The Holy Medicine of the Holy and Divine Mother Ayahuasca, also referred to as the “Vine of the Soul” or “Vine of the Dead”. People all over the world are seeking and exploring their inner self with the Holy Medicine. Nowadays, there are thousands of Holy Medicine retreats all over the world, and each one of them is offering unique experiences to the seekers.
It is important to keep in mind that factors such as who the Shaman will be, the place and the environment of the retreat, how the Holy Medicinal Plant is prepared, and how many people will be in the Sacred Ceremony, and many other factors related to the retreat which will contribute to the overall experience.
Therefore, it is important to be mindful and careful while choosing the Retreat to make it align with your intentions. Among all the best retreats, here are the most popular retreats.
1. Entikas Retreat
Location: Cusco, Peru
Background: For more than 40 years, they have been facilitating Sacred Ceremonies with highly experienced Holy Plant Medicine facilitators from the Qero tribe in the Inca and Shipibo tribe in the Amazon, who prepare the Holy Medicine and guide the Sacred Ceremony. According to the retreat reviews, this is one of the safest and cautious retreats located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and only two hours’ drive from Machu Picchu, and considered as one of the best Peruvian retreats. This retreat center is surrounded by native Forests and the high Andean Mountains, creating a naturally relaxing and calm environment. This authentic retreat is perfect for those wanting to connect with Peruvian indigenous cultures and highly suggested for the first-timers as they take extra safety measures and caution. A general practitioner, psychologist, psychiatrist, cardiologist, and expert Shaman is always on-site throughout the whole ceremony to ensure that the participants are taken care of physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. They also maintain volunteering projects focused on environmental conservation, animal rescue, and community development.
Packages: They arrange 3 to 7 days retreats with the option to visit the Machu Picchu.
Accommodation: Their accommodation is well-decorated and humble, and rooms can be shared with up to three people.
2. Rythmia Resort
Location: Costa Rica
This one of the most well-known and popular retreats, as many famous individuals such as Graham Hancock, Michelle Rodriguez, and a few other celebrities have visited this resort for the Sacred Ceremonies. Talks by mystics and leading alternative health experts are usually a highlight here. Physical wellness, spiritual healing, intellectual stimulation, and luxuriating in nature all can be enjoyed in large, highly private surroundings. The ever-present gracious staffs are always there to ensure making your experience is nothing short of wonderful.
This is one of the best retreats for finding inspiration and connecting with the self. The reservation number of the participants of the ceremonies can be up to 70!
3. Gaia Sagrada
Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
Gaia Sagrada is a popular choice for seekers, thanks to their certified and authentic traditional Shamans who supervise the Sacred Ceremonies.
Accommodations: Above-average accommodations including Wi-Fi, hot tubs, hot showers, and a sauna facility. Nestled in between the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, this retreat sits on 55 acres of untouched land with fresh mountain air, natural forest, calm pastures, and gardens. The view from this retreat is truly breathtaking.
They ensure a strong, pure ingredients for preparation of the Holy Medicine, consisting solely of the Holy Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine and Psychotria Viridis (chacruna) leaves, with no other additives.
The participants are assisted with constant guidance throughout the Sacred Ceremonies, from beginning to the end, by experienced shamans, and the center is directed by a woman who ensures extra safety measures are taken against sexual abuse towards women.
4. Spirit Vine Retreat
Location: Ilheus, Brazil
Spirit Vine is a non-profit retreat center, surrounded by lavish Forests in the magical Atlantic Forest together with the spectacular beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.
Accommodation: Their bungalow accommodations with stunning views will take your breath away while you enjoy yoga sessions, spiritual workshops, and healthy vegetarian meals.
What makes this retreat so unique is the workshops created by the co-founder, Silvia Polivoy, a licensed psychologist who has been learning with the Holy Medicine and experiencing altered states of consciousness, combining shamanic techniques and western methods, for 25+ years.
She constructed an effective method for spiritual healing and development and integration combining the Holy Medicine and western methods aiming for life-long solutions.
5. Behold Retreats
Locations: Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal
Behold Retreats completely tailor and curate each experience for the needs of each individual participant. Whether you want to have a private experience immersed in the depths of the Amazonian Rainforest or in a luxurious villa overseeing the ocean in Costa Rica, or a group retreat in the middle of the Amazon jungle of Peru, Behold Retreats can ensure that the environment is aligned with your intention.
Behold retreat operates with an essential group of high-quality healers and facilitators, who have been organising Sacred Ceremonies for many decades. In their retreat, world-class screening processes and medical protocols are adopted from research institutions and expert advisors that make sure you are in good hands.
Behold Retreats offers a unique 7-week retreat with the Holy Medicine, designed to uplift the participant’s consciousness. This program is led by two coaches who have guided more than a thousand participants. The program takes all the necessary elements and diversity to help participants release emotional and energy blockages and enhance their abilities.
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