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Ayahuasca Retreat Costs: The Complete Guide (Updated 2021)

October 12, 2021
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Your interest in ayahuasca is piqued, and now you are delving into the research stage of your psychedelic journey. This is great because it means you are taking this seriously. However, navigating the wealth of knowledge available today is somewhat daunting. 

What is the correct Ayahuasca retreat cost for you? How can you tell the genuine from the fake, the mystics from the charlatans, to find a reputable Ayahuasca retreat? And which ayahuasca spiritual retreat costs the right amount for the budget available?

Whether you are looking for the affordability of a budget option or the reassurances of a high-end experience, we’ve got you covered. Below, you will find a breakdown of the kind of prices you would expect to pay, along with an idea of what you get for that kind of money. As well as several locations throughout the USA, we have included several reputable ayahuasca experiences from deep within the Amazon basin.

With ayahuasca retreats located in the origin of the spiritual movement from Peru to Costa Rica, these ayahuasca retreats involve traditional Shipibo ayahuasca ceremonies.

Many retreats offer several psychedelic opportunities from San Pedro, Bufo Alvarius, magic mushrooms, and ketamine-assisted therapy. The main focus here is to provide an informative description of ayahuasca retreat costs. However, some retreats offer several options for psychoactive immersion for retreat participants. 

Further information regarding ayahuasca healing retreats and other psychedelic options, we have a general comprehensive guide and comprehensive USA guide to help you out. Furthermore, we have extensive documentation to help you decide which ayahuasca experience is most suitable for your needs.


 

High-End Ayahuasca Retreats

At the top of the ladder, as you’d expect, are the highest prices. But for that extra outlay, you get the ultimate experience with some of the best practitioners in the world. World-class medical screening and support from expert coaches, facilitators, healers, and therapists will certainly make a difference in your experience. 

If money is no object, this is where you go for the dream-like visual and auditory spiritual awakening. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

 

Behold Private Retreats

If you’re looking for one of the most professional and thorough teams in the industry that offers one-of-a-kind private retreats- the best of the bunch is the Behold private spiritual retreat centers. These bespoke custom-designed experiences leave nothing to chance and will cater to even the most challenging circumstances. A full consultation will not only provide insight into the experience but will also elicit your innermost desires.

This incredible experience is the most versatile available and will accommodate the most fastidious of psychedelic travelers. Behold will organize the whole experience, catering to every preference imaginable. You can choose to have your retreat at any location, with custom groups, and even offer a choice of shamanic expertise to lead the journey. Whether you want to be led by a Shipibo shaman, healer, or secular facilitator, Behold can make it happen.

As well as the location and experienced facilitators, interested parties can additionally select the method of their hallucinatory journey, with ayahuasca brews, psilocybin psychedelic mushrooms, and 5-MeO-DMT therapy all on offer. All of this and more, with yoga sessions, breathwork and massage all additional options to make the perfect retreat.

 

Behold Retreats

Slightly lower down the price range but equally professional are Behold’s standard retreats. Not quite as bespoke as the private option, but no slouches either. The standard spiritual retreat center offers a beautifully serene ayahuasca ceremony, accentuated by first-class facilitation. As a leading DMT-based plant medicine ceremony practitioner, Behold has what it takes to make your ayahuasca dreams come true.

Behold retreat centers have partnerships with organizations worldwide and can provide spiritual healing at any number of locations, ensuring spiritual guidance wherever you may find yourself. No matter what, you will be supported well before, during, and beyond your retreat to maximize the outcomes of your experience and maintain transformation in the long-term. 

Mid-Range Ayahuasca Retreats

The financially conscious but spiritually astute may be more inclined to search out a budget-friendly option that still includes many prospects of a high-end retreat. They may not have all the bells and whistles as their more expensive counterparts. But there are still bargains to be had without compromising too much on quality.

 

Sacred Valley – Ayahuasca retreat Center, Mt Shasta

With prices starting at around $750 per person, Sacred Valley is a good mid-range option for the fledgling ayahuasca explorer. The retreat takes place on the foothills of the beautiful Mount Shasta in California and promises an idyllic psychedelic journey. In addition to the ayahuasca tea ceremony, Sacred Valley offers a wide range of spirit-enhancing activities.

Each retreat participant can choose to add their preferred type of healing modality to their itinerary, choosing from yoga classes, breathwork, reiki, crystal healing, and sound healing.

The team running the show has 30 years of experience practicing indigenous wisdom and sacred healing utilizing the shamanic arts. Your experienced facilitator can willfully provide an incredible, fully immersive experience.

 

Origen Sagrada – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Warner Springs

Based in the heart of the Californian wilderness, Origen Sagrada provides ayahuasca experiences in beautiful natural surroundings for just $650 per person. The retreat focuses on providing a vehicle to enlightenment through the imbibing of the ayahuasca brew. The retreat lasts for five days, includes up to 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, and ensures the spiritual path is closely followed.

Overseeing the ceremonies are husband and wife shamanic couple, Abuelo Claudino and Abuelite Bernadita Perez. These accomplished and experienced facilitators of ayahuasca medicine are spiritual healers from the Columbian Amazon jungle, adept at applying plant blessings and the sacred Ayahuasca vine ceremony.

 

Budget Ayahuasca Retreats

If what you are looking for is a bare-bones ayahuasca trip, there are several retreat centers out there to meet your needs. Generally low-key events, these tend to forgo the mysticism of their counterparts and focus on the core ayahuasca journey.

A little more effort is required, but they are the best deals out there dollar for dollar. Keep in mind, Many of these retreat centers will host ceremonies of 30-80 people, which can be quite challenging and less effective for many people.

Aya Quest – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Kentucky

Probably the cheapest, but by no means the least professional, Aya Quest is run by self-styled ayahuasca shaman Steve Hupp. Ceremonies are deliberately low-key and shy away from the standard theatrics. The ayahuasca ceremony itself takes place in an Intimate enclosed setting capable of only administering to small groups.

Prices start at around $300 for individuals and $600 for small groups. All retreat participants must become members of the Church before taking part in a ceremony. Due to its budget nature, accommodation, the price does not include meals or airport pick-up.

Larger-than-life lead shaman, Steve, will take care of proceedings, having studied under the tutelage of a genuine South American mystic and leading ceremonies to thousands of guests over the last 15 years.

 

Soul Quest Church of Mother earth – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Florida

Soul Quest is unique in its position in this list, as the ayahuasca experience is priced deliberately low at a bargain price of $350. It is up to the attendee to make the relevant upgrades to their stay. With this in mind, accommodations vary from free (sleeping outside) through pitching your own tent, up to private suites.

The ceremony itself balances ancient and modern techniques to provide a safe and comfortable environment to escape the confines of the physical realm. Accompanying the ceremony are musicians, sacred music, yoga sessions, and medicine men from the Amazon jungle. All are working in unison to provide spiritual escapism of an incredible magnitude.


Donation Only

Some reputable ayahuasca retreats work on a donation-only basis. These tend to be legitimate churches set up with a particular faith in mind and require practitioners to become members before participating.

These churches can vary from the deeply sacrosanct areas of worship to more low-key non-dogmatic enterprises. A donation-based system should not be mistaken for free. Visitors should therefore speak with fellow members following integration to determine what represents an acceptable donation.

 Cosmic Valley Native American Church – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Oregon

In Eugene, Oregon, Cosmic Valley boasts one of the cheapest donation fees of any legal ayahuasca church in the United States. Members must first be CNAC certified and accepted by board members to participate in a journey of discovery.

Ayahuasca retreats generally last for two days and are conducted indoors by in-house ayahuasca shamans who are considered experts in the plant medicine industry. Basic food and accommodation are all provided.

 

Two Birds Church – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Texas

Running as a non-profit organization, 2 Birds takes a more relaxed approach to its homegrown religion. Members are required to respect the people and practices within the camp and actively help create a feeling of wellbeing for the people attending.

This all fits in to create peace and harmony for all attendees and facilitators. Meals are included. 2 Birds follow strict plant dieta dietary requirements to ensure the safest and most comfortable ayahuasca experience possible.

Both shared and private accommodation is available during the spiritual retreat, which typically lasts for three days. Regular sacred ceremonies occur approximately once a month and can cater to up to 20 members. In addition, 2 Birds also host several healing circles throughout the year.

 

Further afield

Many psychedelic explorers would consider ayahuasca tourism to South America as the ultimate ayahuasca experience. Therefore, for the true spiritual journey, it’s worth considering a trip down to the jungles of Peru and Costa Rica.

The spiritual homeland of all things ayahuasca is the natural destination for the visual and auditory journey of self-discovery. Despite the logistical problems of traveling so far to engage in the spiritual awakening, many professional organizations offer the ultimate ayahuasca experience.

 

Kawsay – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Peru  

With over 100 years of conducting ayahuasca ceremonies, Kawsay knows exactly what they are doing. A seven-day retreat will set you back approximately $1,720, and that’s before you have factored in the flight costs.

Run by indigenous people of the Peruvian jungle, up to 5 Shipibo healers will guide you through the psychedelic experience, offering a choice of ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies. And to maintain that inner peace, yoga classes, breathwork, and guided meditation are also available.

In addition to medicinal plant healing, Kawsay offers several excursions into the Peruvian wilderness. Trips to the famous Monkey Island, boat journeys up the Amazon River, and jungle treks are available.

 

Gaia Tree Center – Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Peru

Located near Iquitos in Peru, Gaia Tree offers a profoundly spiritual experience through a traditional application of plant-based medicine. The fully immersive experience features native spiritual elders well versed in Peruvian Shipibo shamanic healing modalities and medicinal plants.

As well as ayahuasca healing retreats, they also offer jungle excursions and Kambo ceremonies. Longer stays are catered for, allowing people to immerse themselves in Peruvian culture if they have time on their hands. They also run regular trips to Machu Pichu and Cusco.

A standard 7-day ayahuasca Peru retreat costs around $990.

New Life - Ayahuasca Retreat, Costa Rica

New Life Ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica adds a touch of luxury to the experience, with proceedings taking place in the lush countryside of San Ramon. As such, prices come in at a little higher than average, with an all-inclusive 7-day experience costing around $2,500. For that price, you get three ayahuasca brew ceremonies, three yoga sessions, and a complimentary guided massage.

As well as the spiritual side of things, New Life also allows you to get in touch with nature, offering several peaceful excursions, including hiking, waterfalls, and trips to the local area.

 


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