My fascination with the ancient medicine Ayahuasca started long before I got to South America. I understood it was not for the faint hearted and therefore decided to not seek it out. If an opportunity to participate in the sacred ceremony presented itself and it felt right then I would see where it lead me. After a series of comical mixups and a yoga retreat that never happened, my friend and I found ourselves in the Etnika office.
We were greeted by Teddy who was both professional and passionate. There was no marketing or pressure, just the facts about an Ayahuasca retreat. There was no doubt in my mind that the time and place was now.
Less than 24 hours later our journey began in the tranquil and healing space where the retreat took place. The shamans we were working with were humble, kind and immediately put me at ease. The coca leaf reading and the offering to Pachama were both beautiful and surreal. I felt very privileged to be a part of something so traditional and sacred.
As night came, I felt prepared and excited for the unknown. Annnnnd there was a fair dose of nervousness! The Ayahuasca ceremony isn't pretty but the childlike wonder, joy, liberty and clarity I experienced blew my mind. I have never felt so connected, calm, safe and loved.
The next morning we made the decision to extend our stay. After a day of noble silence and contemplation I was ready to go deeper. For me, this is where the real cleansing and purification took place. Again it wasn't all pretty and there was some deep seeded pain brought to meet me but this is what I came for.
I left with profound gratitude for Pachamama herself, the Shamans and Teddy for holding the space to allow such sacred healings to take place.
I highly recommend Etnikas and the team and won't hesitate to take another journey when the time is right.
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