904-435-7994 in U.S. or 099 368 8463 in Ecuador
Rio Jurumbaino Macas Ecuador
Absolutely 10/10. You will not find a better place or a better price in South America to go through such a powerful experience.
When I started researching Ayahuasca retreats, I was looking for a place that would keep me safe, be there for me and walk me through whatever I was going to experience, was a smaller group setting, and that was authentic and took ayahuasca very seriously. Many ayahuasca places will say theyare safe and serious, but many fail to offer proper guidance and care and simply look to cash in on those that fail to prepare and research. Many also group you with up to 20 other people and give everyone the medicine. For such a powerful and introspective experience, that type of large group setting did not seem appealing to me at all.
When I first reached out to Ken, he was quick to answer me and gave me multiple phone numbers to reach him at. Any question I had, he would always respond to my emails within a day or two, a great sign to me, it showed me he took this seriously and wanted me to be informed. Ayahuasca is a powerful thing, so I naturally had my cautions and reservations about if I was ready. Ken talked with me, determined I was there for the right reasons, and helped to calm my nerves. He even said if I did not feel comfortable taking the ayahuasca, then that was fine, they would still take me to the site and give some meditations to do. Another great sign- it showed they were not just after my money.
When I arrived in Macas, Ken even got on the phone with a taxi driver for me (because I knew almost no spanish) and told him how to get me to his home. When I met Ken, the immediate air around him is calm, humble, and welcoming. You instantly feel a calm come over you when around him. His home where you stay outside of the ceremonies is very nice, I had my own room, with fast wifi, and a hot shower. If I just wanted to lay on the couch i his living room and watch tv, I was more than welcome to. He greeted me with fresh fruit and an overview of what the next few days would entail. It is so clear and apparent when talking to him that Ken cares so much about each person experiencing the healing and enlightening effects of ayahuasca. He wants nothing but the best for each participant. Then he introduced me to Shaman Sitsack (spelling?) so I knew who would be guiding me on my journey. There was only one of other person staying with Ken while I was there as well, a perfect small group setting. I had someone else participating in the ceremonies with me, but we were both able to be by ourselves, the perfect conditions in my opinion.The ceremony led by the shaman was fascinating and humbling and almost surreal to experience. The location of the ceremony site is amazing. Powerful, yet peaceful. Ken stayed with us the whole night, made sure we were doing ok but without being over bearing. He and the shaman gave us the space we needed and wanted but was always there if we needed him.
Everyone has extremely different experiences with the medicine, even between their own experiences. But it is always what the individual needs at the time. My 2 ceremonies were vastly different experiences.The first was very powerful emotionally. Ken was there for me when I wanted someone to talk to about my experience the next day. He helped me to gather my thoughts and offer explanation to my experience, which helped immensely. He even showed me a great trail to hike in the rain forest that led to a beautiful waterfall where I spent some time on my own to reflect. Also, the meals that were prepared for us were so delicious and harty, while also being in the Ayahuasca diet.
The next day Ken talked with the Shaman about my experience, and the Shaman adjusted my second ceremony accordingly and gave me more guidance for the second session. My second session was still very powerful emotionally, but in a much more peaceful, appreciative way. It was like A huge breath of fresh air mentally and emotionally. I wish I had time for more sessions, but I had a pretty strict timeline for my time in South America. Without a doubt, I will be returning to Ken for other ceremonies.
Ayahuasca In Ecuador is a truly special retreat. They care for you and want nothing more than for you to experience the healing power of ayahuasca in all possible ways. They are wise, loving, and take this seriously, and I cannot recommend them enough.