Intimate Ayahuasca retreats grounded in the ancestral wisdom of the
Shipibo Lineage with comprehensive integration support.
Served in the heart of Sacred Valley, Perú.

We are moving our retreats to Cosa Rica in 2024!
See our new venue here.

Our week-long retreats encourage vulnerability and compassion in a heart-based container where profound transformation is catalyzed by the healing properties of Ayahuasca, served by highly-experienced Shipibo Maestros. Complementing traditional indigenous plant medicine ceremonies with a trauma-informed, body-based therapeutic approach, and long-term integration support, we support each guest in an intentional container of safety and community along their ever-unfolding journey of awakening.

Through this life-changing work, we are called to surrender into the rhythm of our hearts, learning to more fully embody the wholeness of our human experience and discover who we truly are, a unique tapestry of what it means to be both fully human and truly divine.


Retreat Founders

Neils and Francesca have been walking their own pathways Home to deep healing and aliveness for many years. They founded Anam Cara Healing Retreats with a shared passion for the powerful and elegant healing technology of the Shipibo culture of the Amazon. Their heart’s truest mission is offering safe, healing plant medicine ceremonies, deeply honoring the lineages that have carried these medicines for generations. Their intimate retreat offerings encourage deep connection and nurturing of the heart, bringing willing souls together to restore the medicine of ritual and community that so many of us have forgotten.

They strive to elegantly bridge the worlds of ancestral Amazonian Shamanism with a diversity of therapeutic techniques and multidimensional healing wisdom they’ve collected through years of living this work. Their offerings are passionately rooted in embodiment and the simple nature of Being. Weaving together their innate spiritual gifts with traditional plant medicine, somatic awareness, and trauma-informed approaches for bridging Earth medicine with the Western body and psyche. Their heartfelt devotion lies in assisting others in discovering alignment with their deepest nature, tending to the longings of the heart, and providing unwavering support throughout each soul’s journey towards expansion, liberation, and becoming.

To delve deeper into their story and unique approach, click here.

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Indigenous Healers of The Shipibo Nation


We are incredibly grateful to have cultivated profound and loving relationships with some of the most highly experienced Ayahuasqueros from the Shipibo Nation. At Anam Cara Retreats, we strive to cultivate a transformative space that places traditional medicine work at its core, facilitated by the wise and dedicated Shipibo elders who graciously share their healing gifts. Our collaboration with them is infused with the utmost respect for the preservation of their ancient healing technologies, and we consider it a tremendous blessing to stand alongside them.

As we bear witness to their profound spiritual connection, healing rituals, and sacred ceremonies, we are reminded of the profound significance of our reciprocal relationship with nature and the importance of reconnecting with the abundance of life. The wisdom and guidance of these Shipibo healers inspires us to honor and nurture this precious bond, fostering a deep understanding of our interconnectedness with nature and the spiritual realms.
In their presence, we learn to appreciate the profound power of ritual and ceremony, that has been forgotten in Western culture. Their teachings encourage us to rediscover our own innate connection to Spirit and to recognize the transformative potential of intentional healing work.

Read more about Ayahuasca medicine and the Shipibo healing traditions here.

Our Retreat Space

…nestled in the expansive Pacific coastline and lush jungle of Nosara, Costa Rica.


These intimate medicine retreats will take place in a stunning luxury, eco-friendly retreat space nestled between the expansive Pacific coastline and lush jungle of Nosara, Costa Rica. The entire retreat space is built with natural materials and fallen trees, and is entirely maintained with zero chemicals or toxic materials. Immersed in the wildness of the jungle, supported by the cleansing energy of thePacific Ocean, and surrounded by a diversity of Costa Rican wildlife, we willembark on a beautiful journey with Ayahuasca medicine.


Reach out to us

We acknowledge that embarking on a plant medicine journey is an extraordinary and profoundly personal decision. Our passion lies in offering loving guidance to each individual, helping them discover the right space for their needs and desires for medicine work.


We warmly encourage anyone interested to reach out and connect with us, allowing us to help you determine whether our program resonates with you. If we cannot offer the best program for you, we feel happy to share other centers, circles, and trusted resources that we have collected in our many years of doing this work. We look forward to connecting with you! 


In loving kindness,
Neils & Francesca

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