Sacre Valley, Cusco, Perú
Sapan Inka was an experience to remember. I took part in 2 ayahuasca ceremonies and 1 San Pedro ceremony. The ayahuasca caused the best feeling of coziness that I have ever felt in my life. I was quite relaxed during the experience and felt the urge to snuggle up all wrapped in the blanket. I didn’t experience a large amount of visuals, but the thoughts flowed more clearly. I also found upon returning home that my habit of picking and biting my nails had diminished, so apparently ayahuasca has the ability to help with beating drug addiction AND bad habits.
The San Pedro experience in nature was weird in that I found myself thinking about negative things while on the San Pedro, but they didn’t bother me as much as they would if I was sober. I had the feeling this was an attempt to bring negative thoughts to the surface in a way that I could deal with them better.
But the best part of the Sapan Inka retreat was the trip to Machu Picchu. I felt profound metaphysical energies while there, and did indeed feel like a more spiritually enhanced person upon leaving.
Erik & Nilda were really interesting folks. Their way of making the ayahuasca ceremonies more enchanting with song and music was quite enjoyable and psychedelic. The food they served was wonderful. The nature atmosphere of Sapan Inka was quite pleasant to be in. Erik also did a great job of helping prep for the ceremonies and showed great wisdom.
The only reason I give 4 and not 5 stars was because Erik took the air out of my balloon a bit at the end of the retreat when he suggested I seek some therapy since I came across as a schizophrenic or autistic spectrum individual to him and he felt that could be problematic for me in the real world. I was kinda astonished to hear this because even though he wasn’t the first person to tell me that, I would expect someone in the field of entheogenic medicine and shamanism to be quite accepting of people like I who talk about far out things like metaphysics, conspiracies, and alien life. I guess he wasn’t too used to having people like that come to his retreat center. Nilda also got uncomfortable when I tried to give her a special type of goodbye hug before leaving and wasn’t interested in hearing why I decided to hug her the way I did, and seeing her get uncomfortable also took the air out of my balloon a bit.
But all that aside, the retreat was worth it and I would indeed recommend Sapan Inka as a potential ayahuasca retreat center, regardless of how Erik & Nilda perceived by uniqueness to be detrimental, they were still wonderful folks that and are definitely NOT snake oil salesman who care only about money.