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APRIL 17-24, 2022

The Embodied Creativity and Shipibo Plant Medicine retreat is a deep dive into embodied experience guided by nature, the elements and the world of the plants. This 8 day inclusive plant medicine retreat (3 Ceremonies) interweaves ritual, embodied movement, vocal sound healing, voice activation, breathwork and creative expression for an unforgettable journey of transformation. You will be supported to shed unneeded belief patterns and connect to the free and joyful expression of your essence.


We have the honor to be supported by renowned Shipibo Onaya healer Maestra Ynes and her two powerful daughters, Maestra Laura and Maestra Lila. The maestras have spent this last year of global quarantine going deeply into their own study - dieting and investigating deeply into the wisdom of the plants in ceremony. They have emerged from this time period with incredible strength and insight, excited to support you in this deep healing journey! 


Classes and daytime sessions aim to support and inform the work in ceremony and create a deeper connection to the energetic realms of the plants, and the Shipibo culture. This retreat aims to support you to free your authentic expression, nourish joyful creativity and learn to connect to the elements to create health, harmony and balance in your daily life.


Join us to explore the following themes:


  • 3 Plant Medicine Ceremonies

  • Transcending the fear of being “not good enough” and accessing free and joyful expression.

  • Opening to playfulness and connection

  • Igniting your creative fire and building your reservoir of creative “juice” and inspiration

  • Using your voice as a tool to clear, repair and restore your vibratory field

  • Freeing your authentic voice

  • Reconnecting with the medicine of your breath

  • Practicing reciprocity with nature and nourishing life with creative beauty

  • Learning about Shipibo ancestral wisdom

  • Discovering the intelligence of your own energy anatomy

  • Connecting to the power of the elements and learning to harness and harmonize with the energies of life.

Our setting is Reunion, a wellness center dedicated to the preservation of plant medicine and ancestral wisdom. Nestled on Playa Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Beach) in the northern part of Guanacaste, Reunion is only a few steps from the sandy shore of the Pacific Ocean in the most desirable tropical beach district in all of Costa Rica.


This transformative experience is meant to awaken the best of the human spirit — so that we may offer our wise selves to our communities at home.

With nature as our guide and with deep reverence for the ancient teachings and the elders we are so privileged to learn from - together we tap into powerful wisdom and create space to become fully present. 


Maestra Ynes

Maestra Ynes is a mother of seven children, three of whom are now Onaya healers. She is originally from the native community of Roaboya, next to the Ucayali River, Pucallpa.

At 14 years old, Ynes fell seriously ill with an unknown disease which led her to diet medicinal plants under the guidance of her grandfather and master healer, Aurelio. After successfully healing herself, Ynes decided to apprentice with Maestro Aurelio to learn her ancestral shamanic tradition of the Shipibo indigenous people.

A year later she undertook a diet in the forest that lasted for more than two years in complete isolation from the outside world. Some years later, Ynes continued dieting with her great-grandfather, Maestro and a Meraya healer, Luciano Sinuiri. At the age of 18, she began her last diet with her mother’s uncle, Maestro and Onaya healer, Basil Gordon. These three powerful healers gifted her the base of her knowledge and experience with the sacred plant medicine and ayahuasca.

Now with over 50 years of dedicated experience and ancestral knowledge, she offers a very powerful and beautiful connection with plant spirits; devoting her life to heal others in Peru and abroad. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge that has been passed down for generations through her family lineage. With her contagious laughter and passion for healing, she distributes light and love with unfaltering compassion. 



Maestra Laura is the eldest daughter of Maestra Ynes. From an early age, Maestra Laura has been deeply immersed in the world of plant medicine. Laura was given small diets by her grandparents from the age of 10 years and by the age of 16 began her apprenticeship to learn about ayahuasca.

At 20, Laura traveled throughout Peru with Ynes, sharing medicinal plants and ayahuasca ceremonies for local Peruvians. She has also worked extensively with her mother, both in Peru and abroad. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge that has been passed down for generations in her family line.

Laura works closely with her sister, Lila, and both have dedicated their time to sharing their medicine with the wider community, they have been guest speakers at several international gatherings and conferences.

Laura is known for her beautiful ikaros, (healing chants) that pour out of her with love and devotion to each of her patients.


Maestra Lila grew up with her grandparents and highly-respected Onaya healers. At the age of 13, Lila was the victim of a strong energetic attack. She then moved to live with her mother, Maestra Ynes, and dieted a mighty tree named Catawba. The diet succeeded in curing that evil harm and served as the gateway of Lila’s path as a healer.

Being the rebel that she is, Lila resisted the way of the medicine, sometimes in favor of leading a ‘normal’ life, but after the birth of her two children, the plants persisted in calling her to work with them. Since then, she has worked with her mother and other highly respected teachers throughout Peru and is also a specialist in warmi ikaros (healing chants of love, prosperity and happiness). She works with an incredible amount of love and compassion and an irresistible sense of humor!

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Jessica Begin, is an artist, dancer, singer/songwriter, movement and voice teacher, plant medicine integration coach and a student of life.  She holds the firm belief that the re-awakening of humans to our authentic power lies in turning to the ancestral practices which remind us of the joy and interconnectivity of being alive. She has been working as a plant medicine facilitator for 10 years, and has worked at some of the most highly respected centers in Peru and Costa Rica. She is an apprentice of Maestra Ynes, and Chief woman Fire Keeper in the moondance tradition (Mexica, Aztec Mexican) in Costa Rica, under the guidance of Abuela Itzpapalotl. Jessica’s passion is to inspire others to the free and uninhibited expression of their deepest heart’s longing through voice and movement. As a teacher she brings to her work precision, clarity, artistry, sensitivity, care and passion.


Learn more about Jessica:


Karina is a certified holistic health, transformation and integration guide with a focus on plant medicine. She specializes in somatic guidance and embodiment practices. She is the founder of the wellness platform Sovereign by Nature & non-profit The ARC based in Costa Rica, natural plant medicine brand Root to Ritual and sacred container for womxn The Sacred Session.​


She has studied with wisdom keepers, elders and teachers from many different lineages. She remains in service to plant medicine and is an advocate for indigenous rights.

Karina holds space from a place of non-judgement, she creates a divine container where others can shed, remember, integrate and grow. She believes that through deep understanding, reverence and unconditional love for the self we fuel present awareness and sovereignty. Through conscious action we improve our lives and relationships.

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The human body is the greatest technology we will ever possess- together we will dive deep to reconnect to our bodies, build resiliency and learn to navigate our internal landscape- mind, body and soul. By using framework to view our personal work through playful intelligence we are rewiring our social patterns and behaviors- we are learning to shed layers of cultural and ancestral conditioning stored deep within our bones. We are reprogramming our mind into a fierce ally. Empowerment at it's truest level- Integrity in it's purist form.

Our practices are designed to help you cultivate energy- vitality, health, creativity and longevity- learn to uncover the internal wisdom you possess.




Together we remember the ceremonial ways of life. It is time to refine our capacity to listen, to reconnect to community and to answer the call for global consciousness.

Through ancient traditions and wisdom practices we surrender to the messages that are meant for us and we reignite clear vision so that we may walk our path with confidence and with the support of nature and community.


In gratitude- we will remember to give more than we take. 


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&PRICING- usd$


Single: $3,200 per person - SOLD OUT

Couple: $5,750 per couple


$2,995 per person




Price does not include 4% processing fee. 

-Pricing includes accommodations, food, 3 healing ceremonies and all program activities 

-Includes meals specifically prepared for ceremony 

-Price does not include airfare or transportation 

-Transportation shuttle options will be provided

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- To hold your space a $500 deposit is needed per person. You can select your room type by clicking the JOURNEY WITH US button below. SPACE IS LIMITED. WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING 25 PARTICIPANTS - Once you submit your dates and room preference a confirmation email will be sent to you with further details. Deposits are non-refundable once confirmed.

- Airport: You will fly into LIBERIA CR. There will be shuttle options shared with you upon sign up. The center is located 1.5 hours from the airport

-Traveling to Costa Rica - As of now, if you are not vaccinated you will need to purchase specific travelers insurance that covers Covid - you can get a quote here:

-IMPORTANT: QR Code - Once you purchase insurance you will need to input the policy number into this system to generate a QR Code, you will be asked for this at the airport -

-Due to the nature of this work, payments and deposits are non-refundable.  Payments may be transferable with written permission from the organizer. 

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