SAFETY, CARE & COMFORT

Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Group Photo

Safety is paramount to an effective, meaningful ayahuasca and plant medicine experience. We take thorough measures to accommodate each person’s safety and personal care in a holistic, competent manner that includes physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual components. We follow a carefully designed system in order to take great care of our guests and continuously refine our methods so that each person has the best possible experience with us. Continue reading below to see all of the different ways that your personal needs are met during your stay at Blue Morpho.

PHYSICAL SAFETY

  • Our retreat center offers clean, well maintained, high-quality accommodations… some of the best available in the Amazon!
  • Our entire staff is hand picked and specially trained to handle the unique needs of ayahuasca retreats
  • Specially trained assistants who do not drink ayahuasca attend all ceremonies to provide aid and support to participants
  • Our shamans maintain a professional relationship with guests
  • Pre-screening for major health conditions assures a safe environment to consume ayahuasca
  • We provide a stable environment in which all alcohol and recreational drugs are banned (any guests who fail to comply with this restriction are asked to leave the retreat to maintain the safety and comfort of the other guests)
  • Security guards monitor the camp 24 hours a day to maximize safety
  • Fumigation of the premises on a government-mandated schedule reduces the risk of dengue fever and malaria
  • Individual steel lock boxes provide a safe location to store valuables
  • Treated water at all showers and sinks ensures safe bathing
  • Professional, certified local guides lead all jungle hikes and off-site activities

EMERGENCY CARE

  • Easy access to hospital care within 90 minutes
  • Access to a local pharmacy at a nearby village within 10 minutes of our retreat center
  • We employ first-aid certified personnel and keep a fully stocked first-aid cabinet
  • Emergency vehicles remain on site at all times
  • Phone reception for making outside contact when needed
  • Our office staff is on standby in Iquitos during retreats to provide assistance
  • Our retreat center is fully equipped with fire-fighting equipment
  • In case of a fire emergency, Blue Morpho follows a government-certified fire-fighting plan, including a guest safety zone
Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Ceremony Lounge
Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Staff

PRE- AND POST- RETREAT SERVICES

Baby ayahuasca connection at Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Center
Blue Morpho ayahuasca retreat center guest with medicine tree

PRIOR TO YOUR RETREAT

  • Our admin services are available to answer any question related to our retreat programs, services and process, prior to and during booking
  • We have a professional online reservation system through which all questions and concerns can be addressed within 24 hours
  • Our easy payment system accepts all major credit, debit, chip cards, as well as PayPal
  • The registration process includes medical screening and detailed questions about each person’s intentions for coming
  • We offer a Sacred Plant Optimization Package to prepare participants for the sacred plant experience (available through our newsletter)
  • As part of the registration process, each guest receives an extensive 30+ page Journey Guide that covers getting to Iquitos, what to pack, local activities, restaurants, information on the jungle climate, ayahuasca, and more
  • Each guest receives a series of pre-retreat emails that guide the entire process from registration, preparation and detailed logistics for arrival
  • Our website maintains an updated and continuously evolving body of content on what we offer, location information, media and previous guest experiences to help participants make an informed decision about working with us

AFTER YOUR RETREAT

  • All guests receive a series of integration emails that provide guidance on the process of re-entering life post-ayahuasca
  • Our online, private community page helps guests maintain their connection with others who have been through similar Blue Morpho experiences
  • Our shamanic team is available to provide sustained post-retreat e-mail support
  • Integration materials include courses developed specifically to help participants maintain their connection with ayahuasca and spirit, build a daily practice, and continue their healing and learning (more information on these courses coming soon)
  • Included with your retreat is a Video Integration Package that includes 5 video and 6 audio meditations designed to support and enhance integration
  • We offer free icaros and Amazonian shamanism-inspired music for download
  • A professional, studio-recorded CD of Maestro Alberto’s icaros is available for purchase
  • Accommodating retreat schedules allow guests to easily leverage their time off
  • Discount and referral programs offer guests additional savings on return trips

PERSONAL COMFORT

As of June 2018, we are undergoing a construction phase that will last through the remainder of the year. This project will bring improvements to infrastructure, including electricity, a modernized kitchen,  swimming pool as well as new activity spaces. The aim is increase the quality of our guest experience while creating  an ambiance ideally suited to in-depth, transformational ayahausca experiences. These improvements will not be taking place during any scheduled retreats and will not impact the retreat experience.

FACILITIES & GROUNDS

  • All bungalows and common areas are fully mosquito proofed
  • Private rooms have mosquito nets, high quality mattresses and bed sheets, battery-powered lanterns, and ample furniture for organizing your personal items
  • Our main house lounge offers a comfortable common area with rocking chairs and tables, ornamental plants, artwork, a daily schedule board, and property maps
  • Fully-tiled, warm water showers in each guest bungalow, as well as 2 showers in the ceremonial house and another at the lake house
  • Modern bathrooms with  full-flush toilets in each room as well as multiple private toilets in the ceremonial house and other common areas
  • We have a natural stream-fed lake equipped with a wooden dock and inflatable rafts for your enjoyment
  • A network of hiking trails of various lengths line the property, with 2 private meditation bungalows
  • The ceremony house doubles as a hammock lounge for relaxing during the day
  • Rooms are zoned as quiet spaces 24 hours a day with camp-wide quiet hours each afternoon
  • Smoking and non-smoking sections are provided in the ceremonial house as well as other common areas to provide maximum comfort
  • See more on our retreat center facilities here
Main House at Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Center
Bungalows at Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat
Cuisine at Blue Morpho Tours Ayahuasca Retreat
Cuisine at Blue Morpho Tours Ayahuasca Retreat

GUEST SERVICES

  • Daily room service and linen changes throughout your stay
  • Clean towels are supplied to each guest, changed regularly with fresh towels available upon request
  • Complimentary laundry service will see clothes are cleaned, dried, folded, and returned to your room at no cost
  • Enjoy a large assortment of reading material on shamanism and spirituality, fiction, travel and many other types of books
  • Board games like chess and checkers, cards, plus drawing and art materials are available in the main house
  • The lake house hosts yoga classes, art projects, dancing, self-expression or meditation during your stay
  • Off-site educational trips to a local nature reserve as well as an evolving series of daily activities

CUISINE

  • Blue Morpho offers exceptional food prepared fresh on site by government-certified staff in a licensed kitchen
  • All food adheres to the restrictions of a safe ayahuasca diet: no sugar, alcohol, red meat or pork products
  • Personal nutrition requirements can be accommodated: vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, ovo-lacto
  • Clean, filtered water is used in all cooking and food preparation
  • High-quality drinking water is available 24 hours a day in all bungalows and common areas
  • A variety of refreshments and hot beverages offered: fresh local juices, herbal and black teas, coffee and coffee substitutes, soy and skim milk
  • See specific retreat pages for more information on our meal service

SHAMANIC SUPPORT

AYAHUASCA PREP & ORIENTATION

  • Orientation talks are held at the start of each retreat in order to:
    • Outline camp safety and procedures
    • Explain the process of how a ceremony works
    • Discuss what ayahuasca is, how it works, and what guests may experience
  • Guests participate in all aspects of ayahuasca preparation to understand the process, raw plants to final brew
  • We identify and demonstrate every medicinal plant that goes into each fresh brew, cooked on-site every group
  • Open discussion about the different medicinal plants and their properties
  • A detailed Guest Workbook is issued to each guest. This resource illustrates the camp’s facilities and processes, helps guests make the most of their stay, and is a valuable resource to bring home for reference and continued learning

GROUP DISCUSSIONS

  • Group discussions are held on mornings after ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Designed to allow guests an open and communal space to share their experiences, ask questions, and where the shamans and assistants can help guests understand, process and integrate their ayahuasca experiences
  • Practical guidance is offered throughout group discussions and demonstrated in ceremony, helping guests make meaningful progress
  • Question-and-answer sessions focus on aspects of traditional ayahuasca shamanism and how to work with spirits in understandable, insightful and useful ways, during and beyond ceremony
  • Space is available for private one-on-one time with the shamans and assistants

DAILY ACTIVITIES & INTEGRATION

  • Daily activities bring a cohesive, interactive and positive group dynamic that complements and deepens the work with ayahuasca
    • Sharing circles
    • Breathwork and integrative yoga classes
    • Sacred motion classes
    • Sound journeys
    • Medicinal plant walks
    • Pre-ceremony meditations… and more
  • Integration is introduced on the first day, emphasizing the importance of incorporating the ayahuasca experience into one’s daily life to fully benefit from the medicine
  • An integration workshop takes place on the final day, completing the circle and prepping everyone for the evolutionary journey ahead…
Sky Over Blue Morpho Tours Ayahuasca Retreat
Preparing Ayahuasca at Blue Morpho Tours Ayahuasca Retreat
Medicinal Plant Walk at Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Retreat Center
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