How to Prepare and What to Bring
Preparing yourself to work with Ayahuasca is important to get the most from your healing experience. We recommend that all participants get a medical checkup prior to working with Ayahuasca. Specifically we suggest a blood pressure check and ECG to screen for any heart function abnormalities. We recommend the following prior to a ceremony:
- Avoid recreational drugs including marijuana for at least 2 weeks prior commencing your ceremony.
- Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours prior to Ayahuasca Ceremony.
- Avoid sexual contact for a minimum of 48 hours prior to Ayahuasca Ceremony.
- Ensure you are well hydrated, with last drink taken a couple of hours before Ayahuasca ceremony.
It’s suggested that you avoid foods with MAOI inhibitors for at least 24 hours before drinking Ayahuasca this includes:, fermented or non-fresh foods, cheese, miso, tofu or other fermented soy products, dried fruits, tamari or soy sauce, sauerkraut, pickled foods, protein extracts, processed or smoked meat products, and yeast/brewer’s yeast. We also suggest that in the weeks before drinking Ayahuasca you prepare your body to receive the medicine, this includes avoiding too many fried foods, caffeine, spicy foods, dairy, pork and other sugars. Basically, fresh clean and natural foods with a high ratio of fresh vegetables and fruit is the best way to prepare
Many medications and natural supplements are not complimentary with this work and can be dangerous especially MAOI inhibiting medications, SSRIs and or antidepressants including St Johns Wort. To avoid any negative effects, please consult with your doctor before stopping any medications prior to drinking Ayahuasca, ideally at least one month before.
If you are a women coming for a ceremony while on your menses, please advise the Maestra apprentice before the session.
Most importantly, we ask that you bring a good attitude, being humble, respectful and open minded, prepared to surrender to this work as a process that reveals itself over time. Reflecting on your own personal intentions, questions or healing goals is also beneficial.
Suggested items to bring for ceremony
- Small flashlight (preferably one that is red light)
- Lightweight comfortable clothing (wearing something white in ceremony is a color that holds high healing vibration)
- A warm jumper/sweater as the evenings can get chilly.
- Water bottle
- box of Kleenex
- Blanket (to stay warm in ceremony, no sleeping bag due to noise they make)
- Yoga mat if you like or a small mattress that makes no noise.
- A little something personally significant and sacred you are welcome to add to our alter during your stay, crystals etc.
- book to record and write about your healing journey.
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