The Hummingbird Ayahuasca Healing Center specializes in plant spirit medicine using both ayahuasca and huachuma. Our emphasis is on healing: physically, emotionally and spiritually. We offer standard 12 day retreats and also personalized healing retreats of 2-4 weeks for those that need deeper healing or have serious emotional or physical problems. Our center has a 5 year record of getting exceptional results for our clients. We have healed fibro myalgia, arthritis, diabetes, IBS, PTSD from war verterans and other traumas, and variety of physical ailments western medicine could not diagnose. Many have been freed from addictions, and we have successfully treated over 60 people for long term depression.
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1111NatureLover September 06, 2017
This is the place you want to go to if you're seeking deep healing on an energetic, mental, emotional, spiritual level. This is my second ayahuasca retreat -- I previously went to a different healing center -- and I have to say, the level of deep healing one can experience here at Hummingbird is extraordinary in several ways: (1) The quality and experience level of the ayahuasquero is masterful -- Manaii and Jim truly were master manipulators of energy and the icaros and rattling were HIGHLY effective at beridding me of that which no longer served me. Literally my subconscious was so open and having such masters literally pull energies out of me -- I am so grateful and in awe of the skill level and experience necessary to extract and perform such exorcisms. I felt energetically scrubbed clean. Raw even. The ayahuasquero also performs individualized healings during the ceremony, which I found extremely helpful in letting go and surrendering. This alone is an important reason as to why this retreat center is a good one -- all curanderos are not at the same skill level, and the emphasis one stresses varies widely. This one is very focused on healing. (2) Emphasis on reflection and quiet time. I really appreciated this. While it's lovely to have excursions planned, I found it much more healing and helped me integrate what I learned on a deep level by NOT distracting myself with wifi, random excursions out to some adventure spot, all the things we would normally do in our day-to-day lives to stop ourselves from feeling whatever it is we're feeling. Life is really simple, I've found, and I've decided to keep it simple. Experience the simple pleasures. The distractions don't allow us the time and space to actually process what we're feeling internally. Truly experience the simplicity of watching dogs play in the pond, feeling the breeze on your skin while rocking in a hammock, contemplating your existence. (3) The ajo sacha dieta. I'm so glad I did this. Three days of drinking a garlic-flavored tea, in conjunction with no salt, no sugar, no fruit, no chemicals, no electronics, no touching other people, limited interaction with others, limit reading, etc. This allows the body to allow further access to ayahuasca's healings, without having to work through other energies that might be obstructing. It was very challenging, but I had no idea how effective it would be until the 6th aya ceremony. It was only then that I realized how much extra purging my body was able to do during my 4th-6th ceremonies now that it was more able to release these energies. It's hard but worth it. (4) Your own room. Yes, you can share with a friend if you want to, but I don't recommend it. We have no idea how much our circuitboards are overloaded with all different kinds of energy, particularly those that are not actually ours. It feels good to come back and have a private, safe space to feel all those feelings we've been avoiding. Have quiet space just to be without distractions. Fall apart if you need to. Not feel like you're bothering anybody when you have to go back and forth to the toilet, which is very common on ayahuasca nights. (5) Jungle surroundings + dogs. Healing nature, with healing animals. I can't say how important this was to my personal journey at the retreat. The dogs were such amazing teachers, particularly this little boy puppy who taught me quite a lot while I was there. They taught me a lot about myself, what kind of love I had to give, my own capacity. There's also a lovely symphony of jungle noises at night. There's one bird or other unknown creature who sounds like he's cackling or laughing at us. It was actually eerie how often it would laugh when I'm having some kind of realization or insight. (6) You can stay for as long as necessary as long as there's space. I was originally signed up for the 12-day retreat that included 6 aya ceremonies and 1 huachuma. I extended my stay by 2 days and included another huachuma ceremony. I LOVE that there's no set retreat schedule that one needs to adhere to. Healing doesn't occur by set schedules, and if one feels a month is necessary to work on themselves, then a month is what one needs. I love that this retreat center has the flexibility to do that. The next time I do ayahuasca, I will choose my own healing schedule as well. Also, I have personally found for myself that 3 ceremonies was just scratching the surface for me. The deepest healing (also most challenging) I experienced was during my 4th-6th ceremonies, also hand-in-hand with the ajo sacha dieta which helped me release even more. I really do feel that more ceremonies is correlated with deeper levels of healing. Do participate in more ceremonies if your schedule permits. It REALLY makes a difference. (7) Huachuma aka San Pedro. Very important master plant energy. Do not pass up on the opportunity to work with this spirit if you can. There are definitely different lessons and releases one experiences on Huachuma, and it is very clear to me that huachuma and ayahuasca work in conjunction with each other. I am so very grateful of my experience at this center -- from Jim's extra coaching and insights, to Manaii's protective prayers, to all the compassionate treatment from the retreat cooks, workers, ceremony helpers who assisted us to the toilets. What a safe container in which to work on ourselves, I felt extremely well-taken care of. Thank you so much, Hummingbird! Much love <3
IrisTheOwl July 06, 2017
Words could never picture the life changing experience The Hummingbird Retreat Center has been for me and others I witnessed during my time there. I've spent a month there and every second was a healing one, both figuratively and literally. The place is like a little piece of heaven, the staff is friendly and discreet, the food is delicious and most importantly healthy and the organization is impeccable. I felt comfortable and safe; this has become a new home away from home. Jim, the owner, is an exceptional soul, an amazing friend & confider, a tremendous healer and an excellent & competent professional. The Shaman and himself are doing such a hard, tremendous and sacred healing work on people every day that you can't help but feel an infinite gratitude and respect for them and for what they accomplish. This sacred place is healing in so many ways and worth every penny and more. Besides the sacred medicines that will reset your mind, body and spirit to the healthy state you are born in (and should always be in), the fresh air your lungs breathe from the breathtaking jungle and the healthy foods you intake, this unique, magical & beautiful place enables you to meet the most beautiful, brave & wise souls out there, bond deeply & sincerely with brothers & sisters and make long lasting, life changing new connections with people you wouldn't never have been able to otherwise. That being said, it is very important to remember that this is a place for healing and learning; the process can be hard and needs your total commitment. It is important to remember that it is your openness, your humility and your attitude of sincere gratitude & respect that will define your experience and your outcomes. Don't expect anything & just surrender. This is a life changing experience and change can be hard and scary, but like life, it is worth it all! For those suffering from long lasting depression and anxiety; I was one of you, and for the first time in a very long time I can finally say that I am cured! I didn't go there with the hopes of healing my depression because I just couldn't face another failure and yet after a month I was healed; I am healed. And this is not one of those time when you think you're finally free from it and weeks or months or even years after it comes back because it was never really gone; this is knowing without any doubt nor fear that I am cured from depression and anxiety. I'd forgot how freeing life without depression was and I am just now really fully understanding how strong people suffering from depression are. You are brave souls, please don't give up and without expecting anything, give this sacred place a chance to do the same healing it did to me, to you. Will I go back there? In a heart beat! Do I recommend it? Absolutely, without any hesitation nor reservation! If you are serious about your healing and learning journey, this is the ideal place to do it! I wish you a great journey! Jim, words can't express the magnitude of my gratitude to you nor could I say it enough times; thank you again for being who you are and doing what you do. You are doing such a hard and tremendous healing work. People need you, the world needs you; please don't ever stop. I am so grateful for you and this sacred place that has become a new home away from home. I feel like I'll always have an enormous debt to you. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Jamie Nigel July 01, 2017
Jim and his Hummingbird centre provided everything necessary for me to journey deep into myself. I was taken care of perfectly by everybody during my 12 day stay, which gave me the chance to work and fully focus on myself. The program is set up well to achieve as much as one wants to achieve. The ceremonies are sacred activities being led by Maestro Manain and his beautiful Icaros, Macaras and his magical flute. Even Jim participated with some beautiful icaros. During the ceremonies there were several people watching over us which gave a sincere feeling of safety. Fellow travelers who struggled were gently assisted. Equally valuable to the ceremonies were the next morning's sharing circles where everybody could share his experience and Jim and Maestro really took the time to hear you out and help to understand your experiences. The medicin is really strong, and Jim let everybody start with a mild dose to ensure everybody had a good experience. After the first ceremony you could choose you dose with the advise and supervision of Maestro. The locaties of the centre is beautiful and very well maintained. Breathtaking nature which contributed massively in my experience. Staff is extremely humble and friendly. Rooms cleaned everyday. And the food is amazing; never knew Aya dieet food could be this good! Finally I would like to express my deepest grattitude towards Jim. A man with a lifelong experience and a sincere pure hearth. I learned so much from this friendly and loving man. His priority during our stay was to ensure everybody was okay and when somebody needed something, Jim would take care of everything. What I was looking for was a safe, clean and proper environment where I could work on myself. Jim, Maestro Manain and tThe Hummingbird recreat centre provided me with that and so much more. I'm strongly considering to return here in the future, and can definitely recommend this place for anybody! After 6 months I will write another review to share my experiences in my 'new life'.