This experience far exceeded my expectations. Jessica, Jay, and the rest of the staff are so empathetic and caring.
I want to emphasize this above everything else: they went WAY above and beyond to make sure we got the most out of our experience. It would be 10pm or later and Jessica would still be suggesting ways to enhance our experience! I felt so cared for, and embraced, by the whole team. My husband did not have an entirely great first “trip” and they made it their mission to make sure he left there with a good experience and the tools to repeat it.
When I looked online for reviews/photos, it seems that most of the previous reviews are for their other location in Puerto Vallarta. This location is about 2 hours outside Mexico City (they provide a shuttle), in the mountains, so it was fairly cool and would rain in the late afternoons, but the mornings/early afternoons were consistently beautiful and definitely not too hot. Bring a sweater and you're good. It was heavenly to sit by the fire in the cool evenings.
The space is a large house with the main floor being open to the “backyard” which consisted of a hot tub, pool, spacious yard, palapa for yoga, and a drop dead gorgeous view of a lake and mountains. Our individual room was spacious and filled with light; we even had a private balcony. Honestly we did not spend much time in the room; this was a group experience.
The meals are all plant based and healthy, but way more delicious than that sounds. Every meal was beautifully plated and included a few courses. They found a way to work in lots of mushrooms (haha) and local ingredients (for example, nopales). Your body will thank you for eating this food.
Andrew does the most amazing body work. I felt a little guilty because he probably wanted to relax in the evening but there was a steady stream of “customers” and he treated each of us like kings.
Now for the experience (that’s what you’re here for!). We were in a group of 10 people (some couples some singles). The experience starts on your arrival day/evening with an informational session about what to expect, then you’re on a “macro” dose on your first full day. I had an absolutely lovely experience, which was enhanced by the beautiful setting (seriously, it’s an amazing space) and the care and attention to detail they showed. They’ve thought of everything you’d need to be comfortable, and were constantly checking in with everyone to make sure their “trip” was a good one. Some of the attendees had very, very intense experiences, and the staff all did their best to help at every step.
After the macro dose, you get a day off to learn about mushroom cultivation and relax. I am a bit of a DIYer when it comes to food, so I was really grateful for their presentation on how to grow the mushrooms. It was very well prepared and came with step by step video instructions. I’m excited to start growing them! I’ve presented on similar topics myself (i.e. canning, food preservation, winemaking) and I can say that they put a lot of thought into their material and presented it in a way that will set you up for success.
Next comes the “mini” dose (which they distinguish from microdosing). I found this experience far less intense, but very relaxing. We did some simple yoga poses out on the palapa while the afternoon rain was moving in….it was an amazing experience that I doubt I’ll ever have in my life again.
Lastly, the group. I was there with my husband, along with 8 other strangers. Not strangers for long! It was an intense shared experience and we created bonds that I have no doubt will last. It was a privilege to be part of that group, and to learn from Jessica, Jay, Andrew, Tawnya, Yamil, Josephina, and the rest of the staff.
I don’t need to go back. They gave me the tools to experience this myself. But I will consider myself lucky if I am able to repeat this experience: it was really profound.