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.
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.
The sacred plant 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 a plant medicine 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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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