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Aya. Spirit Vine. Yagé. Daime. Vine of the Soul. La Medicina.

However you call her, an encounter with Mother Ayahuasca can be among the most profound, mystical, meaningful, and healing experiences of a lifetime. Sometimes quite difficult or painful, the aya journey is not for the faint of heart, but is often deeply rewarding and personally insightful.

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Across several Central and South American countries ayahuasca is regarded as sacred medicine by native peoples, and has been traditionally used for millennia in a ceremonial setting.

Only in modern times has the larger outside world been introduced to this powerful psychotropic brew. Many ayahuasca retreats have been established to bring this awakening, healing modality to visitors from beyond the Amazon. At this moment in history it is serving as an important ally in healing individuals and shifting global consciousness – the planet desperately needs this.

At Journey Aya we’re creating the most comprehensive list of safe ayahuasca retreat centers on the internet – it’s a work in progress.

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Soltara Healing Center ✾

Soltara Healing Center ✾

Soltara is a world-class, immersive ayahuasca retreat and healing center, operating two incredible locations: in the tropical forests of Costa Rica and the high mountain Andes of Peru. In the tradition of their Indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers, Soltara combines sacred plant medicine ceremonies, supportive embodiment practices, modern clinical psychology, and a unique integration program to empower…

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My Ayahuasca Odyssey

My Ayahuasca Odyssey

When I was 15 years old, I read one of Isabel Allende’s books, where she narrated Ayahuasca experience in the Peruvian rainforests. I knew I was going to do it at some point in my life, without really understanding why. And I waited patiently for years. Last year, I finally heard her call. She was calling me to do it in Quito, Ecuador, the place where I was born. Incredible synchronicities led me…

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What is Ayahuasca?

This Ancient and Mysterious Amazonian Brew

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Ayahuasca [eye-ah-wah-ska] is a foul-tasting reddish brown tea made from two naturally-occurring Amazonian plants boiled together in water – from the leaves of the chacruna shrub [Psychotria viridis] and stalks of the ayahuasca vine [Banisteriopsis caapi].

Together, this plant combination produces a potent psychedelic brew that has been used as physical, phycological, and spiritual medicine by the many tribes of the Amazon Rainforest for millennia.

Among these ancient Shamanic cultures, ayahuasca is a sacrament and healing modality that is central to their spirituality and should be approached with great respect and proper intent.

Ayahuasca is non-addictive, non-toxic, and has absolutely nothing to do with recreational drug use.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

DMT [dimethyltryptamine] is the psychoactive component in ayahuasca, a chemical produced naturally throughout nature, even in the human brain. However, the chacruna leaves contain high quantities of this mysterious compound, aptly named The Spirit Molecule.dmt the spirit molecule

Taken alone, the DMT in the chacruna leaves will be quickly broken down by enzymes in the stomach and liver, called monoamine oxidases [MAOs], with no effect, so the sacred vine is added.

The ayahuasca vine is an MAO-inhibiter, allowing the DMT to pass into the blood and into the brain, opening the Doors of Perception. What follows is an extraordinary journey into visionary state, self-exploration, deep healing, and even mystical, spiritual realms.

Into the Circle: Ceremonial Space

Traditionally, ayahuasca is taken in a ceremonial setting under the guidance and care of a trained Maestro or Shaman. Participants…