“The best way for me to describe my experience without writing pages and pages would be to say that the power and strength of Ayahausca is in full sight just by the taste alone. A dark textured brew that covered every inch of my tongue and united my taste buds. My journey spiraled into oblivion until I entered the magical gates of a vast temple of the ethereal life. My tour guide was the dialogue of my left and right brain, an angel and Ayahausca. I’m still putting many pieces together but the ability to travel so far into my mind and other dimensions was made so much easier by the support of total strangers also in need of support. I never would have thought that the 15 of us piling onto a bus seeking the same destination would be enough for us to be connected for life.
Our personal journeys held a pathway of light for the person next to us and all of our half lit paths created a dim circle of light to cradle us as we phased in and out of reality, experienced moments of despair while purging and seeking a torch light to explore other worlds through Ayahausca. This experience was tremendous for me and surely one that I would love to explore again when Ayahausca seeks me out in a dream. Until then I remain forever grateful for my experience, my insight into myself and the shifts necessary for my next step in life. Thank you Amber and Daniel for leading me to this experience.”
- Lana, Barbados
“The ceremony and entire experience has completely changed my life! Never have I felt more at home with a group of 'strangers' (for lack of a better term) in a place that I have never visited. Before this, I was a complete introvert living a fear-based life and holding on to so much emotional baggage. I was scared to interact with people in general, let alone share all of my emotions and feelings.
Since this experience, I'm functioning at optimal levels every day. I don't get stressed out. My mind has also slowed down so much that I feel as if I'm actually living my life for the first time in 34 years! All of this with an even greater connection to mother nature too! It’s unbelievable!
I would be telling you a story if I said it wasn't difficult when first arriving back to the states. I knew the day after the ceremony that I didn't need to leave. There are so many things to learn yet. I have this undeniable pull to come back for more ceremonies and to be around great company in such a magical setting. I have since continued my vegetarian diet, and have entirely stopped all my medications and old habits that no longer serve me. I couldn't imagine doing otherwise. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again very soon!”
- Rourke, Georgia
“Amber! Thank you for the enlightenment you share with us by simply living it. I know this has awoken something in me … Until this day I feel a sense of completeness. I have no fear. I trust life and I trust myself. I finally feel a sense of peace within my mind. I've created a silence within myself where there's no thoughts coming through, only the feeling of Being much more present in the moment.
I can also see further. I've realized the world I've lived in was blinding me… The things I thought were important to me are irrelevant to me now. I have been letting go of things and people much easier. Detaching without even thinking what if…
There’s a calmness that I've been yearning for a long time. I laugh out loud by having this "sense" of knowing deep in my heart.
This is only part of how I've been feeling since my Ayahuasca experience and my time with Epic Self. My friends see a difference in me... In fact, here’s a text from my yoga teacher: “Hey, it was nice seeing you today. Your energy is completely different, so pure and serene. Even the way you flowed today was different - much more present and graceful. Very inspiring.”
I know there's much more to see and feel, so I'll definitely continue this journey I know is leading me to achieving true happiness within. Thank you everyone!”
- Andriele, Miami, Florida
“This experience was pure satisfaction and enjoyment! My receptors have changed in a profound way and before the ceremony I had no idea what that even meant. It’s absolutely clear that I view the world with a quieter mind and I could not imagine it any other way now. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. Sending tons of love to Amber and Daniel. See you guys again soon!”
- Jonesy, Georgia
“Honestly, if I had only experienced the ayahuasca without meeting and loving EVERY one of you and the rest of the beautiful people I had the joy of meeting thanks to Epic Self... I would have been a little let down. I hate to say it but it's true. I had a very intense and odd experience with ayahuasca. My expectations and desire paired with the result left me feeling a little... lost. Kinda funny because that was the feeling I had during the ceremony. That being said, my feeling this way is in no way a result of the work put forth by Epic Self.
Everything Amber and Daniel did for me helped create an experience that I would never trade for anything in the world. I will continue to recommend what Epic Self has to offer as I can guarantee no one will ever be disappointed! I don't want to over saturate by saying it over and over but I can't say it enough... I LOVE each and every one of you. Please do let me know if there’s any way I can help any of you in the future. There’s no doubt that helping you would be a way of helping myself. So please, if there's anything I can do. Don't hesitate to ask. Can't wait for the next time I see you guys.”
- Clay, Georgia
“My first time taking Ayahuasca was the most profound experience I’ve ever had using plant medicine. Set amongst the exquisitely beautiful Costa Rican jungles, I endured the intense purging of past and welcomed the clarity of newfound space. It wrings you out like a towel. Our group was intrinsically powerful and connected, which only manifested further in ceremony. Not only are you hyper aware of their energies, but also are reaffirmed of the unified consciousness that threads all of us together.
My intention was to unfold my highest self. Shortly after sipping the sacred brew, I was blasted into the cosmos bringing a new perspective to every inch of my reality. Gently yet powerfully, Ayahuasca taught me about the flow of the universe and my place in it. She illuminated my need to trust myself and provided clarity on my path to doing so. I feel reborn from Ayahuasca. I can see again. Everything is alive and I am awakened. Thank you for this experience.”
- Aiyana, Phoenix, Arizona
"Being my first experience with Ayahuasca I was unsure of what to expect, but Amber and Daniel's diligence and keen oversight set stage for a smooth, safe and transformational journey.
The moment after ingesting the dark brown liquid I could feel a warmth exploring my gut and extremities. It was as though Ayahuasca was assessing the work that need to take place.
Once the medicine took hold I let myself fall into full surrender and was lead through an exhaustive liberation from a lifetime of emotional baggage. After the final purge I was enveloped by a secure chrysalis. I formed an unspoken bond with each and everyone of the participants for we had all seen what it meant to be truly connected in the hands of this Earth.
When I emerged from my cocoon I was filled with sensations of crystal clarity, joy and childish euphoria. Ayahuasca is a truly plant teacher.
To this day colors are brighter, food tastes better, breath comes easier and I wake up feeling light and refreshed. I am humbled and filled with gratitude for this experience. Thank you Amber and Daniel."
- Lani Weis, Boulder, Colorado
"It’s truly amazing what this plant medicine can do! In one ceremony, my perspective on life has completely changed and I feel more alive than ever.
Ayahuasca has shown me the beauty and light in my mess. It helped me appreciate what no longer serves me and finally let it go. For the first time in a long time, I feel free and my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude and peace. Thank you Amber and Daniel for preparing me for this epic awakening – I am forever grateful to have crossed your paths."
– Ariane Labelle, Toronto, Canada
"Amber's words 'show up no matter what' served me well. It was a very busy engaging month, and sometimes I didn't want to, but she taught me to show up, and show up, that I could do more than I thought. I've been doing yoga for 20 years, and Amber's yoga/pilates classes were perhaps the best I've ever done.
What can I say about Ayahuasca? It was nothing like what I had read about and more than I could have ever hoped for. Upon being introduced to the concept by Epic Self, I felt very deeply called to the medicine, and the medicine had awakenings for me - but in her time, on her terms. Most of my adult life has been a search for the truth, and I can say I finally found that. I went in with a very clear intention 'to wake from the dream' and as I said, in her time that happened. It such an honor and privilege to have across Mother Ayshuasca in one's lifetime - not all will have this privilege. If your reading this, it's for a reason and I encourage you to take the journey to truth and awakening. Keep showing up, keep looking inside. Namaste (and for the first time I truly understand what this means - it's no longer just words or another's experience)."
-Karen Robinson, Gold Coast, Australia
"When I first heard about the opportunity to take part in an Ayahuasca ceremony, I immediately dismissed the opportunity. I was fearful of taking a “drug” and fearful of what my experience would be if I did. But I was curious and so I researched for weeks, reading about people’s experiences and the science behind the medicine. What I found was that the list of benefits was incredibly long and the list of risks was virtually non-existent. I was still apprehensive however, and had a list of about 50 questions for Amber and Daniel, who took the time to answer all of them. After much thought, I felt a calling to attend a two night ceremony at Posada.
The experience of the ceremony feels impossible to justifiably explain with words but I’m incredibly grateful for the experience I had. Ayahuasca is definitely not a “drug” but a medicine that truly can change your life for the better. This incredible medicine allowed me to see parts of myself that needed to be seen, to feel a connection with the Universe that I needed to feel and for the first time maybe ever, love myself unconditionally. These moments of profound connection will stay with me forever. It’s true that afterwards you will slowly slip away from the intensely powerful feelings that you experience during the actual ceremony but much of what you felt and saw will deeply resonate in your everyday life. I have noticed that when I find myself drifting toward negative thoughts, I can use my experience with the medicine as a gentle reminder to reconnect to myself and the universe.
The amount of love and support I felt from Amber, Daniel, Gustavo, and Chiara was incredible. I felt a connection to them, to my other new friends who were at ceremony and to the universe that I had never felt before. Now in moments of difficulty, I am constantly tuning back in to my Ayahuasca experience knowing that the love and connection felt will always be a part of me. I will take my experience and use it as a tool to continue working on and understanding my deeper, truest self and the meaning of our existence in this universe. I look forward to returning to Posada to continue this work when Ayahuasca calls again."
- Courtney Thorn, Wisconsin
"If you feel the calling to work with sacred plant medicine please go. You will not regret it! In my experience, the Epic Awakening Retreat was an immense blessing. The buildup, visiting a new country, and most importantly the people that I met; The Epic Light Warriors, was awesome. It's very rare to have such a deep connection with a group of people, like I experienced in Costa Rica.
The retreat was a deeply transformative and nourishing experience. My intention was to hit the reset button. I feel I have, but beyond that discovered how precious life is. How fragile, but also limitless we all are.
What Amber and Daniel have created is very unique. I am in awe of their vision. My one wish would be that many, many people could experience the sacred plant medicine with these two shining lights. I think we’ll still be friends in 30 years time. Please go!"
- Terrence, California
"The Epic Awakening retreat comes exactly as advertised. For anyone experiencing the phenomenon of awakening consciousness, this is the most epic place to get away and allow yourself to embrace the light within. For me, this retreat completely reshaped my ideas of my Self, the world, and gave me a complete understanding of my own universal Oneness.
Amber and Daniel are two of the the coolest, most well informed, and good hearted humans that I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Amber will completely awaken you to your body. Her yoga and myofascial release classes will show you just how much you need your body to feel awesome all the time. She will give you insight on how to best maintain yourself that will literally change the way you live your life. Daniel is a spiritual gangster. He is the perfect balance between a lighthearted, carefree soul, and a powerful light warrior with reckless disregard for negativity and self-sabotage.
Together, these two are a powerful team, doing their part to change the world one retreat at a time. This retreat has given me new purpose, renewed faith, and a complete confidence in the goodness of humanity.
Together, we can all change the world for the better, and I am forever grateful for these two souls embracing their roles, and helping all of us to do discover how to do the same. If we all embrace our truth as these two do, there is truly nothing we cannot accomplish. Thank you both! Pura vida!"
- Drew, Colorado
"The Epic Awakening Retreat was beyond anything I could have ever imagined!! It was the MOST transformative, enlightening and inspiring experience I have been through to date and taught me more about myself than I was prepared for.
It brought me to my knees, offering new heights of understanding, empathy, awareness and deliverance in ways I have been craving all my life and I am so deeply honored and grateful to be given the uniquely rare opportunity to partake fully in the magic that was created through the deep and riveting connections that were made during this profoundly loving and eye opening experience!! All the while, being able to pursue our own individual journeys, embarking into the deepest parts of our beings in ways that brought us to points of realization that we all needed was indeed, truly remarkable.
Coming away from it feeling completely renewed, recharged, revitalized and reconnected, I would highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking to dive deeper into themselves so they may BE their healthiest, happiest and truest version, so they may be fully equipped to take on anything this world might need in order to harmonize and heal.
A special thank you to Amber Zuckswert and Daniel Jebb Finnerty for their continual love, guidance, leadership and service and may we all continue to love ourselves so that we can love one another in the ways we all deserve."
- Stephanie, California
"The Epic Awakening Retreat changed my life in so many ways. I was just entering into a transition with my job, location, and my inner journey when I felt the calling to go. If you are feeling this same calling, please follow that guidance. There is no better way (in my opinion) to heal than in the environment of this retreat.
Every aspect of my being - mind, body, soul - was rejuvenated and surrounded by love. I made lasting friendships and memories, gained a deeper understanding of my Self and the collective, and was able to step further into sacred self love, healing & authenticity. My body was rebooted, my mind became more clear & my heart was expanded to a level I’ve never felt before.
Leaving the retreat I felt more supported and capable than ever to pursue my next adventure and to use what I’ve learned to make the world a better place. Since then I’ve been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle without difficulty and my outer world has aligned with the gratitude and abundance that was cultivated at the retreat.
This retreat was a true catalyst to stepping into embodiment, purpose, finding my tribe and a creating a vibration I could have never imagined. I cannot express with words the amount of realizations, miracles & love that has taken place since being in Costa Rica. I encourage you, no matter your intention of going, to follow that calling - something beautiful is awaiting for your soul."
- Sarah, Oregon