Upcoming Retreats

Sep 12 – 18, 2017
Nov 14 – 20, 2017
Dec 12 – 18, 2017
Mar 06-12, 2018
Apr 10-16, 2018
May 22-28, 2018
Aug 14-20, 2018
Sep 18-24, 2018

Retreat Cost

1,300 US$ per person (flight tickets not included).
1,450 US$ per person (with San Pedro ceremony and extra night accommodation).

The payment will be collected in US$ cash on the first day of the retreat.

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Come join us for a 7-day Ayahuasca retreat that will assist you with opening up to a deep transformation and a profound healing experience of expanded awareness and connection to your inner soul and higher self.

Our Ayahuasca retreats are for those who seek a responsible way of elevating their self awareness and consciousness. The sacred medicine of Ayahuasca sheds light into your reality and shows you what you need to heal, and/or integrate in order to transcend onto higher levels of expanded awareness and harmony. The retreat offers you the key to ancestral shamanic practices which will lead to amplified states of consciousness.

During the retreat, there will be three Ayahuasca ceremonies, on the first, third and fifth evening of the retreat. They will be held in a harmonic environment facilitating the integration of the experience. This opportunity for deep spiritual growth, reflection and holistic cleansing is invaluable and will positively effect every aspect of your life.

Registration Procedure:

• Fill on the  Online Medical Form

IMPORTANT: Please let us know about any serious medical, psychological or drug dependency problems that you may suffer from.

• Before being accepted, please send us a simple motivation letter (email) explaining the reasons why you want to attend the Ayahuasca retreat, and please include any previous experiences on your “personal quest” (mystical experiences, participation in religious groups, meditation or other techniques, or use of psychoactive substances).

After we read your motivation letter and your medical form, Ayahuasca-Wasi will send you an email to confirm your reservation, or ask you for more information if necessary.

• Once we answer you, you will need to buy your flight tickets to Lima and Cusco airport, and send us both flight information (date of arrival, time, flight number and airline) in order to complete the application and secure your spot in the Ayahuasca retreat you have chosen.

Space is limited so please sign up early to reserve your spot.

Antidepressant medication is contraindicated, or inadvisable, with the use of Ayahuasca. Please let us know if this is your case, and we will help you in the best way possible. You need to be free of medication at least two weeks prior to attending the ceremonies.
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During your Ayahuasca retreat, you will stay at Melissa Wasi, a Bed and Breakfast located near the base of the temples of Pisaq, Perú, 40 minutes from the city of Cusco.  The house is surrounded by massive mountains called “Apus” in the very center of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is one kilometer from the village of Pisaq which is well known for its Sunday market place and its beautiful, simple people.

Each bedroom is shared double occupancy, with amenities such as bathrooms with hot water 24 hours a day, and electricity (220v.) Your view includes the sacred mountains (Apus), farm lands and the Pisaq temples.

The Ayahuasca retreats take place in this powerful and spiritual place in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. We are in an environment were we can meditate in peace, surrounded by the incredible energy and the right conditions for deep transformation to occur.

For your booking please consider that the Ayahuasca retreat will start around noon on the first day published on the website, and end on the morning of the last day published.

To book your flight tickets to Lima and to Cusco check the FAQ section below for the cheapest flight.

You can arrive at the Cusco airport at any time before noon on the first day of the retreat. We will arrange for you to be picked up from the airport at the time your flight arrives and drive you to Melissa Wasi in Pisaq. The ride is 45 minutes from Cusco to where the Ayahuasca retreat will take place. Likewise, you can leave any time on the last day published. We will provide transportation back to Cusco airport only on the day the retreat ends.

If you are already in Cusco city, we will pick you up from your hotel on the first day of the retreat, so please send us the hostel address and phone information when you arrive, for us to to be in contact.

We invite you to stay several days after your Ayahuasca retreat, since you will feel drawn to stay and share with the translucent community in Pisaq after going through this transformational experience. In fact, it would be very beneficial for the continued process of understanding and integrating this new reality that emerge within you after the retreat.

Find more traveling information in the FAQ section below.

One does not have to be of a specific spiritual belief to use or get the benefits of this medicine. Recognized by native tradition as a “teacher plant” Ayahuasca facilitates holistic healing and self discovery, far beyond the frontiers of any conventional treatment.

What we offer

  • Three (3) Ayahuasca ceremonies in a sacred environment.
  • Accommodation, transportation and meals, with exquisite ingredients of the Andean region preparing the body for receiving the sacred medicine.
  • Group Integration Sessions to assist in understanding your journeys and new found awareness.
  • Yoga, Satsangs and mindfulness practices.
  • San Pedro Ceremony (optional) on the last day of the retreat and Kambô therapy (optional) during the retreat.
  • Rapé experience during every Ayahuasca ceremony.
  • Sauna with hot herbal tea, good music and bonfire.
  • Included Excursions – You will have the opportunity to visit the sacred temples of Pisac, the beautiful native textile village of Chauaitiri, the famous sunday market place of Pisac.
  • Interaction with the translucent community here in the Sacred Valley which for many can be as profound as the medicine work itself.
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You may arrive any time on the first day of your Ayahuasca Retreat, but it is better if you arrive in the morning, so you can rest. If needed, we will pick you up from the airport or your hotel if you are already in Cusco. We typically will start the retreat at noon with a gathering for introductions and instructions.

To book your tickets to Lima, you can check:

However, you may see better pricing when you buy your local flight tickets from Lima to Cusco (60 min flight,) from the following airlines:

All commercial airlines have online booking. The average cost of a round trip ticket from Lima-Cusco-Lima is @ $150 to $350 USD (depending on the season). Please Note: There are no evening flights to Cusco so you may have to spend the evening in the Lima airport, or get a hotel in Lima for the layover. 

We are at 2,800 m. (9,500 ft high) so the air is usually cool and dry during the night and sunny during the day. You can check weather.com for an accurate 10-day forecast for your Ayahuasca retreat.

The rainy season is typically from December through March. The dry season from end of March to November. However, the weather can be very unpredictable, so it is always useful to have a rain jacket.

Bring warm clothes for the evenings, as it can get chilly, and bring a hat and/or sun block, and lip balm. And especially bring a rain poncho if you are coming in the rainy season (Dec – Mar). Having a notebook or Journal might be useful as well for recording your thoughts and helping with your integration.

Please also bring a personal water container, if possible, to avoid plastic pollution. We will provide fresh filtered water. And finally, bring a small flashlight (optional) and your yoga mat (optional).

Please bring a “warm light” flashlight, not the white led ones since it would be too bright for use it inside the temple.

Some kinds of medication are not a problem, however others, like antidepressant medication, can be a problem. So just tell us about your medication and we will assist you.
Yes, just let us know in advance of your dietary restrictions, and we will assist you.

In preparation for this profound experience, we have to prepare both physically and psychologically. We strongly recommend that the participants considerably reduce the eating of meat (especially pork), salt, sugar, and chili, in order to prepare to receive the Ayahuasca. And please remember to abstain from drinking alcohol and other substances which may cloud your consciousness.

During the Ayahuasca retreat a complete sexual abstinence is mandatory, with the purpose of keeping available our vital energy for the experience.

As a psychological preparation, we recommend doing some type of contemplative practices such as meditation or yoga, to bring us moments of reflection about our upcoming transcendental experience.

During the retreat we can organize Kambo and San Pedro ceremonies for the ones interested. Please ask about these options during the registration process.
Kambo will be offered three times during the week.
San Pedro will be optional the day the retreat ends. For this option it will be necessary to spend an extra night at the retreat center or elsewhere.To book a room at the retreat center please contact Melissa Wasi directly at melissa@melissa-wasi.com
For local kids:

  • School items
  • Small toys

For us:
Sometimes we receive emails of participants asking what would we like or need from other countries. So here are some things we love that we are unable to find here. It is always a pleasure to receive them:

  • From Canada: Ebesse Zozo hot sauce (www.awassi.net) or the best hot sauce in your country.
  • Natural Delights MedJools Dates.
  • Maple Syrup.
  • Fluoride free toothpaste.
  • Teabags of your choice.
  • Warm heavy XL socks.
  • Any toy for our kids (Our daughter Katara is 4 years old and our son Arué is 12 years old).

You may stay longer than the retreat but please arrange your accommodation directly with Melissa Wasi if you want to stay here. You may contact the owners directly at chito@melissa-wasi.com

If you want to stay in the town of Pisaq, you can try  Pisaq Hotel.

If you arrive in Lima prior to the retreat, may we recommend two comfortable hostals in Miraflores. Both have transportation service from and to the airport ($12 USD) and online booking. The cost of a single room is around $30 USD.

Hostal Porta
Porta 686, Miraflores
Phone: (511) 242-0505

Hotel El Ducado
Juan Fanning 337, Miraflores
Phone: (511) 447-1919

Visit Best of Cusco for a complete list of good recommendations around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Also, if you are planning on staying some days before or after the retreat inCusco, may we recommend some hotels near the Main Plaza and San Blas.

Hotel Marqueses
Garcilazo 256, Cusco.
Phone: (5184) 264249

Hostal Rumi Punku
Choquechaca 339, Cusco
Phone: (5184) 22-1102

If you choose to stay in Pisaq, you can stay at Melissa Wasi, in nearby accomodations or in the town of Pisaq.

If you have chosen to stay longer before or after the retreat, you can join the regular Ayahuasca Ceremonies that are offered on Fridays and Mondays, to the growing translucent community staying and living around the Sacred Valley. Check the dates of the Upcoming Ayahuasca Ceremonies.


The shortest way to Machu Picchu from Pisaq is to take a taxi (US$35 aprox.) from Pisaq to Ollantaytambo (1:30 min ride) the morning on the last day of the retreat, then buy the latest train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) (3 hours train) so you can spend the day in Ollantaytambo and visit the Inca temples. In Aguas Calientes you can spend the night and visit Machu Picchu the next morning and return on the same day to Ollantaytambo or continue to Cusco directly.

If you buy your train tickets on the internet, choose the option “Sacred Valley-MachuPicchu” and that will take you to from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).

Visit Best of Peru Travel for more information.

Pisaq (2,850m) is a bit lower than Cusco (3,400m), and you are not likely to get altitude sickness. If it happens, it is usually mild and can be easily treated with some rest and coca tea, which will be offered upon arrival.
The Ayahuasca retreat is double occupancy but you may ask for availability on private rooming. This will depend on the number of participants and availability, and will include an extra cost for the week.

Please bring cash with you, either soles or dollars, as we will collect payment once you check in. We do not accept credit cards at this time, but there are ATMs in Pisac where you can withdrawal about $300 USD at a time, so please plan accordingly.

Credit cards are normally accepted in hotels, restaurants, and stores in the city of Cusco and Lima, but not in Pisac. You can change traveler checks or go to the bank in Cusco or Lima, but again, not in Pisaq. We do not accept traveler checks either.

You can exchange your dollars in every town and sometimes pay directly in dollars. The exchange rate is around 2.6 peruvian soles per US$ dollar. (August 2013)

In Lima and Cusco please be mindful with your personal belongings, camera, video and personal stuff because pickpocket theft is common. If possible do not go out with valuable things.  No worries once you arrived to Pisac however, it’s a safe-heaven.

It is not necessary to have any vaccines to travel to Puerto Maldonado or Cusco. Many countries recommend it as a precautionary measure but in the last 10 years there has been no report of malaria or yellow fever in these areas. Moreover the malaria pills have unpleasant side effects on the body.

San Pedro Ceremony

Stay an extra night and participate in a San Pedro ceremony, the perfect closure for helping integrate your Ayahuasca experience with one of the most contemplative and heart healing medicine plants in the andes of South America.

San Pedro (Huachuma) is a teacher plant (Grandfather medicine) that grows in the andes of South America. It give us the opportunity of stopping the stream of thoughts and reconnect us to the presence that emerge of the stillness of nature.

We will hold a San Pedro Ceremony on the last day of the retreat, lead by facilitators in the community who have extended experience in the use of this teacher plant. A typical daytime ceremony with this heart-opening medicine lasts 12-14 hours and is likely a potent transformational experience, involving intuitive insight; it is a perfect complement for the integration of your week long experience with Madre Ayahuasca.

Kambô Ceremony

giant-monkey-frog 200x167The Kambô therapy uses the venom (poison) released by the Giant Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), which has been found to contain more than 200 bioactive peptides providing deep healing for people with varied conditions.

In a session of kambô you will experience a rapid reaction of your autonomous nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic) as well as a vomiting and possible  swelling (that will go away). The session lasts anywhere from 45 min to 90 min depending on the person. The ‘intense’ part lasts anywhere from 5 to 40 min.

Rapé Application

Rape 250x164Rapé is the general name given to medicines that are grinded into fine powder and then blown into both nostrils. Most rapés are made with tobacco and other ingredients.

Rapé can help us to move the energy that is blocked or when we feel stuck during Ayahuasca ceremonies. The use of Rapé is considered by the indigenous peoples to be therapeutic on multiple levels.  On the mental level it is known for clearing the mind, as well as helping to find ones center.

We have been working  exclusively with rapé from the yawanawa and Kaxinawa (Huni Kuin) tribes that is prepared with lots of prayers, respect and lots of focused attention and intention to be a helpful medicine. This medicine is composed by sacred tobacco and the ashes of a tree known as tsunú, which is consider to be one of the most used trees as remedy for many ailments.