Today marks one year since my first ceremony at Sapan Inka. I’ve experienced tremendous growth this past year and I attribute much of it to the lessons I learned during my time with Erik and Nilda at Sapan Inka.
A little background information – I had spent the previous 15-20 years of my life mired in opiate/heroin addiction. I had been wanting to do ayahuasca for quite some time but was never able to get my life together enough to make it actually happen. Fast forward to April 2019. I was finally able to put together 6 months of clean time and made the trip a reality.
I did quite a bit of research on options before deciding on Sapan Inka. I was drawn to Sapan Inka because it seemed to be as much of a passion project for Erik and Nilda as opposed to a business. This being my first experience with aya, safety was also of paramount importance. I can say that I felt welcomed and safe from the moment I stepped on to their property. It was also evident that careful consideration is given to every detail, from the size of the group, to dosing, and the order of the ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies. I really could not imagine participating in such ceremonies in groups of 15-20 or in any environment in which I don’t feel 100% safe.
I won’t go much into detail regarding the ceremonies as I believe the are intensely personal for each individual. However, it did seem like the equivalent of years of intensive psychotherapy. I was also provided some answers to existential questions that had been plaguing me.
One last thing I’ll say is that ayahuasca certainly is not a cure-all. The reason why the ceremonies were so beneficial was because I was already on a positive trajectory. I also treated the experience, including preparation, with complete respect.