Welcome to Spirit Vine
Ayahuasca Retreat in Brazil

We are a non-profit and trans-denominational interfaith ayahuasca retreat center in Brazil dedicated to people who feel the call to connect with their essence at a deeper level. Our program is designed to guide each participant to find balance within themselves. Every detail of the retreat is carefully planned to re-establish the connection with your higher self.

In order to provide a proper set and setting we continuously maintain a clean and harmonious environment, that’s why our center is an alcohol-tobacco-drug-free zone. Safety is our main priority and being completely clean is the safest way to go deeper with ayahuasca.

Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the lush Atlantic forest, our retreats include ayahuasca ceremonies, spiritual workshops, yoga classes, comfortable accommodation with modern amenities, and a healthy vegan and vegetarian diet.

Retreat Calendar
  • Oct  20 — Oct 28
  • Nov  20 — Nov 30
  • Dec  15 — Dec 23
  • Jan  5 — Jan 13
  • Feb  14 — Feb 24
  • Mar  8 — Mar 16

Meet Silvia Polivoy in this brief introduction to our ayahuasca retreats. She is the co-founder of Spirit Vine and the lead facilitator during the retreats and ayahuasca ceremonies.

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Our Ayahuasca Retreats

Spirit Vine is the “home of ayahuasca”, created with the dedicated purpose to host ayahuasca retreats in Brazil. Every aspect of the retreat is well considered and planned for you to achieve a state of harmony. Every month we receive people from all over the world who feel the call of the jungle. You will meet other like-minded individuals interested in personal development and aligning with their essence.

In 1996 Silvia hosted her first ayahuasca retreat in Peru and after a few retreats she felt the call to move to Brazil. Following this calling she, together with Zoe Seven, co-founded TheVine center, in the midst of the beautiful Atlantic Rainforest, just minutes away from breath-taking beaches of the Atlantic ocean, near the serene surf-town Itacare in Bahia, Brazil.

We have 9 day and 11 day ayahuasca retreat programs throughout the year during which the ayahuasca ceremonies are every other night and in between there are workshops and other activities to integrate your experiences and insights.  There is also ample free time to reflect, to enjoy the beauty of the jungle, to visit the gorgeous beaches, and just to relax, let go, and experience the pure bliss of being present. We look forward to welcoming you to this sacred wonderland.

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The Ayahuasca Experience

Ayahuasca is the name for the ancient shamanic brew, prepared from two sacred plants – the bark of the Caapi vine and the leaves of the Chacruna plant. It has been used for millennia in South American countries in traditional ayahuasca healing rituals and for deepening one’s spiritual connection with the Earth and the Universe. This sacred plant, ayahuasca, is being degraded and today people can drink anywhere even though it is illegal in most places. Also, many people are looking for an ayahuasca ‘trip’, though this diminishes the meaning by making it sound like a recreational drug or party experience. An ayahuasca experience, in the right set and setting, is profound and sacred in ways difficult to imagine. In our opinion, it’s worth dedicating at least 1 week of your life to go deeper and do a full retreat instead of “just an ayahuasca trip“.

Ayahuasca Ceremonies

An ayahuasca ceremony is a traditional practice wherein a facilitator such as a shaman or ‘ayahuasquero’ will hold space for others to go through the ayahuasca experience. 

Our ceremonies take place at night in darkness which is the traditional practice of ayahuasca ceremonies in Peru. During our 9 day retreat we also have a daytime ceremony where our intention is to connect with nature and learn from it’s infinite wisdom.

We facilitate a safe and comfortable space so you can let go and dive deep into your personal experience connecting with your essence and higher self. The music we use during ceremonies help bring to the awareness what we need to face. 

We grow our own organic ayahuasca plants and harvest them in a sustainable manner. Our brew is prepared from the chacruna plant and the caapi vine only (no additives).

Spiritual Workshops

The uniqueness of Spirit Vine are the workshops conducted by Silvia. This has been one of the most powerful tools that give participants extra confidence going into the ceremonies. With over 25 years of experience in a variety of disciplines such as trans-personal psychology, modified states of consciousness, visualization exercises, sacred plants, shamanism, and a multitude of other practices, each workshop is a unique integration of techniques that Silvia has developed. Some of the topics for the workshops include Inner Child Integration, Soul Retrieval, Spirit Releasement, Life Script Planning, Past Life Regression.

A very common bad habit is to passively wait for the change to come from the outside, like children without resources. To recover the power within means that each participant will learn how to unblock their resources and become proactive in their own spiritual development and integration. The techniques taught in these workshops can and should be used to continue your personal growth if you choose to go deeper in your everyday life.

Depending on the interests of the group, Silvia dynamically chooses the workshops for each retreat. That’s why it is very important to provide accurate information when you fill out the application form, to help her select the best techniques for a particular group of people. Participants can learn to reconnect with their own power, to discover the source of traumas and the resulting pattern of behavior, to heal the wounds after a traumatic experience, to clean their aura and to open the door to connect with parallel realities, the invisible world and it’s inhabitants.

Why does a group of people from different parts of the world coincide in a retreat? Because it is not a coincidence. Jung called this synchronicity —

events are meaningful coincidences if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. 

The members of the group are learning from each other and during the course of the retreat it is very common to discover deeper connections between participants. The group bonds are very important as a source of support and knowledge for the whole retreat since the group is a representation of the outside world.

Sometimes people feel instant sympathy or rejection towards certain members, that’s why part of our group work consists in discovering how “people can project undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings”. If the person doesn’t realize this, they will continue projecting their undesired feelings onto others, when the real enemy is within them. So we teach how to integrate this disconnected feeling into our consciousness within a loving and supportive space. The result of integrating unconscious feelings will improve our relationships. Restlessness is transformed into peace, and the energy that was used to project, now will be channeled for more productive endeavors.

You can see the ayahuasca retreat reviews of how these workshops helped participants to realize their patterns of behaviors and to reconnect with their own power.

Art, Meditation & Yoga

Another very important part of the retreat are the Yoga sessions in the morning which greatly enrich the ayahuasca experiences at night. The practices of Meditation & Yoga help you to align with the source. We also have time dedicated for art after each ceremony which is a great way to express the ayahuasca journeys.

Integration After the Retreat

After the retreat, we recommend mindfulness, mindfulness and more mindfulness:

a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. 

During this transition before you get back to your everyday life, if you can spend a few extra days in a quiet place around Itacare, it will be ideal to rest and integrate the new insights.

We suggest to continue the healthy diet as long as possible and we discourage drinking alcohol or using drugs because mindfulness is the opposite of numbness. During the retreat you learn techniques to increase your awareness, which you can apply instead of seeking entertainment and noise to forget problems. Respecting your feelings and body, and investing time in transformation instead of escaping.

For participants who would like to continue their spiritual growth with Silvia’s guidance, you can opt for online spiritual counselling sessions with her over Skype.

Testimonials

“Exceeded all Expectations”
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Jan 2021 group
“Finally connected with the Inner Child”
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Oct 2020 group
“I keep coming back because...”
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Sept 2019 group

Life changing experience in the most amazing place

Rated 5 out of 5
April 23, 2021

Let’s start off by stating that I’m a 30-year-old pain in the ass French woman, leading operations for a 8-billion-dollar company, control-freak who never took any drug in her life. You got it, I’m the rational, never satisfied type. That being said, I had heard several times that Ayahuasca was a life-changing experience that you could summarize by “10 years of therapy in 10 days”. Really? Solving my daddy’s issues in a week? You bet I had to check this out. And guess what, I’ll spoil the end of this review, saying that these 10 days with Silvia and Tio can change your life is a huge euphemism, it’s been (from far) the most incredible thing I’ve experienced in my whole life. And I’ll tell you why.
Firstly, the place is amazing, lost in the jungle, with beautiful bungalows and a lagoon you’ll love to go swimming into during your self-reflection quality time. The whole set up to put you in the best conditions to reach deep consciousness is without any failure: the vegan sugar and salt-free food is so creative that you almost forget the taste of a really good medium rare entrecote, the yoga classes taught by the lovely Andreia and the deep massages are absolutely what you need to make your body understand that it’s time to genuinely take care of yourself.
Then, to take care of your mind you’ll have the two most impressive experts I’ve met in my life, who truly know what they are talking about:
Silvia, she’s far from the well-known “I’m-gonna-teach-you-life-patriarcal-Guru” that you might encounter in some Ayahuasca retreats, she’s a brilliant psychologist with an amazing track record, she understands everything in a glimpse and help you the whole time to better structure your thoughts, your fears and your ambitions. Just having the privilege to have a one-hour therapy session with her would be worth the investment of the whole retreat!
Tio, on his side, is your guardian angel, anywhere, anytime. He’s been my rock during all the ceremonies, there’s not been any moment I did not feel safe since he’s watching you, guiding you, helping you going through the most challenging breakthroughs.
Overall, what you’ll get with Silvia and Tio is the absolute perfection in terms of feeling safe while getting the maieutic help you need to work on any trauma you had, understand what’s holding you back from being truly happy, and be assertive about what you need and want in your life. The anxiety I had at first about the ceremonies and my fear of the bad trips I could experience quickly vanished into a titanium work on myself that I could have never done without them.
I’ve been that impressed with everything I’ve managed to understand and deeply heal, – because yes, at the end of the day, everything is about healing – that it’s very clear to me that I’ll come back to this place whenever I’ll be at a crossroad in my life, to help me bring it to the next level.
I can’t be more grateful about everything that happened there, I’ve never been that happy in my life (and it was not an easy road) and trust me, this place is, without any doubt whatsoever, the sanctuary you need to go about what is gonna be the most inspiring experience of your life.

Clara G

A worthwhile investment

Rated 5 out of 5
April 21, 2021

Does the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center deserve the consistently high 5 star and excellent reviews?
I have been on 5 Spirit Vine retreats, and I would say: No! They deserve higher!! This is my first review of the center.
After a lot of research, I chose this place – I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a major shift in your life and want to put yourself in safe hands, Spirit Vine is the place for you. My initial fears about taking ayahuasca dissipated very quickly, due to the care, the safety and the wonderful atmosphere.
In my opinion, the reviews accurately reflect what I have experienced here. However, the reviews may have not mentioned the following:
Quality of the Ayahuasca
Great care is taken to ensure the high quality of each ayahuasca brew, lovingly prepared using their own home-grown Ayahuasca vine and chacruna plants. They tailor the dose you take to your individual needs – something not always done at other centers.
Application Selection
Silvia´s care also extends to her consideration of your application, and she does not accept an application if she considers that this is not the right place or time for you. She does not accept all applications, and this is in your interest as a potential participant. Numbers are purposely kept low to maintain 1) quality of personal attention and care 2) safety. So the setting, circumstances and atmosphere are intentionally created to ensure the optimum conditions for the best possible experience.
Experience and Expertise
She has been organizing and facilitating retreats since 1997 (as at 2021, that is 24 years), and she has vast experience of how to maximise the best conditions for the participant. Silvia also has extensive experience and knowledge of the use of ayahuasca, as a method of expanding consciousness and spiritual awakening and unfolding. She leads the ceremonies, and expertly supports participants when requested both in the ceremony room and outside. Ti0, her very experienced assistant, also uses his incredibly intuitive senses and interpersonal skills to provide a high degree of individual support when requested. Working together, Silvia and Ti0 are a great team!
Workshops and Activities
Silvia´s and Ti0´s workshops and activities are carefully designed to help you prepare for and integrate your ayahuasca experience. During these retreats, I have really appreciated the depth of Silvia´s workshops on Childhood Regression, Unveiling the Shadow and Spirit Releasement, and Ti0´s two newer workshops about personal energy growth/maintenance and moving beyond the limited self. These workshops help you create your specific intention for each ceremony.
Prepare as well as you can
If you decide to apply, I would highly recommend that you follow all the prior preparation guidance (all on the website), and guidance at the retreat itself – it is comprehensive for a reason: to ensure you have the best possible experience and outcome. I cannot emphasize this enough: the better your preparation, the more you will increase your benefits from the retreat.
Personal Transformation
Last, but not least, you will leave with a sense that something incredible has happened – you might not be sure what exactly – but most probably you will need to make changes in your life to ensure that your shifts are profound, sustainable and long-lasting.
A Worthwhile Investment
My ayahuasca experience at this retreat center has been the single most significant event in my life, in terms of positive personal growth and life change, and I have spent MANY years in psychotherapy as a client. Go ahead, and invest in yourself. Chances are that you will not only be benefiting yourself, your relationships, your work, your health…but maybe you will be making the world a much better place.

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Silvia is a gifted, approachable, humble, understanding Shaman of the highest order

Rated 5 out of 5
September 15, 2019

I have read that people talk about their pre Ayahuasca life and their post Ayahuasca life; I have fully and profoundly stepped into my post Ayahuasca life and power, with the greatest gratitude, love and thanks to Silvia and her amazing team.
Earlier this year I made the decision to research and find an Ayahuasca retreat for my husband, Mark (Weston) and myself to attend. After reading many reviews and watching many videos, including Silvia’s lovely video on the Spirit Vine website, my mind was made up and we both agreed that we should book the 11 day / 5 ceremony retreat we have just experienced. To say that this experience has been life changing, wonderful, profound and beyond any expectations I had, is an understatement!
If you are considering booking an Ayahuasca retreat, I can’t recommend Silvia and Spirit Vine highly enough; personally I can’t wait to return and I haven’t even left Brazil yet!
Silvia is one of the most incredible, talented, experienced, wonderful, loving, caring women I have ever met. A gifted, approachable, humble, understanding Shaman of the highest order. I feel so blessed to now call her my friend. What Silvia has created in this wonderfully remote, beautifully wild, part of the Brazilian rainforest is truly amazing. I was totally blown away by the retreat and its surroundings, by Silvia, her wonderful retreat team and her brilliant, happy and hardworking support team. I felt totally safe, cared for and loved in every way possible. At no point did I feel out of my depth, scared or even apprehensive – every aspect is so expertly dealt with and catered for, from the talks and incredibly valuable workshops, to the delicious food and comfortable beautiful accommodation. The whole experience is worth every ounce of planning, commitment and energy. It can be personally challenging at times for sure; it would be unfair for me not to be honest about this, however the rewards far far outweigh any challenges and my life will never be the same again.
Thank you, once again, dearest Silvia, Ti O, Noor and staff. Thank you also to all the other wonderful souls/participants of our retreat whose experiences and input, kindnesses and friendship enhanced our understanding and overall experiences.

MoggieM

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We have six bungalows and a dormitory to host our participants. Each bungalow has a unique style with splendid views of the jungle.

Our center is purpose-built to host ayahuasca retreats. Explore our Ceremony Room, Natural Pond, Organic Gardens…

Our facilitators and staff are present at all times and are dedicated in supporting you with loving care, attention, safety, and respect.

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Spirit Vine COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5th May 2021

As travel has opened up in different parts of the world, we have resumed our retreats since October 2020. In light of the global situation, we are establishing new guidelines to ensure that we provide the maximum amount of safety to all participants who attend the retreats.

We will be following the guidelines provided by the Brazilian government which you can find below, and adding any necessary precautions suitable for the retreats.

In the Itacare area, where we are located, there are very low number of COVID cases.

We will update this section when new information is available.
Content listed here is subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Brazilian Government Recommendations for COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
  • if water and soap are not available or when hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used;
  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others;
  • Wear a mask, that covers your nose, mouth and chin;
  • Practice respiratory hygiene;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Be aware of the situation of your destination and follow the guidelines of local public health authorities;
  • Avoid spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact;
  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms and, if you feel unwell:
    – seek medical attention;
    – stay self-isolated as recommended by local health authorities.

Anyone who wants to enter in Brazil must present a negative Covid RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight and travelers must fill out an affidavit (printed or digitally), with the written acknowledgement to the health measures that must be complied with during the period that they will remain in the country. You can find more information about the affidavit here.

Prior to leaving Brazil, depending on the requirements of your destination country, you may be required to present an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of your departure. In this case, we recommend you to budget the required time of 4 hours to take the test and get the results in Sao Paulo airport.

Please note that Itacare and Ilheus do not have RT-PCR testing centers.

Spirit Vine Guidelines for COVID-19

If you will arrive in Brazil more than 3 days before the start of the retreat, then you need to do another Covid test (quick Covid test) before entering our center and send the results to me by email.

Spirit Vine Cancellation Policy for COVID-19

If you have paid for a retreat and you are not able to participate for major reasons like travel restrictions due to Covid-19, then you may apply your credit to another retreat of the same value for a period of 2 years.