The Ayahuasca experience is unique for each person, and the quality of it depends on how you prepare yourself for it. To ensure that you get the most out of this spiritual trip, we will go into details about how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for this life-changing experience.
Have you sat with Mother Ayahuasca before?
You need to go into the ceremony without any expectation at all. Clear your mind of the distractions, as they will create a perception that will affect the true experience. Truly find out for yourself if it’s an experience that you want to go through. If you want to get to know yourself more and take a deep dive into your spirituality, then it’s safe to say that it’s a good idea. However, if you’re just looking for some fun or is just following your friends along, then your experience is going to be significantly different.
This medicine is exactly that… a medicine.
Ayahuasca is not a drug that you take to feel the trip. It’s a plant deemed by the locals of many Amazonian tribes to be sacred, and it has a rich history that the people are proud of. It worked wonders for many people, and it continues to work for many more people. You will learn about your inner self, the entity that represents you beyond your physical form. We can’t describe it with words, so we encourage you to take a journey to a new sensation like never before if you want to learn more about your own humanity.
And this is what you can connect with when you experience Ayahuasca.
Once you have made your intention clear and your will is pure, you will be primed to experience a greater effect of Ayahuasca.
Everybody experiences the ceremony differently. Some have claimed that they have seen visions that tell them their true self. Others reported simply feeling nauseated and wanting to puke. But everybody has some thoughts and visions about something and that experience will tell you something about yourself.
Once your mind has been prepared, you will need to prepare your body for it as well. The general steps for body preparation for Ayahuasca are listed below.
- Avoid drugs and addictive substances including marijuana for at least 2 weeks before the ceremony.
- Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours before joining the ceremony.
- Avoid sexual contact for a minimum of 48 hours.
This is not mandatory, but the medicine might not take its full effects if you don’t follow these steps. Your body might be clogged with substances and hormones that prevent the medicine from flowing freely through you. By purging yourself from these substances, you are providing the space necessary for the ceremony to be most potent.
Body preparation for Ayahuasca
Make sure you are well-hydrated. However, drinking too much water directly before or during Ayahuasca ceremonies is not recommended. You’re suggested to avoid foods with MAOI inhibitors for at least 24 hours before the Ayahuasca ceremony. These foods are fermented or non-fresh foods, cheese, miso, tofu or other fermented soy products. Also, protein extracts, processed or smoked meat products, yeast/brewers yeast are not recommended, but bread and baked goods are fine.
Your intestines and stomach should also be as clean as possible. Avoiding fried foods, caffeine, spicy foods, dairy products and sugary foods for 48 hours before the ceremony will help prime your body for the experience.
Simply put, your main diet for at least 48 hours prior to the ceremony should consist of fresh fruits and vegetable, low carb and meat and as little seasoning as possible.
If you must stop taking medications to drink Ayahuasca, you will need to discuss it with your doctors first. Be sure that you know that you are safe to stop taking the medications for at least one month before participating in the ceremony.
Meditation, yoga or other spiritual practices help to enhance the effect of the drink. Focusing your energy and connecting to your breath will allow you to feel the experience more clearly. You shouldn’t have expectations of the experience, but you should be curious about yourself. Asking yourself questions about you that you don’t know the answer to will prime your mind to these questions. Once Ayahuasca takes its effect, you will be taken directly to a place of mind where these questions originated from.
What to Bring
There aren’t many things you need to bring, as the preparations will already be done for you. However, you need to make sure that you can stay comfortable throughout the night. If you’re going when it’s colder, make sure you are able to stay warm. It also helps to bring sentimental items that mean something to you spiritually, as this will help you to connect with your inner self. Listed below is a quick checklist of what you should bring for an Ayahuasca retreat.
- A spiritual item that connects to your cultural root and personal spirituality
- A small offering to present to the altar in the Maloka. Something you deemed to be sacred to you but doesn’t have to have any value to you.
- Small flashlight or head torch. It will be pitch black in during the ceremony, so you need to be able to get around. We recommend a head torch, as it’s more convenient, and you might not be in the best condition to operate a flashlight
- Long sleeve pants and shirts, white is recommended but not mandatory
- Water bottle
- Rubber boots, or other waterproof footwear.
- Comfortable loose, light clothing that keeps you covered.
- Yoga mat (not mandatory).
- Something you can use as a creative outlet. Pen and paper are typically enough. You can personally record what you are feeling and seeing during the ceremony.
- Natural toiletries. Make sure that it’s organic and contains no chemicals or salt.
You should clean yourself thoroughly before engaging in the ceremony. Brush your teeth and moisturize your hair with organic products. If you have the need to relieve yourself, do it before the ceremony. You can bring books and read it, but it might interfere with your idea, and thus, muddy up your connection with your spiritual side. If you must bring a book, we suggest it’s a book on spirituality, philosophy, healing, nature or personal development to keep you focused on your purpose. You should bring as few electronics with you as possible. You can listen to music, but you must use headphones.
If you are interested in one of our Ayahuasca retreats and would like more information or are looking to apply, please do get in touch with us! We would be happy to have you along & give you a truly unique experience.