Thank you so much Pisatahua! Ayahuasca can and should be one of the most incredible experiences of your life – as it was for me. If you are considering working with Ayahuasca, I would highly recommend choosing Pisatahua for your retreat. They make you feel comfortable, safe and well-informed throughout the whole experience. Well in advance we were told about the physical and spiritual preparations we should undertake in order to make the most of the retreat and avoid intense sickness. We met with the shaman and staff before each session and learned a lot about the sacred plant including the science behind its work. This information session was extremely valuable and demonstrated that the shaman who would lead the session is knowledgeable. All medical contraindications were checked for and everybody signed an informed consent form. The space designated for the retreat was well-prepared with ample space, comfortable mattresses, and an enchanting ambience with the full moon glowing above in the sky and the fire glittering in the background.
Ayahuasca is not a hallucinogenic drug. Ayahuasca is a teacher. It helps you confront your fears and weaknesses and reconnect with nature. As I lie down on the mattress the wind on my cheek felt like a caress. My senses remained amplified even weeks after the retreat, allowing me to hear, see and feel everything in an intensified manner. The retreat experience allowed me to enter the shoes of other animals and surrounded me with herds of insects accompanied by a feeling that they are not going to hurt me. After this experience you may come to think twice before killing a spider or a fly. The experience, however, is not always a relaxing Mary Go Round. There were some minutes (or hours!) in which Mother Ayahuasca made me feel terrible, weirdly nauseous and most importantly guilty. If there are things on your conscience you do not want to confront Ayuahuasca will make sure to show you just that. But afterwards it is all calm. It is a very positive experience. After a period of intense “teaching” all I could think of was ‘Thank you Mother Ayahuasca’.
One thing to keep in mind is that no matter what Pisatahua’s staff and healers are always there to help you. Whether you need to stand up to use the bathroom, have your water bottle filled or feeling nauseous. Their and Piña’s (their lovely dog) constant vigilance will make you feel safe. Safe and ready to embrace the spirit…