I attended Spirit Plant Journeys New Years Retreat as my first venture into ayahuasca. The location and facilities were stunning and I found the staff to be top notch in terms of their understanding of the ayahuasca process as well as highly tuned-in spiritually. The biggest challenge for me as a first timer was deciding whether to go to a place in Peru or elsewhere. I chose Peru for the authentic experience but shad to decide whether to choose the jungle or the sacred Valley. Of course I read everything I could about other people’s experiences in both venues and because i am in my 60s i chose the sacred Valley above the jungle for reasons including cleanliness, comfort level, climate, lack of insects and also for being closer to other interesting sites such as Machu Picchu and Cusco the center of the Inca empire. I read so much about the commercialization of ayahuasca my concern was that this could be a watered down experience but I can assure you that Spirit Plant Journeys is the real deal. The owners, Ryan and Sarah are experienced from a jungle background and offer the type of loving support that I was looking for to quell my anxieties. The program was first class in every respect and mixed in meditation, yoga, sound healing, massage therapy, and a sweat lodge while still offering true strictly ayahuasca plant medicine ceremonies with an authentic Shipibo Shamanista. (female shaman). They all are a big happy family and I was very comfortable in joining them on this once in a lifetime experience. In fact I signed up for additional ceremonies at another retreat from Spirit Plant when my week ended and was extremely impressed with that facility and staff as well. I plan to further my seeking and healing with ayahuasca and will definitely be choosing to spend my time with Ryan, Sarah, Orfalinda and staff. Thanks for the awakening!