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AHNA Global Healing Traditions: Amazon 2025

Trip Dates: Leave USA Saturday, March 8th, to arrive in Iquitos, Peru, Sunday, March 9, 2025.
Leave Iquitos, Peru, Saturday, March 15th, arriving back to USA Sunday, March 16, 2025.

Trip Itinerary

First night in Iquitos, Peru participants will stay at the Victoria Regina Hotel, then travel by river to Heliconia Resort Lodge in the jungle for, 4 nights and 5 days. Final night of the trip will be lodged in Iquitos to prepare for flights home. Trip Price includes all lodging, travel on-site and meals. Travel to and from Iquitos Peru is not included and needs to be arranged separately. All-inclusive of food and non-alcoholic beverages, buffet style meals.

COVID Travel Requirements - Subject to change

Due to parts of the trip being where there are individuals highly susceptible to contagious diseases and limited (or no) access to western medicine, we will maintain the AHNA policy of requiring all travelers to follow the below criteria to attend the 2025 Amazon Peru trip:
  1. Demonstrate proof of THREE COVID-19 vaccinations.
  2. Bring at two rapid COVID tests with you to test while on the trip if you begin to show any symptoms that might be related to COVID.
  3. Perform a home self-test (since PCRs no longer covered by insurance) within 24 hours of travel to Peru, and bring photo of results with you.
  4. Masks required on airline & public places during travel, even if airline has lifted mask requirements.
  • We recognize that this is a disappointment for some of our members who are unable to be vaccinated for COVID at this time. We appreciate that frustration, but want to remind everyone that this trip has been going on for over 20 years and will continue to run for years into the future. There will be another time for everyone to be able to go on this wonderful trip in the future.


Course Focus

In this Nursing Continuing Professional Development course, participants will experientially learn about Amazonian healing paradigms and indigenous healing arts within the jungle of Peru, and how they compare and contrast with our modern medicine. Participants will explore the role of medicinal plants and spirituality in healing. Pre-trip reading and preparation will facilitate course outcomes.

The focus of this experiential course is to understand:
  • the interrelatedness of the  rainforest flora and fauna, the health of earth that supports them and the connections to the health of humans.
  • introductory knowledge on the use of rainforest medicinal plants by local Peruvian peoples, the science known about the plants active properties, and the ubiquitous spirit that is behind all that heals. This content will be introduced by the course facilitator and local cultural guides.
  • the opportunity to re-spirit healthcare in the deep understanding of the importance of ecological medicine by connecting with local jungle healers and learning how their intimate relationship with the healing spirits of nature and their knowledge of the medicinal plants positively impact body, mind and spiritual health.
 Experiential learning to include:
  • Limpia ceremony upon arrival to the Jungle lodge
  • Forest bathing in the form of jungle medicinal plant walks under the guidance of local guides.
  • Daily excursions on the Amazon River and jungle hikes to view local flora and fauna.
  • Rainforest village visit to immerse in local culture and support local artisans and rural communities. 
  • Tour of local Amazon Clinic, hosted by Dr. Linnea Smith, MD
  • Fishing opportunity for those interested. 
  • Daily Self Care opportunities to renew, reflect and restore personal health and well-being.
  • Closing Copal ceremony, under the guidance of course leaders.    
Participation is limited to 15 AHNA members - First come, first served

The below dates and Prices are Subject to Change - these are averages based on previous trips.

Trip Price: ≈$2,860.00 per person, double occupancy (Additional $225 for single occupancy room).

$900 deposit due: Friday, January 3, 2025
Remaining $1960 is due due: Monday, February 3, 2025

Deposit is non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by AHNA.


A general information session will be held in September. A formal informational in-depth Q&A session for those who put in a deposit will be held in January.

This Amazonian educational experience, has previously been facilitated by Connie when offered by CE, For-Credit, and Travel Study through:

  • Winona State University
  • University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing
  • Ohio Northern College of Pharmacy
  • Wolters Kluwer Evidence-Based CAM Research Group


Connie GraudsConnie Grauds, MNPA, RPh is a pharmacist by education, a natural medicine expert by training, and a healer by apprenticeship. Grauds has served as President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; and faculty at the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her inspired life–informing her many books (Jungle Medicine: from medicine to Magic; Amazon Speaks: as goes the Amazon so do we all; The Energy Prescription: give yourself abundant vitality, and others)–has spanned 26 years of apprenticeship in the Amazon jungles of Peru with one of the last original authentic indigenous Amazon jungle shamans. Here and in the Amazon, Connie teaches the science and spirit of nature as healer (


Linda Thomas PhD, APRN, FNP-C, AHN-BC, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, CHTP/I, HTAP is a certified Advanced Practice Nurse, Advanced Holistic Nurse, and Nurse Educator who has been nursing for 48 years. She became involved in holistic nursing in 2009 after becoming a Healing Touch practitioner. Today, Linda’s additional certifications include Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor and a Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner. She joined AHNA to learn more about holistic nursing. She attended her first conference in 2010, where she presented her dissertation research on using Healing Touch for pain relief in sickle care patients. Having participated in the conference, Linda wanted to be more involved with AHNA. So, she volunteered on the AHNA Conference Planning Committee in 2013 and then served as the Nurse Planner for the 2014, 2020, 2021, and 2022 conferences. She was then asked to be the Lead Nurse Planner for AHNA and has served in this capacity since 2015. Linda has also served on the Nomination Committee, Board of Directors and is currently the President-Elect for AHNA. Linda has spoken to numerous local and national conferences on holistic topics, including self-care.