If you’re a spiritual seeker, it’s no surprise that you’ve become interested in an Ayahuasca experience. Ayahuasca has been a catalyst in spiritual awakening for people worldwide.
You may have already poured over Ayahuasca retreat reviews, trying to find the right one for you. Ideally, you would want to find one near you in Colorado, to save time and money. Perhaps you aren’t able to take weeks off work to fly to a week-long ceremony.
There are currently few places across the US legally allowed to administer Ayahuasca medicine under religious exemption: the União do Vegetal (UDV) temple in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Santo Daime churches across the US being the first. They have been granted permission to use Ayahuasca as a religious practice.
Therefore, every other Ayahuasca retreat Colorado has to offer is underground, which makes them hard to find. Those who do advertise services publicly lay low, only disclosing locations the day of the retreat. Others do not advertise at all, instead choosing to draw in ceremony participants through word-of-mouth.
Understandably, it is difficult to recommend such an underground retreat center publicly. That’s why most people looking to undergo a soul quest with sacred medicine in Colorado opt to fly out to Iquitos, Peru, or another location where Ayahuasca is legal and more readily available.
Another solution is to choose a magic mushroom ceremony for your psychedelic experience. While psilocybin mushrooms are also considered a controlled substance, they are legal to grow at home for research properties and are therefore easier to find. Magic mushrooms and other psychedelic medicine can help you achieve the healing you are looking for.
However, if you feel that Mother Ayahuasca is calling out to you, and an Ayahuasca retreat in Colorado or nearby is what you need, here are the best options for you.
Behold is unique in offering custom-made retreats that suit your individual needs and the type of healing you’re looking for. Experienced coaches will guide you before and after your plant medicine ceremony, with a 7-week program that offers everything you need to enhance the healing process.
In addition to working with several Ayahuasca retreat centers worldwide (Peru, Portugal, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the US), Behold works with psilocybin mushrooms, cannabis, and other psychedelic therapy medicine.
Behold will work with you to find the most suitable Ayahuasca retreat center for your needs. Whether you’re looking for an authentic Shamanic experience or a more modern Ayahuasca ceremony, a week-long dive or a weekend experience, a group retreat or a private ceremony, Behold will tailor a program for you.
Organizing a private Ayahuasca ceremony has many benefits: you can choose the healer and shaman, the people involved in the ceremony, or even choose to have a private session. Of course, the difficulty is in finding an experienced Shamanic healer who will guide your ceremony.
Behold Retreats can design the ideal psychedelic retreat based on the desires of the retreat participants. You can choose to hold an all-women retreat where you can bask in the divine feminine energies that Aya herself offers.
Perhaps a solo session would be more fitting for you: just you, the Ayahuasca tea, and the Indigenous shaman. You can even choose to use a familiar location to make you feel more at home.
The facilitators at Behold Retreats are experienced with plant dieta, trauma integration, and Ayahuasca healing. They know how to prepare the tea from the Ayahuasca vine and are experts at creating a safe and comfortable experience.
Origen Sagrada offers retreats in the US four times a year, including in Colorado. Their location near Castle Rock has upcoming retreats planned for June 2021, and more to come.
The healers of Origen Sagrada, Abuelo Claudion and Abuelita Bernadita, come from Colombia. The Ayahuasca tea used in their ceremony is brewed in the Amazon rainforest.
The Origen Sagrada Ayahuasca retreats in Colorado are two ceremonies held two consecutive nights - perfect for those who can’t afford to take a long trip away. The ceremonies start out with Rapé (a mixture of tobacco and sacred tree barks) to clear the mind.
There are translators available during the ceremony to help you connect with the elders and ask any questions you may have. The weekend retreat includes an integration circle in the morning.
Origen Sagrada also holds retreats in California, Connecticut, and Colombia. The Colorado location does not include private accommodation.
The Sacred Valley Healing Center in Mt. Shasta, California, offers healing retreats for individuals and couples. In addition to the spectacular view of Mt. Shasta, Scared Valley provides a long list of healing techniques, including plant medicine, essential oils, reiki, crystal therapy, yoga, sound healing, breathwork, and more.
Their couples retreat offers couples an opportunity to learn how to overcome crises or deepen their relationship. Relationships can be our mirror to the deepest spiritual healing. Contact Sacred Valley for a free half-hour phone consultation.
UDV is a Native American church practicing traditional Brazilian Christian Spiritist religion. As UDV is not an Ayahuasca center but a church, they generally do not have open healing ceremonies for the public.
The UDV fought in court for the right to use Ayahuasca as part of their religious practice. The church currently has over 21,000 members worldwide. All sessions, songs, and ceremonies are in Portuguese.
Aya Quest is a Native American church in Kentucky. They brew their own tea, from the banisteriopsis caapi vine that is shipped from the Amazon rainforest. They hold modern ceremonies rather than a traditional shamanic retreat - they even order a vegetarian pizza for all retreat participants on Saturday night.
Steve Hupp, the founder and Chief Shaman of Aya Quest, has been working with Ayahuasca for 15 years. Mother Ayahuasca changed his life, and since then he has been working to help others change theirs.
Signing up for the church membership enables you to join their Heal at Home program, where you can join virtual ceremonies along with others who are using psychedelics to enrich their healing. Every Ayahuasca retreat participant receives guidance, knowledge, and medicinal plant. You can participate at home using medicinal mindfulness in addition to the sacred medicine.
Medicine Wheel holds Entheogenic Medicine Circles that include cacao and Rapé ceremonies in addition to two Ayahuasca ceremonies. You will also experience Tibetan sound healing and energy medicine healing during their weekend retreats.
Their holistic sanctuary is located in Austin, Texas. They also hold separate Kambo and Cacao ceremonies.
Shaba Amaro, the ceremony facilitator, apprenticed with a Peruvian shaman and with other medicine men and women from various indigenous cultures.
Located in Orlando, Florida, Soul Quest offers spiritual healing through the weekend, Ayahuasca retreats, breathwork, and yoga. Their shorter weekend retreats are perfect for those who can not take the time to fly out for longer retreats in the Amazon.
Chris Young, who has a background in both Western and alternative medicine, founded the center after becoming frustrated with Western medicines’ reliance on the pharmaceutical industry. Along with Verena Young, an integration specialist certified in Spiritual Counselling and Addiction Recovery, they strive to help people understand and heal themselves through the power of the Ayahuasca.
Their team includes male and female doctors, integration coaches, and medicine music men and women from Ecuador and Colombia.
Sacred Therapy is a branch of the Cosmic Valley Native Americas Church that offers Ayahuasca ceremonies across the US. You can apply to join the Church via their website, after which you will be able to view their ceremony schedule, receive additional information, and partake in their ceremonies.
Sacred Therapy holds modern ceremonies based on North American traditions rather than recreating South American traditions. They hold two-night long retreats in California and Washington. They provide comfortable accommodation and vegan meals.
Not in the US but right across the border, Rite of Passage offers medicinal and holistic Ayahuasca retreats for treatment and recovery. The licensed center focuses on recovery from addictions and offers ibogaine treatment as well.
Here, you can attend a medical facility offering healing protocols rather than traditional Shamanic practices.
Between treatments, you can treat yourself to spa-like therapies and relax watching the beautiful sunsets. Reiki, yoga, meditation, and massage are all on offer, in addition to a jacuzzi, sauna, coaching, and of course, a healthy diet.
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