I attended a three day ayahuasca retreat in July of this year with Erik and Nilda at their wonderful home in the Sacred Valley and could not be happier with the experience. And because this was not my first time with ayahuasca it was not difficult for me to see that Erik and Nilda were providing a level of service, care and dedication unmatched by many other offerings across South America.
On the first day we were picked up from Cusco in a comfortable van that took us promptly to Erik and Nilda’s beautiful home in the picturesque Sacred Valley. There we had time to eat, relax and spend some quality time one-on-one with Erik himself before the ceremony in order to discuss our experiences, expectations and concerns. This effectively became the formula each day, which I found gave me ample time to prepare, process and consider the work that was either done or to be done, but also to relax and recuperate. The meals, too, were always delicious, light and healthy, while the facilities were always clean and sufficient.
The ceremony’s themselves, of which I undertook two, were expertly led by both Erik and Nilda who took it in turns to chant and sing their beautiful and inspiring icaros while also keeping a watchful eye over the participants. I myself had some very therapeutic experiences during my two ceremonies, and when during the second ceremony I struggled to bring myself out of the ceremony due to some difficult material I was confronting, Erik, amazingly, was able to safely bring me out of it and back to reality so that I could take myself to bed.
Overall I have learnt a lot as a result of my experiences here and across other retreats in South America. So I thank both Erik and Nilda for all their care and generosity and wish them all the best as well as hoping that they can continue their wonderful and healing work for many years to come.