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During your stay at The Holistic Sanctuary, you will have the opportunity to participation in meditation and rituals designed to open your mind and free your worries. One of these is the ritual use of ayahuasca, which you have to be medically cleared to participate it.

What Is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca goes by several names, including the tea and la purga, due to its propensity to make people who consume it purge. It is a brew that is made from two plants: the leaves of the Psychotria viridis and the stalks of the Banisteriopis caapi. which is typically broken up to better release the compounds into the brew that make it effective.

Long considered a sacred beverage in certain communities, a shaman typically presides over the brew, preparing it by boiling the leaves and stalks until a concentrated brew is formed. Once strained for impurities, the brew is ready to be consumed.

What Is the Ayahuasca Ceremony or Ritual?

Our ceremonies are carefully monitored, with participants watched over by a healer. The ritual of taking ayahuasca provides people with a way to open their minds and heal from trauma.

Ayahuasca contains psychogenic compounds and may leave users in an altered state of mind for hours. Many people come to The Holistic Sanctuary to partake of the ayahuasca. Before the ceremony, users are asked to abstain from things that may pollute the body, such as sex, drugs, and alcohol. Our rehabilitation center provides the resources to do just that. In addition, eating a vegetarian or vegan diet is recommended for several weeks before your ayahuasca experience, and our meals are all plant-based food to help cleanse your body.

Regardless of where you participate in the ceremony, they are generally held at night. Participants may go through the experience alone or in a small group. The area is blessed by the shaman before the ceremony starts, and support is offered to the participants throughout the process.

Feelings on Ayahuasca

People taking ayahuasca typically begin to feel the effects of the brew within 20 to 60 minutes, and it may last 2 to 6 hours. During the process, vomiting and diarrhea are normal and considered part of the cleaning process of the drug.

Participants may experience a range of feelings and emotions. Hallucinations are common and typically strong auditory and visual experiences. While some feel euphoria, others may feel fear and paranoia. Many people feel a combination of all of the above.

No experience with ayahuasca is the same. Some ceremonies involve taking it multiple nights, which would generally result in a different experience each night.

A Final Note

Research supports that the use of ayahuasca may lead to neurological changes and better brain health. Major ingredients in the brew -- DMT and beta-carbolines -- have neuroprotective effects. The brew may even improve memory. Regardless of how you feel about psychogenic substances, taking ayahuasca in a safe and controlled way, such as through The Holistic Sanctuary, can provide a mind opening experience that heals on a cellular level, as well as a spiritual one.