I recently completed a 3 week dieta at Nihue Rao. It’s hard for me to put into words how deeply profound and powerful of an experience it was. This was not my first time drinking the Medicine in Peru, it was however the most powerful, focused and deeply healing journey I have ever had in the 10 years that I have been working with the Medicine. Much of this, is due to the high integrity and attention to detail of the shamans and the center’s management crew.
I went to Nihue Rao to seek help from the Medicine with chronic illness that I had been struggling with for 5 years. I was frustrated, disappointed and misguided by western doctors and therapists in California who could not comprehend the root of my problems or the big picture of the issues that I was grappling with, I soon realized that no one but the Medicine could help for certain. I was NOT disappointed!
If you are looking to heal from serious psycho-physiological and emotional traumas and illness, this is the place to go to. The center is run like a hospital, there is a detailed intake of the aliments and issues that you want to heal at the start of your stay. The support staff keeps detailed notes of what you conveyed, and you receive very specific targeted icaros (medicine songs) during ceremony based on these notes. In addition to the Medicine, you are also prescribed plants that will target the specific issues you want to heal. You are put on a very restricted food diet, which can be a challenge for some. However, know that this restriction is an essential part of the healing process. Do yourself the favor and honor the diet as it will drive the medicine deeper without additional interference from other foods. In the end it’s a small price to pay for your well-being. Many centers offer Ayahuasca with a fancy buffet, this may be OK if you are just looking for an experience with the medicine, but if you want to heal serious chronic illness, the diet must be respected.
The center is very well maintained, the bathrooms and showers are cleaned everyday, sometimes twice a day when heavy rains make them muddy. The grounds are also well maintained there are fewer mosquitos than most other places I have been to. It’s also a very safe place to be. It so happened, that I ended up being the only woman at the center for part of my 3 week stay, I was also travelling alone and I felt secure and cared for my the staff and the shamans. I know that Peru is wrought with horror stories about women being violated but this is not the case at all at Nihue Rao.
If you seeking to truly be well, honor yourself and go to Nihue Rao. You will be supported to heal as deeply as you wish to go.