Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
The Hummingbird Healing Center has been hosting ayahuasca retreats since 2010. We work with both ayahuasca and huachuma(San Pedro Cactus), and our curandero Don Fernando Laiche has over 38 years experience working with both ayahuasca and san pedro. Since its inception, our center has been dedicated to helping those who really need it, and regularly accepts people who were rejected by other “well known” centers because of their background with depression and trauma. Many centers are unwilling to take on the work and risk of helping people with long-term, treatment resistant issues. After careful screening, we do accept those rejected by other centers, and have helped over 180 people with 15+ years of struggle with depression, anxiety or PTSD.
Emphasis on Changing our Beliefs
Unique to the Hummingbird Center are a couple of talks about our conscious and sub-conscious minds, our belief systems, how they shape our experience of life, and how we can change those beliefs so we naturally attract events into our lives in closer alignment with our wishes, desires, and aspirations. We strive to teach our clients practical and simple skills they can use in their daily lives to shift their perception of the world and themselves so they can respond to life’s events and their own emotions in a more productive and peaceful way. The plant medicines will only take us so far. Ultimately, WE are responsible for our lives, and it is important to have skills to navigate our inner world and respond to life in productive and loving ways. Mindfulness. Transformation begins and ends with being mindful, with being self aware.Description of Services:
We offer retreats of 9 and 12 days, and also have more intensive programs of 2, 3 and 4 weeks that include dietas with master medicine plants. The longer programs are for those looking to go deeper with the medicine, or wanting to address more challenging issues that need more time with ayahuasca and san pedro for significant, lasting change to occur. We strive to match what people are hoping to address with the appropriate length of stay and do not try to push people into a stay longer than our experience indicates is required.
While not overtly spiritual, our work is centered on Mindfulness and guided by the simple precept “Without self awareness, there is no healing.” We emphasize the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of our inner world, of the interplay between our thoughts, our emotions and our body. There is a 25 minute guided meditation before each ayahuasca ceremony, to help set the tone for ceremony and help develop or deepen this practice of Mindfulness.Team/Medical Staff:
Don Fernando Laiche - curandero
Jim Davis - Lead facilitator
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: James DavisGroup Size: 9-12 peoplePrice Range: $1700 - $4300
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
Eating healthy, staying free of medications, drugs and alcohol, and avoiding certain foods are very important in the weeks leading up to ayahuasca. Mindfulness practices will also make a big difference in your experience and results. Simply put, the cleaner the body and clearer the mind when you arrive, the less clearing ayahuasca has to do before the deeper teachings and healing can be shown.
The experience of ayahuasca - 300 words. Really? Anything can happen, and your experience is very unlikely to be much at all like anything you have read. After 11 years facilitating ayahuasca retreats, I cannot find one thing for which I can say with any confidence "when a person drinks ayahuasca they WILL experience this"
Integration is the process of taking the lessons learned and applying them to our daily lives. Of moving an idea or heartfelt concept into a default way of being in day to day life. Simple, yet effective actions one can take to help with this process are journaling, contemplation, talking to an experienced and skilled coach, body movement techniques, mindfulness practices and spending time in nature.Intake Process:
We begin asking people to contact us with a brief explanation of what they are looking to address or receive in their time with the medicine plants. Based on their response we will have follow up questions, recommendations, and perhaps guidance based on how we perceive the person's understanding of what working with ayahuasca entails. We have specific sets of questions for each of depression, anxiety and PTSD.
We have a detailed booking form asking for medical history and current/past history of medication and drug use.Psychedelic Substances Offered: Ayahuasca, San PedroHow does this Center source medicine?:
We purchase our medicine from Ron Wheelock, and have done so since opening in 2010.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes