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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In England (Updated 2022)

August 4, 2022
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What to look for to find a safe, quality Ayahuasca Retreat?

Like most things in life, there a broad variety of Ayahuasca retreat options, and a number of factors that effect the quality and cost of an ayahuasca retreat that you may like to take into consideration:

  • Safety: Many smaller operators are not in a position to invest in safety, and unfortunately, there are too many sad stories out there. (recommendation: choose a retreat that does in-depth screening to ensure your physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being).
  • Legality:  Practitioners who have dedicated their lives to medicine work typically live in locations where it is legal, so they don't have to live in a state of "what if". (recommendation: consider whether travelling to a place with "new energy" might be in your best interests).
  • Size of the group: It's common for retreats to have 20, 50, even 100 people in ceremony, which can be chaotic. Additionally, you are less likely receive the level of attention from healers that you are probably looking for. (recommendation: choose a retreat with an intimate group of say, 8-15 people).
  • Length of the retreat: Shorter retreats feel rushed, and there are limits to what can be done in a few nights. (recommendation: go for at least a week).
  • Comfort: (recommendation: spend a little extra for something where you will be physically comfortable and have your own bedroom to decompress and integrate, especially if this is your first time). Your future self can thank us later.
  • Cosmology: (recommendation: choose a retreat that supports your own subjective experience, or one that you feel aligns with you energetically). The energy of the retreat and ceremony leaders will have a profound effect upon your experience.
  • Holistic approach: (recommendation: work with an organization that takes a holistic approach to working with medicine, and has options to support and guide your mental and emotional evolution). If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution (because it won't!).
  • Service: (recommendation: choose a place that you believe can serve your individual needs. 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).
  • Booking process: (recommendation: speak with the provider before finalizing your booking). If it's all online, ANYONE could be sitting next to you in ceremony.
  • Expertise: (recommendation: work with an organization that emphasizes healing, and you believe has a breadth of expertise to guide your transformation). Look for facilitators and healers who have a lightness of being and a sparkle in their eyes.
  • Reputation: (recommendation: Google the provider). You may be surprised by what you find. If there's not much information, that is also information :)
  • Volunteers: (recommendation: work with an organization that pays their staff). 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 life, they're not going to be able to lead you to yours.

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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‍Looking for a little more guidance for one of the most important decisions of your life? Watch this video.

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Ayahuasca is currently considered an illegal substance is most countries, such as UK, and retreat centers have to work underground, but there are several other options, if you are interested in planning an ayahuasca retreat in one of the places where it is decriminalized, or where the laws have “gray areas” that allow for ayahuasca retreat centers to operate.
Here is a list of some of the most well-established ayahuasca retreat centers that currently exist, and looking into these options will certainly clarify what you are looking for.

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

As of now, ayahuasca is not legal in the UK, and only in specific locations in the USA, so for anyone seeking a legitimate and well-established ayahuasca retreat center, Portugal, Costa Rica and South America are convenient options.  Behold Retreats has been working to create the best retreat centers for plant medicine in the most ideal of locations, such as luxurious villas near the beach or with scenic views of the Costa Rican jungle, and taking small groups of participants through intimate and personalized ayahuasca journeys.

With experience in treating over 1,500 clients already, Behold Retreats is committed to providing the best possible healing journeys for anyone looking to expand their spiritual life, and get in touch with inner nature, in a safe, confidential and caring setting.  Contact them now for free consultation, and information on the nearest appointment that suits you.

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2 Ayayni Shamanic Retreats - Ireland, Mallorca, Colombia

With Ireland’s laws on plant medicine being less strict than the UK’s, Ayayni Shamanic Retreats has been able to develop a spiritual retreat center devoted to traditional shamanic ceremony of the Amazon, and a team of facilitators with their own specific talents for enabling a healing journey.

The word “Ayni” refers to the profound interaction between us and nature, at our deepest level, which is what the spiritual awakening experience of ayahuasca is known to instill in a person.  There are many reasons participants come to this retreat center, such as dealing with past trauma, and furthering their commitment to other healing modalities.  If you search for Ayayni Shamanic Retreats online, you are likely to find something that suits you quickly.

3 Arkana Spiritual Center - Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica

This ayahuasca retreat center is located in the Amazon rainforest of South America and the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu, centering it in the  home of the original traditional shamanic ceremony, performed with the ayahuasca vine.  Plant medicine is an ancient healing practice, making a comeback with increasing enthusiasm, as alternatives to Western medicine are being recognized for their profound healing potential.

On this retreat, you will have access to beautiful lodging, options for various plant medicines, such as the San Pedro cactus and Kambo, and all activities are led by experienced healers and facilitators, making sure your healing journey is personalized and secure.

4 Sinchi Runa - Portugal

Named for the Quechua word “Sinchi Runa”, meaning “warrior of light”, this center for plant medicine is led by Maestro Sanango, a man who is revered for his sincerity and respect of the traditional shamanic ceremony.  Each spiritual retreat is facilitated by experienced caring staff members who are serious about their mission as healers.

With groups of no more than 14 participants, this journey with Mother Ayahuasca has been met with glowing reviews and testimonies from a long list of past clients.  Organic shamanic diets and meditation are a strong complement to this retreat center’s methods, and ensure a deep immersion into the spiritual awakening of plant medicine.

5 Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica, Peru

Offering stays from 5-12 days lengths, Soltara is an ayahuasca retreat center located on the mountainous seaside of Costa Rica, with beautiful accommodations for all participants.  The facilitators come from the indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers, and each ayahuasca ceremony is led with great care and expertise, providing all clients with a wholesome and secure experience.

Their approach to plant medicine integrates both Western and natural medical philosophies, taking a holistic approach to the profound healing that comes from our connection to Mother Nature.  Preparation is key to the ayahuasca ceremony, and participants will be shown how to come to a readiness for a spiritual awakening, which is physical, mental and emotional.  Soltara Healing Center is a great option for those seeking a profound inner experience.

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What to look for to find a safe, quality Ayahuasca Retreat?

Like most things in life, there a broad variety of Ayahuasca retreat options, and a number of factors that effect the quality and cost of an ayahuasca retreat that you may like to take into consideration:

  • Safety: Many smaller operators are not in a position to invest in safety, and unfortunately, there are too many sad stories out there. (recommendation: choose a retreat that does in-depth screening to ensure your physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being).
  • Legality:  Practitioners who have dedicated their lives to medicine work typically live in locations where it is legal, so they don't have to live in a state of "what if". (recommendation: consider whether travelling to a place with "new energy" might be in your best interests).
  • Size of the group: It's common for retreats to have 20, 50, even 100 people in ceremony, which can be chaotic. Additionally, you are less likely receive the level of attention from healers that you are probably looking for. (recommendation: choose a retreat with an intimate group of say, 8-15 people).
  • Length of the retreat: Shorter retreats feel rushed, and there are limits to what can be done in a few nights. (recommendation: go for at least a week).
  • Comfort: (recommendation: spend a little extra for something where you will be physically comfortable and have your own bedroom to decompress and integrate, especially if this is your first time). Your future self can thank us later.
  • Cosmology: (recommendation: choose a retreat that supports your own subjective experience, or one that you feel aligns with you energetically). The energy of the retreat and ceremony leaders will have a profound effect upon your experience.
  • Holistic approach: (recommendation: work with an organization that takes a holistic approach to working with medicine, and has options to support and guide your mental and emotional evolution). If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution (because it won't!).
  • Service: (recommendation: choose a place that you believe can serve your individual needs. 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).
  • Booking process: (recommendation: speak with the provider before finalizing your booking). If it's all online, ANYONE could be sitting next to you in ceremony.
  • Expertise: (recommendation: work with an organization that emphasizes healing, and you believe has a breadth of expertise to guide your transformation). Look for facilitators and healers who have a lightness of being and a sparkle in their eyes.
  • Reputation: (recommendation: Google the provider). You may be surprised by what you find. If there's not much information, that is also information :)
  • Volunteers: (recommendation: work with an organization that pays their staff). 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 life, they're not going to be able to lead you to yours.

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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‍Looking for a little more guidance for one of the most important decisions of your life? Watch this video.

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Ayahuasca is currently considered an illegal substance is most countries, such as UK, and retreat centers have to work underground, but there are several other options, if you are interested in planning an ayahuasca retreat in one of the places where it is decriminalized, or where the laws have “gray areas” that allow for ayahuasca retreat centers to operate.
Here is a list of some of the most well-established ayahuasca retreat centers that currently exist, and looking into these options will certainly clarify what you are looking for.

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

As of now, ayahuasca is not legal in the UK, and only in specific locations in the USA, so for anyone seeking a legitimate and well-established ayahuasca retreat center, Portugal, Costa Rica and South America are convenient options.  Behold Retreats has been working to create the best retreat centers for plant medicine in the most ideal of locations, such as luxurious villas near the beach or with scenic views of the Costa Rican jungle, and taking small groups of participants through intimate and personalized ayahuasca journeys.

With experience in treating over 1,500 clients already, Behold Retreats is committed to providing the best possible healing journeys for anyone looking to expand their spiritual life, and get in touch with inner nature, in a safe, confidential and caring setting.  Contact them now for free consultation, and information on the nearest appointment that suits you.

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2 Ayayni Shamanic Retreats - Ireland, Mallorca, Colombia

With Ireland’s laws on plant medicine being less strict than the UK’s, Ayayni Shamanic Retreats has been able to develop a spiritual retreat center devoted to traditional shamanic ceremony of the Amazon, and a team of facilitators with their own specific talents for enabling a healing journey.

The word “Ayni” refers to the profound interaction between us and nature, at our deepest level, which is what the spiritual awakening experience of ayahuasca is known to instill in a person.  There are many reasons participants come to this retreat center, such as dealing with past trauma, and furthering their commitment to other healing modalities.  If you search for Ayayni Shamanic Retreats online, you are likely to find something that suits you quickly.

3 Arkana Spiritual Center - Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica

This ayahuasca retreat center is located in the Amazon rainforest of South America and the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu, centering it in the  home of the original traditional shamanic ceremony, performed with the ayahuasca vine.  Plant medicine is an ancient healing practice, making a comeback with increasing enthusiasm, as alternatives to Western medicine are being recognized for their profound healing potential.

On this retreat, you will have access to beautiful lodging, options for various plant medicines, such as the San Pedro cactus and Kambo, and all activities are led by experienced healers and facilitators, making sure your healing journey is personalized and secure.

4 Sinchi Runa - Portugal

Named for the Quechua word “Sinchi Runa”, meaning “warrior of light”, this center for plant medicine is led by Maestro Sanango, a man who is revered for his sincerity and respect of the traditional shamanic ceremony.  Each spiritual retreat is facilitated by experienced caring staff members who are serious about their mission as healers.

With groups of no more than 14 participants, this journey with Mother Ayahuasca has been met with glowing reviews and testimonies from a long list of past clients.  Organic shamanic diets and meditation are a strong complement to this retreat center’s methods, and ensure a deep immersion into the spiritual awakening of plant medicine.

5 Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica, Peru

Offering stays from 5-12 days lengths, Soltara is an ayahuasca retreat center located on the mountainous seaside of Costa Rica, with beautiful accommodations for all participants.  The facilitators come from the indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers, and each ayahuasca ceremony is led with great care and expertise, providing all clients with a wholesome and secure experience.

Their approach to plant medicine integrates both Western and natural medical philosophies, taking a holistic approach to the profound healing that comes from our connection to Mother Nature.  Preparation is key to the ayahuasca ceremony, and participants will be shown how to come to a readiness for a spiritual awakening, which is physical, mental and emotional.  Soltara Healing Center is a great option for those seeking a profound inner experience.

The World is Changing. Are You?

Behold Retreats sets the standard for safe, legal,
and transformative plant medicine retreats.

Ready to heal, find peace, and live your purpose?

Let's Talk

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