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HEALING DIET

Helpful guidelines to get the most our of your retreat

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Pre-Retreat Diet Preparation

The healing diet needs to begin before you join our retreats. This includes reducing and removing things from your diet so that your body is prepared to embark on this deep healing journey. The guidelines below outline what is required to join our retreats. But first we must speak about...

Pharmaceuticals & Other Drugs

Ayahuasca is a strong Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) and is incompatible with many different medications, pharmaceuticals and drugs. Drinking ayahuasca whilst these are still within your system may lead to severe injury, trauma or even death.

Prior to being accepted to attend our deep healing ayahuasca retreats, we require full disclosure of any medications which you have been taking as well as any medical conditions. This is highly important and essential for the safety of yourself and other participants within the retreat. Medications may need to be stopped under the supervision of a medical physician. Please read our full retreat medical guidelines prior to applying for a retreat.

MINIMUM 2 WEEKS prior to retreat abstain from:

  • Alcohol

  • ALL street drugs (cocaine, MDMA, opiates, amphetamines, etc.) 

  • Other plant and animal medicines including, Cannabis, San Pedro, Peyote, Mushrooms, Kambo, Bufo Alvarius etc.

  • Non-prescribed pharmaceutical medication (We will advise on required washout periods for prescribed medications following your application under the supervision of your medical physician if necessary)

  • Herbal and non-herbal supplementation

This is a minimum requirement, obligatory for your safety and for the possible energetic impact on other guests. If you are able to remove pharmeceuticals, street drugs (including cannabis) and other intoxicants from your diet for a longer period, this can have substantial positive effects upon your experience and healing results on our retreats.

MINIMUM 1 WEEK prior to retreat abstain from:
  • Sexual activity including masturbation (2 weeks is recommended)

  • Refined sugars

  • Red meat

  • Pork

  • Junk/processed foods

  • Salt or pepper

  • Sweets or chocolate

  • Spicy foods

  • Oils (if you must use oil, use olive or coconut oil very sparingly)

  • Animal fats (lard, etc.)

  • Carbonated drinks (including diet sodas, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer)

  • Dairy products

  • Fermented foods

  • Caffeine & other stimulants

  • Rapé, cacao

You can prepare your body by generally switching to a healthier diet and lifestyle. This in itself can be very healing and prepare you to embark on a deep healing journey. We do not recommend cutting out salt and oil for more than 1 week prior to the start date of the retreat, so that you save your energy for the retreat!

Healing Diet During Retreat

Throughout our ayahuasca retreats we follow a healing diet that adheres to the following restrictions:

  • No salt

  • No oil

  • No dairy

  • No sugar

  • No sex

  • No caffeine

  • No alcohol

 

Why do we follow a restricted healing diet we hear you ask? Well, there are several reasons that we will break down for you below.

Physically

The plants like to enter your body deeply within the retreats so that the maximum amount of healing can occur. By creating a blank canvass, so to speak, the plants are able to work more efficiently. The active compounds within the plants are broken down more quickly with the presence of the above substances/energies. These healing diets have been followed for thousands of years by the Shipibo Curanderos of old. We respect and adhere to the wisdom of this ancient tradition. We are happy to answer any questions about the healing diet in your consultations.

Spiritually

By making a commitment to the healing diet, you also make a commitment to heal which increases the efficiency and effectiveness of your own healing process. Consciously and subconsciously you are telling your body that you are ready to heal, and this has a profound effect on the healing process. You are also making a commitment to the medicinal plant spirits. By adhering to this diet, you are telling them that you are ready and want to heal, that you are committed to working with them, and that you are willing to put the work in on your side of the relationship.

Energetically

This diet allows you to become much more energetically sensitive. By reducing the stimulation around you, you become more aware of your own emotional processes, which allows you to glean greater understanding of your own inner world, trauma, and afflictions, leading to greater healing. Working with the plants in this holistic approach through understanding, feeling and releasing allows for long-lasting healing and change within all aspects of your being.

Post-Retreat Restrictions

Following the retreat we require an absolute minimum period of 4 weeks without taking pharmaceutical medications or other plant medicines. This is to allow for the healing that has taken place on our retreats to settle and integrate into your body, mind and spirit. This allows your healing experience to be deeply effective and long-lasting. There is also a physical safety aspect of this restriction. We will be giving you full instructions and guidelines for integration before you leave the jungle, so that you are deeply prepared for your new life ahead!

If you do decide to return to using street drugs following your experience, this will need to be an absolute minimum of 4 weeks for your own personal safety. However, we strongly advise you to stop using street drugs entirely, to trust in the process with the plants, and to have faith that you will work through any addictions with us on retreat.

We highly recommend slowly reintegrating salt, sugar and oil into your diet over the course of 5 days. Additionally, the following restrictions are necessary to complete your healing diet.

MINIMUM 1 WEEK after retreat abstain from:​
  • Sex, including masturbation

  • Spicy food

  • Carbonated drinks

  • Caffeine/other stimulants such as cacao and Rapé

MINIMUM 2 WEEKS after retreat abstain from:
  • Alcohol

 
MINIMUM 4 WEEKS after retreat abstain from:
  • Street Drugs

  • Other Plant/Animal Medicines

  • Pharmaceuticals​

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