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AFTER AN AYAHUASCA RETREAT

Common questions that may arise after an Ayahuasca retreat are: What now?, and: How do I return to everyday life? There is no generic answer to these queries since the experience is different for each individual. We are all unique and each one of us goes through a very personal journey during and after the retreat. However, the following tips may help you navigate the integration process with greater ease.

Firstly, it’s essential to continue working on different aspects of your life, such as nutrition, exercise, and meditation. Harmony and balance can only be achieved when all facets of our being are aligned, therefore, consistency is key. During the retreat, many of these areas were relegated to the centre (that looks after you as a real clinic), to the shamans (our doctors), and to the Medicine. Now, it is your turn to assume the responsibility of taking care of yourself. As you re-enter your daily routine, the integration process initiates, as it is after the retreat that the real work begins. 

You may see yourself from a different perspective, equipped with new knowledge and tools, renewed physical and emotional energy, and a sense of inner spaciousness. Choose carefully what you invite into this newfound space. After the retreat, you will have to choose how you want to live your life – from a place of love or fear. Transformation is never easy, life will present you with constant challenges, testing your newfound strength and commitment. Remain aware and observant as the process of growth and evolution unfolds.

During the retreat, deep layers of the self have been unearthed and cleared, initiating a transformational process that will unfold gradually over months or even years. Remember, the spirit of Medicine now flows within you and will always be there to guide and accompany you on your journey.

PAMPER & LOVE  YOURSELF

Now that you’ve experienced the traditional Shipibo healing process with Ayahuasca, you know that it can include intense and challenging moments. Feel proud of yourself and appreciate the courage it took to embark on this important journey in your life. Feel like the victorious warrior returning home, but also recognize the responsibility that accompanies this achievement. The energy was already set in motion before you arrived at the retreat, and it will continue to work within you even after you return home.

Take a moment to observe where you stand in your life today. Don’t judge yourself or feel guilty if you have not taken care of yourself in the past, it’s all part of your experience – there were no good or bad decisions, only experiences that have shaped you into the person you’ve become. Today, you can turn the page and start a new chapter in life, approaching it with love and understanding.

It is advisable to maintain the same diet for an additional week after the retreat. As your body continues its purification process, remember to avoid red meat, pork, alcohol, spicy foods, and sugar. Proper hydration is crucial, so aim to drink at least two litres of water per day to support your body’s detoxification. Starting the following week, take the time to elaborate a healthy diet that suits you best and turn it into a regular habit.

Prioritize self-love and self-care, understanding that only by caring for yourself can you extend your light and love to others around you. Cultivate gratitude daily for the gift of life, your home, the nourishing food you consume, and the supportive people who accompany you on your journey of growth and learning. Listen to your body and follow your own pace. Incorporate other healthy practices into your life – spend more time in nature, engage in exercise, meditation, and leisure activities, and dedicate special time to loved ones. Whatever you choose to do, do it wholeheartedly.

The astonishingly beautiful plant in the Peruvian Amazon called "The Heart of Jesus" – "Corazón de Jesús"

ALLOW YOUR EMOTIONS TO FLOW FREELY

Emotions are energetic movements that flow through us, shaping our experiences and perceptions of the world. When we fail to express our emotions, they can become stagnant and accumulate in different parts of our body, such as organs and muscles, potentially leading to discomfort and even disease over time. Fortunately, the transformative properties of Amazonian sacred plant medicines provide a solution. Through their potent effects, the energy channels within our body undergo a profound purification, enabling a revitalized energy to flow freely.

After an Ayahuasca retreat, you may find yourself feeling exceptionally sensitive as your energy vortices become highly receptive. This heightened sensitivity might lead you to experience emotions from your surroundings with such intensity that they feel as if they are your own. However, it’s important not to judge or rationalize these emotions. Instead, simply observe and feel them fully allowing them to complete their process and dissolve. By doing so, the energy is returned to its source, benefiting not only you but also humanity as a whole.

Amazon Jungle in Peru

It is also possible that you spontaneously start discovering layers of your being that have not been explored during the retreat. Those are very deep layers and Ayahuasca needs time to reach them. During this process, you may experience deep-rooted memories and emotions. Again, do not identify with them, just feel them and let them manifest. They may have originated in your childhood, or at the time of gestation, or perhaps even come from past lives or ancestral lineage.

Part of the work with Ayahuasca was to remove the armours that you have created, consciously or unconsciously, to protect yourself from traumatic situations that you have experienced. Although these armours have already fulfilled their function, they remain in place, hidden and forgotten, blocking different aspects of your life,  such as love, abundance, etc.

Allow yourself to gradually experience vulnerability by opening up and letting your true self emerge from beneath these layers. Remember that every dissolved emotion and healed wound not only contributes to your well-being but also benefits the collective consciousness of the planet.

It is not necessary to share the details of your experience with everyone, do it only with those whom you truly trust. You may receive criticism and all kinds of judgment from certain people but don’t try to defend or justify yourself. Understand that many of those negative reactions are often manifestations of their own unresolved fears and insecurities. You may even consider seeking out new environments and individuals who support your journey without judgment and make you feel at ease to open up your heart like never before, fostering deeper connections and growth.

Significant changes are likely to happen in your life when you return home. Embrace these changes with love and gratitude recognizing them as opportunities for growth. After an Ayahuasca retreat, many people experience a profound shift feeling a deeper connection with their true mission and purpose in life. This awakening sparks creativity and a heartfelt desire to contribute to the world, selflessly serving the greater good. As the ego dissolves, priorities shift from self-centred desires to a collective vision of benefiting all humanity.

One of the most significant revelations the spirit of Ayahuasca can bless us with is the firsthand experience of our interconnectedness with all that exists – We are all One. This concept transcends cultural boundaries and has been represented in various traditions by different deities or gods. However, Ayahuasca reveals that this divine essence often sought externally, resides within each one of us. It is the recognition that life itself, with its infinite wisdom and creative power, flows through every aspect of our being.

Through this profound realisation, we come to understand that true happiness cannot be found in external possessions or circumstances; it already exists within us, waiting to be recognized and embraced. As we perceive our interconnectedness, we awaken to the understanding that we are not isolated individuals but integral parts of a larger whole. This awareness empowers us to support, nurture, and heal one another as we walk together along the path of life; it strengthens our ability to feel a sense of unity, compassion, and collective responsibility.

SHARE THE LOVE YOU HAVE RECEIVED

On behalf of the entire Yosi Ocha team, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for placing your trust in us and allowing us to accompany you on this profound journey in your life. For millennia, the spirit of Ayahuasca has served as a source of healing and guidance for the inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest. Now, this seed of love has been planted within your heart as well. Part of your newfound mission is to share the love and blessings you have received, enabling others to also seek the transformative power of sacred Medicines.

Many people around the world feel called to work with Ayahuasca and are willing to venture into the Amazon rainforest, but they don’t know where to go and who to trust. This dilemma is primarily a critical safety issue due to the unfortunate proliferation of Ayahuasca tourism driven purely by commercial reasons. To open up and surrender fully to the Medicine, one must feel safe, secure, nurtured and at ease. Therefore, it is paramount to work with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and compassionate Shamans who guide participants with integrity and wisdom.

– Write a review about Yosi Ocha – by sharing your experience on social media, you support fellow seekers on their quest for genuine healing and help them navigate the complex landscape of Ayahuasca tourism. Together, we can ensure that the sacred traditions of Ayahuasca remain preserved and honoured amidst the challenges of modernization and commercialization:

– Tell your friends about your experience – become an agent of change and help raise the collective vibration of our planet by spreading the word about this ancestral Medicine and its custodians in the Amazon rainforest. Your story can inspire your friends to travel to the rainforest and discover the joy of awakening and profound healing with sacred plants.

Love is in the air at Yosi Ocha!

BATHS & MEDITATIONS AFTER A RETREAT

After an Ayahuasca retreat, it is very important to take good care of yourself and maintain the cleanliness and protection of your energetic body. Following the Shipibo tradition, one of the most effective ways to achieve this is through regular energy cleansing baths and meditation. Below, you’ll find links to detailed instructions on how to prepare these baths at home and how to engage in meditation practices to strengthen your connection with the sacred energies of the Arcana you have received during your retreat.

Three months after a retreat, especially for those who feel the need to continue deepening their inner work, we highly recommend considering participation in another Ayahuasca retreat. You can return to Yosi Ocha and continue your work under the guidance of  Maestro Heberto or seek out another reputable Maestro Curandero for the continuation of your healing process.