Peru Pucallpa, Oct. 22-30, 2016

Join us as we travel to the heart of Amazonia for 8 nights and 9 days and work with indigenous Shipibo healers using ayahuasca and other shamanic practices.


This is a retreat for people deeply interested in walking the path of a healer. During the 9 days we will be hosting 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies led by Francisco Ferdinand Amperu and female assistants and one San Pedro ceremony facilitated by Alan Waugh.

As well as taking part in the Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies you’ll be fully cleansed during the week from a combination of plant medicines and flower baths, while also eating a traditional Ayahuasca food diet. The Ayahuasca medicine is a sacred plant brew that has been used by indigenous Amazonian cultures for thousands of years – primarily for healing, divination and spiritual awakening. Working with Ayahuasca is an intense, profound, and almost always a highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access to higher states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual awakening. To many people it reveals the multi-dimensional nature of reality and ourselves to lead us back to who we truly are.

San Pedro is a mescaline containing cactus (echinopsis pachanoi)- as is Peyote- that is also known as Huachuma in Quechua, the language of the Incans.It has been used in a ceremonial way in Northern Peru for at least 5,000 years. The experience is more gentle than Ayahuasca but lasts for much longer, often allowing for a clearer incorporation of the received wisdom and healing. Ayahuasca is said to take you to meet God and San Pedro is said to bring God to you. San Pedro will be the final ceremony allowing for a lot of the questions that Ayahuasca raises, to be answered, and allows for a powerful integration of the complete experience


What’s included:
Welcome Orientation by Shamans
All Transportation in and around Pucallpa,
including airport pick-up
Accommodation (double or triple occupancy)
All Meals
Daily Flower Baths
Daily meditation
Guided Jungle Walks
Three Ayahuasca ceremonies
One San Pedro Ceremony
Trip to San Francisco Shipibo Village
Trip to Yarina Market & Women’s Coop
Trip to Pullculpa Market & Galleries
Post Ceremony Integration
Teaching by Alan on shamanic healing practices
Retreat cost $1475
(Airfare not included)


Francisco Ferdinando Amperu


Born in the upper Ucayali village of Belen, He has been working and studying the Shipibo Ayahuasquero healing arts for 18 years. Francisco has led or co facilitated in thousands of medicine ceremonies and is always focused, energetic and good humored. He has worked at Casa de la Madre for 5 years with Cielo and performs ceremonies internationally and around South America. He Is 43 years old and has 7 children. Francisco will be working with a female assistant: details will be posted closer to the retreat date.


Alan Waugh


Alan began studying the Shamanic Arts in the late 90’s under the guidance of Michael Harner and his organization, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. While volunteering at the bedside of the dying during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Alan started to develop his shamanic skills as a healer. He helped ease the suffering during this critical time of a person’s Earthwalk, assisting them to transition without fear and anxiety. He volunteered with the Zen Hospice Project as a bedside caregiver for 20 years. Alan has studied with Masters of various indigenous traditions but considers the Maestro’s of the Peruvian Rainforest, both human and spiritual, to be his greatest teachers and mentors. He has been studying with both Shipibo and Mestizo traditions since 2005. Alan is a Mesa carrier of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, a powerful practice developed by his beloved teacher, don Oscar Miro Quesada. Alan will be teaching healing techniques that incorporate energy healing, guided imagery and traditional shamanic healing practices.

Cielo Tierra


Cielo Tierra AKA Kerry Greedy from New South Wales, Australia has been living in Peru amongst the Shipibo Peoples for 7 years. She originally came to Peru to work with Ayahuasca to get cured from cocaine addiction. She was guided by Ayahuasca to stay in Peru and work with the medicine helping others. She managed The Temple of the way of Light for almost a year assisting in its reopening in 2009. For the last 5 years she has been living outside of Pucallpa, the ancestral land of the Shipibo tribe, where she runs her own small retreat house, for people looking for individualized attention. Particularly those people who are willing to leave the ego at the door and to immerse themselves totally into their healing of their exploration of the medicine. She will talk about life living in the ancestral home of the Shipibos and working with clients from all over the world. She will offer wisdoms from her many years of experience working with ayahuasca. Cielo will also be the translator for the group.

Reserve your place early, space is limited to 14 participants.
Please contact Alan Waugh at:
or (415) 516-2462



Tierra Vida is a beautiful center built on the banks of Lago Yarina Cocha about an hour outside of Pucallpa by motor taxi. Unlike a lot of retreat centers that build in a single clearing in the jungle, this center has been sensitively designed with buildings spread amongst the banana groves and old growth jungle. You can walk to each building passing Mango Trees, medicinal healing plants and small banana plantations to the beautiful Tambos (sleeping huts) and the Malocca (ceremonial space) . Each Tambo are fitted with Mosquito screening and mosquito nets and are powered by electricity from 6 to 10 pm every day. There is a shower building with fresh running warm water and composting toilets spread around the compound. You can swim in the lake or the beautiful swimming pool that is located 5 minutes walk away from the center.



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