Aya Madre was perfect me. It is a true healing center. It is not just an Ayahuasca retreat. I found warm welcoming energy and peace. The retreat is very well designed and the whole concept is well thought of. It is a place, where different medicinal plants are used and combined with different healing practices. This is very important if you are familiar with the medicine or if you have already been to the Peruvian jungle.
The retreat is absolutely authentic. I noticed very little “gringo” conveniences added. The tambos are set well apart from each other and without electricity. You have the opportunity to completely detach from civilization and focus on yourself and pray or meditate. There are very little distractions, which I found very useful for the healing process.
Apart from the ceremonies, the maestra is prescribing various medicinal plants, which are ingested multiple times a day and help cleanse, heal, invigorate and restore the body and mind.
The food is way more diverse than in other retreats I have been to. There are fruits and cooked meals all in accordance with the strict Ayahuasca diet.
The place is very clean and beautiful. There is a clean river just outside if it, which we loved after our daily steam baths.
Aya Madre is smaller than other retreats. In our last ceremony we were only 9 people. This helps the shaman focus individually on each participant, something that I did not experience elsewhere. The daily price includes everything. Mapachos and Aqua Di Florida are included as well. Included is a daily massage and a Shipibo steam bath (something I loved). Everyone in the center is approachable and ready to talk and listen. Maestro Guillermo was helping the maestra during my stay. He is down to earth and very easy going. One evening he came to the maloca, sat down with us and told us amazing stories about the plants and the tradition.
One of the things that I noticed during my stay was that I didn’t count down the days and didn’t feel any pressure before ceremonies. The flow of energy is amazing and I will return for another week or too.
I wanted to thank everyone at Nihue Rao for helping me with my addiction to cigarettes, alcohol and a very popular treacherous over-the-counter nose decongestant (OXYMETAZOLINE CHIDROCHLORIDE).
OXIMETAZOLINE CHIDROCHLORIDE is a highly addictive substance accessible in every convenience store or drug store across the USA. There are more than 7.5 million people who are suffering from addiction to it in the continental US alone. I got hooked up soon after I noticed a minor congestion that I wanted to eliminate. Afrin is one of the most popular brands. It helped me a lot but I was never able to stop using it.
I sought the help of various doctors but no one was able to help me, or to prescribe a treatment. Most of them said that I needed to quit “cold turkey” or stop using it in one nostril until it heals and then stop using it in the other.
I was addicted to Afrin for more than 5 years spraying it in my nose 4-6 times a day. I had Afrin bottles in my car, in my house and in my office. I was suffering.
I have been truly fascinated by Ayahuasca since the first time I came across information about it. This was around 2007 when I read an article about the Upper Amazon and the Peruvian Jungle and its people.
I have researched it and I always felt drawn to it. When my friend George mentioned that he would be going down to the Amazon to a retreat I became really intrigued, although I didn’t share much with him.
George came back quite transformed. He was off of drugs and seemed somewhat focused, centered and easy to communicate with. He shared his experience with some close friends and I instantly knew that I’d soon follow his steps.
In the late Summer of 2017 me, George, and another close friend (Kosta) booked a 10 days retreat in Nihue Rao, starting around the end of Oct.
The minute I entered Nihue rao I felt safe and calm. The Ayahuasca diet seemed to be a challenge to some people coming from the Western World, but it was quite natural and easy to handle for me and my friends.
I was scared. I had heard stories of people who had seen demons and have had terrible trips on Ayahuasca. I think that along whit those stories I had disregarded the ones telling how intelligent, rich and beautiful the world of Ayahuasca was. I had also done some “Youtube research” on my own.
Now I realize that all of these videos in night vision showing people twitching, crying or purging are in fact, rather detrimental to the true aspect of the healing power of Ayahuasca.
And so, I had 6 ceremonies while dieting on Pinon Blanco (it does indeed sound like a bottle of white wine).
Ayahuasca was very gentle with me. I purged a lot but I was not shown any demons or any terrible things whatsoever. She showed me the beauty of her world with its amazing colors and flow of energies.
After the 4th ceremony I felt no need to use Afrin and I did not feel the urge to light a cigarette.
It’s been almost 3 weeks now, and I have not smoked or used that spray or drank any alcohol.
I felt that I wanted to share this with you since you are rather intimate with the world of Ayahuasca and you are also a Medical Doctor.
I believe that more than 7.5 million people can find a solution to their addiction through this medical plant.
I realize that this acquaintance with the Spirit of La Madre has had a profound effect on my mind and my soul.
Nihue Rao accepted me and became home for me and my friends.
Maestro Ricardo Amaringo, Jan, Benoit, Alexandra, Martina and everyone there is family now. I am grateful and thankful for their support and understanding.
I will be back to Nihue Rao very soon.
Thank you again for your book and for showing me a path to healing my addictions.