My stay at Parign Hak was absolutely incredible. I sought out Ayahuasca to treat depression, which I have struggled with for 15 years. Over the past few years, it had reached a critical point, so I reached out to a friend who connected me with the retreat center, as he had already stayed here. The retreat center is located in the Manu region of the Amazon, where we stayed with an indigenous Harakbut family. A little about Parign Hak: it is run in a way that focuses on the indigenous people, preserves culture and tradition, respects the environment, and fosters community and family. Jessica’s approach is that of strict traditional medicine, which aims to heal by restoring balance. I did 3 ayahuasca ceremonies. Some parts were absolutely beautiful and some parts were extremely challenging, but everybody’s experience with the medicine is different. It pushed me very far out of my comfort zone and challenged all of my beliefs about myself. It made me reevaluate my perspectives, my stories about my life, my relationships, my role as a physician and healer, and it showed me the power in creativity in life and in choosing what to believe. Overall, it was nothing short of life-changing, and it was so much more than just the ceremonial work. I received extensive preparatory instructions/counseling, as well as extensive integration counseling. In fact, I am still doing the integration work as my healing is still unfolding at home. It can take up to 3 months to fully integrate the work, so we will see where I am at then, but I am already seeing profound shifts in myself.
I cannot thank the family and Jessica enough for making me feel safe, for their loving acceptance, hospitality, sharing of wisdom, and guidance through this journey of mine. I can’t wait to come back.