My only experience with San Pedro before was one ceremony where it was mixed with Ayahuasca in a single dose, so I was looking for an immersion with the medicine by itself in which I would have enough time and a beautiful space to appreciate an in-depth conversation with Grandfather San Pedro. I am so thankful that I found the ceremony led by Steve Eagle Sewell – it was exactly what I was hoping to find.
After three consecutive days of Kambo at another center, I felt purged of anything that might get in the way of receiving the benefits of San Pedro. But I was a bit anxious whether or not being so wiped out after Kambo would mix well with the way the San Pedro ceremony was conducted and if the space provided would be conducive. Meeting Steve and being introduced to his space put all of those concerns to rest immediately. Steve is obviously loving, gracious, and very knowledgeable of the medicine as well as counseling modalities. He is never intrusive on the experience but you feel him holding the space for you and being there for you should you need anything, including if you need to speak to someone about anything going on. I really appreciated his calm, compassionate presence.
The location he has was perfect for my experience – big enough to roam around in but small enough not to wander off and get lost. I liked the variety of things to do in the space – from lying down on a bed, to mats that could be carried off to lie down anywhere else in the garden, to chairs and a hammock on the patio with calming music, or a short hike down the hill to the river. Lying under a tree by the river, with the sound of it rushing by was greatly inspirational for meditations.
I am also so grateful for receiving the medicine for a 10-hour experience at one time at the start. Other retreat centers give a little bit of medicine when they begin and then they return to you multiple times to ask if you want more. I feel this is intrusive on the process and results in a series of small possible revelations instead of going deep. For true immersion and a profound conversation with Grandfather San Pedro, the way that Steve administers the medicine I think is best.
The days I spent at Steve’s place, receiving the medicine back-to-back over those two days was one of the best experiences of my life. Without going in to details here, the lessons I received and the conversations I had with Grandfather San Pedro sorted out sixty years of stuff I was dealing with. I am so grateful for that. And I know none of it would have been possible if Steve hadn’t led the ceremony as he did, brewed the medicine as he did, provided an awesome space as he did, and been so loving and supportive. I highly recommend the Eagle’s Nest.