Before an ayahuasca ceremony it is important to prepare yourself for you upcoming experience both physically and mentally. Physical preparation includes fasting (lunch will be provided but dinner is skipped) the day of ceremony so your stomach is empty of contents allowing the ayahuasca to work best. Mental preparation includes meditation, prayer, abstinence from electronic devices for at least 6 hours prior to ceremony, and focusing on your intentions for this profound experience.
To assist in the mental preparation for ceremony, we perform bucket and bath ceremonies. The bucket ceremony is to help focus intentions for the upcoming ayahuasca ceremony and the spiritual bath ceremony is a cleansing process to enter into the experience with a purified sense of self.
Ayahuasca Ceremony –
The ceremony will begin with some rituals to help clean the energies of our space, to clear the individual of any negative energies, to rid the individual of ego, and for protection. We will tell the participants a little about what to expect, how to handle uncomfortable moments, and offer other guidance about the night. Once this is complete, we will begin giving each person their dose of ayahuasca brew. New Life Ayahuasca uses hand made medicine free of fillers or additives.
Once dosing is complete, we will sit in silence together for about 30-45 minutes while the ayahuasca begins to take effect. From there, Matt will begin to play the gong and sing Icaros to help guide the ceremony. At the end of the evening, Matt will blow smoke on each individual and bring the ceremony to a close. Ceremonies also include the use of mapacho, sage, palo santo, copal and florida water.
We usually start ceremonies around 7pm and they typically last around 4 hours. At the end of each ceremony participants are welcome to sleep in the ceremonial space or return to their rooms. If weather permits, we also have a bonfire at the end of the night.
The day following ayahuasca ceremonies starts slow, with most people sleeping into the afternoon and recovering from the previous night. Regular meals will be prepared and served. Most people are anxious to share their experiences and insights and once everyone is awake, most guests sit together and discuss their visions, their experiences and the impact it has had. Some days we also have activities scheduled including a trip to the waterfall/beach or massages.