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Yoga & plant medicine Retreat in June 2016


Ayahuasca & Yoga Retreat1871312
Jr. José Olaya 761, Tarapoto Tarapoto, PE

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles



Jun 4 to
Jun 13
15:00 pmto15:00 pm




Extra Early Bird discount US $1895 ends 9pm PST February 20th
Early Bird discount $1995 ends April 10th
Full Price after that is US $2095
You can pay in full or put down the $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.
All sales are final--although in some emergency cases some of the funds can be app

Full Description

After having worked with dozens of shamans over the last 20+ years, psychotherapist Meriana Dinkova has crafted a unique 10-day ayahuasca journey with some of the best and most powerful shamans she has found--the shipibo Maestra Ynes (who will be working together with her daughter Laura), the well-known 'gringo Shaman’ Ron Wheelock, and the clairvoyant curandera Borka Cafuk.

This intensive, all-inclusive retreat will be a unique merging of some of the most powerful healing and mind- expanding traditions: Indigenous Shamanism & Medicine Work, Western Psychology, Neo- shamanism and Eastern Spirituality. It is an opportunity for accelerated healing and deep psychological, emotional and spiritual reprogramming.

Working with each of the different shamans over the course of the retreat will help you open more and more to the transformational powers of the medicine, remove emotional and ancestral blockages, deepen your sense of purpose and activate your own shamanic power.

It is thus ideal for both beginners and those experienced with ayahuasca who value a tightly held and sacred space to open fully to the mysteries that ayahuasca can reveal. We will be working with various types of ayahuasca from shaman to shaman, including Cielo (Sky) Ayahuasca and Arco Iris (Rainbow) Ayahuasca. For a more complete description of the different brews scroll to the bottom. You will also have the opportunity to experience Sapo (the powerful frog medicine) and Nunu tobacco snuff.

One of the unique features of Meriana’s retreats, which you don't get anywhere else, is that you will get the opportunity to learn & practice her multi-modality system for working with Ayahuasca. This neo-shamanic technology is designed to give you a framework, and a cutting edge tool kit. You will learn how to navigate the shamanic landscapes of the Ayahuasca experience in a safe way, while maximizing the learning and the spiritual transformation it can provide. It is also aimed at reprogramming emotional ‘malware’ , getting rid of psychological viruses, and rebooting and upgrading your personal and spiritual operating system.

It is very useful for people with all levels of experience, and is especially invaluable for first-timers.

Meriana has developed her system for working with non-ordinary states of consciousness, based on 20+ years of experience with the medicine, as well as with different shamanic traditions, non- dualistic teachings, meditation practices, as well as wide variety of psychotherapy approaches, and other transformation modalities. Her system is very effective for navigating and integrating non-ordinary states of consciousness in general and the Ayahuasca experience in particular. Those neo-shamanistic and psychological tools can enrich your journeys and will be very beneficial for smooth sailing into inner space.

Between and after the ceremonies, she will be offering workshops designed to support you in different aspects of your personal process and to help you integrate what has been learned on a deep level that supports lasting change.


- 5 ayahuasca ceremonies with 3 shamans. Travel between lodges included.

- Accommodation

- Dieta meals at the retreat centers

- Consciousness and inner- space navigation workshops led by Meriana Dinkova

- Integration sessions where you will learn how to apply your insights to enrich your life

- Personal feedback from Ynes and Laura – after the 2 ceremonies, they will share what they saw during the ceremonies and make personal recommendations to each participant

- Personal diagnosis and feedback to each participant from Borka – she will also speak with each participants individually before and after her ceremonies and give individual feedback about what she has diagnosed, as well as what she has been able to heal/ remove during the ceremonies, and what would need more work

- Study medicinal plants and take guided jungle walks

- Pick up and drop off from Iquitos

- Transportation between lodges

Fast act Discount US $1795 ends Dec 10th 2015

Extra Early Bird discount US $1895 ends February 10th

Early Bird discount $1995 ends April 10th

Full Price after that is US $2095

You can pay in full or put down the $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.

All sales are final (although in some emergency cases some of the funds can be applied towards one of my future retreats)

What’s not included:

-Airfares (International and National)

-Travel Insurance

-Any meals and drinks in Iquitos

-Kambo/Sapo frog medicine sessions with Borka $60 optional extra; Nunu tobacco snuff sessions $20 optional extra

All of this shamanic work will be based on high ethical standards, including personal integrity on every level. Two ceremonies will be with Ynes and Laura, one ceremony with Ron Wheelock, and another two ceremonies with clairvoyant healer, Borka Cafuk.

The retreat is limited to no more than 20 people, so participants can receive individual attention from the shamans and the facilitator.)


We will be visiting two ayahuasca retreat centers around Iquitos to sit with the shamans.



Doña Ines, has been working with the plants for more than 50 years and has many years of experience with ceremonies, as well as with doing years of personal 'dieta' with different Medicinal Plants alone in the jungle. She mostly works together with her daughter, Doña Laura. The Maestras are deeply rooted in the rich tradition of the Shipibo shamans.

Ynes is one of the most powerful and respected Shipibo old school shamans. There are actually very few young people undertaking the extremely strict and long trainings or "dietas" that Meraya shamans used to do. So even if the past decade have brought a revival of this amazing tradition, many of the knowledge and healing skills of Ynes are getting extremely rare. Working along with her daughters, they make an incredible healing team with a dedication and devotion that unfortunately is also becoming very rare to find.

Laura is an accomplished healer. Ynes' principal apprentice, she is the one destined to receive all of her mother's powers when she leaves this world. When they work together Ynes does the big fights, searching, clearing and reconnecting. The work of her daughters is then to put everything in beauty, opening the hearts and the paths with pure love and pure light. Their individual skills are incredible. As a team they are just out of this world.

I (Meriana) was impressed by participant's reports of Ynes's ability to not only see where people are at and what they are dealing with in their journey, as well as in their energy body, but be also able to actively engage in the 'astral' realms and remove energetic links which don't serve us. I also heard about Laura's ability to bring unconditional love and acceptance to the experience itself.

RON WHEELOCK: Ron Wheelock is widely known in Peru as The Gringo Shaman of the Amazon, and has been featured on CNN's This is Life with Lisa Ling, 60 Minutes Australia, and in the critically acclaimed documentary Aya: Awakenings. In 1996 he went to Peru looking for a spiritual teacher. Ron first drank ayahuasca in Tamshiyacu with famed shaman Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez. While with Don Agustin, he made arrangements to return to begin the intensive training to become a shamanic healer himself using the South American plant medicine, ayahuasca. Ron stayed with Don Agustin for 5 months doing many plant diets. Ron then began working with Don Jose Coral Mori, the teacher of Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna, the authors of Ayahuasca Visions. After studying with both ayahuasqueros (a shaman who works exclusively with ayahuasca), he began working on his own, and now runs the El Purguero centre outside Iquitos. Ron speaks both Spanish and English and provides a valuable resource to westerners wanting to know more about the shamanic realm. His ceremonies are extremely powerful and incorporate sacred icaros (healing songs of the plants and spirits) and musical instruments (including a gong) to get in deep and break down barriers to the flow of life.

BORKA CAFUK: Borka Cafuk is the founder and Director of the Yana Puma ayahuasca center and is the resident healer of the Center. She performs ayahuasca, sapo and nu nu ceremonies and supervises plant diets. Borka has studied European plant medicine for 11 years and is a certified producer and refiner of aromatic plants. She has studied Amazonian plant medicine for the past 7 years with several traditional healers. She is certified as a licensed Shiatsu Practitioner, trained martial artist in Shotokan, has studied Lohan Chi Kung and is a Transcendental Meditation practitioner for more than 20 years. Borka specializes in treating energetic disorders, removing intrusive energies and entities, and treating all forms of negative spiritual practices, such as brujeria, black magic and voodoo. Apart from that, she also treats trauma, depression, and other psychological problems, as well as physical problems and illnesses. Signs of Intrusive Energies or Entities include: Acute or chronic localized pain or discomfort; Addictions; Panic attacks; Depression; Migraines; Memory loss without explanation; Hearing voices – especially if the voices are telling you to do things you would not normally do,; Inexplicable losses of energy; Dream paralysis; Feeling the you are surrounded, or that you have energy surrounding you or inside of you, that is not yours, which is affecting your life in a negative way; Compulsive behaviors; Double or multiple pulse, etc. Please keep in mind that all of the symptoms above can be symptoms of intrusive energies and entities, but also can point to many other physical, psychological and spiritual problems that are not connected with intrusive energies and entities. This is why proper diagnosis is important.

We will be working with various types of ayahuasca from shaman to shaman, including Cielo (Sky) Ayahuasca and Arco Iris (Rainbow) Ayahuasca. Cielo is the most commonly used type of Ayahuasca, due to its wide availability and its flexibility. It is a good all-purpose medicine for both curanderos and ceremony participants, particularly for inexperienced drinkers. Like all Ayahuasca, Cielo Ayahuasca varies in strength, depending on the age of the vine; the older the vine, the stronger the medicine. This medicine will be prepared with Chacruna, Ayahuma leaves, Toe and Mapacho. Chacruna is used to add more light to the visions. Leaves of Ayahuma tree are used for purification and protection. Toe leaves are used to strengthen the visions. Mapacho (jungle tobacco) is used for balancing, purification, protection, and removing energies that are not ours. Arco Iris (Rainbow) Ayahuasca is a rare type of Ayahuasca and is very powerful, deep and profound in its effects, and it well suited for in-depth healing and transformational work. It will be prepared with black Chacruna, a rare and stronger type of Chacruna, which works well in combination with the power and depth of the Arco Iris Ayahuasca.

ANGELINE MARSLAND has been a practitioner of Yoga for six years and has been primarily trained in Hatha yoga. In 2014 she received her yoga teaching certification with Yoga Alliance and has since then conducted workshops, classes, and conferences in the Peninsula Bay Area celebrating various forms of yoga and how to apply it to daily life. She teaches a vinyasa-based style with Forrest influences, calling in the four directions and the higher-self to therapeutically extract emotional and physical toxins from the koshas, or layers of body. She is also experienced in teaching various forms of dance and integrating yogic asana, pranayama, and philosophy at Principal Creative and Performing Arts as well as CY danceworks; both located in San Mateo. Angeline has studied basic psychology, biology, and anatomy and is working towards a degree in integrative and holistic health. Through her work, she hopes to inspire empowered action for healing and self development.

MERIANA DINKOVA is a San Francisco and Los Angeles based psychotherapist (MFT#45696), Life Coach, speaker, and Ayahuasca retreat organizer/facilitator. She has created a comprehensive system of psychological and neo-shamanistic tools, designed to assist with the navigation and integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness in general, and with the Ayahuasca experience in particular. Meriana developed an innovative system over the past 20 years-- through working with the plant medicine, while studying and practicing a wide variety of psychotherapeutic methods and transformational modalities. Additionally, her teachings are informed by the many years that she spent immersed in the transpersonal teachings of different nondualistic spiritual teachers, and through the practice of a wide variety of meditation methods. Meriana's unique system can be helpful for just about everyone, and her guidance can make a world of difference for people who are drinking ayahuasca for the first time.

She organizes Ayahuasca retreats to Peru, in which she combines her framework with the medicine work of experienced shamans.

Meriana gives lectures and teaches workshops in the US and around the world, sharing the system she has developed at conferences and festivals, including the International Amazonian Shamanism Conference in Peru, the Women’s Visionary Congress in California, the Breaking Convention in London, the Tantra Festival in Hawaii, the Envision festival in Costa Rica, Burning Man and others.

For people who want to learn her system but can’t make it to one of her retreats, Meriana also offers Skype/ FaceTime sessions on preparation and integration for working with Ayahuasca and other plant teachers. You can email Meriana at For more info go to: