How Do I Get To You?
We will be sending all guests an email a few days before your arrival with details regarding your pick-up. Please remember to review our initial correspondence with arrival and departure times to take advantage of our complimentary transportation.
What should I bring?
The weather changes drastically from one area of Costa Rica to the next. You will encounter various climates during your stay. Therefore pack both summer clothing as well as warm clothes for the evening. You will want to bring the warmest pants and sweatshirt you have for evening Ayahuasca ceremonies as you will be going into a cooler climate in the mountains. You will want to also bring:
- Bug Repellant (highly recommended!). We ask that you bring a DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellant. The natural repellants are made of essential oils and not pesticides such as OFF Repellant
- Walking sneakers for nature hikes
- Bathing suit
What if I have never done Yoga?
Yoga classes will be open to all levels. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced yogi, rest assured that our instructors will be able to adjust any move to your abilities.
What is your cancellation policy?
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca has been used by the indigenous habitants of the Amazon rainforest for more than 5000 years. It is difficult to describe in words what one feels after drinking the medicine. Everyone’s experience is unique and different but one thing almost everyone experiences is the death and destruction of their "ego”. Experiencing the death of your “ego” gives you a deep understanding of yourself on a spiritual, mental and physical level and initiates the healing process of any existing imbalance. The effects produced by this ever-deepening experience can be subtle as a new, more satisfying, or more profound view of life or can be completely life changing. Since the healing of the mind can many times lead to healing the body, we offer Ayahuasca to everyone who stays at Nada Brahma for a retreat.
Who prepares the Ayahuasca?
The Ayahuasca is carefully prepared by our experienced spiritual guides who administer the medicine. This ensures the medicine is pure and done with the love and energy of the spiritual guide who is going to administer the medicine.
What should I expect the day of the ceremony?
On the day of your ceremony, a completely liquid diet or fasting (if you are accustomed to fasting) is recommended. For that reason, fruit shakes and vegetable juices will be provided in the morning and a liquid vegetable soup will be provided for lunch. You will be free to drink water until about 2:00 p.m. After 2:00 p.m. we recommend you drink water only as needed. It is recommended all herbs and supplements be discontinued on the day of the ceremony. Ayahuasca will be administered by our experienced facilitator and assistants after sundown. The effects of the medicine typically last approximately 4-5 hours. During the effects of the medicine, many experience a cleansing purge which is a part of the healing process the body goes through. It is very common to experience a slight drop in body temperature which is why we recommend you pack warm pants, sweaters and hat for the evening ceremonies.
Why do people choose to do Ayahuasca?
Many people desire to discover the purpose of their existence, to remember who they are, to connect with their true self and with God, to heal their body and soul, and to let themselves be guided by the spirit "mother ayahuasca" to show them what they need for their journey in the physical dimension of life.
How do I know if I am ready for Ayahuasca?
At some point in our lives we all will get the call from “Mother Ayahuasca” that guides and leads us to the path within. It is no coincidence that you are reading this right now. The teacher appears when the student is ready. Respond to the need of your soul and listen to your heart.
What Preparation is recommended for Ayahuasca?
Although not mandatory, it is highly suggested you suspend the following for 7 days prior to your ceremony as it will allow the medicine to work easier in your body and can improve your overall experience.
- All alcohol and synthetic and natural drugs
- All cold medication, even if you feel sick
- All meat including pig, cow, chicken, bird, fish, seafood
- Any product containing caffeine, including coffee, tea, chocolate, soda
- All unnatural beverages, even if caffeine-free
- Fried food
- Processed food
- Canned food
- Sweets and candy
- Sugar and salt (as much as possible)
- All sexual activity
- All alcohol, drugs and stimulants, including natural plants such as marijuana
Can I take Ayahuasca if I am on medication or have a medical condition?
Some medical conditions may prevent participation in Ayahuasca ceremonies. We do not recommend you drink Ayahuasca if you have any of the following medical conditions: heart problems, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, you are pregnant or have any history of psychosis or psychotic breaks. If you are on any type of medication (other than birth control or natural supplements), please speak to us. With permission of your physician, we generally suggest you stop all medications for 2 weeks prior to coming to our center. With respect to the following drugs, please discontinue taking them for 4-6 weeks prior to taking Ayahuasca:
- SSRIs and SNRis
- Some asthma medications such as salbutamol
- Opiates and opioids
- Cough medicines
IMPORTANT: Please consult with your doctor prior to making changes to your regular medication regiment.
Can I drink Ayahuasca if I suffer from PTSD?
If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) you are welcome to take the medicine. Many people suffering from PTSD have seen remarkable benefits with the use of Ayahuasca.
What is Kambo?
Kambo is an ancient medicine that has been used for thousands of years by many tribes in the Amazon Rainforest. It is a poison which is collected from the Phyllomedusa Bicolor frog which is unharmed and returned to the rainforest after collection. In addition to having powerful healing and detoxing qualities, Kambo is one of the most powerful, natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in the world. It is also one of the strongest ways to empower our immune systems. Kambo not only clears out toxins, but many experience a sense of clarity after working with Kambo. It is currently being researched for its effectivenenss in treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, depression, migraines, blood circulation issues, cancer, fertility issues, AIDS and Hepatitis.
Can I participate in Kambo if I am on medication or have a medical condition?
If you are on any type of medication (other than birth control or natural supplements), please speak to us. Some medical conditions may prevent participation in Kambo ceremonies. We do not recommend you participate if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding a child less than 6 months of age
- Serious heart issues including past heart bypass operations
- Low blood pressure that required medication
- History of Stroke, Aneurysm, Blood clots or Bleeding in the brain
- Serious mental health issues
- History of organ transplant
- Addison’s disease
- Severe Epilepsy
- Recovering from major surgical procedure
What to expect during Kambo Ceremony?
The Kambo is applied onto small dots which are burned onto the skin. This enables the medicine to enter the body. The frog secretion triggers chemical reactions in the body, causing the internal organs and intestines to purge toxins. The purging effects typically last between 10-20 minutes.
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