What is Ayahuasca?

Shamans understand the language of the plants and it was the plants that showed the Shaman, Ayahuasca. Coming from the Great Forests of the Amazon of South America, Ayahuasca is a medicinal ethnogenic tea prepared from two main plants: Banisteriopsis Caapi, a jungle vine also known as jagube, and combined with the leaves of Psychotria Viridis or Chacruna or Rainha (Queen).

The plants are cooked together with water over fire for numerous hours until the elements merge into the golden liquid light that is Ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca or Ayawaska is Quechua for Spirit Vine or Vine of the Soul; aya means Spirit while huasca or waska means vine. Quechua is a language spoken by indigenous Andean people of South America. The Medicine is also called by many other names.

Santo Daime

From the deep heart of the Peruvian jungle the forest spirit wanted to reach more people.

So someone was summoned, and that person was a simple yet profound Brazilian, Irineu Raimundo Serra who worked in the forests of Peru as a rubber tapper. He experienced the brew by the guidance of the shamans and upon drinking it he received an awakening that brought him his great life mission. He had a vision of the Queen of the Forest who bestowed upon him the Doctrine of the Santo Daime, literally meaning the Holy Give-me. Irineu brought the teachings to his home in Brazil, where the doctrine slowly became established.

He became know as Mestre, the Master. We see him as the gateway opener for the medicine to come out of the forest and into the world.

With time the Doctrine grew, attracting many people from all over Brazil and beyond. The brew was discovered internationally and many new paths were born that have been spread globally. Now Ayahuasca or Santo Daime can be drunk across the Globe.

The two plants are collected here on our land, cleaned and prepared and then cooked together for many hours. It is done in a very intentional way, with awareness, humbleness, prayers and love.

Ayahuasca is a true medicine because it is healing us in both the physical and spiritual dimensions of our existence and Ayahuasca is showing us how we are to heal ourselves. She is a Healer that cleanses our bodies from disease, our hearts from suffering, our mind from illusion. She brings us the Light of Consciousness, opening our hearts and eyes to look within ourselves and find there the Divine.

She teaches us how to live. And the way to live in Harmony. Ayahuasca is an Entity that has been sent from the Spirit Realm to accompany us in our quest and soul journey towards the One.

Preparing Ayahuasca

At our Forest Sanctuary we grow the medicine plants and we cook the medicine. The process of cooking is called Feitio and lasts around 10 days. We choose to cook during the Solstice and Equinox. We also welcome people to join in the process of cooking, from harvesting to reducing. It is a labor of love and devotion and it is so very special to make the brew as community, as we work, sing and pray together throughout the process we bring our united intentions of healing and gratitude into the brew.

retreat center testimonials

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.