5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In South Africa (Updated 2022)

August 4, 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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‍Looking for a little more guidance for one of the most important decisions of your life? Watch this video.

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Ayahuasca Vine, often called the Mother Plant, is one of the most sought-after plant medicines, coming from the Amazon region of South America.  It was used in a traditional shamanic ceremony to induce profound healing and a spiritual awakening, and is now recognized as being one of the most powerful alternative therapies to Western medicine.

Ayahuasca is not currently legalized in South Africa, but retreats have been growing rapidly among countries where it is decriminalized, as well as those with  legal “gray areas”.  Costa Rica, Portugal, and many South American countries have well-established retreat centers, and taking a trip to any of these locations would give you the most certain options for an ayahuasca retreat with a focus on catering to your needs.

Here is a list of ayahuasca and plant medicine retreat centers that will be sure to get you on the right path to booking your next spiritual retreat with ease and clarity.

1. Behold Retreats - Costa Rica, Portugal, Mexico, Netherlands

This is one of the best ayahuasca retreat center options for those seeking a professional setting with a mix of homeopathic and Western medicine healing modalities.  Behold Retreats has beautiful locations set aside for each group of participants, with beachfront villas and tropical rainforest centers.  Each ayahuasca ceremony is limited to small groups, allowing for more personalized and intimate ayahuasca journeys, with an emphasis on client security and care.

Each ceremony is led by experienced facilitators and offers consultation beforehand, to ensure you are getting the support you need for each retreat.  This is an opportunity for healing of all kinds, with everything from dealing with past trauma to enhancing your spiritual practice to augmenting lifestyle changes as the focus.

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2 Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica, Peru

With a beautiful retreat center located in the mountains of Costa Rica or Peru, Soltara Healing Center is committed to offering clients a luxurious and life-changing experience during each spiritual retreat.  Plant medicine is becoming more and more prominent as a powerful alternative to Western treatments, with a focus on the inner workings of your psyche, as opposed to simply addressing the symptoms.  Retreats are centered around the personal growth of all participants, and range from 5 to 12 days.

This treatment center combines the knowledge of indigenous shamans and Western psychologists, with a team of trained staff from the Shipibo healers of South America.  Ayahuasca is one of the most powerful healing modalities, and anyone interested in pursuing this ayahuasca journey should consider carefully the legitimacy and professionalism of the retreat center they choose.  Soltara Healing Center is a good choice, when taking these things into account.

3 Spirit Vine - Brazil

This ayahuasca retreat center is founded in Brazil, the homeland of the Amazon rainforest where the ayahuasca vine originates from.  Spirit Vine was created to assist participants in their journey to inner healing, with a team of dedicated facilitators from experienced backgrounds leading clients in preparation for each ayahuasca ceremony, with diet regulation and stays of a week or longer.

Spirit Vine believes strongly that ayahuasca, which has been used by shaman cultures for millenia, has healing properties that are much more than a hallucinatory drug to be used for fun in parties.  This retreat center gives participants the opportunity to experience a traditional shamanic ceremony, after dark in the midst of the Amazon, with all the atmosphere of the ancient Mother Ayahuasca journey.

4 Lighthouse Retreats - Portugal

This retreat center is situated in the Douro Valley, in a truly inspiring environment that focuses on the beauty of nature, with an orchard of 40 fruit trees, gardens and forests, and is designed to instill a calming scenario in all participants.  WIth nearby access to the Douro River and its leisure spots, and opportunities for clients to work with various plant medicines, such as the San Pedro cactus, cacao and psilocybin, this retreat is a great place to get in touch with your inner self, and enjoy the journey.

5 Amoraleza - Spain

This is a non-profit organization created by a community of people who want to share the profound healing of ayahuasca.  With a close-knit group of facilitators with over 15 years of experience, Amoraleza has been guiding participants through spiritual journeys on private land they cultivated and developed for this purpose.

Retreats are from 1-5 days, with an emphasis on closeness to nature, providing yurts and cabins for clients, and vegan meals that are made with dietary restrictions, to enhance the ayahuasca plant medicine experience.  Combining the spiritual traditions of many shamanic cultures, with native music and ceremonies, this retreat center believes strongly in what they do, and have glowing reviews from previous guests.

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5 Best Ayahuasca Retreats In South Africa (Updated 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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‍Looking for a little more guidance for one of the most important decisions of your life? Watch this video.

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Ayahuasca Vine, often called the Mother Plant, is one of the most sought-after plant medicines, coming from the Amazon region of South America.  It was used in a traditional shamanic ceremony to induce profound healing and a spiritual awakening, and is now recognized as being one of the most powerful alternative therapies to Western medicine.

Ayahuasca is not currently legalized in South Africa, but retreats have been growing rapidly among countries where it is decriminalized, as well as those with  legal “gray areas”.  Costa Rica, Portugal, and many South American countries have well-established retreat centers, and taking a trip to any of these locations would give you the most certain options for an ayahuasca retreat with a focus on catering to your needs.

Here is a list of ayahuasca and plant medicine retreat centers that will be sure to get you on the right path to booking your next spiritual retreat with ease and clarity.

1. Behold Retreats - Costa Rica, Portugal, Mexico, Netherlands

This is one of the best ayahuasca retreat center options for those seeking a professional setting with a mix of homeopathic and Western medicine healing modalities.  Behold Retreats has beautiful locations set aside for each group of participants, with beachfront villas and tropical rainforest centers.  Each ayahuasca ceremony is limited to small groups, allowing for more personalized and intimate ayahuasca journeys, with an emphasis on client security and care.

Each ceremony is led by experienced facilitators and offers consultation beforehand, to ensure you are getting the support you need for each retreat.  This is an opportunity for healing of all kinds, with everything from dealing with past trauma to enhancing your spiritual practice to augmenting lifestyle changes as the focus.

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2 Soltara Healing Center - Costa Rica, Peru

With a beautiful retreat center located in the mountains of Costa Rica or Peru, Soltara Healing Center is committed to offering clients a luxurious and life-changing experience during each spiritual retreat.  Plant medicine is becoming more and more prominent as a powerful alternative to Western treatments, with a focus on the inner workings of your psyche, as opposed to simply addressing the symptoms.  Retreats are centered around the personal growth of all participants, and range from 5 to 12 days.

This treatment center combines the knowledge of indigenous shamans and Western psychologists, with a team of trained staff from the Shipibo healers of South America.  Ayahuasca is one of the most powerful healing modalities, and anyone interested in pursuing this ayahuasca journey should consider carefully the legitimacy and professionalism of the retreat center they choose.  Soltara Healing Center is a good choice, when taking these things into account.

3 Spirit Vine - Brazil

This ayahuasca retreat center is founded in Brazil, the homeland of the Amazon rainforest where the ayahuasca vine originates from.  Spirit Vine was created to assist participants in their journey to inner healing, with a team of dedicated facilitators from experienced backgrounds leading clients in preparation for each ayahuasca ceremony, with diet regulation and stays of a week or longer.

Spirit Vine believes strongly that ayahuasca, which has been used by shaman cultures for millenia, has healing properties that are much more than a hallucinatory drug to be used for fun in parties.  This retreat center gives participants the opportunity to experience a traditional shamanic ceremony, after dark in the midst of the Amazon, with all the atmosphere of the ancient Mother Ayahuasca journey.

4 Lighthouse Retreats - Portugal

This retreat center is situated in the Douro Valley, in a truly inspiring environment that focuses on the beauty of nature, with an orchard of 40 fruit trees, gardens and forests, and is designed to instill a calming scenario in all participants.  WIth nearby access to the Douro River and its leisure spots, and opportunities for clients to work with various plant medicines, such as the San Pedro cactus, cacao and psilocybin, this retreat is a great place to get in touch with your inner self, and enjoy the journey.

5 Amoraleza - Spain

This is a non-profit organization created by a community of people who want to share the profound healing of ayahuasca.  With a close-knit group of facilitators with over 15 years of experience, Amoraleza has been guiding participants through spiritual journeys on private land they cultivated and developed for this purpose.

Retreats are from 1-5 days, with an emphasis on closeness to nature, providing yurts and cabins for clients, and vegan meals that are made with dietary restrictions, to enhance the ayahuasca plant medicine experience.  Combining the spiritual traditions of many shamanic cultures, with native music and ceremonies, this retreat center believes strongly in what they do, and have glowing reviews from previous guests.

The World is Changing. Are You?

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and transformative plant medicine retreats.

Ready to heal, find peace, and live your purpose?

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