Yoga Ayahuasca Retreat

AMAZON RAINFOREST YOGA AYAHUASCA INTENSIVE RETREAT JULY 9 - 17th, 2017

With Ian Darrah, Expert Resident Facilitator & Master Shamanic Healers

Receive guidance from top Yoga Teacher, traditional Shipibo Indian Ayahuasca medicine and Master Shamanic Healers. Join this Amazon ayahuasca retreat and immerse yourself in the world's largest jungle, in the extraordinary power of Mother Nature, ancient wisdom and self-discovery. Deepen your yoga practice, inspire your soul, activate your highest potential, reconnect with your inner peace, and expand your consciousness for a more loving, kinder and collaborative world. You will leave feeling invigorated and refreshed and ultimately transformed the rest of your life!

The Temple of the Way of Light has significant experience working with unique and highly qualified yoga teachers who bring their individual gifts and proven teaching methods and extensive personal experience working with ayahuasca in a responsible and sacred way.

During Amazon ayahuasca retreats, the combination of intensive yoga and ayahuasca healing creates an extraordinary synergy where dedicated participants can accelerate their own learning, personal growth, healing, spiritual awakening and integrative process.

 

An Intensive Yoga Retreat

With a comprehensive yoga program led by Ian Darrah

 

An Amazon Ayahuasca Retreat

Includes 3 ceremonies and healing lead by one male and one female healer

 

Additional Components to Support Healing and Integration

All the above is combined with art therapy, dance and movement classes, singing, individual consultations, group processing meetings, time to reflect in the Temple grounds, floral baths, steam baths, traditional plant remedies, and vomitivos (purgatives).

 

Meet Ian Darrah

(Wisdom, Compassion & Wholeness)

Ian Darrah, Founder of MediYogi©, a teacher of teachers, a knowledgeable and powerful carrier of the yogic and shamanic wisdom tradition, is on a mission to help others in their journey to awaken consciousness. Using his training and experience in fitness, health, yoga, ayurveda and shamanism, Ian inspires and nurtures others to become successful teachers, lead healthier and happier lives and be shining examples of kindness and true wellness. Ian is an E-RYT 500, experienced yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. He is well versed in Buddhist meditation techniques, and has trained with master teachers in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Satyananda and Sivananda as well as with master shamans. He shares his passion to support others on their path towards healing, peace, well-being and higher consciousness through public and private classes, lectures, presentations, workshops, circles and ceremonies throughout the world. His classes are full of experiential activities and inspiring content. Through various holistic approaches, Ian helps you explore different perspectives to develop your inner voice and find your own center in a safe and welcoming environment. He is a kind, devoted, joyous and gentle teacher who credits his students, Swami Brahmavidyananda, the Master Teacher Plants, and the Medicine men/women and shamans for expanding his potential and guiding his own path.

Program Philosophy and Guiding Principles

Yoga literally means ‘to yoke or join.’ It is a path of integration, uniting the personal, individual self with the Universal Self. The aim of the practice of yoga is the movement from a state of separation towards that of our inherent connectedness, or from dualism towards non-dualism. Similarly, ayahuasca also potentializes our capacity to dissolve boundaries of separation and access the states of deep connection and unified ‘beingness’ that are the very aims of yoga.

By bringing the millennial science and art of yoga into working with the vast, natural intelligence of the plant realm we have the opportunity to understand and feel the essential design, effects and benefits of yoga at a much deeper and more expansive level than we might otherwise attain with ordinary awareness.


Ayahuasca can reveal and unlock the subtle realms of energetic experience described in some of the most ancient yogic texts, assisting the yoga practitioner to deeply anchor his/her practice into embodied experience. Yoga teaches us to inhabit our bodies and to become increasingly aware of the life-force within and around us. Through this awareness we develop the capacity to sense where and when the energy within us is not flowing freely and we become empowered to dissolve blockages as well as to consciously invite and conduct life-force-energy to serve the natural intelligence within us.

Ayahuasca works in a similar and complementary way, enhancing our natural energetic sensitivity and helping us to tangibly sense blockages in our bodies and subtle energy systems. Ayahuasca often also facilitates intuitive, self-corrective movement – guiding us to move and breathe in ways that assist us in balancing the flow of prana within us. Essentially, ayahuasca can be invaluable in connecting us to a spontaneous ‘inner yoga’ that is born of increased sensitivity and awareness.

In our experience, the integration of ayahuasca and yoga at Amazon ayahuasca retreat have greatly supported our participants to access states of deep inner sensitivity invaluable to their personal yoga practice. We have found that the medicine greatly assists in accessing the high levels of awareness cultivated by yoga and its related practices, helping the practitioner to have greater body consciousness and an inner understanding of posture and anatomy, increased sensitivity to subtle energy and energy meridians and an increased capacity to concentrate and focus the mind. The combination of ayahuasca and yoga can facilitate outstanding healing outcomes including lasting mental clarity, a more balanced lifestyle and an overall sense of well-being.

Thank you so much for the yoga. It helped me so much before the ceremonies because, at first, I was feeling nervous and uncomfortable and then after the yoga I felt so relaxed and then even during the ceremony I was remembering different things from the yoga class which helped me receive so much more from the ceremony. This whole process has been absolutely amazing and I am just so grateful for the yoga because it maximized my ability to get all of the benefits possible from the ayahuasca sessions and better integrate them day-by-day. Thank you

Maestra Lila

At the age of 13, Lila was the victim of a serious accident after a tree fell on her right leg and an excruciatingly painful, chronic infection set in that had her bed-ridden for over a year. She was treated by her mother, the legendary Maestra Ynes, who started her on a dieta with an extremely powerful tree, catahua. The dieta succeeded in curing her leg, and opened the gateway for her path as a curandera.

She has worked for many years with her mother, Maestra Ynes, and her siblings Maestra Laura and Maestro Jose, as well as other highly respected healers all over Peru and in Europe. She is a specialist in ‘warmé’ ikaros which focus on love and happiness. She works with an amazing amount of kindness and care, and is an absolute joy to have on the team.

Maestro Damian

Damian studied and taught as a teacher in schools in the Iparia district before falling gravely ill from a dano sent by a jealous co-worker. His curandero uncle took him under his wing in another community, and along with his curandero grandfather worked together to heal him. It took four to five years of serious dietas to eventually heal his illness. During this healing process, he learned an incredible amount of valuable information about the medicinal properties of plants, which helped with his own healing and how to heal others.

He continued working for many years as an ‘assistant’ curandero with his uncle and then with his grandfather, a very well regarded Shipibo healer. Damian is a powerhouse in ceremony yet soft and gentle during the day. He has a sincere calling to heal others and brings a pure heart and integrity to his work at the Temple. He is well loved by participants who attend our workshops and offers the perfect masculine balance to support Maestra Lila.

Marta Wanderlust

Marta is the co-creator of this yoga intensive ayahuasca retreat. She will not be at this program, yet has lent her expertise as a yoga teacher to the development of this unique offering.

She is a gifted, passionate, and highly experienced teacher and student of yoga and the teachings of Advaita Vedanta. She has been practicing yoga for over 16 yrs. She began her professional training with a Jivamukti Yoga immersion, under the guidance of Yogeswari – one of the most senior teachers of the method. Marta was certified as an Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow instructor with Sampoorna Yoga, a traditional Ashtanga School in Goa, India. In India, she also had the privilege to meet her Spiritual teacher 6 Rishi Sadihir of Timivannamalai, a renowned practitioner of Advaita Vedanta with decades of experience in pranayama, meditation, and with a depth of vedic knowledge. She also spent time at the ashram of Sri Ramana Maharishi, set at the foot of the sacred mountain Arunachaa.

Core Yoga Components

35+ Hours

Comprehensive Yoga Instruction: including theory, practical workshops, mindfulness & meditation.

Yoga Classes Suitable for all People:
regardless of physical condition.

The program’s highly skilled teachers help make everybody feel comfortable, welcome, and safe. Whenever necessary, they offer appropriate variations for all physical postures, movement sequences, as well as during other techniques or exercises

Emphasis on Physically Gentle Yoga:

More exploratory, creative, bio-energetic (pranayama, mantra, mudra, yantra, visualizations-nada/sounds-chakra) and restorative inspired styles (or softer expressions of some of these styles of yoga) including: Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Integral, Sivananda, Anusara, Iyengar, and Kundalini Yoga. This program does not focus on the more physically demanding and intense practices such as Power Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, or some of the “hot” yogas.

Theory Includes:

Yoga philosophy (exploration of Advaita Vedanta ‘monism,’ Samkhya ‘dualism’ of the yoga sutras of Patanjali & the 8-limbs, and Tantra-Hatha philosophy encompassing sacred ‘bio-energetics,’ honoring of the Divine Feminine and the elements of nature and discussions about the 4 main paths of yoga (Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti yoga).

Mindfulness/Meditation Practice includes:

Advaita Vedanta inspired techniques, conscious breathing with Metta Bhavana, Heart-Centered methods, Vipassana, and Kirtan Kriya.

Yoga Nidra & the Art of ‘Yogic Psychic Sleep’:

It has been said that 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra equals 2+ hours of good sleep! You will learn through direct experience how deeply restorative and rejuvenating the practice of Yoga Nidra is.

Pranayama (Breathing Exercises):

This Amazon ayahuasca retreat includes systematic, safe, and progressive pranayama training. Major classic pranayamas such as Dirgha, Kapalabhati, Ujjayi, Anuloma Viloma, Bramhari, and the cooling pranayamas will be thoroughly explained, taught, and practiced according to traditional protocols.

Mantra (Sacred sound) & Healing Songs:

Students will learn various forms of vocal meditations, including the practice of bija mantra (seed syllable chanting), sound breathing meditations and chakra alignment meditations that combine body awareness, visualization, breath, and the use of powerful sound vibration. These practices literally tune up the practitioner by calming, relaxing, focusing, and amplifying felt states of consciousness. They assist to align bio-energies as well as to facilitate a stronger, more consistent concentration optimal for
meditation. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn and practice one or more mantras and healing medicine songs. Ayahuasca greatly enhances one’s ability to feel deeply connected to healing music/songs/sounds, and thus this retreat places special emphasis on this aspect of yoga (Nada Yoga).

Yoga Postures (Asana), Movement, & Stillness:

Vinyasa Yoga is the creative linking together of asanas (postures) synchronized with and guided by breath. This can involve ‘slow flow’ with detailed somatic exploration of the relationship between deep breathing and movement or more dynamic or artistically expressive postures and explorations in ecstatic breathing.

Yin & Restorative Yoga to Compliment Ayahuasca Ceremonies:

Yin Yoga was created from an understanding of Chinese Medicine & Qi (or Chi) and the subtle energy pathways of the human body known as meridians. Yin yoga is passive and receptive and targets the internal tissues of the body: the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, fascia, and organs. The practice is incredibly nourishing and restorative to these deeper internal tissues and encourages the fresh flow of vital life force energy through the energetic channels that pass through them. The four main sequences of Yin Yoga will be covered. Restorative Yoga involves the passive stretch response of muscles and connective tissues for deeper myo-fascial release. The result is profound relaxation of the nervous system and innumerable mental, physical, and energetic benefits. These practices specifically assist the body and mind to let go and release blockages at the physical, emotional, and energetic levels, removing the obstacles that impede optimal wellness and human potential.

Core Shamanism: Ayahuasca & Plant Spirit Healing

Ayahuasca Ceremonies:

The three ayahuasca ceremonies are intimate, with two Shipibo healers (one male and one female), one facilitator and a group limit of 14 guests. All ceremonies are held in a maloka dedicated to the guests of the Deep Immersion Program. The maloka is completely screened from mosquitos with toilets just outside. Mats are provided and arranged in a circle facing the healers and the facilitator in the center. A ceremony assistant is present in front of the bathrooms to lend a hand or light as needed.

Jain Póiti (Floral Baths):

A Jain Póiti is a floral bath that forms a vital component of the shamanic healing process through cleansing heavy energies and blockages, clearing negative thoughts and emotions, purifying the mind and body, and promoting transformation through the properties of the specific plants and flowers used in the bath. Quite literally, it assists with the blossoming and flourishing of life. Traditionally, healers take floral baths either immediately before or after a ceremony. Floral baths also help to bring down a strong ‘mareacion’ (dizziness) – the effect of ayahuasca. Floral baths are given at midday on almost every day of the Amazon ayahuasca retreat, for all participants.

Vomitivo:

Upon arrival, all guests participate in a vomitivo, or stomach cleansing. This involves drinking a strong herba luisa tea followed by water, which induces purging and begins the process of physically and energetically clearing the body in preparation for the first ceremony. This practice gives the medicine more direct access to deeper issues as it is less occupied with the physical cleaning that takes place in the earlier ceremonies.

Individual Consultations:

Within the first few days of arrival at the Amazon ayahuasca retreat, each guest has an individual consultation with the healers and facilitator. This is an opportunity for the healers and facilitator to get to know you; the challenges that you are facing in your life and the difficulties you have had in the past. Consultations are an important starting point for participants to set intentions and to share them with the healers, as well as begin the process of getting to know the healers and establishing trust. The consultation will then be expanded on significantly when the healers look into the energetic system of each guest in ceremony.

Included:

  • 35+ Hours of comprehensive yoga instruction
  • 3 ayahuasca ceremonies
  • One male and one female healer
  • Group size of 14 people
  • In addition to yoga instructor Ian Darrah, a highly experienced facilitator will guide guests throughout the Amazon ayahuasca retreat with processing and integrating the healing experiences
  • A cleansing steam bath on the first day of the retreat
  • Daily jain póiti (banos de florecimento) – cleansing, purifying and strengthening floral baths.
  • Vomitivos (stomach cleansing) to rid the stomach of toxins
  • All food and drink – a deliciously simple diet suitable for working with medicinal plants and ayahuasca
  • Group processing and integration meetings
  • Laundry service
  • Translation from Shipibo and Spanish to English
  • All workshops facilitated in English
  • Porters to carry your luggage to and from the Temple
  • All transportation to and from the pickup and drop-off location and the Temple

Not Included:

* Airfares (International and National) * Airport transportation * Travel Insurance * Accommodation in Iquitos * Peruvian Visa costs for non EEC or USA nationals * Personal expenses (meals and drinks in Iquitos, etc)

SAMPLE Daily Program

6:30-7:30am: Meditation & Pranayama session (introducing
7:30-9am: Asana practice. Very gentle flow or yin on the the
days after ayahuasca ceremonies.
9am: Breakfast
10-11:45am: on post ceremony days: Group Share – Facilitating
ayahuasca integration; on non post-ceremony days:
1 hour Yoga Nidra, and deeper exploration of yoga
workshop or lecture
12-12:45pm: Flower baths
1pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Rest
4-5:15pm optional: Practical Workshop: posture clinics/asana exploration
5:30-6/6:30pm: Yin Yoga or Restorative Yoga
6pm:
on non-ceremony days
Dinner
7-8pm: Meditation / Yoga Nidra
8pm: Ayahuasca ceremony (Days 2,4 & 6)

BOOKINGS:

Price: $1500

A 50 % deposit or the full retreat
fee is required to confirm your
reservation

Cancellations:

  • made 8+ weeks prior to the Amazon ayahuasca retreat start date are refundable or transferable to an alternate retreat start date.

  • cancellations made less than 8 weeks prior to the retreat start date will only be refundable or transferable if we can fill your place in the retreat.

  • all refunds incur a $100 administration fee.

For more information about this retreat and reservations, please go to the following link: https://templeofthewayoflight.org/retreats/9-day-yoga-intensive-ayahuasca-retreat-july-2017/

For specific yoga related questions and yoga teacher training course programs, please contact Ian Darrah at: http://iandarrah.com/contact/