Is it true? Yes it is! The first ever legal Ayahuasca Center is open in the U.S.
Americans wanting to experience the visionary teachings of ayahuasca previously had to travel to the jungles of South America, until now. There is no need to go all the way to the Amazon for an authentic Ayahuasca Ceremony!
There is a new ayahuasca retreat center based in Elbe, Washington. Ayahuasca Healings Native American Church is a non-profit religious organization and independent branch of Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC). It is real deal and completely legal.
Founder Trinity de Guzman He writes,”We have 100% legal rights to use the sacred sacraments of Ayahuasca, Peyote, San Pedro – any plant that grows from the earth – inside of America, according to the laws of the land.”
“Our Vision is to build and create together 30 Ayahuasca Retreat Centers and Fifth Dimensional Tipi Village Communities, with the Oklevueha Native American Church’s (ONAC) fully endorsed guidance, support and blessing, near every major North American city by the beginning of 2032, the start of our New Golden Age.”
After spending 9 months in Peru, participating in weekly Ayahuasca ceremonies, Trinity de Guzman was given a vision. He drew from his deep transformational plant medicine work to bring this vision to America for the service of others.
With the main focus of the retreats being to prepare you: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, for the best Ayahuasca ceremony you can possibly have. The concept is to immerse fully with each ceremony by thoroughly purifying the mind and body before during and after ceremony to get the most out of it. Purging is a big part of ayahuasca and the cleaner you are the gentler the process.
There is a feeling of integrity and authenticity behind this group of facilitators. The groups are kept small (13) in order to customize each individual’s healing needs. The focus is less on gathering a large number of ayahuasca ceremonies and more on integrating the healing of the medicine.
I got to see from personal experience that the number of ceremonies really does not matter. I chose to do 8 ceremonies but my 2nd ceremony still remains the most poignant and powerful teaching of my life. Some people have felt complete after 1 ceremony and Ayahuasca has a way of working through each individual with absolute perfection.
When Are the Retreats Held?
The retreats are 4 days starting Friday and ending Monday. They are mainly holding weekend retreats so people can conveniently come for plant medicine healing without disturbing the normal work week. Other Ayahuasca Retreat Centers do not offer this level of attention to integration. At least not any that I have seen.
This allows individuals to experience the ancient plant medicine in a new and different way than most retreats in Peru which normally require 10 or more days for multiple ceremonies. Then, the integration is done at home.
Many Shamans and Facilitators stress the fact that the work begins after the retreat when you take what you’ve learned back into the world.
For myself, it took about 3 months of integrating all that I was taught and to gradually fully transition back into my life. I was fortunate to have been working from home which made it much smoother.
It is different for everyone, but there is usually a period of time to readjust because your perception of reality has changed and your body has restructured in a new way.
“We are committed to you receiving the most powerful, significant, and monumentally rewarding healing experience that you could possibly receive. And to leave you transformed for the rest of your life.”
“And it would be a DISSERVICE if all we do is give you a bunch of Ayahuasca ceremonies in one weekend, and send you away.” -Trinity de Guzman
How Many Ceremonies are Included?
In the weekend retreat you will participate in 4 ceremonies. There will be 1 Ayahuasca Ceremony, 1 San Pedro (Huachuma) Ceremony, a Native Indian Sweat Lodge Ceremony, Fire & Water Ceremony. In addition, you will receive a Full Day of Heart Energy Medicine Integration.
Trinity talks a little about San Pedro saying, “Memories that have been buried by wounding, trauma and pain, that you’ve forgotten about and locked in a closet full of skeletons and cobwebs somewhere within your subconscious mind, buried deep and forgotten, so you wouldn’t have to deal with them…”
“San Pedro has a powerful way of bringing these energy leaks, negative patterns, sabotaging self-limiting beliefs, and psychic traps to the exposed surface, so you can see them, acknowledge them, recognize them, and then be more able to bring them into your Ayahuasca Ceremony, for the even deeper astral journey, transformational work, healing and psychic rewiring to be done.”
“The Sweat Lodge doors close, and water is poured onto the stones, evaporating instantly, filling the sacred temple space with steam. This steam heats and massages your body, cuts through your mind, purifies, releases and cleanses you so deeply on every level, physically, mentally, emotionally, and soulfully, so that any shamanic plant medicine we give you is able to work at its highest potential.” -Trinity de Guzman
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These are not the actual Tipis on the retreat land.
Each participant stays in a double occupancy Tipi with bed, blankets and pillows. The idea is to be deeply connected with nature and have someone to make sure you get assistance if needed at any time.
The center is now taking applications for upcoming retreats in March and April 2016. They ask for a donation of $1497 to $1997 USD and offer scholarships to one participant per retreat.
If you are reading this, you probably already feel called to Ayahuasca. My advice is do your research and listen intently inside. This type of medicine is not for everyone but if she calls to you it is worth listening. It is the most powerful teaching I have experienced ever and I have had some powerful spiritual teachers in my life.
Thank you for reading. You can read more about my personal experiences with Ayahuasca here. Also, feel free to subscribe to receive a free download of my ebook, Notes of a Shaman Student by filling out the form on the left of the page.