zencowboy's Reviews

Ayahuasca In Ecuador

Listed in Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Huachuma), Spotlight

904-435-7994 in U.S. or 099 368 8463 in Ecuador

Rio Jurumbaino Macas Ecuador

Reviewed on July 31, 2018. #1 of 42 Reviews

My wife and I were called (separately) to interact with Madre Ayahuasca in July. It was such an obvious and urgent message that there was little debate as to “IF” we should go, but “where” we should go. I am the survivor of an aggressive Lymphoma, and have been in a slippery recovery for more than a year. A walnut sized tumor has stubbornly remained on my neck, and has concerned us that the cancer was trying to return. From the beginning of the cancer journey, we shunned all mainstream treatments. Our decision to pursue a plant-based approach was made all the easier by the fact that my wife and I are the first American couple to ever graduate from the Advanced Ayurveda Therapy course in Tamil Nadu, India…the birthplace of the ancient science of plant medicine. My course of strategy was all about proper diet…and LOTS of THC-intensive cannabis. This worked extraordinarily well, except for that last bit of tumor (which had been reduced from the size of a very large grapefruit to that walnut mentioned earlier). So when Ayahuasca called out to both of us, our search for authentic healing began.

Peru is well known for its Ayahuasca traditions, and we had traveled to Peru years earlier. But when it came down to it, we chose Ecuador because of the due-diligence that the Ecuadorian government itself does on all prospective shamans. One cannot simply show up with questionable lineage and sketchy experience and start performing ceremony. And the shaman at Ken and Sun’s retreat is every bit the real deal. Combined with their incredibly fair prices (hundreds of dollars less than comparable Peru retreats), the excellent diet and cuisine….lovingly prepared by Ken’s remarkable better half, Sun…the comfort and serenity of their home to gather one’s self between ceremonies…well, our choice was clear.

This is not a one-sized fits all event. Ayahuasca is intense and should be approached with the greatest of respect and intention. The shaman, Alberto, recommended a much stronger dose for my first session than is typically offered, and my experience reflected that added intensity. But his decision was based upon my medical history and lingering concerns. I can assure you that Alberto’s medicine and guided, healing expertise have answered any remaining health questions (both physical and emotional) that I carried with me into that choza. He literally drew the poisons from my body. And my remaining “tumor” is a simple cyst, already scheduled for removal. The physical body is healed, but the spiritual effects remain a powerful force in my life. I am eternally grateful that we chose Ken and Sun as our hosts, and Alberto as our Medicine Man.

One final note, if you can find some time to spend in Banos, either on the way to Macas, or on your return….it offers an Ecuadorian experience like no other. Best of luck on your journey.

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