I was really impressed with the approach of Temple of the Way of Light. I went on a retreat there with my wife, who really started as the one interested in this medicine. I came away very impressed. The facilities were clean and well taken care of, and the food was excellent (especially considering the limitations of the ayahuasca diet). There were, however, two areas where the Temple was really above and beyond.
The first area was the staff. The Maestros really radiated caring, and you could feel the way that they were weaving a tapestry during each ceremony. The westerners who were supporting them were also outstanding. Through the ceremonies and between ceremonies, they were there to emotionally support us with whatever came up. They were kind and skilled as well. There were also some very kind helpers who helped us physically move around during the ceremonies. I could not speak to them because of the language barrier, but they were always right there when you needed them, and they radiated strength and kindness (which is often key at a time like that).
The second area is the way Temple integrates the Shipibo people who run the ceremony. The Maestros/Maestras really run the ceremonies and are included on every level of the planning. What probably impressed me most was that Temple understands that for this relationship not to be exploitative, there needs to be political engagement. The Temple is strongly engaged in advocating politically for the native people of the Peruvian rainforest.
Thank you for an amazing experience.