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Diet & Preparation


It is highly recommended to prepare for the ceremony as it will enhance your experience and you may receive more healing benefits from the Medicine. Preparation can be done in the body, the mind and the heart. Please adhere to the following restrictions and dietary guidelines. We also recommend maintaining these guidelines at least three 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 coordinator and/or facilitator.

Please note that it if you have a delicate medical condition, it is very important to discuss with your doctor about drinking Ayahuasca and let us know any medications you are taking upon registration to ensure your complete safety and well-being.

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What to avoid before and after ceremony

  • 5 to 7 days

    • No alcohol

    • No drugs: psychoactive plants/substances (marijuana, cocaine, LSD, etc.)

    • Reduce smoking cigarettes

    • Caffeine

    • Refined sugars

    • Excess salt

    • Sexual & sensual activity with self or others

    • Foods high in oils & animal fat

    • Extreme physical activity

  • 3 days

    • Fat / Deep fried food, processed and canned foods

    • Meat (beef, pork, fowl)

    • Hot spices, garlic, onion

    • Caffeine

    • Dairy products

    • Citrus fruits

    • Very ripe fruits 

    • Fermented and tyramine-containing food or drinks

    • Excess sugar, salt

    • Sexual & sensual activity with self or others

Leading up to ceremony you can have

    • Fruits

    • Fresh or cooked vegetables

    • Whole grains, cereals, seeds, nuts (lentils, beans, peas, rice, quinoa, oats, barley, almonds, walnuts, etc)

    • Homemade fresh soups

    • Water and fresh juices (no orange or lime juice the day of the ceremony)

    • Olive oil in small quantities

    • Fresh fish (for people who need animal protein)

    • Eggs (for people who need animal protein)

On the Day of the Ceremony

It is very important to have energy for the night of the ceremony. Ensure you are rested and have eaten. 

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 water and mild herbal tea only.

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 integration. 

Make intentional space for it and be patient as you shift in sometimes slight ways.

Medications and Health issues

In general, you should not be taking any other substances or medications, including herbal medicines when taking Ayahuasca or dieting other medicinal plants, both for your safety and to not interfere with the efficacy of the plants or their energies. All prescription medications, certain supplements, and illegal drugs should be ceased at least 2 to 8 weeks prior to drinking Ayahuasca depending on the specific type of medications or supplement. In order for you to receive the best care and the most positive and safe healing benefits from the Sacred Plant Medicines, it is of utmost importance that you communicate with the facilitators openly about any current or recent past medications as well as any preexisting physical or mental issues. With this knowledge in adequate time, you may be able to decrease your intake of these medications 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.

Our Retreats

We have carefully designed a variety of retreats throughout the year, to offer a heartwarming experience to every single soul visiting us here in the Forest. Each retreat may have some variation in its program and theme.


Florestral Forest Community is located in the Southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. The Land is between the city of San Isidro General (also known as Perez Zeledon) and the beach/surf town of Dominical.


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