AyahuascaIf you’re considering a trip to an Ayahuasca retreat, there are many things you can do to prepare. You want to learn as much as you can about Ayahuasca, choose a retreat, plan the logistics of travel, and prepare physically and emotionally.

Educate Yourself

We encourage travelers to educate themselves, especially on how you can benefit from Ayahuasca. The vast majority of people who visit experience Ayahuasca experience something wonderful and life-changing. Furthermore, recent peer-reviewed research suggests that Ayahuasca can be beneficial for depression, PTSD, anxiety, and addictions. Are you ready to live your life with renewed passion, vigor, and hope?

Understand the Medical Implications

As we detailed in an earlier article. There are several prescription and non-prescription drugs that Ayahuasca should not be mixed with. This is because the Ayahuasca drink contains both dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a serotonin analog, and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).

Take a stock of whether you are currently on any medications that may be contraindicated and if so, whether it’s possible to go off of them for a short while before making the trip. Discuss these changes with both us and your family doctor.

Choose a Retreat

Next, choose a destination retreat. You will want to consider if you want to visit the jungle or the mountains or the sea. There are indigenous people that have used Ayahuasca for centuries in many different geographical areas.

Get the Required Immunizations

Depending on where you intend to travel and where you are coming from, several immunizations may be needed. For example, if you are from Canada and traveling to Brazil, then there are five immunizations recommended in addition to your routine ones. Everyone should at least have their tetanus shots up-to-date.

Choose a Travel Partner

Will you be traveling alone? Do you want to travel with someone? The Ayahuasca experience is so personal, so profound and life-altering that often people wish to travel with a close or trusted friend or family member. Is this an experience you want to share?

These are all things that you should consider before making your plans to come. As always, we would love to hear from you and encourage you to contact us and discuss your questions or needs. You can reach us directly by email at info@eastwestlodge.com . Your safety is our first priority.