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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:
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.
They say that Ayahuasca finds you when you're ready, so it's no coincidence that you're here reading this. Your relationship with Ayahuasca begins the moment you start following your curiousity, doing your research, and hearing those sweet butterflies in your chest that whisper, "yes!" You might even be ready to start reaching out to retreat centers. The question is, who will open the door for you when you finally make the commitment?
This is a question that deserves careful attention, one whose answer will depend greatly on your intention for joining an ayahuasca retreat in the first place. What are you seeking?
Maybe you've been reading the positive effects of Ayahuasca and other forms of psychedelic therapy on trauma, grief, depression, or addiction.
Maybe you're tired of struggling with the inner blockages that keep you from reaching success in your relationships, personal life, and business.
Or maybe the financial success you've achieved hasn't actually brought you happiness, and you're looking for something more out of life.
Whatever your reason, you’ve probably already figured out that the conventional methods of healing can only bring us so far. Sometimes we need something a little (or a lot) more powerful; a catalyst to bring us to the next level of our evolution.
Gone are the days when a journey with the sacred shamanic plant medicine of Ayahuasca required a long excursion to the Amazon where a personal introduction to an experienced shaman or healer from an indigenous culture would be your only access point to a world of spiritual power, illumination, and infinite potentials for healing.
Only recently has this sacred Amazonian sacrament taken root in the consciousness of mainstream culture, with several clinical studies showing very promising results for a range of mental health issues.
Published research based upon 2,267 ceremonies has shown that ayahuasca:
All the benefits sound great, but is Ayahuasca even legal? This is where it gets interesting.
The truth? It depends.
DMT, the active psychoactive component in Ayahuasca, is technically a Schedule 1 drug and Federally illegal in most countries. The irony of DMT being illegal is that the human body produces DMT naturally in the lungs, liver, and pineal gland, so technically we're all breaking the law, but I digress...
For those willing to travel, Ayahuasca is legal or decriminalized in many countries in South America and Latin America, like Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico. For those in Europe, finding a retreat in Portugal, and the Netherlands, and Ireland are your best options.
For those looking for something closer to home, a handful of Ayahuasca retreat centers in the USA operate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a legal safeguard giving protection to ceremonies performed for religious purposes within the context and beliefs of that tradition. While the RFRA does give some protection to facilitators and guests, the majority of expert practitioners prefer to work underground outside of these limitations.
If you've done any amount of research into finding Ayahuasca retreats around the world, you've probably already noticed that Ayahuasca tourism is in full swing.
This is both a blessing and a curse.
On one hand, the healing that Ayahuasca offers humanity is much closer to your doorstep than it used to be, and that's a very important thing in a world with so much suffering and trauma. On the other hand, Ayahuasca has become a very lucrative business for many who don't have the proper training to safely facilitate a healing ceremony or Ayahuascaretreat. A poorly facilitated Ayahuasca retreat can result in injury, death, or more trauma than you walked in with. It's unfortunate, but it's a reality of the plant medicine world that should be taken into consideration when choosing a retreat.
Even for retreat centers that prioritize safety, most places still run large retreats with 30+ people, and neglect to provide you with the ever-so-important integration support.
Proper integration is the difference between "an Ayahuasca experience", and "an Ayahuasca experience that changed my life forever."
Behold Retreats is here to guide you to the right plant medicine ceremony, whether or not you decide to choose one of our retreats, we're here to help you choose the best ayahuasca retreat, provide info on preparation, integration, and educational resources.
We believe that psychedelics have the power to change the world by elevating human consciousness. We've also been in this space long enough to see where things can go wrong, so we're here to help you avoid some of the common mistakes.
Whatever you choose, make your decision with care, patience, and self respect. What you might save on the upfront retret cost might come back around in the form of a less-than-optimal experience. Remember, you're putting your consciousness in someone else's hands.
Behold Retreats is a very unique company in that they are not a singular retreat center, but an international, decentralized network of highly-qualified, carefully-vetted healers, doctors, therapists, coaches and retreat facilitators. Behold Retreats sets the standard for safe, legal, and transformative retreats with Ayahuasca, 5-MeO-DMT, and Psilocybin in idyllic locations around the world such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, and the Netherlands.
Retreats with Behold are never more than 8 people maximum, ensuring that you have plenty of 1 on 1 time with your facilitators and on-site therapists who are skilled in a range of healing modalities.
Each guests of Behold Retreats goes through a full medical screening from a licensed Medical Doctor trained in psychedelic preparation. You also receive multiple 1 on 1 conversations with our onboarding team, and an invitation into our 7-Week Coaching Program with one of our psychedelic integration coaches, someone who is fit to your personality and needs.
Get in touch with us for free consultation. We'll help you get clear on what you need, and which would be the best type of experience to fit your needs.
The Temple of the Way of Light is a pioneering plant medicine healing center in the Peruvian Amazon that has facilitated safe ayahuasca healing retreats for thousands of guests from more than 30 countries since our foundation in March 2007. Offering a synthesis of ancient Shipibo (the indigenous people Peru) of healingtraditions and modern and Eastern integrative practices, the Temple is proud to be known as the safest and one of the most respected and long-established master plant shamanism centers in the Amazon Rainforest.
Through meticulous planning and experience with thousands of guests, the Temple has developed many tailored spiritual retreat programs in our beautiful jungle setting, about two hours by boat and track from the Peruvian city of Iquitos.
Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center provides a safe, nurturing and natural environment for growth and fellowship, introducing you to authentic Ayahuasca shamans and San Pedro shamans through Ayahuasca retreat and San Pedroceremony. They facilitate an enjoyable and safe psychedelic experience for all participants.
Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center is nestled in a small community called Llayzhatan (Yay-zat-an) in the Andes Mountains, very close to Jadan (Ha-dan) which means "Close to Heaven." What a perfect place for exploring ayahuascaretreats and San Pedro retreats with authentic Ecuadorian shamans! Ecuador is quickly becoming a new destination for ayahuasca retreats in South America.
Soltara is one of the most reputable ayahuasca retreat centers in Latin America. Their mission is to bridge this gap between head and heart for those who seek it. The work with both indigenous shaman and most western-based practitioners. "We are honored to serve medicine in a traditional ayahuasca ceremony, empower our guests with knowledge and tools to continue their journey back home, raise cultural awareness, and continue our cherished duty as stewards and caretakers of our Earth. We feel that by engaging in this healing work, aligning our past experiences and future actions with deep meaning and purpose, we can become true beacons of light and affect positive change in our lives and our world." The have a great reputation for working with this sacred medicine.
Inner-Journey is a great option for a healing retreat in Europe. They offer professional guidance with Ayahuascaceremonies for personal development, spiritual growth, emotional and physical healing. An inner journey can help you to make contact with your inner wisdom in order to get to the heart of a problem. For example, physical complaints, addiction problems, depression, anxiety, grief processing and post-traumatic stress disorder.
An inner journey can give you insight into spiritual development, awareness, personal growth, healing of traumas and life issues, through which you come into contact with yourself again.
Xochipilli Retreat Center located in a tranquil jungle oasis in Cancun, Quintana Roo. Surrounded by lush gardens, the center offers an on site kitchen where each meal is prepared from scratch with local fresh ingredients. The beautiful accommodations offer a working space with free wifi to journal your experiences at retreat. The grounds offer a private garden and refreshing pool available all day. After the onsite temazcal and kambo sessions, Enjoy spending time in the hammocks under the palms.
Just like in the UK, Ayahuasca ceremonies are currently illegal in Ireland. However, law enforcement seems to be slightly less strict here, and because of this, you are naturally more likely to find an Ayahuasca center here than in the UK. This is especially true when searching online.
One such Irish retreat center is Ayayni. The center's appeal already begins with its name: the combination of the words 'Ayahuasca' and 'Ayni'. Ayni refers to a natural giving between ourselves and mother Nature; a profound, reciprocal exchange.
It is believed that through the act of Ayni, you can reconnect with your truth and live a more authentic and fulfilling life. In turn, a union of humanity and true awakening is possible. This is also what the center aims to facilitate.
Ayayni Shamanic Retreats has various venues, and they hold retreats in Ireland, Mallorca, and Colombia.
Joanna Shilson is Ayayni's founder, and the team consists of expert shamanic therapists, plant specialists, and medicine musicians. Every single staff member has a unique quality or talent, but what they all have in common is that they are fully devoted to the expansion of human consciousness.
For information on dates, locations, and prices of their retreats, you can either send them a message or request to join their Facebook group.
Located 100km from both the Alicante and Valencia airport, in "Be Free" retreat centers, you will find this sunny and nature immersed ayahuasca retreat center. The ayahuasca ceremonies will be performed with a therapeutic yet traditional approach with accompanying live music.
For those who wish to deepen their healing experience, they offer Kambo ceremonies and rapé which help with the cleansing process. They offer vegan/vegetarian dishes during their three and five day retreats, with two or three ayahuascaceremonies respectively.
The center lies on a 10,000 m2 piece of land that offers a large relaxation area, yoga studio, art exhibitions, barbecue and stone oven, a large swimming pool, and a large house with three floors.
And nothing says fresh local food more than enjoying their vegetable garden and 5000m2 orange garden. Fresh OJ is to be expected.
Ayahuasca Retreat Canada - Montreal
Céu do Montréal is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization that receives all of its funding via a donation-based system. Like all of the government-sanctioned ayahuasca retreat centers on this list, all ceremonies are conducted on a strict members-only basis. Anyone wishing to partake in the experience of an ayahuasca tea ceremony must first be accepted into the organization and must also adhere to the core religious values.
Céu do Montréal holds regular information evenings every three months, which every potential new recruit must first attend. Due to concerns over Covid, the recruitment process is temporary on hold. However, they do expect to start taking on new applications in the near future. Contact them via their website for further details.
As a single sacrament church, every retreat participant is required to abstain from all other mood-altering substances prior to and during the ceremony. Additionally, a strict ayahuasca diet is also provided.
If you don't want to travel to Central America, Soul Quest retreat center is a great option. Soul Quest was founded by medicine man Chris Young, who left the medical industry after seeing the negative consequences of the pharmaceutical industry, and Verena Young, an integration coach who is finishing her PhD, certified in Spiritual Counseling and Addiction Recovery and Psycho-Spiritual Integration Coaching.
Their team consists of traditional medicine men and woman, integration coaches, and doctors.
Accommodation ranges from sleeping in the ceremonial space or camping if you want to stay connected with Mother Earth, to higher-end options in private cabins or lodges. They even have a family cabin for larger groups.
Church members can enjoy a sacred smoke cleanse ceremony around a fire pit, join group integration circles, and participate in a sound meditation to get more out of their ayahuasca journey.
Soul Quest church also has been a leader in providing preparation and integration coaching for the last 10 years, helping you feel fully prepared for your journey into a deep healing experience with mother ayahuasca. Their approach is holistic and includes ways to prepare your body, mind, and soul for the experience, tools to navigate and ground yourself during the journey, and methods to overcome challenges.
After the journey, you can feel supported by their coaches who will help make sense of your insights and lessons, and help you integrate this experience and spiritual awakening into your life in a lasting way.
Whether its your first time, or just looking for a change, who you choose to serve you medicine is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Read reviews and testimonials. Talk to people about their experience with the retreat center you're thinking about visiting. Even among the best options out there, there is still so much variety in facilitation style, accommodation, and support, so it's really all about choosing the option that fits your needs and preferences.
We would be honored to guide you in choosing the best retreat for your needs. Behold Retreats coordinates expertly guided retreats with Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, and 5-MeO-DMT (Bufo Alvarius) with highly experienced facilitators. Reach out to us to set up a complimentary discovery call so we can point you in the right direction.
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