I feel blessed and very fortunate to have gotten the chance to work with Juan, Cass, Loeber, Uri and the rest of the terrific team that make up Novalis. Upon arriving they told me that they specialise in small or individual people, who come to do the deep work and dieta. I have to agree with them, they were exceptional in their work with me and I would recommend Novalis to anyone that was serious about medicinal work.
The ayahuasca ceremonies were 3 of the most powerful ceremonies that I have ever experienced. I felt safe, guided and protected throughout them all and Juan provided very wise advice on integration and understanding it. Loeber and Uri both play guitar that is simply magical.
I completed a dieta of Shihuhuacu, “the king of the jungle”, a plant known to be the natural opposite /compliment to ayahuasca. The clarity, calm and wisdom I received whilst dieting this plant was incredible. If you feel called to doing the deep, challenging work, Novalis provided me with a safe, supportive, and authentic environment to do the work. It’s pretty fun to do a dieta from a treehouse 20ft off the ground!
The food is sensational. You will not go hungry and Johnny is a fantastic chef. How he manages to make such tasty meals in the middle of the jungle is incredible!
The journey to the centre was very pleasant as well. It’s about 60-80 minutes by boat and a bit over an hour of hiking on relatively flat and gorgeous landscape to get in. They were very affordably priced and there was the option to contribute to the reforestation programs they run as well. It’s a truly beautiful place run by beautiful souls. I will be back!
I had wanted to work with Stacey, Drew and the Dreamglade team since I first heard about them back in 2017. They are a very popular centre, and often booked up many months before hand, and that’s because they do awesome work and are truly exceptional people. Stace and his team have created a world class centre, which is (unquestionably) one of the best in Peru, if not the world.
Ceremony days are great. Often they will start with a slow morning, where people are free to do what they’d like but also encouraged to journal, set their intentions and meditate. Jess holds a wonderful, unlocking yoga practice that is welcome for anyone to join, but no pressure at all to do it if you don’t want to. Later in the afternoon the team will fire up the sauna. This was great for flushing out toxins, using the flower bath and truly relaxing before a ceremony. Ceremony starts at night-time and is often completed by 12-1am.
Their ceremonies are powerful, authentic and extremely healing. The two Curanderos, Raoul an Lidia have over 80+ years of experience working with the medicine between them. It is the absolute safest and most protected I have ever felt in an ayahuasca ceremony.
Drew, who oversees and runs the centre when Stace is away, is an outstanding human being. He’s one of the funniest, kindest and most heart centered people I have ever met. I felt I could talk to him about absolutely anything that was coming up for me and he had wise, sentient advice that really helped me. He was a true gift to my process. Thank you drew!
I did the Coca ceremonies with Dhyana both before and after the retreat, with the additional ‘session on the table’. They were fantastic and really helped with the experience. The coca ceremony before hand really helped me crystallise my intentions and was very powerful. The session after the retreat (coca + massage) really helped both bring everything together, provide clarity and gave additional lessons and things to work on in the future. If you get the chance to work with Dhyana I would wholeheartedly recommend it, she’s a beautiful and very powerful soul!
As a final note, Stacey could easily charge far more for his retreats but the quality of his character is that he wants to keep it affordable for the people who need the healing. The upside of this is you have a beautiful range of people who all reflect a slightly different version of yourself back to you. It’s not a cookie cutter, lush silicon valley retreat, but an authentic centre with soul where the people there all really care about healing and doing the deep work. Also, Paul who manages the participants, admissions and integration does a fantastic job. He’s very professional, warm and prompt. The whole team is absolutely first class.
If you feel the call, can work out a time to visit, are medically suitable to drink ayahuasca I would whole heartedly recommend dreamglade. I plan to try and take my own mother and siblings back one day in the distant future!
I was very fortunate and grateful to work with Pacco and Chrissy in June 2019 over a 11+ day retreat. They were sensational. Their approach is unique in that they combine many different practices (yoga, meditation, plant medicines, hiking and much more). It was a truly life changing and beautiful retreat.
They have a very comfortable modern centre, with nice showers and good beds.
Personally, they are very kind and funny people who truly care about each person that comes to their centre. I felt safe, respected and free the entire time I was there. It was a really fun (but deep and rewarding) 2 weeks!
I trust both of them very highly and have since recommended Shamanic vida to family and friends. I will be back!