The Shamanic Dieta

Diving Deep Into Plant Medicine

La Familia Ayahuasca originates from an Amazonian Shamanic lineage that has very very strong foundations in the practice of what is called "The Shamanic Dieta".

We are continuing this tradition by offering The Shamanic Dieta here on Lake Atitlan by offering Shamanic Dietas.  We will be working with Cacao, Bobansana, Oak, Cypress and Pine just to name a few.  If interested in the dieta, you can ask us what plant or tree we will be dieting on each specific retreat.

The Shamanic Dieta

The shamanic Dieta is a practice that is foundational to Ayahuasca and Amazonian Plant Shamanism.  The dieta is implemented for four main reasons:

- Physical and Energetic Cleansing

- Energetic Protection

- Receiving Wisdom from the Plant or Tree Being Dieted

- Forming a Strong Bond or Relationship with the Plant or Tree Being Dieted

In addition, if one is wanting to dive deep into plant medicine work, the practice of dieta is paramount to the study.  In fact, when one asks the elders in the Peruvian jungle about studying plant medicine, they say, "Dieta, dieta, dieta".  It is notable that they do not say, "Ayahuasca, Ayahuasca, Ayahuasca".

To learn more about the practice of The Shamanic Dieta, you can Click Here to listen to a one hour podcast on the subject.

The Logisitical Details of the Shamanic Dieta

- The dieta is opened on Day 2 of the Ayahuasca retreat at 5:30 PM by drinking a tea made from the plant/tree being dieted.

- The dieta will end the morning of Day 7 of the Ayahuasca retreat.

- The tea will be drunk at 5:30 PM for four nights in a row and the dieta restrictions will continue until the morning of Day 7.

- Dieta restrictions will be followed between the evening of Day 2- the morning of Day 7.  These restrictions include:

  • Staying on the retreat center property- no field trips until Day 7.

  • No touching of other people.

  • Eating only "dieta approved" food (no salt, sugar etc..)

  • Absolutely no internet access and no phone calls

  • No use of toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc..


- Dieta approved food and the restrictions therein are as follows:​

  • No salt

  • No sugar

  • No oils

  • No processed foods

  • No spices

  • No stimulants- caffeine, coffee, black tea, green tea, etc...

  • No dairy

  • Ovo vegetarian

  • Chicken (omnivore upgrade option)

  • Eggs

  • Rice

  • Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

  • Yucca

  • Plantains

  • Salad Greens

  • Herbal Tea


- Post Dieta Restrictions (the day count starts the day you end dieta or Day 8)

  • No intoxicants for 30 days

  • No pharmaceutical medications for at least two weeks.

  • No other psychoactive plant medicines for 20 days (Ayahuasca is ok)

  • No sex for 15-30 days.  Make a commitment and keep it.

  • No pork for 6 months


Note:  It is very important that if you choose to do the dieta that you are willing and able to keep to these dieta restrictions.  If you are not able to keep to these restrictions, please do not choose to do the dieta.  Again, the shamanic dieta is optional.



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