10 Best Ayahuasca Retreats 2021 (Safe & Legal)

March 29, 2021
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Ayahuasca, the sacred plant medicine from the Amazon, otherwise known as the “vine of the soul”, is becoming increasingly popular in mainstream western culture, resulting in the recent boom in Ayahuasca tourism around the world. 

Can this psychoactive plant really heal our minds and spirit as many claim? 

The mystery of ayahuasca shamanism is worth exploring, with notable research institutions around the world diving into the nature of spirituality, mystical experiences, and self-healing discovered through this expanded state of consciousness. Studies have shown positive results in healing psychological trauma, curing modern addictions to drugs and alcohol, and increasing creativity and mindfulness.

Amazonian shamans call it the “plant teacher”, or “Mother Ayahuasca” as she teaches you want you need to know - whether you want to see it or not. 

So has mama ayahuasca called you for a spiritual journey or for some deep healing?  Do you feel ready to join one of these spiritual retreats?

Well, if you're looking for an Ayahuasca retreat there are countless factors to consider.

How do you choose your ayahuasca retreat out of the thousands out there? Reading thousands of ayahuasca retreat reviews won’t necessarily provide you with the answers you’re looking for. 

It is important to keep in mind factors such as who the ayahuasca shaman will be, whether or not you even want to have a shamanic healing experience (yes there are alternatives which may be better suited for your cosmology), how many people will be in the ayahuasca ceremony, and how the medicinal plant will be brewed - just to name a few. 

Do you want the ayahuasca center to be in the Sacred Valley in Peru, or in the middle of the Amazon jungle? Is it important for you to work with a Shipibo healer during your retreat experience? 

You have come to the right place. We have curated a list of diverse retreat options for the nature lover and modern luxury lover alike. And we have done all the research for you regarding safety and quality, listing some of the best Ayahuasca retreats in the world, from intensive Ayahuasca healing retreats, to amazon jungle ayahuasca retreats. 

Top 10 Ayahuasca Retreats 2021 - Best Ayahuasca Retreats Worldwide

1. Behold Retreats Ayahuasca Retreat

Locations: Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal

Behold Retreats will facilitate a bespoke healing ayahuasca journey for you in Peru, Ecuador, Mexico,  Costa Rica, or Portugal. They completely curate and tailor each experience for the needs of each individual retreat participant. 

Whether you want to have a private experience in a luxurious villa overlooking the ocean in Costa Rica, immersed in the depths of  the Amazon rain forest, or a group retreat in an eco-lodge in the jungles of Peru, Behold will ensure that the environment is true to your vision. 

With a core group of high-quality healers and facilitators, all of whom have been leading ayahuasca ceremonies for decades, and world-class medical protocols and screening processes adopted from expert advisors and research institutions, you are sure to be in good hands.

What makes Behold Retreats stand out further is their one-of-a-kind, 7-week Ayahuasca retreat program designed to elevate your consciousness. Lead by two coaches who have guided over 1500+ clients, this program takes all the diverse and necessary elements to help you release lower-level emotions and energy blockages, unlock your limiting beliefs, enhance your meta-cognition, and embody your future self. 

The program entails 3 weeks of remote coaching before your ceremony and 3 weeks post-retreat for integration.  These transformational and healing tools are yours for life. 


2. Ocean’s Forest Ecolodge Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica

This magical eco-lodge, which sits at the edge of the forest and the ocean, boasts rich and vibrant wildlife, stunning sea views and vast botanical diversity, allowing you to connect deeply with Mother Earth during your 7 or 10 day retreat. 

What makes this retreat extra special is the facilitator and ethnobotanist Jonathon Miller Weisberger, author of “Rainforest Medicine”,  who will help you discover the treasures of the natural world around you, teach you about plant medicines and, alongside his experienced team, guide you through at least 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies. Typically most retreat centers offer 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, so you can really expect to go deeper at this retreat. 

For those who love the outdoors and want an authentic nature immersion experience, this ayahuasca retreat is perfect for you. With the nearest town a 20 minute walk along the beach, prepare to relax into total stillness and harmony with nature. Your private room will come with full or partial ocean views, an en-suite bathroom, and the ocean breeze to cool you down. 

You will have the opportunity for group integration and art therapy sessions in between ceremonies to help you solidify and clarify your experiences. Join daily yoga sessions, take rejuvenating, aura-cleansing baths with medicinal flowers, walk for miles on pristine beaches and snorkel through the turquoise waters.

Depending on the time of year, on-site there will be a psychedelic integration therapist and yoga teacher, who can provide extra support as needed, as well as an astrologer to give cosmic insights. They even grow their own ayahuasca vine on their property.

3. Private Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: World wide

If you’re looking to have the ultimate transformational spiritual healing journey, you might want to consider attending a private ayahuasca retreat. The deepest and most profound insights usually come from working 1-1 with a healer, where you can really focus on your journey and be supported in every context. 

The possibilities for your ayahuasca experience are endless... whether you would like to experience the ayahuasca ceremony on a beach in Tulum, or somewhere in South America within the Amazon rainforest such as Peru, a private option provides more flexibility than a traditional plant medicine retreat.

You can find facilitators who are experts in not only ayahuasca medicine, but also the master plant dieta to enrich your experience further, or even combine it with a yoga retreat. 

Sourcing a private healers or for example a Shipibo shaman or other Andean shaman, is typically more difficult than finding a retreat center. Private facilitators usually do not have the availability to keep up with the demand, and so the price point here is much higher than a group retreat. 

We recommend enlisting guidance from a company such as Behold Retreats for your ayahuasca experience, who curates private retreats with top-quality facilitators, healers, coaches and therapists. 

4. Wasiwaska Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: Santa Catarina, Brazil

Doubling in research and experience, this center is for the seeker who wants to exchange ideas on consciousness, creativity, sciences and the arts, history, myth and spirituality. This center was conceived as an educational organization, and is also known as the Research Center for the study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness. 

Located in the northern part of the island of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil, on a hill overlooking the ocean and immersed by Atlantic coastal forest, you will find the center with a quiet beach nearby. It is also surrounded by an ethnobotanical garden with fruit trees and medicinal plants for you to explore such as the psychotria or coca leaf plant. 

Your meals will come fresh, straight from the vegetable garden in accordance with your ayahuasca diet. You will have the chance to explore their 4000 book library in your spare time. Feel at home with hammocks, fireplaces, gardens, and many corners for introspection. 

With their impressive advisory board, consisting of numerous doctors, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and psychologists, you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands on your healing journey. 

5. Soltara Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica 

Completely immersed in nature, on seaside cliffs overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of the Gulf of Nicoya, sits the luxurious Soltara healing center. You can be comforted knowing you are in good hands with the indigenous Peruvian Shipibo female and male healers, as well as a highly experienced preparation and integration support team who have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine practices. 

With luxury accommodations in either shared or private rooms, a relaxing spa, and options for yoga, breathwork, bodywork, and creative expression, their ayahuasca retreat guests are sure to have an incredible experience during their spiritual awakening.  

They go the extra mile to provide high-quality videos, informative content, and educational resources as well as a strong community aspect to help you integrate and continue healing post-retreat. When it comes to safety, they have a qualified first-responder on-site at their center, as well as a 24-hour clinic nearby. 

Your ayahuasca experience at Soltara will be one of the best in the world!


6. Entikas Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: Cusco, Peru

Located in Taray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, only a two hour drive from Machu Picchu and one hour drive from Cusco, Entikas is one of the best Peruvian ayahuasca retreats. Their beautiful retreat center is surrounded by the high Andean Mountains and native forest, creating a calm and relaxing environment in nature. They feature 3-7 day retreats with the option to visit Machu Picchu. 

They work with highly experienced plant medicine male and female healers from the Shipibo tribe in the Amazon, and Inca healers from the Qero tribe in the high Andes Mountains who brew the ayahuasca tea and guide the healing ceremony. With over 40 years experience, this authentic retreat is perfect for first-timers, as well as those wanting to connect with Peruvian indigenous cultures.

They take extra caution and safety measures after one of their previous participants passed away (caused by mixing medications and recreational drugs). They now have a general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, cardiologist, and shaman on-site to ensure you are taken care of physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Their accommodation is humble, and rooms can be shared with up to three people. If you are interested in volunteering in one of their projects focused on animal rescue, environmental conservation, and social/community development, there are ample opportunities. 

7. Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: Cuenca, Ecuador

Gaia Sagrada is a popular choice for ayahuasca journeyers thanks to their certified and authentic shamans who will lead your ayahuasca ceremony.  With above average accommodations including wifi, hot showers, hot tubs, and a sauna. Nestled in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, this ayahuasca healing center sits on 55 acres of pristine land with fresh mountain air, calm pastures and gardens, and natural forests. It is safe to say that the views are breathtaking. 

They ensure a strong, pure ayahuasca brew, consisting solely of the banisteriopsis caapi vine and chacruna leaves, with no additives. You will have consistent guidance throughout the ceremony from beginning to end by their shamans, and as the center is run by a woman, extra precautions are taken against sexual abuse towards women. 

This healing retreat is also an eco-friendly community and uses processes such as permaculture, sustainable gardening and solar heating. 


8. Casa De Sol

Location: Sacred Valley of San Pedro Vilcabamba, Ecuador 

If you’re looking for a holistic sanctuary with multiple healing modalities to help facilitate your plant medicine journey, this is the retreat you’re looking for! Led by certified Curanderos (healers) from Ecuador and Peru with more than 20 years experience, they weave together the rich traditions of North Native American and South American lineages to awaken your spirit. 

You will begin your journey in the sacred sweat lodge, and have multiple opportunities for integration sharing circles. Those looking for an adventure and a range of activities will surely be excited by the options at Casa De Sol. 

You will be able to choose from breathtaking hikes into the mountains and waterfalls, meditation, breathwork, yoga, Qigong, Kirtan chanting, and mudra classes, as well as therapeutic art workshops such as voice activation and ecstatic dance.

There is also the option to add in a San Pedro healing ceremony and additional physical therapeutics to relax in between ceremonies, including IV vitamin and mineral infusions, chiropractic therapy, lymphatic drainage, womb healing, energetic healing, and much more. 

And if that wasn’t enough, you will have the option to attend a spiritual reading session, cool down in the river, or take a day to explore the town and visit local craft shops and cafes in the tranquil Vilcabamba square - all while enjoying organic, home-cooked meals grown from local farmers and their own garden. 

9. Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat

Location: Ilheus, Brazil

Spirit Vine is a non-profit ayahuasca retreat center, surrounded by lush jungle in the magical Atlantic forest together with the stunning beaches of the Atlantic ocean. You will love their bungalow accommodations with breath-taking views, while you enjoy spiritual workshops, yoga sessions, and healthy vegan and vegetarian meals. They even grow their Ayahuasca organically on their land! 

What makes this ayahuasca retreat so unique is the workshops created by the co-founder, Silvia Polivoy, a licensed psychologist who has been working with ayahuasca and altered states of consciousness for 25 over years, combining shamanic techniques and western methods. 

With these tools she created an effective method for spiritual development, healing, and ayahuasca integration. By helping to remove energetic blockages and get in touch with the spirit realm, her methods are life-long tools that you can take home with you to continue your transformation. 

10. Hummingbird Healing Center

Location: Iquitos, Peru 

The highlight of this ayahuasca retreat is the unique combination of traditional Amazonian shamanism, lifestyle coaching and compassionate and loving support throughout the healing process. Discussions on how the influence of belief systems and social conditioning affects the mind and are stored in the subconscious mind are held during the retreat. 

This form of discourse directly complements ayahuasca’s ability to reveal these unconscious beliefs and release them. This focus on mindfulness and altering our thought patterns is an incredible asset to make the most out of your experience. 

The retreat center is found on 42 acres of beautiful tropical forest in the Amazon basin and offers 9 or 12 day retreats accommodated to fit your personal needs. The ceremonies are led by a maestro with over 43 years of experience, and ceremonies are limited to no more than 12 people, prioritizing your safety and comfort during the healing experience. 

You will find many areas to relax, garden paths to get lost in, a swimming pond to cool down in, fully stocked bookcases to learn more about healing plants and other topics, and art supplies to express your experiences through painting or drawing. 

Hummingbird also offers personalized ayahuasca healing retreats from 2-4 weeks for those looking to go deeper or whose condition needs longer treatment for healing. During this retreat you will experience the master plant diet.  They also work with huachuma, otherwise known as San Pedro, the visionary and heart opening cactus, which also contains many healing properties. 


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