Traditional Master Plant Dieta with Papa Gilberto

Master Plant dieta under the renowned lineage of the Mahua family with Papa Gilberto. 

The Master Plant dieta or teacher plant diet is a unique opportunity to dive into the Shipibo lineage and study the tradition of connecting with the spirits of plant medicine during an Ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian Jungle. Located outside Pucallpa on the banks of the stunning lake Cachibococha, the connection with the spirits of the master plants and trees will be guided by the widely knowledgeable and kind Maestro Shaman Papa Gilberto.
In the tradition, the dieta will assist the dietero/a (student) to establish a life-long relationship with the spirits dwelling in the plants or trees that play an important role in the Shamanic practice of working with Ayahuasca. Learning this tradition is facilitated through lectures, workshops, sharing, and periods of personal silence and self-reflection  Yoga, movement, art workshops, and meditation will also part of the 12-day journey with the Master Plants.

The Master Plants offered by Papa Gilberto

A traditional Master Plant dieta has several ritualistic components, including how the plants are prescribed. One option is the Master Plant dieta is prescribed to an individual by curandero Papa Gilberto. Thought it is possible an individual might innately feel a strong connection with a Master Plant and receive powerful visions or dreams that manifest as an invitation to complete a dieta with a certain plant. Either way our curandero overseeing the student’s healing may intuit that a Master Plant is perfectly suited to the needs of their student, based on their own dieta experience. Maestro Shaman Papa Gilberto during the retreat will offer diets with Noya Rao, Bobinsana, Chiric Sanango, Ayahuma, Waira Caspi, Chullachaqui Caspi.

diet of teacher plants and treesThe purpose of the Master Plant dieta is for the dietero(a) to form a lifelong relationship with the plant spirit. Like any relationship, the quality of the relationship will be determined by the energy one gives to the connection with the Plant Spirit. Sincere, authentic attention given to the plant throughout their fast will enable the dietero(a) to unlock guidance, information, and energy stored within the plant and to seek important answers that will aid them in their healing journey. Once the length of the dietero(a)’s dieta has been fulfilled, spiritual protections will be sealed by their curandero or teacher in order to preserve the healing realized through the dieta.


Your Master Plant dieta Maestro

master plant and ayahuasca dietMaestro Gilberto Mahua 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 his 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, Chuachaqui Caspi, Chiri Sanango and many more as he is often dieting to maintain being 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.

Who is this Plant Dieta retreat for?

The retreat is designed for those who have previous experiences with Master Plants dietas or that have some knowledge in working with plants spirits with integrity and reverence. Undergoing a dieta retreat requires a commitment to the dietary and behavioral regimes. Abstaining from certain foods and activities throughout the period of the dieta is a powerful expression of dedication and commitment to change, evolution and growth. The willingness of the student to sacrifice aesthetic and visceral pleasures for the period of the fast demonstrates to the plant spirit that they are determined to heal and are ready to receive guidance, strength, protection and the endowment of special abilities from the plant spirit.
While in diet the work of our experienced facilitators will be to ensure safety and to support the participants in integrating the work of the Master Plants and Ayahuasca during and after the retreat. 


What is included in the Traditional Master Plant Dieta?

  • 5 Sacred Medicine ceremonies
  • Your personalized Master Plant diet
  • Intention setting on the first day
  • Private consultations with our curandero, Maestro Gilberto Mahua
  • Sound Healing Journey
  • Vapor baths
  • 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 our retreat center
  • Transportation from/to Pucallpa airport or your accommodation in Pucallpa
  • 3 wholesome meals per day; 2 on the day of our ceremonies nights.

Your investment does not include:

  • Your personal accommodation in Pucallpa before or after the retreat
  • Your airfares to and from Pucallpa
  • Your travel insurance
  • Your Peruvian visa (if necessary)
  • Personal expenses and meals whilst in Peru

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 >>

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