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Inner Evolution Retreats and Workshops with Psychotherapeutic use of Ayahuasca
The chance for a new and transformational experience!
Millions of people throughout the world are in search of new experiences that can bring a different meaning to their life, which can restore the hope that there is a way out or which can simply bring a deeper and more comprehensive vision to everything that happens.
THE INNER EVOLUTION RETREATS WE PROPOSE ARE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, reaching thousands of people in many countries of America and Europe and activating the light and inner resources necessary to find conclusive answers to their concerns and real solutions for their problems.
IN RESPONSE TO THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO CONTACT US ABOUT PARTICIPATING, WE HAVE CREATED THIS DOCUMENT WITH VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO EXPERIENCE AYAHUASCA.
The Ayahuasca International team proposes Retreats with use of Ayahuasca, a powerful natural shamanic remedy from the Amazon jungle, which we use as a tool for the expansion of consciousness, in combination with a psychotherapeutic approach.
These RETREATS bring together people in search of personal development through the evolution of consciousness. No human development can be sustainable if it doesn’t grow out of the roots; everything that is resolved from the depths of the self endures on its own because it creates autonomy and trust on one’s own resources.
The RETREATS we offer from several Facebook pages and websites have been created by an interdisciplinary team lead by Alberto Varela, who from his great experience with the psychotherapeutic use of Ayahuasca, proposes a work of great intensity and depth, based on the premise that, confronted by the complexity of the problems we face, we must find exceptionally powerful approaches for their resolution.
Changing directions, defeating resistances, breaking enslaving patterns, dismantling limiting structures, leaving restrictions behind, liberating repressed emotions, untangling knots, letting go of attachments and addictions, shifting from controlling to flowing, using the potential we have… are but some of the objectives of these retreats, during which highly skilful psychotherapeutic techniques are used to support the transformational process with Ayahuasca.
IT IS A “RETREAT” BECAUSE IT IS RESIDENTIAL and lasts a minimum of 2 days and 2 nights, although it is exceptionally open for people to participate 1 day and 1 night. In general, they are held Friday to Sunday. Throughout the weekend up to four sessions of Ayahuasca are offered, with boosters according to each participant, and psychotherapeutic work is carried out before and after each session. Each retreat begins at 6PM on Fridays and ends after lunch on the last day. Participants stay overnight. For this, we rent houses with appropriate rooms and bathrooms; we prepare shared rooms with several beds and/or a dormitory hall where each participant has his/her own space with mattress, bedding and blanket. In most rented houses, we also offer private rooms for those who request it.
Additionally, we also organise 5 to 11 days long journeys to the Colombian Amazon with Shamans, every month between the 11th until the 22nd.
When the encounter with Ayahuasca is open and sincere, the truth comes to light… and so do the lies.
RETREAT OUTLINE: The 3 stages of each day and night at the retreat
PREPARATION: It starts at the time of registration and goes on until 9 or 10PM. At this stage participants are received and an individual registration is carried out with a brief interview (the previously sent questionnaire is to be handed in at this moment). When this ends and participants have been accommodated, the preparation workshop begins with the aim to deactivate uncon- scious mechanisms, which frequently block the access to a flowing and relaxed experience. Participants are invited to express their individual intentions and to reflect upon it. It is a psychoemotional preparation to allow each participant’s reality to surface. We do not request any special diet or abstinence before the retreat because we understand that each participant should enter their inner evolution work in the “real” state in which they live and not in a “prepared” or “modified” state. To manipulate the previous condi- tions may improve the result, but it is neither guaranteed nor does it reflect a real result.
SESSION: This process lasts between 4 and 6 hours and takes place after the preparation. It consists of one “toma” (drink) of Aya- huasca taken between 9 and 10PM. In certain cases, to access a more complete experience, one or two booster doses are available an hour and a half after the session has begun. In some cases a second dose is also offered, which takes place three hours after the first dose.
Ayahuasca is a gift from the Amazon that is shared in these sessions at no cost. Depending on each individual’s needs, the facilitator will determine the required dose. The participants’ input as to what dose they would like to take will be taken into account by the facilitator in charge, however the facilitator has the final say.
There are people who take part in the retreats who are not given Ayahuasca for specific reasons – the facilitator in charge takes these decisions – but it does not exclude the individual from the sessions. You can participate without taking or by taking minimum doses – the core of the retreat isn’t based on “taking Ayahuasca” but in the psychotherapeutic process it encompasses.
THERAPEUTIC INTEGRATION: this is a fundamental workshop within the retreat as well as the distinctive point within what we propose. It takes place after the Ayahuasca session and a few hours rest. It starts after breakfast, approximately 9am, and goes on until 12noon or 1PM. Each participant tells about their experience whilst the facilitator asks a series of questions, which will in turn generate answers that can be applied on a practical level to their life. In addition to this, a summary of all internal themes that have arisen within the group will be shared. All matters and situations that manifest within each group are worth mentioning and important to integrate by everyone.
“Integrating” isn’t sharing, or chatting, or collecting opinions about each experience. Neither is it an opportunity to give a word for word detailed summary of your experience. It is about relating the experience undergone during the Ayahuasca session to everyday situations so that each participant can see how to integrate it within their day-to-day and thus be able to confront the necessary changes needed at that time. (A detailed document about the integration is available if necessary).
WHO IS IT FOR: The type of people who attend this experience
Participants to these retreats tend to be people who want to initiate, strengthen or complete a process of change, healing or transformation. Some people understand accessing Ayahuasca as a “process” and therefore want to have a full and complete experience, which they want to settle within the integration –from experience this requires a minimum of 2 days and 2 nights. Other people just want to encounter Ayahuasca to explore its effects and experiment with it to touch base. Many people come for just the night and end up staying at least one more. Others come for just one night and return to another retreat so as to complete the full experience, be it 2 or 3 nights.
The principal characteristics of participants in these retreats is the desire to understand with full clarity their lives or the circumstances they need to overcome which are difficult to process. Many people come to recover from traumas, free themselves from addiction or have a mystical or spiritual experience – like an astral journey. Many health professionals also assist, therapists and “Ayahuasqueros” come to observe the phenomenon that draws together so many people, or to learn from the methods we propose to use Ayahuasca for evolution.
THE FOCUS OF OUR WORK: The way in which we use Ayahuasca
Many groups around the world use Ayahuasca in many ways – for religious, spiritual, recreational or anthropological purposes – but in this type of residential retreat the focus is therapeutic, of inner evolution, of personal development, which is why we share a series of psychotherapeutic approaches, group dynamics and psychoemotional exercises that serve as preparation and integration to the Ayahuasca doses offered. As a whole, all activities are aimed at a conscious awakening, an overcoming of limitations that motivate the transformation of all that participants disliked in their lives.
The manner of “retreat” allows for plenty of moments within the 48 hours (MINIMUM) of the retreat to open internal spaces and work in depth with whatever arises – surprise is the magic that allows what’s hidden to spontaneously erupt.
Free dance, No-Therapy, Family Constellations, Emotional Unblocking, Bio-dance, Systemic Movements, Osho Meditations and other therapeutic dynamics or integration games are just a few of the practices undertaken in our retreats, subject to the material which arises and the needs within each group. WE DO NOT FOLLOW STRICT PROGRAMMES; WE FLOW CREATIVELY IN EACH MOMENT. The skills are integrated and chosen appropriately in each particular case and situation with the power of spontaneity.
THE FACILITATORS: Those responsible for accompanying the experience
Those accompanying you are professionals with extensive experienced. They form part of an international team, which is constantly training, visiting Shamans and updating their skills, taking part in private retreats for their own training purposes – a laboratory where we propose workshops that are constantly perfected. The participants feel they are in good hands.
The Ayahuasca International team counts on facilitators, therapists and collaborators from Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Great Britain, Belgium, Bosnia, Switzerland, Italy, Venezuela and Germany. Occasionally, we bring Shamans from the jungle.
WE ALSO CARRY OUT RETREATS IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME, YACHTS OR SPECIAL PLACES FOR PRIVATE GROUPS OR PEOPLE WHO WISH TO HAVE A MORE PRIVATE YET GUIDED EXPERIENCE BY OUR TEAM OF FACILITATORS
These retreats are guided and supervised by a minimum of two facilitators (for each 11 participants) who have great experience with Ayahuasca as an “instrument” and the people at the retreats as “participants” of a delicate experience. In general, these retreats have a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 35, depending on space capacity.
The team of facilitators and collaborators is trained at the European School of Ayahuasca.
The facilitators are employed by the company Inner Mastery International SLU, have previously been trained at the School, and undergo a constant and permanent supervision of their work. The training process at this school is based upon the detachment from techniques and traditions, and consists in learning to use Ayahuasca as a tool for comprehension which can be left aside once the targets have been achieved. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/europeanschoolofayahuasca.
OUR INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM FORMED BY OVER 30 PEOPLE OF DIVERSE NATIONALITIES, PSYCHOLOGISTS, FACILITATORS, CONSULTANTS, DOCTORS, SHAMANS AND LAWYERS, ON TOP OF THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE GATHERED IN OUR INTERNATIONAL TOURS, REPRESENT OUR GREATEST RESOURCE.
AYAHUASCA: Basic information needed before the experience
Ayahuasca has been discovered by Shamans in the Amazon jungle thousands of years ago. It is formed by a liquid decoction combining two plants which, when boiled in water, can turn into a ‘tea’ or syrup with the consistency of honey. The visionary and curative properties of this remedy have granted the plant with the title of “master” as it teaches, shows, clarifies and that of “power” as it cleanses, cures and liberates.
For centuries the indigenous people have used it to maintain a state of full health and to prevent illnesses. They take it every week or 14 days to maintain a state of physical wellbeing. It is also used in order to have an expansion of consciousness that generates a very precise understanding of life, nature, and existence and also for making day-to-day decisions. When you undergo a physical and emotional cleanse (in the majority of cases it produces vomiting and/or diarrhea) the mind is cleared to understand many matters that we cannot get to grips with due to being full of toxins. In addition to this it has an antidepressant and anti-addictive effect. It is a health bomb on every level and connects with the spiritual relinquishing religions or beliefs.
Even though many people with physical and/or psychological illnesses take it, the majority of people who take it throughout the world don’t do so due to illness, but in order to find meaning to life, guidance for their path, answers to existential questions and creativity for their everyday work. Ayahuasca is also referred to as a “psychotherapeutic potion” as it is used for multiple purposes. It is a comprehensive all-round remedy working on the corporal, emotional, psychological and spiritual levels. It also integrates and boosts other therapies, techniques or approaches that are being practiced. It is not incompatible with any other technique the person uses or practices regularly.
WE DO NOT WORK WITH AYAHUASCA BUT WITH CONSCIOUSNESS. Ayahuasca is the tool par excellence that we use to awaken the conscience of the human being. Ayahuasca is a biochemical trigger that begins a process of “becoming aware”, but it is not the focus of the work we propose.
We also use opportune and in-depth spoken words to guide the participant in becoming aware of their limitations and their potential.
Ayahuasca is not forbidden in the places we use it for our work. In some countries, like France or Great Britain, it is banned, however in many other countries it is not, although its use is frowned upon and there is much hype for it to be forbidden – however without any legal basis.
We use the indigenous ancestral remedy ensuring its great quality and purity, which is most important in these processes. It is brought over from the Colombian jungle by our team, it is made by Shamans in its place of origin from aged plants with a masterful and traditional formula having nothing added or taken away from it. We consider it dangerous to take equivalent plants or other plants added as boosters. The purity and quality of the Ayahuasca is fundamental for the healing processes we propose. This remedy is also called “Yagé” in Colombia. The Ayahuasca we use comes from the Colombian jungle. (More information about this remedy and the plants it is composed of is available on our website: www.ayahuascainternacional.es)
WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR THE AYAHUASCA but for the work accompanying the experience and its psychological supervision, for food and accommodation, and for the transportation of the facilitators from the country they reside in.
“The experience” takes place when we open up to the possibility and freedom…. Of being ourselves”
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS: The evidence of the results is the best letter of introduction.
The thousands of participants who have been at our retreats agree that taking part at the retreat for 2 nights and 2 days increases the effectiveness and depth of the work. Many participants confirm it is “surprising”. The first day and night serve to “touch base”, to create an opening and trust. The second day and night is when the real profound result is produced. This is why the retreat is considered a weekend process.
A good majority of people who participate at our retreats for the first time understand the importance of completing the whole retreat, but they become aware only “after” and confirm that undergoing the experience for only 1 night would mean that they would have missed out on the real depth, which takes place the second night.
It’s much more effective to go through a process of 2 or 3 days and nights rather than doing 10 or more separate sessions spread over various months. The “focus and intensity” factor allows the participant to access much deeper levels of the experience and to reach the most hidden inner spaces.
COSTS OF AYAHUASCA SESSIONS: There are two types of offers with two different costs:
1: WORKSHOP – This lasts between 12 and 14 hours and has a cost of €120. It includes the preparation work previous to the ayahuasca sesión, a dose plus a booster, and breakfast in the morning. The participant leaves before the start of the integration. It is also possible to reserve two workshops.
2: RETREAT – It is posible to attend one or more days and nights. It include the preparation work becuae the ayahuasca sesión, one or more doses and various boosters, breakfast in the morning, 4hours of psychotherapeutic integration and lunch.
These are the prices according to the RETREAT options:
THE RESULTS OBTAINED IN THESE RETREATS ARE REFLECTED IN THE WRITTEN AND VIDEO TESTIMONIALS FROM THE HUNDREDS OF PARTICIPANTS WHO SUPPORT THE QUALITY OF THE WORK WE DO IN THE COUNTRIES WE VISIT.
People from many countries affirm that experiencing contact with Ayahuasca and with the AYAHUASCA INTERNATIONAL TEAM has been one of the most enriching and unforgettable experiences. However, the “experience” isn’t with Ayahuasca, but with consciousness itself.
You can solicit a phone call by writing to [email protected], or write down your concerns and you will be answered within 48 hours. We have a coordinator in every region we work in.