12 Day Ayahuasca Healing Workshop

The Temple of the Way of Light is a shamanic healing centre offering intensive Ayahuasca retreats with female shamans (curanderas). We are located in a beautiful jungle setting surrounded by the Amazon rainforest, and work with some of the most respected and powerful female healers (Onanya) from the Shipibo tribe, many of whom have only previously worked within their communities. All our Onanya are experienced, gentle, caring, and deeply dedicated to healing. We are very privileged to be working with them. The Temple offers retreats for both with male and female participants, where the emphasis is on holding genuinely compassionate ceremonies – which can be a refreshing change from the often "macho" world of curanderismo in Peru! We offer a pioneering but ancient path to Mother Ayahuasca by working with the Divine Feminine, and the healers we work with embody the wisdom and sincerity of their people. We firmly believe in the profound benefits of the medicine Ayahuasca and focus our work around three main aspects: 1) Working only with traditional female healers (onanya) from Shipibo communities spread up and down the Rio Ucalayi. 2) We operate on a not-for-profit basis, which both allows us to offer more reasonable prices than many retreats, but also supports a number of vital projects to help the Shipibo people and to preserve and share their culture. Setting the cost of our workshops as low as possible also ensures as many people as possible are able to work with the medicine without being financially restricted. 3) Holding authentic Ayahuasca ceremonies in a safe, harmonious and compassionate environment. The work carried out at the Temple of the Way of light is focused on holistic healing using spiritual energy and plant medicine. The Temple is open to anyone who is seriously committed to the healing of their body, mind, emotions and spirit and who is looking for a deeper understanding of themselves and the spirit world which surrounds us all. Ayahuasca ceremonies We provide potent and visionary ayahuasca not sourced locally but from deep in the rainforest in the Shipibo territories. The ceremonies led by our curanderas provide the greatest possible comfort, protection and support to participants. It is our priority to ensure that everyone we work with leaves the workshop fulfilled, happy and with their hearts opened to their true selves. We can hold Ayahuasca ceremonies each night although it is often necessary to take a break after running 2 ceremonies in a row to allow the medicine / process to integrate, to recuperate physical energy and catch up on sleep. We therefore run 7 to 8 ceremonies per 12 day workshop. Our ceremonies generally start around 8pm finish from 12am to 2am. The healing carried out by the curanderas is focused on your emotional, mental, physical (where time allows / subject to the illness) and spiritual bodies. We aim to work very closely with each participant throughout the 12 days working with the group together and individually. The intention of our workshops is to provide the conditions and orientation to enable participants to work with Ayahuasca in a comfortable, secure and positive setting – creating a safe, sacred space for everyone heal and grow. The curanderas are experts in holding ceremonies according to the traditional practices of the Shipibo tribe, and we adhere to these ancient procedures to ensure safe ceremonies. Single accommodation One of the unique characteristics of our workshops is we offer each participant individual accommodation in comfortable, yet traditional tambos (sleeping huts). This ensures that each participant can obtain the maximum benefit from the workshop and has the necessary space / isolation which is an important factor whilst working with Ayahuasca. Our tambos are spread out across our land (we have 40 hectares in total) with sufficient space between them for peace and isolation. Each tambo is made from local wood, some with private bathrooms, covered by mosquito netting with a mosquito over the bed, comfortable mattress, table, chair and hammock. Daytime activities During the daytime, we work in a very friendly atmosphere and encourage you to relax. Although time alone in solitude in your tambo to reflect, connect and integrate the work is critical, when we are together as a group, we like to keep the atmosphere light and happy, and never too solemn. The spirits prefer this; although, of course, they also require focus and seriousness at certain points. We then generally begin individual consultations with each participant discussing their experience during the ceremony, their intentions, necessary healing, etc, etc. Breakfast is held between 8 and 10am. Lunch is held between 12 and 2pm. The afternoons are generally used to reflect and process your experiences of the previous ceremonies, relax, read, paint / draw, write in your journal, catch up on sleep, meditate and take in the sounds & beauty of the surrounding rainforest. Floral baths We hold a total of 9 floral baths initially working on cleaning, purifying and then attracting whatever you wish into your life. They are carried out throughout the workshop as an integral part of the work. What’s included: • Comfortable single-occupancy lodging (in our individual tambos) • Collection from Iquitos airport / hotel in Iquitos • All transportation to / from the Temple. • All meals and drinks at the retreat • Ayahuasca cleansing and healing ceremonies • Purifying, cleansing and revitalising floral baths (banos de florecimientos) • Medicinal and purgative plants carefully-selected for highest quality used for body, mind, emotions and spiritual cleansing • Tuition and healing • Personal diagnoses and consultations with the Curanderas. • Participation in the preparation and cooking of the Ayahuasca medicine • Guided Jungle walks What’s not included: • Airfares (International and National) • Transportation to and from Lima aiport • Local airport taxes (apprx $5 per flight) • International departure tax (currently $30 from Lima) • Travel Insurance • Accomodation in Iquitos (we can book this for you) • Peruvian Visa costs for non EEC or USA nationals. • Personal expenses (meals and drinks in Iquitos, etc) The Cost The Temple of the Way of Light is run on a not for profit basis and our prices reflect this. The cost of a 12 day retreat is $600 which covers everything (food and drink, transportation to and from the Temple, consultations with the curanderas, 7 / 8 ceremonies) http://www.templeofthewayoflight.org/12_day_workshop.html
Wed, 04/15/2009 - 11:00am - Sun, 04/26/2009 - 2:00pm
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