I went to the Temple of the Way of Light for a twelve day workshop in February 2015. I was the oldest person in the group and have physical issues which I had considered might have excluded me from the ceremonies. Fortunately they didn’t!
I was apprehensive about my visit to the Amazon but it turned out that I needn’t have been. Right from the beginning I was put at ease by Matthew and Debbie, the facilitators, and made to feel welcome by everyone else who was involved with the temple.
There were no language barriers because the facilitators were always happy to translate whenever necessary. At the beginning of the workshop I went for a meeting with Matthew, Debbie and the Maestras and Maestros, as did everyone in the group individually, during which time I talked about my spiritual, emotional and physical issues. They listened, asked some questions, and I soon came to realise that they were genuinely interested in helping me to sort out my problems. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The Maestras and Maestros were very powerful yet humble people who really seemed to enjoy helping us which made a very nice atmosphere.
It was obvious to me right from the start that Matthew and Debbie wanted each of us to have the best possible experience at the workshop. They were always there to listen and offer advice to anyone that needed it. It was clear that they were both very knowledgeable about everything involved in the workshop.
We did seven ceremonies during our stay and they were always carried out in a professional and yet at the same time personal kind of way. At the beginning of each ceremony we were each asked how much Ayahuasca we wanted and because of my issues I started with about half of a small glass and then over the next couple of ceremonies I increased it to a full small glass. There were different sized glasses available and people could drink more if they wanted to. I settled for a full small glass throughout the rest of the ceremonies and at no time was I ever put under pressure to drink more than I wanted. A while after the ayahuasca had been served to the group the Maestras and Maestros came round to each of us in turn and sang ikaros in their unique ways. The group was a nice size and the Maloka was in a perfect setting for the ceremonies. The chorus from a multitude of nocturnal creatures living in the rainforest finished it off! Perfect!
During the ceremonies there was always someone present to assist people to find the exit if they needed to go out, plus a guy outside to make sure you got safely down the steps from the Maloka.
The food was excellent. After weeks of eating what was my very bland interpretation of an ayahuasca diet I was amazed to discover that it needn?t be like that at all. The food served was wholesome, nourishing and very tasty. The cooks will cater for vegetarian and vegan diets too.
My Tambo was exactly what I had expected to find in the Amazon. In my opinion, like the Maloka, it was perfect for the setting.
I came into the workshop with an open mind and with hopes but without expecting too much and I left it a different person. I was able to clear up a few issues that had been with me for years and life for me now is definitely much better.
I would recommend the Temple of the Way of Light to anyone thinking of going to the Amazon to drink ayahuasca and I for one will definitely be retuning there as soon as I possibly can. I send my thanks to Matthew, Debbie, Tyler and everyone else working behind the scenes at the temple for making it happen for me.
Finally I would just like to say that the ?real estate guy from England? I have seen mentioned in another review turned out to be one of the kindest, most caring and friendliest people I have ever met. It was a privilege to meet him! You know who you are!