I’d been wanting to go to a retreat like this for a long time, but I was skeptical about a lot of places. From all that I’d learned about ayahuasca before (reading or from experience), and from talking to Bobby by voice call, I felt good about how they run things. I wasn’t disappointed at all in what I actually found once I arrived.
It was a great environment thanks to everyone involved there. I had a bit of nervous energy before the first ceremony, but that all quickly dissipated once we got into the maloka and I could see and feel the warmth and family (literally) atmosphere. It’s easy to see there’s a lot of thought and care that goes into everything there. It was also great having discussions with the facilitators who knew where we were coming from and had seen people pass through and had practical advice for how to turn the experiences into more than just pretty colors and a story to tell friends.
I had had some difficult times without a shaman, but during one of the ceremonies, thanks to Leonidas, I was able to break through that and experience something sublime. I really don’t know how I can realistically say the retreat could have gone better. Even before I had left I was thinking about when would be good to come back.
As much as people may go mainly for ayahuasca, the san pedro ceremonies were great as well, and I felt the schedule as a whole was well planned. I was interested in the sweat lodge also, but I really didn’t know what to expect. That was actually a very powerful experience as well.