- Cusco, Peru
In the 7-day Ayahuasca Retreat, we offer a stimulating, responsible and safe experience based on the Ritual Ceremony of Ayahuasca. The retreat is for those who are looking for an authentic way to pursue their personal quest for expanded awareness.
During the seven day retreat, we will have three (3) Ayahuasca ceremonies in a sacred ritual context held in a harmonic environment for profound self exploration and personal integration.
The Ayahuasca-Wasi team has extensive experience in the use of Ayahuasca for awakening and healing purposes.
The Good : The setting is amazing in the Sacred of of Peru and the facility is beautiful as well. The music was by far the best part of the ceremony.
The Bad : The ayahuasca was by far the weakest I had ever taken (4 other times at 2 separate facilities) and I did not experience even a bit of anything. This was the case for the majority of the people in the ceremony I would say but I am not 100% sure of this obviously just from a sample of others. The hosts or musicians never said one word to me or really anyone unless you worked there. The only verbal words from any hosts or musicians were “Have you paid?” and not one word more was ever said to me in any form. In fact, they do their best to avoid you. It is almost like the have a club and if you don’t dress or look the part they want nothing to do with you. I got a strong sense that everything was about the money. After the ceremony is over, they have fruit in the middle and instead of allowing the visitors to eat the hosts and musicians ate first and talked to each other around the fruit for about an hour and then you could get yours after…. I thought this was very rude.
The Ugly : 2 days before the ceremony I overheard two of the the singers talking about it at a restaurant with her friend very close to me. I asked both of them if they were going and they both looked at me as if I was invisible and said nothing. They actually stared both staring at their phones right after I said this just so I would get the point not to speak with them. The ironic part about this is that one of the girls was complaining about not having a boyfriend…. To be part of an ayahuasca ceremony is a special privilege in life and it was more than obvious their ego has not gone away it had just formed to a new aspect of false spiritualism but this isn’t spiritualism at all this is just simply transferring your ego to a new line of work. When I saw her at the ceremony she was dressed in all this spiritual and ancient clothing and when she was at the restaurant she was dressed like a westerner simply looking at her phone to ignore you…..
This review is 100% true and I only wanted to share this because this is a special process for most and you need the truth.
I first attended a 7 day retreat with Milagros and Diego in 2012. I found the ceremonies to be extremely powerful, beneficial and healing. The space that they hold for the ceremonies is very safe and I felt supported along the way. The music that is played is truly some of the most heart centred music on the face of the earth. The waves and ripples of the ceremonies that I experienced back then are still impacting my life in positive ways. Diego and his wife Milagros make sure that you feel at home and that you have everything that you need to make your stay perfect.
And I personally found them to be very concerned about the safety of the participants. If there is something that happens they definitely deal with it…
I enjoyed my first retreat so much that I am heading there next month for another retreat as I am feeling a calling to do the medicine again.
I highly recommend them!
Sacred Valley Tribe is in a gorgeous setting near Pisaq. The 7 day retreat wasnt available to me at the time. They have random monthly ceremony nights based on drop-in. My previous plans for a retreat unfortunately came apart, and i was recommended to come here. I had never done aya before so this was a first time for me. My first nite was terrifying. I really wished i had had more support. I found it challenging as well to have so little space as 25+of us were packed into the yurt. I asked for attention after my first ceremony but received little. I did a second nite, and it went smoother for me, as in mother aya was much gentler. Both Diego and Jean-Paul are beautiful guides, with exquisite icaros. However, their business model doesnt support individual care and small numbers. If you are looking for small groups with Shamanic support, this may not be for you. If you are experienced with Aya, i think this would be perfeclty fine.
It was the most powerful experience of spirit and love I have ever had. I am a dedicated spiritual seeker and have been to many workshops, trainings etc. Nothing I have ever experienced prior to the week I spent with Diego and Milagros even comes close to the power of my experience in the sacred valley of Peru. It was magical and intense but very gentle and loving at the same time.
I attended the ceremony last Friday and it was an unforgettable experience. No joke, this group has to be the best musical performers for ayahuasca ceremonies in the whole world. As a musician I was blown away at the quality of the performance in pitch black… under a powerful hallucinogen no less.
I loved the talk that Diego gave to the group before and after the ceremony. I have an insanely sensitive bullshit detector and Diego didn’t trigger any apprehension in me whatsoever. Truly remarkable that a talented musician who changes lives on a weekly basis doesn’t come across as arrogant whatsoever. Clearly he takes his own medicine, literally and metaphorically.
As for the concerns in the reviews below about safety… it was obvious from before the ceremony who would be having a negative reaction to the medicine, and to those people I wanted to ask “what were you expecting?”. This stuff is no joke, and you should seriously prepare both physically and mentally for it. If you were going to jump out of a plane you would make sure your parachute is packed properly right? Physically you should be fit, and mentally you should be well versed in meditation, if not some experience with other psychedelics. You should be able to sit tall and breathe deep. They have very strong ayahuasca here, but just by breathing deep I wasn’t tortured like some of the others… I attribute that to taking the experience extremely seriously beforehand.
Great experience. The temple building is amazing and is located on a very beautiful, peaceful, private property. The shaman and the musicians where spectacular and helpful. The group size for the ceremony i took part in was about 15 people, which seemed maybe a little big, but everything worked out.
I would definitely not recommend visiting this company for your ayahuasca work. They do not hold emotionally safe and responsible ceremonies. There are no volunteers to watch over the participants in the ceremony should they need anything. You are essentially left to your own devices. One person administers the ayahuasca to twenty people. That’s a large group when there’s only one person to oversee everything and that person is drinking himself. I saw ceremonies where it took an inordinate amount of time for participants to get help when they needed it. Diego “the shaman” is very supportive when everything is going well for you, but when it isn’t that’s pretty much your problem. In an attempt to appear spiritually wise he merely nods when you are telling him about your experiences and doesn’t offer anything to comfort you. Sometimes silence is just silence, not wisdom. After a particularly harrowing ceremony, I was not assisted in any way by Diego or his team. Only another workshop participant came to my aid, to whom I am very grateful. We were also given rather large doses of ayahuasca to start with, which made it more of a tripping experience rather than a medicinal one. I came to do work, not trip out. When I spent the entire next day purging, I was abandoned as the group took off for an excursion all day. Diego did not check in on me in the morning to see how I was doing before leaving. I was also left without food that day until everyone arrived at dinner time. I was incredibly ill and at my wits end with no means to contact anybody. When I told him that I would not be drinking with him anymore and that he had abandoned me all day alone with no one to check in on me, he had nothing to say. This man is a business man and a charlatan. He is very charismatic, claims to be a Buddhist, but this man is not genuinely interested in the well being of those who are participating in his workshops. As the previous reviewer stated, they were scolded for seeking help? That is completely unacceptable and not a loving and safe environment to do this work in. I have thankfully since found a good home to continue my relationship with ayahuasca. Please beware. This man is not who he appears to be.
Went with my father and participated in an Aya ceremony. There was around 20 people in the wasi, 7 or so people with their own instruments, I counted: 3 guitars, a ukulele, 3 pan flutes, 2 native american flutes, a calimba, and a mandolin. I may be forgetting others. My point is, there were many experienced (apprentices?) trippers who all aided in creating a great atmosphere with their voices and instruments, making beautiful music. In addition, the retreat area is very pretty and is only a 20-30 minute taxi ride from Cuzco.
A room was provided for my brother who wasn’t partaking in the ceremony. All in all it cost us $120 ($60 per person) to sit in one a one night ceremony. This was a great deal as they provided supervision, Ayahuasca, and a light breakfast in the morning of lentil soup. They also provided blankets, buckets, and Agua de Florida.
One negative: my father began to choke on his puke and I asked for help, as I was very scared. They came and fixed the situation and helped put him into a position to clear his throat, however the shaman scolded me for possibly frightening the others in the ceremony with my cry for help. To this day I have no idea what else I should have done and the shaman never explained what I could have done differently. So my advice to you: yeah, go ahead and ask for help if someone is choking… you may get scolded but it’s better than having loved one choke to death on their puke.
I still give 5 stars because everything was excellent and done in a loving atmosphere. One unfortunate circumstance for the entire group doesn’t warrant taking a star away, in my opinion. .