Noya Rao Voice of Light
What does the Noya Rao Voice of Light involve?
In this unique Voice retreat, you will be offered the opportunity to open and connect to your voice within the context of the Noya Rao Dieta and with Ayahuasca in ceremony. Within a general container of silence, our voices will be almost exclusively used in song and in the exploration of sound and vibration.
When I am silent I fall into the place where everything is music.Rumi
Why Voice of Light?
There is a beautiful mystery revealed in the practice of traditional Shipibo Master Plant Dietas: That the common language between plants and humans is a song. In this age-old practice of forming an energetic alliance and “friendship” with the spirit of a plant, a reciprocal relationship between the dieter and the plant being dieted is formed wherein the language of communication between the two becomes melody. The plant “gifts” its song to the dieter and in return, the dieter may use this song to connect with and offer love and appreciation to the plant, as well as to call on its spirit to assist in daily life, and in healing work with self and others.
In the west, many people grow up feeling cut off from their authentic voice and freedom of expression; there is a common sentiment that in order to sing, one must be a “singer”. This false belief prevents many from discovering one of the readiest means of connecting with Spirit and the simple yet transformative power of sound and vibration.
Daily classes will guide you in simple techniques of breathwork, loosening and warming the vocal chords, exploration of simple melody and chants, and improvisation with the voice.
Your Noya Rao Retreat Facilitator
Maestra Juana will be your facilitator for the Noya Rao Dieta. Juana is 60 years old and was born into one of the most respected and powerful healing lineages of the Shipibo tradition. She has dedicated her life to the sacred healing traditions of her people and has been studying as a Maestra for more than 30 years. She has dieted extensively on Noya Rao and has expert knowledge of the body and the processes one undergoes when dieting on this mythical master plant.
Maestra Juana is also a bone doctor and specializes in massage and bone setting. She will be available to provide participants with a rare opportunity to receive a bone massage whilst on retreat.
It is a privilege to have such an experienced, passionate wise elder to share her expertise and childlike sense of aliveness with us on retreat.
Noya Rao and Sound
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. Noya Rao has belonged to and been used in sacred ceremony by the Mahua Shipibo traditions for centuries. Noya Rao is known for its capacity to activate intuition in the dietero(a), promote mental clarity and to increase one’s capacity for organized thought. Coupling a Master Plant Dieta with singing heightens Noya Rao’s capacity to promote profound healing and to reveal important insights to the dietero (a).
Will there be time to share?
Yes. Whilst on retreat, you will be able to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the AHR facilitators and the other retreat participants when we have dedicated circle discussion the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony. These circle discussions are invaluable in helping you to process your experiences of Ayahuasca and Noya Rao. We therefore strongly encourage all participants to attend and to share honestly.
There will also be dedicated time set aside on each day of the retreat for you to speak individually with one of our experienced facilitators. It’s important to note that this is not a therapy session, but rather an opportunity for you to talk through your experience of the sacred plant medicines. We find that these sessions often help participants to gain the clarity necessary to recognize what needs to be let go of and the courage to leave behind what’s no longer serving them.
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.
What is included in the Noya Rao Voice of Light?
- 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies
- Your Noya Rao Dieta
- Daily vocals classes
- Intention setting on the first day
- Private consultations with our curandera, Maestra Juana
- Powerful bone massage
- Plants baths
- Intimate circle discussion, the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony
- Dedicated integration group on the final day of our retreat
- One private follow-up integration sessions via Skype
- Art materials for writing and drawing
- Intimacy of a small group of 12 people
- 3 wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our Ayahusaca ceremonies
Post Retreat Support
Following your Noya Rao Voice retreat, you will receive one individual 1 hour support session with our integration specialist.
The sessions will be scheduled at 1 month post retreat will be delivered by Atira Tan (MA Art Therapy Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, SEP). Atira has over 13 years’ experience working in trauma recovery and is deeply passionate about the transformative potential of sacred plant medicines. In your integration sessions, you can expect to be listened to with compassion by a dedicated professional that has experienced sacred plant medicine herself. Atira will guide you using Somatic ExperiencingTM principles, helping you to locate within you the resources and wisdom needed to preserve with your healing journey. These sessions will offer you the opportunity to discuss your sacred medicine experiences, including any visions you may have witnessed and to work through tangible solutions to any real-world problems you are facing that are preventing you from fully integrating this work.
Ready to journey with us?
Ask us questions about what to expect on retreat, book a free Skype session, start your medical screening questionnaire and get set to be profoundly changed.