About the Spirit Vine Center

About the Spirit Vine Center

Spirit Vine, aka TheVine Center is “The Ayahuasca House”, founded in 2004 to host spiritual retreats where people from all over the world can come and meet others interested in reconnecting with the higher self and spiritual development, working with a variety of meditations, regressions, art, yoga, talks about ayahuasca and ceremonies.

6-9The centre is located in the richly diverse Mata-Atlantic forest on the east coast of Brazil in the state of Bahia. This region was chosen due to the natural beauty of the landscape, astonishing beaches, good accessibility, spirited local culture and the abundance of natural foods. An ideal setting for a safe and profound experience.

TheVine Center is established as a trans-denominational interfaith space that is open to people of the world, who are seeking to reconnect with source/universal intelligence. The founders of TheVine Center have developed programs that do not teach doctrine, yet support participants in self-realization of their own unique spiritual journey reconnecting with their own power or “god within”, a common goal of many ancient traditions and religions. The root word of religion is usually traced back to the latin word religare meaning “to bind back” (“re” = back and “ligare” = to bind).

Ayahuasca Retreat Facilities

The center includes facilities that are purpose built for Ayahuasca retreats and include a beautiful ceremony room or maloca within the jungle, and extensive landscaped gardens that enchant the senses and invoke the imagination. Nature is ever present and the spaces are comfortable and safe with modern amenities designed for beauty, function and comfort.

The nature of our not-for-profit center is spiritual, philosophical, mystical, educational, and cultural. All income from the retreats goes toward the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and facilities, creating employment for locals and forest conservation projects including the planting of thousands of native trees on the land.

Within the TheVine Center are hundreds of fruit trees, coconuts, organic gardens with fresh vegetables and our own ayahuasca vines and Chacruna plants. We believe in healthy organic diets and where possible food during the retreats is sourced mostly directly from our gardens.

pictures16test.spiritvineretreats.com & TheVine Center were previously known as Ayahuasca-Healing and inspired by Silvia Polivoy. Silvia received her license in clinical psychology in 1983 and had a private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina for twenty years until she began to feel the need to make a transition from studying and healing the mind to exploring the worlds of Spirit.

Silvia ventured away from the busy city streets to the more tranquil life in the jungle, eventually moving to Brazil where in 2004 she co-founded TheVine Center with Zoe Seven. Having facilitated her first ayahuasca retreat in 1996 in the Peruvian Amazon, Silvia has extensive experience, also hosting artists, teachers, authors, researchers and other experts such as Zoe7, Pablo Amaringo, Alex Grey, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffman, David Icke, Jonathan Ott, Rick Doblin and many others.

The core program of TheVine Center are the spiritual retreats carefully designed over many years to support and enhance the spiritual experience of ayahuasca ceremony. The focus is on the participant and their unique relationship to ayahuasca and their own spiritual journey, while they are lovingly and skillfully supported in a safe and beautiful environment.

You are welcome to join us, please feel free to contact us for more information or to apply for a retreat.

Upcoming Retreats

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

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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.