Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
I attended 12 days retreat, also I took 2 optional Ayahuasca ceremonies.
As there is a lot of misconception I’d like to talk about what Ayahuasca and San Pedro is and what it is not in my opinion.
Ayahuasca: I personally did not experience anything that I could call consciousness expansion. How I see it now Ayahuasca helps you better process information that you already have, breaking your usual “thought loop”. And maybe process it in a different way that you were able before. Ayahuasca ceremonies were emotionally and physically draining.
San Pedro: I’d say it makes you emotionally open, stable (or numb?) to an extent that no external or internal criticism bothers you.
San Pedro ceremonies are really Group Psychotherapy Under Influence sessions with a Shaman as a psychologist.
Sweat Lodge: during that ceremony I felt the best I ever felt in my life, for a short time.
Salvador is very interesting and wise person and a very good psychologist.
San Pedro and Sweat Lodge ceremonies led by Slavador, with him drinking it as well were the best: eye opening, educating, entertaining, fun.
Amalia is beautiful, compassionate and just a perfect example of a good human being. Observing their right reaction at the right time was the most helpful.
Christine is pretty good, I feel she works best with spiritual people.
Nase and his family: looks like they expect you to experience your journey yourself… Their music is magical. Otherwise I personally did not feel them.
Volunteers and staff:
Unfortunatelly I did not have a chance to know them better, but most of them doing a great job there no joke.
Bad: I did not receive what I came for, no consciousness expansion 🙂
Good: I was able to make peace with my past: I found a number of my biological dad, called him first time in my life and we agreed to meet sometimes.
Also I no longer angry about my ex wife leaving me and understood what brought us together and why we pushed each other out of our lives.
There are a lot of more subtle changes.
Was it worth it? Absolutely.