Ayahuasca Ceremonies

Ayahuasca Ceremonies

The ritual of ayahuasca ceremonies is an ancient practice that has traditionally been aya02performed by shamans in South America for many thousands of years. The ayahuasca ceremony is a powerful spiritual experience that opens the participant to a greater awareness of the essence of oneself in this realm.

Silvia Polivoy, one of the founders of Spirit Vine center, started her pilgrimage in 1996 in the Peruvian Amazon learning about ayahuasca with shamans. Until 2004 she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was working in psychotherapy until a life changing move to the Atlantic forest in Bahia, Brazil where she now conducts monthly spiritual retreats.

From her experiences, Silvia has developed a unique style of ayahuasca ritual that is deep, safe, comfortable and supportive. Silvia believes that the spirit of ayahuasca is the true teacher and the ceremonies at Spirit Vine are designed to optimize the ability of participants to relax deeply into their experience, connecting directly to source.

The Ayahuasca Ceremonies at Spirit Vine

pictures17The ayahuasca ceremonies at Spirit Vine are held at night in the beautiful, purpose built ceremony room inside the jungle and beside a stunning lagoon. Outside the ceremony room, the symphony of sounds from the frogs, animals and insects at night is the perfect backdrop to a night of spiritual discovery.

Music is carefully chosen for the iowaska ceremony that supports, triggers and guides the participant in their spiritual journey with Ayahuasca. Music can often be a powerful medium for spiritual awakening and the music played at Spirit Vine are sublime soundscapes that allow the mind to expand into endless space where visions and feelings of cosmic awareness flow as rivers of consciousness. The Spirit Vine center is a trans-denominational space that is designed to allow the participants to optimize their own inner spiritual processes and development through self reflection and integration. Silvia will work individually with each participant before and during the retreats to ensure they are ready and feel safe in the ayahuasca experience. During the retreats the group process is very important and regular sharing circles are an intrinsic part of the reflective experience, which often lead to deeper understandings.

The Ayahuasca Tea

At the retreat center we grow our own ayahuasca vine and chacruna plants and the iowaska tea or ayahuasca brew is made here on the land with much loving care and attention. The Spirit Vine center is devoted to ayahuasca and the spirit of the plant permeates through the land to all parts of the center.

Please note that we have several programs on offer during retreats. For those who are taking medicines that are incompatible with the ingestion of ayahuasca, they can still participate in all the other activities.

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Spirit Vine COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5th May 2021

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 or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding the flight. 

Travelers must also fill out an affidavit 24 hours before departure acknowledging the health measures that must be complied with during the period that they will remain in the country. You can find the affidavit here.

Prior to leaving Brazil, depending on the requirements of your destination country, you may be required to present an RT-PCR or Antigen test. If you need a PCR test we recommend you to budget the required time of 6 hours to take the test and get the results at Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport. Antigen test can be taken in the town of Itacare near our center before you go to the airport.

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

Spirit Vine Guidelines for COVID-19

We are requiring all participants and staff to provide a valid Covid-19 test prior to entering the center. The Antigen test is only valid for 24 hours and PCR test is only valid for 72 hours. A valid negative test result must be sent by email prior to entering the center.