What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca, the Mother of all things, is a spirit that can help reveal the wisdom of the Universe through opening new levels of perception of the inner and outer worlds.
This plant teacher comes to us as a brew derived from sacred Amazonian plants. The Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) offers the connection to the spirit world, and is always used. Plants such as chagropanga (Psychotria viridis) or
chaliponga (Dyplocteris cabreyana) are used to promote vivid visions, and vary depending on where the ayahuasca is brewed.
The Ayahuasca I offer sometime I are myself from the Asian Acacia, sometime I use Santo Daime Church brew and sometimes I use the Shipibo people brew.
The liquid itself contains energies of all the elements that compose our body and the world around us: earth, water, fire, air – as well as the light and energy of the soul. As a magic ‘wine of the soul’ this universal medicine balances energies and fills in any deficiencies. It is considered an essence of pure nature, recommended for those born and living in cities.
Why is Ayahausca consumed in ceremony?
Ayahuasca is a powerful ethnobotanical medicine. We consume it in a Sacred Space that respects its power to facilitate healing and
Our ayahuasca ceremonies are designed for westerners, to facilitate learning and healing in the western world. The medicine is open for anyone to experience, and connects particularly well with practices of mindfulness, meditation and yoga.
What will you experience?
Your ayahuasca experience will be as unique as your own life’s journey. You might receive deeper knowledge about yourself, unblock barriers in your life path, receive insight toward physical healing, reconnect with your ancestors, or expand your consciousness of the universe and nature of creation.
How the medicine works in you will depend on your body, your life journey, and the energies you and others bring into Sacred Space.
While experiences vary, everyone who comes to the medicine leaves transformed. Ayahuasca has the potential to deeply shift your
perspective, enrich your life, and unlock the power to generate physical and emotional well-being, allowing you to emerge healthier, more loving, and in harmony with others and the world around you.
When you are under the effect of the medicine you do not loose consciousness nor reasoning ability. It does much the opposite, expanding your perceptions to include new dimensions of the physical world, as well asthe spiritual and energetic worlds inside and around you. The medicine tends to intensify preexisting visions, thoughts and feelings – allowing hidden aspects
to be revealed during the session.
These are some benefits that people have described:
* Dissolved emotional blockages
* Profound feelings of peace with one`s own past
* Mental and emotional clarity
* Healing from various physical ilnesses and health problems
such as insomnia
* Reduced stress
* Revealed path to a more meaningfull, happy and harmonious
* Enhanced openness towards spirituality
* Improvements in interpersonal relationships
Ceremonies are conducted in small groups to allow a subtle, soft, and intimate experience with this transformative medicine. This allows the opportunity to provide individual care and focus to each person in the
group. I offer 3 main kinds of ayahuasca ceremonies:
* Daytime outdoor experiences offer a great opportunity to connect with nature and last about 2 hours.
* Evening ceremonies generally take between 3 to 6 hours, depending on the individual processes.
* Fire ceremonies take between 4-6 hours. The intensity and spirit of the fire give these ceremonies a distinctive resonance.
We will have a short chat a few days before the ceremony to clarify your intentions for the journey, answer any questions, and address fears or doubts.
Preparing for the Medicine
Purifying the body is part of your preparation to enter Sacred Space in the manner most respectful to the power of this medicine. This will help to mitigate possible unpleasant aspects of your journey and allow the ayahuasca to best work its healing magic.
For the medicine to offer its best gift the preparation is very important and should start 3 to 5 days before the retreat:
* No Drugs, Alcohol, or Marijuana – marjuana should be stopped at least 6 months before the ceremony, as its effects tend to block the visions and work of ayahuasca medicine. If you have difficulty with this, please contact me and we discuss possible cleansing solutions.
* Suspend Certain Medications – particularly those that affect mental processes, such as anti-depressant medications.
If you have questions whether or not to continue a particular medication, please contact me.
Women that have their menstrual period are allowed to participate after the third day after the period is over.
If you had never had experience with a plant teacher such as ayahuasca, san pedro, peyote, etc. it is advisable to purge before your
experience. See here for details on the northern Amazonian tradition of purging with tobacco.
After the Ceremony
If possible, allow yourself at least 3 days to reintegrate what you have experienced into your day-to-day life. You are likely to be very sensitive and open after your journey, so be gentle with yourself. Do your best to avoid stress and create a healing, quiet space where you can get plenty of rest, good sleep, healthy food and time in nature.
The medicine will stay in your body for 6-9 months after the ceremony, and will continue to offer lessons for at least this long. Unless you are doing ayahuasca in the context of an extended retreat, wait at least 2 weeks before doing another ceremony.
You should not participate in an ayahuasca ceremony if you have any of the following conditions:
* A chronic heart condition or hypertension
* Schizophrenia or other serious mental illness
* Frequent ongoing use of recreational drugs
You should also not participate if you are in the first
trimester of pregnancy.
Most importantly, you should come to the medicine with respect and reverence. Please choose another psychedelic substance if you are considering using ayahausca as a recreational experience. This medicine has its own wisdom. If you wish it to treat your body and mind with kindness and respect, you must come to it reverently and responsibly.
Explanation of how Ayahuasca can speed up the proces of transformation, in combination with a regular meditation practise. It’s not about the visions or processes… but about discovering that that is never born, and will never die.
A 10 Minute summary on Ayahuasca Research –https://vimeo.com/39251248
The Jungle Prescription – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vKZMj_pwQg
Ayahuasca: Vine of the Soul –https://www.youtube.com/user/vineofthesoulfilm
Books on Ayahuasca: