I recently got home from a 10 day retreat at Nihue Rao and could not have asked for a better experience. I really don’t know how Nihue Rao could be improved upon. This is a serious place of healing, a place to work strictly on your spirit. It felt futuristic, but archaic at the same time. The staff are knowledgeable, always available to help, and very friendly. As for the ceremonies themselves, there were four shamans present, all singing icaros at the same time. I experienced some wonderful healing that I can’t possibly put into words. The layout of the retreat was far beyond expectations, the structures being very clean and impressively built and designed. I always felt very safe.
One thing to keep in mind: this is not New Age Summer Camp, but very much an experience in the tradition of the Shibipo culture. If you’re looking for information about Astrology and yoga, you will not find it here. The Shibipo people and the shamans are people of the plant medicines, and rest assured you will just be beginning to scratch the surface of the depth of those traditions upon your first few visits to Nihue Rao. As I said before, I really don’t know how my experience could be improved upon and I’m already planning my trip back. Nihue Rao will undoubtedly be my ayahuasca center for the rest of my life.