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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Sweden (Updated 2023)

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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:

  1. Safety First: Unfortunately, many small retreat centers are not in a position to make meaningful investments into screening and safety. Even if you're fine, someone else on retreat might not be, which can affect the overall experience. Our recommendation is to choose a retreat provider that does in-depth conversational, medical, and psychological screening to protect your safety and well-being.
  2. Legality: Experienced practitioners who have dedicated their lives to plant medicine typically live in locations where the work is legal, so they don't have to live in a state of uncertainty about their work Our recommendation is to travel to legal locations where you can benefit from legitimate healers who operate above the radar, so you can truly relax on retreat.
  3. Size of the group: It's common for retreats to have 20, 50, even 100 people in ceremony, which can be chaotic to say the least. In such large groups you are less likely to receive a sufficient level of attention from the facilitators. Our recommendation is to choose a retreat with an intimate group, in the range of 8-15 people.
  4. Length of the retreat: Shorter retreats feel rushed, do not support the cultivation of meaningful relationships, and can limit what can be achieved in time available. We recommend you spend at least a week for an ayahuasca retreat to give your mind, body, heart, and soul the attention it deserves.
  5. ‍‍Comfort: We recommend you choose a retreat where you are confident that you will be physically comfortable and have your own private bedroom to decompress and integrate, especially if this is your first time. Go for the full jungle mosquito immersion another time, your future self will thank you later.
  6. Alignment: Select a retreat that feels aligned with your values and allows your own subjective experience to unfold naturally. There are many different worldviews out there and having a different worldview pushed on you through the retreat may not be in your highest healing interests. This is also particularly relevant for first-timers.
  7. Holistic approach: Work with an organization that takes a holistic approach to working with plant medicine, and has options to support and guide your mental and emotional evolution alongside a retreat. If a provider implies that "medicine will solve all your problems", proceed with caution.
  8. Service: Select a retreat that you believe can meet your individual needs. Are you being treated as a human, or as participant #22 in their fourth retreat this month? 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.
  9. Booking process: Take the time to speak with the provider before finalizing your booking. If the provider does not have a screening process in place during the booking process anyone could be sitting next to you in ceremony. Some people are not in the right place to work with this powerful plant medicine, and it is the responsibility of the organizers to ensure that only people who can handle ayahuasca are accepted onto the retreat.
  10. Expertise: Find an organization that emphasizes healing, and you believe has the breadth and depth of expertise to guide your transformation. Look for facilitators and healers who have a lightness of being and a sparkle in their eyes. Healing work is all about the transmutation of energy, so you are looking for people who have the energy you aspire to. If they aren't able to keep their energy right, that tells you quite a bit about either where they are at and their capabilities.
  11. Reputation: At a minimum, Google the provider, you may be surprised by what you find. If there's not much information, that is also information. A reputable retreat center will have a professional online presence with testimonials from previous retreat attendees. This is essential for you to see that they are a legitimate organization who you can trust to contain this powerful experience.
  12. Volunteers: Please support ethical plant medicine work by selecting an organization that pay their team. 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 lives , they're not going to be able to lead you to yours. Don't be shy to ask this question directly when you speak to prospective centers.


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There's something special about Sweden. Maybe it's the stunning scenery, the welcoming people, or the fact that it's a great place to unwind and relax. Unfortunately, Sweden is not a place where you can are currently able to go to an ayahuasca retreat legally. The reason for this is that ayahuasca is currently illegal in Sweden.

Because of this, the focus of this article is on countries where ayahuasca is legal. This is a far better way to experience this plant medicine, as while there are retreats that exist that flaunt local laws, this may result in a sub-par ayahuasca experience.

If you're not familiar with ayahuasca, it's a powerful psychedelic plant medicine that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for healing and spiritual purposes. In recent years, ayahuasca has become popular among westerners as a way to heal from trauma, boost creativity, and connect with nature on a deeper level.

If you are looking for a powerful spiritual experience, ayahuasca may be right for you. Just be sure to do your research and go into the experience with an open mind.

5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In Sweden (Updated 2022)

1. Behold Retreats. Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal

Behold ayahuasca retreats is the best ayahuasca retreat for the perfect combination of luxurious facilities, modern amenities and traditional healing experience. With an ayahuasca retreat center in Portugal, powerful healing and spiritual awakening are within your grasp. Behold retreats specializes in participants of small groups and focus on the needs of the person. Their shaman team has combined decades of experience with the particular ayahuasca ceremony they facilitate here. With an additional retreat center in Costa Rica, options are available there to explore the unique history of this sacred plant medicine.


2. APL Journeys. Mexico and Spain.

APL Journeys ayahuasca retreat centers are the best ayahuasca retreat for that touch of real Amazonian healing experience. The trend here is on the integration of modern and traditional. Their psychotherapist, life coaches and traditional shaman make this ayahuasca ceremony a complete experience. Made famous by the Netflix documentary ‘The Last Shaman’ this ayahuasca retreat won’t fail to disappoint. With its many healing modalities, everything is on offer. Red Cross certified and catered towards new people, this 3-day spiritual retreat is amongst the best.

3. Sinchi Runa. Portugal.

Sinchi Runa ayahuasca retreats are the best ayahuasca retreat for a range and blend of various spiritual awakening practices. Ayahuasca ceremony, Ayurveda, yoga classes, you name it, its on offer to participants here. With 25 years of experience in ayahuasca, this spiritual retreat knows what they are doing. Participants can stay short term or long term. For those looking for healing or trauma work, this is the place to come. The approach here is customizing therapies to the individual participants. Expect to learn a lot about various natural plant medicine from their expert shaman.

4. Soltara Healing Center. Costa Rica and Peru.

Soltara ayahuasca retreat centers have the best ayahuasca retreat for those looking to experience the majesty of the Amazon. Located near the Gulf of Nicoya, this ayahuasca retreat center is immersed in nature. Participants in the ayahuasca ceremony can choose to stay in private or shared accommodation options. They have ayahuasca retreat centers in Costa Rica and Peru. Their Peruvian Shipibo healer made the 3-day ayahuasca ceremony an authentic experience. With a mix of traditional and western, integration with yoga classes and catering to small groups, this ayahuasca retreat center covers all bases.

5. Gaia Sagrada. Ecuador.

Gaia Sagrada ayahuasca retreats have the best ayahuasca retreat center in Ecuador. Their Ecuadorian shaman gives participants all the knowledge of sacred plant medicine of the region. The keyword here is sacred. Spirituality is the focus, and a profound healing experience and spiritual awakening is promised. The name of this ayahuasca retreat means Mother Earth, and mother ayahuasca is revered here. This healing retreat is in harmony with nature. Participants in the ayahuasca retreat can also take advantage of the proximity to pristine mountain and forest hiking. Getting in touch with nature and self, the ayahuasca ceremony and facilities provide perfect healing connection.

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