Ayahuasca – What it Is & How To Prepare?

by | May 29, 2022

Subconscious Retreats

Ayahuasca is a powerful plant medicine that has gained popularity in recent years.

It is a psychedelic drink that has been used by indigenous Amazonian communities for centuries.

The effects of drinking ayahuasca include having visions, feeling like you see sounds or hear colors, or going to another dimension and coming back again.

Drinking this brew can also be difficult and challenging due to the intense purging process and the potential for negative effects (such as vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in the body, nausea and vertigo).


However, if used safely and responsibly with trusted facilitators, it can be one of the most transformative experiences of your life.

There are many preparations before drinking ayahuasca including dieting and fasting beforehand.

Here at Subconscious Retreats, we will discuss everything you need to know about preparing for an Ayahuasca ceremony.

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive Amazonian plant mixture used for healing and spiritual growth.

Most commonly, ayahuasca is made from the vine Banisteriopsis caapi, which is mixed with the leaves of another plant, such as Chacruna or Chalipanga (Psychotria viridis).

The vine contains harmala alkaloids, which are MAO inhibitors that allow DMT (a compound that is normally broken down in the stomach before entering the bloodstream) to be absorbed into the bloodstream when taken orally.

It’s been used for healing, religious, and cultural purposes for centuries in the Amazonian region. There are many different types of ayahuasca.

Each type has a different effect and mixture of ingredients used in the brew. Ayahuasca is also known as yagé, caapi, natawa, pinde, dieta, hoasca, sagwa, or vegetal.

Why Drink Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca can be used for many different purposes, but it’s most commonly used to work through traumas, fears, and negative emotions.

When taken in the right setting, in the right frame of mind, and with the right intentions, ayahuasca can help you to become more compassionate towards yourself and others.

It can show you your life path, and what you are meant to be doing, also show you your strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots.

It can also help you to heal any emotional wounds you may be carrying, or any physical illness or disease you may be experiencing.

Drinking ayahuasca is not for everyone, but if you’re curious about it, or think you may benefit from it, it’s important to prepare properly.

The Ayahuasca Ceremony

Before you drink the ayahuasca, you’ll go through a ceremony where you’ll sit in a quiet space for about 6-8 hours.

You may have a dieta (a special diet) before the ceremony in which you only eat certain foods.

This diet prepares you for the intensity of the ayahuasca and helps you cleanse your body.

During the ceremony, you will be given a glass of ayahuasca and you’ll sit still and quiet for about 4-6 hours until the effects wear off.

You may experience intense visions, feel like you’ve entered another dimension, or have an out-of-body experience.

You’ll be led through the experience by the shaman and other experienced guides in the healing center you’re at.

They’ll be there to help you through the process, and guide you back when you’re done.

How to Prepare for an Ayahuasca Ceremony

If you’re considering taking ayahuasca, it’s best to prepare for it in advance.

You’ll want to make sure you research the different retreat centers and their process to ensure you feel comfortable, safe, and prepared for the experience.

You’ll want to make sure you’re physically and emotionally prepared for ayahuasca.

This can take time and is not something you can do overnight.

There are many factors that will affect your experience, such as your state of mind, your diet, your intentions, and your physical health.


Your Diet Before the Ceremony

Before you drink the ayahuasca, you are required to go on a diet known as a dieta (Spanish).

A dieta is a set of rules you follow before participating in an ayahuasca ceremony.

This is a traditional practice within spiritual and healing communities.

Many shamans believe that what you eat, your intentions and your diet before the ceremony can all affect the outcome of your experience.

The idea behind the diet is to cleanse your body, find balance, and be in a place of clarity so you can be open to receiving the ayahuasca.

What you’re required to eat varies between ceremonies and shamans.

The most common foods you’ll be required to eat are yams and/or sweet potatoes, along with other foods like rice.

The full Diet can Be found Here..!

Fast Before the Ceremony

In addition to following a diet before the ceremony, many shamans also recommend that you fast before the ceremony.

They believe that fasting helps you to cleanse your body, and clear your energy so the ayahuasca can have the most positive impact on you.

Fasting also helps you to have more clarity and presence of mind during the ceremony.

Fasting can be challenging, but it can also help you grow and gain new insights into your own journey and how your body works.

It can help you to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and habits, and see things from a new perspective.

You’ll want to discuss fasting with your shaman before the ceremony.

If you are not sure about Fasting you can speak to one of the staff here at Subconscious Reatrets before, engaging in this life-transforming ceremony

Namaste 💫

Learn More Here..! About Our Ceremonies @Subconscious Retreats

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