The term Ayahuasca is derived from the Quechua words “aya ” meaning soul or spirit and “huasca” meaning rope or vine. This is translated as the vine of the soul and is considered to be a drink used by the initiated ones to communicate with the world of the spirits for more than 5,000 years by the shamans of the Amazon as a way to reach amplified states of consciousness.
Ayahuasca is a blend of two plants – the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the leaves of a shrub called chacruna (Psychotria viridis), which contains the dimethyltryptamine (The Spirit Molecule). The effects of Ayahuasca can be attributed to Dimethyltryptamine , a substance that is produced by our Pineal Gland and is responsible for our nocturnal dreams. According to various healers Chacruna is in charge of “painting the visions” whereas the Ayahuasca is the one teaching beyond those visions.
Working with Ayahuasca is an intense, profound, and almost always a highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. An ayahuasca purge releases you of unhealthy mental and emotional energies that you may have been carrying that were initially caused by difficult experiences in your life such as emotional wounds, abuse, relationship difficulties and depression. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access higher states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual awakening. To many people it reveals the multi-dimensional nature of reality and ourselves and it leads us back to who we truly are.
The effects induce a modified state of consciousness, which is experienced as expanding and allows us to observe deep-rooted problems and open the censoring of the human unconscious mind. The Ayahuasca experience can lead to different results, such as the surprising and ecstatic meeting with one’s “Self”, the identification of a true “Me”, not recognized and seemingly rediscovered.
Ayahuasca is a sacred medicine consumed in a ritual ceremony. The consumption of Ayahuasca within a controlled context shows no side-effects, nor any symptom of abstinence when you stop consuming it.
& Healing Retreat Diet
What not to eat before your Retreat
In order to pass through your retreat successfully, clients are required to follow a special pre-Ayahuasca diet before their detox and healing retreat. In the Amazon the word ‘diet or dietas’ is used to refer to a period of fasting from certain foods, so that one can experience a more powerful detox and healing with La Madre Ayahuasca.
All retreat participants are advised to abstain from the following food items 3 days before and after your Ayahuasca Detox & Healing Retreat:
– Fruits that are bruised or overripe including raisins, prunes
or other dried fruits – Bananas
– Canned figs
– Red plums – Pineapple
– Broad beans and pods
(lima, fava beans, lentils, snow peas and soya beans
Other Food Items
– Yeast extracts/ brewer’s yeast (Marmite) – Soy sauce
– All meat, fish and eggs which are not fresh
– Red meat
– Pork (please abstain for a minimum of two weeks before and after ceremony)
– Dry and fermented sausage (bologna, salami, pepperoni, corned beef, and liver) – Pickled herring and salted dried fish
– Meat extracts
Spices and Herbs
– Chillies or other hot peppers
– St. John’s wort
– Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA) found in Morning Glory and Baby Hawaiian Woodrose seeds MDA related herbs (nutmeg, sweet flag)
– Alcohol – You should abstain from drinking alcohol for a minimum of one week before and after your ceremony
– Fizzy drinks (including “diet” sodas, as these contain NutraSweet/Aspartame and other sweeteners)
– Beer and non-alcoholic beer
– Sugar and sweets – Ice cream
– Oils (if you must use oil, use olive oil very sparingly)
– Fat (including lard etc)
– Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream
– All aged/mature cheese (exception: cottage cheese, cream cheese)
– Caffeine drinks including coffee, tea, cola, Guarana and energy drinks
– Ice or ice cold drinks
Post Dieta Information
The post diet is as important as the diet it’s self. The Post-diet usually lasts 4-6 weeks depending on the plant you dieted with and for how long your diet lasted. You need to check this with your Maestro when you end your diet. The post diet is a period of integration and incorporation of the spirit of the master plant and for the work you’ve done during the diet. During this time you need to follow a special diet and lifestyle. Following the post diet guidelines is extremely important and breaking with the post diet instructions can cause severe problems and complications.
It is important to listen to your own body. There are certain things you must avoid completely and there are things you can implement after a few days. For the foods that are not mentioned, listen in with yourself and ask your body, the master plant will also guide you. You can also try and see how it feels in your system. If the food is very heavy to digest, to much spice etc. avoid. Your body will often give you a feeling if its good for you or not and the quantities it wants. Eat as much organic food as possible.
What to completely avoid during post-dieta 4 – 6 weeks :
Acid and Citric fruits (this includes lemons, oranges, passion fruit, tomatoes (however a few drops of lemon juice on your salad is ok)
Coffee and black tea
Dairy products, milk, butter, cream and yogurt
Fatty fish/ salt water fish
Fermented products like vinegar, wine, soy sauce
Hot spices/ sauces
Ice-cream, refrigerated food and drinks/ hot drinks-soups/food (Stick to room-
Nuts and seeds
Onion, garlic, spices
Red meat/ pork
Sugar (fructose in fruits is fine and little honey but not too much)
Sexual activity, masturbation and especially no orgasm
Ingestion of medicaments
Smoking marihuana, psycoactive substances and other drugs
Do not use strong chemicals on your hair or skin, try to use natural soaps, shampoes, oils for your skin, fluoride free natural toothpaste and natural fragrances, if any.
After 1 – 2 weeks you may add in (add little by little and listen to your body what is ok- use moderation, especially at first):
Acid and citric fruits
• Beans/lentils Eggs (but not fried in
Fatty fish and salt water fish
Oatmeal milk\soy milk Nuts and seeds\peanuts
Recommended Lifestyle during Post-Dieta:
Try not to over eat/ the plant intergrates better when eating in moderation
You may need to rest a lot for these first 2 weeks, allow yourself to do so
Dont mix your energy too much with other people (i.e. massage, kissing, hugs etc.)
Drink plenty of water and herbal teas without caffeine (f.eks: camomille)
Keep a diary of your personal dreams and insights
Slowly get back into physical exercise, don’t overdo it too quickly, but listen to your body. Swetting is not reccomendable during post- diet.
Be mindful and stay out of the sun to much, try to stay in the shade instead.
Be mindful of being in busy crowds, take extra time if you are back to your normal
routine at home, meditate and journal often and keep track of how you’re feeling
generally and in response to your master plant.
We reccomend cleansing your body and mind, with showers, insences, palo santo or
sage, going for short walks, being in nature and be kind to yourself.
Be mindful of where your thoughts are, and your thoght patterns. Whatever you choose
to do/think to yourself during post – diet you also do to the master plant.
We recommend to eat steamed potatoes, manioc, green banana and vegetables, oatmeal porrige, fresh salads, quinua, rice, fruits, lean fish and chicken from the grill (without additional oil and spices). Food that has ”less personality”(meaning less tastes, spices, fats, sugar etc.) is the best to eat during post- diet, it gives more space to the master plant to intergrate. Natural supplements are ok to eat during post diet, but in moderation.