Journey to the Peruvian Jungle

Your new life begins here: 

Explore the Beauty within at Nihue Rao with

Dr. Ashley and the Advocates in 2018

Enjoy the deep healing, powerful effects of the luscious, majestic, beautiful amazon jungle where your new life awaits you! 

The jungle offers a retreat in itself by just being present to the sounds, the smells and the natural life that surrounds you.  

In this amazing healing retreat, we will be engaged in the process of working with Maestro Ricardo Amaringo at his center in Iquitos Peru.  I have been working with Ricardo for almost 6 years and every time I work with him I am amazed by his skills, integrity and depth of compassion for myself and others.  He is truly a master at his practice and I am honored to not only have worked with him but to know him.  It is also an honor to be able to bring people I love from around the world to work with him too.  


We will partake in ayahuasca ceremony, work with plant teacher guides, practice yoga, meditation and release all that is holding us back from our most possible, beautiful future.  There will be scheduled times for ceremonies on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a break on Weds. 

Because there are so many ceremonies in the week, there is also much need for personal space to process and rest.  Due to this we give flexibility for scheduled events like workshops, meetings and other activities.  However, if it is requested specifically, we will make time and space to hold space for it! 

You can expect me (Dr. Ashley) to be there for any of your questions, concerns, clarifications, processing difficult ceremonies or if you need personalized attention like acupuncture or shamanic drumming.  Please know that I will also be participating, and attending ceremonies and may go through my own healing process.  My role is to guide you outside of ceremony, and to help you feel comfortable in your process of traveling to the center,  as well as offer workshops and healing services that are included in the cost. 

Included in the retreat: 

Transportation from the airport to the center

All meals, lodging and accommodations including wifi

Plant baths 

Plant dietas uniquely designed for your process of healing

6 Ayahuasca ceremonies

Shamanic Healing with Ricardo Amaringo

Shamanic workshop learning about drumming and intuitive development

Acupuncture as needed

Not Included: 

Massages from local therapists

Tour to the Belen Market (an extra 100 soles or ~$35.00)

Tour to the Butterfly farm

Any tours with Marco Antonio are an extra (200 soles or $60)


Travel insurance


extra expenses like purchasing items or souvenirs 



Send in deposits on or by July 15th 2018 and receive early, early bird discount: $2,450






Send in deposits on or after September 15th 2018 and pay full cost at:  $2,650





Non-refundable Deposit to be paid via PayPal to$1,500





























About the Center

The center was built in 2011.  They are traditional healing center that offers ayahuasca retreats, traditional healing and training with master plants and traditional ayahuasca ceremony.  They also provide further opportunities in integrative healing, medical education, and visionary art.

Our center is located near the beautiful Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, close to the small village of Llanchama along the Nanay River in the Amazon Rainforest.  

Under the guidance of master Shipibo healer and primary owner Ricardo Amaringo, Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual provides visitors with profound experiences in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine, specializing in traditional ayahuasca ceremony.  Ricardo Amaringo is one of the most talented and generous Shipibo healers of his generation and is dedicated to sharing this vital medicine to those who need it the most.  At Nihue Rao, he is assisted assisted by his gifted Shipibo colleagues.

Ricardo initially founded the center with his apprentices Colombian-American Family Physician Joe Tafur MD and Canadian Artist Cvita Mamic.  He is now taking over full ownership of the Nihue Rao making it one of the largest indigenously owned healing centers in Peru.






















(Please note that this is a flexible itinerary, meaning that due to the nature of the ceremonies as they can bring up emotions, personal things that you may want time to process, this itinerary is to give an idea of what we hope to offer.  We may change, add or subtract things depending on what the needs of the group are).  

Day 1:  Arrive to the center, meet Ricardo and talk about intentions, settle in, drink the preparatory tea to cleanse the stomach, have dinner

Day 2:  Have breakfast, meet with Dr. Ashley about intentions, and have workshop to prepare for ceremony (Monday is ceremony night), have lunch

Day 3:  Plant baths to cleanse the aura, breakfast and meet with Ricardo for sharing after ceremony.  Begin personalized plant dieta, Tuesday is ceremony night 

Day 4:  Group acupuncture session, Weds is day off.  You may eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.  You may enjoy the art maloka or do yoga on your free time, there is option to swim in the nearby river.  Meet with Ricardo and share your experience in ceremony. 

Day 5:  Thursday is ceremony night.  Have breakfast and lunch, option to meet for drumming session in maloka to help process previous ceremonies and prepare for the next ceremony.  Discussion on protection and practice with tobacco.  

Day 6:  Friday is ceremony night.  Meet for breakfast, discuss with Ricardo about intentions and your ceremonies so far, have the day to rest or meet for a swim in the nearby river, take a flower bath as provided by the medicine house.  Each day you will continue your plant dieta.  

Day 7:  Saturday is day off.  You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Meet with Ricardo to discuss ceremonies thus far.  You may take the day to rest, hike through the jungle, discover art in the art maloka or take time by yourself.  There will be time to learn about making ayahuasca, touring the plant garden and getting a massage if you'd like! 

Day 8:  Sunday is day off.  Meet with Dr. Ashley for group acupuncture or other event that may be called for including shamanic drumming workshop, swimming in nearby river, discussion on tobacco and it's uses in shamanism, or any topic that calls to the group!  You can have all three meals today, or you can rest and go within. 

Day 9:  Ceremony day!  Monday we will meet for meditation in the morning before breakfast, then have lunch.  

Day 10:  Ceremony day! Tuesday is the last ceremony before you leave.  Closing shamanic journey drumming workshop with acupuncture to help continue processing and learning.  Optional time for personal practice with yoga or walks in the jungle.  

Day 11:  Return home, leaving the center bright, fresh and renewed!  (Weds)  Last day to speak with Ricardo and talk about previous ceremony.  











Tambo and Living Space: 

As a group we will be staying in our own rooms situated in the jungle near the maloka and close to the bathrooms.  Each room has exactly what you need!  A bed, table for writing and space to do yoga or swing in your hammock.  


















Cancellation Policy: 

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and other hired professionals. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


60 days or more prior to the start of the retreat, you receive: 75% refund of the cost of the full retreat above the non-refundable deposit. (Forfeiting the non-refundable deposit). 


31-60 days prior to the start of the retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the retreat toward another Ashley Tomasino retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder non-refundable deposit.


0-30 days prior to the start of the retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.

To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to:

Dr. Ashley reserves the right to refuse service to anyone, including expelling participants from the retreat if they act violently, commit crimes, are offensive, obstructive to the process of others or herself in sacred ceremonial space or anytime during the retreat.  


In the unlikely event that Ashley Tomasino must cancel the retreat due to weather, natural disaster, political upheaval, or too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

Master Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo and Nihue Rao. Ricardo Amaringo now has over 20 years of experience as a traditional curandero and ayahuasquero. He is one of the most skilled Shipibo healers of his generation, having refined his skills through intensive dieting and arduous work. Ricardo has now developed a profound knowledge of medicinal plants, traditional Shipbo ayahuasca ceremony and icaros (traditional healing songs); and hopes to share traditional Shipibo healing with those who need it the most. In early 2011, he opened Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual in order to share his work with the world.

Who is our Maestro?