Parign Hak is not JUST an Ayahuasca retreat. It’s arguably the most unique and respectful cultural experience you can have, if you truly want to learn about indigenous Amazonian peoples and jungle life. The week I spent there was filled with immersive lessons in ethnobotany and anthropology, tasting traditional Harakbut food, getting Wachiperi tobacco snuff blown up my nose, and listening to ancient Matsigenka songs. Parign Hak, has not only helped me connect with Ayahuasca (Jessica’s work is unparalleled). It also helped me deeply connect to the Amazon rainforest itself and to the people living there. This was truly an experience unlike anything I could have imagined. Drinking Ayahuasca in this unique context really helped me integrate my experience, and gave me a better understanding of where the medicine originated from, and how it’s been traditionally used. I felt safe and taken care of every step of the way, and the strong maternal presence at the center echos the spirit of “The Grandmother”. This center truly works to give back to the indigenous people in the region, providing the local communities with life-changing access to traditional medicine, as well as giving them an outlet to share their stories with open-minded visitors from around the globe. If you care about a reciprocal relationship with Amazonian peoples and the jungle itself, Parign Hak is THE place to go.