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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats in Ontario (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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Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic compound that has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for spiritual and ceremonial purposes. In recent years, ayahuasca tourism has become increasingly popular, with people travelling from all over the world to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies.

While there are many legitimate ayahuasca retreat centres around the world, there are also many that operate without proper legal permission. This means that they may not follow safety guidelines or provide adequate medical care.

There have been several reports of people becoming seriously ill or even dying after drinking ayahuasca at unlicensed retreat centres. For this reason, it is extremely important to do your research and only participate in ayahuasca ceremonies at reputable and legal retreat centres.

If you are considering participating in an ayahuasca ceremony, Ontario is not the place to do it. Ayahuasca is not legal in Canada, and there are no licensed retreat centres operating in the province.

If you choose to participate in an ayahuasca ceremony, you will need to travel to another country where it is legal. There are many reputable retreat centres operating in Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil.

Before you book a trip to an ayahuasca retreat centre, make sure to do your research. Read reviews from other participants, and contact the centre directly to ask any questions you have.

5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats in Ontario (Updated 2022)

1 Behold Retreats - Costa Rica, Mexico

For any person interested in a healing retreat with a focus on plant medicine, Behold Retreats might be exactly what they’re looking for. For the best ayahuasca retreat location, a beautiful beachfront villa in Costa Rica seems difficult to top. A personalized ayahuasca ceremony led by a traditional shaman is an experience that can provide profound healing from past trauma or any other issues that may be difficult to address by Western medicine alone.

Participants at any ayahuasca retreat center of Behold Retreats are given the option of small intimate group ceremonies or a private ayahuasca ceremony, with an emphasis on personal comfort, with other healing modalities like yoga classes and meditation available. The journey begins with you and ends with you. This company works hard to emphasize each participant’s healing experience.


2 Origen Sagrada - Colorado, USA

This ayahuasca retreat center has a focus on performing the traditional ayahuasca ceremony with facilitators native to the Colombian Amazon tribes of South America. The shamanic ceremony using ayahuasca is an ancient tradition, and each healer from this retreat center believes strongly in helping the participants reconnect to Mother Earth and the powerful healing that comes from doing so.

If you are looking for a basic introduction to the ayahuasca vine and a spiritual retreat in nature, contact Origen Sagrada and find the perfect time to visit the mountains and get in touch with Mother Ayahuasca, and see what experiences the master plant can unlock for you.

3 Ayahuasca Spirit Healing Center - Spain

This beautiful retreat center has a native Peruvian shaman as its facilitator, with over 25 years of experience in leading clients on the ayahuasca journey. Ayahuasca has been recognized as one of the most powerful forms of plant medicine. For those seeking a spiritual awakening, or looking to enhance their healing process from other issues, an ayahuasca retreat center is an excellent opportunity to have this experience in a safe and pleasant environment.

Each ayahuasca ceremony is limited to 11 people, so that the participants can get personalized attention, and accommodations can be made to bring each member directly from the airport to the retreat center with no hassle.

4 APL Journeys - Peru, Spain, Portugal

For those seeking very close attention and care during a stay at an ayahuasca retreat center, APL Journeys is a good match, with 6-day retreats. Participants will have daily conversations with the master shaman, as well as flower baths before each ayahuasca ceremony.  The facilitators all have Red Cross certifications, and 15% of proceeds go to supporting traditional shaman communities in the Amazon, showing the close link between this ayahuasca retreat and the native background which it stems from.

5 Lighthouse Retreats - Portugal

Located 50km from Porto, Spain, this ayahuasca retreat center is beautiful and is ordained with fruit trees. Participants can enjoy other healing modalities during their stay, such as meditation and yoga classes. The retreat center has a vineyard, a spring water pool, and various other activities that make this a wonderful place to have a spiritual retreat individually or with loved ones. The team of facilitators have worked together for many years, leading thousands of participants through each traditional ayahuasca ceremony. They love their work.

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