Addiction Recovery FAQ
To effectively treat and heal Alcohol Use Disorder, Drug Use Disorder and other addictions our Addiction Recovery Retreats focus specifically on Ayahuasca, a brew of Chakruna leaves and the Ayahuasca vine are mixed together and consumed in a sacred ceremony - facilitated by highly trained and experienced shamans.
What are the dietary guidelines?
How effective is Ayahuasca with treating alcohol, drug and other addictions?
Ayahuasca ceremonies facilitated by well-trained and experienced shamans are one of the most effective means of healing various addictions and disorders including Alcohol Use Disorder. Our Addiction Recovery Retreat Program is intense, but highly effective. While legally we cannot guarantee you 100% recovery from any addiction – those who previously participated in our program report a COMPLETE and FULL RECOVERY.
How do participants feel after Ayahuasca ceremonies?
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a plant mixture native to the Amazon that is capable of inducing altered (higher) states of consciousness, lasting between 4 to 8 hours after ingestion. It is an entheogenic sacrament and powerful agent for healing and conscious awakening. For thousands of years it has been a tool for guidance, connection and spiritual renewal for many indigenous peoples of South America. In the territories of the Amazon rainforest, throughout Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, Ayahuasca has been used for expanding the boundaries of consciousness and healing individuals on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
What is the Ayahuasca brew made of?
Ayahuasca is a blend of two plants made into a brew. The main ingredient of this drink is a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which like the drink itself is also called Ayahuasca (which means ‘vine of the soul’ or ‘vine with a soul’). The secondary ingredient is either Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) or Chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana): plants that contain a relatively high amount of the psychedelic substance Dimethyltryptamine (DMT - a hallucinogenic tryptamine drug that occurs naturally in many plants and animals).
What are the physical effects of Ayahuasca?
It is not uncommon to vomit, have diarrhea, cry, yawn, laugh, shake or feel temperature differences. All of these actions are potential manifestations of our physical and energetic bodies cleansing, detoxifying, removing blockages, and allowing for release. Vomiting and diarrhea are referred to in medicine work as "purging," as the body is getting rid of aspects of self which no longer serve the highest good of the participant.
What are the visual effects of Ayahuasca?
Hallucinations and internal visions are common after the ingestion of Ayahuasca and can play a role in the participant's journey, however, they do not occur for everyone. These visions can offer profound wisdom and insight into the source of resistance, patterns, habits, ways of being and blockages of the participant’s life. The visions may reveal past lives, childhood traumas, angels, passed loved ones, and various number of colors, shapes, images etc.
What are the mental effects of Ayahuasca?
The process of preparing for a ceremony, sitting in ceremony, and processing the teachings and experiences after the ceremony can be mentally demanding. There can be many shifts of perception and perspective. Participants will have ample time to rest and recuperate during the retreat.
What are the emotional effects of Ayahuasca?
A range of emotions are common before, during and after taking the medicine. It's normal to feel apprehensive, nervous, excited, sad, calm or confused, among many others. There will be 'sharing circles' during the retreat to talk through the experiences, support, encourage and help each other.
What are the spiritual effects of Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca provides the opportunity for participants to "do the work," going deeper within to the source of their "stuff" with the intention of opening to greater wisdom of ourselves and our world. It is a gateway to healing, facing past traumas, releasing suppressed emotions, feelings, and anything we store inside that no longer serves our highest self. This medicine can offer powerful guidance for personal and spiritual journey. It works within the body where She feels needs to be addressed, opened and healed.
What is Ayahuasca ceremony like?
Why setting intentions is important?
How does Ayahuasca help to heal?
Every experience we have (and the corresponding emotional and neuro-chemical response) creates an energetic result in our Being. For most of us, especially when we were children, we lack the tools necessary to fully process and release these emotions as they arise, and so the energetic residue remains stuck in our body, creating blockages and patterns.
What are the medical restrictions?
Why is it important to abstrain from sexual acitivies?
What are the spiritual aspects of Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is not just a brew of a mixture of plants, it is said to have its own individual spirit, the spirit of the gentle and caring mother. She teaches us that we are spiritual beings and that we are so much more than we appear in our physical world. Ayahuasca is a magical tool that allows us to access and reconnect to ourselves in spiritual form, as well as to respect and appreciate the spiritual connection of all life. Many participants have reported communicating with ancestors or Ayahuasca spirit directly and receiving information through the spiritual realm helping them on their joyrney.
Which conditions Ayahuasca can help with?
What are the Ayahuasca risks and dangers?
Serious pre-existing medical conditions.
Please click here for more information about the medical restrictions. If you experience certain health issues, we highly recommend you not taking Ayahuasca.
History of serious psychiatric conditions.
If you had ever experienced any some kind of psychosis or certain mental health issues, we highly recommend you not taking Ayahuasca because it can bring out the worst of it.
- Not following the dietary guidelines.
Please click here for more information about the dietary guidelines - prior, during and post the retreat. It is very important to follow all of the dietary recommendations to ensure you get the best out of the Ayahuasca healing process and to avoid possible complications.
- Being afraid to see things not of this world.
Participants will see things that are not in 'this' world. Some people may be too scared or not be able to handle this. In this case they should either avoid using Ayahuasca, or trust Her, surrender and work with Her.
Taking it for the wrong reason.
Ayahuasca is not a party drug, and it can be very dangerous if it is treated this way. Also it should not be taken as a cure of all physical problems.