anthonyb's Reviews

Eagle Condor Alliance – Colombia

Listed in Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Huachuma)


Reviewed on April 24, 2020. #1 of 110 Reviews

I am writing this review more than a year after I attended so it is definitely not being written impulsively or in a way that is trying to cause harm to the center. I’m not quite as high on the retreat as others are. I have drank ayahuasca and san pedro over a hundred times and in several cultures and am seeking healing for a rare disease. I think the affordability factor of the retreat compared to ones I’ve been to in Peru and Costa Rica make it more accessible for people in their younger twenties. I think the problem with that is that you have a lot of kids that are trying to check off a box on their bucket list by drinking plant medicine and the conversations that take place in this retreat reflect the youth that it draws. I heard conversations about double penetration porn, tinder, and reality shows. I paid to have a private room so that I wouldn’t have to hear many personal conversations but the “private room” is in a cabin where the group meets and hangs out in. And there are meetings all the time for no reason at all. The room itself has windows that are open to the living room so there is no chance for privacy or to recharge. If you’re looking for deep healing and not for frat boy conversations then this is not the place for you. I also had a bad cold the entire trip and was extremely congested. While in the sweat lodge I asked if I could sit closest to the door due to concerns about breathing. That request was shot down and I was at the back of the tipi, sandwiched between two big guys, as far away from the door as possible. I had a severe panic attack that could have completely been avoided with a small accommodation and the san pedro shaman simply ignored me and kept singing. I stomped on several people to get out of there. I am not claustrophobic but was sick and they completely disregarded me. At no point did I ever get an apology from anyone. Speaking of San Pedro, no one in the group really had any effects from that medicine. It felt like we wasted two nights and opportunities. What was interesting is that the locals who participated in ceremony were making fun of the “gringos” outside for not being able to connect to the medicine. I’ve never had that experience in Peruvian cultures. The yage was extremely potent and pretty terrifying so most people got out of it what they needed. For seasoned drinkers I thought it was odd that the shamans didn’t work on you when you went through rough passages. It was a shame for me because I have strong mediumship experiences and need a shaman to work through it. The yage shaman was a really nice young guy that was strongly committed to his curriculum and wouldn’t deviate regardless of any crisis situations that came up. The first ceremony he sings all night in a hammock and isn’t accessible or visible. The second ceremony he does some healing work in pairs but its for a small portion of the time and its on his schedule. Again there is no opportunity to get help when you need it. The third ceremony is in the daytime and outside. There were some opportunities to consult with the shaman but again no direct healing work when you needed it. Bobby and Jessie are nice young hipster guys and well intentioned, but I don’t think they have the life experience to run such an intense experience. I know that there were times during yage that I was compelled to slit my throat and couldn’t find anyone for help. Overall it was a fair experience but I wouldn’t recommend for anyone in need of deeper healing.

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