Parign Hak is a small but phenomenal hidden-gem in the Peruvian Amazon. I was referred to Jessica by Dr. Dennis McKenna. I was looking for a reputable Ayahuasquera who could speak English, but Jessica is so much more than that. She’s the perfect bridge between the Western world, and the wonderful Harakbut culture in which Parign Hak is embedded. This isn’t just a Ayahuasca retreat center, it’s a family home and from day one I was welcomed in as one of Vicky’s (the indigenous owner’s) own kids. The center has a very strong maternal presence, and as a single female traveller, I always felt safe and taken care of. Not only was the host family amazing, but Parign Hak carefully screens all of its participants so everyone there was serious about their ayahuasca work and extremely respectful to our native hosts. They were also a LOT of fun to be around. Parign Hak was the perfect retreat center, and I’m incredibly grateful I was able to participate!