Some reported good experiences down there. But two people — Sulastri de Andrade, who hosted some of Trinity's retreats, and Clifton Thomas, who attended one — says they were a mess.
For one thing, the leaders were inexperienced. One was living in a tent before Trinity took her in, another was a street performer, playing music in the town plaza with a group of "hippies," Sulastri said, and another was a "Rambo Kung fu shaman" — just some young tough guy who knew Tai Chi.
Sulastri said it was downright irresponsible. A guy passed out the day after a ceremony, and Trinity's crew didn't respond well. "Clearly what [the sick guy] needed was to go to the hospital due to altitude sickness, low sugar and fatigue," Sulastri says. But Trinity and his crew didn't do that. "He was writhing on the ground and they were beating drums over him."
Trinity maintains they did the right thing — that what the sick guy needed wasn't glucose and oxygen, but spiritual help.
"Each of us has our own unique healing ability," Trinity adds, "whether it's sound healing or invocations or performing reiki" — a pseudo-scientific energetic massage. "We were working with our angels."
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So I take it. Trinty and his friends took our money and got rich. Now the rest of us are still yet to get an experince
I purchased a retreat in Peru.
12 days before I was to leave I received a video blog update stating that the clinician that was going to be conducting the retreat was no longer and it was going to be moved to a different location which was still undisclosed.
Hence, this was no longer anywhere near what I had originally purchased.
I emailed the retreat company with no answer upon refunding me. I then did more research on this company and discover that they have been scamming people And holding these retreats illegally there are several accredited articles as well as video blogs some former employees stating as such. As well as a Facebook support group for people who have been scammed by them.
I then email the company back because I was not getting any phone calls returned stating what I had found and that if I did not receive any correspondence I would contact an attorney.
Then I did receive an email back sitting I would be refunded fully in 5 to 10 business days yesterday was the 10th day. I sent an email that morning telling him I would be expecting the money at the end of the day otherwise I would have to pursue this further and I didn't receive an email back .
So that I had sent another email upon which the owner once again did tell me that they would refund me but it was going to take another 5 to 10 business days and if I could be patient.
Basically saying they didn't have the money and if I were to go into dispute I wouldn't get my money back because of the disclaimer of canceling a retreat with in the allotted amount of time.
You do have an issue here. You have a case for breach of contract and also for unfair and deceptive practices and they are trying to bully you regarding not suing them. If they fail to provide a service contracted for and then make substantial changes to the terms of the contract as you specified above, they are in breach of the contract and you are entitled to sue if they refuse to provide your refund.
The problem is that if they are in Canada which is where their actual location is it seems, to sue them you would need an attorney in Canada to do so
If you charged this by credit card, this could be your best recourse because you can call the credit company and report this as fraud and ask the credit card company to do a charge back
Bruce went home with a feeling of anxiety. He was fixed now. Right? Everything was better, no? The missing pieces of the puzzle were all in place, surely? Of course they were. That’s what happens when you drink ayahuasca. Except that Bruce quickly realized it wasn’t all better.
He felt fantastic for two weeks: light, airy, free of anxiety, his internal monologue had quietened. He felt at ease with himself, but going back into his everyday routine he encountered the same problems that drove him to drink ayahuasca in the first place. So he went back another dozen times searching for The Solution.
And he would encounter many of the same people again and again and again. New ones would come, then they would return. Probably because, like Bruce, they were chasing a blissed-out state of Nirvana that they had been promised by other ayahuasca acolytes.
And I’m not exaggerating here, aya devotees speak about the drug in the sort of absolutist hyperbole common to religious fundamentalists. Think Christian televangelists only softer, more hippy-like, less fire-and-brimstone and more infinite love. Yes, it’s fairly benign, but there’s a soft fanaticism to it that makes Bruce wary.
Now this is Bruce’s problem with the ayahuasca community: they so desperately want to believe in all this New Age spiritual nonsense, that they have to tell other people loudly and forcefully that yes, this is The Answer, just so they can drown out the sound of their own cognitive dissonance. There’s an unspoken fatwa among ayahuasca drinkers that denounces this sort of critical thinking. It’s very cultish and cults have little time for dissidents.
Bruce doesn’t think they’re bad people, they’re just misguided and desperate to validate something that gives them a feeling of security in a terrifying world. But by doing this they set other people up for disappointment. And there are some truly desperate people that seek out ayahuasca ceremonies.
What’s often overlooked is that ayahuasca powers an entire micro-tourism industry
that has sprung up in the Amazon. Opportunistic shaman prey on naive Westerners for cash and compete with each other by sometimes using dangerous ingredients to create ever-stronger brews that will reel in customers that want more bang for their buck. People have died as a result.
This isn’t magic, it’s capitalism at its crudest.
The point of this whole rant isn’t to try to put people off of ayahuasca or insult the people who worship it – not at all. Bruce thinks it certainly has its benefits and would recommend it to everyone. Bruce just thinks that there’s a lot of vested interests out there trying to sell easy answers to complex problems, and too few people scrutinizing their hyperbolic claims.
Ayahuasca is almost certainly not going to magically make all of your problems go away. Neither are anti-depressants. Your psychiatrist is not your Fairy Godmother. We live in a transaction-oriented culture where we’re taught that if you buy this shoe you will feel cool. If you wear this perfume you will feel sexy. If you take Zoloft you will be fixed.
Life is much more complicated than that. That’s what they won’t tell you, because how do you sell someone an easy solution to complication? This is something that needs to be shouted loudly, clearly and often. Some problems can’t be solved, only managed. And accepting that is often the first step in moving forward.
Ecuador: Shaman Found Guilty In Death of U.S. Citizen During Ayahuasca Ceremony
On June 8, 2017, a judicial court in Macas, Ecuador found shaman Miguel Chiriap guilty of culpable homicide in the death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison. Leslie who was 35 years old at the time of her death is described by many as a “ray of light” and a “free spirit”. She attended an ayahuasca ceremony tour that was to last from January 12, 2016 through January 25th, 2016. However, on January 14, 2016, during the ceremony she became seriously ill and she subsequently passed away.
Leslie Allison’s death was initially reported as an accident and a result of a bad reaction to ingredients in the ayahuasca. An autopsy revealed that Ms. Allison actually died from a broken neck due to “severe blunt force trauma”.
Originally, Leslie's death was reported as accidental, the result of a poor reaction to the herbs and other ingredients in the ayahuasca, or perhaps a heart defect. However, during the autopsy by Dr. Katherine Pacheco, it was found that the cause of death was a broken neck due to severe blunt force trauma. Additionally, Leslie had sustained massive bruising over her body, including bruising of the lungs, and a nearly two-inch open wound to her chin.
According to a witness, no medical attention was sought and the organizers did not call authorities to report the death immediately. The time of death was approximately 10:00pm Thursday per the autopsy and authorities were contacted Friday. Instead, her clothes were changed and body moved to a hidden area. Suspicious of Miguel Chiriap, the only person present with Leslie at her death, investigators interviewed and charged him with culpable homicide.
Ayahuasca tourism is increasingly popular in Peru, but poorly regulated. Be aware of the risks involved. While popular media highlights its use as a spiritually liberating or medically beneficial agent, many users have reported severe/negative physical and psychological effects from using this powerful hallucinogen. Participants in ayahuasca tours have reported being physically or sexually assaulted, or robbed.
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“Life changing in so many countless ways. One of the greatest things I've ever done for myself, after 10 years of walking the spiritual path and experiencing retreats from around the world, is meeting Maha Siddha, and attending their retreats. I've attended 2 already in 2 months, and will keep coming back. An absolute must if you are called to the tantric path. The gratitude I have for meeting Uriel and Blandine, the teachers at Maha Siddha Chiang Mai, fills my heart beyond any words can express.”
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