Traditional Ayahuasca retreat center in Iquitos, Peru
We are Selva Madre
In the middle of the Amazonian rain forest, our center is located near the Nanay river. We are dedicated to help our guests with the ancient knowledge of curanderos in order to heal and awake Spirituality
Selva Madre was founded by Shaman Don Luis Rimachi in order to help people to find a way to transformation and healing.
We are dedicated to providing Ayahuasca retreats in the traditional lineage of native Shamans to heal and awaken.
The pillars of our work
Ayahuasca retreats in a safe and comfortable environment
This is the foundation of our work. We want to offer you a protected, nurturing, and caring environment. We are devoted to offering the best spiritual experience, expansion of consciousness and initiation of spiritual awakening. This is done through the help of the sacred medicine and the experience of Maestro Curandero Don Lucho Rimachi.
Ethics and professionalism
It is very important for us to provide professionalism and follow protocols in order to ensure a safe retreat. Some Ayahuasca retreats offer more than five ceremonies a week, and it has been our professional experience that this is excessive. Ayahuasca requires at least two days to be processed by the mind, body, and soul. It is our intention for our guests integrate the teachings of The Mother Plant into their lives, and allow all parts of their being to be healed. In complying with our ethics, and the greatest good of our guests, there are no more than three ceremonies per week at Selva Madre (4 for 10 days).
A renowned center
Selva Madre welcomes guests from all over the world and is considered on the best places for healing therapy and an authentic spiritual retreat. Don Luis Rimachi has been a practicing Shaman for over 30 years in local Native Communities. His dedication is to heal and guide the guests of this land to new accomplishments on their spiritual journey. The Ayahuasca that we brew has no additives; only fresh Ayahuasca vines and Chacruna (Yahe) leaves are used. We have a strict policy to brew that medicine by experienced Curanderos while fasting to incorporate the purest and highest energies in our medicine.
Opportunity for a life transformation
We want to offer the opportunity to you and our beloved attendants to awaken in the best conditions. Our vision is to provide a deep change in your future and personal awakening. Selva Madre is also a community of people helping one another in order to have the best Ayahuasca retreat.
Human structure with love and care
Selva Madre is a family owned and operated center. It is our intent to offer you a unique experience with excellent care. The family atmosphere that is provided at Selva Madre allows you to integrate into a generational lineage of healers. The embrace that is provided to all that arrive is done with the fondness of the spiritual and cultural backgrounds of all that attend. We welcome all walks of life with loving arms, and are enchanted to sharing a devotion to personal healing, and transformation. Everything is made for you to feel at home during your experience, your awakening and your healing.
Our Ayahuasca retreat
Located in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest, Selva Madre is one of the most renowned place for an Ayahuasca retreat according to your path of awakening.
Honoring our principles, our brew is made only by Shamans fasting during the cooking process. We use only pure, fresh Ayahuasca vines and Chacruna leaves, nothing more is added.
Drinking the sacred medicine allows you to expand your consciousness, to encounter your real self and to heal your Karma. In other hand, it ensures your body of a perfect health.
Every ceremony is followed by a personal consultation and debriefing with Don Luis, plant baths and natural remedies can be recommended to you following his diagnosis.
During your retreat, you are staying in a private double traditional Amazonian house, they are very comfortable and spacious, protected by mosquito netting. Each room contains a private bathroom and shower.
Our primary concern is your safety during your retreat. For this reason we have a doctor and a nurse coming on site for any needs.
3 Ceremonies per week
Our safety protocols are important in order to deliver the best experience. Unlike other centers that propose five ceremonies or more per week, there is the perfect amount of three ceremonies per week, this is a normal and ideal frequency. Indeed Ayahuasca demands 48 hours to be entirely processed by the body and for its teachings to be assimilated. Doing more ceremonies in a short time is definitely not recommended. Our 10 days retreat includes 4 ceremonies.
The days after ceremonies there is a circle meeting with all the participants, the Shamans and Maestro Don Luis Rimachi. You have the opportunity to speak about your visions and their significance, also the Shamans will explain what they have seen within participants during the ceremony. Each participant will receive direct feedback regarding his progression and/or healing. If Don Luis find it appropriate, there will be a natural medicine prescribed.
Taking Ayahuasca is a permanently transforming process on all levels of your being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It reveals your higher inner self and facilitates deep healing. At the beginning of the ceremony the Shaman sings Icaros that are sacred songs in order to tune healing frequencies from nature. Every participant comes in front of the Shaman for a personal healing.
Purging is a central key element in Amazonian traditional medicine, the purge is induced by Ayahuasca helping releasing physical, emotional energies and traumas that you can carry since the beginning of your life.
Upon the completion of your stay you will be cleansed of all toxins, energetic charges and you will have a final consultation with Maestro Don Luis.
For us the food is very important in order for you to have the best experience during your retreat, for this reason we serve fresh and natural local food. The meals are healthy and balanced with a dietetic care.
After the ceremonies there will be vegetarian food served and the following elements are omitted: Salt, sugar, saturated fats.
The transport is provided between Selva Madre and Iquitos city center on your first and last day, the transportation during the retreat except tours are not included. We are located at the other side of the river Nanay from Iquitos so the journey takes approximately one hour including taxi and boat.
The benefits of Ayahuasca
- Improves your health
- Rejuvenates your body
- Improves your mental and emotional health
- Increases intellectual capacities
- Provides a spiritual journey
- Awaken Psychic perceptions
- Attracts abundance in one’s life
- Has the potential to be as effective as many years of Psychotherapy
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Ayahuasca retreat reviews
Thank you for allowing me to spend time at your home. The path that lead me here has been a long time in the making. I’m blessed to be fortunate enough to find myself here this time around. It has been truly amazing. I will find you all again soon in the dream world so we can continue to smile and laugh together. Thank you Don Lucho for your teachings and guidance, thank you Monica for the food and positive energy Thank you Phillip for the everyday contribution you give to make this the most comfortable environment possible. Also to my good friend Poochie, the cat who never sleeps. I love you all and will always think of this place fondly.
Mark, United Kingdom
My two weeks spent in my Ayahuasca retreat here at Selvamadre have been magical! Right from the introduction to the family I have felt a strong sense of wellbeing and like it’s at home away from home. Don Lucho ensures that your days spent here are varied in exciting activities, which included seeing some amazing species of fish and other mammals. Monica’s food is to a high standard which you would expect in an expensive restaurant, considering the availability of ingredients from Padre Cocha it’s second to none in taste! Philippe has a very welcoming and kind apprentice to us from the start and a very helpful translator although the souther British accent is a struggle to understand at times for him and others! This experience has been so much more enjoyable than I had hoped, have made some friends for life and I hope to return again soon.
Wow, my experience here has been incredible I think this has been one of the best week of my life. Taking Medicine here has been a very eye opening experience and I think I have found out a lot about myself and about life in general. I definitely plan on coming back and doing Ayahuasca retreat here again after I have spent some time with meditation so I can have more mental discipline and so I can have a more spiritual experience. I have had a lot of fun here the entire week I have stayed, Don Lucho and Monica have been absolutely the best, they are one of the nicest person I have ever met, they made me feel at home here and the food was absolutely excellent, Monica is a wonder cook! I will forever remember and cherish my experience here and I will miss everyone. I have met here very much, I will recommend Selvamadre to everyone that ask me about doing Ayahuasca. This is such a beautiful place! I love you all!
Rasmus and Emil, Danmark
We had an incredible stay with Lucho, Monica and all the other people at Selvamadre. We had our first ceremony ever Monday night with Lucho and it was an amazing experience. The energy was strong and so our personal experiences which included plenty of visions and hallucinations. Lucho helped us and the others, Philippe made the experience secure, joyful and amazing. We walk away as changed men. Besides the ceremony the stay has been nice, very good atmosphere, good food and plenty of it in tranquil and calm environment. We would definitely recommend a stay at this retreat.