I did not know what to expect prior to coming to Pachamama. I had felt called for some time to sit with Ayahuasca and learn. I am so full of gratitude for the safe environment, honor and love that Pachamama welcomes you with, held me in and and my group in ceremony with. I could not have imagined the lessons I have received. It changed my life and relationships immediately for the better, I can’t say in all the ways yet, except that I think that from my view, everything is changed.
Most important, I just wanted to say that I felt safe and that the experience felt deeply sacred. If you have felt called, I would recommend Pachamama with absolute enthusiasm to you and those that you love!
If you landed on my review, it is a sign that you are being called to go ahead and do it.
I came to this sanctuary with a lot of fear and judgement for these types of retreats.
Derek and all the volunteers made it very comfortable for each one of us go through the process of healing.
Haley and Rodneys music is completely transformational.
I am still processing everything that came to me during the ceremony but Mama Aya ( ahuasca medicine) really helped me figure out my life’s purpose. I have never felt loved in my life. I do not feel alone anymore. My spirituality is very full and I am glad I listened to this “curiosity” or universe calling if you want to call it that way because now It is clear that i have work to do to make this world a better place. My ego is now dead and my consciousness is alive and very happy. NAMASTE my beautiful souls
Everything went extremely well. The staff, the home, and the area are all perfect and well-maintained. Very happy to meet the people I did and even happier about the new bonds created. Very reassuring to see the passion and care of the staff to everyone there.
It is always profound to know you’re supposed to be
I was ready, very nervous and vulnerable coming to Pachamama. I was greeted with love and smiles on my arrival. I had a tour right away to soak in the atmosphere and could feel right away that this was exactly where I supposed to be. I felt grounded. For my first time sitting with ayahuasca, this was the place. I knew I had the right people by side and the right guides for my immersion. I knew I was absolutely safe and I could just let go and allow what needed to happen, be done. I learned more about myself and life in two and a half days than I have since childhood. Wisdom that matters to me.
I would recommend Pachamama Sancuary 100% for anyone called for the first time and those who know it’s time to sit with Aya again!
I will absolutely return soon.
Just the experience every one needs. Thanks to everyone.
I had such an amazing experience here at Pachamama. From Derek to the Shamans and all the volunteers, everyone was full of love and compassion. They created a safe place for me to heal. I found unconditional love within myself for he first time in my life. I was always searching on the exterior to love me when I had it inside me all along. What a beautiful gift! Thank you! Jess
A safe space to work through anything that might be holding you back. The shaman and facilitators give you everything you need or want in order to have the best experience possible. I wish I could live there!
The most amazing weekend of my life.
I just spent the weekend at Pachamama Sanctuary. It was a life-changing experience and a blessing to have a sanctuary close enough to drive to. Derek and the staff are amazing. There are no words to describe JC Arkawa and the power he wields. If you are called to Ayahuasca this is an amazing place to experience it. Deep insights and deep healing are possible. ~DD
Enjoy the Whole Journey
My friend and I recently attended a retreat at Pachamama Sanctuary not really knowing what to expect. We both left with our expectations exceeded and feeling like lighter and happier people with better insight into ourselves and our lives. Derek and the staff do an excellent job making sure everyone is comfortable, educated, and safe throughout the process. Our retreat was overseen by shaman JC Arkawa and participants were treated to beautiful live musical performed by him during ceremonies, which added a whole other element to this incredibly humbling, life-changing experience. Highly recommended to those looking to make positive and lasting changes in their lives.
The staff are awesome they keep you safe and make sure they are there if you need to talk to them. They are very dedicated to what they do and want to make it as safe for you as possible. If mother aya is calling this is a great place to go and receive her message.
Great environment very professional and supportive staff. Friendly and safe. Good food also.
Beautiful experience with beautiful people.
Pachamama Sanctuary, Arkawa
The experience was better than I expected. Derek does not gratuitously adorn his guidance over integration, breath work, dieta, etc. with esoteric mysticism; he bases his advice on direct empirical experience. As a result, his guidance through integration is as gentle and direct as a formally trained psychotherapist or counselor.
MC Arkawa is a brilliant musician and Aya guide. His recorded works don’t do justice to his solo instrumental and singing abilities, and to understanding the ‘arc’ of the Aya experience– of when to summon, when to go deep, and when to resurface. The music was absolutely grounding, evocative, and uplifting. I witnessed an intervention with someone struggling in her headspace, and he and Pachamama assistant Sativa masterfully brought her out of her loop and into calm self-control.
The setting and approach is one of sober reverence that reveals a deep firsthand understanding of the Aya experience and tradition, and its relationship to individuals of varying needs and dispositions.
The most profound and beneficial experience of my life!
I am deeply grateful to Derek and the entire staff at Pachamama Sanctuary for providing such a safe and healing environment. I have never felt as safe, cared for, welcomed, and respected as I did during my weekend retreat there. The personal healing and revelations that happened feel profound as they relate to and are applied to my life and their benefits feel forever.
This Is a life changing experience. Derek and his team are absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend this retreat. Please be prepared to do the work, it will reward you in many ways. My wish is every human experience ayahuasca once in their lifetime. It will continue to open more doors of awakening.
My experience at Pachamama Sanctuary was great, the ceremony was very peaceful and I felt very safe. The staff is caring and respectful. The weekend went smoothly. I will recommend Pachamama Sanctuary to my friends and family. Thank You Derek for saying yes when You got the calling.
Great experience of healing
First timer here. Felt totally comfortable and accommodated. Everything was done with genuine care and the intention to make the experience as good as possible—very good people. I heard many wise words, spoke with like-minded people, and purged and gained personal wisdom. Thanks, All!
So glad to have made the choice to join you guys
A beautiful experience with pure love and compassion, the whole team is amazing thank you guys to the opportunity!
Pachamama saved my life
I have attended two retreats at Pachamama and my life has transformed in major ways as a result. Both times I was shown a level of acceptance and respect that was lacking at all the spiritual and medical establishments I had previously sought help from. The staff and volunteers put a lot of effort and care into the ceremonies, creating an open, sacred, inclusive space for us to heal and share, giving each participant the personal attention we need to keep us safe and feeling supported. I am incredibly grateful to have finally found a sense of belonging, hope for my future and a spiritual community to heal and grow with.
A supportive place that holds space and helps healing
I have just returned from the Pachamama Sanctuary with huge gratitude in my heart and body. It was a beautiful and challenging weekend that gave me exactly what I needed. The staff were encouraging and supportive and in all the right places. The guided breath work was astonishing and the ceremonies guided with grace and deep thought. I went to unexpected places and had unexpected breakthroughs. I am now starting the work of processing and integrating all that I learned with the support of the community I found there.