When I decided to work with the powerful plant medicine Ayahuasca, choosing a responsible center was really important. This medicine merges one with one’s soul. Ayahuasca heals on a deep transformative level. This medicine brings trauma to the surface to be transmuted and healed. Holding the roll of curandero takes great responsibility. Holding the roll of an ayahuasca center owner takes great responsibility. The owners of Nimea Kaya, Jill and Casey, understand the impact this medicine has on humanity. Ayahuasca has become very popular over the years, I believe the abuse and unconscious use of this medicine can be a disservice to humanity. Nimea Kaya focuses on deep healing so that one can embody their whole, true and authentic self. Casey and Jill compassionately focus on each individual’s healing journey with integrity and care.
I first heard about Ayahuasca in 2002 when I was very young, in 2014 I started researching the medicine, and in January 0f 2016 I attended Nimea Kaya for my first Ayahuasca retreat. After my application was accepted, I followed the guidelines for several weeks. I set the intention for the highest healing of myself and mother Earth.
The center is located in the amazon jungle in Pucallpa Peru. The grounds are gorgeous. The Tambos(sleeping quarters) are nestled deep in the jungle, enclosed all in screen windows. I loved Falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle. I loved walking through the jungle to reach the compost toilets. I loved not having wi-fi. Being in the jungle is medicine in itself. Recharging and healing in nature is very powerful medicine. Nimea Kaya is an eco-conscious center. Casey and Jill constructed an advanced water filtration system. All of the guests are provided with clean, healing drinking water. Cat’s claw tea was provided daily to clean the blood. Fresh fruits and vegetables are provided to heal and nourish the body. Nourishing vegan and vegetarian meals are thoughtfully created to heal the body and aid with the medicine. When preparing the medicine , The ayahuasca ingredients are thoroughly cleaned and lovingly brewed in stainless steel pots, using only the ayahuasca vine and the chacruna leaves. The ayahuasca is sourced on the property. Everyone on the retreat helped in preparing the brew. We sat in ceremony with our brew for ceremonies 3 and 4. During this process we lovingly connected.
Integration circles, Yoga classes, meditation workshops, and other healing modalities are held during the retreat. We took a boat trip on day 7 (the proceeds from the retreats go to a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous culture, through a variety of programs, our trip involved viewing one of the reforestation programs in action) we also attended a Shipibo art fair held at the center, and partook in a guided nature walk to learn about other healing plant medicines of the amazon.
The curanderos at Nimea Kaya are skilled and experienced plant medicine facilitators who are highly valued and active in their communities. They are natives among the indigenous tribe known as the Shipibo- Conibo people. I felt safe with them during the ceremonies. My first ceremony, and my third ceremony were the most powerful. I was blown away by how hard they work. Jill and Casey assured us they take care of their team with adequate time to rest and spend time with their families in between retreats. The morning after each ceremony, floral baths are provided, integration circles are held, and one on one counseling is provided. The kindness and love at the center during these powerful experiences is beautiful. You are also given the space and time needed to work through difficult unprocessed emotional pain, while the facilitators hold space for you. I had several breakthroughs throughout the retreat.
The most challenging part for me was leaving the jungle and returning home to be alone with my thoughts. Casey and Jill, the facilitators, and the guests formed a Facebook group and a WhatsApp group to keep all of us connected while everyone integrated. This helped with the process.
My retreat at Nimea Kaya was a life changing experience. Traveling to Peru to work with this medicine opened doors to new ways of thinking and being. I felt safe, loved, and cared for before, during, and after the retreat. It has been almost three years since my first retreat. I still feel a life-long connection to everyone who was a part of it. I plan on returning to the center this year to work with the medicine again. I look forward to returning and healing on another level .