I just completed a 10-day stay at Nihue Rao. My only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago. It has been an incredible healing and learning experience. I was completely unaware of the anger and fear and guilt that I was carrying. I just knew that I didn’t feel right and I had trouble sleeping.
Ten days later, I am in awe of how much I have learned about my past, my family history, relationships, human nature, and the larger mysteries of the universe. My personal journey is difficult to put into words. Let’s just say that I am transformed and reborn and healed. I am forever grateful to Ricardo and the other shamans for their guidance, teaching, and healing.
I chose Nihue Rao on the recommendation of several friends who have attended over the past two years, so I didn’t have any concerns about safety or logistics. The center itself is rustic, with many dogs, cats, chickens, and other animals roaming free. It has comfortable showers and toilets. The food is basic as it should be according to the diet. But the most important thing is the community: the staff, the local people working at the center, and the other passengers from many parts of the world create an incredibly welcoming environment. The groups are just the right size, about 10 people, so you can benefit from individual attention, and still have fellow passengers to bond with and share the experience and help each other along the way.
Ten days was the minimum recommended by the center in order to do a plant diet. I had no idea what that meant. On arrival, during the meeting with Ricardo, he assigned to me a master plant based on my problems and intentions. Mine was Ajo Sacha. After a couple of days I learned to recognize and trust her and I appreciated her guidance during the ceremonies. I participated in 6 ceremonies, and each was different and powerful. I learned so much and got a glimpse of how much more there is to learn in the other realms. It is a long personal journey and I totally understand now why people return again and again to Nihue Rao.
During the ceremonies, there are always staff to assist if someone needs help. I was very thankful for their help during two particularly intense experiences. The maloka where the ceremonies take place is a beautiful space that is safe and comfortable. The whole place is very well run and organized. On off days when there are no ceremonies there are tours available in the jungle, or the river and the many animal refuge centers near Iquitos.
I can’t wait to come back and bring some of my family members. I can’t recommend Nihue Rao highly enough. If everyone came here once in their life, the world would be such a beautiful place.