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Enya April 18, 2017
I came to Nihue Rao for one week. I was experienced with Aya and other plant medicine. I got a very dusty bunk, with holes in the bed sheet, and dozens of dead bugs. That didn't feel very welcoming. It took over 24 hours to get the room cleaned up. On the whole, the energy there felt terrible, very dark, full of ego. I recommend to go elsewhere, to a place with strong ethics and integrity. When you are in a ceremony, you are extremely vulnerable. Make sure you go to a safe place - physically, emotionally, spiritually. Nihue Rao was none of those.
Nikolay Derkach May 12, 2016
The center is part owned by a shipibo shaman, another owner is Joe, an American MD. The place is no frills, so if you are looking for something besides plant medicines (like an extensive tour program), look elsewhere. The brew was very strong, very potent and is done right there on the premises. They had 4 male shamans during the ceremony but sometimes other folks join in to sing Icarus, it was like a whole orchestra. The center doesn't have scheduled retreats, people come and go as they wish. Some people do plant diets (I did one as well). Some folks stay a few months, and sometimes up to a year. I had a very productive time working with the medicine. We had about 2-3 facilitators who did an incredible job (especially Joe). This retreat is one of the oldest and they really care about the helming process. If I ever need to work with ayahuasca again, I'll come right back there. Highly recommended.
Before gong to Nihue Rao, I'd been struggling with depression all summer long, was dealing with childhood abuse issues that had resurfaced including anger toward both my parents, and basically felt stuck in life. After coming home the depression was completely gone, my anger at my parents gone as well, and I was finally able to get my life coaching practice going and plan for my future. I started running almost every day, something I hadn't been able to do consistently in years, and had repaired two relationships with people I'd fallen out with. It's been 3 weeks and so far so good. Maybe I could have gotten the same healing at another center, but now that I know Joe and the Shamans and what to expect, I don't want to go anywhere else.
I had social anxiety, self hatred, and was extremely depressed. I thank God I chose Nihue Rao. The people who own the center come from their own unfortunate circumstances and so they know what if it feels like to be in your shoes. I was at the end of my rope and I didn't want to use anti-depressants or anti anxiety pills because I heard of too many negative stories from them. Plus these pills only bandaid the problem whereas these psychedelic medicines go straight to the root of the problem and help you heal from within. Its been 6 months since I went last December and I feel incredible. It was night and day from how I felt before to now. I can't recommend this place enough.