Unleash Your Wild

A Shamanic Adventure Retreat In Peru

Up for an Adventure?

If you have forgotten how to play, feel creative burnout, and have always been intrigued by magic, shamanism, and mysticism, this is the retreat for you!

Join us and TRANSFORM in October 2017 in Peru!

Imagine… Your ears sing with the jungle’s night music as you close your eyes and remember the day’s unfolding. You have left the world you know so well to explore two kinds of jungle; one being the Amazonian Rainforest and the other? The deep, unexplored wisdom that wells up from the very core of your being… from your soul.

For tens of thousands of years, Shamans from around the world have helped their tribespeople flourish; feeding their vitality, nurturing clarity and confidence, and facilitating a deep, unconditional love for and connection with ALL beings.

It can seem far-fetched to retain a fraction of the connection, intuition, and MAGIC from these ancient, dying ways… especially for those of us who are fully enmeshed in a modern, often frenetic, Western life.

But, on this retreat, you’ll learn to LIVE a wilder life. A life that is in deep communion with not only your own soul’s council, but with all of nature (no matter where you live).

Unlock your creativity, feel at ease in your skin, and embrace the YES of your intuition.

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Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

This is not a retreat where you leave behind your learnings. This is a transformational experience; the impact of which will continue to play out in your everyday life for years to come.

Intrigued?

No doubt! After all, it was our own metamorphic voyages to Peru in 2011, 2012, and 2013 that have helped launch our lives into levels of love, abundance, and resonance that we couldn’t even imagine before.

Our capacity to receive love, to stand powerfully in our gifts, to create wealth, and above all, to tune in to the unspeakable MAGIC right here in normal life have all expanded hundred-fold. And we didn’t even have a true guide on our journeys.

Imagine what can happen when you are skillfully and playfully guided through the some of the most powerful evolution vortexes in our world!

Details please!

Together with your guides Lola and Tigre (from ForbiddenLife.com and Wildplayground.com), you and an intimate group will immerse in the Amazon Rainforest for healing, renewal, and awakening. We will host two retreats this year: October 2-10 or October 14-22, 2017.

Enter the Jungle.

After flying into Iquitos, Peru (IQT) and spending one night as a group in a beautiful hotel, we will journey into the jungle. For 7 days and 7 nights, we will reside at the beautiful Rainforest Healing Center. This is no touristic, hyped, or slapped together jungle facility. It is a place that has been built by artisans, specifically for the purpose of healing not only with verdant plant and abundant animal medicine, but by the sheer power of beauty. This is raw, potent, wild beauty; and you will be immersed in it – from the tambo you sleep in, to the inlaid floor of the ceremonial maloca, to the jaguar mosaic kitchen counters. Everywhere you look, your eyes will land on art.

If Grandmother Ayahuasca has been calling you, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in 3 ceremonies during your stay. All interested applicants will be pre-screened for the medicine to ensure a safe experience for everyone. 

Additional medicines to support in-depth shamanic transformation will be available for those who desire… including Sapo (Kambo) and Ajo Sacha, which not only enhance your work with Grandmother, but have long-term immune system effects.

There will be ample time for integration, rest, journaling, group sharing, and playful transformation work.

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Shamanic Ayahuasca Retreat Peru
Shamanic Ayahuasca Retreat Peru
Shamanic Ayahuasca Retreat Peru

What’s included?

  • All accommodations, including your hotel stay in Iquitos and guest tambos at the Rainforest Healing Center (all double occupancy – with two beds per room).
  • Gourmet, organic, locally-harvested meals during our stay at Rainforest Healing Center.
  • All other meals, which will be dieta-friendly and support your medicine work.
  • Transportation costs within Peru including concierge pickup and drop-off to and from the airport and group transport to/from the Retreat Center in Iquitos
  • Spanish! Tigre, our co-host, is fluent not just in Spanish, but in Peruvian Spanish! We have also prepared a phrase book for each guest to ease your airport experience and communication with the Shamans.
  • Fun, immersive, and expansive group playshops, walks, conversations, and sharing circles
  • Medicine ceremony preparation and mentoring: You will receive extensive dietary and other guidance prior to our retreat to help you maximize your experience
  • Medicine ceremonies with Ayahuasca (3) and post-ceremony processing
  • Group bonding before departure: We will all meet as a group by video conference to set the intention for our journey, answer questions, and bond with each other. We will also have a private facebook group. Get to know your “peroomies” before you depart!
  • Integration support: Upon re-entry into your daily life, Lola will connect with you for a personal conversation regarding common re-integration challenges and to help you continue to benefit from this experience long term

What’s NOT included?

  • Roundtrip airfare from home to Iquitos Peru (IQT)
  • Insurance. Personal, Medical, or Trip Cancellation insurance
  • Personal souvenirs and any additional shopping you would like to do
  • Optional medicine work with Ajo Sacha ($350USD) or Sapo ($100USD)

Flight Information

LAN Airlines frequently offers flight specials from the U.S. to Lima (LIM) with connecting flights to Iquitos (IQT). If you would like to arrange to stay longer, either before or after your Unleashing, let us know and we’ll help you plan your flights so that you arrive/depart on time.

Meet your Hosts!

Tigre Pickett

Tigre Pickett is a Peruvian-slang-wielding, homesteading, (Princeton-educated) ecological designer. A lifelong traveler, Tigre has immersed himself in many cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere, particularly those closest to his heart in South America. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from San Diego Sustainable Living Institute, and has worked on a range of landscape and permaculture projects around the world. Tigre also volunteers for Acaté Amazon Conservation to help the Matsés indigenous tribe of Perú preserve their territory and medicinal legacy.

As one of your beloved guides, Tigre brings his love of Peruvian culture, his muy bueno Español, his photography skills, and a fierce devotion to upholding our group’s sacred container. He will be leading our creativity-ignition playshops.

Lola Medicine Keeper

Lola Medicine Keeper is an alchemystic shaman, healer of soul loss, ceremonialist, pattern tracker, soul whisperer to the wild animal within. She walks with those on the path to Awakening. Her work is designed to help you remember that you are powerful, imbued with magic, and designed for ecstasy. You are all things sacred and a house for the holy… Our world is meant to be a playground for all beings (including you). Her offerings include worldwide shamanic adventure retreats, large and small group immersions, ritual, shamanic healing, soul mentoring, and her free Podcast at wildplayground.com.

Lola will be offering one-on-one soul mentoring/ceremony processing, leading group sharing circles, and providing energy healing and visioneering along the way. You’ll receive unprecedented access to her and rare personal insight into her wildly inspiring marriage to her twin flame, Tigre.

Lola and Tigre, I MUST come!

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FAQs

When do I need to fly in/out of Iquitos?

For Group 1 (Retreat dates October 2-10, 2017):

  • Plan to arrive to Iquitos (IQT) ANYTIME on October 2, 2017
  • Plan to depart Iquitos (IQT) after 2pm (local time) on October 10, 2017

For Group 2 (Retreat dates October 14-22, 2017):

  • Plan to arrive to Iquitos (IQT) ANYTIME on October 14, 2017
  • Plan to depart Iquitos (IQT) after 2pm (local time) on October 22, 2017

We will be happy to suggest flight itineraries to our guests to ensure smooth arrival/departure scheduling.

What should I pack?

All retreat guests will be provided with specific packing recommendations, but some general guidelines are:

  • Pack lightly and bring multi-purpose layers
  • Include an all-white outfit for ceremony work (our retreat center has spares in all sizes if needed)
  • We will be in the rainforest, which can be quite hot and humid in October – springtime in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Bring a journal, audio-recorder, go-pro, or other device for recording your thoughts. Analog sketchbook style books can be immensely valuable after medicine work
  • Your (current) passport and a photocopy of it in case the original gets misplaced
  • A backpack or duffle for your belongings, NOT a suitcase with wheels
  • Rubber boots
  • Lightweight, breathable rain jacket
  • A headlamp with a red-light setting

More information to follow for those who will be joining us!

What physical condition is required?

You do not have to be in perfect health or in fantastic physical shape to join us on this trip. However, you will want to consider the following:

  • The Rainforest Healing Center retreat center is about a 3km walk in from the roadside drop-off point. We will be truly immersed in Pachamama. The hike itself is not strenuous in terms of terrain and the path is nice and wide. But if it has been raining or is raining – it will be muddy and the going slow. It will also likely be hot and humid. Light and efficient packing in easily carried bags is essential! We will guide you to bring what is needed without much extra.
  • If you intend on (or are considering) participating in the plant medicine ceremonies, there are some contra-indications for certain prescriptions and supplements. Please specify any medication and supplements you are taking on your application form so that we can be sure you are as safe as possible.
What about the Ayahausca Diet?

It is strongly recommended that you follow the dieta guidelines for the 7 days leading up to our retreat. We will help you by providing recipe ideas in our private facebook group, and printable grocery lists… there are many varied dishes and flavors you can prepare while observing the dieta. There are additional recommendations regarding sexual intimacy and media. For more information about the Ayahuasca diet, please see our blog posts about it here and here.

For more of my experience and best practices for working with Ayahuasca and other plant medicines, please be sure to listen to our podcast episode on the topic.

A note on the "pre-purge"

It is extremely common to experience INTENSE resistance once you say YES (or even maybe) to an experience like this. When you submit your application, you may experience feelings of elation, anticipation, nervousness, or even deep seated fear, unworthiness, or other more shadowy reactions. You could even feel all of that at once!

This is normal and is no indication of your readiness or “fit” for this journey.

When we take active steps toward our own positive evolution, our egos create any number of stories, fears, anxieties, and concerns in order to keep us “safe”. This is our ancient reptilian brain in action, and it’s a lovely thing – really! How amazing that we each have this internal, protective voice that doesn’t want us to experience harm?!

You might hear things in your own mind like:

  • I don’t have what it takes
  • I am not cool enough or strong enough to take this journey
  • The group isn’t going to like me
  • I don’t deserve this kind of trip
  • Who am I to do this kind of thing?
  • I am not worthy of being treated with this level of love and respect
  • It sounds too good to be true
  • If I indicate interest and then don’t end up signing up, I will be judged negatively
  • I am afraid that I’ll come back a totally different person

In medicine work, this is known as the “pre-purge” and is a sign that the transformation has already begun.

Your deepest resistances, fears, and shadows are coming to light for the purpose of healing; so that you can begin to live a new story. So rather than this being a sign that you are not meant to go, it may in fact be a sign that you are a strong candidate for the work… That the medicine (both from your own commitment and investment AND from Grandmother Aya) has chosen you and is already helping create positive change. The path to evolution isn’t all rainbows and unicorns… but it IS an absolutely ecstatic journey. And I can assure you that YOU ARE WORTH IT.

Just by being here and considering doing this with us, you are held in deep reverence, love, and respect.

Can you lean into trust that you are safe? That you are worthy of this kind of loving support? That you are worth investing in?

This retreat is a lived experience of ENOUGHNESS. Come as you are. Nothing of true value can be taken from you or be lost. You will return to your daily life as MORE of who you innately are.

We are also creating a strong group container for this trip: we will connect as a group by video prior to departure so that you have a chance to meet each other, get a feel for each other’s energies, and allay any concerns that you are going to somehow be the “uncool kid”. We are a merry band of misfits ;) If you resonate with everything you have read here and are brave enough to send in the application… You will fit right in, I promise.

Peruvian Money

As of right now (March 2017), the USD to Nuevo Sol exchange rate is about 3 soles per 1 USD.The exchange rate is generally between 2.5-3 Soles per USD. It is highly recommended to pull out cash from the ATM machines at the airport upon your arrival into Lima (LIM). You will need approximately 200 soles for tips to the Rainforest Healing Center staff and Shaman, as well as money for incidentals and souvenirs, and/or any of the optional additional medicine work you may opt to do.

Our friends at Chakra Alegria share the following: “We recommend exchanging money at banks (rather than casas de cambio) or using ATMs to acquire cash. If you bring cash, make sure that the bills you bring look crisp and brand new with no tears, marks, or wear. Otherwise, they will not be accepted. This is no joke.  We have seen many people come down with US currency bills that they thought were good, only to get turned down at the banks and money exchanges. 

ATMs in Peru dispense both Peruvian Soles and US dollars. Be aware that when using ATMs, fees are often higher for foreign cards, and your bank may also charge an international-use fee each time you use your card. Also, it should be noted that while some (usually high-end) businesses in cities will accept credit and debit cards, they may also add a 5-7% surcharge to your bill.

Be sure to check for counterfeit bills. The easiest way to do this is to hold the bill up to the light and make sure you see the watermark.”

What kind of immunizations will I need?

Our retreat host in Iquitos, Rainforest Healing Center, shares the following:

“Prior to your travel, we recommend scheduling a visit with a health care provider specializing in Travel Medicine. You can find one in your area by searching online for “travel doctor [your city]”. Bring your immunization and vaccination records with you, your travel itinerary, and mention you’ll be traveling to Iquitos, Peru and staying in the Amazon rainforest. The physician will help determine which vaccinations and preventative medication you may need. Please schedule your visit at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your arrival to Iquitos to allow ample time for any vaccinations to take effect, and any potential booster shots you may need.

Travel to Peru does not require any vaccinations, but the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend the following vaccinations and preventative medicines:

  • Routine Vaccinations: Ensure your routine vaccines are updated before your trip. Vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

    Preventative Tips:
    Get Vaccinated, Reduce Germ Exposure
  • Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Peru, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

    Preventative Tips:
    Get Vaccinated, Eat & Drink Safely
  • Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Peru. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

    Preventative Tips:
    Get Vaccinated, Eat & Drink Safely
  • Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is transmitted through sexual contact, contaminated needles or surgical equipment, and blood products. This vaccine is recommended if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures while in Peru.Preventative Tips: Get Vaccinated, Avoid Sharing Body Fluids, Avoiding Non-Sterile Surgical or Cosmetic Equipment
  • Malaria: While traveling in the Amazon, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. Long sleeves, long pants, hats, and bug repellent are advisable. Mosquitos are most active during the morning, night, and in the deep rainforest. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your travel medicine specialist about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.Preventative Tips:  Take B-complex vitamins during your diet before arriving, dress appropriately & avoid bug-bites, avoid known areas with malaria outbreak, and use preventative prescribed medication.  We advise against using Lariam as a medication.It is NOT possible to take any antibiotics with Ayahausca.
  • Rabies: Rabies does exist, but is not a major risk for most travelers. The rabies vaccination is recommended for long-term or adventure travelers who will potentially be exposed to wild animals like bats, and other forest mammals. Children are also recommended due to their greater potential for receiving bites on the head and neck and playing with animals.Preventative Tips: Get Vaccinated, Keep Away from Animals
  • Yellow Fever: The Amazon rainforest of Peru has a higher risk of Yellow Fever. This vaccine is highly recommended for all travelers 9 months of age or older. You’ll need this vaccination at least 10 days prior to your arrival.Preventative Tips: Get Vaccinated, Dress Appropriately, Avoid Known Areas with Malaria Outbreak

Disclaimer: We do not offer, nor claim to offer, any medical advice. These resources are merely to help you make an informed decision. We do not accept any responsibility for your following, or rejecting the advice herein.”

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