I and three friends spent 11 days with Jessica in the Amazon rain forest along the Madre de Dios River. Seven of these days were at Parign Hak retreat.
I had been to Peru two years prior, mostly visiting the Sacred Valley. On that trip I had also done ayahuasca ceremonies. In comparison, the trip and my experiences with Jessica were on a whole other level. She emphasizes that the experience is meant to be transformative: that it is work requiring serious preparation before arriving, commitment and integration while there, and ongoing homework afterwards. And she is very available to help in the whole process.
During the ceremonies Jessica herself works very hard with the group and personally with each individual. Her icaros were, in my experience, a key to the experience: healing, guiding, transforming.
The family and friends that own and run Parign Hak were very present, caring, attentive. They themselves have experienced Jessica’s healing work and are enthused to share it with others.
We also spent a number of days at the Wachiperi Queros Village. Thank you to the people there who shared their stories, food, crafts, knowledge of the jungle, and seri!
I appreciated that Jessica was like myself a westerner, yet fully and authentically, as far as I could tell, capable and knowledgeable in the indigenous plant healing tradition. She was able to view things and discuss from multiple lenses: indigenous, anthropological, psychological. This helped very much in communication and integration. Jessica also helped me with experiences from my prior time in Peru which still had not been integrated.
I am very grateful for my Parign Hak retreat, for all who helped make it possible!