Sacre Valley, Cusco, Perú
This experience was life-changing for me and I can’t imagine having done it anywhere besides Sapan Inka. I stayed for a 5 day retreat in September 2017 with a friend.
I remember from the beginning Erik and Nilda were very good with email communication, ensuring I had the information I needed. When I arrived in Cusco, they picked me and my friend up at our hotel and drove us to the Retreat Center. A very beautiful hour or so drive in a comfortable SUV.
I appreciate how they always gave us time to settle in and have alone time. They would hold meetings with the other people in the group so we were informed about what to expect for the ceremonies and gave you time to answer questions (i.e. what to wear). I also appreciated the 1:1 time Erik does with you the day after the ceremony to debrief on how it went. There’s also a good focus on journaling and disconnecting so you get a really nice integrated, off-the-grid experience.
The ceremonies you will see for yourself and I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say they were beautiful, organized, and give you the clarity you need. I have friends who have done Ayahausca in other environments (i.e. outside, with a bunch of people, where you’re open to the elements, etc). While I’m sure that’s all well and good, for me, someone who is prone to anxiety — I liked being in the safety of the beautiful retreat center, in the ceremony room. I felt very safe and it was intimate with such a small group. It’s like you’re ‘there’ for each other while going through such an intense internal (and physical) process.
My friend and I had a room with twin beds which was great because we had access to a shower and our private room to go back to after the ceremonies. The house is very comfortable and safe (large wall gate) so you don’t have to worry about that at all.
The food is delicious and healthy. The staff is amazing, very warm. And we really enjoyed getting to know the other two members of our group. We had dinner with them we we all returned to Cusco and are still friends on Facebook.
Be sure you take Erik and Nilda’s advice to cut out meat, dairy, alcohol, etc. for a good amount of time before the retreat. It will make the experience better and you’ll feel more ‘clean’ going into the retreat. We had just come from Argentina where we had been eating red meat and should’ve taken the advice more seriously …
I would love to do Ayahausca again at some point (San Pedro also, but I got more out of the Mother Plant) and the three main points that I took away from the ceremony still stay with me.
This was a wonderful opportunity and you won’t regret it.
Thanks Erik and Nilda. Miss you guys!