Noya Rao Dieta Guatemala

What does the Noya Rao Dieta in Guatemala involve?

The Noya Rao dieta retreat in Guatemala is similar and yet very unlike our standard retreats in Peru.  It is a 12-day immersive journey into the Shipibo’s tradition of the renowned Mahua family, a legendary family of Shipibo curanderos whose lineage stretches back hundreds of years. This unique retreat is located at the stunning Lake Atitlan, a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. The retreat will involve a Master Plant Dieta on the sacred Noya Rao tree, 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies, Mayan Fire Ceremony, Guided Meditation, Sound Healing, Temazcal. You will also have the opportunity to participate in one of one consultation with our Shipibo curandero Maestro Gilberto Mahua to seek spiritual guidance as you journey with the sacred plant medicines. 

The venue for your Noya Rao Dieta, Lake Atitlan 

Casa de Liberación is located in the magical highlands of San Marcos La Laguna, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. We are centered on the energy of Lago Atitlan and blessed with the stunning view of the three volcanoes and lake. We are located at the base of Xeabaj, the sacred cliff pinched between river and mountains. Here we enjoy an abundance of peace, birds, wildlife, plants, nature, sunsets and hiking. This spot harnesses powerful energy, situated on an ancient Mayan ceremonial site that dates back centuries.

Casa de Liberación is a space of heart-centered comfort, safety, authenticity and a home for spiritual growth, healing, celebration and learning. Part of the design of the space is to give back to the local community of San Marcos La Laguna and to help Mother Earth. All proceeds of La Casa de Liberación, beyond operational costs and sustainability, go directly to projects benefiting and supporting the local indigenous community, as well as the ecological preservation of Lago Atitlan.


Your Noya Rao Dieta Maestro

Maestro Gilberto Mahua will be your facilitator for the Noya Rao Dieta in Guatemala. Gilberto is 70 years old and was born into one of the most respected and powerful healing lineages of the Shipibo traditionHe has dedicated his life to the sacred healing traditions of hir people and has been dieting Master Plants for over 50 years since he was 11 years old. He has dieted extensively on many Master Plants like Noya Rao, Ayahuma, Bobinzana, Chullachaqui Caspi, Chiri Sanango and many more as he is often dieting to continue to be one of the most powerful healers.  Read more about Papa G. >>

It is a privilege to have such an experienced, passionate wise elder to share his expertise as an extraordinary healer with integrity and great humor.

Noya Rao Dieta 

Noya Rao which is otherwise known as “The Tree of Life” or “Camino a la Verdad” – The Path of Truth is a mythical plant, of which there are only three in the entire Amazon Basin. has belonged to and been used in sacred ceremony by the Mahua Shipibo traditions for centuries. In the Shipibo tradition dieting on the bark of the Noya Rao is believed to be essential in the path towards becoming a healer. Noyararo is believed to enhance one’s connection and relationships to the spirits indwelling in other sacred plants and to facilitate profound transformation in the individual. Dieting on Noya Rao can lead to greater capacity for organised thought, clarity, highly activated intuitive capacities as well as helping to bring to light unconscious assumptions one may have about the world, leading the dietero to have the newfound courage necessary to change them.

What is included in the Noya Rao, Lake Atitlan?

  • 5 Sacred Medicine ceremonies
  • Your Noya Rao Dieta
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony on the first day
  • Intention setting on the first day
  • Private consultations with our curandero, Maestro Gilberto Mahua
  • Sound Healing Journey
  • Temazcal (Sweat Lodge)
  • Plants and flowers baths
  • Intimate circle discussion, the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Dedicated integration group on the final day of our retreat
  • Guided Meditations
  • Fascinating group lectures on the Shipibo’s traditions and Master Plants
  • Optional Art therapy workshop
  • Art materials for writing and drawing
  • Musical instruments
  • Accommodation at Casa de Liberación, San Marcos La Laguna
  • Support to organise transportation from/to Guatemala City or Antigua
  • 3 wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our ceremonies nights.

Your investment does not include:

  • Your personal accommodation in Guatemala
  • Your airfares to and from Guatemala and transportation to and from San Marcos La Laguna
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your Guatemalan visa (if necessary)
  • Personal expenses and meals whilst in Guatemala

Am I expected to refrain from communicating via phone, text, and email for the duration of the retreat?

Yes. You are expected to refrain from using your mobile phone to text, call, email and access social media apps for the duration of the retreat. We encourage all participants to take care of all urgent matters prior to commencing their retreat. You will be expected to abstain from using your devices from the second day of retreat until the morning of the final day.


The role of our facilitators, who all have extensive experience in sacred plant medicines and various psychological and creative therapies is to support you to locate the courage you need to move through the difficulty. Their primary role is to ensure your wellbeing. Our facilitators will create a loving, compassionate space in which all participants feel safe, respected and free to express themselves authentically.

Elio Geusa

Elio Geusa

Lead Facilitator

Elio Geusa is the director of AYA Healing Retreats. He works in Peru helping to facilitate life-changing plant medicine experiences alongside Shipibo´s curanderos. He is immensely passionate about sharing his knowledge on Master Plants, respecting traditional ways of knowing, interpreting and navigating plant medicine work and helping to re-awaken his guests to the innate intelligence and benevolence of the natural world. Read More >>

Kara Cura

Kara Cura

Facilitator, Sound Healer

Kara offers facilitation and ceremonies that are built with the participants and their own intention. Holding a light to their goals and journey, Kara brings her knowledges to the group, holding you with love, healing and humor, and with creative solutions and paradigms to help allow new information to integrate into your soul. Read More >>

January 7th-18th 2019

Early Bird Discount $150 off if booked by 31 October! 

$1950 USD Shared Dorm Room

$2150 USD Semiprivate room (King Bed)

$2250 USD Shared Double Cabana (Queen Bed)

$2350 USD Single Cabana

$2450 USD Shared Private room with bathroom (Queen Bed)

$2550 USD Private room with bathroom

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