Ayahuasca Retreat Preparation
Please, read cautiously before booking.
Prior to any spiritual healing involving medicinal plants as ayahuasca or master plants, it is of upmost importance to have the right spiritual preparation. At Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, all our ayahuasca retreat programs include a complete spiritual preparation program.
Preparing Your Stay
All our retreat programs start on Sundays at 2 pm. Our center is situated about 90 minutes from the Iquitos airport by motorcar (plus 30 minutes with our boat during the rainy season). Please, book a flight which will arrive at the Iquitos airport on Sundays at least before noon to make sure our cab will get enough time to bring you to our center before 2pm. In certain circumstances, we do accept an arrival on another day of the week but we cannot guaranty that you will get the full preparation required and the results expected. If you can, consider this possibility if you already have some previous experience with ayahuasca at our center.
On Site (Sundays 2 pm)
Upon your arrival at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a member of our staff will welcome you, help you settle into your room and give you a tour of our facilities. Once you are settled in, at 2 pm you will be invited to participate in the first informational general meeting to introduce and explain the journey upon which you are about to embark. We will ask you one last time, as a final check, to fill a detailed questionnaire about antecedents (physical, psychological and spiritual) and to sign a waiver which states that you have disclosed the truth about your health and that you are aware that you are going to drink ayahuasca with the knowledge that ayahuasca is legal in Peru.
During this meeting, we will also explain to you how to prepare your individual meeting with Ricardo Amaringo, the Maestro healer and Shipibo owner of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. Assisted by a translator and our experienced manager, you will be able to share your intentions with him at which point he will tailor a spiritual treatment for you and assign you a master plant if you require a diet. We will offer you the Work Book Guide (and/or the Training Book for training diets) which explains to you how to find your healing intentions and to assist you in navigating your spiritual journey.
Ayahuasca Ceremony (Mondays)
Another information meeting will be held to explain how to spiritually prepare yourself for your first ayahuasca ceremony as well as going over safety recommendations to ensure you have the best possible experience. For a first ceremony, as a safety measure, each new beginner passengers will receive a lower dose than normal to check your resistance. Then, it will be possible to ask for more later or even better at the next ceremony, only once you get used to the process and more confident about the ceremony itself.
Also, a natural plant purgative is served prior the first ceremony to remove the lingering energies from previous undesired food from the stomach that could interfere with the connection to the ayahuasca. It will also help to reduce excessive food purging during the ceremony. Although our experienced staff facilitators will guide you and help you during and throughout of the ceremonies, it is important to always remember that it is your responsibility to keep a safe behavior, being aware of how much your dose, respecting the tranquility of the other passenger’s processes and being respectful of the ayahuasca ceremony.
At Nihue Rao, receiving the individual personal song from the shaman is of upmost importance for your wellbeing. Refusing the healing song or causing trouble to the tranquility of other guests can lead us to refuse to serve you the ayahuasca brew.
One of the unique aspects of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual is that our master healer Ricardo Amaringo offers traditional healing diets with master plants within the respect of the Shipibo tradition for even the very new beginners.
Unlike most common western medicines, which remove the living spirit from a medicinal plant by cloning them as pills within this Shipibo traditional medicine we use the whole plants components in order to connect to its spiritual healing virtue. A pure energy spirit is as delicate as our own personal energy.
For that reason, we must take care both of the energy of the plant and our spirit, which will be linked during the diet process. Because of this, 10 days before, during and also 10 days after a spiritual diet process, you must absolutely abstain from the following: red meet, pork, dairies, drugs, alcohol, spices, salt, sugar, oil and sex. Those others energies are spiritually too strong and can interfere with our healing process and damage our spiritual energy (only sugar, oil and salt can be used in small quantities 10 days after the diet – This can be extended for longer term diet, please inquire with the staff).
Even though all of our food buffet at Nihue Rao is Ayahuasca diet friendly, we do offer food for different type of plant diets. Some plants require more severe restrictions than others. The staff will inform you about the specifics of your plants and its special restrictions if this is the case. This is your responsibility to take care of your food intake. Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual cannot be responsible for people who don’t respect their dietary restrictions and damage their energies.
Note:About Drinking Ayahuasca Brew
Everybody is eligible as a participant in our retreat program with a master plant; however you must consider that drinking the Ayahuasca brew is not advisable for people with a risk of heart attack or heart disease, neither for people with epilepsy or strong psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder.
Ayahuasca can reveal any type of spiritual diseases rooted in the core energy of a person. A person already affected by a strong psychiatric disorder who drinks Ayahuasca could be taken by those energies under the ayahuasca effect. For those people, they must first get cleansed by the shaman with healing icaros or master plant treatments. Only then can the opportunity of drinking Ayahuasca be considered. In case of doubt about your cardiac or mental state, please consult a physician prior to drinking Ayahuasca. Our medical consultant will advise you regarding the results. Nihue Rao reserves the right to refuse to serve Ayahuasca for the benefit of the person.
Consider the impending downside of the information explosion on Ayahuasca, made possible by the internet. There are tons of non-reliable sources that can end up creating confusion thus leading you astray on your spiritual medicine path. Also consider the danger of self-prescribing/self-care Ayahuasca to help you through some health problems. Be sure to find a real professional to guide you in the use of this spiritual plant medicine appropriately, carefully and most of all safely. It is essential having the right information and preparation training before putting your physical, emotional and spiritual health care in the hands of people who have no references.
Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual is lead by maestro Ricardo Amaringo, the permanent settled owner of his own center. Ricardo Amaringo is internationally renowned as spiritual healer and has dedicated his entire life to the strict spiritual Shipibo tradition, he has already helped thousands of people, performed thousands of Ayahuasca ceremonies and has being endorsed by many valuable independent reviews.
Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual is the only Ayahuasca Shipibo healing center in the world which offering in the same time:
- A traditional Shipibo healing center open 365/7/24
- The permanent settled maestro healer Ricardo Amaringo & owner of his own center
- Medicinal plant diet for beginners
- Shamanic training diets (already more than a hundred patricians trained in the world)
- Comfortable facilities, security and video surveillance on site 24-hours
- An experienced western facilitator staff with translator
- A mindful price range
- Your money goes to support 40 local employees of Nihue Rao and their families