After taking part in Nimeakaya’s June/July 2019 ayahuasca retreat, I cannot recommend the program, center and collective team of healers, facilitators, organizers more wholeheartedly. The incredible amount of love, support and intention that everyone involved uniquely offers, builds the sense of safety that makes it possible to do this powerful work — in trust and in depth. The center infrastructure itself also provides a strong sense of safety, living in both comfort and harmony with the Amazon. The program includes four thoughtfully scheduled ceremonies over nine days of retreat, but every moment at Nimeakaya was part of co-creating a shared and connective experience far greater than ourselves. The integration circle conversations and personal stories shared over meals, activities and down-time were as integral a part of the experience as any. Being a woman, one of the many things that drew me to Nimeakaya was knowing that female and male shamans worked together here in pairs. Now on the other side of the experience, I am so grateful for the balance of energy that this framework brought to each ceremony. And for the dynamic and complementary differences between the two sets of shamans we had the privilege of working with. I came to Nimeakaya hoping to heal multiple parts of my physical, emotional and spiritual being and walked away feeling like I had fully received all of those gifts. I look forward to returning again some day, thankfully in wellness and growth, rather than in dis-ease!