About our Free Ayahuasca Retreat Program

About our Free Ayahuasca Retreat Program

Free ayahuasca retreat program at Spirit Vine centerThe Ayahuasca Awareness Program is an initiative by the Spirit Vine Center in Bahia, Brazil. The program aims to help increase awareness of the potential of ayahuasca by sponsoring free ayahuasca retreats every month for up to 2 people who feel the call for spiritual development with ayahuasca and other methods. Our Ayahuasca retreats are spiritually focused, we teach techniques to increase awareness, reconnect with the higher self, and to unblock our resources by transforming obsolete patterns of behavior that are no longer productive.

The retreats are facilitated by Silvia Polivoy, a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working with modified states of consciousness for over 30 years and with ayahuasca for over 20 years. She has designed the retreat experience to help people become aware and present in the moment. The program will give up to 2 applicants each month a free ayahuasca retreat for 9 days. This will include 4 ayahuasca ceremonies, accommodation during the retreat, yoga, healthy meals, visionary art, workshops to teach people tools to enhance their ayahuasca experience and integrate the content of the experiences.

The spirit vine center receives people from all over the world every month in a beautiful 39-acre jungle sanctuary in the Atlantic rainforest on the Cacao coast of Bahia, Brazil. Few minutes from the center are some of the most astonishing beaches in the region, and we are surrounded by over 20,000 species of flora and fauna in the UNESCO protected forest. The center is purpose built for ayahuasca, with a ceremony room, natural lagoon to swim, massage room, restaurant and common area with internet. There are 6 fully-furnished bungalows with modern amenities as well as a mixed dormitory to accommodate the guests during the retreat and our staff is available all the time to assist the guests. There are at least 2 facilitators present in the ceremony and we provide a safe and comfortable space so participants can open up and go as deep into themselves as they desire. The ayahuasca tea at our center contains only organic B. Caapi vine (ayahuasca) and P. Vidris (chacruna) which grow on our land. We grow and use the ayahuasca in a sustainable manner and also donate the tea to other centers in Brazil.

Ayahuasca Retreat Program Details

The program will provide up to 2 spots each month for those who have not experienced ayahuasca before.  Any donation that you wish to make towards this program can be done by contacting the center at spiritvinecenter@gmail.com.

Depending on the month, the retreats include the following activities, all of which will be included at no cost to the selected applicants.painting

  • 4 ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Accommodation during the retreat
  • Yoga classes
  • Healthy meals based on the ayahuasca diet
  • Visionary Art workshops
  • Regression workshops
  • Soul retrieval workshop
  • Spirit releasement workshop
  • Group sharing
  • WiFi internet

The following are not included as part of the program, the applicants can participate at their own cost.

  • Airfare, airport taxes or transportation to the retreat center
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Massages
  • Transportation to the beach or nearby town
  • Any other activity or service from the center not specified herein or part of our retreat.

Qualifying Criteria

The basic criteria to participate in the program are mentioned below.

  • Any adult 21 years of age or above
  • You must provide true details on your application
  • Your application must be accepted
  • 1 page article or video about the importance of spiritual practices

Once your application is accepted we will ask you to write a 1-page article or to submit a video with original content about ayahuasca, consciousness, meditation, spirituality, health, organic living or any other relevant topic. The article must be submitted within 10 days of your application being accepted. Once we receive your article, we will perform a basic review to ensure the content matches guidelines and then we will publish it on our website. The person who’s article/video has the most social interaction (Facebook likes, Tweets, Google +1, Youtube votes) will be invited for a free ayahuasca¬†retreat.

There is no discrimination in the selection process, we will give emphasis to people who we feel will benefit most from this retreat and those whose articles or videos make the most impact. Selected applicants consent to having their name and picture published in any media platform where this program is being covered.

For those who have experienced ayahuasca before, we can offer a discount as part of the program, the applicant has to perform the same steps listed above and make the donation.

It is our sincere request that if you can afford the donation for the retreat then please do not apply for this program, the spot can go to someone who may not have the same financial means.

Partial Discounts For Companions

Depending on the availability in each retreat, the selected applicant can bring¬†1 companion at a 10% discount.¬†The companion’s application needs to be accepted as well.

Upcoming Retreats

  • Oct¬† 20 — Oct 28
  • Nov¬† 20 — Nov 30
  • Dec¬† 15 — Dec 23
  • Jan¬† 5 — Jan 13
  • Feb¬† 14 — Feb 24

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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.