Ayahuasca is a South American entheogenic tea made by boiling Banisteriopsis caapi with various admixture plants. It is well known by its Quechua name which translates as “vine of the spirits”. Ayahuasca has been used in a number of countries in South and Central America, including Panama, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, and by at least seventy different indigenous peoples of the Americas. It is one of the oldest known healing methods and has been used for over 5000 years by shamans for a way of expansion of consciousness, healing and personal growth. Modern Ancient plans regular Ayahuasca Retreats in Iquitos.

With intention and prayer, it is prepared and cooked over 2 days and is then ingested as a brew. It is known for its properties of physical cleansing of the digestive system and whole body, including removing stored mucus and killing parasites. Purging is typical and common, most participants throw up and may experience diarrhea. The medicine has also been successful in permanently treating issues such as addiction, depression as well as a huge host of other internal day to day issues that are difficult to resolve.

Ayahuasca has been described as experiencing ten years of therapy in just one night. It helps us to determine which wounds are needed to heal by providing access to sub and superconscious wisdom from deep within and outside of ourselves. For over 2000 years, the Shipibo indigenous tribes from Peru have been considered to be the spiritual attendants of the jungle and inner healing. To this day, they cultivate many of the traditions of their ancestors, including the ritual use of Ayahuasca. The most important aspect of Shipibo culture is their deeply-rooted spirituality.

In the Shipibo culture, shamans work as plant-based healers of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Their knowledge is believed to originate from the plants themselves. In the deep Ayahuasca trance, the medicine reveals to the shaman the luminous geometric patterns of energy. These filaments drift towards the mouth of the shaman where it metamorphoses into a chant known as an icaro. The icaros, or healing songs, are the acoustic representation of patterns, which transform the visual code into an audible code, which allows the healing energy to penetrate much deeper into the field of the recipient. The visionary art of the Shipibo brings this paradigm into a physical form, which is represented by their beautiful patterned textiles.

Ayahuasca is used to treat a variety of conditions in the physical body as well as mental and emotional bodies. This has included overcoming fear and reducing depression as well as curing PSTD, depression and cancer. Bio energy teaches us that emotion is energy is motion and therefore repressed emotions created energetic blockages which lead to dis-ease in the physical and mental bodies. The medicine provides deep cleansing of the emotional field by processing old traumas, digging deep within the psyche and subconscious to reveal and release blocked and unresolved issues. Further, Ayahuasca fosters a spiritual connection, giving you visions to help guide you forward, accessing past lives and insight into ancestral issues. the medicine often causes a spiritual shift in individuals, physical changes, changes in habits as well as a release of addictive patterns.

For at least one week before the ceremony, participants are strongly advised to avoid the following:
– Eating fermented foods, soy products, meat, dairy, spicy foods, refined sugars, salt, oil, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and yeast.
– Drinking any alcohol or taking any type of drugs including marijuana.
– Sexual contact including masturbation.
– Violent, sexual or negative film and television

Generally, it is advised that participants eat at as fresh and organic foods as possible to fully prepare the physical body. There are a list of medications that are not compatible with Ayahuasca and are considered dangerous. Please see contraindications and consult your doctor before stopping any medication. If you do stop taking your medication, it is advised that this takes place at least one month before your ceremony.

Modern Ancient recommends reviewing at least one of the items below as part of your determination about whether plant medicine is right for you.

– The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook by Christoper S. Kilham
– Listening to Ayahuasca by Rachel Harris
– The Shaman and Ayahusca by Don Jose Campos Ayahuasca: Soul medicine of the Amazon Jungle by Javier Reueiro
– Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More Than My Skinby Mark Flaherty
– The fellowship of the River by Joseph Tafur
– Sh*t The Moon Said by Gerard Armond Powell