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

Meet Silvia Polivoy in this brief introduction to our ayahuasca retreats. She is the lead facilitator during the retreats and ayahuasca ceremonies.

Our Ayahuasca Retreats

Spirit Vine is the ‚Äúhome of ayahuasca‚ÄĚ, 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėayahuasquero‚Äô 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 ‚ÄĒ

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.


‚ÄúFelt Totally Empowered by Overcoming Fear‚ÄĚ
London, UK
‚ÄúA Divine Experience beyond my Imagination‚ÄĚ
Spirit Vine Retreats Group
July 2018 group
‚ÄúGot Much More than What I Came For‚ÄĚ
may 2018 group
‚ÄúIt is simply THE perfect setting‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúThe workshops are intelligent and unexpectedly useful‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúIncredibly positive for anyone‚Äôs personal development‚ÄĚ
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

Due to the global crisis and quarantine requirements in Brazil, we had paused our retreats between April and September.

As travel is opening up , we are resuming our retreats from 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.

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.

Spirit Vine Guidelines for COVID-19

We are asking each participant, employee, volunteer, and facilitator, to take a COVID-19 test before each retreat, and provide the test results before they enter.

Brazilian Government Recommendations for COVID-19

You must respect the rules of social distancing in all common areas.

Maintain a distance of 1 meter between people in all the shared spaces.

Reorganize the work environment in order to provide this distance between people in common reception areas, event rooms, lobby, etc. If necessary, reduce quantity of sofas, tables, reducing the number of people.

Clients must be oriented to fulfillment or social distancing.

Make available 70% alcohol gel / sanitizer, duly approved by ANVISA, at the entrances and exits from establishments, in all internal areas (lobby, restaurant, rest areas, toilets, elevators, event rooms, etc.).

Guide collaborators and clients on respiratory etiquette, encouraging people to cover and cough with disposable paper and to realize or discard them immediately, as well as avoid touching our nostrils, nose and mouth.

Guests and clients must use mandatory protective masks in the common areas of the hotel.

Avoid sharing personal objects for work and for recreational and sports use (guests) such as: headsets, cell phones, cans, cups etc.

Carry out training with the team on preventive measures and promote awareness of the importance of compliance with each other.

Encourage the collaborators to promptly report their health condition and monitor.

According to the business policy, include information on how to proceed in case of incursion during the hosting (Specific Protocols or Case of Confirmation of Covid-19).

In accordance with the policy of each establishment, or it must also have a Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer for measuring the temperature of guests, as well as employees (at the entrance and exit of the work shift).