Has mother Ayahuasca been calling for you because you need some guidance for your life choices and a connection to your unconsciousness?
This is what happened to me while travelling through South America, meeting different people who had made different experiences with the plant medicine.
I was told that the indigenous people “Shipibo”, who practice Ayahuasca ceremomies, mostly live around Pucallpa in Peru. So, without knowing much more, i hopped on a plane and went there, kind of relying on my gut-feeling.
After a few weird encounters with Shamans (one wanted me to pay for his son’s surgery, the other made some weird hand gestures and with others it was plain communication problems as they would only speak basic english) I got the recommendation by a local café owner (Café Elixir, very well recommended!) to go to a retreat center called “Los Cielos”, run by an American Manager called Sylvie.
Not only do they offer Ayahuasca ceremonies with a powerful female Shaman (as a solo travelling woman apparently you need to watch your back when being under the influence of this potent plant), Sylvie was also specifically trained with the brazilian tribe “Huin Kun” to give Kambo treatments. (Look up “Kambo”, also called Sapo, for an intense Detox if you’re interested. It worked very well in combination with Ayahuasca for me)
Their driver picked me and a Canadian friend up to drive apx. 1.5 hours outside of Pucallpa in his jeep. When we got in, it was filled from bottom to top with amazing looking fruit and vegetables. We were excited and curious!
When we arrived at the huge compound with hundreds of plants and fruit trees we were greeted by Toto and Lulu, the wonderful dog couple that’s watching over the peremices, Tyler, who was working on the place to make it even more comfortable, three beautiful Shipibo ladies who would hug and kiss you for your welcome, and finally, the never-getting-tired William, the Peruvian groundskeeper who would take care of the waterpump, the garden, the houses and more. It already felt like our own big family.
Tyler showed us to the kitchen/living-/dining-/coloring-/common room where we were going to spend a lot of time together. There was some delicious warm oatmeal, fruit, lemonade and awesome juice waiting for us, all of it sugarfree and yet spicy and sweet.
Sylvie, the manager, soon-to-be-shaman, kambo-master and walking encyclopedia showed up in the kitchen and gave us a comprising introduction of what would expect us during the next few nights and days. It only took her about five minutes to make us relax, sit back, and know that she will do anything to make our stay as comfortable as you could imagine. The two friendly volunteers from Portland, US, also welcomed us very dearly and gave us the impression that this must be a paradise in the middle of the jungle. Which it truly is.
Every day we would receive an aromatic plant bath to clean and clear our body and mind, every day we were able to sit back, relax, think, meditate, have some awesome nutritional and diversified food, aswell as deep and meaningful conversations with each other and especially Sylvie.
During our stay we could witness and help with the brewing of the Ayahuasca, which, if done right and traditionally, takes up to ten days! Los Cielos only uses the purest ingredients for the medicine, no need for any additional hallucinogenic plants, because they take their time selecting and brewing just the right amounts needed.
The ceremonies were incredible. As it was my first experience intaking something that is hallucinogenic, it was a bit scary at first, for me as a European working girl, to be able to let go of reality and dive into the connection. The safe surrounding and the Ayahuasca telling me that everything will turn out perfectly, aswell as Sylvie and the group guiding me, helped me immensely though and i was overwhelmed with everything. The visions were powerful from the very beginning and i felt a strong connection to nature, my new friends, and, if you want to call it that, the universe (or as i like to call it, my inner consciousness that connects all my surroundings).
The Kambo treatments were intense and yet exactly what i needed to appreciate my body and mind more. It helped me focus on what i wanted to achieve within this retreat, and, big plus, it cleaned out my bad skin within only a few days! Sylvie is an absolute specialist and applies the right amount of kambo in the most hygienic way imaginable. (For me it was 4 dots, then 6 and then 7)
I already recommended this center to all travellers who have asked me about Ayahuasca treatments – and i want to recommend it to you aswell! You will have a great experience, life changing or not, there will be no regrets chosing this place 🙂
Thank you Los Cielos, you made my heart grow immensely <3