Cases of malaria are very rare in the region. Often times the effects of the malaria medication is more
extreme than the strain of malaria that is apt to occur. Do some research on all possible side effects of the
medication in order to make your own educated decision. Malarone and Larium are brands with no reported
negative integration with Ayahuasca.
It’s the same in Peru as anywhere else. Keeping the bugs away is the mission. So Mosquito repellant of
course, especially at and after sundown when the mosquitos are most active. Light weight long sleeve cotton
shirts, long pants. Cover your skin is the basic idea.
Vaccines are not a requirement for our retreat, it’s a personal choice. If you choose to do so, the popular
vaccines people get are against Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies, and Hepatitis A&B. We recommend getting
these at least 3 weeks prior to your retreat.
The medicine of Kambo is a very potent medicine. You will need to be clean of any synthetic medication for at
least 12 hours.
Bottom Line: If you are taking any type of medication, please share that information with us so we can keep
you safe from any unnecessary negative reactions.
We strongly recommend you talk with your doctor about any and all medications and supplements you are
taking and their interactions with MAO inhibitors. interaction with pharmaceutical drugs and some over-the-
counter drugs can potentially be life-threatening. The combination of MAOIs and other serotonin agonists or
precursors poses a particularly severe risk of a life-threatening serotonin syndrome episode. These drugs and
meds can be dangerous with Ayahuasca and should be discontinued at least 4 weeks prior to partaking in the
No, it is absolutely not safe! If there is any possibility of pregnancy you should NOT participate in those
Mandatory? No! This experience is about you and what you want it to be. Please keep in mind, we are not a
lodge or hotel, we are a spiritual retreat. The intent of The ASHA Center is to provide tools and teaching that
help you in your spiritual journey and healing.
This is your experience, we not going to force anything on anyone. We do want to remind you that you should
be making this trip for yourself. It is our hope that your intention is to work on you, to raise your level of
When you strive for a profound experience all of the negative energies find a way to raise up and hold you
back from your work. Things like fear, anxiety and over active minds try to be the controlling force and offer
resistant to your true path. Isn’t that one of the reasons you were originally seeking this out? In these
situations we would encourage you to sit and talk with us, receive some pre ceremony counseling to help you
investigate if these fears are indeed what is holding you back and in the end you choose.
Yes, by all means bring them. We can offer a 10% discount if they are not going to participate in any of the
plant medicine ceremonies.
Yes, we would love to be your ride to and from the airport!
All of our packages start on Wednesday morning so we recommend you arrive Tuesday morning to avoid any
issues if flights are delayed etc.
Your deposit is valid for a life time. Kindly inform us of your need to change your arrival date 2 weeks ahead of
your original date so we can fill your space.
You will have a clean comfortable bed with fresh bedding and protective mosquito netting. Most of our rooms
are designed for 2 people. Let us know ahead of time if you need specific accommodations for some reason,
we will do our best, depending on attendance, to address them for you.
This is the Amazon Jungle, the setting is rustic and wonderfully primitive and that is all a part of the
experience. It will change your perspective in countless ways.
No, everything will be provided for you.
Temperatures run from 70 to 90 degrees. Some rare evenings can get a little chilly so possibly a sweatshirt is a
good idea. After all, this is about comfort not fashion! You can expect Iquitos to be hot and humid most
anytime you visit. So bring layers of absorbent clothes that are loose and comfortable.
Yes, there will be designated times when we will run the generator and you will be able to charge your devices
at that time.
No and this is intentional. Being in touch electronically is often a crutch that keeps us connected to negative
energies and at best is a distraction from the purpose of your time here. By removing that from your personal
space you are open to a much greater knowledge and understanding of life and the true meaning of self.
No, unless you need something for a connection other than a US port.
It is recommended that you come full prepared with all of the needed items from home.
No, we will provide those for you!
It is 100% optional, however there are certain things that are always welcomed as a donation to ASHA and the
village. Some examples of items that bring great joy are books, spare flashlights, toys, clothes, school supplies,
candies etc. for the children in the local village. Also woman’s bathroom accessories; often people donate
their collection of hotel soaps and shampoos! Spiritual materials such as stones and crystals are always an
amazing addition to the environment at ASHA.
For a more personal experience we limit our ceremonies to 8 people
Yes, absolutely. A significant part of the healing that happens here is about releasing the power that our pain
has by exposing it to the light. Not allowing it to dwell and grow in the darkness. As we share with others we
discover first and foremost that we are not alone in our pain. We are then able to receive others perspectives
on what we are saying and offer yours in return. Together we are stronger, embracing the fact that we are all
one great body that is the universe.
Of course there will be opportunities for your own private conversations as well.
Do some research, be an educated participant and your experience will be all the better for it.
Come to ASHA with an open mind and an intent to work with the tools and healers. Be ready and willing to
explore your mind and heal yourself of negative energies. Any spiritual background you have will benefit you.
Everyone is different so every experience and the preparation for it will be different. This experience is about
you and we want to ensure that YOU are comfortable and in the best state of mind to reap the highest benefit
of the process. Having said that, call us, us email us and we can talk specifically about your own unique
situation so we this is all about you, the individual.
Preparing the mind and body as a unit is key. Whatever your tools of preference, meditation, yoga etc.
immerse yourself in them in combination with a purer diet. At least a week if not a month prior to your arrival
begin to limit your intake of things like red meat and pork, highly processed foods like refined sugars and cut
back on the caffeine.
At ASHA center we have chosen a sacrificing yet non extreme diet for a well-rounded experience involving
some discipline but not so challenging as to cause anxiety or negative energies. We are careful not to reverse
our true work here by going against WHAT IS.
Whatever your practice, go inward and seek to connect to your true self. You want to come to Mother
Ayahuasca with as much understanding of your intent as possible. Many times people find they thought they
knew what they were looking for but discover through the process a whole other truth. Practice opening
yourself up to receive the true lessons Mother Ayahuasca will show you.
Part of the purification is eliminating alcohol, marijuana, any synthetic drug. Critically, any kind of anti-
depressants or anti-anxiety medication that are DRI’s, SSRI’s, SNRI’s and the like.
Critical: Discontinue use of any psychoactive medications four weeks prior to arriving in Peru.