Ayahuasca was something that I had heard of in passing before but didn’t know anything about and I didn’t pay much attention to it. It wasn’t until I happened upon a documentary about it that everything started to fall into place. I was intrigued, I knew I had healing to do, physically, mentally and spiritually. But in my busy everyday life, I had just put it on the back burner as we so often do in this western lifestyle. So, I started researching it, watching and reading testimonials, and finding out what this beautiful medicine was all about. I could feel an undeniable pull and I just knew that I was being called to experience her healing. I decided that I was going to make it happen!
That all being said, while doing all my research I also heard/read about the not so great stories of people being taken advantage of while taking Ayahuasca, how finding the right place, the right retreat, is very important. This is an unbelievably strong medicine and if you decide to work with mother Aya you want to make very sure that you are in a safe and loving environment, I can’t stress this enough. So, while looking at different retreats I came across Nimea Kaya and I instantly knew that this was the place for me. Again, it was a deep feeling, I just knew that this was it and within 3 months I was at Nimea Kaya. I attended the Retreat in February of 2019 and what a beautiful and profoundly healing retreat it was.
My intuition did me well. Nimea Kaya was everything I could have imagined and so much more. Jill was so welcoming and easy to talk to leading up to the retreat, it made the beforehand very smooth and less scary seeing as it was the first time I had worked with Ayahuasca. Upon arriving we were met with open arms and open hearts by some of the facilitators and it felt as if they were old friends, so kind and welcoming. This feeling of care and friendship carried on throughout the entire retreat. The love, care and attention that the Nimea Kaya team showed us in and out of ceremony was incredible. They were truly there to help us move through our journeys and hold space for us. I went through some particularly hard times in ceremony, as did many people, and the facilitators were there every step of the way, when it was needed, to help me navigate it all. I felt completely safe and supported the entire time. Between ceremony, integration and every interaction in between, the facilitators were there as our rocks and our guides. An incredible and authentic group of beautiful souls who truly care and want to help.
Now let’s not forget about the Shamans. One of the things I really liked about Nimea Kaya when doing my research was the fact that they held ceremony with a male and female Shaman. I liked the idea of having a balance of masculine and feminine energy. Once again, I have nothing but positive words to say. The way the Shamans carried us through ceremony, their songs, how they pulled us back when we went too far, the work they do is amazing and it was an honor to be able to sit with them and work with the medicine in this way.
I must also mention the absolutely delicious food as well as the other people joining you on this incredible journey. I met some amazing people who will be lifelong friends because of this.
Ayahuasca is a strong and beautiful medicine but also so much more than that, it is a bit hard to put it all into words. I received profound healing from Mother Aya and am so grateful to have had this experience. It is not something to be taken lightly as the highs are high but the lows can be incredibly low and painful. If you are serious about doing the work, going inward, really working through the hard stuff I completely recommend working with her. She will change your life. Everyone will have different experiences but after talking to many people who have worked with Aya the outcome seems pretty unanimous, positive and life changing. If you are ready for this Journey I wouldn’t recommend anywhere other than Nimea Kaya.