I am writing this review from the perspective of someone who has taken ayahuasca for the first time, and as such have no basis for comparison as to what this experience would be like at a different retreat center. But here are some of the reasons why I decided to go with Shamanic Vida, what the experience was like, and why I would choose to journey deeper into the medicine with Pacco and Chrissy:
Choosing a retreat to experience your first journey into ayahuasca is not a light decision to make. I literally read almost every review for every place on both retreat guru and aya advisors before deciding to go with Shamanic Vida. All the positive reviews, a strong recommendation from a friend who had previously taken the medicine with them, and a personal phone call with Chrissy wherein she addressed all of my concerns, solidified my decision to go with Shamanic Vida. I knew that I was going to be in a safe space under the guidance of experienced and compassionate healers.
And wow… all I can say is what a profound, wonderful, amazing, and beautiful life-changing experience this was! Shamanic Vida far exceeded all my expectations. I had come to Shamanic Vida as a last resort after going through a year of depression, feelings of life lacking meaning and purpose, and just a lot of sadness and discontent (largely due to a series of major life events in 2017). Pacco and Chrissy showed me so much kindness, care, and compassion throughout the journey. They helped me to feel safe during the ceremonies, especially on a night when I was having a difficult experience. Pacco’s icaros helped guide me through the journey. They are so powerful (they are on YouTube and Facebook) and even now I stalk their videos just to listen because it gives me so much peace and literally pulls at my heart strings.
After the ceremonies, we had one on one consultations which helped me to internalize and process my realizations. I also got to experience other healing medicines like San Pedro, rape, and kambo, as well as a temazcal ceremony. It’s amazing how all of these things complement each other! The holistic approach in which the retreat was structured and the way everything was so well integrated, contributed a lot to my healing experience. This review barely scratches the surface… there are other things too… the yoga classes, being surrounded by nature, Minnie (she is such a sweet and loving creature), the delicious food… everything! They’ve created such a safe and beautiful space for people who wish to journey into ayahuasca or explore other healing medicines that I would choose Shamanic Vida again, should I ever feel compelled to journey deeper and find myself in Peru.
– It’s ok to have a list of intentions, but what I’ve discovered is that oftentimes the medicine will give you what you need and not necessarily what you ask for
– If you are struggling with something internally or had a tough experience, take advantage of the one on one sessions with Pacco and Chrissy as they will really help internalize the learnings you get with the medicine
– I think the healing doesn’t end when you leave the retreat center, I am constantly discovering new things about myself and having moments of insight and revelation, it’s good to know that I can contact Pacco and Chrissy at any time, especially when integration back into daily life can be difficult
– Also, while its tempting to ask about what others experienced and what their vision looked like, remember that yours will bound to be unique, just as you are unique…so be open to expecting the unexpected!
If you’d like to learn more or have questions about my experience (again everyone’s is different!) my email is Advincula.firstname.lastname@example.org