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a hole in a flute
That Christ’s breath moves through-
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– HAFIZ –
Drawing from the magic of the Amazon we find Ayahuasca to be a formidable force driving us towards inner expansion. Find out more about how the sacred plant Ayahuasca can assist you in your healing process below.
ABOUT AYAHUASCA RETREAT CEREMONIES
The Mother Vine
Ayahuasca has been recognised as a medicinal healing agent for thousands of years by indigenous cultures throughout the Amazon basin. Western research regarding potential therapeutic effects of ayahuasca has taken off over the past 15 years, and although still evolving, numerous studies have suggested that ayahuasca has the potential to produce a range of health and well-being effects.
Ayahuasca cleanses and heals on many levels – emotional, physical, mental and spiritual. Ayahuasca Ceremonies are a sacred designed process that promotes the healing and releasing attachments, emotional wounds, dysfunctional patterns of behaviour and self-limiting belief systems that are no longer necessary to carry on our journey through this human experience. An Ayahuasca Retreat Ceremony is one that often brings clarity to our deepest truths, purpose and the path ahead of us. Other ways that Ayahuasca can serve us is in deepening our connection to the earth and the Divine essence within us and in all life. It allows us to open our eyes wider to our true self.
Ayahuasca holds immense intelligence and power. It is a medicine that must be approached with respect, integrity, and pure intention. This is a delicate process which is often not easy. It takes work to dive into this experience and courage to face the shadow subconscious aspects of ourselves. When one does, the drinker can be rewarded with the incredible teachings, insight, and healing that this master plant has to offer to each one of us and all of humanity.
Ayahuasca is an ancient visionary healing medicine or brew that comes from the Amazon Basin. It is used traditionally in the Jungle of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela & Brazil. The Ayahuasca brew is made up of two main plant components – the Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) & Chakruna leaves (Psychotria viridis). Many traditional shaman use other additives to their Ayahuasca Brew and each plant additive has its function and purpose in the spiritual realm. The spirit and character of Ayahuasca is brimming with feminine, divine and abstract qualities and this is why Ayahuasca is often described as a devine feminine plant spirit. In ceremony people often perceive the spirit of Ayahuasca in the form of a woman or a snake.
This visionary plant medicine is often called “la Purga” or “the Purge”. The name refers to the way that Ayahuasca helps us to clean our physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies through a powerful purgative process. The medicine is said to move through the physical body, activating stored energies that we carry. When these energies are activated they express themselves in a variety of different ways and ultimately they are purged from the body. The purging process can take countless forms, commonly expressing the release through shaking, vomiting, diarrheas, strong emotions, tears, yawning etc.
Ceremonies that involve deep physical and energetic cleaning and clearing often precede ceremonies with deep vision, light and insight. Although every person will have a unique experience with Ayahuasca and ceremony is best approached with as little expectation as possible. Often the journey that Ayahuasca takes us on is hard to decipher at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight the profound wisdom of the plants begins to reveal itself. Ayahuasca Ceremonies will give you what you need however this may not always be what we want in the moment and the path to healing can be a very challenging one for some.
THE DEEP JUNGLE
Ayahuasca comes from the Amazon Basin of South America, nobody knows exactly when this ancestral medicine was discovered by the native people of the Amazon. Legends of the jungle tell that the plants spoke to the mystics and the healers and told them to mix the two ingredients. It is incredible to contemplate that of the millions of plant species in the Amazon somebody should think to mix and cook these two plants together in a laborious reduction process.
For eons many different natives tribes and people have worked with Ayahuasca in ceremonial contexts. Traditionally in many parts the healer or ‘curandero’ would drink the brew and the ‘patient’ would not. The Ayahuasca brew would allow the healer to connect to the spirit world and from there be able to identify the illness and prescribe a treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Retreat Ayahuasca Ceremonies
The four Ayahuasca Ceremonies take place at night time in the traditional Amazonian Shipibo style. The shaman serves the medicine to each participant, they sing prayers and blessings to the medicine and then the lights go out. The ceremony takes place in complete darkness. The Maestros orchestrate the ceremony through powerful prayer, icaros (medicine songs) and energetic work. The icaros call in his spiritual allies and other spirits of the jungle and the cosmos which help to guide the medicine and the journey of each participant.
We at Spirit Plant Journeys believe that Ayahuasca as a medicine of the Jungle is most powerfully harnessed by the experienced maestros of the Amazon. We are blessed to work with a true, intergral and powerful shaman. We always have facilitators present during Ayahuasca Ceremonies to help out where needed and to offer support to those needing a gentle hand. Our facilitators have experience in hundreds of Ayahuasca Ceremonies and gracefully make easy the goings on of the ceremony.
The Ceremony continues throughout the night for between 3-6hrs usually and culminates with each person receiving an individual blessing from the maestros. After ceremony, we serve fruit and nuts and candles are lit. We ensure that those who can not provide for themselves have everything that they need.