Daniel GonzalezChile 30/08/2018
Since the last dieta I’ve been feeling good in general, specifically at the physical level, the headaches and stomachaches I had before have now disappeared. Emotionally, the feeling of anxiety decreased considerably, which has allowed me to do my daily activities enjoying them, instead of thinking about finishing them soon and being worried about the result. This has allowed me to be enchanted by the energy that our daughter brought to our lives. The dieta connected me with the anger I had and that now is gone, I feel calmer and at peace than before.
Géraldine Correia France and Portugal 22/11/2018
I always felt very well looked after at the Takiwasi Center. The context is very safe. I have done diets in other centers where sometimes one could not talk, there was no time with the shaman, and there were behaviors that were not very correct. Here in Takiwasi the context is very safe so that one can be quite vulnerable and open, so that the plants can work properly. Because if the context is not safe, you cannot open it and you will not be able to go through with your process.Watch the video testimonial: Géraldine.
Noelia ValderramaPeru 22/11/2018
The diet allowed me to relive things that happened to me as a little child and that I had forgotten; very traumatic things, that I needed to treat, and that I have treated throughout this year since my diet. I feel that I am now finally finding peace with what happened to me, but I feel that I still have something like a fear; I still do not overcome a barrier within me to be really what I would like to be, because I still don’t know what I would like to be. So, I'm in this search. Last year's diet served to clean up a lot of these projections that I had, and now I feel much calmer, much stronger and ready to really work on my life mission.Watch the video testimonial: Noelia.
There comes the idea of dedicating time to myself, to reflect and to understand why I keep having emotional blocks, wrong attitudes, feelings such as anxiety, anger, rage, fighting, pressure... ultimately, I wanted to understand, to be able to forgive myself, forgive others and continue living in a positive and conscious way and not fall into the same mistakes.
Now I can say with absolute certainty and firmness that it’s the best experience I’ve ever had with myself, to know myself, to understand, to become aware, to connect, to respect, to value what I have, to dedicate more time to my things, not to pressure or demand so much of me, to breathe, to value, to communicate, to observe, to listen, to meditate, to be silent...
I received a great life lesson, I feel unblocked, clean, hopeful, changed by the deep work done and the fact of having remembered childhood events and even making sense of family blocks with people I’ve hardly seen and known.
Christine BéjaFrance 19/04/2012
Thanks to you, to the dieta, to the plants I came out of my spiritual lethargy and I woke up. I continue purging and dieting and, dieta after dieta, I discover the power of this work. I changed my energy, my job... and my life that was not going so bad, now goes even better! My soul awakened since my stay in Takiwasi and continues its journey in joy and happiness to live every day renewed.
Sebastián CabreraGuatemala 15/02/2018
I’m writing to thank you with all my heart for the intense and beautiful work that we did with you in the dieta. For me it was an experience beyond what I can express with words, a night so intense, so painful, but at the same time so magical and liberating... Really a trip to "Les Tréfonds" to discover the human soul ... Thank you for the hard work, love and all the care you gave us... Now that I'm back, I try to put everything I've learned into practice in order to be able to return to work in the future, having done the homework.
F. S.Argentina 24/10/2017
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you do there. I truly feel very good about one of the issues that I went there to address (the most important one in my opinion), very transcendent. It seems incredible since I thought it was something that was going to pursue me painfully all my life, and it is not like that anymore... Takiwasi, its medicines and its healers could give my life a turn. Thank you.
Angela d’AguiarBrazil 17/04/2010
On the physical level, the benefits of the activities I participated in were very positive and important. I no longer need to use sleeping pills to which I was dependent for 8 years. Now I sleep quite well and I do not wake up any more during the night. It’s really a very big change for me. On the psychic level I feel very good and finally at peace with myself.
S. P.Germany 01/02/2014
The experiences lived have changed the way I look at my professional and private life. My relationship with my family has improved. I was able to resolve old conflicts by better understanding the mechanisms of their creation. I started to invest more in the relationship with my family, allowing me to find the love I have always sought. On a professional level I learned a lot about the spiritual dimension of a disease, my role as a doctor and the unconscious processes of the doctor-patient relationship.
Diego BolañosEcuador 22/12/2013
I feel different, I cannot explain it. It's something very subtle, like an additional force to me, but that I do not feel it is alien. It manifests in several ways. I like it, I feel it helps me to be centered, to return to a kind of silence where I can perceive myself more. This affects my daily life almost all the time, I think that for good, it is as if I were more present.
Eleonóra JaníkováSlovakia 16/01/2017
After my experience at Takiwasi a lot of things happened. I realized that after participation my health really improved. I suffer less allergies, less food intolerance, less joint and arthritic pain. Also, my relationship with my husband improved, we can be more supportive to each other.
Santiago RubioSpain 04/09/2017
The experience there was absolutely wonderful and at the same time the hardest I had ever lived, because the "cosmic mother ayahuasca" in one of the sessions took me to my psychic limit, confronting me with my deepest fears. I could even solve the death of my brother who passed away a few years ago and who still appeared in my dreams. I surely needed help to face all these situations and there was Jacques Mabit and his team of psychologists with large experience.
Felipe AndruscoChile 07/10/2018
The process of purge, ceremony (ayahuasca) and dieta of Ajo sacha with Bobinzana somehow answered my questions as well as marked a new direction, much clearer and more solid, in my work. I could summarize the learning of the dieta as a profound process of re-contacting and strengthening my spiritual roots, from an unexpected and surprising rediscovery of my Christian roots, to reviewing my own faith and confidence in the biological world, love, breathing, and the univocal law that straightens and shines a spotlight on growth and maturation from the physiological to the spiritual. The return from the dieta marked a hard but very pleasant work, to realize all that vision in my job and daily life.
B. J.France 29/04/2019
This experience is a huge step in my spiritual journey. There is clearly a "before" and an "after". It is not comparable to any conventional or alternative therapeutic practice that I have covered in almost every sector in thirty years. It is an initiatory practice as long as we accept the thankless work of diving deep into the soul.
Bende BarnaRomania 07/05/2019
During the work on myself, I realized that we have all the information than we need inside us, and one way to access it, is with Ayahuasca. I did my research and, in this way, I found Takiwasi and I chose to continue the work here, during a Retreat/Diet. The major factor in my decision was the combination of western psychotherapy and the ancient practice of the indigenous curanderos. The set and settings give me safety, and the dedication of all Takiwasi people provide me with the confidence that I’m in the right place to make this important step towards me.
Also, during the activities, more confirmations came in form of emotions and feelings. For the first time in my life I experienced so much gratitude regarding Life, and something more, the closest word I could use is love, but this was more. Physically I feel that I have more energy, not to mention that I lost some weight. I’m more focused in my daily work. Relationships with my closest friends, family and my wife show more compassion, gratitude, and their feedback is a great proof that this experience was, and is, a great step towards my real self.
Frédérique Apffel-MarglinUnited States 02/11/2009
On the third day of the diet, the plant showed me, in an extremely vivid way, memories of my childhood, with the consequent teaching of how these memories were affecting my present life. During the last day the plant made me understand what I had to change in my behavior. More than understanding, the plant transformed me; that is, I not only understood that such a change was necessary, but I knew that I wanted and could do it. These teachings amazed me, because in years of psychotherapeutic work I never achieved such realizations or transformations, and so quickly.
Mateo Rodriguez FernandezSpain 01/07/2019
I can state with absolute certainty that my experience in Takiwasi has changed my life. I arrived at the center for a one-week diet with the aim of resolving a trauma that had been wearing me out for 10 years. Each time I was moving away more and more from my family, friends and society. As time passed by, I got involved in a vicious circle that I could not leave even with the help of therapists, I was lost. For me it was the chronicle of an announced death.
In September 2012, I participated in the famous diet where I could, thanks to the help of Takiwasi's entire therapeutic process, find the root of the problem and come to the conclusion of what had actually originated it.
Four months later and in France, where I currently live, I met my partner with whom I have been together seven years and with whom I expect my first child. In addition, six months later I was able to accomplish my long-awaited project: opening my Physiotherapy/Osteopathy clinic and my Wing Chun Kung Fu school.
Without Takiwasi's help it would have been impossible to have taken the step and done all this. I can only say, THANK YOU, to all the people who took care of me, for their excellent work, involvement and treatment. I will never forget the time spent in Takiwasi.
Sasaba Zazopoulos Greece and Chile 11/07/2019
The plant allowed me to remember many things from my childhood that I had hidden and kept in the background. I was angry with my past and with my mother, and the plant allowed me to remember many beautiful things, many beautiful moments with her. So something got dissolved in my desire to change her, to criticize her. And she felt it. There are many things when you start working with plants, that the family feels it too.
What happens to me today when I have patients is that having realized that in two years of taking plants, it is as if I had done ten years of psychoanalysis, it seems important to me that more people know about it. So I propose this entrance to the plants world to my patients, to let them know that this exists. Because at the same time therapy is facilitated. The person lowers their defenses, is more capable of accepting certain things, deep down this works directly on the layers of the ego, so by taking out those layers the person can become aware and understand certain things. And the plant helps a lot.
Watch the video testimonial: Sasaba.
Rosa Susana Fuentes AguileraChile 18/12/2019
This experience represents something very precious for my life. It has given me a powerful impulse to make changes, I feel different, I obey myself more, I don't let others influence me. I take care of myself and love myself more. I feel that I have started a path to be a new woman. The fact of not consuming alcohol or drugs anymore already makes me very proud. It was also an experience that took me out of the comfort zone and encouraged me to do always different things.
Tony HébertFrance 12/06/2020
This experience is beneficial and gives me strength on my way, the people in the center are really welcoming and comforting. I come out of this experience stronger and more enthusiastic towards life and reassured to know that there are places in the world where people can connect or reconnect with their nature.
Medicina del SolAustralia/Peru 26/07/2021
After many years of drinking multiple times over a weekend with self-proclaimed 'shamans' or up to 7 times in 2 weeks at other retreat centers I was convinced I knew the potential of Ayahuasca. That's until I went to Takiwasi. The Experience and Healing that I received from that one Dieta, Ceremony, Plant bath and the two purges (one preliminary and one during) profoundly exceeded all those previous times.
Even though I had some beautiful experiences I'd trade it all for the grace and grit the Dieta gives you.
Like many people who felt the call to drink this medicine my main focus was primarily on the Ayahuasca brew and the visionary states but I didn't take into account just how special the other Jungle plants are for revealing subconscious trauma, strengthening our will power, cultivating knowledge, removing blockages cultivated over our lives from substances, diet, lifestyle and our personal relationships and even the ancestral/soul healing that can occur with deeper work.
Céline LabbayeFrance 13/01/2023
This experience was for me the deepest I have ever lived, I was able to delve into myself to depths I had never reached before despite many experiences: Vipassana, prolonged fasting, holotropic breathing, trance states, dervish dances...
In retrospect, I am convinced that the feeling of security due to the specific Takiwasi protocol (psychological support, framework, protection, benevolence, professionalism, experience, supervision) is a decisive element of this exploration. I never would have gone so deep into myself if I hadn't felt so safe. So, I allowed myself to fully explore and accept my vulnerability.
The delicacy with which the plants have accompanied me has also been a very important vector. It's as if they wanted to remind me that this sweetness was vital to me and that I had the right (and even the duty) to offer me a sweet relationship on a daily basis, instead of violating myself into hyperactivity.
Plants are essential for my balance and I experienced it once again. Their generosity was very touching; the day before I left, I felt great sadness and nostalgia at the thought of leaving the forest.
I have deep respect and admiration for the honesty, affection, humility and dedication to service of the people who make up Takiwasi, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is motivated enough to embark on this type of process. For me, the experience has marked a before and after, above all because it has given me much-needed hope, realizing that this medicine has worked for me, where so many others have not (or yes, but in a quite more limited way). Takiwasi has opened a door, and it is very clear to me that I must continue the work with the plants, in due time.
A revolution has occurred, for me and for my husband: we have lived an incredible experience, separately and together, our life is in deliverance...
What an emotion to go to this place, initially for our sons... We had long looked “outside” for solutions to personal and family problems. Personally, I experienced a “luminous inside” transforming the outside and our sons, who were “the problem”, became our masters…
It is the most powerful experience I have ever had in my life: the framework is clearly specified as soon as the documents are received, the ritual is clear and constructed, the sacred is everywhere. I was overwhelmed by this ritual, an extraordinary safeguard, allowing me to lean on, let go and trust. Even today, I perceive it as a transmission and also a pedagogy. It stayed in my skin and changes my relationship to things, to people, to patients, to my job as a therapist.
Coming from a long troubled time in my life, I found at Takiwasi much more of what I was looking for.
At my arrival I was mistrustful, then gradually I integrated and understood the philosophy of the place and gave myself the maximum chance to allow the process to succeed. Very observant at first, I approached the Ayahuasca ceremony with less and less apprehension. I felt like I was where I needed to be. That everything was perfect, that everything was in the right place and that everything happened at the right time and in the best conditions.
My session was very revealing, I had many visions, on several occasions I felt possessed by the plant, in general I felt a force taking hold of me against which it was useless to fight. So I decided to surrender to it, to let myself go, to accept. At times I even accepted death because the feeling of surrender was much too strong, then regularly one of the healers came to "bring me back" to life. A great feeling of love characterized the session, love towards my loved ones, love towards life and nature. For my part, I tried to face it with dignity and authenticity and what I got in return is based on the same fundamentals.
The Ayahuasca session revealed a number of things, but the most surprising and intense part of my experience lays in the days of retreat in the jungle. A notion of inner growth by deprivation has settled in me. By this I mean that we have always been brought up to think that it is in abundance that we find happiness, but the jungle gently taught me that it is rather the opposite. And for that I never cease to give thanks. The days in the jungle completed the work of Ayahuasca. I learned to forgive and above all I learned to let go of the things of the past.
I arrived at Takiwasi full of anger, I left full of love, and almost two months later, I consider that the anger that has long inhabited my mind and my body, is no longer part of me.