Following this simple and essential set of guidelines will support your Ayahuasca journey on a safe side. Its advised to follow it in the periods of preparation for Ayahuasca ceremonies so that your upcoming experience unfolds possibly more easy, decreasing physical difficulties, preparing the body and mind for a life-changing experience.
Our body is our home, our temple – a vessel of consciousness. It makes main element in an exchange of energy, absorbing and filtering, receiving and transmitting. It can be clogged, blocked and saturated (“contaminated”) by what is consumed. Therefore the more clean is the body, the best energetic exchange with the environment is possible.
Considering this, the better is care for our bodies, more ready it is for receiving the gifts of nature teachers and medicines. Physical preparation means making the best effort in our current conditions. For this please carefully review Medical precaution and Recommended diet and nutrition sections.
Main recommendation is to avoid using any medication that is not used for treating a critical condition. Always consult your medical assistant about combining certain prescription meds with MAOI’s before using Ayahuasca.
Use of certain types of pharmaceuticals could have adverse effects in combination with Ayahuasca. It is important to gradually decrease the use of antidepressants, SSRI’s and mood stabilisers to eventually quit their use 1-3 weeks before taking Ayahuasca.
ATTENTION! Anyone receiving a therapy or guidance with psychotherapist or counsellor, getting treated for any type of depressive disorders (anxiety, OCD, addiction etc.) or using drugs (heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, opiates etc) or have had these events in the past, need to consult the organisers at least one month prior attending Ayahuasca ceremony. Combined use of other teacher plants or psychedelics (mushrooms, marijuana, DMT, LSD etc.) is not welcome on the ceremony location. Everybody is fully responsible for informing organisers about past or current drug issues, notable physical or psychological disorders or current use of prescription drugs or medication on a regular basis. Consult with ceremony organisers in advance in case you have untreated tuberculosis, weak heart or liver condition, pregnancy and in case of any other health issues which potentially may interfere or create complications in combination with taking Ayahuasca.
Recommended diet before and after Ayahuasca
What are the foods better to avoid and which are most recommended? What is the best nutrition before and after Ayahuasca to render the body and mind most suitable for receiving its benefits? It’s easier to follow a set of principles than try to learn all of the possible combinations. These recommendations reflect our personal preferences and experience of what works the best, still mostly following traditional Ayahuasca guidelines.
The main NO for Ayahuasca is NO PORK and NO ALCOHOL before and after (B&A).
The basic guidelines are:
– NO red/heavy meats (pork, beef, sheep, tuna) a week b&a
– NO seafood (shellfish, clams, shrimps, eel etc)
– NO strong alcohol (week b&a) or beer, wine (3 days b&a)
– NO hot food, red pepper, etc. – 2 days before
– NO fermented food, pickles, herring, anchovy’s, old cheese 1 day b&a
A moderate consumption of salt, sugar and general sweets honey is recommended 3 days b&a.
It’s ok to use olive, coconut or other quality oils, however avoiding fried foods. Fresh or cooked vegetables and or legumes (beans, peas) with rice, buckwheat, oats, barley or other cereals.
Fresh fruits and juices, eventually fresh organic eggs are fine (better not on the day of the ceremony).
The most simple diet is to eat light vegetarian food for at least 3 days before and after the Ayahuasca, with moderate-low levels of salt, sugar and fat. Raw food on the day of Ayahuasca is most recommended.
On the day of Ayahuasca night ceremony
Simple vegetarian breakfast and lunch (recommended vegan food or fasting in individual cases). No hot chili! Its recommended to avoid coffee or caffeine containing drinks, eggs, dairy and sweet pastry. No food after 15:00 (or at least 5 hours before the session). Drink only water or herbal tea after lunch.
For persons having a problematic digestion its recommended to exclude the following foods from the diet one week before taking Ayahuasca: all dairy (cheese, cream, except yogurt and kefir) and white bread, products with high gluten content, butter and its products like cakes, cookies etc.
If you are not sure about your digestion, a universal recommendation for diet before Ayahuasca is to eat raw fruits and or vegetables, drink juice. This provides the body a very light feeling and decreases physical heaviness during Ayahuasca session.
Optional cleanse and Dieta
Based on the experience of many practitioners, no selective nutritional regime (as recommended above) can compare with the physical renewal that results from a cleanse program or a traditional Dieta with plants.
There are many types of cleanse programs developed. These are few we can recommend:
- vegan diet
- raw diet
- mucusless diet (A.Ehret)
- liver and gallbladder cleanse
- juice fast
- traditional Amazonian Dieta with plants
- Kambo treatment
Contact us in advance if you wish to do a cleanse or Dieta prior or during an Ayahuasca Retreat.
Clearing the mind and touching the ground
Allow yourself some nature. Space is a crucial element. Not just physical space around us, even more so the spaciousness of the Mind – our senses, thoughts and emotions. Usually the nature serves as a great therapist offering a little bit of freedom from the patterns we are involved in, so that easier to relax and contemplate. Its recommended to spend some time in the nature or in a less busy environment than a modern city prior to Ayahuasca session.
Where am I? How am I? Where am I headed?
Intention and motivation. Our current situation is a reflection of circumstances that we are either actively creating or at least passively supporting. Whatever is happening is a consequence of our response to the world. “What is happening” is meant by what is happening inside us, our behaviour, the reactions, the actions and non actions as well.
It is important that we know what is going on, to touch the ground, so we know what and how are we thinking and doing.
What am I willing to do about my experience? How do I participate, how much responsibility am I taking for this participation? How do I act based on what I see? Am I aware of all possibilities?
To take the experience even deeper, it is good to also know our motivation. What is really behind the changes we’d like to see? Am I seeking for more subtle or higher level of comfort or do I envision my changes in a trans-personal context?
These and related questions may not have an answer at the moment, but its useful to ask them, if we are seeking for more clarity and insight.
The potential. Ayahuasca practice presents a potential and guidance, helping us to expand the boundaries of what we can see thus providing clarity about our current state of Mind – thought patterns, emotions, reactions.
With Ayahuasca practice we become able to see our limitations, recognise the patterns that run our lives and relationships and possibly find the root causes of how we co-create our daily reality.
The same Mind is also the ultimate filter of reality. We reinforce that what we believe in and we can miss out what we prefer to not see.
Sometimes answers are hidden behind the layers and decades long conditioning. However, when we know our intention, the work with Ayahuasca can help to gradually re-assemble our being into more integrity, more whole.