Authentic Ayahuasca Retreats in Peru

Authentic Ayahuasca Retreats in Peru

Traditional Plant Medicine & Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Welcome to Mai Niti, we are a family-run ayahuasca and plant medicine healing center based in San Francisco, a native Shipibo community in the Amazon Jungle region of Peru. Ayahuasca and other plant medicines have their origins in these lands, as do Maestros Leonardo and Lucila. The family has been working as curanderos (healers) for many generations and has a profound depth of ancestral wisdom and knowledge with respect to the plants and healing. Their aim is to awaken you to your true potential by expanding your consciousness and healing your mind, body, and spirit.

The Maestros

In Peru, the term commonly used for shamans is maestro, and healers are commonly referred to as curanderos.

Ceremonies at Mai Niti are held under the guidance of powerful male and female healers from the Shipibo Tribe: Maestro Leonardo and Maestra Lucila.

Both well known and respected as skilled curanderos in their Shipibo community of San Francisco, the two now work together to bring their healing to the wider world.

Compassion is the force that drives them to do the work that they do, Leonardo and Lucila are dedicated entirely to the path of Curanderismo.

Maestro Leonardo

Leonardo has been working with the plants since the age of 12. Now, aged 85, he has over 70 years of experience with plant medicine and ayahuasca.

Maestra Lucila

After rigorous training from Leonardo, strict dietas, and many years in isolation, Lucila has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a Maestra.

The Center

When you step into Mai Niti healing center, you will be met with the love and compassion that are at the core of the Curanderos work. You will quickly become part of the family, and the curanderos are truly here for you every step of the way in your healing journey.

Mai Niti healing center is owned and run entirely by the Curanderos and their family. For this reason, they have the freedom to run the retreats in the way they feel is right, in order to bring the deepest level of healing and care to all who come.

The curanderos and their family will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you have a truly transformative healing experience and that you find what you are seeking. Living with them on their land is a truly eye-opening experience in which you will not only have the opportunity to heal and grow but experience life in symbiosis with nature, the way the Shipibo do.

Ayahuasca Retreats and Plant Dietas

Maloka for holding ayahuasca ceremonies

Mai Niti offers authentic ayahuasca retreats that are carefully designed to facilitate profound healing and transformation in the safest and most effective way possible. Retreats are held under the guidance of powerful and skilled Shipibo healers, both male and female, in the way that their ancestors have worked for thousands of years. At the center, the curanderos and family put great care into maintaining a compassionate and supportive environment at all times. This ensures that all participants are taken care of and guided through their healing journeys.

We find that small groups allow for a more impactful and personal healing experience – as such, all ceremonies have an average of 10 and a maximum of 15 guests in attendance.

The Curanderos work closely with each individual guest and develop a unique treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.

During your first ceremony with us, you will drink only a small cup of ayahuasca. In this ceremony, the curanderos will drink ayahuasca for you in order to assess you energetically and determine which plants you will need in the following days, and how much ayahuasca you will need for your next ceremony. This allows guests to safely ease into the medicine, instead of being thrown in at the deep end.

1 Month Ayahuasca Retreat (personalised / set)
Attend all Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies*
22 Day Ayahuasca Retreat
8/9 Ayahuasca ceremonies, 3 San Pedro ceremonies*
$2100 USD
15 Day Ayahuasca Retreat
5/6 Ayahuasca ceremonies, 2 San Pedro ceremony*
$1600 USD
8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat
2/3 Ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 San Pedro ceremony*
$1000 USD
Plant Dieta or Master Plant Dieta (Learning / Healing)
Learn from the Shamans & Plant spirits
$2500 USD per month
Shamanic Apprenticeship (1 year+)
Contact for more information
Program for those who can't afford a retreat
Contact for info about discounts
Pure Ayahuasca Vine Retreats
All the above retreats without a psychedelic element
$900-2400 USD
Plant-free retreats
Come to heal with the maestros without consuming medicines
$900-2400 USD

While it is recommended by the shamans to stay at least 12-15 days for a deeper healing experience, you are welcome to come for any number of days you feel is right. Please get in touch if you’re interested in a longer / shorter-term stay.

Please keep in mind that the ceremony counts above are for guidance only (they’re held three times a week). The Curanderos may recommend a personalised healing process which (if you decide to go ahead) could affect the total amount of ceremonies you attend. This is because some plant remedies and treatments that may be prescribed will potentially require a break from Ayahuasca / San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremonies.

Shamanic Apprenticeships

Mai Niti also offers Shamanic apprenticeships – get in touch for more information.

Long term stays / Plant Dietas

If you wish to heal deeper or physical issues, you’re advised to book a free Skype consultation with Maestra Lucila.

The plant dieta is at the core of all Shipibo healing practices. The dieta is a way in which one becomes open to receive the knowledge and healing of the sacred plants known as master plants. The dieta is the process by which one can come into communion with the plants.


Ayahuasca and master plants can help to bring about profound healing of one’s body, mind and spirit as well as a transformation of one’s life, and awakening to one’s true potential. These sacred medicines allow us to access deeper parts of our consciousness and psyche and uncover and uproot the things that block us from living our true potential as healthy, happy and free beings.

These sacred plant medicines can be a powerful ally to you if you are seeking any of the following:

  • To heal trauma and deep routed psychic wounds
  • To release unconscious emotional, psychological and spiritual blockages
  • To heal physical and mental diseases at their root
  • To release deep-rooted fears and doubts
  • To align with one’s soul purpose and calling in life
  • To expand and awaken one’s consciousness
  • To heal ancestral and family karma
  • To uncover one’s innate healing abilities

What’s Included?

A typical 15 day retreat includes:

  • 6 Ayahuasca Ceremonies (1 where you attend without drinking)
  • 2 San Pedro Ceremonies
  • Treatment with Healing and Teacher Plants
  • Plant baths
  • Plant saunas
  • Nutritious vegetarian food
  • Private bedroom with a double bed
  • 1 to 1 meeting with Shamans whenever required
  • Personal treatment plan

There’s also the option to take part in some of the following activities:

  • Rio Ucayali boat tour and dolphin watching
  • Explore the local jungle
  • Learn how to make Shipibo crafts

Guests who would prefer to adhere to a Nobel Silence can be provided with the space and privacy required to do so.

The Jungle Meets The Andes Retreat

The Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco, Peru

The Mai Niti family & team heads to The Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco, for a special retreat exploring both Amazonian and Andean Shamanism.

We’ll work with powerful shamans and powerful plant medicines from both the Andean and Shipibo cultures.

This retreat is held a few times a year, for more information check the page here or email us inquiring about The Jungle Meets The Andes.