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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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Soltara comes from the Spanish word "soltar," which means to "release" or "let go". Combining knowledge of Western psychology with the vast experience of shamans and healers from the Shipibo culture of Amazonian South America, this retreat organization offers a very integrated journey into ayahuasca and plant medicine.
Testimonials are available to anyone interested in looking into this well-established treatment center, as well as an ongoing variety of online articles and research about the profound healing that can come through a traditional shamanic ceremony. Accommodations for clients are beautiful, and retreats vary in length from 6-13 days.
This non-profit organization was founded by Silvia Polivoy. She is convinced that the profound healing of ayahuasca is something that must be taken seriously and shared with only the best of intentions. She started this in Brazil, alongside the Amazon rainforest where ayahuasca originated. Every ayahuasca ceremony takes place at night amidst the beauty of nature, as the traditional shamanic ceremony has been performed for thousands of years.
Each retreat incorporates several different healing modalities into one big journey toward spiritual awakening. Yoga, art, meditation, and diet are all activities led by experienced healers and facilitators, and clients are given luxurious bungalow rooms for accommodation. Standard retreat lengths are 9-11 days, with several ayahuasca ceremonies included throughout the length of each client's stay.
The name of this retreat comes from the combination of the words ayahuasca and the word "ayni" which is meant to describe the shamanic philosophy that at our deepest level, we are connected and one with all of nature. In the ancient shamanic traditions of Amazonian cultures, this level of self is where natural healing is said to be found, and Ayayni seeks to share this wonderful wisdom with all of us in the modern age.
Because of legal "gray areas" in Ireland's plant medicine laws, this treatment organization can operate safely and professionally, and clients can be sure they are not entering into a less-than-secure scenario, which cannot be said for many so-called ayahuasca retreats one might find in Europe or other parts of the world. Inquiring online is currently the best way to find out about upcoming retreats, as new ones are constantly being added to the lists of upcoming events.
As far as ayahuasca retreat centers go, this is one of the more serious and grounded experiences you'll find. Based out of Portugal, with plants from Peru, this spiritual retreat center is designed to take clients through the most traditional and profound ayahuasca experience. Diet is a big part of the stay, preparing participants for a total immersion in each ayahuasca ceremony and using kambo and other plant medicines to enhance and strengthen the spiritual awakening.
Maestro Sanango leads all the plant medicine events, a man with decades of experience taking people through the ayahuasca journey. Each client has personalized attention from a team of expert healers, and 1-1 meetings with Sanango are a valuable asset in each retreat stay. Maestro Sanango's writings and experience can be found online, and contact info and consultation are available for anyone interested in inquiring further.
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