Body & Mind

Ayahuasca Preparation

When undertaking a life changing journey, it is critical to prepare both the body and mind. Put your worries at ease by learning about our world class safety standards and ethics. Prepare your body by sticking to the guidelines for diet before ayahuasca. Prepare your mind by creating clear and powerful intentions. 

Preparing For Ayahuasca

What you need to know

The Call to Work with Sacred Plant Medicine

Often when we look back at our lives we can see a thread, a pattern, a series of events and circumstances that have led us to where we find ourselves in the present. This thread may have led you to us and to wanting to explore sacred plant medicine as a healing modality. If so, it is fundamental that you arise at your own independent conclusion as to whether this experience is right for you. It is also essential that before attending our plant medicine retreat that you are authentically and courageously committed to changing your life for the better. Sacred plant medicines are not quick fix solutions. When deciding for yourself if you are truly called to this work you may like to think deeply into the following questions:


Have I clarified my intention, objective or purpose for wanting to explore this work?

What would I be willing to change or let go of in my life to experience profound spiritual transformation and healing? And am I prepared to let it go?

Am I supported in my life by my friends and family (or at least one other person) to grow, change and realize my full potential?

Please take some time to contemplate these questions. Your clarity will ensure that whilst on retreat you remain focused and committed in the weeks and months after your plant medicine journey you remain true to your desire to change the life for the better.

Trust The Journey with Natural Plant Medicines

Participating in a plant medicine retreat requires trust; it requires faith and confidence in ourselves and in the ancient healing traditions of the peoples of the Amazon basin. The transformative workings of sacred plant medicines are profoundly complex, mysterious and particular to each individual. When contemplating if immersion into the world of plant medicine and ritual is right for you, it is essential that you consider whether you are willing to embody this process as a spiritual discipline. With any spiritual practice, it is necessary that you enter into it with faith, trust and a courageous willingness to surrender to letting go of parts of your being that are no longer serving you. A spiritual practice of any kind also invites you to exercise compassion, love, and acceptance towards yourself throughout the oftentimes uncomfortable process of transformation. Sacred plant medicine as a spiritual discipline is no different. Sacred plant medicines have the potential to profoundly change the quality of our human experience, long after we have left the fireside. When we can trust in ourselves and the valuable healing to be had, we can begin to embody deep, fundamental change and remarkable healing.

Healing With Sacred Plant Medicines

The sacred plants of the Peruvian Amazon are medicines; they are not drugs. If you have experienced natural medicine before you would have observed that unlike Western medicines that mask the underlying causes of disease, natural medicines cleanse, repair and restore the body to a state of equilibrium over time. They require us to commit to a journey with them; to healing and restoring the body’s deepest dysfunction. Such deep healing requires patience, trust, and courage. The sacred plant medicines that we work with are no different. Upon first taking Ayahuasca, you may not experience the visions that you have read of in books or heard about from others. Ayahuasca’s effects within your body may be subtle and may take time to manifest as visions or an altered state of consciousness. This is normal. Healing cannot be forced. The body will need to cleanse and rid itself of anything that is obstructing its ability to heal before it can receive the wisdom necessary to effect lasting and remarkable change. Cleansing is often a painful and unpleasant experience. Cleansing can take the form of vomiting, diarrhea, crying, screaming, angry outbursts and laughing. The body, when invited to let go of all that is not serving it, will do so in the most efficient way possible. It’s important to trust in the cleansing process as it too has wisdom for us, that is if we’re willing to surrender to and receive it. Plant medicines are not magic potions that alone, effect profound transformation within those that take them. Fundamental change to our body, mind, and heart occur as we learn to be more compassionate and loving towards ourselves and others; when we set clear intentions about what kind of change we are hoping to effect and ultimately when we make an unwavering commitment to changing our lives for the better. Plant medicine alone will not transform you. Healing will occur in time, in proportion to your willingness to let go of all that is preventing you from realizing your true potential. For many, natural plant medicines act as a catalyst to bring about lasting change that is sustained through discipline and overhauling of one’s lifestyle habits. Before attending an ayahuasca retreat, it’s important to be clear with yourself about your willingness to do whatever it takes to effect the change you are seeking.

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Improvements, Pricing Changes, and What’s On The Horizon For AYA Healing Retreats

While living mindfully in the present, we are always excited for the future and we have much in store for the coming year. Among other upgrades to better serve our guests, we will be:

  • adding new staff at the center that offer even better cleaning and laundry services
  • increasing the breadth and depth of training undertaken by our facilitators
  • offering more in-depth one-on-one preparation sessions to all of our guests, in addition to integration sessions
  • purchasing a Kangen machine for healthy, alkaline, antioxidant drinking water rich in minerals and purged of impurities.
  • purchasing additional medical equipment and continued medical training of staff for the safety of all, both here and in our community

Part of our improvement plans include raising our prices starting in 2024 to support our continuing efforts in improving everything that we do. With that said, we will always do our best to keep our prices attainable and within reach for as many people as possible, and we will also offer the possibility of discounts in a few different ways:

  • Earlybird discounts when you book your retreat in advance
  • Deep discounts for return attendees
  • Deep discounts for residents of Central and South America

We will continue to provide payment plans for all of our retreats, please contact us at to discuss options.

We are committed to prioritizing the quality of our retreats, giving you the most personalized and authentic experience possible, and caring for the health, safety, comfort and well-being of everyone who comes to AYA Healing Retreats.


Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

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Don Miguel was born into a Shipibo community called Roaboya on the River Ucayali. When Don Miguel was a child, Angel Sanchez Vargas, his grandfather was the community’s curandero. Vargas was an expert in sacred plant medicines and was frequently called upon to heal and share his spiritual wisdom with members of Roaboya. The school built some years later was named after Vargas and Roaboya went on to be recognised as the first indigenous community 114 years ago. Don Miguel grew up surrounded by the Shipibo wisdom and possess intimate knowledge of the sacred plant medicines. At a very young age he began his apprenticeship as a curandero through plant dietas under the supportive guidance of his grandfather. Miguel is also a trained literature professor and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Shipibo language and culture. Since 2012, Don Miguel has spent the bulk of his time leading lectures, workshops, initiation courses and retreats. Don Miguel will lead our Ayahuasca ceremonies, circle discussions and be available for personal consultations whilst on retreat.


Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe

Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you…not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you

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