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Retreat Center Category: AyahuascaRetreat Center Tags: Ayahuasca, ayahuascaretreat, AyahuascaCenter, ayahuascaperu, and AyahauscaShipibo

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  • The Nimea Kaya Healing Center is devoted to the collective healing of Mother Earth and humanity. In the Shipibo language, Nimea Kaya signifies Spirit of the Jungle. The recent transition to a new piece of land last year has gifted us a new name in honor of the growth of our vision.Through our retreats we aim to help our guests awaken to their fullest potential by expanding their consciousness and healing their bodies, minds & spirits. We also focus on raising the awareness in the preservation of shamanic traditions, local indigenous cultures and the Amazon Rainforest. We are dedicated here at the center in helping those individuals seeking life transformative change and growth. We work with Madre Ayahuasca in ceremonies led by local Shipibo Healers. We provide a safe and comfortable space for those seeking a responsible way to open their spirituality to the higher realms and dimensions of healing and exploration. The illuminated experiences will unfold into a stronger, lifelong connection with the Divine. Discussion circles and continual personal support will be provided to ensure successful personal transformation. We also provide the opportunity for our guests to work with a variety of alternative healing modalities for a more holistic approach in gaining long lasting successful changes in their lives.

    Information about the location:

    The Nimea Kaya Healing Center is located on 25 acres of land in the lowland jungles of the Amazon, on the outskirts of Pucallpa, Peru. We recently relocated in early 2013 to a beautiful sacred piece of land formerly owned by the renowned visionary Ayahuasca painter, Pablo Amaringo, in the village of La Florida. Our home becomes your home, a place of peace, harmony & relaxation for your journey with the medicine. Here we are dedicated to maintaining an eco-friendly and sustainable environment. We have a variety of organic fruit trees and native medicinal trees & plants. Organic vegetable gardens are in the works!

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    We provide for our guests herbal and floral baths with a unique blend of plants and flowers from the surrounding jungle. The plant baths help to wash away any negative energies stagnant in the body and help prepare the participant for a more profound healing with the plant medicine Ayahuasca. The invigorating and cleansing bath will help rejuvenate your spirit.
    - Yoga
    - Art Therapy
    - Meditation
    - Massage
    - Floral baths
    - Painting Workshop
    - Heart Circles
    - Boat trip excursion
    - Nature walks
    - Shipibo Art Exhibition
    - Relaxing in a hammock

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine: Ayahuasca
    Medicine content :

    Our medicine is brewed with only the ayahuasca vine and chacruna leaves

    Medicine preparation:

    We prepare our medicine at each retreat with our guests with the guidance of Shipibo shamans.

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: We prefer our groups no larger than 17 people to accommodate an intimate and personal setting during ceremony.
    Place of ceremony: Our ceremonies are held in our ceremonial Maloca. Our ceremonies are facilitated with the utmost integrity and responsibility. There are always four to six of our staff members in every ceremony helping our guests through their healing journeys with the

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation:
    • Private
    • Shared
    • Fullboard
    More about the accomodation and food:

    Our shared accommodations consist of individual palm leaf thatched huts & tambos, as well as rooms in our main house for accommodating two up to four persons each. Rooms are provided with beds, mosquito nets, table & chairs, fan and a comfortable hammock outside. All huts have electricity with 220V. Meals are made from the heart at Nimea Kaya. We serve a balanced vegetarian diet of delicious & nutritious raw food & cooked meals. -We are dairy & gluten free. -Breakfast: Consists of a variety of seasonal fruit salads, superfood smoothies, granola, oatmeal, potato vegetable medley and eggs. -Lunch and Dinner: We provide a variety of fresh salads. Here are some examples of dishes offered: carrot & beet detox salad, quinoa tabouli, plantain burgers, fresh veggie salads, tomato pineapple salsa, & summer squash soup and Andean choclo corn. -The drinking water provided is filtered through three stage reverse osmosis system and also further purified with Miracle Mineral Solution drops. **Our health is of upmost importance to us during the dieta process. Enjoy our super food smoothies consisting of local fruits, avocado, basil, spirulina, maca, algarabina and more made with our vitamix! Drinking lots of water throughout the day is highly recommended

    Sustainability

    How we ensure sustainability:

    We have reforestation initiatives in place. Planting medicinal trees, fruit trees, organic gardens on our land.

    Locals

    Do you welcome locals?: Yes

    Local Communities

    Our engagement in local communities:

    Miracle Mineral Solution Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) is in many ways the most impactful intervention that we have yet implemented for the health of the local communities. The results are nothing short of miraculous and this product has allowed ourselves to thrive for many years in a heavily polluted environment. Now we are in a position to share the benefits of this product with those that are most in need. Elevating the health of the community is probably the most empowering action one can accomplish. Too much energy has been spent fighting common illnesses within disempowered communities. Once optimization of one’s health is obtained then solutions can be pursued to manage many of the other problems that face the people’s of the Amazon. Video testimonials to come! Reforestation & Food Forest Initiative Not to long ago there was an abundance of food available to those that lived in harmony with the Amazon. Limiting and competitive ideas introduced by western culture have created a separation from people and their land and basic needs. Food is at the core of everyone’s survival, and should not be withheld for monetary gain. The concept of creating a food cooperative free of charge will bring the mindset back to one of sharing with the community. The literal fruits of this labor will directly benefit the community free of charge and will empower the community by providing the ability to plant and maintain areas of land in our sanctuary for food production.


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  • 8 Reviews on “Nimea Kaya Healing Center”

    1. Anja H. Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      I’ve been to Nimea Kaya for my very first ayahuasca experience in February 2018 and couldn’t have chosen a better retreat.
      This magical place and its staff are very welcoming and beyond supportive, the bungalows simple but cozy and there’s lush nature all around. The food was absolutely amazing and to this day I make their legendary green smoothie for breakfast. I really enjoyed all the offered activities during the 9 day retreat, especially that we helped to prepare our own ayahuasca brew ( we used it for ceremony 3& 4), a visit to a Shipibo village that was a 2h boat ride up the Ucayali river and the nature medicine walk.
      The preparations leading towards the first ceremony were outstanding – most of us never worked with mother ayahuasca before and we could always share our concerns/ fears/ questions with any of the staff. On ceremony days we prepared ourselves with only a light lunch, an afternoon off or yoga and meditation in the maloka .
      The ceremonies were always lead by two Shipibo shamans ( male and female) and facilitators with a very high staff – guest ratio.
      I felt safe and in good, professional hands throughout the ceremony and knew someone would be with me shortly in case I needed support.
      Despite the fact that I had a really, really tough time during each of the 3 ceremonies I attended ( skipped the 4th one) , I learned so much about myself and my life has completely changed since then.
      What I really want to highlight is that the volunteers went above and beyond as I definitely was a case that needed some extra love and support.
      I arrived at Nimea Kaya with a great deal of emotional baggage, traumas, 3 different, serious auto-immune diseases with multiple sclerosis being just one.
      I had a volunteer sit with me pretty much during each ceremony, just holding my hand or comforting me, they knew exactly what I needed in that moment and I’m forever grateful for their care and support helping me in my own healing process.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 26-02-2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    2. Bruce Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      My Ayahuasca ‘Trip’ – Nimea Kaya, Pucallpa, Peru – Feb 2018

      -Prologue-

      They say that people are drawn to Ayahuasca. Like most people I discovered it via the internet and became ever the more curious.

      I had three major issues to resolve. My heavy drinking habit, my inevitable career change that I had been balking at for many years and a third that will be keep private as it involves another person close to me.

      I chose one of the more expensive, (but by no means the most expensive) retreats in South America to do my second sojourn with Ayahuasca. I had already been to another retreat outside Iquitos and only experienced mild psychotropic effects of the good medicine; visions of bizarre images like oil paintings reminiscent of Salvadore Dahli and Picasso, though combined. Also, visions of energy fields like swarms of winged luminescent things like small bats, cascading up and down in circles forming a barrel shape and moving around the centre of the Maloka. The physical effects were just as memorable, if not more pronounced. I was so weak and dizzy that I could barely stand up or walk. Besides the purging I had volcanic diarrhea. Seriously, I don’t know were all that sh*t came from; I must have sh*t out my total body weight. All up, that night wasn’t particularly pleasant. Nonetheless, the fellowship and experience was good.

      -Nimea Kaya-

      The medicine at Nimea Kaya was a lot stronger. Even the Shamans recounted, “Holy cow! That’s really strong stuff!” (Forgive the rough translation).

      The medicine at the first ceremony didn’t seem to do anything. I didn’t have a third dose. Don’t ask me why. I don’t know. I guess the rational in after thought is that if two doses didn’t work, a third wouldn’t either. Upon leaving the Maloka I said to a facilitator, “nothing”. (Take a note here). I went for a walk and pondered the stars from the water tower. I took in the tranquility among the bird and other jungle noises and then off to bed.

      After the first dose during the second ceremony I experienced the similar images of weird paintings and images as had occurred a year before. As the Shaman handed me the second dose I said, “I just need the medicine”. Within seconds, whoosh, I was off! I didn’t see the serpents head but its body swiped in front of me and exploded into a wall of stars against a dark blue background. The noise, a deafening roar, was overwhelming, almost demonic as was the sensation of leaving the mortal coil. I was off into the galaxy, floating amongst the stars, weightless, bodiless in vertigo mode. The roar was the only thing I could hear, the floating stars were the only things I could see. I had no sense of being neither in the Maloka nor with anybody present or of being on planet earth at all. It was scary and I began to panic. I yelled, “No, no….bring me back, bring me down…oh god! I was terrified. I didn’t know whether I was lying down or sitting up. I just wasn’t there. Then I just breathed in like a huge vacuum cleaner, sucking up all the stars and the whole galaxy/universe. This sound was overwhelming too. A full force wheezing sound, only I was ‘hoovering’ everything in, in one deep motion. In through my huge funnel like mouth which seemed more like a portal because there was only the dimensions in front of me and I had no sense of what was behind me. Then the purge, from the very bottom of my being, accompanied by the intense roaring sound, I disgorged and sprayed the universe out with all the stars. Then again, in and out. I had no control whatsoever and it was so intense.
      I was taken to the back room to get some special attention from the Shamans, (Augusto and Ercilia), as it was clearly apparent to everyone that I was having an out of body experience. (Tell me about it!).

      This cycle of sucking in and heaving out the universe repeated many times and then, less frequently. I became aware that I was in the back room with the Shamans and others. Ercilia was singing an Icaros. At first it sounded distant and I was in and out of my ‘out of body experience’. The singing became louder and louder. It was like a siren calling and it got my whole attention until I was fully absorbed and enveloped by it. There was nothing but the Icaros; no vision, no real feeling, just being totally in the Icaros. To say it was beautiful to the ear, to my soul, would be an understatement. It was comforting and enchanting. It had so much energy and volume but it was peaceful, almost orgasmic, not in a sexual way and not in a euphoric way. It was just the perfect pitch. It ebbed and flowed, ebbed and flowed. I felt like I was ascending to another plane, and I was.

      A vision appeared. It was light grey mist. I had the sensation of floating through this mist. There were two barely discernable human like figures ahead of me and they seemed to be at the front of an invisible boat; a canoe would be the best sense of it. The two figures were probably the Shamans or my spirit guides. As I looked left and right I saw balls of light in the distance – orbs.

      When I focused on one orb at a time they would evolve into a human image, moreover, faces. Most were individuals and some where groups of people like they were sitting around a card table or on a park bench. I didn’t recognize any of the people but they were smiling and seemingly content. When I turned to look at other orbs, the previous ones (images) would turn back into orbs. As they would ‘light up’, I said telepathically to them, “Hi, just passing through”. They would nod and wave to me in recognition. I guess I was passing through the spirit world.

      The sound of the Icaros heightened and the orbs went away, the Icaros went away, the spirit guides went away. There was just a light grey pristine screen taking up all my vision in front of me. Total silence, I couldn’t feel my heart beat and I couldn’t feel myself breathing – NOTHING.

      After a few seconds I thought to myself, ‘how do I get back from here, I don’t even have a body’.
      The two spirit guides reappeared as two darkish silhouettes and telepathically conveyed to me, ‘let’s move on’.

      That’s when the facilitators lifted me up in to a sitting position and roused me.

      -Epilogue-

      My resistance to sobriety was pretty strong most of the year. However, after more than 30 years of drinking, I quit totally on the 14th of October and I haven’t had a drink since.

      I think the Icaros cleared my mind of ‘cobwebs’ and instilled in me, acceptance and calmness. I hardly feel stressed or anxious about things anymore. You might have heard the saying, “I feel comfortable in my own skin”. Well, I know what that feels like.

      My employment contract finishes next February and I am returning to Australia with a clear direction.

      I have some other things to work on which is why I’m very keen to return to Nimea Kaya and further experience the powerful medicine there.

      Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend Nimea Kaya for an Ayahuasca retreat. From the authentic Shipibo Shamans to the food, accommodation, the organization, the facilitators and general (wonderful) environment, I’m sure nobody would be disappointed.

      Bruce Dowdle.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): Feb 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    3. markg Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      This place is pure magic. I cannot stress enough that if you are feeling called to work with this amazing plant medicine, Nimea Kaya is absolutely the healing center for you. It starts from the top down and Jill and Casey (who run the center) are two of the most kind, compassionate, and caring individuals I have ever met. They are dedicated and passionate about working with Mother Ayahuasca and it truly shows. I have actually attended two retreats there and wouldn’t dare go anywhere else. From the minute you arrive at the airport in Pucallpa to your departure nine days later you are taken care of beyond belief! The center is located in the most beautiful jungle setting with top notch amenities to boot. The food is INCREDIBLE! It is plant based, super nutritious and made with love and pure intention from the wonderful kitchen staff. Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Yoga, meditation, high vibe classes, and integration circles happen every day and are such an integral part of the healing process too. There really are no words for the Ayahuasca ceremonies themselves. You’ve just got to experience them. You are extremely well taken care of by the shamans and facilitators. The entire staff is unbelievable. Have I even mentioned the friendships that you make for life while going through this with others?! This only happens because of the love, energy, and expertise that is put into this place. Nimea Kaya is absolutely magical. It helped make me into the person I am today and I am forever grateful. I could go on and on but just know there should be no doubt in your mind that Nimea Kaya is the right place for you…

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): November 2016, March 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    4. Candace G Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      I remember the day I came across Nimea Kaya. For over a year I had been planning on going to Peru to begin my ayahuasca journey for my 30th birthday. I had been searching for months and every place I had looked at I didn’t feel an immediate connection. I set up a Skype date with Jill and she answered all my questions and I left the conversation feeling very confident that I had found the perfect place. Once I arrived I was so nervous but it immediately went away when I was greeted with warm smiles and for once in my life I was surrounded by like-minded people. The 9 day retreat forever changed my life and I had made a new extension to my family.

      The staff are ANGELS. From day one they showed so much love and compassion. Every day they are there for you and make you feel safe and really take care of you. They truly understand that to be here meant that we were ready to do some very difficult work on ourselves and took that seriously. During ceremony they held the space so beautifully and knowing that I had my angels by my side gave me comfort during challenging moments. The ceremony is held by experienced shamans from the local Shipibo tribe who are there to genuinely help guide you through your journey of healing. The energy they bring to the space is radiant and I could feel their love. Being so vulnerable in an environment that was foreign to me, I can’t say enough how grateful I am for their presence love and grace. Thank you.

      Nimea Kaya is scared, so special- a vitality that is unforgettable and profound. I am so appreciative for Nimea Kaya and all the wonderful people behind this unique gem for allowing our souls to shine and bringing light to all of us. It is an experience I will never forget and carry with me deep in my heart. I am looking forward to returning to the jungle and to continue this process of transformation. Life will never be the same again, and that is the most exciting part. To see the world in a new lens. It is never too late to find your highest potential. So much love 🙂

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): May 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    5. Daisy Mendoza Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      Nimea Kaya is an excellent place to experience ayahuasca. They provide a safe and loving environment which is super important when working with such a powerful medicine. The facilitators were awesome and made me feel comfortable enough to let go and allow my ayahuasca journeys go as deep as they needed to go. It was completely life-changing and I will forever be grateful for the experiences I had here!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): September 2015
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    6. Vlad Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      I have been coming to Peru and working with the medicine for about two and a half years now. After experiencing working with the medicine at two other centres, I must admit that I am most blown away with the experiene I had at Nimea Kaya.

      Right from when you walk through the gates, the beautiful bridge and picturesque landscape welcome you to your new home in the most jaw dropping way. The grounds are incredibly well maintained and the nature and wildlife are everything that you would expect as a setting to work with the medicine.

      The staff are next level as well. I have NEVER experienced a level of care, commitment to safety and heart-felt support during my time at Nimea Kaya (both in and out of ceremony). This is something that was almost all but lacking at other centre’s I visited but at Nimea Kaya is truly felt like the cornerstone to the whole experience.

      The Medicine and the Shamans were 5stars as well. I have never had to drink less medicine to receive the same level of healing as I had in pervious trips to Peru at other centres. The medicine is filled with love and the Shamans are extremely powerful and personable. I was able to open up and work through my “baggage” so to speak and always felt supported and safe. The healing was wonderful!

      The classes and workshops in-between ceremony were an added bonus I must say. The visionary painting session was outstanding and the integration circles were beyond valuable.

      Oh and how could I forget the FOOD! Honestly, this was one of the best culinary experiences I’ve had at a centre (just wait till you try the pineapple mash!). Even for those people who are normally meat eaters, there wasn’t a complaint in the room whatsoever.

      Accommodations were spacious and wonderful (very jungle-chic!) and the showers were modern, tiled and spacious as well.

      All in all, if you’re looking for a safe and beautiful centre where you’ll be treated like family and feel supported through and through while you work with the medicine, then Nimea Kaya is 100% for you!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): September 2018
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    7. Laura Elizabeth Amherst Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      I stayed here recently at the beginning of november 2016 for 9 days.
      It was by far the best experience i have ever had in my life. Extremely welcoming volunteers running classes and daily schedules. Balanced activities with great amounts of knowledge and compassion shared.
      great vegan food, really hearty and beautiful flavours.
      awesome yoga , meditation and mindset classes.
      Really integrative experience and facilitated by extremely caring people.
      Ayahuasca ceremonies were life changing and awe inspiring.
      really immersed in the culture, shipibo art exhibitions were awesome 🙂
      movie nights and documentaries were really lovely too 🙂
      Met some amazing people, loved every minute of it.. will definitely be going back!
      I highly recommend this centre to all! 🙂

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): november 2016
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    8. Julie Addario Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      Nimea Kaya is an incredible gift I gave myself. As my world was turning a new leaf, I sprung up from beneath the earth sprouting new life over the course of nine days working with this incredible plant teacher, while in the care of Jill and Casey and all of the beautiful souls that facilitated my retreat. I entered into a new way of life for myself in the moment I landed on Nimea Kaya’s doorstep. I am so happy to have found the center and the medicine at the time in which I did. Life was very chaotic and difficult in ways that seem like every day stuff popping up, yet for me, I felt like things could really become brighter and feel happier, more whole, balanced and in love everyday, with my own self. Here I was able to find the meaning to this conundrum I placed myself within. After 4 ceremonies with Ayahuasca I found my way through the tunnels of my mind and into the heart of oneness. Seeing a whole new life presented before me, one full of peace, one full of purpose and gifts and new beginnings waiting to be had. I was shown my potential and encouraged to dive into it, by the unique care and attention the staff at Nimea Kaya has. The land, the food, the shamans, the activities, they all helped propel these changes within me and I am so very grateful that today, I have seen such incredible transformations within myself, I too can now help others see the transformations within themselves. I am blessed. Thank you!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): July 2014
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    9. Liam O'Brien Nimea Kaya Healing Center

      It’s been almost a year since I visited Nimea Kaya and my time there sticks out in my mind as a profoundly unique and valuable experience. So much so that I’m planning to visit again this summer. Given the nature of the experience I didn’t really know what to expect, but all my worries were squashed upon arrival. The staff are warm, welcoming, and make you’re stay there an absolute pleasure. There are numerous activities set up to keep you busy, but also plenty of down time to process your experiences with the medicine. The food was also divine and I felt it’s healing effects very strongly in tandem with the ayahuasca.

      One thing that really struck me was the sheer empathy of all the staff at Nimea Kaya. They completely understand the journey you’re going through because they’ve been there themselves, and they make it 100% about you. I felt especially cared for during the ceremonies. When the medicine is working and things get tough, the staff are always there to help guide you. My time in the jungle showed me a new dimenson of human love and kindness. The medicine itself is powerful, so much so that writing about it will not really do it any justice. But for me the message was clear: ayahuasca is a benelovent teacher who knows more than we can imagine. The ceremonies can be extremely hard work but they are worth it. I also cannot speak highly enough of the shamans at Nimea Kaya. Their presence during the ceremonies was otherwordly. They sung for us throughout the night and sat with us into the morning, giving us the highest degree of care and attention.

      Another aspect of the experience that I valued highly was the opportunity to meet such a wide variety of beautiful, open-minded souls. This phenomenon attracts a wonderfully unique group of interesting people. Everybody on the retreat was extremely friendly and forthcoming, and I regard it as a priviledge to have met them all. Every day was filled with interesting stories and conversations. At no other point in my life have I been surrounded by a group of people whom I resonated so strongly with. I hope I get the chance to see them all again someday. Overall I had an incredible time at Nimea Kaya. The staff, the visitors, the environment, the medicine – all perfect. To anybody considering visiting, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

      • Frank Nimea Kaya Healing Center

        To write about all the beautiful things I experienced at Nimea Kaya would run for several chapters, so I will focus on the most significant event which has led to such profound healing and has literally breathed new life into me. This ‘event’ happened during the first ceremony. I’m guessing it was around 60-90 minutes into the ceremony when the first purge gripped me. I sat upright with waves of hot / cold sweats washing over me. As I wretched over and over it felt like toxins and sickness were being pulled out of me. As the swirling geometric visions intensified I began coughing heavily and felt something large and solid rising up in my throat. It was the size of a walnut and was incredibly hard and painful to cough up. This moment seemed to last a long time but once it was out I drew breath and it was so liberating. My lungs seemed enormous and breathing felt so good! This feeling was accompanied by a vision of my body ridding itself of something unnatural, and a real sense that I had just undergone some physical healing. This was very different and more intense than simply throwing up.

        At this point I should explain that 5 years ago I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called sarcoidosis. This condition manifests itself in the form of benign tumours, called ‘granulomas’ which form on the lymph nodes of different organs causing inflammation. For me it’s in the lungs and these granulomas cause periodic episodes of chest pain and shortness of breath. My breathing is nearly always impaired to some extent, but during a flare up my lung function can fall as much as 20%, lasting several days or weeks. It’s unpleasant and leaves you feeling drained, tired and unhappy.

        Following this difficult (but liberating) purge I felt so different. At the time I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the change as the medicine had pulled me in another direction and I was working through an outpouring of tears and emotion as I re-lived some mistakes I’d made in my life. This was an equally liberating experience which culminated in the husband & wife Shamans (Agusto & Ercilia) singing their Icarus whilst sucking negative emotions from me. It was beautiful as they washed my fears, guilt and pain away.

        It was only as the medicine began to ease that my focus went back to this apparent healing and how ‘expansive’ my lungs felt. As I sat outside the Maloca looking up at the stars and fire flies I was in awe of my breathing. I could draw the deepest of breaths. It really felt like the inflammatory grip the sarcoidosis had on my lungs had been released. This gave me a sense of freedom and I felt like I could fly! Following that first ceremony I awoke each morning to these wonderful deep breaths which made me cry tears of happiness (& disbelief). I kept thinking, ‘how is this even possible???’. My breathing was clearer than it had been for 10+ years. I felt like I’d been gifted a new pair of lungs and all this from my first Ayahuasca ceremony!

        Over the next 3 ceremonies the medicine was different every time. There’s too much to cover here, but an overarching theme was this profound and tangible connection to nature. The great mystery of consciousness and ‘who we are’ seemed to unravel itself and I was offered glimpses of the fabric of the infinite universe that we’re all a part of. This hard to describe “vibration” resonated with everyone at the retreat and brought us all together. By the third ceremony, 17 total strangers had become good friends. There was an abundance of love and support as we went into those last two ceremonies.

        I can’t sign off without expressing just how amazing the people are at Nimea Kaya. Jill & Casey have created a sanctuary in Nimea Kaya. I can’t imagine a more genuine, loving and safe environment to drink Ayahuasca. The facilitators, Sylvie, Winter, Kristina and David were absolutely awesome. The guidance and support they provide before, during and after each ceremony was tremendous (incredible massages!). We couldn’t have done it without you guys. The Shipibo staff were so warm and welcoming. Massive respect to the kitchen crew for producing such tasty and nutritious food. Last but certainly not least, a thousand thanks to Shaman’s Orlando, Agusto & Ercilia. The beauty and wonder of your Icarus was like nothing I’ve ever heard…. a winding stream of medicinal song. This ancient music appears to be intrinsically linked to nature and the healing work performed by the Shaman.

        Six months later and I’m still in awe of the powerful visions and healing I experienced and witnessed. The key thing I learnt from my first Ayahuasca ceremonies is that magic is real! My lungs and breathing are still feeling fantastic!

        • Alison Lombardo Nimea Kaya Healing Center

          Hola Mis Amores!
          It was has been almost 3 months since visiting the place and souls of Nimea Kaya. I’m still standing at the threshold of the door that Madre Ayahuasca opened for me, but I feel myself taking the first steps through, beginning with this; my long awaited review! Being a twenty-two year old, small, yet spiritually independent woman, I had to find a safe and comfortable place to travel by myself for my first time out of the country.
          It started after watching a Joe Rogan podcast that featured the author Graham, whom explained Ayahuasca’s influence on him in writing his fictitious renditions of the Spanish conquest of the Mexica. Being a creative writing student at the time, I initially thought this was the experience I was looking for that could help me solidify what I wanted to do in my own writing endeavors, So, after reaching out to Graham via Facebook, he provided me list of a couple retreats, but when I saw Nimea Kaya’s women retreat happening in three months; I didn’t even think of how I was going to cover the cost of my stay and air fare, I just filled out the application and hit send.
          Everything happened so fast after that. The women that would soon change my life contacted me within a few hours. They explained everything to me, from the cost of my stay to air fare, and I began to fear I would never be able to raise/ get $4000 dollars with no job and college hanging over my head; but there is nothing our Earth Mother can’t do. Without a question of where or why I was going to Peru, my father came to me asking if there was anything I wanted for my birthday, and then agreed to pay the entire amount of my trip and then some. So, I withdrew myself from college and made the two-week long trip to Peru with every intention of going back to school once I returned.
          If you want to read more about my personal journey, you can check out my blog here: http://vine2wire.blogspot.com/
          As I have learned more about myself in those two-weeks then I could have in my entire lifetime, from all the beautiful souls I met to their words I still carry in my head, I will never again take my gifts and the things I have for granted.
          Nimea Kaya was beautiful, and even though it’s just a short bike-taxi from the airport, you feel secluded and safe after the hike into the heart of the retreat. They have three dogs and a two cats on the property that immediately made me feel right at home. I was met with hugs and warm smiles from all the staff, that were all women, special for our visit; kicking all their male staff out. 😛 Our retreat was to last two-weeks with five ceremonies in total. Our ceremonies didn’t happen until after the first few days, which I was grateful for, and only two happened one after the other. Besides our dieta and Ayahuasca, no other plant medicines were given, but they did provided a number of bodily healing services. From massage to DNA activation, they were the best I had ever received. But, in case you wanting something negative to look at, they don’t have hot water, and I am thankful that they didn’t. It has made me relish every hot water bath ever since. 🙂
          I have plans to return to Nimea Kaya again in the near future, after receiving the message that Ayahuasca needs to heal my mother, as well. I can’t wait to return to my home away from home in La Florida as I look forward to the next steps in my journey. So long to the fictitious inspiration I thought I was going to receive, when instead I achieved the inconceivable, for an attempt to do the impossible; so now, with Pachamama’s inspiration, I know nothing is so. <3

          • Tim Clark Nimea Kaya Healing Center

            Nimea kaya is a wonderful retreat center! I was welcomed with by Sylvie’s and winter’s joyful spitits. Everything at the center is great.The food is prepared with love and huge smiles each day by the beautiful women cooking our food. The facilitators Casey and Jill are bright and extraordinary spirited human beings. The shamans are amazing it is so great to know that some are holding this life as sacred as it always is. As well having them guide you by singing the icaros which is essential for the journey and Madre aya translated into English an icaro being sang to me in this beautiful voice of an angel.Our bedrooms were very comfortable, but the mosquito nets will either keep em out our close em in so watch out! The greatest place is the where all the magic and purging happens. It is here where I truly see now everybody naked and as one. We all share the same bodily,emotional and spiritual paths from the strengths and doubts, we have walked the same path as another because we have been and are here exactly where we all are because we are one. Our physical connection is especially noticed when you share a room fifteen people purging!my time there meeting madre aya is felt so deeply within spiritually and continues to direct me each day. I know now that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did but now know more knowing this, that I don’t know as much today that I will tomorrow. I am eternally grateful for the work done by everybody here.

            • Benjamin Nimea Kaya Healing Center

              I visited Nimea Kaya Healing Center in february 2013 – I did not participate in any ceremonies, but I had a very good impression of the place. The staff seams trustworthy and it is located in truly amazing jungle surroundings! Some of the staff are American and very kind.

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