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Preparation for your Retreat


Meditation and Yoga
If you have no previous experience in yoga or meditation, we invite you to explore these prectices, however prior experience is not required for you to participate in the retreat.


  • Maintain a healthy diet. That means do not overeat, avoid processed foods, deep-fried foods and sweets. Treat your body kindly, offer it some time to detox – this may greatly help the cleansing process during the initial ceremonies.
  • Ayahuasca vine, (Banisteriopsis caapi), contains MAOi (neural enzyme monoamine oxidase inhibitor). It is highly recommended that you avoid eating any kind of fermented or non-fresh foods, as they may contain tyramine, which may cause negative health effects, if combined with MAOi . (cheese, miso – fermented soya beans, sauerkraut, pickled foods, soy sauce or tamari, ginseng, protein extracts (avoid liquid and powdered dietary supplements), nonfresh meat or fish, smoked meat, shrimp paste, yeast/brewers yeast and dietary supplements containing yeast (yeast used in baking is safe), dried fruit. It is recommended that these foods are avoided at least 24 hours prior to taking Ayahuasca.
  • Foods to use with caution: avocadoes, caffeine, chocolate, nuts, raspberries and spinach - consume sparingly; dairy products – consume only if not stored for prolonged periods of time.
  • Refrain from alcohol for 3 days before and after the retreat (minimum).
  • Refrain from drugs for 2 weeks before and after (minimum).


  • Refrain from sex for 3 days before and after your retreat.



  • If you are taking any medication, please let us know at the time of your application. All information is held in strict confidentiality and is required to insure your safety and welfare. Please read Health and Safety page for detailed explanations.


Please note, if you are on a shamanic diet, different timelines apply for some of the above restrictions after you exit the diet. Please refer to the Shamanic Diet Info page for more details.



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