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
  • May  22 — May 30
  • Jul  3 — Jul 13
  • Aug  15 — Aug 23
  • Oct  13 — Oct 21
  • Nov  20 — Nov 30
  • Dec  15 — Dec 23

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.

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.


“Felt Totally Empowered by Overcoming Fear”
London, UK
“A Divine Experience beyond my Imagination”
Spirit Vine Retreats Group
July 2018 group
“Got Much More than What I Came For”
may 2018 group
“It is simply THE perfect setting”
If you feel like trying Ayahuasca, you found the right place. This was my 4th time in 3 years and my experiences there helped me to live a life I would never dreamed of before I took these first step towards pure happiness. If you feel the call of ayahuasca just come, everyone I meet wants to go back, everyone that tried other places says this is the best.
“The workshops are intelligent and unexpectedly useful”
The place is run so well down to the last detail, you are cared for, considered, and encouraged to grow. This is a place for healing, and there are few things as magical as that. If you are ready to grow, learn, and trust this is the perfect place to do it. I had such a wonderful time here I plan on returning as soon as possible.
“Incredibly positive for anyone’s personal development”
We all have behavioral traits that we are not completely satisfied with. Ayahuasca opens up a window on this baggage. However, dealing with it requires certain tools, which Silvia teaches in her workshops where she has integrated western psychotherapy and shamanic techniques, along with the Ayahuasca ceremonies.

Explore Our Center

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.