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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 ayahuasca retreat center specializes in full-immersion experiences for clients, taking them through all the elements of the ancient ayahuasca journey. Each ayahuasca ceremony is led by Maestro Sanango, a shaman who has dedicated his life to guiding through the profound healing of mother Aya. He uses Kambo and other entheogens to enhance the inner journey, and at all times, participants are cared for and guided by a team of healers and shamans with over a decade of experience.
Diet and meditation are a big part of this retreat, and one-on-one conversations with Sanango are a valuable asset for anyone making this step toward a life-changing transformation. All other information is available online, as well as countless glowing reviews.
As far as treatment centers go, Soltara Healing Center is one of the more beautiful and luxurious places you could choose. Retreat lengths range from 5-12 nights at picturesque locations like the beaches of Costa Rica or the rainforests of Peru. Soltara comes from the Spanish word "soltar," which means to release or let go.
Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years by cultures around the Amazon rainforest of South America, and at Soltara they integrate the traditional shamanic ceremony with modern psychology and science. The shamans and healers here are from the Shipibo people of Peru, with generations of knowledge leading people through the ayahuasca journey handed down to them. There are a lot of upcoming retreats you can find online, as well as articles about the science and psychology of plant medicine.
Based in Brazil, this is a non-profit organization founded by Silvia Polivoy, with the intent to share the power of ayahuasca and plant medicine with the world in a traditional, holistic way. Retreat stays can be 9 or 11 days, and each ayahuasca ceremony is held at night, alongside the beauty of South American nature, in the way the traditional ceremony has been held for millennia.
Clients who attend the ayahuasca retreats here will have access to shamans and healers from a wide variety of healing backgrounds. They grow their plant medicines, brew their own ayahuasca tea, and have great respect for the natural power of this master plant. It is not another party drug, and here you will find a profound sense of purpose in all elements of your retreat.
Union In Arutam is a small community of plant medicine workers, based out of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain. This place is already known for its natural, majestic beauty, but this organization works to hold retreats in some of the most picturesque parts.
The founder, Arutam, became a practitioner of plant medicine at a young age after having a transformative experience in his life. He believes strongly that our connection to nature is what we need most for personalized healing, and other plant medicines, such as san pedro cactus, are used in retreats at different locations. You can look for them online to find contact information and learn more about their upcoming events.
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