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prepare for your ayahuasca retreat

Embarking on an Ayahuasca retreat is more than just a travel experience; it’s a profound, transformative journey that can lead to significant personal growth, healing, and expansion of consciousness. This ancient shamanic practice has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for spiritual and medicinal purposes. Today, it continues to attract those seeking deeper spiritual experiences, emotional healing, and a greater understanding of themselves and the universe.

Whether you’re new to shamanic practices or have previous experience, proper preparation is crucial to making the most of your retreat. The process of getting ready isn’t just about packing your bags; it’s about preparing your mind, body, and spirit for the journey ahead. In this blog post, we introduce 10 essential tips to help you prepare effectively for your Ayahuasca retreat, ensuring you enter this sacred space with openness, readiness, and respect.

1. Adopt a clean diet

In the weeks leading up to your retreat, aim to reduce your consumption of processed and fermented foods, and red meat, instead embrace a diet rich in natural, whole foods. Cut down on stimulants like coffee and eliminate alcohol and recreational drugs, such as weed, at least a week before your retreat begins.

Note that: If you have received a diet guidance from the retreat Center, follow their instructions.

2. Engage in stress-reducing activities

To balance your nervous system, integrate activities that promote relaxation and mindfulness into your daily routine. Practices like meditation, journaling, and deep breathing exercises, help you enter the retreat with a calm and open mind. Even though it may be difficult to introduce it into your work routine, start to dedicate at least 5 to 10 minutes a day. This is important not only as a preparation to build a core, but also as a starting point for the work with the ancient remedies.

3. Connect with your body

Physical activities like yoga, sports, dancing and walk in the nature are perfect tools to connect with your body, to move, release some tensions and energies.

Remember the body is the temple of your spiritual being.

4. Inform about your health status

If you’re taking medication, especially SSRIs or antidepressants, inform the retreat team well in advance. They can guide you on how to proceed safely. Additionally, share your medical history, including any major surgeries, injuries,  disease or mental health diagnoses, to ensure a safe and supportive environment. At our center, you can consult with our specialist doctor, who will provide you with a detailed procedure to follow.

5. Set clear intentions

Before your retreat, take time to reflect on what you hope to gain from the experience. Setting clear intentions can bring more clarity and purpose to your journey. However, be mindful not to create rigid expectations. Stay open to receiving whatever the experience offers for your personal growth.

The ayahuasca always gives you what you really need in this moment, not what you think you need.

6. Observe your thinking pattern

When the dates of the retreats get close, it is common that your mind starts to produce resistance, thoughts, doubts and fears about the decision that you took. It is a normal mechanism when your are facing a transformation moment in your life, we recommend staying present, bringing consciousness and observing what is happening within you and you can contact our team to have guidance on this point.

Remember: the retreat starts the moment you take the decision to participate.

7. Reduce useless information

It is important to be mindful about the information that we let in before our retreat, as they can condition our experience. Reduce all the useless information received from social media, tv and conversations.

The more space you create, the more space has the Ayahuasca to enter.

8. Prepare logistically

Pack comfortable clothing suitable for the retreat’s location and climate and a red flash light. Check if you need any visas or vaccinations, especially if you’re traveling to South America. Bringing a notebook for journaling can be invaluable for recording your experiences and insights during the retreat. Take care of all the responsibilities details, such as finances, business, emails, bills, animals, kids, etc… so you don’t have to think about it during your retreat.

9. Organize for post-retreat integration

Ensure you have some time set aside before returning to work and daily routines after the retreat. This period is crucial for integrating the insights and transformations gained during your journey. Real growth happens when you apply these understandings into your everyday life, allowing the retreat’s benefits to unfold fully. We are always happy to hear from you and accompany you after your retreat, stay in touch.

10. Stay open and trust the process

While it’s good to follow these recommendations, remember that the best preparation is to stay open and relaxed. Avoid over-preparing or immersing yourself in others’ experiences, as your journey will be unique.

The Ayahuasca welcome you as you are! 

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be super precise to prepare for your Ayahuasca retreat. By approaching your retreat with openness, awareness, and a sense of trust, you’ll be better prepared to receive the profound benefits of the medicine.