, it warms up nicely. It kind of feels like swimming pool water.
The retreat uses composting toilets. Basically, these consist of a wooden box with a regular toilet seat on it. Inside the box is a five gallon bucket with sawdust. Surprisingly, this system works extremely well and there was no smell. After you take care of your business, you simply put more sawdust in the bucket to cover everything up. The buckets were changed regularly by the staff.
You will need a good pair of sandals for your trip. I made the mistake of bringing sandals with
several velcro straps on them. This was a mistake because I was frequently putting them on and taking them off. All you really need is a good pair of flip flops. Some people call them slippers. Don’t bring anything with straps on them. You’ll regret it later.
The food at the retreat was simple but well-prepared. And there’s plenty of it, too. Jim and Gina won’t let you go hungry. For supper one evening they served some kind of fish from the Amazon River. I don’t know what it was but it was absolutely DELICIOUS! And that’s a lot coming from me, because I’m not a fish person at all.
The accommodations are simple but clean. And really, since you’re staying in the Amazon jungle, would you really expect anything fancy? I think anything more would just ruin the Amazon experience. The simple accommodations are perfect.
The staff is warm and friendly. They seem to be genuinely happy people and were constantly smiling. The retreat has people doing the cooking, grounds maintenance people, and there’s even a night security guy, so you can know you’re safe while sleeping.
Oh, there’s also a girl on staff who washes your laundry for you. You DO NOT have to pack a lot of clothes for this trip. Each room has a little bag you can put your dirty laundry in. When it fills up, it magically disappears and a couple of days later you get your clothes back cleaned. It’s not a fast process. All of the laundry is done by hand and it takes a couple of days for them to be washed and dried.
And of course, the main reason for coming here was the ayahuasca and San Pedro. I read where another reviewer said they had “weak brew.” I strongly disagree with this. I can assure you it had plenty of kick. There was nothing weak about it. The ayahuasca is powerful and effective but my favorite was the San Pedro. Simple amazing.
Jim and Gina really go above and beyond to make sure everyone is taken care of. I got a little
under the weather one night and they both stayed up with me for awhile to make sure I was okay. Also, I needed to make a trip to Iquitos once to deal with a problem I was having with my return flight. Jim went with me to make sure I could get around Iquitos okay and to make sure the problem was resolved. Like I said… above and beyond.
Jim, if you read this I want to say “thank you” for all of your help and for making my trip to the
Amazon Jungle one that I will never forget.
If you are considering a trip to the Hummingbird Centre, just do it! My visit to this amazing place was life changing. it is a place where real healing happens on a daily basis.