Setting an Intention

Most therapeutic practitioners of Ayahuasca recommend that travelers set an intention before experiencing Ayahuasca. But what does that mean, exactly? And why is intention important? We view Ayahuasca as a healing medicine and not as a recreational drug. In order to benefit from its healing properties, we believe that you have to do some introspective […]

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Maybe you’ve heard of SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder and have some vague idea what it is. Let’s take a look at it and what you can do to cope with it. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a type of depression brought on by changes in the […]

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Does Ayahuasca Trigger Growth of New Brain Cells?

New research shows that certain alkaloids present in Ayahuasca can grow new hippocampal brain cells at least in a petri dish. This opens up tons of new avenues for further research and underlines what Ayahuasca proponents have been saying for years: Ayahuasca genuinely helps people. The hippocampus in humans is responsible for a lot of […]

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Ayahuasca For Self-Improvement

Ayahuasca is considered by many to be a tool for self-improvement. But why is this? What is it about the Ayahuasca experience that helps people in this way? Let’s look at the different reasons. Location You will likely find yourself in a totally different environment than the one you’re used to. Here, you won’t hear […]

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The Role of the Shaman in the Ayahuasca Experience

You have probably heard that a shaman usually plays a role in the Ayahuasca experience. But what exactly is the shaman’s role? Why is a shaman there at all? Let’s first define what a shaman is and look at the history of Ayahuasca. What is a shaman? A shaman is a religious or spiritual figure […]

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What Is Holistic Healing?

In order to understand holistic healing, you have to first understand what is holistic medicine or holistic health. So, let’s first define holism. Holism is the concept that something is not a collection of individual standalone parts but a collection of interrelated, interconnected, and interdependent parts. Practitioners of holistic medicine treat the whole patient, and […]

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How to Choose an Ayahuasca Retreat

Long before you make plans to visit an Ayahuasca retreat, you should give careful consideration to what you want at your retreat as well as what you hope to accomplish. Follow these few guidelines to help you make your choice. Location As we mentioned in a previous article, there are Ayahuasca retreats throughout South America […]

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Visiting Iquitos, Peru

If you will be coming to our retreat for an Ayahuasca experience, then you may want to learn about Iquitos, near where we are located. We are located in the jungle beside the Amazon River about one to two hours by boat from Iquitos, but Iquitos is the largest city nearby. Iquitos is a very […]

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Long-Term Preparation for Your Ayahuasca Journey

If you are considering traveling to South America for an Ayahuasca experience, then there are some long-term preparations that you should make. In this article, we will cover the main items to check off your checklist prior to your trip. Medicine As we mentioned in a previous article, Ayahuasca cannot be mixed with many prescription […]

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The History of Cupping

Cupping is a medical practice that has been around for thousands of years. There is evidence of the ancient Egyptians using it around 3000 B.C., traditional Iranian medicine mentions it, and cupping appears in the writings of Maimonides from around A.D. 1175. In traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is supposed to help with the circulation of […]

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