I spent the month of November in the Temple in 2013. I had two 12 day workshops back to back over this time.
Firstly, the Shipibo. They are a world treasure. The Maestras and Maestros over my stay were some of the most incredible people I have ever met. Dedicated to Ayahuasca and their role as healers. Taking Aya gave me insight into the bond that they share with the Amazon and the plantlife within it. Each healer has their own unique properties, each doing their part to heal the pasahero or voyager on their journey. They taught me so much in such a short time about who I am and who I can be. Gentleness, compassion, acceptance, purity, love. They all nurture these within themselves and others, and yet they are just humans like us, with human natures like us. Truly beautiful.
The Temple is gorgeous, the malokas are a wonderful setting for ayahuasca and the tambos are simple but just right. Food is plentiful and fantastic. I felt so cleansed once I left and I am sure that it is in no small part to the wholesome food. I did occasionally hear music from the local village but just accepted it as being part of the experience, the same with some construction near my tambo. There are always quiet places to be found if one wishes.
My personal journey was an experience both hard and wonderful. Sometimes I was afraid to drink and others I was eager, a true journey of the ego letting go. Sometimes I felt frustrated with people and situations and others I felt perfectly at peace. The people were a fascinating cross section of humanity and while everyone has the differences, we all were able to coexist harmoniously through such a challenging time.
The facilitators were always willing to help us process what was happening and the locals, aiding us during the ceremonies and in daily life were kind and respectful of our experience.
I am going back in October this year as I know I have more to process. As a result of my experiences so far my anxiety would be reduced by about 70% in frequency and I am making many positive changes in my life that I know to be a part of this change(to put a figure on it). My meditation has also become very fulfilling. I am looking forward to strengthening my connection with the medicine.