The 2023 Peru Ayahuasca Business Mastermind Program

Join a carefully curated group of entrepreneurs for a 3-month mastermind program that includes an ayahuasca retreat in Peru.

Ayahuasca Mastermind Program for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

What sets this program apart from other ayahuasca retreats and masterminds?
Ayahuasca Mastermind Program for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders isn’t just an ayahuasca retreat. It is a 10-week Mastermind Program with a 12-day ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian Amazon. 

What sets our Ayahuasca Business Mastermind Program Apart

Great mastermind programs like Summit at Sea or any Tony Robbins program have these elements in common.

  • A curated group of participants who you want to know
  • Psycho-emotional experiences that help you think different
  • In person events that break you free from your habits, routine, and comfort zone
  • New information that you can apply to your life and business right away
  • Experiences that build deep trust bonds with fellow participants

While all of these elements are critical, the greatest value of an ayahuasca mastermind program is the lasting trust bonds created with the people you meet in the program. These relationships live on long after the program is over and continue to add value to your life and business. In fact, the value of those relationships alone should be worth much more than the cost of the program.

Here’s how the Amazon Ayahuasca Mastermind delivers

  • We carefully curate a group of 14 professionals that have a lot to offer each other
  • Your one-on-one work with our coaches insures the program exceeds your expectations
  • Experiencing ayahuasca in the Amazon creates trust bonds that will last a lifetime
  • After returning from the Amazon, we leverage the trust generated in the group by facilitating mastermind exercises that provide each participant with the resources they need to take their life and business to the next level.

What makes our mastermind program unique?

  • The accountability, clarity, and support that one-on-one executive coaching provides
  • An expert team of coaches, each having more than 10 years of experience with both ayahuasca and coaching
  • Our program is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2022!
  • The psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects of spending 13 days in the Amazon jungle
  • Ayahuasca’s ability to heal the subconscious wounds that are holding you back
  • The heart-opening effect of doing ayahuasca at an indigenous owned and operated Shipibo retreat center providing traditional ceremonies
  • The networking value of sharing a life-changing experience with a group of peers
  • Focused exercises that harness the goodwill of the group to solve your top greatest business challenges

These ingredients, artfully woven together, enable you to get results WAY BEYOND what an ayahuasca retreat or a mastermind program alone can provide, all in just 10 weeks!

Meet Your Facilitators


Your program producer and executive coach


Your Amazon
retreat facilitator


Your Ayahuasca prep and integration coach

Ricardo Amaringo

Your Ayahuasca

Your Program Overview in Three Phases

Phase 1
1 Month Before

You will be expertly prepared for your ayahuasca retreat during the month leading up to your departure to Peru.

Before the program starts you will receive:

  • Logistical support finding plane tickets
  • The ayahuasca information relevant to your retreat
  • Support communicating with friends and family
  • Strategic introductions to fellow participants

30 days before: 1st 1-1 Ayahuasca prep coaching session
21 days before: 2nd 1-1 Ayahuasca prep coaching session
14 days before: Group Dietary Cleanse kickoff call
7 days before: Logistical support

Phase 2
10 Days

Saturday: Day 1. Fly to Peru
Sunday: Day 2. Arrive in Iquitos airport in the morning & transfer to the retreat center
Monday: Day 3. Prepare for your 1st ayahuasca night
Tuesday: Day 4. Integration and prep for 2nd ayahuasca night
Wednesday: Day 5. Day off, wifi catch up, explore nature
Thursday: Day 6. Activities and 3rd ayahuasca Ceremony (optional)
Friday: Day 7. Activities and 4th ayahuasca Ceremony (optional)
Saturday: Day 8. Haliconia Eco Lodge
Sunday: Day 9. Haliconia Eco Lodge
Monday: Day 10. Haliconia Eco Lodge
Tuesday: Day 10. Fly home

Phase 3
1 Month After

During the month following your return, you will be supported with 1-1 and group integration video calls. In addition, your business will leap forward as a result of the group mastermind exercises and 1-1 executive coaching. 

7 days after retreat: 1-1 integration coaching
14 days after retreat: Small group integration coaching call
21 days after: 1-1 integration coaching
28 days after retreat: Group mastermind call focused on launching your business forward
35 days after retreat: Game-changing 1-1 executive coaching session 

Hello, I’m

I co-founded a successful tech startup and about 4 years in I hit a wall. I was burnt out, frustrated with my co-founders, and lost my guiding intuition. Through a series of unlikely events, (long story), I found myself in Peru to attend my first ayahuasca retreat.

I remember holding my first cup of ayahuasca. Everyone was waiting for me to drink it. I was so afraid that it would show me that my life was off course and that I should leave my company. That was the worst outcome I could imagine. I almost backed out, but deep inside I knew it was the right thing to do. I drank it down. A week later I returned to work. My resentments, fears, and ego attachments were gone. I felt reborn! But about 10 days after that some of the old patterns started resurfacing. I felt a sinking feeling in my gut. Would I lose all that I thought I had gained?

I started searching for an ayahuasca integration coach only to find out that there was no such thing. That was back in 2008, ayahuasca was almost unheard of. So I started working with an executive coach and he helped me hold on to what I would have lost. Two years later I left my company to become an executive coach myself. I wanted my clients to benefit from ayahuasca in the ways I did and I wanted them to have the prep and integration support that I didn’t. So in 2011 my wife and I went to Peru for 5 months to immerse ourselves in the ayahuasca subcultures. During that time we figured out a way to work with ayahuasca that got predictable results, which required developing a prep and integration coaching program specifically for entrepreneurs.

A year later the Entrepreneurs Awakening Mastermind was born and my first group program in 2012 that included ayahuasca in Peru was a success! As of 2022 My team and I have led more than 100 entrepreneurs through our programs.

Our 2023 program will be more potent than ever!

Fast Company assigned a documentary filmmaker to create a profile on the Machu Picchu Ayahuasca Mastermind program. It’s an honest portrayal of the program experience and impact. 

See it now on Fast Company’s website.

If three or more of these outcomes appeal to you then this program WILL exceed your expectations!

Meet your Retreat Center

We have partnered with the Nihue Rao Retreat Center to provide you with profound ayahuasca experiences that balance authentic Shipibo tribal healing tradition with western medical safety protocols.


Nihue Rao was co-founded with Dr. Tafur, MD, a pioneering American doctor who’s spent that last 10 years experimenting to find new ways to reliably merge ayahuasca treatments with western treatments to cure disease. If you are curious about this topic or want to learn more about the mission and vision of Nihue Rao, we recommend Dr. Tafur’s book, Fellowship of the River. (Note: Dr. Tafur will not be present during our retreat.)


Ayahuasca shaman Ricardo Amaringo in a native Shipibo healer and a co-founder of Nihue Rao. Ricardo has facilitated over 3000 ceremonies at Nihue Rao since its founding in 2011 and has mastered the art of working with Westerners.


By Amazon ayahuasca retreat center standards Nihue Rao fantastic. Beautiful location, spacious private rooms, white sand grounds, and very few biting insects.

Your Amazon Jungle 4-star Eco-lodge Adventure

After 6 days and up to 4 ayahuasca ceremonies at Nihue Rao, you will transfer to Haliconia for a 3-day Amazon jungle eco-lodge experience. The Haliconia Eco-lodge is the ideal setting to relax and experience Amazon jungle tours. 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor makes this among the best Amazon eco-adventure experiences available. Above all, this is the best way to begin integrating your ayahuasca insights with the support of your facilitator and the group. Words don’t do the Amazon justice.

Pricing for the Amazon Ayahuasca Mastermind program

Program Spans: March, April, May of 2023
Peru Travel Dates: TBD (April)
Tiered Pricing (Includes everything except for your airfare to Peru.)

1 through 5


5 through 10


10 through 14


2% of our gross revenue goes to Pachamana Alliance

Alumni Testimonials

Awaken the Leader in You.


Executive Coach, Startup Advisor, creator of  The Awake Forward Method

After 6 years as the co-founder of, an investor-backed startup that achieved $2.5MM in ARR, I left to become an executive coach. 

Since then my full-time job has been helping founders solve the most gut-wrenching issues they face as their company rockets toward the next round of funding. 

Co-founder conflicts, forced resignations, attempted coups, RIFs, showdowns with the board. You name it, and I help my clients through to the best possible outcome. What’s more, I figure out a way to use each challenge as an opportunity for leadership development and personal transformation. 

Launched soon after my 50th birthday, the Awake Forward Method is the first formal psychedelic-assisted executive coaching method in the world! I’m excited for this next chapter of my life’s work. 

What I’m proud of

In 2002 I co-founded a tech startup called During the 6 years that I was on the exec team, we ramped up to 60 employees across 3 locations and achieved $2.5MM in ARR. We also earned the position of an industry-leading brand. My co-founders and I faced every kind of business-threatening challenge you can imagine, including the 2008 financial crisis that cost us our Series-A. Today is still thriving under the company that acquired it in 2013.

As an executive coach, I have worked under two brands. My firm, Thriving Founders, and before that as a senior partner at Neuberg Gore and Associates, (NGA). NGA is one of the most respected executive coaching firms in San Francisco.

Since 2010 I have worked with more than 150 startups and 300 clients, clocking more than 10,000 hours of coaching time. Many of my clients are considered top founders and CEOs, as judged by 30 under 30, YC, and other sources. I am proud to have over 50 authentic recommendations on my LinkedIn profile. My former client network is a priceless resource pool that my new clients benefit from immediately.

I have also taken the opportunity to coach partners at VC firms. Understanding both the investor/board side, as well as the founder side, enables me to understand and resolve conflicts between them quickly.

In parallel to the narrative shared above, I have been pioneering ways to incorporate therapeutic psychedelics into my executive coaching program. Much of my R&D took place during an annual group mastermind program I ran from 2012 – 2019 which included going to Peru for traditional ayahuasca ceremonies. This led to the Entrepreneurs Awakening podcast, a labor of love that documents the impact that ayahuasca had on the startup leaders I worked with. My learnings lead me to develop the Awake Forward Method and coin the term (according to Google search), psychedelic-assisted Executive Coaching. 

The launch of the Awake Forward Method for Psychedelic-assisted executive coaching in 2021 marked a new chapter in my life’s work. Through Awake Forward my team and I will bring the transformative benefits of therapeutic psychedelics to executive coaching and train hundreds of coaches to use the method. 


At 50 years old, my greatest training has been the human experience! That said, here you go.

In addition to my 6-years of experience as a co-founder of a fast-growing tech startup, I have completed the following training. 

I am certified in the Saturn Leadership Index, which is an extraordinary 360 instrument developed specifically for the venture-backed startup executive, as well as their C.U.B.E. communication model.

I have more than 2,500 hours of coaching-related training, including NLP psychology, conflict mediation, empathic leadership, whole person culture, non-violent communication, and the California Leadership executive coaching program.

I am an expert in the area of therapeutic psychedelics, specializing in traditional plant medicine approaches to working with the medicines. This led me to found Entrepreneurs Awakening in 2012 and the Awake Forward Method in 2o21.

Despite my experience, I learn something new with every coaching session. It’s my continued growth as a coach and passion for my work that makes me confident that I will make a truly life-changing difference for you, both professionally and personally.

Thank you for reading my story!



NLP master practitioner and life coach

I have my clients do sessions with Sergio during their 6-month program because he is able to greatly accelerate the behavior changes we are targeting in the program.

Sergio is also an expert outcome-focused prep and integration coach for ayahuasca, a skill he learned while apprenticing an ayahuasca shaman for over 10 years.  

My clients have been delighted with the added value Sergio adds to their program. 

Kim Iglinsky

Kim is a certified NLP master-level practitioner, a life coach for entrepreneurs & a Psychedelic Microdosing Expert

I have my clients do sessions with Kim during their 6-month program because she is able to greatly accelerate the behavior changes we are targeting in the program.

In addition to NLP, Kim has extensive training in Nonviolent Communication, (NVC), as well as Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT).

Her experience working with startup leaders comes from being married to Michael during his years at Livebooks and serving as a life coach to the romantic partners of founders for over a decade. (Her specialty.) 

Over the last 5 years, Kim has established herself as an expert in microdosing psychedelics for mood and performance enhancement. Listen to her teach microdosing 101 here.

She is also an expert outcome-focused prep and integration coach for ayahuasca, a skill she learned while co-facilitating our Peru Ayahuasca Mastermind retreats between 2011 and 2013 and mastered in the subsequent years. 

I have my clients do sessions with Kim during their coaching program because she is able to accelerate the behavior changes my clients seek. 

In her former life, Kim was a top runway model, and I only mention that because if you Google her name, that’s all you’re going to see and it’s pretty unusual! 

Here’s a link to Kim’s private practice, The Evolving Center.

Ricardo Amaringo

Shipibo Ayahuasca Shaman
Co-founder of the Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual

Ricardo Amaringo now has over 40 years of experience as a traditional curandero and ayahuasquero. He is one of the most skilled Shipibo healers of his generation, having refined his skills through intensive dieting and arduous work. Ricardo has now developed a profound knowledge of medicinal plants, traditional Shipbo ayahuasca ceremony and icaros (traditional healing songs); and hopes to share traditional Shipibo healing with those who need it the most.

In early 2011, he opened Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual in order to share his work with the world. In the spirit of integration he has opened this center with the help of his Western partners, Canadian artist Cvita Mamic and Colombian-American integrative family physician Dr. Joe Tafur MD.

Ricardo Amaringo is a master curandero who treats his patients through traditional healing diets, plant medicine and ayahuasca ceremony. Ricardo is a gifted healer and a master of traditional ayahuasca ceremony, known for his powerfully healing icaros. He also trains and educates individuals interested in pursuing this healing path.

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