I’ve attended the 8-day retreat at Spirit Vine in October 2014, looking for a safe, supportive and instructive environment for my first
Ayahuasca experience – and I was not disappointed.
Silvia is an experienced guide, with background not only in the use of Ayahuasca but also in Psychoanalysis and various philosophies of mind. This has enables her to create a program of self-exploration in which consumption of Ayauhasca is but a part, with complementing activities before and after ceremonies. Such activities seem to me essential in order to deal wisely with the experience of Ayahuasca as it occurs, and in order to fully understand it in hindsight. Otherwise, instead of being enlightening, the experience might be merely entertaining, frightening or confusing, or with only vague insights that eventually fade away without a lasting impact.
Yet Silvia is only a facilitator; the main teacher at Spirit Vine is first and foremost the Ayahuasca itself. This is not trivial: at other
places you might find yourself at the mercy of the Shaman, with relatively little control or understanding of the situation.
The accommodation is quite luxurious; the surrounding is beautiful and inspiring.
I believe all of this is a recipe for a responsible and enlightening Ayahuasca experience, and indeed my stay at Spirit Vine seems to have
had an enormously positive effect on me and my life. It was the most amazing thing I’ve done – the strangest, the most exciting, the most
difficult and the most rewarding. I’ve learned a lot, and have realized how much more I have to explore. And I have little doubt that I’m a
better person than I was – more helpful and less detrimental to living beings around me, less constrained by imaginary bounds and petty
concerns, more in accord with the values I hold to be true, with more faith in myself and in the ultimate benevolence of the cosmos.
Thank you Silvia and Michael and the maids, and thank you my fellow participants.
I visited Spirit Vine for a retreat in early July 2018. I had little previous experience with psychedelics (or drugs for that matter), I am not particularly spiritual and am not a religious person. I work in finance. I don’t have big problems. I am rational. But I was interested in learning more about myself and breaking some behavioural patterns […]
We had a wonderful time…. at Spirit-Vine with you and the rest of the staff who took such good care of us. I want to thank you for being a terrific spiritual guide. The path and direction are difficult even with the help of the plant. What made it possible for me to have a successful retreat was the care […]
A journey in the Cosmic Counsciousness – May 2017 I was travelling Brazil deciding day by day what to do and I was reminded by chance that Brazil is the land of ayahuasca. I was interested in ayauhasca already since few years, when I heard beautiful stories on how you can reach deeper state of counsciousness, heal from your wrong […]