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10 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Costa Rica (Updated 2021)

May 3, 2021
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Looking for an ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica?

Great! Costa Rica is a popular destination for Ayahuasca retreats. The work is legal, there's numerous beautiful retreat centers, flights are frequent, and Costa Rica attracts high quality facilitators and healers for these reasons.

Post-retreat, you can enjoy a broad range of activities, and miles of beaches to relax and integrate your experience.

You will find retreats that follow a broad variety of traditions from indigenous people in Central America and South America (Peru Shipibo, shamanic, and neo-shamanic) to fit your preferences and goals for healing and growth.

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Top 10 Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica:

1. Behold Retreats Ayahuasca Retreat - Costa Rica

Behold Retreats facilitates small groups (6-8 people) for healing ayahuasca journeys in its luxury Costa Rica retreat center.

If you’re hoping to experience a modern, high quality retreat with breathtaking views of the jungle, spacious rooms, modern comforts, and great food, look no further.

Behold prides itself on highly-experienced healers and facilitators and ensuring best-in-class medical screening to ensure your safety and that you will get the most out of your experience.  You will have access to a beautiful wellness center and healing modalities including yoga and meditation.

Behold Retreats also offer high quality preparation and integration around the retreat, to help you get clear on your future self, identify mental and emotional blind spots, for deeper breakthroughs and more sustained benefits. If you're interested in a retreat and/or coaching you can apply for a free consultation.

2. Behold Private Ayahuasca Costa Rica Retreat

For the most intense transformational spiritual healing journey, you can expect to have the most profound journeys working 1-1 with various practitioners during your ayahuasca experience. Behold also facilitates retreats with psilocybin ceremonies, 5-MeO-DMT (bufo) ceremonies, San Pedro ceremonies, and kambo sessions.

The benefits of working privately are endless; you can choose your preferred location and accommodations (beach in Costa Rica, jungle in Peru, Amazon rainforest, you name it!), decide which traditions you would like to work with (traditional plant medicine retreat or a more Western approach), select your facilitators (Shipibo shaman, Andean shaman, male shaman, female guide, psychotherapist, trauma therapist, coach), and if there are any other modalities you would like to incorporate into your retreat (yoga retreat, master plant dieta, etc.)

Each ayahuasca ceremony will help you get deep into your psyche to give you the breakthroughs you've been searching for. The benefit of working 1-1 really can facilitate profound. transformation.

Finding quality practitioners is not easy, and they typically cost more and require additional planning. Enlisting guidance from a company such as Behold Retreats for your ayahuasca experience can make this process seamless.

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3.Soltara Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat Soltara, Costa Rica
Location: Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

In this luxurious, nature-immersion retreat situated on seaside cliffs overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of Costa rica's Nicoya Peninsula, you will have a choice between a 5 or 7 day retreat. Choose between shared or private rooms with modern, luxurious amenities, and enjoy their relaxing spa, yoga, breathwork, bodywork, and creative expression workshops.

Additionally, you will be supported by an experienced preparation and integration team who have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine practices. They will provide you with extra resources and education, and access to their community to help with the integration and healing process post-retreat.  

During your quest for spiritual awakening at Soltara healing center, you will be in great hands with the indigenous Peruvian Shipibo female and male healers who will led the sacred ceremony and provide shamanic healing.  You can feel safe knowing that they have a qualified first-responder on-site and a 24-hour clinic nearby.

4. Rythmia Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat Rythmia, Costa Rica
Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

If you’re looking for a retreat that offers a luxury vacation in addition to your ayahuasca journey, look no further. In between ayahuasca ceremonies you will be able to enjoy yoga, metaphysics classes, hydrocolonic cleanses, volcanic mud baths, dead sea cleanses, breathwork, massages, and farm-to-table organic food at Rythmia Life Advancement Center.

Group sizes are quite big, so if you're looking for something more intimate and 1-1 time, this might not be the place for you. The plant medicine ceremony begins at night under the stars as you listen to the sounds of the Icaro begin.

During the 7-day program you will receive three personalized workshops taught be Gerard Powell and Michael Beckwith. You will be very comfortable in their luxurious and spacious accommodations which are located in a quiet, tranquil setting, and are furnished with original art and therapeutic beds. The resort offers stunning views of the forest so you can feel one with Mother Nature.

If you have the time to spend a few extra days, they  offer many adventurous trips such as horseback-riding, waterfall hikes, zip-lining, surfing, golfing, paddle boarding, and more!

5. New Life Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat New Life, Costa Rica
Location: San Ramon, Costa Rica

Located in the mountains of San Ramon, on a remote 20-acre property, this retreat center encourages a close connection with nature and offers a wide range of excursions and additional therapies such as waterfall hikes, yoga, and massage.

Your 5 or 7 day retreat will have 2-3 traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 complimentary massage, 2-3 hatha yoga sessions, and locally sourced meals.

The ayahuasca ceremonies will be an intimate group of maximum 9 people and will be led by Matthew Mormello, their ayahuasca shaman. Having worked with plant medicine such as Iboga and Ayahuasca since 2011, he follows the Peruvian traditions and traditional shamanism, guided by Icaros, the medicine song.

This is not your typical traditional ayahuasca retreat experience, as your accommodation will be in a private room with a queen bed and full private ensuite. The common areas for socializing and relaxing include a large indoor pool, a hot tub, and many hiking trails to explore.

Looking for a first-class retreat  with expert facilitators and a small number of participants?

6. Ayahuasca Costa Rica Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

 Ayahuasca Retreat Ayahuasca Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Location: Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

A great introduction for those new to experiencing and healing with sacred plant medicine, Ayahuasca Costa Rica promises a harmonic environment for profound self-exploration, integration, and healing.

The Ayahuasca retreat center is located in a tropical forest near the Pacific coast and in the highlands on the Cordillera of Talamanca, conveniently located in high energetic centers.

Using shamanic traditions, this retreat center’s mother ayahuasca ceremonies are led by an experienced facilitator and many assistants to provide a safe environment. They offer both Ayahuasca and Kambo ceremonies during their retreats, as well as  detox treatments, meditation, yoga, holistic body work, and vegan organic meals.

Accommodations vary from private and shared rooms, to tent camping and sleeping in hammocks.  Your group will have the chance to do activities like hiking into the cloud forest, trips to a nearby beach, and waterfall tour.

7. Sound of Light Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat  Sound of Light, Costa Rica
Location: Southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica

This healing center is unique as it combines the Eastern teachings of self-awareness and Shamanic teachings of the amazon jungle.  Each retreat is different according to the program, length, and theme.

One of their programs includes a 10 day Vision Quest - and is not for the faint of heart. This is a full immersion with the sacred medicine ayahuasca brew and nature. You will move to a special camp by a river, and have 4-5 days and nights in silence, with a personal spot to sit during the day for self-reflection. At night you will sleep by the fire. At the end of the quest, you will partake in a sunrise sweat lodge ceremony to cleanse, ground, and welcome your new visions and intentions.

The founder and main healer, Vismay Amirt, with a background in sound engineering and design studies, has over 20 years and 1000 ceremonies worth of experience with Nada-Brahma (sacred song). Bridging the synergy between science and spirit, Shaman and Yogi, he creates a space where the structures and teachings of the Santo Daime, Babaji, and Ayahuasca come together.

8. Tree of Lights Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat Tree of Lights, Costa Rica
Location: Dominical Beach, Costa Rica.

Another unique retreat center, Tree of Lights works independently from the traditional Shamanic tradition. Facilitators Pedro and Carolina have worked with over 30 Shipibo healers in Peru during their years of study and have undergone many traditional plant dietas and trainings since 2012. While they embody many of these teachings in their retreats, such as the energetic healing qualities from their ikaros, they also use multiple healing modalities from around the world and have an understanding of many different types of trauma.

Their ceremonies are intimate, with a maximum of 11 participants, and are specialized in in supporting and healing cases of sexual abuse and other deep traumas in both men and women. During the 11 day retreat you can expect 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, a plant cleanse, full time support, yoga, a sacred geometry class, and jungle hikes.

Additionally, they provide 1-1 preparation and integration counselling, as well as the opportunity to do a month-long plant dieta, and include Noya Rao or the heart-opening Bobisana into the experience.

The retreat location is set amongst the beautiful jungle where you will be able to feel the fresh mountain breeze and see local wildlife. You will be extra comfortable with their modern, and private accommodations. Common areas include a large saltwater swimming pool, plenty of hammocks to relax in, a yoga space, and a fire pit.

9. Ocean’s Forest Eco-Lodge Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica Ocean’s Forest Eco-Lodge
Location: Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica

Sitting on the edge of the forest and the ocean, you will find this beautiful eco-lodge, boasting rich and active wildlife and breath-taking sea views. Connect deeply with Mother Earth in either a 7 or 10 day retreat.

Your ayahuasca experience will be guided by author and ethno-botanist Jonathon Miller Weisberger, who has over 30 years of experience with medicinal plants and can share his knowledge with you on plants such as psychotria and san pedro. He grows the ayahuasca vine (banisteriopsis caapi vine) on their property, so you can be assured of the quality of the brew.

In between your 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, you will have the chance to go on ethnobotanical hikes, join group integration and art therapy sessions, take a daily yoga class, enjoy medicinal flower baths, and walk or snorkel your way along the pristine ocean shore-line.

Accommodations feature private or shared rooms with en-suite bathrooms, partial or full ocean views, and a cool ocean breeze to keep you cool. Onsite- there is also a psychedelic integration therapist and yoga teacher, who can provide extra support as needed, as well as an astrologer.

10. Casa de la Luz Ayahuasca Retreat Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat Casa de la Luz, Costa Rica

Location: Alajuela, Costa Rica

Casa de la Luz offers 1 night or 5 day Ayahuasca retreats with 2 ayahuasca ceremonies in private groups of 4 people with both private and shared accommodation.

With their specialized and experienced staff, you will experience ayahuasca tea made from the Amazon Jungle as well as farm-to-table food made from natural, vegetarian ingredients.

During this healing experience you will also have 3 sacred Ha-pey medicine sessions, 3 dance therapy or meditation classes, and a local tour to a nearby river or lake. You can also enjoy massage therapy and private psychotherapy sessions for an additional cost.

If you haven't found what you're looking for here, there are other locations to consider in South America such as Spirit Vine in Brazil, or many retreat centers in the Sacred Valley in Cusco and Iquitos in Peru. Another Costa Rican retreat worth checking out is Nada Brahma Healing Center.

More about the sacred medicine Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a medicinal plant made from two plants, the banisteriopsis caapi vine and chacruna plant (psychotria viridis, p. viridis). Growing in popularity for its healing properties, people around the world are participating in ayahuasca tourism and attending psychedelic retreats in Latin America, where the brew originates from and where many spiritual leaders facilitate plant medicine ceremonies.

Ayahuasca legality is a tricky subject. DMT (which is the is the psychotropic substance in Ayahuasca) is under the Controlled Substance Act in the USA and therefore illegal to consume. But, Peaceful Mountain Way for example, is a Native American Church that has been granted an exemption to use ayahuasca in their religious sacraments. Attending an ayahuasca church is a legal way for ayahuasca consumption in the USA and will entail religious ceremonies. There are movements pushing forward the. decriminalization of psychedelics, but we are not quite there yet.

With many notable research institutions studying these psychotropic substances as psychedelic medicine, we are seeing incredible results with psilocybin, ibogaine, bufo alvarius, and ayahuasca for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction. Psychedelic drugs such as ketamine and MDMA are already approved for therapeutic uses in many states.

Before you journey on your soul quest keep in mind that searching for ayahuasca centers is not that same as looking for a wellness retreat or other similar spiritual retreats. Sure you can google "ayahuasca costa rica reviews" and find a load of material to sift through, but reading a review does not give you a full understanding of the retreat center.

There are many shamanic practitioners out there with dangerous behaviours and you may not even be fully aware. At the minimum, thorough medical and psychological screening must be done to protect your safety and well-being ahead of a psychedelic retreat. If for example, you are on prescription medications such as MAOIS, you are in real danger if you consume ayahuasca. Herbal medicine like ayahuasca is no joke!

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