I participated in a 12 day retreat at the Temple of the Way of Light during the first 2 weeks of May 2018. The medicine had been calling me for a long time and when I finally knew it was time to go, I did a lot of research to find a place that would hold me in a supportive container while still honoring the medicine and the people who work with it in the deepest way. I am here to tell you that the Temple exceeded my every expectation. The container they have created to hold you as you go deep into this soul journey is truly masterful. The facilitators are skilled, experienced, compassionate, kind and hard working. They understand fully what soul wounds those of us from the western, industrialized world are bringing to the jungle. The accommodations are rustic but perfect. My physical needs were catered to impeccably. Wonderful, fresh food. Unlimited filtered water. Immaculate composting toilets. Beautiful jungle setting. Private tambos (jungle huts) for solitary integration time. Facilitated group circles for deepening my connection to my cohorts who truly became my family over the course of the retreat. Skillfully taught yoga sessions before every ceremony. Enlivening daily flower baths.
This all allowed me to focus on the work I had come to do. And the guidance and healing provided during the ceremonies was phenomenal. I did some of the deepest and hardest work of my life and through it all I was tended to lovingly by the dedicated maestros and maestras whose songs still reverberate through my body and my heart. During the ceremonies I was never alone and I was deeply supported, but I was allowed to do my hard work without anyone trying to rescue me. I find this to be a rare and unusual gift coming from my culture where allowing people to have difficult experiences in order to grow is not a common occurrence. The ceremonies were conducted with utmost respect in the Shipibo tradition and although western facilitators were present during ceremony as assistants, they did not in anyway insert themselves in the work being done by the Shipibo healers.
Honestly, I could go on and on, but I won’t. In summary, if the Ayahuasca is calling you to come to the jungle and work with her, I would highly recommend the Temple of the Way of Light as a place to come. I cannot imagine going anywhere else.