A Solitary Journey to the Amazon (in Peru)
On October 8th, 2012, I will be leaving for the Amazon rain forest in Peru all by myself. Here, I have opened up an Ayahuasca Healing Retreat, working with indigenous shamans in order to treat and even cure the common mental disorders of the modern-day culture. I am a 20 year old "gringa" who has lived in the jungle the past 8 months with my ex-partner and father, building my house, guest cabins and assisting others in healing ceremonies. After studying psychology in college, I became infatuated over the metal disorder, schizophrenia (my grandmother was diagnosed with it). Intuitively at the age of 18, I just knew there was a cure out there. After word of mouth and research, I have found that Ayahuasca has been a helpful contributor in assisting the deep psychological and physical healing with many people having this disease as well as lukemia, depression, PTSD, bi-polar, etc. I went to Peru to try the medicine myself in 2011 and had the most profound experience accompanied by a calling to help others through this sacred medicine. This is my passion, but unfortuantely, I am taking this trip to the Amazon with my intentions of selling the retreat. I have invested every single penny I owned and now having to depend on family for financial means. I do not like the feeling of dependency, however I have no choice at this moment. I am leaving with a very limited amount of money and walking in blind faith..strong faith. There are many open doors in my path, being that I do not have a fixed idea or plan, but only an intention. I am going to live at my retreat in Peru so I can baby-sit the property and my animals while I am contacting potential buyers. I just have a strong feeling that someone has been called to work with the medicine and open up their own lodge. I feel I am just answering their call. During my spare time, I will be teaching English at the elementary school in the near-by village and hopefully through other tourist agencies, I can receive students and teach others about the medicine. I want to spread the message as much as I possibly can. This is very rare for an Ayahuasca Retreat to be on sale conveniently close to the nearest city, Iquitos right off the Amazon River. I may even come across someone who will want to work with me and actually make this retreat happen. I know everything happens for a reason and this is been a humbling experience and a noble quest in which I strive to make the best I can out of it, whatever that may be. So, I am not asking for much, I truly appreciate every penny and every dollar helps. I am not the type of person to ask for money, but I am walking in pure faith at this moment, in hopes I am not to stuggle financially in a third-world country. I only need just a small bit to get me by in my process of waiting...for whatever is to come.
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