I first visited Nimea Kaya in July 2016. It was my first trip to South America and my first experience working with Ayahuasca. From the moment I was picked up at the airport, I felt safe, comfortable, and cared for in the hands of Nimea Kaya’s staff.
Upon arriving at the retreat center I was immediately drawn to the land and how carefully it had been cared for. We were fed right away, one of many healthy, whole meals we would gather for in our time at the center.
The housing was modest and perfect, thoughtfully designed so that each guest can have the most immersive experience in the jungle possible.
The Ayahuasca ceremonies themselves were handled with tremendous care and attention to detail. The facilitators did everything they could to give us each the space to explore ourselves and to work with the medicine, and if we ever needed to lean on them—for a pillow, for a walk outside, for comfort, they were there to help us with our journey.
All of the shamans I worked with during my time at the center were powerful. They led ceremony with tremendous grace, and their abilities in helping the medicine to do its work cannot be over stated. They are, truly, some of the most beautiful people I have ever encountered.
As the days stretched on at Nimea Kaya, I felt nurtured on every level. The facility is run with complete competency and ease, and everyone who works there—from the owners to the Shipibo people the center employs—approaches their work with kindness, patience and love.
Between ceremonies there many nourishing classes to engage in—from art classes, to meditation workshops and yoga. The center was an immersive experience and in that care and support the sometimes beautiful, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes terrifying work of Ayahuasca could be done.
From my time in Peru I forged multiple close friendships that are still important to me. I have been to other centers since Nimea Kaya, but this center just does everything better.
If you’re hearing the call to work with the medicine, this is a very supportive environment to do so.