As the awareness of ayahuasca continues to grow both online and offline, the interest in attending a retreat to experience the effects of the plant is also on the rise. Ayahuasca is a medicinal plant that has been used for many decades in Peru, in the Amazon for various purposes. It is usually served in form of tea derived from a vine, known as Caapi, which is found in the jungle. When the vine is mixed with other leaves, the result is a thick liquid that is brown in color and contains hallucinogenic properties. When planning to attend ayahuasca retreats, it is important to be well prepared so as to get everything that the experience has to offer. Some of the things you will see and activities you are likely to take part in when attending a retreat may include:
1. Consumption of the Ayahuasca drink
Drinking of the tea blend that has hallucinogenic properties is an integral part of any ayahuasca retreat as it helps the mind connect on a deeper level with oneself on the journey. The intake of the drink is done under the supervision of a shaman to reduce the chances of an overdose or it being abused by a curious participant.
2. Intake of a recommended diet
As part of the retreat, participants are expected to eat certain foods that help the body get rid of toxins. This diet is to be followed as part of preparation for the ceremony that is part of the retreat. Purging the body before the ritual will reduce chances of vomiting profusely during the ceremony, which is usually not a good experience.
3. Shaman singing the Icaros
The shaman in charge of the Ayahuasca retreat will sing the Icaros to enhance the effects of the hallucinogenic plant on the vision of the participants. It is common for participants to have visions normally referred to as mareación that alter their thought process. In addition, the singing gives participant a chance to appreciate the power music has on the mind.
4. Mind-altering experience
The result of participating in retreats where Ayahuasca is consumed is likely to be unforgettable and hard to explain in normal human terms. The experience at the ceremony will vary from one person to another depending on many factors. Even if you have been part of a previous retreat, the experience will not be the same as before.
5. Guidance on life path by Ayahuasca
During the ceremony, participants are spoken to by Ayahuasca and given direction on the changes that they need to make in life. The plant is usually referred to as female, as many of those that have connected with higher intellect testify that the voice is for a woman. However, for some participants to hear the voice, they may need to request for an additional dose of Ayahuasca and it will be administered to them at the Shaman’s discretion.
Although there are a number of ayahuasca retreats being organized on a regular basis, it is important to ensure that you sign up for genuine ones. It is important to research on a number of retreat venues by reading through online reviews or making inquiries from family or friends that have gone through the experience before. In addition, these ayahuasca retreats leave you vulnerable as you will have to trust the shaman leading the ritual with your emotional as well as psychological wellbeing.
Finally, enrollment for these retreats can be done all year round so you only have to plan your time well and book a session for you to participate in this once in a lifetime experience.
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