Shamanic healing is a journey. It involves stepping out of our habitual roles, our conventional scripts, and improvising a dancing path.
Gabrielle Roth
One of the things that's so striking about shamanism in the native context is the absence of mental illness.
Terence McKenna
Shamanism is a kind of universal spiritual practice with indigenous cultures around the world, and one important element of it is taking care of spirits.
Daniel Pinchbeck

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THE PREMIERE AYAHUASCA RETREAT IN PERU

We are an alternative healing retreat center specializing in Amazonian plant medicine and Shamanic wisdom.

Since we began our mission in 1996, guests have been joining us from around the globe to experience our authentic and guided ayahuasca ceremonies, which are designed to help individuals achieve personal and spiritual growth and

ACHIEVING HIGHER STATES OF BEING

As a shamanic healing center, we practice spiritual healing while in an altered state of consciousness. This state allows our Shaman to commune with their spirit allies, and to guide the experience of the guest so that they may achieve healthier states of being.

USING AYAHUASCA

In order to access these altered states of consciousness, we use the sacred plant medicine ‘Ayahuasca’. The brew is the result of the combining the ayahuasca vine and the leaves of the chacruna plant. The ingredients are sourced from our botanical garden, and we do not use any foreign admixtures.

ACTIVITIES

During the day we amplify your introspection and relaxation with a wide range of activities including; swimming, sauna, fishing, kayaking, botanical garden walk, jungle hike, village visit, floral bath etc. Activities are supervised and optional, giving you the comfort and freedom to enjoy the natural habitat as you wish.

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A PARADISE OF NATURAL HEALING

A Genuine and Authentic Ayahuasca Healing Expirience

FOR OVER 20 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN OFFERING GUESTS A PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE TO MEET THEIR INDIVIDUAL PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS FOR PLANT MEDICINE HEALING

Refugio Altiplano offers sacred healing rituals deep in the forests of Peru. In spite of our advanced shamanic techniques, you don’t need any previous experience to attend our Shamanic Ayahuasca ceremonies. The dosages and Shamanic work is adjusted carefully to each individual’s needs and aspirations.

Refugio Altiplano Healing Center is protected by more than 1,200 acres of wild, vibrant forests. The environment is serene, unique, private and peaceful. It is the ideal environment to practice ayahuasca shamanism and natural medicine healing.

PROGRAMS

A Highly Trained Staff of Healers and Facilators

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SHAMANISM

Shamanism is the origin and grass-roots beginning of religion in every culture. Christ, Krishna, and Buddha were shamans and healers and their teachings produced the formal religions of the world. Today our allegiance and loyalty, for lack of any other believable option, is given to scientific evidence and proof. While religious systems, leaders and empires along with governments, political leaders, social philosophies, medical science and psychiatry are losing influence and respect. Many intelligent people are looking toward the shamanic roots of knowledge and healing with the hope of finding where the original potency and effectiveness was lost.

AYAHUASCA

Ayahuasca is the ‘Mother of all Medicines’ in the Amazon rainforest. It teaches us where our strengths and weaknesses lie by stripping away psychosomatic blockages and restoring our native health and perception. It penetrates our nervous system and renews conduits of energy debilitated by toxins, stress, confusion, and anxiety. Ayahuasca inspires with vision and wisdom to manifest positive changes in personal lives and guides through quantum leaps in the evolution as a human being.

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AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES

Refugio Altiplano offers sacred healing rituals deep in the forests of Peru. In spite of our advanced shamanic techniques, you don’t need any previous experience to attend our Shamanic Ayahuasca ceremonies. The dosages and Shamanic work is adjusted carefully to each individual’s needs and aspirations. 

PLANTS AND DIET

Many people have read about the beneficial effects of Shamanic diets. Our staff can guide you during a shamanic diet. Diets are powerful and useful for advanced students who want to assimilate a specific plant spirit while evolving and strengthening their connection to the wild, natural world of the rainforest. During the diets, the first step is to eliminate salt and sugar. The mind and body depend on salt and sugar to maintain the stability of their connection to the material plane. When salt and sugar disappear from the human blood stream, the mind loses interest in the usual priorities, and the power plants bring you further into the spirit world. Diets have to be orchestrated carefully to be as beneficial as possible for each individual, considering their physical, emotional and spiritual strength and aspirations.

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GUIDED ACTIVITIES
Refugio Altiplano Healing Center is 35 kilometers from the bustle and noise in Iquitos, and full of singing birds and the natural peaceful vitality of the rain-forest. There are no roads, and rivers are the only access.We use the rivers as roadways and travel on them to visit villages and communities nearby. Tamshiyacu is the closest town with hotel, internet, and medical services. It is an inspiring exhibition of Amazonian culture and a relaxing 45 minute boat ride from the Refugio. Our guests visit this friendly town regularly, and sometimes see pink dolphins fishing and playing at the mouth of Rio Tamshiacyu.

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7 DAY RETREAT

The Refugio Altiplano Healing Center was founded on the philosophy that there needed to be a special place where guests could come and heal in a supportive environment, whenever they needed to do so. Begins on Saturday at the beginning of each program and ends on Fridays.

9 DAY RETREAT

The Refugio Altiplano Healing Center was founded on the philosophy that there needed to be a special place where guests could come and heal in a supportive environment, whenever they needed to do so. Begins on Saturday at the beginning of each program and ends on Fridays.

12 DAY RETREAT

The Refugio Altiplano Healing Center was founded on the philosophy that there needed to be a special place where guests could come and heal in a supportive environment, whenever they needed to do so. Begins on Saturday at the beginning of each program and ends on Fridays.

Immersion

Some of our guests have specific aspirations that require significant commitments of time to achieve. This may include physical health issues, mental and emotional disturbances and spiritual complaints. Others may have an interest in learning more about shamanism, working extensively with ayahuasca medicine and participating in plant and shamanic diets. To read more about plant medicine and shamanic diets please.
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

AYAHUASCA

The ayahuasca brew contains the molecule N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) which is a scheduled drug in most Western countries. Ironically, it is a chemical closely related to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, and the pineal hormone melatonin. It is a powerful hallucinogen that occurs in many plants and animals, including humans. It is legal in Peru. It plays a central role in the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Amazon, and in 2008 was constitutionally recognised by the Peruvian government as a National Treasure.

People choose to drink ayahuasca for a variety of reasons. Some discover the medicine while searching for a cure for physical disease, debilitating mental illness or to help process emotional trauma. Others are interested in exploring their spirituality, and the expansion of consciousness. It is commonly referred to as a holistic medicine that works on the mind, body and spirit.

No. We use the traditional recipe of Chacruna leaves with the Ayahuasca vine only.

For a detailed answer, please read here.

Following ingestion of ayahuasca, it is possible for you to experience a ‘purge’ in the form of vomiting and/or diarrhea. More broadly, the purge refers to the release of energy from the body in any form, which may include sweating, laughing, shivering or crying.

Ayahuasca Shamanism refers to the use of ayahuasca as a tool to achieve a modified state of consciousness in which healing can occur while the Shaman is in commune with the spirit world. For more information on Shamanism, click here.

The ayahuasca brew contains the molecule N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) which is a scheduled drug in most Western countries. Ironically, it is a chemical closely related to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, and the pineal hormone melatonin. It is a powerful hallucinogen that occurs in many plants and animals, including humans. It is legal in Peru. It plays a central role in the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Amazon, and in 2008 was constitutionally recognised by the Peruvian government as a National Treasure.

OUR CENTER

We are located in the Loreto Region, 40km outside of Iquitos in Peru. The center is accessible only by boat, which takes 1-2 hours to travel (depending on the boat and river conditions).

No. If your cellular phone is on roaming you may periodically pick up a signal, but you should plan to be out of contact while on retreat. We are happy to arrange an email to your family to confirm your safe arrival, and every few days we will go to a local village where you can use the internet cafe.

We use a generator to power El Centro and our guest houses for several hours each night from dusk. This will provide you with lighting and give you an opportunity to charge your devices.

Mosquitoes are a reality in the Amazon jungle. They are not particularly bad at the Refugio, but there population is dependent on season and water levels. The dining area and guest houses are screened for mosquitoes, and there is a mosquito net over your bed. As a precaution we recommend long pants and long sleeve shirts at night time.

The ‘ayahuasca diet’ means different things to different people. We serve balanced healthy meals made with fresh produce sourced locally. The diet does not include red meat or pork, and limited use of oil and salt in cooking. We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets, and others with notice and instruction.

In preparation for your retreat, we recommend you maintain a full balanced diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid red meat, pork and alcohol.
 
The ‘cleaner’ your body is on arrival, the easier it will be for the medicine to assimilate with your system, and you may experience less discomfort during purging.
 
It is also required for you to eliminate medications from your system well in advance of arrival. This should be done safely, with the help and advice of a medical professional. Please review the Medical Advice section for details relating to medication.

The houses are of a very high standard. They are large, private and protected. They include an en suite Western style bathroom, with electricity for several hours each night. For more information, please read Our Facilities or check the Gallery for photos.

HEALTH & MEDICAL

Please consult your physician. If you do choose to have vaccinations, please get them well in advance of your arrival. Most of our guests choose not to have vaccinations unless they intend to travel for extended periods of time.

Your country of origin may have a requirement for you to demonstrate you have been vaccinated for Yellow Fever or other diseases upon re-entry, to avoid inconvenience please check.

There isn’t considered to be any significant risk of combining malaria pills with ayahuasca, however the pills themselves can cause unpleasant side effects. The center is situated on high land, and historically malaria has not been a problem for staff or guests at the Refugio. The best way to avoid contracting malaria is to prevent mosquito bites. Long sleeves, insect repellent and mosquito nets can all help. Consuming Vitamin B12 will give you natural defense against malaria.

This depends on the medication, but the standard answer is no. Please read our Medical Advice section to familiarize yourself with the dangers associated with mixing ayahuasca with some Western medicines and herbal remedies.

A ‘psychedelic intervention’ refers to the use of a psychedelic substance (such as ayahuasca) to ‘intervene’ on an individuals medical condition, such as addiction or a behavioral problem. Ayahuasca is known to be extremely effective in the intervention of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and PTSD.

RETREAT

No, please arrive the day before the retreat.

No. Each house has its own private Western style bathroom. They are tiled, and include running water and flushing toilet.

Please arrive 1 day prior to your retreat! Our Boat leaves Saturday@ 11:00 am the day of retreat from our office at 113-c jr Pevas Iquitos Peru.

http://www.explorama.com/garden-house.html 

Garden house Hotel from Explorama, offers our guests a special discount rate:

Economy room: US$45.00* per night. Simple or double room.

Standard room: US$70.00* King size bed. Simple or double room

Superior room: US$90.00* King size bed. Simple or double room. This can be a triple room.

Breakfast and pick up service from and to the airport is included. 

*Prices subject to change

Please email them at :

gardenhouse@explorama.com 

Also, you can call them at  +51-065-231679

Mention that you are with Refugio Altiplano.

Our group will meet at 11:00 am on Saturday mornings 11am the first day of each Retreat in the lobby of the Garden house hotel, located at Calle Pevas 133, 2 blocks away from the Main Plaza de Armas in Iquitos (next door to our office at 113c Callé Pevas)

• It is required  You arrive one day early in Iquitos to accommodate any flight delays and ensure You will be on time for our departurate to Refugio Altiplano  
 
Our Groups meets at 11 am on the first day of Each retreat in Iquitos (Saturday)
 
• We provide transportation to our center located 1.5 hours from Iquitos by Boat 
 
• The hotel offers airport pick up included with your accommodation 
• We do not offer airport pick up , we will arrange transportation to the airport at the end of each retreat . 
• We will return by 2 pm the last day of retreat 
So make sure your flight is for late afternoon or evening if you choose to fly out that day . 
 
* Our group will meet at 11:00 am on Saturday mornings 11am the first day of each Retreat in the lobby of the Garden house hotel, located at Calle Pevas 133, 2 blocks away from the Main Plaza de Armas in Iquitos (next door to our office at 113c Callé Pevas)

PERU & IQUITOS

You do not need to pre-arrange a VISA for entry in to Peru. On arrival you will be given a 90 day VISA. This VISA can be extended at the local Consulate in Iquitos.

Yes. You can change US dollars and Euros only. You can change money at the airport, or we can arrange it for you at our office. It is preferable that you arrive in Iquitos with some local currency (Sol) for small purchases, tips and incidental expenses.