Online Course: From Plant to Spirit, January 22 - 24, 2021

Elio Geusa
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23 reviews
Jan 22 - 24, 2021
Group size: 1 - 140
Online Course: From Plant to Spirit, January 22 - 24, 2021

Elio Geusa
  • Email address verified
23 reviews

Jan 22 - 24, 2021
Group size: 1 - 140

About this trip

Online Course: Introduction to Shipibo Wisdom.

Learn the Shipibo Wisdom directly from Don Miguel, a Shipibo Teacher that draws upon his ancestral linage of healers, "curanderos."

During the live online course, our Shipibo Teacher will introduce the students to the art of ancestral spiritual tradition and the Shipibo Tribespeople's cosmology.

The Shipibo people are deeply respected for their knowledge of the sacred plant medicines, ceremonies, and spiritual connection to the rainforest environment. They are a resilient tribe, and despite numerous attacks on their culture and traditions, they have retained their traditional knowledge and customs.

Under Don Miguel's guidance, you will explore how we can utilize sacred medicines like Ayahuasca, Noya Rao, Bobinsana, Chullachaqui, Aya Huma within a spiritual context. 

You will learn who the true Onanya, the Shipibo's Shaman, what it takes to undergo a traditional Dieta, how to use the pipe and connect with Mapacho, and how to sing an Icaros.

It's a unique opportunity to acquire the essential foundation to work with Sacred Medicines under the Shipibo lineage from a Maestro with a high level of transparency and years of experience.

Online Offer:

Online Schedule

Friday 22th , Saturday 23th, Sunday 24th times:

a) CEST 8.30pm / EST 2.30pm / PST 11.30 am / AEDT 6.30 am
b) CEST 10pm / EST 4 pm / PST 1 pm / AEDT 8 am

The online events will be recorded for a life time access!

The course will evolve on a 3 hours class each day, fully translated from Spanish to English in real-time.

Each class will be broken into two sessions of 1.10 hours, each with a 20 minutes break.

We will reserve 10 minutes at the end of each session to Q&A.

Day 1a: Introduction to the Shipibo Shaman: Onanya

• After an introduction of the course and the teacher Don Miguel the group will learn who are the true Shipibo Shamans, Onanya, who were the mystical Murraya, and who are the Brujos, Sorcerers.

Day 1b: Storytelling: Ayahuasca and how to work with the Sacred Medicine in Ceremony 

• Learn the legend behind Ayahuasca and how to navigate the experience in the ceremony. Don Miguel will share what it takes to lead a Ceremony with Ayahuasca, what is needed to bring healing, and how to protect the ceremonial space from energetical attacks.

Day 2a: Master Plant Dieta: learn the Shipibo Tradition of connecting to Plant Spirit 

• Learn the essential component of Dieting a Plants and Teacher Trees. Don Miguel will teach the traditional way of connecting with the Master Plants' spirit and new ways. Don Miguel will explain the restrictions during and after a Master Plant dieta and why fasting is essential.

Day 2b: Cosmovision Shipibo, the myths behind Noya Rao, Bobinsana, Chullachaqui, and Aya Huma. 

• Learn the legends of the most known Master Plant as well as their proprieties and how to use them in practice.

Day 3a: Working with the Pipe, Mapacho, and the Pipe's Dieta

• This will introduce how to work with Mapacho and the Spirit tobacco with a Pipe. How to use the Pipe to connect with the Master Plant spirit and learn to follow a dieta with the Pipe.

It may be the best time to ask Don Miguel to craft a Pipe for you with your favorite Teacher Tree.

Day 3b: Noya Rao Icaro's Class

• Don Miguel will also teach the group about the significance of the Noya Rao Icaro that you can use throughout a Mater Plant Dieta. This knowledge will be vital in helping you to access your highest potential and realize deep healing and transformation.

What’s included

  • Professionally translate
    Spanish to English
  • 9 hours lectures
    by Don Miguel
  • Q & A
  • Icaro’s class

Available options

Private Ceremony with Don Miguel
Noya Rao Necklace
Pipe Created By Don Miguel
Bobinsana Necklace

Your Organizer

Elio Geusa
23 reviews
Elio Geusa is the founder of AYA Healing Retreats. Elio is a qualified Social Worker and has over thirteen years experience working both on national and international humanitarian projects. He has worked with people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions. He has also had the privilege of supporting refugee populations to overcome the trauma of displacement throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia. Elio believes that compassionate and inspired action can create meaningful change in the world. He works in Peru helping to facilitate life-changing plant medicine experiences alongside Shipibo curanderos. He is immensely passionate about sharing his knowledge on Master Plants, respecting traditional ways of knowing, interpreting and navigating plant medicine work and helping to reawaken his guests to the innate intelligence and benevolence of the natural world.


A wonderful and exciting experience in my life. Essentially i found a great way to my inner mind and heal my self through this spiritual experience. Not mentioned that i learnt so much from nature, all beautiful souls, and facilitators in AYA Retreat. Most of all, Elio and Christina really helpful and supportive in every step on process. They kept all of us safe and comfortable during all the agenda. Nevertheless, All the families are very thoughtful on providing the best experiences. Thank you Elio, Don Miguel, and Christina for having me!
By INDRA S for Nov. 17th - 27th, 2021. Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta on 30 Nov, 2021
Truly, I cannot imagine finding a better retreat center to experience ayahuasca, master plant teachers, and plant medicines in the Peruvian jungle. There are apparently some tourist traps in the ayahuasca scene nowadays, between poorly maintained facilities, egoic and undertrained facilitators, and shamans with bad intent…: this is not one of those. Elio & Cristina were unbelievably caring, skilled, experienced, attuned, helpful, and understanding facilitators who each take their medicine paths very seriously and are, from my perspective, in this work for the right reasons: to help others safely explore this rich and blossoming world. Don Miguel, our curandero, and his family live on the property, and quickly we were incorporated into their family. We learned a lot about a shipibo traditions. It was hard to say goodbye! This was not an amateur experience, by any means… there are invitations to participate in vomitivos, prolonged silence, confronting plant treatments, and a strict (but delicious) diet is maintained. However, what you get is authenticity, learning, and growth for as much as you are willing to lean in. They do a great job at using invitational language so participants can join or opt out based on what experience you are looking for, though they will lovingly encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, and they will always explain why anything is being offered so you feel informed. The retreat center is beautiful… a clearing in the middle of the jungle with a medicine garden, chickens, cute dogs, family to support and protect you, a river to swim in nearby, and of course the beautiful Noya Rao tree. My fellow participants had such different backgrounds and many had extensive plant medicine experience. I would recommend this to anyone looking to experience Ayahuasca and the plant medicine world in Peru. I found the website and Elio’s communications to adequately prepare me… one thing I missed — they provide laundry service halfway through the retreat so you don’t need to pack much! Blessings on your journey. Aho!
By Kendall H for Nov. 1st - 11th, 2021. Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta on 14 Nov, 2021
Thank you all for this amazing journey together ❤️ #ayahuasca con #noyarao 🔥 The Shipibo way of approaching Ayahuasca and other master plants really inspired me and was truly a blessing for me to heal my past Traumas. I can finally say, I trust, I let go of fear, I love ❤️ Thank you, now it's time for the integration. The integration of what I experienced for my life and for my work with plant medicines and human beings. 🌿 The Spirit of Noya Rao gave me so much, I feel deeply connected and so honored to be able and allowed to integrate Noya Rao, the tree of light, into my life and Work. 🎄🔥 With the spirit of Noya Rao and Ayahuasca I was, and I am, able to connect deeply with the medicine of my voice, my fears and shadows in an loving way, my visions for my new Self and the future, my potential, my healing power for myself and others ❤️🔥 I regained the deep trust that I lost, I found the peace to integrate, the compassion and Love for every Energy within. Love is the purest, strongest, Energy. Love is.❤️ You can face everything with it, and resolve it. Even your deepest shadows become loving. Because you can trust. You can surrender. You can let go. And you can decide New. What you Really want in life. Because you dont need to fear anymore unconsciously, that's how it was for me. My unconscious Trauma resolved into an anxious state of being in my life. Wasn't really aware of that, that's why I never understood what I was doing wrong. It was a fight in me, unconsciously. Fight or die. The deep fear of dying. So everything in life became a fight. Every Situation where my unconscious told my conscious because of this Situation or that feeling i might die. So Fight! Resolved that Trauma, Gracias ❤️ Now the fight Perspective changed into an ease, trust and loving perspective. For Everything. Trauma resolved, Now Integration of the new found ease, trust, love, peace, Gratitude and Joy ❤️💯 Gracias! @ayahealingretreats #ayahuasca #plantmedicine #traumahealing #noyaRao #treeoflight #shipibo #Bobinsana #medicinemusic #Gratitude
By Joerg / Bjoern B for Voice of Light Retreat - October 12th -22th, 2021 on 29 Oct, 2021
This was my first retreat. I am very comfortable in the jungle and was very excited to spend time in the Amazon. The location, facilitators, families, workers, plants and animals were all welcoming. I felt VERY safe and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time on this beautiful Finca. Each night I slept well in our personal tambos/palapas that were provided. The food was also wonderful. I'm so glad I found this place. I will definitely come back soon!
By Carmen A for Voice of Light Retreat - October 12th -22th, 2021 on 25 Oct, 2021
I want to express my gratitude to Elio, Don Miguel and Kristina. I had the most amazing healing and connections during my plant dieta with mother Bobinsana and Ayahuasca. The center is beautiful, pristine nature, perfect location, simple and comfortable, you are surrounded by magic all the time, butterflies, birds, trees, just divine perfection of Pachamama. The food was delicious, the whole family (staff) makes you feel so welcome, like you are at home. I have been through many other centers, but the Aya Healing Retreats is the best one I have ever experienced, it's really life changing. The support, the integration, the love and compassion that everyone has with you, it was wonderful. Maestro Don Miguel has an amazing heart, powerful healer and he brings all the magic into the ceremonies, so powerful. I am already planning my return next year and already recommend this center to many friends.
By Sandra M for Sep. 23rd - Oct. 3rd, 2021. Ayahuasca and Master Plant Dieta on 18 Oct, 2021
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