Minnesota – United States
This retreat is in a beautiful spot on a tributary of the Amazon river, and the ride there and back was gorgeous. We took a small boat into a little pathway through the trees until we arrived at a clearing where the maloka (ceremony room) stood on stilts.
I’ve been drinking Ayahuasca with different groups for ten years, but this trip was different because I was able to go to Kawsay “in-between” groups, meaning that no one else was in the ceremony except me, don Winister and don Romulo (the Ayahuasqueros), and William (Huachumero/facilitator). The ceremonies were powerful and insightful, and the shamans at Kawsay were very respectful and helped me with everything (unfortunately, this is not always the case; I have met a couple who were not so respectful, especially toward women). I had a few accidents during the ceremony – for instance when I dropped my sweater into my vomit bucket, and other similar incidents – and everything was quickly cleaned and taken care of for me so that I could focus on the ceremony and my own healing. I felt very humbled and grateful for the amount of care I received, and I saw a lot of it – not just at the maloka, but even after we returned to the city, where I got to eavesdrop while William constantly took calls and thoroughly answered questions about the healing work. I had fun and felt that I was in such good hands during this journey. All three men deserve a very high recommendation for their work and have warm and funny personalities besides, and the setting was beautiful and peaceful.
I initially drank Ayahuasca as a treatment for PTSD, and though it was an uncomfortable and difficult process at first, it has affected my life in amazing ways – providing healing and helping me see how to create positive change. Every ceremony provides new breakthroughs, far too deep for me to explain in a review.