Calca, Cusco, Perú
My husband and I completed extensive research before deciding to book a private retreat with Erik & Nilda. We attended the six day retreat in September 2019. From the beginning Erik answered all the questions and concerns that I had and their questions to potential visitors show how serious they are about your safety and well being. I had been to many spiritual retreats but my husband was completely new to this experience and was nervous. He is a dedicated professional who at the age of 45 worked very hard for the life he created but realized that he had cut off some early life trauma and he knew being at this retreat might unlock that box.
We stayed a few days enjoying other sites in Peru before being picked up at our hotel and taken to the retreat center. Erik and Nilda met us at the gate and immediately hugged us and we felt so welcome the second we met them. I’m a psychotherapist with 14 years of experience and let me be clear Erik and Nilda are modest and true shamans don’t need the recognitions of being called shamans. Erik has a PHD in psychology and they both have all the book knowledge, practical psychotherapy experience, and are the most TALENTED healers I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
There is a ceremony the first night and while Erik was clear this occurred I had forgotten in the excitement of being in Peru. We hadn’t fasted that day but went on with the ceremony. The ceremonies for me were nothing but beautiful and exactly the spiritual experience I had hoped would occur. My husband had locked many emotions down deep as most American men are taught to do. Erik worked with him during the first night and guided him through some difficult moments. We felt truly supported and loved from Erik and Nilda.
My husband and I are seasoned travelers and we both stated that we never felt so rested after our trip to Peru. Without the distraction of email and phone we just relaxed like Erik said to do and we slept beautifully. I wrote in my journal and took walks and even completed a go pro video journal for myself on their property.
The San Pedro was amazing. We loved having the Andrean Priest ceremony, the hike, the sound bath, it all created the most amazing day. For me personally, it was the best day of my life. I have printed photos and have them all over out home now. Tom and I consider Erik and Nilda our family and their smiling faces remind us of their love and healing everyday.
Words can’t describe how healing this experience was. The food was amazing and we completed both the pre and post diet recommendations. Erik and Nilda have coordinated everything beautifully so don’t worry about anything. We had the best tour guide Irving when we went to Machu Picchu. We had a private retreat that was worth every penny. We had our own private room but also the home and the grounds were ours to wander. I loved that they offered this option because many centers just want to cram as many people as possible into their ceremony. I felt this was very important since it took some time to talk my husband into this experience. He was so delighted and had such profound healing that we intend to go back. Even thought it has been four months since our trip we both still feel the awakening and healing that continues to occur.
Erik and Nilda are the most loving enlightened individuals I have ever met. Nilda doesn’t have perfect english but she radiates pure love, in fact, she reminded me of mother Mary and how I envisioned she might have made people feel. When I’m back in the US working, caught in traffic, frustrated from my day, I often think of Nilda and how she would manage. Her profound example of love struck a deep cord within me and I must say just interacting with her changed my life.
I will say that I wandered off one day hiking and had a slight injury. Nilda immediately took me into the bathroom once I returned to clean my small wound. She showed such loving affection and true compassion for me and my husband. This was the most beautiful experience, vacation of our life. My husband and I felt so close after this experience and we plan to return. There is no one else I would trust besides Erik and Nilda. We will be eternally thankful to them and the gifts they offer the world.