PREPARATION FOR AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES
- Avoid street drugs (including marijuana) for at least 2 weeks prior to your first ceremony. Longer is even more beneficial.
- Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 3 days prior to your first ceremony.
- Avoid sexual contact 3 days prior to your first ceremony.
- Many medications and supplements, including but not limited to MAO inhibiting medications, SSRIs, and/or anti-depressants (including St John’s Wort), and other medications do not mix well with ayahuasca and pose a serious health risk or may even be fatal if taken in conjunction with ayahuasca. Please consult your doctor about stopping medications. A period of six to seven weeks without medications or supplements is required before attending your first ceremony. If you are unsure, we can talk directly with you about your medications and advise how much time is needed. Discussions about your current or past medical history are completely confidential.
- Foods with MAOI inhibitors should be avoided at least 24 hours prior to your first ceremony. These foods include: fermented or non-fresh foods, as they may contain tyramine, which may cause negative health effects if combined with MAOI. Additionally, cheese, miso – fermented soya beans, sauerkraut, pickled foods, soy sauce or tamari, ginseng, protein extracts (avoid liquid and powdered dietary supplements), non-fresh meat or fish, smoked meat, shrimp paste, yeast/brewers yeast and dietary supplements containing yeast (yeast used in baking is safe), and dried fruit.
- In the weeks prior to your retreat, eat a healthy diet. This means avoiding fried or processed foods, sweets, pork, and heavy oils. If possible we also recommend avoiding Avocado, dairy, processed sugar, hot spices, caffeine, preservatives, onions and garlic and fermented foods.
- A physical and or spiritual practice such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation. These practices focus the mind and direct energies, which can be helpful during ceremony. That said, these practices are by no means required.
Use of Electronics
- You will be required to remit any electronic communication devices you might have brought with you. These will be returned at the end of the retreat. Any guest found using an electronic communication device during the retreat is at risk of expulsion and forfeiture of retreat costs.
Things to Bring Specifically for Ceremony
- Flashlight. A headlamp works fine in ceremony and is a great multi-use tool. Keep in mind that you probably won’t want to wear a headlamp during the entire ceremony. Many people prefer having a small LED flashlight that fits easily in their pocket for ceremony.
- Long sleeve shirt, pants and socks. The nights can get cool and during ceremony your body can go through significant temperature swings.
- A blanket or shawl for the same reasons above.
- Water bottle. You should avoid drinking water during ceremony. That said, you can take a gulp of water, swish it around and spit it out into your bucket. This is something you may want to do immediately after you drink ayahuasca to remove the taste or later in ceremony if you find you have a dry mouth. At the end of the ceremony, you are free to drink water or herbal tea.
- It is recommended to bring white clothes to wear during the ceremonies.
General Packing List of Items to Bring
Note: The mountains are very hot during the day and cold at night during the months of May-September. The rest of the year, you will see four seasons during one day (no snow though). Layering clothes is highly suggested. Although we do not have mosquitoes like in the jungle, we also have very small biting flies, and it is recommended between the hours of 10am to 5pm to wear long sleeves and pants with socks.
Plant based moisturizer
Plant based lip balm
Boots for Hiking
Toiletries – for before and after the dieta
Sunscreen – for before and after the dieta
Flashlight/Headlamp + spare batteries THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR CEREMONY