~ Los Cielos Apprenticeship Immersion Program ~

Here at Los Cielos, education is a key aspect of our offerings, and an incredible modality for healing to occur through. By allowing themselves to soak into the jungle way of life for 1 to 3 months at a time, participants can take their personal healing paths very deep. This process unfolds with the container of service, a deeper commitment to the plants, and a higher standard for yourself. During the Immersion participants will engage in most every aspect of the Sanctuary maintenance, hosting a group, practicing Spanish, and experiencing a variety of plant medicines and ceremonies. 

If you are in need of deep personal healing, and truly need a Retreat, the Apprenticeship Immersion is not a good choice for you. If you have done a fair bit of healing with these plants already, and are ready for the next level of your commitment to this path, this Immersion is for you. 

We work with each participant to highlight their strengths, while also giving challenging and educational jobs to help you grow. To qualify to be a Volunteer, one must have the self-determination and willingness to surrender and open to their highest potential. To be in the jungle for so long will push your every edge, and how you react or don't will be your teaching-points in this extended journey into yourself. Before applying to this program, check in and make sure you are ready to make this commitment - all while being expected to work full-time. 

This Program is very intense, as you are deep into your own process, and also helping with all aspects of the center, especially so when there is a Retreat happening. You may be given a job that requires waking up very early to prepare a tea or diet plant for a participant with the shamans. This is where you really learn, scraping bark with the shamans at 430am.  But that is after a night of ceremony that lasted until 3am.. So we ask each participant to find the pace that they can handle. If you know that the ceremony will be too much, to still fulfill your duties, then you rest a night. Through this process we learn a lot about ourselves, our boundaries, our self-limiting preconceptions, essentially - our blockages. The plants will guide the way through, around, over, and beyond.  Many other days the job may just be to make lemonade and the salad for lunch and then make sure the hammocks are all dry and rehung in the trees from the wash. (you have to test each hammock of course!)... Work varies by each person's interest and strengths. We ask for basically 35-40 hours of serious work each week. It may be that we need more than 5 days in a row during a Retreat, and then you may have extended down-time after. 

We want to make it clear that we are here for you, helping and guiding you, challenging and also holding you softly, as you grow, transform, and emerge from who you come as into who you are becoming! Even though we ask a lot from you, with all the love we have and all our attention you are receiving teaching, knowledge, and healing from primarily the plants, the shamans, and our staff.

The minimum stay for the Program is 1 month, and the maximum is 3 months at a time. Once you have completed your first stay, and leave for at least 2 months, you may re-apply for up to another 3 months. After you have done two, 3 Month stays, custom terms may be available.  


Why these time parameters? A couple of reasons. It takes a good couple of weeks for participants to settle in. Then it takes a few more to really let the jungle settle in. So one good reason is to make sure its a long enough period that you may really receive all the healing that is coming for you. Also, it also takes us a few weeks to get you trained in some of the basic functions around the Sanctuary, and we need to know you will stay and put in the good work once you are finally trained. After your stay, or the 3 month maximum, we introduce you back out to the world, ready and protected in your path. Then you go out into the "real" world and see the magnitude of your own changes, and integrate. For many, their new path or career is clear, and we hear of their successes over the years. For some, after longer contemplation, the call is clear to return, and they do. And so we offer the 2nd and additional stays.  In your Application you may enter the dates you prefer to come, and most of the time we can accommodate your preferred dates, or very close. 

Eligibility for the Immersion Program

To Apply, potential Participants must:

  • Have completed at least 1 of our 10 Day or longer Retreats, or a similar length Retreat somewhere else in the Amazon/Costa Rica, etc.. -

    • Or other qualifying conditions.

  • Sat with ayahuasca for at least 30 ceremonies. If you haven't, in your application you may write us at least 100 words why you know you are ready at this time. 

  • Complete our Application and be approved. 

What We Offer

  • *5 Ayahuasca ceremonies included per month. Additional for $50 each.*

  • *3 Kambo purge ceremonies per month included. Additional for $50 each.*

  • Private or same-sex shared Casita. 

  • Showers, bathrooms, all guest amenities, laundry service.

  • All meals, beverages, snacks, etc. 

  • Experience living in the jungle with the staff, shamans, guests and work crew. 

  • All group activities, banos, painting, education, plant walks.

  • Personal Dieta Suaves available. (working dietas) for $200 additional per month.

  • Participation in all aspects of the Sanctuary and Retreat. 

    • Making ayahuasca, rape, dieta plant concentrations. ​

    • Harvesting, drying herbs. 

    • Jungle immersion time. Jungle walks. Night hikes.

    • Spanish Immersion. learn some Shipibo.

    • Learn about natural dye plants, weaving, embroidery, ceramics.

    • Botanical Sanctuary tours, development, planting, gardening, nursery, propagation of tropical plants. 

    • Work in our multi acre fruit tree, medicinal plant and cacao chakra

    • Tropical permaculture design - plants, compost toilets, bioswales, etc. 

    • Tropical geometrical building design and construction.

    • Group needs, laundry, cooking, cleaning, dishes, etc. 

    • Ground crew work. raking, composting, repairs. (Yes we have power drills!)

    • Tell us what you see that can be done and its likely you'll be doing it!

  • You get to attend group events like the waterfall trips. We may ask for the same amount as the participants pay for these activities, but will include you on transportation. 

  • 2 of every 7 days off, sometimes irregular. One long weekend a month of 3 days. 

  • Soon to offer Wi-fi!

  • Great community of international medicine tribe!

  • The time of your life!

What we Require

  • Foremost, we require a great attitude, an indisputable level of integrity and respect toward others, and a strong passion and work ethic to serve the plants, the guests, and your self during your stay.

  • 35-40 hours a week of work

  • Complete the Application and be Approved. Abide by the Guidelines it sets forth.


Apprenticeship Immersion Pricing:

$800 per month.

$200 Additional for Personalized Dieta program (per month).

***Note: There is a 1 month minimum payment, even if you stay less than 1 month. $800 is the minimum rate, period. 

***Note: You MUST arrive for the beginning of your Immersion in between our planned groups (see the Dates page), and be out at Los Cielos 10 days before the next official Retreat begins, to settle in and get in the flow of the jungle before the groups arrive. You'll need to look at our Dates, and plan accordingly when figuring out your schedule. Thank you!!!

Come and experience the Amazon jungle of Peru in a whole new way. 

                                                                                                               ...We invite you! 

>>> Volunteer Immersion Application