Ayahuasca Retreat- Round 2! I can’t believe I did it again! For those of you who are just tuning into my blog, I went on an ayahuasca retreat about 2.5 years ago in Peru. It proved to be so life-changing that I wanted to go again to see what lessons and messages I could get this time around. If you want to catch up and read about my first journey with the plant medicine, just click on Peru under the Destinations section and all 4 ceremonies along with an introduction blog and a reflections blog will be there.
So just a brief overview of what ayahuasca really is…
Ayahuasca is a vine of the jungle which grows in the entire Amazonia, from Colombia to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. It is known and respected by all indigenous people there as a plant healer or “teacher plant” and represents the basis of their traditional medicines. Shamans will brew the ingredients together which are the vine and chacruna leaves to make it into a tea. When you drink this tea during an ayahuasca ceremony, it may take you on a 4-8 hour journey back into your childhood memories. Some may also have visions of nature, of healers, or more than likely of beautiful colored patterns as if you were looking into a kaleidoscope. They say that after you drink this tea, the brew offers you an opportunity to look at your past issues or traumas in a new light. For example, you would be able to accept your previous problems and move forward in a more positive manner. The drawback to all of this is that you have to be willing to puke your guts out, also known as “purging.” Along with the vomiting, you could expect to purge in all different forms. You may have to use the restroom (#1 and/or #2), laugh, cry, and even end the night kicking and screaming depending on what visions you had during your ceremony. But when I learned that the medicine could possibly show me how to live my fullest life, I was SOLD.
After my first retreat in Peru, my life changed so drastically. There were moments where I was at an all-time high, and then I was at the lowest lows. I think that’s just LIFE in general, but with ayahuasca it has truly guided me to living a life with purpose so I am sooo grateful for this medicine!
My dearest friends Jenn and Ken told me about a retreat that our friend Donna was putting together in Hawaii. At first, I really hesitated on going because I remembered how difficult the whole process was with all the purging when I was in Peru. But one random day when I was hanging out with Jenn and Ken and we were just talking, I had a calling to the medicine. It was as if my doubts were answered and I was ready to take it on once again to help myself fully heal and dive deeper into my soul.
Here is a video I made upon arriving to our retreat sanctuary. Enjoy!
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Please join me next week as I tell you about my visions for my first ayahuasca ceremony!