Okay, let’s put it this way: If you are searching a safe, authentic and reliable place where shamans and the director of the center REALLY know what they are doing, Qhispikay Kawsay is the place to be. Those eight days I spent in the jungle with William was just – with the lack of a better word – amazing. I learned so much about myself and so many locks I had in my mind were opened.
I’ve heard and read that in some places the medicine won’t work quite that good. Here you can be sure it will. I went to journeys cannot even know how to describe. I found places of joy and happiness inside me I knew I had lost long ago. Not all of the moments during the ceremonies were happy ones – there was also a lot of mess and some darkness I had to face – but with the hard ones, I learned a lot too.
My reasons to participate in the retreat was to get help for my depression and lack of self-esteem, but mostly for my porn addiction, I had suffered over a decade. It’s now been three months since I participated and I now know it was an essential part of my still ongoing healing process. Now back in Finland, I’ve managed to really face my problems in the way I couldn’t think I could have before.
So, if you’ve never tried ayahuasca before (and even if you have) I warmly recommend this place. They don’t fill their retreats with too many people (i think the maximum number of participants was eight – and I was there alone!!) and there are always three very experienced, dedicated and warm-hearted shamans looking after you (William, the director of the place is one of them).
What else would I say… I guess I also have to mention that the food was great and that the place is not right next to city, or roads or a highway, so it also adds a bit to the feeling (You have to go there by boat). And here you don’t only get to experience ayahuasca, but also get a taste of Huchuma, another sacred plant of Amazon. That is, the fifth ceremony is not ayahuasca ceremony, but a Hachuma-ceremony, in which I personally really encountered my own demons and problems.
It feels that the more I write the more there is to say, and the more it feels I really cannot reach what I really would like to say. So maybe I’ll end here. Because there is so much stuff in my head that I think still needs to be worked, and because my heart was left in the jungle and especially to this place, I cannot wait to get there and meet shamans Don Romolo and Winister and my new friend William again.
I see that some have left their email too for more info. I think I’ll do that too. So here it is: toni.jyvala(at)gmail.com