What Happens Inside An Ayahuasca Retreat
Updated: Aug 19
Ayahuasca is life-changing. Only a few people are called to drink ayahuasca, if you feel the urge to take on the quest, you may be questioning… Well, what actually happens at an ayahuasca retreat?
Inside an Ayahuasca Retreat in Colombia
At Ayahuasca House, the first thing we do is Kambo. Kambo is a traditional healing ritual performed in many South American indigenous communities, where traditionally a shaman healer performs the ceremony, which involves burning the 1st layer of the skin on a person's shoulder, leg, or foot, and then applying the Kambo secretion.
Kambo is a poisonous substance that the giant monkey frog secretes. People sometimes refer to this animal as the giant leaf frog. Its scientific name is Phyllomedusa bicolor.
The purpose of doing kambo before ayahuasca is to clean physically and energetically. Once you have completed kambo, you are more well prepared to have a powerful experience with ayahuasca.
Another pre-ayahuasca preparation is the use of plant baths. Plant baths are used to clean people's energies, bad vibrations, and thinking channels. We also use them to prepare for the ayahuasca ceremony. We use different types of plants depending on each case. Some plants serve to harmonize, others to clean and to reduce nervousness and anxiety.
Now, it’s nearly time to drink ayahuasca. Once the ceremony is about to begin, we start with Rapé. Rapé is the general name given to medicines that are grinned into fine powder and then blown into both nostrils. Most rapés are made with tobacco and other ingredients.
Rapé can help us to move the energy that is blocked or when we feel stuck during Ayahuasca ceremonies. The use of Rapé is considered by the indigenous peoples to be therapeutic on multiple levels. On the mental level it is known for clearing the mind, as well as helping to find one's center.
And now, the real work begins - drinking ayahuasca.
The term “Ayahuasca” (in Colombia known as Yagé ) denotes a tea-like brew used by shamans in the jungle of Amazon-basin countries such as Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil to enter an altered mental state. The brew is made from the ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) vine, in combination with another plant called chacruna (Psychotria viridis).
While experts debate details of the chemistry, essentially the chacruna is the main DMT source with the Banisteriopsis caapi acting as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) — in other words, Ayahuasca allows DMT to enter the bloodstream without being destroyed by stomach chemicals, as would otherwise occur. DMT is a chemical that occurs naturally in the brain and is associated with dreaming and the visions that accompany near-death experiences (NDEs). (DMT is present in almost all plants and animals.) Because of this divinatory potential, Ayahuasca is classed as a plant entheogen (i.e., substance that allows discovery of God within).
Historically it has been used for a variety of reasons such as to diagnose patients with medical disorders, locate lost items, find the best hunting or fishing grounds, or resolve personal disputes. Traditionally, an ill person would see the village shaman. The shaman would drink the Ayahuasca brew and then diagnose the patient, with the plant spirit directing them to the correct plants and course of treatment for healing. Today only a trained shaman may drink Ayahuasca on their own.
This is because Ayahuasca is not a recreational drug and must be approached with reverence and even some rational trepidation.
If you’re ready to heal and raise your level of consciousness, ayahuasca is a powerful tool to help you. To learn more about upcoming ayahuasca retreats, visit this link: https://www.ayahuasca-house.com/