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1. If you’d like a holistic understanding of your opportunities to improve your quality of life, take this self-diagnostic.

2. If this is your first time with Ayahuasca, this short quiz will help you assess your level of mental, emotional, and spiritual readiness for this powerful and sensitive work.

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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:

  1. Safety First: Unfortunately, many small retreat centers are not in a position to make meaningful investments into screening and safety. Even if you're fine, someone else on retreat might not be, which can affect the overall experience. Our recommendation is to choose a retreat provider that does in-depth conversational, medical, and psychological screening to protect your safety and well-being.
  2. Legality: Experienced practitioners who have dedicated their lives to plant medicine typically live in locations where the work is legal, so they don't have to live in a state of uncertainty about their work Our recommendation is to travel to legal locations where you can benefit from legitimate healers who operate above the radar, so you can truly relax on retreat.
  3. Size of the group: It's common for retreats to have 20, 50, even 100 people in ceremony, which can be chaotic to say the least. In such large groups you are less likely to receive a sufficient level of attention from the facilitators. Our recommendation is to choose a retreat with an intimate group, in the range of 8-15 people.
  4. Length of the retreat: Shorter retreats feel rushed, do not support the cultivation of meaningful relationships, and can limit what can be achieved in time available. We recommend you spend at least a week for an ayahuasca retreat to give your mind, body, heart, and soul the attention it deserves.
  5. ‍‍Comfort: We recommend you choose a retreat where you are confident that you will be physically comfortable and have your own private bedroom to decompress and integrate, especially if this is your first time. Go for the full jungle mosquito immersion another time, your future self will thank you later.
  6. Alignment: Select a retreat that feels aligned with your values and allows your own subjective experience to unfold naturally. There are many different worldviews out there and having a different worldview pushed on you through the retreat may not be in your highest healing interests. This is also particularly relevant for first-timers.
  7. Holistic approach: Work with an organization that takes a holistic approach to working with plant medicine, and has options to support and guide your mental and emotional evolution alongside a retreat. If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution.
  8. Service: Select a retreat that you believe can meet your individual needs. Are you being treated as a human, or as participant #22 in their fourth retreat this month? Consider whether or not they've taken the time to get to know you and understand you, or it's more of a take it or leave it retreat center.
  9. Booking process: Take the time to speak with the provider before finalizing your booking. If the provider does not have a screening process in place during the booking process anyone could be sitting next to you in ceremony. Some people are not in the right place to work with this powerful plant medicine, and it is the responsibility of the organizers to ensure that only people who can handle ayahuasca are accepted onto the retreat.
  10. Expertise: Find an organization that emphasizes healing, and you believe has the breadth and depth of expertise to guide your transformation. Look for facilitators and healers who have a lightness of being and a sparkle in their eyes. Healing work is all about the transmutation of energy, so you are looking for people who have the energy you aspire to. If they aren't able to keep their energy right, that tells you quite a bit about either where they are at and their capabilities.
  11. Reputation: At a minimum, Google the provider, you may be surprised by what you find. If there's not much information, that is also information. A reputable retreat center will have a professional online presence with testimonials from previous retreat attendees. This is essential for you to see that they are a legitimate organization who you can trust to contain this powerful experience.
  12. Volunteers: Please support ethical plant medicine work by selecting an organization that pay their team. Unfortunately, it is common practice for retreat centers to cycle through young, eager, and worn out volunteers and/or not pay healers fairly. If the people supporting your retreat aren't living their best lives , they're not going to be able to lead you to yours. Don't be shy to ask this question directly when you speak to prospective centers.


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Ayahuasca is not currently legal in Germany, so looking for underground retreats is not advisable, seeing as the tradition of an ayahuasca ceremony is something that has been approached with great caution and respect for millennia indigenous Amazonian tribes.  The role of a shaman in each ayahuasca journey is to guide and promote a spiritual awakening in each person who partakes of this powerful plant medicine.

If you are looking for an ayahuasca retreat, you would do well to inquire about some of the more certified and well-established organizations and retreat centers, many of which are founded in places where the ayahuasca vine has been decriminalized, or where legal “gray areas” allow for these ceremonies to be held under special conditions.

Here is a list of retreat centers worth looking into, if you wish to know more.

1. Behold Retreats - Costa Rica, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal

With beautiful locations for every retreat center, ranging from beachfront villas or resorts with views of the mountains of rainforest, in Costa Rica, Mexico and the Netherlands, Behold Retreats has a lot of different options for a luxury experience on your next spiritual retreat.

They incorporate a variety of plant medicines into their healing modalities, such as ayahuasca, bufo alvarius and psilocybin, and availability for these ceremonies changes, depending on which retreat you visit.  Their teams of highly-experienced healers and facilitators lead each ceremony, with personalized attention to each client, and free consultation is available online, should you wish to inquire more beforehand.


2 Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica

This plant medicine retreat center is located on the beaches of Costa Rica, with a splendid facility led by a team of shamans from the Shipibo tribe of Peru, and works to offer each of their participants a profound healing experience in each retreat.  Group sizes are limited, to ensure more personalized and intimate care, during each ayahuasca ceremony, and Soltara combines knowledge of Western medicine and psychology with the plant medicine healing of indigenous Amazonian cultures.  Retreats range from 5-12 days in length.

3 Sinchi Runa - Portugal

Sinchi Runa is an ayahuasca retreat center located in Portugal, where work with  plant medicine faces far fewer government restrictions.  This organization believes very strongly in their healing mission, and each traditional shamanic ceremony using the master plant, ayahuasca vine, is led by Maestro Sanango, a man with over 25 years in guiding participants in this inner journey.  Diet and meditation are big parts of their practice, and this would be a good place to look for a very structured and thorough initiation into the ayahuasca journey,

4 Ayayni Shamanic Retreats - Ireland

While ayahuasca is currently illegal in the UK, Ireland has laws that are not as strict, and Ayayni is one of the ayahuasca retreat centers that has been operating continuously under these conditions for many years.  Founded by (removed by request) , the name Ayayni is taken from the words “ayahuasca” and “aynI,” which describes the deepest level of connection between nature and ourselves.  The team of facilitators for each retreat are highly experienced, and because of the various locations and dates, looking for them online is the best way to find more information about the next possible retreat.

5 Origen Sagrada - Colombia, USA

This foundation was inspired by a vision from the founder, who saw in it a perfect location to start her retreat center, alongside a river and tropical rainforest in the heart of Colombia.  Origen Sagrada built this EcoResort in that place, and it is filled with the beauty of nature, and each ayahuasca ceremony is led by an ingigenous Amazonian shaman, and a team of facilitators who believe strongly in the power of their own healing experience, and who work to share that with all participants.  If you are looking for a spiritual retreat with a connection to nature, this is definitely a place worth investigating.

Given the potential, power, and sensitivity of working with Ayahuasca, who you choose to work with is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions of your life, so we encourage you to take the time and the energy to educate yourself to be able to make a good one. If you're in a position to do so, you may also like to consider a private retreat.

If our recommendations above feel energetically aligned for you, and you'd like to explore a journey with Behold, apply below.

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