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
Preparation decreases the possibility of difficult experiences and intense purging during ceremony. Adhering to a pre-arrival diet also 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.
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. An honest and accurate health disclosure 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. 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.
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. meditation or hiking.
A retreat is most beneficial when participants approach it with clear intentions and an open heart. The attitude you bring may be the strongest factor in determining the degree to which you’ll benefit.