The healing work we provide work is based on traditional Amazonian shamanic plant medicine. Ayahuasca is biochemically and energetically very powerful, and it does not mix well with all other substances such as alcohol and many other drugs.
Many pharmaceutical drugs, natural supplements and herbs are not compatible with Ayahuasca and some medical or psychological conditions are also not appropriate for treatment with this medicine. For this reason, it is our policy that all participants in our ceremonies be free of pharmaceutical intervention for 30 days prior to joining us at our retreat.
It is the responsibility of all guests to consult with their doctors about the safety of ceasing medication within the timeframes required by our retreat.
If you need to stop taking any medication prior to your Ayahuasca experience, please consult with your doctor about stopping such medications, as well as informing us of your process. If your doctor is unwilling to assist you due to his or her own bias, you have the right to seek a second opinion from another physician.
Full disclosure of medical conditions past and present are mandatory at the time of application, and it’s pertinent that you understand our guest guidelines.
Below is a list of some of the medical conditions, pharmaceuticals and supplements that are not compatible with Ayahuasca.
Psychological conditions such as Schizophrenia, bipolar and psychosis
Liver and Kidney conditions
Pharmaceutical Drugs and Natural Supplements
Different substances require more or less time to leave the body, so please consult your doctor to establish how long your particular medications will take to clear from your system. It is vitally important that you are honest with us and with yourself about your medical history. There can be serious consequence of mixing Ayahuasca with pharmaceutical medications, and it is imperative that you take caution and undertake this healing journey with a full respect for this fact.
Below is a partial list of medications which are not to be present in your body during and before your encounter with Ayahuasca.
SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
Amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine)
Antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicine)
Appetite suppressants (diet pills)
Medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems
Antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, etc.)
CNS (central nervous system) depressants
- Amantadine hydrochloride (Symmetrel)
- Amoxapine (Asendin)
- Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
- Buspirone (BuSpar)
- Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Epitol)
- Clomipramine (Anafranil)
- Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
- Cyclizine (Marezine)
- Desipramine (Pertofrane)
- Dextromethorphan (DXM)
- Disopyramide (Norpace)
- Doxepin (Sinequan)
- Flavoxate Hydrochloride (Urispas)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Imipramine (Tofranil)
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
- Levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Maprotiline (Ludiomil)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
- Nortriptyline (Aventyl)
- Oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan)
- Orphenadrine (Norflex)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Phenelzine (Nardil)
- Procainamide (Pronestyl)
- Protriptyline (Vivactil)
- Quinidine (Quinidex)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- Tricyclic antidepressants (Amitriptyline, Elavil)
- Trimipramine (Surmontil)
Herbs and supplements
- St. Johns Wort
If you have any questions or concerns, or want any clarification in any way about your current medical status, and if you are suitable to take Ayahuasca, please speak to your doctor and have them contact us directly.
We’re here to help you, so please just disclose everything to us about your current medical status and any medications you are taking, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your specific situation when possible.
Before your arrival please consider the following guidelines. These guidelines are in place for your well being, and so that you can get the most out of your experience with these medicines.
The Ayahuasca brew that is served during your ceremony is a very concentrated sacred plant brew, and in order for these plants to work within you to their greatest capacity, it is important that you prepare yourself to receive them.
All of the following should be thought of as a “minimum” the more you can prepare yourself and your body before your retreat, the more effective your retreat will be!
2 weeks before drinking Ayahuasca:
– Avoid any recreational drugs including canabis and alcohol.
48 – 72 hours before drinking Ayahuasca, avoid:
– Fried foods or excessive oil
– Sexual contact
– Spicy foods
– Fermented food
– Non-fresh (canned or packaged) meat or fish products
– Liquid and Powdered protein extracts
– Brewers yeast or yeast-based supplements
– Dairy products
– Overripe fruits
– Processed sweets and refined sugar
– Excessive amounts of table salt
– Pork and red meat
This time is also an excellent opportunity for you to cut anything else out of your life which you may feel is not in line with your highest truth and potential.
Once again, the more “sacrifices” that you can make in cutting out these things from your diet in preparation for your experience, the fuller your experience can be. Mother Ayahuasca is sensitive to the amount of importance that you place on your healing, and we find that she tends to reward your sacrifices.
IMPORTANT: Please read our Medical Guidelines for information regarding specific supplements and medications. This is especially important for people who are currently taking any type of medication or supplements. It is our policy that all guests must be free of pharmaceutical intervention 30 days prior to their retreats. Consult with your doctor if you need to stop taking any medication.
Post Ayahuasca Retreat
For your wellbeing and the integration of your healing, we suggest that you continue to keep your body and habits as clean as possible. The healing process with these medicines does not stop after their effects are no longer noticeable in your consciousness. The spirit of the plants will be with you for a long time after your retreat, and you can greatly help the process of your healing and transformation by adhering to the following schedule:
For 10 Days, avoid:
– fried foods
– processed sugars
– frozen or icy cold foods/drinks
For 2 Weeks, avoid:
– fermented foods
– red meat
– raw nuts
For 30 Days, avoid:
Note on sexual contact: We recommend that you avoid sexual contact for one week before, and one week after your ceremony.
During your stay with us, the Ayahuasca Brew that you will be ingesting will be opening you deeply and energetically which makes space for the plants within you to do their work and help heal you.
When you connect with another person in a sexual way, you share very deeply with that person. There is a great deal of energetic “give-and-take”, even between people who have never sat with the medicine before, and who may not be as open as you will be following ceremony. The openness that you will experience may cause you to “take on” energies from another person which may not be in line with your own healing and transformation.
So, to maintain the integrity and the momentum of your healing it is very important that you keep your energy to yourself. Additionally, it is recommended that men avoid all ejaculation for the same time period, as there is great power in reserving the sexual energy to increase and strengthen your healing process.
This abstinence is also important because it really helps give you space to be able to work with yourself. So as not to bring your focus externally, but really to hold the space for you to concentrate on your inner journey, the healing journey which led you to this sacred medicine.
This is for your own benefit, so you can get the most out of your healing experience, and give you the space that so many people do not give themselves, to really be with yourself. And in that space, to find greater depths of peace, joy, and bliss.
If you feel like you can adhere to these dietary guidelines, then the magnitude of healing that you can experience is so far beyond words. Healing on every level, mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually.
If you’re feel you can remove these things in your life for a short period in order to gain these valuable gifts that will last a lifetime, you are ready to book with us!