When you google “Ayahuasca USA retreat” you may find yourself in a labyrinth of websites that may or may not contain any useful information thanks to the steady increase of ayahuasca tourism.
The ayahuasca plant is not illegal in the United States per se, but it’s active ingredient D.M.T is considered a Schedule I drug and therefore banned, contributing to the difficulty you might be having finding an ayahuasca center near you.
Luckily, there are centers in the USA and Canada where you can attend an ayahuasca retreat or ceremony legally. While these might be less immersive retreats than let’s say going for a two-week ayahuasca journey with a Peruvian Shipibo shaman in the Sacred Valley, there is still a great opportunity to work with the sacred medicine with experienced guides near you.
We have journeyed through the labyrinth of information for you and selected 10 of the best ayahuasca retreats near you, including options in the US, Canada, and nearby countries such as Costa Rica.
Behold Retreats takes ultimate care when it comes to your safety and overall results from your ayahuasca experience. With world-class medical screening and protocols, as well as their network of expert practitioners, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands for your healing journey with ayahuasca medicine.
Based on your individual background, needs, and goals, they will tailor your retreat program for you. If you would like to enter your spiritual awakening journey with a private group in the Sacred Valley of Peru with a Shipibo healer, or if you prefer to join an existing group outside of Peru with an experienced Shaman, Behold Retreats will facilitate it for you.
Their expert staff is devoted to your healing journey, and will ensure that you are supported before, during, and after your ayahuasca ceremony, with their 7-week life accelerator program designed to help you maximize the benefits of plant medicine.
It is possible to arrange a private ayahuasca retreat or ayahuasca ceremony if you know where to source a shaman, healer, or other facilitator. Choosing this option will often cost you more to get a quality practitioner, but is the best route to deep healing and transformation.
Benefits of private retreats mean that you can decide where the ayahuasca ceremony will take place, how many ceremonies you will have, who else will be part of the journey, and what other healing modalities you would like to incorporate into your retreat, such as yoga or a plant dieta.
You don’t necessarily need to fly to Peru to find an experienced Shipibo shaman or healer. You can find a shaman in your own country, but be cautious. As many facilitators operate underground due to legal limitations, there is definitely a risk here.
We recommend using a company such as Behold Retreats, who have sourced high-quality healers with decades of experience and advanced medical protocols to plan your private journey.
Location: Kentucky, USA
Operating as an independent branch of the Oklevueha Native American Church, Peaceful Mountain way offers Ayahuasca healing ceremonies just outside of Richmond, Kentucky. They focus on private and group spiritual counselling for their members.
They offer many services for personal and spiritual growth in addition to the sacred plant medicine ceremonies such as: workshops, yoga. Qigong, tai chi, kung fu, and opportunities to learn about herbology and nutrition.
They preserve both the Ceremonies and Traditional Practices of the Native Americans, but also those of all Indigenous Peoples. They are very inclusive and do not dictate any official religious dogma over their healers, but allow their members to exercise the freedom of their own religion or spirituality.
Location: Quebec, Canada
Céu do Montréal, also known as the Eclectic Centre for the Universal Flowing Light, is an independent non-profit Santo Daime church, relying on volunteers and the support of members and visitors’ donations.
The Santo Daime is a spiritual practice founded in the Brazilian Amazonic state, which has spread all over the world in places like the USA and Canada. Through their efforts, they have obtained a legal exemption to use their sacred sacrament Ayahuasca in their churches. While their ayahuasca church might not be your typical ayahuasca retreat center, they are the only legal option in Canada that uses this medicinal plant for spiritual healing.
Their entheogenic sacrament Santo Daime (Ayahuasca brew) has been used for thousands of years in South American Indigenous cultures, and often goes by the name of Hoasca, Yage and Caapi. The sacrament is made from the same two plants used to make ayahuasca tea, the vine Banisteriopsis Caapi vine and the leaves of the tree Psychotria Viridis, or Chacruna plant.
Location: Ontario, Canada
This ayahuasca healing retreat specializes in sacred shamanic plant medicine and other transformative modalities such as tobacco, aromatherapy, and Ibogaine. Additionally, their team is trained in providing after-ceremony care and integration to help you bring your experience into your daily life.
The shamans, facilitators, and hosts - Nubia Solano and Zora Signh - have been studying and practicing healing and transformational arts for over 20 years, with over a decade of experience on the shamanic path, facilitating sacred medicine ceremonies. They have worked with many medicine men and women in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Only an hour’s drive north of Toronto, their property is nestled amongst cedar forests and pristine ponds so you can feel one with Mother Earth. Occasionally, they have experts host specialized intensive healing retreats on their facilities, using plant medicines such as Iboga.
Location: Florida, USA
Soul Quest has a unique combination of traditional medicine healers and Western integration coaches and doctors. Founded by their main medicine man Chris Young and integration coach Verena Young, their retreat center provides more than just your average ayahuasca experience.
For 10 years, Soul Quest ayahuasca church has been a leader in providing preparation and integration coaching, ensuring that you will go deep into your healing journey and take the benefits along with you for life. Their holistic approach will help you prepare your body, mind and spirit for your ayahuasca ceremonies, as well as give you tools to navigate your journey and any challenges that might arise.
Accommodations vary depending on your budget, ranging from sleeping in the ceremonial room, to camping, to private lodges. They also have family cabins if you come with your own group. During the retreat itself, you will be able to enjoy sacred smoke cleanses, integration sharing circles, and sound meditations.
Location: Washington and California, USA
Sacred Therapy takes a modern approach to their retreats, rather than recreating the South American or Native American methods. Their staff are trained by US Ayahuasca churches and they offer a more holistic and yogic approach.
That being said, their founder who has been facilitating ayahuasca ceremonies for five years has been trained by multiple shamans and yogic teachers around the world, as well as two years of experience working with the Lakota Tradition.
You can find their 2 night retreats in both Washington and California, where you will have comfortable accommodation and vegan meals included. They offer full integration to help you make the most out of your healing journey.
Be sure to sign up on their website to become a member of the Cosmic Valley Native Americas Church to have access to their program.
Location: Kentucky, USA
Also known as Kentucky Ayahuasca, Aya Quest is a holistic sanctuary that chooses to take a modern approach to their ayahuasca retreats. They do not recreate Native American traditional ceremonies or work with any dogmas, but rather take a holistic approach with well-trained modern shamans and medicine people.
Their founder Steve Hupp has been trained by a shaman from South America and has worked with Mother Ayahuasca for over 15 years, facilitating over 1000 healing ceremonies.
They offer private and in-house ceremonies and small group retreats, and you can feel confident knowing that their ayahuasca brew is made entirely from scratch. They order each ingredient separately, such as the ayahuasca vine, and make it themselves so they can assure the quality, safety, and effectiveness of the medicine.
Location: Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica
If you want to get out of the country and really immerse yourself with Mother Earth, but do not want to travel too far to somewhere like Peru, Costa Rica might be a perfect option for you. Ocean’s forest is true to its name, sitting on the edge of the Amazon rainforest and the ocean, you will find their eco-lodge and private bungalows nestled in the trees.
They offer 7 or 10 day retreats, with ample opportunities to explore the vibrant nature and wildlife in the area. You will have 4-6 ayahuasca ceremonies facilitated by ethno-botanist Jonathon Miller Weisberger, who has over 30 years of experience with medicinal plants, and his expert team consisting of a psychedelic integration therapist and astrologer.
The ayahuasca vine is grown on the property, so you will have a chance to see how it is grown while you join an ethno-botanical walk through the forest. On resting days, each retreat participant can join group art therapy sessions, yoga classes, and medicinal flower baths. And if you’re the adventurous type, there will be plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and hiking.
Location: Colorado, USA
Facilitated by their traditional medicine healers from the Muruy tribe of the Amazonas of Colombia, this two night retreat hosts two ayahuasca ceremonies in a remote location. Near Castle Rock, you will find their rustic and tranquil campsite, ceremonial lodge, and shared accommodations, where you can get in touch with Mother Earth.
You will start the intensive retreat with a practical orientation to answer any questions before you begin your healing journey, followed by a herbal plant blessing. In between your ceremonies, you will have the opportunity to experience traditional therapies, personal spiritual cleansings from the Elders, and time for reflection.
Beautiful live music from the shamanic tradition will be played during each ayahuasca ceremony to help the plant medicine work deeper into your body, mind, and soul.
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