- Calca, Cusco, Perú
Sapan Inka Project is an Ayahuasca Retreat Center which facilitates healing and spritual therapies where the purpose is self-knowledge and self-healing.
The original idea of Sapan Inka Project was born over 15 years ago in an attempt to create an organization dedicated to the study of consciousness, and psychological and spiritual health. For many consecutive years the project’s founders studied deep to learn the use of sacred plants and to get knowledge of traditional medicine from their own culture. They were trained for several years in the art of giving Ayahuasca medicine, learning directly by Shipibo healers from the amazon jungle. This period of training was necessary before creating the Sapan Inka ayahuasca retreat center, and then it was possible to give the medicine to others, to organize ayahuasca ceremonies.
Erik Hendrick and Nilda Quispe is a married couple engaged in therapeutic work with teacher plants. Their responsibility is to support and guide all participants of the ayahuasca retreats during the process of energetic cleaning, and emotional and psychological release. Both founders have extensive experience leading therapeutic ayahuasca ceremonies, working with Ayahuasca and San Pedro. They have self-educated on extensive knowledge of the structure of the soul, about spirit healing processes, psychological development, inner growth and evolution of personality.
For Sapan Inka Project it is part of their commitment the protection of the knowledge and wisdom of their ancestors, which by generations have been preserved to this day. It is also their commitment to do a research as serious and honestly as possible on the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca and other medicinal plants which are cultural and spiritual heritage and legacy from their ancestors.
The support given by Erik and Nilda while they are guiding the Ayahuasca retreats, it is a work with ethic, consciousness and responsibility. The main purpose on the retreat is essentially health for all the participants in the ayahuasca retreats. In the Ayahuasca Retreats you can experience a process of healing and cleaning. Retreat are for small groups, maximum 4 persons The process of cleaning is in different levels: physical-material, emotional, psychological and spiritual. A very important part of the process is carried out on psychointegrative therapies a day after Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies, where the intention is to enable to the participants to understand their own therapeutic process and their own connection with their inner wisdom. Finally the work with teacher plants in the ayahuasca retreats is understood as a process of self-healing and self-knowledge with the support of the guides.
There are not enough words I could write to express my gratitude to Erick and Nilda for their hospitality, care, and the reassurance offered during my retreat. These two are special souls who fulfill their life purpose of helping others heal through cleaning the body and spirit. Their home is comfortable, the meals are delicious, the surrounding scenery is spectacular, their super friendly dogs are playful and loving, and the ayahuasca ceremonies are extremely beautiful and impactful. I have never felt so much love in my heart. There was nothing scary about this experience. The mother plant is very effective in unearthing anything that might be hidden from the view of the person who is taking it. This is perfect for those who unconsciously tend to burry their feelings.
If you are reading this review and are seriously considering taking this journey there is no need to look elsewhere. This is the place for you.
My husband and I will always be grateful to Erik & Nilda for helping us change our lives. We participated to an Ayahusca retreat for two nights. When we arrived to the retreat, we were blown away by the place itself, its location, and the peace we felt there. We had personal and couple conversations with Erik before the Ayahuasca ceremonies which we thought were very helpful. We have no words to describe the ceremony, it was entirely life changing, and was the best thing we’ve ever done together. From the place where we had our meals to the beautiful organic food Nilda prepared, the room we stayed in, everything was perfect. Six months after we participated to the Ayahuasca retreat, we realize that the ceremonies did not only have an effect on us during the retreat, but way after, and we believe still have effects on us. Proyecto Sapan Inka changed us forever, in the best possible way 🙂
This was my and my partner’s first experience of ayahuasca, so we had done a lot of research about it and were extremely wary about finding the right place. The experience at the retreat that Erik and Nilda create was perfect. This seems to stem from the fact that they themselves are genuinely caring, thoughtful people who care passionately about helping others and sharing their own learnings. I am usually scared to give up control, but Erik and Nilda helped to create the perfect environment, allowing me to trust them completely, to enable me to have an experience that was truly life-changing, humbling and mind-opening. That would not have been possible if I had had any doubts. I will be forever grateful to them for creating the circumstances to allow me to have breakthroughs in insight about my life and the world/universe. Gaining self-knowledge and self-healing are processes that are utterly accelerated by this retreat – I actually would never have believed what turned out to be possible before experiencing this. Not only were the ceremonies carried out perfectly (although I cannot compare to others), talking to both Erik and Nilda before and after, during the daytimes was amazing. These were some of the most enjoyable as well as valuable and interesting conversations I’ve ever had. On the physical level, the living conditions were very clean and comfortable, all the details had been thought out (details do make a difference to allow us to feel comfortable and safe). Nilda’s home-cooked food was very healthy, local, seasonal and delicious. It was also wonderful to visit Macchu Picchu together as a group, and have great guides to chat with there. I could not imagine a better retreat really. I recommend Sapan Inka extremely highly. I feel like I have not only made incredible progress for myself and those near me, I have also made deep connections and relationships that I will always be grateful for. I do believe that the world is being made significantly better due to Sapan Inka.
I went to Cusco in Sep 2016. I attended the 6 day ayahuasca/san pedro/machu pichu retreat. I spend a lot of time researching different retreats and found the amount of options to be overwhelming. I chose Sapan Inka initially for a few reasons. I liked that it also included a San Pedro cermeony, and it also included machu pichu.
The main concern I had with booking a retreat through any of the many companies was to try to find one that offered what I was seeking; a genuine experience. I also didn’t want to break the bank.
My experience booking through Sapan Inka by far exceeded any of the expectations I had. The retreat house and surrounding property was absolutely beautiful. The shamans, Erik and Nilda were very prepared and knowledgeable. The food was delicious (all vegetarian – me, normally eating meat 3x a day, was very happy with the food).
The ayahuasca itself was as promised (legitimate, adequate dosages etc) and everyones experiences varied (as to be expected). Your individual experience will depend on you, but what you will for sure get with Sapan Inca is a genuine ayahuasca ceremony. It’s the real deal.
The San Pedro ceremony was a much more mild and ‘lighter’ experience. Very enjoyable, much more casual than the ayahuasca.
Not having attended any other retreats in Peru, it is hard for me to make a comparison. That being said, I have absolutely no regrets choosing Sapan Inka. Erik was the most knowledgable person I’ve met in real life in terms of psychology and philosophy, he was extremely knowledgable on nutrition, he knew a ton about Peru and its history, and was an encyclopedia of knowledge and experience when it comes to ayahuasca.
Contact me if you have any questions about my experience with Sapan Inka.
Sapan Inka was my first Ayahuasca experience. I loved it, just like I love mushrooms. The colorful visuals and intense body high combined with Erik and Nilda’s beautiful Amazon song were a perfect blend. Also, I definitely had medicinal breakthroughs, quickly analyzing and resolving personal troubles from my childhood and early adulthood.
First night is intimidating so you may feel mentally and physically confused. The second night is sensational and very relaxing. I didn’t realize the shaman (Erik + Nilda) take Ayahuasca drink before giving to anyone else. This makes sense and helps them connect with where we (guests) are at in each phase of the 2 hour high.
Location and facility couldn’t be better. Isolated in the Sacred Valley 2 hours from Cusco, below a large waterfall, and quick access to solitude. Food and accommodation was great.
If you are nervous about what to expect, know that Erik’s questionnaire (emailed to you prior to the retreat) is taken very seriously. Erik study’s it and talks through it with you prior to taking Ayahuasca.
Overall a fun and enlightening experience. +No bugs!
I attended a 6 days Machu Picchu retreat with Erik and Nilda and I can highly recommend their work!
The retreat has been really well organized and it was a very loving experience to be part of the group. I felt really comfortable and safe with the caring guidance of Erik and Nilda. Their knowledge and advice helped me to integrate this really wonderful experience.
On top of that, the food was extraordinarily delicious and the place was so amazing! The perfect surrounding to connect to nature and meditate!
Thank you so much for everything!!!
I did 6-days Ayahuasca and Machu Picchu Retreat in Sapan Inka with Erik and Nilda. That is one of the most fantastic adventures in my life! In the beginning I planed to have ayauasca ceremonies in Amazonian Peru, but I wanted to visit Machu Picchu so much,so I stated to look for retreats near Cusco and found the Sapan inka’s website. The more I did read, the more I was getting a feeling that it’s the place to be for me . Just the way Erik and Nilda describe their approach to using ayahuasca in ceremonies, medical spiritual historical and cultural aspects,made me believe that they are not doing it for money, but really want to share their knowledge with other people. And I was 100% right about that.
In 6 days we have had 2 ayahuasca ceremonies, San Pedro ceremony and visited Machu Picchu. Pretty intense, but It was a very balanced program with enough time to learn your lessons, analyze them and relax and enjoy amazing surroundings of Sacred Valley. Erik and Nilda are such wonderful people, who make you feel very comfortable, safe, protected and cared of. They work with small groups of people (4-6 people) and create really family like atmosphere where everyone gets a lot of attention all the time. Taking the ayahuasca is a very unusual experience,sometimes even not so pleasant and it’s very important to have the Shamans, who you trust to, who will support you, protect, help you and after the ceremony describe and translate your experience to you. After each ceremony we had individual interviews with Erik where he listened to each of us and gave his insights and recommendations. He and Nilda generously shared with us their deep knowledge about medicine plants, healthy nutrition, psychology,spirituality and history of Incas and Peru. We had very interesting conversation with them. They are very good hosts: our accommodation was comfortable, food fantastic and all our transportation and the tour to Machu Picchu very well organized. I don’t write here about my Ayahuasca ,San Pedro and Machu Picchu experiences because you have to experience it for youself and I don’t want to spoil fun, but I highly recommend Sapan Inka and I am very grateful to Erik and Nilda for their fantastic job and dedication. Much Love!
I visited Eric and Nilda in the Sacred Valley this past August of 2016.
I have NEVER experienced something like this in my life. It was OUT OF THIS WORLD, literally… and for those who are brave and those who are seekers, this is the place for you. Number one, I felt Eric and Nilda were very professional and at the same time very kind, compassionate and loving. Taking Ayahuasca is not for everyone, however I had been called to do this for over 6 years…I finally did it. And, I am so happy I did. I chose the right place. Eric and Nilda’s Retreat is small (under 12 participants) and you feel heard, nurtured, protected and well taken care of.
In a nut shell, working with this practice was really tough, mentally, physically and spiritually…but, so well worth it. I call it 20 years of therapy condensed into 7 days! If you want to lovingly removed your blocks, remove the places where you are stuck subconsciously, go… go to the sacred valley, spend some time on precious you, heal yourself to a new level.
Eric and Nilda are amazing Shamans to lead the walk to your deep transformation and a more joyful you.
Warm Regards, Melissa Redd Life Coach & Founder of PURE RETREATS
Erik and Nilda really do outstanding healing work. They are very clear and professional. I really loved their presence, their space, the comfortable rooms, the delicious food and the whole setting.
My experience within the ceremony was very profound. Even though at first sight, the journeys themselves seemed not so clear, the healing and insights they gave me afterwards were beyond any other ceremonies I had so far.
Also we were only 2 people, it was really beautiful to be in such an intimate setting. I felt very safe and taken care of.
Thank you Nilda and Erik! Much love and light!
A friend and I visited in the spring of 2015 for our first expeirence with ayahuasca. My personal experience was emotionally challenging and draining but resulted in great personal insights, of which I continue to benefit. While the medicine is obviously an important component to the ceremony, I believe the talents and skills of the curandero/shaman are of equal importance. Erik and Nilda have created an environment that facilitates tranquility and reflection. They established good boundaries with the guests while I was there by being available for discussion and questions but limiting their social interactions with the guests. Some may find it standoffish but I think their aloofness contributes to introspection. Similarly, the large open room used for the ceremonies was deemed a sacred space and treated as such, which helped to reaffirm the purpose for being there. Our first two ceremonies included a third curandero/shaman. Once I could feel the medicine, he created vocal melodies, rhythms, and textures (I feel that song would be an inaccurate description) that led me to a place in my subconscious where many unresolved emotions lay in wait. It was like a conductor or maestro of an orchestra but perhaps something greater because if he had ill intentions, I could easily have been led to very dark places.
My intent in trying ayahuasca was for introspective exploration. In Searching for a retreat, I was looking for small group sizes, affordability, authenticity, and sincerity and I found exactly what I was looking for. They have a maximum of four people at a time, which limited a lot of external stimulation. The cost was quite reasonable for five days, perhaps slightly more than the nightly rate at a hotel. Erik and Nilda provided an experience that was both therapeutic and enlightening. They showed great concern in ensuring each of their guests were able to use the medicine for positive and therapeutic purposes. This included some extensive interviews and dietary/health guidlines before and after the ceremony. I would highly recommend their retreat and hope to return some day. I advise anyone who has inquired about my experience to research options and determine their motivations for using ayahuasca before taking one’s recommendation or review. Thank you, Erik and Nilda.
I attended a three day ayahuasca retreat in July of this year with Erik and Nilda at their wonderful home in the Sacred Valley and could not be happier with the experience. And because this was not my first time with ayahuasca it was not difficult for me to see that Erik and Nilda were providing a level of service, care and dedication unmatched by many other offerings across South America.
On the first day we were picked up from Cusco in a comfortable van that took us promptly to Erik and Nilda’s beautiful home in the picturesque Sacred Valley. There we had time to eat, relax and spend some quality time one-on-one with Erik himself before the ceremony in order to discuss our experiences, expectations and concerns. This effectively became the formula each day, which I found gave me ample time to prepare, process and consider the work that was either done or to be done, but also to relax and recuperate. The meals, too, were always delicious, light and healthy, while the facilities were always clean and sufficient.
The ceremony’s themselves, of which I undertook two, were expertly led by both Erik and Nilda who took it in turns to chant and sing their beautiful and inspiring icaros while also keeping a watchful eye over the participants. I myself had some very therapeutic experiences during my two ceremonies, and when during the second ceremony I struggled to bring myself out of the ceremony due to some difficult material I was confronting, Erik, amazingly, was able to safely bring me out of it and back to reality so that I could take myself to bed.
Overall I have learnt a lot as a result of my experiences here and across other retreats in South America. So I thank both Erik and Nilda for all their care and generosity and wish them all the best as well as hoping that they can continue their wonderful and healing work for many years to come.
In January 2015 I have visited the sacred house of Erik and Nilda and participated in an Ayahuasca/San Pedro retreat. And still now, half a year later, a can feel the aftereffects of this positive experience.
It wasn’t my first encounter with psychedelics, but until then my intentions were more for diversion and experimentation. Having heard of Ayahuasca and it?s power of giving a “life-changing experience” made me curious, although I had high doubts on the sustainability of this kind of experiences.
Looking for a proper place for getting into the ‘rabbit hole’ I was first thinking of going into the amazonian jungle to the Ucayali valley the look for an indigenous shaman to take master plant. But during my research crossed over the homepage of the sapan inca project. The way they write about their work and the plants indicate the depth of knowledge they share. And the fact that they work with small groups of max 4 participants proves that they do not seek maximum economic profit for themselves but rather maximum benefit for the guests. Also being a couple of a man and a woman made a lot of sense to me, so I decided to participate in the retreat – which turned out to be a real damn good decision! 😉
Prior to the retreat I was asked to answer a questionnaire, for two reasons: First, that Erik is able to analyze my intentions and personal topics/challenges and second, that I prepare myself appropriately for the experience – which makes a lot of sense to me and is sadly not a matter of course in every retreat location.
The house and the surrounding in a quiet village near Calca in the center of the sacred valley are simply magically. Tranquilo, pure and wonderful nature and positive vibrations from the holy mountains (apus). It?s a perfect place for these retreats.
The food served is delicious, vegetarian, especially selected for ayahuasca usage and prepared with local, organic ingredients and lots of love!
The accommodation is very cosy and comfortable.
The rituals themselves are a bit hard to describe with words and individually very different. Erik and Nilda guided us very calm, clear and in holy and sacred way. There voices and chants and their presence guide and give space at the same time.
My first ritual was not at all what I expected of one of the most powerful entheogens: I did not feel a lot a effects beside purging hard and cocooning myself on the mattress.
The talk with Erik on the next morning eased me, saying that sometimes the plant medicine first has to tear down some walls before working further beyond – and he should be proved correct:
On the second evening Ayahuasca with the guidance of the two shamans took me down into darkness and up into the bright sky again, connecting a lot of loose ends in my life and leading to a quiet and light place of acceptance of myself and connectivity to the universe.
The last ritual was with San Pedro and was initiated with a despacho from a curandero of the Q’ero people. I was fascinated of the inner energy and kindness and the respect to mother nature and its inhabitants – best practice of Buen Vivir (Sumak kawsay, Waiki!).
Looking back on the last months between now and the retreat, I am happily surprised how my life has developed. Thank you so much for this experience and the good wishes and the buenas ondas which still keep vibrating!
I am looking forward to travel back to Calca one fine day and continue the journey….
I highly recommend the Sapan Inca Project for everyone with good intentions who is looking for an authentic, safe and inspirational Ayahuasca and/or San Pedro experience.
After I figured I wanted to do Ayahuasca, me and my friend opted for Sapan Inka. The picture of Erik and Nilda inspired confidence for me, and when I realized they only take 4 people at a time it gave me a good feeling they are not just doing this for money.
We headed out for Cusco and they arranged to pick us up at the hostel. Erik really takes his time, preparing us as a group and also having private conversations with each of us. It felt like a really important step before going in.
The first night I think I was anticipating too much too quickly and started being impatient when I saw that it was not working, it did not kick in until after the ceremony.I had a hard time after and the effects came on pretty strong. I had some negative visions and an overall negative experience.. I did not take it as such though as I figured Ayahuasca was showing me what I needed to see to prepare me for the other nights. The next day I did not feel too good and I was not having my world view changed.
Erik takes the time after each sessions (in the morning) to review what happened. This was really helpful to me.
The second evening I went in with a much more positive attitude. It was a much more positive experience. I had some of my issues tackled and I felt much better the next day.
But nothing, and I mean nothing could have prepared me for the last night. At that point we we’re only two, me and my friend. When we went up to the ceremony room, we had Erik and Nilda, and a guest shaman and his two apprentices. There we’re 5 of them for only two of us. I could not believe what I was seing and felt very humbled and honored at the same time. Without going into details, It was the most amazing experience of my life. Everything from past to present to future we’re addressed in that session. I never felt anything like it. It was also the longest night of my life. It felt like it would never end. The next day I felt fantastic and my vision was so clear.
I am so grateful for having been there and I will be forever grateful to Erik and Nilda. They have a big heart and they really care, they are true healers.
I was with my girlfriend in their retreat in april 2015 and while she was able to just stay at my side without participating it was my first experience with ayahuasca.
It was the one of the best decisions I have made so far. The accomodation they provide is simple but beautiful and the surroundings are amazing.
The experience itself was an absolute amazing one and I am very glad I was introduced and guided by the two. The groups are very small (4 people max) which makes up for a very pleasant time and hands on talks before and after the ceremonies. And having a woman and a man guiding the ceremony gave me great comfort. You will always feel held and cared for. The preparation with Erik is serious and on point and gave me a good feeling right from the start. He also picked me up after my cleaning and gave me advices long after the retreat itself. The dishes they served are just delicous too!
Overall you can not fail with this retreat and if you decide to have your experiences with the two I wish you an experience as pleasant and changing as mine was.
I’m looking forward to another journey with Nilda and Erik in the future!
The only thing I’d like to say is that there are no words able to describe what a life-changing experience this was for me. Ayahuasca put me in touch with my inner soul, my ‘god’ and I simply found the answers I was looking for. I removed blocks from my past, my childhood, I got solutions and I even got hints of very important things which happened to me after that, in the nearby future. Mystic, it’s not hard to believe that Ayahuaska is considered to be a Goddess plant. San Pedro, the male God plant, is lighter but gives the chance to connect with nature and complete the cleaning process started with Ayahuaska. Erik and Nilda are the humblest and most genuine people I’ve ever met and I couldn’t wish to be led into this journey by anybody better. They’re extremely knowledgable, experienced, caring and spiritually powerful, always there ready to support, advise and guide. On top of that their house is beautiful, right in the middle of a magnificient display of nature, and the food they provide you with…is just perfect! We also went to Machu Picchu, guided by Raul(…I think this was his name!!!), who showed us the spiritual side of this Wonder of the World, away from the touristic one! I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone with the strong intention of purificating his/her mind and soul, willing to get a deeper and more truthful self knowledge. As Erik said to me when I was there, then it’s up to us to apply in the daily life the lessons we learn with the teacher plants, in order to successfully proceed with our process of self spiritual development. I’m now trying to apply that every day of my life. I will definitely be back! Thank you Erik and Nilda. For everything…
My girlfriend and I recently visited Erik and Nilda for the first time. This was also our first ayahuasca experience.
The surroundings where they live and do the ceremonies are absolutely perfect. Their retreat house is very comfortable and tranquil. The food they prepare follows a strict diet but it is prepared in such a loving way and it tastes excellent also!
From the very beginning it is obvious that both Erik and Nilda really care about each and every individual who come to them. The preparation for the ceremonies and the subsequent preparation for post ceremony life is extremely thorough and thought out with care. It is also very personalized.
Without going into detail about our personal experiences, we can tell you that the actual ceremonies are amazingly well thought out and professional. Both Erik and Nilda are master healers and they truly know how to give you the most of the experience. Another important aspect is that they only accept four people at a time in the ceremonies which allows them to really focus on each individual.
If anyone needs any more advice or has any questions feel free to email me.
Sapan Inka Retreat under Erik and Nilda’s guidance was a very memorable experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect initially but was comforted by reading so many great reviews from other participants.
When we arrived in Calca we first encountered the remarkable nature surrounding the retreat house. We then met Erik and Nilda and immediately felt the warmth, and genuine caring which was very palpable. Our retreat was for 6 days, included 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies, trip to Machu Picchu and also San Pedro ceremony.
Even though, those ceremonies are very personal, can be challenging at times, there was never doubt that we all were very safe and it was under caring supervision of both Erik and Nilda.
They are very special people, who are here to assist others with their psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical journey in a very caring, professional and intuitive way.
We all came out much stronger with new insights.
The whole time we were there we had a wonderful organic, vegetarian, fresh food, prepared daily by Nilda, assisted by Erik. I still miss their food, the wonderful nature everywhere around and mainly their company.
I would highly recommend Sapan Inka to anyone who is ready to search within and go through cleansing and reconnecting with the nature.
Many thanks to Erik and Nilda for their wonderful project which I hope to revisit.
My first Ayahuasca and San Pedro experience was at Nilda’s and Eriks beautiful retreat in March of 2015.
By putting the experience into words cannot describe the feelings of love and beauty that is the experience at Sapan Inka Project.
The retreat is in a cosy home and at all times did I feel safe and secure, the number of participants is limited so being able to connect with Erik and Nilde is easy and you are not left wanting for answers about your very own experience. Before and after each ceremony you get to sit one on one with Erik to discuss what you would like to get out of the experience and then after the ceremony what happened to you personally during the ceremony in respect to your own visions, feelings or thoughts.
The ayahuasca medicine was perfectly strong and the icaros sung by Erik and Nilde were so beautiful; I was left with the most wonderful sense of being made whole after the 2nd ceremony and in the morning at breakfast felt like I was on cloud 9, in complete bliss. 🙂
The location near the foot of a beautiful mountain with views of a large waterfall in the distance, the walk up a beautiful track to experience nature at its finest. The traditional San Pedro ceremony for me on the 2nd last day were all life changing experiences. I never have felt such Gratitude before in my life, it is not just a word with meaning anymore, it is a word with meaning and feeling.
While there on retreat there was a lovely young couple from New York who were laughing and chatting with each other in a state of sublime happiness, if you are looking for answers in your relationships then this place is for you, me, well I’m going back again as soon as I’ve saved up my pennies. The couple from New York were there for the 3rd time because they found it so healing.
Personally, I’m still discovering little secrets about myself weeks after the ceremony, many parts of the puzzle that is me have fallen into place nicely after this special time away from my home in Australia.
My next journey to Peru and Sapan Inka project will no doubt be with another special friend in my life and maybe my 24 year old daughter in 2016
I visited Erik and Sapan inka in 2012, and their work with medicines is both safe and hospitable. The environment is perfect and the mountain view for the last ceremony is exceptionally powerful. I am forever grateful for my time in Cusco and Sapan Inka.
I have been blessed to work with Erik and Nilda of Sapan Inka over several years. I am so grateful for the beauty and integrity they share as human beings as well as adept guides of the plant medicine.
Of over a dozen ayahuasqueros that i have worked with, Sapan Inka are the only ones who I personally still refer people to work with. You are assured a authentic, safe and powerful experience with these shaman.
Erik holds the masculine in ceremony with such gentle, yet empowered strength. Nailed holds the feminine in ceremony with such beauty and grace. The two together offer such a unique-balanced way of experiencing the plants.
You will be happy you chose to work with Sapan Inka:)
Feel free to reach out to me to ask more questions: jasoncfrahm.com
I live in Cusco and have taken part in several ayahuasca ceremonies with different masters. By far, the best experience I have had was with Erik and Nilda and, in fact, when asked for recommendations, they are the only people I have 100% confidence in referring people to.
First of all, as people, they have the most gentle and loving energy. From the first time I met them (and I?ve known them for years), I felt that this work was a calling for them and that they were doing it to help people as opposed to as a way to make money.
You are completely supported throughout the retreat. Welcomed into their tranquil home in the Sacred Valley, Erik takes all the time you need to be sure that your questions are answered and you are ready for the ceremony. He speaks English quite well, something that is rare in the shaman who is actually doing the ceremony. After each ceremony he speaks with each person individually to help them integrate their experience into their lives.
The ceremony itself is beautiful, and having both Erik and Nilda present is a special treat. You really feel the difference having both the male and female energy guiding the experience. I especially appreciate that it is done traditionally, with the icaros being sung (the songs that the plant teaches to the shamans). I?ve been in other ceremonies where the songs used could be any sacred songs and I much prefer the actual ayahuasca music as opposed to songs to Krishna, lovely as they may be. I could actually feel the plant responding at different times to the specific songs being sung, even down to the last after we were in our beds, telling the plant it was time to let go and let us sleep. Although I couldn?t hear or understand the words, the plant and I instantly responded.
Having the retreats limited to just four participants is also a great benefit. It makes it that much easier for the energy of the ceremony to be controlled and ensures that you are able to have the experience that you need without being unduly affected by that of the people around you. This is also helped by the fact that Erik screens all participants before allowing them to join the retreat, for their benefit and the benefit of all who partake.
Staying at Erik and Nilda?s home, enjoying their company, the delicious food and the gorgeous setting alone makes me want to go back for another ceremony. If you?re at all concerned or nervous about drinking ayahuasca, you could not ask for a better space or people to guide you than this.
Seeking out the right spiritual journey is important, but having the right people to help you along the way is even more important. I began my journey not knowing what to expect or which provider I should use. After researching local providers of ceremonies in Cusco, I came across Sapan Inka. After reaching out to Erik and Nilda, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they genuinely cared about providing a good experience from the very beginning.
They took great care and effort to answer any questions I had and they made sure that I understood the process. During the ceremony, they made sure that no comfort was spared and that nothing would interfere with the process. After the ceremony was the next most important part, the reintegration. This completion of the ceremony on the following day made Erik and Nilda’s service invaluable. They were always well informed on what changes I needed to make to experience the full potential of the medicine. They also took time to give good life advice and they made sure to answer any questions I may have had. Their service was so good that I have had 5 ceremonies during 3 visits with them.
In the end, this is all very high spiritual work and it’s important to make sure that you have the right people to guide you along the way. Having a comfortable atmosphere is just as important as having knowledgeable people to facilitate the work. Deciding that Erik and Nilda would guide me through my experience with the medicine was the best decision I could’ve made for myself. If you want a more authentic and caring experience you may have to journey much further away and even then, you may never find one. Good luck in your journey. Love and light to you.
It is with great respect and appreciation that I write this review for Sapan Inka Project.
Our retreat took place in March of 2012. It was my first and only experience with both Ayahuasca and San Pedro. I traveled with a group of 4 very different participants, all of which had life changing experiences while in the care of Erik and Nilda. 3 of the 4 participants in our group had never been exposed to Ayahuasca, and were a bit apprehensive as we ventured into unknown territory. Each of us were required to fill out a questionnaire prior to being approved to participate. We were then given specific dietary guidelines to follow during the weeks leading up to our retreat. There are so many positive things to point out about our trip, but the most important was the care and love that we each felt from the leaders, Erik and Nilda. This is not a money making venture where they are bringing in large groups of people to participate, but a genuine spiritual retreat. Even though we were crossing into unknown territory, I never felt alone or afraid. All my questions were answered both before and after ceremony. We each represented different belief systems; an atheist, a Christian, a Buddhist and a New Age practitioner. Each of us were brought to deeper places in our spiritual lives through the experiences. For those that have not taken Ayahuasca, I would recommend reading various reviews of the Shaman and the retreat centers prior to signing up. Proper leadership during the experience is critical. The mind is exposed to new realms and dimensions beyond anything that can be verbally communicated. It was extremely important for me to be able to discuss my experience with someone who understood. Erik and Nilda are doing this because they are true healers. They are full of God’s love and compassion and you will notice a true connection to Spirit in both of them. I loved the small setting for each ceremony. The first ceremony had 4 participants and 3 Shaman. The second ceremony had 2 participants and 3 Shaman. This is almost unheard of due to the mass marketing of Ayahuasca, but is of the utmost importance for those truly seeking a life changing experience. The advise I received from Erik was the best spiritual advise I have ever received. Over 2 years have passed since my experience and I am still experiencing positive results from the plant medicine. If you are being led to this experience, you could not be in better hands than those of the Sapan Inka Project. All of my future experiences will be under the love and care of Erik and Nilda. You will gain life long friends and will be safe and secure as you experience a new level of consciousness. My spiritual understanding and knowledge has been altered in a very positive way and I will always be indebted to Erik and Nilda for the love and care that they so willingly shared with us during our time in the Sacred Valley. We also all LOVED being able to also combine this retreat with a once in a lifetime trip to Machu Picchu. If you are undecided, I encourage you to make the decision to attend. You will forever be grateful that you did!
I met Erik and Nilda in Cusco through a friend who had recently completed a ceremony with them. I knew immediately when I met them that they were kind and genuine people who truly believe in the work they are doing and the power of the vine to cleanse and reveal one’s inner self.
I found the ayahuasca experience revelatory and although there were intense moments Erik and Nilda’s presence and guidance felt like a safety net that gave me the confidence to fully release myself to the ceremony.
They are very knowledgeable and compassionate guides and they will take you on a journey like no other 🙂
It was a bit long journey from Cuzco village to the retreat, but very beautiful though.
The retreat is located in a peaceful tiny village, surrounded by breathtaking mountains that won’t let anyone indifferent. Erik and Nilda are the sweetest people you could ever meet in Peru, not to forget about their friendly and puffy dog and cat)
This couple protected and took care of me during my 4 days stay at their cosy and comfortable house. I stayed with a friend of mine in a shared big room, and in a next room there were 2 other girls with whom we shared a big bathroom.
Ayahuasca experience itself was something i didn’t expect at all of it….it was a hell and paradise at the same time, very personal and transforming experience that you have to be morally, mentally and physically ready for. With the guidance of Eric and Nilda i had a safe Ayahuasca journey that didn’t represent any danger at any time.
If you are looking for that little something that is missing in your life, then….go for this experience. it’s something you will never forget and that most probably will change somehow your perspective of the world and yourself in this world. Experiencing it once is definitely better reading about it million times….
Dare to challenge your comfort zone….
I’ve worked with Erik and Nilda twice–in July 2009 and again in June 1014. The first ceremonies (two nights) were with my brother and step-father; the second (again, two nights) were with a close friend. For all of us, the ceremonies were deeply insightful and transformative. Erik and Nilda’s work as ayahuasqueros is truly a vocation; they are profoundly committed to this work and they organize their lives around it. Their house outside Calca is a beautiful retreat. They provide healthy, tasty vegetarian meals. They do an excellent job of explaining the ceremonies. They are also highly aware that they are working to _translate_–as they put it, interculturally–practices that developed in nonmodern Amazonian cultures for modern Western seekers, who bring varied experiences with magical plants and varied ideas about divinity, nature, and the psyche. I’ve gotten a lot from the ceremonies: above all, an awareness of my psyche, my patterns of self, and a working-through of the traumatic kernels that accrue in any self, but also a heightened sensitivity to nature and the fact of livingness, and a profound experience of collapsed space/time perception. All of us returned from the ceremonies with new intentions, direction, and self-awareness (or, perhaps, awareness of the fundamental non-identity of the self). Erik and Nilda are true teachers.
I recently got back from Sapan Inka with Erik and Nilda, July 2014. This was my 3rd time attending the retreat and all I could say is that it was extremely humbling.
Erik and Nilda are beyond teachers to me. To really understand the level of work they are doing to help me, help the people heal is beyond my comprehension. It’s definitely a calling.
This time around, I understood something very profound about the state of my psychological and spiritual development due to a very strong 2nd ceremony. I’ve never experience the medicine on that level and I’ve drank more than my share. It hit home, that if the discipline is not applied outside of the ceremonies than everything becomes futile. With Erik guidance and Nilda’s acceptance, I know I will continue to develop. I can never say enough about Nilda. She is the most gentle warrior I’ve met in my life.
I highly recommend Sapan Inka. It’s a place where development and cleansing are priority. I will continue to return to them because once you’ve found a place filled with guidance, love and acceptance, there’s no need to keep seeking.
Thank you guys!
The retreat with Erik and Nilda in Sapan Inka was a beautiful and deeply healing experience. I felt safe during and after the ceremony and was really welcomed into their cozy home. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and magical. I couldn’t have imagined a place more perfect to rest and heal with nature. The food was really delicious and we were given in abundance! The daytime was blissful, walking through the sacred valley and witnessing waterfalls amidst fantastical mountain peaks. Thank you very much for welcoming me into your home Erik and Nilda, in deep gratitude” – Olivia
Been to the retreat twice now. The first time was in 2013 and i spent one night at the retreat and returned exactly one year later for a full five day course. Erik and Nilda were great hosts and i was transported from my hotel to the retreat which is about an hour and half from cusco.
The retreat location is surrounded by mountains and nature. The retreat house itself is calm relaxing comfortable and clean with all the facilities you need to prepare yourself for what i describe as magical experience. Everything was explained before hand and you are free to ask or talk about your expectations and reasons for taking part in the ceremonies after which you have time to yourself to prepare your mind and body for the ceremony which is hosted in a temple.
As for the experience of the work the medicines does, in my experience, is individual to you. The plant does its work on you and chooses to take you into a world unknown. I had very good and sad experiences both times. But i never felt scared because I knew i was in good hands with Erik and Nilda. They are with you all the time guiding the healing process and how they do their work is an experience on its own.
If ever i want to do the the ayahuasca and San Pedro experience again in the future then i would only ever come back to Erik and Nilda. I like how they work in tandem and in synch and trust to be in their presence and submit myself to their unbelievably excellent work. I congratulate and thank all those that write about their experiences at sapaninka retreat because without their views i would probably never found this place. I will certainly return here one day for another stay and i recommend Erik and Nilda to anyone who wants a safe and guided experience.
My experience with Ayahuasca is a bit difficult to describe to someone who has not experienced it for themselves. Part fantasy, part reality, part mysticism, part healing medicine. It is at the same time ancient and modern revealing truths while also showing one a path to self discovery.
I set out on this experience with a trusted friend and, not knowing exactly what to expect, we were both drawn to the medicine. We had spoken about a retreat for months and had done many hours of research about the medicine and also about the Shaman and what would become our ideal location and retreat. We thankfully found Sapan Inka and I knew almost immediately that this was going to be the place for us.
We arrived in Cusco, Peru with an excited yet calm attitude. We truly did not know what we were getting ourselves into but we are both adventurous and well grounded. Neither of us had any addiction issues nor were we particularly in need of physical healing. We were both just feeling a bit lost in our lives and were seeking something more, something beyond our daily lives, something truly spiritual.
Erik had a driver pick us up in Cusco right on time and we were off on our ride through the sacred Incan Valley to Erik and Nilda?s lovely house perched on a hill in the midst of farming community. This was the true Peru, the Peru one does not experience in a city or on a typical tour, the Peru that makes you feel as if you have traveled back in time.
Erik and Nilda greeted us warmly and we felt a sense of calm once we met them. They welcomed us into their home as friends and always treated us with respect and kindness. They are both extremely warm and genuinely lovely people. We had our initial interview with Erik and he explained a bit about what we were about to go through and added his in depth knowledge of not only ancient medicine but also modern psychology. The sense of calm deepened and we were ready for our first ceremony.
To describe the ceremony itself would be a bit like cheating as it is deeply personal and meant to be experienced, not just read about in an online review. What I will say is that Erik and Nilda not only led the ceremony but also guided us as we traveled through the experience. I felt a strong connection with them, they protected us when we felt vulnerable and not once did I feel afraid of what I was experiencing. They were there for us.
The retreat is limited to four people at a time for good reason, it is intense. I wouldn?t dream of doing this again except in the loving care of Erik and Nilda. I am very grateful to both of them and my friend and I left with heavy hearts, not because of the experience but because we didn?t want to leave.
Our retreat was several months ago but as I told my friend, we may have left Peru but Peru will never leave us. A large part of that is due to our experience at Sapan Inka. My friend describes it as the trip of a lifetime, her description couldn?t be more accurate.
I give Sapan Inka the highest marks possible! They know what they are doing, they make you feel comfortable and safe in what can be a very intense experience and they take great care of you!
I went on the Sapan Inka Project not fully knowing what I would experience. The journey I had and lessons I learnt were life altering. It will always be a time that I cherish and look back on with fondness.It is also something that I would now do again as I understand more and more how important this ritual is. My life has changed drastically for the better since my experience, I am eating healthier, I am more aware and my compassion has grown. I am reading and learning many things on the subject to continue my growth and development. I am building on the tools and knowledge I learnt on this retreat.
I could not have asked for a better spiritual guide then Erik. His knowledge, wisdom and calmness were at the forefront. The ceremonies were beautiful and purposeful. Nilda’s voice in the ceremonies lifted you to new heights and realms while her cooking was world class.
The whole retreat is brilliantly organised and you will come out with meaning and guidance.
I look forward to my next visit which hopefully will be soon.
I had been reading about ayahuasca for a few years but I never thought I would have the courage to participate in an ayahuasca ceremony. This year I started feeling the urge to experience this as I wanted to improve myself and get more understanding about myself and life. I had no idea how to chose a retreat so I let my friend Chris chose one because I know he always makes good decisions and is pretty lucky in life. After some search he emailed me the Sapan inka project website by telling me: this is the one! I m feeling good about this one. I took a look and trusted his choice. We went to Peru and spent a couple days in Cusco before getting picked up to go to the retreat and even though I was nervous, everything felt right. We arrived in the village and were welcomed in this lovely house by Nilda and Erik. They were very sweet and simple. We were a small group of 3. We had a one on one talk with Erik before the ceremony to address our goals expectations and concerns. The ceremony started at 8 pm, I was very nervous. The medicine was very potent and strong but I felt protected as if there was a shield around us. Every time I was panicking inside I would hear the soothing voices of Nilda and Erik singing the Icaros and that would calm me down and help me feel safe. The next morning we woke up to the healthiest breakfast I ever had. Fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothie. We had a one on one talk again to address the experience and help understand if better. We then decided to go walk for a bit and got up to a waterfall which I had seen in my visions the previous night. I felt reenergized. The second night ceremony was also very intense but once again I felt the good energy from Nilda and Erik and felt safe.
I ll never forget the beauty of Nilda and Erik and how harmonious their living is. I felt in a different world full of peace and love. I hope to go back there one day again. What I experienced there in just 2 days is shaping my life and destiny now.
I signed up with Sapan Inka once I saw the transformation of a friend who just came back from Peru. He was not drinking alcohol any more and his health was better than ever.
My personal experience was extraordinary and much more than what I expected! We were an small group of four and we were given such a close attention that none us wanted to leave at the end.
The Ayahuasaca experience was something out of this world and we each saw and experience things that we have never experienced before.
The San Pedro was just a great closure for our trip! I felt united with nature and felt as I was part of the trees and mountains. Just extraordinary!
I honestly believe that with the amount of time and care that they devote to each individual they should charge much more!! We all told each other that if we stayed in a regular Hotel for four days, we would be paying more!
I have been in 41 countries and experienced many things but nothing like this.
I thank Erik & Nilda for doing this for me, God Bless them.
Sapan Inka Project is a place were serious work with the plant medicines are done. The healers/guides from this retreat primary concern is your healing and not your money like most other retreats. They incorporate plant medicines, Andean rituals and psychological development to help you integrate your life.
Erik and Nilda are one of the most humble and profound guides that I have drank the medicine with. They are the reason why I have returned to their retreat twice to continue the work. Their retreat house is surrounded by enormous mountains and vegetation. Their vegetarian meals are simply delicious. On clear nights, you can see millions of stars and the end tail of the Milky Way.
However, the best aspect of this retreat is that they are small…4 people max. Therefore they focus all their energy on healing you. In addition, you have at least 3 one to one sessions to discuss your progress during the retreat which is unheard of in other centers since they pack 15-20 people in one retreat.
Overall I highly recommend this retreat to those who want to heal on a more profound level. It’s serious work, but the rewards are permanent.