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March 10-24, 2024

March 10-24, 2024

March 10-24, 2024

Black to the Jungle

Shipibo-Konibo Plant Medicine Retreat
for the Black Community

November 3-23, 2024

outside of Pucallpa, Peru

Join us for either 1, 2, or all 3 weeks!

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Black to the Jungle Retreat is an incredibly unique and special invitation to learn ancient medicine ways of the Shipibo-Konibo people. Revered globally for their immensely deep connection with medicinal plants throughout the Amazon Rainforest of Peru, the Shipibo-Konibo offer a rich tapestry of healing practices, including working alongside Ayahuasca and other very special healing plants, sometimes known as Master Plants. This immersive experience is an opportunity to delve into the specific wisdom of the Mahua lineage, learning both cultural and medicinal traditions. Held within a safe, trauma-informed, and Black ancestral community container, Black to the Jungle is a space to heal personal and cultural stories, deepen your relationship with Amazonian plants, and experience profound transformation within a lush and beautiful world. 


  • Accommodation in your own spacious jungle tambo 

  • Traditional Shipibo-Konibo ceremonies with Yoxán Manuela and Yoxán Robertina

  • Traditional Shipibo-Konibo Cultural Workshops in kené (ancient designs), emboidery, and ceramics (depending on availability per week)

  • Shipibo-Konibo Language Workshop & Icaros Singing Lessons

  • Preparation and Integration Support for ceremonies

  • Shipibo Flower Baths (offered each week)

  • Integrative Black Condor Circle to support with integrating the work of the healers and plants

  • Transportation to and from the center from anywhere in Pucallpa

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout your entire stay


Manuela Mahua
Manuela Mahua comes from a long-standing and well-respected family lineage of Shipibo-Konibo healers from the upper and lower Ucayali regions of the Peruvian Amazon. Born in 1947, she began apprenticing with her father at age 13 and now has 60+ years of experience working with her ancestral medicine.

Today she heals and teaches, both Shipibo-Konibo and foreigners alike. She has a vast knowledge and understanding of the natural pharmacy of her land and is very open to sharing it with those who are willing to make the commitment to carry on the tradition.

Manuela is an altruistic, generous, and positive force. She cares deeply for all of her students and provides individual attention and care that only a g
reat-grandmother can give. She embodies her given Shipibo-Konibo name Jakon Rate and truly is a "Life-Giving Good Surprise" for all who meet and learn with her!

Robertina Mahua
Robertina Mahua is the eldest daughter of the late Pascual Mahua and is a Noyá Ráo maestra who has been working side-by-side with Manuela for the most part of the last 4 years. She’s 67 years old but did not begin her samá path until she was 52. After being around her father, uncles, and cousins and witnessing this path for decades, she was encouraged, taught, and supported by her own father. After two years of dedicated study with only Noyá Ráo, she began samá with Tobí Ráo and began developing her message and bone setting skills. She also has strong samá connections with Sémein (Bobinsana), Mókapari (Chiricsanango), Chullachaqui Caspi, and Marosa.

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Adorable Earthangel
Adorable is the director of Black Condor Tribe, and has been organizing healing courses, rituals, and retreats for over 15 years. Her work first began in food justice advocacy and teaching community nutrition, but she later incorporated yoga, energy healing, reiki, and indigenous ritual into her talks and classes. She has traveled to many sacred lands and studied with healers, but noticed the lack of representation for Black people in these spaces. In response, she began creating access to affordable and safe trauma-informed spaces for Black people to come together in the liberation and celebration of Black lives. Adorable has been on a 11 year journey of purification and initiation among healers, and is currently apprenticing with Shipibo Maestras in Peru in strengthening her path as a ceremonialist.

Learn more about Adorable and the Black Condor Tribe here:
Nicholas Carter
Born in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, Nicholas "Nico" Carter began his deep-dive when in 2014 he left the US and spent many years living as a nomadic artist to explore cultural memory and Earth-based spirituality throughout the American continents. Years later he was unexpectedly struck with a period of severe chronic illness and was consequently ushered into an intense, years-long process of healing and recovery—a process that has profoundly shaped and informed his life path.

Nico's ancestors come from West Africa (Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana), and Western Europe—he is the result of various kinds of ethnic mi
xing over different scales of time throughout the continental United States and beyond. The study of Amazonian plant medicine in the Shipibo-Konibo tradition has been, and continues to be, a central part of his life. He has been a student of Manuela’s since 2015, now offering his skills to Asociación Jakon Rate in the areas of development, communication, and preparation and integration support. His practice in these areas is primarily informed by somatic and trauma-informed training and principles. 


The Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies

outside of Pucallpa, Peru

Asociación Jakon Rate is a Shipibo-Konibo family-owned and run non-profit organization that aims to support and preserve the culture and ancestral wisdom of the Shipibo-Konibo in the Peruvian Amazon. They do this by creating natural, clean, and safe environments for traditional practices to be remembered, regenerated, relearned, and shared throughout the Shipibo-Konibo Nation and the global community. 

Inspired and guided by the great grandmother Manuela Mahua Ahuanari and the essence of her true name, Jakon Rate—‘A Life-Giving Good Surprise’—Asociación Jakon Rate is dedicated to helping current and new generations learn and practice the Shipibo-Konibo culture with educational workshops, courses, and traditional samá to deeply reconnect with the plants and animals from the forests and rivers of the Shipibo-Konibo homelands—through life-giving good shocks to the system—to help us reconnect to our source energy.

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1 week - $1,350 usd
2 weeks - $2,400 usd
3 weeks - $3,350 usd

(can be paid in monthly installments if needed)


Portions of the funds collected from Black to the Jungle will serve to build the solar panel infrastructure for the Jakon Rate Center for Shipibo-Konibo Studies.

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