We’ve made our Rainforest Healing Center to be as comfortable as possible, while balancing its remote, rustic character.
Chakra Alegría de Amor Accommodations
Your retreat or course tuition covers room and board. We’ve built five tambos (mosquito-screened, palm frond huts) on the property. Four of the tambos sleep two people, with the fifth one sleeping three. While they are rustic, we’ve designed them to be very comfortable and enjoyable. It’s important to understand that you will be sleeping in the jungle and life’s wild hums and vibrations will be ever-present.
Ayahuasca ceremonies will be held in the Maloca (ceremonial hut), which was constructed by a master carpenter and architect from Pucallpa and is a powerful and beautiful space. Classes will be conducted in our classroom that is above the kitchen and dining area.
We offer bathing areas fed by a seasonal spring. We use buckets and ONLY biodegradable soaps to bathe with. If you have a preferential biodegradable soap/shampoo, please bring it. We also accept donations of your remaining liquid soaps for future guests.
Toilet facilities are mosquito-netted, composting toilet huts. You’ll toss the toilet paper in with your urine and fecal matter and cover it with a carbon material like sawdust or rice hulls, creating humanure compost to feed the fruit trees on site.
Tambos are furnished with writing desks for reflection.
What will we eat?
Guests and participants will enjoy three healthy and balanced meals a day. On ceremony days, guests participating in ceremony will have breakfast and lunch, but no dinner. This restriction helps ensure that your stomach is empty by the time ceremony participants drink the brew. This allows your body to absorb the Medicine fully and efficiently, not to mention any food remaining in the stomach when drinking will more than likely not come up when purged.
Permaculture principles extend into our own kitchen, where we emphasize the importance of eating well. We try our best to source organic foods, but Peru lacks stringent organic certification controls even though Peru has completely banned GMO’s. Local fruit is in abundance (yes!) and we harvest and prepare what is in season for you to enjoy. You will be served fresh veggies from our farm when available, and will be able to pick your own fruit.
If you are at the healing center for a shamanic retreat, you will be adhering to the strict but fresh Ayahuasca diet through out your entire stay. This will be the modified dieta as described below.
Permaculture Course students will be adhering to a modified dieta the two-days before and after the Ayahuasca ceremonies. The diet includes items such as: quinoa, potatoes, beets, salad, chicken and fish (when available), nuts, fruit, eggs, and cold-pressed olive oil.
We DO NOT serve pork, salt, coffee, or sugar. We strive to feed everyone according to their needs and we don’t want anyone hungry or frustrated. We do request that you adhere to this diet; it greatly improves Ayahuasca’s ability to work effectively and efficiently during ceremony.
If you have any food allergies, sensitivities, or are vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free, please let us know and we will gladly accommodate you.
Snacks are OK to bring, but be aware that the jungle’s heat and humidity can quickly ruin food that isn’t properly contained, and any food in Tambos will attract unwanted guests, so we ask that you please leave all snacks in the kitchen at the end of the day. Please do not bring any alcohol or drugs onto the property!
We are extremely strict on our drug and alcohol policy – if we discover that you have brought any of these substances to the center it will result in your immediate ejection from the property.
Is the Drinking Water Safe?
We have been successfully using a Berkey Water Filteration System with amazing results.
“All Berkey Water Filter systems are classified as water purifiers. In order to meet purification standards a water filter must be able to remove specified contaminants to a predetermined level, known as a “standard”. This purification standard is the highest level of water contamination removal that a water filter can obtain and very few manufacturers are able to make the purification claim without the use of harsh chemicals like iodine or chlorine. Berkey does not use chemicals, instead we rely on simple time tested micro-filtration and a unique ionic absorbtion technology to purify the water.” – Berkey Water Filtration System
From the Berkey website:
“Black Berkey Purification Elements: Filtration Specifications
The Black Berkey Purification Elements far surpass other water filters in filtration capability as evidenced by their extensive filtration specifications. These elements have a specialized purification process that is due to their unique structure. The element’s filtration media is a combination of micro-pores, which trap harmful contaminants like bacteria, and revolutionary material with adsorption and ion exchange properties that essentially attract molecules and viruses to the media, preventing them from passing into your drinking water.
Many water filters on the market may claim to be a purifier but do not meet the performance specifications required for this classification. In order to be classified as a water purifier, a water treatment device must remove at least 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria (known as a log 6 reduction in the water treatment industry) and reduce viruses by 99.99% (log 4 reduction). Berkey Water Filtration Systems can be classified as a water purifier because the elements actually remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria (log 9 reduction) and 99.999% of viruses which greatly exceeds the standards.
The Black Berkey filters have been tested by several EPA-accredited laboratories including the Department of Toxicology and Environmental Science at Louisiana University, Spectrum Labs, and the University of Phoenix. This extensive testing confirmed that the Black Berkey Purification Elements far exceed EPA and ANSI/NSF (Std. 53) protocol.”
more information and specs available at berkeyfilters.com
Our farm workers drink from a charcoal sand filter that does a reliable job of filtering out sediment and contaminants, but is best left for use by the local population due to their acclimated gut microbes.
Is there Wi-Fi at the healing center, and where can I charge my laptop, camera batteries, etc.?
We are completely off-the-grid, hence do not have any internet connection at all. Since we are remote and deep in the jungle we do not have any reliable power sources for charging large, energy hungry devices like laptops. We do have some solar arrays installed for charging iPods/iPhones and some camera batteries, but we highly suggest either buying fresh, high capacity batteries for your devices, bringing spares. We do have a generator however we do not start it unless of an emergency, seeing how the noise is not pleasant to the fauna. We recommend detaching from technology to embrace and commune with the natural energy of the Amazon rainforest and yourself.
In case of emergency we do have a cellphone that sends and receives messages, but because of the rural location the service is very spotty.