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14 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Washington (Updated 2021)

May 31, 2021
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As the market for Ayahuasca tourism grows, so does the number of institutions that offer it as a service. Traditionally, an Ayahuasca tourist seeking divine healing was required to travel as pilgrims to the jungles of Costa Rica or Pucallpa in deepest Peru to undertake their spiritual transformation. Now, as demand grows, there is more availability closer to home.

It isn’t always easy to determine the good from the bad, the genuine shamans from the imposters.

We at Behold have spent hours researching the ayahuasca healing opportunities and psychedelic experiences in the USA so that you don’t have to.

A decade ago, the ayahuasca healing industry was virtually unknown inside the US. Only a small number of low-key ayahuasca churches conducted ceremonies. Now, as more people are interested in ancient remedies and ayahuasca tourists span the globe, business is booming.

Due to the presence of DMT, a class A drug, Ayahuasca is illegal in the USA. Several exemptions to this law have been issued on religious grounds. The Church of Santo Daime and União do Vegetal are both considered a legal ayahuasca church operating in the country. Both of which require membership to their organizations before individuals can participate in healing ceremonies.

The decriminalization of other plant-based drugs has presented a glimmer of hope. But until the issue is solved, there are still risks surrounding participation on US soil.

Ayahuasca is an ancient South American hallucinogenic tea with extraordinary healing properties brewed by mixing the banisteriopsis caapi vine and the psychotria viridis bush. The effects of the Ayahuasca brew are similar to other hallucinogens like psilocybin mushrooms, ketamine and peyote.  People liken the experience to finding a pathway to the divine. Recent medical research conducted by some of the country’s top Universities has concluded that there are clear healing benefits to hallucinatory therapies.

Further information relating to all things ayahuasca, please reference our comprehensive guide. You can find an in-depth guide to choosing the most suitable wellness retreat here.

1. Behold Retreats

Behold Ayahuasca Retreats

Behold Retreats are dedicated to the elevation of the soul and offer bespoke psychedelic retreats for those searching for enlightenment. No matter your spiritual requirements, Behold will guide you through your awakening. As a leading authority in plant medicine and with an experienced team of facilitators, you can be assured that you are in good hands.

Their extensive seven-week program will take you on a spiritual journey like you have never experienced before. You are provided with high-quality preparation and integration work, ensuring your mind and body are in exactly the place they should be prior to the week-long plant medicine retreat. Afterward, the expert team will guide you back down to earth and help you ground your experience.

Ayahuasca isn’t the only mind-enhancing entheogen at hand. With Behold, you can choose another psychedelic substance for your journey, such as psilocybin mushrooms, san pedro, and 5-MeO-DMT. Each has been researched for their efficacy in treating illnesses such as depression, anxiety and addiction.

2. Behold Private Retreats

Behold Ayahuasca Retreats

Behold retreats are as versatile as they are dedicated. With their private retreats, every individual can be catered for no matter what guidance they need and all aspects of the ayahuasca ceremony can be tailored. Allow Behold’s team of experts to craft the perfect wellness retreat designed specifically for you.

Their private retreat gives you the freedom to specify the psychedelic therapy to be used, the spiritual leaders involved, the size and composition of the group, and even the location where the healing will take place. And with partners across the globe and a large team of knowledgeable staff, you can undertake your journey wherever you desire. You could have your ayahuasca vine experience in the exotic city of Iquitos in Peru or even in your own home.

3. Cosmic Valley Native American Church

Ayahuasca Retreat Washington

Cosmic Valley Native American Church conducts healing ceremonies in Seattle, Washington as well as in Oregon and California. Retreats occur every three to four weeks, but it’s best to check the website for availability due to high demand.

Cosmic Valley provides indoor ceremonies spread over three days, with accommodation and meals provided. Groups are relatively small, generally consisting of eight to ten members, with two facilitators. In order to attend, you must be a member of the Native American Church and have a CNAC approved application. You can find details of the application process on their website.

Not considered to be traditional shamans, the Cosmic Valley Church uses up-to-date methods with guidance provided by highly trained staff.

4. The União do Vegetal (UDV)  

Ayahuasca retreat Washington

Along with Santo Daime, UDV is one of two organizations to receive an exemption for the use of ayahuasca (referred to Hoasca in UDV) on religious grounds. Following a strict religious doctrine based around Christianity and Reincarnationism, the Hoasca tea drinking ceremony is ingrained deeply into their doctrine. Boasting 21,000 thousand members in 11 different countries, UDV has seven Churches in the USA. They have one church in Washington state.

Like ayahuasca, the hoasca is brewed into a sacred tea using the banisteriopsis caapi vine and the psychotria viridis bush, which they use to reach a higher spiritual plane. Ceremonies are deeply sacrosanct and adhere to strict religious tenets. As such, the healing session is not open to the general public. Only members of the church are able to attend.

5. Church of the Holy Light of the Queen

Ayahuasca Retreat Oregon

Based just over the border in Oregon, Church of the Holy Light of the Queen (CHLQ) is a member of the Santo Daime religious organization. Like UDC, Santo Daime went to a great deal of effort to ensure their followers can legally practice the ayahuasca ceremony within the USA.

Another member-only affair, CHLQ is decidedly more relaxed than the UDV churches. Rituals take place in a large, comfortable tent on the grounds of the CHLQ farmstead, set in a small orchard. Food and accommodation are all catered for.

The ritual itself spans four days, involving three days of daime (ayahuasca) ceremonies and one day of hymnal work. Santo Daime practitioners and churches generally keep a low profile and may prove difficult to contact.

6. Origen Sangrada Retreat

Ayahuasca Retreat Warner Springs, California

Based out of Warner Springs, California, Origen Sangrada is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of all who come seeking spiritual guidance and healing. Through the power of natural medicines, their aim is to assist individuals in locating a path to improve their lives.

The Origen Sangrada wellness retreat takes place at an exceptional ranch in Warner Springs with access to the picturesque local countryside. The ayahuasca ceremony is facilitated by husband-and-wife Abuelo Claudino and Abuelite Bernadita Perez, who are traditional spiritual leaders from the Colombian Muray tribe. The retreat typically lasts for three days and includes two cups of ayahuasca tea, traditional music and herbal plant blessings. The session will culminate with a period of self-reflection.

7. Oklevueha Native American Church of the Peaceful Mountain Way

Kentucky Ayahuasca retreat

Oklevueha Native American Church is a multi-disciplinary retreat offering a multitude of life-improving workshops. As well as the ayahuasca ceremony, attendees can immerse themselves in tai chi, kung fu, yoga, qi gong, and many other practices. In addition, they offer instruction on diet, nutrition, and herbology.

Considering itself to be a spiritually adopted, independent faction of the Oklevueha Native American Church, they are on hand to serve the spiritual needs of soul seekers hailing from all parts of the world.

The ayahuasca church offers different kinds of a psychedelic experience, including ayahuasca, peyote, San Pedro, and marijuana. Interested parties can apply for membership via their website.

8. New Haven Native American Church

Ayahuasca Retreat Missouri

New Haven is a legally established independent Native American Church dedicated to protecting and restoring the practices of the Native American People. Run by indigenous communities, they are well versed in a number of ancient psychedelic substances, including, but not limited to, ayahuasca, peyote, breathwork, sweat lodges, and sacred breath ceremonies.

The ayahuasca Church follows ancient Native American philosophies but stops short of providing religious teachings. As such, anyone of any faith system is welcome to join the fold.

Due to the current legislative restrictions, ceremonies are not advertised but are conducted on an invitation-only basis. Contact them via their website for more details.

9. Pachamama Sanctuary

Ayahuasca Retreat New Hampshire

Working on a donation basis, Pachamama offers a weekend sacred ayahuasca retreat in New Hampshire. The three-day event includes 2 ceremonies, integration, workshops, and breathwork. Additional, ongoing, and indefinite integration is provided at no extra cost. Meals and accommodation are all included.

Rather new to the scene, Pachamama was founded in 2019, but despite not being as established as their counterparts, the fully qualified team has over 20 years of ayahuasca experience between them. Rituals are conducted by Ecuadorian mystic Freddy Larossa and Colombian mother and son outfit Maima María Manesita Queta and Taita Luis Alberto Quetaof the Cofan tribe.

Pachamama prides itself on providing a safe, loving, and respectful environment for attendees to achieve their spiritual potential. Consequently, they are happy to work with people from all walks of life to help find their inner peace.

10. Medicine Wheel, Austin, Texas

Ayahuasca retreat Texas

Based out of Texas, Medicine Wheel has made it their mission is to explore the vast potential of sacred plant medicines and shamanic energy practices. On offer are a wide selection of sacred plant medicine therapies, including ayahuasca, tobacco tea, cacao, and Hapé and Sananga.

Led by the experienced and knowledgeable Shaba Ambro, who has spent many years working alongside the South American Shamanic community, Medicine Wheel promises to facilitate your spiritual journey in blissful comfort. With a key focus on safety and spiritual awakening, Medicine Wheel could prove to be the perfect balance between the rigid dogma of the strict religious Churches and the cowboy Shamans mixing ayahuasca brews in run-down trailer parks.

The retreat center itself is situated in the heart of nature, to allow for maximum spiritual wellbeing. Coupled with the eco-friendly accommodation, the location will provide the perfect atmosphere for your ayahuasca odyssey.

11. Muaisa Hale Pule ("As I Aum" Sanctuary)

Ayahuasca Retreat Hawaii

If you’re keen to undertake your ayahuasca journey in a tropical paradise but are reluctant to leave the comfort of the USA, Hawaii could be the option for you.

Muaisa Hale Pule (“As I Aum” Sanctuary) is an off-the-path, shamanic refuge on the healing Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. An official chapter of the New Haven Native American Church (NHNAC), Muaisa Hale Pule is a temple without walls, admission fees, and religious or New Age dogma.

Nestled in a tranquil pocket of heaven on the slopes of Mauna Loa, removed from Earth's major landmasses, and situated in the middle of world's largest ocean. The retreat center inhabits an area infused with the Spirit of Aloha, a location the ancients knew as "The Pathway to the God."  

As I Aum utilizes the indigenous psychotropic plant teachers of Hawaii in their ceremonies, which are comparable, if somewhat less physical than ayahuasca.

With no “fees” to speak of, applicants must provide a minimum required “donation” to participate in ceremonies. A variety of retreat options are available to suit the needs of all spiritual voyagers.

12. Vine of Enlightenment Tribal Church

Ayahuasca Retreat Arkansas

Deep in the mountains of Northwest Arkansas lies the Vine of Enlightenment Tribal Church. Dedicated to the truth, knowledge, wisdom, and love of mother ayahuasca, Vine of Enlightenment promises “spirituality to all who seek its truth.”

The expertly led healing sessions blend modern knowledge and ancient ayahuasca shamanism to provide the perfect mindset for your soul quest.

Ceremonies are held every third Saturday of each month, with sacrament reserved for tribal members only. However, non-members are welcome to participate in the non-hallucinatory aspects of the ceremony.

Modern shamans Gene and Tara run the retreat, with over 10 years of experience conducting ceremonies. They draw upon their strong beliefs to guide ayahuasca users as they find direction on the spiritual journey.

13. Sanctuary of our Lady Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca retreat Mexico

Priding itself on providing intimate ceremonies at a stunning beachside location, Sanctuary of our Lady Ayahuasca offers legal healing retreats across the border in Mexico.

Based out of the beautiful sun-drenched Rocky Point, the Sanctuary offers traditional ancient therapies and modern amenities. Ceremonies are conducted by ordained minister Alexis, who has over 15 years’ experience working with ayahuasca.

Visitors can expect two ceremonies held over four days, ceremony-compliant meals and comfortable accommodation. An experienced mental-emotional therapist is on hand to help prepare your mind and integrate you into the ayahuasca journey.

14. Super Charged Pure Amazónica Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat

Ayahuasca Retreat Utah

Super Charged offers an integrative approach coupled with their signature ancient, indigenous sacred plant medicine recipe, which supports the rise from death to life with complete confidence and safety.

Run by modern shaman Bernice Anderson, the four-day retreat includes: Ice bathing in ayahuasca and other Fresh Plants and Herbs, two Evenings of the Amazonian ayahuasca shamanic ceremony, a one-day psilocybin mind and nature journey. The retreat finishes off with yogic body and breath work and QHHT (Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique) past life regression.

The retreat is headquartered in Utah, but ceremonies are also available in Florida, Peru and Mexico.

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