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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Deutschland (Updated 2023)

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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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Germany has not legalized the use of ayahuasca, as of this date.  This powerful plant medicine has been used for millennia by native peoples of shamanic tribes, for its profound healing and transformative effects on the psyche of those who imbibe it.  However, it would be unwise to think of ayahuasca vine as an hallucinatory party drug, as its usage has always been something revered and taken seriously in the safety and guidance of a shaman.

If you are looking for an ayahuasca retreat center, and want to find something well-established, then you can take a look at this short list of some of the more professional and acclaimed ayahuasca retreats available.  It would be worth it to hop on a plane, if it means your experience with an ayahuasca journey is supported by a sincere and caring group.

1 Behold Retreats - Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal

With a beautiful retreat center in the scenic paradise of Costa Rica, you would have a hard time finding something more picturesque and relaxing than a beachfront villa for your stay at an ayahuasca retreat.  Behold Retreats has worked hard to establish a committed and professional team of facilitators for each ayahuasca ceremony, and taken great care to promote a personalized and secure opportunity for all participants to experience the inner journey of plant medicine.

Groups are limited in size, giving each group of clients more attention and respect in each retreat, and all events are held with a theme of profound healing and spiritual awakening as their focus.  Free consultation is available for anyone interested in looking into their next spiritual retreat, or has questions about whether this opportunity is right for them.


2 Sinchi Runa - Portugal

If you are looking for a spiritual retreat that offers a profound healing experience, Sinchi Runa is about as profound as it gets.  This ayahuasca retreat center is based in Portugal, and is led by Maestro Sanango, a man with over 25 years experience in leading clients through the inner journey of plant medicine, and who incorporates everything from diet to meditation into his traditional shamanic ceremony.

Reviews for this retreat are glowing, and groups are limited to small numbers, so look for them online to reserve a spot in any of their ayahuasca retreats.

3 Ayayni Shamanic Retreats - Ireland

Because of lax laws, Ireland is able to host ayahuasca retreats, whereas many neighboring countries still cannot.  Ayayni is a retreat center that operates in Ireland, with connections to countries near the South American Amazon rainforest.  The name Ayayni is a combination of the words ayahuasca and “ayni”, which refers to the deep connection between us and nature that we are said to find during an ayahuasca ceremony.  

The best way to find current retreats is to search for Ayayni Shamanic Retreats online, as new dates and locations for events are popping up throughout the year.

4 Union In Arutam - Spain

This ayahuasca retreat organization hosts their events on Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.  They have been hosting plant medicine ceremonies for over 12 years, always around nature, and always with respect for the indigenous cultures that birthed the ayahuasca traditions, as well as other sacred master plants.  Group sizes are around 20-25 participants, and retreats last from 1-2 days.  Consultation and preparation is required to join in each retreat, so look online for contact information to inquire further.

5 Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica, Peru

Based in a beautiful location, between the beaches and mountains of Costa Rica, Soltara Healing Center is an ayahuasca retreat center dedicated to the indigenous plant medicine practices of the South American Amazonian shamanic tribes.  With a team of facilitators from the Peruvian Shipibo tribe, these retreats range in length from 5 to 12 days, and combine Western healing modalities with ancient wisdom to offer participants a chance at discovering a spiritual awakening in the ayahuasca journey.

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