Nihue Rao was recommended to me by some people that I came to trust at a shorter retreat earlier this year. I’d been looking forward to it for quite a few months and I felt at home as soon as I got there. It was great to meet the other passengers and it was very quickly clear to me that the facilitators care deeply about what they do. Nihue Rao has a very relaxed atmosphere – passengers can even take a break on non-ceremony days by visiting Iquitos if they choose.
The maloka has a rather inspiring design – such a sense of space when looking up into it. I was also impressed by the how many Shamen were available each night – one maestra in particular had such a distinct singing style. Absolutely beautiful.
The Ayahuasca is made fresh every ceremony day – good, strong medicine! I also appreciated going into their Spirit Garden and the art maloka.
I came to the Temple via its youtube channel – I’ve been exploring it for quite some time and have gotten a lot from all the different people that shared their experiences.
Still, I was pleasantly surprised at how this retreat is run, not to mention the fantastic, switched-on group of people I had the good fortune to be with for this experience. It took a little while but over the course of the ten days I connected with everyone – particularly the facilitators, who genuinely cared about everyone of us and the deep commitment they’ve taken with this medicine and the process.
The food was also something that I looked forward to – as were the other regular activities like pre-ceremony yoga, morning plant remedies and, of course, the integration meetings. I was even allowed some rule-breaking latitude in these meetings. 😉
I had a number of ceremonies before coming to the Temple and I responded well to the more hands-on way the maestros and maestras at the Temple were with us. They would frequently end their ikaros by spraying my head and hands with scented liquid and even push my body in a kind of energy alignment massage and I grew into the habit of returning the favour by grasping their hands or a shoulder and giving thanks. By this point I had gotten well into the experience was always able to connect with these ikaros.
Another thing that I benefited from was that our Ayahuasca was consistent night after night – it was much easier to choose the dose I wanted. Everything I’ve mentioned contributed to a beautiful, deeply personal, life changing experience.