Calca, Cusco, Perú
Been to the retreat twice now. The first time was in 2013 and i spent one night at the retreat and returned exactly one year later for a full five day course. Erik and Nilda were great hosts and i was transported from my hotel to the retreat which is about an hour and half from cusco.
The retreat location is surrounded by mountains and nature. The retreat house itself is calm relaxing comfortable and clean with all the facilities you need to prepare yourself for what i describe as magical experience. Everything was explained before hand and you are free to ask or talk about your expectations and reasons for taking part in the ceremonies after which you have time to yourself to prepare your mind and body for the ceremony which is hosted in a temple.
As for the experience of the work the medicines does, in my experience, is individual to you. The plant does its work on you and chooses to take you into a world unknown. I had very good and sad experiences both times. But i never felt scared because I knew i was in good hands with Erik and Nilda. They are with you all the time guiding the healing process and how they do their work is an experience on its own.
If ever i want to do the the ayahuasca and San Pedro experience again in the future then i would only ever come back to Erik and Nilda. I like how they work in tandem and in synch and trust to be in their presence and submit myself to their unbelievably excellent work. I congratulate and thank all those that write about their experiences at sapaninka retreat because without their views i would probably never found this place. I will certainly return here one day for another stay and i recommend Erik and Nilda to anyone who wants a safe and guided experience.