Terence McKenna’s brother Dr. Dennis McKenna, referred me to Jessica and to Parign Hak. I just returned from a retreat there last month, and I could not recommend it more highly. Parign Hak is the small family home of indigenous den-mother, and retreat owner Vicky and her family. It’s an intimate setting, and me and the 4 other participants were immediately welcomed in as part of that family. The retreats max out at 5 people, which was something that really appealed to me, and was one of the reasons I chose Parign Hak. Many of these centers I found, seem to have 20-30+ people at any given retreat. The small group size gave us all plenty of time to bond with the host family, Jessica and with each other. Jessica the Ayahuasquera, while incredibly qualified, is a western woman and not the stereotypical shaman. She’s very grounded, down-to-earth, and practical in her approach to Ayahuasca, which she views as a traditional medicinal practice. She’s not a “new-age” ultra-spiritual hippy at all, so don’t expect her to sugar coat anything during the Ayahuasca integration process. She knows exactly what to say to help people figure out how to get the most out of their Ayahuasca experiences, and truly transform their lives. As a single female myself, I was looking for an authentic experience, but I was also apprehensive about traveling into the Amazon alone to drink Ayahuasca. The staff at Parign Hak helped me every step of the way, and I felt completely safe and looked after the entire week. 5 stars!