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Ayahuasca Retreat & Shipibo Plant Diet

in the Sacred Valley, Peruvian Andes

10-24 April 2023

(with Maestra Manuela Mahua)



more about Ayahuasca & Shipibo Plant Diet read here

more about our Jungle retreats here

more about our Ocean retreats here (will come soon)


The Alchemy of the Sacred Valley & Shipibo Plant Medicine.... ​This retreat strives to alchemize the combined energies of sacred mountain medicine with Shipibo jungle plant medicine into a transformational healing experience. Ute: "I'm overjoyed to offer you space at this Andean retreat setting surrounded by archeological sites in the Sacred Valley, as an alternative program to the jungle. My Shipibo Maestra likes to offer the Shipibo medicine here with me in the mountains. People who know me know that I love the jungle. My love for it leads me to continue offering Masterplant Diets with the vibrations of these plants. While at the same time, I live here in the mountains because I value the environmental contrast. Life here in the Sacred Valley is very comfortable and much easier.  ​Therefore I love to offer our retreats in both magical settings that are so unique to one another. For me, both locations have their own special qualities and features.  The jungle has a unique vibration. You are held in the density and sounds of the green and alive surroundings.  ​The mountains carry clear air, sprawling views, majestic locations for reflecting in the Apus, and inspire a different way of connecting to the earth. ​In the mountains you can sit on the grass upon the earth and feel the ground close without creepy little creatures crawling over your skin. The mountains hold a safe space that welcomes a certain freedom of being. And it must also be said that it's sometimes nice to have more comfort. There can be value in not having to tackle the challenges of adapting to environments that are home to tropical insects and mosquitos. ​People often find the mountain environment considerably easier to adapt to than the jungle. ​Even if it is not the traditional Shipibo medicine setting, I highly value the energy of the mountains and the surrounding sacred sights. The Sacred Valley has a very palpable energy. It's for this reason that it's a wonderful alternative option for me to offer deep medicine work in the form of our Masterplant Retreats."

Accommodation & Location:

This mountain retreat has been created with mountain lovers in mind. It's ideal for those who are seeking to experience jungle medicine in the high Andes.

We stay at an idyllic Andean Mountain Lodge, situated above a tranquil community where locals live together with international expats.

You'll be provided with a comfortable private room and bathroom, nestled amongst the beautiful gardens of the lodge. Ute, the retreat organizer and facilitator lives nearby and will be available to guests during the day and throughout ceremonies.

This retreat has been created with consideration to guests who feel challenged by the prospect of adapting to the simple conditions and facilities offered on our jungle retreat. The Andean mountain venue allows guests the opportunity to work with sacred plants without being confronted by native wildlife such as insects and mosquitos. You'll have a comfortable bed and room to relax and integrate.

Jungle retreat prices are lower due to the accommodation being considerably more simple.

The host venue supports various Quechuan projects and uses retreat fees towards local education and preservation efforts. The venue owner demonstrates unrelenting integrity as she has dedicated her life to supporting Quechuan children and youth. 


You can find more information and pictures about the Mountain Retreat Venue here.


What's Included In The Retreat:

  • 14 nights accommodation

  • 6 x Ayahuasca ceremonies

  • 1x plant for your Dieta (Bobinzana or Noya Rao)

  • 2 x daily meals (in respect to fasting periods prior to the ceremony)

  • 3 x meals on the final day

  • Drinking water and tea

  • Diet-friendly fruits

  • Ceremony support / Facilitation by Ute & Iris (Co-Facilitator)

  • Note for women with their period at that time: in the beginning, when it is strong you can´t participate in the ceremony with Maestra Manuela. Please talk with me in that case. Depending on your experience we have options.

  • 1:1 Compassionate Inquiry & Psycho-spiritual Guidance throughout retreat duration by Ute

  • 2 x Group Sharing Circles (at retreat start and finish). Participants are encouraged to share only if they feel called to do so. 

  • 2 Group Meditation/Movement/Breathwork Sessions by Iris (click here).

  • Group sharing during the dieta is optional. Sharing unfolds organically and is entirely determined depending on how you feel during your dieta, and where you may be in your process. 

  • Translation Support (Spanish, English, German)

  • Mapacho (jungle tobacco)

  • Agua Florida

  • Plant/Flower baths before ceremony

  • 1 x massage

  • Integration Support (final day)

  • Optional hike (final day)

  • Last day: Andean cooking class

  • "Welcome package", first time with True-Journey: 2 Preparation and 2 Integration Calls

  • "Friends package", returning guests: 1 Preparation and 1 Integration Call

  • 3 Group Video Meetings: Integration & Sharing Circles: dates will be announced

  • Emergency Call if needed

Additional Offerings That Can Be Booked: (more information below)

- Cancha Cancha Hike: Offered two days prior to retreat start date. 

- Andean Weaving Art Workshop: before, during, or after.

- Andean Permaculture Workshop: Offered for people who like to stay longer.

Accommodation Before/After:

I highly recommend arriving at least two days prior to the retreat start date, so you can adjust to the altitude before working with the medicine. If you'd like to do the hike to the upper lagoons and community, arrive at least three days early. I highly recommend doing this hike if you feel physically able.

Guests traveling by air will arrive at the Cusco airport. Cusco is situated 3,400 meters above sea level. The altitude in the Valley is lower at about 2800-2900 meters. This is why I recommend driving into the Valley from the airport and organizing accommodation for the first few nights. There are many hotels that can be found between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. 


  • The first ceremony is on the second evening, and then every other night.

  • We will meet at the venue around 11:00 am on the first day before lunch.

  • Departure will be after breakfast on the last day.

  • The address of the guesthouse and our meeting point will be shared by email.




What To Expect: 

When deciding to partake in our mountain retreat, there are some points to take into consideration.


While in the Andes we will not have our Shipibo host family with us. Our Vegetalista who prepares extra plant remedies will also not be available. Please be aware that this special service is only offered on our jungle retreats.

This mountain Masterplant Retreat offers a comfortable experience. The lodges have been adapted to cater to western living standards while maintaining an authentic Andean space. The jungle and the mountains differ greatly from one another; each harnessing strong attributes unique to both environments. 

Registration Deadline: 15th  February 2023

Not Included:

  • Flights

  • Airport transportation to and from the retreat venue

  • Extra massages with the Maestra

  • Health Insurance: I recommend booking travel health insurance, including flight cancellation insurance. 

  • Travel Insurance (recommended)

  • Hotel/ Accommodation before & after the retreat

  • Shipibo Art/Craft: There will be handmade art products displayed for guests to buy that have been made by the Shipibo Maestra’s family

  • Additional coaching sessions for preparation and/or integration (contact me for prices/schedule)

  • In case of emergency: doctor/ hospital/ transport fees

  • Additional Andean Workshops


Additional information:

The destination airport is Cusco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. You will need about 1h 15 mins to reach the retreat location if traveling by taxi. We are located in between Urubamba and Calca in the Sacred Valley.

  • I will announce the retreat address via email before arrival.

  • Please read the Medical Guidelines Form before contacting me.

  • Preparation and integration are very important. I encourage participants to please schedule online sessions with me. There are 1-2 sessions before and after included in the retreat price.

  • You will receive documents after your registration to support you in your preparation and integration time.

  • You will need to accept the Pre & Post Dieta restrictions - please read them carefully!

  • I will send you a “to bring list” of things that might be practical and/or necessary for your stay.





Registration & Payment Information:

Please contact me for price information. 

The registration process includes filling out a questionnaire, signing a disclaimer and agreement document, and having a free twenty-minute call to get to know each other.

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Additional Andean Cultural Workshops

 Offered to support guests’ processes before, during, or after the retreat:


Two-Day Hike to Cancha Cancha (about 30km): 

The Cancha Cancha hike lays fertile ground for guests to take in the Apus by journeying along the breathtaking surrounding Andes. While trekking along the mountains, visitors can gain insight into Quechuan living and find themselves completely immersed in nature’s divinity.

Included in this experience is an overnight stay in a laid-back community located in the high Andes. A trek to sacred translucent mountain lagoons is also included for guests to grasp the diversity of the towering mountain range.

Meals are included.


  • It is necessary to arrive at least three days prior to the retreat start date.

  • Good physical health is required.

  • You will need to be adjusted to the altitude. If you are able to arrive even early to get used to the environment.

I recommend booking this hike prior. It is one of my favorite hikes to take before a diet as it creates opportunities to connect with the heart, body, and mind. This hike can be an effective way to cleanse the mind and dispose of stress before entering into dieta.

Andean Weaving Workshop:

This workshop is ideal as it introduces the practice of weaving. An element that is integral when discussing the topic of integration. Weaving can calm the mind, draw focus, and call about presence. While partaking in this ancient practice, the interlacing of vibrant Andean colors and patterns may provide wonderful opportunities that inspire the restructuring of internal landscapes. The essence of weaving reflects the energetic construction of new pathways assembled along one’s healing process.

You will learn about spinning, dyeing, and fabrics. The class will take about 3.5 hours.

This workshop is possible to book before, during, or after the retreat. If you book the Workshop before the retreat starts, you can keep the material and continue the weaving, which can be a great activity during your retreat.

Andean Permaculture Workshop:

This activity is offered by a team of local community members facilitating the permaculture project. They are enthusiastic about sharing their mission with guests in order to further their efforts in safeguarding cherished resources. The team considers agriculture to be a vital resource for all. They seek to sustain and regenerate their sacred land.

The owners of the land describe that having a strong commitment to the environment is essential in order to carry out the necessary daily conservational tasks. The family weaves the ancestral wisdom passed down to them from many generations into their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency.

The duration of this workshop is roughly three hours and can be taken before or after the retreat. Participants will need to arrive earlier for this or use the opportunity to stay longer to ground.

For more information about pricing and details please feel free to send me an email.

Do you have doubts ??? Unsure? This is okay and natural.
Maybe you like to read some of our FAQs.

How did you (Ute) choose the Shipibo Healer for the retreats?

With each of our Shipibo Healers I have done many months of Diets (Shipibo Plant Diets). I tested each of our healers by myself. I learned to trust each of them while I went by myself in deep own processes. By each one I felt guided and held very well over the years of working and learning with them. There were many challenges along the path so far and always I received support from them.

More FAQ´s here.

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