I went to Kapitari about 2 months ago now, and I thought it was about time I briefly share how wonderful this place is. 

Maloca

Maloca

Kapitari is a beautiful retreat located in the Amazon jungle, not too far from Iquitos.  The shaman goes by the name of Don Lucho,  but his real name is Luis Culquiton. Don Lucho is one of the most humblest and wisest men I have ever met. He's had over 40 years of shamanic experience, and the cool thing about Don Lucho is, unlike most other shamans, he is self-taught and has learnt almost everything he knows directly from the Ayahuasca plant himself.

“When I was sixteen, I drank Ayahuasca for the first time. Then, I realized the potential I had; that the medicine was part of me. From then on, I started to explore.  So I was born with the medicine. It was a natural part of me.”

Cacao fruit is the bomb!

Cacao fruit is the bomb!

Don Lucho has even developed a new way of agriculture which is sustainable, unlike the current destructive methods that are destroying the rain forest. He plants up to a hundred of different species of plants, which help recreate the balance of the rainforest. So even just by coming to Kapitari, you are helping rebuild the rain forest, as most of the profits go towards rebuilding and nurturing the multiple biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. We even got the opportunity to visit Don Lucho's cacao farm and eat the fruits (bloody delicious!).

Don Lucho and his family are extremely welcoming and makes you feel right at home the second you get there, to the moment you leave. The location alone is worth going! Being immersed in the Amazon jungle is unlike anything you'll ever experience, the lagoons, the wild animals, and a night sky that will blow your mind. Everyone gets a tambo each, which has a bed, a toilet and a hammock. There's also a nice big lake which is amazing and refreshing to swim in.

Kapitari Lake

Kapitari Lake

Kapitari is not the most luxurious place there is (ie., lack of showers), but in saying that, they still offer electricity via a generator that is turned on for a couple of hours a day. It is really nice to get away from everything, and this kind of opportunity will give you a lot of time to reflect and work on yourself, so don't worry if you think you are going to get bored without your Xbox (but in saying that bring a book just in case haha). There are even a couple of native tribes like the Shipibo who come by and have some really cool shit that they have for sale. Be warned of the Kapitari parrot who can be quite annoying though (like I would hang my clothes on the clothing line and the bastard would drop them, or he would even attack attack some of the guys in my group which was hilarious lol).

Ole!

Ole!

Our retreat facilitators were Deb and Jeremiah who were very informative, supportive and wise characters. They showed a lot of support and showed genuine care towards everyone. I learnt so much from these guys, and I still apply some of the lessons they taught in my life right now. 

Even though the food doesn't have any salt or oil, Don Lucho's family manage to cook quite a tasty feast everyday, and even have other menu options to you vegetarians out there.  Everyone including my group (who I know consider as family) gave off an incredibly happy, supporting vibe, which makes a pretty huge difference when you're in a retreat to discover yourself and deal with a lot of issues that have been locked away for so long.

Even though the food doesn't have any salt or oil, Don Lucho's family manage to cook quite a tasty feast everyday, and even have other menu options to you vegetarians out there.  Everyone including my group (who I know consider as family) gave off an incredibly happy, supporting vibe, which makes a pretty huge difference when you're in a retreat to discover yourself and deal with a lot of issues that have been locked away for so long.

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The Food Room

The Food Room

The ceremonies were nothing short of amazing. Don Lucho and his son Wagner really know what they're doing, and they keep everything together. Their icaros are truly magical and soothing which occasionally manage to still creep up in my head to this day. They are incredibly skilled shamans who have a great deal of experience and knowledge of the medicine and life in general. They are true healers, and what they are doing do help humanity is a huge inspiration.

Final Ceremony

Final Ceremony

The whole tone of the retreat was nothing but real support and love from absolutely everyone, which makes you feel really safe and that you are in good hands. The Kapitari staff were excellent, the shamans were of the highest quality, and the location of the retreat itself was remarkable. There's a lot of space for privacy if that's what you want, and the beauty of the Amazon rainforest is just something else.

Final Group Photo

Final Group Photo

I felt like a million bucks walking out of this place (even though I didn't want to leave!), and I would highly recommend to anyone seeking to partake in an Ayahuasca ceremony. I felt so priviledged to be apart of the Kapitari family and feel so grateful to have contributed to their cause. I loved Kapitari so much that I will be returning next year for part 2!

10/10

Click here for those interested in my Ayahuasca blog (or just watch the video below). 

And here's the Kapitari website for much more information on the retreat:

www.kapitari.org


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