What Is Ayahuasca And Where Does It Come From?
Ayahuasca vines growing at Spirit Vine retreat center

What Is Ayahuasca And Where Does It Come From?

This visionary brew has a chemical nature of active ingredients that makes it unique! The origins of the use of ayahuasca in the Amazon Basin was spread amongst the indigenous tribes as a traditional spiritual medicine with shamans performing healing retreats that claimed to be able to cure mental and physical illness whilst communicating with the spiritual world. So what is ayahuasca and where does it come from? Read on…

The hallucinogenic brew

Ayahuasca is a combination of two plants native to the Amazon rainforest – the caapi vine and the leaves of the P. viridis. By mixing DMT containing plants with MAO inhibiting ones produces an intense psychedelic effect with mystical experiences! This visionary drink has been used by primitive horticultural societies for centuries and is also known as iowaska, yage, natema, and kaki.

Medicinal properties

The ayahuasca plant when used for medicinal purposes can affect the human consciousness for half an hour after consumption and up to six hours later. It moderately increases the heart rate and blood pressure as effects include great elation, amplification of emotions and/or illumination. Its purgative properties can cause vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, crying and other forms of release as it cleanses the body. The spiritual awakening and rebirth experienced by many has been described as gaining access to a higher dimension.
In the western world ayahuasca or iowaska has a new definition as an orally active drug. The ayahuasca experience has shown that there’s no actual correlation between the depth of the journey and the visual effects. Visions tend to be intuitive and somatic – often there are no visions at all but simply auditory or insightful journeys. The vine carries the content of the message, the teaching, and the insight, whilst the leaf illuminates the content.

The benefits

So what is ayahuasca and what are the benefits someone can have with it? Depending on the intention of the person, the setting, the culture, the energy and intention of the facilitator, people may:

  • Receive spiritual teachings and insights
  • Receive spontaneous spiritual healing
  • Increase efficiency and concentration
  • Expand consciousness
  • Identify the totality of life
  • Find the cause of depression
  • Clear traumas and blockages to overcome PTSD

What is iowaska?

This is simply another name given to the brew made from the caapi vine and the viridis leaves. It has been reported that iowaska offers compassion, connectivity, and spirituality, and is spreading globally more than any other entheogen.

Our Ayahuasca retreat

If you feel ready to connect with your higher self, get in touch with Spirit Vine – the home of ayahuasca. This Brazilian Ayahuasca retreat in the lush Atlantic forest provides ceremonies, spiritual workshops, and comfortable accommodation throughout the year. You’ll be given the opportunity to transform restlessness into peace, and to channel your energy into productive endeavours, reconnecting with your own power. Ask yourself what is iowaska, and Sprit Vine will provide you with the answer!

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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.