This was my first time drinking San Pedro, and I had a fantastic experience with Steve and Sammy. Their hacienda and surrounding valley are gorgeous, and I can’t imagine a more peaceful place to spend a day with the medicine.
I thought getting there would be a bit tricky, but Steve has a driver he uses regularly that picked me up from my hotel in Cuenca and drove me straight to their hacienda.
Steve and Sammy were very patient in guiding me through the process, and their two adorable dogs, Squiggly and Bruno, were my constant companions during the experience.
We drank at around 10am. Four hours later, Steve brought out some fruit and iced tea, and that evening Sammy cooked us a delicious stew with some chocolate peanut butter bars for dessert 😀
As for my experience with the medicine itself, I found I could choose the type of experience I wanted to have. When I thought about difficult emotions, San Pedro magnified those emotions and helped me recall the events surrounding them so I could process them. When I felt content with that, I could open my eyes and simply enjoy the visual spectacle.
All in all, if you’re considering taking part in a San Pedro ceremony, Steve and Sammy’s hacienda is the place to be!