Connect with nature and your own true intentions at Pisatahua. Ayahuasca has a way of seeking me out… I was told about this retreat space from a fellow traveler nearly 2 years ago and it has been on my radar ever since.
The facilities are more than adequate for rural, tropical Bolivia. Yes, you can expect some bugs, wild animals, and unpredictable weather but that should be embraced if you are traveling to the Amazon. All details of the retreat were coordinated and well-attended by Erik, a fellow Northern American, living in Bolivia for 12 years. He has blended the two cultures marvelously.
The space and ceremonies checked all the boxes on my list. A serene, secluded space to disconnect from distractions and be guided to your own higher self. The cabins were pristine, clean and simple. I shared a room, which ended up being a nice chance to have moments of interaction, in an otherwise solidary quest. The walking trail beyond the cabins provided a sanctuary for me to walk daily and admire the sights and sounds of the reserve. Also, the hammocks on the dock overlooking the lake allowed me to spend hours reflecting on the various ceremonies. Okay, enough about the amenities!
What I really came to rave about is the energy and leadership of Wayra and his assistant Tio (Juan Carlos). These two complement each other wonderfully. Wayra is so eloquent in the way he explains all things relating to the “Plantas Maestras” (master or teacher plants). He has a deep knowledge and understanding of Andean culture that transcends the ancestry. I really appreciated his sense of humor and compassion during the more mentally and physically challenging moments of the retreat. He truly has a gift for being a shaman.
Don’t be fooled, the 10-day retreat will in some ways be challenging. Eliminating distractions such as yummy food, technology, books and physical exercise had their low points with me during the retreat, but it was an incredible diet experience that everyone should do at least once in their life. It was the only way to turn yourself in to the ceremony and peel back the layers to discover what the world needs from you. Everyone in our 9-person group benefitted largely from the retreat. The group formed an incredible bond and that is something that will stay with me forever. We rallied together when reminiscing about our favorite foods, talked about practical concerns threating our planet Earth, and really dove into some deeper issues, including mental blockage and illness. After the first ceremony, I felt comfortable sharing with this group sharing things I have never opened up to anyone in my life about before, and for that I am truly grateful.
The Ayahuasca Ceremonies are a personal quest. It is best to not have too many expectations or hoping that the medicine will reveal answers to all of your life’s’ problems. Rather, be open to new ways of doing things and really let the medicine be in the driver’s seat to reveal to you what you need most in this moment. Take lots of time to journal and surround yourself with the jungle. You won’t regret a thing.