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Where integration meets tradition

It’s time to look at healing in a different light.

With a belief in the need to encompass the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects of healing, our mission is to empower each guest to bridge the gap between mind, body, and spirit and become more fully embodied, integrated, and connected versions of themselves.

We believe in expanding the definition of what healing looks like.

Working with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca under the guidance of indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers, we collaborate with clinical psychologists who have extensive plant medicine experience to support a uniquely integrative approach to healing.

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    “Soltara” comes from the Spanish verb “soltar” which means to let go or release.

    At our seaside haven in the mountainous tropical forest of Costa Rica, we’ve created a framework for you to dig deep, uncover the energetic roots of blockages, self-limiting beliefs, and negative programs that may be holding you back, and help you fully release them and step into your power.

    Plant medicines such as ayahuasca, and other holistic therapies, ask us to connect to all parts of ourselves, and if there are painful parts, to confront them directly: they are speaking to us and want to teach us something. By shining the light of consciousness into the shadowed corners of our psyche, we are able to acknowledge, learn from, and release the suffering attached to them. Our highly skilled, gentle, loving Shipibo healers and facilitators will help guide you through this process of self-discovery through plant medicine healing, supportive holistic modalities, and modern psychotherapeutic practices.

    Our Call To Service

    Ayahuasca Retreats

    Under the guidance of indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers, we combine plant medicine ceremony, supportive embodiment practices, and a unique integration program to empower each guest in their healing over the long term. Our decades of combined experience holding ceremony and doing medicine work allow you to experience in-depth healing in a safe and loving environment. Immersed in the tropical forest and with stunning ocean views, we offer retreats of varying lengths, along with retreats featuring special guests, allowing you to find what works for you in order to step fully into your authentic self.

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    Integration Program

    Integration means taking the knowledge and lessons learned during your ceremony experience and putting it into practice in your life. At Soltara, there is a strong focus on the integrative work that starts during your retreat and continues, possibly, for the rest of your life. We work with skilled integration specialists who have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine and can help you prepare for, maintain, and enhance the outcomes of the retreat experience. By doing the necessary healing work during your stay and understanding the tools and practices that can help maintain that work, you can open to the truth of who you are, what you want, and most importantly, how to get there.

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    Our vibrant online community fosters open dialogue, personal connection, and high-quality resources to help you learn from each other and expand your knowledge base. Our commitment to individual and global healing, on all levels, drives us to support the spiritual movement taking place. We aim to create a culture and community based on balanced, practical, accessible information grounded in a spirit of cultural awareness and education.

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    Our Blog

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    August 7, 2023

    Ayahuasca healing shines at the world’s top psychedelic science conference

    While we’ve come a long way, the psychedelic movement still has a long road ahead What was a Shipibo-guided, trauma-informed ayahuasca center doing at the largest psychedelic conference? So happy…
    June 17, 2023

    4 reasons why saving the Amazon means saving ourselves

    A climate-positive future depends on preserving wildlife, reforestation and the indigenous communities of the rainforest  The Amazon Rainforest is wildly misunderstood. While headlines come and go about wildfires, endangered species…
    December 21, 2022

    How to transform conflict on the important path of integration

    Befriending emotional maturity and compassionate conversations with a lawyer-and-mediator-turned author and teacher. A deep dive into integration is far from easy—but when paired with the right tools around conflict work,…

    Our Healers

    At Soltara, we work with indigenous Peruvian Shipibo female and male healers, and have decades of combined experience working at top-rated ayahuasca retreat centers in the Peruvian Amazon.

    Mary Julliana Vasquez Rios

    Master Healer

    Soi Ochavano Lopez

    Master Healer

    Maricela Rios Inuma

    Master Healer

    Francisco Vasquez Huayta

    Master Healer

    Olga Urquia Rengifo

    Master Healer

    Americo Lopez Sanchez

    Master Healer

    Our Advisors

    We are grateful to have the support and guidance of renowned luminaries in the field of plant medicine, psychedelic science, shamanism, psychology, and healthcare. Our board of advisors help guide our mission, ethos, programming, and contributions to the global renaissance of holistic healing.

    Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D.
    Dr. Dennis McKenna, PhD
    Dr. Sharon Rafferty, PhD
    Dr. Clancy Cavnar, PsyD

    Our Team

    Everything we do, we do with love. It is the pillar of our work, the backbone of our ethos, and the way we live the lessons of the medicine. It teaches us that unconditional love is the key to freedom from suffering, and we pass that sacred knowledge on by holding that space for each and every guest that joins us. We are passionate about what we do, and our family of warm, compassionate, loving souls welcomes you with open arms to take part in the movement.

    Melissa Stangl

    Founding Partner

    Dan Cleland

    Founding Partner

    Jocelyn Gonzalez

    Facilitator, Translator

    Sean Chiddy

    Psychotherapist, Integration Support