Nature of the Heart

with Caitlyn Howe

Nature of the Heart

A 4-week online immersive journey and Shipibo Ayahuasca retreat amidst the sacred mountains of Peru. A heart-based journey of passage into soul embodiment through alter-work, ritual, prayer, and self-initiation.

The heart is our doorway… 

A special offering from Anam Cara and Caitlyn Howe, designed to provide a ceremonial container of listening, presence, and conscious care to receive the bountiful gifts that are offered by the medicine of Ayahuasca.  A journey through bridging the heart of the individual body with the heart of the Grand Mother. 

The heart is our doorway into the immensity of the soul’s wonders, elusive to the mind’s linear maps of logic. As the external universe has wonders sensed but not largely known by the human mind, so does the infinitely vast interior of the soul. In a world dominated by mind, we often find ourselves reaching insatiably into our external reality for the nourishment of our soul’s wellspring, which can only be discovered personally, through the intelligence and magic of the heart.

Nature beckons us home to the heart of our shared Mother, through its beauty, mysteries, and miracles, always ready to assist our remembrance. Ayahuasca’s maternal love is a potent and powerful direct line back to this indwelling source of unconditional love, through its intelligent, multi-dimensional healing power guided by the incredible skill of the Shipibo wisdom keepers.

Through embodied practices, connection, prayer, song, somatic release, and intuitively-guided, creative love, we will build relationship with our inner nature, and harvest the gifts of our own hearts through this medicine, all in harmony with the land at Anam Cara’s gorgeous retreat center in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

the offering

Nature of the Heart: Supplementary retreat package includes 4 virtual heart-based workshops led by Caitlyn Howe (3 preparation workshops beginning on March 23rd, and 1 intimate post-retreat integration workshop and sharing circle hosted by Caitlyn to close the journey on May 10)

All-inclusive weeklong Shipibo-led ayahuasca retreat
with Anam Cara Retreats, including:

  • 90-days preparation + integration support by Anam Cara
  • In-person retreat facilitation support from Caitlyn Howe
  • 4 ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Peruvian sweat lodge with Amazonian plants
  • Peruvian despacho ceremony with local Andean healers
  • breathwork | yoga | sound healing
  • workshops and altar work led by Caitlyn Howe
  • daily meditation and prayer
  • intuition-building journaling and poetry workshops
  • integrative workshops and sharing circles
  • expressive heart ecstatic dance

More about Caitlyn

Caitlyn’s virtual container includes two immersive preparation workshops before the retreat and two integration workshops after the retreat. This extremely intimate group, small group container is designed to guide you home to your hearts and your inner nature. This is the perfect supportive container for our intensive Ayahuasca healing experience that will travel together with Caitlyn to sit with Shipibo healers in the Peruvian Andes. Caitlyn is one of the founding coaches of Fit For Service community, a passionate poet and writer, and a certified practitioner of transformational healing modalities such as somatic release breathwork, kundalini yoga, and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Her passion and scope of service includes: sacred ritual, shamanic altar work, archetypal activation, shadow integration, dream work, and the cultivation of authentic embodiment through ecstatic dance and radical personal expression.

Caitlyn has been a student of the plants for 12 years, with dozens of journeys with master plant teachers such as Ayahuasca and Huachuma, alongside master teachers and shamanic guides. With a dynamic history of tested life experience, her path of devotion to self-healing spans years of apprenticeship and service in various paths of study, resulting in a rich medicine bag of tools which she whole-heartedly weaves into all of her offerings. Her heart’s mission is to help human beings reclaim their sacred nature through the heart’s intelligence, by healing shame, building expansive community, and remembering individual wholeness for greater collective harmony.

Retreat Dates

April 23 – 30, 2023 | The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Perú

This sacred circle will travel to the heart of the Sacred Valley, Peru to participate in an 8-day Ayahuasca experience, under the guidance of deeply gifted Shipibo Maestros from the traditional Shipibo Lineage. Together we will embark on a journey to immerse ourselves in the wisdom of of ancestral Amazonian Shamanism with Anam Cara’s highly experienced plant medicine facilitation team.

all-inclusive package price

virtual container + shared double suite at the retreat

4600 USD

virtual container + private single suite at the retreat

5200 USD


* This intimate event has a very limited amount of only 10 spaces available, we recommend reserving your space if you are interested as it will sell out quickly.

**Upon filling out your application, you will submit your health questionnaire along with a $1400 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space and the remaining balance will be paid on day 1 of your retreat in cash USD. Upon submitting your application, please know you have not been approved, however, your space will be reserved for you. Please do not buy flights or continue with travel plans until we have approved your application. We will review your application thoroughly within 3-5 business days to ensure you are a good fit to work with ayahuasca safely. If for any reason we feel it may not be safe for you to work with ayahuasca, we will reach out to you to gather more information and refund your deposit in full, if necessary. We look forward to diving into this beautiful and profound healing work with you!