Ayahuasca Diet and Preparation for Ceremony

It is highly recommended to prepare for the ceremony. Preparation can be done in the body, the mind and the heart. It will enhance your experience and you may receive more of the healing benefits from that which is the Medicine. Please follow dietary guidelines and restrictions. It is also recommend to keep the restrictions at least 3 days after ceremony thus supporting a deeper integration of the experience.

Any medications and health issues within the last year must be communicated with the retreat co-ordinator and/or facilitator. See below for more info.

1. Dietary Recommendations

FOODS TO AVOID 3 days before and after ceremonies:

  • – Fat / Deep fried food, processed and canned foods
  • – Meat (beef, pork, fowl)
  • – Hot spices, Garlic, Onion
  • – Caffeine
  • – Dairy products
  • – Citrus fruit
  • – Very ripe fruits like bananas or avocados
  • – Fermented and tyramine-containing food or drinks (e.g. kombucha, fermented cabbage such as sauerkraut or kimchee, soy sauce, fish or shrimp sauce, aged cheese, cured meats, yeast-extract spreads such as Marmite, broad bean pots such as fava beans, etc.)
  • – Instant meals and fast-food
  • – Excess Sugar, Salt

GOOD FOOD TO HAVE: Fresh is best!

  • – Veggies, Fruits
  • – Fresh and cooked Vegetables
  • – Whole Grains, cereals, seeds and legumes (lentils, beans, peas, rice, quinoa, oats, barley, almonds, walnuts, etc)
  • – Homemade soups
  • – Water and Fresh juices (no orange or lime juice the day of the ceremony)
  • – Olive oil
  • – Fresh Fish (for people who need animal protein)
  • – Eggs (for people who need animal protein)
  • – Fresh Chicken (for people who need animal protein)

On the Day of the Ceremony:

It is very important not to be hungry the day of the ceremony so you can have energy. Be rested and have a good night sleep the previous night.

The day of the ceremony you may have a normal amount of the right kind of food for breakfast and lunch. We recommend that you don’t eat past 3 PM, thus arriving to the ceremony with an empty stomach.

Drink only water and mild herbal tea.

2. Intoxicants and Stimulants

5 to 7 days before the ceremony and 5 to 7 days after:

  • – NO Alcohol
  • – NO Drugs: psychoactive plants/substances ( marijuana, cocaine, LSD, etc.)
  • – Reduce smoking cigarettes

3. Sexual Activity

3 days before and the day after ceremonies

All sexual activity that results in an orgasm, with or without partner, should be suspended. The reason for this is not of a moral nature, but for energetic reasons. Save your inner energy for the journey you are about to undertake in ceremony.

4. Spiritual and Mental Preparation

Define the intention of your desire to take the plant medicine and come to the ceremony with an open mind and heart. Leave behind any expectations and approach the ceremony with an attitude of surrendering. It may help to write down your intention, which could be centered around health and well-being, nature, connection, understanding and spiritual knowledge, or any question you may have in your heart. Enter this experience with a positive attitude of respect, reverence, receptivity to the mystery and with the feeling that you will be provided with exactly what you need. Meditate, pray, walk in nature, make peace and resolve conflicts in your relationships, so as to free your mind of distractions. A few days before the ceremony try to avoid tv programs, movies or experiences of terror, aggression and of negative nature.

During the days after the ceremony spend time in a quiet natural environment and reflect on your experience. A lot of understanding and insight is available to us only after the actual ceremony. This is the magic of the integration time. Make intentional space for it and be patient as you shift in sometimes slight ways.

5. Medications and Health issues

In order for you to receive the best care and the most positive an safe healing benefits from the Sacred Plant Medicines, it is of utmost importance that you communicate with the facilitators openly about any medications that you are taking or have been taking as well as any physical or mental issues that you may be dealing with. For your safety and wellbeing certain medications will prevent you from drinking the Ayahuasca. However with this pre-knowledge you may be able to begin the process of stopping these medications with adequate time and thus safely join a ceremony. You will be required to fill in a medical clearance form once you request to register for a ceremony.

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SOL Circle hosts sacred plant medicine retreats in the jungle of Costa Rica. We have a beautiful hosting center, embraced by the forest and blessed with pure waters. We live here as a heart-centered community by the principles of truth, simplicity and love. We look forward to welcoming you and supporting you through your Ayahuasca experience. Many retreats also include sweat lodge purification ceremonies with San Pedro. Our retreats offer the opportunity for a transformative getaway, a spiritual self-awakening and healing for your mind, body and soul.