Sacred medicines preparation

Preparing your ayahuasca and plant medicine experience

Preparation is a very important element when working with sacred medicine specially when working with ayahuasca. The better prepared you are will help in the process of purification that the medicine provokes.

A combination of a conscious diet, meditation, and clear intention are the best forms of care we can give ourselves to receive the powerful healing benefits of the medicines. The following recommendations will help you take full advantage of your time and energy invested in this work. But if you cannot fulfill all of them does not mean that you cannot participate in a retreat. Every person has their own rhythm and will receive the benefits of this work. Always make your best effort without struggling with yourself.

The only part where we must be totally strict is when it comes to any prescription medications that you take. Please be completely transparent in sharing this information with us as some of these medications can interfere with the work of the sacred medicines, so must be suspended.

General Guidelines

We are body, mind and spirit, so the teachings will come in different forms during the retreat. The more conscious we are of these different aspects of ourselves, the better we will be able to assimilate them during integration.

The intention that brings you to meet with the sacred medicines plays a very important role before the retreat.  In the process of preparation, being honest with yourself and spending time to clarify your intention is very beneficial. It creates better understanding of your deeper self and facilitates the introspection that occurs through the sacred medicines.

On the physical plane, apart from diet, we recommend that you have a conscious relationship to water. Make sure you are well hydrated for the work you are engaging in. Proper exercise such as stretching, breath work will help you feel more comfortable in your body which is the vehicle that receives and sustains the experience.

On the spiritual plan, plenty of time for silent contemplation is very helpful. Closing your eyes and connecting to the breath helps us tap our inner being. This practice is very beneficial during your encounter with the medicines and helps you navigate the experiences without losing your center.

Diet and Other Recommendations for Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca (Caapi vine) contains Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOi). These compounds  inhibit the Monoamine Oxidase enzyme in your liver, which allows  D.M.T. to enter your blood stream, but the MAOi is also responsible for processing the amino acid, Tyramine.  For this reason it is important to avoid foods with high amount of Tyramine, otherwise toxic levels for your body could be reached.

For this reason, it is important that you avoid this food from 1 to 2 weeks prior to the ceremony:

We also recommend to avoid this before the ceremony:


There are certain medications that must be suspended weeks before consuming plant medicines such as anti-depressants and morphine.

Very important

If there are any medications that you take regularly or sporadically, please let us know beforehand so we can give you proper advice.

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