Dietary preparation is required before, during, and after partaking of Ayahuasca. The traditional vegetalista dieta (diet) cleanses and clears the senses and heighten your sensitivity to the more subtle consciousness of the spirit plant medicines. The purpose of the dieta is to purify the whole organic and energetic system and open the senses to the energy and spirit of nature.
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian diets are all easily and deliciously accommodated. Vegetable staples include a variety of vegetables and fruits, some of which are unique to the Amazon region, and we also regularly serve yuca, chonta, plantains, lentils, beans, quinoa, and rice. Grilled fish and eggs are the main protein staples served daily during the retreat. Fresh fruit, fruit drinks, and teas are available between meals.
Observing the traditional vegetalista dieta, please abstain from salt, refined sugar, alcoholic beverages (especially beer and wine), red meat, fats and most oils, hot spices, and sexual activity from at least 3 days before to 2 days after the final Ayahuasca ceremony. Pork should be abstained for 2 weeks before and after Ayahuasca. This will avoid potential interactions and blockages, and help you to retain the clear state of consciousness in which you will emerge from this work.
If you use Cannabis, we recommend that you abstain for at least 1 week before and at least 1 week after working with Ayahuasca in order to maintain a proper reset. Recent use of Cannabis can diminish your energetic connection with Ayahuasca.
Temporary sexual abstinence is an important aspect of the traditional vegetalista dieta. This can be seen as an offering to the spirit of Ayahuasca which conserves essential energy and helps to guide your mental and spiritual focus in more esoteric realms. Many people find their libido enhanced following work with the sacred plants.
Please DO NOT bring food to the Sanctuary. We will have plenty of food and drink available throughout your stay. Snack foods such as nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, protein bars, or similar snack foods are prohibited. These foods conflict with the Ayahuasca dieta.