What Is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca refers either to the plant Banisteriopsis caapi or a brewed liquid concoction made from this particular plant (or a close substitute) and some other plants. Ayahuasca translates to “vine of the soul.” Banisteriopsis caapi is a vine native to the Amazon basin. The vine can be grown in USDA garden zone 10 or above. […]

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Tips for Creating Your Best Possible Life

January is the month when many people in the western world make resolutions to make changes and improvements in their lives. Here are some tips to create the best possible life and future for you before January rolls around. Vision Board Therapists often recommend creating a “vision board”. This could be a notebook of clippings […]

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3 Ways to Practice Self-Care in 2018

Self-improvement boils down to slowly developed, small increments – our precious, overlooked hours, and the gradual evolution of self. 1. Express gratitude. Whether it be an appreciation phone call, surprise flowers or a smile prayer to emit positive energy toward our loved ones, gratitude helps us to see the world differently, and allow ups to […]

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Ayahuasca Ceremony Guidelines

Every Ayahuasca retreat is different, and Ayahuasca ceremonies will be different depending on the retreat you visit. In addition, even at the same ceremony, each individual experiences something completely different. Here’s a brief outline of what to expect during an East West Lodge ceremony. Groups We limit our group size to between six and eight […]

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Coping with Post-Holiday Blues

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up soon. For many people this is the most wonderful time of the year. For others, the holidays are not so much fun, and many people feel a real letdown after the holidays are over. Whether you love the holidays or hate them, we want you to feel the best […]

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Integration: After the Ayahuasca Journey

We believe that Ayahuasca can be life-changing for many individuals. But these changes in one’s attitude, beliefs, or feelings of connectedness is a process. A person does not magically change in a few hours after one experience with Ayahuasca. You may gain insight, but the changes occur slowly and subtly as you integrate your experience […]

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Is Ayahuasca Right for Me?

Trying Ayahuasca is a uniquely personal choice. It’s difficult to articulate and it feels different for everyone. We recommend it for most people, and there’s a reason why shamans in the Amazon basin have been using it for centuries. Good Reasons Not to Try Ayahuasca Age—Children should not be consuming a potent hallucinogenic brew. Certain […]

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The Ayahuasca Diet

As you begin your Ayahuasca journey, we encourage visitors to follow the Ayayhuasca diet for several weeks before coming and several weeks after the visit. Following the diet permanently is even better. What is the Ayahuasca Diet? When we say Ayahuasca Diet, we mean avoiding red meat, fatty and fried foods, and leaning heavily on […]

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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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