Iquitos and Sacred Valley in Peru
This review is more than overdue…
I attended a 7 day retreat in November of 2015..
What can I say? I came to ayaadvisors simply playing with the idea. As the calling felt greater within me, I knew it was time to make it happen. I came very close to booking with another, cheaper, center… but landed on Pulse.
And I couldn’t be more grateful for that…
I had felt so stuck in my life… Working the same job for years, feeling as though I was squandering my life’s potential.. I went to Peru with the intention of unearthing my true path.
Arriving in Lima, my flight had gotten delayed and my luggage misplaced. I was alone in a new place with only the clothes on my back and my carry on bag.. And I’d forgot to get my phone activated for use in Peru (*facepalm*). I was sleep deprived, lonely, and scared I wouldn’t make it to Iquitos before the group departed to the center… I was able to somehow buy 10 minutes of internet use at the airport, and contacted Melissa. She was so compassionate and revitalized my hope.
After about 7 hours at the Lima airport, and a flight to Iquitos, I had arrived. I pulled up in a moto-taxi as fellow retreat members were boarding the vans for the center. I met a facilitator named Ian, who immediately helped me feel welcome and took me to buy a pair of shorts… Man, that was so kind… The perfect introduction to the amazing crew I’d be working with.
Arriving by boat at the center (after having some great conversation with the other guests), I knew this was where I needed to be. Communication by the staff was excellent, briefing us on all of the amenities and what we might expect in the days to come.
Speaking to the amenities and provisions: The food was wonderful. I don’t eat meat, wheat, or dairy, and I found all the meals to be fresh and nourishing. You have two beds you may choose to sleep in (one located in a cabin with an insect net, or your mat in the maloca). Showers you are free to use at your leisure, and flushing toilets… Not to mention the “Jungle Gym” for all your body maintenance needs.
As for the ceremonies….. Wow.
The shamans have a wisdom that is beyond anything I might portray in writing. I worked with Wiler and Angelina during my stay. Extraordinary experience with these wonderful humans.. Speaking to this point, the facilitators were all incredible… Each and every one brought their own energy to the ceremonies, energies that helped me through the difficult moments. Dan “the man” Cleland himself drank 2 of the nights with us, and I couldn’t be more grateful of that.. To experience the medicine with such professionals.. the perfect experience.
I’m not going to go into exactly what happened to me during the ceremonies for a couple of reasons. 1.) It’s going to be different for everyone… every time 2.) You can surely read plenty of other accounts of people’s specific experiences with the medicine.
What I garnered from Ayahausca… There is so much more to our existence than we know (especially what Western teaching tells us). A gratitude for things so vast and encompassing. A new lease on life, a renewed freshness and joy I haven’t felt in so long.
A year and a half later after my experience…
I’ve found a career path in manual therapy (Rolfing), that I would have never imagined myself going into before experiencing Ayahausca. The hardships of daily life (although they still do get me down at times) seem less tumultuous.. As though I’ve undergone a mental boot camp of sorts.
Ok ok, I’ll bring this review to a close.
I am so grateful for my experience at Pulse, to all that I’ve met, and those I will in future journeys. I wish you (the reader) a bold heart, and wisdom in the steps you take.
Much love, and thank you for reading this lofty review!!