Inner Evolution - Finland. Please avoid!
Reviewed by Aleks a year ago
This was really similar to other reviews on this page and this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-SIS8oTSS0 It's not a retreat - just a few deeply egoistic people trying to grab as much money as they can. Doses of all remedies were too small to experience a real breakthrough, though some people got what they came for. During the aya sessions, they just playing loud pop or rock music with lyrics which is really disturbing and taking away from the process. Even at some point during the journey, they played a track that was just zombo-programming statements of their "organization" which is essentially a pyramid with their own set of rules and a leader on the top that prays on people in vulnerable states of mind. They even tried to recruit one of the guests - the sweetest and acceptable person in our group and invite her to their office in Spain. Juha lead facilitator is really good at manipulating technics and substitution of concepts. Salla - the second one has no idea how to work, and integrate Bufo - which was really dangerous. People who were in struggle during and after the process didn't receive any help! No buckets, no propper guides, no covid precautions, no refunds policy, constant attempts to sell as much as they could with no respect to medicine or participates. Integrating circles after sessions were more of Juha's personal show where he was constantly interrupting (even told me that my sharing is "full of bullshit"), enforcing how the way you should feel, think and speak. That even made me doubt my own thoughts and feelings. Integration circle on day2 was 3 hours talk about values of "Inner mastery" organization - the 3 hours of most fake and boring shit I've heard in my entire life. During the San Pedro session (almost like MDMA effect) we were sitting with eyes closed in pairs male/female Juha asked to “Touch your partner where ever your hand can reach”, because “this is true reality” seriously cut my mind. Was it some kind of veiled invitation to an orgy or something? If no, he really needs to think before saying something like that. One lady from the previous retreat that happened in mid-summer told me that in her aya sessions Juha and Salla were hosting 25 (yup!) people in the same room which was barely fit in 10 - there was no space at all and some people were laying between the mattresses (!) - I can’t even imagine what king of nightmare experience it could be. It’s impossible to keep a safe space with 2 hosts and 25 attendees. They were enforcing manta "nothing depends on me" during the whole retreat, even asking people to say it out loud - which is another well-known manipulative trick that is good for subjugation and raping your wallet. These people are malicious and dangerous, please stay away!
Participants in ceremony: 12
Facilitators in ceremony: 2
Participants per Facilitator: 6
Nice location.. well Finland is beautiful on summer.
It was ok, but we were sleeping on the floor.
Two egos that prays on vulnerable people.
All medicine was diluted.
I completely lost all my trust to organizer during the first night.
No security or help from facilitators. Everyone for them selves.
Follow up integration
It was a personal show of the facilitators in order to brainwash people, get their money and recruit into "Inner mastery organization"
Visited Thursday, July 22nd 2021
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Disturbing reports associated with Ayahuasca International
Ayahuasca International (originally Ayahuasca Internacional) is also known as Inner Mastery International S.L.U.
Important: Always look for motivations and many recommendations prior to choosing who to drink with!
For reports and resources concerning activities from disrespectful to unethical to downright horrible, see the following links:
- Official ICEERS statement: Cofán speaking out against Varela’s activities and they say he has had absolutely NO training through them, nor any of his facilitators with Ayahuasca International; that he forged documents and has lied about many associations, such as having any sort of blessing from this indigenous group of true Colombian shamans or their peoples.
- Sexual abuse testimony, and reported unorthodox practices with his small daughter around often; Cofán speaking out about his illegitmacy, as he claims to have been blessed and trained by these people; Varela’s own psychologist, who sounded a bit unorthodox himself, reportedly pushing for sexual exploration as well, is said to no longer be by Varela’s side due to Varela’s lack of ethics.
- Very interesting article detailing many astounding and unsafe practices of Varela, such as oﬀering the tea to everyone without any sort of screening or preparation, has highly advertised an illegal practice for monetary gain, including discounts for children; it is questioned where he sources his brew and whether it is in fact ayahuasca; certainly Varela’s commercial efforts are terrible for sustainability of these sacred medicines.