Parign Hak is a small, intimate and amazing alternative to some of the big-name retreat centers. “Big name” also seems synonymous with “big groups”, and some of the most popular places on here have upwards 80 participants at a retreat, AND in the ceremonies. In researching centers, I wanted to stay away from the large, super-popular ones, as I assume that if there are almost a hundred people at a retreat you’re basically just a number to whoever’s running it.
Parign Hak maxes out at 5, and in the retreat I went to there were only 3 of us. This allowed for plenty of personal attention both in and out of ceremony. I hate crowds, and the idea of drinking ayahuasca with a large group of people seems awful to me. It’s very easy for me to pick up on other people’s energy during a ceremony. So logically, more people means more shit you could potentially take on. The ceremonies were peaceful, quiet, and I was able to do some really deep healing work. The icaros were beautiful, powerful and unlike anything I’ve heard before.
Jessica (the ayahuasquera) was ALWAYS there when I needed her, both in and out of ceremony. The whole retreat I felt very taken care of and supported by the on-side Harakbut family. I’d never heard of the Harakbut people before coming to Peru, but over the course of the week I learned so much about this fascinating and resilient culture. I loved this place so much, and I’m already planning my return trip!