Are you ready for a one of a kind spiritual and self-healing experience? Nestled in the heart of the lush and verdant Ecuadorian jungle, our Ayahuasca and San Pedro healing and spiritual fulfillment center has a long and proud history of welcoming truth seekers and individuals striving for inner enlightenment from all around the world.
An Authentic Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat
While providing essential home comforts such as comfortable lodging and freshly prepared gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals each day, our Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat is otherwise one of only a handful of authentic treatment centers in the entirety of South America.
This is because while promoting physical wellness through deliciously prepared (and organic) vegetarian food, we also facilitate travel to genuine Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremony site on the Jurumbaino river surrounded by rainforest. There, our guests are given the opportunity to spend the evening with an authentic local shaman. The next day, you will then be escorted back home in order to rest, reflect and prepare for your next ceremony. Even better, at all times you will be attended to by one of our very own local guides and translators.
How Ayahuasca Heals
Popularly known around the world as a shamanic gateway to the spirit world, Ayahuasca has traditionally been used for thousands of years as a healing medicine also. Made using two indigenous plants Banisteriopsis caapi & Psychotria viridis, Ayahuasca works by promoting massive mental and physical healing responses in the human body.
While different for everybody, no one is ever not deeply affected by Ayahuasca. In like regard, few if any people ever come away from an Ayahuasca ceremony not feeling more spiritually and vitally restored than they did before arriving.
How San Pedro Heals
A lesser-known but no less effective healing plant is a cactus called San Pedro. Like Ayahuasca, it has been utilized by Shamans for many thousands of years in shamanic healing ceremonies, and there have been numerous reports of its healing power for cancer, diabetes, and paralysis, as well as for emotional and psychological problems such as depression and grief.
The Biblical Saint Peter, whom the plant was named after, is said to be the holder of the keys to Heaven, and so the name represents an opening of a gateway for us to enter into a dimension where we can experience the world as divine.
Participants are said to be ‘set free from matter’ and ‘engage in flight through cosmic regions… transported across time and distance in a rapid and safe fashion’.
One shaman described its effects as “First, a dreamy state… then great visions, a clearing of all the faculties… then detachment, a type of visual force inclusive of the sixth sense, the telepathic state of transmitting oneself across time and matter, like a removal of thoughts to a distant dimension.”
In this way, San Pedro is said to remove our negative beliefs so the positive ones shine through and we can heal ourselves.
Your Stay at our Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat
Due to the powerful nature of such ceremonies, our Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat focus on marrying high-quality rest and relaxation periods with intense plant medicine experiences. This is why we provide you with a superb natural setting, intuitive and support staff and high-quality nutrition throughout your stay. We do, after all, want your stay here with us to be just as much a once in a lifetime experience as the Ayahuasca and San Pedro experiences themselves.
Are you ready to discover yourself and experience the physically restorative power of Ayahuasca? If so, make sure to reach out to us today to find out more.
Next Special Celebration of Mother Ayahuasca and Father San Pedro Personal Retreat
A celebration of Mother Ayahuasca and Father San Pedro July and August 8-15 2018 and July and August 18-24 2018 in Macas Ecuador. Maximum 7 people
Come join us for a celebration of Mother Ayahuasca. Eight days or seven days with indigenous Shuar shamans for Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies at the incredibly beautiful and peaceful sacred ceremonial site on a small river peninsula on the Rio Jurumbaino surrounded by rainforest. Tai Chi or yoga and massage included. Great accommodations and meals. You may choose to participate for 4 to 8 days. Small Group, Authentic Indigenous Shaman, Private Accommodations and Affordable.
4 Days and 2 ceremonies $595
7 Days and 3 Ceremonies $895
8 Days and 4 Ceremonies $1095
Maximum of 7 participants. Reserve your space and dates. For any questions or to make reservations call U.S # (904) 435-7994 or in Ecuador 099 368 8463.
Sun and Ken made sure I had an amazing time and a wonderful experience in Dec 2017. Their guidance made a big difference for my first experience with Mother Aya. Their house location is lovely and 5-10min walk to the river, which is a good location to relax after each ceremony. The Vegan food prepared by Sun was delicious.
Hassan and Ana were also very helpful and important part of this amazing experience.
The chosa is clean, cozy and located in a wonderful location near a roaring river.
I just completed a five day retreatreat in April, 2018, at Mother Aya. From the minute that I arrived, I felt right at home. The atmosphere at Ken and Sun’s lovely home was warm, welcoming, easy-going and relaxed. That was exactly what was needed to prepare us for the actual ayahuasca experiences. Sun prepared all of our meals with care and with love. She was sure she kept the diet cleansing while making it as healthy and delicious as possible. Plenty of good, healthy food, fresh fruit and fresh fruit juices everyday. She was also with us all night during the sessions. At the sessions I always felt watched over, cared for and cared about. Not one minute of the entire experience was ever left to chance. Our group discussion leader, Hasan, and our yoga instructor, Ana, were there with us the entire nights also throughout the actual experiences and the follow-up sesions. When I left, I felt hat I was leaving a group of friends that I was anxious to see again and soon. Thank you. The care, love and guidance which you gave us came from your hearts. That is something that cannot be fakned nor underrated in anyway.
Myself and my girlfriend spent five unforgettable days here in April, 2018. As we said to Ken and Sun on our final night, it’s hard to even conceive of a more beautiful, comfortable or tranquil place to experience ayahuasca for the first time.
The meals, activities, beds and general atmosphere all exceeded expectations. We felt safe and secure for our entire stay, which is obviously very important when dealing with such potent and unpredictable medicines.
Ken and Sun went over and above the call of duty to make sure we felt at home, and Hasan and Ana (our facilitators) provided invaluable support before, during and after the ceremonies.
In short: I couldn’t recommend the retreat highly enough. Thanks Ken, Sun and the rest of the team for an experience I will hold dearly for the rest of my life 🙂
In short, Ken and Sun’s retreat was an amazing experience, and like so many others have said, hard to put into words. I want to keep this short, but share my positive experience.
I came to the retreat with some knowledge and great interest in Ayahuasca, and was not disappointed. It was a truly traditional medicine experience. The shamans were absolutely authentic. The setting was beautiful and secluded. The medicine was strong and touched me deeply. The ceremonies have not left my mind since I left the retreat. While I was mostly interested in the ayahuasca portion before I came, no doubt the pinnacle of the experience was the San Pedro ceremony. I have never experienced something so powerful and mystical.
As Ken told me, he couldn’t guarantee anybody anything when working with ayahuasca – except that it will clean you physically and that it will touch you on a spiritual level…which is usually an extremely deep level. This proved true for myself and something I cannot recommend enough.
Much love to Ken and Sun. Again I cannot put the experiences into words but the facilities, care, and people were absolutely incredible. 6 stars out of 5. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for facilitating this experience.
My partner and I chose Ken and Sun’s retreat after weeks and weeks of research. It was our first experience with ayahuasca and we wanted to ensure we would be in a safe and relaxing environment.
Before our arrival we were a little nervous but as soon as we arrived at Ken and Sun’s beautiful home and met them we felt excited.
Sun sat us down and told us what we could expect. She reassured us that she would be looking after us the whole time and answered all of our questions. It was clear to see how passionate she was about ayahuasca and how healing it is.
We spent the days leading up to the ceremony relaxing in the hammocks in the beautiful garden, drinking fresh watermelon juice lovingly prepared by Sun.
Nestled in the jungle by a roaring river, the chosa is perfect. There are comfortable mattresses, pillows, blankets and proper toilets!!
The ceremony felt authentic and the medicine was strong. Sun and George were excellent facilitators and made sure we were safe and comfortable throughout the night. The shaman sung beautiful songs at just the right moments which guided us deeper.
In the morning we bathed in the river which was refreshing and the perfect way to end the ceremony.
We returned to the house and had a delicious healthy breakfast. We spent the day relaxing, reflecting on our experience and preparing for the second ceremony the following day.
Ayahuasca in Ecuador, Mother Ayahuasca Retreat is the perfect place to experience ayahuasca. We definitely hope to return in the future.
I cannot recommend this highly enough – the complete experience was above and beyond what I ever could have imagined. The setting is serene, the people are caring genuine, and of course the experience with the medicine left nothing to be desired. 6/5 stars if it were possible!
My wonderful experience in Macas with Ken and Sun is still sinking in on many levels. I really felt the love and concern they exhibit towards their guests and it shows through clearly during your stay. The setting for the ceremonies is wonderful, with a genuine chosa surrounded by rainforest and enveloped by a rushing river passing by. I really valued that this retreat keeps it to a small group of fellow travelers, who were cared for by knowledgable and compassionate helpers during the ceremonies. The shaman was careful to prepare the right doses for us and was very open and available for questions before and after our journeys together. I could not recommend this place any more enthusiastically and plan to come back when circumstances line up to do so. You will not regret coming here, as it will change your life for sure!
I could not have asked for a better experience for my first time working with plant medicine. I felt so so comfortable and at home with Ken and Sun as soon as I arrived after a super long journey. The accommodations were comfortable, the meals were delicious and full of love, and Sun was there to offer guidance, emotional support, and comic relief! The Shaman was masterful in creating a remarkably safe container for this work and the site of the ceremonies near a roaring river in the jungle was IDEAL. I didn’t have to worry about anything and we got plenty of time on our own to rest/reflect. The groups were very small (only 3-4 of us at a time) and the price was fantastic for what you get, especially compared to other, larger retreat centers. I truly can’t recommend this highly enough! I’m endlessly grateful and hope to return again someday soon.
Ken and Sun are two of the most amazing people I have ever met in my entire life. Kind, loving and entirely motivated by helping others. They let strangers come into their home and, rest assured, make them friends. Even without even getting close to the medicine they facilitate you to get in touch with, a short stay with them has the potential to change your life for the better.
Thank you two for everything you have done for me during the short period of time we shared the same path. I truly love both of you. (And yes, of course also Blacky, Shorty and the cats)
Nevertheless, as most people are interested in the medicine itself, I will also try to provide a hopefully useful description in this regard. I have done two ayahuasca ceremonies, both of which were very powerful and gave me much more than I even knew I could ever expect. The shaman ensured everybody’s wellbeing during the ceremonies. In case you don’t speak Spanish, do not worry. The other facilitators will translate and will stay with you throughout your entire journey. And you have probably already guessed it, they are great people and true friends as well. They help you to understand and incorporate the lessons you learn without the slightest hint of judgement.
For those who approach the whole experience from a purely rational point of view, and don’t believe that the spiritual aspect of it will be of any help, see it this way: you will have the best possible setting enabled by the greatest and most experienced trip sitters imaginable.
Before my visit, I was nowhere near being a spiritual person, but my heart, mind and consciousness were widely opened through the help of the medicine and those, excuse the repetition, amazing people. Initially, I booked two ayahuasca and one san pedro ceremony. But for me, at this point in time, the work was done earlier. Therefore, I decided that I wouldn’t need the final ceremony. This decision was met with nothing but understanding and maybe a little bit of curiosity.
I keep rereading this short review and can’t help but notice that everything I write doesn’t even come close to what I was enabled to experience. Therefore I’ll try to sum it up this way:
Anybody interested in working with the medicine for the right reason will not be disappointed with his or her stay at this exceptional place. Of course, nobody can guarantee healing of any kind, as the medicine works differently for everyone. But the point is that you are not promised that. What I can promise you, however, is that you will not find any better place to work with the sacred medicine than at Sun and Ken’s home. They have created something very special and I am sure they will continue to help and transform people from all over the world.
I will close by again saying thank you. Thank you for letting me into your home and into your hearts. I have become a better and more complete person. Not just because of what the medicine taught me, but because of your example that lead me to understand how life can be experienced if you are willing to put work into who you are and stop holding others accountable for your fate.
While I hope that I won’t have to visit you once more for the reasons I came the first time, I would love to be with all of you again as soon as possible.
It is hard to imagine any place where you could have a retreat any better than by Sun and Ken. The facilities are well enough for any westerner, food is wonderful, the location for seremonies is great, the Shaman is a serious one and a real professional, substances are real stuff and very powerfull. And most importantly the amazing, personal TLC (tender loving care) of Sun, Ken and the whole stuff was amazing.
Thank You for a Wonderful week !
Eva and Heikki
Just want to say…..if you want to come to REALLY NICE PLACE and to get Really Strong and Perfect ceremonies with Really powerfull and strong Shaman who knows his job,and also to live into beautifull house with BEAUTIFULL garden,and to get the most care of people who takes highly level response of you…….YOU MUST TO COME RIGHT TO THIS PLACE! Ayahuasca was so strong,I needed just one cup(usually I drink 2-3 cups on ceremony).San Pedro was SUPER STRONG,and the dosage was right I needed,no more,no less.
Beautifull woman Sun will arange for you also jungle excursion with waterfall watching.And SPA with pool and bath and massage.Everything was 5***** level,and even more.I love this place and people.And definitely will come again.Those people(Ken and Sun)are highly responsible of you,and they really are! Food was also excellent!Highly reccomend this place. You will be happy,and will get right what you need.
Macas town also is interesting place.Very safe and simple.
Ken and Sun provided a wonderful environment for these sacred ceremonies. The food was nourishing and delicious, the facilities were authentic and comfortable and the knowledge they brought to the table with the staff and shaman provided about the experience are incredible. I will be going back and bringing loved ones with me next time.
Many thanks to Sun and Ken for your hospitality, the accommodation in your house as a guest was very relaxing being made to feel like a family member.
Sun s cooking was just perfect and exactly what was needed during my stay.
The helpers and Shaman were a pleasure to meet and be with.
The venue for the ceremonies was perfect, especially the fire pit.
I thank you again for an amazing 10 days. See you all again
This is a bit of a strange review as I have yet to try Ayahuasca yet. However I felt the need to get on here and leave a review about the owner (Ken). One of the reviews on here pushed me to want to try another more well known retreat instead of his. With this being my first time its absolutely crucial that I make the right decision. I had been in contact with Ken for a few months and had put down a deposit for my friend and I. I sent a complete stranger in Ecuador 200 dollars and he could have taken my money and ran without me being able to do a thing about it. Ken informed me that he typically doesn’t do refunds but he understands my concerns. He sent me my refund instantly. Throughout this process Ken has been very responsive and informative. And now to top it off very honest and trustworthy. I think there is a good chance I’m making a mistake not to give his retreat a chance right now. If you look at his website and get a chance to talk with him you will find a very genuine person with something very unique to offer. I would whole heartedly recommend putting your trust in him and giving this a shot.. I don’t think you will be disappointed and I plan on taking my own advice the next time around if I decide this is something I want to continue with.
As cliche and oft-touted as this sounds, words cannot describe how beautiful of an experience I had staying with Ken and Sun during my 10 day Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat in August 2016. Without a doubt, this lovely couple played a significant part with how successful and enjoyable my time in Macas was. Ken has a deep gentle gravelly voice that matches perfectly with the wisdom he imparts in-between each ceremony that I found very valuable and reassuring. Sun has a heart that shines as bright as her namesake and was the main driving force behind nearly everything that goes on there, from the delicious and exceedingly nutritious meals to the layout and details of the ceremonies. Her hard work, dedication, and commitment was as inspiring as the lush Nature that surrounds this gem of a place in Ecuador. As for the plant medicines themselves, they are the real deal and led me through some of the most profound and soul touching experiences of my life.
Ken and Sun have an incredible staff, the ceremony site they’ve built in the jungle is perfect, and the medicine their authentic shamans prepare is legit. If you are looking for a small, personal, and natural approach to working with these plant teachers, I cannot recommend Ayahuasca In Ecuador enough.
Also, if you’re interested, a link to my Ayahuasca trip reports can be found on my YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrarP6TzjtK96poceZmpYlA?view_as=subscriber
Much love from a fellow traveler,
I spent several months doing research trying to find the right “fit”, in terms of an Ahyuasca and San Pedro retreat. Well, after careful deliberation I decided I’d go with “Ahyuasca in Ecuador”. I’m happy to report, that without a doubt, I made the right decision. Ken and Sun are both wonderful people with great energy, great hearts, and who truly want to help people. From the moment I called Ken to ask him various questions about the ceremonies, until the day I left his and Sun’s home, I felt very comfortable and I knew I was in good hands the entire time.This to me was extremely important. Not to mention their comfortable house, delicious, healthy food, and a very beautiful and serene location. The Shaman is full of positivity, healthy energy and love. He is a Shaman certified by the government of Ecuador. If you’re having a difficult time choosing who to do a ceremony with, I can guarantee you will not find better than Ken, and Sun. Thanks again for everything, guys. I’ll never forget the experience and hope to see you again.
Concerned Doctor does NOT recommend!
I would like to begin by saying I have never written a bad review for any product, service nor person. I usually prefer to keep my opinions to myself if they are not positive, learn from them and move on. However, I am a doctor, involved in the alternative healing arts since 1995 and I simply cannot let my voice be muted under these circumstances, given the significance of what I have to share.
I had the experience of just over 2 months of exposure to Ayahuasca in Ecuador (AIE) in the beginning part of 2017. The following are a list of scenarios, events and dynamics that I observed first hand, or discussed with those who did experience things first hand.
-I witnessed the staff of non-native English speaking ‘sitters’ or facilitators struggle with communicating. There is usually one native English speaking person present, with two non-natives. If the number of clients that participate in the ceremony is greater than 3-4, that one native speaker is stretched beyond his capacity to be there fully for any one person. That means that the remainder of the people present have to attempt to translate what the non-native person is trying to say, while under the influence of a hallucinogen. If one is having a pleasant experience, that is probably just fine. If things take a turn, however, that is unnecessary stress placed upon the client that could escalate whatever situation they find themselves within. There are times when this one native speaker is on vacation, as well, which means potentially, there is no one present who is capable of speaking English fluently.
-It was my experience, as well as that of several people I spoke with, that there was not a single question posed by AIE about the clients’ current state of health. Not a single inquiry about whether or not we read the link at the bottom of one of their website pages about what to do/not do prior and after the ceremony, including whether or not we were on any medications that may be a life threatening mixture with Ayahuasca. Given the seriousness of the medicine, this could be interpreted by many as irresponsibility bordering on negligence.
-I was told that my initial email to AIE was a collection of the most questions that they had ever received. As a doctor, a responsible consumer and a naturally inquisitive person, I put a lot of time into trying to gather the most information as I could prior to committing to a group of people that I would entrust with my physical, chemical and emotional well being for the duration of my ceremony experience, and beyond, as it would relate to Ayahuasca. Each of my questions were answered to my current satisfaction, so I made my reservations.
However, when I arrived, almost nothing was as it was portrayed in the emails I received. This was true to such an extent that the site for the ceremony was literally a construction site. This was also true to such an extent that the one other person with whom I was doing the ceremony with demanded his money back the very next day, saying “This place is a s&%# hole.” I agreed, yet was determined to make the best of the situation. I also paid full price for much less than full amenities as described without question.
-As several weeks passed and I observed how things were done there, I realized that the marketing information that was posted online each month was simply not true. There was no yoga, no meditation, nor any breathwork offered nor were there any English speaking people available in this town of 6-8 expats that were qualified to offer any of the above. Speaking as someone who survived a near-fatal yoga injury, the person you want instructing you during any kind of class while under the lingering effects of mind altering medicine is a professional, preferably with lots of experience in dealing with clients’ deep, body opening situations. Anyone other than an experienced yoga teacher/breathworker/meditation instructor guiding classes is dangerous, in my opinion. Advertising said services when they are not actually available eroded my trust in AIE.
-I witnessed first hand multiple ‘lies of omission’ that occurred between the business partners themselves.
– On a more practical note, they have cats (and likely dogs too) that are infested with fleas that sleep on all of the beds that they rent, in their two locations. Best case scenario, you go home with some cat hair and maybe a suitcase stained with cat urine, as happened once; worse case, you return home with fleas.
I am not happy to have witnessed what I have, nor to spend any time putting this in writing. My remaining silent could be potentially harmful and as someone who once pledged to first, do no harm, this was simply unacceptable. It is my opinion as a doctor and as a former client that this facility is ill equipped to be hosting Ayahuasca ceremonies and in fact, is an “accident” waiting to happen.
The retreat owners, Ken and Sun, and their staff are fantastic people. They are grounded, warm, and open-minded individuals who are easy to get along with. Getting to know them was a treat in and of itself and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet such loving people! From the first session, I was well taken care of by Sun and she did so much for me during my stay. I realized during my stay that they are running this retreat to truly help people and that is why I give this place 5 stars.
You either stay in their house or the house across the street and they are both very comfortable western style homes. You’ll get your own room with a comfortable bed and a private bathroom. You will get hot water in the showers but you’ll need your own toiletries. Both houses have western style kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms so it doesn’t feel like you’re in the rainforest. If you prefer roughing it, this place may be too comfortable but it was perfect for me because I wanted a safe space to relax after each session.
Sun serves home-cooked meals and fresh juice/ herbal tea throughout your stay and it is just… delicious! For a foodie like me, it was one of the best parts about staying in this retreat. It was fulfilling and nourishing because it tasted great but also because a lot of the ingredients were fresh super foods. (Also, if you like fruits, you’ll love their breakfasts!)
Location and wildlife:
The location is a lovely place in so many ways. Ken and Sun’s house is not far from the central part of Macas but they live just far enough to be surrounded by the wilderness. There is a great view of a river and volcano from their huge yard with lots of exotic plants and trees. This setting was also very rewarding.
Another great perk about the setting was that there were barely any mosquitoes. So the concerns I had with disease carrying mosquitoes disappeared very quickly. (The retreat location is high enough in latitude that such mosquitoes cannot fly up there.) There weren’t any unfriendly/ aggressive wildlife either so I was able to enjoy the lush, colorful scenery and the warm weather without any anxiety whatsoever.
Shaman and the medicine:
The shaman was a lovely man who was certified and experienced. He always gave out good vibes and remained professional, even when he got sick during our stay. Sometimes his older children came with him to the ceremony to participate and that created a warm, friendly atmosphere.
He started each ceremony by giving us a speech, wishing us a good night and sending gratitude to the environment. He sung, whistled, and played instruments masterfully with great timing throughout the night– and this helped me stay in/ get back in to the light.
His brew has a great psychedelic kick with manageable physical strain (so it encouraged less purging compared to other brews). Although the effects of the medicine may vary from person to person, it had a profound effect on me. It was very effective in my healing process and I have gained a lot of insight through the experience.
Unlike some retreats, you will be resting throughout the night after you drink ayahuasca, so there will be no time to chitchat until the next day. Since you get a pretty hefty dose, this was not a problem for anyone in my group and it made for a more intense psychedelic journey.
So was this worth the cost? Definitely.
It is worth much more than what you’re paying for and I would absolutely go back again. This experience made me a fan of the retreat and its people (and their dogs). Personally, I will go back for the profound conversations, the amazing food, and the tropical wilderness of Macas.
Ken and Sun have a lot of love and wisdom to share with the world and you’re missing out if you haven’t stayed with them yet. I recommend a long stay so you can get to know them more and take some time to reflect on yourself and your life. So if you think you’re in need of healing, look no further. Go enjoy your time at ‘Ayahuasca in Ecuador’!
If I could rate this any higher, I would in a heart beat.
My experience with Ken & Sun was INCREDIBLE. Touch as touching and transformative trip. Scheduling was easy, communication was consistent and informative. Ken & Sun live in Macas, a sleepy town in Ecuador and your retreat experience is just out of town on a river. Accommodations at their home were comfortable and loving. High quality and delicious food is provided during entire stay. The yard in the house has a clear view of a volcano, spectacular.
The ceremony is authentic and facilitated by nationally recognized Shamans. My experience could not have been any better. Sun is magic. She provides unique guidance and support during your ceremonies and is truly there for you. Her heart is ginormous and you would be lucky to work with her.
If you are considering an authentic, transformative ayahuasca experience look no further than Ken and Sun. YOU CANT GO WRONG!
• Small, intimate ceremonies
• Excellent accommodations
• Individualized attention
• Great hospitality
• Reasonable price
• More low-key than some other retreats
• Style of ceremony may differ than others
Date: August 14th-24th
What we did: 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 san pedro ceremony
Attending: myself, my wife, 2 friends, 3-4 strangers
We just returned from Ken and Sun’s retreat. Though a bit off the beaten path, their location was excellent. Simply put, the retreat was not that different from a homestay, where several guests stayed in Ken and Sun’s house, while my wife, friends, and I stayed in a similar house across the street. The view was amazing and a great way to wake up everyday. The temperature when we attended was much more comfortable than I expected, and it only rained a few times while we were there. Insects & mosquitoes were also a concern, however none of us even saw that many mosquitoes while we were there. Macas, Ecuador is a great location for such a retreat.
The ceremonies were pretty low-key, which I thought worked well, especially given this was my first experience with ayahuasca. Basically, once you drink your cup there is a lot of quiet time, so you end up sitting with your own thoughts a lot, which might make some sessions difficult. Unfortunately for us, the shaman wasn’t feeling well, so we had fewer icaros than usual (he’s only human after all…). One or two people in our group commented that they preferred the ceremonies with more energy; multiple shamans, several dozen people, and a more socialized ceremony. Others remarked that our ceremonies, with less noise and more quiet self-reflection time, was much more relaxing (zero mixing of energies during the ayahuasca ceremonies). Take your pick, but this style worked for me, especially since our san pedro ceremony more than made up for any possible lack of energy. The location of the chosa was also a great one, full of its own natural energy. So if you’re sensitive to the natural environment around you, this is your place; nestled in dense foliage near a flowing river that you can pitch your negative energy into helped keep my journey on track. The facilities at the chosa were clean, not many insects, and the staff were courteous, calm, and helpful. My wife got personal care from Sun herself, so any issues I had about safety were quickly washed away.
The best and most important part about this retreat, the thing that makes it 5 stars for me, is Ken and Sun themselves. Ken and Sun have a certain calmness about them that really shines through in everything they do. They are genuine “salt-of-the-earth” kind of people; when things got rough, they were consistently reliable when I needed someone to talk to or lean on and share an experience with. Sun assisted during most ceremonies, and made herself available to anyone who needed her help, in particular the females in attendance. Due to their characters, they’ve managed to attract several high-caliber people who assist in supporting what they do, whether its during the ceremonies or taking a day trip to a spa/resort/waterfall/market/etc. Even the food they served us was amazing!
Overall, I highly recommend their retreat. I’ve never felt more refreshed and satisfied from an experience like this. It was truly a life-changing experience that you can’t get anywhere else!
My wife, my adult daughter, and I spent four days with Ken and his lovely wife, Sun. I can’t imagine more support from Ken and Sun while we stayed at their comfortable bed & breakfast, which is also their home. All meals were provided, and the food was delicious, clean, and energetically appropriate for ayahuasca. Ken and Sun are cheerful, caring, and enthusiastic in their support. Better hosts simply don’t exist in my experience!
Also, I believe having spiritual/energetic support from the experienced shamans Ken employs for the ceremonies and to manage the subtle environment of the “chosa” (traditional place for ceremony) is essential. The shaman makes the medicine used in the ceremonies. Also, with prayers of thanks and supplication for good energy, the shaman also clears negative energies, which made my experience, while intense, truly transformative, physically, mentally, and on a much more subtle level.
Being in nature, in the rain forest, with the shaman and under Sun’s and two other assistants’ watchful eyes, made the experience of this aspect of Shuar culture safe and powerful. I highly recommend Ayahuasca In Ecuador. When I return, I look forward to experiencing San Pedro in addition to Ayahuasca.
Thank you again, Ken and Sun! Blessings!
Certainly the wisest decision I’ve ever made.
I visited in May 2017, the weather was lovely and not too hot. I stayed in the home of Ken and Sun which was amazing they are such spiritual people and are aware of what a person needs to gain from the Ayahuasca experience shortly after meeting them. Made to feel very welcome their home is peaceful and calming and as hosts they are second to none. not to mention the stunning serenity of Ken and his wife’s land that added to the tranquillity and peace of mind between ceremonies.
This place has something that words cannot describe its life hanging and opens avenues in life through experiences that I never thought possible. Not only that, I’ve also reconnected with nature and feel more at peace with myself and others. The Four Ayahuasca ceremonies with one San Pedro really did it for me; now just waiting on my next calling. Not only is my mind healthier, but my physical wellness and diet among other things have improved dramatically.
Contrary to popular belief, I’ve found Ecuador to be much safer, especially in Macas, than any of the media portrays. People are happy, extremely friendly and down to earth. Macas is certainly a place to go for those who wish to experience peace, the journey of mother Ayahuacsa and to connect with the power of nature.
would I do it again?……. certainly, without a shadow of a doubt, back to Macas once again to stay over with ken and his wife, what lovely kind souls they really are.
If I could only stress the power of Ayahuasca and San Pedro, the Medicine is real and its magic shall remain with you.
I have returned home with direction in my life and know the path I wish to take. I have noticed changes in my physical being and other have noticed this too.
I would recommend this experience to anyone and for lone travellers this is an awesome experience, I met two wonderful Ozzies!!!!
Many thanks to Ken, Sun and helpers…..I will be back.
Highly recommended!!! An experience I will never ever forget. Will visit again.
Sun and Ken run a beautiful and spiritually awakening retreat perfect for the application of these powerful medicines. Sun and Ken have surrounded themselves with an amazing team of personnel who all work so tirelessly to make the retreat the life changing journey that it aims to be. I undertook the Celebration of Mother Ayahuasca / 10 day retreat (4 A ceremonies and 1 SP ceremony). During each ceremony I was made feel completely comfortable and safe – both physically and spiritually.
During my visit I stayed with Sun and Ken at their residence. The residence sits among a beautiful garden against the backdrop of ice capped Volcano. Simply stunning. The perfect location to reflect between ceremonies. The food provided during my stay was absolutely perfect – I have never eaten so well in my entire life.
The ceremonies occur at a custom built Chosa nestled beside an amazing flowing river which ultimately fees into rivers which feed the Amazon. The facilities at the Chosa are fit for purpose (including running water and toilet facilities).
Sun and Ken have also engaged with local suppliers, so if you are interested in undertaking any extracurricular activities during you stay you can – including white water rafting and visiting a sacred waterfall with the Shaman.
This was the best thing I have ever done. Grateful doesn’t begin to describe my appreciation for the people I met and the experience I had, it was magic. I love that you get to stay at a beautiful house in your own private room. I got to choose the days I could come and this is by far the best price that I found. Powerful life changing ceremony, and the couple that you stay with take care of you the whole way. through. They cook you meals, sit with you at the ceremony, take you on tours. I can’t say enough. Ecuador is beautiful I couldn’t recommend it more!
Can’t give a stronger recommendation. I have had much experience with Ayahuasca, and I can say that this is definitely worth it. Ken and Sun were sweethearts who really know how to make one feel comfortable and welcome. The chaman was incredible, and the setting… wow. without words.
The San Pedro ceremony, same… These folks take care of you. San Pedro was the tricky grandfather complement to the firm but loving Ayahuasca mother. First time for me, I got a lot out of the journey. Really great medicine.
I can’t wait to return and share more music with these sweeties!
I have had the pleasure of staying with Ken and Sun twice now, and I can thoroughly recommend their retreat to anyone who is looking for a truly peaceful and authentic ayahuasca/ San Pedro experience. I will certainly be back again in the near future, and I would not consider undertaking ayahuasca ceremonies anywhere else, as their retreat offers everything I could wish for.
Before I undertook the journey to Ecuador, I did extensive research on different retreats, and what particularly appealed to me with Ken and Sun’s was the very small group sizes, their down to earth attitude and the fact they work with an accredited indigenous Shaman in a natural jungle setting. This was critical for me, as I value my privacy and wished to experience the medicine in the most direct, authentic way possible – without any of the westernised mediation/ activities that come along with most other retreats. Ken and Sun provide an extremely supportive environment with an experienced team, so there is always someone there to help you and discuss things if you need to. However, if you need to be silent and process things alone – and just let the medicine do its work – that is possible too, and from my experience that enabled profoundly healing and joyful experiences, ones that I could not have had if I had been forced to join in group activities, stick to a rigid schedule or have 20-odd other people’s energy getting in the way.
They work with the highly experienced indigenous Shaman Tsentsak, who is quite frankly, a miraculous human being. Tsentsak exudes both deep strength and profound gentleness, and made me feel incredibly safe, so much so that I was able to open up to the medicine without reservation and inhibition. It is critical to take ayahuasca/ San Pedro with a Shaman you can trust, and who has no personal agenda – it is a serious, and oftentimes difficult undertaking, and the quality of one’s experience is directly influenced by the qualities of those around you.
Ken and Sun have secured a beautiful, natural location for the ceremonies, very close to their home. It is a cleared, private grassy area with a traditional ceremony hut – surrounded by jungle, and right next to a rushing river. You undertake the ceremonies with Tsentsak right on the river’s edge (or the hut depending on weather) and then allow the medicine to do its work while you lie back, looking at the stars, sitting by an outdoor fire and listening to the river. When you’re ready, you can then move into the beds in the hut to sleep. I’ve mostly slept outside as for me, the immediate connection to nature has been really important, but again Ken & Sun’s flexibility means that you can do what you need to without someone telling you you have to do things a certain way, or at a certain time. As with the quality of your companions, the quality of the setting profoundly influences the experience, and theirs is just wonderful. I should also mention that there are flushing toilets close by – right next to the hut – which is a blessing when the purgative aspect of the ayahuasca kicks in 🙂
As previously mentioned, Ken & Sun keep their group sizes small, which enables a high degree of personal attention, and customisation of your experience. On my first visit I think there were only six of us, and on my last visit – when I took San Pedro for the first time – I was lucky enough to be the only participant. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of a small group size, it really does make a difference. Imagine – just a few people, an amazing Shaman, the medicine, a river and the jungle….it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Well actually it does, when you get to sit down to one of Sun’s delicious vegetarian meals! You get to stay with Ken and Sun in their lovely, comfortable home, in a private room with your own bathroom. And again, there is opportunity for both communion with others should you choose, or privacy, depending on what you need. Sun is a very talented cook, and you will go home deeply nourished in both body and soul.
Ken and Sun are very special, generous people who have chosen to open their hearts and home to those of us seeking what the medicine has to offer. And I am extremely grateful that they have. For me, taking ayahuasca and SanPedro has been a truly life-changing experience, and something that continues to illuminate and enrich my daily, life long after the ceremonies have passed. It is powerful, intense stuff, and I wholeheartedly recommend Ken & Sun’s retreat as a fantastic way to have a truly authentic and supported experience.
Absolutely 10/10. You will not find a better place or a better price in South America to go through such a powerful experience.
When I started researching Ayahuasca retreats, I was looking for a place that would keep me safe, be there for me and walk me through whatever I was going to experience, was a smaller group setting, and that was authentic and took ayahuasca very seriously. Many ayahuasca places will say theyare safe and serious, but many fail to offer proper guidance and care and simply look to cash in on those that fail to prepare and research. Many also group you with up to 20 other people and give everyone the medicine. For such a powerful and introspective experience, that type of large group setting did not seem appealing to me at all.
When I first reached out to Ken, he was quick to answer me and gave me multiple phone numbers to reach him at. Any question I had, he would always respond to my emails within a day or two, a great sign to me, it showed me he took this seriously and wanted me to be informed. Ayahuasca is a powerful thing, so I naturally had my cautions and reservations about if I was ready. Ken talked with me, determined I was there for the right reasons, and helped to calm my nerves. He even said if I did not feel comfortable taking the ayahuasca, then that was fine, they would still take me to the site and give some meditations to do. Another great sign- it showed they were not just after my money.
When I arrived in Macas, Ken even got on the phone with a taxi driver for me (because I knew almost no spanish) and told him how to get me to his home. When I met Ken, the immediate air around him is calm, humble, and welcoming. You instantly feel a calm come over you when around him. His home where you stay outside of the ceremonies is very nice, I had my own room, with fast wifi, and a hot shower. If I just wanted to lay on the couch i his living room and watch tv, I was more than welcome to. He greeted me with fresh fruit and an overview of what the next few days would entail. It is so clear and apparent when talking to him that Ken cares so much about each person experiencing the healing and enlightening effects of ayahuasca. He wants nothing but the best for each participant. Then he introduced me to Shaman Sitsack (spelling?) so I knew who would be guiding me on my journey. There was only one of other person staying with Ken while I was there as well, a perfect small group setting. I had someone else participating in the ceremonies with me, but we were both able to be by ourselves, the perfect conditions in my opinion.The ceremony led by the shaman was fascinating and humbling and almost surreal to experience. The location of the ceremony site is amazing. Powerful, yet peaceful. Ken stayed with us the whole night, made sure we were doing ok but without being over bearing. He and the shaman gave us the space we needed and wanted but was always there if we needed him.
Everyone has extremely different experiences with the medicine, even between their own experiences. But it is always what the individual needs at the time. My 2 ceremonies were vastly different experiences.The first was very powerful emotionally. Ken was there for me when I wanted someone to talk to about my experience the next day. He helped me to gather my thoughts and offer explanation to my experience, which helped immensely. He even showed me a great trail to hike in the rain forest that led to a beautiful waterfall where I spent some time on my own to reflect. Also, the meals that were prepared for us were so delicious and harty, while also being in the Ayahuasca diet.
The next day Ken talked with the Shaman about my experience, and the Shaman adjusted my second ceremony accordingly and gave me more guidance for the second session. My second session was still very powerful emotionally, but in a much more peaceful, appreciative way. It was like A huge breath of fresh air mentally and emotionally. I wish I had time for more sessions, but I had a pretty strict timeline for my time in South America. Without a doubt, I will be returning to Ken for other ceremonies.
Ayahuasca In Ecuador is a truly special retreat. They care for you and want nothing more than for you to experience the healing power of ayahuasca in all possible ways. They are wise, loving, and take this seriously, and I cannot recommend them enough.
I had been thinking about trying ayahuasca for a long time, for all the obvious reasons. So when I decided to travel South America for 3 months it was a must. There was no way I was going to do it unless I got a good feel and energy for the place and people I was about to have a life changing cleanse/experience with. When I found kens page I thought, I’ll email the guy and see how it goes from there. Straight away I could tell by his emails that he was a nice man. So after searching a few different places, my friend and I decided we would go to live with ken and sun in Macas in Ecuador for this experience. It was a great experience living in the country side, and being taken away to the jungle for the ceremonies. I could not recommend going to try your ayahuasca experience with ken and sun anymore. It was a great time and great experience because they really helped me and my friend to feel at home and to get the most out of the healing drug. Thank you Ken and Sun and I hope to see you both soon one day in the future.
I went to ‘Ayahuasca in Ecuador’ for my first experience with Ayahuasca. I was quite nervous because it was my first time taking Ayahuasca, plus I’d heard time and again that it is imperative that one does it in the presence of an experienced shaman who knows what he is doing and that the right setting is important. How a backpacker like myself can ever be really sure he has found a trustworthy shaman I do not know! But I decided to go with these guys, mainly because I knew there would be a fluent speaker of English working for them who I could communicate with and who could translate for me and the shaman if necessary. Upon arrival at the setting I could immediately see that the setting was great… next to a river, surrounded by tropical forest, a traditional hut with beds, toilet facilities, and a couple of open fires. Hasan, who played the role of fluent English speaker and Spanish translator was very quick to make me feel at ease and very comfortable with the whole thing. The ceremony went so well that I returned for a 2nd one. Thank you Shaman and thanks again Hasan!
One of the best decisions I’ve made, ever!! I expected, after researching and preparing for many years, that I would be attending my first Aya ceremonies in Peru with the Shipibo Shamans. But then I found Ken and Sun in Macas, Ecuador, who work with Shuar Ayahuascaros/Shamans and I knew I found the right people and authentic experience for me! No large groups and no rigid schedules. Safe & affordable.
Wonderful people! The best food!!
And, the Shuar traditional Aya recipe & preparation is no where near as bad tasting or smelling as most other Aya brews. It actually tastes like extremely bitter coffee. Not bad at all, really.
During ceremonies here, you could stay with the shaman and small group or have privacy, but always with someone there if you need anything or just to check on you.
I had quite an intense detox purge, physically, mentally and emotionally, every ceremony, and simultaneously with deep powerful vision journeying. My other three companions had less intense experiences all around and by far, however.
The whole experience was one of personal healing, understanding and transformation, which Ken and Sun helped facilitate wonderfully for me and my friend.
I will return regularly!
My overall health and wellness has improved tremendously since returning home.
I cannot recommend Ken and Sun enough.
They are two beautiful Souls who simply help to facilitate the great potential for healing and Self-realization through traditional Shuar Aya ceremonies in one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my travels.
Ken and his wife Sun’s hospitality is unmatched. Danielle the Shaman was wonderful and spiritualy strong. Everyone welcomed me with love and gratitude. I can honestly say my trips into the rainforest with ceremonies and the time I spent with Ken and Sun were absolutely PERFECT! Great people, great energy, and great & healthy food. If you’re looking for an authentic Ayahuasca experience with a real shaman and kind loving people, this is it.
i had a great time going to see Shaman Danielle. i was taken deep into the amazon jungle and got the best experience of my life. plus got to sleep in huts right by the river. i plan on bringing my family there. bring good rain boots and some change of clothes.
you can not miss out on this
Ken and his wife Sun facilitated my first ayahuasaca experience. Shaman Daniel is on protected Shu’ar land and this experience is no frills, no huge expense, and no wacky new-agey stuff. I’m not knocking that for those seeking it, but it wasn’t for me. Daniel’s technique has been passed down within the tribe for time in memorial.
When you trek back out of the jungle the day after drinking ayahuasca, you are treated to clean food; fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade juice. Ken and Sun’s accommodation is gracious, clean, and comfortable. I can’t recommend them enough.