I took a small bus 8hrs into the jungle, the experience felt like being inside a washing machine while traveling to the heart of Te Fiti in Moana.

Incredibly green. I took a picture of the first waterfall I saw, thinking this was a special exception, turns out it would be one of many—so many that I lost count.

The company of the ride was amazing, everyone speaking Spanish, new to each other, having no idea that I couldn’t understand much of it, I enjoyed both the experience of ease dropping and the excitement of picking up a few palabras (words) that I knew. It was also sweet relief to enjoy the voices as background noise as I exhaled from the treadmill of life I had been on as I melted into the present moment…

Eventually the jig was up–they discovered I wasn’t fluent in Spanish and took turns being my translator. We wove through the jungle exchanging stories of travel and experiences of different cultures and life, them practicing their english and me being playfully laughed at for my attempts at Spanish.

I came here for an Ayahuasca journey. If you’ve been following the podcast, we’ve had two interview episodes with Alex and Lance who shared their experience of plant medicine, you can check them out below. Up until a few weeks ago, Ayahuasca was never a plan for me.

I’m going to tell you why and how that all suddenly changed as well as a deep dive into my experience on the first episode of The Mindrise Podcast for 2024, stay tuned for that release soon.

In the meantime, what I have to say about Ayahuasca is that it is certainly a powerful medicine and path to unblock yourself to look deep within. Spoiler alert: I did not have any crazy LSD-like experiences, but on the upcoming podcast episode, I will tell you what I learned along the way.