How to Prepare for a Plant Medicine Retreat?
We recommend avoiding the following foods for a minimum of 5 days prior to your arrival. The longer you avoid, the better:
- Fermented, aged, or pickled foods (miso, yeast, tofu, tamari, soy sauce, sauerkraut, etc.)
- Heavy meats (especially pork)
- Dairy products
- Overly ripe fruits
- Vitamins, supplements, and protein drinks
- Spicy and fried foods
- Limit: salt, oils, processed sugars and caffeine
Proper physical preparation decreases the possibility of difficult experiences and intense purging during ceremony. Furthermore, adhering to a pre-arrival diet demonstrates your commitment and helps solidify your intention.
What Foods can I eat to Prepare for an Ayahuasca Ceremony?
Fresh, natural, non-processed foods with a high ratio of vegetables and fruit is the best way to prepare. The simplest approach is to eat a light vegetarian diet. Legumes, brown-rice, quinoa, oats, and lentils are good options. Eat organic whenever possible and drink lots of water. If you eat meat, chicken and fish are preferred.
What about Prescription Medications and Ayahuasca?
Many medications, especially MAO Inhibitors and SSRI antidepressants, can be dangerous when combined with ayahuasca. Refer to our ayahuasca medical safety page for a full list of supplements and medications that are not compatible with ayahuasca.
Please consult your doctor prior to stopping your prescription medication regimen. Advise us of any medications you’re taking, or have taken in the past. Full disclosure of mental and physical health is required. We’ll work with you to determine the safest way to begin your journey.
How to Mentally Prepare for an Ayahuasca Retreat?
Another prerequisite to effectively work with plant medicines is the detoxification of one’s mind: of limiting thoughts, beliefs, and fears. Throughout our lives we’ve inherited belief systems from our families, cultures, governments, religions, education, media, and other sources — sometimes these beliefs are supportive of our development — oftentimes they’re not.
Before retreat, we recommend limiting the amount of time spent consuming media, such as television, movies, internet, facebook, etc. We suggest spending as much time in solitude and in nature before, during, and after working with plant medicine, as nature has a way of re-harmonizing and re-balancing the energies of the body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Furthrmore, a plant medicine retreat is most beneficial when the participant approaches it with clear intentions and an open heart and mind. The attitude you bring is the strongest factor in determining the degree to which you’ll benefit.
We suggest that you release all expectations and be honest with yourself about your motivation for working with ayahuasca. Take time to formulate an intention, or intentions. If possible, exercise and engage in mind-body practices such as yoga and meditation to help relax the body and quiet the mind. Commitment and self-control are required to maximize ayahuasca’s beneficial properties.
What to Pack on your Retreat?
We’re located in a remote area of the Amazon and encourage you to bring everything you’ll need for the duration of your stay.
The following are some suggestions on what to pack for your ayahuasca retreat. Please bring whatever you feel necessary; we’ll help transport your bags.
- Lightweight T-Shirts and Shorts
- Long Sleeve Shirts
- Comfortable Pants and Sweater
- Light Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Comfortable Closed-Toe Shoes
- Undergarments and Socks
- Small Backpack
- Water Bottle
- Natural Sunscreen
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Natural Bug Repellent (citronella/lemongrass/cedar aromatherapy oils)
- Dental Care Items (Fluoride-free toothpaste)
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Soap and Shampoo
*All toiletries must be chemical free and environmentally friendly. Absolutely no chemical products are to be used for bathing or hygiene.
- Flashlight and Headlamp
- Extra Batteries
- Zip-lock Bags to protect belongings from humidity
- A Personal Item of strength for ceremony (pendant, crystal, etc.)
- Notebook and pen (i.e. Journal)
- Journal and Pens
- Art supplies
- Musical Instrument
- Books (We ask guests to contribute a book to our library)
We supply all guests clean towels, pillows and linens. We have blankets and mats for use during yoga classes and ayahuasca ceremonies. We provide clean drinking water in all rooms and in the main maloka. We’re completely off the grid and have no internet or fixed telephone line; however, we have electricity through a generator and solar panels. Our staff does make frequent trips to the city of Riberalta and can pick up personal items when/if needed.
* Please contact us for more information on how to prepare for your ayahuasca retreat.