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A powerful journey of transformation in the mystical sanctuary of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest awaits you, where you'll have the opportunity to accelerate into your best life as you discover a healthier way of being.

Explore all retreats 

  • DIVINE SPARK (Ayahuasca retreat) (8 days/ 7 nights)

  • METAMORPHOSIS (Iboga retreat) (6 days/ 5 nights)

  • BLESSINGS (Bufo retreat) (6 days/ 5 nights)

I'll start this review by saying, come to Modern Ancient to get back into your heart and a clear mind. I never expected the deep healing and real life impact that took place here. I am beyond words in trying to describe what I experienced or how my life has changed in the months after my retreat. The wisdom and practical methods for daily life are effective. Modern Ancient show up as an incredible team, full of light and with a high intellect for taking complicated spiritual woo hoo concepts and translating them to a regular person like me. It’s been a life changing miracle at Modern Ancient. - Daniel H, U.K.

Whether you're seeking personal growth, spiritual connection, or simply a break from the stresses of modern life, our cutting-edge personal growth retreat programs are the perfect springboard for anyone ready for greater alignment with their true divine nature.


We offer very small group retreats that utilize entheogens within a safe, legal, and controlled environment. Our expert team provides personal coaching to all students in line with our Modern Ancient Method ™, which effectively combines dynamic life coaching techniques and the 5,000 year old science of Ayurveda lifestyle and nutrition with ancient sacred medicines. You can rest assured that you will be fully guided (mindset) and supported (setting) throughout your journey.

  • Embark on a life-changing journey of self-discovery, healing and growth. Shift from a Newtonian (limited) to Quantum (unlimited) state. Be held in a safe space for connection to yourself and others.

  • Stay in the world’s largest natural pharmacy. The lush Amazon rainforest offers an abundance of mystical healing resources, plants and the creative impulses we yearn to awaken within ourselves. Iquitos, built in the middle of the jungle, has long attracted travelers, yogis and spiritual seekers from all over the globe who are inspired by the rich traditions and ancient wisdom of the Peruvian culture.

  • Receive 1:1 holistic and transformational life coaching by our expert team, before, on and after retreat. ​This includes an assigned coach throughout your time on retreat. Group sizes are limited to 10 spaces to provide the highest level of attention and care. 

  • Go beyond the physical with ancient sacred medicine ceremonies. Immerse yourself in authentic ceremonies (Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo, Kambo), carefully designed to guide you toward greater wellbeing and higher consciousness. Experience energetic renewal with other plant-based cleansing and energy healing treatments.

  • Discover energy management as your biggest asset. Learn how to manage your energy for sustainable integration. Balance your chakras and experience the 5,000 year old science of Ayurveda, its sister discipline, Yoga, as well as powerful meditation techniques to harmonize your mind and body.

  • Explore the Amazon. Set sail on an Amazon river boat ride, connecting you with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and encounters with exotic birds, playful dolphins, and captivating wildlife.

Inclusions for Modern Ancient Sanctuary Retreat Programs in Iquitos Peru
Inclusions for Modern Ancient Sanctuary Retreat Programs in Iquitos Peru

Refer to a detailed list of inclusions and exclusions on our retreat experience page. 

Wow! I don't know where to start or if words can explain but I'll try. I feel my soul, my ancestors, my pain and my power to create more than what I am sitting in now. I had special visions and visits from my deceased family members with so much love and acceptance. The place is fantastic in the jungle. A stellar team, on point with the holistic education, very grounded and easy to talk to - really like my soul family. I'll never forget my time here at Modern Ancient, and I feel that Cara and Suya's light will always be with me. Thank you everyone, I am truly grateful and can't wait to come again next year. 

- Will G, Berlin.


Unleash Your Soul's Potential:
Fly High with our Life-Changing Personal Growth Retreat Programs

Divine Spark

Ayahuasca Retreat

Reclaim your heart

Explore dimensions of yourself and the universe as you discover a healthier way of being. Find your divinity and re-connect with your truth.  Reveal subconscious, repressed and forgotten feelings, memories and more. Ayahuasca supports you to heal the mind, body and soul to revitalize your life; illuminating unhealthy patterns and boldly opening your heart to the wisdom of unconditional love.

8 ceremonies  
This retreat program is 8 days / 7 nights.

2024 Dates

Sun Jan 14 - Sun Jan 21 - FULLY BOOKED

Tue Feb 13 - Tue Feb 20 - FULLY BOOKED

Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21

Fri Apr 5 - Fri Apr 12

Sun May 5 - Sun May 12

Tue June 4 - Tue June 11

Thu Jul 4 - Thu July 11

Sat Aug 3 - Sat Aug 10

Mon Sep 2 - Mon Sep 9

Wed Oct 2 - Wed Oct 9

Fri Nov 1 - Fri Nov 8

Sun Dec 1 - Sun Dec 8



- Private Room/ Shared Bathroom: $2,500*

- Private Room/ Ensuite: $3,200*

*Promotional pricing on all retreats throughout 2024. 


Iboga Retreat

Awaken from within

Reprogram, rewire and reset on this powerful butterfly bootcamp! Gift yourself the keys to personal freedom by breaking away from old habits at our traditional Iboga style retreat. Clear deep ancestral blocks and transform your life trajectory. Iboga effectively supports you to let go of repetitive and destructive mental and behavioral patterns, addictions and limitations that prevent you from living your highest potential.

2 ceremonies  
(KAMBO x 1, IBOGA x 1)
This retreat program is 6 days / 5 nights.

2024 Dates

Fri Jan 26 - Wed Jan 31 - FULLY BOOKED

Sun Feb 25 - Fri Mar 1 - FULLY BOOKED

Tue Mar 26 - Sun Mar 31

Wed Apr 17 - Mon Apr 22

Fri May 17 - Wed May 22

Sun Jun 16 - Fri Jun 21

Tue Jul 16 - Sun Jul 21

Thu Aug 15 - Tues Aug 20

Sat Sept 14 - Thu Sept 19

Mon Oct 14 - Sat Oct 19

Wed Nov 13 - Mon Nov 18

Fri Dec 13 - Wed Dec 18


- Private Room/ Shared Bathroom: $2,900*

- Private Room/ Ensuite: $3,400*

*Promotional pricing on all retreats throughout 2024. 


Bufo Retreat

Consciousness speaks

Illuminate your consciousness through a series of personal ceremonies and embrace a higher life state. Choose rebirth into a new paradigm; one with humanity, nature and your true self. Serve your heart and explore your soul’s place in the universe. This magical healer moves directly into matters of your life; supporting you to experience the freedom that results when repressed feelings and deep truths are revealed.

6 ceremonies  
(KAMBO x 3, BUFO x 3)
This retreat program is 6 days / 5 nights.

2024 Dates

Sun Feb 4 - Fri Feb 9 - FULLY BOOKED

Fri Apr 26 - Wed May 1

Sun May 26 - Fri May 31

Tue Jun 25 - Sun Jun 30

Thu Jul 25 - Tue Jul 30

Sat Aug 24 - Thu Aug 29

Mon Sep 23 - Sat Sep 28

Wed Oct 23 - Mon Oct 28

Fri Nov 22 - Wed Nov 27

Thu Dec 28 - Tue Jan 2, 2025


- Private Room/ Shared Bathroom: $2,200*

- Private Room/ Ensuite: $2,700*

*Promotional pricing on all retreats throughout 2024. 

"Without a doubt, this was one of the most magical and profound experiences I have ever had. I was welcomed into the family right from the get go, and felt so at home during the whole week that I didn't want to leave! I am so inspired by these sisters because they walk the talk themselves and lead by example. The level of care, spiritual knowledge and professionalism is truly outstanding. Thank you Modern Ancient for setting me on a journey to live my true purpose!" 

- Sarah P, San Diego


Our Modern Ancient Method ™ is set within a practical coaching framework, and effectively combines healing and creation techniques to support you to:

  • Identify and re-wire limiting belief systems, negative thought patterns and behavior

  • Experience sacred medicine in a safe, legal, compassionate and integrative environment, including integration program option for fully guided Iboga micro-dosing 

  • Experience yoga inclusive of asana (posture), pranayama (breathwork), dhyana (meditation)

  • Understand heart based and authentic living principles

  • Discover a connection to your true divine nature

  • Experience deep healing in the emotional, physical and cellular bodies 

  • Understand your life’s potential and creative ability

  • Develop your self healing and intuitive abilities

  • Understand Ayurveda nutrition and lifestyle practices including how the five great elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) operate in and around you

  • Take responsibility for your personal development and holistically identify key growth opportunities

Ayahuasca Ceremony Experience at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


Nestled in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, mother to many sacred healing medicines, our beautiful sanctuary is modern, peaceful and perfectly set in nature. The ceremonial space (maloka) is an exquisite destination unto itself with a traditional roof, white tiled flooring and four grand entrances.


This beautiful setting is the ideal place to heal and awaken the divine within. 

Maloka for Ayahuasca Ceremony Experience at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


Our charming rooms effortlessly receive healing views and energy from the rainforest, and directly face the stunning sacred ceremonial space. Modern comfort infused with ancient wisdom awaits you, making this your home away from home. All rooms are for single occupancy. 

Private Room for Ayahuasca Ceremony Experience at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru
Private Ensuite Room for Ayahuasca Ceremony Experience at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


What is the difference between Ayahuasca, Iboga and Bufo?

While there are differences between all medicines, and all have the ability to heal a variety of conditions, the experience is also driven by the preparation of the student as well as the environment (set and setting). Iboga has been reported to be an intense experience, and traditionally works to reset neurological pathways which result in the removal of unhealthy addictions. Ayahuasca can provide a more exploratory journey, however both medicines reveal deep seated psychological items buried far within one’s subconscious. Bufo, is a shorter and more immersive experience which supports the same. Energetically, Iboga is more grounding, taking one to the heart of their issues which contributes to its reputation as a very challenging medicine. Ayahuasca guides the participant on a journey to self-discovery within the heart, often revealing the emotional trauma underlining one’s issues. With all medicines, much spiritual work is addressed in terms of areas such as ancestral energy and understanding regarding service to the sustainability of planet Earth.

Can Sacred Medicine & Psychedelics benefit me?

Psychedelics has shaped the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. George Carlin isn’t the only philosopher who was ‘opened’ up by psychedelics. Plato set the stage for western philosophy following altered or non-ordinary states of consciousness. Thousands of people, including business world elites, visit south America to experience this powerful brew. Apple founder, Steve Jobs revealed that using psychedelics “was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life”. Silicon Valley entrepreneur and best-selling author, Tim Ferriss strongly advocated for use of psychedelics by saying that “the billionaires I know, almost without exception”, regularly take this journey. - In all cases it is important to first confirm medical barriers and contraindications. - The psychedelic experience is a deeply powerful experience which can provide exponential growth, healing and creative opportunities, particularly when undertaken within controlled environments, supported by the right team and alongside effective holistic integration methods. Therefore, generally speaking, sacred medicines such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo and Kambo are beneficial if used with care and respect. - Note that public sentiment is shifting following studies into using such substances to treat depression, PTSD, addiction and other ailments. We are entering new territory with a breakthrough for psychedelics, including the opening of the world’s first Center for Psychedelics Research at Imperial College London in April 2019, followed by Johns Hopkins’ Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research in New York in September 2019. We’re also seeing the decriminalization of psychedelic substances by some cities in the US. - As there is currently no widespread framework in place around the use of these substances, it is important to choose a provider that can conduct proper screening to determine the risk and benefits for your individual circumstances, as well as provide a coaching framework and compassionate psychological support.

Is it safe to take sacred medicine?

In general, yes. As far as we are aware, there have been no deaths caused directly by the physical effects of the medicine but rather the failure to properly screen, supervise and care for participants. In August 2023, ICEERS reported that the media misattributed 58 deaths to ayahuasca because no forensic examination or toxicological analysis determined that ayahuasca caused a single death by consuming the traditional ayahuasca brew. While this is good news, it is important to understand risks and check contraindications for all sacred medicines. During the medicine process some may experience an ‘ego death’ and sickness which may feel very much like they are dying, however these feelings soon come to pass. It is usually safe to consume sacred plant medicine provided that there are no contraindications or previous mental health issues (e.g. psychosis and bipolar disorders). You can read about considerations to determine whether sacred plant medicine is right for you. Key aspects of a successful ceremony include the mindset (‘set’) and the environment (‘setting’). Also, the preparation undertaken is important including diet and safe preparation of the medicine with positive intent by an experienced and trained shaman. We do not mix different medicines in a single ceremony, as we focus on one medicine per ceremony. Importantly, we do not add ingredients to the brew to make it ‘stronger’. This can heighten the risk and jeopardize the safety for our students.

What are the benefits of traveling to Peru to take ayahuasca?

What happens at a sacred medicine ceremony?

Once you have decided whether scared medicine is right for you, become clear on your intention for partaking in a ceremony and confirmed there are no contraindications, health or other issues preventing your safe participation, it is then a matter of finding a suitable environment and place for your experience. There are many considerations including understanding the experience of the facilitation team including the shamans, the medicine brew itself, the environment, safety and quality of the preparation provided to you beforehand and the integration post retreat. While there are countless ceremonies available in western jurisdictions, the majority are not only illegal but vastly vary in quality. There are a growing number of ‘neo shamans’ who do not have experience working with the sacred plants, including Ayahuasca, and therefore are not fully equipped to work with the medicine on your behalf as needed, nor do they necessarily know how to properly or safely prepare the medicine. These are important considerations when choosing whether to partake in a ceremony with a non-native shaman rather than a traditional ‘curandero’. Covert western ceremonies very rarely provide structured environments, with highly experienced or trained facilitators, education and