Listed in Ayahuasca
- Pucallpa, Peru
Those of us at the Nimea Kaya Healing Center are devoted to the collective healing of Mother Earth and humanity. In the Shipibo language, Nimea Kaya signifies Spirit of the Jungle. Our Center was founded in 2008 and the recent transition to a new piece of land last year has gifted us a new name in honor of the growth of our vision. We are formally known as the Tierra Vida Healing Center. We are passionately dedicated at our retreats in helping our guests awaken to their fullest potential by expanding their consciousness and healing their bodies, minds and spirits. Our focus on health, nutrition and self-sustainability in our peaceful and eco-friendly environment lends to a deeper healing process where long lasting positive impacts are made in the lives of our guests. We offer ayahuasca ceremonies in a traditional jungle setting with local Shipibo curanderos along with other native plant medicines and herbal remedies for physical and spiritual awakening and healing. Our Selva Spirit Association NGO focuses on raising the awareness in the preservation of shamanic traditions, reforestation projects as well as multiple health programs implemented in the surrounding communities.
Our shamanic retreats are designed to accommodate each individual on their path of awakening and healing. We offer a series of four Ayahuasca ceremonies per retreat with a local Shipibo Shamans, also known as a Curandero or Ayahuasquero. Our healers have been well established in the shamanic ayahuasca practice for several decades. Our medicine is brewed with only the ayahuasca vine and chacruna leaves. Our ceremonies are facilitated with the utmost integrity and responsibility. There are always four to six of our staff members in every ceremony helping our guests through their healing journeys with the sacred medicine. Drinking the ayahuasca medicine during ceremonies allows the participants to expand their consciousness to a multi-faceted universe. Ayahuasca takes the individual through a process of cleansing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. The individual journeys through a series of visions often receiving profound realizations that lead them to a place of healing, understanding and balance within themselves.
During the course of the retreat we offer facilitated group sharing and one on one counseling. We prefer our groups no larger than 17 people to accommodate an intimate and personal setting during ceremony. Our ceremonial maloca is very spacious, providing a comfortable environment for the profound experience. It is situated in the midst of beautiful native plants and trees where where natures orchestra graciously joins us in our sacred ceremonies.
We provide for our guests with herbal and floral baths with a unique blend of plants and flowers from the surrounding jungle after each ceremony. The plant baths help to wash away any negative energies stagnant in the body and help prepare the participant for a more profound healing with the plant medicine Ayahuasca. The invigorating and cleansing bath will help rejuvenate your spirit.
Nimea Kaya activities includes: Participate in brewing Ayahuasca, guided yoga and meditation sessions, floral plant baths, boat trip to Shipibo village, visionary painting workshop, ceremony integration circles, nature walks. Massage and additional healing therapies also offered.
Cost for 9 Day Retreat with 4 Ceremonies: $1350
My gratitude for Nimea Kaya cannot be overstated. I had first visited in 2011 and more recently again in 2017, and highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a safe setting where you are supported and cared for. The retreat space is held in a beautifully natural environment while maintained to provide comfort during your stay. More importantly, the ceremony space provides an ideal setting for productive self-work. Comfort and support is always available to provide ease of mind, and ideal for those being introduced to the medicine. Personally, my experience with ayahuasca has been a beautiful and profound journey and I believe choosing the right people and space is essential in faciliating this type of work. Through my own introduction and continued work with the medicine, as well as witnessing it in many others, I am honoured to recommend Nimea Kaya Healing Center.
I stayed here recently at the beginning of november 2016 for 9 days.
It was by far the best experience i have ever had in my life. Extremely welcoming volunteers running classes and daily schedules. Balanced activities with great amounts of knowledge and compassion shared.
great vegan food, really hearty and beautiful flavours.
awesome yoga , meditation and mindset classes.
Really integrative experience and facilitated by extremely caring people.
Ayahuasca ceremonies were life changing and awe inspiring.
really immersed in the culture, shipibo art exhibitions were awesome 🙂
movie nights and documentaries were really lovely too 🙂
Met some amazing people, loved every minute of it.. will definitely be going back!
I highly recommend this centre to all! 🙂
Nimea Kaya is a true world class experience. The owners are amazing people with inspiring intentions to provide guests with a safe and loving environment to facilitate a true healing experience.
The staff at the retreat work incredible hard to provide healthy meals and services to make guest comfortable so they can reach the maximum depth of their healing.
This is a great location for people new to shamanic medicine and experienced individuals alike. It is only about 20 minutes from the Pucallpa airport by motorcar taxi, but still in a secluded jungle environment that provides us with Mother Nature?s vibration.
Many activities such as yoga, artistic expressions, meditations, and dance are all apart of the Nimea Kaya philosophy of reclaiming you birth right to a healthy body/mind/spirit.
Bodywork from on site professional massage therapists is also offered and I highly recommend this service.
The ceremony maloka is a grand work of art for all guests to work with the medicine and on other spiritual practices. All the living quarters were also more then expected.
It is truly evident that the owners are dedicated to improving the guests? experience by consistently upgrading the facilities in anyway possible.
Thank you Nimea Kaya for making a difference in peoples lives and helping raise the vibration of the planet.
In February 2014 I traveled to Nimea Kaya to participate in my first ayahuasca ceremonies. I had been researching ayahuasca for about 6 months prior and felt called to the healing powers of the medicine. Even though I felt like I knew what I was getting into, nothing could have prepared me for what transpired over my 9 day retreat.
Jill and Casey have done an amazing job creating a safe, loving environment at Nimea Kaya. The retreat center itself is very well built, the maloca is very beautiful and spacious. The food they serve is healthy and delicious, yet was completely different from the food I was used to eating. I grew up on a meat based diet and I was blown away at how tasty and filling a fruit and veggie diet could be.
The facilitators are absolutely amazing. Everyone was very professional and they truly cared about each guest getting the most out of their experience. During ceremony they help with anything you need, whether its walking you to the restroom, giving you a clean bucket, or just sitting with you to hold space. The entire staff was so open and friendly, it was nice being able to talk through my experience with them and have any of my questions answered.
I traveled to Nimea Kaya alone, which made me a little nervous. But right when I got off the plane I made fast friends with everyone in my group. By the second day of the retreat we all felt like we had been friends for years, and I still keep in contact with many of them today. I came in with set intentions and I felt like I got everything I asked for and so much more. I really felt like my brain was rewired and I was able to view things in my life from a different perspective. When I returned home I had a new found appreciation for everything and several people commented on how much happier I was.
I am very grateful to Jill & Casey for creating this amazing place and I recommend Nimea Kaya to anyone seeking the healing powers of ayahuasca. I will definitely return to Nimea Kaya when I am ready to work with ayahuasca again.
Ezana Zewede, Arlington VA, USA
This is and always will be the best experience I’ve had in my life. To be honest I didn’t even know anything about a Ayahuasca till recently and I’m glad I came across it. I had a wonderful experience that I simply can’t put into words and can’t even began to explain what happened to me in those 7-10 days. Ayahuasca gives you exactly what you need, nothing more nothing less. But I personally think everyone experiences it differently. The staff at Nimea Kaya were amazing and made me feel like as if I’ve known them my whole live withing the first few days and made my time there very easy. I hope that one day all of us will take the time to consider Ayahuasca as the many possible tools to bring humanity together.
Thank you and you won’t regret the experience.
It’s been almost a year since I visited Nimea Kaya and my time there sticks out in my mind as a profoundly unique and valuable experience. So much so that I’m planning to visit again this summer. Given the nature of the experience I didn’t really know what to expect, but all my worries were squashed upon arrival. The staff are warm, welcoming, and make you’re stay there an absolute pleasure. There are numerous activities set up to keep you busy, but also plenty of down time to process your experiences with the medicine. The food was also divine and I felt it’s healing effects very strongly in tandem with the ayahuasca.
One thing that really struck me was the sheer empathy of all the staff at Nimea Kaya. They completely understand the journey you’re going through because they’ve been there themselves, and they make it 100% about you. I felt especially cared for during the ceremonies. When the medicine is working and things get tough, the staff are always there to help guide you. My time in the jungle showed me a new dimenson of human love and kindness. The medicine itself is powerful, so much so that writing about it will not really do it any justice. But for me the message was clear: ayahuasca is a benelovent teacher who knows more than we can imagine. The ceremonies can be extremely hard work but they are worth it. I also cannot speak highly enough of the shamans at Nimea Kaya. Their presence was otherwordly. They sung for us throughout the night and sat with us into the morning, giving us the highest degree of care and attention.
Another aspect of the experience that I valued highly was the opportunity to meet such a wide variety of beautiful, open-minded souls. This phenomenon attracts a wonderfully unique group of interesting people. Everybody on the retreat was extremely friendly and forthcoming, and I regard it as a priviledge to have met them all. Every day was filled with interesting stories and conversations. At no other point in my life have I been surrounded by a group of people whom I resonated so strongly with. I hope I get the chance to see them all again someday. Overall I had an incredible time at Nimea Kaya. The staff, the visitors, the environment, the medicine ? all perfect. To anybody considering visiting, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Reasons for going to Peru / Nimea Kaya:
I had a lot of things on my mind, including personal demons to overcome and some guilt about stupid things I?d done which had affected people I love. I also had an overarching fear for the future which was fuelled by the actions of our corrupt governments and corporations. For 10+ years I had immersed myself in the alternative media to search for the truth about key world events. Although it?s good to be informed, this research had left me feeling a deep sadness which was affecting other parts of my life.
Aged 40 I felt my life had reached a junction and I was seeking some answers and direction. For a number of years I?d heard a lot of amazing things about the positive effects of the medicine and decided this was something I had to do. My problems, (as outlined above) seemed to be spiralling in 2014. In August 2014 I was made redundant, so knew it was time to head down to Peru. My wife was really supportive as she knew I had some things to sort out in my head. It was all very last minute, but I was very fortunate to snap up the last place at the Aug/Sept retreat at Nimea Kaya.
My Healing Experience
To write about all the beautiful things I experienced at Nimea Kaya would run for several chapters, so I will focus on the most significant event which has led to such profound healing and has literally breathed new life into me. This ?event? happened during the first ceremony. I?m guessing it was around 60-90 minutes into the ceremony when the first purge gripped me. I sat upright with waves of hot / cold sweats washing over me. As I wretched over and over it felt like toxins and sickness were being pulled out of me. As the swirling geometric visions intensified I began coughing heavily and felt something large and solid rising up in my throat. It was the size of a walnut and was incredibly hard and painful to cough up. This moment seemed to last a long time but once it was out I drew breath and it was so liberating. My lungs seemed enormous and breathing felt so good! This feeling was accompanied by a vision of my body ridding itself of something unnatural, and a real sense that I had just undergone some physical healing. This was very different and more intense than simply throwing up.
At this point I should explain that 5 years ago I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called sarcoidosis. This condition manifests itself in the form of benign tumours, called ?granulomas? which form on the lymph nodes of different organs causing inflammation. For me it?s in the lungs and these granulomas cause periodic episodes of chest pain and shortness of breath. My breathing is nearly always impaired to some extent, but during a flare up my lung function can fall as much as 20%, lasting several days or weeks. It?s unpleasant and leaves you feeling drained, tired and unhappy.
Following this difficult (but liberating!) purge I felt so different. At the time I wasn?t able to fully appreciate the change as the medicine had pulled me in another direction and I was working through an outpouring of tears and emotion as I re-lived some mistakes I?d made in my life. This was an equally liberating experience which culminated in the husband & wife Shamans (Agusto & Ercilia) singing their Icarus whilst sucking negative emotions from me. It was beautiful as they washed my fears, guilt and pain away.
It was only as the effects of the medicine began to ease that my focus went back to this apparent healing and how ?expansive? my lungs felt. As I sat outside the Maloca looking up at the stars and fire flies I was in awe of my breathing. I could draw the deepest of breaths. It really felt like the inflammatory grip the sarcoidosis had on my lungs had been released. This gave me a sense of freedom and I felt like I could fly! Following that first ceremony I awoke each morning to these wonderful deep breaths which made me cry tears of happiness (& disbelief). I kept thinking, ?how is this even possible????. My breathing was clearer than it had been for 10+ years. I felt like I?d been gifted a new pair of lungs and all this from my first Ayahuasca ceremony!
Over the next 3 ceremonies the medicine was different every time. There?s too much to cover here, but an overarching theme was this profound and tangible connection to nature. The great mystery of consciousness and ?who we are? seemed to unravel itself and I was offered glimpses of the fabric of the infinite universe that we?re all a part of. This hard to describe ?vibration? resonated with everyone at the retreat and brought us all together. By the third ceremony, 17 total strangers had become good friends. There was an abundance of love and support as we went into those last two ceremonies.
I can?t sign off without expressing just how amazing the people are at Nimea Kaya. Jill & Casey have created a sanctuary in Nimea Kaya. I can?t imagine a more genuine, loving and safe environment to drink Ayahuasca. The facilitators, Sylvie, Winter, Kristina and David were absolutely awesome. The guidance and support they provide before, during and after each ceremony was tremendous (incredible massages!). We couldn?t have done it without you guys. The Shipibo staff were so warm and welcoming. Massive respect to the kitchen crew for producing such tasty and nutritious food.
Last but certainly not least, a thousand thanks to Shaman?s Orlando, Agusto & Ercilia. The beauty and wonder of your Icarus was like nothing I?ve ever heard? a winding stream of medicinal song. This ancient music appears to be intrinsically linked to nature and the healing work performed by the Shaman.
Six months later and I?m still in awe of the powerful visions and healing I experienced and witnessed. My lungs and breathing are still fantastic! To sum the experience up, one of the guys I met in Peru recently said: ?Magic is Real?! I?d have to agree.