Biologist, Environmental Protection (Germany)
Before coming to the Seminar I was not entirely clear about Ayahuasca’s potential for insight and healing, because I had no prior experience with it or any other psychedelics. I was hoping it could be a way of letting go of negative emotions and reactions toward others and of having time to think and deal with my problems.
I was also curious to see if the controlled use of Ayahuasca could be used for therapy purposes.
The experience was beautiful and very useful. Specially the second Ayahuasca ceremony was quite a practice of letting go, meditating, patience and giving. It brought me completely back to my own center and in a beautiful and forceful way showed me complete calm/peace inside me, my own strength and love for others. It feels like a first very important and valuable step to me, but I think the learning process has not ended and the more difficult part is still ahead: to learn to apply the new understanding and insights to real life, my own life.
After this experience, the controlled use of Ayahuasca, in a safe setting and under the careful guidance of an experienced leader / Shaman, seems to be a very good and valuable tool of insight and healing. However as to my current understanding, I feel it is important to acknowledge that Ayahuasca can be a powerful medicine, but does require a lot of care and openness by those taking it, in particular to connect the experience with daily life. I am still considering if Ayahuasca has the risk of people relaying too much on its effect alone. I do think it serves for cleansing and reconnecting to our own inner master, which will help the process back at home.
I could recommend this experience to anyone wanting to work on themselves and ready for a possible difficult process; to those needing help / healing of past traumas or strength for their own soul and to help others / and all this in a loving and secure setting.
The Seminar location in the Andean mountains in Pisaq is a beautiful place for the Seminar, embedded in the life of the local and indigenous population and the “Ayahuasca-community” in Pisaq, making the Seminar not seem too far away from real life.
I found it really nice to have a lot of communal activities with you and your family participating – I feel it helped to create stronger connections, more and deeper trust, a community spirit and it showed me how to apply some of teachings in real life.
I believe the integration sessions are very important and good, and it helped me a lot to listen to and understand other people’s experiences during the sessions, also to get a better understanding of my own process. The integration sessions were probably as important as the session themselves, because it helped to put a partly unreal experience into the context of life. Sharing a room during the Seminar (and afterwards) was good for the same reason.