This review is long overdue but I wanted to take a month or so to collect my thoughts and integrate my experience a bit. I spent three amazing weeks at Dreamglade for a total of 9 ceremonies. This place is really special. I knew this was the place I wanted to go from the very beginning when communicating by email with Jann. She was so thorough in answering all of my questions and providing all the information I needed. I was so surprised by how quickly she responded to all my emails too!
The staff are just the nicest people you will ever meet and staying there felt like home. My talks with Drew were so incredibly helpful in integrating what I was learning in my ceremonies. At times I really felt uncertain and nervous about what was happening and after speaking with Drew, I always felt like I had a renewed sense of strength to take on the next ceremony. Stace runs this place beautifully, and I was continually impressed every day by the quality of care here. The shamans, Estella and Raul are the real deal. If you want serious healing, there is no other place.
The brew is much more concentrated than most places, and an attendee who also had gone to another retreat said this one is significantly more powerful and visionary. Personally, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. There is something so calm and peaceful about the location, staff, Stace and Drew, and the Shamans that work here. I always felt safe and that they all had my best interest in mind. If you’re nervous about drinking, Stace gives an extremely thorough introduction before your first ceremony that you just couldn’t possibly feel unprepared. The ceremonies were never more than I think 9 people at a time which really is hard to find at most retreats in Peru. All and all, if you are looking for an authentic experience, this is it.
Also, I should mention there were practically zero mosquitos there during the day. It is located right outside of Iquitos so not in the middle of the jungle by the river. Stace also has a CO2 machine that sucks up a lot of the mosquitos too. Really was an added bonus and made my stay much more enjoyable here.