One of the best and most important experiences of my life. I got everything I came here for and more. This was truly life changing; from the lessons I was given via the plant medicines, the atmosphere the hosts of the retreat created, to the lifetime bonds I cultivated with everyone. Wow.
Shamanic Vida felt like a second home. The set and setting was perfect, the food/diet plan had me well nourished and the small group size created a safe environment which meant proper care and attention for each participant. The atmosphere Chrissy and Pacco create in their home is inviting, warm and caring. They accept you for who you are, they don’t judge and are truly there to help in a variety of ways. They do one on one consultations in between ceremonies and take the time and space to get to know and understand you on a deeper level.
I went into my first ceremony as a newcomer and thus fairy anxious but these sensations were put to ease due to the inner calmness of Pacco (the Shaman) and Chrissy. They hold a gentle/loving space that encourages self-expression. Some ceremonies I wanted to sing, others I wanted to be silent…..Just be you and let if flow! In addition to the ceremonies there are various breathing exercises, meditations and a Temazcal Sweat Lodge that serve as such great compliments to the journey.
I came in search of guidance from Ayahuasca and San Pedro. I left with just that and many many lessons from Chrissy and Pacco themselves simply as a result of the people they are. It’s two months after my retreat and I feel better mentally and physically than I ever have. I was given a path for clearer direction in my life, a greater sense of inner trust and peace and the deeper knowledge that everything is as it should be.
Overall, my advice is to go into the experience with little expectations, accept whatever comes, open yourself up to where the medicine wants to take you and trust in yourself, the Shaman and the medicine. The diet is very helpful too! I took it serious and was most certainly rewarded. Ask if you have any questions! Chrissy and Pacco have a system in place but are flexible in their approach and will make adjustments to your individual needs.
I know it can be difficult choosing which path to take when making a decision like this (especially if it’s your first time) so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions: