The place is so beautiful and peaceful. Jim and his staff are really great. I felt very safe there and I am forever thankful. Having a real shaman made all the difference and Manain is a very powerful one. So grateful that he prays for us during the ceremony and his faith is so beautiful. Jim always encouraged me and taught me lessons I will never forget. I enjoyed his singing a lot :) I definitely recommend this place . I was very afraid of taking aya again (I had a bad experience once and there was no shaman), but there was no need for that as I felt very protected and safe.
This center is truly focused on healing. Working with these sacred plant medicines showed me how to continue to heal myself. Jim and the staff expressed compassion and sincerity. Jim is a wonderful man with expansive knowledge about life. The jungle surrounding the property was awe inspiring. The tranquil setting was perfect to reflect and rest from the ceremonies. really enjoyed the company of the dogs. Wish I could have stayed longer.
I stayed at the Hummingbird center for one month in August of 2015. Prior to my stay I went through many years of anxiety and depression. I lost my will to live. After talk therapy and medication failed to be effective I decided to give Ayahuasca a try. It’s been three and a half years since my stay and my life is forever changed for the better. My experience with Ayahuasca has taught me that I hold the key to my happiness and I will never forget that. I have been working on myself ever since then I will continue for the rest of my life.
First, I just want to say *thank you*. No email like this can do my gratitude justice. Coming down to Hummingbird was the best decision I could have made and I've been thinking of you all with great warmth and love as I plow my way forward through life back here at home. Everything has been great back here. I feel like I left whole giant pieces of things behind me and I am much more free. I have confidence in places I didn't even realize I lacked it. Little things come up all the time where I realize that I am relating to it differently.
As I returned home a truly changed person, it took a while to be able to begin to integrate the new concepts and changes into this urban busy life. I still struggle to maintain my clearness of intention but I am so impressed at Ayahuasca's ability to keep giving its gift to my life's perspective. It surprises me when I realize there is a new thought, and new habit of happiness and these changes that have possessed me are permanent. I don't have to TRY to be different and live this new way, I just AM. You all gave me that.
My journey here at The Hummingbird was all that I didn't expect - in a good way! I came with a rational Western scientific mind which was the result of many years studying biology and the influence of the society I grew up in. What brought me was research I did on the biochemistry and healing of ayahuasca. I thought it was just another drug and I didn't believe in spirits. But I was wrong! This retreat definitely saved my life. It was what I needed to heal my body, my heart and my soul. I am now free from IBS which I suffered from for two years.