Jessica and the Parign Hak team are beautiful souls, absolutely so hospitable and kind. There are so many aspects of the experience that I appreciate, and I’ll do my best to be brief here!
It was easy to trust Jessica from the first moment we met to discuss my application. She is a good listener and has a vast knowledge of various spiritual practices and traditions, as well as a commitment to the integration process, which is above all one of the most valuable aspects of an Ayahuasca retreat experience. She was available to us to speak about our experience, to ask questions, and also to trust our intuition and journey without necessarily relying on her for “answers”. Jessica’s expertise of the area is fascinating and educational. Our journey to Manu and walks in the jungle was full of plant education and stories of her time in the area. Her knowledge of plants, animals, cultural history, and current affairs in the region far exceeded my expectations and delighted my curious sensibilities.
When we were greeted by the rest of the Parign Hak team I could feel something so special about their connection to each other, Jessica, the land, and the medicine. This is a truly powerful group of people who have come into this path together; the healing work being done is not only a gift to the participants who come from outside, but seems integral to the wellbeing and transformation to the family and community as well. This is extremely important to me as many Ayahuasca retreat centers may not necessarily invite participants into the cultural context nor into cross-cultural conversation. I am so grateful for the privilege of connecting with them and learning about their lineages and cultures.
Jessica’s training in and dedication to the Shipibo tradition is very strong. She holds a very protected container and really knows what she is doing. She doesn’t have this egoic personality that many ayahuascero/as can have… She is humble, sincere, and unwaveringly confident in her abilities. During my sessions, Vicki and Alberto were assisting and they also held a strong presence. I felt so absolutely safe. The maloka is beautiful, humble, and surrounded by a strong and protected energetic space with beautiful, powerful plant friends and teachers. I miss it so much!!
The area seemed unique in that it was not full of mosquitos as many Amazonian areas are said to be. I didn’t need mosquito netting. (I went in late November.) The team was honest and helpful about any safety precautions, so not to worry! You’re totally taken care of!
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to sit with this team and look forward to doing so again someday.