5 best Ayahuasca Retreats in Netherlands (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 compound that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for religious and spiritual purposes. In recent years, ayahuasca tourism has become popular, with people traveling to South America to take part in ayahuasca ceremonies.

However, ayahuasca is illegal in the Netherlands and there are no ayahuasca retreats or centers operating within the country. Those interested in experiencing ayahuasca must travel to another country where it is legal, such as Portugal or Costa Rica.

There are a number of risks associated with taking ayahuasca, and it is important to be well-informed before participating in any ceremony. Ayahuasca tourism can be a controversial topic, and it is important to do your research before making any decisions.



1. Behold Retreats, Portugal 


Finding the perfect ayahuasca retreat is paramount when choosing the location for your healing journey. Currently, ayahuasca is illegal in the Netherlands but only a short plane ride away, Behold retreats Portugal offers the perfect environment for a deeply healing experience.

Their clean, comfortable and secluded retreat in the naturally tranquil surroundings of southern Portugal provides the ideal foundation for a truly healing ayahuasca experience. Many previous guests have commented on the parallels between the physical surroundings of the retreat and their internal peace found while undergoing treatment with ayahuasca.

Led by a team experienced in dealing with trauma and deep wounds, Behold Retreats Portugal offers safe and effective ayahuasca ceremonies for newcomers and returning visitors alike.

Whether it’s your first time experimenting with medicinal plants or you have experienced an ayahuasca ceremony before, Behold Retreats Portugal is one of the best ayahuasca retreats Europe
has to boast.

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. Pont de Molins, Barcelona, Spain


At this ayahuasca retreat center, groups are no larger than 20 and often smaller. Ceremonies are conducted in English but should you have any inquiries that are hard to express in English, Arabic, Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish are also spoken.

Healing massage, yoga sessions and awareness workshops are also offered at this retreat. Giving guests multiple options to learn and grow, alongside healing plant medicine treatment.

Ceremonies and activities are provided by experienced shamans and trained psychologists on a beginner, intermediate and advanced skill level and conducted outside where possible, to be closer to mother earth and adhere to distancing guidelines.



3. APL Shamanic Journeys, Kalmar Län, Sweden



APL Shamanic Journeys strive to create a traditional ayahuasca ceremony by inviting a Peruvian shaman, who has experience with plant medicine and healing, to conduct their ceremonies.
The team is led by a highly experienced healer and herbalist, who provides training and knowledge on other medicinal plants as well as ayahuasca, such as Kamé and rapé.

Daily yoga sessions and 5 guided ayahuasca ceremonies throughout your stay promise to offer guests ample opportunities to connect with mother earth and the master plant.

Group sizes are limited to 10-12 participants to facilitate an intimate ceremony of healing, contemplation and introspection.



4. Font de Paz y Felicidade, Algarve, Portugal


At this healing retreat, guests can take part in a multitude of healing practices including yoga, meditation, dance, horse therapy and sound healing alongside ceremonies with plant medicine derived from ayahuasca, all provided by a team of certified and experienced healers.

Located in the South West corner of Portugal, set in mother nature’s picturesque landscapes and close to beautiful beaches, the place really honors its name (Font de Paz y Felicidade
meaning source of peace and happiness). And proves to be an
ideal location for a healing ayahuasca retreat, as mother earth would have intended.



5.  Playa de Santiago, Canary Islands, Spain


The peaceful Spanish island plays host to an idyllic ayahuasca retreat and the facility boasts an outdoor swimming pool, garden, terrace, restaurant and bar. So peace and comfort are easily found here.

Guests’ stays are centered around plant medicine and healthy living in general, provided through healthy daily meals, a detox juice fast, colon hydrotherapy, and of course ayahuasca
ceremonies. So rest assured  that choosing this ayahuasca center for your spiritual retreat also comes with a plethora of other beneficial activities too.

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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 compound that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for religious and spiritual purposes. In recent years, ayahuasca tourism has become popular, with people traveling to South America to take part in ayahuasca ceremonies.

However, ayahuasca is illegal in the Netherlands and there are no ayahuasca retreats or centers operating within the country. Those interested in experiencing ayahuasca must travel to another country where it is legal, such as Portugal or Costa Rica.

There are a number of risks associated with taking ayahuasca, and it is important to be well-informed before participating in any ceremony. Ayahuasca tourism can be a controversial topic, and it is important to do your research before making any decisions.



1. Behold Retreats, Portugal 


Finding the perfect ayahuasca retreat is paramount when choosing the location for your healing journey. Currently, ayahuasca is illegal in the Netherlands but only a short plane ride away, Behold retreats Portugal offers the perfect environment for a deeply healing experience.

Their clean, comfortable and secluded retreat in the naturally tranquil surroundings of southern Portugal provides the ideal foundation for a truly healing ayahuasca experience. Many previous guests have commented on the parallels between the physical surroundings of the retreat and their internal peace found while undergoing treatment with ayahuasca.

Led by a team experienced in dealing with trauma and deep wounds, Behold Retreats Portugal offers safe and effective ayahuasca ceremonies for newcomers and returning visitors alike.

Whether it’s your first time experimenting with medicinal plants or you have experienced an ayahuasca ceremony before, Behold Retreats Portugal is one of the best ayahuasca retreats Europe
has to boast.

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. Pont de Molins, Barcelona, Spain


At this ayahuasca retreat center, groups are no larger than 20 and often smaller. Ceremonies are conducted in English but should you have any inquiries that are hard to express in English, Arabic, Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish are also spoken.

Healing massage, yoga sessions and awareness workshops are also offered at this retreat. Giving guests multiple options to learn and grow, alongside healing plant medicine treatment.

Ceremonies and activities are provided by experienced shamans and trained psychologists on a beginner, intermediate and advanced skill level and conducted outside where possible, to be closer to mother earth and adhere to distancing guidelines.



3. APL Shamanic Journeys, Kalmar Län, Sweden



APL Shamanic Journeys strive to create a traditional ayahuasca ceremony by inviting a Peruvian shaman, who has experience with plant medicine and healing, to conduct their ceremonies.
The team is led by a highly experienced healer and herbalist, who provides training and knowledge on other medicinal plants as well as ayahuasca, such as Kamé and rapé.

Daily yoga sessions and 5 guided ayahuasca ceremonies throughout your stay promise to offer guests ample opportunities to connect with mother earth and the master plant.

Group sizes are limited to 10-12 participants to facilitate an intimate ceremony of healing, contemplation and introspection.



4. Font de Paz y Felicidade, Algarve, Portugal


At this healing retreat, guests can take part in a multitude of healing practices including yoga, meditation, dance, horse therapy and sound healing alongside ceremonies with plant medicine derived from ayahuasca, all provided by a team of certified and experienced healers.

Located in the South West corner of Portugal, set in mother nature’s picturesque landscapes and close to beautiful beaches, the place really honors its name (Font de Paz y Felicidade
meaning source of peace and happiness). And proves to be an
ideal location for a healing ayahuasca retreat, as mother earth would have intended.



5.  Playa de Santiago, Canary Islands, Spain


The peaceful Spanish island plays host to an idyllic ayahuasca retreat and the facility boasts an outdoor swimming pool, garden, terrace, restaurant and bar. So peace and comfort are easily found here.

Guests’ stays are centered around plant medicine and healthy living in general, provided through healthy daily meals, a detox juice fast, colon hydrotherapy, and of course ayahuasca
ceremonies. So rest assured  that choosing this ayahuasca center for your spiritual retreat also comes with a plethora of other beneficial activities too.

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

Let's Evolve Together


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