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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:
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As public awareness of the sacred healing plant ayahuasca grows, more and more people are looking for somewhere to partake in the traditional healing ceremonies involving it.
Ayahuasca, known as the plant teacher by the Amazonian shamans who harness its medicinal properties, can deliver a life changing experience. Traditional ceremonies are said to bring a spiritual awakening, and can be an incredible method of helping participants deal with past trauma.
Legalities within the United States of America mean it is not possible to perform ayahuasca ceremonies within San Diego itself, however, there are plenty of fantastic options just a few hours travel away if the ayahuasca experience is something that interests you.
How should you choose which retreat is right for you? Hopefully this list should be a start, but consider what it is you want from your ceremony, do you want the most authentic traditional ceremony? Or are modern facilities a must? It is also worth looking into who will be performing the ceremonies and their experience with the sacred healing plant.
Below are our top 5 Ayahuasca retreats to visit from San Diego:
Whilst local laws prohibit such activities in San Diego itself, across the border in Mexico sits Behold Retreats’ Valle de Bravo mountaintop estate, situated in one of the safest and most picturesque areas in the country.
Behold Retreats pride themselves on providing a “safe, legal and luxurious environment” within which to enjoy their ayahuasca retreats. If you are looking for an intimate ayahuasca ceremony for up to 8 people in a breathtaking setting, where every room has panoramic views looking over the sacred Valle de Bravo, then this is the retreat for you.
During their visit, guests will experience their healing ceremonies with Amina, a Mexican native with more than 13 years experience delivering the sacred plant medicine. A practitioner of El Camino Rojo (a well respected lineage of historic Mexican healing methods), Amina is also trained in Taoist massage, and has a Masters of Psychotherapy from the University of Salamanca in Spain.
Behold also holds ceremonies in the same Mexico retreat using 5MEO-DMT (Bufo), and has a similar facility in Costa Rica.
On the beachfront at Casa de la Tortuga, a private villa situated just north of Cancun, Bluestone offer week long ayahuasca retreats. Situated on a quiet stretch of coastline the facility allows easy access to the beach, and each room features a private balcony from which to take in the magnificent views.
The founders of Bluestone have years of experience performing healing ceremonies with the master plant, and at each retreat there will be two or more therapists present to educate participants in a variety of healing modalities.
Hosting 2 retreats each year, in late September and November, ‘Aye De La Vid’ is located at La Riviera Maya, Cancun. Each retreat lasts 5 nights, and guests are provided all meals and accommodation, including a pool and wifi.
Over the 5 days guest will partake in 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies, and 2 Temezcal ceremonies, in addition to various other activities including Yoga, and numerous musical performances.
APL Journeys provide ayahuasca and kambo ceremonies from Peruvian master shamans. Retreats include multiple ceremonies over the 6 day period, and guests are granted daily private sessions with a shaman.
Located deep in the jungle in Yucatan Mexico, APL’s ayahuasca retreat center combines the spirit of jungle life with the latest in luxury facilities. The resort includes an outdoor jungle pool, rainforest sauna, and various tranquil places to meditate.
Accommodating up to 6 guests in a luxurious beachfront property, Inner Circle’s Nuevo Vallarta retreat aims to provide an authentic ayahuasca experience whilst providing guests all of the modern creature comforts. Situated in the middle of the exquisite Bay of Banderas, the nearest city, Puerto Vallarta, is rated as the safest in Mexico.
Participants will be guided on their journey by a traditional indigenous shaman, and during their stay are provided with various fresh local fruits and foods. Packages include 6 nights accomodation, and transport to the ceremony, which takes place late in the evening.
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