The only retreat that I’ve come across with a depth of experience & contemplation that goes way, way beyond just Ayahuasca itself. Parign Hak gives you the gift of immersing you not only in nature – i.e., a pristine slice of Amazonia, in Manu National Park – but also allowing you to experience it from the perspective of the native Harakbut people, who assist in guiding you & teaching you about their environment, their history, their culture. Although Ayahuasca in this context resides at the apex of the native peoples’ relationship to the plant world, the Ayahuasca vine is just one aspect of that relationship; Jessica Bertram and the indigenous hosts at the Parign Hak retreat introduce guests to a whole spectrum of other plants & aspects of the Amazonian natural world that collectively define what it means to commune with nature, and with yourself. I don’t see plush 5-star Ayahuasca retreats in, say, the Sacred Valley or Costa Rica as being able to offer a similarly holistic and thus authentic experience. Parign Hak is the real deal, and Jessica Bertram? – she knows her stuff!