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Care and attention facilitates a safe and transformative journey.

Preparing Ayahuasca brew at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru

We prepare sacred medicine with the utmost care and reverence. Our experienced shamans imbue positive energy and intent into the brew through their compassionate hearts and prayers, creating a powerful and transformative elixir.


We follow a traditional preparation method, which involves sourcing high-quality ingredients and meticulously combining them to create a harmonious blend. Our team is highly skilled and knowledgeable about the medicinal properties of each ingredient,  which creates a final brew that is safe and effective for all our students.

During the preparation process, our shamans set the intention for the ceremony and infuse the brew with their loving energy. They follow specific protocols to bring forth the purity and potency of the medicine. This involves performing sacred rituals and invoking the guidance of higher powers to bless the medicine and keep participants safe during their journey.

By taking such great care with the preparation of sacred medicine, we create a safe and transformative experience for all who participate in our ceremonies. We believe that the sacred medicine is a powerful tool for healing and growth, and it is our honor to share this gift with our students in the highest possible way.


During our many years of experience of working with sacred medicines, we recognize the vibration of the medicine is extremely transferable in energy and sacred plant medicine healing. The higher the positive vibration of the medicine, the more positive healing energy it produces for our students. This is why preparation by shamans who maintain clear and balanced bioenergetic spheres is significant.

Our shamanic team follows a spiritual protocol to prepare sacred medicines such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, energy cleansing plant baths, and plant remedies with a positive healing intent. During the preparation process, they connect with the light and positivity of the sacred plant allies and pray directly to the Divine, imbuing the medicine with powerful healing energy.

In addition, to maintain the high energetic quality and vibration, our shamans follow a strict diet and refrain from any contact with other people and animals while preparing the medicine. The type of food they eat during this process is extremely focused, which can help to create a medicine pure and free from any energetic contaminants.

It is our firm belief that by following these protocols, we are able to create an energetically  safe and transformative space for our students to experience the profound healing power of sacred plant medicine.

Ayahuasca Ceremony at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru
Preparing Iboga ceremony at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


When making the final Ayahuasca brew, we use the Ayahuasca CIELO vine, the CHACRUNA leaf, the WAMBISA leaf and MAPACHO. Using these four ingredients and water is not only the traditional way of cooking the Ayahuasca brew but it is also the safest. In our opinion, adding other plants to the Ayahuasca mixture such as ‘Toe’ or stronger DMT containing leaves such as ‘Bobisana’ is not necessary to have a very potent and healing experience.  

However there may be other reasons to explore adding other stronger plants to the brew when one is experienced with sacred plant medicine. We offer stronger Ayahuasca mixtures if we feel our students need it. This assessment is made on a case by case basis.​

Separately, we use Iboga rootbark which is ground very finely with nothing else added to it. The medicine is held in vegan capsules while healing prayers are chanted.


Our quality Kambo and Bufo is specifically obtained by our healing team from reliable and trusted sources.


*Our sacred medicine is tested on, and approved for use, by our healing team and staff prior to student consumption.  ​​

Preparing Ayahuasca brew at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


Kambo, which is the venom from the bicolour tree frog, is extracted in a way that does not hurt or harm the amphibian.  Our Kambo healers extract the venom from the correct frogs themselves.  If the frog is not available, we purchase ready made Kambo venom sticks from trusted sources in Peru whom we have worked with for several years and who maintain the same ethical practices

Bufo, which is the venom extracted from the gland on the back of Bufo alvarius toads is also extracted in a way that does not hurt or harm the toads.  Our Bufo crystals originate from trusted sources who are equally committed to ethical extraction practices.  

The Iboga we use has been grown for 35 years or more. Its roots are harvested in a traditional way that is very respectful toward the plant. It is obtained from our very trusted and reputable sources in Africa who maintain their own farms and care personally for the plant and its growth process.  We sometimes use 'the grandmother' Iboga that has been grown for 65 years with certain students if the Iboga shaman holding the ceremony is guided to do so.  

Preparing Kambo secretion at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos, Peru


Know your medicine provider.

We recognize that the master plants we work with on our retreat programs have the potential to create both both positive and negative experiences. Master plants include, but are not limited to, powerful healing plants such as Toe, Ayahuasca, and other Yin/Yang plants. 


In addition to the set and setting, and the preparation and use of the medicine as noted above, we believe that education on energy management and one's perception of their experience is crucial to facilitate a safe and transformative journey. From a spiritual perspective, our healers and shamans focus on working with the Higher-Self of all students. Further,  our retreat framework which includes one to one sessions, coaches students on how to work with challenging experiences.

We have received individuals who have unfortunately had negative past experiences with sacred medicine, including working with medicine providers who were not experienced or lacked integrity. Therefore it is important to know how to choose a provider who has right intention and process for your journey. This is because energetic safety is of utmost importance when working with sacred medicines.

Further, to learn more about the complexities within shamanic work, we highly recommend reading 'Ayahuasca in My Blood' by Peter Gorman which chronicles his experiences with the sacred plant medicine ayahuasca. In the book, Gorman explores the potential of ayahuasca to heal and transform individuals, but he also exposes the darker side of its usage. He describes how ayahuasca can be used for negative purposes and with negative intent. Through his encounters with shamanic practitioners who use ayahuasca for darker purposes, Gorman shows the potential dangers of working with this powerful plant medicine. Overall, "Ayahuasca in My Blood" offers a unique and complex perspective on the use of ayahuasca and its potential both for positive and negative outcomes.


In summary, by choosing healers and shamans who take seriously their responsibility to prepare these medicines with love, respect, and positive intention, retreat participants can experience the full potential of these powerful tools for healing and growth.

Ayahuasca ceremony at Modern Ancient Sanctuary in Iquitos Peru
Understanding safety for ayahuasca ceremonies
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