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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:
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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.
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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Brazil is one of the countries with the biggest connection to this powerful plant medicine with retreats and ceremonies happening all around the country. Nevertheless, just going to Brazil and expecting to find an easy Ayahuasca retreat will reveal harder than you might think because most of the traditional Ayahuasca ceremonies are held in Portuguese.
An Ayahuasca ceremony is a powerful journey inwards and you must have all the information and guidance from your facilitator and shaman so the language will be important, so language is important.
This beautiful retreat in Bahia, is one of the most beautiful and receptive English-speaking ayahuasca ceremonies in Brazil and the facilities are the best of what Brazil can offer of comfort and connection to mother nature. Deep in Brazil Atlantic forest, this retreat also offers yoga classes and support to integrate the experience post-ceremony.
If your wishes are to connect to the plant medicine in a more raw way, this retreat is for you. Many other retreats suited for English speakers are normally more on the luxurious side but this retreat in Peru rips itself from all the “fluff” and concentrates more on the core of the spiritual process.
This retreat offers packages of 7, 9 or 12 days and it’s a retreat were you have around 4 ayahuasca ceremonies throughout your stay. This is an intense program of powerful healing experiences with the plant.
Vikara is a beautiful retreat center amid the forest and by the ocean. Contrary to many retreats that are located in the middle of the forest, this retreat also connects with the healing properties of the beach, bringing more openness and expansion to your experience.
This retreat is held within a 9-day container where you will experience 2 ayahuasca ceremonies, 1 san pedro ceremony and also temazcal (healing sauna) ceremony. This retreat also offers other healing modalities like family constellation, yoga and reiki.
Even though this retreat is not held in the birthplace of the plant medicine, this retreat honors the roots by having ceremonies held by Peruvian Master Shamans and by helping support the preservation of the Amazon. This connection and devotion towards the origin of the plant preserve the energy link and power of the traditional ayahuasca ceremonies that are held throughout the retreat.
This is a great retreat for you if you wish to learn more about the plant medicine beyond the experience, grounding it in conceptual knowledge of the curandeirismo. This retreat also offers kambo ceremonies, sananga sessions, breathwork, temazcal and integration circles.
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