This sacred plant medicine originating from the Amazon, also known as "mother ayahuasca," has garnered much attention in the USA, thanks to leading research institutions and thought leaders bringing public awareness to its ability to aid in the healing of trauma, addictions, anxiety, and depression, while also improving creativity, mindfulness, and spirituality.
As a result, locals in the USA have been journeying on trips to the Amazon jungle in Brazil, Costa Rica, Iquitos or the Sacred Valley of Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico to experience its transformative powers in healing the mind, body, and soul.
Two Brazilian ayahuasca religions, União do Vegetal (UDV) and Santo Daime have fought hard for their legal rights to secure protections for the sacramental use of ayahuasca in the USA in the tradition of ayahuasca shamanism.
US. Membership churches and Native American churches are fighting to use ayahuasca sacraments as part of the free exercise of their religions under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as petitioning for religious exemptions from the Controlled Substances Act.
Before you embark on your spiritual journey, you might want to consider a few factors in choosing an ayahuasca retreat. For example, who will the ayahuasca shaman be? Do you want a shamanic healing experience or a modern one? How important is comfort during your ayahuasca ceremony?
When choosing an ayahuasca center in the USA, your options might be quite limited, but we have put together a list for you of some of the most well-known ayahuasca retreats countrywide.
Behold Retreats will curate and tailor a healing ayahuasca journey for you in the USA, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, or Portugal. Each individual retreat participant is taken through an intake process where their expert staff takes the time to get to know their needs and preferences based on their previous history and current state.
From joining a group retreat in a eco-lodge nestled in the jungles of Peru, a private experience overlooking the ocean in Costa Rica in a luxurious villa, or in a century-old farmhouse on the country side of the Netherlands, Behold will make sure that your retreat is the perfect setting for your ayahuasca ceremony.
Behold ensures world-class medical protocols and screening processes and expert healers, facilitators. therapists, and coaches who have years of experience with Ayahuasca ceremonies.
What makes this retreat center unique is that they emphasize preparation and integration, which most Ayahuasca centers fail to address. Their transformational 7-week Ayahuasca retreat program is a big selling point, as you will gain transformative tools that you can use for life. The program is designed to elevate your consciousness and is led by two coaches who have worked with over 1500 clients in this respect. The program is meant to help you enhance your meta-cognition and set clear cut intentions before your retreat, releasing any negative emotions and energy blockages while reframing limiting beliefs. After the retreat, you are fully supported in integrating the experience into your daily life.
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If you’re ready to dive deep into your spiritual healing journey it is a great idea to look into setting up a private ayahuasca retreat. Take your Ayahuasca experience to the next level and get the breakthrough you are looking for by working with a private ayahuasca healer.
When working 1-1 with a shaman or facilitator, you can focus on your journey without any distractions and have full attentive support throughout the ceremony. Sourcing a private healers or for example a Shipibo shaman or other Andean shaman, is typically more difficult than finding a retreat center. Private facilitators usually do not have the availability to keep up with the demand, and the costs are usually higher.
You can find facilitators who are experts in ayahuasca medicine and also specializations such as the master plant diet (such as a Shipibo healer) , trauma integration therapy, or even combine it with a vipassana yoga retreat.
Whether you would like to experience the ayahuasca ceremony on a beach in the USA, or in a holistic sanctuary somewhere in South America within the Amazon rainforest such as Peru, a private option provides more flexibility than a traditional plant medicine retreat.
We recommend enlisting guidance from a company such as Behold Retreats for your ayahuasca experience, who curates private retreats with top-quality facilitators, healers, coaches and therapists.
Origen Sagrada is a group of like-minded people providing health, healing and celebration through the power of sacred plant medicine, as well as the guidance from their indigenous Taitas and Elders.
These spiritual leaders and healers, Abuelo Claudion and Abuelita Bernadita from the Muruy tribe of the Amazonas of Colombia, are highly respected in the tribe and have extensive knowledge on many types of medical plants, rites,and ceremonies.
Their ayahuasca brew is prepared in the Amazon and is pure, consisting of only the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and Chacruna.
Origen Sagrada’s other location in the USA is also facilitated by their spiritual leaders and healers, Abuelo Claudion and Abuelita Bernadita from the Muruy tribe of the Amazonas of Colombia.
Their retreat is 2 nights and includes 2 ceremonies and is a great way for newbies to get acquainted with Ayahuasca. The work with the Elders and the plant medicine is intensive and remote, located in a private, tranquil, rustic camp near Castle Rock. Your ceremonies will be held in a private lodge, with shared accommodation.
The retreat will begin with a herbal plant blessing and practical orientation to answer any questions you might have. In between ceremonies, there will be traditional therapies, personal spiritual cleansing and healing ceremonies, and time for reflection. They will play beautiful live music during the ceremony to help you go deeper on your journey.
At Medicine Wheel, you can be comfortable knowing that they have cultivated a safe space for growth and healing to occur during their psychedelic medicine circles.
Your ceremonies will be facilitated by Shaba Amaro, who has been practicing with shamans and medicine men and women from different indigenous cultures in the Americas, and also teaches at The School of Shamanic Teachings. He apprenticed alongside a Peruvian shaman and continued his initiation alongside the Q’eros priests of the High Andes in Peru.
Their retreats include 2 ayahuasca ceremonies as well as a cacao, rapé and sananga ceremony, with the opportunity to attend a san pedro ceremony. During the experience they provide a safe environment in nature, and offer eco-environment accommodation, where you will surely get in touch with Mother Nature.
Soul Quest was founded by medicine man Chris Young, who left the medical industry after seeing the negative consequences of the pharmaceutical industry, and Verena Young, an integration coach who is finishing her PhD, certified in Spiritual Counseling and Addiction Recovery and Psycho-Spiritual Integration Coaching.
Their team consists of traditional medicine men and woman, integration coaches, and doctors.
Accommodation ranges from sleeping in the ceremonial space or camping, to higher-end options in private cabins or lodges. They even have a family cabin for larger groups.
Enjoy a sacred smoke cleanse ceremony around a fire pit, join group integration circles, and participate in a sound meditation to get more out of your ayahuasca journey.
Soul Quest also has been a leader in providing preparation and integration coaching for the last 10 years, helping you feel fully prepared for your journey to the deepest healing experience. Their approach is holistic and includes ways to prepare your body, mind, and soul for the experience, tools to navigate and ground yourself during the journey, and methods to overcome challenges.
After the journey, you can feel supported by their coaches who will help you make sense of your insights and lessons, and help you integrate this experience into your life in a lasting way.
Sacred Therapy retreats host their ceremonies in a modern way, rather than recreating South American or Native
American style ceremonies. To join their ceremonies you must be a member of Cosmic Valley Native Americas church, which you can apply to join on their website.
Their North American medicine people are trained with US ayahuasca churches and offer a holistic and yogic approach. They provide full integration before and after your ceremony and care deeply about each retreat participant’s experience and growth.
Retreats are two nights, hosted in Washington and California, and they provide accommodation with comfortable bedding and vegan meals. The founder has been leading ceremonies for 5 years and has trained with multiple shamans and yogic teachers in the USA, Mexico, Thailand, and Lebanon, as well as two years learning from the Lakota Tradition.
The Sanctuary is a shamanic healing center and branch of Oklevueha Native American Church, an ayahuasca church, located on the land of the Sacred White Dee, a Bee Sanctuary and certified wildlife habitat with 6 acres of wild forest containing over 100+ fruit trees, edible bushes, and medicinal plants such as the coca leaf. You really will get a chance to connect with Mother Earth here.
Come here for a fully immersive shamanic experience, with shamanic healing practices, shamanic breathwork, and even a shamanic school with facilitator programs. They have a variety of retreats at their healing center as well as in Peru near Cusco.
If you’re looking for intensive ayahuasca healing retreats to dive deeper into medicinal plants, healing modalities, and shamanic wisdom this is the place for you. In addition to ayahuasca, they offer a week long tobacco and master plant diet retreat, a shamanic camp, vision quests, shamanic wisdom circles, rebirthing breathwork ceremonies, and more!
To help you integrate your experiences, they also host a regular commUnity connection and integration calls for you to share from the heart and continue to learn and grow together.
Aya Quest, also commonly spoken about as Kentucky Ayahuasca, approaches their ceremonies with a holistic attitude, and does not recreate Native American traditional ceremonies or maintain any dogmatic style. They are modern shamans and medicine people who are well trained.
Their founder Steve Hupp, has worked with ayahuasca for 15 years, and trained by a shaman from South America, leading over 1000 healing ceremonies.
Aya Quest offers small group, private and at home ceremonies, as well as the option to join their membership club. Their ayahuasca brew is made from scratch and the ingredients, such as the ayahuasca vine, are all individually ordered so you can be assured of what exactly is in the tea, and they are confident that their brew is safe and effective.
This ayahuasca retreat center is under The União do Vegetal (UDV) is a Christian Spiritist religion that originated in Brazil and is recognized for their community and environmental service. União do Vegetal literally means “the union of the plants,” and their followers drink Hoasca, which is the sacred sacrament of plants indigenous to the Brazillian Amazon.
Like Ayahuasca, Hoasca contains the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Chacruna plant leaves, which is their sacrament serving to heighten spiritual understanding and perceptions.
The sessions are spiritual in nature and emphasize mental concentration and solemn reflections of their guide Mestre Gabriel and Jesus. They last around four hours and include periods of silent contemplation and religious teachings.
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