Self-Employed from Los Angeles, California
“I feel so honored to have been part of the 1st retreat! I am so grateful and filled with love when I think of all the beautiful souls I met. I learned what is all, and that is love- I remembered the truth of who I am, perfectly imperfect with a heart that has an abundance of love to share, it is my gift 🙂 I am now out of my mind, in the best way, in my heart, in the moment. I feel reborn, into my authentic self, the self my soul knows to be true. Most importantly I have learned to live from my heart, feel the true love I have for myself and truly feel others, feel their magnificence, their pain, and love all of it. I used to think I had to protect my heart, wear heavy armor so no one could penetrate or see me, and I felt like there wasn’t enough love for me to share and be okay. I lived in a fear based mind. After my experience with everyone at Ayahuasca Healings & the medicines I found inner trust, trust in the universe, connectedness with all that is, all that is now, I found love, freedom & how wonderful it is to be a woman 🙂 Aho!”
Sara Willis, 35
Medical Secretary from Tacoma, Washington
“Since I was 14 I have suffered with severe, chronic depression and suicidal ideation. At 20 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II and then at 33 I was diagnosed with having quiet borderline personality disorder. I have been in therapy for 20 years including dialectical behaviour therapy. I have been on 12 different medications and none of them helped in any way. I had tools to cope from completing dialectical behaviour therapy and I had a better perspective on my condition but my symptoms still flared up now and then. I was still thinking of suicide as a way out. Going to Ayahuasca Healings Retreat was the best decision I made for myself. I experienced my true nature and experienced my strength. I am now calm, connected to my true self, content and confident. My voice has even changed to a deeper, softer and more feminine sounding tone. I feel capable of dealing with anything life throws at me. I can look people in the eye and connect with people and be present in conversation. I am looking forward to living a long, healthy and peaceful life. I never believed it would be possible for me to feel this way but I do. I am liberated from my prison of suffering and I can breathe again and hope for my future.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!”
Registered Nurse from Seattle, Washington
“My experience with Ayahuasca and Huachuma was like diving into a Cosmic washing machine. I went in full of fear and apprehension, got shook up and spun around and eventually came out clean and relieved of a lifetime of pent up suffering. The ceremonies were powerful beyond words.
I am grateful to Bear, Marc (The Shaman) and Franziska (The Medicine Woman) for sharing their wisdom, strength and guidance in such a positive way. The rest of the Ayahuasca Healing staff were integral to the process as well. I felt loved, cared for, understood, respected and appreciated. They all provided a safe space with overflowing kindness to help with everyone’s healing process.
If I had to choose three feelings to describe the experience, they would be awe, wonder and gratitude.”
Joe Buono, 26
Musician, Teacher from Virginia
“My time at the Ayahuasca Healings retreat was the most profoundly transformational experience of my entire life. I came for healing and clarity, and I received both in ways I had never even fathomed. The trip was beyond worth it.
Although I ‘felt the call,’ I was still anxious before I made the trip. I didn’t really know what to expect, and I felt a little crazy flying across the country. However, once I met my fellow retreaters and the staff, I knew that I was in good hands.
I was amazed at how quickly I bonded with everyone at the retreat. In about three days, we went from being complete strangers to close family. From the very beginning, I clearly felt that the staff had the highest intentions and commitment to us, which allowed me to deeply trust them throughout the entire journey.
The ceremonies were extraordinarily intense and powerful for me. It was difficult work, but I know that the lessons I gained have already changed me and will continue to empower me for the rest of my life.
If you are on the fence about whether you should go to this retreat or not, just go. Make your reservation and take the leap of faith. I promise that you will not regret it.
I give my deepest, most heartfelt thanks to the Ayahuasca Healings family for their incredibly important, life-changing work.”
Daniel Dumont, 30
Massage Therapist from North Carolina
“I attended an Ayahuasca Healings retreat from January 29 – February 1. It was cold, wet, and soggy. We ate just enough to ward off feelings of starvation and…… it was perfect. We had everything we needed. Myself and all those who attended this retreat had been on an uncomfortable journey our whole lives. We knew there was something intrinsically wrong with society and what it’s value system. Accumulating modern amenities that provide “comfort” to us in any and every situation. That many people buy not even because they necessarily want them, but because they are convinced through the media that it will make them happy, and that others want them. So we run on the wheel, chasing these superfluous status symbols, willing to trample all over each other to acquire the new thing fabricated to make us happy for those fleeting moments when we unpackage them and show it to our envious friends. Then our friends leave and that high you felt from having the latest and greatest fades, especially when there’s an “improved” model coming out next month. You better get back to work and hoard every last penny for yourself so you can be the first to have that one too. This is the endless cycle that comes out of what our society poses forth as the path to fulfillment. It’s empty, transient, and turns us against each other.
It’s easy to feel lost if you’re awake enough for this narrative to leave a bitter taste in your mouth. If nearly the whole system is designed for people who blindly follow this plan, yet still internally feel hollow despite their external wealth, then what’s out there for those with an inverse value system? What’s causing that emptiness inside of the masses? The missing ingredients are love and contentment. This retreat fosters those in spades. All those modern contrivances are absent, and you bond with those around you through the struggles. Everyone relates to and is looking out for one another because we’re all experiencing the same thing, and we’re all equal. I felt happier and more content than I ever have; coming in from the cold, sitting around the fire, and drinking warm tea with my new found friends. Than from anything societies ever had to offer me. So the conditions, though they may sound rustic, are an essential part of the experience in my opinion.
The bonding and contentment which the conditions breed (in addition to the beautiful mountains surrounding you) are amplified by the two ceremonial medicines that are the staple of the retreat. Huachuma opens your heart space in such an amazing way. Words really can’t be used in its description. As evidenced by when my group exited the temple from that particular ceremony, we all just stood in a circle, arms around one another, gazing around into each other. Radiant smiles all around, yet not a word was spoken. It has to be felt, but I can say that it’s certainly a feeling worth feeling. Huachuma opens you up for Mother Ayahuasca later that evening. She knows all your little secrets. The things you hide away from everyone, including yourself. If you relent and trust she’s there to help you move past these things, then you will leave feeling like an internal reset button had been pressed. Without going into details of my own experience I can tell you it removed the emotional weight I’d been unconsciously carrying around, gave me clarity on who I’ve been, who I currently am, and who I am to become in the future. Things have just been clicking into place in my mind left and right since I left. I am more open, loving, and sharing than I’ve ever been and it feels fantastic. I have gratitude for and see the beauty in everything I lay my eyes upon. Ayahuasca was a truly life altering medicine for me, one that I wish for everyone on earth to experience. We’d live in a much more harmonious and loving world if so. But I know that’s unrealistic right now. For now, I can only share my experience and hope it impacts someone reading it enough to go try it for themselves, and it can proliferate out through their account and henceforth. I can’t recommend the retreat highly enough. I wish all those well who follow in my footsteps. The world can change, but we have to be the change we wish to see in it. Let’s spread the love. You’ll be overflowing with it if you take the steps, and go to meet Mother ayahuasca. She’s been waiting for you. Go embrace that motherly love of the universe and come back into the world as the human embodiment of it. Let your light shine!”