What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca has been used by the indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest for more than 5000 years. It is difficult to describe in words what one feels after drinking the medicine. Each individual'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, initiating the healing process of any existing imbalance. The effects produced by this ever-deepening experience can be subtle or completely life-changing. The healing of the mind can many times lead to healing the body, thus why we offer Ayahuasca to everyone who stays at Nada Brahma for a retreat.
Who prepares the Ayahuasca?
The Ayahuasca is carefully prepared by Carlos and Harold, our experienced facilitators and spiritual guides who administer the medicine. This ensures the medicine is pure and done with the love and energy with which it is going to be administered.
What should I expect the day of the ceremony?
On the day of the ceremony, the guests eat a light breakfast. The remainder of the day involves liquid fasting in order to prepare the body to receive the medicine in the evening. The Ayahuasca ceremony takes place in the sacred space of our ceremony house. The evening usually begins with a beautiful guided meditation and campfire if weather permits. All guests who participate in the ceremony will be required to stay overnight in the ceremony house with the group, our two facilitators, and the assistant.
The effects of the medicine typically last approximately 4-5 hours. During this time, many will experience a cleansing, a purge which is a part of the healing process. It is also very common to experience a slight drop in body temperature which is why we recommend you pack warm and comfortable 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 of "mother ayahuasca" to show them what they need in their journey in this 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?
Guests are asked to eat a plant-based diet the week prior to the retreat. Guests are asked to suspend the following (see list below) for 7 days prior to your retreat. It will allow the plant medicine to work with ease in the body will improve your overall experience.
- All alcohol
- All meat including pig, cow, chicken, bird, fish, seafood
- Any product containing caffeine, including coffee, tea, chocolate, soda (herbal, caffeine-free tea is ok)
- All unnatural beverages, even if caffeine-free (try some homemade orange juice)
- Fried food
- Processed food
- Canned food
- Fermented foods (tofu, beancurd, soybean paste, miso soup)
- Soy Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce
- Sweets and candy
- Refined sugar (including Nutrisweet) (natural sugar found in fruits are allowed as well as Stevia),
- Salt (try to use minimal salt and use Himalayan salt if you can). Avoid foods with high sodium
- All sexual activity
- All vitamins and supplements (unless discussed prior)
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, uncontrolled high blood pressure, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, if you are pregnant or have any history of psychosis or psychotic breaks.
For your safety, we must be made aware of any and all medications and drugs you have taken in the 8 weeks prior to your retreat. The following medications cannot be combined with Ayahuasca for your safety.
- 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.
Please do not stop taking your medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and those specifically cleared with us.
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