Concerns about ayahuasca

Will I be safe on my Ayahuasca journey? 

You want to drink Ayahuasca but there are still things that you are unsure about.

 They range from questions around safety (physical to emotional), to the ceremony itself and how will you be taken care of. 

What happens if you go crazy or you lose control? And what about after the ceremony? 

Will you be normal again, or will the change be so profound that you are unrecognizable to yourself and others. How will you be able to process the experience?

We dive into these topics in this blog. Let’s get started.

Key takeaways: 

  • Pick a retreat center where you feel listen to and understood, where you are not just a number but the team really cares about your well – being. 

 

  • The retreat center should follow a tradition / ancestral lineage which ensures a deep knowledge of Ayahuasca to help participants in difficult moments in the ceremony. 

 

  • Ayahuasca can move a lot of energy, create a level of confusion, uncertainty (or exactly the opposite depending on your experience). However, it is important that there are certain modalities in place that will help you process the experience. 

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Will I be safe on my Ayahuasca journey? 

You want to drink Ayahuasca but there are still things that you are unsure about. 

They range from questions around safety (physical to emotional), to the ceremony itself and how will you be taken care of. 

What happens if you go crazy or you lose control? And what about after the ceremony? 

Will you be normal again, or will the change be so profound that you are unrecognisable to yourself and others. How will you be able to process the experience?

We dive into these topics in this blog. Let’s get started.

1. Physical Safety: 

Safety should be everyone’s top priority when considering an Ayahuasca retreat, but it’s often an even more significant concern for women.

 In a setting that demands vulnerability, both emotional and physical safety are crucial. 

Here are some guidelines to help you ensure a safer experience:

Ask for Recommendations

Before choosing a retreat center, consult with people you trust who have experience with Ayahuasca.

 Online reviews and testimonials can be helpful, but personal recommendations from friends or acquaintances in the spiritual or wellness community can be even more valuable.

Choose Reputable Retreat Center

Not all Ayahuasca retreats are equal. Research thoroughly to find centers that have a track record. 

The more people have had a positive experience there, the more likely it is that you will have one as well. 

Also, these retreat centers often have a reputation to lose so they are extra careful about creating a safe environment. 

Avoid Solo Journeys in Remote Areas

The romantic notion of venturing alone into the Amazon to find a shaman might sound tempting, but it can be very risky.

 In remote places, you’re far from medical assistance and the safeguards that a reputable retreat center provides.

 If you’re not experienced in the Amazon’s unique challenges or Ayahuasca ceremonies, going it alone exposes you to more risks, especially as a solo female traveler.

Remember, the most transformative experiences are often the ones where you feel supported and safe enough to deeply explore your inner landscape.

 Taking the time to ensure your physical safety is an essential part of preparing for a meaningful Ayahuasca journey.

2. Emotional Comfort: Setting the Foundation for Healing

Ensuring you’re emotionally comfortable before and during your Ayahuasca retreat is just as crucial as physical safety. Here are some factors to consider:

3. Initial Conversation with the Retreat Center

Your initial interaction with the retreat center can give you an insightful glimpse into their way of interacting and how much they value participants’ emotional well-being. 

Are they open and willing to answer your questions and concerns? Do they explain the process and what to expect?

4. Participant to Facilitator Ratio

A lower participant-to-facilitator ratio generally allows for a more intimate, attentive experience. 

Too many participants can make it challenging for the staff to give you the individual attention you may need, especially during such an emotionally intense process.

Personal Attention

Do the facilitators take the time to get to know you? Are they interested in your motivations for participating in the retreat and any concerns you may have? Feeling heard and understood can significantly impact your comfort level and overall experience.

5. Agreements and Guidelines

Good retreat centers usually have explicit agreements or guidelines outlining participant behavior, what to expect from the facilitators, and how any challenges will be addressed. 

These agreements can serve as a safety net, giving you a clearer understanding of the process and your role in it. 

We for example share the agreements of confidentiality, respect and non-judgement and authenticity when we start the first sharing circle of the retreat. 

6. Applied Pressure? 

Do you feel rushed when interacting with the retreat’s staff, or do they give you the time and space to make your decision? 

A retreat that values your pace contributes to a more emotionally secure environment.

Emotional comfort plays a massive role in the Ayahuasca experience. When you feel emotionally secure, you’re more likely to gain the profound insights and healing the plant medicine can offer. 

Always remember, you’re not just a number; you’re an individual embarking on a deeply personal journey. Make sure your chosen retreat sees and treats you that way.

How will I be supported in the ceremony? 

One of the most crucial aspects of an Ayahuasca ceremony is the support structure in place to guide you through the experience. Here’s what you should consider:

7. Tradition and Lineage

Does the retreat center follow a specific ancestral lineage or tradition of Ayahuasca? 

There is a deep level of knowledge behind Ayahuasca and you want to make sure that where you will do an Ayahuasca ceremony, they have access to that knowledge. 

That way you are not “part of an experiment” but following a path of healing that has been there for many generations. 

The shaman will have facilitated thousands of ceremonies, helped participants through countless and various struggles, so when you are experiencing a difficulty he (or she) will know what to do and how to assist you. 

8. Losing Control and Trust

An Ayahuasca ceremony often involves surrendering control and stepping into the unknown. 

While you may not have full control over the journey, you should trust the space and people around you. 

Examine your feelings about relinquishing control; these feelings often mirror other areas in your life where trust may be lacking.

In the ceremony, you will be in an altered state of consciousness. This can be challenging, but it’s essential to remember that what we consider “reality” is often a self-constructed narrative based on our own traumas, beliefs, and past experiences.

 In a sense, we’re all “tripping” on these subconscious programs, continually attracting the same life situations.

 Ayahuasca serves as a mirror, reflecting your consciousness back at you, helping you wake up from this “amnesia.”

Trusting The Loving Nature of Ayahuasca

Despite its intimidating reputation, many find Ayahuasca to be a profoundly loving medicine. The key lies in being prepared, respectful, and open to whatever may come. 

In the end the healing always comes through the love, light, understanding, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. And that’s also the path of Ayahuasca. 

Sometimes it requires us to take a harsh look in the mirror to see our blind spots. 

Many times we feel what we need is a kick in the back to finally get moving. But what is actually missing is a big hug and being held. 

And this is a lot more the experience that people are having than the sensational based stories on the internet. 

In an Ayahuasca ceremony it is your consciousness experiencing your consciousness through Ayahuasca. So what you experience are things that you carry within yourself. 

Things that want to make it to the surface, things that you need to understand to start to live a better life. 

You will most likely go through intense and challenging experiences. So it is important to know, that you will be supported in the ceremony and your process. 

Of course it is important that you prepare for your experience, a detailed instruction you can find in a dedicated blog post about this topic.

How will I be like after the experience? 

9. Will I be normal again after the experience? Will I loose my mind? 

Some people – especially when they are in the peak of their Ayahuasca ceremony – will worry if they ever be normal again, if this state will ever stop.

 Yes, this state will pass and you will experience life with your normal senses the next day. 

While you will indeed return to your “normal” life, some experiences or insights may stick with you. 

Whether it’s a newfound sense of unconditional love, a deeper understanding of your authentic self, or an acute awareness of aspects you want to change, Ayahuasca often leaves a lasting imprint.

10. I want to change but will Ayahuasca completely shake up my world? 

The desire for change often coexists with fear about what that change will look like. 

Will the Ayahuasca experience completely change your worldview and priorities? Will you become a hippie and disregard all ambition for a successful life? 

The answer on how deep the change within you will be is individual and depends on multiple factors. 

  • How stable is your current life situation? 
  • How much are you actually suffering in your present circumstances? 
  • And most importantly, how open and committed are you to the process of change? 

The degree to which Ayahuasca impacts your life correlates with your answers to these questions. The Ayahuasca will work as deeply in you, as you are ready to go within. 

Some might find the experience to be a minor adjustment, a fine-tuning of their current trajectory.

 Others might see it as a significant shift that fundamentally alters their life path. Either way, the willingness to confront and act upon these revelations will also impact how much change will actually happen in your life. 

You become more authentically you 

Ayahuasca tends to make you more ‘you’—more connected with your intuition, more authentic, and often more compassionate. But this transformation isn’t without its challenges. 

The experience can reveal incongruities in your life that you’ve been ignoring or weren’t aware of. 

Maybe you hate your job, are in unfulfilling relationships, or live a life designed by others’ expectations. Facing these truths can trigger a crisis of sorts. 

11. Crisis as a Gateway to Change

If Ayahuasca exposes the suffering in your life, this revelation is often the first step toward meaningful change. 

While confronting these harsh truths can be difficult, many find that the initial discomfort was needed at that time. 

However, the overwhelming majority of people who undergo this transformative journey find it to be rewarding in the long run. 

In retrospect it will lead you to a happier, more aligned life.

Navigating the post-Ayahuasca landscape is an individual journey, but the authenticity and clarity it often brings make the initial challenges worth it for many. 

If you’ve found yourself at a crossroads, uncertain but willing to face the truth, Ayahuasca could be the catalyst that propels you toward a life more aligned with your true self.

12. The Importance of Support: Navigating Post-Ayahuasca Life

Joining an Ayahuasca Retreat is just the first step; integrating the experience into your daily life is a pivotal and often overlooked aspect of the process. 

To support this important transition, our retreat offers an Ayahuasca Integration Seminar. 

This seminar is designed to guide you post-experience, offering insights on what to expect and practical tips on how to navigate your newfound understanding into your life.

– What to Expect After Ayahuasca: The emotional, mental, and physical changes that could occur.

– What to Do and What Not to Do: Practical steps for maintaining the benefits and avoiding common pitfalls that can dilute the experience.

– Navigating Difficult Conversations: If Ayahuasca has led you to deep insights that necessitate changes in your relationships, we provide guidance on how to approach these critical conversations.

– Holistic Tools for Self-Connection: Whether it’s breathwork, yoga, or mindfulness practices, we offer a range of tools to help you connect deeply with yourself.

– Integration Coaching: For those who require more personalized guidance, we offer one-on-one integration coaching to provide targeted support.

Understanding that each individual’s journey is unique, we are committed to offering a supportive space that equips you with the tools you need for meaningful, lasting change.

13. We invite you to consider our Center: Ayahuasca Retreat Guacamayo 

Here’s why past participants choose our Retreat Center 

Intimate Groups: We believe that a more personalized experience is crucial for deeper transformation. That’s why we keep our groups small (maximum 12 people).

Excellent Facilitator-to-Participant Ratio: With a usual ratio of 1:4, you’ll receive the individual attention and support that you need throughout your journey.

  Outstanding Reviews: Our commitment to providing a transformative experience is reflected in our 100 5-star reviews from past participants.

Breathtaking Location: Your journey of inner transformation is complemented by the tranquil and stunning natural surroundings of our retreat center.

Holistic Experience: Aside from Ayahuasca ceremonies, we offer additional activities such as holotropic breathwork, sharing circles, and even an ice bath to round out your healing journey.

Affordable Options: We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience this transformation, and our affordable price point reflects this. 

Private Lodging Available: For those looking for a more secluded and personalized space during their retreat, we offer private lodging options.

You can find out more about our Ayahuasca Retreats in Colombia here. 

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Book a Call 

We limit our retreats to only 12 guests a month to ensure that each participant gets the personalized attention and space they deserve. 

So if you’re ready to take a step towards Ayahuasca, click the link to book a free consultation call with us. 

In your 45 - minute consultation call, you will find out:

If Ayahuasca is the right medicine for you right now

If you feel comfortable with us as facilitators

If this place the right place for you

We want to help you on your journey, share the powerful message of Ayahuasca and whether you join with us or not is totally up to you.

No High Pressure Sales tactics, the people who resonate with our message join, the ones who don't won't and it is totally ok.

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