5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats in Australia (Updated 2022)

July 22, 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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Behold Retreats > Blog > Best Ayahausca Retreats

Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic plant medicine that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for healing, spiritual connection and initiation rites. In recent years, ayahuasca retreats have become popular in Australia, despite the fact that it is not legal to possess or consume this plant medicine here.

People who have undergone an ayahuasca experience often report profound insights, increased self-awareness and a deep connection to Spirit. The medicine can be challenging, however, and it is not for everyone. It is important to do your research and choose a reputable retreat centre that will provide you with the support you need during your journey.

If you are considering an ayahuasca retreat, be sure to ask plenty of questions and get a feel for the centre and the people who will be guiding you. It is also important to understand that ayahuasca is not a quick fix – it is a powerful medicine that requires respect and preparation.

If you are ready to explore your inner world and expand your consciousness, an ayahuasca retreat could be the journey of a lifetime. Just be sure to do your research and go with a reputable, experienced provider.

As ayahuasca is not legal in Australia, the focus of this article is on countries where use of this medicine is legal.


1. Behold Retreats - Costa Rica & Portugal.



Behold Retreats gets the top spot in this list because of the quality of the ayahuasca experience we enjoyed and the sheer variety of options of retreat center locations and plant and animal traditional therapies. We knew we were getting the authentic traditional experience here, and it showed. We were also impressed by the integration of western techniques and focus on personalized experience at Behold Retreats. If you are looking for the definitive experience then Behold Retreats is the best ayahuasca retreat available. We had a traditional ayahuasca ceremony by a local shaman. Their local healer offers facilitation in spiritual awakening and past trauma. With all these options, yoga classes and their experience with san Pedro and Psychotria Viridis, it's an ayahuasca experience not to be missed.

Want to experience Ayahausca in a small group of thoroughly-vetted guests? We would love to speak with you.


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Check out our upcoming ayahuasca retreats in Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

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2. Soltara Healing Center. Costa Rica and Peru.

Just edged out for a top spot, Soltara Healing Center is another great option for those looking for an ayahuasca retreat. Surrounded by nature, Soltara ayahuasca retreats are a complete mind, body and soul getaway experience. This retreat center is famous for the experience their staff have with the ayahuasca vine, san Pedro and Psychotria Viridis plant. Their three day shamanic ceremony by a local facilitator was one we will never forget.


3. Spirit Vine. Brazil.

Spirit Vines ayahuasca retreats focus is the meeting of traditional plant-based methods and western medicine. Its western psychologists and traditional shaman are a powerful combination of healing modalities. Offering expertise in personal growth and trauma, this ayahuasca retreat center promises powerful healing for the busy professional. Their experience with medical plants shows, as they take you through the variety of options available. It's a well-rounded holistic approach at this ayahuasca retreat center, and their location amongst the growing organic ayahuasca plantation makes this a not to be missed experience.


4. APL Journeys. Mexico and Spain.


APL Journeys ayahuasca retreats are another great retreat center that specializes in the blend of traditional ayahuasca ceremony techniques and western healing modalities. Made famous by Netflix, the experience here is personal, tailored programs to suit the person. Trained in Ecuador and Peru, the facilitator leads a traditional ayahuasca ceremony integrated with the latest research and personalized approach. All the sacred plant medicine options are here and each person comes away with a different experience. Whether it's an awakening ayahuasca journey or delving into specific personal development issues, we found that the options available did not disappoint.


5. Etnikas. Peru.


The big draw card at Etnikas ayahuasca retreat center is its proximity to Machu Picchu, the sacred valley, and its deep connection to the history of this sacred plant. Experience is the watchword and safety and comfort a big focus here. Etnikas have decades of experience. The shaman, the healing practices, and the focus on the individual all take top priority. This spiritual retreat opened our eyes to the strong cultural connection between the traditional ayahuasca ceremony and mother earth.

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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats in Australia (Updated 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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Behold Retreats > Blog > Best Ayahausca Retreats

Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic plant medicine that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for healing, spiritual connection and initiation rites. In recent years, ayahuasca retreats have become popular in Australia, despite the fact that it is not legal to possess or consume this plant medicine here.

People who have undergone an ayahuasca experience often report profound insights, increased self-awareness and a deep connection to Spirit. The medicine can be challenging, however, and it is not for everyone. It is important to do your research and choose a reputable retreat centre that will provide you with the support you need during your journey.

If you are considering an ayahuasca retreat, be sure to ask plenty of questions and get a feel for the centre and the people who will be guiding you. It is also important to understand that ayahuasca is not a quick fix – it is a powerful medicine that requires respect and preparation.

If you are ready to explore your inner world and expand your consciousness, an ayahuasca retreat could be the journey of a lifetime. Just be sure to do your research and go with a reputable, experienced provider.

As ayahuasca is not legal in Australia, the focus of this article is on countries where use of this medicine is legal.


1. Behold Retreats - Costa Rica & Portugal.



Behold Retreats gets the top spot in this list because of the quality of the ayahuasca experience we enjoyed and the sheer variety of options of retreat center locations and plant and animal traditional therapies. We knew we were getting the authentic traditional experience here, and it showed. We were also impressed by the integration of western techniques and focus on personalized experience at Behold Retreats. If you are looking for the definitive experience then Behold Retreats is the best ayahuasca retreat available. We had a traditional ayahuasca ceremony by a local shaman. Their local healer offers facilitation in spiritual awakening and past trauma. With all these options, yoga classes and their experience with san Pedro and Psychotria Viridis, it's an ayahuasca experience not to be missed.

Want to experience Ayahausca in a small group of thoroughly-vetted guests? We would love to speak with you.


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Check out our upcoming ayahuasca retreats in Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

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2. Soltara Healing Center. Costa Rica and Peru.

Just edged out for a top spot, Soltara Healing Center is another great option for those looking for an ayahuasca retreat. Surrounded by nature, Soltara ayahuasca retreats are a complete mind, body and soul getaway experience. This retreat center is famous for the experience their staff have with the ayahuasca vine, san Pedro and Psychotria Viridis plant. Their three day shamanic ceremony by a local facilitator was one we will never forget.


3. Spirit Vine. Brazil.

Spirit Vines ayahuasca retreats focus is the meeting of traditional plant-based methods and western medicine. Its western psychologists and traditional shaman are a powerful combination of healing modalities. Offering expertise in personal growth and trauma, this ayahuasca retreat center promises powerful healing for the busy professional. Their experience with medical plants shows, as they take you through the variety of options available. It's a well-rounded holistic approach at this ayahuasca retreat center, and their location amongst the growing organic ayahuasca plantation makes this a not to be missed experience.


4. APL Journeys. Mexico and Spain.


APL Journeys ayahuasca retreats are another great retreat center that specializes in the blend of traditional ayahuasca ceremony techniques and western healing modalities. Made famous by Netflix, the experience here is personal, tailored programs to suit the person. Trained in Ecuador and Peru, the facilitator leads a traditional ayahuasca ceremony integrated with the latest research and personalized approach. All the sacred plant medicine options are here and each person comes away with a different experience. Whether it's an awakening ayahuasca journey or delving into specific personal development issues, we found that the options available did not disappoint.


5. Etnikas. Peru.


The big draw card at Etnikas ayahuasca retreat center is its proximity to Machu Picchu, the sacred valley, and its deep connection to the history of this sacred plant. Experience is the watchword and safety and comfort a big focus here. Etnikas have decades of experience. The shaman, the healing practices, and the focus on the individual all take top priority. This spiritual retreat opened our eyes to the strong cultural connection between the traditional ayahuasca ceremony and mother earth.

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and transformative plant medicine retreats.

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