Healing Trauma: A Somatic Experiencing & Ayahuasca Retreat

Healing Trauma: A Somatic Experiencing and Ayahuasca Retreat

Trauma and Ayahuasca:
A pioneer in trauma healing and Somatic Experiencing Founder, Dr. Peter Levine states: “Shamanistic cultures view illness and trauma as a problem for the entire community, not just the individual … People in these societies seek healing as much for the good of the whole as for themselves.” (Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma)

Trauma is a fact of life. It has become so commonplace that most people do not even realize its impact or presence. Trauma is felt by all of us at some stage in our lives and does not result only from what is commonly thought to be its cause: shock trauma from abuse or attack. Trauma can be experienced through misfortune or during routine passages of life, such as surgery, medical and dental procedures, anesthesia, illnesses, and accidents and injuries. Inappropriate or harsh behavior by parents, teachers, and peers, as well as betrayal, financially hard times and the pressure of societal and cultural expectations, can all cause trauma, not only events such as the loss of a loved one, robbery or witnessing violence.

Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the “triggering” of the event itself. They stem from the frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved and discharged; this energy remains trapped in the system, where it can wreak havoc on our mind and body.

Held within the symptoms of trauma are the very energies, potentials and resources necessary for their constructive transformation. Ayahuasca is a profound tool in healing trauma, and with the support of Somatic Experiencing, our healing can deepen enormously, as Somatic Experiencing helps the nervous system to resolve the trauma that the plant medicines can bring up in ceremonies, to inspire and integrate new levels of healing, mastery and wisdom.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is, simply put, a bio-physiological approach to healing trauma.

What is Somatic Experiencing?

SE addresses our primary nervous system functioning. It resolves stuck symptoms of past adverse events that remain in non-cognitive regions of the brain, such as; relational, developmental or shock trauma.

A somatic approach allows us to be more aware and settled in the felt-sense of our physical restrictions and emotional contractions.

Through moment-to-moment awareness of sensations in your body, SE aims to gently re-establish the natural flow of your life energy, supporting the safe release of symptoms and energy from the nervous system. In SE sessions, we release the past experiences of trauma and restore your body, heart, and mind into a relaxed wholeness.

With a holistic and comprehensive understanding of trauma and somatic psychology, the SE individual and group sessions customize an integrative approach depending on personal need, that includes a holistic framework in the psychological, social/cross-cultural, emotional, physiological, and developmental areas of life.

Your Retreat Maestra

Maestra Juana will be your facilitator for the Healing Trauma: A Somatic ExperiencingTM and Ayahuasca Retreat. 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. More about Maestra Juanita >>

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 Dieta during the retreat 

Noya Rao which is otherwise known as “The Tree of Light” 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 silence heightens Noya Rao’s capacity to promote profound healing and to reveal important insights to the dietero (a). Silence alone enables us to become aware of subtle sensations, thoughts, feelings, and messages within; taking time to simply be with oneself without distraction and mindless chatter can help us to become aware of that within us that needs to be let go of, or embraced. In short, silence on its own enables us to glimpse wounds that need our attention and to contemplate what we want from our lives. Noya Rao is, therefore, the perfect companion for this retreat as it accelerates this process of connection and recognition of the wounds within that need transmutation, whilst giving the dietro(a) the courage needed to make positive changes in their behavior and to let go of their limiting beliefs.

What is included in the Healing Trauma: A Somatic Experiencing & Ayahuasca Retreat?

This 12-day retreat is an excellent and powerful opportunity to slow down, and take time out from the business of life to focus on our own personal transformation and growth. This specialised retreat will offer you:

  • 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • 4 Group SE sessions
  • 5 Art and Movement Therapy & Trauma Education Workshops
  • 1 Individual SE session
  • 1 Individual post-integration session
  • Your Noya Rao Dieta
  • Guided meditation
  • Intention setting on the first day
  • Private consultations with our curandera, Maestra Juana
  • Powerful bone massage
  • Plant baths
  • Intimate circle discussion, the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony
  • Dedicated integration group on the final day of our retreat
  • Art materials for writing and drawing
  • Musical instruments
  • The intimacy of a small group of 12 people
  • 3 wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our Ayahusaca ceremonies
Atira Tan

Atira Tan

Somatic Experiencing Therapist, Yoga & Meditation teacher

Atira has over 13 years’ experience working in trauma recovery and is deeply passionate about the transformative potential of sacred plant medicines. Atira is dedicated to creating the space for transformative experiences to occur for each participant.  Read More >>

Elio Geusa

Elio Geusa

Co-Facilitator

Elio Geusa is the director of AYA Healing Retreats.  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 reawaken his guests to the innate intelligence and benevolence of the natural world. Read More >>

Schedule 

Day 1: Arrival
12 noon: Arrival & Settling in
1 – 2.30 pm: Lunch
3 pm – 5 pm: Orientation & Master Plant talk
5 – 5.30 pm: Break
5.30 – 7.30 pm: Group Intention Setting Workshop
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
9 pm onwards: Silence

Day 2: 1st Ceremony 
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Individual Consultation with Maestra Juana
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 6 pm: Individual Consultation with Maestra Juana
6 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Ceremony guideline
8 pm onwards: 1st Ceremony

Day 3: Noya Rao Ceremony
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast or fasting
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Sharing/ SE Group Circle
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch or fasting
2 – 5 pm:  Working with Ayahuasca and Master Plant workshop
5 – 6.30 pm: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
7.30 – 8.30 pm: Dinner or fasting
8.30 – 9.30 pm: Noya Rao ceremony
9.30 pm onwards: Silence

Day 4: 2nd Ceremony
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5.30 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
5.30 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Gentle Somatic Yoga & Meditation
8 pm: 2nd Ceremony

Day 5: Noya Rao Ceremony
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group SE session with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
5 – 6.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
6.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
8 – 9 pm: Noya Rao Ceremony

Day 6:
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
6 – 7.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner

Day 7: 3rd Ceremony
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5.30 pm: Workshop with Elio/ SE Individual Sessions with Atira
5.30 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Gentle Somatic Yoga & Meditation
8 pm: 3rd Ceremony

Day 8:
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group SE session with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 5 pm: Individual Sessions with Atira or Maestra Juana
5 – 6.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
6.30 – 7.30 pm: Break
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner

Day 9:
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group Workshop with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 5 pm: Workshop with Elio/ SE Individual Sessions with Atira
6 – 7.30 pm: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
9 pm onwards: Silence

Day 10: 4th Ceremony 
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Shipibo market
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Flower Baths
3 – 5.30 pm: Workshop with Elio/ SE Individual Sessions with Atira
5.30 – 7 pm: Break
7 – 8 pm: Gentle Somatic Yoga & Meditation
8 pm: 4th Ceremony

Day 11: Integration Day
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Group SE session with Atira
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Flower bath
– 5 pm: Integration Workshop with Elio
5 – 6.30: Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Atira
6.30 – 7.30 pm: Break
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
9 pm onwards: Silence

Day 12: Closing
7.30 – 9 am: Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Closing
12.30 pm: Pack up and Goodbyes

Post Retreat Support

Following your Healing Trauma: A Somatic Experiencing & Ayahuasca 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). 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.

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