Leading up to my recent trip to Peru, I had an interest in participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony. Having it be my first time, I was very cautious and did my research as to which place would be right for me. With the sacred medicine leading you into a vulnerable place I wanted to make sure that the medicine was brewed with no additives and that the intentions of the shamans were pure. When I found Dawn of Eden, I instinctively had a great feeling about the center. After speaking with Dan, learning about the Jaguar Temple of Transformation and reading testimonials from previous passengers, I knew I had found the place.
As I mentioned, this was my first ceremony – so I had my anxieties leading up to it. The day before my ceremony, Dan met me at the airport and took me to the Maloca where the ceremony would be taking place the next day. We discussed what my intentions were leading into the ceremony and how he found his calling to be a shaman. By the time we had finished our first conversation; all of my anxieties had been lifted and were replaced by a calm belief in the healing work of Ayahuasca. At Dawn of Eden, the goals of Dan and Dennis are to provide participants with the sacred medicine with the intentions of bringing healing and growth through their journey.
There are many things about Dawn of Eden that I could rave about, but perhaps one of the most unique and powerful aspects were their use of the shamanic music as well as hemi-sync technology. The hemi-sync puts the participants into a calm, meditative brain state throughout the ceremony. While the shamanic music creates a potent atmosphere that really feels like it is driving your journey at times. I have been using the hemi-sync technology since arriving back home for meditation purposes and it has taken me to a much deeper connection with my practice.
The rooms were clean and comfortable. There was air conditioning, and a private washroom with a shower. I was surprised by how little mosquitos I encountered at Dawn of Eden, but there were next to none during my 5 days there.
If you like ceviche, Rose’s cevicheria has the best ceviche in Iquitos. I ate it every day I was there and I wish I could have had it more!
I can’t even begin to describe how safe, comfortable and at ease I was at Dawn of Eden. From the day I arrived, I knew I was at a place that had pure, and positive intentions behind how they work with Ayahuasca. Since I have been back, I am learning new lessons and am seeing life in a newly discovered way. I am so happy to have found Dawn of Eden for my first ceremony, because I know this will be the place I return to whenever I feel the calling again.
Kyle Ketchum, Canada