We are a spiritual retreat center dedicated to sharing and spreading knowledge about the benefits of ancestral medicines. Ayni is the ideal place to visit in order to connect with nature and its elements, and to rediscover your true nature through the practices of sacred wisdom.
The Ayni family is an international team, highly capable and committed to our beliefs and the path of healing. We are dedicated to offering you a holistic experience and knowledge that we have all acquired throughout the years. We are true to our roots, purposes, and the correct use of the rituals which honor all of the plant teachers. This is done with the purpose of experiencing a spiritual awakening, healing, and physical transformation based on the respectful use of millenary medicines that come from the indigenous people of the Americas. The use of sacred plants reinforced with alternative techniques and healing therapies such as yoga, meditation, massage, magnet therapy, floral baths, and shamanic cleansings will aid in your personal transformation. Our dedication and complete support are with everyone who wishes to experience an awakening of their consciousness, who wishes to improve themselves, and who desire to evolve and connect with their true essence on a very deep level.
‘Ayni’ is a living word that comes from the indigenous Kichwa language. It means reciprocity, solidarity, cooperation, and mutual support. It is an action, and more importantly, a way of life that should be understood as the essence which triggers all of our actions to honor the Earth, all beings, and all life.
In Andean villages this reciprocity is practiced both tangibly and intangibly, and it is seen in all aspects of daily life such as parties, communal construction of houses, agricultural work, or the lending of property or money.
The intangible manner of practicing Ayni is through ritual and ceremony. One example is praying to Pachamama for rain and blessings. It is also done to show gratitude for a good harvest season and to ask for protection. All these rituals bring emotional support during difficult times, and they show reciprocity with the animals and plants because they are an integral part of life on our beautiful Mother Earth. She is the source of life and everything that keeps us alive, she nurtures us, and it is our duty to reciprocate, to care for her, and to revere her every day.