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 homework and preparation.

What do you hope to achieve within the framework of your Ayahuasca journey? You need to be honest with yourself and face whatever part of your life needs healing. Whether it’s a problem with your immediate family or addiction or your skewed and counter-productive view of the world, in order to allow Ayahuasca to help you, you must first prepare for your journey.

We call this self-inspection “setting an intention.” Let the Mother Earth know where you are hurting so that she may help you to heal. You have to be open to receiving help before Ayahuasca can do its job.

Similarly, if the brew makes you purge, the purge can be viewed symbolically. What bad habits would like to be ridding yourself of? What unproductive thoughts can Ayahuasca unburden from you?

In addition to preparing yourself mentally, we also recommend preparing yourself physically by eating well for a few weeks before your trip. Stay away from junk food and fried food. Give your body a rest with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

We want you to get the most that you can out of your experience. Preparing mentally and physically will play a big role in this. Setting an intention long before you arrive in Peru will help your mind to focus on the task at hand. While you cannot prescribe your exact psychedelic experience, you certainly can help your mind to focus on what is important to you.

Come and visit us, and let us show you firsthand the healing properties of Ayahuasca. It’s the journey of a lifetime.

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