I stayed at Refugio mid-February 2013. It has taken me a couple of months to even begin to wrap my head around all the gifts that came to me. The folks that work at this place are angels. Having Pamela pick me up at the airport was such a comfort and started my trip off on a high note. The boat ride down the Amazon to get to the lodge was like heading down the rabbit hole--moving through a world I had only seen in pictures...ancient, lush, pulsing with animal spirits. I just tried to be receptive to let it all in, as it was such a new reality.
I traveled with my partner. We felt safe and accepted at Refugio.The other travelers were fascinating and very kind souls. I made great friends on my stay and felt lucky to have such people to share my visions and dreams with.
Scott, the man who runs Refugio, has a strong spirit, a loving heart, and an indomitable commitment to sharing ayahuasca with others for healing.
I found tremendous healing there that I can tell has only just begun to unfold in my life. The medicine continues to work with me even two months later. I met people who had achieved true miracles through their work at Refugio--overcoming addictions, healing diabetes, dissolving tumors, and the list goes. I am not the sort of person who believed those kinds of things were possible with ayahuasca. I showed up expecting spiritual/emotional healing, and I found it, but also saw so much more.
Make no mistake about it--while Refugio is run by wonderful people and provides a unique and beautiful opportunity for healing, it is also an ordeal. It is muddy, buggy, and the medicine pushes one to his edge in order to grow. This is an experience for those strong in spirit, willing to commit to facing their discomfort and finding more strength than they knew they had. Some people had to leave because of the physical and emotional challenges of the setting and the medicine. But I came to see that that too is part of the medicine. There were moments on my trip where I just wanted to be in a hotel room watching movies and eating room service, but now that I am back home, I often find myself thinking about when I will be able to get back to Refugio for the next installment of my journey. And I know it will happen soon.
I have since participated in ceremonies closer to home and have been disappointed in the strength of the medicine and the rigidness with which the ceremony is conducted. The medicine at Refugio is prepared on site and is very strong, and the ceremony has just the right amount of structure without robbing you of the ability to inhabit your visions and collect data from deep within yourself and from the center of the everything.
I am struggling to express how beautiful my experience was...with all gratitude to Scott and his crew and to grandmother ayahuasca, Michael
- Also Known As:
- Refugio Altiplano Hotel Iquitos