As a novice to shipibo medicine I was not sure what to expect on my 10-day journey at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. What I found was an amazing experience I would recommend wholeheartedly to those seeking self-discovery, healing and/or recovery.
Deciding to partake in Mother Ayahuasca should not be made in haste. My criteria was based on the need to find an experienced shaman who could provide sufficient support to make me feel safe and comfortable while I was at my most vulnerable.
I contacted/compared many centers and talked with friends. What makes Nihue Rao stand out and be so special is the shamanic professionalism of everyone (Ricardo, his staff and the patients), the real attention to safety, the tender compassion given while one copes with extremely difficult emotions/thoughts, the strength of the medicines, the caliber of Ricardo’s, Miguel’s and other shaman’s experience.
I’m not much for words so I will sign off with this: I had a profound experience at Nihue Rao. One that is calling me back to Peru to visit Ricardo, his family and Mother Ayahuasca again.