Blue Morpho

Ayahuasca Retreat Center

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This center is open since January 1st 2012


The ayahuasca tea is made from a combination of two plants: the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and chacruna (Psychotria viridis). Along with other admixture plants to be included in the ayahuasca, the ayahuasca vine and chacruna are processed, mixed together, added to large pots and cooked over an open fire for 8+ hours. In Western terminology, the chacruna contains DMT and the ayahuasca vine contains an MAOI inhibitor, the combination of which allows the DMT to be orally processed. It is the uncanny combination of these two plants that forms the basis for all ayahuasca practice in the Amazon region. Many traditional shamans and lineages have unique elements of practice that make their lineage distinct from other lineages. These distinctions include what plants the shamans use to heal, how they cook their ayahuasca, how they apply their knowledge and what belief systems they maintain. The shamans at Blue Morpho are ayahuasqueros and paleros, meaning that they specialize in the use of ayahuasca in conjunction with the shamanic trees of the region. This affects the preparation methods of the ayahuasca as well as how it is experienced. A traditional ayahuasquero may only use a few ingredients when making their ayahuasca, including: the ayahuasca vine, leaves of chacruna or chalipangi, and mapacho (jungle tobacco). An ayahuasquero palero may use well over 15 different ingredients. At Blue Morpho, the shamans prepare ayahuasca using ingredients specific to each group of guests, as agreed upon by the shaman and the medicine spirits. The barks of the medicinal trees and roots are added to the ayahuasca brew, bringing a practical and powerful diversity to the overall experience. The trees help to structure and support the ceremonies, each offering a specific form of medicine and energy that affects the movement and expression of the ceremonial experience in different ways. This variety of plants enables the shamans to work with a greater number of medicine spirits, increasing their capacity and shamanic abilities. SOME MEDICINAL PLANTS AND THEIR PROPERTIES USED AT BLUE MORPHO: 1. Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) Vine of the soul or spirit. This is the principal ingredient in ayahuasca. It provides the power and strength in the ceremony. 2. Chacruna leaves (Psychotria viridis) This is the second principal ingredient in ayahuasca. It provides vision. 3. Ayahuma bark (Couroupita guianensis) Dead Head Tree. Provides protection and is used in healing susto (soul loss from spiritual fright or trauma). Head spirit is a headless giant. 4. Capirona bark (Calycophyllum spruceanum) Provides cleansing and protection. It is noted for its smooth bark, white flowers, and hard wood. Head spirits look Caucasian. 5. Chullachaki Caspi bark (Byrsonima christianeae) Provides cleansing to the physical body. Used to transcend physical body ailments. Head spirits look Caucasian. 6. Lupuna Blanca bark (Ceiba pentandra) Provides protection. Head spirits take the form of giants. 7. Punga Amarilla bark Yellow Punga. Provides protection. Used to pull or draw out negative spirits or energies. Head spirit is the yellow anaconda. 8. Remo Caspi bark (Aspidosperma excelsum) Oar Tree. Used to move dense or dark energies. Head spirit is a native warrior. 9. Wyra (huaira) Caspi bark (Cedrelinga caeniformis) Air Tree. Used to create purging, transcend gastro/intestinal ailments, calm the mind, and bring tranquility. Head spirit looks African. 10. Uchu Sanango (Tabernaemontana sanango) Head of the sanango plants. Provides power, strength, and protection. Head doctor spirit is a grandfather with a long, gray-white beard. 11. Shiwawaku bark (Dipteryx odorata) Brings purple medicine to the ceremony. Provides healing and protection. 12. Camu camu Gigante (Myrciaria dubia) Head spirit comes in the form of a large dark skinned giant. He provides medicine and protection in the form of warding off dark and demonic spirits. 13. Tamamuri (Brosimum acutifolium) Head spirit looks like an old Asian warrior with a long white wispy beard. He carries a staff and manages thousands of spirits to protect the ceremony and send away energies that are purges from the participants. 14. Huacapurana (Campsiandra angustifolia) Giant tree of the amazon with very hard bark. Its head spirits come in the form of Amazonian giants and provide a strong grounding presence in the ceremony. See our website for more information:

LocationLocated along the Iquitos-Nauta Highway 52.5 kilometers from the City of Iquitos, Blue Morpho’s Shamanic Center is nestled on a 180 acre private preserve deep in the Amazon jungle surrounded by lush vegetation, medicinal plants, rivers, and vibrant rainforest teeming with wildlife. This pristine, optimum location offers the perfect mix of jungle activities, comfort, and amenities. It is the perfect environment for your Blue Morpho ayahuasca experience.

How to get thereThe day of the tour we meet at our office (515 Avenida Guardia Civil, Pampachica, Iquitos) and then we hop on a bus and drive out to our camp, about 55km from the center of Iquitos.


Music that is played during session

Nothing is pre-recorded or taped. Authentic live traditional amazonian icaros are channeled during ceremony.

Medical and safety

The center has medical facilities available nearbyAna Stahl Clinic

The center conducts an intake processOnline screening process

The center provides a follow up integration processFrom the very first day, we emphasize the importance and value in integration. We offer comprehensive integration practices that enhance not only your time on the retreat, but that support your continued learning and evolution at home. Each participant receives our Video Integration Package, as well as a series of emails containing information that highlights additional tools to make use of post-retreat.

The center provides ceremonies for personal developmentDesigned for holistic personal and life transformation, our medicine work with ayahuasca is dynamic, effective and integrative. The foundation of our approach starts with ayahuasca and plant medicine, is built through experiential community-bonding and skilled facilitation, and rests upon 7 core principles that we strive to uphold in everything we do: Medicine, Safety, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Community, and Heart. We focus our expertise on making this experience relatable and meaningful, with an emphasis on practical understanding and long-lasting results. Our high-percentage of return guests is a testament to the transformational power of ayahuasca in conjunction with Blue Morpho’s process. Since our inception in 2002, it has been and continues to be our mission to share the life-changing experiences that ayahuasca shamanism helps to achieve in a safe, professional and supportive environment. Everyone is called to ayahuasca uniquely; our retreats help you discover what this call is and how to bring resolution to your intentions for coming. We create a holistic, integrative and transformative environment that combines ayahuasca medicine with the practical application of shamanism, community-focused activities and heart-based spirituality. Over the last 16 years, we have refined this process into a 7 Day 5 Ceremony retreat program that safely and effectively bridges Western cultures with traditional shamanism in order to facilitate meaningful, positive and impactful ayahuasca experiences. The natural movement of ayahuasca gives you the opportunity to address the root causes of what you’re looking to overcome, whether it is rooted in the body, mind, emotions or spirit. As the retreat progresses, and your work with the medicine deepens, we harness the wisdom of the plants to help you navigate your process, understand the journey ahead, and receive the support you need as the nature of this experience unfolds. As it does, you find yourself on a remarkable journey of healing and learning, cleansing and releasing, and going straight into the very heart and soul of what it means to be a human being.


HAMILTON SOUTHER, MASTER SHAMAN, FOUNDER OF BLUE MORPHO, SOURCE INDEPENDENT ENTERTAINMENT (SIE), SIZZLE.MEDIA, and ONE ENEGY GLOBAL: Hamilton is a visionary leader, speaker, renowned master shaman, and a valued advisor to extremely successful and influential people worldwide. He guides clients to peak states of consciousness and effectiveness, taking them beyond mere wealth and power to achieve their greatest ambitions. He has mapped and codified consciousness, becoming a leader and international advocate for the use of shifting consciousness as a tool for healing and life improvement. Hamilton was given the title of Master Shaman by Julio Llerena Pinedo after completing an apprenticeship under Julio. Hamilton guides ceremonies and leads shamanic workshops, in which he shares his unique consciousness shifting/healing method Activated Balanced Consciousness™
DON JULIO LLERENA PINEDO, MASTER SHAMAN, AYAHUASQUERO, APLERO, SANAGUERO, MAPACHERO & MAESTRO DE LAS CIENCIAS MAGICAS. Julio passed away in 2007 at the age of 89. Before passing, he pledged his alliance to the lineage and the mesa. Julio’s spirit is still present and offers support in ceremonies. Don Julio apprenticed directly under the tutelage of the Doctor Spirits (Genios of the medicinal plants) of the jungle during isolated diets in the highlands outside of Pucallpa. In his collective experience, he has had over 4,000 Ayahuasca ceremonies and has healed thousands of patients in the Peruvian Amazon.
CHRISTIAN GEARHART -- Master Shaman, US Navy Veteran, Co-founder, COO One Universe, Source Independent Entertainment and Christian is a renowned master shaman and an international advocate bringing traditional healing practices to westerners. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Christian first began using shamanic practice with Blue Morpho in 2007, seeking relief from years of physical, emotional and psychological pain associated with life in modern society. Christian continued the healing work with us as a guest until January 2011, when he accepted his shamanic calling and became a member of the Blue Morpho team. Christian’s highly disciplined practice is accented with his light-hearted, approachable demeanor. His practice fuses serious, powerful personal transformation with fun and humor, helping people release trauma from the past and re-connect with their “inner child” to experience the wonder, love, heart, joy and spiritual connection we all had as children.


Sustainable projectsWe are currently in the process of transforming some of our property into a more sustainable use of land with medicinal plants and insects.

Group Size

The center accommodates private ceremonies with a single participant

Maximum 25 persons per group


Maximum 3 participants per facilitator.

The facilitator stays during session.

Someone who stays sober is present during ceremonies.

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