I first attended ceremony at the Temple in February 2012. It was my first ever ayahuasca experience, and I chose the Temple after a recommendation from a friend who worked for their sister NGO, Alianza Arkana. A little research confirmed it was a reasonable place to try.
What I found was more incredible than anything I could have imagined. Not only was the Temple an oasis in a physical sense, with a huge emphasis on beauty and harmony in living in the rainforest, but it was the most transformative experience of my life.
The medicine served is strong and lovingly prepared, the maestros and maestras are dedicated and loving and the approach is one of all around plant-spirit medicine, including not just 7 ceremonies, but also plant remedies and floral baths daily, along with energetic massage by the maestros.
The maestros are available 24 hours a day for any issues that come up, as are the staff. The Temple is populated by loving and open hearted people, including local workers, foreign staff and healers, that love what they do and want to share it in a supportive and attentive way.
The food is excellent and plentiful. The accommodations are perfect and all that one needs. In very short order one feels deeply a part of the land and the community there.
I returned 7 times in the next 18 months (that is not a typo), as I was drawn deeply to the medicine and incredibly comfortable with the accommodations and community there. I have returned many times with my wife, and have met several close friends there, and recommended it to several others who have all had similarly incredible and positive experiences. Many have returned more than once.
To be completely open, after my 7th workshop in 18 months, and my deepening connection to the medicine and the Temple community, I was asked to return as a facilitator. I agreed to do so and have been leading workshops every 3 or 4 months as a “guest facilitator” ever since.
I know it is a bit questionable to offer a review as a facilitator but the reason I do so is this:
I am not paid to work there. I pay for my flights there and all of my expenses. My wife often joins me as a guest and we gladly pay for her spot. I can think of no greater testimony than to say that I eagerly volunteer my time there to contribute to the beautiful mission of the Temple and the amazing work they do there. I believe in it that strongly.
If I was not facilitating I would still be coming 4 or 5 times a year as a guest, as I was doing when I was offered the opportunity to facilitate.
I am sure that there are many wonderful, supportive and incredible places to have an aya experience, and each is unique. I can promise you that if you feel called to the Temple of the Way of Light you can feel safe and certain that you have chosen well, and will get the experience your soul is hoping to have. You will have it in a safe, open-hearted, loving and comfortable environment.