Listed in Ayahuasca
- Quito, Ecuador
We invite you on a magical and life-transforming journey to the Upper Amazon region in Ecuador. This land is the homeland of the sacred plant Ayahuasca, from which the doctors of the jungle – the indigenous kichwa shamans – prepare the magical & visionary brew of the same name.
This brew cleanses the body and mind, purifies the soul and allows us to access the knowledge of one’s heart and the transcendental well of wisdom. It allows us to directly experience and converse with the Divine and the spirits of the Nature.
You are welcome to participate and receive healing and blessing from both Ayahuasca brew and the healer spirits it brings.
The two-week retreat at Feather Crown was a remarkable and life-changing journey for my wife and me, both senior citizens from the States. Jan, a veteran shaman, is an incredible healer and counselor. It is clear that being a shaman is not a career for Jan – it is a calling. He is a genuine spiritual adviser who has dedicated his life to helping people replace dark energy with light. The temple and cozy huts are located in Ecuador’s beautiful and amazing rainforest, a two-minute walk from a spectacular fast-moving river populated with huge boulders. Jan was available to discuss our experiences in the days after each of the four intense Ayahuasca ceremonies, Jan has surrounded himself with an unbeatable team that includes his wife, Erika, their angelic 7-year-old daughter, Sharon, and the coolest puppy ever, 9-month-old Chaupi. Jan’s right-hand man, Omar, speaks little English, but his efforts speak volumes about how much he cares for Feather Crown guests. Omar was available at a moment’s notice to help during the Ayahuasca ceremonies; he was our guide/protector on numerous jungle hikes; and he even walked us through an art-and-crafts class. The meals, crafted by Carlos, Romel and Omar, with an assist from Erika, were outstanding. The chefs created some of the best soups I’ve ever tasted. They even made popcorn for us! Go to Feather Crown with the confidence that you will be in the capable hands of a true shaman and his caring staff. Bill from USA
I could not have picked a better place to experience Ayahuasca for my first time! When I have the chance to work with Ayahuasca again, I will most definitely go back and work with Jan at Feather Crown – that should say it all! Here are some details that will hopefully help you decide if it is right for you. Don’t be afraid to email or WhatsApp Jan with questions, he speaks very good English and is very helpful.
It is located on the outskirts of the Amazon with just a quick walk from the ceremony space to the Napo river. It is easily accessible by an inexpensive 5-hour bus ride from Quito, an hour bus ride form Tena, or a 2-hour bus ride from Banos. The ceremony space is an open-air gazebo located a 20-minute drive down a dirt road from any sign of civilization, plus a 10-minute walk. It is a very peaceful space. Each mattress was outfitted with a bug net, but we had no mosquitoes at all during our ceremony in mid-June and no one used them. I was told that there are rarely, if ever mosquitoes at the space. There is no known Malaria or Yellow Fever risk in the area. Jan is an excellent shaman who thinks of Ayahuasca and ceremonies as a medicine, and brews it in a way that it is meant to be less visual and more spiritual/inward-looking/healing (Primarily Ayahuasca Vine with a relatively low amount of D. Cabrerena leaves mixed in). With that said, this is still quite strong and many in our ceremony did have very strong visuals. The one participant who had previous experience asked if he could drink twice at the beginning, and Jan happily let him. All others were invited to drink again one and a half hours into the ceremony if they wanted to. One cup was a perfect introductory dose for me, though if I have the chance to go back I will likely drink twice to go deeper. There were two sober volunteers during the ceremony to assist you with anything you needed, such as a walk to the bathroom. The staff were supportive, yet unobtrusive and asked for as silent of a ceremony as possible – an ideal environment to go deep within yourself and let the ayahuasca work. We had 11 people at our retreat, mostly new to ayahuasca, and all felt very comfortable in the environment. The price was very reasonable for a ceremony (and primarily goes towards a rainforest protection fund). I highly recommend this place if you are interested in using Ayahuasca to look inward.
Jan is not a talker, but a contemplative; Jan is not an oracle, but a shaman. Jan holds the ceremonies or the Ayahuasca retreats offered just as genuine as he is in person. Rather than a philosophy, the sacred is beholden in the way the Ayahuasca retreats or the ceremonies that Jan holds are conducted: with respect and humility, gratitude and appreciation. Thus, Feather Crown or Sacred River can be recommended without any reservations, if you, the reader, is called to do such a retreat. There is make-believe, just as there is the genuine; the latter speaks to Feather Crown or Sacred River in the absence of adding any additional words other than that neither Ayahuasca nor Jan are bound by nationality…