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10 Best Ayahuasca Retreats in Mexico (Updated 2021)

July 2, 2021
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Are you ready for a psychedelic journey? You’re not alone.

Seekers from around the world looking for spiritual healing and inner peace have chosen Grandmother Ayahuasca to guide them into the realms of their subconscious minds. 

Ayahuasca is a naturally occurring psychoactive plant containing the compound DMT which is activated by combining the ayahuasca vine and Chacruna plant leaves. It can produce a powerfully introspective experience and is being studied for its powerful healing abilities for conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. 

Traditionally, Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous cultures of the Amazon Basin. During an ayahuasca ceremony, an ayahuasca shaman administers the medicine and helps to guide the journeyer.

But you don’t need to travel all the way to Peru or Ecuador for this experience as there are many retreat centers in Costa Rica and Mexico that facilitate ayahuasca ceremonies. 

What we love about Mexico is the ability to combine comfortable, modern accommodations with traditional, powerful healing work. 

Check out our list of Mexico retreats to find your perfect location to experience ayahuasca. 

For more information on how to chose your ayahuasca retreat check out our COMPLETE GUIDE.

1. Behold Retreats Ayahuasca Retreat Mexico

Behold Retreats hosts their ayahuasca retreats in and around the vibrant town of Tulum, which offers both a range of wellness activities and connection to the ancient Mexican cultures and Mayan heritage.  Locations are chosen based on your personal preference, so you can rest assured that the space will be perfectly suited for your energy and intentions - whether that is a hidden jungle oasis or luxurious beach front villa. 

Every retreat comes with natural, fresh, plant-based meals created by expert chefs, daily house-keeping, and a private facilitator working with local shamans and medicine people with many years of experience. You can expect to enjoy healing modalities such as daily yoga, massage, meditation, and spare time to rest, reflect, and relax. 

If you would like to engage in some adventure, they offer snorkelling tours with turtles and manatees and kayaking tours through mangroves with crocodiles.  You’re guaranteed to connect with the diverse and rich nature and wildlife of the Yucatan, as well as historical sites that are unknown to many tourists. 

During your journey you can opt for a traditional Mayan Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremony to detoxify your body and clear your mind at the start of the healing process. Behold Mexican retreats also offer the choice of not only ayahuasca, but also plant medicine such as Psilocybin, San Pedro or Bufo Alvarius (5-Meo-DMT). You can end your spiritual awakening journey with a traditional heart-opening cacao ceremony, which helps the body heal, detoxify, and boosts the immune system. 

2. Behold Private Retreats 

Behold Retreats also facilitates Private ayahuasca retreats in Mexico with their experienced facilitator and medicine people. If you’re looking for a private, luxury ayahuasca experience on a beach-front residence for yourself or small groups with 3-5 bedrooms, Behold might be the fit for you. Because they are in the business of bespoke curation, they can also accommodate a more laid-back experience, in a private eco-chic retreat atop beautiful healing cenotes, for example. 

A private retreat is excellent for those wanting to dive deeper into their healing journey and breakthrough. Ideal for individuals, couples, and small group gatherings of friends, colleagues, or clients. A full wellness plan will be curated to you and your group, and ceremonies can be done either individually or together with your private group. 

There will be ample opportunities to rejuvenate, explore Mother Earth, adventure with wildlife, enjoy the sun on the beach, connect with the ancient Mayan culture, and enjoy massages, yoga, and more. You can decide which medicine you would like to journey with, how many ceremonies you will have, and if you would also like to add a Temazcal or Cacao ceremony.

3. One Breath of Yoga 

If you are interested in combining your healing journey with a yoga retreat, One Breath of Yoga may be the ideal place for you. Offering a permanent Ashtanga Mysore Yoga Program, you can leave One Breathe feeling strong, stretched, and relaxed before or after you experience their deep healing work with plant medicine. In addition, they are also a Yoga Alliance certified teacher training school for ashtanga vinyasa yoga. 

During your medicine retreat, enjoy their Temazcal and other healing therapies (including of course daily yoga classes) to help go deeper into your process - all while enjoying raw/vegan food. In a beautiful, intimate setting you will either be sleeping in a private cabana or room inside the main house, with full access to a shared living room, kitchen space, and communal bathroom. 

One Breath offers sacred plant ceremonies with ayahuasca, bufo and kambo facilitated by experienced shamans and master plant teachers. Their lead medicinal practitioner Pamela is certified in biomagnetism and breath work therapies who began her journey with the sacred medicines in 2006 with the church of Santo Daime. She then continued to study with different indigenous cultures including the Shipibo tradition. 

4. APL Journeys

APL journeys host ayahuasca retreats internationally, including a location in the stunning Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Your 3 ayahuasca ceremonies will be guided by a Shipibo shaman from Peru or Ecuador, and there will be additional support from facilitators certified by the Red Cross. 

During your 6-day retreat you will enjoy a gorgeous suite with an outdoor pool nestled in the jungle and will be able to rise off under the stars in their luxurious outdoor shower. On your days off they offer temazcal herbal saunas, kambo ceremonies, medicinal flower baths, yoga, breathwork, and shamanic rituals with liquid mapacho and sananga. 

APL journeys hosts seminars on Amazonian Curanderismo and ayahuasca shamanism so you can dive deeper into the culture and traditions of the indigenous peoples and medicine. What’s great about your purchase is that 15% of the profits will be donated to local communities in Peru - where ayahuasca is native to.

5. Aya De La Vid 

On the Caribbean coast, La Riviera Maya, Cancun you will find Aya De La Vid ayahuasca retreat center whose mission is “ to heal people, to heal the planet.” They offer 2 ayahuasca ceremonies, 2 temazcal sessions in their natural sweat lodge, and 3 optional kambo sessions as part of their retreat package. 

Feel comfortable during your retreat in air conditioned accommodation, enjoy their outdoor pool and hammocks, and relax about logistics as they offer an airport pickup service. In between ceremonies, they will take you for a swim in a beautiful natural cenote or to lava rocks with natural mineral water. 

During the sacred ceremony you can expect incredible Icaros, the sacred music of the medicine. To help integrate your experience they provide daily morning yoga and fire integration circles. The retreat center was founded by Tony Westbrook and ceremonies are facilitated by Maestros Ramsees and Xochipilli Moloca. 

6. Andea Experience 

Hidden in the Yucatan Peninsula, your retreat will be found in a beautiful place nestled in the rainforest with high-end facilities. Enjoy stunning open hot showers, an outdoor jungle pool, places for yoga and relaxation, a temazcal lodge, and a rainforest sauna. Accommodations include shared double suites, private single suites, or private double suites. 

Andea will provide you with 2 seminars about the fundamentals of Amazonian Shamanism led by their andean shaman and facilitators who will share their knowledge of traditional cuanderism and answer any questions you may have. You can feel good about attending this retreat as 15% of their proceeds are donated to local people in Peru. 

Sacred ayahuasca ceremonies are facilitated by experienced shamans from the amazon region. One of their shamas, Anael Rojas, a peruvian shaman-curandero, has 23 years of experience with the master plants, after devoting many years to studying the curative properties of the plants growing in the amazon basin. He is one of the most notable shamans of the Loreto district. 

During your stay, you will have the incredible opportunity to not only partake in sacred ayahuasca ceremonies, but also kambo sessions and ancient traditional herbal saunas. Enjoy morning yoga sessions, local vegetarian food, and the opportunity to enjoy the master plant dieta to deepen your healing.

7. Bluestone 

Blue Stone Ayahuasca retreat center’s intention is to  “change your perception, change your world,” by creating a space where you can do so privately and safely. Their location, Cas de la Tortuga, is in a beautiful setting surrounded by mother nature, in an oceanfront villa located north of Cancun. Your room will face the water and have an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, and a nearby pool and gym, 

Their ayahuasquera has trained with the Shipibo tradition in the Peruvian Amazon and they hold their ayahuasca brew with the highest integrity, collecting it personally from Shipibo medicine men in Peru and hand-carrying it back to mexico. During ceremonies they also bring in guest therapists trained in a number of healing modalities to help you deepen your work. 

The founder of Bluestone is an American who has lived in Latin America for over 40 years working with ayahuasca for the last 12 years in both Peru and Mexico. Their co-founder, and medicine woman, is from Mexico and is a gifted healer with years of experience. Along with their Man of Fire, they head back to Peru periodically  to reconnect and learn more about ayahuasca with the Shipibo tradition.

8. Inner Circle 

Located in Nuevo Vallarta, Inner Circle provides luxury accommodations in their stunning modern beachfront rooms. Join a small international group of up to 6 people for your retreat, or bring your own guests for a more private experience. 

Surrounded by lush nature you will be immersed in opportunities to connect with local wildlife -like watching baby turtles make their way to the sea, or witnessing the magnificent beauty of humpback whales swimming in the horizon.  On your rest days, you can cool down in their infinity pool, meditate as you watch the sunset from your terrace, or take a bike to explore the nearby town. 

While you enjoy the modern comforts of your retreat you will be met with traditional ayahuasca healing, guided by an indigenous shaman who will facilitate the 6 day journey. 

9. Arkana International 

Sacred Machu Picchu in Peru. Akrana is a well known international ayahuasca retreat center with their newest venue in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the heart of the jungle you will find a magical 16th Century Ecological Hacienda, just driving distance from Cancun, with luxury accommodations. 

Their Maestro Juan is one of the most notable healers in the Wirraika tradition and is recognized by Unecso as one of the few medicine men authorised to transport fresh Hikuri (Peyote) wherever he goes. After appreciating for years under guidance of his family, he began to facilitate his own ceremonies at the age of 16. 

Arkana offers an intensive ayahuasca healing retreat with a Master Plant Dieta for 3 months with Amazonian healers, as well as private retreats, retreats in the Sacred Valley of Peru, and in the Amazon jungle of South America. If you’re looking to combine your ayahuasca healing experience with an adventure or cultural expedition, you might want to consider their retreat with a combined trip to the the Sacred Machu Picchu in Peru. 

10. The Holistic Sanctuary 

The Holistic Sanctuary is a unique experience tailored to each retreat participant to facilitate profound healing for those suffering from PTSD, depression, and addiction. Programs are 4-12 weeks long and involve 30 hours of 1-1 time every week, resembling a rehab center. 

Their trademark method, the Pouyan Method, combines sacred plant medicine work with ayahuasca and additional modalities to promote complete detoxification and  access to neural healing. Some examples of treatment might include oxygen infusions, IV drips, stem cell therapy, liver cleanses, herbal medicine, and more. 

With 5-star accommodation and services located in Baja California, this might be the most intensive and luxurious retreat center in Mexico. They promise deep healing and spiritual awakening for a pretty penny, operating outside of the traditional shamanic context. If you want to experience traditional ceremonies with medicinal plants from a traditional amazonian shaman, this might not be the place for you. 

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