Preparation for Ayahuasca Ceremonies
- Avoid street drugs for at least 2 weeks prior to your first ceremony. Longer is better.
- Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 3 days prior to your first ceremony.
- Avoid sexual contact 3 days prior to your first ceremony.
- Many medications and supplements, including but not limited to MAO inhibiting medications, SSRIs, and/or anti-depressants (including St John’s Wort), and other medications do not mix well with ayahuasca and pose a serious health risk or even fatal if taking in conjunction with ayahuasca. Talk with your doctor about weening yourself off of any medications. 2-4 weeks without medications or supplements is required before attending your first ceremony. If you are coming to La Familia Medicina we will talk directly with you about your medications and advise exactly how much time is needed to wean off of your medications. Note: these discussions about your current or past medical history are completely confidential.
- Foods with MAOI inhibitors should be avoided at least 24 hours prior. These foods include: fermented or non-fresh foods, as they may contain tyramine, which may cause negative health effects, if combined with MAOi . Cheese, miso – fermented soya beans, sauerkraut, pickled foods, soy sauce or tamari, ginseng, protein extracts (avoid liquid and powdered Dietary supplements), nonfresh meat or fish, smoked meat, shrimp paste, yeast/brewers yeast and Dietary supplements containing yeast (yeast used in baking is safe), and dried fruit.
- In the weeks prior to your ceremonies or retreat eat a healthy diet. This means avoiding fried or processed foods, sweets, pork, and heavy oils.
- A physical and or spiritual practice such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation. These practices focus the mind and straighten energies which can be helpful during ceremony. That said, these practices are by no means required.
Things to bring specifically for ceremony
- Flashlight. A headlamp works fine in ceremony and is a great multi-use tool. Keep in mind that you probably won’t want to wear a headlamp during the entire ceremony. Many people prefer having a small LED flashlight that fits easily in their pocket for ceremony.
- Long sleeve shirt, pants and socks. Even though it is hot in the Amazonian jungle, the nights can get cool and during ceremony your body can go through significant temperature swings.
- A blanket or shawl for the same reasons above.
- Water bottle. You should avoid drinking water during ceremony. That said, you can take a gulp of water, swish it around and spit it out into your bucket. This is something you may want to do immediately after you drink ayahuasca to remove the taste, or later in ceremony if you find you have a dry mouth. After ceremony finishes you are free to drink water or herbal tea.
General Packing List of Items to Bring for the Trip
Note: The mountains are very hot during the day and cold at night during the months of May-September. The rest of the year will see four seasons during one day (no snow though). Layering clothes is highly suggested.
- Comfortable pants
- Plant based moisturizer
- Plant based lip balm
- Rain Shell
- Down Jacket/fleece
- Thermal underwear
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Boots for hiking
- Swimsuit- for sauna.
- Shorts, May- September
- Sandals, May- September
- Toiletries-For before and after the dieta.
- Sunscreen- For before and after the dieta
- Flashlight + spare batteries- VERY IMPORTANT FOR CEREMONY
- Water bottle
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