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.

Retreats At Mai Niti

Retreats at Mai Niti center are a little different to other Ayahuasca Retreats / centers – here, you’re invited to undergo a personalised process tailored specifically to the issues that you’re facing in life.

The owners of the center, Maestro Leonardo and his daughter Maestra Lucila, treat guests with a range of plant medicines – not just Ayahuasca.

On your first ceremony, the shamans will drink Ayahuasca to connect with you energetically – they use this ceremony to decide which plants they’ll give you and what type of process you’ll have in the coming weeks.

At some point, they’ll call you up to sit in front of them so that they can sing you an icaro directly to you to both help you heal and for them to understand what’s going on for you (an Icaro is an ancient healing song used in Shipibo shamanism to heal guests).

Following this ceremony, they’ll create a personalised plan involving a combination of plant baths, energy work, plant medicines and remedies, plant saunas and plant purgitives, as well as Ayahuasca and Wachuma to help you heal past the issues you face.

During your stay, you’ll periodically connect with the shamans in ceremony, where both you and they will work on your issues, and where they’ll also be able to check in with you and see how your process is going (and adjust it accordingly).

Guests stay anywhere from 1 week to multiple months at the center to work on various issues, be them psychological, physical or spiritual.

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.

Our Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreats

What’s Included?

There are 3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies and 1 San Pedro ceremony held per week.

Guests are invited to join us for anywhere between 6 days and 120 days.

The retreat center is open all year around (apart from occasional breaks when we travel to Europe or Cusco – enquire for further details), so there are no set retreat dates – you are welcome to join us on any date and stay as long as desired / required / advised.

Waht’s included?

3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies per week (1 introductory ceremony, where you’ll drink a small amount of Ayahuasca)

1 San Pedro Ceremonies per week

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

We sometimes take part in activities also, depending on the dates you join us we may:

Go on a boat tour along the local rivers

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.

Retreat Pricing

8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or 3 Aya ceremonies, 1 Wachuma/San Pedro ceremony*
$1000 USD
15 Day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or 6 Aya ceremonies, 2 Wachuma/San Pedro ceremony*
$1700 USD
22 Day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or 9 Aya ceremonies, 3 Wachuma/San Pedro ceremony*
$2200 USD
30 Day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or 12 Aya ceremonies, 1 Wachuma/San Pedro ceremony*
$2700 USD
60 Day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or Attend all Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies*
$5200 USD
90 Day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or Attend all Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies*
$7800 USD
120 Day Ayahuasca & Plant Medicine Retreat
Personalised healing retreat or Attend all Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies*
$10,400 USD
Plant Dieta or Master Plant Dieta (Learning / Healing)
Learn from the Shamans & Plant spirits (interview required)
$2700 USD per month
90-120 Day Shamanic Apprenticeship (1 year+ overall commitment required)
Contact us for more information and a discussion with Maestra Lucila
$2700 USD per month
1 Year Shamanic Apprenticeship (can be done in 3/4 month parts or all at once)
Contact us for more information and a discussion with Maestra Lucila
$2700 USD per month
Plant Medicine Retreats (no Ayahuasca or psychedelic plants)
All the above retreats without a psychedelic element
$1000/week - $2700/month)
Healing Retreat (to address physical conditions with no psychedelic plants)
Come to heal with the maestros without consuming medicines
$1000/week - $2700/month)
Program for seriously ill and unable to work
Contact us for an interview - strictly for those who are seriously ill / unable to work due to their condition

While it is recommended by the shamans to stay 15 days or longer for a deeper healing experience, you are welcome to come for any period of time starting at 6 days.

*Please keep in mind that the ceremony counts above are for guidance only (Ayahuasca ceremonies are held three times a week, Wachuma/San Pedro once 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 – these are between 90 days (when done in parts) and 1 year+ long, get in touch for more information.

Long term stays / Healing Dietas / Masterplant 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

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.

You can find more information about The Jungle Meets The Andes Retreat in the itinerary here: