Anam Cara Healing Retreats 8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat

8 Days


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
  • Breathwork
  • 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

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, Amazonian, healing plant baths & steams
  • Airport transportation
  • Organic meals provided
  • 1-on-1 personalized care, counseling, and facilitation
  • Multiple workshops, talks, and group circles throughout the retreat to support medical work
  • 1-on-1 Preparation calls with your facilitators
  • Virtual group preparation and connection calls
  • Multiple 1-on-1 post-retreat integrations calls with facilitators up to 3 months after
  • 100-page custom, 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.


You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Anam Cara Healing Retreats 8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat
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