Calca, Cusco, Perú
This retreat was beautifully designed for true spiritual growth and reflection. I trust Eric and Nilda’s intentions fully heartedly, and I believe this to be one of the most important aspects when searching for a shaman to work with. They both take the whole thing very seriously and are not just in it for the money. They keep group sizes small, because they want to be able to give their full presence to everyones needs, which would not be possible in group sizes of 40-50. They are both wonderful, authentic and experienced. This retreat is designed for true internal reflection and they help you each day with the short therapy sessions.
This retreat however is not easy, and is not for you unless you are very serious about your personal growth. This was by no means a “fun vacation,” but instead one of the most difficult and transformational things I have ever done. The house you stay in is simple and minimal, which aids in giving you ample time and space for internal reflection. You will not be flooded with distractions of any sort. There are a couple games me and my partner played during the day, as a break from the processing of our experiences. The food is wonderful and simple, just vegetables and some spices. You can leave the house in the day to go on walks and explore the surrounding nature, which was very nice.
I believe ayahuasca to be a tool, to open up your mind to show you where you are not aligned with your higher self. To awaken you to the areas in your life where you are still living in fear. I do not consider it a one-shot “answer” to your problem. My experience at Sapan Inka was extremely intense, and I ended up only participating in one ceremony. I believe it would have been very difficult for me if i did not have my partner present, to help me and support me all the following days. That said, I fully trusted Eric and Nilda’s ability to hold sacred ceremony. As i experienced the scariest things I have ever been through, they sang me through my experience and lifted me towards enlightenment. The songs were so sacred and so important. Towards the end, Eric brought me back to the room when the ceremony was over, by using one of his shamanic techniques. They were both so capable of handing my situation, even when I deemed myself a bit out of control. They are wonderful people and I would recommend this retreat to anyone who truly believes they are ready for what ayahuasca may offer them.