Caya Shobo Ayahuasca Retreat Center

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  • Caya Shobo is the only place in Peru I will go for ayahuasca. It is the real deal. The staff and owners are dedicated to healing and know what they’re doing. They understand deeply how the medicine works and have genuine and honorable relationships with the Shipibo people. I was very well taken care of and the facilities are excellent and beautifully maintained. The food is delicious and the staff were very kind and attentive to all my needs during my stay. Amazing place and people. Highly recommend.

    Felicia, Alaska
  • If you are serious about healing and learning with plant medicine this is the place to go. Caya Shobo is a center with high integrity that focuses on helming and learning through their strong medicine, powerful and friendly curanderos and knowledgeable western staff that will support you in whichever way you need. I have stayed here twice for a retreat and am planning on many more visits. You cannot express what happens here with words, lets just say it is transformational, mind blowing and hard work at the same time.

      The food is amazing and fresh, it is so beautiful to work with your personal jungle plants, once prescribed for your healing and freshly prepared every day, flower baths and the beautiful community that gathers here year round. I completely trust the people that run this centre and have witnessed them deal with difficult situations a multitude of times in very professional ways. This place is safe, warm, transformational and beautiful in every way. Can’t think of a better environment for personal work. I look forward to my next visit!

    Franziska, BC, CANADA
  • I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD a couple years ago due to childhood trauma, addiction and a lot of other trauma along the way.

      Thanks to the Maestros at Caya Shobo I have had life changing results and have found peace in places I never thought possible.

  • I have now been to Caya Shobo twice, both for very intensive extended retreats. Once in Jan, and again in Dec of 2019.

      Words can’t even describe how amazing each process and experience was for me. The level of care and attention that goes in to each and every person there was over and above what I expected. My time there was valued and respected, and I was always made to feel there was someone available to help me go through whatever I needed too, whenever I needed to. I felt very safe, both physically and emotionally while in the hands of the staff and volunteers at the center. From the moment you arrive at the center, it becomes clear that the experience of the guest is the priority of EVERYONE working at Caya Shobo…I strongly recommend this center to anyone serious about a deep experience, not only with the medicine of ayahuasca, but into the very nature of yourself, your spirit, your mind and body, and your place in this world.

    Michael, Calgary, Canada
  • I can not speak highly enough of my experience at Caya Shobo. My experiences with the ceremonies were beyond my imagination. The Maestros/Maestras were the most beautiful, caring individuals I have ever met. Their thoughtfulness, compassion and genuine effort to do their utmost best came through in every ceremony, night after night. The work they did with me was humbling and life changing.

      The staff were always friendly and very accommodating. The set up and organization was done well. The accommodations were basic but everything kept very clean and well maintained. The food again was simple, but it was inline with the type of food that would give the participants the best results for the reason that we were here…to experience Ayahuasca at its fullest in the jungle. I can not say enough great things about these people, they have become my family and I am humbled by their friendships.

    Tom B, Canada
  • Choosing Caya Shobo was a wonderful decision. If you feel called to work with Ayahuasca and plant medicine and want to give yourself the greatest gift you could imagine, of truly investing in your own healing then I highly recommend Caya Shobo, especially to experience a dieta. My experience was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I came during a time of transition amidst a bout of acute fatigue and other ongoing chronic struggles, including 20 years of ongoing depression and anxiety. I was hoping to breakthrough into new ground and get to the core of what was going on (mind, body, emotions, spirit), and that definitely happened.

      When I returned home I felt so much lighter, as though I was no longer carrying around the heaviness and weight I had come to know. If you choose to engage in this work, I recommend a willingness to embrace not knowing, as the reaches of the ensuing transformation are deep, wide and potentially completely restructuring.

      Real healing happens at Caya Shobo!

    Arin, USA
  • I can confidently say my 2 week stay at Caya Shobo has been the most profound experience I’ve had in my life.  Each ceremony was incredible and transformational for me. I am in awe and really thankful for the maestros. They were very compassionate and caring with each of us. Their plant and spiritual knowledge amazed me.  I also had a profound experience with the plant dieta. In combination with Ayahuasca, the dieta helped me to calm my mind, become more present and connect my soul and heart.

      Everyone at Caya Shobo is incredible. The facilitators were very helpful to me before and during my stay. They were friendly and very open to chat with. The staff is great too. All I have are words of appreciation for them. I felt very safe and taken care of, as all I had to worry about was my own healing. I definitely recommend Caya Shobo – the quality of the medicine, the knowledge and experience of the maestros, and the love and care of staff and facilitators is unique and worth living.

    Frida, Mexico
  • Dear Caya Shobo Team! I would like to thank you from the deep of my heart for your kindness, care, attention and succesful healing done during my stay. The words will never explain what you have done for me. During my stay with you I felt both at home and at school, working on my internal issues. Guys, you are real Pros. You have set up a perfect healing center where you have implemented both shamanic tradition together with hospitality in all aspects!

      Love you! I will obviously come back again and recommend you to my fellows!

    Artom, Russia
  • The wisdom healing practice which takes place at Caya Shobo is deeply rooted in the way of the Shipibo, who likely carry the oldest tradition of Ayahuasca use on the planet today. The Shipibo are the Masters of the plants; and the Maestros and Maestras who work at Caya Shobo are the highest carriers of medicine and wisdom of any human beings I have witnessed by far. I had experienced six Ayahuasca ceremonies beforehand, but upon opening plant dieta at Caya Shobo my experience with Ayahuasca and my understanding of the world of the plants and my relationship to them immediately underwent a radical transformation. This was on a level beyond anything I’d experienced by any entheogen in my entire life. The incredibly skilled and dedicated shipibo Maestros and Maestras at Caya Shobo was nothing short of miraculous and life changing.

    Freddie, California
  • My stay at Caya Shobo has been extremely beneficial. My body and mind feel so cleansed and strong after the ceremonies and the plant dietas. I feel re-invigorated and optimistic about returning to my family life. Thank you so much to Maestros Walter, Rafael and Arturo for your knowledge, your commitment, your amazing songs and your generous gifts of love and healing energy. Thank you for helping me find the courage to enter my traumas and start to claim my heart’s freedom.

      Thanks also to the staff for creating such a beautiful, peaceful place to heal and grow. The gardens are so lovely, especially under the gorgeous night sky, the food was good, the room was fine, the flower baths were wonderful. I also felt very well supported by the facilitators in processing my experiences and my dreams. You are all very kind, sweet people.

      I highly recommend Caya Shobo as a wonderful place to undergo profound healing.

    Laura, Teacher, Canada
  • A short note of praise to Caya Shobo. I have been twice to this centre in the last two years for plant dieta, which is an important part of my healing path. As a retired combat soldier, I have had a lot of healing to do. :] . Don Walter, Don Francisco, Arturo, and Donna Maricela. Such beautiful people, that work so hard, so gently.

      There are many places to experience the medicine. Very few that have the Maestros to do strong healing work like at Caya Shobo. I will be back, to sit with my friends, and find even more beauty in myself.

    Doug, A man finding the music
  • If you are in the path of transformation and healing Caya Shobo will be good for you. I had the honour to be here working with the Maestro healers in a really safe and comfortable place where I received all the support and guidance for me to transform, heal and learn about this path.

      If you are looking to heal and learn about this great work, this is the place to be. The location, services, food, translation and the experience that these people offer is of the highest quality. I personally recommend Caya Shobo.  There are many other healing centers.  This is one of the best. Trust your intuition. Many blessings on your path.

    Masha, Designer, Russia
  • I highly recommend Caya Shobo to evolve in your healing. The Maestro shamans who work here and their families are humble, warm and friendly people. My experience has been profound and deeply transformative. At the end of the day, it was a healing process very difficult to enter most of the time, and to have staff and a group like this around me, supporting me, allowed me to feel safe and confident during my journey.

      This place feels more like home than anywhere in the world for me. I had other experiences deep in the jungle with different shamans that left me with a feeling of paranoia and fear. If it wasn’t for the Maestros here, the apprentices and the support of the staff, I don’t think I would have come so far in my healing. Thank you to all at Caya Shobo!

    Stephanie, California, USA
  • I am deeply grateful for the work done during my 15-day stay at Caya Shobo. The work of the Maestros gradually breathed into me a real empathy for everything that lives and exists on this earth. The ceremonies were sometimes delicate to manage, but each time it was to better clean my thoughts or emotions. And I realize now, these experiences have opened my heart, my body and my mind to a better connection with the energies of life and nature.

      I think I understand better now the secret of the Fox for the little Prince: one sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.

    Patrick, Island of Oleron
  • I stayed at Caya Shobo in February 2018. It was beautiful. I experienced a lot of resistance in the beginning, taking myself outside everything I knew, but through the retreat process I can truthfully say I experienced so many gifts and massive shifts! I am so grateful for the facilitators, other members of the retreat, and all the curanderos and workers. Everyone at the centre is so warm, open and compassionate. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to live so close to the wild land; to unwind, decompress… And re-ground; re-connect to Gaia, to feel nurtured in her arms. I also loved the Shipibo traditions and being immersed in their ancient herbalism knowledge, reestablishing my connection to the plant world. Every night I was carried to sleep by the sounds of the jungle and the heat and humidity completely cleansed my skin. I also enjoyed having a roommate. The food was so nourishing. Leaving Caya Shobo was bittersweet, but since coming back home I have opened up so many new perspectives in all aspects of my life. I now have a new fire in my heart, one that had been diminishing over time, and a new found love for life. Infinite gratitude

    Dawn Lyon