A y a h u a s c a M e d i c i n e
Drinking the Sacred Vine
21 NOVEMBER – 7 DECEMBER 2020
Prized by the native Amazonians as the ‘Great Medicine of the Forest’ and used for millennia for the purposes of healing, divination and spiritual development, Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) is a supreme cosmic plant intelligence that elicits profound transformation.
Growing like DNA, it has its own unique cosmology, its own language and its own way of healing and transforming that is beyond this world and definitely beyond the mind. This master teacher plant is a powerful gift from Mother Earth to transform our human consciousness.
Our work and intention with this sacred vine is anchored in a deep trust of our own personal spiritual process, which allows us to surrender to the opening of highly expanded states of awareness. From this space, Ayahuasca teaches us how to access heightened states of perception through intention alone, guiding us to the places where we need healing, growth and transformation. She draws us into experiences of the heart to reveal our deepest connection to spirit and to illuminate the awakened soul within.
The classic Ayahuasca medicine of the Peruvian Amazon is made by combining the Ayahuasca vine with the leaves of the Chacruna plant which provide the DMT, or Dimethyltryptamine, that enhances our spiritual vision. It is the interlocking properties of these two plants together that creates the Ayahuasca medicine experience and we will all participate in its preparation.
In our five Ayahuasca ceremonies, we will focus in the ancestral tradition of this Mother plant as a healing and transformative medicine, guided by the Shipibo ayahuasqueros (medicos) and their healing icaros, or songs. The shamans work cooperatively to protect the group from harmful energies and summon the healing spirits to aid each participant in their personal quest, whatever that might be. (pictured above is Juni Lopez, Shipibo plant master for our Jungle program)
Ayahuasca is a highly intelligent plant medicine that knows exactly what you need and how you need to be cleansed and purified. Cleansing effects range from yawning, laughing, crying, shaking, sweating, urinating, bowel elimination and regular vomiting.
Vomiting is a fundamental aspect of the holistic purge and is almost inevitable. Temporary diarrhea may also occur as the medicine cleanses your system. These effects are transient and experienced by most, but not all people. The generally negative Western attitude toward vomiting is a culturally biased viewpoint not absolute in any biomedical sense. In the shamanic culture of the Amazon, purging by vomiting and defecation is considered a positive and beneficial aspect of the cleansing process.
Not everyone receives visions the first time they engage with Ayahuasca. Multiple sessions are usually needed to realize this gift. Work with Ayahuasca is a process which takes dedication, discipline, perseverance and absolute surrender for its fullest benefit.
Once effectively cleansed, our inner processes of renewal and transformation continue indefinitely. The greatest work with Ayahuasca comes later, as we assimilate the experience into our daily lives and become more aware of the subtle spiritual dimensions that are always with us. You should expect the healing and transformational aspects of this Expedition to take at least six months to fully integrate in your awareness and physical body.
Personal preparation and a positive attitude are critical. Adherence to dietary and disciplinary requirements is essential to receive the greatest blessings possible. This experience is greatly empowered by giving yourself fully to the teaching and healing energy with an open mind and heart.
Not everyone may drink the sacred brew of the Amazonian shamans. We have pre-qualified all participants with a health questionnaire and you were accepted based upon your affirmation of excellent health.
The responsibility of disclosure of any current medical condition and taking accurate health precautions including medical advice, remains entirely with you. You are the exclusive agent responsible for following these precautions and the liability for any adverse effect that may result during the taking of the Ayahuasca medicine during this program, with no exceptions.
Please read and agree that these contraindications do not apply to you
Any Heart Conditions
Chronic heart conditions, severe high blood pressure
The use of anti-hypertensive agents (used to treat high blood pressure)
Any Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, suicidal tendencies
(Ayahuasca is not a cure for mental illness)
Depressive States and the ingestion of Anti-Depressant Drugs
You are required to inform your doctor and get professional medical advice on the potential risks involved in taking a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) in conjunction with your medical prescriptions. The Ayahuasca concoction is a MAOI, albeit weaker than most pharmaceutical drugs available on the market today. Those under treatment with anti-depressant drugs and related supplements are not permitted on this journey. If you have taken these in the past, then the use must have ended for at least twelve months.
Antihistamines, phenylalanines, systemic vase-constrictors or decongestant – both natural and synthetic formulations, normally used in case of cold and flu
Drugs with high content of caffeine
Analgesics like Meperidine, anti-Parkinson drugs
Drugs used to treat heart conditions
People affected by Addison’s Disease
Heavy alcohol use
Use of narcotics, cocaine, heroine, crack, mescaline or phenethylamines
If you are affected by Chron’s Disease and/or Intestinal Ulcers
If you are pregnant
If any of the above conditions apply to you, you will not be eligible to participate in this Amazon Expedition.