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10 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Arizona (Updated 2023)

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For deeper insights into what makes up a safe and quality plant medicine retreat, check out the results from our recent plant medicine retreats survey.

1. If you’d like a holistic understanding of your opportunities to improve your quality of life, take this self-diagnostic.

2. If this is your first time with Ayahuasca, this short quiz will help you assess your level of mental, emotional, and spiritual readiness for this powerful and sensitive work.

3. If you’d like to understand more about the nature of psychedelic healing work, human potential, and who and what you really are, watch the video below.



Like most things in life, there are a broad variety of Ayahuasca retreat options, and a number of factors that effect the safety, quality, and cost of an ayahuasca retreat:

  1. Safety First: Unfortunately, many small retreat centers are not in a position to make meaningful investments into screening and safety. Even if you're fine, someone else on retreat might not be, which can effect the overall experience. Our recommendation is to choose a retreat provider that does in-depth conversational, medical, and psychological screening to protect your safety and well-being.
  2. Legality:  Experienced practitioners who have dedicated their lives to plant medicine typically live in locations where the work is legal, so they don't have to live in a state of "what if". Our recommendation is to travel to legal locations where you can benefit from legitimate healers who operate above the radar, so you can truly relax on retreat. That's kind of the idea, right?
  3. Size of the group: It's common for retreats to have 20, 50, even 100 people in ceremony, which can be chaotic to say the least. In such large groups, there's a lot of collective bucket-time in the room, and you are less likely receive the level of attention from healers that you are probably looking for. Our recommendation is to choose a retreat with an intimate group of say, 8-15 people.
  4. Length of the retreat: Shorter retreats feel rushed, don't support the cultivation of meaningful relationships, and there are limits to what can be achieved in a few nights. We recommend you spend at least a week for an ayahuasca retreat to give your mind, body, heart, and soul the attention it deserves.
  5. Comfort: We recommend you choose a retreat where you are confident you will be physically comfortable and have your own private bedroom to decompress and integrate, especially if this is your first time. Go for the full jungle mosquito immersion another time, your future self will thank you later.
  6. Energetic Alignment: Select a retreat that feels energetically aligned and allows your own subjective experience to unfold naturally. There's no right or wrong here, but it's worth recognizing that there are many different cosmologies (ways of seeing the universe), and having the energy of a different cosmology pushed through the ceremonial space may or may not be in your highest healing interests. This is also particularly relevant for first-timers.
  7. Holistic approach: Work with an organization that takes a holistic approach to working with plant medicine, and has options to support and guide your mental and emotional evolution alongside a retreat. If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution (because it won't!).
  8. Service: Select a retreat that you believe can meet your individual needs. Are you being treated as a human, or as participant #22 in their fourth retreat this month? Consider whether or not they've taken the time to get to know you and understand you, or it's more of a take it or leave it retreat center.
  9. Booking process: Speak with the provider before finalizing your booking. If it’s all online, this may be a strong indicator that the provider is not screening and/or carefully on-boarding their guests. This entire experience should be handled with care from start to finish.
  10. Expertise: Find an organization that emphasizes healing, and you believe has the breadth and depth of expertise to guide your transformation. Look for facilitators and healers who have a lightness of being and a sparkle in their eyes. Healing work is all about the transmutation of energy, so you are looking for people who have the energy you aspire to. If they aren't able to keep their energy right, that tells you quite a bit about either where they are at and their capabilities.
  11. Reputation: At a minimum, Google the provider, you may be surprised by what you find. If there's not much information, that is also information :) You may also like to look up the Founders and see what their energy is all about (hint hint). A famous comedian recently went to one of the most popular Ayahuasca retreat centers (known for large groups) and mentioned there were people on the retreat who didn't even know what Ayahuasca was. Yes, seriously.
  12. Volunteers: Please support ethical plant medicine work by selecting an organization that pay their team. Unfortunately, it is common practice for retreat centers to cycle through young, eager, and worn out volunteers and/or not pay healers fairly. If the people supporting your retreat aren't living their best life, they're not going to be able to lead you to yours. Not the right vibe. Don't be shy to ask this question directly when you speak to prospective centers.


Want to know what a well-run retreat is like? We asked some of our past guests to do the impossible and summarize their retreat experience with us in 1 word.

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Ayahuasca is an increasingly popular plant medicine used for healing the body, mind, and spirit. This master plant is a psychotropic preparation obtained by two different sacred plants that originated in the Amazon basin in South America. The begging of the use of this powerful date back to pre-history and its use has always been connected to ceremony and healers.

Because of its amazonian origins, the societies of South America are more aware of the healing aspect of the preparation and its connection to ceremony, healing, and deep transformational nature. But this is not the case in many countries in the world. 

Most countries view this sacred plant medicine as harmful because of its psychotropic qualities. This becomes even more evident in cultures that are far away from South America as Asian countries. 

The distance from its birthplace and the lack of understanding of the plant makes it almost impossible to be part of a legal Ayahuasca ceremony in Asia. Therefore, if your goal is to connect to the plant and its profound healing properties the best you can do is to go to Central/South America and experience the ceremony in one of the many retreats available as the following. 

1. Behold Retreats- Monteverde, Costa Rica

Behold Retreats sets the standard for safe, legal, and transformative plant medicine retreats in idyllic destinations. Retreats are kept to a small group size, and attendance is by invitation only.

Behold does not facilitate Ayahuasca in Asia, but does offer options in Costa Rica and Mexico. Other popular retreat options include Psilocybin in the Netherlands and with the powerful God Molecule 5-MeO-DMT in Mexico or Portugal.

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2. Ayahuasca Foundation- Iquitos, Peru

This Ayahuasca retreat center attracts visitors from all over the world for deep trauma healing and spiritual awakenings. The foundation strives to give participants a better way of life, providing both Ayahuasca ceremonies and training for prolonged healing practices. They follow the Shipibo tradition of plant medicine to enrich the lives of each person that stays with them. 

3. Gaia Sagrada Shamanic Retreat Center- Cuenca, Ecuador

This retreat has a strong focus on mother earth, as this is what Gaia Sagrada translates to. This Ayahuasca retreat center has participants connecting deeply with nature as they heal their past trauma through the spirit of the earth and the spirit of the master plant. Gaia Sagrada offers an enriching community experience for their participants. 

4. Behold Retreats Ayahuasca in Mexico

To help you get the most from your Ayahuasca retreat, Behold's team of diversely qualified therapists and coaches can guide you through a 1-on-1, 7-week Psychedelic Integration program to help you alchemize your Ayahuasca experience into life-long change. We also offer Integrative Health Coaching for those guests who want to reach their top physical shape before embarking on this journey of spiritual growth.

5. Sapan Inka Retreat Center- Cusco, Peru

Connect with your higher self during this eye-opening Ayahuasca experience at the Sapan Inka Retreat Center in Cusco. Located in the heart of the sacred valley, participants will have an enriching experience in the beautiful landscape, stay in in tune with mother nature as they heal their past trauma. Each person will have a unique and life-altering experience at this Ayahuasca retreat.  

6. Lotus Vine Journeys- Tarapoto, Peru

Combining yoga classes and ancient buddhist wisdom, this retreat center in Tarapoto, Peru offers a spiritual journey enriched by the Ayahuasca vine. This intense 14 day retreat promises to give participants a thoroughly healing experience as they connect with nature and experience the magic of Ayahuasca. 

7. Hayulima- Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador

The Hayulima retreat center sits within the cloud forest of Mindo. Throughout your 11 day stay at Hayulima, you will participate in two Ayahuasca ceremonies (with an optional third ceremony), a San Pedro ceremony, and an optional Kambo ceremony. Hayulima has a lot to offer for those seeking deep trauma healing. 

8. Camino al Sol- Antioquia, Colombia

Camino al Sol offers 3 day to 5 day retreats as well as simply single day ceremonies. This retreat center in Antioquia staffs many trained healers to guide you on your Ayahuasca healing journey. They stress that their retreat is not for a fun psychedelic trip but for deep trauma healing and connecting with the universe. 

9. Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center- Itacare, Brazil

This non-profit retreat center focuses heavily on the unity of the people, ensuring their retreats are for all people of all religious backgrounds. The healers at Spirit Vine guide participants on their own path to their own healing journey without the influence of outside opinions. The experience at Spirit Vine is individual and impactful.


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