I completed a 10-day course at the Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. I could not be happier that I did this as early as possible in my life.
The Nihue Rao center is about an hour with motocar from Iquitos airport into the jungle. There are common bathrooms and showers, all very clean. The tambos (the small rooms we sleep in) are basic and comfortable with a bed, mosquito net, table and a hammock. Looking back, I definitely brought more stuff than I needed. There is a laundry service at the center, which takes about 2 days to dry and get back.
The process at Nihue Rao is very well organised. I received a lot of support and guidance when I had difficult times, both from the staff and the other passengers in my group. The groups are small (around 10 people) which helps a lot during the whole experience, as I could get to know them well, feel comfortable and at the same time the staff could pay enough attention to all of us. During ceremonies there is always at least two people who help facilitate. I felt very safe throughout the whole 10 days.
It was very important to me that there are 4 ceremonies per week, so we attended a total of 6 ceremonies. I was cautious at the beginning of my journey and did not get my breakthrough until about the third ceremony. Four per week was intense but for me this was exactly what I needed. Additionally, we decided to do a plant diet, which you don’t do if you go for one week only. At the beginning I did not know exactly what a plant diet was, but I am happy I chose to do it. It helps a lot to guide one’s healing process. The plant diet is chosen by Ricardo based on the intentions and problems we arrived with.
The shamans and the whole staff are always open for conversation and paid close attention to my needs.
Overall, my experience at Nihue Rao was very powerful and I am extremely grateful to Ricardo and the other shamans, as well as the whole staff. I recommend this experience and particularly the Nihue Rao center with all my heart.