At an 8 day ayahuasca retreat with Anam Cara Healing Retreats in Cusco, Peru, vulnerability and compassion are encouraged to take advantage of the profound transformation catalyzed by Ayahuasca’s powerful healing properties.
Run by Neils Poole & Francesca Barone, Anam Cara Healing Retreats has a primary goal. We aim to fuse traditional indigenous plant medicine ceremonies with trauma-informed, somatic therapy. We augment this approach with long-term, continuing integration support. Our post-session support helps you flourish and realize all the evolving possibilities of sustainable and enduring transformation. Our work manifests these results by acknowledging that each person’s relationship with plant medicine and their healing journey is intimate and subjective, with distinct needs.
We were inspired to start a psychedelic retreat after our personal experiences with plant medicine that radically changed the direct experience of our lifes, providing great healing of addictions and trauma. Our journey with plant medicine has been paradigm-shifting and deeply transformative, and we wanted to share this experience with others who seek healing. We have been blessed to cross paths with gifted indigenous healers from the Amazon, who carry forward an ancient, ancestral healing technology that we believe can heal the roots of many of our modern world afflictions.
Neils Poole & Francesca Barone, Founders
Our plant medicine retreat takes place on sacred land in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru. It is set in an intimate, luxury retreat space located in a secluded environment surrounded by incredible mountains and healing nature.
All-inclusive Anam Cara Healing retreats include:
- 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies, with ayahuasca farmed, harvested, and brewed by our Shipibo maestro family in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.
- Yoga daily
- Hiking in Mother Nature
- Sacred plant bathing
- Integration sessions
- Community activities
- Expert facilitation team
- Organic meals 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 training in different types of trauma 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