Preparation and Integration

Preparation and particularly integration around an Ayahuasca retreat are very important aspects of the larger picture when working with Ayahuasca.

 

At a very basic level there are traditional shamanic restrictions both pre-retreat and post-retreat.  In addition during the retreat itself we will have integration circles the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony.  

 

Many people simply follow these basic shamanic restrictions and participate in integration circles with solid success/outcomes.  That said, one can take their preparation and integration to higher levels if they so choose.

Below we have divided the information into two major sections:  Pre- Retreat and Post Retreat.  we list the required shamanic restrictions and we also provide some practices to consider that may help your preparation and integration process significantly. 

Pre- Retreat Preparation

Pre-Retreat Shamanic Restrictions (required)

- 7 days prior to retreat, no other intoxicants or plant medicines.

- 3 days prior to retreat, no sexual activity.

- 7 days prior to retreat, no pork or pork products.

- 3 days prior to retreat, no red meat.

- 1 day prior avoid fermented foods, cheese, mushrooms and other high tyramine foods.

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Optional Practices to Consider as Prep

- Start, re-start or increase a sitting meditation practice.

- Spending time in nature on a regular basis (as a practice).

- Physical mindfulness practices such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi or Yoga.

- Contemplation, Prayer, Mantra and/or reading spiritual texts.

- Art and even coloring books

- floating/sensory depravation tank sessions.

- Fasting/cleanse/detox.  Just finish this 2-3 days prior to the retreat.

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Optional treatments/readings to Consider as Prep

- Acupuncture Sessions
- Rolfing Series

- Astrology and/or Human Design chart reading.  Click Here for Metamorphic Astrology

 

Post- Retreat Integration

Post- Retreat Shamanic Restrictions (Required)

- 7 days post retreat, no other intoxicants or plant medicines.

- 3 days post retreat, no sexual activity.

- 30 days post retreat, no pork or pork products.

Grounding Techniques:

- Eating grounding savory, salty foods such as beef/red meat, potatoes, lentils, beans, etc...
- Standing barefoot on the dirt/ground for 15+ minutes.

- Cold showers.

- Epsom salt baths.

- Swimming in natural water.

Optional Practices to Consider For Integration

- Start, re-start or increase a sitting meditation practice.

- Spending time in nature on a regular basis (as a practice).

- Physical mindfulness practices such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi or Yoga.

- Contemplation, Prayer, Mantra and/or reading spiritual texts.

- Art and even coloring books

- floating/sensory depravation tank sessions.

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