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10 Best Ayahuasca Retreats in Europe (Updated 2021)

July 2, 2021
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Spiritual retreats are an excellent way to reconnect with yourself. The often life-changing experiences in Europe use ayahuasca, a psychedelic drink, to guide you through the journey. Ayahuasca retreats are serious adventures that can be emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually challenging. However, the potent psychedelic brew is long tested and trusted by shamans worldwide. Additionally, the guide at your side is there to ensure everything goes smoothly during your ayahuasca journey.

Every journey with the potent, naturally occurring blend is unique. You could share your experience with the same small group of people at multiple events. Each is incomparable to the other. To further your unparalleled pilgrimage, ayahuasca centers keep groups small to protect each retreat participant's privacy and enhance their venture. 

If you are not in a position to travel down to Iquitos or the Sacred Valley in the Andes of Peru you might want to join the thousands of people that travel in and throughout Europe to experience the amazing reconnective properties of intensive ayahuasca healing retreats. Although ayahuasca is illegal in many areas of the world, there are two countries in Europe that you can visit to experience the amazing inner journey—Spain and Portugal. Ayahuasca tourism is decriminalized in these countries. However, reputable retreat centres in The Netherlands still operate outside of the legal domain. 

Below is a list of ayahuasca retreats in Europe. Given the changes in world travel over the past two years, we suggest that you contact the location to verify the available information hasn't changed. In addition, our European Ayahuasca guide provides an extensive overview of everything you need to know about where to find the potent brew in Europe.

For more information on how to chose your ayahuasca retreat check out our COMPLETE GUIDE.

1. Behold Retreats Ayahuasca Retreat Europe

Behold offers personalized retreats to suit guests' individual goals and help facilitate the profound spiritual healing journey they're seeking. These spiritual endeavors are available throughout Europe and are tailored to your group's needs. So whether you're looking for a several-day ayahuasca experience with luxurious surroundings or a few weeks camping in the coastal lowlands of Spain, Behold can make it happen. 

The retreats are held in European countries that are open to spiritual journeys with ancient blends developed by the indigenous people in the Amazon jungle. Behold Retreats works with expert practitioners of ayahuasca and other herbal ceremonies. The shamans and healers guide participants through each journey to help them achieve their spiritual awakening. 

Behold ensures each retreat is carefully crafted through pre-and post-retreat coaching sessions to prepare you for the experience of a lifetime. These digital interactions are proven to extend the benefits of your ayahuasca excursion. 

Behold Retreats work with all sacred medicine practitioners to go through an extensive screening process to ensure safety and medical protocols are exceeded by the chosen locations for your spiritual retreat.

2. Private Ayahuasca Retreat in Europe

Do you want to share these natural healing techniques with friends and family? Behold Retreats organizes private ayahuasca retreats. You choose the spiritual guide, guests, and location. Behold works with the shaman, guides, and others, facilitating the journey to plan the ideal schedule for your grand awakening. 

Do you prefer a one-on-one experience with a master healer? Behold can help you build a sacred path to rediscover your true self through mindful lessons in spirituality. Combine ayahuasca, raṕe ceremonies, yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, and much more, depending on your needs. You can also schedule other Behold psychedelic retreats with psilocybin, San Pedro, and Bufo. 

All ceremonies are presided over by an experienced healer, shaman, or spiritual advisor and available in many countries worldwide, including a few in Europe. These plant-based journeys are immersed in nature and encourage retreat participants to use various natural practices to achieve complete mind and body wellness, similar to those you would find on mindful yoga retreats. 

3. Ayahuasca Spirit Healing Center

Head to the Ayahuasca Spirit Healing Center on the Southeastern coast of Spain. The journey begins near the port city of Valencia. All retreats are facilitated by Wiler Noriega Rodriguez, a master shaman with over 25 years of guiding people through plant-based spiritual journeys in his home country of Peru. 

Your spiritual guide operates his own healing center in Pucallpa, a city in Eastern Peru that sits on the banks of the Ucayali River, a primary tributary of the Amazon River. The friendly and open master shaman is a dedicated healer that makes every person's ayahuasca experience unique. 

The healing center offers different levels of immersion to meet your experience and individual needs. There are week-long sessions, extended weekends, and deeper paths that take you on a three-week spiritual awakening. 

Each journey is limited to 11 people, and some trips offer one-on-one private ceremonies with the shaman. Other enlightening activities include yoga with a master yogi, Chi-Quang, and guided meditation. 

Ayahuasca retreats include meals and accommodations. First, however, guests need to find transportation from the airport in Valencia to the Ayahuasca Spirit Healing Center. 

4. APL Journeys

APL Journeys retreat offers traditional Amazonian ceremonies with shamans from the Loreto region of Peru. The excursions are available in Peru and alternative locations worldwide, including several in areas of Spain, including Portugal. 

Each ayahuasca retreat center in Europe is six days and includes three ceremonies. There's a three-hour detailed discussion before the first ayahuasca ceremony to ensure you're ready for the encounter of a lifetime. Additionally, attendees take flower bathes to prepare for the ayahuasca ceremony. There are morning discussions about the experience to reflect your encounter with plant medicine better after the ceremonies. 

Another benefit of the spiritual expedition is a daily discussion in private with the master shaman. Along with ayahuasca ceremonies, you have access to Kambo sessions which involve the venom of a Phyllomedusa frog to strengthen the immune system. 

All APL Journeys are operated by Red Cross certified facilitators. Every odyssey includes daily meals and breathwork classes. Moreover, 15% of the proceeds the retreats earn go back to Peru to support the shamans' local communities.

6. Taita Inti

Taita Inti offers ayahuasca sessions around the world and throughout Europe, including Stockholm, Sweden. Shamanism is legal in the Nordic country. Shamans use ayahuasca and other sacred plant medicines as part of their religious practice. These points put ayahuasca in a gray area in Sweden. 

A different location is rented in the Stockholm area for each retreat. All spaces share a connection with nature to set the atmosphere for the psychedelic quest. 

Taita Inti works with master shamans from Peru with decades of experience mixing the potent brew and guiding participants on their spiritual journey. Each ceremony occurs at night by candlelight to project visions. 

The candles are put out after every group member finishes their ayahuasca tea, including the shaman. The incredible inner journey lasts four to six hours, with some experiencing the effects of ayahuasca for up to eight hours. 

Each retreat includes vegetarian meals and accommodations. Group sizes are limited to 12 participants. 

6. Acsauhaya Retreat Netherlands

Take your next journey with the Acsauhaya Shamanic Retreat Center in the Netherlands, which sits in the middle of grasslands at the foot of a large nature reserve is the ideal location to reconnect with nature. 

The retreat works with a couple of master shamans from the Ucayali, Peru area. Maestro Donaldo Antonio Roque Cumapa comes from the community of Santa Clara in the Yarinacocha, Pucallpa region and is a member of the Shipibo-Conibo ethnic group. The 53-year-old spiritual leader has been studying sacred plant medicine since he was 15 years old. He guides each ayahuasca ceremony using the "Songs for the Soul," an original Icaros that offers natural healing. 

Guests stay in a renovated dutch farmhouse where they wake each day by the sound of a dozen local bird varieties. In the summer, you can pick fresh fruits and nuts for breakfast and spend time lounging around the pool, taking in the beauty of the grasslands. On cold evenings, curl up inside by the woodstove.  

Each three or five-day spiritual awakening at the Ascauhaya Retreat in the Netherlands includes full accommodations, fresh vegetarian meals, two ayahuasca ceremonies, an integration toolkit, and private and group sharing circles the day after each experience.

7. Lighthouse Retreats

Lighthouse Retreats is located in Portugal, Spain's famed Douro Valley, which is part of the country's wine region. In addition to its famous vineyards, the Douro Wine Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The location is 50km east of Porto, Spain's largest city. 

Ceremonies are English and Dutch languages and include other activities, such as yoga and guided meditation. The spiritual team has a long bond that's been working together for many years. Together they've safely guided thousands of guests through these unforgettable trips.

The retreat uses the mother plants, including ayahuasca, acacia, and Jurema. On the grounds, guests get amazing views of the valley. The property is sprinkled with spiritual activities to help induce a calming effect for participants. Enjoy over 35 fruit trees spread across the grounds, such as orange, pear, lemon, plum, pomegranate, chestnut, and many more. Additionally, the retreat has a vineyard, three water springs, including a spring water pool. 

Ayahuasca might be limited to its location in the Netherlands. Participants should contact them to verify. 

8. Love Heal Forgive

Love Heal Forgive provides ayahuasca and Huachuca retreats in Portugal. It offers four-day retreats to reconnect people spiritually with nature and each other through healing and medicine ceremonies. Each session includes two ayahuasca ceremonies that start after dark. Additionally, participants can experience shamanic journeys, yoga, nature walks, and spiritual crafts. Spiritual dances are typical when an indigenous shaman performs the ceremony. Standard sequences include Santo Daime, which accompanies the ayahuasca tea.

Love Heal Forgive's shaman recommends a diet to prepare for their ayahuasca vine experience. The traditional ayahuasca diet requires abstaining from some foods, drinks, and activities. You can read more about this in our ayahuasca guide HERE. 

The retreat centre is in a secluded area within walking distance of a white sandy beach and gorgeous lagoons with waterfalls where guests can enjoy the solitude and the cleansing fresh water. Also, individuals are welcome to soak up the sun around the pool and participate in guided meditation. 

All ayahuasca excursions include food and accommodations. Love Heal Forgive is opening another retreat in Costa Rica in 2022. 

9. Sinchi Runa

One of the most notable retreats in Europe is Sinchi Runa. A quick look at the ayahuasca reviews shows guests searching for spiritual guidance in Portugal with the Sinchi Runa Retreat. The organization offers 8-and 23-day adventures with medicinal plants. 

Each sacred experience is limited to 12 individuals. The ayahuasca ceremonies are lead by Maestro Sanango, a healer from Tarapoto, Peru, with many years of practice guiding people through the ancient healing pilgrimages. He's spent years perfecting powerful journeys with the potent ayahuasca tea to offer more clarity to the participant's mystical travels. 

The shaman brings properly cultivated psychedelic plants from Peru. The country in South America is home to the popular spiritual journeys with ayahuasca vines. The ceremonies begin with a flower bath to prepare the participants for their journeys of the mind. Each ayahuasca yoga holiday includes a purge ceremony, guided meditations, discursive talks on shamanism, sharing circles, and private consultations with the shaman to expand your spiritual experience.

All excursions come with private accommodations, daily homemade organic meals, and an English/Spanish translator. 

10. Amoraleza

Consider Amoraleza for a yoga retreat with spiritual development through ayahuasca. Founded in 2007, the family-run organization operates the mother ayahuasca journeys for people from around the world in Spain. These adventurous safaris connect participants to nature through the potent and life-changing plant. The family guides people through Brazillian-style shamanic ceremonies that include live music, rapé, and Sanaga healing eye drops with every ceremony. 

Each retreat is three days from May to September. Guests need to follow a special diet for a minimum of three days before traveling to their venture. This body and mind detoxification improves the sacred plant experience. The ceremonies start with a sharing circle and finish each three-day session with an integration circle. Participants stay in one of several cozy enclosures during the retreat, such as a Morrocan yurt, a traditional Mongolian yurt, a bamboo cabin, and a bell tent. Every journey includes accommodations and nutritious homemade meals. 

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