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- El Triunfo, peru
My name is Percy Garcia Lozano and I am a curandero from Iquitos in Peru. I dedicated my healing center and more than 20 years of my work to people who are seeking healing: be it spiritual, energetic, psychological or physical. My center has a ceremonial maloca and 12 cabins, two of which are designed for families (4 – 5 persons).
This enables me to work with small groups – the number of clients on ceremonies rarely exceed 10 people. Usually, also facilitator and/or one of my students would make sure that participants are safe and looked after during ceremonies. Small number of clients enable me to follow and monitor the entire healing process of each person from the moment they come until the moment they leave.
Besides three ceremonies per week, the healing is supported by dietas with diferent medicine plants (read more about dieta on the dieta page) and/or other healing work the client would need. I’d like to emphasize that my work is based on high ethical standards, including personal integrity on every level. I make special effort to create peaceful and safe environment in which the healing process may be more successful.
Had a great time here. The staff as well as Percy went above & beyond to support each of us and create a memorable retreat experience.
Some details: the tambos have individual bathrooms (en suite) with *flush toilets*. There’s a friendly team of workers who met every request with efficiency and attentiveness– whether for water, misc supplies, space adjustments, meal accommodations and etc. Food was delicious and ample. There’s no electricity nor running water, much less hot water, so you get a real off-the-grid type of feel, adding to the overall body/mind/spirit reset.
Percy himself strikes me as a spiritual giant of a man who is unusually accessible & devoted to the overall experience of his guests. I don’t see how it’s possible to come away from a retreat at DAS without feeling a joyous affection for this man. And perhaps I shouldn’t comment yet I find myself compelled to say that I’m confused by the negative reviews here. Because, personally, I view Percy as having the utmost integrity. Not to overstate it but I would trust him with my life pretty much, and, more significantly, with the lives of my most dear loved ones (whom I’m trying to convince to head down there with me at a future date). He most certainly lives right on the grounds of the retreat ‘campus,’ for one thing. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with requesting full payment in advance of a retreat. That’s completely standard for every retreat center/practitioner IME.
Back to the retreat, though– it wasn’t easy per se. The schedule was kind of demanding. Then again it was also stimulating. More than once I found myself thinking, “This is a feast for the body, mind, and soul.”
Regarding the ceremonies, well, hard to put into words. For me all ultimately was deeply cathartic and also catalytic. Nothing was ever rushed, you don’t really have a sense of time anyway if you’re surrendering to the process. Mother Aya I thank you, Rak & Percy, I thank you. And to the exceedingly capable & attentive staff, thanks to you as well.
As you can see, I had a good experience and I recommend this place and also Rak’s Aya Awakenings 10-day course. Rak and Percy are a perfect team, I think. They’re both well-studied, compassionate, perspicacious, tireless, and just a little bit formidable ; ) If you go I hope you have the breakthrough you’re seeking and a fun time too.
If you are a psychedelic adventurer, then this Retreat is definitely not for you. Save your US$600 for a different retreat where the Ayahuasca includes enough DMT to provide visions. I’ve previously done Ayahuasca many times and experienced amazing visions. However, after 3 sessions here I experienced nothing and most of the other participants experienced very little visioning as well.
If you are seeking healing of some sort, maybe this retreat will suit you better, but personally I doubt it. Basically, avoid it and pick a better retreat. We wish we did. We chose it because Sharman Percy was completely flexible, reasonably priced and suited our tight schedule. But ultimately, he did not deliver what I believe to be a proper visionary Ayahuasca experience. Ayahuasca is well known for its healing capabilities as well as its visual rewards as captured in the amazing artwork it inspires.
After discussions with a number of people and reading other reviews, I now believe this retreat has been set up by shaman Percy to be as convenient as possible to his lifestyle. Percy lives away from the retreat (I was told in Iquitos which is at least 25 mins walk + 40min drive away) and only visits the retreat 3 times a week on Ceremony nights and travels back into Iquitos after each ceremony which is a long way particularly after a ceremony. With a view to being at home in bed before midnight I believe Percy intentionally keeps the ceremonies short with a brew that is not very powerful with respect to visioning. Having now paid more attention, to the negative reviews it appears it may have once been the case that Percy had strong brew because his customers complained about Percy finishing the ceremony and departing the retreat and leaving him feeling abandoned. I think Percy learnt from this and came up with the wrong solution which was to under dose his participants such that they get the purging but not the visions and he can still leave early without worrying about participants struggling with visions. I think this is a really sad way to do business. And at the prices Percy is charging it is most definitely a lucrative business. Anywhere from 2-14 people paying US$500-600 a week in Iquitos is great money there and anywhere else in the world for that matter.
A more detailed account of our Experience:
To say that my friend Dan and I were disappointed in our experience at the DAS retreat is an understatement. We were both really excited to be in Peru with the aim of a wonderful and enlightening Ayahuasca experience in the heart of the Amazon jungle. I’d been told in Australia that there is no better way to experience Ayahuasca than in the Peruvian jungle with an authentic Shaman.
So, the DAS retreat is about 48km out of Iquitos and then a further half hour walk along a muddy path to get to the retreat itself. Dan and I were brimming with excitement for the adventure ahead.
After arriving and being shown to our sleeping huts (which are really basic but did meet with our expectations) we joined the group for a flower bath. During the flower bath we met shaman Percy Garcia. He advised that his brew contains an additional 12 secret plants to assist with the healing and Ayahuasca experience. We were asked if we’d done Ayahuasca before and asked our intention for the ceremony. I explained that I’d done it before at least 16 times and that I usually needed a strong dose and that our intention was to have Ayahuasca related visions. Strangely Percy sort of scoffed at this and explained that Ayahuasca doesn’t always give visions and gave the impression (and I could be wrong) that he thought we were a couple of ignorant gringos. He told us a story about how big muscular gringos think they can drink Ayahuasca and end up crying like babies and are unable to get themselves to the toilets. Then he declares that both Dan and I will be only allowed to have a single medium cup that ceremony and that was his determination. No further discussion was to be entered into. It was clear that his determination was final and given it is his retreat and his brew we agreed to defer to his ‘wisdom’.
We are then given our flower bath and sent to the Maloca for the ceremony. So the first of a number of bad impressions was then created. After waiting in our allocated positions for the ceremony to start, we are advised by Percy’s assistant Joel that Percy will not start the ceremony until we pay the remaining US$300 owing for the week. This seems like extraordinarily poor timing as he already had our 50% US$300 deposit prepaid. I question Joel if he is serious and can we just fix him up the next day. He advises that we must go back to our huts and pay immediately, or the ceremony will not happen. So we comply and I guess now I understand why.
Anyway, that night we drink what is certainly the most disgusting tasting Ayahuasca brew I’ve ever consumed (and none of them are ever nice). We lie down and he starts his icaros. His ceremony is ok and I’m in no way qualified to give an opinion about its quality. But the brew as expected made me nauseous. At times Percy’s helper Joel would come over and tell me to close my eyes and concentrate because the Ayahuasca is working it’s magic and that you need to concentrate to get the visions. This I found very odd. In my experience when the Ayahuasca starts working you don’t need to concentrate, the visions come through loud and clear, no particular concentration is needed. You can’t possibly miss them!! So I just lay there listening and waiting and waiting for something to come on. With nothing happening, please excuse my possible lack of imagination, the ceremony was unfortunately quite dull. Three hours of “naval gazing” with a churning stomach and being treated like a naughty child for looking around is more than enough. Finally the ceremony was over. After closing the ceremony Percy basically left the Maloca and fled the retreat to go home to Iquitos as that is where he lives. So a short ceremony finishing up before 10pm is obviously how things work at DAS and clearly it suits Percy’s work schedule perfectly.
When I check in with Dan, his experience was the same as mine except that he can add to the list the worst diarrhoea (or lower gate purging) he has ever experienced as well as no visions. It is not till later in the evening back in my hut that I also experience the worst diarrhoea of my life. We are both really disappointed that night. However, it is not till the next day that we find out that none of the participants have experienced visions. None!! Everyone purged but nobody had visions. I found this very very odd. I started to wonder if we are all being low dosed so he can get home early or his brew is mostly the vine (MAOI) and too low in the shakruna (DMT) to provide visions. Or alternatively his 12 other plants, make up too much volume in his brew and limit it.
I then found out from the two long term participants who are on plant diets at the retreat that they rarely have strong visions and that Percy’s brew focuses on the lower two chakras and that Percy’s medicine is more focused on healing than visionary experiences. I’d have thought the two could be combined but I really wish someone had told me that before I committed US$600 to seeking an Ayahuasca experience at Percy’s retreat. It is not the desire to clean their bowels that draws most people to seek an Ayahuasca experience. I believe it is the lure of Ayahuasca based artwork and the promise of visions that makes retreats such as DAS a destination for the majority of Ayahuasca seekers. I feel if this isn’t what is offered then it should be made clearer on the website.
Clearly at the prices Percy is charging and his attitude towards the money, he is running a commercial enterprise. Business is obviously good. He lives in Iquitos, drives a top of the range Ford Ranger XLT and as such he should be very clear about what he is offering.
During the next ceremony I was able to consume a bit more Ayahuasca but I was absolutely limited by Percy to two cups without any attempt to consult with me during the ceremonies to see if I was experiencing anything. Needless to say, I did not experience any visioning and instead, just got more purging.
I remember reading the reviews about Percy’s retreat on trip advisor and the overwhelming majority were positive. Unfortunately, this gave me a false sense of anticipation for a positive experience. All my ceremonies their were disappointing and I can only wish I’d attended another retreat.
I spent 10 days at DAS almost one year ago and am still integrating the lessons into my daily life.
Percy, along with Erika at his side, hold a sacred space that is incredibly focused, and, at the same time, an empty page on which I was able to view the experience for myself.
There were moments when Percy seemed to be speaking generally to Erika, another fellow attendee, and myself, and simultaneously directly to the unspoken questions and doubts in my own mind.
Everyone will have their own journey, their own lessons, and I’ll share one from my experience that seems to be the theme of this commentary: All things are many things.
The DAS Center, and everyone I encountered there enriched my journey and my understanding of that theme.
Great place to do serious work and receive deep healing. I was fighting addiction which was killing me for over 20 years. I went to visit DAS 4 times already and after 2 years of receiving healing from Percy Garcia I’m now almost 1 year fully sober. During last visit in November 2018 I’ve also miraculously gave up on benzodiazepines (which I was taking for about 15 years and trying to give up on for about last 3 years) Now I’m in my 3rd month on benzodiazepines-free life I’m still little anxious and feel anxiety but last visit at Percy’s DAS somehow made me strong in my way through withdrawal. Can’t emphasize enough the beauty and serenity of this place. Also food prepared by Seniorita Ruth is absolutely awesome. DAS is not a touchy-feely kind of place, you going there to do a serious work. Percy Garcia prepares the most amazing medicine I’ve ever tried (and I was trying from 4 other places before), so be prepared for a deep dance with his Medicine, it will be as strong and amazing as the healing you will receive. Highly recommended. Thanks!
I have visited DAS centrum in 09/2018 for 10 days retreat for second time in a raw (2012). In previous reviews here there are many usefull informations about good organization of the center and I would just briefly comment things which I appreciate the most:
1. I see the leader of the center (Percy) as a very strong shaman who presents his
love and compassion to DAS visitors by creating very safe and secure
environment to relax, process,integrate issues which are being brought up to
light and to be healed.
2. It is up to each individual to use up this safe envirnoment to its full potential by
formulating precisely the theme of which is suppose to be processesed. It
requires personnnal honesty and focus on self healing and the whole place will
provide all necessary support to it.
3. Assisting shaman Erika from Slovenia who is creating very peacefull bridge
for all foreigners to understand not only cultural, but also spiritual differences in
realities, which we are coming from to this place.
4. Equipment and structure of center, privacy of personnal space during stay
surrounded by jungle (great support). Vegetarian food prepared with love and
creativity, very friendly staff and cats to enjoy company if desired.
The center is continuously evolving to create more comfortable envirnoment for all future visitors and this focus is more than obvious. I fully trust this place with my issues and both times I was supprised of help which I have recived there. I am definatelly coming back and I recommend this place to all who are willing to take responsibility for their issues and face them. This is the place.
I stayed at DAS twice, once in 2010 and then again in 2018. Both times I had a very good experience. Both Percy and his apprentices are fantastic and take traditional plant medicine very seriously. This is a good place to come for traditional Amazonian plant medicine. It isn’t Club Med or some kind of new age Yoga retreat, which I appreciated to no end, understanding some of the things that are being peddled around Iquitos and the way things had changed in the 8 years of my absence. Also, the food is very good, which I see as being of upmost importance while eating such a restricted diet as is required when preparing for an Ayahuasca ceremony. Highly recommended.
I visited DAS Centre in July 2018 with my boyfriend, for one week and three ceremonies as our first experience with ayahuasca. DAS is situated in the jungle, a 30-45min walk from the main road, and at night you can hear an array of animals. Upon arrival we were greeted politely by Percy, Joseway and the other guests and shown to our bungalow. The bungalow was very comfortable modest accommodation with mosquito nets around each bed. There was no electricity but candles were provided. The toilet was the flush-with-a-bucket-of-water kind and there was no showers, however you can swim in the river, where the flower baths take place, at anytime. The food at DAS was great, a good variety and very tasty.
Percy conducted every part of the ceremonies with the upmost respect for the participants and the medicine. He facilitated group and individual discussions before and after ceremonies. He has built a beautiful maloka over the river to assist with the flow of energies and spirit in the ceremonial space. The ceremonies lasted around 5 hours of which Percy, with Joseway’s assistance, sang beautiful icaros. At the end of every ceremony we were invited to stay in the maloka as long as we liked or return to our bungalow as we desired. During my second ceremony, once the ceremony had officially finished and Percy had left the maloka, I had an extremely intense outpouring of emotion. I was crying and screaming like I’d never had before. Percy came back into the maloka to make sure I was okay, and with the help of Joseway and a few other participants, helped ground me while I worked through some deep emotional trauma that I’d been holding on to – something that I’ll forever be grateful for. Our last ceremony was held during the daytime, I was initially unsure about this, but it turned out to be the most beautiful ceremony and I would highly recommend asking if this can be facilitated during your stay.
I have very limited experience with ayahuasca and have only visited DAS but from my experience I highly recommend going to this centre. The accommodation is basic but all the more better for you to disconnect with the outside world and focus upon introspection. A few reviews on Aya Advisor did give myself and my boyfriend some doubts about Percy as a Sharman, I feel they are completely unfounded and I would return to continue working Percy.
I found a lot of personal and spiritual growth at DAS and left knowing my work wasn’t finished – but it has started me on a path that will change my life for the better. And I wish whoever reads this, all the best on their journey towards enlightenment.
Having just arrived home from my 5 week adventure in Peru I am now able to fully appreciate the deep deep healing that was undertaken in my 10 days working with Percy at center DAS.
As I walk the streets of my neighborhood and city, where formerly there was judgement towards people, there is now none.
I feel connected to each and every individual I interact with, with so much compassion and love filling my heart.
The fear, doubt and confusion that was instilled upon me as a child and youth has been lifted off, leaving me feeling strong, directed and protected.
I cannot remember a time when I felt so free, so pure, so light.
For 10 days, under the magical facilitation offered by Rak Razam, Percy devoted his undivided attention on each and every individual that was staying at the retreat.
Whether it be in ceremony, holding space, calling in the spirits to heal us.
Cleansing flower baths held each day (which may be a special bonus of our specific 10 day program).
Lessons held in the dining hall teaching us about the science of the plant medicines he works with (including ayahuasca preparation, perfume demonstration/preparation, medicinal plants of the jungle).
Or just offering his presence wherever you may find him, a shining beacon of light, calming, purifying, soothing the delicate soul.
It was clear to see that the center was his life work. I never could have expected such a divinely conscious and natural setting. One part hospital, one part garden of eden, the facilities consisted of a completely off-grid mostly self-sustainable system.
Whilst there was no power, gas or the common western privileges, we were blessed by the light of the moon, the flow of the beautiful jungle stream, and the crackle of the cooking fire.
This allowed the attunement with the spirits to begin, aided by the gastronomically inclined dieta meals we were offered (the quality of which was startling to say the least, organic, nourishing, always seemed to be planned specifically for the state of the guests ie post ceremony soup with ginger for our delicate bellies) and the absolute comfort of a family home offered by the beautiful staff.
As the days progressed, the connection with the spirits increased, and as my loud and chatty mind eased it’s barrage of endless thoughts and began to quiet, the plants in the jungle surrounding us began to be heard.
Through dreams I would be given guidance, and during waking hours and especially post ceremony, the higher frequency communication of the plants could be heard clearly.
In ceremony, Percy became a trusted older brother. Calm and assured he would translate the words of the mother through his icaros, the power of which was able to be appreciated on the experiential level.
If ever there was a time of darkness being experienced by anyone in the ceremony, and I would find myself slipping off into thought or negativity, Percy’s vibrational presence acted as an anchor, pulling me back into the light.
I feel so so blessed and grateful to have been lucky enough to spend time at center DAS, the first visit of many. I leave with the experiential knowledge that Percy is not only a master healer, medicine man, curandero, but also a true friend and brother.
This past July I attended Percy’s center for the 5th time since 2012. On this occasion I went with my fiancée for 10 days and participated in 5 ceremonies. Once again my stay proved to be of great existential import where profound amounts of cleansing and clarity were imparted to every part of my being. I have a rather long history with ayahuasca (16 years) and an even longer history of searching for answers (spiritual/ existential). I originally came to Percy’s Center with a wealth of experiences and a wealth of cultivated knowledge but with a slew of unresolved issues. I had the semblance of respectability (I was a successful teacher in a good school system and a functional member of the middle class – with all of its trappings). There were however unacknowledged weights that were undercutting my potential and were subverting my life. Inwardly despite many visionary experiences, both naturally and through the use of medicines, I was still a deeply vulnerable and hurt person who carried a slew of distortions and I was drawn to self defeating compensations that were keeping me subtlety imprisoned and were having a covertly negative effect on those closest to me.
So when I arrived in Percy’s Center in 2012 I was ready to begin a sacred work that would ultimately bring levels of healing and liberation I never thought possible; along with tangible transformations of my outer circumstances as well. Each time I have entered DAS I have come with the vision of healing firmly in mind – of integrating and grounding a vast array of experiences within a functional embodied framework – a healthy grounded male whose mind is both rooted in this reality but also with access to deeper mind-states / realms and whose heart is both open and discerning. Each retreat afforded me the insights and the openings to take meaningful steps towards this aspiration. Each time there were also great challenges and changes that would take place in my life. In a very real way these mindful engagements with the medicine while in ceremony activated (unpacked) subtle energies and potential that would flesh themselves out during the course of my life back home in unforeseen and ultimately healing / aligning ways. It has always been a question of my intellect catching up with the implications of these unfoldings. In the process many intuitive leanings and discerned leaps of faith have been taken. In the process
I have been left continuously humbled and grateful for this process in whom at best I am a junior partner.
So now 6 years later my life is in a radically new place, brimming with possibilities and new found potency. Six years ago I was in a covertly dysfunctional committed 14 year relationship, in the past we had been good for each other although we had reached the full positive potential of this relationship and now its negative aspects were creating hindrances for our continued growth. It was at times an agonizing process but by the time I returned to Percy’s Place our relationship had come to an end. Fortunately we’ve been able to transition into very good friends and continue to benefit from the connection in a good and positive way. In the retreat of 2013, quite unexpectedly I received a vision from ayahuasca that I would meet a woman that was substantially younger than me. Sure enough by 2014 this became a reality. Since then our relationship has blossomed beautifully and we are ready to take the next step and consecrate our love in marriage in the Spring of the coming year. These past two years my fiancee has gone to the DAS center with me and has gone through some profound healing and changes in her own life, both in terms of her relationship with food and in her relationship with herself and her family. In fact she is ready to take a further step in her journey this coming February and will be attending DAS on her own accompanied – ironically – by my former partner and now good friend.
This is only one example of the changes that have occurred in many areas of my life. In terms of food I’m almost fully vegan, work has presented many challenges and growth and now I’m in a very good and stable place. I am doing well economically (I’m in saving mode so that we can move to another area of the country, more rural / wholesome, to raise a family). Spiritually, my fiancee and I have found and embraced a beautiful path (Bhakti Yog) and it has proven to be a most ennobling path bearing very good fruits.
So this last time at DAS in July it felt like the process undertaken 6 years ago came to a culmination and conclusion. Three of the five ceremonies were the most deeply healing I’ve ever experienced in my life. It felt as if my psyche was going through a profound realignment – much as a body worker is able to realign the body, and in the process it felt like the distortions that had been undermining my life, and which I’d been progressively excavating and releasing throughout these 6 years finally were released from their roots (not fun to go through). It’s as if I had reached an inflection point where the good chi I had been progressively cultivating gave me the strength to dive to the causal depths of these issues and root them out. Once again the feeling was one of utter gratefulness and thankfulness for being given the opportunity to engage in this truly transformative work.
An important aside that I’d like to make is that Percy’s Aunt Maria Luisa and her daughter Amparo are both gifted Hueseras (bone setters) who have worked with me and loved ones in profoundly healing ways as well. I have seen them both in DAS and in Iquitos. They are available to work with anyone at the center that is interested (just mention it to Percy).
So in retrospect Percy and his Center has been an unfathomable blessing in my life and in the lives of several loved ones. His inherited knowledge passed down to him from his grandfather (he is part of a family lineage of healers and removers of black magic – part en parcel of life in traditional amazonian villages), his relationship with very powerful healing plants (he calls them the Doctors), his integrity, commitment, and humility (he sees himself as a medium through which these powerful forces are able to effect multidimensional healing). And, the depth of his experience has prepared him to offer a very unique service to mankind.
From a practical perspective he has a beautiful center that is very well run. Very good food, clean, comfortable accommodations; He has an architectural mind and he is always making additions and changes to the center. Currently he is working on expanding the Communal area by creating a three level structure for dining, reading, meditating, yoga, creative engagements (instrument/art space) as well as taking in panoramic views.
From an aesthetic/accommodation perspective it rivals any of the centers listed in this site, however from the perspective of doing inner work and healing I can’t think of any other center that I would rather take part in. Next July my fiancee and I plan to go back before we embark on our honeymoon to DAS to pay respects to the work that has been accomplished under the ever mindful guidance of Percy, and to share this joyous occasion with Percy, Maria Luisa and Amparo, people who have become friends and have played a pivotal role in this transformation and for that I am and will always be eternally grateful.
I have recently returned to Australia after being in the beautiful Peru for 5 life-changing weeks. My partner and I’s main course while over there was to visit the DAS Centre for a 10 day Ayahuasca Retreat which included 5 Ayahuasca Ceremonies and many other treats such as daily flower baths, medicinal plant talks,knowledge on how to make an Ayahuasca brew and even a hand made steam room that was made in front of our eyes!
I cannot speak more highly of this magical place. As soon as I arrived I was blown away by the utter beauty and tranquility of the establishment, which was covered in the most exquisite wooden Tambo’s for us to sleep in, a lovely large wooden Tambo which included the dining area, relaxation area and even a cute little library and also included the most extraordinarily enchanting Maloca for our ceremonies. Surrounded by the jungle and accompanied by the most gorgeous stream to bathe in, this really exceeded my expectations from the get go and I immediately felt at home.
I cannot speak more highly of the staff who constantly went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable, even in messy or difficult circumstances in or out of ceremony. The food prepared for us was utterly delicious dieta meals that were made with A LOT of love and really helped to soothe our bodies which were going through such dramatic changes and cleanses during our time there.
I was very grateful for the amount of down-time that we were able to have. The ceremonies can be very full on and confusing at first, so it was very important for me to have enough time to integrate and allow my body time to rest before the next adventure with Mother Aya.
And to Percy, what an extraordinarily powerful, gentle, kind-hearted soul.Percy was incredible throughout our time there, he truly inspired me in more ways than one, he showed me what true kindness and true purity of the soul looks like. He went out of his way to make sure that we were comfortable, and made sure that any questions were answered as much as possible, he answered some very challenging questions of ours with much clarity and understanding of the plant spirits. During our time at the centre, a few people became sick due to the powerful medicine (which is very normal, a part of the journey) or due to travelling, Percy went above and beyond to attend to these people with a lot of love and made them special healing teas and whatever else they needed to assure them a gentle and safe recovery.
During the ceremonies, Percy held the space in such an impressive, inspiring way. I’ve never been in the presence of such a strong, powerful soul and yet so gentle and loving, and the way he kept the Maloca safe, and invited in the spirits of the jungle was so amazing. I could really feel Mother Ayahuasca’s deep connection and love for Percy throughout the ceremonies as her presence was very clearly felt as he invited her in with his beautiful Icaros. After ceremony you would find Percy lovingly walking around the gardens continuing his connection and conversation with the spirits around him, it was truly magical and lovely to watch and always brought a smile to my face.
I highly recommend this beautiful retreat centre to anyone and everyone, whether its your first time or one of many. I am filled with utter love from my experiences there and plan to go back every year and I look forward to it deeply.
Centrum DAS is the most wonderful place to have your first experience with Mother Ayahuassca , Percy Garcia is such a loving and intuitive man and I feel so blessed to have had the pleasure and healing that came with staying at this centre for 10 days.
im only home 3 weeks or so and being in Scotland is so different to Peru. I miss the jungle and the simple way of living , the facilities on site were more than ample, well built by hand tambo’s (bugalows) for each person , a great place for us all to meet and have our meals and any talks whether with facilitator Rak Razam or Percy Garcia giving us teachings about plant medicine’s on non ceremony days or even just to laze about and read a book.
The staff have a separate building incorporating living quarters for them as well as kitchen to prepare the delicious Dietas food for which is lovingly cooked on a wood fire built for the job out side . The Maloca (Temple) is something else , what a stunning place to have Ayahuassca Ceremonies, great feeling inside and facilities are spot on, toilets near to hand and always someone to help you if you are in need in any way , whether in Ceremony or not. The whole site is stunning and i got some fantastic pictures while i was there , I wasnt really sure what to expect coming to the jungle for the first time and I have came away from Percy’s centre feeling much happier in myself , much less bogged down by mindless chatter in my head, I have more direction and synchronicities seem to be more apparent in my life , im sure they were there all the time anyway , just that i am much more open to seeing them and feeling them, i just feel generally more connected in life and I am so happy that I gained this experience with Percy and everyone else i met at this fantastic place.
I have just completed my first ayahuasca experience after researching the subject for 6 years. I chose DAS because it was highly recommended by a well known journalist and documentary film maker Rak Razam.
The accommodations were simple and without the creature comforts that I am used to as a westerner. I am extremely grateful for this because the grounds are extremely peaceful and without distraction. My tambo was clean and comfortable and the jungle sounds lulled my to sleep each night like a Gaia lullaby. I got very deep sleep while I was at the center. The food was really simple which was great because after ceremony it was soothing on my tummy to have easy meals that were also yummy.
The staff was incredible and I felt looked after the entire time I was there. They kept the grounds safe and clean and the property had security 24/7. Upon arrival there was about a 30 minute walk through the jungle which was a great way to start my adventure. Keep this in mind so you wear appropriate shoes that can get muddy.
Percy Garcia is the Curandero and founder of the healing center. He is an amazing soul with a very spiritual presence. I participated in 5 ceremonies while at DAS and felt safe during each one. I witnessed all participants being extremely well cared for if they needed assistance such as help walking to the bathroom.
I had a very deep and transformative experience during my stay. The first ceremony was mild and seemed to be emptying my mind of the constant thought barrage that I experience day to day. I’ve been home 2 weeks and so far this is lasting… No more mind chatter or monkey mind! My second ceremony was the big one, I went to other dimensions and had a near death experience (ego death) that was so mystical in nature that I haven’t quite found the words to describe it yet. I felt like I went at least 7 dimensions away from this reality and in the end I was given a choice to come back. After that I experienced a deep healing. My 3rd ceremony was also transformative but less mystical. I stayed primarily in this dimension but my body had a spontaneous somatic release of 40 years of stored trauma. I had conformation of this when I returned home and my chiropractor agreed that my hips were no longer tilted and I could ditch my heal lift!!! This is because whatever trauma was stored in my hips had been released so I could let go of the emotional pattern that was keeping the hip tilted. Hooray! My final 2 ceremonies were mild as I told Percy that I was overwhelmed and he suggested a smaller dose. I had some aha moments during these and realized when and why I had cut myself off from relationships.
I will definitely be returning to DAS next summer for my another aya retreat. I’ve been home 2 weeks and feel strong mentally and I’ve been able to resume normal activities at home. I have been a bit tire 🙂
I recently spent time and participated in two ceremonies at DAS. It is the third Ayahuasca retreat center in Peru which I have visited, and , though they have all been good experiences, I was especially impressed with this center. First, it is immaculately built and maintained…..though not in a touristy “Northern” way. Very well crafted, traditional thatched private cabins, beautiful maloca etc., as well as grounds maintained like a botanical garden, make for a very comfortable stay in a very pristine jungle environment. As a vegetarian, I found the meals and care perfect for the situation. They are very accomodating…even adjusting the ceremony schedule around a ticket issue I had.
Percy seems to be a very learned and insightful curandero. Learning from his grandfather from the age of 10, he clearly has absorbed wideranging plant knowledge, both including and outside of
“ the Medicine” . He is able to guide people who are there for intensive dieta, as well as see into the condition of the ceremony participants. The medicine was quite strong…….one of my ceremonies was perhaps the most transcendent realization experience I have had, while the next presented perhaps the most intense challenge I have ever had working with any medicine. But because of complete generosity and insight both during the ceremony( in which I was very uncontrollably disruptive) and patiently helping integrate it the next day, it became a challenge which was actually strengthening in its overcoming.
I highly recommend this center. I also found it quite relatively inexpensive, especially considering its comfort , beauty and care. Glad to correspond with anyone about it.
My first visit to the Das Centre was last year for two weeks. I wanted to heal from black magic, trauma, and physical ailments. I was nervous and had no idea what to expect, nor spoke Spanish to communicate with my healer, Percy Garcia.
Percy Garcia, however, made it very easy for me to communicate with him and the Centre translator was equally understanding. I was advised to make notes and write my questions and concerns for the translator to translate for Percy during rounds before the ceremonies – that helped answer all my questions in privacy and in the best possible way.
I felt comfortable as my problems were dealt with utmost confidentiality, which demonstrated Percy’s strong work integrity and ethics.
Percy Garcia is a kind person who has a compassionate and pure soul. He is there to help you heal, and his years of experience shows in everything he does for the people who attend Das Centre.
My visit had been a huge blessing as I returned healed feeling at peace with my issues resolved, and questions answered. I am already looking forward to revisiting the Das Centre and for a longer stay this time. If you or anyone you know is suffering past events and struggling with inexplainable incidents then, I encourage you to visit the Das Centre for healing; we all need a little work to be complete, after all.
Great experience, Percy is a very kind person. I did 15 ceremonies. Cannot wait for the next january to go there again!!!
I spent a week at DAS Center in February 2017. It was my first time ever.. my first experience with Ayahuasca.. One week in that center means 3 ceremonies..
I also was believing and expecting from our shaman to spend more time with his guests, answer to our questions, calm down our worries, fears and anxieties, guide us, help us when we need and be more presented.. But Percy said his little daughter is having some serious health problem and she is staying in a hospital. So, he apologised and warned us that he will be presented for only a few hours during first ceremony and will leave us to his helper in the middle of it.. We totally understood him, as his reason seemed to be really very serious and we were feeling sorry for him and his little daughter. The portion I’ve got at the first ceremony was or too small, or not concentrated enough, but it didn’t make any effect to me.. Or maybe it should be like this, maybe I wasn’t ready yet.. maybe shaman or/and Pacha Mama know better what is better for me.
Percy didn’t come to the second ceremony at all. His helper Sarah said his daughter is still not well and she – Sarah will replace him and conduct the ceremony. The ayahuasca she gave me seemed to be very light, even lighter than the first one I had during the first ceremony. I didn’t have any particular effect again.
Percy was presented at the third and last ceremony for me ..and it was totally different performance and action. Percy was playing more various musical instruments, Sara was singing different icaros putting more power and soul to her voice and it was magnificent, wonderful! I don’t know what happened, maybe ayahuasca I drunk this time was also different, but I entered to the trance and started to see and to get what I needed.
I don’t know what is the right behaviour for a shaman, as I didn’t have any experience before. I just could say, I would like him more presented, more talking to me.. but I definitely was happy with the diet we had there, with special herbal tea we were receiving there every morning, with his helpers and especially with the other guests I met there. They all are more experienced people who have been stayed in other centres as well and so they can compare. They all were saying: Percy is the best healer. And I never saw Percy to behave inappropriately toward any woman in that center..
I was dealing with a quite serious form of addiction for over two decades. Four years ago a friend of mine suggested I should start working with the Medicine. At the begining I was able to find some local resources for ceremony but it was February last year (2016) when I decided to dedicate myself to serious work with Aya. I did around 20 ceremonies with my locals and advised by same friend reserved my spot at DAS Healing Center. I arrived to DAS in February 2017 and what I’ve experienced there completely changed my life and had an amazing healing effect on me on both mental and phisical level.
On top of ceremonies – which I’ll get back to in a moment – tranquality of this place, amazing healing dieta, everyday work with ayo sacha as a preparation to Ayahuasca, and fantastic, amazing people working in the Center, all of it was so healing and teaching. Being deep in the Jungle, fully dissconnected from the world, listening to the spirit of the forest, all animals and insects taught me to be more humble and appreciate more the gift of life I’ve received from the Higher Power. It was becoming so obvious that poisoning myself (inducing the state of mind which I was considering for so many years as my friend) was an absolutly horrible mistake. While seeing the great power in simplicity of life and diet offered in the Center I’ve learned a lot and that was exactly what I needed to have that final touch towards my drug free, healthy way of life!!!!!
Ceremonies at DAS are another story, all preceded with flower / floral bath, are taking place in a beautiful maloca. There is a very easy access to (many) restrooms which to me is quite important to feel comfortable during the ceremony. Senior Percy is an amazing person and I can’t express enough my appreciation to the way he is leading the ceremony, singing icaros and particularly to his plant knowledge and wisom. In front of our eyes he was mixing his Medicine out of many different plant extracts. What he offers is completely different to what I was drinking with my locals and the healing effect of his Medicine is out of this world (on top of amazing Medicinal plants mix Percy offers in his ayahuasca, healing effect was so great because of diet, ajo sacha and deep relaxation I was experiencing in the Center as a preparation to ayahuasca ceremonies itself).
Only thing I want to say is:
Thank You Senior Percy for creating such a beautifull space at DAS, for showing us a higher levels of reality, for bringing us closer to God.
Thank You Medicine for teaching and healing us and thank you all life forms in the forest for nurturing and calming us and letting us to know you. – I’m so sorry we are killing you Forest… But you will win this fight, or through power of your plants you will teach us to stop what we are doing!
After my February visit to DAS I’ve experienced a tremendous shift in my overal health damaged by drugs, positive shift in my mood and a quality of life…
Because of all of that I’ve visited DAS in April again and now already reserved my 2 weeks visit in November this year (2017)
This place saved my life! Thank You!
I was in DAS for two months (from mid of December till mid of February). After the first week I didn’t leave it, because I didn’t need or miss anything else. The Center is bright, safe and it surely supports the healing process of each participant. I am immensely grateful for the healing I received and lessons I learned. Strong respect towards maestro Percy and his work, which is undoubtedly dedicated to highest integrity standards. True admiration for his sincere and humble approach. Peace&Prosper!
I have known Percy Garcia from even before he had his beautiful albergue for healing. He is and has always been true to the medicina and remains a very humble person. Having watched him grow his center has been a pleasure for me to see. He treats all of his passengers with the utmost respect and I have never heard any complants about Percy. His medicina is powerful and focuses on the healing of physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological. He gives you a life changing experience and is always open for you to speak to and he has excellent answers to any questions you might have. I highly recommend him and his DAS Center.
I spent three months in DAS and I think that review by Ericka is a lie and not possible. Percy rarely even touches his female guests and would never have sex with any of us. There were a lot of women in DAS when I was there and there was not even far any incidents as described by Ericka. I thnk she is someone who would for some reason like to smear his reputation. If you check other testimonials you may easily find out DAS is one of the safest places women may visit.
Percy Garcia Lozano from the DAS ayhuasca center in Iquitos is a fake shaman. He is talking about the importance of dietas and all that, when he actually eat pork himself and have sex with female participants, I am one of them, so I am talking about my own experience. He can’t even last more than 1 hour during ceremonies, then abandons you in the maloka, dealing with the effects of ayahuasca by yourself. He even falls asleep during ceremonies and always find an escuse of why he cant be there to conduct ceremonies. Before ceremonies started at 8pm and now they start at 5pm and only last for one hour, so like that he can go home as quick as he can. The reality is that he is just thinking about money, and doesnt give a shit about anyone. This is my own experience, so anyone trying to tell me otherwise is just because they are liking his A… That man is truly dangerous, think twice before going to his center, or you might be well disapointed.
For me, ayahuasca is the most potent self development tool I’ve yet encountered. I’ve visited Percy’s DAS centre twice, once in 2014 with mixed results and again in 2016 with phenomenal results.
To compare the medicine, I’ve also drank Ayahuasca with Blue Morpho. Whilst Blue Morpho is luxurious (4 star accommodation with amazing food!) I’ve found the medicine at Percy’s DAS to be far more effective. His Ayahuasca is very subtle but potent. Extremely powerful stuff if you let it do its work!
Percy himself is a very noble soul. He works tirelessly for his centre and for that I admire him. He’s very approachable and happy to answer any questions about his work.
I recommend Percy to all my friends seeking Ayahuasca for one reason, his medicine delivers results. Ayahuasca takes work, make no mistake about it but the results are astounding. Be sure to have a very clear intent with which aspect you want to work/heal about yourself. It’s also crucially important that you trust the medicine.
I’ve seen many miracles happen at Percy’s healing centre in my time there. Enough to know that I’m not the only one this stuff works on. Be sure to visit if you seek deep healing and personal transformation. Also be sure to ask Percy your spirit animal!
Wishing you well on your healing journey
I first went to DAS in 2010 and I have been returning there every year since. Percy is the kindest and the strongest human being I know. He is humble and generous. He has a huge and compassionate heart. I am honoured to be his student and a friend. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to the Medicine for all the healing I keep on receiving. It is not an easy path but the rewards are tremendous. My life has completely changed. I feel myself growing and becoming a stronger and a better person. DAS is a magical place. People who work there are very caring and supportive. There were many wonderful people I met over the years, who helped me greatly in my process. I would like to mention Matilda, Sarah, Erika, Maria Luisa, Maria Luisa and Amparo, Luz and her family, Roni, Natalie… and many, many other beautiful people who come to DAS to work hard on raising the energies. THANK YOU! The more we are the better it gets!
For those who consider working with the Medicine. Intentions and determination are very important. Every time I arrive there is a moment that I want to run away screaming. Yet I know that running is not going to solve anything. I stay, learn my lessons (ouch some are so hard) and grow through the experience. Some people show up for a ‘trip’ and leave dissatisfied. Some can’t face their fears and run away. When that happens, it is natural to blame the external circumstances rather than self for “failure”. However, ultimately you are the one who is responsible for your own experience.
I wish you the best of luck in your journey!
I have recently returned from an almost 6 month stay at Das. For sure an incredible , intense, magical, profound and sometimes scary journey & of course one that I would be very happy to do all over again. Das is a truly magical and safe place to journey where the emphasis is purely on healing and your security . This is all made possible by Percy who is the very heart of Das. He is a beautiful heart & very humble in his work . His knowledge of the medicine, dosing and his abilities as a healer are what makes this place so special . The centre itself is a very beautiful & peaceful space where I met many interesting people during my stay and made some beautiful new friends. I remain very grateful to all the staff, madre Aya, percy and new friends for all your love and support . I will certainly be returning to Das .
I was in DAS for a month (15.December-15 January 2017). The place is marveluos, and ceremonies ranging from heavenly to hard. The work Percy does is really healing: from body to emotions and healing past issues and problems – although I understood completely how much I received from medicine only when I got back home. The thing I appreciate about this place is a private space in your own hut, especially if you do the dieta, when you need our own space and peace to dive into yourself and to be able to hear the techings of the plant teachers. Center has also a community space are where you amy meet and chat with other people, or simply read, paint, play instruments.
I came with three friends, one also satyed for a month, and two extended their stay for additional month. There were several ther people in the retreat staying for at least a month and one staying for six months. It was really nice to talk to them and exchange the experiences.
I am giving this place five stars for beautiful, peaceful environment, the architecture of the buildings, the kindness of the workers, and above all the knowledge of the medicine and healing process by Percy Garcia Lozano. I will certainly keep coming back.
I’ve recently returned from a retreat at DAS, where I had a very negative experience. If you’re thinking about doing a retreat here, I strongly urge you to reconsider.
I heard about Percy’s place through a friend of a friend, who reportedly had “an amazing experience”. I was very excited to go there and experience some deep and loving healing. Based on the testimonials on his website, I was expecting to be held in my journey by a master shaman, who would be looking out for me energetically. Unfortunately, this could not have been further from what I experienced.
When I arrived on Monday, Percy came to ask me what I wanted. I explained my intentions for my journey. I also asked if it would be all right if I started with a week, then added another four days depending on how I was feeling. He said he needed to know my intentions so that he could tailor my healing process to the amount of time I would be there. I wanted to have a clear intention going into my retreat, and I had read that I should put trust in my shaman and the medicine, so I agreed to stay for 10 days, and paid for it all up front. I got the impression that he disliked that I did this, and also seemed annoyed when I said I wanted to do the Saturday Amazon trip as advertised on the website.
He told me that for the first ceremony, I wouldn’t drink very much and would probably experience little or nothing at all. In fact, he gave me quite a full cup, and I had a very strong experience. Percy sang about four or five icaros, then his assistant Sara sang beautiful icaros for the rest of the night. I was exhausted from traveling, and really wanted to rest, but felt that the ayahuasca wouldn’t let me. At the end of the night, I got a very strong message that I should pack up and get out of there first thing in the morning. Foolishly, I chalked it up to my ego resisting the medicine and being exhausted. When the ceremony had ended, Percy asked me how my experience was, and I said “strong”. He tried to say something else, but I was having trouble understanding him. He said we would talk on Wednesday.
The next day, I discovered that Percy was not at the center on Tuesdays (or any day that there wasn’t a ceremony for that matter). I was disappointed, as I’d assumed he would be there to help me make sense of my experience. I spent the day sleeping and processing. The center was a truly beautiful and relaxing place to hang out, and the dieta food was fantastic. I talked with the other guests and prepared myself for the next night.
On Wednesday, I was hanging out in the common area, and Percy came by. He asked me if I had any questions. I didn’t really, but I was hoping for him to share some guidance or insight into the process he had planned for me. In the afternoon, we met by the river for the floral bath. Percy seemed bored when he showed up. He didn’t look any of us in the eye or say anything during the bath. He just poured the water on our heads. I looked like his mind was somewhere else. When it was my turn, I got a strong feeling that he didn’t really like me. When the bath was over, he said the ceremony would be in an hour.
We all sat waiting in the Maloka. He showed up and did very little preparation, then started calling people up to drink. The woman next to me was sobbing (with fear?) before he even called her up. I got another strong message from my intuition not to participate, but I felt there was no way for me to back out. Everyone was there to drink, and I had to go through with it.
I watched Percy preparing my cup. After he poured in the ayahuasca, he looked thoughtful for a minute, picked up another bottle, and VERY carefully poured just a couple drops of something into my cup. I thought it was kind of weird, but assumed he was just adding another plant to enhance my experience. When he called me up, I heard an undertone of darkness in his voice. I walked up and drank. This time, there was far less in my cup than the first time.
I went back to my mat, and a fire burning in my gut as my body began to take in whatever I’d just drunk. Within 10 minutes I knew I wasn’t going to trip at all. I was annoyed, and hoped that he would offer another drink later in the ceremony, but gave up on that idea pretty quickly. Once again, he sang four or five icaros, then turned it over to Sara. This time, though, he left the Maloka completely, and didn’t return for two or three hours. I lay there listening to Sara’s icaros and feeling completely sober.
When the ceremony finally ended, I heard Sara waking Percy up – he’d apparently fallen asleep. I felt disappointed that he hadn’t been present for nearly the entire ceremony. There was no guidance or protection during the trip, but I supposed it didn’t matter since I hadn’t had a journey. It was announced that we could go back to our huts.
I walked outside and had a very strong feeling of being unsafe. I felt that there was bad energy out there in the night, and there were very sinister sounds coming from the forest. I rushed back to my hut, shut the door and closed the flimsy aluminum lock.
A few minutes later I began to feel very sick. It felt like I was poisoned. It reminded me of the feeling I once had when I’d accidentally eaten unripe ground cherry tomatoes – a nightshade – in the past. I became convinced that the extra thing in my cup must have been Datura / Brugmansia / Toe. This is a poisonous, potentially lethal plant that some shamans are known to use. In the [Ayahuasca Test Pilot’s Handbook](https://books.google.com/books?id=el6OAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PP1&pg=PT77#v=onepage&q&f=false), one person who consumed it described his experience as “two days in hell”. Of course, I don’t really know what I drank, but having worked with this plant before as a gardener, and based on what came next, I’m fully convinced that’s what it was.
I lay on my bed, feverish, sweating a sticky sweat, my heart racing and my stomach cramped. I called for help but nobody seemed to hear me. I gagged myself and was able to throw up what was left in my stomach. But by this time it had been in my system for four or five hours, so it was too late to prevent feeling sick.
It suddenly dawned on me what a bad state I was in. I had given Percy almost all of the money I’d brought. I had no cell service, plus my phone was mostly out of batteries and there was no electricity to recharge it anyway. It was a half hour hike through the jungle to get to the road, and it was at least an hour by car to get to Iquitos from there. The only way I knew to get back was to ask Percy to call his taxi driver friend to come and get me. I realized I was reliant on him for everything. But I no longer trusted him. It was the middle of the night, it was dark, cockroaches were crawling all over me and my stuff, and there were very evil sounds coming from the forest. Everyone at the center was probably tripping hard or asleep, except for the night guard, who wasn’t responding to my calls for help.
I decided I had to get out of there at the earliest opportunity, but there was no way I was going out into the dark jungle while I was poisoned. I felt that I needed someone to look after me, so I called out for help again, and louder. I clearly said who I was, which hut I was in, and that I felt really sick and didn’t know what to do. But nobody responded and nobody came.
My experience became very dark. I felt that if I didn’t pray for my life, I would succumb to the poison and die. I lit all the candles I had, turned my head lamp on maximum brightness, burned palo santo and cedar incense, and asked every person I could think of who cared about me to pray for me. Although I’m not a Christian, I prayed extensively to God, Jesus, and Mary to get me through the night. I kept reaffirming my desire to live, and every time I did the animals in the forest seemed to laugh at me menacingly.
I thought that if I could make it until dawn, I would be ok because the sun would come up. I planned to high-tail it out of there. The only catch was that I had no way back to Iquitos. My options were to either ask Percy (who had just poisoned me) to call me a car, or risk hitchhiking. I packed my bag and tried to decide what to do, praying all the while. At some point several hours later, another guest came and did an extraction on me, but by this time I had already gotten through the darkest part of the crisis on my own, and it was little help.
Finally, after about eight hours of this, dawn came. So did a very heavy rain. I went out and asked some of the workers if there was a way to get back to Iquitos. They told me to wait until Percy woke up and he would help me. I didn’t really want to do that, so I put on my pack and hiked out of the jungle in the pouring rain, still praying for my safety.
I put out my thumb. After 15 or 20 minutes, I was picked up by a man in a beat up little Toyota hatchback with a picture of Jesus on the stick shift. He took me to Iquitos, where I checked into a hotel. I spent the next 24 hours laying in bed, heart racing and unable to sleep. At one point I felt that I was under psychic attack, but I think I was actually just experiencing extreme paranoia from the influence of the poison and feeling unsafe.
The next day, Friday, I was able to fly from Iquitos to Lima. It took me another day to get out of Peru, because I kept having problems with changing my flights. When I finally took off to fly back to the U.S., I got really bad diarrhea in the plane.
In the end, my sense of Percy is that he is out to make money, and is more actor than shaman. He painted an image of himself as a caring shaman that would protect his guests and guide them through the healing process. But in fact, he stayed away from the center as much as he could, did the minimum amount of work to keep up the appearance of caring for the guests, and left us alone to fend for ourselves during a very dark ceremony.
He had control of everything: arrival and departure from the center, access to food and water, and which plants we ingested when. I was happy to put myself in his hands and trust him, until I felt that he poisoned me for no other reasons than that he didn’t like me and was tempted to play god because of the power he had.
The center itself was beautiful in the day, but at night I felt and heard very dark energies, and my journeys were very much like walking through hell.
I will never go back to DAS, and I urge you to stay away as well.
I booked a 6 day retreat at DAS with a few other people from my hostel in Iquitos as we all agreed that it looked like a good place to go from online reviews and the fact that it was listed #4 on iPeru (a list of government approved/ verified shamans).
My stay at DAS was not exactly what I hoped for, and was by far the most expensive part of a 2 month trip to South america.
I want to say first of all that Percy is indeed a shaman (from what I can tell) and i met several people at the retreat that have been coming back for years due to their amazing experiences there and seemed to receive genuine healing from Percy and their Ayahuasca ceremonies.
My experience was not what i had hoped for because of several reason, here is a list:
1. The cost was very negotiable (I heard people paying $600 US for a week[3 ceremonies] and as low as $200 for 3 days [2 ceremonies] ). This seemed arbitrary and appeared like Percy(the Shaman) just wanted to try to get the maximum he could negotiate from each person, something that is very common in Peru but not very pleasant when you are trying to have a deep spiritual experience with the person. Many people at the retreat that were only in peru for Ayahuasca thought these prices were reasonable, but if you compare what can be achieved with $600 US in Peru to what DAS offered, it’s a ripoff.
2. There is nothing to do at DAS. other than to sit in a hammock and read/write/think there is nothing to do at DAS. I found this extremely boring, ive heard from people going to other retreat that they had among other things: tribes come in to trade, interpretive painting, 1 on 1 session with the shaman etc.. some activities could have been offered with very little cost to the center but weren’t.
3. I personally never felt comfortable with Percy, and it’s not that i had bad feelings from him, it’s that i never got positive ones either. He never showed the “infinite love” that i’ve heard that other shamans give out or positive vibes. He was only there to supply the ayahuasca (for me at least) and that was it.
4. Above I talked about not having 1 on 1 sessions. There actualy were 1 on 1 sessions with the shaman (with a translator) but these were not productive at all. When talking with percy I had to ask the questions, and he would try to answer them. Percy couldn’t answer any of my questions and would redirect the question to “what do you need/want”, he wouldn’t explain his views on other things and generally didn’t seem to care if i was satisfied with the answer. needless to say after 1 hour of talking I decided to leave the retreat. I no longer felt comfortable with Percy as my shaman. In the end i left after 3 days (2 ceremonies) instead of 6 days. without a refund.
In the end DAS felt more like a business with poor attention to customers. I would recommend it for people who just want to experience ayahuasca in a nice place (the infrastructure is actually quite nice, so is the food) but without much need for a shaman. Also i would advice people to “pay as you go” instead of paying for a whole week at once, it will likely be cheaper this way anyways.
If i had to do it again i would have waited a few days more in iquitos to find a better option, this is because once i returned to iquitos i met several other travelers who had gone to other shamans with great experiences that sounded more genuine.
I wish you luck in finding the right place for your Ayahuasca ceremonies. 🙂
Centro DAS is a great place for healing, learning and merging with nature , Percy is a very dedicated and humble person that provides a trustful healing process. Its my second time in the center and I would be happy to go back again.
I stayed here for a week but paid for longer stay up front.
First thing that worried me when I arrived, was that he asked what my special requirements were as he didn’t understand them. He had said they were no problem before I booked it.
Then on my first ceremony, I had a bad trip. Not blaming him for the bad trip but I called out for help but by that time, Percy had already left the temple. It was left up to the other guests to try and help me. Apparently I tried to climb over a railing which one of the guests had to hold me back. This meant I was ruining the other guests experiences, when I should have been taken care of by the staff.
At 7am the next morning, one of the guests came and got me as I was still in the temple all by myself, still having a bad experience. He had to help me to my room as I was still unable to do anything myself.
After I got some sleep, I was wanting to talk to Percy about what had happened. That’s when I found out that he is only there for the ceremonies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That meant I had to wait for almost two days before I could speak to him. Once again it was the other guests that I talked to about it.
I later realised I had left some personal belongings in the temple. When I went back to get them, they were no where to be found. I asked the staff if they had seen them but no one had. This meant someone helped themselves to my belongings while I was not sober enough to look after them. No flashlight and one shirt down now.
Then there is the bathroom, which is a muddy creek that is downstream from another village. This means that you bath in waste / sewage water. Not only that, but this is where they wash the dishes they serve your food on.
Then there is the complete lack of things to do there. Apart from a very small library and going for walks. If it wasn’t for the other guests, I would not have had any help, information or entertainment during my stay.
Finally. When I decided to leave, I asked Percy if I get some money back for my unused portion of my stay. He dodged this question. He didn’t even ask why I wanted to leave early. Shows how much he cares about his guests.
In the end I left without getting anything back.
If you are just looking for a place to serve you ayahuasca and don’t care about hygiene or anything else then this place might be ok.
I stayed with Percy over a year ago, and it ended up one of the most important events in my life.
The center was beautiful, the assistant Josue was on time at the airport and very friendly. The center was beautiful and was everything I needed. Very relaxing and comforting. I only got to see Percy for a moment before the ceremony. I understood later he had important family demands, so I completely understood that he wasn’t widely available during my stay. At the same time, I didn’t need anyone to hold my hand, this was a personal journey and I needed to discover it for myself.
The ceremony itself, as a first time experiencer, was interesting. Once I was under the influence, I truly understood what he means by stating he’s a “healer”. His guidance was exactly what I needed, and after the ceremony was over, I couldn’t stop telling him “gracias, gracias, gracias.”
Now, if you’re considering Percy, I highly recommend him. However I must strongly advise you to do your homework on Ayahuasca. This isn’t an experience to just get high, it’s a medicinal tea, use your time with it wisely.
I’m the Solo young man in the 1/5 star rating review. I went for healing purposes to address issues that I haven’t been able to deal with through conventional methods. Anxiety, fears, addictions, and motivation by fear rather than love or passions. I felt completely removed of my problems through profound experiences at this center. The First two ceremonies seemed to be labeling and addressing the underlying problems, while the last one seemed to be putting what I learned to the test which it provided as well. The first day on return I confronted everything head on and feel completely healed of past traumas. Though we can always improve as people. I feel this is a new beginning to my life. Beautiful, profound, enlightening, healing, insightful. Thank you so much for the most beautiful experience of my life. Thanks Percy, Joel and helpers. Thank you ayahuasca! Thank you Jungle! The universe has provided 😀
Definitely considering going back, if not here another ayahuasca retreat. First I have to integrate my learning and I’ve heard I’ll have continual insights into the visions. Estimating a year or so from now.
I am writing this on the morning after my Ayahuasca experience so understand that my views on my experience may change however I will revisit what I have written to update when I have had space to be more reflexive. At the present time I feel an utter sense of doom and disappointment.
My wife and I are spending a year travelling around South America and one of the pivotal points we have been waiting for on our trip is to undertake an Ayahuasca ceremony. This motivation has directed our trip in its route and its motivation. We had originally planned on doing a week long retreat however due to time constraints that were enhanced by the week long journey to Iquitos from Panatoja we decided that we would attend a day ceremony but still catch our transport out of Iquitos a week later so if we wanted to extend our experience we had the option to.
When we arrived at DAS Percy and Joel met us at the gate. They said that our bungalow was being prepared so we could wash in the river and they would come and explain what the process would be once the cottage was ready. Percy came to get us and showed us to the cottage. He showed us the room and asked for cash up front, which we paid. He the left us saying there would be a flower bath at 4pm. We spoke to the other two guests for a while then went over at 4pm for the flower bath. One of the other guests who was about to undertake his third experience at the site said that it would be at this point someone would talk to us and tell us what would be happening, although he gave us an account himself.
The flower bath was a pleasant experience but still there was no explanation or discuss of our motivation for coming, as we were told there would be. We met in the ceremony room at 5pm and Joel said that Percy would enter and call us up for the drink, once we had drank the drink we should not talk, only meditate. He also explained things such as where the toilets were and how we should use the flash lights etc.
We all drank our first drink and as I was coconscious of needing the toilet, thought I would go one last time. Upon returning to my mat I felt extremely sick and vomited probably only 15 minutes after drinking. I lay for a while and listened to the process taking effect on the others in the room, including my wife. One of the participants was extremely sick and required help from Joel to go to the toilet as she was extremely unwell. As her sickness died down she was laughing and appeared to be having a good experience. My wife was sick very late on. After she was sick I remember her saying ?I don?t understand what is going on? repeatedly over and over again. Her body in strange positions similar to positions she uses in yoga.
I had felt a low level sensation after the being sick however this had passed and I was now just sat listening to the experiences of others and the chanting of Percy. Joel came and asked me if I thought I needed a bit more. I replied that yes I thought so as it wasn?t really having any affect. Another drink was prepared for me and the other male participant. My wife and the second female had said that they did not require a second cup. I drank the second cup and waited. Because I had been sick so quickly the first time I had expected it to come on reasonably fast but this time it didn?t. I waited and waited and begun to think that maybe it just wasn?t going to work for me. As I sat up almost giving up I felt extremely sick, extremely quickly and vomited. This was probably just over 30 minutes after I had taken the second cup. Now I knew this was going to take affect so laid back waiting for what was about to come. At this point Percy was playing some chimes/bells and was walking around the room stopping behind each of us. I began to feel the effects coming on. Percy stopped playing the bells and Joel announced the Percy had said that the ceremony was now over we could remain in our positions or return to our room. I could not believe it! It was as if they had led me to a very intense experience and left me to deal with it by myself. My trip became increasingly strong and increasingly dark.
I have had multiple experiences using DMT in the past. The early stages of these experiences had been overwhelming positive and I had learnt a lot however the latter had taken me to an extremely dark place that I was very afraid to go back to. I had hoped that through the guidance of a shaman I would understand these experiences and value the negative as well as the positive. Since being in Peru my wife and I also visited another Shaman and drank San Pedro. This was an incredible Shaman that we were set up with through The Shaman Shop in Cuzco. Our San Pedro experience was extraordinary and the guidance of our shaman showed us what an extremely wise and gifted individual he was, a true spiritual leader however at the same time setting himself out as an equal to us as opposed to someone who should be worshiped. So we arrived as DAS with high expectations of an equally good spiritual leader however I was left feeling quite the opposite.
My trip after the second cup returned me to the place of my bad experiences using DMT. It is a sense of nothingness, that the world does not exist, nor do my loved one, nor do I. I am just a looping thought process that is left for infinity with no vessel or way of ending it. I called out for my wife but felt that this was arbitrary as my wife did not exist and nor did I so the comfort of her arms was not possible. At this point I lost complete control of all my bodily functions. I felt myself having extreme diarrhoea but this was just a feeling of the brain and not possible in reality as I did not have a body to perform this function. I continued to call out that I loved my wife however as the words came out of my mouth each time it was as if they were meaningless as my wife did not exist all that did was the feeling of love that she represented.
Soon the spinning repetition that was going on started to include a vision of my wife being brought to me by Joel. She was clearly still under the influence herself but was voicing that she would comfort me but there was an extremely bad smell that I needed to wash off. Her saying this began to plant me back in to reality as I realised that I had messed myself and she was real. We walked together directed by Joel to the river where we washed. At this point I was now experiencing reality again. Once washed we headed back to our cabin. Joel and Percy were stood in our path and we talked to them as we passed.
In the morning I have woken feeling utterly let down. I feel that when my experience was at its most intense and I was at my most vulnerable Percy ended the ceremony. To me his involvement had been valueless. He had chanted and played instruments while I was sober and once under the influence left me. During our last shaman experience we discussed/explored the concept of a ?C.D Shaman?, the concept of playing chanting on a c.d while under the influence of these kind of plants and how this could not compare to the guidance of a real Shaman. Although Shaman Percy did not play a c.d, he did not consider the stage of those in the room or anything about their experience. He was more concerned with his own experience. He did his time of playing instruments and chanting then ended suddenly to spend the rest of the evening being sick himself. The other participant who was on his third experience at the centre stated that on his second ceremony of Ayahuasca he took it alone. Shaman Percy felt that he was ready to be given the drink while he was alone in his bedroom so was given the drink then left alone without the guidance of any Shaman. From my understanding of the role of the Shaman this seems utterly neglectful. This was a young, vulnerable guy being left to deal with a very powerful substance without any guidance.
In the morning we walked back to the river to wash my clothes and hopefully speak to Percy/Joel. Percy approached us and asked how was the experience I said that it had been not so good but was aware of the language barrier between us so went no further. Joel then came to speak to me about my experience. He repeatedly said that to have a valued experience you need to have undertaken the diet and not just be coming to the experience for the ride. After him repeatedly telling me that it was my bad experience was my issue because of various reasons I explained that we had been following the diet. He then put it down to us coming for a one night experience and not being truly in need, giving an example of one of the other participants who had had a positive experience. I did not feel the need to explain that we had the option of staying for the three ceremonies nor my motivations for coming or what I had hoped to get out of it, primarily because he was not interested. Joel?s role was supposed to be acting as a translator and care taker however he was now giving justifications for Shaman Percy. We did not have one conversation with Shaman Percy during our whole stay.
Upon returning to our cabin one of the other participants showed me the comments book that previous guests had been asked to complete. The book was clearly held together with Seloptape, being a mish mash of one than one book. All accounts were overwhelmingly positive about DAS and about Percy. It seemed strange that no one had anything negative to say about the place.
I have reread this account a few days after my experience and although have edited and added slightly feel that it is a true representation of what happened to us. Ultimately Ayahuasca does what Ayahuasca does, I am not questioning the power or effects of the substance itself however I feel that I wanted to have the guidance of a Shaman for my experience and Shaman Percy did not perform this function. He acts and performs the ceremony as if he is some kind of guru, this is not how a shaman should be. A shaman should be as an equal but understand your needs and wants and guide you through the process. From what we saw Shaman Percy is not capable of this.
I have visited DAS three times now and each time has been different – each time has been magical. There have always been like minded people there when I have visited, and each time has been an adventure. It is no good going there for a hippy trip as that is not what it is about. You will get more from your visit if you are there with a pure heart. Intent is everything! Don’t demand anything from ayahuasca; it doesn’t work like that. If you want to know what exists behind the Veil then you can discover that too! You may also have experiences you never thought possible but don’t be afraid, they are here to help!