While researching Ayahuasca retreats in Peru, Nimea Kaya immediately stood apart from all others. Jill (one of the founders of Nimea Kaya) promptly answered all of our questions throughout the entire process of booking and preparing for our trip, easing our concerns and helping us to feel more comfortable with our first trip to South America. My husband and I attended a retreat in April, 2018.
I thought Nimea Kaya’s website provided an accurate picture of what to expect at the retreat. The activities are all focused on supporting each individual’s healing process and the local community. The only surprises for us came in the form of noise pollution from loud music being played in the neighboring town and airplanes flying directly over Nimea Kaya. Though these noises were not ideal and interrupted our sleep, they really didn’t detract from our experience and we did not notice them during ceremony.
The food was delicious and all whole-foods, plant-based (except eggs and honey that were offered separately). The yoga and meditation classes were fantastic and I was grateful for them. I very much enjoyed learning about the ayahuasca-brewing process and taking part in preparing the ayahuasca vines and chacruna leaves for the next batch of tea.
Most importantly, I felt very safe at Nimea Kaya during our entire stay. I felt comfortable using the shared showers and walking the grounds even in the dark. The staff and facilitators were all welcoming, caring, and supportive. Each ceremony was carried out beautifully by the facilitators and the Shamans who were there to lead us and support us in ceremony from beginning to end. The Ayahuasca brew that is served is made of only the ayahuasca vine and chacruna leaves. It was very important to me to know exactly what I was putting in my body and to feel confident that I was drinking the purest form of Ayahuasca.
The Shipibo Shamans are such beautiful human beings and are an integral part of each ceremony. They, along with the facilitators, create a deeply healing ceremony and their love and good intentions are palpable. Each shaman is a powerful presence to behold, wearing their ceremonial dress and singing their profoundly beautiful icaros. The plant baths that the shamans give in the mornings following each ceremony are cold but very cleansing and refreshing. The Shamans and facilitators provide a level of compassionate care and presence that can be compared only to the loving care I have received from my mother.
I recommend Nimea Kaya to all who are truly feeling the call to work with Ayahuasca, who are ready to really come to know and heal themselves, and who will approach Mother Ayahuasca, the jungle, and the Shamans with the reverence they deserve. If you’re considering working with Ayahuasca for the first time, I recommend first practicing meditation/yoga/breath work, as working with Ayahuasca requires embracing much physical and emotional discomfort. Working with Ayahuasca at Nimea Kaya is a deeply humbling, life-changing experience. Best wishes to you.