First of all, I am going to start off by saying that this new retreat location JUST opened up all of 2 weeks ago. They are still putting the final touches together and taking care of things to make this place even more amazing than it already is. With that being said, I am so insanely incredible and thankful to have experienced Shamanic Vida! I bought the 6 day retreat. It was absolutely life changing. Their new location is BREATHTAKING! The setting is picture perfect in the Sacred Valley. It is a very private area with a beautiful river next to it. The walk up is a little steep, but it is so worth it for the location. Once I arrived I immediately felt welcomed and safe with Pacco and Chrissy. We did an Amazonian Cleanse the first night and it worked wonders. We also got to do a Rapè Ceremony that night as well which was very relaxing.
The entire retreat has hammocks set up, instruments, books, and wind chimes everywhere. It was so peaceful and relaxing the entire time. There were optional classes such as yoga and reiki which you could choose if you wanted to attend or not. The classes were really awesome, I took every one. My 6 day retreat included 3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies, 1 San Pedro Ceremony/Hike, and Kambo.
The rooms were small and quaint. Each room had 2 beds with plenty of blankets and some towels. The dining room area was nice and they had 3 meals per day. Even if you had to fast, they always had food available for after the ceremony. The food was actually really good. The bathrooms were very nice and big with showers in both. They run off solar power so it is important to try and utilize energy when you can. Also, they always had plenty of toilet paper which was a MUST lol.
Every Ayahuasca ceremony was absolutely magical! It was my first time and I was definitely a little intimidated by the plant medicine, but the entire time Pacco kept me calm. The Maloca is a good size and it can fit up to probably 12 people. There are really beautiful tapestries hanging around, many beautiful instruments, and sleeping bags with plenty of pillows and blankets for each person as well as a puke bucket. The medicine is a strong brew, I immediately felt it every time I took it. Pacco played music the entire ceremony and always made sure we were comfortable no matter what. That was SO important to me! I felt completely safe and comfortable. There was always a volunteer during the ceremonies to facilitate and make sure we always had water or assist us to the bathroom. Pacco will always offer a second dose as well which I thought was cool in case you didn’t feel it or felt like you needed more. Every ceremony was amazing and we never had more than 8 or 9 people in there. I loved the fact that it was smaller groups because it is more intimate.
Everyday Pacco would always ask you about your journey, how you were feeling, give advice, and just was a thoroughly incredible Shaman all around. You can trust him and Chrissy with ANYTHING. They are just both very genuine and caring people. Their baby Leanna is super adorable and well behaved and they have the cutest Peruvian Hairless dog Mini! Their helper Juanita was awesome and all of the volunteers were just wonderful. Even the guys who were working on the premesis were so friendly and it was just all around great vibes.
The San Pedro hike was the most intense but breathtaking adventure I have ever experienced. I’m not going to lie it wasn’t easy, BUT you always have the option to opt out or stop wherever you feel like. Pacco and the crew made sure everyone was safe at all times. Chrissy even hiked with the baby on her back which I thought was kick ass! It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Afterwards we had a nice fire to keep us warm and HOT SHOWERS.
The Kambo was great! I ended up actually coming back after my retreat was over just to get more. I took the bus from Cusco to San Salvador and ended up staying another night there because I loved it so much. They were so accommodating the entire time. I am definitely coming back to Shamanic Vida the next chance I get. It is like a home to me now and I will be forever grateful for the beautiful and magical experience they gave me. The plant medicines 100% changed my life. Thank you Pacco and Chrissy for everything!