La Familia Medicina Ayahuasca Retreats

I am writing this and posting this with tears of sadness……


After much deliberation and struggle both Roberto and I have decided that it is necessary to close La Familia Medicina effective immediately.


The reasons are both based in spiritual philosophy and “material world” factors.  In our view, the more important of the two is based in our recent spiritual realizations.


Both  Roberto and I are dedicated to the “larger spiritual path” of absolute and radical Truth.  That is Truth with a capital “T”.  A key part of this path is the recognition that integrity is absolutely key.  What we have realized is that in order to embody integrity we often times have to experience very messy situations.  We do recognize that these messy situations are our own making and we need to take responsibility for that.  We have to face things we don’t necessarily want to face.  We also have to do things we do not want to do because our nature/programming is such that we often times want to avoid a perceived pain or suffering.  It is in facing these fears and suffering that we are able to transcend them and thus clean them.


In the recent weeks we have realized that this path does not align with Amazonian Ayahuasca Shamanism.  We are not saying that Ayahuasca or Ayahuasca Shamanism is “bad”.  It is a path that has taught and helped us immensely.  It is also a path that helps and will help a huge number of people in the future.  Personally I will continue to work with Ayahuasca via the Santo Daime and individually (just in a new manner).  Roberto has chosen not to work with teacher plants and will be focusing on a meditation based methodology.


All paths are leading to the same ultimate goal and we need to choose paths based on “where we are at”.  At the same time, when we recognize that a modality, tool or path is no longer in alignment with where we are at we need to drop it (preferably) without attachment.  To do otherwise would cause one to be out of integrity.


When one is out of integrity it can manifest in many ways ranging from physical illness to a more subdued energetic drain.  Both Roberto and I have experienced both in recent months.


It is because we feel out of integrity that we feel that it neither serves us nor  our guests to continue with retreats at La Familia Medicina.  We simply can not, in good conscience, provide the level of service that we believe either party would be happy with.

- Zach Poitra

We believe Ayahuasca is a Gift to Humanity
Our Mission is to offer retreats that honor:

*Transformative Life Changes
*Nurturing, Comfortable & Safe
*Non-profiting from Ayahuasca
*To Serve with Integrity & High Consciousness

*Affordable to as many guests as possible
*Small Retreats & Available 24hrs a Day Individual Counseling

*Protecting & Supporting Amazonia Ecology & Communities

Introduction to La Familia Medicina

What Makes La Familia Medicina Special?

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Experience Ayahuasca in a Truly Loving and Caring Environment

Our Jungle Retreat is facilitated by the entire Galindo Family.  A family that overflows with Love.

Shamans: Maestro Gumercindo Galindo, Maestro Don Roldan Galindo , and Don Roldan’s wife Gertrudes Galindo.

Note:   Our new schedule allows our guests to take advantage of a direct flight to Iquitos via Panama City, Panama thus avoiding the hassle of buying a flight from Lima to Iquitos.  The flights on Copa Air are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Therefore our retreats are Thursday-Friday.  Link to Copa Air:

Costs: $675- $2150 Deposit Options + Voluntary Donation (Note: now deposit includes round trip transportation Iquitos- La Familia Medicina- Iquitos) 

Ayahuasca Retreat includes:

  • 5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
  • Tobacco Ceremony
  • Shamanic Dieta
  • Shamanic Consultations
  • Daily Yoga or Qi Gong Classes (teacher dependent)
  • Jungle excursion
  • All our food is fresh, healthy and locally sourced.
  • Private double rooms.
  • Large “suite” option. (single or double)
  • Laundry service available.
  • 24/7 filtered drinking water.
  • A maximum of 18 guests.
  • Round Trip Transportation: Iquitos- Jenaro Hererra- Iquitos.

15 Day Shamanic Retreat Includes:

  • 6 Days private lodging and shamanic dieta
  • 9 Days Ayahuasca retreat with 5 ceremonies
  • Maximum of 8 guests
  • Includes all amenities of the above Ayahuasca retreat

Qi Gong + Ayahuasca Retreat:

  • 9 Days of Qi Gong training
  • 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Maximum of 16 guests
  • Includes all amenities of the above Ayahuasca retreat


2014 Retreat Dates:

All 2014 Retreats are Now Closed

 *NOTE: Please check our booking page for retreat availability BEFORE making your travel reservations!

*The 15 Day Shamanic Dieta retreat is composed of 6 days of shamanic dieta in personal isolation followed by 9 days of Ayahuasca ceremonies where you’ll join up with guests from the standard Ayahuasca retreat group. Click for more details. 

**The Qi Gong Retreat includes Qi Gong Instructions & 5 Ayahuasca ceremonies with no Dieta. Click for more details


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“There are no tourists in our family camp. As soon as you enter the camp you are accepted into the family and you are treated as a part of our family.”- Maestro Gumercindo Galindo

Our Ayahuasca jungle retreat is located near Jenaro Herrera, Peru.  The ceremonies and retreats are facilitated by the ENTIRE Galindo family .  A family with over 35 years of experience working with ayahuasca.  

The ceremonies are led by Maestro Don Roldan Galindo, his wife Gertrudes Galindo (affectionately called Papi and Mama) and Maestro Gumercindo Galindo (see schedule for dates).  They are supported in ceremony by the brothers, sisters and Zach Poitra.

This is a truly special place not just from a location standpoint (deep in the jungle-far away from the craziness of Iquitos).  The specialness is really due to the family environment.  The Galindo family has an amazing amount of love for each other.  This love extends to the guests that come visit us.  It actually bowls you over as soon as you get off the boat….words can not fully describe the feeling, it has to be experienced.


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The La Familia Medicina Shamanic Team

Our Shamanic Team consists of a family team of five: the mother- Gertrudes Galindo, father- Don Roldan Galindo, Maestro Gumercindo Galindo and the two other sons- Marcio Galindo and Roberto Galindo.  These shamans are true maestros of the medicine and are dedicated to sharing their expertise and knowledge with you. In fact, they are never happier than when doing so! In our years of working with many, many shamans, the excellence of this family’s medicine work has yet to be surpassed and is the cornerstone of all our work.


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Founders of La Familia Medicina

La Familia Medicina was founded by shamans Maestro Gumercindo Galindo and Zach Poitra in 2009. Born out of a vision Masetro Gumercindo had in ceremony, they partnered in the creation of our Amazon jungle retreat center and Ayahuasca treatment programs. Their goal is to share the gift of Ayahuasca’s healing, teaching and transformational power to help as many people as possible. They feel strongly against the commercialization and commoditzation of Ayahuasca that is spreading through Peru and the world. Their goal is to hold strong to the commitment of practicing “Pura Mediciana” or Pure Medicine that is focused on sharing Love and Enlightenment with the world. Zach Poitra brings with him considerable experience and a background in consciousness work through Vipassina and other spiritual trainings. You can read more about Zach’s personal journey to Ayahuasca by downloading the free e-book here: Journey Into Light

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  Maestro Gumercindo Galindo                            Zach Poitra


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Who Should Attend?

This retreat is open to anyone who feels called to work with the medicine. We feel this retreat is particularly suited to people who are looking for a safe, comfortable , and loving environment in which to experience ayahuasca.  Based on our experience and comments from guests, we feel that this family context is particularly suitable for this.

We are ideally looking to work with positive and sincere people who have an open-heart and an open mind.  We are focused on serious spiritual work. Our goal is to both heal and raise consiousness. We do not cater to those who want to experiment with one or two ceremonies. At La Familia Medicina ayahuasca and the other plant medicines are sacred, they are not recreational drugs, they are not used to “trip”, they are not used for an “experience”. Ayahuasca and the other sacred plant medicines are for learning, cleaning of energies, raising consciousness and healing.


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Food at La Familia Medicina and Dietary Restrictions

All guests will be participating in a dieta for their first retreat.  For the entire retreat there is no consumption of sweets (sugars).  There will be no consumption of acid fruits during your stay at La Familia Medicina. Consumption of pork or duck and pork or duck products are not allowed during the stay and both are restricted for 6 months after the dieta ends. Alcohol and street drugs are not allowed at La Familia Medicina at any time. They must be also abstained from for 30 days after the dieta ends (this includes marijuana, mushrooms and other teacher plants such as San Pedro (Huachuma).

The shamanic dieta includes the following foods:

  • Fish (Boca Chico, Sardinas, trout)
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • White Rice
  • Yucca, including Farina (dried yucca)
  • Potatoes
  • Limited Vegetables
  • Coconuts
  • Water
  • Herbal Teas

Foods that are excluded from the shamanic dieta:

  • No Sugar
  • No Salt
  • No Added Oils/Fats
  • Limited Vegetables
  • No Spices
  • No Dairy products
  • No Meats that are not Listed Above
  • No Coffee and Other Caffeinated Drinks
  • No Processed Foods

Vegetarians/Vegans/Pescetarians- please notify us at the time of booking about your dietary needs.  You are still required to follow the above dietary restrictions.  We will simply increase the amount of the foods you can eat in lieu of the foods you can not eat.  Note:  we can not cater to high protein/low carb diets due to limited ingredients available.


watertaxiguets Our jungle camp is located in the Amazon rain forest, away from the hustle bustle of Western civilization and the pollution of even smallerPeruvian cities like Iquitos. It is close to the village of Jenaro Hererra (which is about 4 hours away from Iquitos) and is on a the banks of a pristine river, where you will find a pure experience communing with the natural world. Here’s where you’ll find us:  Google Map Location.


The cost of the retreat does not include the cost of travelling to Peru and Iquitos. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from Iquitos, but see our FAQ for advice and information on how to get here. We recommend that you arrive in Iquitos at least 48 hours before the retreat starts to give yourself time to prepare, relax and overcome jet lag if you’re likely to have any.

Your deposit includes the cost of transportation by taxi and fast boat between Iquitos and Jenaro Herrera where our jungle camp is located (about 4 hours travel from Iquitos). We will send you full details of transportation when you book on the retreat.


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What people are saying about our Jungle Ayahuasca Retreat

“I have lived in Iquitos for around four years now and I have worked extensively with Auahuasca and other medicinal plants for much of that time with quite a few different Shamans who are operating in the local area. I can honestly say that the five days I spent working with Ayahuasca with Zach and Gume were of the upmost quality and to date I haven’t encountered anyone here doing better work with the sacred plants of the rainforest. I would not hesitate to recommend this center to anyone who has the desire to do some deep work on themselves and I very much look forward to my next visit with them !!” – Stacy Late, former owner of Karma Cafe, Iquitos Peru

“I would heartily recommend a retreat with La Familia Medicina. I found exactly what I was hoping for there. The center is deep in the jungle right next to a beautiful river and pristine jungle. The buildings and infrastructure were very spacious and comfortable. A lot of thought and experience obviously went into the design of the place. The staff and the food were wonderful. I truly did feel like I was in the bosom of a warm and loving family. I have been to other ayahuasca centers in the past and this was the best experience ever. Zach was great. He was able to discuss the ayahuasca experience in a psychologically sophisticated way and provided the support I needed to feel safe. He has designed this program in a way that addresses the unique cultural and psychological needs that we westerners have. I felt seen and supported so that I could delve deep into the interior areas I needed to go.” – Bill G, USA

“At La Familia Medicina something truly magical has been created. Adventurous beyond imagination , yet comforting and safe at the same time. I came to the camp as a MAJOR skeptic having experienced ayahuasca in the past and believing it was just not for me. Previously I had found it disorienting, scary and uncomfortable and just could not see what the hype was. But, I came to give it one more try. The vibe (for lack of a better word – maybe “energy” is better) at La Familia Medicina turned my opinion completely around. This was no mean feat I assure you, as I have a cynical streak a mile wide. No new age fluff for me. Part of the amazing experience was certainly being out in the Amazon – out in jungle. Surrounded by pristine wilderness. The voyage out there alone was worth it. But , man, oh man, the ceremonies!” – Teddy J, USA

“At La Familia Medicina everything is proficiently taken care of, and I always felt extremely safe. Zach’s team is very warm and friendly and Maestro Gumercindo is truly a master. After having recently finished a difficult spell serving within the military on a tour of duty in Afghanistan a few weeks beforehand, this place was exactly what I needed to help me integrate back into the civilised world. It was healing, spiritual and calming. Good medicine for the soul. I would recommend the experience 100%. I honestly felt that I could return home to my wife and children as a better father, husband and friend. An authentic and magical experience – Ayahuasca Satsangha really is the ‘real deal’.” - Tom, UK



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Retreat Costs

La Familia Medicina is a donation based organization.  We strive to be the most affordable retreat in all of Peru, while still providing amongst the most powerful and well-respected shamanic work in Peru. Many former guests with experience with a variety of other ayahuasca organizations consider us among the best and most unique Ayahuasca organization they’ve ever experienced.

Reservation Deposit:

La Familia Medicina does require a deposit of $675.00 USD- $1600.00 USD (different room types) per person to reserve a space for a retreat. This deposit needs to be received at least two weeks prior to your preferred retreat dates.  The deposit covers our cost of purchasing food, supplies, lodging, and staffing to host you on retreat.


At the end of your retreat you will have an opportunity to provide La Familia Medicina with a gift or donation beyond the deposit that has already been paid OR if you feel that you have not received anything of value from completing the entire  rereat we will gladly refund your money.

Again, this gift is to allow us to continue our non-profit work of spreading the gift of Ayahuasca to humanity, and to help maintain, improve and expand the La Familia infrastructure to continue expanding our work. Any funds that are received that are above and beyond the operational costs of La Familia Medicina will be directed towards our sustainable community projects such as a school, solar energy, permaculture farms, and healing work for Peruvian locals in our part of the Amazon. Your donations are a karmic gift to help protect the value of Ayahuasca, help promote ecological preservation of the Amazons, and assist the indigenous peoples of our Amazonian community.

You may make your gift in advance when you book a retreat via Paypal, you can do it in person with clean/crisp bills from your home country or Peruvian Soles (preferred). Guaranteed refunds up to 100% if you are unhappy with your retreat experience.

Cost Comparison:

Similar retreats in Peru for the same number of days/ceremonies carry a price tag of $1,000.00 USD- $2,550.00 as a mandatory and up-front payment and without any refund guarantees.

Our mission is to make Ayahuasca and our experienced shamanic skills as broadly available to society as possible and feel our deposit+donation model fulfills that mission. We ask you check in with your Heart regarding what you feel is the true value of what we do for you on retreat and donate a gift accordingly.

Refund Policy:

We offer that if you are completely unsatisfied with your retreat with us, we will refund up to 100% of your deposit and/or donation. We realize doing this could cause us financial losses, but this is the level of commitment we have to be servants of spreading the Ayahuasca consciousness to humanity and trust in the human Heart to sustain us.  See Guest Contract for full details.

Room Options:

Standard Shared Room for 2 People

Standard Shared Room for 2 People

Standard Shared Room:  Two people in a shared room with shared bath.  $675.00 USD deposit per person + voluntary donation.

Large Shared Room:  Two people in a shared very large room (6m x 5m) with double beds, private toilet, sink and sitting area. $850.00 USD deposit per person + voluntary donation.

Large Room/Tambo Layout

Large Room/Tambo Layout

Large Shared Tambo/House: Two people in a shared large tambo/house (6m x 5m) with double beds, private toilet, sink and sitting area.  $950.00 USD deposit per person + voluntary donation.

Standard Private Room:  One person in a private room with shared bath.  $975.00 USD deposit + voluntary donation.

Large Private Room:  One person in a private very large room with a double bed, private toilet, sink and sitting area.  $1350.00 USD deposit + voluntary donation.

Large Private Tambo/House:  One person in a  large tambo/house (6m x 5m) with double beds, private toilet, sink and sitting area.  $1600.00 USD deposit+ voluntary donation.

Cancellation Policy

If you choose to cancel your retreat with at least 30 days notice, we will refund the full deposit.  If you cancel within 30 days, we will hold your deposit for another retreat date, but unfortunately cannot provide a refund.


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To register for this retreat please fill in our application form. Due to the intense nature of working with ayahuasca we feel it’s important to find out a few things about you beforehand. We reserve the right to refuse applicants if we feel they are not suited to a retreat of this nature.  NOTE:  Please do not fill out a registration form until you are ready to make a deposit.  Registration forms without a deposit will be deleted in 48 hours if a deposit is not made to confirm the registration.