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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats Near Australia (and Abroad) in 2022

July 22, 2022
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An Ayahuasca retreat could be the best experience of your life, or leave you worse off, confused, or traumatized.

Ayahuasca is not your average magic mushroom trip in the forest, it's a powerful psychedelic plant medicine that has been practiced for centuries.

The quality and benefits from a retreat depends upon 3 things: your readiness, preparation, and your ability to choose a high-quality retreat.

Studies have shown that ayahuasca has the power to decrease symptoms of depression, lessen anxiety, heal trauma, and reduce addictions like alcoholism in users. It’s a deeply transformative medicine.

And yet, plant medicine retreats toe the line of legality around the world. In countries like Costa Rica and Portugal, ayahuasca is accepted as a decriminalised substance. 

Unfortunately, Australia hasn’t joined the decriminalization bandwagon just yet.

We can’t, with a clear conscience, promote the use of ayahuasca in Australia. So, here are some nearby retreats to consider.

You can scroll down to find the top 5 ayahuasca retreats nearby Australia. ↓

But do you know how to choose the best ayahuasca retreat? Find out what five key elements will ensure a safe and sacred retreat.

The Key Elements in a Safe, High Quality Ayahuasca Retreat

Ayahuasca retreat options are endless. A quick Google search will put you in a position of indecision and confusion with all the countries, centers, and formats available. Don’t let a limited understanding lead you astray.

Here’s what to look for in your retreat to benefit from healing, experience spiritual growth, and emerge with a new perspective on life.

Safety at Ayahuasca Retreats

  1. Choose the right operator
  2. Screening participants
  3. Consider legality

Maybe you’ve done your Googling already and, ouch, the costs are more than you expected. Be wary of smaller and cheaper operators, they can bring unknown factors to your retreat. Unfortunately they often aren’t in a position to invest in the right safety measures – we’ve heard too many sad stories out there.

A remedy for this issue is in-depth screening to understand a person’s overall well-being before allowing them to join a retreat. This ensures other participants’ safety, too.

Practitioners who dedicate their lives to medicine work typically live in locations where it’s allowed. The land in these places has been home to ayahuasca healing for centuries. Instead of hiding behind “what ifs” in legality, healers can share their expertise confidently. 

Choose your retreat with confidence: opt for a small group, caring practitioners, and an intimate setting

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Organization is Key for Comfortable Retreats

  1. Group size
  2. Time for integration
  3. Overall comfort

The size of the group is key for safety and comfort on your retreat. As the numbers increase, so does the chaos. You not only fade into the group, but lose precious one-to-one time with the healers hosting your experience. 

An intimate retreat of maximum 10-15 highly vetted participants is ideal. Get the most out of your experience and the healing that you deserve.

Too many retreat centers try to squeeze the transformation into a three day intensive. This powerful type of spiritual experience is integrated more deeply with at least a week-long retreat.

Choosing a retreat that prioritizes your comfort during the experience will only enhance and deepen your connection. Give yourself time to decompress and take it in. Your decision to use ayahuasca will change your life in positive ways, if you have the time and space to integrate. Your mental and physical health is worth it.

Values, Beliefs, and Service at the Retreat Centre

  1. Spirituality and values
  2. Holistic approach
  3. Personalization

Healing trauma and deep spiritual learning (or unlearning) requires a sensitive approach. These are powerful and subjective experiences, the human experience is nuanced, and your spirit and values should be honored.

The energy of the space and ceremony leaders will have a profound effect on your experience. ‍If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution – because it won't.‍

Ideally you’ll work with practitioners that take a holistic approach. Plant medicine unearths deeply rooted issues for each participant, and these don’t exist in isolation. Facilitators should be able to support the physical, mental and emotional connection at play.

How much time should ayahuasca retreat operators spend getting to know you? Hint: more than the average health retreat, maybe less than your therapist. 

A high quality service honors your personal experience. This is possible when they spend time to understand where you’re starting, your aspirations, and your inner self. You should have a clear idea of who you’re going on this spiritual journey with.

Expertise of the Shamans, Healers, and Retreat Staff

  1. Expertise 
  2. Reputation
  3. Ethical practice

Facilitators and healers should have a wealth of experience under their belt before hosting retreats. Look for guides that radiate lightness and care – the qualities you want in someone who will guide your transformation.

If an operator or facilitator has a reputation – or none at all – it speaks volumes. Researching online will paint you a larger picture and bring clarity to your decision.

Expertise in the sensitivities of ayahuasca is an essential quality for professional organizations. A positive experience is more likely with people who understand ayahuasca deeply. 

Unfortunately, it’s common for retreat centers to cycle through young, eager, worn out volunteers and/or not pay healers fairly.

Want to gauge your mental and spiritual readiness for an Ayahuasca retreat?  

👉Take this short quiz below

Given the potential, power, and sensitivity of working with ayahuasca, who you choose to journey with is one of the most important decisions of your life. So, without a doubt, it’s worth taking your time. 

If you're in a position to do so, the best way to go deep with ayahuasca is in a private retreat. If this feels aligned for you, (trust your instincts), you’re welcome to explore an intimate journey with Behold.

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The Top 5 Ayahuasca Retreats Near Australia

Disclaimer: Ayahuasca is not legal in Australia – yet

There is definitely the existence of underground ayahuasca retreats in Australia. But is the “underground” where you feel safe finding a reputable retreat center with experienced healers?

People who have experienced ayahuasca often report profound insights, increased self-awareness and a deep connection to Spirit. That being said, this plant medicine can be challenging – it’s not for everyone.

Before committing to an ayahuasca retreat, ask plenty of questions and get a feel for the center and the guides. Ayahuasca is not a quick fix, despite what some retreat operators might claim. It’s a powerful medicine that requires respect and preparation.

If you’re ready to face yourself with humility, vulnerability, and honesty, an ayahuasca retreat is the journey of a lifetime.

1. Behold Retreats

For those who are seeking an authentic experience with a small group of thoroughly-vetted guests, Behold Retreats is a great choice.

Behold does not facilitate Ayahuasca in Australia, but does offer a variety of retreats in Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, and the Netherlands. 

Past guests have praised Behold for a high level of attention to safety, gorgeous locations, and and expertise in guiding the facilitation and integration of ayahuasca ceremonies that integrate traditional practices in a context suitable for the Western psyche, and with a high degree of attention and care given to each guest.

Ready to experience ayahuasca in a small group of thoroughly-vetted guests? Get in touch with Behold Retreats here. 

Behold hosts a variety of traditional plant medicine journeys including Psilocybin and the God Molecule 5-MeO-DMT (Bufo).

Ready for healing, transformation, and spiritual growth?

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2. Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica and Peru

Soltara Healing Center is another great option for those looking for an ayahuasca retreat abroad. 

Surrounded by nature, Soltara ayahuasca retreats are a complete mind, body and soul getaway experience. This retreat centre 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 is definitely unforgettable.

3. Spirit Vine - Brazil

Spirit Vines’ ayahuasca retreat excels in combining traditional plant-based methods and western medicine. Their Western psychologists and traditional shamans are a powerful combination of healing modalities.

Their experience with medical plants is clear through the variety of options available. This ayahuasca retreat centre has a well-rounded, holistic approach. The location of Spirit Vine is within an organic ayahuasca plantation – an experience physically and mentally intertwined with the medicine.

This ayahuasca retreat centre offers expertise in personal growth and trauma. A promise of powerful healing for the busy professional. 

4. APL Journeys - Mexico and Spain

APL Journeys is another great retreat centre that specialises in the blend of traditional ayahuasca ceremony techniques and western healing modalities. 

Made famous by Netflix, the experience here is personalised with tailored programs to suit each participant. The facilitator was trained in Ecuador and Peru. They lead a traditional ayahuasca ceremony integrated with the latest research and a personalised approach. 

All the sacred plant medicine options are available at this ayahuasca retreat centre, and each person comes away with a different experience. Whether it's an awakening ayahuasca journey or diving into specific personal development, the options available don’t disappoint.

5. Etnikas - Peru

Etnikas ayahuasca retreat centre is very close to the profound energies of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. They have a deep connection to the history of this sacred plant. 

Etnikas have decades of experience – it has depth. They always consider the safety and comfort for participants. The shaman, the healing practices, and the focus on the individual all take top priority. 

This spiritual retreat is eye-opening to the strong cultural connection between the traditional ayahuasca ceremony and Mother Earth.

It's a big decision: watch the video to help you choose a safe and transformative experience, and to avoid sketchy options.

After reading this article, you might be feeling motivated to jump in and start some deep spiritual work. It’s exciting – a new perspective is exactly what you’re looking for, right?

You’ll never regret taking a few extra minutes to educate yourself and prepare for this life-changing experience. Your future self can thank you later!

In this video, we talk about: 

  • Developing your why 
  • Red flags (!) to look out for
  • Questions to ask a retreat provider
  • Recommendations
  • What we do at Behold and why

‍[ Video: Watch this BEFORE Applying to a Plant Medicine Retreat ]

Ready for a big shift?

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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats Near Australia (and Abroad) in 2022

July 21, 2022
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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

An Ayahuasca retreat could be the best experience of your life, or leave you worse off, confused, or traumatized.

Ayahuasca is not your average magic mushroom trip in the forest, it's a powerful psychedelic plant medicine that has been practiced for centuries.

The quality and benefits from a retreat depends upon 3 things: your readiness, preparation, and your ability to choose a high-quality retreat.

Studies have shown that ayahuasca has the power to decrease symptoms of depression, lessen anxiety, heal trauma, and reduce addictions like alcoholism in users. It’s a deeply transformative medicine.

And yet, plant medicine retreats toe the line of legality around the world. In countries like Costa Rica and Portugal, ayahuasca is accepted as a decriminalised substance. 

Unfortunately, Australia hasn’t joined the decriminalization bandwagon just yet.

We can’t, with a clear conscience, promote the use of ayahuasca in Australia. So, here are some nearby retreats to consider.

You can scroll down to find the top 5 ayahuasca retreats nearby Australia. ↓

But do you know how to choose the best ayahuasca retreat? Find out what five key elements will ensure a safe and sacred retreat.

The Key Elements in a Safe, High Quality Ayahuasca Retreat

Ayahuasca retreat options are endless. A quick Google search will put you in a position of indecision and confusion with all the countries, centers, and formats available. Don’t let a limited understanding lead you astray.

Here’s what to look for in your retreat to benefit from healing, experience spiritual growth, and emerge with a new perspective on life.

Safety at Ayahuasca Retreats

  1. Choose the right operator
  2. Screening participants
  3. Consider legality

Maybe you’ve done your Googling already and, ouch, the costs are more than you expected. Be wary of smaller and cheaper operators, they can bring unknown factors to your retreat. Unfortunately they often aren’t in a position to invest in the right safety measures – we’ve heard too many sad stories out there.

A remedy for this issue is in-depth screening to understand a person’s overall well-being before allowing them to join a retreat. This ensures other participants’ safety, too.

Practitioners who dedicate their lives to medicine work typically live in locations where it’s allowed. The land in these places has been home to ayahuasca healing for centuries. Instead of hiding behind “what ifs” in legality, healers can share their expertise confidently. 

Choose your retreat with confidence: opt for a small group, caring practitioners, and an intimate setting

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Organization is Key for Comfortable Retreats

  1. Group size
  2. Time for integration
  3. Overall comfort

The size of the group is key for safety and comfort on your retreat. As the numbers increase, so does the chaos. You not only fade into the group, but lose precious one-to-one time with the healers hosting your experience. 

An intimate retreat of maximum 10-15 highly vetted participants is ideal. Get the most out of your experience and the healing that you deserve.

Too many retreat centers try to squeeze the transformation into a three day intensive. This powerful type of spiritual experience is integrated more deeply with at least a week-long retreat.

Choosing a retreat that prioritizes your comfort during the experience will only enhance and deepen your connection. Give yourself time to decompress and take it in. Your decision to use ayahuasca will change your life in positive ways, if you have the time and space to integrate. Your mental and physical health is worth it.

Values, Beliefs, and Service at the Retreat Centre

  1. Spirituality and values
  2. Holistic approach
  3. Personalization

Healing trauma and deep spiritual learning (or unlearning) requires a sensitive approach. These are powerful and subjective experiences, the human experience is nuanced, and your spirit and values should be honored.

The energy of the space and ceremony leaders will have a profound effect on your experience. ‍If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution – because it won't.‍

Ideally you’ll work with practitioners that take a holistic approach. Plant medicine unearths deeply rooted issues for each participant, and these don’t exist in isolation. Facilitators should be able to support the physical, mental and emotional connection at play.

How much time should ayahuasca retreat operators spend getting to know you? Hint: more than the average health retreat, maybe less than your therapist. 

A high quality service honors your personal experience. This is possible when they spend time to understand where you’re starting, your aspirations, and your inner self. You should have a clear idea of who you’re going on this spiritual journey with.

Expertise of the Shamans, Healers, and Retreat Staff

  1. Expertise 
  2. Reputation
  3. Ethical practice

Facilitators and healers should have a wealth of experience under their belt before hosting retreats. Look for guides that radiate lightness and care – the qualities you want in someone who will guide your transformation.

If an operator or facilitator has a reputation – or none at all – it speaks volumes. Researching online will paint you a larger picture and bring clarity to your decision.

Expertise in the sensitivities of ayahuasca is an essential quality for professional organizations. A positive experience is more likely with people who understand ayahuasca deeply. 

Unfortunately, it’s common for retreat centers to cycle through young, eager, worn out volunteers and/or not pay healers fairly.

Want to gauge your mental and spiritual readiness for an Ayahuasca retreat?  

👉Take this short quiz below

Given the potential, power, and sensitivity of working with ayahuasca, who you choose to journey with is one of the most important decisions of your life. So, without a doubt, it’s worth taking your time. 

If you're in a position to do so, the best way to go deep with ayahuasca is in a private retreat. If this feels aligned for you, (trust your instincts), you’re welcome to explore an intimate journey with Behold.

{{btn-begin-your-journey="/utility/components"}}

Behold Retreats > Blog > Best Ayahuasca Retreats

The Top 5 Ayahuasca Retreats Near Australia

Disclaimer: Ayahuasca is not legal in Australia – yet

There is definitely the existence of underground ayahuasca retreats in Australia. But is the “underground” where you feel safe finding a reputable retreat center with experienced healers?

People who have experienced ayahuasca often report profound insights, increased self-awareness and a deep connection to Spirit. That being said, this plant medicine can be challenging – it’s not for everyone.

Before committing to an ayahuasca retreat, ask plenty of questions and get a feel for the center and the guides. Ayahuasca is not a quick fix, despite what some retreat operators might claim. It’s a powerful medicine that requires respect and preparation.

If you’re ready to face yourself with humility, vulnerability, and honesty, an ayahuasca retreat is the journey of a lifetime.

1. Behold Retreats

For those who are seeking an authentic experience with a small group of thoroughly-vetted guests, Behold Retreats is a great choice.

Behold does not facilitate Ayahuasca in Australia, but does offer a variety of retreats in Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, and the Netherlands. 

Past guests have praised Behold for a high level of attention to safety, gorgeous locations, and and expertise in guiding the facilitation and integration of ayahuasca ceremonies that integrate traditional practices in a context suitable for the Western psyche, and with a high degree of attention and care given to each guest.

Ready to experience ayahuasca in a small group of thoroughly-vetted guests? Get in touch with Behold Retreats here. 

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

Behold hosts a variety of traditional plant medicine journeys including Psilocybin and the God Molecule 5-MeO-DMT (Bufo).

Ready for healing, transformation, and spiritual growth?

{{btn-begin-your-journey="/utility/components"}}

2. Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica and Peru

Soltara Healing Center is another great option for those looking for an ayahuasca retreat abroad. 

Surrounded by nature, Soltara ayahuasca retreats are a complete mind, body and soul getaway experience. This retreat centre 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 is definitely unforgettable.

3. Spirit Vine - Brazil

Spirit Vines’ ayahuasca retreat excels in combining traditional plant-based methods and western medicine. Their Western psychologists and traditional shamans are a powerful combination of healing modalities.

Their experience with medical plants is clear through the variety of options available. This ayahuasca retreat centre has a well-rounded, holistic approach. The location of Spirit Vine is within an organic ayahuasca plantation – an experience physically and mentally intertwined with the medicine.

This ayahuasca retreat centre offers expertise in personal growth and trauma. A promise of powerful healing for the busy professional. 

4. APL Journeys - Mexico and Spain

APL Journeys is another great retreat centre that specialises in the blend of traditional ayahuasca ceremony techniques and western healing modalities. 

Made famous by Netflix, the experience here is personalised with tailored programs to suit each participant. The facilitator was trained in Ecuador and Peru. They lead a traditional ayahuasca ceremony integrated with the latest research and a personalised approach. 

All the sacred plant medicine options are available at this ayahuasca retreat centre, and each person comes away with a different experience. Whether it's an awakening ayahuasca journey or diving into specific personal development, the options available don’t disappoint.

5. Etnikas - Peru

Etnikas ayahuasca retreat centre is very close to the profound energies of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. They have a deep connection to the history of this sacred plant. 

Etnikas have decades of experience – it has depth. They always consider the safety and comfort for participants. The shaman, the healing practices, and the focus on the individual all take top priority. 

This spiritual retreat is eye-opening to the strong cultural connection between the traditional ayahuasca ceremony and Mother Earth.

It's a big decision: watch the video to help you choose a safe and transformative experience, and to avoid sketchy options.

After reading this article, you might be feeling motivated to jump in and start some deep spiritual work. It’s exciting – a new perspective is exactly what you’re looking for, right?

You’ll never regret taking a few extra minutes to educate yourself and prepare for this life-changing experience. Your future self can thank you later!

In this video, we talk about: 

  • Developing your why 
  • Red flags (!) to look out for
  • Questions to ask a retreat provider
  • Recommendations
  • What we do at Behold and why

‍[ Video: Watch this BEFORE Applying to a Plant Medicine Retreat ]

Ready for a big shift?

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