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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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This organization believes our communion with nature is where all healing comes from, and the name "Gaia Sagrada" translates as "Sacred Mother Earth." The Gaia Sagrada team is a strong, close-knit community with healers from various shamanic backgrounds. Retreat lengths can be 6, 7, or 12 days and include 3-4 ceremonies, with ayahuasca, San Pedro cactus, and sweat lodge ceremonies. Meals are designed around the traditional ayahuasca diet.
Gaia Sagrada is a nonprofit organization, so the costs of each retreat are only to match the costs of preparing the food, boarding, and plant medicine. Instructions on flights to and from Ecuador, as well as Visa requirements can all be found online and consultation is available to help you get where you need to go.
This is one of the most highly-reviewed ayahuasca retreat centers and the only one to be recognized by the ministry of health. They combine the power of the traditional shamanic ceremony with a modern approach, using Western psychologists and doctors to enhance the healing journey of Mother Ayahuasca.
Retreats last from 3-7 days, depending on how much you wish to incorporate into your spiritual experience, with trips to ancient Machu Picchu and volunteering options during the longer stays. One should be cautious when pursuing experiences with such a powerful medicine, and Etnikas is one place you can be sure you will be safe and cared for. They have a team of shamans and healers with many years of experience and traditional backgrounds that will be ready to guide all participants through the vulnerability of the ayahuasca ceremony, and glowing reviews have been stacking up about this facility for years.
When you think of plant medicine, and if you’re informed enough, ayahuasca is the master plant that probably springs to mind first. For a long time, something like this has been too exotic for most people to know how to approach.
Today, there are treatment centers devoted to the study and practice of plant medicine. One of these is Soltara Healing Center, where you can experience the healing journey of ayahuasca and other sacred plants in the beauty of a villa by the Costa Rican beaches or luxury lodgings overlooking the rainforest. Facilitated by experienced Shipibo shamans and Western doctors, this is a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with your inner self from a gorgeous setting.
Based out of Iquitos, Peru, this treatment center was founded on the precepts of traditional South American shamanism, believing that the source of healing is the inner self, which is blocked off by many things. Ayahuasca is ancient, used for thousands of years by shamanic cultures, and nowadays, there is solid Western medical evidence to show the truth behind these traditions.
At Hummingbird Healing Center, facilitators with ancestral bonds to plant medicine provide retreats of varying lengths, using master plants from ayahuasca to san pedro cactus to precisely target what each client needs to work on. Depression, anxiety, addiction, and many other things are treated with pharmaceuticals in the West, but this is a different direction, with extreme results you can find in each testimonial. Inquire online for a consultation and information about the retreat and spiritual experience you are looking for.
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