Anam Cara Healing Retreats

8 Days

At an ayahuasca retreat with Anam Cara Healing Retreats in Cusco Peru, vulnerability and compassion are encouraged in order to take advantage of the profound transformation catalyzed by Ayahuasca’ powerful healing properties.

At Anam Cara Healing Retreats, we complement traditional indigenous plant medicine ceremonies with a trauma-informed, body-based therapeutic approach, and long-term ongoing integration support to help you flourish in the ever-unfolding possibilities of sustainable and lasting transformation. This is because we acknowledge that each person’s relationship with plant medicine and healing journey is intimate and highly personal, with an array of different needs.


Our plant medicine retreat takes place on sacred land in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru, and is set in an intimate, luxury retreat space located in a secluded environment surrounded by incredible mountains and healing nature.

Anam Cara Healing Retreats are all-inclusive events that include:

  • 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies, with Ayahuasca grown, harvested, and brewed by our family of Shipibo maestros in the Amazon jungle of Peru.
  • Daily yoga,
  • Breathwork,
  • Nature hikes, sacred plant baths, integration circles, community activities,
  • A highly experienced facilitation team,
  • All organic meals are included.

Staff and Founders

Neils Poole and Francesca Barone created Anam Cara Healing Retreats to offer plant medicine journeys in a safe, intimate way focusing on each client as an individual and honoring their unique healing path.

Neils has lived in Peru for over a decade, working extensively with Indigenous plant medicine traditions. Having co-founded and facilitated multiple high-end Ayahuasca retreats throughout Latin America, guiding clients through personal plant medicine journeys, Neils incorporates a broad spectrum of trainings in different types of trauma in order to bring transformative and grounded support to the healing spaces he holds.

With training as a naturopath, plant medicine facilitator and holistic nutritionist,  Francesca, who hails from the midwest of the United States, considers it her mission to help alleviate the growing crisis in health and spirituality. Having studied under the world-famous Gabor Maté, Francesca is known for her expertise in plant medicine and shamanic healing, helping clients overcome long standing trauma.

The goal of an ayahuasca retreat with Anam Cara Healing Retreats in Cusco Peru is to bridge the worlds of ancestral Amazonian Shamanism with therapeutic techniques grounded in modern psychology. Having walked individual paths of healing while traveling the world and exploring a diverse array of holistic modalities and spiritual teachings, Neils and Francesca’s work weaves together their combined experience to bring each guest a unique, safe, and profoundly transformative journey of reconnecting with the deepest parts of themselves and the healing wisdom of nature.


  • 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies, with Ayahuasca grown, harvested, and brewed by our family of Shipibo maestros in the Amazon jungle of Peru.
  • Comprehensive 1:1 therapeutic counseling and support Facilitation team trained in trauma work, cognitive psychology, somatic healing, naturopathic medicine, and shamanism
  • 3-month preparation and post-retreat integration support and group container
  • Custom plant medicine integration journal

Our Processes

At Anam Cara Healing Retreats, we administer Ayahuasca based on the wisdom, guidance, and experiences of Shipibo Curanderos, an indigenous people along the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.

The Shipibo culture has deeply shamanic roots, influenced by their devout connection to nature, and are one of the oldest carriers of Ayahuasca medicine.

Their relationship to the elements, plants, animals, and ecosystem is the foundation for their connection to spirit and access to powerful healing wisdom. While many indigenous tribes make use of Ayahuasca, our approach to care aligns with the Shipibo Lineage’s wisdom and integrity as well as the energy exchanged between patient and healer.

The Shipibo Ayahuasca medicine ceremonies and rituals retreat visitors experience at Anam Cara are founded in:

  • Tradition and strong integrity
  • Safety
  • Intentionality

Intake and Screening Process

Fill out our in-depth medical forms and talk with our intake coordinator.  Our goal is to understand your intentions, and your medical history, ruling out any contraindications to your attendance

Preparation Process

2 weeks before you come, we ask that you discontinue certain medications and follow the planned diet we have sent you in your welcome package.   Please check with your physician before modifying any of the medications you take.

Calculating Your Dosage of Plant Medicine

Based on body weight, medical history, and personal intent.


Our retreat leader is an Indigenous community elder from Peruvian Colombian amazon. He hails from a long lineage of traditional medicine people and his life’s work has been dedicated to healing as well as growing and brewing his own Ayahuasca. Ceremonies take place over 3 nights and 3 days. During their ceremonies, facilitators/support team of 1 team member per 3 guests, assist, guide, and support retreat goers throughout the process.


After the ceremony, we gather in a sharing circle to talk through our experiences and journey.


Bedroom at Anam Cara Healing Retreats
Private bedroom at Anam Cara Healing Retreats.

This luxury retreat center offers beautiful rooms all equipped with private bathrooms, hot showers, and beautiful views of the Andes leaving you feeling comfortable in your space and fully supported in diving deep into this immersive medicine experience.



Sample Itinerary

  • Unpack and meet facilitators and guests
  • Ayahuasca session begins at 9 am.
  • Spend your ceremonial time in your personal space, which has a mattress, blankets, pillow and a bucket.
  • You have the option to explore nature under the supervision of our team
  • Tasty dinner time meal served around 8 pm.
  • Spend the morning in a group sharing circle
  • Spend 2 hours in a one on one integration session with your facilitator.


Which costs are included in the retreat price?

  • 4 plant medicine ceremonies
  • Meditation and breathwork classes
  • Daily yoga
  • Sacred healing plant baths & steams with Amazonian plants
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • All organic meals throughout the retreat
  • 1:1 personalized care, counseling, and facilitation
  • Multiple workshops, talks, and group circles throughout the retreat to support medical work
  • 1:1 Preparation calls with your facilitators
  • Virtual group preparation and connection calls
  • Multiple 1:1 post-retreat integrations calls with your facilitation team
  • 3 months post-retreat
  • Custom made 100-page plant medicine integration journal

Which costs are excluded in the retreat price?

  • Airfare


Do you provide transportation to the retreat?

We pick you up as a group in Cusco on day 1 of your retreat and returned on day 8. It is a 75 minute drive to the retreat from Cusco. Our pick up and drop off services is included in the the cost of your retreat.
If your travel plans don’t allow for you to make the group transport option, we can arrange private transport for you at an additional cost.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

– 100% return of deposit if cancelling more than 2 months prior to retreat
– 50% return of deposit if cancelling 1 to 2 months prior to retreat.
– 25% return of deposit if cancelling 1 month to 2 weeks prior to retreat.
– Full payment required if cancelling less than 2 weeks prior.

What procedures do you have in place to manage medical emergencies?

– Staff have full first aid training.
– Nearest hospital is 10km away.


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