There are important safety and diet issues to be aware of and prepare for well in advance of your first Ayahuasca Ceremony. Ayahuasca is serious medicine that can bring physical and spiritual purification. However, you should not take Ayahuasca if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart problems or higher blood pressure. You should not mix medications with Ayahuasca. If you are taking any medications, consult with your doctor, and if advisable by your doctor, stop your medications at least one week before your Retreat. If you can’t stop your medications, you should wait until you can before coming to East West Lodge. Your safety and well being is our top concern.
Small Groups of No More than Six or Eight
Each individual coming to Ayahuasca has different needs. Through the ages, Ayahuasca Ceremonies were conducted by a shaman in small groups or even with just one patient. This allowed the shaman to focus the healing properties of the medicine into what each individual needed, providing the best environment possible.
It is only in recent times with the rise of Ayahuasca tourism that commercially oriented centers run retreats with a dozen or more guests. While, we are not saying large group ceremonies cannot be beneficial (in fact, some people prefer the high energy of large group ceremonies!), we choose to offer Ceremonies for those looking for more personalized attention.
We limit the number of travelers in each session to groups of six or eight. This is the only way to ensure the quality of experience for each guest. We find that smaller groups are best at balancing the benefit of creating a powerful collective energy with the need for individualized attention.
During your stay you will enjoy clean and healthy whole foods meals including chicken, local fresh fish and eggs as well as numerous fresh organic fruits and vegetables. All of our Retreats include all freshly made Ayahuasca Diet meals, drinking water and tea. We will have a light lunch and skip dinner on Ceremony nights.
Before each Ayahuasca Ceremony, you’ll have the chance to take a refreshing and cleansing floral bath in preparation for the Ceremony.
You will have the chance to discuss your intentions with the shaman and explain exactly what you hope to achieve with the Ayahuasca Ceremony. The shaman will integrate your specific needs and intentions into the personalized Icaros (healing songs) that he will then sing directly to you during Ceremony.
The shaman will conduct the Ceremonies in the native Shipibo dialect, making for an awesome and profound trip for your ears. It’s an experience like no other.
The day after each Ceremony, we hold a Group Share inside the moloca, where everyone has the chance share their experience with the group and to talk with the facilitators about their experience during Ceremony. This process will help you to integrate and make sense of the whole experience. The Ayahuasca experience will also be deepened and enhanced as you learn from the experiences of your fellow travelers. You will have down time in between Ceremonies to relax, reflect, and integrate your experience.
The shaman will be on site for the duration of your stay, and is generally accessible. You can also consult with the shaman and facilitators in private if you have any more sensitive issues that you want to keep private.
There will be at least one bi-lingual (English and Spanish) speaking facilitator present during the entire Retreat and also during each Ceremony where they will be on call to assist you with anything needed. Our facilitators will translate for you if you don’t speak Spanish and want to communicate with the shaman.
Each of our facilitators has participated in over 100 Ayahuasca Ceremonies and has years of experience working with different shamans from all over Peru.
The role of facilitators at East West Lodge is to:
- Act as guides and mentors to help you navigate the Ayahausca Experience;
- Provide a sense of security for guests;
- Provide physical assistance (getting up or going to the bathroom) when needed;
- Act as a humble servants, never in authority, although authority might be exercised when the occasion requires it;
- During Ceremony, visualize intentions of healing and love for the benefit of the group;
- Conduct a Group Share the day after each Ceremony where you and other guests can share your experience. This is one of the most important parts of the retreat since Group Shares are a critical part of the integration process.
Please arrive in Iquitos at least one day before the retreat since we will be departing from the city the morning of the Retreat’s first day.
- 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies at East West Lodge in primary Amazon jungle
- Floral bath before each Ceremony
- Speed boat transportation between Iquitos and East West Lodge (we will all meet at a predetermined location near our port of departure in Iquitos)
- Single private room accommodation with shared bathroom and shower facilities
- Breakfasts, lunches, dinners (non-Ceremony days only) plus unlimited fruit, drinking water and tea.
- Breakfast and light lunch on Ceremony days (you should go to Ceremony on an empty stomach)
- Jungle excursion (nothing too streniuous or hardcore)
- Visit to a local community to explore the local culture
- Hammocks for relaxation in-between Ceremonies.
- Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to East West Lodge
- Transfers or pick up from airport or your particular hotel.
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6 Day Retreats – 4 Ceremonies
East West Lodge’s 6 Day Retreats maximize the amount of work done in a limited amount of time. This might be your best option if you don’t have enough time longer retreats or if it is your first time to take Ayahuasca and you just want to test the waters before committing to a longer journey.
Even just one Ayahuasca Ceremony at East West Lodge can be enlightening. With our 6 Day Retreat you will partake in 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies, a plentiful dose for your personal development.
Want a Longer Retreat?
Are you ready for more extensive self-work and seek a much deeper experience with Ayahuasca? If 4 Ceremonies is not enough for you, just book two back-to-back retreats, and arrange the time in-between to explore Iquitos and the surrounding area. Some travellers come to Peru and stay for hundreds of Ayahuasca ceremonies, while others may only partake in just one. It depends on you. How much self-work do you need and can commit to?
6 Days – 4 Ceremonies Retreat Schedule
|Day 1||Arrival and acclimation. Ceremony #1|
|Day 2||Group Share. Ceremony #2|
|Day 3||Group Share. Nature Jungle Hike. Visit to local community.|
Rest and Relaxation, journaling and reading encouraged
|Day 4||Ceremony #3|
|Day 5||Group Share. Ceremony #4|
|Day 6||Group Share. Depart for Iquitos around noon|